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Thursday 031920

Two more cases of the Corona Virus have been reported in the gem state.  That brings the total now to 11.  An 80 year old Man in Twin Falls is recovering at home and another person in Blaine county has mild symptoms.

Yesterday, Idaho adopted stricter guidelines for social interaction to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Governor Brad Little said the state was adopting federal guidelines that include avoiding social gathering of more than 10 people.  The guidelines also call for not eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts but to use drive through or pickup options.  The governor also recommends avoiding discretionary travel and shopping. 

Ron Anthony, the Buhl School district Superintendent, will soon be leaving after the board signed off on a separation agreement earlier this week.  Some at this week’s board meeting, said teachers and community members feel like the board lacks transparency.  In the same meeting J.D. Gould was appointed as the new trustee in Zone 2.  The search is on for a new superintendent.

The Salt Lake City airport has been closed after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake city and could be felt in parts of Southern Idaho.  The closing diverted air traffic to Twin Falls and Pocatello airports.  The quake took out power for tens of thousands and scattered bricks from storefronts along some streets.  The buildings shook for about 15 seconds.

Legislation banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education headed to the Idaho governor’s desk yesterday.   The Senate amended the bill to avoid losing federal funding, meaning the House had to approve the amended version.  Backers say the measure is needed so that everybody will be treated equally.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill creating transparency in medical bills sent to former patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors.  The bill signed by the Republican governor caps attorney fees charged to former patients at $350 for those who do not contest their bills in court and $750 for those who do.  It also sets a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get bills to a patient’s insurance provider.


Today:  (FIRST DAY OF SPRING) Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 51F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 35F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with some isolated rain. A little warmer.  High: 55 Low: 32

SATURDAY, MARCH 21: Mostly sunny with some isolated rain, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  High: 57 Low: 34

SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Mostly sunny with some isolated rain. High: 57 Low: 34

MONDAY, MARCH 23: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers.  High: 58 Low: 36

TUESDAY, MARCH 24:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers. A little cooler. High: 54

March 19th: On this day

Marty Robbins was at #1 with "Don't Worry" his seventh Country chart topper, (which stayed at #1 for ten weeks). "Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion after session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin didn't like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.

Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the country chart with "My Hang-Up Is You", Hart's second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album.

Country music comedian and entertainer Speck Rhodes died age 84. Rhodes who played banjo and bass fiddle is best known for his appearances on the Porter Wagoner television show.

Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announced plans to depart the group at the end of the year, in search of a solo career.

Josh Turner was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Why Don't We Just Dance", released in August 2009 as the lead-off single from his album Haywire. The song became Turner's third #1 hit.

Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. Police said Coe was driving a 2011 Suburban when he ran the red light. The truck hit the SUV broadside, pushing it into a nearby parking lot. The truck flipped on its side, wrapped around a pole and spilled the radishes and corn it was hauling.