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Wednesday 121218

Twin Falls resident Tod Weber will spend at least 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping a 15 year old boy.  The 52 year old apparently met the boy on Craigslist.  He was sentenced to serve up to 20 years earlier this week.

As the Medicaid expansion lawsuit continues to work its way through the Idaho Supreme court, some Idaho’s doctors and a couple of moms are jumping in.  Both families are below the poverty level so they don’t qualify for Affordable Care act subsidies.  The doctors say they are seeking answers for helping uninsured patients and that much time is spent seeking workarounds.  Idaho citizens passed Proposition 2 in November expanding Medicaid.  The lawsuit is challenging that in court.

A state panel has voted to slightly raise the housing stipend for Idaho’s governor as Idaho continues to be one of a handful of states without a governor’s mansion.  The panel voted 3-2 along party lines to raise the stipend from $4,500 to $4,551 a month. That’s $54,612 a year.  Gov.-elect Brad Little is scheduled to have a salary of $138,302 when he takes office in January.

Area resident Brian Trappen  is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and one count of video vourism.  On June 3, Trappen was traveling the wrong way on the freeway near Jerome when he was involved in a six car pileup killing two people.  His blood alcohol level was .073 at the time of the crash.  Prelim set for December 20th.  He also faces felony video voyeurism after a video was found on his phone during the crash investigation.  The video was of a woman tanning at Trappen’s Father’s company and it appeared the video device was hidden.  The woman was unaware she was being videoed. 

22 year old Luis Gabriel Ponce who pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Burley businessman Christopher Fassett of Burley had his sentence hearing reset this week.  Attorneys say they didn’t have enough time to review reports before the hearing.  The new date was set for January 4th at 11 am. 

Idaho is on track to have roughly $63 million less in tax revenue than budget forecasters predicted, with general fund revenue collections for the month of November coming in nearly $16 million lower than expected.  It’s an unusual situation that state officials hope will come down to a matter of timing rather than an actual shortfall — the state’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and individual income tax receipts often get a bump on tax day in April.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to boys’ High School basketball, it was Minico 73 Highland 60.  Twin Falls 56 to Mountain Home 53.  Canyon Ridge beat Jerome 56 to 50.  Century won over Burley 51 to 37 and it was Kimberly 74 Gooding 41.  Filer 73, American Falls 49 and Declo beat Valley 49 to 42.  Raft River trampled over Aberdeen 60 to 36.  Shoshone won over Carey 51 to 44 and Camas County outlasted Jackpot 57 to 52. 

There is one Girls High School Basketball game to report.  Buhl 58 over Wendell 29.

WEATHER

WEDNESDAY: Morning snow, slick morning commute, winds increasing and very gusty and afternoon sunshine. Winds: West 15-30 Gust 40 mph mph High: 35 (Mountains: 32)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Low: 18 (Mountains: 9)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Winds: ESE 5-10 mph. High: 34 (Mountains: 31)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Low: 18 (Mountains: 12)

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 37 Low: 23 (Mountains: 33 Low: 14)

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 22 (Mountains: 34 Low: 18)

SUNDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 25 (Mountains: 35 Low: 22)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 39 Low: 24 (Mountains: 37 Low: 18)

TUESDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 38 Low: 25 (Mountains: 36 Low: 16)

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December 12th: On this day

1936
Born on this day in Caruthersville, Missouri, was Reggie Young, lead guitarist in the American Sound Studios Band (aka The Memphis Boys), and is a leading session musician. He played on various recordings with artists such as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, and George Strait.

1955
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory, Armory, Mississippi.

1966
Merle Haggard released the single "The Fugitive" (later titled "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" on the album), which became Haggard's first #1 hit on the country chart. Although not written by Haggard, the song became one of the most closely associated with the early part of his career, as it drew upon his then still-relatively recent prison term for burglary.

1972
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hank Williams III, musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist who scored the 2008 #2 album Damn Right, Rebel Proud.

1983
Born on this day in Bray, Oklahoma, was Katrina Elam, country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Universal South Records in 2004, she released her self-titled debut album that year. Carrie Underwood has recorded her “Flat on the Floor", and she co-wrote the track "Change" on Underwood's 2009 album Play On. Reba McEntire covered "I Want a Cowboy" on her 2009 album Keep On Loving You, and Elam also co-wrote "Easy", Rascal Flatts' collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield.

1988
Waylon Jennings underwent triple bypass surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital. The singer later said he had quit smoking five or six packs a day after being a smoker for 40 years.

1996
Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998
Faith Hill was at #1 on the Billboard Country charts with "Let Me Let Go". The third single from Faith Hill's album Faith, features background vocals by country artist Vince Gill.

2000
Husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill closed their Soul2Soul 2000 Tour at the D Waterhouse Centre, Orlando. The tour grossed nearly $50 million and was witnessed by close to 950,000 people.

2002
Singer-songwriter Carlene Carter was freed on $5,000 bond after being arrested near Nashville on two charges of identity theft. Carter, was accused of using the identity of a former boyfriend to fill two prescriptions for Zoloft, an anti-depressant. He former boyfriend Francis Reidy had been killed in an automobile accident a few weeks before Carter allegedly attempted to fill the prescription.

Tuesday 121118

A Friday Night pipe break at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind has caused the school to cancel some classes for the week.  The break flooded six classrooms.  For the rest of the school classes are continuing as normal.

Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.  The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public last week said the Project that employs 650 workers will end next year.

The city of Twin Falls has asked the Idaho Transportation Department to consider potential improvements at the intersections where Blue Lakes Boulevard North crosses Fillmore Street and Bridgeview Boulevard.  The city cited long lines and driver inattention at the intersections. 

Jim  Junior Nice, who was found guilty of murdering his three children in 2005 died in an apparent prison suicide Sunday.  He was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m.  He was serving three life sentences.  He claimed he didn’t want the children to suffer through a divorce.

Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have “credible allegations” of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s.  One of the names on the list is Segundo Llorente, who served in Pocatello from 1982 to 1984. He also served in Lewiston from 1984 to 1989. He died in 1989.

The twin brothers who caused the lockdown of a Pocatello area neighborhood have been arrested, authorities said.  Dylan and Daniel Hanson of Montana were taken into custody by Fremont County sheriff's deputies in Ashton on Sunday night. The 20-year-old twins were caught with a car they had stolen as well as items they had taken from a house they had burglarized.

Idaho wildlife officials have approved an agreement with conservation groups and sport anglers to keep most steelhead fishing areas open.  The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to support the deal on Friday, the same day Idaho steelhead seasons were scheduled to expire.

SPORTS

In a look at local and state sports, A University of Idaho football player was arrested Saturday on a rape charge, according to the Latah County Sheriff.  Freshman defensive back Kyree Curington of New Orleans was booked with a bail of $75,000.  School officials say he has been suspended indefinitely from the football team while the university investigates an alleged incident on campus as it relates to the Student Code of Conduct.

In local games, the CSI Women won their basketball game over Treasure Valley 103 to 70 and have won seven straight games. 

In High School Basketball Twin Falls Girls beat Wood River in overtime 37 to 35. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 35F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy this evening then becoming windy with periods of Snow showers develop after midnight. Low 28F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph, becoming SSW and increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 36F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Winds: South 5-10 mph Low: 26 (Mountains: 19)

WEDNESDAY: Snow showers, mostly morning then windy. Winds: West 15-25 mph High: 36 (Mountains: 34)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 17 (Mountains: 10)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 34 Low: 19 (Mountains: 30 Low: 14)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 37 Low: 23 (Mountains: 34 Low: 15)

SATURDAY: Sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 22 (Mountains: 31 Low: 18)

SUNDAY: Clouds and sun, chance of snow showers. High: 36 Low: 25 (Mountains: 35 Low: 18)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 37 Low: 26 (Mountains: 31 Low: 20)

December 11th: On this day

1935
Born on this day, was Tom Brumley, American steel guitarist who played with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s, contributing to the group's "Bakersfield sound", and later spent a decade with Rick Nelson. Brumley died on February 3, 2009.

1944
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Brenda Lee. At 4 ft. 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname 'Little Miss Dynamite' in 1957 after recording the song "Dynamite"; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following. In 1997, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1946
After signing a deal with Sterling Records, during his first recording session, Hank Williams recorded the songs "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul", "Calling You", "Never Again", and "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels."

1949
American old-time fiddler and an early-recorded country musician Fiddlin' John Carson died aged 81. He wrote more than 150 songs in his life but only nine were ever copyrighted which led to several copyright issues with both Okeh Records and other musicians during his active career.

1977
Willie Nelson recorded tracks for his forthcoming album Stardust. Produced by Booker T. Jones, all the songs on the album consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. When released, Stardust was on Billboard's Country Album charts for ten years - from its release until 1988.

