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FRIDAY 071919

Two people are dead following a head on collision on Highway 93 south of Rogerson.  Officials say a suburban driven by 57 year old Bradley Berry of Carlin Nevada collided with a passenger car who crossed the center line traveling north just after 4pm yesterday.  Both drivers died and two passengers were taken by Ambulance to Twin Falls for treatment.  Another passenger was transported by air ambulance to Boise.  The road was completely shut down for over an hour. 

The trial for David Herrera Gonzalez is underway this week in Twin Falls.  He has been charged in the beating of a 10 year old girl in February.  In court, the jury was asked to consider what kind of man would beat a young girl for not doing laundry correctly.

The Twin Falls City Budget was the topic of discussion during the Chamber of Commerce annual state of the city meeting earlier this week.  The failed fire department bond proposed to build new fire stations and upcoming construction projects were two topics that took center stage.  The city is also discussing the 2020 census where the population will force the city to be considered a metropolitan area meaning a public transportation system will need to be developed.

A plan to build the nation’s first small modular nuclear reactors to produce commercial power is a step closer.  Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems a Utah-based energy cooperative now says it has sales contracts for enough carbon-free power to begin a license application process with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build the reactors in eastern Idaho.

Boise State University will be ground zero for the mega concert known as Garth Brooks this weekend.  The 57 year old hasn’t performed in Boise since 1992.  Tens of thousands of fans will stampede the stadium for one show on Friday night with a guest appearance from Blake Shelton for a song and another show on Saturday night.  Promotors say tickets for both nights are still available. 

A former Idaho Supreme Court justice has filed another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of school fees.  Robert Huntley filed the lawsuit against the West Ada School District, contending that the fees some schools charge for full-day kindergarten classes discriminate against low-income parents and violate the Idaho Constitution’s requirement of a free public education.

SPORTS In sports from around Idaho, a high school near the Idaho-Wyoming state line will retire its Native American mascot after 90 years.  Teton School District in Idaho voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of renaming the Teton High School Redskins.  The vote stipulates taxpayer money would not be used for the $30,000 process to replace school uniforms and take down signage.  The Shoshone-Bannock and the Nez Perce tribes have publicly referenced the word’s offensive dictionary definition and its use as a racial slur.  Eleven other Idaho high schools have Native American mascots, officials said.

The Twin Falls city Pool will host over 200 swimmers this weekend for the Summer Championships.  It’s the Magic Valley Marlins largest meet of the year as swimmers from Treasure Valley to Elko travel to southern Idaho for competition.  The events run today through Sunday.


FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable.
Magic Valley: High: 88 (Wood River Valley: High: 79)

FRIDAY NIGHT: MAGIC VALLEY: Mainly clear skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Cool temperatures with mostly clear skies.
Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: W 5-10 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: NW 15 mph down to 5 mph by daybreak.
Magic Valley: Low: 55 (Wood River Valley: Low: 47)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with seasonable temperatures.
Magic Valley: High: 89 Low: 58 (Wood River Valley: High: 83 Low: 51)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with even hotter temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warmer.
Magic Valley: High: 93 Low: 60 (Wood River Valley: High: 89 Low: 56)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and hot.
Magic Valley: High: 98 Low: 65 (Wood River Valley: High: 92 Low: 58)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny and hot. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening and hot.
Magic Valley: High: 97 Low: 64 (Wood River Valley: High: 90 Low: 59)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and hot. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Warm.
Magic Valley: High: 95 Low: 63 (Wood River Valley: High: 87 Low: 57)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and hot. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Warm.
Magic Valley: High: 93 (Wood River Valley: High: 85)

July 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was George Hamilton IV, country musician. Hamilton's breakthrough hit was the 1961 song "Before this Day Ends". His biggest hit came two years later with "Abilene", another song penned by Loudermilk and Bob Gibson. The song spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's country singles chart. Hamilton died on Sept 17th 2014 after he suffered a major heart attack.

Born on this day in Okemah, Oklahoma, was Billy Parker country music disc jockey and singer. He was named Disc Jockey of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1974 and by the Academy of Country Music in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1984. Between 1976 and 1989, Parker charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Bernie Leadon, musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Prior to the Eagles, he was a member of two pioneering and highly influential country rock bands, Dillard & Clark and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Ed Ames, Roy Clark, The Monkees and Joni Mitchell. Cash introduced The Monkees by playing the first verse of their hit ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ with The Monkees on backing vocals, The Monkees then performed a version of the Johnny Cash song ‘Everybody Loves a Nut’, with Cash.

Lefty Frizzell the American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s died. He became a major influence on Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, John Fogerty and Roy Orbison, (who as a part of the Traveling Wilburys chose the name "Lefty Wilbury" to honor his musical hero).

Wynonna was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "I Saw the Light" the second single from Wynonna's self-titled debut album, it was also that album's second #1 hit.

Country music duo Big & Rich were at #1 on the US singles chart with "Lost in This Moment." Prior to its release, the duo's highest-charting single was "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", which reached #11.

Local police were involved in a short standoff Tuesday evening when a man barricaded himself inside a home in Shoshone.  29 year old Artemio Hurtado was seen by Shoshone Police just after 5 in the 200 block of Seventh Street West.  Hurtado had outstanding warrants for a probation violation and reckless driving.

A 31 mile Chip Seal project in Rupert will begin this week.  In 2017, voters said yes to a 3-point 96 million dollar bond with 1-point 5 million earmarked for road construction.  The remainder was used in the renovation of the Rupert Square and on other city improvements.  The money was combined with grants so by the end of the season the city will have spent nearly 4-point 4 million dollars for road work.

Radioactive waste shipped to Idaho from a Midwestern nuclear weapons facility during the Cold War has been compacted and sent out of state for permanent disposal. A U.S. Department of Energy contractor said nearly 26,000 cubic yards of waste contaminated with plutonium-238 has been sent to a storage facility in New Mexico.  Workers in Idaho placed the waste in barrels that were compacted into the size of hockey pucks.

Boise prosecutors have been forced to notify defendants in dozens of cases that a police officer may have lied under oath.  A deputy city prosecutor sent 19 such notices out informing the defendants that former Boise Police Department officer Kayse Stone violated departmental policies regarding truthfulness in court testimony during a child custody hearing.  Stone no longer works for the department.

Amazon Prime Day ends Tuesday and for some, they may be getting their packages today. Now the Better Business Bureau are warning what con artists are looking for on busy days like this annual sales event.  Sometimes they will send out random emails that may look real, saying there is an issue with an online order and the delivery service provider says they need more information, including credit card numbers.  Just be wary and do your research the BBB said.

Idaho’s governor said the Public Charter School Commission probably violated the state’s open meeting law during a closed door session.  At one point, charter commission Chairman Alan Reed lamented that the state has not closed one charter, Heritage Academy in Jerome.


 In sports closer to home, in what some are calling a freak accident, a 6 year old girl was struck by a golf ball in the head on a golf course in Orem Utah.  Aria Hill was in a golf cart next to a tee box when her dad hit a drive that struck her in the back of the head.  She passed away at Primary Children’s Hospital.  The accident has prompted some local golf courses to remind everyone how important safety is.  When taking children to the course, they need to be seated in the carts and behind the golfers. 

Twin Falls soccer player Jaden Johnston is heading to the United States Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park Kansas this week.  Johnston is an incoming freshman at Canyon Ridge High School and plays for the Boise Thorns Elite.  They hope to become the first ever team from Idaho to win a national title.  The U-15 girls’ soccer team is already the third team ever from the gem state to even earn a bid. 



Today:  Sunny. High 87F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low near 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable.  Magic Valley: High: 88 Low: 55 (Wood River Valley: High: 81 Low: 48)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with seasonable temperatures.  Magic Valley: High: 89 Low: 56 (Wood River Valley: High: 82 Low: 49)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with even hotter temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warmer.  Magic Valley: High: 93 Low: 61 (Wood River Valley: High: 86 Low: 53)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and hot.  Magic Valley: High: 96 Low: 63 (Wood River Valley: High: 89 Low: 57)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny with an isolated PM shower and hot. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening and hot.  Magic Valley: High: 97 Low: 66 (Wood River Valley: High: 89 Low: 57)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny with an isolated PM shower possible. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Warm.  Magic Valley: High: 91 (Wood River Valley: High: 81)

July 18th: On this day

Born on this day, was Ricky Skaggs, country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer, who was the 1982 Country Music Association singer of the year. He scored the US country #1 single 'Crying My Heart Out Over You'.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the US Country charts with ‘Think Of Me.’ The singer and songwriter who had 21 #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band the Buckaroos, pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound.

The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, opened across America. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

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.

USA Today printed articles concerning Columbia Records’ decision not to renew Johnny Cash’s contract. Cash had released a steady string of hit singles and over 30 albums during his 28 years with the label.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "The Dance." Written by Tony Arata it is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.

Brad Paisley was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Water" which was released as the fourth single from his album American Saturday Night. The song was co-written with Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois.

"Girl Crush" by Little Big Town made country music history by breaking the record of weeks spent at #1 by a group of three or more members, surpassing the current record holders The Browns and their song The Three Bells.

Wednesday 071719

Fire has displaced a family of four in Twin Falls.  Three engines, medical personnel and assistance from the Rock Creek Fire Department responded to the home in the 600 block of Lenore Street.  Fire department officials say the fire was contained to one room in the basement where some items on a table were burning.  Smoke damaged much of the home so the fire department union fund will provide help for two days.  After that, the Red Cross will assist the family. 

A Monday night stabbing in the fuel pump area of Mr. Gas on Blue Lakes has left one person injured and 27 year old Richard Samson has been charged with aggravated battery and possession of methamphetamine. The victim was stabbed in the chest and was taken to Boise for treatment.  Samson’s bond has been set at $750-thousand dollars.

State officials on Tuesday approved a rewrite of Idaho’s 50-year-old mining law, but they still have work to do.  The Idaho Land Board voted to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid leaving Idaho taxpayers paying for cleanup costs if a mining company goes bankrupt.

A third person has died following Sunday’s head on crash on Highway 95 near Weiser.  71-year old Lois Bridge died from Blunt Force trauma after being transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise.  

The Twin Falls city council has approved the closure of the Eastland Drive and Falls Avenue intersection following this week’s council meeting.  The intersection has about 25-thousand vehicles pass through every day.  The city is re constructing the roadway and expects it will take 15 weeks to complete the project. 

Kayakers in Southern Idaho are being warned to watch for falling objects dropped from the Perrine Bridge.  Everything from shopping carts to bowling balls have been found in the water beneath the structure.  If you are caught throwing items you will be held liable for any damage or injury your action caused plus you face fines and penalties. 


In sports from around Idaho, the preseason football predictions and picks are out for the Big Sky Conference.  The Idaho State Bengals are picked to finish seventh and Eastern Washington is predicted to win the league.  The Idaho Vandals finished eighth in the polls.  Idaho opens the season a Penn State on August 31st.  Meanwhile, Idaho football standouts Cade Coffey and Noah Johnson also earned all-conference honors. Both earned unanimous honors to the preseason team.

In Legion Baseball, The Double-A C District tournament is headed for Halliwell park in Pocatello.  It all starts tomorrow and continues through Saturday.  The Double elimination games will conclude with three state qualifiers.  Teams include the Number 1 seeded Idaho Falls Bandits, number 2 Twin Falls, number 4 Minico storm and number 8 Twin Falls Black Hawks.  The 3rd seeded Pocatello Runnin Rebels are the tournament hosts. 


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 90F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 63F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies with near average temperatures.  Magic Valley: High: 89, Low: 57 (Wood River Valley: High: 81, Low: 51)

FRIDAY: MAGIC AND WOOD RIVER VALLIES: Sunny and warm. Magic Valley: High: 89, Low: 57 (Wood River Valley: High: 83 Low: 50)

SATURDAY: MAGIC AND WOOD RIVER VALLIES: Sunny skies with seasonable temperatures.  Magic Valley: High: 89, Low: 57 (Wood River Valley: High: 80 Low: 50)

SUNDAY: MAGIC AND WOOD RIVER VALLIES: Mostly sunny skies and warmer.  Magic Valley: High: 92, Low: 57 (Wood River Valley: High: 83, Low: 53)

MONDAY: MAGIC AND WOOD RIVER VALLIES: Mostly sunny skies and hot.  Magic Valley: High: 94 Low: 60 (Wood River Valley: High: 88 Low: 55)

TUESDAY: MAGIC AND WOOD RIVER VALLIES: Mostly sunny skies and even warmer.  Magic Valley: High: 96 (Wood River Valley: High: 88)

July 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia was Woodrow Wilson Sovine better known as Red Sovine, the country music singer associated with truck driving songs. The most famous example is his 1976 #1 hit "Teddy Bear". He was killed on April 4, 1980 after he suffered a heart attack while driving his Ford van in Nashville, which caused him to crash.

Johnny Cash recorded his final session for Sun Records, recording two tracks; ‘Down The Street To 301’ and ‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget.’

Born on this day in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, was Craig Morgan country music singer, songwriter. A veteran of the United States Army, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 releasing his self-titled debut album. In 2005 he scored "That's What I Love About Sunday," which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts.

Born on this day in Wildwood, Florida, was country music singer Elizabeth Cook who released the single "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman" which was co-written with Melinda Schneider.

Guitarist and fiddle player Don Rich, a member of Buck Owens' backing band, The Buckaroos, was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Route 99 north of Bakersfield, California, he was 32.

A Russian language version of Conway Twitty's 1970 hit, "Hello Darlin'" was broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The song, which in Russian was called "Privet Radost," was seen as a "gesture of goodwill" from the Apollo crew to the Soviet Union's Soyuz crew. Twitty had worked with a language professor from the University of Oklahoma to record the phonetic Russian version of the song.

Born on this day, Luke Bryan, country singer, songwriter who began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Had the #1 singles "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby".

Tim McGraw released "My Next Thirty Years" as the fifth single from McGraw's A Place in the Sun album. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

Tuesday 071619

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office say a 12 year old boy died over the weekend following an ATV accident.  It was reported around 8:45 p.m. near the Elba-Almo road and East 1740 south of Elba.  The boy was on an ATV moving cattle and drove into a marshy area where the ATV flipped, pinning the boy.  He died at the scene.

Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors.  Otter says he’s concerned cobalt mined in Idaho will be shipped to China.

Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley would like to see a state forensic pathology department created.  Turley said this would improve services and save taxpayer money.

Gov. Brad Little said Karen Neill has been appointed to the Idaho Board of Correction, filling the seat vacated by former board member Cindy Wilson. Neill is a nursing professor and interim dean of Idaho State University’s College of Nursing.  She joins Dr. David McClusky and Dodds Hayden. 

60 year old Patricia Burke Williamson will be allowed to contact her husband after a judge modified a no contact order.  She is facing multiple felony domestic battery charges and remains in the county jail on a $100-thousand dollar bond.  Her charges stem from an incident in the 200 block of Jackson Street with a glass bottle, chain, and a knife. 

A judge is expected to decide tomorrow afternoon whether to exonerate Christopher Tapp who spent two decades behind bars for the murder of Angie Dodge after making a false confession He was arrested for the murder of Dodge in 1997 but several experts have found that Tapp falsely confessed under police coercion, and another man was arrested after new tests showed that man’s DNA matched evidence found at the scene.


 In sports from around Idaho, in legion baseball, the Burley Green Sox said no to the Deco Sting with a score of 14 to 4 in Five Innings.  Yesterday’s game was at the Burley High School.  District play begins next week.  The area C state tournament is set for July 30th through August 2nd

Treasure Valley, specifically the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa is gearing up for the 104th annual Snake River Stampede.  The rodeo action starts today and continues through Saturday.  The event will feature some of the nation’s top cowboys, some with local ties.  Saturday night’s finals have upwards to $400-thousand dollars in prize money. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy early, then clearing overnight. Low 59F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and very warm. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. High: 89 Low: 57  Wood River Valley: Mostly sunny skies. Winds: SSW 5-15 mph. High: 82 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sunny skies High: 87 Low: 57  Wood River Valley: Sunny skies High: 81 Low: 51

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and very warm. High: 90 Low: 56  Wood River Valley: Sunny skies and warm. High: 84 Low: 49

SATURDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 87 Low: 57  Wood River Valley: Sunny skies. High: 83 Low: 50

SUNDAY: Sunny and very warm High: 89 Low: 59  Wood River Valley: Sunny skies. High: 85 Low: 55

MONDAY: Sunny skies and hotter. High: 93 Low: 61  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hotter. High: 88 Low: 55

July 16th: On this day

Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with an uncredited Louis Armstrong on trumpet and his wife Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano. The song was later selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Sonny James was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with ‘Running Bear.’ Johnny Preston first sang the song in 1959 with background vocals by The Big Bopper and George Jones, who did the "Indian chanting" of "UGO UGO" during the three verses, as well as the "Indian war cries".

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood has over 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in the community. In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "The Dance". The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.

Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All became the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9 million copies. The album featured four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart".

Kenny Chesney set a new record for a country show when his concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, grossed $4 million. The bill also featured Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood.

American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, from complications of a stroke. She was 92. Her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

David Traywick the brother of country singer Randy Travis was arrested at his Marshville home along with his wife, Jessica, and two other women after officials said they found a meth lab inside his North Carolina home. In September 2012, Traywick was arrested for cooking meth in a makeshift lab near his home.

American country music singer Bonnie Brown died aged 77. She was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". In 1965, the Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

MONDAY 071519

Enrique Vielmas, the 21 year old Twin Falls man charged with firing a gun at least 11 times at a house and vehicles had his preliminary hearing rescheduled.  He was charged with unlawfully discharging a weapon and destruction of evidence and is being held on a million dollar bond. 

A Jerome woman is grateful to the quick action of a couple of Jerome Police officers.  The police and fire department were called to a fire at an apartment complex.  When police arrived they found the unit completely full of smoke.  Officers Dennis Clark and Bekir Alajbegovic found Cooper the dog and were able to get him out of the structure safely.  The dog was reunited with the Owner Cathy. 

Premera Blue Cross has been ordered to pay 10-million to 30 different states including Idaho over security breaches that happened  in 2014 and 15.  Idaho had more than 270-thousand customers affected and will receive $250-thousand in the settlement.

A hearing for 35 year old Cedric Sebastian Mitchell has been postponed.  He’s the driver charged with first degree murder and seven counts of felony aggravated battery from the fatal crash on Blue Lakes north.  He remains in custody without bond at the Twin Falls County Jail.

Police say 8 officers involved in the shooting of an 18 year old man that followed a northern Idaho fourth of July fireworks display have been placed on paid leave.  Officers shot Tyler Rambo more than 10 times in a Coeur d’ Alene park after police say he refused to drop his gun and fired once at officers.  He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

A group of 28 Idaho Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Boise State University criticizing the school’s efforts to address gender-based violence. The lawmakers called the school’s efforts to create inclusivity, diversity and equality “disconcerting.” They said the programs result in segregation; add unnecessary costs and that instead BSU officials should focus on “academic excellence.”


In sports from around the gem state, the 2019 Famous Idaho Potato 7 on 7 passing challenge is in the history books.  Over the weekend teams from across Idaho took on the triple-digit temperatures.  With no pads or helmets, teams focus more on the skillful passing rather than tackling.  This year the Capital eagles took home their third straight lineman challenge over Rocky Mountain. 

Word out of Boise that former Boise State Football player Dan Paul had past away at his home in Boise at the age of 30.  Paul played for the Broncos from 2008 through 2012 and was on the 2010 Fiesta Bowl team that knocked off TCU 17 to 10.  On the field, one of best performances came his sophomore season in a rivalry game against Nevada. Paul scored three receiving touchdowns, as the Broncos beat the Wolf Pack 44-33. The victory helped Boise State clinch a share of their seventh WAC championship in eight years.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 91F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 63F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and cooler in the Magic Valley. Mostly sunny, cooler, and slightly breezy in the Wood River Valley.  Winds: WSW 8 mph in the Magic Valley, N 6-16 mph with gust as strong as 25 mph in the Wood River Valley.  High: 84 Low: 57   Mountains: 79 Low: 50

WEDNESDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 87 Low: 57 Mountains: 78 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 87 Low: 58 Mountains: 78 Low: 53

FRIDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 88 Low: 60  Mountains: 80 Low: 54

SATURDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 91 Low: 61  Mountains: 82 Low: 55

SUNDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 92 Mountains: 83

July 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Jefferson Township in Adams County, Ohio was Cowboy Copas (Lloyd Estel Copas), who had the 1960 #1 hit “Alabam”. The American country music singer was popular from the 1940s until his death in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins on March 5, 1963.

Born on this day in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec was Canadian country singer Hal Willis. His famous country single was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he was nicknamed "Mr. Lumberjack." Willis died on September 4, 2015.

Born on this day in Tucson, Arizona, was Linda Ronstadt, singer,who has won eleven Grammy Awards and two Academy of Country Music awards. Ronstadt has collaborated with many Country artists including both Gram Parsons and Dolly Parton. Her first Country #1 was in 1975 with her version of the Everly Brothers hit, “When Will I Be Loved.”

Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" became an international smash hit, debuting on the UK charts and quickly rising to #1. The song’s 11-week run in pole position stood as one of the longest runs for many years on the UK charts.

Born on this day in Red Bay, Alabama, was Mac McAnally, country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. His ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesney's #1 cover of his 1990 single "Down the Road". He is also a member of Jimmy Buffett's backing band, The Coral Reefer Band.

Born on this day was American country music artist Elbert West. 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. West died on May 18, 2015.

Johnny Cash made his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It also turned out to be his last ever public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, he performed "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring Of Fire", “Understand Your Man” in Hiltons, Virginia.

American country music singer and songwriter, Hank Cochran died aged 74. Starting during the 1960s, Cochran was a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, ("I Fall to Pieces."), Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, George Strait and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, scoring seven times on the Billboard country music charts, with his greatest solo success being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl".

It was reported that Randy Travis was awake and alert after undergoing brain surgery, that his heart was pumping without the assistance of machines, and that he was on the road to recovery. (Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection on July 7th of this year). He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013 and entered a physical therapy facility.

FRIDAY 071219

Authorities say an Idaho boy under the age of 17 has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter in the deadly shooting of a 10-year-old girl Ariel May Gerstlauer.  The boy will not be prosecuted as an adult.  Authorities do not believe the boy intentionally shot Gerstlauer.

The Trump administration will not pursue lethal measures such as euthanasia or selling horses for slaughter to deal with what officials say is an ecological and fiscal crisis caused by too many wild horses on rangelands in the U.S. West.  Federal officials say the nearly 90,000 wild horses in 10 Western states are more than three times appropriate levels. Officials estimate that up to 18,000 foals are born each year.  Another 50,000 wild horses are being held in corrals at a cost of $50 million annually.

The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned a woman’s felony drug conviction because the law the police officer used to make the traffic stop that led to her arrest is unconstitutionally vague.  Samantha Nicole Cook was pulled over after a Kootenai County sheriff’s deputy saw her vehicle didn’t have license plates. As she was stopping, the deputy saw a temporary registration permit was in the rear window, but he couldn’t’ read it until he wiped away the condensation from rain. During the traffic stop the deputy believed he smelled marijuana, and prosecutors said methamphetamine and heroin were found in a search of the vehicle.

A Boise mom has been charged with leaving her three children alone in a car while she ran into the store.  27 year old Sauda Cyizanye faces three felony counts of injury to a child.  An 11 year old, 1 year old and one month old had been in the car for about 20 minutes by the time police arrived. 

The Twin Falls Boys and Girls club broke ground yesterday on a 2.1 million dollar 7920 square foot addition to the current facility near CSI.  The expansion will increase enrollment from 300 to 500 and will have a teen art center complete with a café, computer lab and game room on the second floor. 

Police are looking for a bank robber who took a bundle of cash from the Caldwell Idaho Central Credit Union earlier this week.  The suspect demanded money with a note and then walked out of the bank. 


In sports from around the gem state, the Idaho Steelheads former assistant coach Everett Sheen will be the new head coach.  This just days after announcing head coach Neil Graham would be leaving.  The 32 year old Sheen will become the second-youngest head coach in franchise history.  Graham was promoted to coach the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars earlier this week. 

In Legion Baseball, it was Twin Falls 16, South Tahoe 5, in 6 innings.


Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 97F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Isolated evening storm. Low 64F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Sunshine and some clouds towards the afternoon, chance of a PM storm. Winds: Light and Variable. High: 98 Low: 63  Wood River Valley: Mostly sunny skies and hot, possible PM storms. Winds: Light and Variable. High: 91 Low: 57

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and hot. High: 95 Low: 59  Wood River Valley: Mostly sunny and hot. High: 87 Low: 53

MONDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 93 Low: 58  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 85 Low: 53

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 93 Low: 59  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 85 Low: 54

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 92 Low: 60  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 84 Low: 53

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 94 Low: 61  Wood River Valley: Sunny and hot. High: 86 Low: 55

July 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Rogersville, Alabama, was Randy McCormick, keyboard player who co-wrote Eddie Rabbitt's "Suspicions" and Conway Twitty's "Crazy In Love." McCormick has also worked with George Strait, Ricky Van Shelton and Jamie O'Neal.

Glen Campbell appeared as a special guest on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show along with Joe Tex and Jeannie C. Riley. Glenn performed “Some Day Little Girl” and “Take My Hand For Awhile”.

Born on this day in Taylorsville, Kentucky, was Shannon Lawson country music artist. Lawson co-wrote former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen's 2008 single "Like I Never Broke Her Heart" and James Otto's 2008 single "These Are the Good Ole Days".

Born on this day was American country music singer-songwriter Troy Olsen who co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2009 single "I'll Just Hold On" and Tim McGraw's "Ghost Town Train," a cut from the album Southern Voice.

Born on this day in Mississippi, was Kimberly Perry, singer and guitarist for the country group The Band Perry, who won the CMA Song of the Year Award for "If I Die Young" in 2011.

Born on this day in Edmonton, Alberta, was Adam Gregory Canadian country music singer-songwriter and actor. He has charted several singles on the Canadian country music charts, including two singles, which were also Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US.

The Willie Nelson album A Horse Called Music was released. The album includes Nelson's last #1 single, "Nothing I Can Do About It Now", and the single "There You Are."

"It's Your Love," by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill became the first song in 20 years to spend six weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. The last song to do so was 1977's "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" by Waylon Jennings. In that span, more than 750 songs had reached #1 on the country chart, a majority of them for just one week.

On the opening night of the sold out Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, so many fans showed up looking to get in that the local promoter opened up a section behind the stage and let the fans in.

Lost Highway released Willie Nelson's reggae album, Countryman. The cover featured a drawing of a marijuana plant, but this was changed for Wal-Mart stores, where the artwork became a palm tree.