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Hagerman school superintendent Mark Kress has tendered his resignation to the district after being named the Snake River School District’s new superintendent. Kress was in his fourth year as superintendent of  the Hagerman district.

Former Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Paulette Jordan said she’s challenging two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.  Jordan in 2018 became the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho but lost in the general election to Republican Brad Little.  The 40-year-old Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said Friday that his agency is starting a voluntary trail pass program as part of a long-range goal to raise awareness and eventually money for non-motorized trail maintenance.  David Langhorst told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that interest in the 900-mile  Idaho Centennial Trail has been growing.

An official with Idaho’s public health districts said Friday that 63.5% of adults in the state are overweight, a 10% increase over the last two decades.  Russell Duke also told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that 30% of third graders are overweight and risk early problems with diabetes and high blood pressure.  Duke said 250,000 adults in Idaho smoke, and that vaping has overtaken smoking among young people.

Details continue to emerge about the disappearance of 7 year old JJ Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan of Rexburg.  Police were contacted by the LIFE academy in Gilbert Arizona in early December where JJ was a student.  The school received an e-mail dated September 5th from Lori Vallow saying she had been offered a job out of state and Joshua would not be returning. 

Authorities continue to investigate a rape and attempted strangulation in Rupert.  Police say 46 year old Clifford Saunders of North Dakota was arrested.  He is charged with two counts of rape, attempted Strangulation, forcible penetration, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 


In sports from around Idaho, first to the Girls High School district playoffs as they work their way to the State tournament.  The Jerome Tigers ended their season this weekend losing to the Century Diamondbacks 53 to 38.  Elsewhere in tournament action, it was Burley 44 Preston 30.  Mountain Home 59 over Minico 48. 

From the District tournament games in Shoshone, Carey defeated Camas County 63 to 54.  Lighthouse Christian downed Hansen 56 to 43 and Murtaugh said no to Dietrich 38 to 23.  Castleford outlasted Richfield 37 to 27.

In Boys High School Regular play.  Dietrich said no to Raft River 65 to 50. 

From the ChallisInvitational Wrestling tournament, Ririe in first followed by Minico Emmett and Declo. 

In College Basketball, first for CSI where Snow College defeated CSI 80-75. CSI dropped to 14-13 overall and 3-6 in conference play.  For the Men.  As far as the women CSI Toppled Snow College 61 to 50.

In College Softball action, Florida northwestern said no to CSI 7 TO 5 and It was Central Florida defeating the Eagles 6 to 5. 

Sayeed Pridgett posted 19 points and nine rebounds as Montana defeated Idaho 82-71 and Bryce Fowler scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Sacramento State held off Idaho State late to earn a 63-59 win.  Both those games on Saturday night.


Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 40F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 24F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow  Mostly sunny.   Winds: W 5-15 mph   High: 42 Low: 27

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, with a slight chance of p.m. snow showers toward the mountains.   High: 41 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of p.m. rain/snow showers.  High: 44 Low: 29

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow showers. High: 42 Low: 28

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain/snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 43

February 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Gallipolis, Ohio, was Lionel Cartwright, country music artist. Between 1988 and 1992, Cartwright charted twelve singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the 1991 #1 "Leap of Faith". He also charted in the Top Ten on the same chart with "Give Me His Last Chance", "I Watched It All (On My Radio)" and "My Heart Is Set on You".

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his seventh album By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The title track which was written by Jimmy Webb was originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965. Campbell's version reached #2 on the US Country charts in 1968, and won two Grammy Awards, for Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance.

Born on this day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was Dude Mowrey country music artist. His song "Cowboys Don't Cry", was later a Top 40 hit when Daron Norwood recorded it for his debut album three years after Mowrey's version.

Reba McEntire released her tenth studio album Whoever's in New England her first #1 album on the Billboard country albums chart. The album produced two singles that were #1 country hits: "Whoever's in New England", and "Little Rock." It was the singer's first platinum record, and was later named the 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Country Music Association in autumn 1986.

"How Do I Live," written by Diane Warren and performed by Trisha Yearwood in the movie Con Air, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Originally recorded by LeAnn Rimes in 1997, her version of "How Do I Live" spent 34 weeks on the UK singles chart, ending up as the 6th best selling UK single of 1998.

The Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "How Long". It was the band's fifth Grammy Award.

Country music winners at this years Grammy Awards included; Best Country Solo Performance - "Blown Away", Carrie Underwood, Best Country Duo/Group Performance - "Pontoon", Little Big Town, Best Country Song - "Blown Away", Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (performed by Carrie Underwood), Best Country Album - Uncaged, Zac Brown Band, Best Bluegrass Album - Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers.

Winers at the Grammy Awards included: Album of the Year – Golden Hour (Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Solo Performance – "Butterflies" (Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "Tequila" (Dan + Shay), Best Country Song – "Space Cowboy" (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Album – Golden Hour (Kacey Musgraves), Best Bluegrass Album – The Travelin' McCourys (The Travelin' McCourys), Best Americana Album – By the Way, I Forgive You (Brandi Carlile).