2006
Oprah Winfrey held an iTunes concert featuring Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Tony Bennett. Carrie Underwood performed "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

Monday 121018

Not only will there be a new governor for Idaho when the legislature convenes next month  there’s quite a list of items up for discussion.  Health care, education and criminal justice are expected to take center stage with some big decisions looming ahead of lawmakers on how to fund Medicaid expansion and alleviate crowding in Idaho’s jails and prisons. 

Authorities identified the victim of the mobile home fire that erupted early Thursday morning.  20 year old Juan Carlos Arias-Saragos was found dead inside a mobile home near Murtaugh.  The investigation into the fire continues.

If you are in Pocatello, don’t be using your cell phone unless it’s being operated hands free while you are on the road.  The city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle.  Violators will be fined $80.

Over a three day period, three men have tried to pass through Boise Airport Security with loaded handguns in their carry-on luggage.  Each person could be fined up to $98-hundred dollars.

A house fire in Bellevue last Friday sent one woman to the hospital with burn related injuries.  Officials from the fire department say it all started by an accident with a wood-burning stove. 

Ada county prosecutors was able to convince a judge to postpone the competency hearing for a man accused of stabbing nine people and killing a 3 year old girl at her birthday party.  Officials say they will challenge psychiatrists finding that Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. is unfit to stand trial.

A Boise Police officer shot and killed a pit bull that was attacking a golden retriever.  Authorities were called to a report of an aggressive dog.  After attempts using pepper spray to get the dog to calm down, the officer resorted to shooting the dog.

26 year old Cody Henslee of Buhl has been accused of choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman after she told him she was not interested in him romantically.  Henslee has been charged with one count of battery after he allegedly began to choke her. 

SPORTS

In local sports scores from over the weekend, first in Girls High School Basketball Snake River outlasted Filer 59 to 30.  Raft River 46 over Richfield 31.  In the Murtaugh Holiday Tournament, Murtaugh won over Wendell 55 to 26.  Then it was Murtaugh 50 Oakley 38.  Dietrich outlasted the Burley JV team 62 to 42.  It was Hagerman 58 over Marsh Valley’s JV team 58 to 40. 

In local boys high school basketball Oakley over Rockland 36 to 32.  Burley 68 Caldwell 55.  Preston 53 over Wood River 38.  Ambrose 57 over Valley 52.  Glenns Ferry 62 over Dietrich 60 and Raft River 86 over Hansen 53.  Riverstone outlasted Shoshone 48 – 39.  Camas County 43 over Tri-Valley 40 and it was Horseshoe Bend 60 over Richfield 29. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 35F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers before midnight. None to less than half an inch of new accumulation expected. Winds: ENE 5-15 mph Low: 23 (Mountains: 16)

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies with afternoon snow showers. High 34F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

WEDNESDAY: Snow showers likely. Breezy in the Magic Valley. High: 33 Low: 18 (Mountains: 31 Low: 9)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny. High: 27 Low: 14 (Mountains: 29 Low: 10)

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny. High: 30 Low: 20 (Mountains: 31 Low: 11)

SATURDAY: Partly sunny. High: 33 Low: 20 (Mountains: 29 Low: 14)

December 10th: On this day

1927
The phrase 'Grand Ole Opry' was first uttered on-air. That night Barn Dance followed the NBC Red Network's Music Appreciation Hour, a program of classical music and selections from Grand Opera presented by classical conductor Walter Damrosch. That night, Damrosch remarked that “there is no place in the classics for realism,” In response, Opry presenter George Hay said: "Friends, the program which just came to a close was devoted to the classics. Doctor Damrosch told us that there is no place in the classics for realism. However, from here on out for the next three hours, we will present nothing but realism. It will be down to earth for the 'earthy'."

1949
Billboard launched a "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart - the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay. The first #1 song on the new chart was "Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

1951
Born on this day in Sabinal, Texas, was Johnny Rodriguez who became the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds. He had the 1973 US #1 County hit “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me.”

1970
Born on this day in Redding, California, was Kevin Sharp country music artist and author who made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R&B artist Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows", a cover which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. Sharp died on 19th April 2014 after a long-running and high-profile battle with cancer.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

1996
Faron Young, American singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s shot himself after apparently being depressed that the music industry had turned its back on him. He died in Nashville the following day. His hits included "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young." His ashes were spread by his family over Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville at Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's home while the Cashes were away.

