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Tuesday 052620

Today is the new deadline for voters to request absentee ballots for the May primary election.  That happened after U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill granted the request of Nicholas Jones for Congress campaign who sued after the Idaho Secretary of State’s website repeatedly crashed as the 8 pm May 19th deadline approached to request absentee ballots. 

Former Principal Eric Lords from Shelley High School is facing grand theft charges according to Bingham county Prosecutor Paul Rogers.  Lords, and Christy Burton a former school employee will be charged.  The prosecutor said they plan to turn in paperwork by June 1st.  The two are accused of  taking money in excess of a thousand dollars.  The alleged incidents occurred in 2017 and 2018. 

Rite Stuff Foods in Jerome is battling a COVID 19 outbreak after over 30 workers tested positive for the respiratory virus.  The South Central Public Health district said that as cluster testing increases in the region they expect to see a focus on employees of food processing plants. 

The unemployment figures for Idaho are not looking good.  11.5 percent of Idahoans are without work.  79-thousand 500 jobs were lost in April due to the effects of COVID-19.  April’s rate increased nine percentage points from a record low 2.5 percent in March to an all-time high of 10.2 percent in December 1982 and a Great Recession peak of 9.6 percent in June 2009.  Nationally, unemployment reached 14.7 percent in April or 23.1 million people.

One person is dead following a shooting in New Meadows.  The Adams county sheriff’s office said a suspect was taken into custody Friday.  Police received a report of a fight around 9 pm.  When authorities arrived they found a dead man.

Two East Idaho men have been sentenced for a carjacking that occurred in September 2018 on Riverton Road in Blackfoot. 23 year old Rockit Rodriguez of Blackfoot, was sentenced to 130 months in prison for carjacking and possession of a firearm.  His codefendant, 20 year old Antonio Ray Sesma-Lopez, of Fort Hall, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for carjacking.


Today:  A shower or two possible this morning with partly cloudy skies for the afternoon. High 77F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 56F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and/or a thunderstorm. Slightly warmer. High: 82. Low: 55.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 89. Low: 59.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies with isolated rain showers and/or thunderstorm. Potential record breaking heat. High: 93. Low: 62.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. Hot and a little bit breezy. Potential record breaking heat. High: 94. Low: 61.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warm with a little bit of a breeze. High: 87. Low: 58.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 86.

May 26th: On this day

Jimmie Rodgers, singer, songwriter, who was among the first country music superstars and pioneers, died while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old. Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music." Rodgers sold over 12 million records and was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was Randall Hank Williams, better known as Hank Williams, Jr. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of country music pioneer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III.

The first Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival was held to honor the anniversary of Rodgers' death. The festival in Meridian, Mississippi became an annual event.

George Jones released his seventh studio album White Lightning and Other Favourites. The track "White Lightning" which gave Jones a #1 hit single was written by The Big Bopper ("J. P." Richardson), who was killed in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959, along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Bill Anderson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)". Despite spending just two weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, "My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)" was named the #1 song of 1969. Several other songs - most notably Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass" and "A Boy Named Sue," and Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" - had longer runs at #1.

Born on this day in Georgetown, Texas, was country music artist, Keith Gattis, who has written songs for George Jones, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Charlie Robison, Gary Allan, Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne, Sara Evans and the Eli Young Band.

Willie Nelson released his eighteenth studio Red Headed Stranger which became his first #1 country album. The cover of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", released as a single previous to the album full release became Nelson's first #1 hit.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.

Toby Keith won four awards at CBS' 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. Keith won Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for Shock'n Y'all; and Video, for the Willie Nelson duet "Beer For My Horses". Vocal Event of the Year went to Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

Country music legend Willie Nelson cut his 'trademark, waist-length braids.' A spokesperson for the legendary entertainer explained that Nelson decided to lose his signature style a couple of weeks ago. In trademark laid-back fashion, he didn't make too big a deal out of the event.

Friday 052220

35-year old Joshua Molina of Twin Falls, whose March jury trial over the death of an infant ended in a hung jury is set to be tried on remaining charges in October.  Molina was tried on charges of first degree murder and four counts of injury to a child following the death of 20 month old Lyryk Altom in 2017.  He will be retried on the remaining first degree murder and injury to a child charges.  Amanda Dunlap, the mother of the girl who died, also faces a first degree murder charge and several injuries to a child charges. Her next status conference is scheduled for August.

