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Friday 092520

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office says the Badger fire has reached Little Fork heading toward Magic Mountain and the nearby cabins.  Everone in the cabins are being asked to prepare to leave immediately.

The fire in the South Hills has burned over 89-thousand acres and remains 49-percent contained.  392 personnel are on scene.  Firefighters are keeping an eye on the weather where cooler temperatures and windy conditions are forecast.  A thunderstorm may roll through the area tomorrow.

Twin Falls Police investigated a two car pileup on Monday that left a 5-month old child unresponsive and one person arrested.  31 year old Richard Leroy Thomas Jr. faces multiple charges.  Witnesses to the accident on Blue Lakes near Second Avenue had detained Thomas after he attempted to flee.  He faces DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without privileges.  Yesterday police said the infant was released from the hospital. 

An Idaho man represented by a coalition of civil rights attorneys is suing the state’s attorney general over Idaho’s so-called “infamous crime against nature” law, which makes it illegal to have oral or anal sex.   The man, who identified himself as “John Doe,” filed the lawsuit saying his constitutional rights were violated when he was forced to register as a sex offender earlier this year because he was convicted in another state more than two decades ago of having oral sex.

Three people have been arrested after a Moscow Idaho church held a maskless psalm singing event in a city hall parking lot in violation of the town’s mask order.   Christ Church pastor and event organizer Ben Zornes said the event was intended at criticizing what he called ”largely groundless” laws like the mask order.

Camas County has moved to the coronavirus high risk category.  The county had an average of just over 10 new cases per 10-thousand people in 14 days. Health officials have announced 491 new confirmed and probable cases of the COVID-19 in Idaho, bringing the statewide total to 39,234.


In local sports, in Football one game to report.  Declo 32 over Gooding 12.  In high school boys soccer, Canyon Ridge defeated Twin Falls 10 to 2.  Jerome outlasted Burley 2 to 1.

For the Girls, Burley and Jerome tied it up 1 each.  Same for the Twin Falls Canyon Ridge game. 

On the gridiron tonight in 4-A action, Burley plays Minico.  Canyon Ridge is in Jerome.  Twin Falls play Century.

For Class 3A Filer plays Wendell and Kimberly travels to Mountain Home.  In Class 2-A Valley plays Nampa Christian.

In Class 1A Glenns Ferry travels to Shoshone, Oakley is in Murtaugh.  Raft River plays Lighthouse Christian.  Shoshone plays Carey in a afternoon matchup.  Castleford plays Hansen.  Hagerman and Richfield meets up.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 78F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. Low 56F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. Breezy and seasonably cool. High: 67. Low: 45.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies, a little bit breezy and staying seasonably cool. High: 67. Low: 44.

MONDAY: Mainly sunny skies and a little bit warmer. High: 71. Low: 46.

TUESDAY: Sunny skies and seasonably warm. High: 78. Low: 47.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and seasonably warm. High: 79. Low: 48.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and seasonably warm. High: 80.

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September 25th: On this day

Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Royce Kendall, singer from the duo, The Kendalls who released 16 albums including the #1 hits "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," "Sweet Desire" and "Thank God for the Radio". She died on May 22, 1998.

George Jones released his third single "You All Goodnight" on Starday Records. The song was recorded in the living room of Quinn at 5628 Brock Street in Houston with just one microphone that hung down from the wooden ceiling beams.

Patsy Cline appeared on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry performing "When I Get Through With You (You'll Love Me Too)" and "Why Can't He Be You."

Tammy Wynette released her eleventh studio album My Man which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album's three singles, "My Man" "Good Lovin' (Makes It Right) and "'Til I Get It Right", all peaked at #1 on the Country Singles chart.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Mel Tillis who performed "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Detroit City" and then with Glen Campbell played "Kaw-Liga" and "I Saw the Light".

The Postal Service issued a series of stamps honoring four important country music acts: Hank Williams, The Carter Family, Patsy Cline and Bob Wills. The "Legends of American Music Series" stamps went on sale for 29 cent's each as well as a special collector sheet of 20 stamps.

Loretta Lynn marked her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The only other women to reach this milestone have been Jean Shepard, Minnie Pearl and Wilma Lee Cooper. Lynn was honored with a tribute show that was broadcast on GAC-TV.

Don Henley released his fifth solo studio album Cass County which later debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the album features Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Vice Gill, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood and others.

Jean Shepard died aged 82. The honky tonk singer, songwriter, scored the hits "Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)," "A Satisfied Mind" and a Ferlin Husky duet, "A Dear John Letter." In 2005, Shepard celebrated 50 years as a member of the Opry and is the longest-living female member of the Opry to date.

