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An early morning report of a missing child at the Ketchum police department has led to two felony arrests.  Just before 3 am yesterday police say 38 year old Kristen Zalak and 52 year old Harold Lamont Thomas reported Zalak’s eleven year old son and his service dog were missing.  Turns out the car the couple was in was reported stolen and inside illegal substances were found. The missing child was later located and is safe.

With all the wildfires in the west, some are question if they should have fire shelters near them at all times.  “They are for an extreme emergency, never to be considered as an alternative to safe firefighting,” National Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said. Still, the shelters have saved more than 300 firefighters since they began being used in the 1960s and became required in firefighting equipment in the late 1970s.

A Chinese couple has been prevented by coronavirus health restrictions from traveling to the U.S. to take custody of their newborn child, who remains with her surrogate mother in Idaho.  Emily Chrislip gave birth to the healthy girl at a Boise hospital May 18, but her biological parents in Beijing have waited months for their first embrace with the infant.  After a public health emergency was declared in the U.S. because of the coronavirus, travel restrictions to and from China took effect Feb. 2.

A car crash near Hollister along Highway 93 last night started a brush fire when the vehicles erupted in flames.  The accident near Milepost 14 blocked at least one lane of the highway for most of the night.  There are unconfirmed reports that two people died at the scene. 

Tours of a B-25 bomber are underway at the Magic Valley Regional Airport this week.  The bomber saw combat action in World War II and yesterday veterans were honored with a ceremony in front of the aircraft.  Ground tours are available Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management is now conducting a point prescribed fire in the Raft River Valley.  Burning began on Monday southeast of Malta and will continue through Sept. 30.


In sports from around the area, first to Girls soccer where Buhl took the win over Declo yesterday 6 to 0.  Kimberly downed Bliss 7 to 0 and it was Wendell overpowering Filer 5 to 1. 

To Volleyball, it was Gooding squeaking past Canyon Ridge 3 to 2. 


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 79F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 48F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies, breezy and warmer. High: 83. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 51.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 55.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies, warm and a little bit breezy. High: 89. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit cooler. High: 78. Low: 52.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and mild. High: 75


September 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was country singer Tommy Overstreet, Often known simply as "T.O." His highest charting hit was 1972's "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')," which went to #2. He died on Nov 2 2015.

Lynn Anderson recorded "Rose Garden" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains one of the most successful country crossover recordings of all-time. The track topped the US Billboard country chart for five weeks, reached No.3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and was a major hit in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and the UK.

Dolly Parton released her twelfth solo studio album Bubbling Over. The album's only single, "Traveling Man", peaked at #20 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Ashley Monroe, singer-songwriter who became a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.

Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Garth Brooks released his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind, which became his first album to debut at #1 the Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. There it enjoyed four runs at #1 spending a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

Brooks & Dunn were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Brand New Man" the duo's debut single. It was also the first single from their album, Brand New Man, and their first #1 single on the country charts.

MCA records released George Jones' "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," with a star studded line up of vocal guests: Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, T. Graham Brown, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis.