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A 51 year old Shelley Man was killed following a head on crash with a cattle truck near Carey yesterday morning.  Idaho State Police say James Brannen died at the scene.  Highway 26 was closed for several hours while crews recovered the cattle truck.

Fire damaged a Buhl home Monday night.  Authorities say two men and a woman were in the home at 4749 River Road when the fire broke out.  It’s thought the fire started in the attic. 

A Pocatello School District teacher faces up to life in prison after being charged with multiple sex crimes against a first-grade boy.  46 year old Tiffany Petersen has been charged with one count of lewd conduct against a child and one count of rape of a child under the age of 16.  The incident allegedly occurred in 2008.

No charges will be filed against a Bannock County Sheriff’s deputy who shot at a 16 year old boy in Chubbuck in November of 2018.  Officials have ruled the use of force was justifiable.  The boy was not injured in the shooting.

Legislation to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in Idaho cleared the House on Tuesday.  House members voted 67-0 to send to the Senate the bill that involves rights to water that refills three reservoirs in the Boise River system following releases to control flooding.

Legislation has been introduced to change the timing of when farmers pay crop burning fees to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.  It requires farmers to pay for the number of acres burned with an annual invoice rather than paying beforehand on an estimated number of acres. The fee of $2 per acre remains unchanged.

Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws has been introduced.  The change would make the punishment for assaulting an Idaho parks compliance enforcement officer the same as assaulting police officers, public defenders, correctional officers, firefighter and others.


The college of southern Idaho has honored the late Heidi Cartisser with their highest athletic achievement.  The CSI Volleyball player turned head coach was posthumously inducted into the CSI Athletic Hall of Fame.  She passed away in her sleep in December of 2017.  She was 44.

In local High School Basketball, first to the Girls, Carey defeated Dietrich 53 to 42.  It was Twin Falls over Canyon Ridge 47 to 24 and Minico downed Preston 53 to 43.  Mountain Home squeaked past Wood River 59 to 56 and it was Kimberly outlasting Declo 48 to 40.  Buhl downed Wendell 48 to 27 and Valley won over Oakley 40 to 29.  Raft River defeated Glenns Ferry 47 to 22 and Hansen won over Hagerman 50 to 39.  Murtaugh defeated Richfield 32 to 15 and Lighthouse Christian downed Castleford 60 to 43. 

In Boys Basketball it was Kimberly 59 to Filer 56, Dietrich took the win from Carey 74 to 52 and it was Murtaugh 55 Richfield 13.  Elsewhere it was Camas County 68 over the Sun Valley Community School 68 to 38.  Lighthouse Christian defeated Castleford 70 to 33. 



Today:  Cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High near 45F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Chance of evening rain then clearing overnight and breezy evening. Winds: SW 10-20 mph. Lows - Valleys: 29 Mountains: 17

Tomorrow:  Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 43 Low: 28 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 19

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 43 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 18

SUNDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 15

MONDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 10

TUESDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 15.

January 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Moorhead, Mississippi, was Johnny Russell country singer, songwriter, and comedian best known for his song "Act Naturally", which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. He died on July 3 2001.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was singer-songwriter Harley Allen who penned Alan Jackson's "Between The Devil And Me" and John Michael Montgomery's "The Little Girl", as well as songs for Garth Brooks, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt and George Jones. Allen died of lung cancer on March 30, 2011 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Jerry Scoggins, who was accompanied by bluegrass musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs was at #1 on the US Country charts. During the original run of The Beverly Hillbillies, special lyrics were written and inserted into the closing theme, advertising regular sponsors such as Kellogg's cereals and Winston cigarettes.

C.W. McCall was at #1 on the Country chart with the novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.

Born on this day in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was Josh Thompson who scored a 2009 hit with "Beer On The Table," from his debut album Way Out Here.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the country chart with Fearless. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Swift's Album of the Year win made her the youngest person ever at the age of 20 to receive that award.

Jason Aldean was at #1 on the Country album chart with his sixth studio album Old Boots, New Dirt, his second album to reach #1. Four singles were released from the album; "Burnin' It Down", (reached the top of the US Hot Country Songs chart), "Just Gettin' Started", "Tonight Looks Good on You" and "Gonna Know We Were Here".Bottom of Form

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No school for Twin Falls Christian Academy today.  Officials yesterday said they were closing the school due to the number of sick students and teachers.

A police chase that involved several agencies ended in the desert near Shoshone yesterday around noon.  ISP began the chase of the U-HAUL cargo van on South Lincoln in Jerome and continued on along highway 93 near the Jerome/Lincoln County line.  When police removed a female passenger in the vehicle that had been reported missing the driver fled from the scene.  Police were able to arrest the driver after the van became stuck in the mud. 

A child restrained in a child seat died early yesterday.  ISP say a car with the child pulled into the path of another vehicle three miles east of Ponderay and was struck on the side.  The child died at the scene. 

The Idaho office that provides support staff to the State Board of Education in overseeing the state's $2.3 billion education system from kindergarten through the doctoral level is requesting lawmakers approve a budget of about $16.5 million.  State Board of Education Executive Director Matt Freeman made the request yesterday to the Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.

Idaho's House has approved a bill intended to promote government transparency by exempting public records requests from a sales tax on top of copying and other fees.  The House passed the bill with a 67-0 vote yesterday.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center reports that a skier and snowboarder were caught in an avalanche, but managed to escape.  The Sawtooth Avalanche Center said the incident happened Sunday.  The pair was carried 100-150 yards in the Warm Springs Creek drainage.

The blue turf that brought fame to Boise State University’s athletic stadium will be refreshed this year.   Boise State has received permission from Idaho’s Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council to spend up to $600,000 to replace the iconic blue turf at Albertsons Stadium.

Federal workers charged with protecting airline passengers as they fly out of Boise say the partial government shutdown is creating anxiety.  Uncertainty is causing TSA officers frustration and stress.  About 800,000 have been idled by the partial government shutdown.


In local sports, first to girls High School Basketball, it was Gooding defeating Filer 45 to 42.

On the boys side it was Buhl defeating Wood River 41 to 37, Wendell 51 over Shoshone 46 and Hansen downed Hagerman 58 to 44.

No boys allowed.  That’s what a Magic Valley Volleyball team was told at a tournament in Farmington Utah.  The Co-Ed team had lost two games when an official from the tournament told the coach boys couldn’t play if they were older than 14.  The team says they will continue to play where they are welcome.


Today:  Windy. Cloudy skies will become mostly sunny this afternoon. High 38F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear skies. Gusty winds during the evening. Low 23F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies, scattered valley rain and snow with mountain snow showers. Valleys - High: 44 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 17 Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 43 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 16

FRIDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 44 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 43 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 17

SUNDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 47 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 40 Low: 15

MONDAY: Sunny to mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 11

January 22nd: On this day

Born on this day, was James Preston 'J.P.' Pennington, American musician, known primarily as a co-founding member of the country pop band Exile who scored the 1984 US Country #1 hit "Woke Up In Love."

Ozark Jubilee aired for the first time on ABC-TV, which became the first popular country music show on network TV. Hosted by Red Foley many acts including Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Merle Travis, Slim Whitman, Cowboy Copas, George Jones, George Hamilton IV, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves and Faron Young all appeared on the show. Music executive Si Siman convinced Red Foley to host the show and the deal was set over a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Glen Campbell was awared the first gold single of his career, for "Wichita Lineman."

Reba McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury Records. Upon its release that year, her single "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at #88

Tammy Wynette was the special guest on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show, who performed "Stand by Your Man", "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)" and "My Elusive Dreams."

Winners at this years American Music Awards include; Randy Travis who won a trio of trophies, including favorite country single, "Deeper Than The Holler" as well as Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black who also awards.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with Greatest Hits. All of the songs, with the exception of "Let's Make Love" (a duet with his wife, Faith Hill), were released on various albums by the singer. Up to 2008, the album had sold over six million copies in the US.

The soundtrack album O Brother, Where Art Thou? was at #1 on the US Country music album chart. The soundtrack of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002.

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Officials are investigating the death of an inmate in custody of the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.  38 year old Thomas Rettew of Rupert died at the Cassia Regional Medical Center Thursday night.

There may be some rule changes for health care and skilled trade workers if Legislation introduced is passed.  The State’s Board of Medicine hopes to reduce barriers.  Lawmakers are also looking at making it easier to obtain a license for a particular field. 

The Idaho Department of Lands says the state has purchased roughly 50 square miles of timberland in northern Idaho.  The state paid more than $42 million for the land, using endowment money. Logging is the biggest source of revenue from state endowment lands.

Avalanche forecasters are among those required to report for work with no guarantee of pay during a partial government shutdown.  They are required to work because their work is considered lifesaving.  Officials say forecasters are glad to be working despite the uncertainty.

Legislation has been introduced to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination in Idaho.  The legislation would add the words “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The Idaho Department of Education says the state’s high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high of just over 80 percent.  Superintendent of Public Education Sherri Ybarra says the state’s graduation rate has been steadily improving and the pace of that improvement is accelerating.

A $200,000 budget request by Gov. Brad Little for an Idaho board that manages money to pay a federal and state agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game is sufficient for fiscal year 2020.  That’s the word from an official with the Wolf Depredation control board adding that it’s probably not going to be enough beyond that time frame.

Idaho’s top environmental official says his agency needs money for continued cleanup efforts of toxic discharge from the abandoned silver and lead mine near Sun Valley.  Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director is requesting $1.5 million for work at the Triumph Mine near the Bald Mountain ski area.


In local sports, first one girls High School Basketball game Mountain Home defeated Twin Falls 48 to 43.

In Boys High School Basketball from over the weekend, Valley outlasted Declo 62 to 52.  It took two overtimes, but Kimberly defeated Snake River 68 to 60 and it was Oakley 67 Dietrich 61.  One other game it was Hansen over Rimrock 59 to 30. 


Today:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers before 11am in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch being possible. Breezy conditions with winds up to 30mph in the afternoon and gust as high as 40mph in the Magic Valley.   Winds: W 16-21mph, 25-30mph in the afternoon. Gust as high as 40mph.   High: 39 Mountains: 33

Tonight:  Mostly clear and breezy in the Magic Valley. Wind speed will diminish to 10-15mph after midnight.   Winds: W 19-24mph   Low: 24 Mountains: 21

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley after 11pm.

Winds: W 9mph  High: 36 Low: 27   Mountains: 27 Low: 16

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy. Chance of a.m. snow showers in the Magic Valley, followed by a slight chance of rain and snow. Chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 41 Low: 32  Mountains: 35 Low: 18

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 41 Low: 28  Mountains: 34 Low: 20

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 41 Low: 26  Mountains: 33 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Sunny.  High: 40 Low: 26  Mountains: 35 Low: 18

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 40 Low: 30  Mountains: 36 Low: 19

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Chance of p.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 40 Mountains: 33.

January 21st: On this day

Born on this day, was Mac Davis, country music singer, songwriter, and actor His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced multiple #1 hits (including "Memories", "In The Ghetto", and the latently popular "A Little Less Conversation").

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Arlo Guthrie, Jose Feliciano (who performed a duet with Cash on "I Guess Things Happen That Way"), and Bobbie Gentry who performed “Fancy (Don't Let Me Down)” and a duet with Cash on "On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain."

Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, was certified double-platinum.

Dwight Yoakam was awared his first gold album, for his debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. The album featured his first three hits "Honky Tonk Man", "Guitars, Cadillacs", and "It Won't Hurt".

Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Other artists inducted on the night included: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson.

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard Country charts for the first of six weeks with "Jesus, Take The Wheel." Later this year it was reported that "Jesus, Take the Wheel" had sold more than 1 million ringtones.

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US County chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from Own the Night, "Just a Kiss", "We Owned the Night", "Dancin' Away with My Heart" and "Wanted You More".

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Legislation that addresses human trafficking will receive hearings in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee.  Two pieces of legislation aimed at better understanding and curbing human trafficking and protecting it’s victims will be discussed. 

Despite the federal government shutdown the Department of Health and Welfare will be issuing next month’s food stamp benefits on Sunday.  Officials say those eligible for SNAP benefits will get those but households that receive benefits for February on Sunday will not receive additional assistance next month.

The lack of funding for the state of Idaho’s recovery centers in the governors recommended budget for 2020 has some worried.  But for Twin Falls, whatever the decision is, shouldn’t affect the local facility.  The center receives its assistance through BPA health rather than the Millennium fund which could fund the Medicaid expansion.  There are nine centers statewide.

Law enforcement in Idaho could have a system that would find suspects who pose a danger to officers.  It’s called Blue Alert and it will have a hearing in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee.  The system would be similar to an Amber alert and send out information for the public to help locate suspects.

A Rupert woman is a hundred thousand dollars richer after winning the Whole Shebang from the Idaho Lottery.  Jennifer Rodriguez said she purchased a single 10-dollar scratch off ticket for the game.

The Idaho transportation department say there is a half a million dollars in a fund that is designed to help pay for curb cuts to help those with disabilities.  The program can allocate up to 60-thousand dollars in funding to construct new or improve existing curb ramps. 

4th District Judge Nancy Baskin says Timmy Kinner Jr., the suspect in a mass stabbing attack that injured 12 and killed a 3-year-old girl is unfit to stand trial.  Kinner’s trial has been tentatively scheduled for early next year and prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if Kinner is convicted.


In local sports, first for Girls High School basketball, Twin Falls outlasted Wood River 33 to 22.  Century pulled a win from Minico 47 to 44.  Mountain Home defeated Jerome 61 to 45.  It was Gooding over Kimberly 49 to 41 and Declo defeated Oakley 39 to 20.  Shoshone outlasted Glenns Ferry 43 to 9 and it was Dietrich 60 Camas County 43.  Carey trounced Lighthouse Christian45 to 42 and Murtaugh Defeated Hagerman 34 to 25. 

Turning our attention to Boys High School Basketball it as Dietrich67 to Camas County 59.  Filer took the win from Buhl in two overtimes 65 to 55 and it was Glenns Ferry 42 over Oakley’s 38.  Lighthouse Christian defeated Carey 73 to 52 and Hansen clobbered the Sun Valley Community School 57 to 45.  One other game it was Murtaugh 62 to Hagerman’s 51. 



Today:  Cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow this evening. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 80%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow this evening. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 80%.

Tomorrow:  Occasional rain showers. A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.High: 47 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 29

SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers late in the day. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 30 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 21

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a few flakes. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 12

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 17

WEDNESDAY: Chance of a few snow showers. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 15

THURSDAY: More sunshine. Valleys - High: 41 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 14.

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January 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Spring City, Tennessee, was Hargus Melvin "Pig" Robbins, American session keyboard and piano player. Having played on records for artists such as George Jones, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, David Allan Coe, George Hamilton IV and Conway Twitty, Robbins became a prominent session instrumentalist in Nashville. He is also blind, having lost his sight when he was four years old, due to an accident involving his father's knife.

Born on this day in Marianna, Florida, was Bobby Goldsboro who had a string of Pop and Country hits during the 1960s and 1970s, including his signature #1 classic "Honey," which sold over one million copies in the United States. In 1995, he created the fifty-two episode children's television series The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon. Goldsboro voiced all the characters, wrote all the scripts, and played all the musical instruments.

Born on this day in Lynwood, California, was Kevin Costner actor, producer and singer. Costner is the singer in Kevin Costner & Modern West, a country rock band which he founded with the encouragement of his wife Christine.

Born on this day was Mark Collie, American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer and tireless advocate and fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes study. Sixteen of his singles have charted on Hot Country Songs, including the top ten hits "Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin'" and "Born to Love You". Collie has also written songs for Aaron Tippin, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and JT Hodges.

Red Sovine was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Giddyup Go”, which is the tale of an emotional father-son reunion at a highway truck stop. American country comedienne Minnie Pearl recorded an answer version titled "Giddyup Go Answer." A departure from her usual comic recordings, Pearl told the story from the perspective of the manager of the truck stop where the father-son reunion takes place.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country music album chart with the double set, Willie and Family Live. Recorded live at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the recordings featured Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck as guests on some of the songs.

Inaugural celebrations for president George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., include performances by Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks & Dunn, who sang "Only In America."

