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Tuesday 032420

The State Board of Education has ordered a four-week public school closur and the shutdown could run longer.  During what the board called a “soft closure,” schools will be closed to students. At least for now, the shutdown runs through April 20.

A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Cassia County.  The public health district said the individual is over the age of 70 and was likely exposed to the virus by travelers from areas with community spread.  She has been hospitalized. 

Twin Falls city council members approved the city manager’s recommendation for a declaration of emergency.  As of this morning all city facilities will be closed to walk in traffic.  The declaration does not require citizens to shelter in place or mandate businesses close their doors. 

Bill and Donna Kyle the Twin Falls couple who found themselves stranded in Lima Peru when the coronavirus pandemic struck, are back at home.  They were part of a group of 24 who arrived in Miami on Saturday.

At last check Idaho has at least 65 people confirmed to have the COVID-19.  Many businesses have closed their lobby’s and are working with customers through their drive up or by telephone.  Blaine county which has 35 cases, was placed under a shelter in place order by Governor Brad Little.

A Pocatello man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in connection with a collision that killed a cyclist earlier this month.  38 year old Tyler D. Carter made his first appearance in court on Friday.  Investigators said Bobette “Bobbi” Wilhelm was cycling near Pocatello on March 13 when a motorist struck the bike, causing her to plummet down a ravine. Evidence suggests the 40-year-old Pocatello woman was alive for some time before she succumbed to her injuries. Her body was found by searchers a few days later.

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho announce that the federal courthouse in Pocatello will be closed for two weeks.   A person working in the courthouse tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after recent travel. That person has been in self-quarantine since returning from the travel. However, the Pocatello courthouse will be closed as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the virus.


The Big Sky Conference has canceled all practices and workouts for its athletic departments through May 15.   This action includes the cancellation of all spring football practices that had not yet been completed.  On March 18, the Presidents' Council canceled the 2020 Big Sky spring athletic competitions and championships, as well as suspended team or individual practices and workouts until at least April 3.


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

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low near 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 47F.  Low 27 Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloud skies and a little bit breezy. High: 47. Low: 30.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers. High: 53. Low: 37.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and warmer. High: 58. Low: 39.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 63.

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March 24th: On this day

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country charts with "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line." Owens' tenth #1 spent seven weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the country chart.

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.

Born on this day in in Puxico, Missouri was country music songwriter and singer Natalie Hemby. She has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, and Lady Gaga. In 2019, she joined an all-female quartet The Highwomen.

Ray Charles and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the US country chart with "Seven Spanish Angels". Written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, "Seven Spanish Angels" would be the most successful of Ray Charles' eight hits on the country chart.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia was singer, songwriter and record producer Blanco Brown. His 2019 track "The Git Up" taken from his debut album Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs went to #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Brooks & Dunn released a cover version of "My Maria" (originally a 1973 hit for B. W. Stevenson) which gave the duo their tenth country #1 hit. The #1 country song of 1996 according to Billboard, and the track won the duo its second Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Vocal Group or Duo.

Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart with "How Do You Like Me Now?!" Taken from his album How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at #1 on the chart and became his first major crossover hit.

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of "Ready to Run", Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.

Toby Keith's father was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35. On December 25, 2007, the family was awarded $2.8 million for the wrongful death of H.K. Covel, (Keith's father). Elias and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co. were found liable as they failed to properly equip the charter bus with properly working air brakes.

Wild Eagle opened at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster in the United States. It was also the biggest investment in Dollywood history.

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line spent the eleventh week at the top of the charts with "Meant to Be" surpassing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" as the longest-running #1 song on the chart for a lead female artist.

Monday 032320

The Idaho House ended its legislative session on Friday after balancing fears of spreading the coronavirus with potential vetoes of several bills representatives will now be powerless to override.  The House voted 32-28 to end the session a day after the Senate went home. They would have needed to stay five more days to wait out a veto decision by Republican Gov. Brad Little.

Charlotte Jane Sheppard A Lincoln County woman has been issued a cease and desist order from the Idaho Department of Insurance.  An investigation showed that Ms. Sheppard was continuing to transact insurance and was using premium funds in her agency’s fiduciary account to pay personal expenses,

It’s time to turn water into the canals.  Friday marked the 116th annual opening of the Main Line headgates at Murtaugh Lake.  It will take about 3 weeks to get the canals and ditches flowing properly.

At 10 am this morning the Twin Falls City council will convene in order to consider issuing a declaration of Local Disaster Emergency.  City officials say if approved, it will allow the city to more efficiently allocate funds to combat COVID-19, gain access to Federal and state emergency funds and reduce costs to residents by limiting the liability of taking these actions. 

We continue to track news regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  At last check, a total of 47 cases have been reported in the gem state.  Meanwhile, District Health officials are asking anyone who traveled to Blaine County in the past two weeks to shelter in place after three Ada County residents and a Valley County resident tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time in the county.

Idaho has fewer than 2,800 general care hospital beds statewide, with fewer than half of them estimated to be empty and available to take new patients on any given day.  It’s estimated that somewhere between 15% and 35% of Idaho’s 1.7 million residents could be infected with COVID-19 during the course of the pandemic. Most of those cases will be mild, with patients able to recover safely at home. But an estimated 10 to 20 percent of people with COVID-19 need to be hospitalized during their illness.


Another group that’s being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is the high school baseball and softball umpires.  Most of his umpires treat the games as supplemental income, but some are full-time officials over the course of multiple sports seasons.  It’s expected the postponement will extend past April 5th.

This fall, Boise State is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Albertson Stadium.  The very first game was September 11, 1970 against Chico State.  Boise state took the game 49 to 14.  


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High near 60F. SSE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 39F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of generally rain showers, but some snow could mix into the higher elevations. High: 51. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of valley rain showers, while rain and snow showers are possible in the mountains. High: 48. Low: 28.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 48. Low: 30.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of valley rain showers and mountain rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 53. Low: 37.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies and warmer with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 58.

March 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Fannin County, Georgia was Fiddlin' John Carson who became the first "hillbilly" artist to play on the radio, when he performed on Atlanta's WSB. It was reported by the Atlanta Journal that Carson's fame quickly spread all over the United States following his broadcast at WSB.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country chart with "The Fightin' Side of Me", one of the most famous of his career. In reference to his own 2002 patriot song, "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)", Toby Keith once called this song "the original Angry American song."

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the country chart with 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, her 23rd solo studio release. A concept album about working, the album was centered around Parton's hit "9 to 5", which served as the theme song to the film of the same name.

Born on this day in Anaheim, Orange County was country music singer Brett Young. His second album Ticket to L.A. released in 2018 topped the Country album chart.

Born on this day, was Brett Eldredge, American country music singer signed to Atlantic Records Nashville, who scored the 2013 #1 single "Don't Ya" on the Country Airplay chart. Eldredge is the cousin of Terry Eldredge of The Grascals.

Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country chart with his third album RVS III. The singles released from the album were "Statue of a Fool" (#2), "I've Cried My Last Tear for You"(#1), "I Meant Every Word He Said" (#2), and "Life's Little Ups and Downs" (#4).

Cindy Walker the prolific American songwriter, singer who wrote hits such as "Distant Drums", "Bubbles in My Beer", "Cherokee Maiden" and "You Don't Know Me" died aged 87. Walker who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2011 also had the 1944 hit with "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again".

Friday 032020

Blaine County now has 17 cases of the Coronavirus bringing the statwide total to 23 as of this morning.  Blaine County officials have issued a stay in place order for everyone in the county.  shelter in place means all individuals must stay at home unless they need to perform essential activities like going to work, errands to pick up food, groceries or to seek medical care.

Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device is on the Governor’s desk.  The legislation permits one-touch operations of devices for such things as answering or ending a call.

Boise mayor Laruen McKean has called for the shutdown of all indoor dining in bars and restaurants in Boise in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID 19.  The closure order went into effect at midnight this morning.  Take-out options will still be allowed.  The move is similar to Oregon and Washington where the governor’s ordered all bars and restaurants in those states be closed.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has left the Statehouse and returned to Idaho Falls, leaving Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill to preside over the Senate and finish out the legislative session.  She has been quoted as saying she was concerned about helping her adult children dealing with their restaurant and other businesses in Eastern Idaho affected by the coronavirus.

Two Twin Falls firefighters have been exposed to the coronavirus.  While responding to a medical call on Sunday the two from the fire department along with members of Magic Valley Paramedics treated a patient who later tested positive.  Neither are exhibiting any symptoms but are self-isolating. 

Legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted is on the governor’s desk.  The House voted to approve the amended measure from the Senate that would pay $60,000 a year for wrongful incarceration and $75,000 per year on death row.


Colby Blaine the Former CSI Assistant coach has been named the NAIA Division 2 men’s basketball coach of the year.  Most recently he led the College of Idaho Yotes to a number 1 ranking picking up a no loss 20 to 0 conference record and a current win streak of 25 games.

The two team Canyon Conference list is out.  For the All Confernce boys basketball teams for the season a total of six players – three from Wendell and Three from Declo are on the roster.  From Wendell, Freshman Diego Torres, Junior Joe DeMasters and Junior Zane Kelsey.  From Declo, the list is made up of three seniors.  Sam Mallory, Tyler Anderson and Garrett Powell.

WEATHER Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 55F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 34F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with some isolated valley rain mainly during the afternoon and evening. High 56F. Low  33. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain.  High: 57 Low: 34

MONDAY, MARCH 23:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. High: 57 Low: 36

TUESDAY, MARCH 24: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain. A little breezy and a little cooler.  High: 53 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. A little cooler.  High: 50

 March 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Reed died on Aug 31st 2008.

Born on this day in London, Ontario, was Tommy Hunter, Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman". Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984 and in 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Born on this day was Douglas B. Green, American musician, arranger, award-winning Western music songwriter, and Grand Ole Opry member. He has worked with many artists from Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys to Miranda Lambert.

During sessions at Castle Studios in Nashville Hank Williams recorded "Wedding Bells" which later peaked at #2 on the country singles chart in 1949.

Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song "Me And Bobby McGee." Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her - especially, he has said, in the line "Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away." Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" at #1 on the country charts. The song was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written by him and wife Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.

Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country charts with his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Originally the song was a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, first released in 1957 and was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

At Reba McEntire's request, Johnny Cash gave a speech during the service held for the eight band members and two pilots killed in an air crash on 16th March. He opened his speech by singing the song "Jim I Wore A Tie Today" and when it came time to say the name in the song, Cash replaced it with the name of each band member - "Jim, Chris, Kirk, Joey, Paula, Terry, Tony and Mike, I wore a tie today." He ended his part of the service with the rendition of the Hank Williams recitation "Negro Funeral."

Thursday 031920

Two more cases of the Corona Virus have been reported in the gem state.  That brings the total now to 11.  An 80 year old Man in Twin Falls is recovering at home and another person in Blaine county has mild symptoms.

Yesterday, Idaho adopted stricter guidelines for social interaction to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Governor Brad Little said the state was adopting federal guidelines that include avoiding social gathering of more than 10 people.  The guidelines also call for not eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts but to use drive through or pickup options.  The governor also recommends avoiding discretionary travel and shopping. 

Ron Anthony, the Buhl School district Superintendent, will soon be leaving after the board signed off on a separation agreement earlier this week.  Some at this week’s board meeting, said teachers and community members feel like the board lacks transparency.  In the same meeting J.D. Gould was appointed as the new trustee in Zone 2.  The search is on for a new superintendent.

The Salt Lake City airport has been closed after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake city and could be felt in parts of Southern Idaho.  The closing diverted air traffic to Twin Falls and Pocatello airports.  The quake took out power for tens of thousands and scattered bricks from storefronts along some streets.  The buildings shook for about 15 seconds.

Legislation banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education headed to the Idaho governor’s desk yesterday.   The Senate amended the bill to avoid losing federal funding, meaning the House had to approve the amended version.  Backers say the measure is needed so that everybody will be treated equally.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill creating transparency in medical bills sent to former patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors.  The bill signed by the Republican governor caps attorney fees charged to former patients at $350 for those who do not contest their bills in court and $750 for those who do.  It also sets a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get bills to a patient’s insurance provider.


Today:  (FIRST DAY OF SPRING) Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 51F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 35F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with some isolated rain. A little warmer.  High: 55 Low: 32

SATURDAY, MARCH 21: Mostly sunny with some isolated rain, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  High: 57 Low: 34

SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Mostly sunny with some isolated rain. High: 57 Low: 34

MONDAY, MARCH 23: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers.  High: 58 Low: 36

TUESDAY, MARCH 24:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers. A little cooler. High: 54

March 19th: On this day

Marty Robbins was at #1 with "Don't Worry" his seventh Country chart topper, (which stayed at #1 for ten weeks). "Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion after session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin didn't like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.

Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the country chart with "My Hang-Up Is You", Hart's second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album.

Country music comedian and entertainer Speck Rhodes died age 84. Rhodes who played banjo and bass fiddle is best known for his appearances on the Porter Wagoner television show.

Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announced plans to depart the group at the end of the year, in search of a solo career.

Josh Turner was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Why Don't We Just Dance", released in August 2009 as the lead-off single from his album Haywire. The song became Turner's third #1 hit.

Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. Police said Coe was driving a 2011 Suburban when he ran the red light. The truck hit the SUV broadside, pushing it into a nearby parking lot. The truck flipped on its side, wrapped around a pole and spilled the radishes and corn it was hauling.

Wednesday 031820

Four more cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in the gem state.  This brings the total amount to 9 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

A house fire early this morning severely damaged a home in Jerome County.  The fire reported around 1 am had fully involved the home near 1000 east and 300 south. 

Add Pomerelle and Magic Mountain to the ski resorts that have closed due to the coronavirus.  Organizers also say the Falls to Falls run will be postponed until later this year in Twin Falls.

The Twin  Falls Driver’s License office is closed for at least two weeks.  If your drivers license expires between March 1st and May 31 you have until June 30th to renew.  If you are 65 or older you have until July 31st.

An Idaho bill banning transgender males from competing in female sports is headed back to the house after being amended in the senate.  Saying transgender female athletes have physical advantages, if the bill becomes law, a female team would not be open to transgender students who identify as female. The senate also has moved to ban birth certificate altering.  Twin Falls senator said Boys are Boys and Girls are Girls.  Expect a legal battle on that.

The Idaho house has voted in favor of a bill that would raise the homeowner property tax exemption from 100-thousand to 112-thousand dollars.  The bill is a possible solution for rising property taxes.  To pay for the increase, $32 million would be taken from counties – first from new construction revenue and then from the base budget. 

More than a dozen wolves were killed last month to help curb struggling elk populations in north-central Idaho.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game say they killed 17 wolves in the remote Lolo Zone. The zone includes part of the Clearwater National Forests and stretches to the Montana state line.


No sports to report locally.  A couple of cancellations.  The Bruin’s Baseball spring break camp has been called off.  It was set for March 23.  Also the Twin Falls High School softball cam has been cancelled. 


Today:  Showers early with some clearing for the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 31F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Cooler.  Winds: SW 5-10 mph.  High: 50  TOMORROW NIGHT:  Partly cloudy with some isolated rain and snow showers around, mainly before midnight. Winds:  WSW 5-10 mph.  Low: 31

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (FIRST DAY OF SPRING):  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. A little breezy.   High: 52 Low: 31

FRIDAY, MARCH 20:  Partly cloudy with some isolated rain. A little warmer.  High: 55 Low: 32

SATURDAY, MARCH 21: Mostly sunny with some isolated rain, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  High: 57 Low: 33

SUNDAY, MARCH 22:  Partly cloudy with some isolated rain mainly during the afternoon and evening.  High: 57 Low: 36

MONDAY, MARCH 23: Partly cloudy with some scattered Rain. High: 58

March 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Sledge, Mississippi, was Charley Pride who has had thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the 1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. Pride became the first Black country musician to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Over the past thirty years, Pride has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hit singles, with over 70 million albums sold.

Born on this day, was Dennis Linde, best known for writing the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, "Burning Love". Linde wrote numerous hit songs for mainly country music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy Drusky in 1970. In 2000, his song for the Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl", stirred some controversy for its take on spousal abuse. Linde also wrote tunes that were recorded by Tanya Tucker, Gary Morris, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on December 22, 2006 aged 63.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles charts with "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" which became one of Owens' signature songs and showcases of the Bakersfield sound in the genre. Owens got the idea for the song after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the Country album charts with Rose Garden. It remained at the top of the charts for 14 weeks, the longest run at the top of that chart for any country female vocalist until Shania Twain's The Woman in Me) album in 1995.

Dolly Parton released "I Will Always Love You" which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It later toped the chart in October 1982, with her re-recording on the soundtrack of the movie version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was separating professionally after a seven-year partnership.

Taken from the soundtrack to The Electric Horseman, Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was first recorded on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Taylor Swift the eponymous debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US country chart. The album was released on October 24, 2006 when Swift was just 16 years old, by Big Machine Records. Swift wrote songs for the album during her freshman year of high school.

On her Fearless US tour, Taylor Swift played the first of two nights at the Wachovia Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday 031720

Most all school districts are closed as of today in Southern Idaho.  Minidoka school district and St. Nicholas Catholic school will close tomorrow.  Due to the coronavirus threat, most all government operated recreation facilities, libraries and offices are closed or have limited contact.  In Twin Falls the sheriff’s office say they will limit in person responses and non-emergency requests to phone contact at first.  In addition most all community events have been postponed or cancelled. 

A boy under the age of 12 is dead after a man began shooting at a mobile home park in Horseshoe Bend late Sunday night.  44 year old Benjamin Michael Pointer of Emmett has been arrested on suspicion of First Degree murder.  The suspect allegedly yelled this is the end of the world before firing his gun.

