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Tuesday 111919

Patrick Frazee has been found guilty of murder.  The Colorado man was sentenced yesterday afternoon to life in prison without parole plus 156 years.  He was found guilty for the murder of Kelsey Berreth even though her body has ever been found.  District attorney Dan May said justice was possible because of Krystal Lee’s testimony.  Lee, a former nurse from St. Luke’s testified in the trial that she helped clean up a bloody mess in Berreth’s home.

Twin Falls resident Eugenia Monica Wadsworth is facing misdemeanor driving under the influence following a weekend crash in Gooding that sent two people to the hospital.  Court records indicate this is the 31 year olds second DUI.  She was also cited for driving without privileges.

The Blaine county sheriff’s office say a Hailey man died Sunday evening following a car crash on State Highway 75 north of Hailey.  50 year old Jeffrey Browne was found unresponsive when deputies arrived at the scene of the single vehicle accident south of Cottonwood Creek Circle.

Federal authorities saying a lawsuit wanting to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming should be dismissed.  The lawsuit filed in June claim the federal agencies are violating environmental laws because black bear hunters have killed at least eight protected grizzly bears since 1995.

According to triple A 55 point 3 million travelers are expected to roam far from home for Thanksgiving this year.  That’s the most since 2005 and nearly a million and a half more than last year.  296-thousand Idahoans are expected to take a trip.  That’s an increase of three percent.

Riley Alexander, a 22 year old Boise woman is facing felony charges after being accused of using heroin in a car while her young daughter was in the backseat.  She was arrested last week on felony charges of injury to a child and drug possession.  She was setting in the vehicle in a parking lot of a Nampa McDonalds.  According to court documents she admitted that she had heroin in the car and that she was an addict. 

WEATHER

Today:  Rain showers this morning with overcast skies during the afternoon hours. High 52F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 34F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers possible. Quite a bit cooler High: 42. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Decreasing clouds through the day. High: 40. Low: 20.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 44. Low: 21.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 44. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy and colder. High: 38.

November 19th: On this day

1950
Born on this day was Canadian country-folk artist Ron Hynes, best known for the songs "Sonny's Dream" and "Cryer's Paradise". Hynes died of cancer on November 19, 2015 aged 64.

1968
Jeannie C. Riley was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Harper Valley PTA. The title track "Harper Valley PTA" became a hit for Riley and went to #1 on both the Billboard Pop and Country singles charts, a feat not repeated until 1981 when Dolly Parton released "9 to 5".

1973
Born on this day in Savannah, Georgia, was Billy Currington country music singer, songwriter. Hits include "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right", "Good Directions", "People Are Crazy", "That's How Country Boys Roll", "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer", and "Let Me Down Easy". He has also charted as a duet partner on Shania Twain's single "Party For Two."

1979
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country charts with his seventh studio album Kenny. It included the singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life" and went on to enjoy 25 weeks on the album chart.

1994
Mary Chapin Carpenters was at #1 on the country singles chart with "Shut Up And Kiss Me". The song won Carpenter a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

2013
Country Weekly's Readers named Shania Twain the Most Beautiful Woman in Country Music. Also featured in the list were fellow Canadian, and country traditionalist, Terri Clark, Reba McEntire and Lauren Alaina.

MONDAY 111819

One person was killed in a two vehicle pileup three miles east of Kimberly on State Highway 50 yesterday evening.  Police say 37 year old Aaron Arizmedi of Rupert was eastbound when a small car driven by 45 year old William Presba of Twin Falls failed to yield.  Two passengers in the Arzmedi vehicle were taken to St. Luke’s in Twin falls for treatment.  One, a Juvenile who was ejected succumbed to their injuries.  All lanes of State highway 50 were blocked for about 4 and a half hours.

A Gooding man’s home was damaged by fire Sunday.  Authorities say the elderly man was apparently burning weeds outside on Saturday when flames made their way inside the structure.  The man, who is deaf, wasn’t aware of the fire until neighbors rescued him. 

