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An elderly Jerome man was taken by air ambulance yesterday morning after a tree fell on him.  Authorities on scene say the man was cutting down small trees in the 1200 block of South Davis in Jerome.  Crew’s performed CPR and the man regained a pulse before being transported by helicopter.

Jeremy Presnell the Jerome Fire Chief, turned in his resignation this week.  According to a news release from the city, Presnell is pursuing other professional opportunities.  He had been on leave since March 6th and his last day was Tuesday.  Deputy Chief Mike Harrison will serve as acting fire chief.

A suspect in a Seattle Robbery was arrested in Twin Falls.  Dewaine Earl Stewart is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. He is suspected of robbing a Seattle Fast Food Restaurant on February 28th

The Cassia County School District is changing the math curriculum.  Tim Gunderson with the district said the new program will be for the 7th to 12th grade.  The last change happened in 2004.  Much of the textbooks became outdated and irreparable officials say.

Jerome will be home to a couple of new fast food restaurants.  Jack in the Box and Carl’s Jr. are building facilities in front of Walmart in the 2700 block of South Lincoln. 

There were some tense moments for police in Idaho Falls Wednesday Evening. An Idaho State Police trooper was almost hit head on by a van traveling west of Idaho Falls.  Police say the van had been reported stolen and as they pursued the vehicle speeds reached 125 MPH.  After tire spikes were deployed, the driver ran into a nearby home.  28 year old Craig Stern of North Dakota has been charged with Eluding, DUI, Providing false information, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful entry. 

The College of Southern Idaho announced they will have two commencement ceremonies this year to accommodate the number of people who wish attend.  The ceremonies are set for Friday May 10th.  The first one at 10 am and the second one at 4 pm. 


As the Boise State Broncos work through their television contract for next year, good news fans: the games against UNLV on October 5 San Jose Steate on November 2, Utah State on November 23 and Colorado State on November 29 will air on the CBS Sports Network.  Broadcast details have yet to be released for the Florida State game on August 31 and BYU October 1.

In Murtaugh, Jenna Benites has signed a letter of intent with Columbia Basin Community College.  Benites is believed to be the first ever girls basketball player to sign with a college program, according to school officials.  Columbia Basin is part of the NWAC.  Columbia Basin’s coaches made the trip down to Murtaugh from the Tri-Cities.


Today:  Plenty of sunshine. High near 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 41F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Warm with sunny skies. Winds: Light & Variable. Valleys - High: 75 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 37

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 76 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers or isolated storm - High: 72 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 42

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 68 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 65 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 35

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies - High: 67 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 33

May 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Spencer, Wisconsin, was Dave Dudley, country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s including the 1963, hit "Six Days on the Road". He died on December 22, 2003.

Kitty Wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life", and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first #1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

Born on this day in Modesto, California, was Shane Minor country music artist. He has written hits for other artists, including the #1 singles "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, and "Live a Little" by Kenny Chesney.

Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Brad Martin his debut 2002 album Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel, produced the #15 single "Before I Knew Better".

Born on this day in Granite Falls, North Carolina, was Eric Church, Country singer, songwriter. His debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

Winners at the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Charley Pride, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Wynonna, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Little Texas, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Michael Montgomery and Album of the Year went to Alan Jackson for A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love).

Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drunk driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond. Anderson was taken to court later this year where all her previous charges were dropped, as long as she didn't commit any more offenses.

Chely Wright becomes the first major country artist to come out as homosexual. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".