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Monday 031620

Special report.  Here’s the latest on the unfolding corona virus in Southern Idaho and beyond. 

First, at last count there are five confirmed cases.  Two in Ada county, two in Blaine County and one in Teton county.

Schools in Cassia, Twin Falls and Wendell all announced they will be closed through March 29th.  Jerome and Minidoka will be closed starting Wednesday and through spring break.  Blaine county will be closed through April 5th.  CSI’s Blaine County center closed until futher notice.  Classes in Kimberly and Buhl will be closed today but will be back tomorrow.  Xavier and Lighthouse Christian is closed thru Friday. 

The Twin Falls library has cancelled all programs and reservations in the meeting room till april 5th.  The Bookmobile will stop operations.  The Twin Falls senior center is closed and it’s not known when it will be re-opened.

Governor Brad Little announced he would not issued a statewide order to close all schools leaving that with the individual Districts to decide.  Meanwhile, the Idaho Education Association has said all districts should close for three weeks.  The Governor also asked all residents to use comonsense and not hoard.  He said there is no shortage of food or supplies.

At St. Lukes only one visitor per patient will be allowed and no under 14 years of age.  If you are a visitor expect to be asked if you have a fever or respatory symptoms.  You will also be asked if you have traveled to high risk areas in the last 14 days. 

All Ford Idaho Center events through March 31st have been postponed. 

As far as the Ski Resorts nearby, The Sun Valley and Snowbasin resorts will be closed for the remainder of the season.    Bogus Basin will be closing all lodge facilities and will no longer offer night skiing. 

The 31st annual Boise Pride Fest has been postponed. 

Stay tuned for the latest information on this developing story.  Check this station’s facebook page for a list we have compiled.


Only a few games to report from over the weekend.  First for Baseball, in a Double header it was Homedale defeating Filer 12 to 10 and 7 to 0.  Fruitland said no to Wood River 11 to 10.  Then it was Bishop Kelly downing Wood River 13 to 0.  In a Double Header it was Glenn Ferry defeating Marsing in both games 15 to 3 and 12 to 9.

In Softball, Filer took both games over Homedale 18 to 7 and 24 to 6. 

The Twin Falls High School spring break baseball camp, set for March 23, has been canceled due to the coronavirus situation.

How long will professional sports seasons be closed down?  Looks like twice as long as first predicted.  Now the shutdown for all games could be eight weeks.  At first it was 30 days. 


Today:  Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 60F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  (ST PATRICKS DAY)  Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain showers and thunderstorms. Winds: E 5-10 mph  High: 59 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain. High: 51 Low: 33

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain.  High: 51 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley High: 55 Low: 32

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny High: 58 Low: 34

SUNDAY: Partly sunny  High: 57

March 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Chillicothe, Missouri, was Shirley Collie Nelson, country music and rockabilly singer, yodeler, guitarist and songwriter. From 1963 to 1971, she was the second wife of country star Willie Nelson. She died on January 27, 2010, aged 78, following a long illness.

Born on this day in Oneonta, New York, was Jerry Jeff Walker, country music singer and songwriter who is most famous for writing the song "Mr. Bojangles".

During recording sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville, Hank Williams recorded "I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You" and "Hey Good Lookin'". Since its original recording "Hey Good Lookin'" has been covered by a variety of artists including Ray Charles on his 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.

Born on this day, was Ray Benson the front man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel who have released more than 20 albums and earned 9 Grammy awards.

"If I Were a Carpenter" won Johnny Cash a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo/Group at the 13th annual awards, (Cash's last Grammy for more than 15 years). Other Country music winners included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Lynn Anderson for "Rose Garden", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ray Price for "For the Good Times" and Best Country Song - Marty Robbins (songwriter) for "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife."

The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium, its home of the past 41 years, to the newly built 4,400 Grand Ole Opry House, on the Opryland complex. President Richard Nixon was a guest at the Ryman's last show.

Johnny and June Carter Cash filmed their Spring television special, titled Johnny Cash And The Country Girls, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Guests on the show, included Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray and Rosanne Cash.

The country music world was stunned when seven members of Reba McEntire's band, her road manager and two pilots, were killed when their private plane crash in a mountain area near the Mexican border. The crash, occurred shortly after the Hawker Sidley aircraft had taken off from Brown Field, a private airport about 15 miles southeast of San Diego. The 35-year-old Miss McEntire, was left with only two members of the band. Those two, as well as several members of her road crew, were on another flight that had taken off before the one that crashed. McEntire recorded her album, For My Broken Heart in their memory.

American country singer Justin Carter died after being accidentally shot during the filming of a music video at his apartment in Woodlands, an area north of Houston. The singer had just released a new song titled "Love Affair" a week earlier.

Friday 021320

Special report.  Idaho prepares for the Coronavirus.  Here’s some closures and cancelations we know about. 

The LDS church said they will suspend all worship services.  The decision follows the Utah governor recommending group gatherings be limited to no more than 100 people for at least the next two weeks.

CSI is moving all classes online beginning March 30th.  Students are encouraged to avoid returning to campus if possible following spring break.  Eagle hall, Eagle View apartments, northview apartments, Taylor cafeteria and campus computer labs will remain open for those whoare unable to return home.  Other events, school-supported travel, exchange programs and athletics are canceled.  This includes the rodeo set for today and tomorrow.

Gov. Brad Little and leaders in the Idaho House and Senate said they've made contingency plans for a hasty end to the legislative session should someone in the Statehouse get the coronavirus.

The Twin Falls school district will conduct Parent Teacher conferences over the phone and crows will be limited.  School lunches may be staggered. 

The Sun Valley Film Festival has been canceled.  It was set for March 18th through the 22nd

Twin Falls city officials say the community’s water system is safe.  In a facebook post the city said Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, will remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Lights and lasers show at Shoshone Falls has been postponed  The show was sechedule for May 15 through the 17th and 22 through the 25th.  Tickets were going to be on sale this week.

The St. Patricks Day Parade through downtown Twin Falls set for Tuesday has been cancelled. 

The Kimberly School District will be closed on Monday to prepare for the possibility of an extended closure.


The Coronavirus scare is hitting sports hard.

The Boise state basketball teams will miss a trip to the NCAA tournament and all Boise State athletic competitions have been suspended.

CSI has cancelled all school supported athletic programs.  That includes the rodeo that was to begin today and tomorrow.

All big Sky games have been cancelled. 

There are a few games to report from yesterday.  First for Baseball, where Gooding defeated Buhl 10 to 9.  Kimberly took the win from Marsh Valley 10 to 9 and it was Minico 20 Burley 10.

In softball action, Minico took both games in a double header 9 to 3 and 17 to 2.  Filer took the win from Wood River 20 to 5.  In another double header it was Mountain Home taking both wins from Kimberly 10 to 0 and 8 to 1.  It was Gooding 19 Buhl 1.


Today:  Sunny. High near 55F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 41F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain showers, followed by a chance of rain and snow showers by midnight. Winds: S 5-10 mph   High: 50 Low: 35

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, High: 48 Low: 28

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and snow showers in both regions.  High: 57 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and snow showers in both regions.  High: 60 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and snow showers.   High: 58 Low: 35

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers, High: 54

March 13th: On this day

Born on this day in West Plains, Missouri, was Jan Howard country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. Howard's biggest hit and signature song is the 1966 country hit "Evil on Your Mind", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts.

Born on this day in Doniphan, Missouri, was Billy Yates, singer, songwriter. Yates co-wrote George Jones' singles "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" and "Choices".

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Dick Clark from Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Freddie Hart, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Barbara Mandell, Top Television Personality of the Year - Glen Campbell and Song of the Year - Freddie Hart "Easy Lovin'".

George Jones and Tammy Wynette divoced after 6 years of marrage. The couple had married in 1969.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", the title of a song from the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, (starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack). Written by Sharon Vaughn, it become his fifth #1.

George Strait was at #1 on the country chart with Ocean Front Property, his seventh studio album and Strait's first to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. It was ranked #5 on CMT's list of 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music in 2006.

Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Feels Like Today, which as now sold over 5m copies in the US alone.

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

A Woodstock woman took out legal action suing Willie Nelson saying the lyrics of a song on his Heroes album were "substantially and strikingly similar" to one written by her and her partner. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta by Ashley Wilson and the estate of Mark Reynolds contended Nelson's 2012 "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," was written by Wilson and Reynolds in 1990 and was performed by Reynolds in the 1990s and played on Georgia radio. The lawsuit accused Nelson, his four listed co-authors and record companies of copyright infringement with their version of the cannabis-loving song.

Thursday 031220

A house fire in Kimberly has displaced the homeowner.  The fire at the corner of Ash Street and Lincoln Street was called in just before 8 pm Tuesday.  When crews arrived they found the back and roof engulfed in flames.  Crews say damage was extensive.  The fire remains under investigation.

A nursing college that has set up shop at the County West Building in Twin Falls will need to move to a new location.  The Utah Based Nightingale College is an online service and has 56 students in the Magic Valley.  Currently they use an area in the building for a classroom.  If the college is unable to find a location in southern Idaho the students will need to commute to Boise or Pocatello to finish their degrees. 

Idaho motorists will have three additional years before having to replace a vehicle’s physical license plates.  Republican Gov. Brad Little signed into law legislation extending from seven to 10 years how long the metal license plates are valid.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says they will hold the upcoming conference in April that features speeches by top leaders without any attendees because of the spread of the coronavirus.  The conference usually brings about 100,000 people to Salt Lake City over two days, but instead the speeches will only be broadcast via Radio, television and the internet.  The only people allowed inside the church will be top leaders, their spouses, musicians, choir members and technicians.

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration decision to reopen a long-closed road built through grizzly bear habitat in northern Idaho.  Federal officials have said repairing the road will allow Border Protection agents to catch perpetrators before they can reach populated areas where they can blend in and elude apprehension.


Yesterday it was the district 4 all-star basketball game in Jerome.  It was a display of Magic Valley’s top seniors.  For the boys, the east defeated the west 129 to 96.  For the girls, the east took the west 67 to 47.

The all-Conference basketball teams for the Snake River conference are out.  Oakley is setting pretty sweeping the player and coach of the year awards.  Chandler Jones won the player of the year and Jeff Bedke earned the conference’s top coach award.  First team players include the Hornets Robert Wybenga, Shoshone’s Denny Arroyo, Raft River’s Justin Schumann, Glenns Ferry’s Kody Henslee and Valley’s Omar Campos were also listed.

For the girls, Raft River’s Kamri Ottley was named player of the year while her coach, Cody Powers, was the conference’s coach of the year. Team members Kaybree and Karlee Christensen, along with Valley’s Makenna Kohtz and Bailey Stephens as well as Oakley’s Keely Cranney all made the first team list.

On the baseball diamonds, Filer defeated Marsh valley 7 to 4.  Madison took down Canyon Ridge in a double header winning both games 7 to 1 and 2 to 0. 

In softball, Gooding defeated Kimberly 5 to 3.

Austin Smellie scored 16 points, Chier Maker had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Idaho State won its first Big Sky Conference Tournament game in 11 years with a 64-62 victory over Northern Arizona yesterday.  No. 11 seed Idaho State will play No. 3 seed Montana today for a chance to end a 19-game losing streak in the series. The Bengals haven’t defeated the Grizzlies since Dec. 13, 2010.

Dre Marin posted 19 points as Southern Utah got past Idaho 75-69 in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament yesterday.  Seventh-seeded Southern Utah will try to break a two-game losing streak to Northern Colorado, a No. 2 seed, today in the quarterfinals.


Today:  Sunny. High 52F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low around 25F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 58F. Low 33 Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, followed by a chance of rain and snow showers after 9 p.m.  High: 54 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a.m. snow showers, followed by a chance of rain and snow showers. High: 50 Low: 30

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a.m. snow showers, followed by a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers. High: 46 Low: 28

TUESDAY (SAINT PATRICK’S DAY): Partly sunny with a slight chance of a.m. snow showers, followed by a chance of p.m rain and snow showers. High: 45 Low: 28

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny partly sunny High: 46

March 12th: On this day

Born on this day, was Lew DeWitt, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 1984 US Country #1 hit "Elizabeth". DeWitt who had suffered from from Crohn's disease died on 15th August 1990.

Country music winners at the 11th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Jeannie C. Riley for "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Johnny Cash for "Folsom Prison Blues", Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental - Flatt & Scruggs for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", and Best Country Song - Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Little Green Apples" performed by Roger Miller / O.C. Smith.