A three vehicle crash Friday night south of Gooding involved a Gooding County Sheriff’s vehicle.  The accident happened on Idaho Highway 46 two  miles south of Gooding.  One vehicle was stopped waiting to turn left when another vehicle struck it.  The crash then pushed a vehicle into a deputies pickup truck.  The crash closed the road for nearly two hours.  Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor. 

Inmate Jacob Bentley who served in the Teller County Jail with Patrick Frazee who has been accused of murdering Kelsey Berreth said the defendant had asked him to solicit a prison gang he was affiliated with to murder a key witness in the case.  Bentley said Frazee wanted to murder Krystal Lee the former nurse from Twin Falls who claims she helped clean up a bloody crime scene inside Berreth’s apartment.  The prosecution rested its case.  Frazee said he will not testify.  Closing statements are set for this morning.

A judge has sentenced an Idaho doctor to seven months in prison for receipt and delivery of misbranded breast implants given to patients.  Prosecutors said 55-year-old Temp Ray Patterson was also sentenced to one year of supervised release after his prison sentence.  The former Burley doctor was ordered to pay $8,200 of restitution and a $10,000 fine.

SPORTS

In some sports closer to home from over the weekend, first to Girls high school basketball where Twin Falls defeated Caldwell 52 to 41.  Jerome downed Nampa 63 to 32.  Kuna outlasted Minico 37 to 31.  Kimberly defeated Canyon Ridge 53 to 43 and Gooding outlasted Dietrich 57 to 19.

The Mens Basketball from CSI the Eagles lost to Williston State 83 to 69 in Williston North Dakota.

Elsewhere in College Basketball, Washington State defeated Idaho State in Pullman yesterday afternoon 76 to 61. 

In College football Boise State Broncos took the win over New Mexico 42 to 9 Saturday night.  They next play Utah State Saturday. 

Sacramento state beat Idaho 31 to 7 Saturday and BYU won the game over Idaho State 42 to 10. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 62F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low near 40F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 54 Low: 31

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a slight chance of rain/snow showers.   High: 44 Low: 26

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 44 Low: 22

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 46 Low: 22

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 46 Low: 24

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 45

November 18th: On this day

1946
Born on this day in Groveton, Texas, was Jacky Ward, country music artist. Between 1972 and 1982, he charted more than fifteen singles His highest-peaking single, "A Lover's Question", reached #3 on the charts in 1978.

1956
Born on this day, was Laura Lynch, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: Lynch left the group in 1995.

1979
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge appeared on the comedy-variety television series The Muppet Show. No guest star ever appeared twice on The Muppet Show, although John Denver appeared both on the show and in two specials (John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together and John Denver & the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday).

1980
The country-variety TV series, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters was aired for the first time. Barbara Mandrell hosted this music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. Also helping out was Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters, a group of Krofft puppets that included five musicians and a dog. Each week, a well-established country star made appearances.

2002
Shania Twain released her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2005
The Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, opened nationwide in the US. The movie stared Joaquin Phoenix as "The Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as his girlfriend (and wife-to-be) June Carter. The movie was widely praised by critics and beame a major box office hit.

2005
Shania Twain was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada.

2012
Winners at the American Music Awards presented in Los Angeles included; Favorite Country Male Artist - Luke Bryan, Favorite Country Female Artist - Taylor Swift, Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group - Lady Antebellum, and Favorite Country Album - Blown Away, Carrie Underwood.

Friday 111519

Brigham Young University Idaho has stopped accepting Medicaid as health insurance coverage forcing full time students to buy a university backed plan.  Those can be purchased for 81 to 678 a month.  Madison County where the school is located has the highest concentration of Medicaid Enrollees in the state.  The school isn’t commenting on why they made the move.

