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Friday 060118

Residents in Dietrich are being told their drinking water is now safe.  The DEQ said all samples are now clean.

The city of Buhl is cleaning up after a rainstorm hit earlier this week.  Buildings were flooded, the city swimming pool was filled with dirt and farms suffered damage.  It may be up to a month before the city pool can be opened.

A Wendell man who was shot in the face earlier this week says he was shot with a sawed off shotgun during an argument.  49 year old Oscar Ortiz Junior has been charged with aggravated battery with a weapons enhancement and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

William Anthon Jansen, a former Twin Falls Police officer was sentenced this week to up to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing young girls.  He plead guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16.  He will serve at least 2 years in prison for each count. 

The U of I has extended its athletic director’s administrative leave until the school completes an investigation into sexual assault complaints made against a football player.  Rod Spear was first placed on a 60 day leave in April. 

Legislative leaders say Gov. Butch Otter might call a special legislative session to address a years-long water battle that has been building. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said that an agreement has been reached by all stakeholders regarding flood control releases in the Boise River system reservoirs which spans from Boise to Parma.

Authorities say a 44-year-old man working on irrigation equipment died after apparently coming in contact with exposed electric wires. The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the man's body was discovered at about 8 p.m. Tuesday leaning against a fence in a pasture in Eagle.

An eastern Idaho fertility doctor accused in a lawsuit of secretly using his own sperm to inseminate a patient nearly four decades ago says he did nothing wrong and doesn't remember using his own sperm for the procedure. Dr. Gerald Mortimer, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist from Idaho Falls, filed his response to the lawsuit in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Boise State has released the set kick-off time for the Broncos home opener.  The Broncos season will kick off on Saturday, September 8, 2018 against the UConn Huskies at 8:15 p.m.  Looking to defend their Mountain West Conference Championship title the Broncos start the 2018 regular season September 1, at Troy.

The College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles Baseball Team fell to San Jacinto yesterday.  CSI lead through the top of the fourth inning but once San Jacinto took the lead they kept it going on to win 8-6.  In taking the loss the Eagles finished as the third place team in the country and a 52-12 overall record.

Today:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. High 61F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. Scattered thunderstorms this evening. A few storms may be severe. Low 46F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 68F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

WINDS: E 5-10 mph

LOW: 50 (Mountains: 47)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

HIGH: 85 (Mountains: 78)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 83 (Mountains: 75)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 80 (Mountains: 71)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 80 (Mountains: 73)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 84 (Mountains: 75)

June 1st: On this day


Born on this day in Enville, Oklahoma, was Johnny Bond best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965, at the age of 50, he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at #2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960). Bond died on 12 June 1978.


Born on this day in Mount Airy, North Carolina was Andy Griffith actor, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. His most successful release was the 1996 I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, which won a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. Griffith died on July 3rd 2012.


Born on this day in Greenwood, Arkansas was songwriter and recording artist Wayne Kemp, who penned hit tunes for George Strait, George Jones and Johnny Cash, among many others. He died at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee on March 9th 2015. One of his most well-known songs gave Johnny Cash his 1976 #1 hit "One Piece at a Time" and also co-wrote "Love Bug" for George Jones.


Born on this day in Coleman, Texas, was Ronnie Dunn, country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music. The duo scored the 1991 US Country #1 hit “Brand New Man.”



Born on this day in Houston Texas, was Lisa Hartman Black, American singer and actress. She achieved her most notable success with a duet with her husband Clint Black, entitled "When I Said I Do". It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.


Highwayman, feauturing Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson entered the country chart (where it spent 66 weeks) going on to peak at #1. The album features the single "Desperadoes Waiting For a Train."


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.


Tim McGraw held the #1 position on the country charts with "Please Remember Me". Co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings it was originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Please Remember Me. McGraw's rendition reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks, a position that it held for five weeks. The song was also McGraw's biggest solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #10.


George Strait appeared in The Alamodome, Downtown San Antonio, Texas before seventy thousand fans in the last concert of the first half of his two-year farewell tour.





June 2nd: On this day


Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Carl Butler who with his wife became known as Carl Butler and Pearl. Between 1962 and 1969, the duo released several singles and charted thirteen times on the US country charts, reaching #1 in 1962 with their first single, "Don't Let Me Cross Over". He died of a heart attack on September 4, 1992.



Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.


Born on this day was American country singer Craig Strickland, vocalist for the Arkansas-based band, Backroad Anthem. Strickland died in Jan 2016 after he and a friend had gone to Bear Creek Cove, at Kaw Lake to hunt for ducks. Morland drowned after the Boat they were in capsized, while Strickland swam to shore, but later succumbed to hypothermia. The area had been experiencing severe inclement weather due to Winter storm Goliath with freezing temperatures. His body was discovered on January 4, 2016 after last being seen on December 27, 2015. It was determined by Oklahoma Highway Patrol that Strickland's body had been difficult to locate due to the camouflage hunting gear he had been wearing at the time of his death.


Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.


American country music singer Helen Carter died aged 70. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family.


Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the Country chart with Need You Now, their second studio album. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.


Shina Twain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is the 2,442nd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording.


Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw kicked off The Brothers of the Sun Tour at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. The co-headlining tour took in 22 cities across the United States.



June 3rd: On this day


Born on this day in Sydney, Australia, was Jamie O'Neal, country singer and songwriter. Her 2000 debut album, Shiver featured the back-to-back #1 singles "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels".


The Opryland USA country music theme park opened in Nashville. Opryland USA which was later called Opryland Themepark was an amusement park located in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. During the late 1980s, nearly 2.5 million people visited the park annually. Billed as the 'Home of American Music,' Opryland USA featured a large number of musical shows along with amusement park rides.


The Carter Family and Johnny Cash were both inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Berkley Carterette Hotel in Ashbury Park, New Jersey.


Singer Wally Fowler died of a heart attack while fishing from a dock on Dale Hollow Lake, northeast of Nashville, his body was found floating in the water. He founded the Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became the Oak Ridge Boys. He was known as The Man with a Million Friends and Mr. Gospel Music.



Curb Records released Everywhere, the fourth album by Tim McGraw. It was his first release since his marriage to Faith Hill and his collaboration with his wife from the album, "It's Your Love", was nominated for Best Country Collaboration and Best Country Song at the 1998 Grammy Awards.


Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested in Buffalo, New York after Chesney ran away with a Mounted Reserve deputy's horse, and McGraw attacked deputies that tried to corral him. Chesney asked to sit on the horse outside Ralph Wilson Stadium and the daughter of the deputy gave him permission to do so. Then Chesney mounted the horse and rode away. He was told to stop, but ignored the orders from the other deputies, the deputies were then attacked by McGraw and members of his entourage. Chesney was charged with disorderly conduct and released on $100 bail. McGraw was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, menacing and resisting arrest. He was released on $2,500 bail.

Thursday 053118

Four people from Burley have been charged with stealing from the Mini-Cassia Christmas Council.  Authorities say they burglarized the building over the past weekend taking thousands of dollars’ worth of toys.  The oldest with charges of burglary, grand theft and conspiracy to commit burglary is 20 year old Kaden Clark.  The others were 2-14 year olds and a 15 year old.  A suspicious Burley Idaho Buy Sell or Trade ad led authorities to the suspects.

Idaho is the second fastest growing state in the nation for housing units.  Utah is number one.

A man in Gooding County was hospitalized Tuesday night after being shot in the eye with a BB gun.  Authorities say the victim and person reporting the incident were intoxicated at the time.

Don’t expect to go swimming at Dierkes Lake as the city of Twin Falls waits for test results to find out why the water has a strange greenish color.  The park was closed Friday of last week while samples were shipped to Moscow for testing.

Should Twin Falls County build a new judicial complex that would include a jail?  That’s what county commissioners are asking after forming a committee to find out what people think.  The comment period goes through July 2nd.

Emmett Police are investigating an incident where a school bus driver is seen on surveillance video verbally and physically confronting a 9 year old student.  On the video the driver said she does not care if she hurts the students as she attempts to pull the child out of the bus seat.  The driver has since resigned. 

Idaho officials are planning to hold meetings across the state next month to generate solutions to the problems that emergency medical agencies face in rural areas.  The meetings will address concerns that include lacking funding and a shrinking pool of volunteers.  State Sen. Carl Crabtree says some agencies depend on bake sales and donations just to keep fuel in their vehicles.

Today:  Mostly cloudy skies. Scattered thunderstorms this evening. A few storms may be severe. Low around 55F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. Scattered thunderstorms this evening. A few storms may be severe. Low around 55F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Increasing clouds with showers arriving sometime in the afternoon. High 73F. SE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

WINDS: SW 5-10 mph

LOW: 46 (Mountains: 40)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 70)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 85 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 80 (Mountains: 73)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 76 (Mountains: 70)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 80 (Mountains: 74)

May 31st: On this day


Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Johnny Paycheck, (Donald Eugene Lytle), singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It", which was a US Country #1 in 1978. Paycheck died on February 19, 2003.


Born on this in Denver, Colorado was Wayne Carson, country musician, songwriter, and record producer. He played percussion, piano, guitar, and bass. His most famous songs as a writer include "Neon Rainbow", "The Letter", and "Always on My Mind" (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher). Carson died on July 20, 2015, aged 72


Born on this day in Detroit, Michigan, was Paul Franklin, multi-instrumentalist, known mainly for his work as a steel guitarist. Franklin has worked with many well known acts during his career, including Barbara Mandrell, Rodney Crowell, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, and Kathy Mattea.


Johnny Cash appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville on November 28, 1925.


Del Reeves was at #1 on the country charts with “Girl on the Billboard". The novelty song was Reeves' fourth entry on the country chart and his only #1 single. "Girl on the Billboard" which spent two weeks at the top of the charts has become one of many country standards about lust.



Kenny Rogers and Dottie West held the top position on the Country chart with Every Time Two Fools Collide, the duo's first album together. The album spawned two big country hits: the title track went to #1 followed up by the #2 hit "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight".


Born on this day in Plano, Texas, was Casey James singer and guitarist who was the third-place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. He released his eponymous album in March 2012 which peaked at #2 on the US Country chart.


Tim McGraw was at #1 on the country chart with "Don't Take The Girl". Written by Craig Martin and Larry W. Johnson, the song was Tim's fifth single overall, and his first #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, it was also a successful pop song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.


71 year-old songwriter Hal Bynum, (whose credits include Kenny Rogers "Lucille,") and his wife were arrested and charged with growing marijuana inside their Nashville home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms. After receiving a tip, police searched the couple's home and confiscated 256 marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of harvested marijuana, 14 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, growing lamps and other drug paraphernalia. Bynum, and his wife were released on $73,500 bond each.

Tuesday 052918

The investigation continues into an officer shooting that happened Friday morning in Mountain Home.  Elmore deputies were sent to a residence where a vehicle was driving recklessly through private property.  The vehicles driver exited the vehicle and after a short foot pursuit turned and brandished a large military style knife in a threatening manner.  Deputies shot and killed the man.

State board of education officials say it’s a top priority to name a new BSU interim president before Bob Kustra retires June 30th.  Earlier this month the board voted to abandon the current search for Kustra’s successor and hired a new firm to conduct the search.

Authorities are continuing their investigation into what happened in Dietrich Thursday morning.  Eight People were hospitalized and 62 year old Tom Young was found dead with a canister of Nitrogen.  The Mayor was concerned that Young may have tampered with the water supply for the city and asked that residents not drink the water until it was tested.  Young had been fired earlier in May by the mayor.  He had been working as the water supervisor.

A federal judge has narrowed the claims in a whistleblower case against the Idaho Department of Labor, but indicated he'll likely allow the case to go to a jury trial. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill rejected a motion from the state to dismiss the case.

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging Idaho's sex offender registration laws, but the 134 anonymous sex offenders who brought the lawsuit have the option to refile the case if they can show the current laws caused them actual harm. U.S. District Judge David Nye says that could be difficult, since several common arguments that claim registration requirements are embarrassing, invasive and burdensome, have already been shot down in previous court cases.

Twin Falls County is re-evaluating how much money it charges people for the court compliance program.  Currently it’s $5 a day or $150 a month.  That’s more than any other supervised pretrial release program in the state.

A Medicaid expansion proposal has passed the signature threshold, officials confirmed on Thursday, but said further review is needed before it gets on the November ballot. County clerks have verified roughly 58,000 signatures that organizers submitted earlier this month. The effort needed at least 56,192 signatures to qualify. However, they must also come from 6 percent of the registered voters in at least 18 of Idaho's 35 legislative districts.