The divorce of George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalised. Wynette took custody of their only child, Tamala and kept their home on Franklin Road in Nashville. Three of their duets ("We're Gonna Hold On," "Golden Ring" and "Near You") ended up as #1 hits, two of which were recorded after their divorce in 1974.

Alan Jackson scored his first #1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with "I'd Love You All Over Again." The song was written by Alan for his wife, Denise in a hotel room in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on a rainy evening.

After having successful test runs in outside cities, Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical of the Johnny Cash oeuvre, debuted on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, but closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April 30 of this year.

Wednesday 031120

The results are in but yet still unofficial.  From yesterday’s election all area school district levy’s passed and Idaho Democrats picked Joe Biden as their choice going into the November election. 

County commissioners in Lincoln County have temporarily banned video recordings of weekly public meetings.  That decision went against their legal counsel.  The motion was presented to commissioners a week after County Clerk Brenda Farnworth attempted to record a meeting with her cellphone in addition to taking the minutes, county officials said. The video, which was live streamed on Facebook, shows Ellis asking Wood to have the recording turned off before walking out when she refused.

Some elementary students in the Twin Falls School District may be changing which school they go to.  The school board reviewed the proposal this week but said they first want to gather public comment before they move forward.

Legislation in Idaho to create transparency in medical bills sent to people and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors is on the governor’s desk.  The bill seeks to cap attorney fees charged to former patients at $350 for those who do not contest their bills in court and $750 for those who do. It would also set a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get bills to peoples’ insurance providers.

State wildlife authorities are investigating a poaching incident after a sturgeon carcass was found in the Boise River.  White sturgeons are a protected species in Idaho.  They can be caught, but anglers are required to release them safely and without removing them from the water.

Pi Kappa Phi, a fraternity with Boise State University, has been suspended from the campus after the school said there were repeated violations that went on for more than two years.  No specific details to what led to the suspension but it will last for five years. The last time a fraternity faced consequences this severe, was back in the 1960s.


From the All-star high school basketball game in Shoshone last night here are the results.  The girls game ended with the South defeating the North 57-34. The boy’s game ended with the North defeating the South 106-105.

From the Baseball diamonds yesterday, in High School action, Filer defeated Marsh Valley 7 to 4.  In a double header Glenns Ferry won the first game over Declo 3 to 1.  Then Declo turned it around in the second game winning 20 to 5.  Wendell took both their games against Horseshoe Bend 19 to 9 and 13 to 5. 

In college basketball, the Big Sky Conference tourney Quarterfinals are set for CenturyLink Arena in Boise tomorrow afternoon.  No. 5 seed Montana State plays No. 4 seed Portland State.  Game time is set for 1:30 pm. 


Today:  Sunny. High 63F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph, becoming WNW and increasing to 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 34F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 52F. Low 29, Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny High: 58 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain showers, followed by a chance of rain and snow showers by midnight.  High: 53 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers High: 48 Low: 28

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 43

TUESDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and snow showers.  High: 42

March 11th: On this day

Born on this day in Comanche County, Texas, was Cowboy Slim Rinehart. He was among the first of the "Singing cowboys" of the 1930s and 40s (whose ranks included Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers among others). He died on October 28, 1948 in Michigan in a car accident. Rinehart was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in October 1996, in recognition of his being a pioneer of the Texas music scene.

Born on this day, was Jimmy Fortune, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80's US Country #1 hits 'Elizabeth' and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine".

Country music winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash, Best Albums Notes went to Johnny Cash (for Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline) and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female went to Tammy Wynette for "Stand By Your Man."

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music charts with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman. The song gave Nelson his fifth #1 on the country chart.

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

Emmylou Harris was named as one of the two 2015 Laureates to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize for music," each year recognizes one Laureate from contemporary music and one from the classical world.

American country musician and manager Don Warden died age 87. He is best known for his years on The Porter Wagoner Show as a Steel player in his band and as the manager of Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Warden was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2008.

Tuesday 031020

Gwen Carol Holms, the Blaine County School District Superintendent, said she will step down.   Her last day will be June 30, 2021.  A survey indicated over 70-percent of parents and staff members were not pleased with Holmes.  The district settled a tort claim out of court for $125,000.

