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Government shutdown or not, the IRS say they will start accepting tax returns on Monday January 28th.  A local accountant said there are quite a few changes to filing taxes this year.  Changed 1040 forms, the child tax credit and additional tax forms have been added.

The North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding has announced they plan to open a primary care and orthopedics clinic in northeast Twin Falls this spring.  Plans call for the move into an existing building on Eastland Drive.

The Twin Falls planning and Zoning Commission has given the green light to a food processing plant.  The facility would be built near Washington Street near Glanbia Nutritionals.  Some residents feel they don’t know what they will process. 

Idaho Governor Brad Little says the hard working taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a prisoner’s gender reassignment surgery when an insurance policy wouldn’t cover it.  U.S. district judge B. Lynn Winmill gave IDOC six months to provide Adree Edmo a 31 year old inmate who is a male the surgery to become a female.

Brandi Christensen of Pocatello, the motorist who allegedly struck and killed Justin Kynaston has said she will plead guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.  The deal calls for recommending she be sentenced to a rehabilitation program.  She was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and illegal possession of a painkiller.

41 year old Cory James Hix of Idaho Falls was sentenced to prison this week.  He killed his brother by hitting him with a pool cue.  The judge sentenced Hix to two to 13 years in prison. 

The city of Twin Falls will host two public listening and input sessions on a proposal by Smoke Free Idaho to require all businesses and public places within city limits to be smoke-free.  The first session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. A second public input session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Twin Falls Public Library.


The college of Southern Idaho Basketball teams have picked up some impressive wins on the road this week.  For the men, CSI took out Snow College with a score of 101 to 89.  For the Women, the Eagles defeated snow college as well 60 to 48.

On the high school level, first to Boys Basketball, it was Twin Falls defeated Wood River 71 to 47.  Mountain Home took out Jerome 57 to 41.  American Falls claimed victory over Wendell 55 to 39.  It was lighthouse Christian 67 Hansen 33 and Dietrich 65 over Richfield 31.  Carey defeated Hagerman 63 to 43 and it was Camas County 73 to Castleford’s 50 and Murtaugh won over the Sun Valley Community School 57 to 24. 

In girls basketball, Kimberly over Buhl 42 to 26, Valley 52 over Raft River 22 and it was Shoshone 31 over Oakley 18.  Carey won over Hagerman 44 to 37 and it was Dietrich 55 Richfield 43 and it was Camas County 57 Castleford 35.



Today:  Mostly sunny skies. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Highs - Valley: 39 Mountains: 36

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 26F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Patchy morning fog A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY: Patchy morning fog, mostly sunny. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 10

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

TUESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 19

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 19

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 22

January 11th: On this day

Born on this day in Karnes City, Texas, was Goldie Hill. She became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her 1953 #1 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". Along with Kitty Wells, she helped set the standard for later women in country music. Hill died from complications of cancer on February 24th, 2005.

Born on this day in Garrard County, Kentucky, was Jody Payne best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band, The Family. Payne died on Aug 10th 2013.

Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Naomi Judd, country music singer, songwriter, and activist. With her daughter, Wynonna Judd, Naomi formed country music's most famous mother, daughter team, The Judds scored twenty top-10 hits including fifteen #1’s and have sold over 20 million albums.

Born on this day was Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter. His songs have also been covered by several different artists including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks.

Ring Of Fire The Best of Johnny Cash became the first #1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart. It was his sixteenth album in total and the first compilations album by Cash.

Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded their duet “Jackson”, which went on to win the couple a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Country & Western Performance Duet. Written in 1963 by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood also scored a hit with the song.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Can't Even Get the Blues", McEntrire's fourteenth country hit and her first #1 country hit.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country chart with her second studio album Fearless. The album topped the Billboard 200 chart for eleven non-consecutive weeks, thus setting various records, including the longest chart-topper by a female country artist. On Billboard's Country albums chart the album logged a record 36 weeks at #1, with 3.2 million copies sold in 2009.

The Earl Scruggs Center - Music & Stories from the American South opened in the historic court square of Cleveland County, in uptown Shelby, North Carolina. The Scruggs Center showcases the history and cultural traditions of the American South, and the unique musical contributions of Earl Scruggs, the region’s most pre-eminent ambassador of music.

Dolly Parton's performance at Glastonbury festival in the UK earned the title of Best Pop Music Moment Of 2014. Parton appeared on Sunday evening (where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform), at the legendary festival back in June of 2014 and a poll by music streaming service blinkbox voted her the top musical highlight of the year.

Rockabilly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who narrowly avoided boarding the plane that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, died aged 85.The musician famously lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane. His place was taken by teen star Ritchie Valens, who also perished when the plane crashed. Allsup went on to become a Grammy-winning musician, who played with Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson.