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WEDNESDAY 022019

Additional charges have been filed against the Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancée.  Patrick Frazee was in court yesterday to determine whether he will stand trial for the death of Kelsey Berreth’s Death.  The case relies on the cooperation of Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, a 32-year-old woman from Hansen who pleaded guilty this month to tampering with evidence in the case. Kenney said she moved "the victim's cellphone" around Thanksgiving.  The body has not been located.

Having photo identification is something most take for granted. However, if you're an inmate just getting out of prison, acquiring a valid, up-to-date photo ID may not be so easy to get.  That's why the Idaho State Department of Corrections, Department of Motor Vehicles and Idaho Transportation Department are teaming up to install photo ID machines in all of Idaho's prisons.

The chairman of the Idaho Republican Party has resigned.  The party released Jonathan Parker’s resignation letter he sent on Monday.  Jennifer Locke of Hayden will be acting chair until a replacement is elected this summer.

Legislation intended to increase testing of sexual assault and rape evidence kits and get DNA results into a national database has cleared the House.  The proposed law would allow victims to halt prosecutions, but the evidence would still be tested and submitted to the national database for potential matches.

Twin Falls officials are again asking the council to weigh the costs and benefit of recycling.  Processing costs have reached $189 per ton.  The current budget calls for the recycling to go into the landfill if the cost exceeds $175 per ton.

A new trial has been scheduled for  28 year old Daniel Alldrin, a northern Idaho man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 28-day-old daughter.  A Nez Perce County jury was unable to reach a verdict following an eight-day trial in November. A previous trial was scheduled for May 2018 in Clearwater County, but it was called off after a jury could not be seated.  Alldrin told authorities a speaker had fallen on the child.

WEATHER

Today:  Scattered snow showers, another coating to an inch. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 31 Mountains: 24 40% chance of snow.

Tonight;  Occasional snow showers. Low near 25F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

Tomorrow;  Snow showers. High 32F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 23 Low: 6

SATURDAY: Developing snow showers. Valleys - High: 32 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 10

SUNDAY: Snow showers likely. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 9

MONDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 32 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 7

TUESDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 34 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 18

SPORTS

In local sports, in High School Boys Basketball playoff action the Valley Vikings won a third straight Snake River Conference title topping Oakley with a score of 46 to 39. 

Elsewhere Glenns Ferry defeated Raft River 52 to 50.  Glenns Ferry will face Oakley in the district second place game on Thursday. Raft River’s season ends at 11-12.

Pocatello defeated Minico 64 to 62 and it was Declo 67 to Wendell 16 and it was Carey downing Hansen 51 to 40.  Carey will face Murtaugh on Wednesday.

In three overtimes the final outcome was Murtaugh over Dietrich 77 to 75.

February 20th: On this day

1954
"Slowly" by Webb Pierce became the first #1 song on Billboard's country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar. (His biggest hit was "In the Jailhouse Now," which charted for 37 weeks in 1955).

1981
Born on this day in Oceanside, California, was Chris Thile, musician, with the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "The Eleventh Reel" in 2006.

1991
Country music winners at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Kathy Mattea for "Where've You Been" who won Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, went to Vince Gill for "When I Call Your Name", Best Country Performance by a Group was The Kentucky Headhunters for Pickin' on Nashville and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler for "Poor Boy Blues."

1993
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart".

1996
Alan Jackson made a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing "Mercury Blues" on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time. Part of the show's attraction was its token "Tool Time girl", whose primary roles were to look good, be curvaceous, roll out various props and help introduce the two hosts.

2005
LeAnn Rimes performed "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense" and Big & Rich performed "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver's Colorado Convention Center.

Tuesday 021919

Authorities say a 33 year old Burley woman was injured after she jumped from the driver’s side of her pickup along the interstate near Jerome early yesterday.  Maribel Villeda was eastbound.  A semi-truck following the pickup swerved to avoid striking Villeda who was in the roadway.  The truck struck Villeda’s vehicle.  The pickup came to rest in the lane of travel the semi stopped in the median.  Villeda was taken to the hospital for treatment.  The eastbound lanes were closed for about 4 hours.

Another store is leaving the Magic Valley Mall.  Payless Shoe Source is closing all of its 21-hundred stores after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017.  18-thousand people will be out of a job.

Police say they arrested a man after he forced entry into a woman’s home and threatened her with a gun in Meridian Sunday afternoon. Investigators tracked the man to a desert area south of Kuna, leading to a nearly four-hour standoff.  Jefferson Griffith was later arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Two people were killed following a head on collision on I-84 last night.  Idaho State Police say 39 year old Jennifer Thompson of Hagerman was eastbound in the westbound lanes when she struck another vehicle driven by 21 year old Ryan Cordie of Minnesota.  Thompson died at the scene.  21 year old Monica Buchite, a passenger in the Cordie vehicle also died at the scene.  Cordie  and his passenger 44 year old Karrie Cordie were transported to St. Alphonsus in Boise by Air ambulance.  The accident happened just before 9  pm. 

The Legislature’s budget-setting committee has approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.  Yesterday, The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously for the budget for fiscal year 2020 that must next clear the House and Senate, and be approved by the governor.

Idaho officials have sent a Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government for approval.  It could take several months before the state hears back from the federal agency.  The state agency is also accepting public comments on the changes to Medicaid until March 22.

SPORTS

In local sports, the Lighthouse Christian School Boys Basketball team took the win from Murtaugh last night 61 to 40.  That sends the lions to the district championship game.  Elsewhere Camas County defeated Hansen 71 to 60 sending the Mushers to district.  Now the Mushers will face the Lions in the district title game tomorrow.  Today, Hansen Plays Carey.

Elsewhere, Buhl defeated Filer 46 to 42 sending the Indians to play Kimberly in the district title game tomorrow at CSI.  Raft River downed Shoshone 60 to 48 and Carey defeated Castleford 63 to 57.

It was Dietrich downing Hagerman 62 to 45. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, few isolated snow showers and cold. Winds: West 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 27 Mountains: 23

Tonight:  Increasing clouds, snow showers after midnight accumulations of a coating to an inch. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 16 Mountains: 3mph.

Tomorrow:  Snow showers, accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Winds: SSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 7

THURSDAY: Occasional snow showers, additional inch or two. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 2

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 16 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 5

SATURDAY: Afternoon and evening snow showers. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 10

SUNDAY: Snow showers likely. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 8

MONDAY: Scattered snow showers. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 9

February 19th: On this day

1943
Born on this day in Corinth, Mississippi was Bobby Emmons who as a songwriter wrote hits for George Strait ("So Much Like My Dad"), Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize") and Tanya Tucker ("Love Me Like You Used To"). Emmons who was a member of Bill Black's Combo from 1960-63 died on February 23rd 2015.

1966
Buck Owens was at #1 on the country singles chart with Waitin' in Your Welfare Line. The single was Owens' tenth #1 on the US country music chart and the track spent seven weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the country chart.

1977
Country music winners at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Emmylou Harris for Elite Hotel, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "(I'm a) Stand By My Woman Man", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Amazing Rhythm Aces for "The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)", and Best Country Song - Larry Gatlin (songwriter) for "Broken Lady."

1977
Elvis Presley was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue". Written by Mark James, (who also penned Elvis' "Suspicious Minds"), the song became Presley's last #1 hit in his lifetime,

1983
Alabama were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Mountain Music, released in 1982, it is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.

1987
Willie Nelson's American western drama movie Red Headed Stranger premiered in Austin. The film studio had wanted Robert Redford to play the Red Headed Stranger a role Nelson had envisioned for himself. It took two years, but Redford finally turned the part down.

2004
Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song "Ring of Fire" to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."

2014
Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country singles chart with Drink a Beer. Bryan has described Drink a Beer as "the coolest sad song ever" and noted that he connects with the story after having lost both of his siblings.

Monday 021819

The Lincoln County Sheriff has been placed on administrative leave for thirty days.  Sheriff Rene Rodriquez will receive  his pay but Chief Deputy Steve Phillips is  serving as the acting sheriff. 

Authorities in Gooding say they called on assistance from the Twin Falls SWAT team last week to assist with what they are calling a domestic disturbance that ended up lasting nearly four hours.  Police were called to the 600 block of Elm Circle in Gooding where a man barricaded himself in the residence and would not respond to commands from law enforcement.  The suspect was taken for medical treatment and criminal charges are pending. 

Meanwhile authorities are looking for an attempted armed robbery suspect that took place earlier Wednesday afternoon outside of Gooding Pharmacy.  The pharmacy had closed for the day and employees were confronted outside.  The suspect then ran from the scene.  The person was tracked for several blocks.  Police ask you call SIRCOMM if you can assist with that investigation. 

With objections from several education groups the senate education committee OK’d a bill to give charter schools more latitude in hiring administrators.  Under the bill, a charter administrator would have to hold a bachelor’s degree, meet one of several work experience requirements and pass a criminal background check.

Lawmakers on a budget-setting committee have voted unanimously to approve money for a new veteran’s home in northern Idaho.  The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 20-0 last week to approve a $78.5 million budget for the Idaho Division of Veterans Services that includes $42 million for a veteran’s home in Post Falls.

An Idaho woman has received a 16-year prison sentence for what one prosecutor calls the “worst abuse” she has seen in her 11 years on the job.  Judge Christopher Nye handed Esperanza Espinoza, of Canyon County, the sentence with six years to be served before she is eligible for parole. He also issued a no-contact order for 16 years.

51 year old Sarah Kester who refused to report her husband’s yearslong sexual abuse of young relatives and instead prayed for “the demon” to leave him was ordered Thursday to spend a year in a prison treatment program.  If she fails to complete the program she could spend up to 10 years in prison.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to wrestling where the Jerome Tigers won the Great Basin Conference and win the district title.

In Boys High School Basketball Twin Falls outlasted Century 65 to 57.  Twin Falls will play in the championship game on Thursday at Preston, with a trip to the 4A state tournament now locked up.

Preston Downed Minico 65 to 60 and Mountain Home defeated Canyon Ridge 44 to 34.  Pocatello outlasted Wood River 65 to 57.

In Girls basketball Middleton defeated Minico 51 to 44.

In CSI Womens Basketball the Eagles defeated Colorado Northwestern Community College 95 to 52.  Next up the eagles will play at Snow Collage Thursday.

On the mens side, CSI also defeated Colorado Northwestern 91 to 89. 

WEATHER

Today:  Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies with a few snow showers after midnight. Low 22F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High near 30F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Snow showers likely with possible 1 to 3 inches.

High: 31 Low: 20

Mountains: 22 Low: 10

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.

High: 33 Low: 19

Mountains: 25 Low: 7

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of snow

High: 32 Low: 18

Mountains: 24 Low: 7

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.

High: 34 Mountains: 25

February 18th: On this day

1914

Born on this day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski who became better known as Pee Wee King. The American country music songwriter is best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz", which was a hit for both Cowboy Copas, Patti Page and Petula Clark. He died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, aged 86 on March 7, 2000.

1952

Born on this day in Lakehurst, New Jersey, was Juice Newton pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations and scored the 1981 Country #1 single "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)."

1954

George Jones recorded "No Money in This Deal" for Starday Records and began the singer's association with producer and mentor H.W. "Pappy" Dailey.

1970

Born on this day, was Raine Maida, Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Maida began a solo career in 2006, releasing his first solo album The Hunters Lullaby in 2007. He also self-produced Our Lady Peace's seventh studio album, Burn Burn, in 2009.

1988

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of Dolly! at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

1999

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fourth studio album and major label debut Wide Open Spaces. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.

2003

Country singer Johnny Paycheck died at the age of 64. He had been in a nursing home, suffering from emphysema and asthma. During his career, Paycheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles, the biggest of which was the working man's anthem, "Take This Job and Shove It".

2008

Carrie Underwood kicked off The Carnival Ride Tour in Wachovia Arena, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The singers first headlined tour was in support of her second album, Carnival Ride.

FRIDAY 021519

A Burley man is facing child sex charges after authorities say he abused a 7 year old girl and a 10 year old boy.  37 year old Jose Luis Ochoa Jr. has been charged with felony counts of lewd conduct with a child and having sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16.

The synthetic skating rink in Downtown Twin Falls has been put into storage.  The rink was purchased for about 30-thousand dollars and was set up in the downtown commons across from city hall.  680 people rented skates throughout since the end of November.

20 year old Kaden Black was sentenced this week to a suspended five to seven years in prison.  The Burley man used the Alford plea.  He was charged with stealing 15-thousand dollars’ worth of toys from the Mini-Cassia Christmas Council.  Some toys were found but many had been damaged.

A disease that afflicts elk and leaves their hooves broken and deformed has been found in Idaho for the first time.  Idaho Fish and Game has confirmed a case of treponema associated hoof disease in an animal killed by a hunter near White Bird last year.

Legislation to keep operating an Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk moved to the full House.  The legislation has already passed the Senate.  The board has in the past received $400,000 annually from the state. Gov. Brad Little has asked the Legislature to approve $200,000 in general fund tax dollars for the board in fiscal year 2020.  Officials say they will need more than that to keep operating.

The state’s public defense system still doesn’t guarantee defendants the right to a fair trial and should be found unconstitutional according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.  Attorney Liz Lockwood made the argument in 4th district court this week, asking the Judge to rule in favor of the class-action lawsuit that includes criminal defendants who can’t afford their own attorneys across the state.

Legislation has been introduced to honor a conservationist who led efforts to prevent the extinction of Idaho’s state raptor, the peregrine falcon.  The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously sent to the full House the resolution honoring Tom Cade, who died Feb. 6 at age 91.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to the Girls High school basketball playoffs where Shoshone said no to the  Liberty Charter School 32 to 19.  Shoshone will face Prairie at 6:15 p.m. tonight at Columbia High School in Nampa.

It was Minico 57 over Hillcrest 47.  The Spartans will play Caldwell tonight at 8 pm.

Homedale said no to Buhl 48 to 35.  Buhl now will face Bonners Ferry this afternoon at 1:15 in Nampa.

It was West Jefferson 51 over Declo 40.  Declo plays Malad this afternoon at 1:15 pm at Bishop Kelly in Boise. 

Salmon trounced Dietrich 59 to 43.  Dietrich  will play Kendrick this evening at Nampa High School. 

Carey beat Rockland 41 to 30.

In Boys Basketball, Minico hammered Mountain Home 60 to 45.  It was Twin  Falls 73 over Pocatello 52 and Oakley beat Glenns Ferry 53 to 47. 

The College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles Womens Basketball team took the win over the Salt Lake Community College 66 to 53.  As for the CSI men, Salt Lake overpowered the Eagles 70 to 68.  CSI will host Colorado Northwestern community college tomorrow. 

WEATHER

Today:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High near 45F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with light rain early...then becoming mostly clear overnight. Low 33F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High around 40F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine with a few flakes. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 5

MONDAY: Clouds and sunshine with a few flakes. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 3

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 27 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 7

WEDNESDAY: Possible snow showers. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 8

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, few flakes. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 10

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Frank Church Wilderness; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region; Wood River Foothills

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

 

* WHAT...Periods of moderate snow are expected today. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected, with localized higher amounts to 9 inches in the mountains above pass level.

 

* WHERE...The Wood River Foothills, Wood River Valley, Big Lost Highlands, Stanley Basin, and Frank Church Wilderness, including but not limited to Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Galena Summit, Stanley, Banner Summit, and Clayton.

 

* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon.

 

* IMPACTS...Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to snow covered roads and reduced visibility. Winds gusting as high as 35 MPH will also cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow and blowing snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Flood Warning

Areas Affected: Blaine

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a

 

* Flood Warning for... An Ice Jam in... Northwestern Blaine County in central Idaho...

 

* Until 1015 AM MST Friday

 

* At 1010 PM MST, Hailey Fire Department indicated that an avalanche was blocking the Big Wood River at Della Vista and War Eagle Drive in Hailey. Water was backing up into several homes.

 

* Some locations that will experience flooding include... The Della Vista and War Eagle sub-division in Hailey.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Blaine

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS CONTINUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM MST FRIDAY.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...THE SOLDIER MOUNTAINS AND THE MOUNTAINS BORDERING THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY NEAR BELLEVUE, HAILEY, AND KETCHUM.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND DRIFTING WILL COMBINE TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHES WILL OCCUR, POSSIBLY IMPACTING ROADWAYS AND STRUCTURES IN VALLEY BOTTOMS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY OFF OF...AND OUT FROM UNDERNEATH...SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; West Central Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...MORE SNOW IN THE IDAHO MOUNTAINS TODAY... .Snow will continue today in the Idaho mountains north of the Snake Basin as snow levels continue to lower. Amounts of 3 to 6 inches will be common. Snow showers will continue through Sunday with several more inches likely during that long period. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...

 

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected.

 

* WHERE...West Central Mountains and Boise Mountains zones.

 

* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Camas; Elmore

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. ...THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS CONTINUES A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING...

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM MST FRIDAY.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...THE SOLDIER MOUNTAINS AND THE MOUNTAINS BORDERING THE THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY NEAR BELLEVUE, HAILEY, AND KETCHUM.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND DRIFTING WILL COMBINE TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHES WILL OCCUR, POSSIBLY IMPACTING ROADWAYS AND STRUCTURES IN VALLEY BOTTOMS. PRECAUTION/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY OFF OF...AND OUT FROM UNDERNEATH...SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

Thursday 021419

The Twin Falls city council is agreeing with the cities Improvement reimbursement commission over the pressurized irrigation system.  Jade Development opposed the decision to reimburse developer Gerald Martins 35-thousand dollars for the system installed in the Broadmoor subdivision.  The attorney argued the development company paid premium for lots with the understanding Martins would pay for the improvements.

The price for seeing the Shoshone Falls and recreating at Dierkes Lake park could be going up.  The Recreation commission wants the council to consider raising the fee to $5 from the current $3.  A Season pass is $25.  If approved, visitors could also pay with a credit card. 

The murder trial for a Mountain Home man charged in connection with the stabbing death of his landlady began this week.  41 year old Scott Riggs, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of 71-year-old Paula Febrache.

Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in southwestern Idaho.  The next step in the process is for the Snake River Basin Adjudication Court to consider water rights to the refill.

Nearly 700 parents have signed a petition after Blaine County School District board members approved a three-year calendar in December, raising concerns among parents.  Hailey resident Arielle Smith started an online petition on Change.Org, asking the district to revisit and open up a discussion on the school's calendar.

44-year-old Tony A. Herschler of Twin Falls was sentenced earlier this week for insurance fraud.  An investigation revealed Herschler purchased a renter’s insurance policy with Liberty Mutual on Oct. 1, 2016. Eight days later, he filed a claim with the company and stated his room at the Super 7 Motel in Twin Falls had been burglarized and $33,360 in personal property was stolen.  Liberty Mutual later discovered many of the video games reported stolen hadn’t yet been released to the public.

SPORTS

In local sports, one High School Boys Basketball game to report.  Declo topped Wendell 66 to 46.  The two teams will face off again at Declo on Tuesday.

Several district tournament games were supposed to take place across the area last night, but, due to inclement weather, they were moved to different dates.

The 1A Division II tournament had four games scheduled to be played at Shoshone High School yesterday. All will be moved to Monday, Feb. 18, and will be held at the same times as previously scheduled.

Castleford will face Carey at 3 p.m., Dietrich will take on Hagerman at 4:30 pm., Lighthouse Christian will play Murtaugh at 6 p.m. and Camas County squares off with Hansen at 7:30 p.m.

Two 1A Division I games were scheduled to be played at Murtaugh High School, and they were moved as well. Glenns Ferry and Oakley will play at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, while Raft River and Shoshone will face one another at 6 p.m. on Monday.

WEATHER

Today:  Valley rain showers, Mountain snow with some rain, mountain accumulation of 2 to 5 inches. Winds: ESE 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 46 Mountains: 37   Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tonight:  Rain. Valleys: 30 Mountains: 20. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tomorrow:  Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.  Scattered snow showers and colder, breezy. Winds: SW 10-20 mph. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 11

SATURDAY: Scattered snow showers with a mix of sun and clouds, cold. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 9

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 16 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 6

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy and cold. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 4

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 7

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 15 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 10

Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Frank Church Wilderness; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region; Wood River Foothills

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MST FRIDAY... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS EVENING...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected.

 

* WHERE...Central mountains from Ketchum north through Stanley.

 

* WHEN...From 9 AM Thursday to 6 AM MST Friday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Blaine

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS CONTINUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM MST FRIDAY.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...THE SOLDIER MOUNTAINS AND THE MOUNTAINS BORDERING THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY NEAR BELLEVUE, HAILEY, AND KETCHUM.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND DRIFTING WILL COMBINE TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHES WILL OCCUR, POSSIBLY IMPACTING ROADWAYS AND STRUCTURES IN VALLEY BOTTOMS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY OFF OF...AND OUT FROM UNDERNEATH...SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Camas; Elmore

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. ...THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING...

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM MST FRIDAY.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...THE SOLDIER MOUNTAINS AND THE MOUNTAINS BORDERING THE THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY NEAR BELLEVUE, HAILEY, AND KETCHUM.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND DRIFTING WILL COMBINE TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHES WILL OCCUR, POSSIBLY IMPACTING ROADWAYS AND STRUCTURES IN VALLEY BOTTOMS. PRECAUTION/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY OFF OF...AND OUT FROM UNDERNEATH...SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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Flood Watch

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Lower Snake River Plain; Marsh and Arbon Highlands; Raft River Region; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...Flooding is possible due to rainfall and snowmelt tonight through tomorrow night... ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT... The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a

 

* Flood Watch for portions of south central Idaho, south central Idaho, and southeast Idaho, including the following areas, in south central Idaho, Eastern Magic Valley. In south central Idaho, Shoshone/Lava Beds. In southeast Idaho, Blackfoot Mountains, Franklin/Eastern Oneida Region, Lower Snake River Plain, Marsh and Arbon Highlands, Raft River Region, and Southern Hills/Albion Mountains.

 

* From late tonight through late Thursday night

 

* Warm temperatures will push into southeast Idaho tonight, and snow will begin to change over to rain. Temperatures will continue to rise tomorrow, accelerating snowmelt. This will lead to areas of water ponding in low-lying areas below 5500 ft.

 

* Water may encroach onto roads and storm drains may become blocked.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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Flood Watch

Areas Affected: Shoshone, Lava Beds

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...Flooding is possible due to rainfall and snowmelt tonight through tomorrow night... ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT... The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a

 

* Flood Watch for portions of south central Idaho, south central Idaho, and southeast Idaho, including the following areas, in south central Idaho, Eastern Magic Valley. In south central Idaho, Shoshone/Lava Beds. In southeast Idaho, Blackfoot Mountains, Franklin/Eastern Oneida Region, Lower Snake River Plain, Marsh and Arbon Highlands, Raft River Region, and Southern Hills/Albion Mountains.

 

* From late tonight through late Thursday night

 

* Warm temperatures will push into southeast Idaho tonight, and snow will begin to change over to rain. Temperatures will continue to rise tomorrow, accelerating snowmelt. This will lead to areas of water ponding in low-lying areas below 5500 ft.

 

* Water may encroach onto roads and storm drains may become blocked.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Shoshone, Lava Beds

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY...

 

* WHAT...Periods of snow and a slight chance of freezing rain. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected.

 

* WHERE...Shoshone, Carey.

 

* WHEN...Until noon MST Thursday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

February 14th: On this day

1939

Born on this day in La Fayette, Alabama, was Razzy Bailey American country music artist, who scored the 1980 #1 single "Loving Up a Storm". Bailey has had three double sided #1's in succession on the Country charts, a feat never accomplished by any other artist.

1950

The #1 best selling Country record "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" by Red Foley became the first Country hit cross over record on the Pop Best Seller chart.

1955

George Jones was on the Country charts with "Why Baby Why", Jones' first chart single, (which peaked at #4), following several unsuccessful singles released during the prior year on Starday Records.

1978

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Here You Come Again her nineteenth solo studio album. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single, which scored her a #3 on the US pop singles charts.

1979

Taken from the soundtrack to the film of the same name, "Every Which Way But Loose" by Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the Country chart. Released just weeks before the film premiered nationwide, the title track immediately broke in popularity. In fact, the song debuted at #18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the highest debut since the inception of the 100-position chart in July 1973. The record was later tied by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" in 2005.

1998

Hal Ketchum married Gina Pacconi at the Grace Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Guests include Delbert McClinton and songwriters Jim Lauderdale and Kim Richey.

2002

Forty couples are married in a mass Valentine's Day ceremony in Newport News, Virginia. American country music singer Steve Holy performed his #1 hit "Good Morning Beautiful" for the couples' first dance

2011

Glen Campbell announced he would release his final studio album in 2011 with a farewell tour to follow. He was also is planning an acoustic-style greatest-hits album before officially retiring.

2016

Joey Floyd, longtime band member in Toby Keith’s Easy Money Band died aged 47 years old after a long battle with cancer. Floyd played guitar, banjo and fiddle for Keith and he also introduced Keith to Willie Nelson.

WEDNESDAY 021319

A bill to reform Idaho's liquor license laws has stalled in the Senate.  The state currently issues all liquor licenses based on the number of residents in a given area.  But the demand for the licenses is creating a market where the licenses are bought and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The proposal would end state-issued licenses and have cities or counties issue the licenses, if they choose.

Fishing for trout could make you money.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has placed a bounty on rainbow trout in the South Fork of the Snake River in hopes of reducing the population of the invasive species. Prize money ranging from $50 to $1,000 is awarded to any angler who turns in a rainbow trout head containing a coded wire tag.

A measure with strong Republican support that could change the state’s independent commission in charge of redrawing congressional and legislative maps to favor Republicans has stalled amid a protest by Democrats.  The House on Tuesday sent back to the House State Affairs Committee the legislation that Democrats say is a rushed attempt at gerrymandering.

Idaho State Police troopers could start patrolling on motorcycles.  The agencies requested budget seeks 10 motorcycle troopers, but Gov. Brad Little is recommending two in Pocatello, two in Coeur d’Alene and one office specialist at a cost of $1 million for fiscal year 2020.

A Senate panel voted to hold a hearing on legislation to drop Medicaid expansion in Idaho if the federal government changes the percentage it pays for the program.  The bill also authorizes an optional workforce training program. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-4 to hold the hearing.  The legislation would end Medicaid expansion if the federal funding ratio of 90 percent drops and the Idaho Legislature doesn’t take action.

31-Year-old Jessica Jones with ties to Pocatello has won a Grammy Award for her role in an opera about the late founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs.  Jones won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording.  Her parents still live in Pocatello. 

SPORTS

In local sports, in Boys High School Basketball, Hansen defeated Dietrich 55 to 52  The Huskies will play Camas County, while Dietrich will take on Hagerman.  Both games today. 

Canyon Ridge closed out Jerome’s 3 – 18 season with a score of 65 to 51.  Canyon Ridge will play at Preston on Tomorrow at 7 p.m. 

Wood River squeaked past Burley 57 to 55.  Wood River will play at top-seeded Century tomorrow. 

It was Kimberly 54 over Filer 46.  Kimberly will advance to the district title game on Feb. 20. Filer will face Buhl next Monday. 

Buhl defeated Gooding 59 to 36.

Valley outlasted Shoshone 59 to 33.  Valley awaits the winner of Oakley and Glenns Ferry in the championship on Feb. 19. Shoshone will face Raft River today. 

Glenns defeated Raft River 53 to 44 and it was Lighthouse Christian 77 over Castleford 33. Lighthouse Christian will play Murtaugh at 6 p.m. and Castleford plays Carey at 3 p.m. both today and both at Shoshone. 

Murtaugh downed Carey 51 to 48 and Camas County said no to Hagerman 71 to 30.  Hagerman plays Dietrich at 4:30 in a loser-out game and Camas County plays Hansen at 7:30 at Shoshone both today.

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy with rain and snow this morning changing to all rain for the afternoon. High 38F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Rain showers in the valleys with some snow mixing in and more snow in the mountains another 3 to 6 inches. Winds: South 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 34 Mountains: 22

Tomorrow:  Valley rain showers, Mountain snow with some rain. Winds: ESE 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 28 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 20

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 12

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 19 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 10

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 15 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 9

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, a few flakes. Valleys - High: 26 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 23 Low: 4

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 24 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 22 Low: 9

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February 13th: On this day

1919
Born on this day in Bristol, Tennessee, was Ernest Jennings Ford better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. The television host scored an unexpected hit in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons". Ford died on October 17, 1991 exactly 36 years after "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1967
Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy", both of which reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

2002
American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Jennings was the bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets and released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. He scored the 1980 US #21 single "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard", and was also the narrator on the television series. Jennings was also a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

2003
Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in this year, he and his musical partner Lester Flatt were ranked #24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

2005
Country music winners at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards included; Gretchen Wilson who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Redneck Woman", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Tim McGraw for "Live Like You Were Dying" and Best Country Performance by Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Top of the World."

2009
A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song "Living in the Promiseland". The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones' driver's license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.

2010
Two men in a small pickup truck were killed after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.

2012
President Barack Obama awarded Country singer Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. Tilis is known for his hits "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".Bottom of Form