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An early morning fire in a salvage yard destroyed five vehicles and a motor home in Jerome Tuesday.  Jerome Rural Fire Chief Joe Robinette said the fire in the 700 block of West Boulevard also damaged a nearby shop.  The blaze was started by a heater in the motor home where a homeless person was sleeping.  There were no injuries reported.  The Jerome city fire department assisted the rural crew. 

Court records show the former executive director of the Idaho Association of Highway Districts has been charged with embezzling funds from the organization between 2013 and 2016.  Stuart Davis was charged with seven counts of grand theft over $1,000.  The indictment alleges that Davis used embezzled funds for personal gains, including on a social club membership and to pay a private airline company.  The state also charged former association assistant director Laura Lantz with aiding and abetting grand theft and for computer crime.

The Twin Falls School District is deciding if they should go to voters in March of 2019 to ask for a renewal of a supplemental levy that would help pay operating expenses. Currently, the school district has a two-year, $4.25 million annual supplemental levy in place. The committee is recommending a two-year, $5 million annual measure. 

Officials say farmers in Idaho saw above-average returns on wheat crop this year, but lentil prices are plunging. Soft white wheat prices between $6.20 and $6.35 a bushel. But dry pea, lentil and garbanzo prices plunged 40 percent recently because of retaliatory tariffs imposed by India, the No. 1 customer for those products.

Police say an Idaho woman who was shot by a 71-year-old man in a domestic violence situation has died. The man shot the woman at a Meridian home late Monday morning before turning the gun on himself. Meridian police say he died at the scene, and the woman was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery but later died.

The McClatchy Company has restructured the newsroom leadership positions at the Idaho Statesman, eliminating the executive editor position and naming an interim local editor.  A representative of the paper said it was a cost decision aimed at retaining as many local reporting resources as possible.

In local sports, in Girls Basketball, Kimberly holds off Canyon Ridge, 38-32, to move to 2-0 on the year.  Meanwhile it was Minico 42, Kuna 35 and Gooding 45, Dietrich 35.  It was Minico 65 over Jerome 43.  Mountain Home beat Burley 68 to 35 and it was Wood River 35 Buhl 32.  Murtaugh 48 North Gem 28.

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 51F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 25F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sun and a few passing clouds. High 53F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear and cold. Winds: Light South Low: 29 (Mountains: 26)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies. High: 55 Low: 30 (Mountains: 52 Low: 24)

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds - chance of snow or rain. High: 49 Low: 23 (Mountains: 43 Low: 17)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 50 Low: 24 (Mountains: 44 Low: 19)

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 53 Low: 25 (Mountains: 45 Low: 18)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 54 Low: 25 (Mountains: 46 Low: 18)

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November 14th: On this day

Hank Williams made his first national TV appearance, on CBS-TV's The Perry Como Show, performing "Hey, Good Lookin'". The following week, Perry Como opened his show by doing his own version of "Hey Good Lookin'" and then apologized to Hank for doing so.

Born on this day in Bronxville, New York, was Gretchen Peters, singer and songwriter. She moved to Nashville in the late 1980s and there, she found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray and others. Peters has released studio albums of her own, the title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was recorded by Faith Hill in 1999.

Born on this day in Statesville, North Carolina, was Rockie Lynne country music artist. His self-titled debut album released in 2006 produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the top 30 hit "Lipstick".

Loretta Lynn was at #1 on the US Country chart with You Ain't Woman Enough. The lead single, and title track became Lynn's biggest hit up to that point peaking at #2. Martina McBride covered the song for her 2005 album Timeless.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me. The title track (like the song "Okie from Muskogee") became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.

Born on this day in Franklin, Tennessee, was Will Hoge, a Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter and musician. Hoge co-wrote "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" the #1 hit for the Eli Young Band.

Mel McDaniel had a near-fatal fall into an orchestra pit while he was performing at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The accident ended his touring career and he underwent several surgeries thereafter. He scored the 1985 #1 "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On".

CBS-TV aired Garth Brooks: Coast To Coast Live from the Los Angeles' Great Western Forum. This was the first of three consecutive Wednesday-night concert specials, the show also featured Keb' Mo' and Trisha Yearwood. Brooks would see his latest album Scarecrow top the Country charts the following month.

Taylor Swift set a record for the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist at the same time with eight singles from the re-release of her 2008 album Fearless.

