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Friday 032020

Blaine County now has 17 cases of the Coronavirus bringing the statwide total to 23 as of this morning.  Blaine County officials have issued a stay in place order for everyone in the county.  shelter in place means all individuals must stay at home unless they need to perform essential activities like going to work, errands to pick up food, groceries or to seek medical care.

Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device is on the Governor’s desk.  The legislation permits one-touch operations of devices for such things as answering or ending a call.

Boise mayor Laruen McKean has called for the shutdown of all indoor dining in bars and restaurants in Boise in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID 19.  The closure order went into effect at midnight this morning.  Take-out options will still be allowed.  The move is similar to Oregon and Washington where the governor’s ordered all bars and restaurants in those states be closed.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has left the Statehouse and returned to Idaho Falls, leaving Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill to preside over the Senate and finish out the legislative session.  She has been quoted as saying she was concerned about helping her adult children dealing with their restaurant and other businesses in Eastern Idaho affected by the coronavirus.

Two Twin Falls firefighters have been exposed to the coronavirus.  While responding to a medical call on Sunday the two from the fire department along with members of Magic Valley Paramedics treated a patient who later tested positive.  Neither are exhibiting any symptoms but are self-isolating. 

Legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted is on the governor’s desk.  The House voted to approve the amended measure from the Senate that would pay $60,000 a year for wrongful incarceration and $75,000 per year on death row.


Colby Blaine the Former CSI Assistant coach has been named the NAIA Division 2 men’s basketball coach of the year.  Most recently he led the College of Idaho Yotes to a number 1 ranking picking up a no loss 20 to 0 conference record and a current win streak of 25 games.

The two team Canyon Conference list is out.  For the All Confernce boys basketball teams for the season a total of six players – three from Wendell and Three from Declo are on the roster.  From Wendell, Freshman Diego Torres, Junior Joe DeMasters and Junior Zane Kelsey.  From Declo, the list is made up of three seniors.  Sam Mallory, Tyler Anderson and Garrett Powell.

WEATHER Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 55F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 34F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with some isolated valley rain mainly during the afternoon and evening. High 56F. Low  33. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain.  High: 57 Low: 34

MONDAY, MARCH 23:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. High: 57 Low: 36

TUESDAY, MARCH 24: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain. A little breezy and a little cooler.  High: 53 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. A little cooler.  High: 50

 March 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Reed died on Aug 31st 2008.

Born on this day in London, Ontario, was Tommy Hunter, Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman". Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984 and in 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Born on this day was Douglas B. Green, American musician, arranger, award-winning Western music songwriter, and Grand Ole Opry member. He has worked with many artists from Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys to Miranda Lambert.

During sessions at Castle Studios in Nashville Hank Williams recorded "Wedding Bells" which later peaked at #2 on the country singles chart in 1949.

Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song "Me And Bobby McGee." Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her - especially, he has said, in the line "Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away." Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" at #1 on the country charts. The song was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written by him and wife Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.

Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country charts with his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Originally the song was a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, first released in 1957 and was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

At Reba McEntire's request, Johnny Cash gave a speech during the service held for the eight band members and two pilots killed in an air crash on 16th March. He opened his speech by singing the song "Jim I Wore A Tie Today" and when it came time to say the name in the song, Cash replaced it with the name of each band member - "Jim, Chris, Kirk, Joey, Paula, Terry, Tony and Mike, I wore a tie today." He ended his part of the service with the rendition of the Hank Williams recitation "Negro Funeral."