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Idaho’s new GOP chairman is hoping to unite republicans by focusing more on what they have in common and less on their differences.  Recently selected state GOP Chairman Tom Luna served two terms as state superintendent that culminated in an education reform package passed by lawmakers in 2011 but repealed by voters in 2012.

BLM crews continue to work the Lucky Fire burning near Lucky Peak Reservoir near Boise.  Control is expected this evening around 8 pm.  About 150 acres has burned since it was discovered on Saturday.

Governor Brad Little's Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee approved an additional $40 million to increase and improve COVID-19 testing in Idaho and an additional $10 million to equip schools with supplies needed to open safely.  Between direct federal support for schools and the Governor’s actions through the Cares Act, a total of $122.2 million has been committed to K-12 public education for the next school year.

The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and have put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that.  The Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho, the Energy Department and NASA will evaluate the ideas for developing the reactor.

A federal judge in Idaho has held a pair of outdoor court proceedings to safely swear in new U.S. citizens from more than a dozen countries who otherwise would have had to wait months to become citizens because of the coronavirus pandemic.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale administered the oath of citizenship to 37 people outside the James D. McClure U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Boise. Twenty more new citizens took the oath outdoors in Boise last week.

First it was toilet paper.  Now it’s coins.  Businesses are asking residents to cash in their coins.  The Federal Reserve has been limiting the coins banks can order but bankers say the limitations are supposed to be lifted soon.  In the meantime, if you have a large collection, businesses hope you will bring them in soon.

SPORTS

Will a Boise State Bronco football team member be named the Maxwell Collegiate player of the year?  Who knows, but one thing is for sure Quaterback Hank Bachmeier and Running Back George Holani are on the short list.  Bachmeier threw for nearly 19-hundred yards and nine touchdowns. Holani rushed for a little more than 1-thousand yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Big Sky Conference is pushing back competition for its fall Olympic sports.  September 18 will serve as the first date of competition for soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country, as well as the non-championship seasons for men’s and women’s tennis and softball.  Men’s and women’s golf begins September 14.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 98F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. Low 67F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, generally during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 90. Low: 60.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 94. Low: 63.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 96. Low: 64.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 96. Low: 63.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 62.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 92.

July 27th: On this day

1920
Born on this day near Knoxville, Tennessee, was Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, American entertainer who gained fame on radio and television as Homer of the country music comedy duo Homer and Jethro with Kenneth C. Burns for 35 years beginning in 1936. The pair recorded more than 50 albums during their career and won a Grammy for the best comedy performance in 1959 for "The Battle of Kookamonga," a parody of Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans." Haynes, who owned Fender Stratocaster serial number 0001, died on August 8, 1971 of a heart attack in Hammond, Indiana.

1944
Born on this day in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, was Bobbie Gentry, singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" in 1967. The track spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over three million copies all over the world. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

1952
Hank Thompson was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Wild Side Of Life". Spending 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard country charts, the song solidified Thompson's status as a country music superstar and inspired the answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country charts with, The Dance. The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.

2000
"I Hope You Dance" by country singer Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert was at #1 on the Country chart. Considered to be Womack's signature song, "I Hope You Dance" won the 2001 CMA, ACM, NSAI, ASCAP and BMI awards for Song of the Year. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.

2007
Country music singer and songwriter Lawton Williams died age 85. 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.

2018
Kenny Chesney released his eighteenth studio album Songs for the Saints his 12th Country #1 album and his first release for Warner Bros. Nashville. According to Chesney, the album was inspired by "the rebuilding process" after Hurricane Irma, which destroyed a house that he owned in Saint John, US Virgin Islands. Proceeds from the album were donated to Hurricane Irma disaster relief funds.