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Thursday 071119

The Idaho Department of Labor plans to eliminate more than half of its job service offices in the state, officials said.  Fourteen of the 25 offices will close by September.  In the last 10 years, the department saw a 47% drop in federal funding for services at local offices.  Under the plan, there will only be six primary regional offices and five affiliate offices including in Boise, Idaho Falls and Pocatello.  Moscow was the first to close its office last week.  Soon to follow will be Blackfoot, Bonners Ferry, Emmett, Grangeville, Hailey, Kellogg, McCall, Meridian, Mountain Home, Payette, Rexburg, St. Maries and Soda Springs.

Idaho businesses that produce hazardous waste can now use an electronic tracking system rather than paper forms following the federal government’s approval of Idaho’s request to revise some of its rules.  The changes involve the regulation of toxic, poisonous, corrosive, ignitable and other wastes.  Another change involves solvent-contaminated rags used at auto repair shops that can now be washed and reused.  The authorization goes into effect on Aug. 8.

City officials say Boise is installing facial recognition technology at its city halls to keep “banned people” out of the government buildings.  The city will spend $52,000 to install the technology at Boise City Hall and City Hall West.

The ongoing negotiations between the city and the Pocatello police union may be to an end with the union accepting a 5 percent pay increase for all sworn officers in the department.  Though the Pocatello attorney representing the union said the pay increase proposed by the city represents a ton of hard work on behalf of the city negotiation team, he also believes there is still much more work to do to move city police officers’ pay closer to market average of neighboring departments.

Construction is on the rise for Twin Falls.  In 2018, 243 building permits were issued for the entire year.  So far, 242 have been issued this year. 

A federal official says there are too many wild horses on public lands, and potential solutions include new sterilization methods, aggressive adoption efforts and holding more horses in corrals.  Officials say the nearly 90,000 wild horses in 10 Western states are more than three times appropriate levels.  As a result, another 50,000 wild horses are being held in corrals at a cost of $50 million annually.


In sports from around the area, Hagerman has a new football coach.  Nic Jayo takes over the program, after previously being the assistant for two years. He also assisted at Jerome and Canyon Ridge high schools before finishing his education at the University of Idaho.  The Pirates open the 2019 campaign with Murtaugh on Friday, August 30.

The final push to finish the Mia Trease Memorial Field in Filer is on.  Organizers say more financial support is needed to complete the field by August 6th which would have been Mia’s 14th Birthday.  Located next to Filer Middle School, the field represents a way to remember her legacy.  At the age of 12, doctors diagnosed her with bone cancer.  There's a pool party coming up July 20 from 7-10 p.m. at the Filer City Park.  Admission is through a donation and concessions will be for sale. All proceeds will go to this field.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 96F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 64F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and hot, isolated storms in the higher terrain. Winds: Light and Variable. High: 96 Low: 63  Wood River Valley: Mostly sunny skies and hot. Winds: Light and Variable. High: 90 Low: 57

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 98 Low: 64.  Wood River Valley: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 92 Low: 57

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 97 Low: 63.  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 90 Low: 55

MONDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 93 Low: 57.  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 87 Low: 53

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 90 Low: 58.  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 85 Low: 53

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 92 Low: 59.  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 86 Low: 54

July 11th: On this day

Born on this day in Boscobel, Wisconsin, was Bobby G. Rice, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1970 and 1988, Rice released nine albums and charted thirty songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, "You Lay So Easy On My Mind," peaked at #3 in 1973.

Hank Williams went into Castle Studio, Nashville and recorded versions of “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around”, “The Blues Come Around”, “Mansion On The Hill”, and I’ll Be A Bachelor “Til I Die”.

Following his departure from the New Christy Minstrels the day before, Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition with his friends Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams - also from The New Christy Minstrels.

Born on this day in Hollywood, Florida, was Scotty Emerick, country music artist, known primarily for his work with Toby Keith. Amongst his co-writing credits are the #1’s "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," the Willie Nelson duet "Beer for My Horses," "I Love This Bar," "Whiskey Girl," and "As Good as I Once Was", as well as the Top Five hits "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "A Little Too Late."

George Strait was at #1 on the US singles chart with "All My Ex's Live In Texas." Written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer, the narrator declares that all four of his ex-girlfriends live in the state of Texas, in various towns, and that is why he lives in Tennessee.

Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert was at #1 on the US Country chart with "I Hope You Dance" which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.

Luke Bryan was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Drunk on You", the third single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines.

Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale were all decorated by The National Music Council. The trio were honoured at the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards during a Nashville trade show gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants. Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash's eldest daughter, delivered a tribute to Kristofferson with a rendition of "Loving Her Was Easier."