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t put an Idaho transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery on hold while a lawsuit over the procedure moves forward.  Yesterday’s order means Adree Edmo can continue getting pre-surgical treatments and potentially even gender confirmation surgery this year while Idaho officials wait to hear if the high court will consider their appeal.   Edmo has been housed in a men’s prison facility since he first began serving time on a charge of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 in 2012. He is scheduled for release in July of 2021.

A Nampa man has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he stabbed his 92-year-old mother.    73-year-old Danial Fairchild is being held on $1 million bond in connection with the Tuesday evening stabbing. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, and her current condition was not released.

The state of Idaho announced yesterday that the gem state will not borrow money in the bond market to meet anticipated cash flow requirements for the fiscal year which will save taxpayers money.  The last time this happened was in 1982.  The Tax Anticipation Notes are used to cover the time lag between when state revenue is received and when state expenses are incurred.

Radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years, scientists say.  A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey attributes the decreases to radioactive decay, changes in waste-disposal methods, cleanup efforts and dilution from water coming into the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.


Today:  Cloudy with periods of rain. High 49F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 39F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. Breezy and slightly warmer. High: 60. Low: 37.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 67. Low: 45.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 75. Low: 49.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with warmer temperatures. High: 80. Low: 53.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 81. Low: 54.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 82.

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May 22nd: On this day

Born on this day in Independence, Missouri, was Ralph Peer an American talent scout, recording engineer and record producer. He is credited with what is often called the first country music recording, Fiddlin' John Carson's disc "Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane"/"That Old Hen Cackled and The Rooster's Goin' To Crow". In August 1927, while talent hunting in the southern states, he recorded both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the same session at a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, known as the Bristol Sessions. This momentous event could be described as the genesis of country music as we know it today. Peer died on 19 Jan 1960.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio was bassist Dana Williams from Diamond Rio, (originally known as the Grizzly River Boys). Their 1991 single "Meet in the Middle", made them the first band ever to send a debut single to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Dolly Parton recorded the song "Jolene" during sessions at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Released in October 15, 1973 the song became Parton's second #1 hit on the Billboard US Country charts.

CBS aired Willie Nelson The Big Six-0: An All-Star Birthday Celebration with guests Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Paul Simon, Travis Tritt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Bob Dylan, Marty Stuart and Kris Kristofferson

Aaron Tippin released "Kiss This", the first single from his album People Like Us. Co-written by Aaron's wife, Thea, the single became Aaron's third and final #1 on the Billboard country charts, five years after his last chart topper.

At the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in Las Vegas, there were boos when the Dixie Chicks' nomination for Entertainer of the Year award was announced, (after Natalie Maines' comment about George Bush), however, the broadcast's host, Vince Gill, reminded the audience that everyone was entitled to freedom of speech.

Rascal Flatts' Mayberry was at #1 on the Billboard country album charts, their fourth and final single from their 2002 album, Melt.

The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which aired May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row. Winners at this years show included: Keith Urban who won Top Male Vocalist, Carrie Underwood won Top New Female Vocalist and Single Record of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.

The Zac Brown Band were at #1 on the country chart with their fourth major-label studio album Jekyll + Hyde, making it their third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

Thursday 052120

The protocols are now available for bars, pools and waterparks to open safely as we approach stage 3 of re-bound Idaho.  Stage three is expected to launch May 30th according to the Governor’s office.  Stage 4 is set for June 13th.

South Central Public health say they expect that increased testing will reveal an increase in confirmed case numbers in the Magic Valley.  Right now, more than half of Idaho’s COVID-19 cases this month have come out of the loacal area.  In numbers 54-percent of Idaho’s 470 new cases in May.

City leaders in Twin Falls say the fourth of July fireworks show is on.  The half hour display will be at the College of Southern Idaho starting at 10 pm Saturday July 4th.  Fireworks sold at licensed stands can be discharged from June 23 to July 5th officials say.

