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Tuesday 050719

A Carey Teen is dead after the vehicle he was driving rolled over on U.S. Highway 20 east of Picabo.  19 year old Dakota Pettit was ejected from his Jeep that came to rest on its roof after rolling 1 and half times.

The water supply in the Upper Snake Reservoir system is currently 78-percent full.  Officials say April precipitation was above normal and was accompanied by below normal temperatures.  It’s all adding up to be a very good water year for area farmers and ranchers.

A Burley woman has been hospitalized after being struck by a car in Pocatello early Saturday Morning.  24 year old Krista McMurray of Burley and 26 year old Britni Scott of Pocatello are in critical condition at the Portneuf Medical center.  The two were struck while walking across an intersection near Idaho State University.  30 year old Andrew Poisel of Pocatello has been charged with aggravated Drunk Driving. 

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 just outside of Bliss were closed for over 3 hours yesterday afternoon after a cement truck overturned.  39 year old Nathanael Watson of Jerome lost control of the truck on a bridge blocking both lanes of travel.  He was not injured.

Idaho State Police say an Eden man was taken to St. Alphonsus in Boise after being pinned by a trailer at 3900 North near 3700 East in Twin Falls County yesterday morning just before 10.  Robert Morris was westbound in a pickup when he thought his trailer had become loose.  When he stopped he was partially in the lane of travel.  Another pickup struck the trailer that caused Morris to be pinned.  The accident closed the road for about two hours. 

Early voting for May began yesterday.  Twin Falls county voters can cast their ballots between 8 am and 5 pm at the County West Building through May 17th.  Friday is the last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

The only person convicted in connection to a 2013 triple homicide at a pit bull ranch and marijuana growing operation in Oneida County could be out of prison in less than four years.  39 year old Severo Luera, of Garland, Utah, to a unified sentence of 16 years in prison with the possibility of being eligible for parole after eight years.  He has been incarcerated since Feburay 2015 and received credit for the four years meaning he’ll be eligible for parole in less than four years.

SPORTS

In local sports, to the Baseball Diamonds yesterday in High School Play, Glenns Ferry shut out Rimrock 10 to 0.  It was Twin Falls 10 Canyon Ridge 1.  Minico Defeated Burley 10 to 0 and Century said no to Wood River 6 to 2.  Pocatello squeaked past Preston 3 to 2. 

In girls softball, Declo said no to Wendell in both games of a double header 16 to 1 and 15 to 1.  Going into tournament action number 1 seed Twin Falls fell to number 3 seed Pocatello 4 to 1.  Jerome won over Mountain Home 16 to 13.  It was Canyon Ridge 11 Wood River 0 and Burley won over Preston 8 to 5. 

CSI Freshman Brayden Parker is headed to Pocatello to play basketball for Idaho State University this fall.  At first he had signed with the Bengals in high school but then went to CSI for a year.  Parker will be joining CSI head coach Jared Phay who also is headed to Pocatello to be an assistant coach there. 

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun, with gusty winds developing this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Chance of evening showers and storms. Winds: NW 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 42 Mountains: 38

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and nice. Winds: Light and variable. Valleys - High: 67 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 37

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies - High: 66 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Lots of sunshine and warmer - High: 73 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warm - High: 77 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny skies, nice and warm - High: 80 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 45

MONDAY: Sunny skies and warm - High: 82 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 39

May 7th: On this day

1966
Johnny Cash kicked off his first ever UK tour at the Empire in Liverpool, with The Statler Brothers opening the show, followed by June Carter.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Behind Closed Doors”. The single became Rich's first #1 hit on the country charts, and also became a crossover hit on the pop charts. "Behind Closed Doors" earned awards for Song of the Year and Single of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and Rich also received a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 2003, it ranked #9 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

1987
Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country chart with second album Always & Forever. The singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", from the album all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

1994
Clint Black was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Good Run Of Bad Luck", the fourth single from his 1993 album No Time to Kill.

