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Tuesday 070219

Fire from what officials believe to be from the city fireworks display Saturday night, damaged the Jerome High School early Sunday Morning.  Most of the damage was contained to outer roof decking on the Math Building.  Crews were called to the scene just before 1:30 am.  Inside there was some damage to the hallway and three classrooms.

A Jerome woman was injured when a car crashed into her apartment.  Jerome police say Delanna Alverez told them she pushed on her brakes but the car didn’t stop in the convenience store parking lot in the 800 block of East Main.  Her car crashed through the fence and into the heritage homes.  Joann Driscall, was transported to St. Luke’s for treatment.  No citations have been issued.

Good news for motorists as a record 263-thousand of you will hit the gem state roads this independence day.  Idaho Gas prices dropped throughout the month of June.  Triple –A said every state in the region is defying the national trend.  National average is $2-72 a gallon.  Idaho is at 3-01.  That is 18 cents less than a month ago and 16 cents less than a year ago.

Authorities have released the names of the two victims who drowned in Redfish Lake Friday.  5 year old Claire Tanney and 31 year old Christopher Tanney were in a Kayak without Life Jackets officials say.  The girl died after being transported by air ambulance to Boise.  The man was found 55 feet in the lake by sonar. 

Former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has been elected chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.  Labrador on Saturday defeated former Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna 111-109.

In recent weeks, crowds of climbers attempting to conquer Mount Everest have made international headlines as several people died in “traffic jams” atop the tallest peak in the world.  Ang Dorjee Sherpa, a Boise resident, was there.  He estimates about 300 climbers were lined up at the summit on May 22, the same day a Utah man died of altitude sickness on the mountain. In the following days, eight other climbers died on Everest.


In local sports, to legion baseball, where, in a double header Idaho Falls defeated Twin Falls 7 to 1 and 7 to 3.  In another Double header Burley took the win over Jerome in 5 innings 15 to 2 in the first game.  In the second game Jerome turned it around to take it from burley 9 to 5. 

The college of southern Idaho has added another name to the roster of the Mens Basketball Team.  Mike Hood, a shooting guard from Moberly community College in  Missouri has signed with the team.  Hood played for Shawnee Mission West High School in Kansas City, Missouri and averaged 21 points, four rebounds and four assists per game his senior season.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 92F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, chance of an isolated afternoon/evening storm Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. High: 81 Low: 52   Mountains – Clouds and some sunshine, possible afternoon showers and storms. Winds: Light WSW. High: 75 Low: 46

THURSDAY: Sunshine and clouds, Isolated PM T'storm. High: 81 Low: 51   Mountains – Sunshine and clouds, Isolated PM T'storm. High: 75 Low: 46

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 86 Low: 56  Mountains – Mostly sunny skies. High: 78 Low: 50

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 92 Low: 58   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 85 Low: 54

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot. High: 93 Low: 56  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 85 Low: 53

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87 Low: 56  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 80 Low: 52

July 2nd: On this day

Born on this day, in Maces Spring, Virginia, was Janette Carter who was the last surviving child of A.P. and Sara Carter, of Carter Family musical fame. In 1976, she and community members built an 880-seat amphitheater, the Carter Family Fold, beside the store her father operated in Southwestern Virginia. Today, the Carter Family Fold attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year. She died on 22nd Jan 2006 aged 82.

Born on this day, in Wichita, Kansas, was Marvin Rainwater, country and rockabilly singer and songwriter who had several hits during the late 1950s, including "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman." He was known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage and was 25 percent Cherokee. Rainwater died on Sept 17 2013.

Born on this day, was Michelle Branch, singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, and in 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy-nominated single "Leave the Pieces". The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers.

MCA released Trisha Yearwood, the eponymous debut album by future country music superstar Trisha Yearwood. It features her first Billboard Hot Country Songs hit "She's in Love with the Boy", which reached the top of the country charts in June 1991. Also included are follow-up hits "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart", "That's What I Like About You", and "The Woman Before Me". The album which itself reached the #2 position on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart contains the track "Victim of the Game", originally recorded by Yearwood's friend and future husband, Garth Brooks, for his 1990 album No Fences.

The Live 8 concerts were held around the world to battle poverty, which saw Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing in Rome, and Toby Keith and Keith Urban in Philadelphia. Among other acts who took part: Paul McCartney, U2, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sting and Brian Wilson. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.

Monday 070119

Leaked audio from a closed door Idaho Public School Charter Commission meeting has officials from the Heritage school in Jerome upset.  In the meeting commissioners criticized Heritage school’s administrator and said students would be better served by the Jerome School district.   The commission chairman later apologized saying it didn’t do very well for children.  Heritage trustees later released a unanimous vote of confidence for the superintendent of the school.

29 year old Angel Chavez-Tafoya of Buhl has been sentenced to a year in jail.  He pleaded guilty to multiple charges after striking a motorcyclist on Highway 30.  Dale Adams died in that crash when Tafoya failed to yield to oncoming traffic while making a U-turn.

The Almo School will remain open thanks to donations from the community.  The Cassia county school was operating 21-thousand dollars in the red.  The district gave the community until Thursday of last week to come up with the money.  The district has 10 students in K-3 one teacher and one aide on staff and a part time bus driver.

The Twin Falls city council will hear from the Parks and Recreation district at tonight’s council meeting.  Some are concerned how public property such as parks is being used for commercial activity.  Some are concerned commercial activity such as classes could be tying up the resources that were designed for residents.  The council may consider regulating the facilities with permits and profit sharing.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little told a salmon and steelhead recovery group it should focus on achievable goals that can bolster the state’s struggling fish populations.  Little also said the group needs to help define the state’s position on federal efforts to save salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.

A jury trial is set for 56 year old Gilberto Flores Rodriguez in April.  He has been accused of killing Regina Krieger in 1995.  Krieger was 14 when she disappeared from her Burley basement bedroom. Krieger’s body was found on the banks of the Snake River.


In sports from around the area, the College of Southern Idaho Men’s  basketball team has signed a standout basketball player from Seattle Washington.  Maurice Barnett, a 6-foot 4-inch forward earned all-state honors this past season and last year earned the Metro Defensive Player of the Year.  He averaged a whopping 26-point 4 points and 10-point 6 rebounds per game for Franklin High school. 

Here’s some sports participation activities coming up this month.  It’s the Buhl Sagebrush Days fun run walk on Thursday with registration at 7 am – 1104 main street.

If you are High School Football alumni in the Magic Valley and would like to be part of a full-contact football game, Bob Cazet is looking for you.  707-322-7650. Graduates from any of the local schools are invited.  Once again that number is 707-322-7650. 

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble fundraiser will be at 1:30 p.m. July 13 at the Jerome Country Club, 649 Golf Course Road and Jerome High School will host its Wrestling Camp from July 24 to 26, taught by Chris Bono — head coach of the University of Wisconsin.  To register, go to


Today:  A good deal of sunshine. High 91F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 87F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy in the Magic Valley, and mostly clear in the Wood River Valley.  Winds: SW 5-10 mph, gust as high as 20 mph   Low: 58 Mountains: 54

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and Wood River Valley.   High: 84 Low: 55  Mountains: 78 Low: 50

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 86 Mountains: 81

THURSDAY NIGHT (July 4th): Partly cloudy in the Magic Valley, and mostly clear in the Wood River Valley.   Low: 56 Mountains: 51

FRIDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 86 Low: 56  Mountains: 81 Low: 51

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot in Magic Valley. Sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 91 Low: 59  Mountains: 82 Low: 56

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley. Sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 93 Mountains: 86

July 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Keith Whitley, country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s: "Don't Close Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'". He died on May 9, 1989, the cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning).

Patsy Cline made her network television debut on the short-lived television version of the Grand Ole Opry on ABC-TV.

Claude King was at #1 on the Country chart with "Wolverton Mountain." The hit that established his career was a rewrite of the original version by Merle Kilgore, which was based on a real character named Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas.