Idaho election officials botched the mail-in primary process, says a Republican candidate seeking to represent the state in Congress who and has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to extend the deadline for requesting a ballot until next week.  Nicholas Jones said the secretary of state’s website became overwhelmed and failed to meet the demand for ballot requests as the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline loomed, denying some people their only opportunity to prepare to vote.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Secretary of State’s office says it improperly released the protected addresses of 55 people to several groups and individuals that requested voter information.  Addresses used for voter registration and other government documents are generally public, but Idaho state law protects the addresses of some crime victims, law enforcement officers and judges from being released.


Today:  Clouds and some sun this morning with more clouds for this afternoon. High 63F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Showers early, then cloudy overnight. Low 43F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High near 50F Low 35F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of a shower. It will be a little bit breezy and a little bit warmer. High: 60. Low: 38.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 67. Low: 46.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 75. Low: 49.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 77. Low: 51.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 76.

May 21st: On this day

Buck Owens was at #1 on the country charts with "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owens's third chart topper. "My Heart Skips a Beat" spent seven non-consecutive weeks at the top with a total of twenty-six weeks on the chart. The B-side, "Together Again", also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by "My Heart Skips a Beat" from the top spot.

Taken from his album Ol' Waylon, Waylon Jennings started a six week run at #1 on the US Country charts with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)."

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the Country charts with "Just to Satisfy You" a song written by Jennings and Don Bowman in 1963. Jennings included the song in his performing repertoire, and on radio. In 1982 he recorded a duet version along with Willie Nelson, that peaked at #1 for two weeks on Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Born on this day in East Texas was singer-songwriter Cody Johnson. His seventh album Ain't Nothin' to It reached #1 on Billboard country albums chart.

Alabama, The Judds, George Strait and Randy Travis all appeared at a Country Music Stars Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Trisha Yearwood married Robert "Bobby" Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks. The couple divorced in 1999, (she married her current husband Garth Brooks in 2005).

Winners at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Entertainer of the Year - Toby Keith, Top Male Vocalist - Kenny Chesney, Top Female Vocalist - Martina McBride, Top New Male Vocalist - Joe Nichols, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Video of the Year went to Alan Jackson for "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and Single Record of the Year was won by Kenny Chesney "The Good Stuff."

Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist was killed in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes".

Crash My Party the fourth studio album by Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country chart. Its first single, the title track, reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the album went onto sell over 2 million in sales in the United States by the summer of this year.

American singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave died of cancer age 61. He was a founding father of Red Dirt music and became one of Oklahoma's most celebrated folk artists alongside Woodie Guthry. LaFave moved to Austin, Texas and continued to inspire a wealth of the scene's Americana, country and folk acts.

Wednesday 052020

Jerome Police are investigating a death that occurred near a motel on East Main Street last night.  Multiple police cars and a corner’s vehicle were at the scene.  Police Chief Dan Hall said that it doesn’t appear to be a homicide but couldn’t comment past that. 

In March, lawmakers voted to shift 18 I.T. and Data Management positions along with 2-point 7 million dollars of state funding from State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s control, moving it to the state board of education with the governor signing the bill into law.  Ybarra has filed suit.  Friday, the deadline for response from the state, saw a flurry of activity from the attorney general’s office and Holland and Hart, the Boise law firm representing the legislature.  David Leroy will represent Ybarra at taxpayers’ expense as well. 

The price for gas is leaping up in Idaho.  Last week prices in the gem state leaped 17 cents.  For the week the price jump was the largest in the country.  Today, the average price in Idaho is $1-dollar 98 cents while the average U.S. Price checks in at a dollar -88 cents.

Today the Twin Falls City pool will reopen for limited lap swim on the deep end while the shallow side will remain closed.  Swimmers must maintain 6 feet of separation and temperatures will be taken of all people entering the facility.  If you have a temperature over 100.3 degrees you will not be allowed to enter the city said in a news release.  Meanwhile the Jerome Recreation Center has opened with limited services.