Country music artist Holly Dunn died of ovarian cancer aged 59. She first found fame with her 1986 Top-10 hit "Daddy's Hands" from her self-titled debut album. Dunn charted more than a dozen country singles, two of which ("Are You Ever Gonna Love Me", "You Really Had Me Going") reaching the #1 spot.Bottom of Form

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Camp Rainbow Gold says they will purchase Soldier Mountain Ranch and Resort for 1-point-3 million dollars. The group was denied their request last year to develop their current location in Blaine County after commissioners said no. 

Tomorrow, the State of Idaho will close the eastbound Jerome Rest Area along I-84 between the Jerome and Twin Falls exits.  The state has entered an agreement with businesses near the freeway to offer travelers the same amenities of ample parking and restrooms free of charge.  Signs will be installed directing travelers to those locations in Gooding and Jerome Counties.

The Twin Falls City Council postponed yesterday’s meeting to today in observance of Veterans Day.  The council will meet this evening at 5pm, 203 Main Avenue East.

A man suspected of stabbing and seriously injuring a man he didn't know in Southeast Boise was released from prison just four months ago. 36-year-old Reuben Diaz is charged with attempted murder. He's jailed in Ada County with bail set at $1 million. Diaz had 19 years remaining on his parole for previous violence.

Authorities say two skiers have been rescued in recent days separate incidents along Teton Pass in northwestern Wyoming. A 36-year-old skier was airlifted out after crashing while and hitting his head. His condition was unknown. Two days earlier, a 72-year-old man got lost and worn out skiing near the pass.

Scientists say the return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping restore a landscape that was altered in their absence. The widespread extermination of the two carnivores early last century meant the elk herds they prey on were able to grow in size.

The teenage mayor-elect of a small Oregon city says he'll be a steward for the budget and a proponent for growth. Voters in Yoncalla last week elected 18-year-old Ben Simons to be mayor. The 2018 high school graduate and current student at Umpqua Community College beat out two other contenders with 41 percent of the vote. He says people can be involved in government no matter what their age.

Today:  Sunny. High 47F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 22F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 51F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear skies Winds: Light and variable. Low: 25 (Mountains: 24)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies. High: 52 Low: 28 (Mountains: 48 Low: 23)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies. High: 53 Low: 30 (Mountains: 49 Low: 24)

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds - chance of afternoon snow or rain. High: 47 Low: 23 (Mountains: 44 Low: 21)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 46 Low: 22 (Mountains: 45 Low: 20)

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 49 Low: 25 (Mountains: 46 Low: 26)

November 13th: On this day


Born on this day was Jack Guthrie, songwriter and performer whose rewritten version of the Woody Guthrie song "Oklahoma Hills" was a hit in 1945. The two musicians were cousins.


Born on this day in Florence, Alabama was Buddy Killen, record producer and music publisher, and a former owner of Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the largest country music publishing business, before he sold it in 1989. He worked with artists such as Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and Bill Anderson. Killen died in Nashville, Tennessee on November 1, 2006.


Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.


A Billboard disc jockey poll reported that U.S. disc jockeys were playing 11 percent country on radio stations, compared to 42 percent pop and 5 percent rhythm and blues.


Johnny Cash Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous was released in the US, the singer, songwriters second album. “There You Go” from the album was a country #1 hit.


"Love Is Like a Butterfly" by Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country chart, her fourth #1 as a solo artist. Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976–77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the "W" in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.


Garth Brooks released Scarecrow his ninth studio album which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the Top Country Albums chart. Singles released from this album include "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" (a duet with George Jones, "Wrapped Up in You", and "Squeeze Me In" (a duet with Trisha Yearwood). It was the last album by Brooks before his ten-year hiatus.


Wynonna Judd was arrested for drunk driving near Nashville, Tennessee after being pulled over for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175 - more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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The Shoshone man who accidentally shot and killed his daughter, 36 year old Alani Lang, has pleaded guilty to one count of involuntarily manslaughter.  61 year old Johnathan Pugh entered the guilty plea Friday morning just weeks before a jury trial was scheduled to begin.  Court records show the two of them argued about Lang being put up for adoption as a child.  Pugh told the court he just wanted to make a statement.  He will be sentenced January 10th.

The Boy Scouts executive for the Snake River Council in Twin Falls said he doesn’t know what the complaint is all about from the Girl scouts when it was announced the “boy” part of the scouts was going to be dropped.  The girl scouts of the USA are suing.  The Boise Based Silver Sage Council said they are not part of the litigation.

Democratic challenger Jim Bratnober says he'll pursue a recount in his race against Idaho Sen. Fred Martin, a Republican from Boise's District 15.  Bratnober says he feels obligated to request the recount with just six vote’s difference in the unverified vote totals from Tuesday's election.