Garth Brooks performed "We Shall Be Free" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for Barack Obama. James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow also appeared.Bottom of Form

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The man accused of stabbing nine people in Boise last June and killing a 3 year old girl has said he wants to change his name to Eternal Love.  31 year old Timmy Earl Kinner Junior told the judge that the change is his God Given right and is the title he wants to be remembered by. 

Public defenders across Idaho could soon find themselves working fewer hours if guidelines adopted by the Legislature this week are implemented.  Several southern Idaho public defender offices could be affected by the changes.  A study that found Idaho public defenders spends an average of four hours on each felony case a far cry from the 38 hours they reported needing.

An official with the Idaho courts system says the state is facing a shortage of court reporters and needs $340,500 to boost salaries for its 45 court reporter positions.  Officials say not having an official court record that court reporters supply could lead to convictions being overturned.

Lawmakers have advanced a proposed rule giving a sharper focus on who can take photos and record moving images in Idaho state parks without a permit.  It says photographers or businesses recording images to make money from their work will need a permit, while casual photographers, those gathering news and non-profit groups will be exempt.

Two employees who falsified records and failed to check on a resident who died at a Nampa health care facility were not fired, a complaint survey says.  The employees at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center instead received more training officials say. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concluded the employees on staff did not violate federal regulations.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's bodyguard in confrontations with U.S land management agents became the last of 19 defendants from 11 states to be sentenced on Tuesday in an armed standoff nearly five years ago.  47 year old Brian Cavalier of Mesa, Arizona, was told he won't serve any more time than the 20 months he spent in federal custody between his arrest in early 2016 and his guilty plea in October 2017 to two charges of conspiracy to impede and injure a federal officer.


In local sports, to boys High School basketball, it was Twin Falls hammering Canyon Ridge 70 to 48.  Preston took Minico 91to 87 in Overtime and Mountain home defeated Wood River in another overtime game 51 to 48.  Marsh Valley 60 Filer 55 and it was Kimberly 73 Declo 51.  Hagerman outlasted Castleford 70 to 52.

In girls High School basketball it was Raft River 50 to Oakley’s 38 and Shoshone bested Valley 42 to 21. 


Today:  Occasional rain showers and mild in the Valleys with snow in the Mountains. Accumulations 3 to 6 inches.  High 47F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain developing after midnight. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 42F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.


SATURDAY: Chance of a few snow showers, mostly morning, mix of sun and clouds - High: 41 Low: 31 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 27

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and a chance of rain showers valleys and snow showers mountains. Valleys - High: 44 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 38 Low: 19

MONDAY: Chance of morning snow then a Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 11

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 24

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 41 Low: 30 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 22.

January 17th: On this day

Red Foley became the first country performer to record in Nashville, Tennessee. During the session at WSM-AM's Studio B, he recorded "Tennessee Saturday Night", "Blues in the Heart" and "Tennessee Border".

Born on this day, at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, was Steve Earle, singer, songwriter. His song "Mustang Wine" was due to be recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, but Presley did not turn up for the recording session and was later released as a single by Carl Perkins. His gritty 1986 album Guitar Town album became an influential signpost for the alt-country movement. Earle has been married seven times, including twice to the same woman.

Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US County chart with "I Love A Rainy Night." According to Rabbit, the song was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s. The song succeeded Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart - the last time, to date, that pop chart featured back-to-back country singles in the #1 position.

The rise in popularity of Country music was evident at The American Music Awards, where Kenny Rogers took home three citations, Willie Nelson was given two and Alabama was named Favorite Band.

Reba McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been a member ever since.

Garth Brooks was named Artist of the Decade for the '90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. He also won awards for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, for Sevens.

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson embarked on the co-headlining 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, which began in Dayton, Ohio. The 39 date tour featured the two singers sharing the same band and stage and performing each other's songs.

A new survey published asked the question, “What Country Star Would You Want On Your Side in a Bar Fight?”. County artists who came out on top included: Brantly Gilbert, Trace Adkins, Blackberry Smoke and Blake Shelton.

Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author, playwright and composer Don Harron died aged 90. Harron is perhaps best known for the comedic character Charlie Farquharson from the country music television show, Hee Haw.

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An early morning fire yesterday ripped through two garage structures and destroyed four vehicles.  The Twin Falls fire department responded to the scene with three engines in the 100 block of Soup Avenue West just after midnight.  The cause is still under investigation.