Gov. Brad Little’s desire to make a significant course change involving a politically charged strategy on how to invest millions of dollars to benefit public schools and other beneficiaries was rejected yesterday by his fellow members on the Idaho Land Board.  Little’s motion to permanently move $50 million from a fund intended to buy timberland into market investments failed to get a second and died.  The state buying timberland has drawn fierce opposition from timber companies that complain they can’t compete against the state. County commissioners have also complained that counties lose property tax revenue when the state buys land.


Burley High School has hired a new Basketball Coach.  Mac Stannard will coach the boys this winter.  He was most recently an assistant at Kuna High School.  Bobcats athletic director Randy Winn said Stannard interviewed well and was highly recommended by several college and Ada County high school coaches.

The college of Southern Idaho has signed two more athletes to its programs.  For Men’s Basketball, Madit Lueeth from Alberta Canada will be a guard.  Lueeth, who has played his past two high school seasons at Wesley Christian in Allen City, Kent., averaged 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals per game as a senior.  CSI also announced the addition to its men’s cross country and distance track program Riley Reid, an Idaho runner, for the fall roster.


Today:  Showers this morning, becoming a steady rain during the afternoon hours. High 48F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 64F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 62. Low: 41.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with some scattered rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 52. Low: 37.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. It will be a little bit breezy and not as chilly. High: 60. Low: 39.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 68. Low: 46.

MONDAY:  Warmer with partly cloudy skies. High: 75. Low: 48.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 77.

May 20th: On this day

George Jones married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion, the couple divorced slightly more than a year later.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country album charts with The Country Way. Pride went on to score thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

Freddy Fender was at #1 on the Country music album chart with his first album Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album includes the #1 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the US country album chart with Deliver, their tenth studio release. The album included two hit singles: "Ozark Mountain Jubilee" and "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes", the latter of which reached #1 on Hot Country Songs.

Born on this day, was Jon Pardi, American country music singer/songwriter who in April 2012 released his debut single, "Missin' You Crazy." His second single, released in April 2013 became his first Top 20 hit on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Clint Black was at #1 on the country chart with his debut album Killin' Time. The album with the success of its first four singles, ("A Better Man", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and "Killin' Time"), was a huge hit upon release, and established Black as one of the biggest new stars in country music.

Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me" started a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It was her second #1 country single from her album Breathe and her 8th #1 country single overall.

Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with "A Little Bit Stronger" the lead-off single from her album Stronger. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong and released as the second single from the film's soundtrack album.

Taylor Swift won eight awards at this year's Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas. Swift won categories that included top female artist, top digital songs artist and top country artist.

Winners at the Billboard Music Awards included: Top Country Artist and Top Male Country Artist – Chris Stapleton, Top Female Country Artist – Maren Morris, Top Country Duo/Group – Florida Georgia Line, Top Country Album – From A Room: Volume 1 (Chris Stapleton), Top Country Song – "Body Like a Back Road", and Top Country Tour – Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day Tour (Luke Bryan).

Tuesday 051920

Authorities in Idaho Falls say a sheriff’s deputy was hit and killed by another deputy when both were responding to a crash early Monday morning.  The first deputies to arrive saw a woman who was involved in the rollover crash walking away from the vehicle while holding a machete, according to the sheriff’s office. They ordered her to put down the machete, but she refused and continued walking away. The deputies were talking to the woman when a third deputy driving to the scene came upon the three of them in the dark, hitting one of the deputies with the vehicle.

Self-employed residents will be able to tap into the $300 million in grant money Idaho has set aside to help small businesses financially harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.  Governor Brad Little said the state will take applications beginning May 27 for the $7,500 grants. Individuals must earn at least 50% of their income from their self-employed work to qualify.

A Meridian woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her infant son.  Paramedics were called to a home in Meridian last week for a 2 month-old boy who was unresponsive. The emergency workers alerted officers with the Meridian Police Department, who arrested 26-year-old Danielle Radue.

Twin Falls High School Seniors graduated a bit different than their predecessors did in the past last night.  Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, seniors were part of a parade that started at the Magic Valley mall and ended at the Twin Falls high School.  Tonight Canyon Ridge will do a similar ceremony.  That begins at 7 pm tonight and will be broadcast live on 103-1 the EDGE.

