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Fire destroyed a Gooding home yesterday morning and a Gooding Firefighter was injured after a ceiling fell on him.  The fire at 1832 Elmwood Road was reported just after 6 am.  When crews arrived the residents were still inside sleeping and flames were through the roof.  Fire firefighter was treated and released but will be out of work due to a back injury. 

The Twin Falls planning and zoning commission voted 6 to 2 to not allow a four story planned development near the canyon rim.  That decision will now be passed on to the city council for a final decision.  The location is zoned commercial.

Four former correctional officers with the Idaho department of correction now await sentencing for their roles in planning to bring illegal drugs into a state prison.  The officers were charged after an investigation was initiated by the FBI at IDOC’s request to address concerns of corruption among correctional officers.

The crew that maintains the Idaho Statehouse has told the Joint Finance Appropriations Commission they will need to spend 2-point 3 million in 2020 for upkeep.  The 200-thousand square foot building houses the Governor’s office and is where the house and senate meet.

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow a well driller who hits geothermal water to use that water for uses other than its heat value in some cases.  The legislation would allow the director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources to allow an exemption in some instances.

A judge has ordered the Idaho Department of Corrections to release some of the information that was redacted from documents detailing the state’s execution preparations and procedures including the name of one lethal injection drug provider.  But department officials contend that releasing the information could make future lethal injection drug suppliers refuse to sell the chemicals to Idaho. IDOC attorneys also say releasing the names of execution team members and volunteers could put those people at risk.


In local sports, first to Girls High School Basketball where it was Murtaugh defeating Dietrict 51 to 37.  Buhl downed Filer 42 to 34 and it was Declo 42 Wendell 21. 

In Boys basketball it was Canyon Ridge 76 over Wood River 58.  Twin Falls defeated Jerome 52 to 32 and in overtime Preston said no to Minico 66 to 61.  Oakley defeated Raft River 66 to 59 and Glenns Ferry 49 over Shoshone 42 and it was  Murtaugh 70 over Dietrich 57.



Today:  Sunny and nice. Winds: ENE 5-15 mph. Highs - Valley: 43 Mountains: 35

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 24F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny increasing clouds and breezy. Winds: ene 10-20 mph. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 26

SATURDAY: Mild with off and on rain showers. Valleys - High: 48 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 25

SUNDAY: Scattered rain and snow. Valleys - High: 45 Low: 31 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 21

MONDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 9

TUESDAY: mix of sunshine and clouds, few flakes. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 6

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 5.

January 31st: On this day

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.

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.

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.

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

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").

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.

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The largest Marijuana bust in the history of the gem state occurred last Thursday.  According to the Idaho State Police, troopers stopped a semi-truck between Boise and Mountain home.  The driver’s bill of lading said the truck was carrying 31 bags of hemp.  Turns out it was over 67-hundred pounds of marijuana plants.  The Portland Oregon Truck driver was arrested on felony trafficking.

In March, 8 southern Idaho school districts will ask voters to approve $103 million dollars in Supplemental levy’s and bonds.  The money would help programs and expand building space in Filer, Cassia, Minidoka, Twin Falls, Jerome, Murtaugh, Hansen and Gooding districts.

There could be a new 3 digit number for help in Idaho.  The Health and Welfare legislative committee wants to designate 611 as the Suicide Prevention and Health Crises hotline phone number.  If the Idaho Legislature approves, the FCC will need to sign off on the proposal.

Idaho’s snowpack is only 70 to 80-percent of normal range.  Officials though say don’t panic.  Twin Falls Canal Company General Manager Brian Olmstead said to expect about an average water year.

Police in Twin Falls continue to investigate a shooting where a gun was fired into a home.  The incident happened early Monday morning.  One man has been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Idaho Lawmakers pushed legislation forward to keep operating a board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game.  The board has in the past received $400,000 annually from the state.  Fish and Game last year estimated Idaho had 90 packs.

Gas prices in Idaho has been falling, dropping 18 cents since January 1st.  Today the U.S. average is $2-26 a gallon.  The Gem State average is 2-39 a gallon.


In local sports, first checking boys high school basketball, Raft River 83 over Dietrich 79.  Kimberly won over Mountain Home 49 to 44 and it was Buhl 56 over Filer 46.  Gooding downed Wendell 50 to 38 and Lighthouse Christian won over Camas County 67 to 49.  Elsewhere it was Hagerman over Richfield 69 to 54 and Carey defeated the Sun Valley Community School 57 to 37.

In girls high school basketball it was Pocatello 53 over Wood River 45 in an overtime game.  Burley said no to Canyon Ridge 40 to 23 and Shoshone defeated Oakley 42 to 26.  Raft River clobbered Glenns Ferry 45 to 30.  Lighthouse Christian beat Camas County 59 to 49 and it was Hagerman 39 over Richfield 30.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 24F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies.  Winds: East 5-10 mph  Low: 25 (Mountains: 17)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds during the afternoon. Mild.  High: 46 Low: 33 (Mountains: High: 39 Low: 25)

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley and the South Hills. Mild.  High: 48 Low: 34 (Mountains: High: 40 Low: 27)

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley and the South Hills. Mild.  High: 45 Low: 31 (Mountains: High: 38 Low: 19)

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 40 Low: 26 (Mountains: High: 34 Low: 13)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley. Partly sunny with a chance of snow in the Wood River Valley.  High: 38 (Mountains: 33)

January 30th: On this day

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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The missing man from Island Park has been found.  Authorities say 44 year old Adam Jacobson apparently froze to death.  His body was found around noon Saturday about a quarter mile from his home.  He was reported missing on Friday.

A Mountain Home, Idaho, priest accused of raping an intoxicated man who was renting a room from him will not face a new trial for now, and the Diocese of Boise says he will not be given any new assignment.  The Rev. Victor Franz Jagerstatter's trial in 2017 was declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

Associate professor Denise Bennett, A University of Idaho professor has been placed on administrative leave after speaking out about the handling of University of Idaho grant funding.  The tenured mass media professor has worked at the university since 2006.  Bennett had hoped to use $451 in unspent grant money for a documentary on LGBTQ people throughout the state of Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is requesting a 5.5 percent increase in its budget, while Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a larger increase of 11.2 percent due mainly to Medicaid expansion.  The federal government would cover 90 percent of the estimated $400 million cost of Medicaid expansion.

Authorities in Franklin County are investigating a murder.  Officials confirmed a man was murdered near Preston.  No arrests have been made. 

Multiple friends of Tommy Hawkins say the Idaho State University graduate died in an avalanche on an East Idaho mountain early Friday evening.  Family members say Tommy was snowmobiling with more than a dozen friends and family members including two brothers on Friday.

An attorney for a University of Idaho professor seeking access to public records on drugs used during the state’s most recent executions says the Department of Correction acted in bad faith and frivolously denied her client access to the documents.  An ACLU-Idaho attorney made the arguments in Court yesterday morning.  Officials with the state say they have already given all the records that could be legally released under department rules.


In local sports, first Boys High School Basketball it was Hansen defeating the Twin Falls Christian Academy 67 to 39.  Murtaugh outlasted Shoshone 52 to 40 and Wood River 51 over Gooding 25.

In Girls High School Basketball it was Buhl 42 over Gooding 32 and Filer defeated Kimberly 39 to 34. 


Today:  Lots of sunshine and seasonable.  High 41F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Low 23F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 41F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and nice. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 19

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 26

SATURDAY: Occasional rain showers. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 40 Low: 24

SUNDAY: A few rain showers. Valleys - High: 44 Low: 30 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 19

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy - chance of mountain snow showers. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 17

January 29th: On this day

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)."

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.

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

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

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."

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

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.

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A Jerome man who is the former husband of a Pocatello teacher accused of raping a first-grade boy, is facing up to life in prison after he was charged with multiple sex crimes.  50 year old David James McGarry is facing one count of lewd conduct against a child and one count of rape of a child under the age of 16.  It’s alleged that 46 year old Tiffany Petersen and McGarry sexually abused a first-grade boy in Pocatello where Petersen was a teacher.

Despite drops in prices, cash receipts for Idaho farmers stayed about the same in 2018 due to increases in production.  Cash receipts in 2018 were $7.18 billion compared to $7.2 billion in 2017. Net farm income dropped from $1.23 billion in 2017 to $900 million.  Dairy and beef cattle represent the biggest chunk of Idaho’s agricultural economy.

There is a huge chance that Jason Miller’s days of playing Football for ISU is over.  Miller was allegedly mistreated by two of his coaches.  He filed a formal complaint alleging physical assault, inappropriate text messages and insufficient communication regarding playing time and eligibility, was recently denied a medical hardship that would have granted him an extra year of eligibility by the Big Sky Conference.

Plans are on track for the Idaho Center for Agriculture, food and the environments’ facilities in Rupert, Jerome and Twin Falls. College of Agriculture Dean Michael Parrella told the House and Senate Agriculture Committees the University of Idaho the center will focus on research, outreach and education that will advance food processing in Idaho.

A Hotel management company is hoping to change the zoning of a lot along the Snake River canyon rim in order to build a 60 foot four story building.  The new building will be right behind the Twin Falls Visitors center.  Officials with Southern Idaho Tourism hope a new hotel in that location would bring more visitors to the area.

Pocatello police have arrested an alleged intruder after a resident held him at gunpoint until they arrived.  Police say30 year old Scotty John Anderson was intoxicated and holding a 3-foot stick.  The resident yelled to his family to call police.  Anderson acknowledged he is mentally ill and was under the influence of alcohol and meth. 


In sports, there is a huge chance that Jason Miller’s days of playing Football for ISU is over.  Miller was allegedly mistreated by two of his coaches.  He filed a formal complaint alleging physical assault, inappropriate text messages and insufficient communication regarding playing time and eligibility, was recently denied a medical hardship that would have granted him an extra year of eligibility by the Big Sky Conference.

Some scores from the past weekend include College Softball in Henderson Nevada found The College Of Southern Idaho Eagles beat Eastern Arizona College 10 to 2.

In Boys High School Basketball, Glenns Ferry topped Victory Charter 49 to 38.  North Gem won over Richfield 72 to 30 and Declo beat Wendell 57 to 47.  From Friday, Jerome finally has a win!  It was the Tigers overpowering Wood River 43 to 33.  Minico Beat Highland 52 to 49, Twin Falls Outlasted Pocatello 62 to 50 and Kimberly beat Buhl 72 to 54.  Declo won over Wendell 57 to 47 and it was Valley over Glenns Ferry 53 to 40.   Other scores Raft River won over Shoshone 65 to 50 and Lighthouse Christian 67 to Hagerman’s 33. 

In an overtime game Dietrich 70 to Hansen 64.

In Girls Basketball from Friday night, Hagerman 59 to Lighthouse Christian 36 and Murtaugh beat Castleford 59 to 36


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 23F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Abundant sunshine. High 41F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.   Winds: E 5mph  Low: 20 Mountains: 15

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 41 Low: 23  Mountains: 33 Low: 16

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 42 Low: 28  Mountains: 35 Low: 19

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain the Magic Valley, and snow in the Wood River Valley.   High: 44 Low: 33  Mountains: 36 Low: 25

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow in the Magic Valley and snow in the Wood River Valley.  High: 44 Low: 33  Mountains: 36 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow in the Magic Valley, and snow in the Wood River Valley.   High: 40 Low: 29  Mountains: 32 Low: 15.

January 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Pautaxant, Maryland, was Eddie Bayers, session drummer who has worked with may artists including: George Strait, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton.

Born on this day in New York City, New York, was Barbi Benton, model, actress and singer. Best known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine several times (initially credited as Barbi Klein) and in nude photo layouts.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins and Nancy Ames.

Country singer, songwriter Al Dexter died. Born Clarence Albert Poindexter, the American country musician and songwriter helped popularize the style of honky tonk and scored seven #1 hits in the 40’s. He is best known for his 1944 hit "Pistol Packin' Mama" which became the 1943 marching chorus of the New York Yankees. The 1943 movie of the same name, made by the Republic Pictures, gave Dexter close to $250,000 in royalties.

The recording took place for "We Are The World" the US equivalent of "Band Aid" at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.

Country music artists Alabama, Willie Nelson and Anne Murray each won two American Music Awards, while Loretta Lynn took home a special Award of Merit. Other winners include: Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Shock'n Y'all the eighth studio album by Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album has been certified 4 x Platinum in the US for shipments in excess of 4 million units.



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The ban on handheld cellphone use while driving in Blaine County has been challenged in the State Legislature.  Legislation introduced this week would prevent cities from enacting their own rules.  Meanwhile Hailey has stopped issuing citations until further notice.

The Twin Falls Christian Academy say the school will remain closed until Monday due to the large number of Students and Employees who are sick.  According to a Facebook post, games are still scheduled. 

Mark Hubbs of Shoshone cashed in his million dollar lottery ticket.  He purchased the winning ticket at the Maverik Convenience Store on Blue Lakes in Twin Falls Christmas Eve.  The store picked up a bonus of $20,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Idaho officials will meet next week to consider paying the 260-thousand dollar attorney bill after losing a lawsuit over an unconstitutional law that banned video recording at agricultural operations.  The ag gag law passed in 2012 but later was overturned.

46 year old Tiffany Marie Petersen of Pocatello, a teacher from Pocatello, said she isn’t guilty of abusing a first grade boy ten years ago.  A Grand Jury indicted her.  Parents of the child filed a lawsuit naming her and the district as defendants.

A deep well used to monitor radioactive and other contamination in a giant Idaho aquifer is back in service after a three-year absence.  Fluor Idaho said scientists determined contamination discovered in the 1,110-foot well was caused by an industrial solvent in the well’s tubing fluid and was not in the ground water.

The state’s superintendent of Public instruction said she needs an 8-percent budget increase to about 2-billion dollars to educate the more than 300-thousand students for fiscal year 2020.  Sherri Ybarra asked the joint-finance appropriations committee for 2 percent more than what the Governor recommended.

School officials in Twin Falls say a Sawtooth Elementary School fifth grader brought prescription medication from home and offered pills to classmates.  Security became aware of the situation and intervened.  The student will face consequences officials say. 


In local sports, first to the College of Southern Idaho where the eagle Men defeated Snow College last night 91 to 71.  The women lost to Snow College 51 to 45.

Elsewhere on the high school side of games, first to the Boys where Filer downed Gooding 54 to 40.  Challis outlasted Oakley 50 to 38.  Grace outlasted Raft River 84 to 68 and it was Carey 66 Richfield 42.  Camas County overpowered Hansen 64 to 50.  It was Dietrich outlasting the Sun Valley Community School 60 to 55 and it was the Twin Falls Christian Academy 45 over Bliss 32. 

As far as the girls go, Glenns Ferry downed Victory Charter school 35 to 34 and it was Minico 44 Twin Falls 31.  Gooding said no to Canyon Ridge 45 to 38 and Wood River overpowered Buhl 32 to 29.  Hansen over Camas County 56 to 46 and it was Carey 46 Richfield 23.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High Valley: 45 Mountains: 37. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cold.  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Valleys: 26 Mountains: 18Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Lots of sunshine and mild High 44F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY: Lots of sunshine, nice and mild. Valleys - High: 48 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 40 Low: 15

MONDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies, cooler and breezy. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 19 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 10

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 11

WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 16

THURSDAY: Chance of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 43 Low: 31 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 20)

January 25th: On this day

Born on this day, American pedal steel guitarist and record producer Speedy West who was part of the regular Capitol Records backing band for Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others. He also played on Loretta Lynn's first single. He died on November 15, 2003.

Born on this day, near New Albany, Mississippi, was Bobby Wood, session musician and songwriter most famous for his work as the Memphis Boys keyboardist. He wrote Crystal Gayle's "Half The Way" and Ronnie Milsap's "He Got You," and plays on Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds” and "Always On My Mind."

Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country charts with “The Story of My Life" which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer (to that time) to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart with "I Wish I Was 18 Again." The song peaked at #15 on the chart.

Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray and The Oak Ridge Boys all picked up trophies at the American Music Awards.

Double Live the tenth album by Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart. As its name implies, it is a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks' second world tour in 1998. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Eric Clapton's Unplugged in 1992.

Fugitive Christopher Daniel Gay (also nicknamed Little Houdini), escaped from custody at an Interstate 95 welcome center near Hardeeville, South Carolina, and made his way to Tennessee where he stole Crystal Gayle's tour bus. Gay drove the bus from Whites Creek, Tennessee, to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, parking the bus in a VIP spot next to NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jeff Gordon. Gay was arrested the following day and the bus was returned to Gayle. This episode inspired Tim O'Brien to write a song about his escape called "The Ballad of Christopher Daniel Gay."

