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The legislature’s Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment received a mixed bag of news last week just days ahead of the opening session.  The Good:  Unemployment rates are low, wages are up, the population continues to increase tax for sales and property is up.  The bad, personal income tax is down and some experts say look for an economic slowdown.

Governor-elect Brad Little said he is committed to boosting Teacher Salaries.  Today, the state of the state address will outline the year’s agenda for the legislative session.

In March, the Cassia county school district will seek a 56-point 7 million dollar bond issue.  It will be the district’s third bond issue since 2015.  If approved 14 classrooms will be added to the High school and six to the Junior high.  In Addition, a new classroom wing added to Declo Elementary and four classrooms for Oakley High.  The Technical center will also be upgraded. 

Late last week, Gov. Butch” Otter named the Twin Falls County chief civil deputy prosecutor to succeed a retiring 5th District Judge.  Rosemary Emory will succeed Twin Falls-based 5th District Judge John K. Butler.

Authorities are investigating a 32 year old nurse who is employed at St. Luke’s in Twin Falls for possibly disposing of a cell phone in the case of a missing Colorado Mom.  Police have not found the body of Kelsey Berreth but her fiancé 32 year old Patrick Frazee has been charged with her apparent death.

35 year old Justin Bowman of Twin Falls has been charged with trying to strangle his girlfriend after police got a tip that he had threatened a shooting at her workplace.  He was arrested last week in the parking lot of C-3.

25 year old Mykal M. Torrez of Burley has been charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal conspiracy.  He is an employee of a local auto dealership who authorities say he borrowed a pickup from but failed to return it. 

Former Idaho Governor Phil Bat has been awarded the state’s top honor, the 2019 Idaho Medal of Achievement.  The 91-year old championed human rights legislation and protection for farm workers and a minimum wage law.

Governor Elect Brad Little said he is committed to implementing the voter approved expansion of Medicaid coverage.  We’re on schedule, Little said.


MONDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of snow mainly in the morning for the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.
Winds: W 10-15 mph
High: 38 Mountains: 31

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy
Winds: ESE 5 mph
Low: 38 Mountains: 11

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of nighttime snow for the Wood River Valley.
Winds: E 10-15 mph
High: 38 Low: 31
Mountains: 32 Low: 24

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and snow showers in the Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
High: 41 Low: 28
Mountains: 38 Low: 23

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny
High: 38 Low: 25

FRIDAY: Sunny.
High: 36 Low: 26

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy.
High: 40 Low: 28
Mountains: Low:

SUNDAY: Cloudy. Chance of snow that turns to a chance of rain in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow in the Wood River Valley.
High: 39 Low: 29
Mountains: 36 Low: 25

MONDAY: Cloudy. Chance of a.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley.
High: 39 Low: 28
Mountains: 36 Low: 23

January 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Maryville, Tennessee, was Jack Greene the country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant". His best known song is the 1966 #1 hit "There Goes My Everything." He died at home on March 14, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer's disease two months after his 83rd birthday.

Born on this day in Vienna, Missouri was country singer Leona Williams. She was a backing musician for Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, to whom she was married between 1978 and 1983. She also charted eight times on Hot Country Songs, with her only Top 40 hit being a duet with Haggard titled "The Bull and the Beaver."

Johnny Cash started a regular Saturday night spot on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast from the Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Born on this day in Herrin, Illinois, was David Lee Murphy country singer, songwriter, who scroed the 1995 US Country #1 hit “Dust On The Bottle.”

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music chart with "Rose Garden." The title track from her album stayed at the #1 position for four weeks. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Born on this day was John Rich, country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. In 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich, who released three albums on Warner Bros. Records as well as ten singles, including the #1 hit "Lost in This Moment". In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for Faith Hill, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson.

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott married Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. The two first met in college and reconnected when Lady Antebellum and fellow country music band Love and Theft, in which Tyrrell was the drummer at the time, both served as opening acts on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour in early 2010.