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One person is dead following a shooting late Saturday night in Twin Falls.  Police say it happened in the 300 block of Washington street north just before midnight.  The victim was identified as 24 year old Miguel Esquval of Jerome. 

Boise State University has suspended three fraternities for reportedly having large gatherings that officials fear could contribute to the spread of coronavirus.  Classes at BSU started a week ago. The university announced Friday that Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Sigma fraternities as well as 18 students have been placed on interim suspensions.  Meanwhile, University of Idaho President C. Scott Green recently sent students a stern memo saying he was disappointed after hearing of several on- and off-campus parties.

A commercial airline based in Las Vegas has announced new flights from the Boise Airport in Idaho to different locations in California.  Allegiant Air said that it would offer nonstop flights to Palm Springs International Airport twice weekly and to San Francisco twice daily.

A head on crash in Shoshone Friday night has claimed the life of a Boise woman.  Idaho State Police say 29 year old Jade Norton was eastbound when she crossed the center line and collided with a westbound semi truck near the intersection of South Grape and U.S. 26.  Both Norton and her passenger 54 year old Deborah Woosley were taken by air ambulance to Boise where Woosley died from her injuries. 

Idaho’s unemployment claims are rising for the second week in a row.  New first-time filings for unemployment totaled nearly 3,800 last week, 4% more than the previous week.  The four-week average for initial claims is still about 6% lower than the previous four-week period. Nearly $800 million in unemployment benefits have been paid out for unemployment related to the coronavirus in Idaho, the bulk of the money coming from the federal government.

Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center say about 200 active duty U.S. Army soldiers are being mobilized to help fight wildfires across the western United States.  It’s the first active duty mobilization for wildfire support since 2018.


From over the weekend here are some high school football game outcomes.  Jerome lost to the Gooding Senators 22 to 20.  Vallivue took the win from Twin Falls 21 to 20.  In 2-A action Nampa Christian shut out Wendell 66 to zip.  Elsewhere, North Fremont downed Filer 44 to 20.  It was Murtaugh 64 to Hansens 26 and it was Rockland downed Camas County 44 to 22. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 68F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 47F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 76. Low: 53.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies, warmer and breezy. High: 86. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: Mainly sunny skies, warmer, and a little bit breezy. High: 89. Low: 59.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and hot. High: 90. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 92. Low: 59.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and not quite as warm. High: 85.

August 31st: On this day

Hank Williams recorded "Moanin' the Blues" during sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville which became his fourth #1 single on MGM Records. "Moanin' the Blues" is one of only two songs that feature Williams working with drums; the other is "Kaw-Liga."

Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer's second studio album. The album contained Pruett's first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.

Dolly Parton released "Love Is Like a Butterfly" as the first single and title track from the album of the same name. The song became her fourth #1 on the country chart as a solo artist (and her third consecutive #1). Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976–77 TV variety show Dolly!

Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". The song was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle's 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song became Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.

Randy Travis released his sixth studio album Heroes & Friends which became his fifth consecutive Country #1 album. Except for the title track every song on this album is a duet with another artist including: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and actor Clint Eastwood.

Garth Brooks released his fifth studio album In Pieces, which like his previous album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States and in Great Britain was Brooks' highest placed album on the charts.

Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor died. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)".

Miranda Lambert received five nominations for the 44th annual Country Music Association awards. Three were for the second single from her album Revolution, "White Liar,". Lambert later donated the original, handwritten copy of "White Liar" to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for public display behind a glass case.

FRIDAY 082820

Idaho’s public health officials are trying to decide whether they’ll officially adopt new CDC guidelines that no longer recommend coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people who have had close contact with infected people.  Some experts said the decision could have a big impact on how coronavirus spreads in Idaho.  How to proceed is under discussion as kids start classes in several school districts across the state and many residents are increasingly weary of social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding crowds.

A study is showing those who vape were five to seven times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than those who didn’t use e-cigarettes.  They’re also almost five times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho Board of Nursing say there is a scam targeting licensed nurses.  The scam by phone and mail tells nurses that the license is being suspended indefinitely pending a FBI investigation.  The caller then told one person that by paying a $17-thousand five hundred dollar surety bond the person can keep their license. 

Governor Brad Little has signed the civil liability immunity bill that legislators passed earlier this week.   Under the bill, a person, school district, college or university would have immunity from civil liability for damages or injury resulting from exposure to coronavirus. The bill would also grant immunity to corporations, churches, cities and counties.  The new law does not protect health districts or the federal government.

Three magic Valley counties have received some good news.  Minidoka and Cassia counties have moved to lower levels of COVID-19 risk.  Both moved from high risk to moderate risk where Jerome, Twin Falls and Gooding are currently listed.  Lincoln County moves from moderate to minimal where Blane and Camas Counties are currently placed.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released their schedule for stocking rainbow trout.  Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Magic Valley region will be stocking approximately 39,700 10 to 12 inch catchable-sized rainbow trout the first week in September.


CSI’s Ryan Lundgren has recently been named the Associate head men’s basketball coach.  Even though he has a change in title, his duties remain the same.  He has assisted many to develop their talents throughout the last season players on the team say.

In the preseason A.P. poll all 76 FBS teams are scheduled to play football this fall. Consequently, Boise State is third in line among those under the Top 25, effectively ranked 28th behind Memphis and Virginia Tech. 


Today:  Sunny. High 87F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 58F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies, Cooler and windy. High: 74. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and breezy. High: 73. Low: 48.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 76. Low: 52.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 84. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 86.

August 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Windsor, Ontario, was Shania Twain, Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her 1997 album Come On Over, became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards and is sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country Pop", she is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 80 million albums.

Tammy Wynette recorded "Stand By Your Man" at Epic studios after an idea that came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril completed the song in 15 minutes. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at #1 on CMT's list of the Top 100 Country Songs. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and GoldenEye.

Born on this day in Vero Beach, Florida, was Jake Owen, country music singer, songwriter. In September 2011, Owen achieved his first #1 on the country charts with the title track to his third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He has also toured as an opening act for several country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.

Born on this day in Star, Mississippi, was LeAnn Rimes country/pop singer, known for her rich vocals and her rise to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Bill Mack song "Blue" when she was 13 to become the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Latin American country singer Johnny Rodriguez was arrested at his home after shooting and killing a "drinking buddy" of his, Israel "Bosco" Borrego, whom he mistook for a burglar. He was charged with murder but was acquitted by a jury a year later on grounds of self-defense, under Texas law. On the eve of his trial, he was asked if his life was like a country song. "I guess it is," he said, "A bad one."

Toby Keith released his sixth studio album Pull My Chain which became his first Country #1 album. All three of this album's singles — "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight", "I Wanna Talk About Me", and "My List" were #1 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts

Alexandra Jane Jackson, the daughter of country music star Alan Jackson was arrested on charges of underage consumption, assault and resisting arrest in Nashville. Police pulled over the car Alexandra Jackson was a passenger for tailgating and speeding and when she exited the vehicle, she started making demands and struck the officer in the chest.

Thursday 082720

Yesterday the Idaho Legislature wrapped up a chaotic, three-day special session by passing coronavirus-related legislation while anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested for the second day in a row at the Statehouse.  Lawmakers on the last day of the session approved legislation intended to smooth the counting of what is expected to be a surge of absentee ballots for the November election.  Lawmakers in both the House and Senate also approved legislation intended to shield businesses, schools and government entities from lawsuits if someone catches COVID-19.  The House passed a resolution urging Governor Little to use some of the federal coronavirus rescue money to pay poll workers more.

Idaho is reported 221 new confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday, in addition to 81 new probable cases. There have now been 28,627 confirmed cases statewide since the pandemic reached Idaho in March. Statewide there were 2,152 new COVID-19 cases last week, a 21% decrease compared to the week before. The number of new weekly cases has dropped by nearly half since Idaho had its worst week in mid-July.

The popular Gowen Thunder Air Show will return next year.  The Idaho Air National Guard officials said yesterday the show and open house is set for August 28th and 29th 2021 and could bring more than 150-thousand people to the area. 

The Idaho State Board of Education approved a temporary rule change to how attendance is reported by Idaho public schools.  The new temporary rule allows schools to count students learning remotely for average daily attendance, which impacts how funds are distributed to schools. The rule is effectively immediately, according to the board.

A Twin Falls school volleyball player has tested positive for COVID-19.  The student-athlete is part of the Canyon Ridge varsity team.  Since the squad is in close proximity with each other, the Riverhawks will not practice again until September 1.