Lincoln county commissioners have reversed their decision not allow video recording of their meetings.  Two of the three commissioners voted no.  Two days later, Commissioners Roy Hubert and Rick Ellis rescinded their decision.  The two are facing a petition calling for their recall.

CSI’s board of trustees have announced their choice to replace Dr. Jeff Fox, the schools current president.  Dr. L Dean Fisher will assume the duties July 1st

A House panel yesterday approved legislation making abortion a crime should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide.  The measure now goes to the full House for debate.  Under the measure, criminal punishment would be a felony and apply to the person performing the abortion, not the woman. Doctors could have their licenses suspended or revoked.  A reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the states.

At least one Idaho Gun Dealer has put limits on sales after shelves wee nearly cleaned out.  Just as grocery stores have been stripped bare by Americans panicked by coronavirus, guns and ammunition have started flying off the shelves. Retailers say the buying frenzy is being fueled by consumers who are worried that people are becoming so desperate and unpredictable; they need to ensure they can protect themselves.


All sanctioned sports with the Idaho High School Activities association will be suspended starting today and continuing through Sunday April 5th.  The decision was made because of the Coronavirus threat.  A news release said the IHSAA has suspended state Cheer, Dance Championships will be canceled and not rescheduled.  The association hopes the state tournaments set for the spring can be held on their normal dates in Mid-May.  All winter sports championships and spring seasons have been canceled and the College of Southern Idaho’s Baseball, Softball Rodeo and track seasons are now finished.  Spring student athletes will not be charged for a year of participation. 

The Sawtooth conference all conference basketball teams have been announced.  Camas County’s Trey Smith named the offensive player of the year while Casper Block of Lighthouse Christian earned the most valuable player honors.  Dietrich’s Raygn Robertson and Carey’s Carson Simpson were named co-defensive player of the year.  Dick Simpson, the head coach for Carey was named as the conference’s coach of the year.  For the girls, Carey’s Kylie Wood was the league’s MVP.  Rakel Williams from Hansen was the offensive player of the year.  Kynlee Thorton from Lighthouse Christian was defensive player of the year and TeeJay Berry from Hansen was named Coach of the year.

One double header softball game to report.  Minico took both games against Burley yesterday with a score of 10 to 3 and 12 to 5. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun this morning followed by increasing clouds with showers developing this afternoon. High 59F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Showers early, then cloudy overnight. Low 36F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 52F.  Low 32.  Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY (FIRST DAY OF SPRING): Partly sunny.  High: 52 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Partly sunny.  High: 56 Low: 33

SATURDAY: Partly sunny High: 56 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers, High: 57 Low: 35

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, High: 58

March 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Fort Fairfield, Maine, was Dick Curless country-music singer, a pioneer of the trucking music genre, commonly known as the "Baron of Country Music." He was easily distinguished because of the patch he usually wore over his right eye. In 1965, Curless recorded one of the biggest hits of his career, "A Tombstone Every Mile," which cracked the top-5 on the Billboard country charts and propelled him to national fame. He died on May 25th 1995.

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Susie Allanson, American country music singer and actress who scored the 1978 hit "We Belong Together."

Born on this day in Newton, Mississippi, was Paul Overstreet country music singer and songwriter who has charted two #1 hits. He has also written singles for several other country acts, including #1 hits for Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, and Keith Whitley, as well as hits for The Judds and Kenny Chesney.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US country album chart with his 12th album Wichita Lineman, which went on to spend a total of 46 weeks on the chart. The Jimmy Webb penned title track came while driving through Washita County in rural southwestern Oklahoma. Heading westward on a straight road into the setting sun, Webb drove past a seemingly endless line of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole.

Eric Weissberg was at #1 on the country album chart with Dueling Banjos. The song "Dueling Banjos" was composed in 1955 by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith as a banjo instrumental called "Feudin' Banjos", which contained riffs from "Yankee Doodle". The version by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973. The song was made famous by the 1972 film Deliverance, which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without his permission.

Born on this day was Phillip Sweet from Little Big Town. All of their albums have accounted for over 20 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the No. 1 singles "Pontoon", "Girl Crush", and "Better Man."

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the country chart with Fearless. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Swift's Album of the Year win made her the youngest person ever at the age of 20 to receive that award. Fearless was also the first album in history to win the American Music Award, Academy of Country Music Award, Country Music Association Award, and Grammy Award for Album of The Year in the same year making it the most awarded album in the history of country music.

Ferlin Husky, who reached the Billboard Top 40 twice with "Gone" (#4 in 1957) and "Wings of a Dove" (#12 in 1960), died of heart related problems at the age of 85. He scored two dozen Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975.