Idaho's first flu-related death this season has been reported.  A woman in northern Idaho died from the illness according to the Department of Health and Welfare. She was older than 50 officials say.

67 year old Virgil Moore the director of the Idaho Fish and Game is retiring from that position.  He has led the agency since 2011 and says he intends to remain until a new director is selected and in place.

An Idaho man was arrested in connection with the beating of a Missouri trucker while he was sleeping in his cab.   The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say 23-year-old Stormy Adakai of Fort Hall has been charged with felony aggravated assault and felony robbery.  In September, Amos Phillips of Camdenton was sleeping inside his cab at a Fort Hall truck stop when someone broke in, demanded money and beat Phillips with rocks in his fists, authorities say.

Boise city officials have filed a lawsuit against 20 Pharmaceutical companies joining in with dozens of other cities across the country over the opioid epidemic.  Mayor Dave Bieter says pursuing litigation is "vital" for the next step in tackling this issue.

In local sports, the lady bulldogs of Kimberly keep a 2 and 0 season going as they hold off Canyon Ridge 38-32.  Elsewhere in Basketball, Minico 42 Kuna 35 and Gooding outlasted Dietrich 45 to 35. 

Boise State University Football has secured a seat in the Mountain West Championship.  The Milk Can returned to Boise on Friday with a win over 16th ranked Fresno State with a score of 24 to 17.  Next up, an away game at New Mexico, followed by the season finale, Utah State at home on November 24th. The Aggies sit at 14th in the Associated Press poll and if they maintain that ranking, they will mark the highest ranked opponent ever at Albertsons Stadium.

Today:  Sunny. High 43F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 18F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 49F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 24 (Mountains: 23)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 53 Low: 29 (Mountains: 48 Low: 26)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies. High: 54 Low: 30 (Mountains: 47 Low: 25)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 51 Low: 29 (Mountains: 47 Low: 25)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 51 (Mountains: 47)

November 12th: On this day

Born on this day was Barbara Fairchild, Country Music, Gospel Music Singer, who is best known for her 1973 Country #1 hit "The Teddy Bear Song". The track was the first in a series of Fairchild songs where childhood themes were used to express dismay over broken relationships, her follow-up hit was"Kid Stuff."

Billboard magazine's annual disc jockey poll voted Elvis Presley as the most promising country and western artist.

Born on this day in Tillamook, Oregon, was Jerry Kilgore, country music artist who as well as releasing solo albums has written singles for Tracy Byrd and John Michael Montgomery, ("Cover You in Kisses").

The soundtrack album Honeysuckle Rose was at #1 on the US Country chart. The 1980 musical drama film of the same name, featured Willie Nelson. Tracks on the album include songs by Nelson and various artists including Kenneth Threadgill, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Gimble, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Dyan Cannon. The song "On the Road Again" was nominated for Best Original Song in the 53rd Academy Awards.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country album charts with his second studio album No Fences. Some of Brooks most famous songs appear on No Fences, including: "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House".

Martina McBride was at #1 on the Country chart with her eighth studio album Timeless a collection of classic country songs. Major artists whose songs were covered include Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Don Gibson, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette and many others.

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The teachers on leave at the Middleton School District will return to work.  Officials confirm the staff members will return over the next several days.  Last week for Halloween some donned caricatured outfits depicting Mexican People and a border wall.  The photos were posted to Facebook.

The Cassia County Sheriff's Office said they have found the body of a missing Oakley man. Richard "Bub" Poulton was reported missing on Oct. 21.  Cassia sheriff deputies found Poulton’s body along the river's edge, near the Milner Dam in Twin Falls County yesterday.  Earlier  officials said the disappearance didn’t appear to have criminal ties.

You may want to add a couple of place sittings for turkey day.  Tripple –A said it expects 287 thousand Idahoans to travel this thanksgiving holiday.  That’s nearly 5-percent more than last year.

What happens now that Prop 2 has passed in Idaho?  It means that 62-thousand Idahoans that fell in the gap for health Insurance will be eligible.  Once the votes are certified, Governor Butch Otter has no choice but to sign it into law.  Lawmakers though are free to take the discussion up where it could be revised, amended or repealed.  Idaho Freedom Foundation who opposed the prop said they will soon announce their next steps. 

The U.S. Census Bureau said they are gearing up to hire 300 people in the gem state.  By the summer of next year they hope to have the people in position for the 2020 census.  Apply online at jobs.

Police officers from around Magic Valley are in the classroom learning new ways to handle a crisis.  The talk of mental health awareness is on the rise in the community and in the nation.  This training will help officers learn how to de-escalate a bad situation before it become worse. 

