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Gov. Brad Little said yesterday that there are too many coronavirus infections, and Idaho will remain in the fourth and final stage of his plan to reopen during the pandemic for at least another two weeks.  The state’s seven health districts and local officials will continue evaluating conditions in their areas and decide on restrictions with Little’s oversight.

Fire crews spent the night near Declo battling a blaze just north of the I-84-86 junction.  The fire reported just before 6 pm was burning about 400 acres.  Containment is expected by 11 this morning and control by 6 tonight.

Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter said that 37 jail inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.  There were 300 tests requested and so far 50 have results returned.  Carter anticipates the numbers will go up as more test results return. So far, none of the jail staff have tested positive for the virus. He said the first positive case was traced to an inmate who’s been at the facility since May.

Jerome police say there is an uptick in graffiti this year.  Police chief Dan Hall said 12 graffiti vandalism’s were reported last year.  This year so far, there have been 42.  A $500 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information that would lead to an arrest and prosecution of those involved.

Environmental groups in Idaho reacted with mixed responses yesterday to a Trump administration plan to create critical habitat for a small, flowering plant found only in southwestern Idaho that was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2016.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protecting about 65 square miles for slickspot peppergrass. That’s about 30 square miles less than the agency proposed in 2014.

The Lincoln County fair in Shoshone continues through this weekend.  Because of COVID-19 many were concerned that it could get canceled but leaders say they are doing their best to operate it as normal as possible while making sure people remain safe.  Events are scheduled through this Sunday.


Consider this.  There are 28 spots on the preseason all-mountain west teams.  Boise state didn’t do too bad.  They picked up 8 of them.  That’s pretty good in a 12 team conference.  The league was quarterback-heavy last year, but in looking at this season it appears some of the new guys can rise to the top.  Some to watch would include Bronco’s Hanck Bachmeier at quarterback.  Others would be wide receiver Khalil Shakir and left tackle John Ojukwu.

The Big Sky preseason polls are out and they’re not too favorable towards the Vandals, with Idaho slated to finish eighth in the media poll and ninth in the coaches poll. Two of the Vandals’ non-conference games have been canceled this year, their home opener against Western Oregon and an away game at Washington State. Tentatively, the season opener is slated for September 12 at Temple.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 91F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 62F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mainly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 61.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 93. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or thunderstorm. High: 93. Low: 62.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 95. Low: 65.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 94.

July 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Troy, Tennessee was country music singer and songwriter Lawton Williams. His major label debut, in 1951 on Coral, was "Everlastin' Love"/"Lovin' Overtime." He became in demand as a songwriter, Hank Locklin recorded his "Geisha Girl" and "Color Of The Blues", co-written with George Jones, was a country #10 for Jones. Williams died on July 27, 2007 age 85.

American country music singer Roy Acuff announced his intention to run for governor of Tennessee. Running as the Republican candidate, he later lost to Democratic candidate Gordon Browning in the November election.

Born on this day was Pam Tillis country music singer-songwriter and actress, (she is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis). Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, she scored the 1991 hit "Don't Tell Me What to Do", and has since charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, including her only #1 single, 1995's "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)".

Johnny Cash started recoding session for his third album The Fabulous Johnny Cash which was released in November 1958 by the Columbia label, after Cash's departure from Sun Records.

Born on this day, was Jerrod Niemann country music singer, songwriter, who charted with the single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)". He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun".

The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified platinum. The double album featured Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band and others. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.

Johnny Cash picked up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" from his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. The video, featuring images from Cash's life and directed by Mark Romanek, was also named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME.