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With all the smoke in the air from regional wildfires, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution forecast and caution to area residents.  Officials say the air is unhealthy and that burning restrictions are in place. 

The fires have sent crews from around the country to battle the blazes in the west including some from Southern Idaho.  More than 23-hundred firefighters are battling the Creek Fire near Fresno California.  That fire is more than 200-thousand acres and has destroyed hundreds of structures.  At last check it’s only 8-percent contained.

The McDonald restaurant owner in Boise, Meridian and Nampa has paid a 50-thousand dollar fine after an investigation by the department of Labor.  It was determined that the employer violated child labor requirements at 11 locations by allowing 14 and 15 year olds to work more than 3 hours during school days and more than 8 hours a day on non-school days. 

Gov. Brad Little has restored $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Republican governor also announced that another $50 million will be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce or dip into household money while their children learn during the challenges posed by the pandemic.

In Jerome yesterday afternoon a man and two daughters were injured after their ATV was struck by a pickup.  The accident happened at the intersection of South Cedar and West Avenue E just after 5 pm.  The Driver of the ATV, 36 year old Santana Contreras was seriously injured officials say. His daughters had minor injuries. 

Motorists who travel over the Perrine Bridge should expect delays all this week.  The Idaho Transportation Department will perform their routine inspections and will be blocking one lane of traffic throughout the day.  One Northbound lane will be closed today and tomorrow from 8:15 to 3 while one Southbound lane will be closed Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 am.


In local sports, first to 4-A action, where Burley defeated Wood River 27 to 8.  Canyon Ridge lost to Twin Falls 41 to 14.  Jerome took the win from Shelley 19 to 14.  Minico won their game over Mountain Home 27 to 15.  In 3-A action, Gooding took the win over Nampa Christian 34 to 12.  Kimberly shut out Declo 38 to 0.  Ririe took Valley 49 t0 26 and Cole Valley Christian won the game against Wendell 58 to 0.  In 1-A D -1 it was Lighthouse Christian over North Gem 34 to 12, Rockland over Murtaugh 58 to 10 and Oakley sacked Challis 78 to 0.  In 1-A D-2 action Hansen won their game over Hagerman 60 to 28.



Today:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 92F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies. High: 84. Low: 55.

WEDNESDAY: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 54.

THURSDAY: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 56.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. A little bit breezy and not quite as warm. High: 80. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 70. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71.


September 14th: On this day

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

Tulsa honored American Western swing fiddler Johnnie Lee Wills with a street named after him. Johnnie Lee Wills Lane is directly in front of the Expo Square Pavilion at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Wills, who died in 1984 was the younger brother of Bob Wills and had also played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys.

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

Property from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash raised $1.24 million on the first day of a three-day auction at Sotheby's in New York City. Items sold included a custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar for $131,200 and an autographed photo of Elvis Presely to June Cash sold for $18,000, a striped prisoner's jacket from Folsom Prison made $6,000.

Carrie Underwood released "Cowboy Casanova" as the lead single from her third studio album, Play On. The song became the fastest climbing single in Underwood's career and also the fastest-climbing single of 2009 in the country music genre. Additionally, the song gave Underwood the most Top 10 hits on the country chart this decade - 10 top 10 singles followed by Faith Hill and Martina McBride each with nine.

Rascal Flatts released "I Like the Sound of That" the final single from their album Rewind and becoming the trio's thirteenth #1 hit, and their first since "Banjo" in 2012.

A public memorial service for Troy Gentry was held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, Troy was killed in a helicopter crash in in Medford, New Jersey on September 8 of this year.

Carrie Underwood released her sixth studio album Cry Pretty. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, making Underwood the first woman to hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with four country albums. It also debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart, becoming her seventh consecutive #1 album on that chart.