2002
O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack was certified for shipments of 6 million. The soundtrack features: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, The Soggy Bottom Boys, The Whites, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, and The Cox Family.

2005
Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia awarded and presented Dwight Yoakam with an honorary doctorate degree. Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Nashville in 1977.

Monday 050619

At tonight’s Twin Falls City Council meeting, the Twin Falls Police Department is asking the Operations Building be renamed the “Craig T. Bracken Public Safety Operations Building.”  On May 8th, 1939 officer Bracken was killed in a shootout while attempting to arrest two convicted felons who had stolen a vehicle and robbed a service station. 

Owners of Box Canyon Dairy in Wendell have filed a lawsuit against its former bookkeeper claiming 34 year old Stephanie Diane Wells embezzled more than 700-thousand dollars.  Wells faces 19 felony counts of grand theft.  In court documents, the money was used to pay off credit card debts. 

More Idaho High School Seniors are planning on enrolling in college or a career technical program come this fall.  That’s what a couple of key early indicators tracked by the Idaho State Board of Education suggest.  More than 93-hundred Idaho Seniors have completed their Federal Student Aid which is 2-percent more than this time last year.  Then nearly 11-thousand seniors have applied to college in Idaho an increase of 28-hundred students.

The man injured when a tree fell on him in Jerome last Thursday passed away Sunday.  The Twin Falls Coroner’s office says 74 year old Hubert Johnson from Gooding County died.  The victim was helping to remove trees behind the Clover Creek apartment complex in the 1200 block of South Davis in Jerome when the accident occurred. 

Idaho State Controller Brandon Wolfe said a new upgrade to the open data transparency website will make it easier for people to get a look at the state’s financial information.  The upgrade which will go live on June 1 will include improved research tools.  Woolf said he felt this will open the books to all to read. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace the Twin Falls based group that builds beds for children to make sure no child sleeps on the floor hopes to break a Guinness World Record.  The hope is for over 6-thousand volunteers nationwide to build more than 25-hundred beds on June 15th.  In Twin Falls they will be at the Twin Falls Visitors center parking lot to build possibly 100 beds that day. 

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, the baseball and softball coaches polls are out.  For High School Baseball, Minico tops the 4A category while Twin Falls comes in at 5 on the list.  Kimberly is number 3 in 3A and coaches say one of the teams to watch is Filer.

As far as Girls High School Softball, Twin Falls is tied for number one with Ridgeview for four –A.  Gooding is number 2 and Filer is 4 in 3-A.  Declo is in 5th place for 2-A play.

One baseball score to report from the weekend.  Declo defeated Wendell Friday 4 to 3. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 76F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 51F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and an isolated thunderstorm in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. Breezy in the Magic Valley.   High: 68 Low: 45  Mountains: 63 Low: 40

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 68 Low: 44   Mountains: 60 Low: 39

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the Wood River Valley.

High: 68 Low: 42  Mountains: 59 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Sunny.   High: 73 Low: 45  Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 75 Low: 48  Mountains: 70 Low: 42

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 77 Mountains: 71

 

May 6th: On this day

1903
Born on this day in Taylorsville, Kentucky, was Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues singer. Carlisle was a yodeler and was a pioneer in the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. He died on April 5th 1983.

1945
Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas, was Jimmie Dale Gilmore, country singer, songwriter. In 1994, Gilmore teamed up with Willie Nelson to contribute "Crazy" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

1970
Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife", his fourteenth #1 hit on the country chart. The song won Robbins a Grammy Award for Best Country Song the following year.

1974
Merle Haggard appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in the US.

1978
Bob Kingsley took over hosting American Country Countdown, a stint that would last for 27 years. He had been a producer of the radio countdown show since 1974.

1985
Winners at the 20th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Glen Campbell, Janie Frickie and Loretta Lynn included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Nicolette Larson, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill and Single Record of the Year went to Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson for "To All The Girls I've Loved Before."

1996
Canadian singer Shania Twain scored her third #1 country hit with "You Win My Love", the fifth single released from her 1995 album The Woman in Me. The song was written solely by producer Mutt Lange, making it one of the very few Shania songs which she did not co-write.