In local sports, some area football teams are in the state playoffs.  Tonight at 5:30 in Holt Arena it’s Oakley taking on Prairie.  Carey Plays Kendrick at 8:30 in the Kibbie Dome. 

On  Saturday Declo meets up with West Side at 11 am and Valley plays Wilder at 1:30 at Holt Arena. 

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 48F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 29F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. Isolated afternoon and evening snow showers possible in the Wood River Valley. High 47F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies.

Winds: W 10-20 mph

Low: 23 (Mountains: 16)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and chilly.

High: 42 (Mountains: 40)

MONDAY: Sunny and cool.

High: 45 (Mountains: 41)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies and a little warmer.

High: 50 (Mountains: 48)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 49 (Mountains: 49)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High: 50 (Mountains: 47)

November 9th: On this day


Born on this day in Attica, Indiana, George D. Hay, the founder of the original Grand Ole Opry radio program on WSM-AM in Nashville, Tennessee, from which the country music stage show of the same name evolved. The show was originally named WSM Barn Dance, and Hay billed himself as "The Solemn Old Judge."


Marty Robbins was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Walk Alone", Robbins' thirteenth #1. At least four other country artists recorded "I Walk Alone" for albums released in 1969: Loretta Lynn's Your Squaw Is on the Warpath, Kitty Wells' Guilty Street, David Houston's Where Love Used to Live, and Willie Nelson's My Own Peculiar Way.


Faith Hill released Breathe, her fourth studio album. Breathe is one of the most successful country/pop albums to date and has been certified 8× Platinum for shipping eight million copies in the US. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the country artist.


After 27 years as host of "American Country Countdown," radio personality Bob Kingsley stepped down, after his production company and ABC Radio Networks (which distributes the show) fail to come to terms in renegotiating a distribution agreement. Kix Brooks, one half of the superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, was named the new host and was slated to take over January 21, 2006.


It was announced that Merle Haggard had been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in May of this year and had undergone surgery during which part of one of his lungs was removed.


Columbia Records released Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn a tribute album compiled by various artists that is dedicated to country music icon Loretta Lynn. The album features a duet on "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" by Alan Jackson and Martina McBride, and Gretchen Wilson's cover of "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)." Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow and Lee Ann Womack also feature on the album.

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A settlement agreement has been reached with former Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall who was scheduled to sit in front of a jury trial yesterday.  McFall’s attorney said he pleaded guilty to using a Costco gift certificate in the name of the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office for personal use in the amount of $79.  As the result of the agreement, the petit theft charges were dropped and McFall will not face any jail time.  He will have to pay restitution.

Idaho prison officials are deciding on possible disciplinary action against 11 of its inmates housed in a Texas prison after a correctional officer's shoulder was injured during a group disturbance. The incident took place Friday evening at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Texas, which houses 548 Idaho inmates.

35 year old Antonio Otaegui of Twin Falls has been accused of beating an acquaintance with a metal bat, breaking his nose and rib and several lacerations to his face.  Aotaegui has been jailed on a $250-thousand dollar bond with a preliminary hearing set for next Friday.

Republican Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has been re-elected, narrowly defeating a challenge from Democrat Cindy Wilson. The race was too close to call for hours after polls closed on Tuesday night, but Ybarra pulled ahead as election officials continued to tally votes early Wednesday morning. This will be Ybarra's second term in Idaho's top education post.

Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho's 2nd Congressional District. Simpson defeated Democratic challenger Aaron Swisher, a Boise economist, to retain the seat. Republican Russ Fulcher has won Idaho's 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina McNeil and six other candidates.

Longtime Republican lawmaker Brad Little defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan on Tuesday to become Idaho's next governor, immediately saying he'd assert the state's independence from federal authority. Little's win came as no surprise, despite significant national media attention given to his opponent.

Today:  Sunny. High 44F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 19F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 49F. Winds light and variable.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Cold, mostly clear and patchy clouds. Winds: SW 3-8 mph Low: 25 (Mountains: 22)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 48 Low: 23 (Mountains: 45 Low: 17)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 44 Low: 23 (Mountains: 42 Low: 16)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 47 Low: 24 (Mountains: 43 Low: 20)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 51 Low: 29 (Mountains: 48 Low: 23)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 52 Low: 27 (Mountains: 50 Low: 22)

November 8th: On this day


Born on this day was Patti Page. Page's signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is also one of the nine official state songs of Tennessee. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold over 100 million records. Page died aged 85 on Jan 1st 2013.


