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Monday 062419

An Idaho man charged with murder in connection with the 2004 stabbing death of a 25-year-old woman has been jailed for five years, but there is still no trial date in sight.  44 year old Brad Scott Compher, appeared in Bannock County last week for a hearing on whether he is mentally competent enough to contribute to his own defense if the death penalty case moves forward.  Compher was arrested in 2015 and charged with the 2004 killing of Nori Jones, who was found dead in her home of stab wounds and other injuries.

It was tense at the Cassia County School District Board of Trustee’s meeting last week as two controversial proposals were discussed.  The trustees decided to table a decision on privatizing the custodial and maintenance services.  The board did decide on the other item that brought many to the room.  The Almo Elementary has 10 students.  The school will close this Friday if 21-thousand dollars is not found.  The community said they have raised 10-thousand 500 from donations.

34 year old Stephanie Diane Wells is heading to district court.  The woman has been charged with 19 counts of grand theft.  She was the chief financial officer for Box Canyon Dairy.  She is accused of embezzling more than $700-thousand dollars from the operation.  She resigned in January as the dairy was in the process of closing down.

65 year old Steven John Criss of Twin Falls has been charged with 25 counts of Sexual exploitation of a child.  A wireless company notified authorities of some images, when Criss transferred his data to a new phone.  A search warrant for the suspects google cloud account revealed 38-thousand photographs and 22-hundred videos of child porn.  His preliminary hearing is set for this Friday.

Shaakirrah Sanders, A University of Idaho law professor claims she was discriminated against based on her gender and race and faced retaliation after reporting concerns.  Sanders, who is the only black tenured professor at the law school, claims Mark Adams started a "pattern of disparate terms and conditions" of her employment after he became the law school dean in 2014.


In sports closer to home, looking to see Boise State Football Players expand their skills into a different sports – possibly softball?  Today, the offense will take on the defense in the summer classic softball game.  It all starts at 5:30 with the game at 6 pm. General admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free.  The action is in Boise.  Tickets can be purchased through theMemorial stadium box office or 

Boise State lands two of its football players on a preseason All-American team.  Redshirt junior offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland finds himself on the third team for Athlon Sports and redshirt junior Curtis Weaver is on the fourth team.  Cleveland also made Phil Steele's fourth team last week after starting all 13 games at left tackle last season.  Weaver ranked second in the Mountain West.


Today:  Lots of sunshine. High 79F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 52F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny and breezy in the Wood River Valley.   Winds: SE 5-7 mph, gust as high as 21 mph   High: 86 Low: 56   Mountains: 76 Low: 52

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny.   High: 83 Low: 55  Mountains: 75 Low: 49

THURSDAY: Partly sunny.  High: 80 Low: 51  Mountains: 69 Low: 45

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 77 Low: 50  Mountains: 66 Low: 45

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 82 Low: 52  Mountains: 71 Low: 47

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 86 Mountains: 76

June 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Slaughters, Kentucky, was Chris Knight, singer-songwriter who has had a successful career writing songs that have been recorded by Confederate Railroad, John Anderson, and Randy Travis among others.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Forever and Ever, Amen". Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, the song gave Travis his third #1 single. "Forever and Ever, Amen" won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song and a Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.

Singer, songwriter Rosanne Cash topped the Billboard country chart with a remake of The Beatles' "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party". The track was origianly released on the album Beatles for Sale in the UK in 1964 and was also the B-side of the single "Eight Days a Week".

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines married actor Adrian Pasdar at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada for 55 dollars.

During a concert at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington, while performing "Indian Outlaw", Tim McGraw noticed a man near the front of the crowd attacking a female fan. McGraw reached down and with the help of security, pulled the man up onto the stage where he was removed from the concert. The incident was filmed by a fan and late posted on YouTube.

As part of his Goodbye Tour, 76-year-old country music star Glen Campbell appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Campbell's live band on this tour included three of his children: Ashley on banjo, Shannon on guitar, and Cal on drums. The show included a tribute to Campbell from opening acts Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.

Friday 062119

Flames have damaged a Wendell home leaving the homeowner displaced.  Authorities say crews were called to the scene in the 400 block of East Avenue B, Wednesday just after 3 pm.  The homeowner said she came home to find smoke.  Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in the crawl space.  It caused about $10-thousand dollars in damage.