The first of two public listening sessions whether the city of Twin Falls should ban smoking in all businesses and public places is set for tonight.  It will start at 4 pm at the Twin Falls City Hall, 203 Main Avenue East.  The second will be Thursday February 7th at the Twin Falls Public library.

Today road engineers will present their findings to the state transportation department whether 129-thousand pound trucks should be allowed to travel on public roadways.  Four roads, including Pole Line Road in Twin Falls is on the list of highways that are being considered.

The director of Idaho’s Division of Veterans Services says beds for veterans are going empty despite waiting lists because the agency can’t hire enough medical staffers.  The division is requesting about $900,000 in additional funding next year to address the wage issues at veterans homes.

Idaho lawmakers have advanced legislation Gov. Brad Little’s administration says will help prevent abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults by providing protective services.  The commission’s goal is to help older adults and people with disabilities avoid institutionalization and remain in their homes.

A northern Idaho man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 7-month-old daughter has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. 24-year-old Cody Hull will have to serve at least five years before he can be eligible for parole on the voluntary manslaughter conviction. Prosecutors said the brain hemorrhage injury was indicative of severe child abuse.

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho in a plan that could help irrigators and a federally protected snail.  The Senate Resources and Environment Committee unanimously approved moving ahead with legislation that will alter a 1987 law with an expired cost-sharing provision.

The top official of a state program to boost student participation in science and technology learning to keep Idaho competitive in those fields says there are thousands of openings for jobs requiring those skills.  The agency is seeking about $6.7 million.  The Governor is recommending 4-point 7 million.


In local sports, first to high school girls basketball where it was Kimberly defeating Filer 41 to 38.  Century outlasted Twin Falls 44 to 26 and it was Minico over Wood River 54 to 41.  Declo won over Wendell 65 to 36 and Glenns Ferry defeated Oakley 28 to 24.  Murtaugh downed Camas County 52 to 49 and it was Hagerman over Castleford 48 to 33.  Carey said no to Hansen 33 to 26

In Boys High School Basketball it was Buhl overpowering Jerome 44 to 36.  Valley 48 over Gooding 43.  The Sun Valley Community School took the win away from Richfield 56 to 39 and Camas County outlasted Murtaugh 61 to 46.  Lighthouse Christian defeated Dietrich 90 to 44 and Carey beat Hansen 69 to 58. 


Today:  Snow this morning will taper off and give way to cloudy skies and rain this afternoon. High 41F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening, then some snow showers after midnight. Low 26F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tomorrow:  Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 41F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

FRIDAY: Chance of rain and snow mostly morning then some clearing. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sunshine - High: 40 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 19

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and snow afternoon and overnight. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 18

MONDAY: Chance of morning snow then a Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 15

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 30 Low: 20

January 16th: On this day


Born on this day in Robbinsville, North Carolina, was Ronnie Milsap, country music singer and pianist. He became country music's first well-known blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country "crossover" singers of his time scoring the crossover hits, "It Was Almost Like a Song," "Smoky Mountain Rain," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," "Any Day Now," and "Stranger in My House." He is credited with six Grammy Awards and 40 #1 country hits.


Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.


Johnny Cash made his first guest appearance in the series Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, an hour long Western family adventure series produced by CBS Entertainment Productions.


The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line won three Golden Globes for: Best Musical or Comedy plus awards for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The "Brokeback Mountain" piece "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" won Best Original Song.


Carl Smith, better known as "Mister Country" died. Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row.


A forklift crashed into a portion of a stage after a Luke Bryan concert in Ohio State, causing it to crumple and injure 4 crew members who were all rushed to hospital for treatment.


A woman accused of impersonating Alison Krauss on a dating website and stealing money from an elderly man appeared in a Fayetteville court. Sue Evers pleaded guilty to Class B felony theft by deception and was sentenced to 100 days in jail and 8 years supervised probation and was ordered to pay slightly over $72,800 in victim restitution.


Bluegrass songwriter Dixie Hall died of a brain tumor aged 80. Was the wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall. In addition to her hundreds of bluegrass cuts, Hall and her husband co-wrote “All That’s Left,” a song Miranda Lambert recorded on her 2014 release Platinum.