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Consider Me Gone" a song written by Steve Diamond and Marv Green and the second single from her thirty-third studio album Keep On Loving You. The song became McEntire's thirty-fourth #1 single and is also her longest-lasting chart topper at four weeks.Bottom of Form

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The Cassia School District is hoping voters will pass a 56-point 7 million dollar bond March 12th.  The district said continued growth, deferred maintenance and unfinished projects are some of the top reasons the money is needed.  In 2015 voters approved a 36-point 95 million dollar bond.  Then the district discovered they were short 15-million because of cost estimates.  Voters said no to another bond of 14-point 9 million.

A Texas man charged with numerous counts of grand theft and burglary pleaded guilty to two of the counts in a plea deal with the Cassia County Prosecutor’s Office.  19 year old Daydreyn J. Pelton was charged with five counts of grand theft and two counts of burglary in August after Cassia County Sheriff’s deputies found him with stolen guns and other items at a Burley residence.

South Central Public Health says the flu bug is widespread throughout not only the local area but the United States.  The health district is suggesting you get a Vaccination, wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay home when you are sick. 

Two people have been arrested following a Police pursuit Monday that ended in a standoff near the Jerome/Lincoln county line.  39 year old Justin Watkins and 38 year old Patrice Simon both from Washington State were arrested and face multiple charges. 

The biggest threat to the nation’s primary lab for nuclear research near Idaho Falls is a prohibition from bringing in small quantities of spent nuclear fuel for research.  Mark Peters told members of the House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee that the situation could cause some to question the Idaho National Laboratory’s status as the nation’s lead nuclear energy laboratory.

While dual credit courses are a hit for many high school students, it’s costing the state’s colleges and universities.  Locally, CSI gave close to 23-thousand hours in 2016-17 with a revenue loss of more than $300-thousand dollars.


In local sports, in High School Basketball first to the Boys, where Canyon Ridge defeated Jerome 51 to 45.  Minico outlasted Pocatello 66 to 42.  Twin Falls downed Mountain Home 62 to 39, Century said no to Burley 51 to 49 and Valley won over Wendell 57 to 42.

In Girls Basketball, it as Filer 53 to Wendell 18, Shoshone 42 Murtaugh 27 and it was Butte County 43 over Oakley 23.


Today:  Overcast. A few flurries or snow showers possible more sunshine into the afternoon. High around 45F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 32F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 42F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and mild. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 19

SUNDAY: Lots of sunshine, nice and mild. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 15

MONDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 10

TUESDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 15

WEDNESDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 28 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 15.

January 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was Doug Kershaw, fiddle player, singer and songwriter who had the 1969 hit “Diggy Liggy Lo.”

Born on this day in Clarkdale, Georgia, was Ray Stevens, country and pop singer-songwriter. Stevens recorded perhaps his most famous hit, "The Streak," which poked fun at the early-1970s fad of running nude in public, known as "streaking." In 1975, he released the Grammy winning "Misty," which became his biggest country hit (reaching #3 on the country charts).

Born on this day in Bartlesville, Oklahoma was Becky Hobbs country music singer, songwriter and pianist who has charted multiple singles on the Country charts, including the #10 hit "Let's Get Over Them Together", a duet with Moe Bandy.

Hank Williams was at #1 on the US Country charts with “I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive”, knocking himself from the top of the charts with his previous single “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)”. Williams scored another two #1’s this year with “Kaw-Liga” and “Take These Chains From My Heart”.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US County charts with "Sing Me Back Home", his third chart topper. It was also recorded live by the Byrds on There Is a Season as well as the Grateful Dead who included the song in their live set.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'”, his eighth song to reach the top of the charts.

United Artists released Kenny Rogers’ "Lucille". Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man in a bar that meets a woman who has left her husband. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.

The Muppet Show staring Johnny Cash was broadcast, in which Cash inspired Kermit the frog to hold an old-fashioned hoedown. During the show Cash sang “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and a medley of his famous railroad songs.

Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest.

Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.