A Boise man was arrested Saturday evening following a high speed pursuit that started in Ketchum and ended in Lincoln county.  22 year old Jayson Mitchell was charged with four counts of felony eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle, no driver’s license and reckless driving.  The pursuit ended near Johnny’s country store after the vehicle struck a spike strip and came to rest in a nearby field. 


Nancy Jones has been named the athletic director at the Twin Falls High School.  She will replace Ted Reynolds who is moving on to be the athletic director at Ridgevue High School in Nampa.  Reynolds was at the Twin Falls school for two years.  Jones began her teaching career in the district back in 1990 and is still an educator today. Although now she'll only be teaching math part-time to allot time in her schedule for her new position.  Plus, she'll still coach the girls basketball team, which she has been the head coach since 2007.

This fall, the Burley Bobcats will have two new coaches at the help for Girls Soccer.  Jesus Alvarez will replace Doug Anderson.  Alverez was the JV coach for the boys program.  Katelyn Harper will be the schools cross country coach replacing Carrie Carson.  Harper was the cross Country coach at the University of Utah. 


Today:  A steady rain this morning. Showers with perhaps a rumble of thunder developing for the afternoon. High 58F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening. Scattered thunderstorms developing after midnight. Low around 45F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Steady light rain in the morning. Windy with showers continuing in the afternoon. High near 50F Low near 41.   Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Higher wind gusts possible.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, generally during the afternoon and evening hours. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 64. Low: 41.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain showers. It will be breezy and cooler. High: 55. Low: 37.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 62. Low: 39.

SUNDAY: Warmer with increasing clouds throughout the day. High: 70. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 75.

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May 19th: On this day

Johnny Cash released "Guess Things Happen That Way". Written by Jack Clement, the single, a song about 'a man struggling after the love of his life has left him', was Johnny Cash's fourth #1 on the country chart spending eight weeks at the top and a total of twenty-four weeks on the chart.

Roger Miller received a gold single for "King Of The Road", which was was Miller's fifth single for Smash Records.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

The Bellamy Brothers scored their first #1 country single with "If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me". Songwriter David Bellamy stated that he got the title from an old Groucho Marx quote used in the American Quiz show You bet Your Life, where Marx sometimes used the quote while interviewing an attractive female contestant, then shake his cigar and raise his eyebrows to elicit a reaction.

Born on this day, was Shooter Jennings, American singer-songwriter (the only child of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter). Jennings made his debut with the single "4th Of July" of his 2005 album Put the "O" Back in Country. Jennings portrayed his father in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line alongside Joaquin Phoenix, and Reese Witherspoon.

George Strait scored his second Country #1 hit single with "A Fire I Can't Put Out." The track was released as the fourth and final single from his album Strait from the Heart.

Willie Nelson with Julio Iglesias was at #1 on the Country charts with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", (originally recorded in 1980 by Bobby Vinton). It was one of two entries on the country chart for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson as a duo, the second was "Spanish Eyes", which peaked at #8 in late 1988.

MCA records released Trisha Yearwood's version of "How Do I Live". Written by Diane Warren. the song was originally intended for release as a single from the 1997 Con Air soundtrack. Disney (who owns Touchstone Pictures) felt Rimes' version had too much of a pop feel and because she was fourteen it was believed that she was too young. Trisha Yearwood was chosen to re-record the song.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Somethin' Bad." Released as the second single from Lambert's fifth studio album Platinum. The song was the first #1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades.

Taylor Swift was the big winner at this year's Billboard Awards taking home eight awards - including top artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artist and top streaming song. The singer also premiered her blockbuster video for "Bad Blood" - featuring the likes of Cindy Crawford, Kendrick Lamar and Lena Dunham.

Monday 051820

With Governor Brad Little moving the gem state into Phase 2 for opening Idaho following the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday, most businesses opened their doors.  Bars and nightclubs will remain closed along with large venues such as movie theaters and sports events.  Twin Falls City Manager Travis Rothweiler said that Corona Virus cases have increased for the county but said we need to balance protection with not continuing to do additional harm to the local business community.

