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Thursday 040920

Idaho Schools superintendent Sherri Ybarra said she trusts local educators and administrators to make the best decisions regarding grading during extended closures due to the novel coronavirus.  Along with the extended school closures and the sudden shift to remote learning, questions over grading are one of the issues educators and families have been wondering about.

Public Health District officials are now confirming Jerome County’s first death related to COVID-19.  The district said the individual was female and over the age of 70. Age is considered a factor.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has ordered the creation of a committee to oversee the state’s $1.25 billion share of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package approved by Congress last month.  Little’s budget chief, Alex Adams, will head the 14-member committee that is responsible for using the money to support businesses, health care providers and struggling families during the pandemic.

Four area businesses are donating food to help people who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.  Chobani, Clif Br, Glambia and the Bishop’s storehouse have made donations to several groups including the Twin Falls School District. 

While residents practice social distancing Jail inmates are not able to follow the governor’s guidelines because of tight quarters.  In Twin Falls the jail currently has about 270 inmates in an area designed for 194.  Officials are trying to work with judges to possibly release some but they say it’s simply not an option. 

Good news for disabled veterans in Idaho.  They are now eligible to have their property tax bill reduced by as much as 13-hundred 20 dollars on their home and up to one acre of land.  To find out more about the program go to the Idaho Tax Commission website

Police in Idaho Falls have arrested a woman on charges of Kidnapping, robbery and aggravated battery after she and two others attacked another woman last month in Idaho Falls.  Maddeline McKenzie Ovard was arrested after the victim said the suspect hit her with a wrench and punched her multiple times.  She was found stripped of her clothing lying on a rock by deputies. 


In sports, one more event that will not happen this year.  The Magic Valley Shrine All-Star football game that was scheduled for Memorial day – May 25th has been canceled.    The Masonic Lodge of Idaho has issued an order suspending all events indefinitely; the Twin Falls Shrine Club has issued a similar order due to COVID 19.

This Friday schools around Idaho including those in Magic Valley will be part of “be the light”.  Stadium lights will be turned on at 8:20 pm for 20 minutes.  This symbolizes 2020 in military time, to recognize the Class of 2020.  While you are encouraged to drive by the school and honk in support, school officials remind everyone to stay in your car and practice social distancing. 


Today:  Sunny. High 72F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 43F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and some clouds. High 71F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

FRIDAY: Becoming partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon/evening rain showers. Breezy and warm. High: 70. Low: 44.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of afternoon/evening showers. Windy and a little bit cooler. High: 63. Low: 35.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. Breezy and a bit cooler. High: 52. Low: 29.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with below average temperatures. High: 51. Low: 31.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 57. Low: 33.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 56.

April 9th: On this day

Born on this day, was "the King of Rockabilly", Carl Perkins, American musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and is known for his song "Blue Suede Shoes". Perkins' songs were recorded by many artists including: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash. He died on January 19, 1998.

Born on this day in Knox City, Texas, was singer Kay Adams. In the 1960s, Adams arrived on the country scene with the songs "Six Days a Waiting," "Old Heart Get Ready," "Anymore," "Honky Tonk Heartache" and "She Didn't Color Daddy." At the inaugural Academy of Country Music Awards , in 1965, Adams was named Top New Female Vocalist.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was Margo Smith, singer who in the 1970's scored two US #1 Country hits, "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" and "It Only Hurts for a Little While." She is also considered a "world class yodeler".

Born on this day in Greenwich, New York, was Hal Ketchum, country singer, songwriter. His 1991 album Past the Point of Rescue is his most commercially successful, having been certified gold and between 1991 and 2006, Ketchum scored seventeen entries on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album Nashville Skyline, which embraced country music. Twenty seven minutes long and with liner notes by Johnny Cash, (who also appeared on the record), at the time of release it was dismissed by some critics as lightweight, but included "Lay, Lady, Lay", a major hit single for Dylan.

Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville' she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel". She worked with Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Tillotson, and Blake Shelton. She was the mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.

A public tribute memorial service for Tammy Wynette was held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featuring performances by Randy Travis, Lorrie Morgan, Rudy Gatlin, The Judds, and Dolly Parton who performed "I Will Always Love You."

Country singer Tanya Tucker was sued by her manicurist for $300,000 over claims the star's dog attacked and injured her. Danielle Hobbs stated in court papers that she was bitten by Bella at the singer's Nashville home and also claimed that the alleged attack, had left her with painful and disfiguring scars on her leg. She stated that Tucker's assistant told her the dogs were "just babies" and said "they will not hurt you".

Singer Doug Stone, who charted four #1 country hits in the '90s, was arrested in Panama City, Florida, for domestic violence against his 21-year-old son, Dustin Brooks, (who played in Stone's road band in the 2000s). They reportedly engaged in a heated dispute over his son's car and Stone's drinking.

Brad Paisley released his ninth studio album Wheelhouse. The album debuted at #1 in the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, becoming Paisley's seventh #1 album.

American guitarist Bob Wootton died age 75. He joined Johnny Cash's backing band, the Tennessee Three, after original lead guitarist Luther Perkins, died in a house fire. He was Cash's guitarist for nearly thirty years.

Wednesday 040820

It’s a staggering number.  Unemployment in the Magic Valley area has mushroomed by 29 hundred 25 percent in a mere two weeks.  For the second week in March 80 unemployment claims were filed.  A week later 2,240 claims hit the state department of Labor.  Statewide 47 thousand people had filed for unemployment. 

U.S. Senator Jim Risch says he is asking for an independent investigation into the World Health Organization’s handling of COVID 19 response.  The senator said W-H-O has failed not only the American people but the world with mishandling of the response to the pandemic. 

The BLM say they have a plan to help in the battle against wildfires by creating fuel breaks 400 feet wide along 987 miles of roads in southwestern Idaho.  The agency said creating fuel breaks by clearing vegetation will help firefighters stop wildfires and protect key habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife on land also used by cattle ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts.

As of this morning there are 1210 confirmed cases in the Gem State.  Health officials are reporting two more deaths related to the coronavirus in Blaine County, bringing the state total to 15.  The counties with the most cases are Ada and Blaine with 438 and 428 cases respectively.

Two Lincoln County commissioners who are the subject of a recall have said they will not willingly resign.  Roy Hubert and Rick Ellis rejected an offer from the republican central committee to step down.  Residents of the county are upset the two keep pushing forward to replace the courthouse rather than to remodel it. 

Gas prices are plunging downward.  The Triple A said the average gas price in the gem state is 2.17.  Nationwide the average is now $1.92.  Stay-home orders, safety precautions, and economic uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are keeping more Americans close to home despite the return of warm weather that usually triggers the start of road trip season and weekend getaways.


American Legion Baseball said that the regional and World Series events set for August 13 through the 18th in North Carolina have been canceled.  The organization said most teams will not be able to complete the league play and the fact that it will draw large crowds.  For now it’s up to the state’s legion organizations to decide how much play will happen locally.

Boise State’s co-special teams coordinator and outside linebacker coach Zac Alley said he has tested positive for COVID-19.   The 26 year old said he had some sharp pain through his chest and described it like taking a knife and sticking it through your ribs.  Alley has been in Coach Bryan Harsin's staff for the last two seasons after working as a student assistant at Clemson.


Today:  Sunny. High 67F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 37F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  sunny skies and warmer. High: 71. Low: 42.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies with breezy and warmer conditions. High: 70. Low: 44.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers and windy. Slightly cooler temperatures. High: 64. Low: 37.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers. Staying breezy and turning cooler. High: 55. Low: 31.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 54. Low: 33.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy. High: 59.

April 8th: On this day

Born on this day in Mount Kisco, New York, was John Schneider III, actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television adaptation of Superman. Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums which gave him hits such as: "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.

Anne Murray was spending her third week atop of the country charts with "I Just Fall in Love Again". Written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler premiered on CBS. It was loosely based on the Grammy-winning Kenny Rogers song of the same name, and stars the singer as Brady Hawks, a gambler trying to reunite with a son he never knew, played by Ronnie Scribner. It was a critical and commercial success, receiving an Eddie Award and two Emmy nominations, and resulting in four sequels.

The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Bobbie Sue", the title track of their seventh album became the Oaks' sixth #1 single.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Singer, songwriter Van Stephenson died of cancer age 47. He scored three US Billboard Hot 100 hits in the 1980s as a solo artist, and later became vocalist in the country music band BlackHawk.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US album chart with Let It Go his fourth #1 album. The album produced seven Top 20 US country hits. The first single from the album, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" (written by Big Kenny of Big & Rich), reached the top of the country charts in early 2007, giving McGraw his first #1 hit since "Back When" in late 2004.

Carrie Underwood released "Last Name" the third single from Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the song won Underwood her third consecutive Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The song became her seventh straight #1 country single, and her eighth #1 Billboard single overall.

Tuesday 040720

Yesterday, the Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the state’s soft closure of schools to the end of the school year.  School districts will be allowed to reopen only if they meet guidelines that have not been determined yet and get approval from the local public health officials.

Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home order to limit the spread of the coronavirus is legal and clearly defined by law according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.  The power to assert such an order is found within Idaho code.  Little issued the 21-day order on March 25.  Some lawmakers and a northern Idaho sheriff had questioned Little’s authority to do that, contending it violated the U.S. Constitution.  Wasden said he is ready to defend the order if the need arises. 

Authorities on Saturday recovered the body of a competitive snowmobiler who was buried in an avalanche in southeastern Idaho.  46 year old Robert Kincaid of Victor, was riding with a group of about 10 people in the Austin Canyon area when the slide happened Friday.  One rider went for help while the others started searching for Kincaid, whose body was found about 2 1/2 hours later.

U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force a through long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness, an environmental group says.  Wildlands Defense is asking the BLM to delay its decision approving J.R. Simplot Co.’s permit on about 94 square miles in southwestern Idaho for at least 10,500 cattle until the virus abates.

The eastern Idaho man who was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident in Bannock County has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter.  Tyler Carter is facing the felony that carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and or a fine up to $10-thousand dollars.  Bobette Wilhelm was struck while riding a bicycle.  Officials say it appears she was alive for a time after the accident while she laying along the roadway.


CSI's Mike Hood is an NJCAA All-American, while Kendall McHugh decided where he'll continue his playing career in Idaho.  By making it to the honorable mention team, he also makes it three straight years that a CSI basketball player has earned this recognition.  Meanwhile, teammate Kendall McHugh has committed to the University of Idaho, where he'll have three years left of eligibility.

Former Boise State Basketball star Derrick Marks is back home after being in isolation in Italy because of the coronavirus.  He had been in quarantine since March 8th


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 63F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 63. Low: 36.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 66. Low: 43.

FRIDAY: Increasing clouds throughout the day and breezy. High: 66. Low: 43.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. Staying breezy. High: 63. Low: 39.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain showers. Staying breezy. High: 57. Low: 33.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers. High: 56.

April 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Gans, Oklahoma, was Cal Smith, country musician, most famous for his 1972 #1 hit "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking" and his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin," which received the Song of the Year Award from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Smith died on October 10, 2013.

Born on this day, was Bobby Bare, who scored over 30 US Country hits including his only Country #1 hit in 1974, "Marie Laveau", (which was written by written by Shel Silverstein). In 1998, he formed the band, Old Dogs, with his friends Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings.

The single "Tennessee Bird Walk" by the country music husband-and-wife duo Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan was at #1 on the country chart. "Tennessee Bird Walk" is a novelty song theorizing on the effects of removing the wings, feathers, singing ability, and common sense from birds.

Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart" broke the four-week barrier, on the US country singles chart, the first since Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's 1978 hit "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys."

Rascal Flatts released their sixth studio album Unstoppable the band's fourth consecutive #1 debut on the US Country chart.

Jake Owen proposed to his girlfriend model Lacey Buchanan on stage in front of a hometown crowd in Vero Beach, Florida, at his annual charity event. The couple married the following month on May 7, 2012.

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Idaho’s fight against the corona virus appears to be paying off.  For the third day in a row health officials have reported declining numbers of confirmed cases.  Statewide, Idaho added 21 cases the lowest number reported in a single day since March 24.  As of this morning 1013 cases have been reported with 10 deaths.  77 have been hospitalized.

Later today, the Idaho State Board of Education will debate closing all public schools for the rest of the academic year.  Two options are being considered.  Close school buildings for the rest of the year or extend the statewide closure to a be determined date. 

What if there are too many patients and not enough resources to care for them?  That’s what is facing the gem state’s medical system.  Currently officials in Idaho are working on a plan to guide medical decisions in the worst-case scenario of a pandemic.  The plan could help doctors determine which patients get a ventilator.

The Lincoln county clerk’s office has received the recall petitions against two county commissioners. Lincoln County Commissioners Roy Hubert and Rick Ellis have been facing the possibility of a recall since the beginning of the year, and Friday, the petitions were officially submitted.  The petitions needed at least 442 signatures, and ended up with more than 600.

Saturday afternoon the eastbound lanes of I-84 between Jerome and Wendell were closed for about two hours after a semi-truck caught fire.  Officials say the fire was reported about 3 pm.  A trucks tire had blown and caught fire.  The flames spread to the semi-trailer which was completely destroyed. 

If your travels include interstate 84 overpass bridges in the Burley area, expect delays. The ITD said work is expected to begin next week with resurfacing on the 850 West overpass. Traffic over the bridge will be detoured to the Burley/Paul overpass at Exit 208 while the work is underway.  Construction will continue till about September.


On Saturday night, COVID-19 took the life of former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey.  He was 73.  Dempsey was born with no toes on his kicking foot and was most famous for making a game winning, record-setting 63-yard field goal in 1970.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is donating his weekly paychecks to the coronavirus relief effort.


Today:  Mostly cloudy this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 59F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 37F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers with warmer temperatures. High: 58. Low: 36.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers with warmer temperatures. High: 63. Low: 39.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 62. Low: 39.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 59.

April 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Oildale, California, was country music songwriter, singer, and guitarist Merle Haggard. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band The Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the unique twang of Fender Telecaster guitar and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994 has scored 38 US #1 Country hits. Haggard died on the morning of April 6, 2016, his 79th birthday, of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California.

Hank Williams' first publicity photos were taken in Shreveport. The photo which was later used for the Hank Williams stamp issued in 1993 as part of the Legends of American Music was taken on this day.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the country charts with "A Very Special Love Song". Written by Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson, who had also written Rich's 1973 hit, "The Most Beautiful Girl". The song was included on Rich's 1974 album, Very Special Love Songs.

American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. She scored 12 hit singles including "Stand By Your Man", is one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. Wynette has sold over 30 million records world-wide, was married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the 'first lady of country music', Wynette had the 1991 hit "Justified and Ancient" with The KLF which became a #1 hit in eighteen countries.

Trisha Yearwood, with her mother and sister, released a second cookbook entitled Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood. The book consisted of recipes passed down through her mother, aunts, cousins and longtime friends.

George Jones played his final ever concert at the Knoxville City Coliseum in Knoxville. Jones was scheduled to perform his final concert at the Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. However, on April 18, 2013, Jones was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for a slight fever and irregular blood pressure. His concerts in Alabama and Salem were postponed as a result. While there, Jones died in the early morning hours of April 26, 2013, aged 81.

American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle Haggard died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Palo Cedro, California. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound. Haggard scored over 10 US Country No.1 albums during his career.

Jim Glaser died age 81. As a member of the sibling trio Tompall and the Glaser Brothers he charted several singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 hit "You're Gettin' to Me Again".

Friday 040320

The public health district confirmed that more than one case of the coronavirus with no out of state travel and no identified contact with another person with Covid-19 has been recorded in Twin Falls County.  The health district reported the case yesterday.  Meanwhile starting today, St. Luke’s wood River will resume services.  Officials say it will be on case by case bases.  There have been 891 cases of the coronavirus.  That’s up 223 over a 24 hour period. 

Nearly 33,000 Idaho residents filed for unemployment benefits last week as the Idaho economy continues shedding jobs at a record rate because of the coronavirus.  The Idaho Department of Labor reported that the number of claims filed between March 22 and Saturday was a 143% increase over the 13,500 filed the previous week.

Authorities say 30 year old Dane Broderick of Burley who was charged with watching children using a camera now faces rape and other child sex charges.   In September he was charged with four counts of video voyeurism and burglary after reports say he set up a Wi-Fi camera in a family friend's bathroom to spy on children. In another case he is facing one count of child sexual abuse and in another case he has been charged with sexual battery. 

Employees at Saint Alphonsus are facing pay cuts and unpaid furloughs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to eat into profits hospital officials say.  President and CEO Odette Bolano told employees "These are not 'normal times,' and the sustained loss of volume and increased costs associated with COVID-19 preparedness is outpacing our revenue,"

Most eviction proceedings in Idaho have been temporarily suspended following an order from the Idaho Supreme Court responding to the coronavirus. The court has ordered the suspension through April 15 of court hearings, including civil and criminal trials, by all magistrate and district courts across the state unless it’s deemed an emergency.


Today:  Clouds and some sun this morning with more clouds for this afternoon. High 51F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 27F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. Chances of precipitation will increase after the sun sets. High: 54. Low: 34.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 56. Low: 36.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 53. Low: 34.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 57. Low: 35.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 62. Low: 39.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 61.

April 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Don Gibson, songwriter and country musician who was nicknamed 'The Sad Poet' because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love. Gibson, who made his first recodings in 1948, penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams", "Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", (which has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962) Gibson enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970s. He died from natural causes on November 17, 2003.