Friday 120718

Fire ripped through a mobile home early yesterday morning claiming the life of one of the occupants inside.  The fire reported just before 8 am at 4170 East 3000 North near Murtaugh had fully engulfed the dwelling by the time crews from the Twin Falls city and Rock creek fire departments arrived.  Two vehicles were also destroyed.  When the fire broke out there were two males inside but one was able to break out a window in the back and jump to safety.  He was taken to St. Luke’s by ambulance for cuts from glass and smoke inhalation. 

31 year old Jennifer Miller will spend at least five years in jail for the death of her 4 year old daughter Alliee Rose who died when a propane tank exploded in a car.  Miller’s car was engulfed in flames in a Boise Parking lot after a heater exploded.  The woman and her two children were inside staying warm with a portable stove.  She and her two year old son were able to escape.  Methamphetamine was found in her son’s system authorities say.

Two men were critically injured after they were hit by a car in downtown Boise late Wednesday night.  According to Boise Police, the two people who were struck had gotten into a fight that continued out into the street, at which point they were hit by the car.  No charges have been filed.  The two men were taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Incumbent Republican state Sen. Fred Martin has won Boise’s District 15 following a recount.  The Ada County elections officials on Wednesday said Martin won the Nov. 6 election by 11 votes over Democratic challenger Jim Bratnober.

Boise officials have approved an $11 million contract for work on a new main library budgeted to cost $85 million.  The structure could be finished in the spring of 2022.  About $18 million for the project is coming from donations, $15 million from urban renewal money, $15 million from the city budget and at least $32 million in financing.

College of Southern Idaho Professor, Michelle Critchfield has been recognized as one of three finalists for the 2018 Nurse Blake Awards out of 1,700 nominations. Below is the submitted nomination by a CSI nursing student:  Voting for this award is open to the public and will close at midnight on Sunday, December 9, 2018. The winner of each category will receive $500.

SPORTS

In local sports first to Girls High School Basketball it was Jerome outlasting the Twin Falls Bruins 41 to 31.  Minico beat Mountain Home 67 to 54.  Filer squeaked by Kimberly 40 to 38.  It was Shoshone over Glenns Ferry 43 to 23.  Bountiful Utah beat Hagerman 44 to 40 and it was Dietrich 54 over Lighthouse Christian 54 to 45. 

In a single Boys basketball game it was Lighthouse Christian 77 over Hansen 42. 

WEATHER

Today:  Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 29F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly Cloudy. Low 18F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 33F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds to mostly clear Winds: East 5-10 mph Low: 18 (Mountains: 7)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 34 Low: 19 (Mountains: 33 Low: 15)

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of evening snow showers. High: 36 Low: 21 (Mountains: 35 Low: 14)

TUESDAY: Chance of snow showers. High: 34 Low: 22 (Mountains: 32 Low: 11)

WEDNESDAY: Snow showers likely. High: 35 Low: 20 (Mountains: 32 Low: 10)

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds. High: 32 Low: 18 (Mountains: 30 Low: 14)

December 7th: On this day

1948
Born on this day was American country music singer Gary Morris who charted a string of countrypolitan-styled hit songs throughout the 1980s including the 1983 ballad "The Wind Beneath My Wings", and five #1 hits.

1976
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Sunny Sweeney country music artist. The lead-off to her second studio album, "From a Table Away," became her first single to chart in 2010.

1983
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton were awarded a platinum single for "Islands In The Stream". Written by the Bee Gees it was the first single from Rogers' album Eyes That See in the Dark and the second pop #1 for both Rogers and Parton (Rogers having been there with 1980's "Lady" and Parton with 1981's "9 to 5").

1991
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "For My Broken Heart". The lead track from her eighteenth album was originally planned as a duet with Clint Black, but he was unavailable at the time of recording.

1996
Johnny Cash was honoured at the 19th Annual Kennedy Centre Awards Ceremony at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. The ceremony was televised and featured a medley of Cash’s hits performed by Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

2002
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2006
The Dixie Chicks picked up five Grammy Award nominations, leading all other country acts. Alan Jackson neted three and Carrie Underwood collected two, including one for Best New Artist.

2008
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored George Jones for his lifetime contributions to the arts. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer.

Thursday 120618

Local authorities have taken up the search for a missing Colorado woman.  29-year old Kelsey Berreth vanished from her home in Woodland Park Colorado Thanksgiving Day.  This week, authorities pinged her Cell Phone in Gooding.  Only a purse was missing from her home.  Everything else was left behind. 