The 41st Annual North-South All-Star Football game is in the books.
Minico High School hosted this year's event, featuring just one game this time.  The Gooding and Minico coaching staffs led the North while Filer and Kimberly took control of the South team.  At halftime the North led 14-7, but then pulled away in the second half winning 30 to 10.  About $12,000 dollars were raised for the Shriners fund that will be used for patient travel from Salt Lake to Portland. 


Today:  Mainly sunny. High 81F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 76F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

THURSDAY: Scattered showers and storms

High 73 (Mountains: 67)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and comfy cool

High 72 (Mountains: 69)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warm

High 82 (Mountains: 76)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm

High 80 (Mountains: 75)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High 74 (Mountains: 66)


May 29th: On this day


At the 4th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles and New York Jimmy Dean won Best Country & Western Recording for “Big Bad John.”


Jim Reeves was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Distant Drums.” This was Reeves’ only UK #1 hit – albeit posthumously – in 1966, some two years after his death in a plane crash on 31 July 1964. The song remained in the UK charts for 45 weeks.


Freddy Fender was at #1 on the US country chart with Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album included the #1 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."


Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.


Chris Young held the #1 position on the country singles chart with "The Man I Want to Be". Written by Brett James and Tim Nichols, it was the third single from his second studio album, also titled The Man I Want to Be.


Country singer John Rich was charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former Nashville Star contestant. Rich turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network. The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.


Doc Watson, American guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music died aged 89. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. The first song he learned to play on the guitar was "When Roses Bloom in Dixieland", first recorded by the Carter Family in 1930. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985 in an accident on the family farm.

Friday 052518

Breaking News.  In Dietrich yesterday eight People were quarantined and the city’s mayor issued a message not to drink the water.  Around 10 am authorities responded to a residence at 288 South and 950 East where a male individual had died.  When they arrived the first responders determined the scene was a hazmat situation after finding what turned out to be a container of Nitrogen.  Eight first responders were then transported to the Gooding hospital where that facility went into complete lockdown.  Hospital officials say that is standard protocol for the facility when patients arrive with possible hazmat contamination.  By 7 pm the lockdown was lifted.  Five of the patients were transferred to St. Lukes in Twin Falls for decontamination and treatment.  At last check four remain there.  Lincoln County officials called on assistance from the Boise Fire Special Operations Hazmat Team to investigate the scene.  Fearing the contimanation may have reached the water supply, the Mayor asked residents not to drink the water until further notice.  The DEQ will have results from the water in the next day or two officials say.  This is a developing story and we will have more information as it becomes available. 

The robbery suspect that the Cassia county sheriff’s office was looking for simply took the bus to where the deputies were waiting.  20 year old Gregori Bracmontes-Martinez was taken into custody about 2:30 am Wednesday as he was walking off the Greyhound bus.  He is charged with felony count of robbery and criminal burglary.  He is the suspect in a convenience store robbery earlier this month. 

Two Wells-Fargo bank branches will be closing their doors.  Officials say the bank in Kimberly and Buhl will close on August 15th.

Dutch Brothers in Twin Falls hope the newly adopted traffic pattern in their parking lot will be of assistance to their neighbor DaVita Dialysis Center.         The new set up includes a long area to park, and lanes marked to separate the two sides of the building and keeping a clear area for those getting to the dialysis center.

An employee of a coroner's office in Caldwell has filed a notice of a tort claim that alleges she was harassed by the outgoing coroner.  Deputy Coroner Lori LaRoche filed the notice earlier this month against Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, seeking damages of at least $800,000 for the "personal and professional harassment" by the coroner since 2011. 

U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana - the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 - as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service document is meant to protect bears in a conservation area encompassing 9,000 square miles along the U.S.-Canada border, including Glacier National Park.

Officials say they're losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird.  The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies says invasive plants on nearly 160,000 square miles of public and private lands have reached enormous levels and are spreading.

A work crew digging along highway 30 and Union Avenue Wednesday morning accidently nicked a gas line.  The line began leaking but when fire crews arrived, they determined that the leak was not serious enough for any evacuations but a fire department official used the accident as a reminder to always call 811 before digging.

Today:  Isolated thunderstorms early, becoming clear after midnight. Low 53F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight:  Isolated thunderstorms early, becoming clear after midnight. Low 53F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.


WINDS: W 5-15 mph

LOW: 50 (Mountains: 48)

SUNDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 71 (Mountains: 67)

MONDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 70 (Mountains: 67)

TUESDAY: Chance isolated storms.

HIGH: 77 (Mountains: 72)

WEDNESDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 72)

THURSDAY: Chance isolated storms.

HIGH: 73 (Mountains: 67)

May 25th: On this day


Born on this day in Monarat (Iron Ridge), Carroll County, Virginia, was Ernest Stoneman who is ranked among the prominent recording artists of country music's first commercial decade. On February 12, 2008, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Born on this day in Olive Hill, Kentucky, was Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including "Harper Valley PTA" a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as 'The Storyteller,' due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting.



Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jessi Colter country music artist who is best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa".


Born on this day Cindy Cashdollar, steel guitar and Dobro artist. Cashdollar received five Grammy awards while playing for eight years with Asleep at the Wheel. In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison promoting his country and western album, Pay the Devil.


Bobby Goldsboro was at #1 on the Country chart with "Honey," also known as "Honey (I Miss You)." Written by Bobby Russell, who first produced it with former Kingston Trio member Bob Shane. Then he gave it to American singer Bobby Goldsboro who recorded it for his tenth album. "Honey" spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.


Hag the thirteenth studio album by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country chart, becoming his fifth album to top the Billboard country album charts.


Country music songwriter Ben Peters died. Charley Pride recorded 40 of his songs and 4 of them went to #1 on the American country charts. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.


Garth Brooks proposed to his longtime girlfriend and fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield, California, ending long-standing speculation about their relationship


Scotty McCreery won the tenth-season competition of American Idol, becoming the second country music-focused artist (behind Carrie Underwood) to win. Runner-up Lauren Alaina is also rooted in country music. Days later, both signed lucrative contracts with Mercury Nashville Records.



May 26th: On this day


Jimmie Rodgers, singer, songwriter, who was among the first country music superstars and pioneers, died while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old. Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music." Rodgers sold over 12 million records and was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was Randall Hank Williams, better known as Hank Williams, Jr. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of country music pioneer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III.



The first Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival was held to honor the anniversary of Rodgers' death. The festival in Meridian, Mississippi became an annual event.


Bill Anderson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)". Despite spending just two weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, "My Life (Throw it Away If I Want To)" was named the #1 song of 1969. Several other songs - most notably Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass" and "A Boy Named Sue," and Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" - had longer runs at #1.


Born on this day in Georgetown, Texas, was country music artist, Keith Gattis, who has written songs for George Jones, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Charlie Robison, Gary Allan, Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne, Sara Evans and the Eli Young Band.


Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.


Toby Keith won four awards at CBS' 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay. Keith won Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for Shock'n Y'all; and Video, for the Willie Nelson duet "Beer For My Horses". Vocal Event of the Year went to Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."


Country music legend Willie Nelson cut his 'trademark, waist-length braids.' A spokesperson for the legendary entertainer explained that Nelson decided to lose his signature style a couple of weeks ago. In trademark laid-back fashion, he didn't make too big a deal out of the event.


May 27th: On this day


Born on this day in Floydada, Texas, was Don Williams, country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 hits including the 1974 #1 "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me". Williams died at his home in Alabama on 8 September 2017 aged 78.


Hawkshaw Hawkins was at #1 on the US country chart with "Lonesome 7-7203". Written by Justin Tubb it was the final single release of his career, three days after its release, Hawkins died in an airplane crash which also killed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. Two weeks after Hawkins' death, the song reached the top of the charts for a four-week run.


Born on this day in Evansville, was Indiana Jace Everett country music singer who co-wrote Josh Turner's #1 single "Your Man". His song "Bad Things" is the theme for the HBO series True Blood.


Alabama were at #1 on the country music album chart with Feels So Right, their second studio album. The album produced three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: "Old Flame", the title track and "Love in the First Degree".


MCA Records released "Fool Hearted Memory" by George Strait, written by Byron Hill and Blake Mevis, it gave the singer his first #1 single. The song was included in the soundtrack of the feature film The Soldier and won an ASCAP Award for being among the most performed country songs of 1982.


Chris Young scored his second consecutive #1 single with "The Man I Want to Be" which was released as the third single and title track from his album The Man I Want to Be.








May 28th: On this day


Born on this day in Letcher County, Kentucky, was Gary Stewart, country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his southern rock influenced, outlaw country sound. During the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the "king of honkytonk." His biggest hit was the 1975 US #1 Country hit "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)." Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 16, 2003 a few weeks after his wife had died from pneumonia.



Born on this day in Big Pond, Cape Breton County, was Rita MacNeil, Canadian country and folk singer. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987 and was covered by Anne Murray. In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. She was also the only female singer ever to have three separate albums chart in the same year in Australia.


Born on this day in Milwaukee, was Leland Sklar, bass guitarist and film score composer who has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician, including albums by Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Clint Black.


Born on this day in Warren, Ohio, Jerry Douglas, lap steel player and record producer who has worked with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Clint Black and others. Douglas has received thirteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times,


Born on this day in Lynchburg, Virginia, was Phil Vassar, country music singer, songwriter who has co-written singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw ("For a Little While", "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"). In 1999, he was named by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as Country Songwriter of the Year.


Kathy Mattea was at #1 on the Country chart with "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses." The song is about a truck driver called Charlie who is retiring after 30 years to spend the rest of his time with his wife.


Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits "A Better Man", "Nothing's News", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.


Guitarist and songwriter Slim Bryant, the last surviving singer to have made a recording with Country legend Jimmie Rodgers, died at the age of 101. They recorded Bryant's song "Mother, the Queen of My Heart" in 1932. He also recorded nine other songs with Rodgers.

Thursday 052418

A five year old Cassia County boy was injured when his father accidently backed over him with a truck.  The incident was reported at 8:20 pm Tuesday near Murtaugh.  The dad was unaware the boy was apparently trying to climb on the back of the pickup.

City leaders in Twin Falls are looking over plans to upgrade the current fire stations.  The City Council is looking at safety and health of the firefighters as well as longevity for the new facilities to last for the next 30 years.

Five CSI baseball players were cited for Marijuana related crimes over the weekend as the team heads to the NJCAA World Series for the first time since 1993.  Court documents say 20 year old Bret Resch and Colton Westfall, 21 year old Bailey Daguio and 19 year old Connor Breeding were cited near the CSI campus over the weekend.

Idaho lawmakers abandoned plans to build a new governor's mansion on a Boise property and will instead hand over the land to the city for a park. Lawmakers on the Governor's Housing Committee voted Tuesday to give the 15-acre site in the east Boise foothills to the city for management.

A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail. The Ada County Coroner's Office on Wednesday identified Alliee Rose as the girl who died April 10 at a Walmart parking lot.

Idaho's top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions, up to an eightfold increase. Nearly all Democratic and GOP candidates seeking open statewide seats will see their pension payouts soar thanks to a special perk given to state lawmakers under Idaho law.

Officials are searching for four missing people after their vehicle was found in the upper Selway River in northern Idaho backcountry. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says there were originally six occupants in the car, but two of the occupants, managed to escape after the vehicle landed in the river and were rescued by Two Bear Air from Montana.

An eastern Idaho police officer has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while responding to a disturbance.  Shelley Police Chief Rod Mohler says Sgt. Kent Swanson suffered the heart attack at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Today:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 75F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 82F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.

WINDS: SW 5-10 mph

LOW: 54 (Mountains: 50)

SATURDAY: Chance PM storms.

HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 67)

SUNDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 70 (Mountains: 66)

MONDAY: Chance storms.

HIGH: 71 (Mountains: 68)

TUESDAY: Isolated storms.

HIGH: 76 (Mountains: 72)

WEDNESDAY: Chance evening storms.

HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 71)

May 24th: On this day


Born on this day, was Clint Ballard, Jr., American songwriter who wrote two Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits. The first was "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in 1965, the second was the 1975 hit, "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt.


Jimmie Rodgers made his last recordings in New York City in which he recorded "Mississippi Delta Blues" and "Years Ago". After years of fighting tuberculosis, Rodgers was so weakened during the sessions that he needed to rest on a bed between songs. Rodgers died two days later from a pulmonary hemorrhage while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old.


Born on this day, was Mike Reid who is a retired professional American football linebacker, as well as a country music artist who played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He scored the 1991 US Country #1 hit “Walk Of Faith.”


Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin. She won a Grammy in 1985 for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me", and has received twelve other Grammy nominations. She has had 11 #1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records.



The United States Postal Service issued a 13-cent commemorative stamp honoring Jimmie Rodgers. The Rodgers stamp, designed by artist Jim Sharpe, became the first in the Postal Service's long-running Performing Arts series.