2003
After the controversy regading Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.

2005
Mindy McCready was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. The 29-year-old singer was already on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in 2004.

2015
Luke Bryan topped a list of the biggest grossing Country Music tours in 2014 published in the Nashville Business Journal with over 1.2m tickets sold, grossing $62.8m. George Strait came in second with $61.8m, and Jason Aldean third with $52.5m.Bottom of Form

Friday 050319

An elderly Jerome man was taken by air ambulance yesterday morning after a tree fell on him.  Authorities on scene say the man was cutting down small trees in the 1200 block of South Davis in Jerome.  Crew’s performed CPR and the man regained a pulse before being transported by helicopter.

Jeremy Presnell the Jerome Fire Chief, turned in his resignation this week.  According to a news release from the city, Presnell is pursuing other professional opportunities.  He had been on leave since March 6th and his last day was Tuesday.  Deputy Chief Mike Harrison will serve as acting fire chief.

A suspect in a Seattle Robbery was arrested in Twin Falls.  Dewaine Earl Stewart is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. He is suspected of robbing a Seattle Fast Food Restaurant on February 28th

The Cassia County School District is changing the math curriculum.  Tim Gunderson with the district said the new program will be for the 7th to 12th grade.  The last change happened in 2004.  Much of the textbooks became outdated and irreparable officials say.

Jerome will be home to a couple of new fast food restaurants.  Jack in the Box and Carl’s Jr. are building facilities in front of Walmart in the 2700 block of South Lincoln. 

There were some tense moments for police in Idaho Falls Wednesday Evening. An Idaho State Police trooper was almost hit head on by a van traveling west of Idaho Falls.  Police say the van had been reported stolen and as they pursued the vehicle speeds reached 125 MPH.  After tire spikes were deployed, the driver ran into a nearby home.  28 year old Craig Stern of North Dakota has been charged with Eluding, DUI, Providing false information, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful entry. 

The College of Southern Idaho announced they will have two commencement ceremonies this year to accommodate the number of people who wish attend.  The ceremonies are set for Friday May 10th.  The first one at 10 am and the second one at 4 pm. 

SPORTS

As the Boise State Broncos work through their television contract for next year, good news fans: the games against UNLV on October 5 San Jose Steate on November 2, Utah State on November 23 and Colorado State on November 29 will air on the CBS Sports Network.  Broadcast details have yet to be released for the Florida State game on August 31 and BYU October 1.

In Murtaugh, Jenna Benites has signed a letter of intent with Columbia Basin Community College.  Benites is believed to be the first ever girls basketball player to sign with a college program, according to school officials.  Columbia Basin is part of the NWAC.  Columbia Basin’s coaches made the trip down to Murtaugh from the Tri-Cities.

WEATHER

Today:  Plenty of sunshine. High near 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 41F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Warm with sunny skies. Winds: Light & Variable. Valleys - High: 75 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 37

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 76 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers or isolated storm - High: 72 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 42

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 68 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 65 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 35

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies - High: 67 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 33

May 3rd: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Spencer, Wisconsin, was Dave Dudley, country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s including the 1963, hit "Six Days on the Road". He died on December 22, 2003.

1952
Kitty Wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life", and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first #1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

1968
Born on this day in Modesto, California, was Shane Minor country music artist. He has written hits for other artists, including the #1 singles "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, and "Live a Little" by Kenny Chesney.

1973
Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Brad Martin his debut 2002 album Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel, produced the #15 single "Before I Knew Better".

1977
Born on this day in Granite Falls, North Carolina, was Eric Church, Country singer, songwriter. His debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

1994
Winners at the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Charley Pride, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Wynonna, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Little Texas, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Michael Montgomery and Album of the Year went to Alan Jackson for A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love).

2006
Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drunk driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond. Anderson was taken to court later this year where all her previous charges were dropped, as long as she didn't commit any more offenses.

2010
Chely Wright becomes the first major country artist to come out as homosexual. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".

Thursday 050219

One man is dead after the pickup he was in, was struck by a train.  The accident, in Lincoln County, was reported just before 7 pm Tuesday at the railroad crossing near West Pole Line road and Arkoosh Road along the Gooding-Lincoln County Line.  The name or age of the deceased was not released. 

A truckload of what Idaho State Police thought at first was marijuana but was industrial hemp still sits in Boise.  A judge has ruled the material will not be returned to Big Sky Scientific of Colorado.  Test results were released Friday from the 7-thousand pound load confiscated in January.  Even though the U.S. Farm Bill legalized growth and sale, in Idaho, hemp remains illegal and carries the same penalties as marijuana. 

Today is Idaho Gives day where Idahoans are encouraged to donate.  More than 40 area nonprofits are registered to participate.  Last year over 111-thousand dollars was raised locally out of nearly the 1-point five million statewide.  Some downtown Twin Falls Businesses will be providing more information about some of the non-profits.

An Idaho woman under investigation in the death of her husband has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement.  64-year-old Lori Isenberg was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to three counts of wire fraud in January.  Isenberg is also being investigated for the suspicious February 2018 boating death of her husband, Larry Isenberg.

The Jerome County Commissioners have said they will join a federal opioid Lawsuit.  Several entities including Boise and Bannock County is being represented by Mooney Wieland.  The lawsuit will bring several claims against manufacturers and distributors who they claim put misleading information in promotional material. 

Former Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez entered a not guilty plea in court this week.  He has been charged with lewd conduct and sexual abuse of a minor and felony rape.  If found guilty he faces life in prison.  Trial is set for August 6th

The College of Southern Idaho announced they will have two commencement ceremonies this year to accommodate the number of people who wish attend.  The ceremonies are set for Friday May 10th.  The first one at 10 am and the second one at 4 pm. 

SPORTS

In sports from around the region, the question is, where will Boise State Bronco Fans get their fix when it comes to watching the football games next year?  That’s a question that is in negotiations right now.  Boise State has been a staple on ESPN in the 2000’s.  Now that the TV contract expires next year some are saying the school may gamble and take the games to streaming on the internet.  Each mountain west school is paid 1-point 8 mil.  Double that for BSU for its home games – a deal worked out when the Bronco’s said no to a move to the Big East seven years ago. 

CSI Men’s Basketball coach Jared Phay is moving on.  The college said yesterday Phay is taking a position at Idaho State University as the Associate Head Coach where he will work with newly hired head coach Ryan Looney.  Phay has been at CSI for five seasons and made three trips to the NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament.

On the Baseball diamonds from yesterday some High School Scores to report.  Melba said no to Glenns Ferry 6 to 4.  Kimberly downed Buhl 11 to 1 and Gooding outlasted Filer 5 to 3.

In girls Softball it was Melba 11 Glenns Ferry 1.  In a double header Declo took both game wins from American Falls 10 to 9 and 13 to 2.  Gooding outlasted Buhl 12 to 4 and it was Filer 8 Kimberly 7.

WEATHER

Today: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 63 Mountains: 55

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 37F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Nice and warm with sunshine. Winds: West 3-8 mph. Valleys - High: 70 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 34

SATURDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 75 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 38

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 78 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 70 Low: 39

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers or isolated storm - High: 75 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 37

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, isolated chance of a shower - High: 70 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 66 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 37

May 2nd: On this day

1948
Born on this day in Seminole, Texas, was Larry Gatlin, singer, songwriter best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlin scored a total of 33 Top 40 singles. Their biggest hits together include, "Broken Lady", "All the Gold in California", "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)."

1969
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston", which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is now considered as the official anthem of Galveston Island and the City of Galveston, Texas.

1976
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "It's All in the Movies." The title track became Merle Haggard's twenty-second #1 single on the Country chart.

1979
Winners at the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Dennis Weaver at The Palladium, Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Kenny Rogers, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Barbara Mandrell, Top Vocal Group - Oak Ridge Boys and Waylon Jennings, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Christy Lane, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Conlee and Single Record of the Year went to Don Williams for "Tulsa Time."