The newly proposed funding formula for school districts in Idaho has some local districts upset.  The funding committee has proposed a new formula that will determine how Idaho’s public kindergarten through 12th grades gets state money.  Locally, Bliss, Kimberly, Blaine and Camas County could see funding decreases.

Idaho State Police are warning area residents of a scam targeting registered sex offenders saying they have missing info.  The caller is told to avoid trouble they need to bring a gift or money card to a specific location.  If contacted, call the police.

A Nampa man who entered a Burley woman’s apartment threatening her with a knife was put on probation earlier this week and then told he will be deported.  24 year old Rogelio Gonzalez-Hureta denied any intention of harming the woman and said he was only trying to scare her.

A Rigby man is facing child sex abuse charges after police learned he paid a then 15 year old Idaho Falls boy for sex acts.  68 year old Randy Russell Sargent allegedly thought the boy was 18.  He has been charged with sharing explicit images through text messages.

A family from Blackfoot says they are lucky to be alive.  Their story starts with a trip to the mountains to find a Christmas Tree.  An SUV carrying two adults and five children on the tree-hunting trip got stuck in Wolverine Canyon during Sunday’s snowstorm and for nearly 18 hours the whereabouts of the seven individuals was unknown.  The family was eventually able to the stuck vehicle and get to a Gas Station. 

SPORTS

In local sports, first to High School Boys Basketball, Valley beat Shoshone 68 to 44.  It was Declo 80 Filer 75 in Overtime.  Wood River won over Buhl 39 to 35.  Minico toppled Jerome 56 to 42.  It was Pocatello 54 Canyon Ridge 49 and Kimberly won over American Falls 64 to 35. 

In Girls basketball there’s one game to report.  Kimberly outlasted American Falls 56 to 26. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 29F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Patchy fog and clouds. Winds: ENE 5-10 mph Low: 11 (Mountains: 0)

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 32F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds and fog. Winds: Light and variable Low: 17 (Mountains: 8)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 34 Low: 18 (Mountains: 31 Low: 11)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 36 Low: 20 (Mountains: 33 Low: 15)

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of evening snow showers. High: 37 Low: 21 (Mountains: 35 Low: 16)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 35 Low: 21 (Mountains: 33 Low: 14)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and snow. High: 39 Low: 22 (Mountains: 34 Low: 17)

December 6th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Monroe City, Missouri, was Helen Cornelius, country singer-songwriter and actress, best remembered for a series of hit duets with Jim Ed Brown, many of which reached the US country singles top ten during the late 1970s and early '80s, including the 1976 #1 hit "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You”.

1960
"Wings of a Dove" by Ferlin Husky was at #1 on the Country charts, his third and final chart topper. Written by Bob Ferguson, in 1987, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awarded Ferguson with the "million air" plays for the "Wings of a Dove."

1976
Willie Nelson was at #1 with The Troublemaker. The gospel album was recorded in 1973, but Nelson's label Atlantic Records refused to release the record at the time. After Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records, that gave him total creative control, the album was released in Sept 1976.

1984
The Supergroup of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson recorded the Jimmy Webb song "Highwayman" at Nashville's Moman Studios.

1986
George Strait was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You." Kenny Chesney later recorded a version of the song as a B-side for his "Never Wanted Nothing More" in 2007.

1988
Recording sessions began for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2 with Johnny Cash, John Denver, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Chris Hillman and others.

2002
"These Days" by Rascal Flatts was at #1 on the US Country charts. The track which was lifted from their album Melt became the group's first #1 hit.

2013
Chris Ferrell, the Nashville bar owner who shot and killed country singer Wayne Mills on Nov 23, turned himself in to police after learning that a grand jury had indicted him on second-degree murder charges. The shooting happened after two men, who were reported to be friends, began arguing, reportedly because Mills was smoking a cigarette in a non-smoking area of the Pit and Barrel bar. No one witnessed the shooting itself, but several people outside heard the arguing and the gunshot. An autopsy revealed Mills was shot in the back of the head.

2015
Songwriter Don Chapel died. During his career he wrote hits for George Jones, Conway Twitty, his ex-wife Tammy Wynette, and others.

Wednesday 120518

Following an indictment from a grand jury, 38 year old Travis Charles Dunn made his first court appearance this week.  The Buhl man has been accused of raping a woman on September 18th.  He is being held on a 100-thousand dollar bond.  Arraignment is set for December 10th.