Born on this day was American actress and comedian Melissa Peterman best known for her role as Barbra Jean in the television comedy series Reba.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country charts with "Amanda", a song written by Bob McDill and which was also recorded by Don Williams. Taken from his 1974 album The Ramblin' Man, "Amanda" would be Waylon Jennings's eighth solo #1 on the country chart.

Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.

Charles Carr died aged 79. The Auburn University freshman chauffeured Hank Williams on his last ride from Montgomery to a New Year's Eve show in Charleston and then to another concert scheduled for Jan 1st 1953, in Canton, Ohio. He drove to a nearby hospital, where the singer was pronounced dead.

Friday 062819

A fire that spread quickly destroyed a home and several vehicles, boats and a haystack south of Lake Lowell.  The blaze reported just after 4:30 pm Wednesday also killed 3 dogs.  Apparently someone was burning weeds and lost control of the blaze.  Seven fire departments were called to battle the blaze that took three hours to control. 

Twin Falls Prosecutor Grant Loebs said there is no evidence to support a criminal charge against an Idaho State Police officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop last year.  The shooting happened on Nov. 19, 2018 when trooper Justin Ward pulled over 41-year-old Christopher E. Williams of Boise. Williams fled on his motorcycle, and Ward gave chase. When the pursuit ended at a dead-end road, police said the two got into a physical altercation

Prosecutors in the gem state say they want to find an “appropriate” resolution for two men who pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking after they were arrested for hauling industrial hemp through the state.  Industrial hemp is legal in every state surrounding Idaho and the federal Farm Bill passed late last year legalized the production of hemp nationwide. The USDA released a memo telling states they can’t block the interstate transportation of hemp.

An Idaho Falls man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography.  Investigators found more than 62,000 videos and images containing child pornography on computer devices owned by 62 year old Stanley Gallegos.  He also must pay more than $200,000 in fines and restitution.

Rupert city officials will cut the ribbon tomorrow evening at 7 for the newly remodeled “Square”.  The city completely revamped the town’s central park with a new water fountain that marks the spot of the first community well, new sidewalks, a veterans memorial corner, a water feature that commemorates Minidoka Dam, a refurbished the gazebo, wider sidewalks in front of the merchant shops around the Square, new bulb pedestrian walkways at the park’s corners, and new street lamps and pots for flowers.


In sports closer to home, Hannah Peterson has decided to play softball for Brigham Young University this fall.  Peterson was a former College of Southern Idaho outfielder played two seasons in Twin Falls and was named a NJCAA All-American.

26 year old Cy Sneed pitched six innings in relief against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Houston.  This was the first chance for the former Twin Falls Bruin to play major league baseball. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 81F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 54F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph, becoming S and decreasing to 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny.  Winds: Light and variable. Mountains: N 5-8 mph, gust as high as 18 mph  High: 83 Low: 54  Mountains: 75 Low: 49

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 87 Low: 56  Mountains: 78 Low: 51

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 88 Low: 56 Mountains: 79 Low: 49

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 86 Low: 56  Mountains: 76 Low: 50

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 86 Low: 56  Mountains: 76 Low: 49

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Sunny.   High: 84 Low: 56

June 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Waverly, Tennessee was George Morgan, American country music singer who had the 1949 US #1 hit “Candy Kisses". In 1974, Morgan was the last person to sing on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium before the Grand Ole Opry moved to the new Grand Ole Opry House. A week later he was the first to sing on stage at the venue. He died on July 7, 1975.

The movie Grand Ole Opry debuted at Nashville's Paramount Theater, starring Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys, Uncle Dave Macon and Opry founder George D. Hay.

Born on this day Lubbock, Texas, was Lloyd Maines, country music record producer, musician and songwriter. Best known as a pedal steel player, Maines is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band. Maines won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2003 as producer of the Dixie Chicks' album, Home. As the father of Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, he was instrumental in bringing the current lineup of bandmates together in 1995.