The South Central Public Health District said residents should continue to be vigilant about protecting their health.  An additional 28 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the last four days.  Several of those are residents or staff members in long-term care facilities.  Medical facilities continue to closely monitor all who come in contact with their buildings.

You may have seen a large group of motor bikes in the area.  That’s because Cruisin for our veterans, hosted a parade style celebration Saturday.  The group started in Gooding and traveled across the Magic Valley ending up in Kimberly.  All the money generated from the event will be given to veterans in the Southern Idaho area. 

Beware of scammers as retailers open up.  The Better Business bureau said that there are fake retail coupons hitting social media.  The coupons takes you to a website that asks for personal information.  The  BBB said that’s a huge red flag and that you should leave the site immediately.

Two people and 14 dogs died in a crash Friday.  Idaho State Police say a box truck was transporting animals for a rescue group crashed near Shelly.  Investigators say the truck was taking 48 dogs of mixed breeds and different sizes to Calgary in Alberta Canada for adoption.  Some dogs have not been accounted for.  The driver died after being flown to a hospital.  His passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Idaho is holding an entirely mail-in primary for the first time as the state works to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  Ballots must be requested by Tuesday and returned by 8 p.m. June 2 to local county elections offices, with results announced that evening.  The Idaho secretary of state’s office said 320,000 ballots have been requested and mailed out, with about 100,000 returned in what could be a record turnout.


Today:  Becoming windy with showers developing this afternoon. Thunder possible. High 72F. WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy and windy during the evening with a few showers after midnight. Low 46F. SW winds at 20 to 30 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with rain showers and thunderstorms likely. Breezy.  High: 59  Low: 42

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 58 Low: 42

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers.  High: 64 Low: 42

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, and mostly cloudy.  High: 58 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers, and partly sunny.  High: 61 Low: 40

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in both regions.  High: 66

May 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Covington, Georgia was Leon Ashley who is known mainly for his #1 hit "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)", which topped the country singles charts in September 1967. Ashley made chart history as the first country artist to have a #1 hit with a song he wrote, published and sang. Ashley died on Oct 20th 2013.

Born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was Joseph Bonsall, Jr., singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 "I'll Be True To You."

Born on this day in Poteet, Texas, was George Strait, country music singer, actor, and producer. Strait who is referred to as the "King of Country," is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style. Strait holds the world record for more #1 hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 60 #1 hit singles.

Five times married country singer, Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Stand By Your Man." Originally recorded and released as a single in 1968 in the USA, it proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music.

Born on this day in Kennett, Missouri, was David Nail country music singer, songwriter. His 2009 album release I'm About to Come Alive produced three singles: the title track, "Red Light", and "Turning Home"; the latter two reached Top 20. His second studio album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, was released in November 2011; "Let It Rain" hit #1 in January 2012.

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appeared in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie Stagecoach along with June Carter, John Carter Cash, John Schneider, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan

The funeral for June Carter Cash was held at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A wheelchair-bound Johnny Cash sat in the front row, along with Hank Williams Jr., Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Trisha Yearwood and Ricky Skaggs. Emmylou Harris, Larry Gatlin, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sheryl Crow all performed at the memorial.

Kellie Pickler's father was arrested in Albemarle, North Carolina on a felony count of obtaining property under false pretense and three felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. Clyde "Bo" Pickler Jr., was accused of stealing abandoned and disabled vehicles and illegally selling them to scrap yards. Bond was set at $26,000.

Winners at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Entertainer of the Year - Kenny Chesney, Top Male Vocalist - Brad Paisley, Top Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood, Top New Female Vocalist - Taylor Swift, Top New Duo or Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum and Album of the Year went to Miranda Lambert for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

Taylor Swift released "Should've Said No" as the fifth and final single from her self-titled debut studio album. The track became her second #1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The 58th Annual BMI Pop Awards were held in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. Among the award winners was Taylor Swift for Most Performed Pop Song and Song of the Year.

American country music artist Elbert West died aged 47. Initially a session songwriter in Nashville, West saw his first chart success in the 1990s as a co-writer on singles for country singer Tracy Lawrence, including the #1's "Sticks and Stones" and "Can't Break It to My Heart". West co-wrote album tracks for other artists, including tracks for Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery.