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Wednesday 020520

Idaho Republicans altered course on a bill restricting voters in presidential primaries after complaints it would have disenfranchised hundreds of voters.  Idaho voters can currently register or switch party’s right up to the March presidential primary. But under the bill, voters starting in 2024 would have to register with a particular party about 90 days before the presidential primary.

Legislation has been drafted that would keep sex offenders away from daycares. Under current Idaho law, sex offenders can’t be or live within 500 feet of a school but the law does not include daycares.  The proposal would simply add registered Idaho daycares to that list.

The boy scouts in Magic Valley is teaming with the Boise area to combine operations into one group.  The new group will be called the Snake River district and will serve 2700 youth in 130 units that will extend from Burns Oregon to Burley.

Homeowners could use a sales or appraisal price to determine their taxable property value if they disagree with the county’s assessment under a bill introduced this week.  The bill is intended to prevent counties from assessing properties higher than their actual value in order to collect more money from new construction.

Chris Roth is the new president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Health System.  The long-time St. Luke’s executive transitioned to the top position at Idaho’s large health-care organization on Feb. 1.  The St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors selected Roth to replace Dr. David C. Pate, who retired at the end of January after serving as president and CEO for more than ten years.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called out to Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch on national television to investigate the Burisma-Biden connection.  Burisma Holdings is a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served as a director from 2014 until last year. Biden is the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is one of President Donald Trump’s main political rivals in the 2020 presidential election.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, A CSI standout is the Scenic West Athletic Conference women's basketball player of the week, after leading the Golden Eagles to crucial wins.  Petra Farkas averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, as CSI beat both Colorado Northwestern and No. 23 Salt Lake.  CSI hosts Snow College on Saturday for Homecoming.   Both the CSI baseball and softball teams feature the conference pitcher of the week after dominant performances in Las Vegas.  Jayson Hubbard pitched six scoreless innings against Cochise, with nine strikeouts.  For softball Mailee Jensen picked up wins against #9 Arizona Western, Central Arizona and #16 Yavapai College pitching in 17 innings.

To the High School Varsity girls district playoffs, Raft River defeated Shoshone 47 to 27.  Valley will continue in the playoffs defeating Glenns Ferry 51 to 24.  Mountain Home took the win from Wood River 45 to 39.  The Canyon Ridge girls ended their season last night after losing to Pocatello 47 to 31.

In regular season play, as for the Boys, Lighthouse Christian downed Hansen 68 to 33.  Kimberly said not to Declo 64 to 48.  Filer outlasted Buhl 67 to 45.  It was Richfield downing Twin Falls Christian Academy 64 to 48. 

As far as college games go, Montana State looks for its fourth straight win over Idaho at Max Worthington Arena. The last victory for the Vandals at Montana State was an 80-71 win on Feb. 5, 2015.  Game time is 7 pm tomorrow in Bozeman. 

Northern Arizona looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to seven games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Northern Arizona fell 77-66 at home to Eastern Washington on Monday.  Game Time 7 pm Holt Arena in Pocatello tomorrow night as well. 

WEATHER

Today:  Snow showers early with a chance of lingering snow showers later. High around 35F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Cloudy and becoming windy. Low 34F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with gusty winds. High 47F.  Low 38. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Windy and warm. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy. High: 47. Low: 27.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies. High: 40. Low: 25.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow and rain showers. High: 40. Low: 25.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies. High: 38.

Winter Weather Advisory

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 AM MST THURSDAY ABOVE 5500 FEET...

 

* WHAT...Snow, moderate to heavy at times above 5500 feet. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected above 5500 feet with 2 to 5 inches possible in the mountain valleys. Winds gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible over ridge tops producing whiteout conditions at times.

 

* WHERE...Southern mountains including Magic Mountain and the Albion mountains near Oakley, the Sublett Range near Rockland, and the Bannock and Portneuf Ranges near Inkom and McCammon.

 

* WHEN...From 11 AM this morning to 9 AM MST Thursday.

 

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult at times, especially over mountain passes, particularly Sweetzer Summit.

Slow down and use caution when encountering blowing and drifting snow. If you are recreating in the back country, take a winter survival kit and food with you in case you become trapped. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

February 5th: On this day

1923
Born on this day in Keithville, Louisiana, was Claude King, singer and songwriter, best known for his million selling 1962 hit, "Wolverton Mountain". Written with Nashville veteran Merle Kilgore, the song is based on a real character, Clifton Clowers, an uncle of Kilgore's who lived on Wolverton Mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas. King died at his home in Shreveport on March 7, 2013, at the age of ninety.

1929
Born on this day, was Hal Blaine, session drummer known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine has played on 50 #1 hits and worked with numerous artists including Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.

1941
Born on this day in Oklahoma, was Henson Cargill country music singer best known for the 1968 #1 hit, "Skip a Rope". He died on March 24, 2007.

1962
The first days recording sessions for Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music took place at Capitol Studios in New York City. Regarded by many critics as Charles's best studio album, the albums lead single, "I Can't Stop Loving You", became a huge hit on country music radio stations and the record has now shipped over 500,000 copies in the United States alone.

1971
Born on this day in Boonville, Missouri, was Sara Evans country singer and songwriter who scored the 1999 US #1 Country hit "No Place That Far." Her fifth #1 hit, "A Little Bit Stronger", was co-written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

2016
A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, was named after Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnny cash was among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which were described by biologists in the journal ZooKeys.

Tuesday 020420

March and August election dates school districts use to ask voters to approve bonds and levies would be eliminated under legislation introduced yesterday.  The House State Affairs Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the measure.  One lawmaker said March and August elections draw fewer voters than May and November elections.  That allows a small number of people to make important decisions.

Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under new legislation put forward yesterday.  The House State Affairs Committee voted to hold a hearing on the measure.  Idaho residents 18 and older are allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training following a new law that went into place last summer.  The proposed legislation would extend that to any legal resident of the United States.

Idaho’s roads are becoming increasingly dangerous with distracted drivers and a growing number of motorists according to the director of the Idaho Department of Transportation.  Legislation to impose a statewide ban on handheld cellphone use while driving is pending in the Senate, and distracted driving legislation is pending in the House. The agency is running a campaign aimed at having people put away distractions while driving.

Federal regulations intended to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure and drift didn’t work officials say. Now, the U.S. EPA is proposing a series of changes that advocates say would weaken those protections.  Most of the changes relate to the Application Exclusion Zone: the part of the EPA Worker Protection Standard indicating where pesticide applicators are allowed to spray when people are nearby.

The deadline has passed for Lori Vallow the Idaho mom to prove to the state that her two missing children are alive and healthy.  Now that order said if the children are located they would be placed in the custody of the state and then appointed a guardian.  Kay Woodcock, the missing boy’s grandmother, said she would gladly take on that role.

SPORTS

In local sports first to Girls High School Varsity basketball where both Kimberly and Filer advance in the SCIC tournament.  Filer picked up a win from Buhl last night 58 to 23.  Kimberly defeated Gooding 54 to 40.  Elsewhere Lighthouse Christian downed Hagerman 67 to 35. 

Tonight the Jerome Tiger Girls will hit the hardwood in District Playoffs. 

On the boys side, Oakley took the win from Camas County 71 to 69 and Jackpot said no to the Sun Valley Community School 65 to 41.  Shoshone toppled Murtaugh 40 to 30. 

To say you have won 100 games as a coach is a milestone.  How about 500?  CSI’s Boomer Walker has a 500 win 364 loss record to tell you about.  The Golden Eagles went 1-3 against Cochise College in Las Vegas over the weekend, but the last game was all he needed to reach the milestone.  Walker was named head coach in 2004 when his dad, Skip retired.  You want to talk about records?  Skip had 1061 wins with 349 losses when he turned the keys over to his son.  The Eagles face Scottsdale Community College in Las Vegas starting tomorrow. 

Trevon Allen scored 27 points and Idaho snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Sacramento State, 67-53 last night. Idaho travels to Montana State Thursday. Sacramento State travels to Weber State Thursday.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny. High near 30F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 24F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 36F. Low 35.  Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers, generally during the morning. Breezy and warmer. High: 50. Low: 38.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers. Breezy. High: 51. Low: 33.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers, generally during the afternoon and evening hours. Breezy during the PM hours as well. High: 47. Low: 28.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers, generally during the morning hours. High: 40. Low: 27.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 43.

Top of Form

February 4th: On this day

1962
Born on this day in Long Branch, New Jersey, was Clint Black, country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Black made his debut with his Killin' Time album, which produced four #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. He has amassed more than 30 singles on the US country charts (of which 13 have reached #1). Black has also ventured into acting, having made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack.

1963
Patsy Cline started what would be her last recordings at Bradley Studios cutting a dozen tracks including "Love Letters In The Sand", "Crazy Arms", and "The Blue Moon Of Kentucky."

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

1974
Dolly Parton released her thirteenth solo studio album Jolene. The title track became Parton's second solo #1 country single and was also a moderate pop hit. One of the album's songs, "I Will Always Love You", was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup with Porter Wagoner.

1989
Old 8 x 10 the third album by Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album produced the singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over", and "Promises". All of these except "Promises" reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

1989
Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns American country musician, comedian, and mandolin player died aged 68. He was better known by his stage name Jethro from his years with Henry D. Haynes as part of the comedic musical duo Homer and Jethro beginning in 1936.

1991
Alabama released "Down Home" the fourth single from their album Pass It On Down which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the groups thirtieth #1 Country hit.

2005
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US country album chart with her Greatest Hits album, which featured 21 tracks from her three Diamond albums The Woman in Me, Come on Over and Up!. The album became the biggest selling country album of the year.

2007
Husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced that they would return to the road in the summer of 2007 with Soul2Soul 2007 due to the success of Soul2Soul II. They aimed to visit US and Canadian cities they could not reach in 2006; the restart a year later was to still mainstain a mostly-summertime schedule, to accommodate their school-age children.

MONDAY 020320

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said he won’t seek re-election.  Hill has served in the Idaho Senate for 19 years, more than half of that as Senate president pro tempore. He served under four governors.

A report has revealed that Idaho saw its worst suicide rate in 2018.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirmed 418 people died by suicide in 2018, a rate of 23.8 for every 100,000 people.  Idaho had the fifth highest suicide rate in the country in 2017.

A former Idaho high school teacher and basketball coach was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of a student.  32 year old Jeff Ranstrom, pleaded guilty to sexual battery by lewd and lascivious conduct of a child. He was sentenced to four years fixed, meaning he could be eligible for parole after four of the 15 years are served.

Bond elections that fail won’t be allowed before voters again for a minimum of 11 months under legislation that passed the House and is headed for the Senate.  The House voted 48-21 to approve the measure that backers say is needed because taxing districts should only get one shot a year at asking voters to approve bonds.

Idaho residents in rural areas would have easier access to healthcare under proposed legislation that moved to the full House.  The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the legislation that deletes a requirement that two-way audio and visual be used.

A former political figure in Idaho has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child pornography in a plea deal dismissing 12 other charges.  76 year old Martin Peterson entered guilty pleas to two counts of willfully possessing or accessing child sexually exploitative material.  Peterson worked as budget director under former Govs. John Evans and Cecil Andrus, and served on the staff of Democratic Sen. Frank Church.

A Idaho Falls man who owned more than 2,000 images of child pornography was sentenced to retained jurisdiction. 34 year old Samuel Gale, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child sexually exploitative material.

SPORTS

In local sports first a check with Boys High School varsity basketball.  Valley defeated Oakley 46 to 36.  Dietrich squeaked past Hansen 63 to 62.  Kimberly said no to Sugar Salem 69 to 53 and Camas County overpowered Glenns Ferry 67 to 57 and Raft River said no way to Murtaugh 55 to 38.

In Girls basketball, there’ one game to report.  Camas County defeated Murtaugh 49 to 41.  

From the wrestling mats and the Red Halverson invite in Minico Kuna took top honors with 240 points.  Locally Jerome came in 6th place with 138.5.  Declo 10th place.  Twin Falls 14th and Burley 21st.  Gabriel Taboa from Jerome was one of the top finishers along with Kase Mauger from Twin Falls, Derek Matthews and Dawson Osterhout both from Declo.

In college softball from CSI Phoenix College defeated CSI 12 to 10 and in College Baseball, CSI lost both games to Cochise 9 to 5 and 8 to 7.

From the CSI basketball court, the Eagle women took the victory over Salt Lake Saturday 66 to 52.  The men lost their game 91 to 84. 

Derrick Alston scored 24 points, Justinian Jessup tied the Mountain West Conference record for 3-pointers made in a career, and Boise State beat Nevada 73-64 on Saturday night.  Meanwhile Cameron Oluyitan hit five straight free throws and dunked in the final 34 seconds as Southern Utah held off a late rally from Idaho State to earn an 80-75 victory on Saturday night.  Idaho State hosts Northern Arizona Thursday.

Cameron Shelton had a career-high 29 points as Northern Arizona beat Idaho 77-72 on Saturday.   Idaho matches up against Sacramento State on the road tonight.  Game time is 8:05 in Sacramento California. 

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 33F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 13F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny. High 31F Low 23. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain/snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible. High: 38 Low: 35

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers.  High: 49 Low: 39

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 50 Low: 33

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow showers. High: 46 Low: 29

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow showers. High: 42

 

Winter Weather Advisory REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS EVENING.  Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches today with localized higher amounts, as well as areas of blowing and drifting snow. Winds may gust as high 45 MPH with localized whiteout conditions.

 

* WHERE...The eastern Magic Valley, Raft River region, Snake Plain, Arco Desert, Upper Snake Highlands, and Teton Valley, including but not limited to Burley, Oakley, Albion, Sweetzer Summit, Holbrook, Rockland, American Falls, Aberdeen, Pocatello, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Tom Cat Summit, Craters of the Moon, Telegraph Hill, Mud Lake, Dubois, Monida Pass, Idaho Falls, Roberts, Rigby, Rexburg, Ashton, Island Park, Raynolds Pass, Targhee Pass, and Driggs.

 

* WHEN...Through 8 PM this evening.

 

* IMPACTS...Travel will remain difficult in some areas due to a combination of snow and blowing and drifting. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes today.

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Wind Advisory  Southern Twin Falls County; Southwest Highlands; Upper Treasure Valley; Western Magic Valley...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...

 

* WHAT...Northwest winds around 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.

 

* WHERE...Portions of south central and southwest Idaho.

 

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

 

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Blowing and drifting snow may reduce visibility.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

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Winter Weather Advisory Southern Twin Falls County; Western Magic Valley...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM MST THIS MORNING...

 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds of 30 mph gusting as high as 45 mph.

 

* WHERE...Western Magic Valley from Twin Falls and Jerome eastward.

 

* WHEN...Until 10 AM MST this morning.

 

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing and drifting snow could reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute. Gusty winds will also make travel difficult for high profile vehicles, especially on north- south roads.

February 3rd: On this day

1959
J. P. Richardson Jr, better known as The Big Bopper was killed in a plane crash in Iowa along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first #1 hit in 1959.

1964
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Matraca Berg, country music singer and songwriter. Besides recording her own material, Berg has written hits for T.G. Sheppard, Karen Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter and others. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1969
Dolly Parton released her third studio album In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad). The album's only single the title track released in October 1968 peaked at #25 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1982
Born on this day was Jessica Harp, American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as The Wreckers, a duo that topped the country charts in 2006 with the Grammy nominated "Leave the Pieces." After The Wreckers disbanded, Harp began a solo career with her single, "Boy Like Me," debuted in March 2009 and was a Top 30 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

1990
"Nobody's Home" by Clint Black became the first song to stay for three weeks at #1 since Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" in 1987.

1992
Liberty Records released "Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks, lifted from his third album Ropin' the Wind, which peaked at #3 on the US country charts.

2000
Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country album chart with there fifth studio album Fly which went on to win them a Grammy for Best Country Album. The tracks "Ready to Run", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", "Goodbye Earl", "Cold Day in July", "Heartbreak Town", "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" were all released as singles.

2008
Taylor Swift released "Picture to Burn" as the fourth single from her self-titled debut studio album. The track peaked at #3 on the US Hot Country Songs charts.

2009
Darius Rucker was awarded a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", which was his first single off his studio album Learn to Live. Rucker became the first solo African American artist to reach the top of the country charts since Charley Pride's "Night Games" in 1983.

Friday 013120

The proposed legislation to end daylight savings time in Idaho is moving forward to the full house.  Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t observe changing clocks in the spring and fall. 

Lawmakers have approved a new administrative rule for Idaho’s prison system designed to ensure secrecy surrounding the source of the state’s lethal injection drugs.  It’s not yet clear if the rule will interfere with an ongoing lawsuit filed to gain the info two years ago.

Voters can wait until the last minute to choose a political party to participate in the Idaho Democratic or Republican presidential primaries in March under proposed legislation.  The House State Affairs Committee cleared the way for a hearing on the measure.

A local man who threatened Connections Credit Union employees with fake explosives was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week.  23 year old Travis Lofthouse of Idaho Falls, told the credit union’s branch manager he had a bomb in his backpack and demanded she fill a bag with money.  Turns out there was no bomb. 

Nampa's Karcher Mall Idaho's first indoor shopping mall won't be an indoor mall anymore.  Karcher Mall opened in 1965.  The new owners plan to transform it into an open-air shopping center with apartments, retail stores and restaurants. The $11-million renovation is expected to be complete later this year.

Voters in the Jerome school district may be asked to decide a 26 million dollar bond in May.  The school board of trustees is looking at plans that would fund a new 28 classroom new school.

Republican Gov. Brad Little has filled a vacancy in the Idaho House of Representatives following a former lawmaker’s expulsion.  Little appointed Tim Remington of Coeur d’Alene to fill the seat left vacant when Republican John Green was expelled from the House two weeks ago. 

SPORTS

Jonah Radebaugh tossed in 22 points and Trent Harris scored 21 on seven 3-pointers to propel Northern Colorado to an 83-67 victory over Idaho State last night. Tomorrow night, Southern Utah looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to six games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Southern Utah lost 75-65 loss at home against Weber State in its most recent game.  Game time 7 pm in Cedar City Utah Tomorrow night.

Nevada looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Boise State. Nevada has won by an average of 11 points in its last eight wins over the Broncos. Boise State’s last win in the series came on March 2, 2016, a 76-57 win.  The game will be at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise tomorrow at 8 pm.

Northern Arizona looks for its fifth straight conference win against Idaho. Northern Arizona’s last Big Sky loss came against the Idaho State Bengals 71-67 on Jan. 11. Idaho has dropped its last five games against conference opponents.  Game time tomorrow at 2 in Flagstaff Arizona.

In varsity High school basketball from yesterday, first to the girls where Twin Falls defeated Minico 50 to 40.  Burley said no to Mountain Home 51 to 36 and Carey outlasted Castleford 33 to 22.  Camas County took the game from Richfield 54 to 22 and Declo said no way to Valley 64 to 38.  It was Gooding 50 over Canyon Ridge 40 and Buhl won over Wood River 53 to 45 and Lighthouse Christian won their game over Murtaugh 50 to 47.

In Boys High School Basketball, Camas County defeated Richfield 69 to 58 and Oakley took the win from Wilder 60 to 42.  The Sun Valley Community School won over Hagerman 48 to 40 and Carey took the win from Castleford 53 to 25. 

In College hoops CSI took the win over Colorado Northwestern community college 105 to 75.  The CSI women also defeated Colorado 97 to 63.

Tonight The Jerome Tigers are at home to play the Wood River wolverines.  Game time 7 pm and broadcast on KART – 1400 am. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 48F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low near 30F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 55. Low: 34.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM Snow showers. Breezy and turning colder. High: 46. Low: 24

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of morning snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 35. Low: 20.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 33. Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected. High: 41. Low: 33.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is possible as well. High: 46.

January 31st: On this day

1973
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad). The title track was the lead off single which also reached #1 and gave Haggard his thirteenth #1 on the country chart.

1977
Winners at this years American Music Awards included: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles. Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.

1987
Born on this day, was Tyler Hubbard, Country pop artist who is one half of the platinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line who scored the 2012 Country #1 album Here's to the Good Times. He shared the New Artist of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.

2006
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line received five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress.

2010
Taylor Swift became the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Fearless. Swift also won three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("White Horse"), and Best Country Song ("White Horse").

2013
Randy Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 incident (when he was found lying in the road, unclothed and smelling of alcohol). He received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

2014
Dolly Parton released het forty-fourth solo studio album Blue Smoke. The album logged her best debut rank on Top Country Albums in 23 years, entering at #2. The album also includes a new recording of "From Here to the Moon and Back" with Willie Nelson, which was also on Nelson's 2013 album, To All the Girls...

Thursday 013020

Restrictions on using drones for surveillance on individuals and private property would be increased to include commercial and industrial property under proposed legislation.  The legislation allows law enforcement agencies and fire departments to use drones without a warrant.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is requesting to spend $408,000 to count wolves.  The Legislature’s budget-setting committee was told that the expense would become part of the agency’s annual budget to keep a running tally of the number of wolves in the state.

A judge has told Big Sky Scientific of Colorado they must forfeit the 6,701 pounds of industrial hemp, once valued at 1-point 3 million dollars, that the Idaho State Police seized a year ago.  The trucker, who was arrested near Mountain Home, was driving the product from Oregon to Colorado.  Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, under federal law, hemp is legal for interstate transport. Any substance containing any THC at all, however, is considered marijuana and illegal in Idaho.

Idaho’s prisons are overcrowded and dilapidated, the inmate population is rapidly growing and taxpayers could save millions by building a prison, state auditors told a panel of lawmakers.  Idaho has long been known as a state with relatively low crime rates and relatively high incarceration rates. But the report found that much of the population growth is from former prisoners who are having their parole revoked.

Reports from Kauai Hawaii now say Lorie Vallow and Chad Daybell have checked out of the resort they were staying in when authorities found them.  The two are not saying where their children who have been missing for several months are at.

Tis the season for tax return processing and warnings have been made to be careful who you give your information to.  Many residents fall prey to phone calls that sound official asking for personal info.  Ask questions if you are unsure and don’t release info if you are not sure. 

SPORTS

Derrick Alston Jr. scored 27 points, Justinian Jessup added 21 — with the pair combining for 11 3-pointers — and Boise State won its ninth straight home game, routing San Jose State 99-71 last night.

From around the valley first to Boys varsity Basketball, Jerome picked up a road conference win by defeating Canyon Ridge last night 54 to 51.  Century outlasted Burley 61 to 47.  It was Valley 53 over Wendell 43 and Glenns Ferry outlasted Raft River 49 to 45.  It was Minico 49 Pocatello 34.

In girls’ basketball, ShoBan Defeated Hagerman 77 to 43 and Filer outlasted Gooding 65 to 44

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy. High 42F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 54. Low: 35.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated evening/overnight snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 49. Low: 25.

MONDAY: A chance of snow and rain showers followed by decreasing clouds. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 34. Low: 20.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is possible as well. High: 40.

January 30th: On this day

1937
Born on this day in Pell City, Alabama, was Jeanne Pruett, Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best-known for her 1973 chart-topping hit, "Satin Sheets."

1938
Born on this day in Wellston, Oklahoma, was Norma Jean, country music singer who was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961-1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard's Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1973, and received two Grammy nominations.

1961
Decca Records released "I Fall to Pieces" by Patsy Cline. Taken from her 1961 studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase. "I Fall to Pieces" was Cline's first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard.

1972
Born on this day in Austinburg, Ohio, Tammy Cochran, American country music artist. Her self titled debut album released in 2001 was followed a year later by Life Happened. These two albums produced a total of six chart singles of which the highest-charting was "Angels in Waiting" at #9.

1981
Kenny Rogers won four American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single, for "Coward Of The County" and Country Album, for The Gambler. Other winners include: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers and The Eagles.