Former Boise State defensive end Curtis Weaver will now call Cleveland home after his time in South Beach was short-lived.  Following a season-ending injury over the weekend, Miami waived their 2020 fifth-round draft pick with an injury designation. The Dolphins were hopeful that Weaver would clear waivers so they could place him on injured reserve.  That did not happen though, as both the Browns and the Los Angeles Rams attempted to claim the 2019 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

College of Southern Idaho athletes from the men's basketball and baseball teams are back in town.  Other than cross country and rodeo, all junior college fall and winter sports were moved to the spring semester of 2021.


Today:  Mostly sunny. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 57F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mainly sunny skies. High: 86. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cooler and breezy. High: 76. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy to partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and breezy. High: 74. Low: 45.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 75. Low: 52.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 79.

August 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Butcher Holler, KY was Oliver Lynn, an American talent manager and country music figure, best known as the husband of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career, purchasing her first guitar, getting her first radio appearances, and serving as her de facto talent manager for many years. He died on August 22, 1996.

Born on this day near Big Mamou, Louisiana was Jimmy Yves Newman, better known as Jimmy C. Newman (the C stands for Cajun), the American singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry.

George Jones recorded "Why Baby Why" at Gold Star Studios, Houston, Texas. The song became Jones' first chart single (peaking at #4), following several unsuccessful singles released during the prior year on Starday Records.

The last ever Louisiana Hayride show was broadcast. What started as a country music radio show and later became a television show was broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country & western music. The creators of the show took the name from the 1941 book with that title by Harnett Thomas Kane.

Garth Brooks released his second studio album, No Fences which reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album Home, which is dominated by up-tempo bluegrass and pensive ballads. In addition, the text of the opening track and first single, "Long Time Gone", was a pointed criticism of contemporary country music radio, accusing it of ignoring the soul of the genre as exemplified by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.

Garth Brooks released his 51st single and first single from his third compilation album The Ultimate Hits which became the first song to debut at #1 in the entire history of the Hot Country Songs charts. The song was also Brooks's first #1 hit since "To Make You Feel My Love" in 1998.

Wednesday 082620

Voters went to the polls in a couple of southern Idaho county’s yesterday.  In Lincoln County both county commissioner recall elections failed to gather enough support to remove Richard Ellis and Roy Hubert from office.  Unofficially, 704 said yes to recall Ellis but 710 were needed and 698 said yes to recall Hubert but 833 were needed.  In Jerome, 63-percent of School district Patrons voted to continue to $800-thousand plant facility levy for another two years.

In Wendell, a student has tested positive for COVID 19.  School officials said the student attended classes Monday.  Letters will be sent home to parents and school officials say the district will clean and sanitize throughout the school.

A historic theater in Burley will be closing their doors after not being able to afford to operate during the pandemic.  The Burley Theater closed yesterday but owners say they hope it’s only temporary.

CSI announced yesterday that they are canceling this year’s Harvest Festival due to the pandemic.  It was set for November 6th through the 8th.

State Police arrested anti-government activist Ammon Bundy at the Idaho statehouse after he refused to leave a meeting room.  Spectators at a House Committee meeting became disruptive.  Lawmakers later abandoned the room. The committee was about to consider changes to liability laws they say are needed to protect businesses, schools and government agencies from lawsuits by people who get COVID-19.

A wildfire grew to over 15-hundred acres five miles northeast of Wendell last night but firefighters say as of this morning it’s mostly out.  Full containment is expected this evening.

A gas station in Shoshone was forced to stop selling fuel earlier this month after it was discovered diesel was loaded into the wrong storage tank.  Valley Wide Co-op officials said the incident happened on Saturday the 8th.  About $13-thousand dollars in damage have been reported to the company who said they are working with vehicle owners. 

Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Idaho’s presidential ballot this November as an independent candidate.  He has qualified in Utah, Arkansas and Colorado as well.


The third week of the high school football season kicks off with 10 more states set to begin play. Idaho will be among those, getting underway starting tomorrow. As things stand, the postseason is set to begin Oct. 30 with championship games scheduled for Nov. 13.  Idaho is one of 34 states planning to play football this fall. Sixteen others have moved their respective seasons to 2021.  In Idaho, a total of 66 games are set to kick off on Thursday through Saturday.  Jerome will play Gooding.  That football game can be heard on KART- 1400 am starting at 7 pm.    


Today:  Smoky sunshine and a few clouds. High near 90F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 62F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and thunderstorms. High: 85. Low: 58.

FRIDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Sunny skies. High: 86. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cooler and breezy. High: 79. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy to partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 74. Low: 45.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy to partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Pleasant weather conditions are expected. High: 75.

August 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Jimmy Olander, guitarist with Diamond Rio, who had hits with, "Meet In The Middle," "One More Day" and "How Your Love Makes Me Feel".

John Denver recorded "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the double album An Evening With John Denver.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy". The song was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The other songs were "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender; "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso," both by John Denver; and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.

"Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Rodney Crowell the song became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first (of three) #1 songs.

Dolly Parton released "Yellow Roses" the second single from the album White Limozeen which became Parton's 19th #1 country single.

Shenandoah were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Next to You, Next to Me." Written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, it is also the band's longest-lasting chart topper, at three weeks.

Mindy McCready was jailed in Clearwater, Florida, after Pinellas County authorities arrested her on a warrant issued by the Williamson County sheriff's department in Franklin, Tennessee. McCready allegedly left Tennessee without telling her parole officer and did not report to her officer in July. This is her second parole violation and as a result, she was not allowed to post bail. McCready was on probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the prescription drug, OxyContin, last year.

Reba McEntire released her twenty-fifth studio album Keep on Loving You which became McEntire's second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard #1 albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.

Tuesday 082520

In Boise yesterday angry, maskless spectators forced themselves into the Idaho House special session on the coronavirus pandemic, shattering a glass door, rushing into the gallery that had limited seating because of the virus and forcing lawmakers to ask for calm in a crowd that included a man carrying an assault-style weapon.  After some people shoved their way past Idaho State Police, Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke allowed the gallery to fully open as long as the crowd stopped chanting and was respectful.

Cassia County authorities say 28 year old Pedro Nanez the third of Burley faces an attempted murder charge and two others were in custody after a drive by gang-related shooting Sunday.  The shooting, occurred in the area of 10th Street and Yale Avenue in Burley.  No one was injured.

Boise police say a 38-year-old man was hit and killed while crossing a city street Sunday night.  Police say the driver, a 72-year-old man, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

A mountain lion attacked and killed a horse Sunday near Hailey.  Fish and game officers said they learned of the incident early Sunday, in the Red Elephant Gulch region of Croy Canyon, west of Hailey.  Traps have been set in an effort to locate the lion.

The Idaho Lottery said Michael Clark who recently moved to the gem state won $300-thousand dollars after purchasing a ticket Friday.  The commission said that the ticket was sold at Mr. Gas who will receive a bonus of 20-thousand dollars.

CSI opened the campus yesterday to face to face instruction.  This semester, the college in Twin Falls is seeing about 40-percent more students taking online classes and online credits are up over 60-percent. 

The Health District and the Idaho DEQ have issued a public health advisory for Mormon Reservoir.  Tests show a harmful algal bloom in the water since August 11th

An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing infant.  Authorities are looking for 6-month-old Lucas Warner was abducted by his non-custodial father Andrew Warner and Hayli Emerson in Columbia Falls, Montana.


Today:  Rain showers early with scattered thunderstorms arriving for the afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 91F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Some passing clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 61F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 86. Low: 60.

THURSDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and thunderstorms. High: 85. Low: 59.

FRIDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Sunny skies. High: 86. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. High: 87. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cooler and breezy. High: 79. Low: 50.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy to partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 75.

August 25th: On this day


Born on this day in Kingston, New York was country singer, songwriter Henry Paul who was a member of the Southern rock band Outlaws and is also a founding member of the country band BlackHawk.


Born on this day in Flatwoods, Kentucky, was Billy Ray Cyrus, country music singer, songwriter and actor, best known for his 1992 US #1 single "Achy Breaky Heart," (which was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart"). His 1992 debut album Some Gave All has been certified 9 x Multi-Platinum in the US and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 on the Billboard chart. From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.


The first recordings for the Sentimentally Yours began at the Bradley Film and Recording Studios in Nashville. This would become Patsy Cline's final studio album she would release before her death in a plane crash less than a year later. Out of the twelve songs this album consisted of, only two songs were new songs, "She's Got You" and the "She's Got You"'s flip side, "Strange". The ten remaining tracks were cover versions of standards.


Born on this day in Framingham, Massachusetts, was Jo Dee Marie Messina country music singer, songwriter, who has scored nine #1 singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album.


The Western movie A Gunfight directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash was released across the US.


Garth Brooks released his first Christmas album, Beyond the Season which peaked at #2 on both of Billboard magazine's 200 and Top Country Albums sales charts that year. Beyond the Season was also the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of 1992 in the US where is sold over 2.5m copies.


Jack Ingram set a Guinness Book of World Record for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours, having done 215 consecutive interviews for 5 minutes each.


Brad Paisley released his tenth studio album Moonshine in the Trunk becoming Paisley's eighth album to hit #1 on Billboard's country chart. It also peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200.

Monday 082420

Wild fires continue to burn throughout the region this morning.  The Indian creek fire has burned close to 50-thousand acres near the Oregon Border.  The Bear Creek fire has burned over 10-thousand acres 29 miles east of Salmon.  The Muldoon Fire is burning 20 miles southwest of Mackay scorching 374 acres at last check.  The Copeland fire near McCall has 220 firefighters and has burned nearly 100 acres. 

Idaho residents who received money from the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic could see a tax bill when filing the 2020 Idaho Income Tax Return. Taxable income includes unemployment insurance benefits and Idaho Return-to-Work bonuses.

The school bells will ring once again this morning as students in Cassia County, Bliss, Wendell and Hagerman return to class.  In Gooding the first day back for students in 6th through the 12th grade while those in K through 5th return tomorrow.  Kimberly returns Wednesday.  Filer and Jerome return on Tuesday September 8th.

Chad Daybell said he is not guilty.  The step-father of the two missing Rexburg children who were later found dead in his backyard made the plea Friday.

A Burley man is scheduled for a jury trial in November.  43 year old Joseph Price is charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of mayhem, battery with the intent to commit a serious felony, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and injury to a child.  Police say he cut a woman with a kitchen knife in front of two children in March. 

Idaho will remain in the fourth and final stage for reopening the economy for at least another two weeks as coronavirus infection rates and hospitalizations remain too high.  Governor Brad Little delivered the news speaking from the Idaho food Bank in Boise.

About 14,000 people landed jobs or returned to work in July as Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent.  That’s a significant drop from April’s historic high unemployment rate of 11.8 percent when the economy started shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The Minidoka County School District waived its policy of not allowing fans at athletic competitions.  The school board revised the reopening plan to only include three colors; green, yellow and red, removing orange altogether.  Now the school district is sitting in yellow, meaning fans will be allowed to attend activities and games.

The College of Southern Idaho athletic department put on the 23rd annual Lori Rogers Fly Like an Eagle golf tournament Saturday at Twin Falls Golf Club.  The event honors Lori Rogers, the late wife of CSI women’s basketball coach Randy Rogers, and is a fundraiser for the CSI athletic department.  Athletic Director Joel Bate says this was the first event the department has held since March. 


Today:  Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 65F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 87. Low: 61. WOOD

WEDNESDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 88. Low: 60.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 86. Low: 59.

MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 58.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy to partly sunny skies. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 80.

August 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Evansville, Indiana, was Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive. Along with Hank Williams and the "Father of Country Music", Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. Rose died on December 1, 1954.

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Real Love", the title track from Parton's latest album, Parton and Rogers' second country chart-topper as a duet act.

American drummer and session musician Larrie Londin died. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer, with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Londin moved to Nashville in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville's top session drummer and played with a wide range of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others.

Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris released the album Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions. The album which was nominated for several Grammy Awards peaked at #6 on the Country charts.

Singer, songwriter, June Carter Cash underwent surgery to have a pacemaker installed. June died two years later in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 15, 2003, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, in the company of her family and her husband of 35 years, Johnny Cash.

Curb Records released Live Like You Were Dying, the eighth studio album by Tim McGraw. The album was nominated for two Grammy's in 2005 for Best Country Vocal Performance Male and Best Country Album, winning for Best Country Vocal Performance.

Doug Stone, who charted four #1 country hits in the '90s, was arrested for DUI in Gallatin, Tenn after he was pulled over when local police officers were called about a possible intoxicated driver. Stone was jailed and released later that day on $3,000 bond.

"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line logged its 24th week at #1, the longest run at #1 in the chart's 69-year history (the previous record was 21 weeks held jointly by three songs, the last of which was Webb Pierce's "In the Jailhouse Now"). In January 2014, it overtook Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and became the best-selling country song in the US. As of March 2014, the song has sold in total 6,577,000 copies in the US.