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Bill number 1 introduced into the 2019 legislative session addresses a water battle that has been in discussion for many a year in southern Idaho.  Republican house speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley introduced the legislation.  At issue is how much water users should get during snow heavy years when water must be released for flood control. 

Idaho officials have launched an Idaho Specific W-4 form that will help taxpayers calculate how much state income tax should be withheld from paychecks.  Some 70-thousand employers with payroll withholding accounts will receive the form in the mail.

With the federal shutdown slipping into week three agencies in southern Idaho will continue to be impacted.  At the airport, the shutdowns as affected security at the airport but workers continue to show up for work.  At the craters of the moon park, no one is answering the phone and the park is closed.  The state is temporarily funding the city of the rocks reserve in Cassia County.  In southern Idaho there are 920 civilian or non-military government jobs across 73 locations. The average wage, including benefits, is $82,646.

Chobani is breaking into plant based yogurt alternatives.  The products will be both drinkable and spoonable using coconut puree.  The yogurt is clearly labeled non diary.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is suggesting a 3 percent merit-based pay increase for state employees.  In 2018, state workers’ compensation was 10.7 percent below other public-sector jobs and 12.4 percent below private-sector jobs.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho has been elected chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The committee has jurisdiction over legislation concerning the conduct of U.S. Foreign policy, including treaties and declarations of war.

Information is power, and Idaho lawmakers could have more of it this year with a new emphasis on sending non-partisan budget experts to House and Senate committees to explain the numbers in the financial requests of the state agencies they oversee.  Members were encouraged to tap the Legislative Services Office’s Budget and Policy Analysis Division to explain the often complex budget process.


Today:  Chance of a morning shower then clearing skies and mild. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Highs - Valley: 42 Mountains: 37  Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 32F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 41F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 10

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 8

MONDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 12

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 16

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 22.


In sports from around the area, Idaho State University is investigating allegations of physical abuse and inappropriate communication by its football coaches.  Idaho State safety Jayson Miller filed a formal complaint with the university on Nov. 14, 2018. Miller claims head coach Rob Phenicie twice hammer punched his shoulder and assistant coach Jay Staggs sent Miller and other players inappropriate text messages.  University officials say no action has been taken against Phenicie while the investigation is ongoing.

From some high school basketball games last night, first in Boys Basketball, it was Glenns Ferry 57 to Shoshone’s 38.

In Girls basketball, here are some final results from the area.  Wood River tromped Jerome 51 to 38.  Minico outlasted Burley 43 to 25.  It was Mountain Home 57 Canyon Ridge 31 and Pocatello outlasted Twin Falls 34 to 32.  Twin Falls will now play Jerome tomorrow.  Gooding beat Wendell 67 to 17 and it was Declo 47 Raft River 42.   One other game it was Challis 32 Oakley 31.

January 10th: On this day

Loretta Webb married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, commonly known as "Doolittle", "Doo" or "Mooney" (for running moonshine), after courting for a month. Mooney was 21 years old; Loretta was 15. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, the couple moved from Butcher Hollow to the logging community of Custer, Washington when she was 16 years old and seven months pregnant with the first of their six children. Over the course of their often-tumultuous nearly 50-year marriage, Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career.

Audrey Williams filed for divorce from Hank Williams for the second time in four years.

Patsy Cline released “She’s Got You” as the follow-up to her last hit “Crazy”. Penned by Hank Cochran, the single peaked at #1 on the Country charts and has since been covered by many artists including Rosanne Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, and Jimmy Buffett.

Johnny cash was at #1 on the US Country charts with his version of the Carl Perkins song, “Daddy Sang Bass.” The record was nominated in the CMA awards category of Single of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1969.

"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts. Taken from his from the album, Back to the Barrooms it became Merle Haggard's twenty-sixth #1 country hit. The single stayed at #1 for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some from the 1970s and early 1990s), premiered. The show was hosted by Tampa radio personality Ken Cooper.

Charley Pride received a lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. In the early to mid-1970s Pride became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley, scoring 39 #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Taylor Swift performed two songs - "Love Story" and "Forever & Always" as the musical guest on NBC's TV Saturday Night Live.