Born on this day in Florence, Alabama, was Donnie Fritts, session musician and songwriter. Fritts has been Kris Kristofferson's keyboardist for over forty years as of 2013. In 2008, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Songs which he wrote have been recorded by Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis.


During recording sessions, Patsy Cline laid down four songs including Walkin' After Midnight, which was written for and rejected by singer Kay Starr. Originally Cline was not fond of Walkin' After Midnight, but after making a compromise with her label, she recorded it and it became Cline's first major hit single.


Born on this day in Rockingham, North Carolina, was Bucky Covington, country music singer. He placed eighth on the 5th season of American Idol. His self-titled debut album, released on April 17, 2007 debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and produced three hit singles: "A Different World", "It's Good to Be Us", and "I'll Walk".


Born on this day in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was Lauren Alaina, who was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower, released on October 11, 2011 reached #2 on the US Country chart and featured the singles "Like My Mother Does", "Georgia Peaches"and "Eighteen Inches."


Dixie Chicks released "Cowboy Take Me Away" from their album, Fly. The song's title is derived from a famous slogan used in commercials for Calgon bath and beauty products. It went on to reach #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in February 2000.


Charlie Dick, the widower of Patsy Cline, and a man who was very much responsible for helping to keep the artistic legacy of his late wife intact over the years, died in his sleep aged 81. Dick married Cline on Sept. 15, 1957, after meeting her the year before at a local dance.

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From the election yesterday, it was a Republican sweep. Brad Little is Idaho’s next governor easily defeating Paulette Jordan.  Janice McGeachin is the next Lt. Governor.  Other contests closely watched Prop 1 the Horse Racing Terminals was a no but Prop 2 for expanded Medicaid passed.  Lawrence Wasden held onto the Attorney generals seat and Lawrence Denny remains Secretary of state.  For the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Serri Ybarra squeeked past Cindy Wilson 51-49 percent.  In the US House  Russ Fulcher will represent District 1 while Mike Simpson held on to District 2.  In the state house postions, winners from the contested races were Linda Hartgen, Muffy Davis and Sally Toone.  In the senate races Michelle Stennett will return to her chair. 

Albion Mayor Sharon Wilmot was recalled by 71-percent.  The Oakley recreation district override levy passed and Roger Harris remains judge in the fifth judicial district.  Denise Gill won the Gooding County Clerks race and residents in Filer said yes to the filer cemetery maintenance district.  

The Twin Falls city council overturned the Planning and Zoning commission’s denial of a fourplex development.  With a 6 to 0 vote, the council said yes to Kaitlyn Courts to construct up to eight fourplexes on farmland southwest of the intersection of Rose Street and Borah Avenue.

36 year old Yazmani Gomez-Sandoval of Gooding has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.  A search found about 71 photos and 15 videos containing child porn.  When he is released from prison he will be supervised for the rest of his life the judge said.

Flyers with the slogan "it's okay to be white" were posted on the University of Idaho campus and around Moscow last week as part of a provocation campaign by white nationalist groups. The flyers were an apparent repeat of a year-old campaign stemming from online message boards, intending to create strong reactions.

Today:  Sunny. High 47F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 26F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Abundant sunshine. High 44F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Winds: SW 3-8 mph Low: 19 (Mountains: 15)

FRIDAY: Sunny and chilly. High: 47 Low: 26 (Mountains: 45 Low: 18)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. High: 49 Low: 26 (Mountains: 46 Low: 21)

SUNDAY: Sunny and cool. High: 48 Low: 25 (Mountains: 44 Low: 19)

MONDAY: Sunny. High: 50 Low: 24 (Mountains: 46 Low: 22)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 51 Low: 24 (Mountains: 47 Low: 22)

November 7th: On this day

Born on this day, was harmonica player, Mickey Raphael who is best known for his work with Willie Nelson. He has also recorded with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Maria Muldaur, Kenny Chesney, and Neil Young.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Robin Lee Bruce, country music artist who scored the #12 hit on Hot Country Songs in 1990 with a cover of Alannah Myles' single "Black Velvet" and has written album cuts for LeAnn Rimes and Jo Dee Messina, as well as other artists.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me. The title track (like the song "Okie from Muskogee") became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.

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.

Kenny Chesney was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year for the third time in four years.

Clint Black took his manager/accountant, Charles Sussman to court in a grievance about royalties. The lawsuit claimed Sussman convinced Black to assign more than $500,000 in royalties to Equity Records, an independent record label in which both Sussman and Black had minority ownership. Black said he got nothing in return for this arrangement but Sussman was taking monthly payments from Equity without his knowledge.

Taylor Swift both hosted and performed as the musical guest for tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live on US NBC TV.