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FRIDAY 060719

Idaho Power customers will see a slight savings on their utility bills.  This year the decrease will be just over a half a percent for residential customers while irrigation, large power users will see larger decreases.  Power prices are about 30-percent lower than the national average while prices are about 30-percent lower.

Three conservation groups say hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming using bait should be banned because hunters have killed federally protected grizzly bears attracted to the food.  A lawsuit filed this week said federal agencies are violating environmental laws by allowing the practice that the groups say has resulted in the deaths of at least eight grizzly bears since 1995.

Workers at an Idaho nuclear facility have made significant progress in efforts to remove high-level liquid radioactive waste stored in tanks above a massive aquifer, officials said.  The Energy Department initially had a 2012 deadline to remove the liquid waste. The missed deadline means the Energy Department is violating a 1995 agreement with Idaho to clean up nuclear waste at the site. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has blocked shipments of spent research fuel but said he was encouraged by the recent work.

Idaho drivers should be excited to hear this.  Gas prices are starting to drop as we head into the busy summer travel season.  Lower crude oil prices and above-average regional refinery activity have helped to offset strong demand.  In Idaho the current price for regular unleaded is $3.18, which is two cents less than a week ago and seven cents more than a month ago.  Today, the U.S. average price is $2.80.

Legislative auditors say the Idaho Office of Drug Policy violated state purchasing rules by awarding an advertising campaign contract without going through the competitive bidding process.  The office hired Boise design firm Neighborhood All-Stars for more than $380,000 for the campaign, which stretched from 2015 to 2017.

Health officials say the first case of measles in nearly two decades in Idaho has been confirmed.  Officials say a Latah County patient tested positive for the virus.  The last case of measles in the state was recorded in 2001.

SPORTS

In local sports, in a couple of Legion Baseball scores Blackfoot defeated Kimberly 15 to 10 and Twin Falls downed Kimberly 10 to 7.

The University of Idaho officially broke ground on their new arena that will be the home for Vandals Basketball.  The ICCU arena will cost 51-million dollars and will hold 42-hundred people.  ICCU donated 10-million dollars to the project and will have naming rights for the next 35 years. 

Courtney Clark is no longer with the CSI Softball program.  The assistant coach said the college didn’t give her a chance to return for next year.  Clark said she has turned her attention towards a new business she and her husband, Heath, have started called the Sweet Spot.  It will give athletes a chance to play and train year round in an indoor facility. 

WEATHER

Today:   Sun and clouds, windy, colder, scattered afternoon showers and storms. Winds: West 15-25 mph. Highs - Valleys: 59 Mountains: 54

Tonight:  Breezy and clearing and cold. Winds: West 10-20 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 31

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and cool. Winds: West 10-20 mph. High: 62 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. High: 72 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 64 Low: 39

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 80 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 74 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 84 Low: 54 Mountains - High: 79 Low: 49

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny skies. High: 88 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny skies. High: 87 Low: 58 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 52

June 7th: On this day

1933
Born on this day in Morrisville, Missouri Winford was Wynn Stewart, the country music performer who was one of the progenitors of the Bakersfield sound and an inspiration to such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Stewart scored the 1967 #1 hit ‘It's Such a Pretty World Today’. Stewart suddenly died of a heart attack on July 17, 1985.

1940
Born on this day in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK, was Tom Jones, singer who scored the 1977 US #1 Country hit ‘Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow’. Jones is famous for his version of ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ which was a world-wide hit in 1966.

1956
Born on this day in Cooper City, Florida, was Larry Boone, American country music artist. His highest-charting single, "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger", reached #10 in 1988. Boone has also co-written several singles for other country music artists, including a #1 single for Kathy Mattea, "(Burnin' Old Memories)", and Top Ten hits for Don Williams, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino and Lonestar.

1969
The Johnny Cash Show premiered on ABC TV; from the Grand Ole Opry with special guest Bob Dylan and the regular cast, Tennessee Three, June Carter and Carter Family, Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins, stepping in for Luther Perkins, (who has just died accidentally in house fire). Bob Wootton became a permanent replacement in Cash's band, and a mainstay for the next three decades.

2005
Toby Keith was at #1 on the country charts with Honkytonk University. "As Good as I Once Was" was the album's biggest hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for six weeks. Due to the closure of DreamWorks shortly afterwards, however, "Big Blue Note" was released on Keith's Show Dog Nashville label, going on to peak at #5.

2014
George Strait ended his touring career in style with his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a US stadium when 104,793 fans packed the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to see the singer on the final date of his farewell tour Cowboy Rides Away.