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Wednesday 091620

The Badger Fire burning in the South Hills has so far, consumed over 27-thousand acres.  94 personnel are working to gain containment.  The Warr Cabin, a historic structure, was destroyed in the path of the blaze.  The cabin sat on land 20 miles west of Oakley Reservoir.

The South Central Public Health district in Twin Falls said two children have confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19.  The health district said both Children were hospitalized.

The city of Twin Falls announced yesterday they will be updating 22 curb ramps along Addison Avenue West and Blue Lakes Boulevard starting today.  The ramps will be in compliance with current ADA standards.  Construction is expected to be completed by November 30th.

A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package yesterday, approved spending $150 million to help educate students.  The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request from last week and unanimously approved spending $100 million to replace a similar amount cut by Little in 2020 due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

Idaho’s death by suicide rate this year is similar to figures from 2019 and less than numbers from 2018 despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of Aug. 31, 248 people in Idaho have died by suicide. By the same time last year, 240 people in the state had died by suicide. In Aug. 2018, the state reported 280 deaths by suicide.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said yesterday that the state appears to have avoided a tough wildfire season so far with a combination of quick responses by state and federal firefighters and good luck with weather.  The governor said an early plan forced by the coronavirus pandemic to quickly attack all wildfires appears to have paid off. Avoiding large wildfires meant avoiding large accumulations of firefighters where the virus could spread.


In sports from around the gem state, yesterday the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district board of trustees said the High School Mascot will no longer be the Indians.  The decision followed about two hours of public testimony from both opponents and proponents of the measure.  In the end, the board voted 5 to 1 in favor of eliminating the mascot at the end of the school year in June of 2021.

Minico is no longer traveling to Sandpoint High School because of poor air quality in northern Idaho.  Now the Spartans will go to Wood River tomorrow instead.

The Buhl Indians head football coach announced his resignation.  Seth Blick, and offensive coordinator Mitch Oparnico are stepping down effective immediately.  The seniors were scheduled to meet last week prior to practice about changes, but the practice was canceled.  Most of the coaching staff resigned the following day.  Fred Bartlett the current assistant coach will be the interim head coach. 

In volleyball from yesterday Burley downed Canyon Ridge 3 to 2.  Twin Falls defeated Mountain home 3 to 1.  Gooding said no to Filer with a score of 3 to 1.  It was Kimberly 3 Buhl 0 and Castleford 3 Wendell 0.  One other score Lighthouse 3 Raft River 0.  In Boys soccer Twin Falls downed Mountain home 7 to 0.


Today:  Sunshine. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 91F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 56F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 58.

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

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and thunderstorms. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 68. Low: 47.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 78. Low: 50.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 78.

September 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was David Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit "Let Your Love Flow" in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.

Born on this day in Monroe, Louisiana was Michael Rhodes bass player, known for his session work. Rhodes has worked with Rodney Crowell, Wynonna Judd, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr., Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.

John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country), and "Sweet Surrender" (#13 pop, #1 AC). In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.

Dolly Parton released her fourteenth solo studio Love Is Like a Butterfly. The title track was the third consecutive single to reach #1 on the U.S. country charts for Parton. For the few years before her pop chart success, "Butterfly" was considered Parton's signature song and was used as the theme song for her 1976 syndicated music series Dolly!

Sheb Wooley the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" died in Nashville, Tennessee. He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide.

A total of 30 artists gather to record "Forever Country", a single released in honor of the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. The track featured Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and others. The song debuted at #1 the week of October 8, the third song to do so since its inception in 2012.