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Monday 061118

Idaho is the most tolerant state in America when it comes to allowing weapons in schools.  Researchers looked at school security personnel who carry weapons; School employees who carry weapons, concealed carry permit holders and school districts that give individuals permission to carry weapons.  Idaho qualified in every category.  Some states didn’t qualify in any.

Idaho Milk Products in Jerome announced plans to expand their facility.  They say they will expand by a third to accommodate an additional million pounds per day of locally sourced milk.

A former Idaho school district employee has been ordered to spend months at a treatment facility after pleading guilty to charges connected to the possession of child pornography. The judge told 55-year-old Charles Gonzales that if he doesn't successfully complete the treatment program, he may be ordered to serve up to 10 years in prison.

A record number of people visited Yellowstone National Park in May. The National Park Service said Friday the park got almost 447,000 visits in May, up 6 percent compared with May last year. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite are among the busiest national parks in the western U.S. Each park gets roughly 4 million to 6 million visits a year.

Two more federal prosecutors will soon begin working on violent crimes and opioid-related cases in Idaho. The two additional appointments are part of the 311 assistant U.S. attorneys that the U.S. Department of Justice is adding nationwide.

The leader of Yellowstone National Park says he's being forced out as a "punitive action" after disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain. Superintendent Dan Wenk announced last week that he intended to retire next year after being offered a transfer he didn't want. He said that the head of the National Park Service told him that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that Wenk will be gone by then. 

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.  Two Idaho State Police detectives in an unmarked police car happened to be traveling through Weiser when they spotted a man assaulting a woman with a knife.  Nearby police were called to assist and 27 year old Joshua Lincoln was arrested.  The woman is in stable condition at last check.  

In local Sports, Minico graduate Drake Miller signed with Lamar Community College in Colorado. Miller earned the Great Basin Conference Baseball Player of the Year honors this spring.  He posted a 10–1 record with an ERA of 0.507, giving up a total of five earned runs in his 11 starts.

Former Burley Bobcat Jackson Hill is going to Southwestern Oregon Community College. Listed at 6'5", he averaged 8.5 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior, all while leading the Bobcats to the state championship game.

MONDAY: Sunny skies a little warmer.

Winds: SW 5-15 mph

High: 68 (Mountains: 63)

 

MONDAY NIGHY: Mostly clear and cool

Winds: West to South 5-10 mph

Low: 40 (Mountains: 35)

 

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 79 (Mountains: 73)

 

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and hot

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

 

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 74)

 

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 77 (Mountains: 70)

 

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny - isolated storm?

High: 75 (Mountains: 70)

 

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 77 (Mountains: 69)

June 11th: On this day

1949

25 year-old Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores.

1965

Buck Owens had the #1 country album with I've Got A Tiger By The Tail. Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

1966

Born on this day, was Texas country music singer-songwriter Bruce Robison who has written several songs which have become hits for other artists including: "Travelin' Soldier," the Dixie Chicks, (reached #1 on the Country charts); "Angry All the Time," (recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2001, also reached #1 on the country charts); and "Wrapped," (recorded in 2006 by George Strait, also reached #1).

1969

True Grit the American western film directed by Henry Hathaway, starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell was released. The film gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'.

1978

Willie Nelson's remake of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" was at #1 on Billboard country singles chart. Nelson won a Grammy award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song.

1988

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the country chart with Reba the singer’s fifteenth studio album, the title signifying that she had become so well known that she could be identified by first name alone, but also signaling an entirely different style to her music. Gone were the steel guitars and fiddles of My Kind of Country and Have I Got a Deal for You, to be replaced by a highly produced and orchestrated sound. Two of its tracks, “I Know How He Feels” and “New Fool at an Old Game”, reached #1 on the Billboard country singles charts.

 

2003

Country Music magazine announced that it would cease publication, effective with the August - September 2003 issue. The final issue's cover artist was Martina McBride, as part of a salute to women in country music. The magazine's sister publication, Country Weekly, which had largely taken over the market for country music-related journalism, picked up part of the slack left by the closure of Country Music, both of which were published by American Media Inc.

2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard made their way back to the top of the charts. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard 200. The album's title is a reference to Nelson and Haggard's heroes — jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and one of country's first stars, Jimmie Rodgers.

2015

The Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown died from lung cancer at the age of 81. Brown was a country music singer and TV and radio host who first found fame as a member of The Browns, a country music group he started with his two sisters in the 1950s. Later, he managed a successful solo career for decades, which included hits like "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," and TV successes like You Can Be a Star. He is perhaps best known as the voice of Grand Ole Opry radio's Country Music Greats Radio Show, which he hosted for more than a decade.

2015

Country singer Randy Howard was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65. According to Tennessee authorities, the bounty hunter arrived at Howard's home to take him into custody after a missed court appearance, when Howard opened fire. The bounty hunter shot back, killing Howard. The warrant for Howard's arrest was initially issued for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.