1988
Clint Black signed with RCA Records who released his first album, Killin' Time, in 1989, which produced four straight #1 singles on the US Country charts; "A Better Man", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.

2003
The Dixie Chicks appeared naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, with words such as "boycott," "traitors" and "free speech" superimposed on their bodies. The feature related to the controversy that came from an anti-Bush comment by band member Natalie Maines.

2013
Former first lady Laura Bush was among those eulogizing George Jones at his funeral. Other speakers were Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, news personality Bob Schieffer, and country singers Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna and Brad Paisley all provided musical tributes. The service was broadcast live on CMT, GAC, RFD-TV, The Nashville Network as well as WSM 650AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, broadcast the event on the radio.

WEDNESDAY 050119

The preliminary hearing for Gilberto Flores Rodriguez, charged with first degree murder of Regina Krieger in 1995 has been set for May 8th in the Cassia County Magistrate Court.  A witness claims the 14 year old girl was killed in her basement bedroom.  Her body was found on the Snake River Bank with a stab wound. 

Idaho county authorities say they believe 34 year old Keawe Pestana of Boise drowned in the Salmon River east of Riggins on Saturday.  The man had jumped in to try and rescue three children and an adult from a capsized canoe.  They survived wearing life jackets.  It’s believed the man was pulled under the current.

There is an increase in the amount of discarded used hypodermic needles in the gem state.  Authorities say the needles are tossed by drug addicts because the syringe would still contain some drug and is tossed to destroy evidence.  Officials are warning residents to not touch anything suspicious when cleaning up public spaces and to notify authorities if the needles are found.

Twin Falls Prosecutor Grant Loebs said the 7 week old twin infants who died last fall likely suffocated after their sleeping mother rolled on top of them in bed.  Loebs said the deaths were accidental and no charges would be filed.  Two people who lived at the home were convicted of possession of meth and the babies had a small amount of meth in their systems but that wasn’t the cause of death.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has ordered an Idaho woman to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children.  The judge hopes the action will deter Jennifer Fanopoulos from using drugs or alcohol.  She was also sentenced to three years of probation.

Penne Main has been named as the new president and CEO of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.  Today is the first day on the job for Main who said she has lived in the Mini-Cassia area for 23 years and is looking forward to serving in this capacity.  She replaces Sarah Seymour. 

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, in Ice Hockey, the Idaho Steelheads were home but fell to the Tulsa Oilers 1 to 0.  Tulsa now leads the series 3 to 0 in the Mountain Division Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

Former Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien’s future in the sport depends on what Denver sees in him over the next few months.  As an undrafted free agent, Rypien received a six figure guarantee from the Denver Broncos.  That means he will be paid somewhere between a 100-thousand and 140-thousand dollars.  More to come on that one.

In high school baseball from last night, Wendell defeated Glenns Ferry 11 to 7 and in Girls Softball Notus said no to Glenns Ferry 14 to 4. 

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High 52F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 32F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 59F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.  Low: 39

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. Mild. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies. Mild.

Magic Valley: High: 69 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 63 Low: 35)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 75 Low: 45 (Wood River Valley: High: 68 Low: 38)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 74 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 69 Low: 40)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Warm.  Magic Valley: High: 71 (Wood River Valley: High: 66)

May 1st: On this day

1928
Born on this day near outside Hackleburg, Alabama, was James Loden who became known as Sonny James, best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James has had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including a five-year streak of 16 straight among his 23 #1 hits. James died on 22 Feb 2016 aged 87.

1945
Born on this day in Lafayette, Tennessee, was Rita Coolidge, singer and songwriter. She met Kris Kristofferson at Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee and he got off in Memphis with her rather than go on to his originally intended stop in Nashville; the two married in 1973. With him, she recorded several duet albums and earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for "From the Bottle to the Bottom", and in 1976 for "Lover Please".

1956
Johnny Cash released his classic song, "I Walk the Line", which became his first #1 Billboard country hit and remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, selling over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.