Born on this day in in Valdosta, Georgia was pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965. His first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with "Burned Like a Rocket."

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys appeared for the inaugural broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH, broadcasting from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. During its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country and western music.

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were at #1 on the US country singles chart with "After the Fire Is Gone". The duet written by L.E. White was the only single released from the LP, We Only Make Believe. "After the Fire Is Gone" was the first chart topper for Lynn and Twitty as a duo.

Hank Williams Jr. was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Texas Women", his third #1 on the country chart.

Clint Black was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Loving Blind" the second single from his album Put Yourself in My Shoes. It was his seventh single overall and became his fifth single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with Kerosene, her first studio album. After placing third in the television competition, Nashville Star in 2003, Lambert signed with Epic Nashville in 2004. The album spawned four Top 40 Billboard Country Chart singles, however only the title track was a major hit, peaking at #15.

Thursday 040220

A 65 year old Nevada man could face the death penalty after killing a state trooper.  John Dabritz has been charged with murder and arson in the death of 47 year old Sgt. Ben Jenkins.  The trooper stopped after he saw a car on the side of the road near Ely.  As he approached Dabritz allegedly shot and killed him, took his uniform and squad car.  Authorities say Dabritz claimed that Covid 19 was flowing in the water and sewer systems. 

Governor Brad Little signed into law two anti-transgender bills, making Idaho the first among states that introduced some 40 such bills this year to enact them.  The Republican governor approved legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates, and another that bans transgender girls and women from competing in women’s sports. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho quickly responded to Little’s actions: “The ACLU will see the governor in court.”

Governor Little signed into law legislation banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education.  The bill originated in the House and was amended in the Senate to avoid losing federal funding.  Backers said the measure is needed so that everybody will be treated equally.

South Central Public Health District confirms one case of novel coronavirus in Gooding County.  The individual is a female in her 50’s. The point of transmission is under investigation. She was not hospitalized and is currently isolating at home with mild symptoms.  At last check there are 671 cases in the gem state and 9 confirmed deaths.

Officials say there has been no significant damage or injuries reported following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rattled Idaho and that could be felt in surrounding states.  At least 47 aftershocks had been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey by mid-morning, with the largest one measured at a magnitude 4.6.


Today:  Mostly sunny. High 46F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 24F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of PM valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 51. Low: 30.

SATURDAY:  Increasing clouds throughout the day with a slight chance of showers, generally after the sun sets. High: 53. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 55. Low: 35.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 54. Low: 33.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 54. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 58.

April 2nd: On this day

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was singer-songwriter Warner Mack. Mack had many hits on the country charts from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, including the 1965 #1 hit "The Bridge Washed Out".

Born on this day in Lawton, Oklahoma, was Leon Russell, (Claude Russell Bridges), musician and songwriter. Russell played piano with "The Wrecking Crew" the top L.A. session musicians of the 1960s, as well as working with many other artists including Willie Nelson, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan.

Born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, was Emmylou Harris, singer-songwriter and musician. She has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career, winning 12 Grammy Awards. Her first Country #1 was in 1976 with her version of the Buck Owens song "Together Again."

Johnny Cash recorded his classic song, "I Walk the Line", which became his first #1 Billboard country hit. Released in May of this year it remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.

Born on this day in Lepanto, Arkansas, was Buddy Jewell who was the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. His self-titled Country #1 album, produced the singles "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" and "Sweet Southern Comfort".

Born on this day in Quincy, Florida, was Billy Dean, Country singer, songwriter who first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. He guested on the Kenny Rogers 2000 US #1 Country hit with Alison Krauss "Buy Me A Rose."

Dolly Parton released her eleventh solo studio album My Tennessee Mountain Home. The house pictured on the album cover was the house in which the Parton family lived during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Born on this day in Perryville, Missouri was singer and songwriter Chris Janson. His Top 10 hits include "Buy Me a Boat", "Fix a Drink", "Drunk Girl", and "Good Vibes".

Trisha Yearwood was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Thinkin' About You", a song written by Tom Shapiro and Bob Regan. It was released as the second single and title track from her album Thinkin' About You. The song became Yearwood's third #1 country hit. Lee Roy Parnell plays slide guitar on the song.

Marty Stuart was arrested in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and charged with DUI. Hendersonville police said Stuart was picked up and charged with one count of DUI and one count of violation of the implied consent law. Police said a call came in to them reporting that Stuart had been seen intoxicated in a local retail store.

Recordings by The Everly Brothers and Linda Ronstadt's album (Heart Like a Wheel), were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.