Thursday 092420

Here’s an update to a story we told yesterday.  The firefighter in the single engine air tanker that was fighting a small fire near Emmitt has died.  Authorities say Ricky Fulton was dropping fire retardant when the aircraft crashed in a ravine.

Twin Falls firefighters battled a structure fire early this morning.  Three stations were called to the area of Blue Lakes Circle and North Blue Lakes where a shed near a home was fully engulfed.  Crews were able to keep the flames from doing much damage to a nearby home.  No word on the cause of the fire.

Elections officials in Idaho have said they are aiming for a million registered voters in the state this year, many of whom are expected to vote by mail during the pandemic.   About 330,000 state residents have already requested absentee ballots.

The Badger fire continues to burn this morning, but it appears that firefighters are gaining the upper hand.  At last check its 49-percent contained.  Officials are keeping an eye on today’s weather where a cold front is expected to move into the area where wind gusts are expected to hit 30-miles per hour. The Badger fire road, trail and rea closures remain in affect which will alter plans of anyone wanting to hunt in the area.

A victim in the I-84 crash in Jerome County has succumbed to his injuries.  43 year old Jim George was westbound when a semi-truck behind him failed to slow for construction.  The truck struck two vehicles.  George was transported by air ambulance for treatment.  He passed away on Tuesday.

The A and B along with the Minidoka Irrigation Districts say they are close to finalizing water titles for Magic Valley.  That’s good news for area farmers.  The Bureau of Reclamation will be submitting the complete title transfer to Congress for its final stage in the process this week.  These will be the first two districts in Idaho to have ownerships of federal irrigation facilities and lands to two local irrigation districts that currently operate and maintain southeastern Idaho’s Minidoka Project.


In local sports, first to Boys soccer, where Wendell downed Buhl 5 to 1.  It was Kimberly 3 Filer 1.  Gooding outlasted Bliss 8 to 0 and Canyon Ridge defeated Mountain Home 9 to 0.

For the girls, Wendell shut out Buhl 2 to 0.  Gooding said no to Bliss 2 to 1.  Kimberly took Filer 7 to 2.  It was a shutout for Mountain Home where they lost to Canyon Ridge 6 to 0.

As for Volleyball, it was Murtaugh 3 Shoshone 1.  Kimberly defeated Gooding 3 to 1.  Mountain Home lost to Burley in a shutout 3 to 0.  Hagerman defeated Hansen 3 to 2 and it was Sugar-Salem 3 to Filer 0.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 51F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies, breezy and cooler. High: 70. Low: 47.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy. High: 71. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 76. Low: 51.

MONDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit warmer. High: 79. Low: 52.

TUESDAY: Sunny skies and seasonably warm. High: 80. Low: 51.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies, seasonably warm and a little bit breezy. High: 80.

September 24th: On this day


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


Born on this day in Oak Park, Illinois, was American female singer-songwriter Lane Brody, best known for her 1984 Billboard topping country hit, "The Yellow Rose" (a duet with country music singer Johnny Lee), and for the Oscar nominated song "Over You" from the film Tender Mercies. She is the first female in country music to have an Oscar nominated hit from a soundtrack album. Besides "The Yellow Rose", Brody has eleven other chart singles on the country charts.


Patsy Cline released her third and final EP, So Wrong/You're Stronger Than Me. This was the final EP released in her lifetime, as she would be killed in a plane crash less than a year later in March 1963. The other two tracks were, "Heartaches and a version of the Hank Williams song "Your Cheatin' Heart." George Strait covered "You're Stronger Than Me" on his 2000 album George Strait.


Singer Jerry Scoggins, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs recorded "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, which was released October 12, 1962. The theme song became an immediate country music hit and was played at the beginning and end of each episode. Flatt and Scruggs appeared in several episodes as family friends of the Clampetts in the following years.


Alabama were at #1 on the Country charts with "Jukebox in My Mind", taken from their album Pass It On Down.


The California Friends of John Denver and The Windstar Foundation unveiled a bronze plaque near the spot where his plane went down, killing the singer, near Pacific Grove. The site had been marked by a driftwood log carved (by Jeffrey Pine of Colorado) with the singer's name.


Ronnie Milsap had recorded a new song "My First Ride" as a fundraiser to benefit firefighters and police officers. Unhappy with Capitol Records, because the company refused to service the record to radio and iTunes, Milsap and a group of Tennessee firefighters picketed the office of Capital. Ronnie marched with the group of 50 people to the front steps of the office, then sang the new single from atop a vintage fire truck.


