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The Idaho House ended its legislative session on Friday after balancing fears of spreading the coronavirus with potential vetoes of several bills representatives will now be powerless to override.  The House voted 32-28 to end the session a day after the Senate went home. They would have needed to stay five more days to wait out a veto decision by Republican Gov. Brad Little.

Charlotte Jane Sheppard A Lincoln County woman has been issued a cease and desist order from the Idaho Department of Insurance.  An investigation showed that Ms. Sheppard was continuing to transact insurance and was using premium funds in her agency’s fiduciary account to pay personal expenses,

It’s time to turn water into the canals.  Friday marked the 116th annual opening of the Main Line headgates at Murtaugh Lake.  It will take about 3 weeks to get the canals and ditches flowing properly.

At 10 am this morning the Twin Falls City council will convene in order to consider issuing a declaration of Local Disaster Emergency.  City officials say if approved, it will allow the city to more efficiently allocate funds to combat COVID-19, gain access to Federal and state emergency funds and reduce costs to residents by limiting the liability of taking these actions. 

We continue to track news regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  At last check, a total of 47 cases have been reported in the gem state.  Meanwhile, District Health officials are asking anyone who traveled to Blaine County in the past two weeks to shelter in place after three Ada County residents and a Valley County resident tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time in the county.

Idaho has fewer than 2,800 general care hospital beds statewide, with fewer than half of them estimated to be empty and available to take new patients on any given day.  It’s estimated that somewhere between 15% and 35% of Idaho’s 1.7 million residents could be infected with COVID-19 during the course of the pandemic. Most of those cases will be mild, with patients able to recover safely at home. But an estimated 10 to 20 percent of people with COVID-19 need to be hospitalized during their illness.

SPORTS

Another group that’s being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is the high school baseball and softball umpires.  Most of his umpires treat the games as supplemental income, but some are full-time officials over the course of multiple sports seasons.  It’s expected the postponement will extend past April 5th.

This fall, Boise State is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Albertson Stadium.  The very first game was September 11, 1970 against Chico State.  Boise state took the game 49 to 14.  

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 60F. SSE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 39F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of generally rain showers, but some snow could mix into the higher elevations. High: 51. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of valley rain showers, while rain and snow showers are possible in the mountains. High: 48. Low: 28.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 48. Low: 30.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of valley rain showers and mountain rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 53. Low: 37.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies and warmer with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 58.

March 23rd: On this day

1870
Born on this day in Fannin County, Georgia was Fiddlin' John Carson who became the first "hillbilly" artist to play on the radio, when he performed on Atlanta's WSB. It was reported by the Atlanta Journal that Carson's fame quickly spread all over the United States following his broadcast at WSB.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country chart with "The Fightin' Side of Me", one of the most famous of his career. In reference to his own 2002 patriot song, "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)", Toby Keith once called this song "the original Angry American song."

1981
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the country chart with 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, her 23rd solo studio release. A concept album about working, the album was centered around Parton's hit "9 to 5", which served as the theme song to the film of the same name.

1981
Born on this day in Anaheim, Orange County was country music singer Brett Young. His second album Ticket to L.A. released in 2018 topped the Country album chart.

1986
Born on this day, was Brett Eldredge, American country music singer signed to Atlantic Records Nashville, who scored the 2013 #1 single "Don't Ya" on the Country Airplay chart. Eldredge is the cousin of Terry Eldredge of The Grascals.

1990
Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country chart with his third album RVS III. The singles released from the album were "Statue of a Fool" (#2), "I've Cried My Last Tear for You"(#1), "I Meant Every Word He Said" (#2), and "Life's Little Ups and Downs" (#4).

2006
Cindy Walker the prolific American songwriter, singer who wrote hits such as "Distant Drums", "Bubbles in My Beer", "Cherokee Maiden" and "You Don't Know Me" died aged 87. Walker who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2011 also had the 1944 hit with "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again".