A group of Mexican veterinarians who recently lost a lawsuit they filed against an Idaho dairy under human trafficking laws say they’ll appeal the case.  U.S. District Judge David Nye dismissed the lawsuit saying that while managers at Funk Dairy in Murtaugh used intimidating language in talking to the workers once they arrived at the diary, the managers’ actions didn’t rise to the level of forcing the veterinarians to work.  The workers said they had problems speaking and understanding English and that the dairy owners forced them to work 12 hour days.

The Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho agreed to pay Nate and Kristin Pancheri for damage to their 2016 alfalfa seed crop.  3-point 48 million dollars will be paid following A July 2016 storm that damaged the crop. The Pancheris in their lawsuit said the insurance company grossly undervalued the damage.  A jury agreed. 

Two Twin Falls residents have been charged with robbery and accused of beating a woman and stealing her S.U.V.  39 year old Helena Herrera and 32 year old Christopher Herrera are accused of luring a woman to a meeting in the 12-hundred block of 11th Avenue East last Saturday.  The woman was assaulted and her Cadillac Escalade stolen. 

39 year old Todd Okelberry of Kimberly charged with first degree arson for setting another man’s garage on fire has changed his plea to guilty.  The man and Okelberry’s wife were inside the house when they saw Todd in the backyard pouring gas along the foundation.  He faces 25 years in prison.

The Hagerman Youth Athletics hopes to form a new rec district in the Hagerman and Bliss areas.  Organizer Pastor Isaac Tellez said the district would provide the community more activities and programs.  311 signatures are needed by July 31 for the question to appear on the November Ballot.


In sports from around the area, former College of Southern Idaho  basketball team member Danya Kingsby will be playing at Bradley University this fall.  Kingsby transferred from LSU and is now eligible to play.  The NCAA granted a waiver for him to play immediately.  The Milwaukee navive excelled at CSI averaging more than 13 points per game.

In legion baseball, one game to report from the Omaha Tournament in Nebraska where Twin Falls defeated Colorado 7 to 1.  Magnum Hofstetter had an RBI double and scored three runs, and Carson Walters had three RBI’s.


Today:  Plenty of sunshine, cool and breezy. High 67F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 44F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny and nice. High: 73 Low: 46   Mountains – Sunshine and clouds, chance of isolated showers and storms. High: 66 Low: 42

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 79 Low: 48  Mountains – Mostly sunny skies. High: 70 Low: 43

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 81 Low: 50  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 72 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 85 Low: 53  Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 75 Low: 47

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 82 Low: 52   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 75 Low: 46

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 79 Low: 50   Mountains – Mostly sunny, isolated storms. High: 74 Low: 44

June 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Aiken, South Carolina, was Leon Everette country music artist. Everette reached top 10 on the Hot Country Songs charts with the singles "Over", "Giving Up Easy", "Hurricane", "Midnight Rodeo", "Just Give Me What You Think Is Fair", "Soul Searchin'", "My Lady Loves Me (Just as I Am)" and "I Could'a Had You".

Born on this day in South Charleston, West Virginia, was Kathy Mattea, singer, songwriter, who has recorded seventeen albums and has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts. This total includes the #1 hits "Goin' Gone", "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", "Come From the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories."

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Eddie Albert, Jerry Reed and Linda Ronstadt.

Conway Twitty held the #1 position on the country charts with "Hello Darlin'". Twitty's fourth #1 song was named the #1 song of 1970 and aside from being Twitty's standard concert opener, the song became a country standard as well as his signature song.

Reba McEntire married Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They had their honeymoon in Texas, where they promoted her latest single to local radio stations.

At the American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon held in Hendersonville, Johnny Cash was arrested by Sgt. John Graves. Cash called his friend Willie Nelson, who pledged $1,000 for his release. At the end of the day the event had raised over $20,000 for charity.

Gretchen Wilson's debut album, Here For The Party, was certified gold and platinum simultaneously. The album featured Wilson's breakthrough debut single, "Redneck Woman."

Thursday 062019

Some maintenance workers in the Cassia County School District say the plan by the district to outsource their jobs is retaliation because they reported improper chemical storage and safety violations.  About 40 district maintenance employees signed a union grievance.  The school board said they could save money by contracting with ABM industries for maintenance.

45 year old Jonathan Mndoza Llana of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty to grand theft and fleeing policed.  He has been accused of shooting two people in Utah and leading deputies in Cassia County of a two-day manhunt.  Police allege Llana shot and killed 50 year old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City and injured his passenger.  A jury trial is set for September 4th.