Cable Networks HLN Real Life Nightmare show has taken their cameras to the Timber Creek Campground In Idaho’s Lemhi County.  The Investigative True-Crime TV show will air an episode about the 2015 disappearance of DeOrr Kunz Jr. who was 2 years old when he went missing.  The child was on a camping trip with his mother, father, great-Grandfather and a family friend in remote Salmon-Challis National Forest. No evidence has been found and no one has been charged.  The episode airs 6pm tomorrow.

Boise teen Conner Brant has been arrested after a 7 year old bicyclist died after being struck by a pickup truck.  The 18 year old has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. 

The stop B2H and Greater Hells Canyon Council has filed the suit in U.S. District court in Pendleton claiming the BLM and the Forest service failed to adequately review the potential environmental impacts of an Idaho Power Company project.  Construction of a power line that would run from Boardman Oregon to Southern Idaho is set to begin in 2022 on the 300 mile line.  It would be completed in 2026 and is part of the power company’s plan to have 100-percent clean energy by 2045.  

40-year-old Szilvia Rideg of Boise has been sentenced to five years of probation for misusing money intended for a program supporting veterans on personal purchases, including a trip to Washington, D.C. and more than $1,000 spent at a California resort.  Federal prosecutors say Rideg worked as the executive director of the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation from 2015 to 2018, and that in 2016 she began using the foundation’s credit card to make unauthorized charges,

SPORTS

In college basketball, Idaho State took the win last night from Montana Western with a score of 80 to 48.  Chier Maker had 18 points and seven rebounds.  Sunday ISU will take on Washington State as they take it to the road for their next game.

Elsewhere, U.C. Davis narrowly defeated Idaho yesterday in the Red Wolves Classic with a score of 65 to 64.  Today, UC Davis plays Arkansas State while Idaho will play VMI.  That game is 4 pm this afternoon in Jonesboro Arkansas at the convocation center. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy skies. Low 36F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:   Mostly cloudy skies. Low 36F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 61F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 52. Low: 31.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 57. Low: 35.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 59. Low: 33.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 55. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers. High: 47. Low: 26.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers. High: 44.

November 15th: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Audubon, Iowa, was C. W. McCall (William Dale Fries, Jr.), singer, activist and politician known for his truck-themed outlaw country songs who had the 1975 US Country #1 and cross-over hit "Convoy."

1960
Born on this day, was Dann Huff, American session musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Since the 1990s Huff has been working as a producer for various bands and artists some of which include Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire.

1961
Born on this day in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was country music artist Steve Kolander. His 1994 his self-titled album produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

1962
All Aboard the Blue Train by Johnny Cash was released in the US, the singer, songwriters fourteenth album, which featured, "Folsom Prison Blues", and "Rock Island Line".

1969
Earl Scruggs played his Grammy winning "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" on an open-air stage in Washington, D.C., at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, becoming one of the very few bluegrass or country-western artists to give support to the anti-war movement. The march attracted over 500,000 demonstrators against the war, including many performers and activists.

1970
Born on this day in The Woodlands, Texas, was Jack Ingram country music singer, songwriter who scored the 2005 US #1 Country hit "Wherever You Are". Ingram has sent six other songs into the country Top 40: "Love You," a cover version of Hinder's "Lips of an Angel," "Measure of a Man," "Maybe She'll Get Lonely," "That's a Man" and "Barefoot and Crazy."

1989
Steel Magnolias the American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross was released. The film featured Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton. The film grossed over $95 million inside the US.

2005
Garth Brooks performed at the 39th Annual CMA Awards live from Times Square in New York City. As a tribute to his friend, country singer songwriter Chris LeDoux who had died earlier in the year, Brooks perfomed his song "Good Ride Cowboy".

2015
Canadian country-folk artist Ron Hynes, best known for the songs "Sonny's Dream" and "Cryer's Paradise" died of cancer aged 64.

Thursday 111419

The mayor for the community of Eden has passed away.  Services for 77 year old Larry Craig is scheduled for this Friday at 10am at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home.  Craig did not seek another term in November’s election.  Blaine Campbell was the only person on the ballot. 

A Meridian man is in custody after police say he ran into two Idaho State Police Vehicles.  Authorities say they responded to a crash Monday morning where one of the vehicles left the scene.  They tracked down the driver who they identified as 28 year old Jesse Pina. The suspect rammed a patrol car and backed into another trooper’s patrol car as he was trying to get away.  No injuries were reported.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Cottle who served four tours of duty with the Marines and lost both of his legs has been awarded a house thanks to actor Gary Sinise.  The Eagle resident will be able to live a life of independence thanks to the Oscar nominated star of Forrest Gump and other films.  Cottle was given keys to his new home on Veterans.

Federal land managers have released a final plan for a phosphate mine with five open pits as well as reclamation work proposed by Idaho based Simplot Company.  The five pits, disposal areas, tailing ponds and other workings would cover about 4-point three miles east of Soda Springs.  Phosphate mining is a major business in Southeastern Idaho.

Twin Falls residents can take advantage of leaf pickup.  The city said customers can discard up to eight bags of leaves and other yard debris on their regularly scheduled collection day.  Place those next to the trash bins.

Pocatello resident William Randall Davis has been sentenced to five years in prison for multiple felony charges.  The 29 year old man initially faced life in prison after he was charged with 10 felony crimes that included robbery, second degree kidnapping, and aggravated assault, possession of Meth, eluding a police officer and owning a firearm. 

SPORTS

Tis the season of signings.  Several local students have announced their next moves.  In Minico, Kasen Carpenter will be playing for the College of Southern Idaho Eagles.  In Burley, Jace Whiting signed his letter of intent to play college basketball at Boise State University.  Another Burley student Makayla Tolman will play volleyball at BYU.

CSI’S Mike hood a Sophomore guard signed his letter yesterday to play for Montana State next season. 

As far as the games this week, first to basketball where Boise State will take on U.C. Irivine at Taco Bell Arena 7 pm tonight.

Other games find Idaho State Bengals playing Montana Western 7 pm tonight and Idaho plays U.C. Davis today at 4 in Jonesboro Arkansas. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High around 60F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. Low 36F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 59. Low: 36.

SATURDAY: After a slight chance of a shower, decreasing clouds, cooler and breezy. High: 50. Low: 31.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 54. Low: 35.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 56. Low: 33.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated showers and breezy with cooler temperatures. High: 46. Low: 27.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 40.

November 14th: On this day

1951
Hank Williams made his first national TV appearance, on CBS-TV's The Perry Como Show, performing "Hey, Good Lookin'". The following week, Perry Como opened his show by doing his own version of "Hey Good Lookin'" and then apologized to Hank for doing so.

1957
Born on this day in Bronxville, New York, was Gretchen Peters, singer and songwriter. She moved to Nashville in the late 1980s and there, she found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray and others. Peters has released studio albums of her own, the title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was recorded by Faith Hill in 1999.

1966
Loretta Lynn was at #1 on the US Country chart with You Ain't Woman Enough. The lead single, and title track became Lynn's biggest hit up to that point peaking at #2. Martina McBride covered the song for her 2005 album Timeless.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me. The title track (like the song "Okie from Muskogee") became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.

1972
Born on this day in Franklin, Tennessee, was Will Hoge, a Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter and musician. Hoge co-wrote "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" the #1 hit for the Eli Young Band.

1996
Mel McDaniel had a near-fatal fall into an orchestra pit while he was performing at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The accident ended his touring career and he underwent several surgeries thereafter. He scored the 1985 #1 "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On".

2001
CBS-TV aired Garth Brooks: Coast To Coast Live from the Los Angeles' Great Western Forum. This was the first of three consecutive Wednesday-night concert specials, the show also featured Keb' Mo' and Trisha Yearwood. Brooks would see his latest album Scarecrow top the Country charts the following month.

2009
Taylor Swift set a record for the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist at the same time with eight singles from the re-release of her 2008 album Fearless.

2016
Country music artist Holly Dunn died of ovarian cancer aged 59. She first found fame with her 1986 Top-10 hit "Daddy's Hands" from her self-titled debut album. Dunn charted more than a dozen country singles, two of which ("Are You Ever Gonna Love Me", "You Really Had Me Going") reaching the #1 spot.

Wednesday 111319

As the 1st degree Murder trial for Patrick Frazee of Colorado moves on, several Magic Valley residents testified in the Colorado courtroom yesterday.  Megan Garrison a friend to Krystal Lee said she lent Lee her black VW Passat during Thanksgiving saying she needed it to move.  Later Lee told investigators it was used to help clean up a crime scene.  Allison Wright a co-worker with Lee at St. Luke’s said that when she returned to work she looked tired and sad. 

Ketchum Police say 37 year old Ihon Miguel Lopez-Macha was killed over the weekend after the car he was working on fell on top of him.  He was working underneath when a jack gave way.  He was rushed to the nearby St. Luke’s where he was pronounced dead.

Twin Falls sheriff deputies ended up using a pit maneuver near Hankens road yesterday morning to stop a vehicle that ran from them during a traffic stop.  37 year old Robert Nevarez of Buhl has been charged with eluding, possession of a controlled substance aggravated battery on an officer and DUI.

Jerome’s Heritage Academy is looking for some help from the community.  In a letter distributed by the Jerome Chamber of commerce, it says the school was unfairly criticized by the state’s charter commission.  The Letter goes on to say that since that time data has proved clear evidence that the school is meeting the needs of the students.  The school is needing to cover the 300-thousand dollar loss in revenue that is a direct result of the illegal comments about the school and community according to the letter. 

In Heyburn, wastewater treatment and collection upgrades will cost taxpayers less than expected thanks to grants from the US. Department of Agriculture.  Total savings according to city officials will amount to 3-point 1 million.  A 12 –point four million dollar bond was approved through judicial confirmation last fall. 

Fire totally destroyed a home of a Bellevue businessman Monday night.  Jose Guerreo who owns G and G landscape said he woke around 5 am to an orange glow outside his bedroom window.  The house was fully engulfed.  Firefighters say they worked quickly to keep the neighbor’s house from burning.

SPORTS

The Idaho Vandals are looking good this season.  They are currently tied for eighth in the Big Sky Conference and a pair of wins would give them some confidence headed into next season.  The Vandals fell hard to Montana last weekend with a score of 42 to 17.  Their final home game of the season is this weekend, with the kickoff Saturday at 3. 

WEATHER

Today:  Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 57F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Generally clear. Low 32F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies. High: 61. Low: 36.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 59. Low: 34.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy with cooler temperatures. High: 51. Low: 29.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 56. Low: 33.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 55. Low: 33.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 47.

November 13th: On this day

1915
Born on this day was Jack Guthrie, songwriter and performer whose rewritten version of the Woody Guthrie song "Oklahoma Hills" was a hit in 1945. The two musicians were cousins.

1932
Born on this day in Florence, Alabama was Buddy Killen, record producer and music publisher, and a former owner of Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the largest country music publishing business, before he sold it in 1989. He worked with artists such as Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and Bill Anderson. Killen died in Nashville, Tennessee on November 1, 2006.

1950
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

1954
A Billboard disc jockey poll reported that U.S. disc jockeys were playing 11 percent country on radio stations, compared to 42 percent pop and 5 percent rhythm and blues.

1958
Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous was released in the US, the singer, songwriters second album. "There You Go" from the album was a country #1 hit.

1974
"Love Is Like a Butterfly" by Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country chart, her fourth #1 as a solo artist. Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976-77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the "W" in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.

