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39 year old Krystal Meyer of Twin Falls is facing two counts of grand theft, four counts of petit theft and one count of fraud by computer.  She is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from strangers on the internet through Facebook.  The charges stem from Meyer announcing tickets to motel rooms for sale to a DoTerra essential oil conference in Salt Lake City.  The motel said the understanding was that the people would individually pay for their rooms.

The Cancellation of the First Responder football Bowl game earlier this month in Dallas due to weather conditions could cost Boise State more than 25-thousand dollars.  The school said they would refund any ticket purchases made through the school. 

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest.  The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare plant called Sacajawea’s bitterroot.

Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort.  The measure directs the state to expand Medicaid eligibility rules to include anyone earning less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level. It’s expected to take effect January 1, 2020.

The Idaho State Department of Education has rolled out a website featuring its new K-12 Report Card, but district officials say some school information is misleading.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says the website presents school information “clearly and without bias.”  Some school district officials say each grade level should be compared with the same grades.

A 73 year old rural Inkom woman was found dead last week after being reported missing earlier in the day.  Authorities say Georgeanna Russell’s body was found by volunteer searchers.  She had left her residence on foot without shoes or a coat during a winter storm.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy early, then sunshine for the afternoon. Patchy fog cover in the Magic Valley.  High near 25F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -10.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Patchy fog cover in the Magic Valley. Low 13F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -16

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog in the Magic Valley. High 23F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -20.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.  Low: 10 Mountains: 3

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 28 Mountains: 26

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.   Low: 15 Mountain: 10

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 31 Low: 21
Mountains: 31 Low: 13

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 35 Low: 24
Mountains: 33 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 36 Low: 26
Mountains: 32 Low: 16

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.
High: 36 Mountain: 3

 

December 31st: On this day

1943
Born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico, was John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver recorded and released over 300 songs, earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso". Denver was killed on October 12, 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.

1952
Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia but due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. When they arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams complained of feeling unwell and saw a doctor. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, and at around midnight in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead.

1954
Born on this day in Aylmer, Quebec, was Charlie Major Canadian country music artist. He was blinded in one eye as a result of a pellet gun accident when he was 12. Through the 1990s, he won the Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year for two years in a row.

1977
Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" spent its fifth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It would be the last song to spend that long atop the chart until 1990's "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait.

1995
The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.

2002
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release; it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.Bottom of Form