The body of 36 year old Dusty Wheeler of Preston has been found in Northern Utah but the cause of death remains unsolved.  He was last seen when he clocked out at his workplace last Wednesday.

Alcohol may have contributed to a crash in Twin Falls early Tuesday.  Two cars and a Power Pole were damaged after a car driven by a woman struck a parked car on Caswell Avenue West.  The impact pushed the empty car into a power pole.  The road was closed for over an hour while crews removed a large amount of debris.

34-year-old Jose Antonio Ruiz-Juarez of Idaho Falls has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with what police said was an accidental shooting.  Law enforcement officials say Ruiz-Juarez was testing a gun near an old training range when the shooting occurred May 14.  Twenty-three-year-old Michael Ephram, who was target shooting with family members a few hundred feet away, was shot once in the head and killed. Bullets also hit a car with a toddler and an infant inside, but the children were unharmed.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.  The Judge rejected the Forest Service’s argument that it didn’t need to complete the consultations because for two decades it hadn’t taken any action to resolve them.


In sports from around Idaho, the University of Idaho has ordered a student who owns a beverage company to stop using the name “Vandal Beer.”  University officials sent the letter, citing trademark infringement, to Vandal Beer owner R. Austin Nielsen earlier this week. The school’s mascot is the Vandals.  Nielsen announced plans last week for his company to start producing the gold pale ale in Coeur d’Alene next month with plans to release it in north-central Idaho retail stores in August.

Vallivue boys basketball coach Ryan Lundgren is taking over an assistant coaching position with the College of Southern Idaho.  He is going to be one of the two paid assistants in Twin Falls.  The 30 year old has hopes to become a head coach. 


Today:  Partly cloudy and windy. High 63F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Gusty winds diminishing after midnight. Low 42F. W winds at 20 to 30 mph, decreasing to 10 to 15 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny cool and breezy. Winds: West 10-20 mph. High: 66 Low: 42   Mountains – Mix of sunshine and clouds, isolated afternoon showers and storms. High: 60 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 75 Low: 49   Mountains - Sun and clouds, scattered showers and storms. High: 66 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 79 Low: 51   Mountains – Partly sunny with a few scattered showers and storms. High: 71 Low: 43

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 81 Low: 52   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 72 Low: 46

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 83 Low: 52  Mountains – Mostly sunny chance of isolated storms. High: 76 Low: 47

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 82 Low: 51  Mountains – Mostly sunny chance of isolated storms. High: 78 Low: 48

June 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Timbo, Arkansas, was Jimmy Driftwood who was a prolific songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" (which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Song of the Year), and "Tennessee Stud". Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Homer and Jethro all covered his songs. He died of a heart attack on July 12, 1998 in Fayetteville, Arkansas aged 91.

Born on this day near Mena, Arkansas was David Luke Myrick who became known professionally as T. Texas Tyler, best known for his 1948 hit, "The Deck of Cards".

Born on this day in Greenville, Mississippi, was Ben Peters, country music songwriter who wrote many #1 songs. 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. Peters was briefly a recording artist himself; his only charting hit was ‘San Francisco is a Lonely Town’, which hit #46 on the country charts in 1969. He died in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 25, 2005.

Born on this day in Springhill, Nova Scotia, was Anne Murray, the Canadian singer whose albums have sold over 54 million copies. Murray became the first Canadian female solo singer to reach #1 on the US charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird". She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win "Album of the Year" at the Country Music Association Awards for her 1984 album A Little Good News.

Born on this day in Tuskegee, Alabama, was Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter and one time member of the Commodores. Kenny Rogers scored the 1980 crossover country hit with the Richie written and produced track ‘Lady’. Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee in 2012 which features 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. The album returned him to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, his first #1 album there for more than 25 years.

Born on this day, Dan Tyminski, American bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist with Alison Krauss and Union Station who has also released the solo albums Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000) and Wheels (2008).

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.

The Academy of Country Music presented the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and songwriter Harlan Howard at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Buck Owens received the Jim Reeves International Award.

Wednesday 061919

A Carey Firefighter and EMT was killed late Sunday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding.  According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s office, 23 year old Hyrum Nielsen was traveling on Little Wood Reservoir Road near Hunt Lane when he left the roadway and struck a tree.  He was wearing a helmet. 

28 year old Brandi Olsen was sentenced to serve two days in jail after a toddler was found sleeping in her driveway.  The former Kimberly day care owner was charged with one count of felony injury to a child in September of last year.  She will remain on supervised probation for two years. 