Kenny Rogers announced that he was planning on retiring after his next world tour. Speaking on NBC's Today show, Rogers said "I've done this long enough. There's a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger. I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don't see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list."

Wednesday 092320

A tanker plane has crashed while working to extinguish a wildfire.  The plane was working to contain the Schill fire southeast of Emmitt yesterday.  One person was taken to the hospital.  The crash didn’t not start additional fires officials report.  The fire has been contained after burning about 25 acres as of this morning.

More than 1,800 jails and detention centers across the United States charge more for inmates to make in-state calls than they can legally charge for out-of-state phone calls, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission.  That means the vast majority of inmate calls — about 80% are charged at what the FCC calls “exorbitantly high rates.”  U.S. governors including Idaho have been asked to lower the rates in their states.

The chief medical officers of two Idaho hospitals recently warned state public health officials that their facilities are close to being overwhelmed by patients infected with the coronavirus.  Dr. Daniel Snell of the Portneuf Medical Center and Dr. Ken Newhouse of Bingham Memorial Hospital told the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Board of Directors that the current rate of hospitalizations from COVID-19 is unsustainable.

Yesterday Health officials have announced 446 new confirmed and probable cases of the COVID-19 in Idaho, bringing the statewide total to 38,347.  The statewide death toll related to the virus increased by four to 451.

Home sales are up.  Over the past 90 days the National Association of Realtors says there has been a 2-point four percent increase in sales of homes.  Twin Falls agents say that number is 4-point nine percent here.  The average price of a home is selling for around 259-thousand dollars.

Traffic on Kimberly Road in Twin Falls will be slowed beginning tomorrow as the Idaho Transportation department contractors take pavement samples.  Officials say they are targeting between Blue Lakes Boulevard and Eastland drive.  The outside lanes will be closed in both directions starting at 8 pm and continuing throughout the night. 


In local sports, first to the soccer games yesterday for both the boys and girls high school action it was the Burley boys taking Minico 3 to 2.  For the girls Burley 8 Minico 0.  Caldwell downed Jerome 4 to 0 for the boys. 

For Volleyball it was Lighthouse Christian 3 Shoshone 0.  Oakley shut out Raft River 3 to 0 and Valley overpowered Wendell 3 to 0.  Carey outlasted Dietrich 3 to 2 and Burley defeated Minico 3 to 2. 

On the schedule today for soccer – both for Boys and Girls, Declo at Sun Valley Community School’s game has been cancelled.  Gooding travels to Bliss.  Wendell will be in Buhl and Kimberly meets up with Filer.  Kimberly will be in Gooding for a volleyball game.

September 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Albany, Georgia, was Ray Charles who helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. His version of the Don Gibson song, "I Can't Stop Loving You" topped the Pop chart for five weeks. Charles died on June 10, 2004 due to acute liver disease at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first recordings in Dallas, Texas, produced by Don Law and Art Satherley of the American Record Corporation. Wills' later recording of "Ida Red" served as a model for Chuck Berry's decades later version of the same song - "Maybellene"

Hank Williams recorded "Kaw-Liga", "Your Cheatin' Heart", and "Take These Chains from My Heart", in what became the musicians last ever recording session.

Jimmy Wakely, actor and country Western music vocalist, and one of the last singing cowboys died. During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, he released records, appeared in several B-Western movies, appeared on radio and television and even had his own series of comic books. His duet singles with Margaret Whiting from 1949-51 produced a string of hits, including 1949's #1 hit on the US country charts and pop music charts, "Slippin' Around."

Faith Hill released "Wild One" which gave the singer her first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Originally titled "She's a Wild One", the song was written by Pat Bunch, Jaime Kyle, and Will Rambeoux and was first recorded in 1992 by country band Zaca Creek.

Johnny Cash released A Concert: Behind Prison Walls his 54th overal album and a live album recorded in the Tenessee Prison 1976. The album features Cash with his backing band the Tennessee Three, but also features performances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark, and Foster Brooks. The album was not released until this year.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, along with Stevie Nicks and Buck Owens.

Kenny Chesney released his sixteenth studio album The Big Revival which became his tenth Country #1 album. The album produced four singles: "American Kids", "Til It's Gone", "Wild Child", and "Save It for a Rainy Day", all of which reached #1 on the US Country Airplay chart.

Tuesday 092220

The badger fire is now 25-percent contained.  At last check over 89-thousand acres has burned.  Meanwhile, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has lifted the Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of southern Idaho of improved air quality. With that improvement, burning restrictions have been lifted.  Air quality is listed as moderate.

Around 1 pm yesterday, Twin Falls fire crews were called to the Auger Falls recreation area for a brush fire.  The blaze burned about 5 acres in size.  Crews were able to douse the flames quickly and no structures were threatened.  The cause of that fire remains under investigation.

A drive up flu shot clinic is being organized at the Twin Falls Senior center.  The clinic will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 am tomorrow.  The center is partnering with Walgreens to provide the service to anyone in the community.  Those using the service will not be required to get out of their car.

Authorities in Utah have discovered the body of a missing hiker on Sunday after he left Idaho a week earlier for a backpacking trip.  The Summit County sheriff’s office said 25 year old Boise resident Kyle S. Wimpenny, was found by multiple agencies who conducted a four-day search after his roommate reported him missing last Wednesday.  His car was located the following day at the Henry’s Fork trailhead. Search and rescue crews believe Wimpenny fell about 1,000 feet while attempting to summit Kings Peak, the state’s tallest mountain.

Motorists in Idaho are seeing a penny drop in the price of a gallon of gas for the week with an average of 2 dollars 44 cents.  The gem state swapped places with Utah and now Idaho has the 8th most expensive fuel in the country according to triple A.  In the U.S. the average price is $2.18 cents a gallon.

Starting November 20th, Boise airport officials say nonstop service to Atlanta is set to begin.  The flight will be once daily.  It’s the same flight that was supposed to begin in July but was postponed because of the Coronavirus.


In local sports, first to yesterday’s results of the soccer games.  For the Boys, Filer and Gooding tied it up with 1 each.  Wendell took Bliss 7 to 2 and Kimberly shut out Declo 3 to 0.  As for the girls, Wendell shut out Bliss 4 to 0.  It was Filer over Gooding 2 to 1 and Kimberly said no to Declo 16 to 0.

There’s one Volleyball Score to report.  Gooding shut out Valley 3 to 0. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 81F. SSE winds shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies and a little bit hazy/smoky from various Western United States' fires. High: 81. Low: 53.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 79. Low: 50.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Breezy and cooler. High: 67. Low: 43.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 68. Low: 48.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 74. Low: 51.

MONDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 80.

September 22nd: On this day

Born on this day, was Debby Anne Boone, singer and actress best known for her 1977 hit, "You Light Up My Life," which spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. Boone also scored the 1980 #1 hit, "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again".

Born on this day in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia was June Forester from the American country music vocal group The Forester Sisters, consisting of sisters Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester. The quartet had commercial success in the 1980s, charting fifteen Top Tens on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including the Number Ones "I Fell in Love Again Last Night", "Just in Case", "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes".

The first Farm Aid benefit concert was held before a crowd of 80,000 people at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up of country stars included: Alabama, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers.

Garth Brooks released his fourth studio album The Chase, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and Top Country Albums chart. The album featured his version of the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken", and "Night Rider's Lament" the classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.

The Complete Hank Williams was released. The award-winning box set was a collection of almost all of the recorded works of country music legend Hank Williams, from his first recorded track in 1947 to the last session prior to his untimely death in 1953 at the age of 29. The ten disc box set contains 225 tracks, including studio sessions, live performances and demos. Among those 225 songs are 33 hit singles and 53 previously unreleased tracks.

Jo Dee Messina was at #1 on the Country charts with "That's the Way" the lead-off single for her album Burn. The song spent four weeks at the top of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album, (the 1998 album I'm Alright).

Monday 092120

The Badger fire continues to burn in the South Hills this morning.  Officials adjusted the acreage.  At last check 89-thousand 90 acres have been blackened.  As of now, containment is at 12-percent and 266 personnel are involved in battling the blaze.  Yesterday, the Twin Falls sheriff’s office allowed homeowners in the Rock creek area to return to their homes.  Crews were able to keep the flames away from any structures.

Idaho will remain under restrictions in the fourth and final stage of reopening the economy during the coronavirus pandemic for at least another two weeks, Gov. Brad Little said in a news conference.   The governor said intensive care unit hospitalizations of those infected remain too high, though many other metrics, such as a decline in the infection positivity rate among those tested, are improving.   Most Idaho businesses, except for large venues, are allowed to open in stage 4.

Idaho State Police say late Saturday night one person died after being run over on I-15 near Devil Creek Reservoir north of Malad City.  24 year old Andrew Delacruz of Pocatello was involved in a rollover crash on Old Malad Highway.  He climbed a hill to I-15 where he attempted to flag down traffic.  Police say he was in the middle of the lanes when he was struck by a car.

The political climate changed Friday when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away.  Now the fight is on when to fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court.  President Trump has said that will happen soon.  Idaho Senator Jim Rish agrees although he’s unsure if that vote will occur before November 3rd. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo chimed in the conversation saying Ginsburg was a stalwart leader on the issues and causes important to her.

On the Covid-19 watch in Idaho at last check, 244 cases were added yesterday while 219 were confirmed and there were two deaths reported yesterday.  The statewide total is now 37 thousand 491 of those 34-541 have been confirmed.  20-304 have recovered.


In sports from around the area from the Friday night high school football games, Dietrich downed Hansen 74 to 20.  Gooding defeated Mountain Home with a shutout 20 to 0.  Jerome took Twin Falls 14 to 7.  It was Kimberly 21 Burley 0 and Payette took Wendell 20 to 14.  Shelley outlasted Canyon Ridge 38 to 14.

On today’s schedule first for soccer, for both the boys and girls, Bliss will be at Wendell, Declo at Kimberly and Filer plays Gooding.  The Buhl at Sun Valley Community School game has been canceled.

As for Volleyball, Valley takes on Gooding and Hagerman will travel to the Twin Falls Christian Academy.


Today:  Sunny. High around 85F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Generally clear. Low 53F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Hazy skies. Aside from that, partly cloudy skies. Winds: SSW 5-10 mph during the morning, then WNW 5-15 mph during the afternoon and evening. High: 79

TOMORROW NIGHT: Hazy skies. Aside from that, mostly clear skies. Winds: SSW 5-10 mph. Low: 51

WEDNESDAY: Hazy skies. Aside from that, partly cloudy skies. Warm. High: 81 Low: 51

THURSDAY: Hazy skies. Aside from that, sunny skies. A little breezy during the afternoon and evening. High: 79 Low: 49

WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Hazy skies. Aside from that, sunny skies with just a few clouds around. Breezy during the afternoon and evening. High: 73 Low: 43

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Breezy during the afternoon and evening. A lot cooler. High: 69 Low: 44

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Breezy. High: 68 Low: 44

SUNDAY: Sunny skies with just a few clouds around. Warmer. High: 73

September 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Dickey Lee, best known for the 1960s teenage tragedy songs "Patches" and "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)." He also scored the 1975 US Country #1 "Rocky."

Alabama governor Gordon Persons officially proclaimed today - September 21st the official Hank Williams Day.

Born on this day in Fayetteville, Arkansas was songwriter - producer Mark Wright. Reba McEntire, Amy Grant, and Kenny Rogers have all covered his songs, and has produced hits for Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.

Born on this day in Big Spring, Texas, was Ronna Reeves, female country music singer. Between 1990 and 1998, she released five studio albums, she has also charted five singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Born on this day in Ridgeland, Mississippi, was Faith Hill, country singer, songwriter known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill has sold over 40 million records worldwide and scored eight #1 singles and three #1 albums on the US Country charts. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time. In 2009 Billboard named her as the #1 Adult Contemporary artist of the decade 2000-2009.

The Farm Aid 02, benefit concert took place at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble, The Drive-By Truckers, Los Lonely Boys and Anthony Smith.

American singer and songwriter John D. Loudermilk died aged 82. Although he had his own recording career during the 1950s and 1960s, he was primarily known as a songwriter. His hits include "Indian Reservation," by Paul Revere & The Raiders; "Abilene," by George Hamilton IV; and "Tobacco Road" (a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964).

Friday 091820

We now know more about the three vehicle crash that took the life of one person.  Idaho State Police say that around 1:30 yesterday morning a wrong way driver collided with two eastbound semis between Bliss and Wendell.  The crash caused the car and the two semis to erupt into flames.  The driver of the car has not been identified.  That portion of the freeway was blocked for about 10 hours.

The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 4% last week as Idaho’s economy continues recovering during the coronavirus pandemic.  Applications for jobless benefits declined to 3,672, while the four-week moving average of new claims held steady at about 3,700.  The agency also says that the overall number of people collecting unemployment dropped 12% to 11,500.

Health officials have announced 396 new confirmed and probable cases of the COVID-19 in Idaho, bringing the statewide total to 36,489.  The statewide death toll related to the virus increased by five to 434.  Twin Falls County has 1,976 cases.

The Badger Creek fire burning in the south hills has blackened well over 35 thousand acres at last check.  It grew by 8-thousand acres on Wednesday.  Today, crews are bracing for a low-pressure system and cold front that’s expected to move through the fire area. Forecasters are predicting that before the front arrives, increasing clouds, cool temperatures, and high winds with gust up to 30 mph are expected. Dry thunderstorms are a threat for late this afternoon.

The city of Twin Falls annual State of the city is set for next Tuesday morning at 11:30.  City officials will meet at the Twin Falls City Park Bandshell to answer questions and to discuss the community’s objectives.

Lori Vallow is requesting she be allowed to wear street clothing during her upcoming court appearances.  Earlier this week her attorney asked the judge to allow his client to be allowed to choose her wardrobe.  She faces felony charges relating to the cover-up of the deaths of her children.  Neither Vallow nor her husband Chad Daybell has been charged with the deaths.


In local sports, one Football score to report.  Raft River JV’s defeated Watersprings 40 to 34.  In Boys Soccer, Twin Falls downed Pocatello 5 to 1.  It was Jerome over Canyon Ridge 2 to 1.

In Girls soccer, Twin Falls shut out Pocatello 6 to zip.  Mountain Home took the win from Minico 6 to 4.  No score in the Jerome Canyon Ridge game.

In Volleyball, in the first set it was Canyon Ridge 3 Jerome 1.  Then it was Canyon Ridge 2 Buhl 0.  Buhl Defeated Jerome 2 to 1.  Lighthouse Christian took the win from Glenns Ferry 3 to 1.  It was Gooding  3 Declo 0.  Shoshone defeated Raft River 3 to 0 and Dietrich said no to Wendell 3 to 2.  Kimberly outlasted Filer 3 to 1 and Castleford took the Sun Valley Community School 3 to 0.

Tonight in Football the Burley Bobcats play Kimberly.  Canyon Ridge is in Shelley.  Jerome plays the Twin Falls Bruins and Wood River plays Filer all in 4A Action. 

For 3A games, Buhl is at Declo and Gooding and Mountain Home meet up.

In 2A action Wendell travels to Payette and Valley is in Melba. 

In 1A action Oakley plays Garden Valley, Shoshone plays Glenns Ferry, Lighthouse plays Mackay and Murtaugh travels to Castleford.  Camas county plays Richfield and Carey takes on Hagerman.  Dietrich and Hansen meet and Richfield travels to Camas County.


There is an air quality alert and a red flag warning in place for the majority of Southern Idaho through the PM hours of Friday. The air quality alert that is in place is due to less smoke from fires that continue to burn all around California, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The smokes from these fires have entered Southern Idaho due to southwesterly winds at higher levels of the sky, and the end result is poor air quality. With a little bit of a breeze expected for the next couple of days, more fires could ignite, and the favorable weather conditions will allow them to spread rather easily.

Today:  Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 82F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Showers this evening then scattered thunderstorms developing overnight. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 56F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cooler and breezy. High: 66. Low: 46.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 72. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Developing clouds late in the day, but generally mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 79. Low: 51.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 78. Low: 50.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 80. Low: 51.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 83.

September 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Louisville, Mississippi, was Carl Jackson, country and bluegrass musician who played in Glen Campbell's band for 12 years. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled Spring Training. In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.

Dolly Parton released her debut studio album Hello, I'm Dolly. The first single from the album, "The Little Things", was released in June 1966 and failed to chart. "Dumb Blonde" was released as a single in November 1966 and gave Parton her first top 40 hit, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album's third single, "Something Fishy", was released in May 1967 and peaked at #17, becoming Parton's first top 20 hit. The album's two hit singles are largely credited with bringing Parton to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who, in September 1967, would invite Parton to join his band and appear on his weekly television show.

Johnny Lee was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Lookin' for Love". The song was part of the soundtrack to one of the years biggest movies, Urban Cowboy.

Born on this day was Jesse Erasure American music publisher, record producer, songwriter, and DJ. He has produced, co-written, or remixed for artists including: Meghan Trainor, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts. In 2015, he reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Country charts with his Florida Georgia Line co-write "Sun Daze."

Willie Nelson and several of his band members were charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Louisiana after state police had pulled Nelson's tour bus over for a routine commercial inspection. Smelling a suspicious odor inside, police searched the bus and found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

Dwight Yoakam released the album 3 Pears. By the end of 2012, the album was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL's The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critic's "best of 2012" lists than any other artist in the country genre.

Dwight Yoakam was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards held in Nashville.