Born on this day in Westerly, Rhode Island, was Billy Gilman, singer. In 2000, at the age of 11, he debuted with the single "One Voice," a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country music charts and became the youngest singer to score a Top 20 hit on the country music charts. He was also given an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Oklahoma born Carrie Underwood became the fourth-season winner of American Idol. Although her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the 22-year-old Underwood's influences and music are predominantly country. Late in the year, she entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the first time with "Jesus Take the Wheel."


Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of Rosanne Cash and three other daughters, died at the age of 71 from complications from surgery to remove lung cancer. It was her daughter Rosanne's 50th birthday. During their courtship, Cash and Liberto wrote each other over 10,000 pages of love letters, forming the basis of her autobiography, titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, which was published in 2007


Jason Aldean was at #1 on the country chart with My Kinda Party, his fourth studio album. The album received a Nomination for the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and has sold over 3m copies in the US.

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With Memorial Day signaling the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, Law enforcement authorities are reminding drivers to “click it, don’t risk it.”  From now until June 3rd, more than 50 law enforcement agencies around Idaho will take part in the seatbelt enforcement program. 

The Twin Falls City Council is asking the economic development team to further explain the proposed outdoor seating ordinance.  Business owners told the council they were concerned the way the ordinance was written. 

It’s official.  The Magic Valley Festival of Giving has been cancelled.  Many of the organizers have retired.  In the past 6 years the festival took place around thanksgiving and 100-percent of the $210,000 raised was given to the area’s non-profits.

The topic of Garbage and recycling is once again a discussion with the Twin Falls city council.  For May, the cost for a ton of recycled materials is $155.47 and that number is expected to go to $170 for June.  The city’s utility services director said at this point all recycled materials collected are being sent to the landfill.

A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand. The Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are dropping the "Real America" brand in favor of "The Great American West." Officials hope it will strengthen the region's appeal to international travelers.

Russ Fulcher, the GOP nominee for Idaho's 1st Congressional District, has suffered broken ribs and scrapes in a recent motorcycle accident but is expected to make a full recovery. According to Fulcher's family the congressional nominee was driving his brother's motorcycle on Friday while headed to visit his in-laws in Melba.

A class-action lawsuit is seeking the repayment of fees that many Idaho public schools charge students for classes, supplies and activities.  The lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court claims the fees amount "a form of coercion to pay for essential and normal elements of a free public education."  The suit claims districts charge about $20-million dollars a year statewide.

City leaders in Twin Falls are looking over plans to upgrade the current fire stations.  The City Council is looking at safety and health of the firefighters as well as longevity for the new facilities to last for the next 30 years.

Today:  Mainly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 74F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Thunderstorms early, then variable clouds overnight with still a chance of showers. Low 53F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Locally heavy rainfall possible.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny – scattered showers & isolated afternoon thunderstorms.  Winds Light & Variable High 82 (Mountains: 73)

FRIDAY: More sunshine and warmer

High 86 (Mountains: 80)

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds - possible showers and storms evening.

High 74 (Mountains: 70)

SUNDAY: Partly sunny scattered afternoon showers & thunderstorms

High 73 (Mountains: 69)

MONDAY: Partly sunny scattered afternoon showers & thunderstorms

High 75 (Mountains: 70)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny scattered afternoon showers & thunderstorms

High 77 (Mountains: 70)

May 23rd: On this day


Born on this day in Crimora, Virginia was Mac Wiseman, who worked as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as well as releasing his own solo bluegrass records for the Dot label. Wiseman also serves as a founding member of the Country Music Association and joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.


Born on this day in Buffalo, New York, was Misty Morgan who with her husband Jack Blanchard had hits in 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a #1 hit.


Born on this day in Riverside, California, was Judy Rodman, Country Music Singer. In the mid-80s, she scored the US Country #1 hit "Until I Met You." She also won the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Female Vocalist" award in 1985.


Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, "Jose Cuervo" in 1983.


Born on this day in Bethesda, Maryland, was Brian McComas country music artist who scored the 2003 Top Ten single "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)".


The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which aired May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row. Winners at this years show included: Keith Urban who won Top Male Vocalist, Carrie Underwood won Top New Female Vocalist and Single Record of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."


Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late American music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.



Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.