A Jerome teacher who officials say, stabbed her ex-boyfriend with children in the home at the time, was arraigned on an attempted murder charge earlier this week.  36 year old Tawna Day Huttanus remains employed with the Jerome district but is on administrative leave.  A jury trial has been set for November 5th.

Jerome authorities are continuing their investigation into a reported attempted kidnapping that allegedly happened late Friday Night.  Police say the attempt reportedly took place in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue West and involved an 8 year old boy.  The child was riding a bike when someone tried to grab him in a white van.  Call the police if you can assist in the investigation.

New guidelines for the Women, Infants and Children program have been released by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  To be eligible, an applicant's gross income must fall at or below 185 percent of the US poverty income guidelines.

Federal wildfire forecasters are saying Idaho’s wet spring and below-average temperatures the last three months will likely mean a later start to forest fires, but rangeland fires could be a problem as grasses dry out.  Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little received an update from state officials on how state firefighting equipment is being deployed, with much of it in the north to protect forests.


In sports closer to home, Athletic programs at each of Idaho’s four publicly funded universities fell short of at least one aspect of federal Title IX standards, according to state data.  Data submitted to the Idaho State Board of Education in April shows the universities did not meet standards for equal treatment of athletes, sports participation or proportional scholarship funding during the 2017-18 school year.

Nebraska has hired Lisa Johnson away from Idaho to be the Cornhuskers’ new women’s golf coach.  Johnson was head coach at Idaho from 2007-19 and will be only the fourth coach in the Nebraska program’s 45-year history.  Idaho won 2016 and 2018 Big Sky Conference titles, and Johnson has led the Vandals to three NCAA regionals since 2010. Her teams also finished second in the conference five times.

Work can go forward on a trail crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley, a judge has ruled.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale late last week rejected a request by the owners of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch to halt construction of the 4.4-mile trail for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders and snowmobilers.  The U.S. Forest Service has a conservation easement deed dating to 2005 that allows a trail 30 feet wide to cross about 1.5 miles of private property.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High 79F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low near 50F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny, windy and cool. Winds: West 15-25 mph. High: 66 Low: 39   Mountains – Sunshine, breezy and chilly. Winds: West 10-20 mph High: 62 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Sunny and cool. High: 68 Low: 44  Mountains – Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 58 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Sunny, nice and comfy cool. High: 75 Low: 49   Mountains - Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 65 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 78 Low: 50   Mountains – Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 70 Low: 43

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 80 Low: 53   Mountains – Mostly sunny. High: 72 Low: 46

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny chance of isolated storms. High: 83 Low: 53   Mountains – Mostly sunny chance of isolated storms. High: 79 Low: 46

June 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Overton County, Tennessee, was Lester Flatt, bluegrass musician best known for his work in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys. He was also known as "Flatt and Scruggs," with banjo picker Earl Scruggs who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", which was used as the theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He also released many solo and collaboration works and hed been a member of Bill Monroe's band during the 1940s. He died on May 11th 1979.

"I Don't Hurt Anymore" by Hank Snow began a 20 week run at #1 on the Country Best Seller list. Also on the chart, "One by One" by Red Foley and Kitty Wells began a 21 week run at #2 on same chart, managing a single week at #1 later in the year.

Born on this day, in Newnan, Georgia, was Doug Stone, country music artist who had the 1991 US #1 Country hit ‘In A Different Light.’ Stone made his acting debut in the film Gordy.

Born on this day in Nacogdoches, Texas, was Jim Collins, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1985 and 1998, Collins released three studio albums. As a songwriter, Collins has had more than fifty of his songs cut, including singles by Kenny Chesney ("She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy", "The Good Stuff", "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"), Chad Brock ("Yes!"), Jason Aldean ("Big Green Tractor"), and Gretchen Wilson ("I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today"). "The Good Stuff" was Billboard's #1 country single of 2002.

Lonestar released their fourth album I'm Already There. Serving as singles from this album were the title track (which spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts), "Not a Day Goes By" (#3 on Hot Country Songs), "With Me" (#10), and "Unusually Unusual" (#12).

Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin performed for president George W. Bush along with 6,000 guests at the President's Dinner at the Washington Convention Center.

Loretta Lynn joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Anne Murray also received the Hitmaker Award.

Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. who became known professionally as Slim Whitman died at the age of ninety. The American country music singer and songwriter, known for his yodelling abilities sold in excess of 120 million albums. His 1955 hit single "Rose Marie" held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at #1 on the UK charts until Bryan Adams broke the record in 1991. Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence: "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman”.

TUESDAY 061819

The Jerome Police Department is investigating an apparent attempted kidnapping.  Authorities are not releasing many details on an incident that happened Friday evening.  A woman claims her son was the subject of the attempt. 

Twin Falls residents have expressed concern after seeing a significant jump in Property values.  The assessments were sent out a few weeks ago.  One person said he saw a 7-percent increase over 2018.  This evening, the county assessor will hold a question and answer session starting at 6 pm at the county west building. 

Frozen red raspberries from a Washington state farm are being recalled across the western U.S.  WinCo Foods says it sold frozen red raspberries manufactured by Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington, that may be contaminated with norovirus.  The 12-ounce packages with a "Best By" date of February 13, 2021, were sold in stores in Idaho.

Park in the wrong spots at Centennial park in Twin Falls and you probably will be cited and face being towed at the owners expense.  That’s the warning from the Twin Falls Sheriff’s office.  Officials say they are seeing ongoing issues with single passenger vehicles parked in the spaces designated for vehicles with trailers and boats.  

The recent discovery of a 78-year-old Idaho Falls woman’s death five years ago has led to charges against her son-in-law and grandson.  Naoma Ware’s grandson, 24-year-old Harley Howell, is charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult and failure to report a death.   Howell told authorities he got into an argument with Ware in October 2014 and that he shoved her to the floor and kicked her.  He returned the next day and found her dead.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has reopened spring chinook fishing on parts of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River in northern Idaho.  The agency opened fishing for hatchery spring chinook from the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers to the boundary of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.


In sports closer to home, from Legion Baseball, the Pocatello Runnin Rebels and the Twin Falls Cowboys met for a double header.  In the first game it was Pocatello taking the win 8 to 1 while the cowboys took the second game 15 to 5.  Twin Falls is now heading for a tournament in Omaha Nebraska. 

The 2019-20 Idaho State Men's Basketball roster features ten Idaho natives, including two who played at CSI, Brayden Parker and Jaxon Edelmayer.  Former CSI head coach and current ISU associate head coach Jared Phay is getting settled in at the Pocatello school.  He is looking for a great season as it opens against Wyoming.


Today:  Plenty of sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 59F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny and cooler, breezy. Winds: WSW 10-20 mph. High: 79 Low: 47   Mountains - Sunny and cooler, breezy. Winds: WNW 10-20 mph. High: 77 Low: 44

THURSDAY: Sunny, breezy and chilly. High: 67 Low: 42   Mountains – Sunshine and chilly High: 64 Low: 35

FRIDAY: Sunny and cool. High: 69 Low: 45 Mountains – Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 60 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Sunny, nice and comfy cool. High: 73 Low: 49   Mountains - Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 67 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 80 Low: 50  Mountains – Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 71 Low: 44

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 83 Low: 49  Mountains – Sun and clouds, chance of showers and storms. High: 72 Low: 40

June 18th: On this day

Faron Young's signature hit, "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," peaked at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song idea came to Joe Allison while watching a gangster movie starring John Derek. Allison explained, "All through this picture he said, 'I want to die young and leave a good-looking corpse.'

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 album features session drummer Hal Blaine who has played on 50 #1 hits and worked with numerous artists including Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.

Born on this day in Ada, Oklahoma, was Blake Shelton, country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin" released from his self-titled debut album, which went on to spend five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Shelton is married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert.

Rhinestone starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone, premiered at Nashville's Roy Acuff Theater. The Dolly Parton-composed soundtrack produced two Top Ten country singles: "God Won't Get You" and the chart-topping "Tennessee Homesick Blues". Parton stated in her memoirs, My Life and Other Unfinished Business, that she regards the soundtrack album as some of her best work.

George Strait was at #1 on the Country chart with Carrying Your Love With Me. The album produced four singles for Strait on the Billboard country charts. "One Night at a Time", the title track, and "Round About Way."

Chad Brock was at #1 on the Country chart with "Yes!" the second single from his album of the same name. The track enjoyed three weeks at the top of the chart.

It was reported that Country singer Johnny Rodriguez had been arrested on drugs charges after police stopped the singer west of Oklahoma City on a complaint of speeding. Officers then found what they believed to be bags of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of beer in Rodriguez's pickup truck. He was released on $6,500 bail.

