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Idaho’s state tax revenue for August blew past predictions for the second consecutive month.  Officials say Idaho’s state tax revenues came in $37 million, or 13 percent, over forecasts, and the state is looking at a potential $500 million in surplus tax revenue for the fiscal year that started in July. Idaho’s unemployment has dropped to 5 percent after reaching nearly 12 percent earlier this year, though 45,000 workers remain unemployed.

An earthquake in March is threatening caves at the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Two National Forest Service cave experts found two structural concerns in the national preserve after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake near Boise rumbled on March 31.

A wildfire in northern Idaho yesterday forced evacuations along a rural highway, and another destroyed an unknown number of structures.  The Bonner County sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders for both sides of State Highway 41 near Blanchard. The Idaho Department of Lands said the fire is at about 700 acres, and that additional fire crews are heading to the area.

Police in Twin Falls say they saw a large increase in vandalism over the past Labor Day Weekend.  Officers investigated reports of over a dozen broken windows on vehicles.  Police are asking for the public’s help.  Call them with any potential leads.

Following low numbers for Labor Day, Health and welfare in Idaho report they have added 272 new confirmed cases of coved 19 and 42 probable cases statewide.  Idaho is nearing 34-thousand confirmed and probable cases since the beginning of the pandemic.  Three new deaths were reported yesterday bringing the statewide total to 390.  17-thousand have recovered.

Bars in Ada County got the green light to re-open.  In addition West Ada and Boise School Districts have shifted to Category two for coronavirus community spread.  That means they have moved from red to yellow officials say.


In local sports, first to volleyball from last night where Twin Falls defeated Jerome 3 to 0.  Filer took the win over Buhl.  Kimberly defeated Gooding 3 to 2.  Murtaugh shut out Valley 3 to 0.  Lighthouse Christian downed Carey 3 to 0 and Twin Falls Christian Academy said no to Camas County 3 to zip.

Today in Boys soccer Declo plays Buhl and Gooding is at the Sun valley Community School.  In Girls Soccer, Declo visits Buhl and Gooding will be in Sun Valley. 

In volleyball games Shoshone travels to Hansen and Canyon Ridge is in Gooding.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 72F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 41F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 75. Low: 47.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 82. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 84. Low: 51.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 87. Low: 55.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit cooler. High: 78.

September 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Freddy Weller, country music artist. His biggest solo hit as an artist was "Games People Play," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1969; "Promised Land" and "Indian Lake," both 1971, peaked at #3.

Born on this day Lodi, Wisconsin, was Tom Wopat, actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He scored a handful of hits on the country charts including the 1988 "A Little Bit Closer."

Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis Tennessee. Johnny Cash was in the audience and after the show met Elvis for the first time.

Born on this day in Alexandria, Indiana was American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek. She died from cancer on March 4, 2016.

Born on this day in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was Hunter Hayes, American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His self-titled debut album released in 2011 included the Top 20 country single "Storm Warning" and the #1 singles "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak".

To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood were among the artists participating in Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.

Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival, took place at Randall's Island, New York City, New York. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Sturr, Danielle Evin, Jesse Lenat, Pauline Reese, Paula Nelson, Titty Bingo, and 40 Points.

Taylor Swift released "Our Song" the third single from her self-titled debut studio album. It became Swift's first #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, maintaining the position for six consecutive weeks. The track made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a #1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.