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Thursday 021320

Legislation aimed at reducing property taxes drew so many people wanting to speak that a House panel ran out of time and delayed voting.  Round one of testimony was heard Tuesday and a second round of hearings conducted yesterday.  House Majority Leader Mike Moyle sponsored the bill and said the one-year; statewide freeze on property taxes is needed to start a conversation because people are being forced out of their homes.

Two men who combined spent nearly 40 years in Idaho prisons for crimes they didn’t commit testified in favor of legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted.  Christopher Tapp and Charles Fain told lawmakers they left prison with no resources after DNA evidence proved their innocence. Both had been convicted of murder.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate’s gender confirmation surgery, ruling that a three-judge panel decision will stand.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.  Audree Edmo who was born male wants the surgery in order to be a female.

Tawna Day Huttanus, a former Jerome elementary teacher was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison following an April 2019 stabbing.  Huttanus pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery and one count of domestic violence — traumatic injury in the presence of a child.   The court placed her on a rider program and retained jurisdiction for a year.

The director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture will have authority to set regulatory fees paid by elk hunting ranches under legislation sent to the Senate.  The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee approved the bill backed by elk hunting ranches.  Elk at fenced hunting ranches are managed similarly to livestock by the Agriculture Department.

A Utah county agreed to pay more than $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two Idaho State University football players who said they were falsely arrested during a bank robbery investigation.  Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 each.  The lawsuit accused Box Elder County, Oneida County in Idaho and the Utah Highway Patrol of false arrest, excessive force and illegal search and seizure.


In sports from around southern Idaho, first to the Girls High School district playoffs where last night Filer took the win from Kimberly.  The victory means the wildcats secured the district title and will be moving on to state playoffs and Kimberly will be the second seed to the state tournament. 

Lighthouse won their game over Carey 46 to 40.  Lighthouse will now take the Number 1 seed to state.  Camas County overpowered Hansen 38 to 27.  The Mushers will face the Panthers in the second place game at Shoshone High School tonight at 7 p.m.

Tonight the Jerome lady tigers will play Preston Tonight for the district’s third state position.  That game can be heard on KART 1400 AM.

In boys high school basketball, Preston took the win from Burley 60 to 33.  Mountain Home won their game over Wood River 48 to 46.  It was a crosstown rival as Twin Falls overpowered Canyon Ridge 55 to 45.  Minico said no to Century 59 to 44 and Raft ‘River outlasted Glenns Ferry 55 to 51.  Oakley took the win over Valley 53 to 46. 


Today: sunshine. High near 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 27.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. This chance will increase Saturday night onward. High: 44. Low: 35.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with rain and snow showers likely. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 44. Low: 28.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers and breezy. High: 49. Low: 24.

TUESDAY:   Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 39. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 43.

February 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Bristol, Tennessee, was Ernest Jennings Ford better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. The television host scored an unexpected hit in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons". Ford died on October 17, 1991 exactly 36 years after "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born on this day in Shellman, Georgia, was Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" as well as "Raining In My Heart", which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Many other artists have recorded their songs including Charley Pride, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, Red Foley. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

Hank Williams recorded "My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)" in Nashville with Fred Rose producing and featuring Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Dale "Smokey" Lohman (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (electric guitar), and Louis Innis (bass). The track became his third single released on Sterling Records in April 1947.

Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy", both of which reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

Alabama released "If I Had You" the second single from the album Southern Star which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the twenty-fifth #1 single for the group.

American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Jennings was the bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets and released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. He scored the 1980 US #21 single "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard", and was also the narrator on the television series. Jennings was also a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in this year, he and his musical partner Lester Flatt were ranked #24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Country music winners at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards included; Gretchen Wilson who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Redneck Woman", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Tim McGraw for "Live Like You Were Dying" and Best Country Performance by Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Top of the World."

A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song "Living in the Promiseland". The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones' driver's license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.

Two men in a small pickup truck were killed after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.

Country music winners at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - "The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert, Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "'Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song - "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum.

President Barack Obama awarded Country singer Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. Tilis is known for his hits "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".