MONDAY 061719

Twin Falls School District teachers will be getting a pay increase for the upcoming school year.  The school board a 2 percent increase over the prior year.  The state legislature approved an increase for starting teacher salaries at $38,500 and then the following year at $40,000.

Gary Spackman The director of the state Department of Water Resources issued an order potentially cutting off water to some groundwater pumpers.  The order involves some 85 pumpers who are not participating in a mitigation plan or an agreement to prevent declines in a giant Idaho aquifer.  The agency is predicting a nearly 16,000 acre-foot shortfall.

Gov. Brad Little has announced the recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities.  The 44th Governor’s Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 37 new scholarships to award this year. From the local area four year program winners include Shoshone’s Sophia Gutierrez, Jerome’s Kaitlin Mirkin and Alyssa Hansten.  Tess Willsey from Xavier won the Cecil Andrus excellence in education and Lizet Ramos from Jerome won in the two year program category.

A Texas-based oil and gas company wants a lawsuit alleging fraud and breached leases over Idaho natural gas royalties moved to federal court.  Alta Mesa submitted notice seeking to move the complaint filed last month by nine Idaho residents, citing that none of the companies named in the suit are from the state.  The lawsuit claims the company underpaid natural gas royalties to leaseholders by altering royalty accounting methods.

An Idaho man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding investors and costing them between $1.5 million and $3.5 million in losses.  59-year-old Rick Guyon pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud.  Federal prosecutors say Guyon lied about his education, employment history and financial condition as part of scheme to collect nearly $2 million from investors from 2015 through 2017.  He was ordered to pay nearly $2 million in restitution. He will also have three years of parole following his release from prison.


In sports from around Idaho, the University of Idaho has fired head men’s basketball coach Don Verlin.  Earlier Verlin was placed on administrative leave following a consultant’s report that found potential NCAA violations.  The decision to fire Verlin was announced by Interim Director of Athletics Pete Isakson.  Assistant Coach Zac Claus has been named Interim Head coach and will serve in that role for all of next season.

Congratulations to several District five and six students who did well at state finals of the Idaho High School Rodeo.  Filer’s Haven Jones took first place in breakaway roping and second in barrel racing.   Kimberly’s Jesse Wadsworth won the state title in goat tying with an average time score of 31.030.  In team roping, the duo of Jackson Cummins of Murtaugh and Garet Jardine of Filer took first place.  Brey Yore of Minico took second place in the boy’s all-around competition.

Today, the Little Eagle and Junior Eagle camps start at CSI and continue through Wednesday.  Walk-ups are welcome.  The Little Eagle Camp is for first through fourth graders, while the older one features fifth through eighth graders.  Then next week marks the Eagle Team Camp from June 24th through 27th. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Today:  Mainly sunny. High 87F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 85 Low: 55 Mountains: 80 Low: 48

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and breezy in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.

High: 82 Low: 52 Mountains: 77 Low: 47

THURSDAY: Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 76 Low: 48  Mountains: 74 Low: 42

FRIDAY: Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 69 Low: 47 Mountains: 66 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 74 Mountains: 67

June 17th: On this day

Born on this day, was Clyde Julian Foley, better known as Red Foley, the American singer, radio and TV personality became one of the biggest country music stars after World War II, selling over 25 million records. Foley also hosted the first popular country music series on network television, The Ozark Jubilee, from 1955 to 1960. Foley died on September 19, 1968. Hank Williams, Jr. who had been with him the day he died, later wrote and record (as Luke the Drifter, Jr.) "I Was With Red Foley (The Night He Passed Away)".

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Russell Smith, country music singer-songwriter. Formerly the lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Smith penned #1 songs for Randy Travis ("Look Heart, No Hands"), T. Graham Brown ("Don't Go to Strangers"), Don Williams ("Heartbeat in the Darkness"), and Ricky Van Shelton ("Keep It Between the Lines").

Born on this day in Germantown, Tennessee was Rivers Rutherford, country music songwriter. He has written several #1 country hits, including "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" by Brooks & Dunn, "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" by Montgomery Gentry, and "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, and released a solo album called Just Another Coaster.

Emmylou Harris was at #1 on the Billboard country charts with her version of Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles Of Wine."

Garth Brooks signed with Capital Records. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at #2 in the US country album chart and Brooks went on to brake records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s.

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.

Dixie Chick Martie Erwin married pharmaceutical representative Ted Seidel. The couple divorced in November 1999.