1994
Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker performed at the halftime show (billed as Rockin' Country Sunday) at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynonna in performing The Judds' single "Love Can Build a Bridge" (their first major appearance together since their Farewell Tour of 1991).

2000
Faith Hill performed the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

2008
Bluegrass guitarist, Don Pavel died aged 60. He began partnering with Warren Nelson in the mid-1970s and helped found the Lost Nation String Band and the Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Wednesday 012920

Authorities have given the parents of two missing Idaho Children until tomorrow to bring them to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or face legal action.  Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are currently in Hawaii.  7 year old Joshua Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September and the parents are refusing to talk to police.

Lawmakers who oversee appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service on Monday sent a letter requesting the agency revoke its decision allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.  The Forest Service in February 2018 decided to deny Midas Gold’s request to participate as what is called a non-federal representative in writing the assessment.

Idaho State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a woman at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.  Authorities say the inmate died Friday night.  Rescue workers were notified following a call to 911 at 6:44 pm Friday.

A Colorado judge has sentenced Southern Idaho resident Krystal Lee to serve a maximum of three years in prison and one year of Parole for tampering with evidence in the murder of Kelsey Berreth.  In November, Patrick Frazee was convicted and sentenced to 156 years in prison. On Monday, Frazee's attorneys filed paperwork to appeal the case.  Lee pleaded guilty to destroying Berreth’s cell phone and cleaning up the apartment after the murder. 

Starting Monday Falls Avenue will be closed to thru traffic from Grandview Drive to North College Road.   Contractors for the city of Twin Falls will install new irrigation line that will serve homes in the new Perrine Point Subdivision.  Crews expect to wrap up the project by Wednesday February 5th

The 25th annual 8 day long sled dog race through Wyoming and Idaho begins this Friday.  It starts and ends near Jackson Wyoming and will run through Driggs.  Up for grabs is $165-thousand dollars in Prize money.

SPORTS

In sports around the area, first to girls high school varsity basketball, Lighthouse Christian took the win over Camas County 62 to 51.  Oakley said no to Valley 38 to 27 and in a game that went into overtime, it was Richfield 51 to Hagerman 44.  Murtaugh defeated Dietrich 61 to 40.  In a crosstown rival it was Twin Falls 47 over Canyon Ridge 37.  Mountain Home defeated Wood River 49 to 31.  Kimberly 57 over Declo 48 and Raft River outlasted Glenns Ferry 57 to 31.  Preston took the win from Minico 55 to 42.

In Boys High School Basketball, Kimberly defeated Filer 63 to 41.  Carey outlasted Sun Valley Community School 53 to 34.  Dietrich 62 Murtaugh 52 and Lighthouse Christian won the game over Camas County 69 to 46.  Raft River won the game over Aberdeen 52 to 45 and Grace defeated Oakley 55 to 47.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy skies. High 43F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies with late-night snow showers. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 33.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 50. Low: 37.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with above average temperatures. High: 56. Low: 36.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. Breezy weather will develop as well. High: 54. Low: 27.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy conditions are expected as well. High: 35. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 33.

January 29th: On this day

1962
Patsy Cline released her third EP which featured four new songs from her recording sessions under Decca Records the previous year. "Crazy", "Foolin' 'Round","Who Can I Count on", and "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)."

1969
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour premiered on CBS, for what would be a three-year run. Guests for the first episode were singer, Bobbie Gentry, songwriter John Hartford, ("Gentle On My Mind"), The Smothers Brothers and comedian Pat Paulsen.

1972
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts with the Tommy Collins penned song "Carolyn", the singers eleventh chart topper.

1977
Emmylou Harris released Luxury Liner which became her second successive #1 country album on the Billboard Music Charts.

1983
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Statler Brothers who performed "Sunflower", "Sweet Baby James" and "Child of the Fifties" and then with Glen Campbell played "Faithless Love."

2008
Rascal Flatts played their first ever gig outside the US when they appeared at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, London, England.

2013
Mindy McCready appeared on the Today show, to address suspicions that she was in some way involved with her boyfriend David Wilson's death. Although she confirmed that the couple fought the night David died, she added that rumors he was planning to leave her - or that he was having an affair - were untrue.