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The coronavirus has been confirmed in more than 1% of Idaho's population since the virus first appeared in the state back in March.  With talk about herd immunity where if a certain portion gets the virus the likelihood of outbreaks will decrease significantly, State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said Idaho is a long way off.  At last check, Idaho has had a total of 161 deaths, 18,114 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6,203 recoveries.

An inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 died yesterday. The Idaho Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Frank Dawson Conover was transported to a Boise hospital for treatment where he was tested positive for the virus.

The Idaho Department of Correction is looking for an inmate who walked away from a women's prison south of Boise Wednesday afternoon.  49 year old Michelle Rene Descharme left the South Boise Women's Correctional Center and was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. south of Boise.  Descharme’s record includes convictions for possession of a controlled substance, grand theft and forgery in Minidoka, Twin Falls, Bannock, Bingham and Ada Counties.

U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company.  The project is expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot’s existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello.

Twin Falls will see a Texas Roadhouse restaurant – but not this year as planned.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic the plans have been put on hold for a year.  The restaurant is expected to be built on Magic Valley Mall Property near the Olive Garden.

The Buhl Animal Rescue is asking for the public’s help in order to stay open.  The Trinity Animal Rescue Center said donations are way down since the pandemic.  Maria Kosielowski said she hopes more in the community step up to help save the nonprofit facility. 

One person was injured and westbound interstate traffic between Jerome and Twin Falls was slowed for several hours yesterday afternoon after a vehicles driver lost control and rolled.  67 year old Julia Hubbel of Lakewood Colorado struck some construction barrels causing her car to flip on its top.  She was transported to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls for treatment. 


In legion baseball yesterday, in Rupert, the Twin Falls Cowboys took the win over the Idaho Falls Tigers 5 to 4.  Burley now plays Idaho Falls this afternoon at 4.  It was the Burley Green Sox over the Blackfoot Bronco’s 9 to 8 and the Pocatello Runnin Rebels 10 Skyline Grizzlies 5 in 9 innings. 



Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 101F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 65F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Mainly sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 100. Low: 67.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 65.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 96. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 95. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 59.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 86.

July 30th: On this day

Born on this day in Tracy, Minnesota was songwriter and music publisher Dennis Morgan. His first songwriting success was "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed", a #1 hit for Barbara Mandrell in 1978. Morgan was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation's Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Johnny Cash recorded his first version of "Folsom Prison Blues" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Neal McCoy, a country music singer. His 1993 singles "No Doubt About It" and "Wink" from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It both topped the US Country charts.

Johnny Cash started recording session for his fourth album Greatest! Six out of the twelve songs featured on the album became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one.

George Jones was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Always Get Lucky With You", a song written by Merle Haggard. The track gave Jones his ninth and final chart-topper.

Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as their Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of 4 million copies.

Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.

Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

American country music singer, Lynn Anderson, died aged 67. The multi-award-winning singer scored the 1970 US #3 & 1971 UK #3 single "Rose Garden", and charted 12 #1's, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974), as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year.