1967
Born on this day in Delhi, Louisiana, was Tim McGraw country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard albums charts, as well as twenty-one singles hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw.

1969
Bob Dylan recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of "Girl From The North Country." In this primetime show, Cash enjoyed booking contemporary performers as guests; Neil Young, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (who appeared a record four times on his show), James Taylor, Ray Charles and Eric Clapton were all booked to appear on forthcoming shows.

1980
Winners at the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride and Claude Akins at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Larry Gatlin, Band of the Year - Touring went to the Charlie Daniels Band and Single Record of the Year went to Larry Gatlin for "All The Gold in California."

1989
Reba McEntire released Sweet Sixteen her sixteenth studio album, (the album's title derives from its being McEntire's sixteenth album). Four singles from the album entered the Billboard country charts: the #1 hits "Cathy's Clown" (a cover version of the Everly Brothers' song) and "Walk On", and the top ten hits "Til Love Comes Again" and "Little Girl". The album stayed at #1 for 16 consecutive weeks.

1993
Charley Pride accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, in the process becoming the first black Opry regular in the show's more than 70-year history. Pride has sold over 70 million records world-wide.

1999
Dixie Chick Emily Erwin married country singer Charlie Robison. The couple who have three children divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.

TUESDAY 043019

The price of gas is going up.  Only a few months ago, the average price for a gallon was 2-dollars 29 cents.  Today, the U.S. average price for a gallon of unleaded is 2-dollars 89 cents which is 19 cents more than a month ago and 8 cents more than a year ago.  Idaho’s average has topped $3 for the first time this year due to increased demand. 

Twin Falls teacher Jason Benjamin’s teaching certificate has been revoked by the Idaho teacher ethics commission.  Benjamin admitted to police he had sex with a 17 year old former student despite a jury acquitting him in August of a felony rape charge.

Idaho and Utah are joining together to intervene on the side of the federal government after four conservation groups asked a judge to immediately halt drilling, mining and other activities to protect habitat for sage grouse.  The groups say a plan by Trump weakens protections. 

A crash between Wendell and Gooding just before 4 pm yesterday afternoon has claimed the lives of two Gooding residents.  Idaho State Police say the accident on State Highway 46 happened when a car driven by 87 year old Melvin Brooks crossed over the center line and collided head on with a truck hauling milk.  Brooks and his passenger 87 year old Nacoma Brooks died at the scene.

Lincoln county commissioners have decided on a new sheriff.  Rene King will fill the position until the next election.  Earlier commissioner Rebecca Wood said the three finalists all had their own issues.  Yesterday Wood said they did their due diligence and researched thoroughly. 

Jerome and Twin Falls County Commissioners met yesterday to continue the discussions over how to help Twin Falls gain more jail beds because of overcrowding issues.  If Twin Falls ends up pursuing a bond, the county will be several years before there will be a new building so whatever they would come up with is a temporary fix.  Currently Jerome has a contract to provide 25 beds to Twin Falls. 

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon with possible rain showers. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 33F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and still cool. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 69 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 74 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 39

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 77 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 69 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers - High: 71 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 39

April 30th: On this day

1925
Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Johnny Horton, most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck on November 5, 1960.

1956
Born on this day in Washington, D.C., was Terry Gregory, country music singer-songwriter. Gregory's debut album, Just Like Me, was released in 1981 by Handshake Records. Its first single, the title track, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1971
Born on this day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright's 1999 single, "Single White Female," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1977
Glen Campbell went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Southern Nights", (a song written by Allen Toussaint), and Campbell's second US chart topper.

1981
Winners at the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette and Con Meredith at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Dolly Parton, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Jones, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Terri Gibbs and Top New Male Vocalist of the Year went to Johnny Lee.

1990
Capitol Nashville released "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and became #1 chart hit. It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song. “The Dance” won both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

2005
Billboard magazine renamed the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart "Hot Country Songs." The chart's renaming was part of a major redesign of the 110-year-old magazine.