35 year old Joshua Molina of Twin Falls has been found guilty of two counts of felony injury to a child.  The jury returned the verdict on Sunday.  Molina had been charged with first Degree murder and two other counts of felony child injury.  The trial centered around the abuse and death of Lyryk Altom, a 20 month old daughter of his then-girlfriend Amanda Dunlap.   Twin Falls county prosecutor Grant Loebs told the court he wants to re-try the three charges the jury did not find a verdict on. 

34 dogs were removed by the Idaho Humane society from a Wendell home this past week.  While 14 dogs are expected to go to foster care, others could be ready to adopt at the Idaho Humane Society’s Boise locations as soon as today.

Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under legislation that headed to the Senate yesterday.  The House voted 56-9 to approve the measure that has no limit for economic damages.

Idaho has moved closer to banning transgender girls and women from competing on sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities despite warnings that the measure could be unconstitutional and challenged in court.  The Senate State Affairs Committee sent legislation to the full Senate, where it’s expected to be amended to address concerns about exams athletes could face to check their birth gender and to allow transgender opportunities to compete in ways that have not been yet made clear by lawmakers.

A Senate panel has approved a measure banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education.  The measure adds a new section to laws guiding the Commission on Human Rights that opponents said negates another section prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or age.


Tonight is the night for the 1A 2A all-star high school basketball game.  The action will be in Shoshone with the girl’s game starting at 6 and the boys following at 7:30.

In High School Softball, Gooding defeated Emmett 9 to 7 in the season opening road game for the senators.

The College of Southern Idaho Softball team is number 20 in the NJCAA national rankings.  The golden eagles have five wins over ranked teams this year.  That number includes three of four against Salt Lake Community College.  CSI will play a double header with Treasure Valley Community College today.

In College Basketball, Number 11 seed Idaho State will take on the Number 6 seed Northern Arizona.  The Big Sky Conference Tourney First Round is set for the CenturyLink Arena in Boise tomorrow with game time 1:30 pm.

Number 10 seed Idaho will play Number 7 seed Southern Utah tomorrow in Boise as well with game time set for 11 am. 


Today: sunshine. High 57F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 31F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny. High 62F. Low 33.  S winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny High: 54 Low: 30

FRIDAY: Sunny High: 58 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain showers High: 56 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow High: 48 Low: 28

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain or snow  High: 45

March 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Conasauga, Tennessee, was Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns, American country musician, comedian, and mandolin player. He was better known by his stage name Jethro from his years with Henry D. Haynes as part of the comedic musical duo Homer and Jethro. In 2001, Burns and Haynes were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born on this day, was Ralph Emery a country music disc jockey and television host from Nashville, Tennessee. He gained national fame hosting the syndicated television music series, Pop! Goes the Country, from 1974 to 1980 and the nightly Nashville Network television program, Nashville Now, from 1983 to 1993.

Born on this day, was Frederick Jay "Rick", Rubin, American record producer. Rubin was the co-founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings who released Johnny Cash's American Recordings (1994), a record including six cover songs and new material written by others for Cash at Rubin's request. The album was a critical and commercial success, and helped revive Cash's career. Rubin introduced Cash to Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", and the resulting cover version of it on The Man Comes Around would become a defining song of Cash's later years.

Born on this day in Cairo Georgia was Daryle Singletary, country music singer. Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times in the 90's, reaching #2 with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and #4 with "Too Much Fun". He died on February 12, 2018 age 46.

Soul singer James Brown appeared at The Grand Ole Opry. Brown (who was in Nashville recording new tracks), was not the first non-country act to perform at the Opry, and wouldn't be the last, but Brown's appearance caused an immediate media frenzy during which several Opry regulars expressed their disdain at the Soul singers appearance.

Born on this day, was Carrie Underwood, country singer, songwriter and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. With eleven #1 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs, Underwood is listed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records as the Female Country Artist with Most #1 hits on such chart from 1991 to present, tied with Reba McEntire. She is the first-ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/10). Forbes reported that Underwood earned over $20 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Waylon Jennings released his album Will the Wolf Survive, his debut for MCA Records which became his sixth Country #1 album.

Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.

During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas" (referring to Maines' hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.