2001
Garth Brooks released Scarecrow his ninth studio album which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the Top Country Albums chart. Singles released from this album include "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (a duet with George Jones, "Wrapped Up in You", and "Squeeze Me In" (a duet with Trisha Yearwood). It was the last album by Brooks before his ten-year hiatus.

2003
Wynonna Judd was arrested for drunk driving near Nashville, Tennessee after being pulled over for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175 - more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Tuesday 111219

Promoters of the Idaho Medical Marijuana Initative hope the measure appears on Idaho’s Ballot in November 2020.  If successful, what some are calling the marijuana capital of Idaho could mean the tax dollars move to the gem state.  Right now, Marijuana is big business in Ontario Oregon where many residents travel to purchase their weed.  Taxes on pot sales in the town are expected to bring in more than a million dollars a year.  If passed by voters, the measure would establish a medical marijuana program in Idaho.

Federal land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases go to auction this week after a judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to ease protection of sage grouse habitat.  The move won the agency rare praise from conservationists who secured the federal court order in Idaho last month.

Boise police are investigating the death of a driver who crashed his car into a tree at the intersection of North Orchard Street and West Fair Avenue.  The weekend crash sent the Male driver to the hospital where he died. 

The cool temperatures that Idahoans experienced last month broke a record for Idaho.  The average temperature for October was 36 point 7 degrees.  That compares to the average temp of 44.1 degrees roughly for the past century. So far, November has experienced above average weather conditions.

A panel of lawmakers is looking at making changes to Idaho’s only independent performance evaluations agency, possibly by having staffers focus more on legislative budgets and less on whether state programs are working properly.  The Office of Performance Evaluations audits state agencies and programs, looking for ways the state can fix any problems and become more efficient.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s officials say Ted Bromley a 70-year-old man has died after crashing his vehicle into a creek.  Officials say he died in the crash off Fall Creek Road.  Hunters came upon the vehicle in the creek bed and could see a deceased person trapped beneath it and submerged in the water.D

SPORTS

In local sports the Great Basin Conference has identified the all-conference volleyball teams.  The coach of the year went to Kristyn Rutland from Wood River and the player of the year is Makayla Tolman of Burley.  Clair Hodge of Twin Falls and Emily Vandenberg of Wood River is on the conference’s first team.  Vanessa Peiffer, Mercedes Bell and Chyanna Meyers of Jerome made the third team.  Venessa also made the list for the sportsperson of the year.  

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 59F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 39F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 59. Low: 34.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 60. Low: 36.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 58. Low: 33.

SATURDAY: After isolated morning showers, decreasing clouds and breezy with cooler temperatures. High: 50. Low: 29.

SUNDAY:  Increasing clouds with a slight chance of showers. High: 53. Low: 33.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated showers possible. High: 49.

November 12th: On this day

1950
Born on this day was Barbara Fairchild, Country Music, Gospel Music Singer, who is best known for her 1973 Country #1 hit "The Teddy Bear Song". The track was the first in a series of Fairchild songs where childhood themes were used to express dismay over broken relationships, her follow-up hit was"Kid Stuff."

1955
Billboard magazine's annual disc jockey poll voted Elvis Presley as the most promising country and western artist.

1964
Born on this day in Tillamook, Oregon, was Jerry Kilgore, country music artist who as well as releasing solo albums has written singles for Tracy Byrd and John Michael Montgomery, ("Cover You in Kisses").

1980
The soundtrack album Honeysuckle Rose was at #1 on the US Country chart. The 1980 musical drama film of the same name, featured Willie Nelson. Tracks on the album include songs by Nelson and various artists including Kenneth Threadgill, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Gimble, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Dyan Cannon. The song "On the Road Again" was nominated for Best Original Song in the 53rd Academy Awards.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country album charts with his second studio album No Fences. Some of Brooks most famous songs appear on No Fences, including: "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House".

2005
Martina McBride was at #1 on the Country chart with her eighth studio album Timeless a collection of classic country songs. Major artists whose songs were covered include Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Don Gibson, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette and many others.