The Twin Falls City Council will continue to discuss how or even if the grants for nonprofits will be distributed.  The discussion resumed at this week’s city council meeting for the Municipal Powers Outsource Grants: a program that has awarded money to groups that perform services the city could otherwise be offering.  Some members are questioning if the funding should continue.

St. Luke’s Health Care system is undergoing major restructuring including layoffs.  Leaders indicate the change will better facilitate focusing on the community and lowering health care costs.  Most of those losing their job will be offered another position.  Less than 1-percent will have jobs affected.

Idaho will be paying $260-thousand dollars to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights.  Ag-gag as it was known came about after the dairy industry complained that videos at dairies unfairly hurt their business.

The Idaho Supreme Court will hear the case challenging the legality of Medicaid expansion which was approved by voters in November with more than 60-perecent of the vote.  Proposition 2 expands Medicaid’s coverage of low income and childless adults.

CSI received a Department of Education child care grant that will help parents who are enrolled in school with child care costs.  The grant of 240-thousand dollars will be spread over a four year period. 

South Central Public Health in Twin Falls is helping parents and teachers with new classes that focus on the latest research on Vaping.  The district said they are concerned for children who are using E-Cigarettes and Vaping.  Companies are now selling devices camouflaged as hoodie drawstrings, flash drive, battery chargers and pens.

SPORTS

In local sports, in Boys High School Basketball, it was Twin Falls 57 over Idaho Falls 50.  Raft River 64 Aberdeen 56.  Lighthouse beat Wendell 64 to 51 and Camas County tromped Hagerman 57 to 50. 

In Girls Basketball, it was Mountain Home 65 to Wood River’s 37.  Preston outlasted Minico 61 to 53.  Elsewhere it was Filer 49 Homedale 21.  Raft River 60 Castleford 38 and it was Dietrich 50 Valley 39.  Murtaugh outlasted Twin Falls Christian Academy 43 to 25 and Hansen beat Richfield 41 to 25. Gooding outlasted Canyon Ridge 44 to 35.  Buhl won over Declo 60 to 58 and Glenns Ferry won their game with Wilder 50 to 17.  It was Hagerman 62 Camas County 45. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy fog possible in the morning in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a chance of light snow. Light snow accumulations of a coating to an inch are possible. Mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley but Cold.  Winds: ENE 5-10 mph  High: 28 (Mountains: 28).

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley. Mostly clear in the Wood River Valley. Cold. Patchy fog possible after midnight in the Magic Valley.  Winds: East 3-8 mph  Low: 14 (Mountains: 7).

Tomorrow:  Patchy fog possible in the morning in the Magic Valley. Partly sunny and cold in the Magic Valley; Mostly sunny and cold in the Wood River Valley.  High: 29 Low: 10 (Mountains: High: 28 Low: 8)

FRIDAY: Sunny and cold. Patchy fog possible in the morning in the Magic Valley.

High: 31 Low: 12 (Mountains: High: 30 Low: 8)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cold.

High: 33 Low: 16 (Mountains: High: 31 Low: 11)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and cold.

High: 35 Low: 19 (Mountains: High: 33 Low: 17)

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cold.

High: 36 (Mountains: 34)

December 5th: On this day

1963
Born on this day, was Ty England, American country music singer and guitarist. Initially a member of Garth Brooks' band, England began his solo career in 1995, recording a self-titled debut album on RCA Records. A second album, Two Ways to Fall, followed in 1996. England has also charted six singles on the country charts. His highest-charting single was his debut single, "Should've Asked Her Faster", a #3 hit in late 1995.

1967
Born on this day in La Mirada, California, was Gary Allan, American country music artist who had the 2001 album Alright Guy which contained the singles "The One," "Man of Me," and "Man to Man," the latter of which became his first Billboard #1 hit.

1969
Johnny Cash appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was recorded and released as an album in 2002 (making it his 86th overal album release).

1978
The Charlie Daniels Band recorded "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at Nashville's Woodland Sound Studios. The track was later released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections and the song was the band's biggest pop hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

1978
Born on this day, was David Hodges, songwriter, producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Once a member of the band Evanescence, he has since worked with both Carrie Underwood (he co-wrote "What Can I Say"), and Reba McEntire, (“Because of You”).

2000
The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Among the artists featured: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake. The film written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers starred George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.

2010
A gala held in Washington, D.C. honored Merle Haggard with musical performances by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.