Merle Haggard recorded "The Bottle Let Me Down" at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood. Released as a single in August of this year, the track peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee was Bobby Bare Jr. American singer-songwriter, (the son of country musician Bobby Bare, Sr.). In 1974, when Bobby was only eight, he and his father were both nominated for a Grammy for the song 'Daddy What If', which was written by Shel Silverstein.

Born on this day in Albemarle, North Carolina, was Kellie Pickler who gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Red High Heels", "I Wonder" and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind".

Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with “The House That Built Me". Written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, Lambert won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for song.” Blake Shelton was originally set to record the song when Lambert heard it, she immediately wanted to record it for herself. It was the third single from her third studio album, Revolution.

Thursday 062719

Officials with the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement district say they have found one mosquito carrying the West Nile Virus in a trap along the Jerome and Twin Falls county border.  Health district officials are concerned because being infected could mean death to humans.  Overall, mosquito trap numbers in the county are low so far this year.

Micron Technology posted the latest income numbers.  On a per share basis the Idaho Based company they had a profit of 74-cents.  Net income for third quarter was reported at 840-million dollars.

Boundary County resident Steve Tanner says check stations set up by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game requiring motorists to stop are violations of the Idaho and U.S. constitutions.  State officials say check stations are allowed under Idaho law to catch poachers, collect harvest information and check for diseases in game animals.  In the lawsuit he says he drove past a check station in November 2017 but was pulled over by officers with guns drawn and taken into custody.

The man who authorities started a fatal crash at Blue Lakes Boulevard and Heyburn Avenue will have a competency evaluation.  34 year old Cedric Sebastian Mitchell of Twin Falls was arrested after he hit a hospital guard at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical center in Boise.  One person died in the crash, and several were injured in the four vehicle pileup.

Earlier this week, Ketchum residents were given the opportunity to see the proposed new fire station that the city would like to build.  Cost for the facility is estimated at 10-point seven million.  In 2016, voters rejected a 23-million dollar bond for a new fire station along with other facilities. 

Russ Belville with the Idaho Cannabis Coalition said his organization aims to get a medical marijuana initiative on the Idaho ballot.  Belville says his group has turned in enough signatures to the Secretary of State to start the process.  After officials with the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices review the petition, Idaho Cannabis Coalition will begin the process of collecting 55-thousand valid signatures from across the state.


In sports from around Idaho, Haley Harrison, the Idaho State softball player who went public with her mental-health issues, has been hired by the school’s sports information department.  She will serve as assistant director of media relations. Harrison will work with softball, along with several other sports.  Harrison struggled with mental illness for most of her life and attempted suicide three times, first at 14. Harrison also lost her brother, Allan, to suicide when he was 20.


Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 81F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 54F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Partly sunny in the Magic Valley, and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley and breezy.   Winds: W 5-10 mph   Mountains: SW 8-16 mph, gust as high as 24 mph   High: 77 Low: 51  Mountains: 64 Low: 44

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 82 Low: 53  Mountains: 68 Low: 47

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 86 Low: 54  Mountains: 72 Low: 48

MONDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 84 Low: 56   Mountains: 72 Low: 47

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 86 Low: 55  Mountains: 72 Low: 48

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 86 Mountains: 72

June 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Marshall, Arkansas was Elton Britt, country music guitarist and singer-songwriter. He recorded over 60 albums for RCA and other labels in more than a 30-year span, and is best known for such hit songs as "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," "Detour," "Chime Bells," "Maybe I'll Cry Over You," "Pinto Pal," and the million-selling wartime hit "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere". Britt died on June 22, 1972.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Lorrie Morgan, country music singer, (the daughter of George Morgan, the country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975). Lorrie scored the 1989 single, "Trainwreck of Emotion," and since then, has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country hits including three #1 hits: "Five Minutes," "What Part of No" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." Morgan has been married to three different country singers: Keith Whitley, Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw.

Hank Snow recorded "I've Been Everywhere" at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, was also made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962 and has been covered by Lynn Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel and Johnny Cash.

Born on this day in Dallas, Texas, was Christian Kane, actor and singer and songwriter and lead singer of the country-southern rock band Kane. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage and Into the West, and the movies Just Married and Secondhand Lions.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the country chart with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)". Released at the height of outlaw country movement, from his hit album Ol' Waylon, the song was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons.

Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart". Written by Don Von Tress it was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart" and recorded by The Marcy Brothers in 1991, its name was later changed to "Achy Breaky Heart" In the US it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first Country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983.

"Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles" went triple-platinum. The tribute album to the American rock band The Eagles features:Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, John Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan.

Wednesday 062619

The city of Twin Falls will join in the nationwide opioid lawsuit.  All council members who were present for the meeting this week approved the action.  There is no cost to the city and counties.  Mayor Shawn Barigar will need to sign a retainer agreement.

Police in Idaho Falls say they’ve arrested a suspect after finding the bodies of a woman and two dogs that had been stabbed to death.  Authorities say they went to the home of 33-year-old Kaylynn Blue on Monday after friends called to report she hadn’t shown up at work.  Blood was found in the home and a search revealed a shallow grave where Blue’s remains were buried along with two dogs.  33 year old Philip Schwab has been arrested. 

Nez Perce county commissioner Douglas Havens has been charged with four misdemeanor counts after buying items in a county surplus auction last year.  Havens is accused of illegally purchasing county property he had approved for sale at auction.  Charging documents say Havens purchased an operating table, a toolbox, a filing cabinet and windshield wipers for $20.  Havens says he did buy the items and was unaware of any ethical concerns.

Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.  The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards wide and up to 11,000 miles long in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah.

The city of Twin Falls has been recognized with the Association of Idaho Cities with two achievement awards. At the recent conference the Youth and Youth council was recognized for its suicide awareness color run and rally that drew near 275 participants.  The city was also recognized for its embowering citizens app where residents could “see, click and fix” to report quality issues. 

Triple-A said there will be a record 49 million Americans are expected to travel for a 4th of July celebration with 263-thousand Idahoans among them.  Gas prices are 19 cents less than a month ago and the same as a year ago. 


In local sports, add one more name to the CSI Men’s Basketball program roster as the college filled out it’s assistant coaching staff when Fred Brown Junior was hired.  The announcement came yesterday.  The Seattle Washington native knows basketball.  He coached high school and college teams for 25 years.  Brown is the son of Freddie Brown, a 13 year NBA player for the Seattle Super Sonics. 

In legion baseball, the Twin Falls Cowboys took the 4 to 2 win over Minico at Skip Walker Field on the College of Southern Idaho Campus. 


Today:  Generally cloudy. High 86F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 57F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and some clouds. High 82F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   Winds: S 5-9 mph  High: 85 Mountains: 67

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a breeze in the Magic Valley, and partly cloudy in the Wood River Valley.   Winds: SW 5-10 mph towards midnight   Low: 54 Mountains: 45

THURSDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley, with a slight breeze in both regions.   Winds: WSW 7-10 mph   High: 81 Low: 52   Mountains: 63 Low: 45

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 76 Low: 50  Mountains: 58 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 83 Low: 52  Mountains: 68 Low: 45

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 86 Low: 54  Mountains: 71 Low: 47

MONDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 86 Low: 55  Mountains: 72 Low: 47

TUESDAY: Sunny   High: 87 Mountains: 73

June 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Pocahontas, Illinois, was country singer, songwriter, Gretchen Wilson who made her debut in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single "Redneck Woman," a #1 hit on the Billboard country charts. She has since charted 13 singles on the charts, of which five have reached Top Ten and has now sold over 6 million records worldwide.

Marty Robbins was at #1 on the country charts with "El Paso City", his fifteenth #1. Robbins wrote "El Paso City" while flying over El Paso, in - he reported - the same amount of time it takes to sing, four minutes and 14 seconds. It was only the second time that ever happened to him; the first time was when he composed the original El Paso as fast as he could write it down.

Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were "Hurt" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the country singles chart "Forever and Ever, Amen." The song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song and an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.

Promoting his latest album, The Hard Way Clint Black launched The Hard Way Tour which ran for 11 months.

Brad Paisley released "We Danced", the fourth and final single from his debut album, Who Needs Pictures. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

Kenny Rogers made his African concert debut by playing to over 70,000 fans in Morocco. His performances included his hits: "Love Or Something Like It," "Lady" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town".

Tuesday 062519

A Lemhi County couple has been sentenced for sexually abusing a 15 year old girl.  39 year old Joshua Stemen and 26 year old Valerie Hatfield were arrested last year.  Both were charged with lewd conduct, first degree kidnapping and several misdemeanors.  Hatfield was sentenced to a rider program and could spend up to 10 years in prison.  Stemen could spend life in prison.  Both will register as sex offenders. 

Idaho County sheriff Doug Giddings says deputy Nick Harris has been fired after his arrest on underage sex charges.  Harris was arrested in California on two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexual abuse of a minor.  He had been a deputy since 2016 and remains jailed on $100,000 bond.

A 47 year old Nampa man drowned in an above-ground pool at his house Sunday evening.  The drowning happened at 8:17 p.m. at a home on West Platte River Street.  Authorities say alcohol was a factor in the drowning. The victim was alone in the pool when it happened.

Krystal Kenney, the 32 year old Twin Falls nurse who reached a plea agreement for tampering with evidence in relation to the disappearance of Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, appeared in Teller County Court yesterday.  Kenney agreed to testify against Patrick Frazee, who is believed to have killed Berreth, his fiancée.

A new report from the International Rescue Commission finds that the number of refugees resettled in Idaho has declined by half since 2016.  In the 2016 fiscal year, Idaho resettled an average of 67 refugees each month. So far this year, the state is averaging about 33 refugees per month.  Zeze Rwasama the director of the Refugee Center at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls said the decrease is affecting people already living here, because it means many of them are waiting longer for family members to arrive.

The 61-year-old accused of killing his wife and two other victims and hiding their bodies near his Caldwell home is still at large two years after their deaths.  Gerald “Mike” Bullinger is suspected of murdering 56 year old Cheryl Baker, 48 year old Nadja Medley and her 14-year-old daughter, Payton Medley.  In July 2017 his Ford Focus was found near Moran, Wyoming. 


Today:  Mix of sunshine and clouds and warmer. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 86  Mountains: Sunshine and clouds, nice. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph. Highs - 76

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 52F. NNW winds shifting to SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, warm. Winds: Lights and variable. High: 85 Low: 52   Mountains – Clouds and some sunshine. Winds: Lights and variable. High: 78 Low: 48

THURSDAY: Partly sunny and cooler. High: 79 Low: 51   Mountains – Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 72 Low: 46

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 73 Low: 49  Mountains – Clouds and sunshine, chance of a scattered shower/storm. High: 69 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 82 Low: 52   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 76 Low: 45

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 86 Low: 53 Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 80 Low: 49

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87 Low: 52  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 82 Low: 47

June 25th: On this day

Born on this day in Binghamton, New York, was Tim Malchak country music singer-songwriter. Malchak partnered with Dwight Rucker in 1982 to form the country music duo Malchak & Rucker. Together, they became the first black/white duo in country music history with a charting single "Just Like That."

Waylon Jennings' hit "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" spent its sixth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was just the third (and final) six-week #1 song of the 1970s, and would be the last song to spend as long atop the charts for 20 years (until 1997's "It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill).

Jenifer Strait, the 13 year-old daughter of George Strait, was killed in a car accident in San Marcos, Texas. The family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area.

Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant died. With his wife Felice, he wrote many hits including: The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Raining In My Heart" a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, and Ray Charles.

Lyle Lovett married actress Julia Roberts at St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana. The couple separated in March 1995 and subsequently divorced.

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 was designated a National Historic Landmark. During its tenure at Ryman Auditorium, the Opry hosted the biggest country music stars of the day, and the show became known around the world.

Keith Urban married Australian actress Nicole Kidman at the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly in Sydney, Australia.

A fire destroyed singer, songwriter Jack Clemmet's home and studio on Belmont Blvd. in Nashville. Clement was unhurt, but many priceless recordings and memorabilia were lost in the fire.