Monday 030920

Construction workers who are developing a road into Devil’s Corral say someone deliberately damaged a rock drill.  An operator discovered someone had drained 25 gallons of hydraulic fluid. That could have destroyed the equipment.  Law enforcement in Jerome asks that if you know details to the incident you contact them. 

Filer city councilman Ron Jones has resigned after being on the job for less than two months.  He has accepted a new job near Coeur d’Alene.   Filer Mayor Bob Templeton has appointed Christina Hatch to fill the position.

With School Superintendent Ken Cox retiring on June 30th, The Minidoka district has narrowed the candidates down to three.  Cory Weiss, James Ramsey and Joel Wilson are in the running officials say.

Voters from Idaho will be going to the polls tomorrow to decide if they will allow school districts spend $174-million dollars.  41 Districts are requesting supplemental property tax levies.  Locally those include 4.39 million for Cassia, Kimberly 1.6 million, Hansen 1 million, Filer 1 million, Buhl 700-thousand, Castleford, Shoshone and Valley all with 600-thousand requests.  Bliss 500-thouand and Richfield 450-thousand. 

The joint Finance Appropriations Committee decided to move I.T. and data management functions from School superintendent Sherry Yabarra’s state department of Education and place it with the State Board of Education.  The move strips away 18 full time positions which are about a seventh of Ybarra’s Staff and 2-point 7 million from her Office budget.  Some are saying this is one way the committee is showing a no confidence vote to Yabarra.

Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under legislation that headed to the full House.  The measure follows a whistleblower lawsuit the Idaho State Police settled in 2019 for $1.29 million. In that case, a whistleblower claimed ISP retaliated against him because he testified against another officer in a court hearing.


As the Boys High School State games wrap up, here’s a look at how Magic Valley schools faired. 

The Sugar Salem Diggers repeated as state champs, after the 72-54 defeat, the most points the Bulldogs gave up all season long.  Kimberly is the state runner-up for the second time in three years and finishes with a 23-2 record.​

Minico took the consolation championship defeating Idaho Falls 55 to 51.  Fruitland took the win from Filer 88 to 65 and it was Oakley taking the consolation championship after winning over Kamiah 41 to 39. 

The Dietrich Blue Devils outscored North Gem by nine points in the fourth quarter to earn the Class 1A Division II third-place trophy.  The final Dietrich 78 over North Gem 65 and it was Mackay over Carey 62 to 54.

In College Baseball, the Salt Lake Community College took the win from CSI 8 to 2.  For softball, in a double header CSI took both wins over Salt Lake 8 to 2 and 5 to 3. 

In College Basketball from over the weekend, Senior Trevon Allen poured in 33 points in his final game on his home floor and Idaho held off Idaho State 80-76 on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference regular-season finale.


Today:  Cloudy. High around 50F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 33F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny with a slight chance of a.m. rain showers, High: 54 Low: 29

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. High: 60 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny High: 56 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers.  High: 59 Low: 37

SATURDAY: Mostly with a chance of rain and snow showers, High: 59 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and snow showers, High: 58

March 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Ferriday, Louisiana, was Mickey Gilley, American country music singer and musician and the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Among his biggest hits is "Room Full of Roses," "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," and the remake of the Soul hit "Stand by Me".

At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart when "I Wish I Was 18 Again" peaked at #15.

Singer-songwriter (and rodeo champion), Chris Ledoux died. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million copies in the US. Ledoux was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music -Music Pioneer Award.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with her eponymous debut studio album, which topped the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks.

The Barnstormer opened at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, The $5.5 million giant swing features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer's massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, The Barnstormer reaches 89 feet (27 m) in the air, taking riders high above the barn's rooftop and the area's treetops.

Songwriter and recording artist Wayne Kemp, who penned hit tunes for George Strait, George Jones and Johnny Cash, among many others, died at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee. He was suffering from multiple ailments and was on kidney dialysis when he passed away. Kemp was 74. One of his most well-known songs gave Johnny Cash his 1976 #1 hit "One Piece at a Time".

Canadian country music singer and songwriter Ray Griff died aged 75. His songwritering credits reached over 2,500 songs, many of them were recorded by Nashville's top recording artists including writting hit records for Faron Young, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, and Johnny Duncan.