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Tuesday 112420

Some good news for motorists this thanksgiving holiday week.  The price of gas is headed for a five year low.  Last year the price at the pump was 2-96 in Idaho.  Today Idaho drivers are paying 2-30 with the national average at 2-11.

Twin Falls city leaders say a coronavirus relief fund has been established for small businesses.  The council designated 500-thouand dollars that was provided by the State of Idaho.  Eligible businesses can receive up to 10-thousand dollars for eligible expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many communities in Idaho have some money available.

The official Christmas tree arrived at the Idaho State Capitol yesterday.  While there won’t be a traditional tree lighting ceremony this year, Gov. Brad Little invites Idahoans to visit the state’s capitol Christmas tree and Christmas decorations that are going up this week.

A new bridge spanning the Snake River between Jerome and Twin Falls County is being talked about.  Currently the Perrine Bridge and the Hansen bridge are the only two within a 30 minute drive of Twin Falls.  Idaho transportation department officials say it could take another 20 years to build a new bridge.

Nearly seven years after a Montana medical clinic was raided, the physician/owner was ordered to start serving a 10-year prison sentence for overprescribing opiates.  A Missoula judge told defendant Chris Christensen to report to jail in March.  Christensen was convicted in 2017 for two counts of negligent homicide involving the overdose deaths of two patients and for 20 other felonies related to overprescribing.

Traveling to Boise?  You will need to wear a mask or face a fine or arrest.  The mayor’s official orders went into effect yesterday in the capitol city in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.  Now police will respond to complaints from businesses about customers who are not wearing a covering and have been asked to leave.

SPORTS

The final regular season home game for the Boise Bronco’s football team will be televised nationally.  The game against undefeated San Jose state will kick off this Saturday at 2 pm and will be aired on FOX.  The last time a Boise State game was broadcast by one of the primary national television networks — Fox, CBS, NBC or ABC — was the 2014 Mountain West championship game against Fresno State, a game the Broncos won 28-14.  Boise State is coming off a 40-32 win at Hawaii on Saturday.

Here’s a couple of local girls high school basketball games to report from yesterday.  Valley defeated Glenns Ferry 46 to 28 and Wendell dominated Oakley with a 27 to 19 score.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

 

Thanksgiving Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

November 24th: On this day

1931
Born on this day near Owasso, Oklahoma was American rockabilly and swing musician Tommy Allsup. He worked with Buddy Holly and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Allsup was touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he serendipitously lost a fateful coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed, killing Valens, Holly, Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson on February 3, 1959. As a producer he worked with Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison. He died on January 11, 2017 age 85.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "The Most Beautiful Girl" which was also a #1 on the pop charts. "The Most Beautiful Girl" was also recorded by Slim Whitman in the 1970s.

1976
Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, became the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units sold.

1981
Johnny Cash was honoured with the Pride Of Tennessee Award for his promotion of a statewide campaign against adult illiteracy. The recent movie Pride of Jessie Hallam was the basis for the award, which was established by Governor Lamar Alexander.

1986
Born on this day in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was Megan Mullins, country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. At the age of eighteen, she made her debut on the country music scene with the single "Ain't What It Used to Be".

1991
Hot Country Nights began a one-season run on NBC. The series was created to cash in on the exploding popularity of country music, and showcased several acts on each episode; featured on the premiere were Alabama, Clint Black, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis.

1998
Ashland, Kentucky, proclaimed Billy Ray Cyrus Day, presenting the singer with a key to the city. A section of Kentucky Route 693 in nearby Flatwoods was renamed Billy Ray Cyrus Boulevard.

2001
Toby Keith's was at #1 on Billboard country singles chart with "I Wanna Talk About Me". His second single from the album Pull My Chain became his seventh chart topper.

2013
Country music winners at this years American Music Awards included; Favorite Country Male Artist - Luke Bryan, Favorite Country Female Artist - Taylor Swift, Favorite Country Band/Duo/Group - Lady Antebellum and the Favorite Country Album - Red, Taylor Swift.

Monday 112320

On a tie vote the Elko County Planning and Zoning Commission has paused the request to rezone a site in Jackpot as an adult cannabis district for construction of a retail marijuana store.  Now the Spencer Property Group will either need to request a new vote on December 17th or Appeal.  Promoters see this as a way to improve the economic impacts caused by COVID-19 in the community just across the Idaho Boarder in Nevada.

Here are the latest stats on Idaho’s covid-19 pandemic.  Nearly 454 thousand have been tested.  Confirmed cases stand at 78-thousand 306.  Idaho has a positivity rate of 17-point 8 percent.  And there have been 850 die. 

Traveling this week has Dr. David Pate concerned.  Pate is a medical expert who is a member of the governor’s coronavirus working group.  Officials hope people stay at home for thanksgiving.  It’s expected millions will travel which local hospital officials warn may send hospital capacity over the edge.

100 members of the Idaho Air and Army National Guard are training this morning at St. Alphonsus in Meridian.  The Governor has ordered the guard to assist civilian healthcare providers.  The troops will soon be offering assistance throughout the gem state.

Idaho’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.5% as about 5,400 nonfarm workers regained jobs in October.  The Idaho Department of Labor said that about 864,000 Idaho residents are employed and that about 50,000 are looking for work as the surging coronavirus pandemic continues hampering the economy.  The unemployment rate for October fell from September’s 6.1%.

Idaho’s supreme court has ruled Idaho prison officials must turn over information about where they got lethal injection drugs used in recent executions..  The decision was a win for University of Idaho professor Aliza Cover, who studies how the public interacts with the death penalty. She filed a public records request in 2017 seeking execution-related documents. The prison largely denied the request.

SPORTS

The State Champion football teams emerged this past weekend as the high school season wrapped up.  Locally, in the 1-A division 1 the Oakley Hornets took the trophy home after defeating the Raft River Trojans 44 to 22. 

The other 8 man football game matched up Dietrich and Carey in 1-A D 2 action.  After a hard fought battle, the Carey Panthers took their third title in four years with a 34-to 28 score.  Both teams went into the game with no losses. 

The Boise State Bronco’s handed the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors a defeat.  The bronco’s took the game in Hawaii on Saturday 40 to 32.  The Broncos next will host the 4-0 San Jose Spartans at Albertsons Stadium.

WEATHER

Today:  Isolated snow showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Light and variable wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. North northeast wind around 6 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. East southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

 

Thanksgiving Day:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 19.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40

November 23rd: On this day

1949
Born on this day in Cheverly, Maryland, was country music songwriter Charlie Black who has written singles for Anne Murray, Gary Morris, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Paycheck, and Phil Vassar. In 1991, the Nashville Songwriters Association International inducted Black into its hall of fame.

1962
Patsy Cline became the first woman in country music to headline her own show in Las Vegas at the Mint Casino, (the sign from which can still be seen at its new home on Pico Boulevard near La Brea in Los Angeles). Cline was paid $36,500 for the five week engagement.

1968
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on Billboard country chart with "Stand By Your Man". The song was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"

1969
The state of California agreed to parole American Western swing singer Spade Cooley (he had served eight years for murdering his wife), one of the conditions was that he played a benefit concert for the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County. During the intermission, after a standing ovation, Cooley suffered a fatal heart attack in the backstage area.

1992
American country music singer Roy Acuff died aged 89. Known as the "King of Country Music," he was the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Acuff started his career in 1932 working for Dr. Hauer's medicine show, hired as one of its entertainers to draw a crowd to whom Hauer could sell medicines.

1992
Born on this day, was Miley Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood. In 2006, Cyrus rose to prominence as a teen idol in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, as Miley Stewart. In 2013, she was recognized as the "Artist of the Year" by MTV.

1999
Garth Brooks released his twelfth studio album, Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Two years after this album's release, Brooks released a reissue of this album, Songs from Call Me Claus, which contained most of the songs from this release.

2006
Carrie Underwood performed during halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Dallas Cowboys NFL game at Texas Stadium in Irving.

2013
Willie Nelson was forced to postpone his current tour for a few weeks after a massive bus crash outside of Sulphur Springs in Texas. The crash left three of Willie Nelson's band members injured. Nelson, 80, was not on the bus at the time it crashed. The tour bus crashed into a bridge pillar on Interstate 30. The crash is believed to have happened because of the slippery conditions of the road due to the storm. Paul English injured his ankle, Billy English suffered a bruised hip and crew member Tom Hawkins had a cracked rib.

Friday 112020

In a 5 to 4 vote the South Central Public Health District board of directors voted not to approve a mask mandate.  At yesterday’s meeting 39 people presented comments and more than 25-hundrd comments were received.  The majority of those were against any mandate. 

The U.S. government said yesterday that Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants.  The Versatile Test Reactor would be the first new test reactor built in the U.S. in decades and give the nation a dedicated “fast-neutron-spectrum” testing capability.

Authorities in Idaho have accepted an unresolved case from 1984 as part of a genetic genealogy study that could help police identify a body found 36 years ago.  Hunters first discovered the remains near the Powell Ranger Station.  Pathologists first believed that the person was stabbed.

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says local police will begin enforcing mask orders starting next week in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  The order instructs police to ticket or arrest people who refuse to wear masks and refuse to leave local businesses when asked. Businesses can also temporarily lose their business license if they pose a “clear and immediate threat” because staffers or customers aren’t following mask orders.

The city of Jerome has $350-thousand dollars from the coronavirus relief fund that is available as a small business grant.  The city council approved the process to create a grant program that provides financial relief to local businesses affected by COVID-19.  The deadline to get the applications in is November 30th.

The Bureau of Land Management released 11 wild horses this week in Saylor Creek this week after rounding up 100 earlier this year.  The land can support about 50 officials say.  The remaining animals will be put up for permanent adoption. 

SPORTS

Tomorrow state football games are set to be played to determine the champions.  Locally Carey will meet Dietrich, the game is set for 1 pm on Bruin field in Twin Falls.  200 tickets will be available per team.  Oakley will play Raft River at 4 pm.

On tonight’s schedule there are a couple of Girls Basketball games.  Hansen will be at Valley and Rimrock in Richfield.

In Girls basketball from last night, Canyon Ridge defeated Buhl 52 to 24.  Lighthouse Christian took the game over Richfield 55 to 36.  It was Highland 35 Twin Falls 25.  Dietrich 56 over Glenns Ferry 37.   American Falls 60 Declo 20.  Wendell overpowered Shoshone 39 to 23.  Murtaugh defeated Hansen 64 to 25 and Raft River said no to Valley 55 to 40.  Mountain Home defeated Fruitland 66 to 38 and the Jerome Filer game was canceled.

WEATHER

Today: Sunny, with a high near 42. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 41. Light and variable wind.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 42. East wind 7 to 11 mph.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Monday:  A slight chance of snow after 11am, mixing with rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Thanksgiving Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

November 20th: On this day

1887
Born on this day in Delaney, Arkansas, was Eck Robertson, fiddle player, mostly known for commercially recording the first country music songs in 1922 with Henry Gilliland. He died on Feb 15th 1975.

1930
Born on this day in Princeton, Jackson County, Alabama, was Curly Putman, Jr., songwriter. His biggest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Elvis Presley, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones. He also co-wrote "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Bobby Braddock. He died on October 30, 2016 aged 85.

1946
Born on this day in Athens, Alabama, was Roger Murrah, songwriter and music publisher who has written hits for artists including Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, Al Jarreau, and Alabama. Murrah was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995.

1954
Bartenders in Hammond, Indiana requesed that disc jockeys at WJOB radio stop playing Ferlin Husky's "The Drunken Driver," about an intoxicated driver who causes a crash that kills two children; the song "is hurting business," the union claimed.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me which was recorded live in Philadelphia, on Valentine's Day 1970.

1972
Loretta Lynn released "Rated "X"" which became Lynn's sixth #1 country single as a solo artist. The song dealt with the stigma faced by divorced women during the early '70s, and was regarded as somewhat controversial at the time, due to its frank language.

1975
Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Dierks Bentley country music artist who has scored eighteen singles on the country singles charts, of which nine have reached #1. His debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", as well as "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", and "Home".

1977
Born on this day was Josh Turner singer and actor who scored the 2006 US Country #1 album Your Man. Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the #1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another #1 "All Over Me".

1982
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Willie Nelson who performed "On the Road Again" and "Always on My Mind". And then with Glen Campbell played "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", "Crazy", "Old Friends" and "Uncloudy Day".

2000
Faith Hill was at #1 on the US Country chart with Breathe her fourth studio album. It won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and Breathe is one of the most successful country/pop albums to date. It has shipped over eight million copies in the US and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the country artist.

2013
Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas by The Robertsons from the cast of A&E reality television series Duck Dynastywas at #1 on the US Country chart. The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons. Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.

2013
Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton were among those presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Presenting the award to Loretta, President Barack Obama said "Over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music."

2014
Ty Herndon came out as a homosexual in an interview with People. He was the second major country artist to do so, following Chely Wright in 2010.

2018
Jimmie Allen reached #1 on the Country Airplay Chart with "Best Shot", making him the first African American to send a debut single to the top of that chart.

Thursday 111920

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit from two death row inmates seeking more information about Idaho’s execution plans.  The U.S. District Judge ruled that because Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. and Thomas Eugene Creech both have appeals pending in their criminal cases, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever face execution, meaning they don’t yet have standing to sue over the details of the state’s execution plans.

Doctors spent hours trying to sway health districts, city leaders and the public to do more to stop the spread of coronavirus, warning that rationed care is looming in Idaho’s future.  Unless the community “radically changes,” the number of COVID patients in southwestern Idaho hospitals will double by Christmas and triple by mid-January, health officials say. 

Commissioners in Lincoln County are urging businesses in Shoshone, Richfield and Dietrich to apply for a grant if their business was impacted or affected by COVID-19.  City and Counties in Idaho were given money from the CARES Act to help with personal protective equipment.  Turns out Lincoln County have $80-thousand and Shoshone $25-thousand that will be pooled for the grants.

Elko County planning and zoning will be meeting today to discuss the request to rezone a parcel of land in Jackpot as an adult cannabis district.  A staff report to the Elko County Planning Commission indicates the staff recommends passage of the zoning change.

The Nampa man charged in the hit and run of a 68 year old woman knew he had a condition that caused him to fall asleep without warning according to prosecutors in the case.  56 year old Karl Kukuchka is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular manslaughter.

An investment firm’s proposal to swap private timberland in northern Idaho for up to 44 square miles of public state land in and around the tourist destination of McCall is facing opposition from local governments, environmental groups and private citizens.  Trident Holdings pitched the plan to members of the Idaho Land Board.   State-owned land in and near McCall, which is also a popular area for vacation homes, has skyrocketed in value.

SPORTS

The Boise State Broncos football team will head to Hawaii tomorrow for their game on Saturday.  Each player must test negative for coronavirus.  They will meet up with the Rainbow Warriors 9 pm and will be televised nationally on CBS sports network. 

Today on the high school girls basketball schedule, Buhl travels to Canyon Ridge, Dietrich will be in Glenns Ferry.  Murtaugh at Hansen, Jerome at Filer, Valley at Raft River, Lighthouse Christian in Richfield, Shoshone at Wendell, Twin Falls at Highland and Declo at American Falls.

WEATHER

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 40. East wind 5 to 9 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 19. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Monday:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

November 19th: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

2007
Alan Jackson released "Small Town Southern Man" as the lead single from his album Good Time which went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The song became Jackson's twenty-third US Country #1 hit.

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

2017
Country music singer Mel Tillis, died age 82. He scored the 1972 US #1 'I Ain't Never' and was known for his hits "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy". Though he always spoke with a stammer, it never affected his singing voice.

Tuesday 111720

A winter storm watch has been issued for Idaho’s central mountains.  Forecasters say the watch is for this evening through tomorrow evening.  Heavy snow is possible above 65-hudred feet making travel over Sawtooth, Stanley Basin and Galena summit very difficult.

Last week the Twin Falls city council tabled the idea of a mask mandate.  At last night’s council meeting they passed a resolution encouraging citizens to slow the spread of Covid 19.  On a 6 to 1 vote the council is asking residents to wash your hands, watch your distance and wear a mask. Councilwoman Nikki Boyd was the dissenting vote saying this is what we are already encouraging.

Washington governor Jay Inslee is criticizing the way Idaho officials are handling the coronavirus pandemic.  Inslee ordered shutdowns for restaurants, bars and other businesses and indoor gatherings.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little declined to institute a statewide face mask mandate, instead returning the state to a modified version of its Stage 2 reopening plan limiting public and private gatherings to 10 people or fewer.

Police in Nampa say a hit-and-run investigation is now a homicide case after the victim died of her injuries.  Police say 68-year-old Barbara Alexander, died over the weekend.  Police found video surveillance that reportedly shows the driver pulling over after the collision to inspect the damage done to the vehicle.

This morning at 11 the Pocatello city council will hold a special meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a face covering ordinance.  The ordinance itself would not be considered until the Council’s Regular Meeting on Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies in Idaho are teaming up with the Office of Highway safety to watch for people not wearing seatbelts.  As part of the national seat belt mobilization, more than 40 agencies will be doing overtime patrols, educating and ticketing those who are not properly restrained.  The two week mobilization runs until November 29th.

SPORTS

The Carey panthers remain alive in High school football playoffs on the march to win the championships.  They defeated Kendrick 40 to 14.  Carey will now face Dietrich on Saturday for the milk bowl championship.

The Boise State Broncos are heading toward Hawaii this Saturday.  Bronco head football coach Bryan Harsin yesterday at his weekly news conference said one of the hardest things is having to wait three times a week to get COVID-19 test results for players and staff back.  It is a six-hour flight to the Hawaii, a state with among the strictest COVID-19 guidelines for travelers. Harsin says this visit to the islands will be different than in years past. This time around the Broncos will be spending a lot of time in the hotel.  "We're going to be respectful of what they are asking for us to do, just basically show up, play the game and leave," Harsin said.  The Rainbow Warriors are 2-2 in conference and 1-0 at Aloha Stadium, having beaten New Mexico 39-33 in their only home game of the season.

WEATHER

Today:  Increasing clouds, with a high near 58. East wind 9 to 11 mph.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 7 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Monday:  A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Winter Storm Watch

  • Sawtooth, Stanley Basin, ID
  • Sun Valley Region, ID

More snow in central mountains.  Another Pacific storm system will affect the central mountains tonight through tomorrow evening. Snow levels will be elevated in the 6 to 7 thousand foot range for the event. The worst travel is likely to be over mountain passes. Heavy snow possible above 6500 feet. Total snow accumulations 7 to 14 inches on ridge tops and elevations above passes possible. WHERE:  Sawtooth and Stanley Basin and Galena Summit.  Travel could be very difficult over mountain passes.

November 17th: On this day

1939
Aged 16, Hank Williams made one of his very first stage appearnces when he played at Weoka High School in Alabama.

1951
Judy Martin the second wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Red Foley and the grandmother of Christian country music singer Debby Boone died from an overdose of sleeping pills.

1956
Marty Robbins started a seven week run at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Singing The Blues".

1977
Born on this day was Canadian country musician Aaron Lines, who has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs charts in the United States, including the 2002 "You Can't Hide Beautiful".

1980
Dolly Parton released her twenty-third solo studio album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs. A concept album about working, the album was centered on Parton's hit "9 to 5", which served as the theme song to the film of the same name.

1988
Born on this day in Jackson Mississippi, Reid Perry, singer and bassist and middle child in The Band Perry who scored the 2013 #1 Country album "If I Die Young."

1998
Garth Brooks released Double Live, his tenth album a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks' second world tour in 1998. It broke the first week sales record at the time, previously held by Pearl Jam's Vs. since 1993, when it sold 1,085,000 copies. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Peter Frampton's 1976 double set, Frampton Comes Alive! It has been certified 21 x Platinum by the RIAA, making it tied with Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II for the sixth best-selling album of all time in the US.

2003
American country music legend Don Gibson died of natural causes aged 75. He Scored the 1958 US #7 single 'Oh Lonesome Me', (covered by Neil Young on his After The Gold Rush album). His song "I Can't Stop Loving You", has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962. Gibson was nicknamed 'The Sad Poet' because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love.

2016
Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the US country charts with his sixteenth studio album Cosmic Hallelujah. The album was originally scheduled for release the previous year under the title Some Town Somewhere.

2017
The Rest of Our Life the first collaborative album by husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill was released which went on to top the Country album charts. Coinciding with the album's release date, an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, titled Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man, was opened to celebrate the careers of both Hill and McGraw.

Monday 111620

Idaho is now under a stage two mandate after Idaho Governor Brad Little announced he was rolling the state back in an attempt to fight the coronavirus.  On Friday he also said he was mobilizing the Idaho National Guard with 100 troops to provide testing support and screenings.  In stage two gatherings should be limited to 10 people except for religious or political events.

Police in Pocatello are investigating a Car Jacking that happened on Saturday night.  Authorities say shots were fired in the Samuel Street area of South Pocatello.  There were no reported injuries.

In Caldwell, the College of Idaho’s administration has created an organization to address the three reported acts of hate speech or bigotry that have been associated with the school in the last year.  Earlier this year, homophobic language was spray-painted on Pride flags and sidewalks on campus after the school held its first student-led Pride March.

A Burley Man was killed Friday morning after the semi he was driving hit a patch of ice.  68 year old Kent Gwilliam was westbound on I-86.  He was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries.  His truck came to rest in the eastbound lanes blocking the road for about 4 hours officials say.

The Blaine County School Superintendent has handed in her resignation that was effective immediately.  GwenCarol Holmes in March announced plans to step down but said she would stay on till June of next year.  Trustees voted 4 to 0 to accept her resignation.

St. Alphonsus said they are moving their Festival of Trees to an online format this year.  The bidding for the trees will be online only and instead of Santa sitting next to the kids, a video message will be posted to the site.  No word from St. Luke’s as to their plans for the year.

Here are the latest numbers for COVID 19 in the gem state.  Idaho Health officials say there were 928 new confirmed and probable cases yesterday bringing the statewide total to 82-thousand 245.  The statewide death toll related to the virus now stands at 759.

Sports

As the state football games wrap up, from over the weekend it was Dietrich defeating Mullan 64 to 0 to advance to the state championship game.  The next game will be tonight at 7.

Kimberly ended their season over the weekend after their loss to Madison High school.  The Score 35 to 27. 

West side ended Declo’s season with a score of 7 to 0 and Raft River is still alive after defeating Lighthouse Christian 66 to 22.  Raft River advances to the state championship and will face Oakley at the Twin Falls High School.

Oakley took their place in the championship game by defeating Prairie 42 to 40. 

We have one girls’ basketball game to announce.  It was Preston 49 to Burley’s 40. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. East wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. East northeast wind 8 to 13 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. East wind 8 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 52. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

November 16th: On this day

1938
Born on this day in Bighill, Madison County, Kentucky, was Troy Seals, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is a member of the prominent Seals family of musicians that includes, Jim Seals (of Seals and Crofts) and Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) and Brady Seals (Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie). Seals has played guitar on numerous sessions and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings and others. He has had three co-written compositions nominated for the Country Music Association 'Song of the Year' award: "Seven Spanish Angels" (1985), "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" (1986), and "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind" (1999).

1960
Patsy Cline recorded "I Fall to Pieces" which the following year became Cline's first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. The song was ranked at #7 on CMT's television special of the 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

1963
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Keith Burns, guitarist and singer from Trick Pony who scored eight singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four Top 20 hits: "Pour Me," "On a Night like This," "Just What I Do" and "On a Mission."

1994
Garth Brooks' third studio album Ropin' The Wind was certified for shipments of 10 million copies, making Brooks the first country artist to reach that plateau with two different releases. The album which had a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts has gone to sell over 17 million copies world wide.

2005
CBS aired I Walk The Line: A Night For Johnny Cash featuring Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Reese Witherspoon and Alison Krauss Joaquin Phoenix.

2010
Dollywood earned the industry's most prestigious award, the Liseberg Applause Award, which was accepted by Dolly Parton during a ceremony at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010 in Orlando. Dollywood has over 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in the local community.

2019
Miranda Lambert went to #1 on the Country chart with her seventh studio album Wildcard which features the singles "It All Comes Out in the Wash" and "Bluebird".