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St. Luke’s say they have the freezers necessary to hold the coronavirus vaccines and are gearing up this morning to start distributing vaccinations as soon as they get them.  First up will be frontline workers.

Another new way for students to learn.  The Cassia county school district along with O’Leary middle school is using an app called “SORA” to give students access to the school library system.  The school said students can download the books to their own devices while at school and then take it home to read if they don’t have internet at home.

Conservation groups are blasting a Trump administration decision officials said will reduce wildfires by streamlining environmental reviews of timber salvage projects.  Some say the rules fast-track projects to benefit logging, grazing and mining while eliminating public comments. The new rules also speed the cutting down of pinyon-juniper woodlands in the U.S. West.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has authorized another 150 Idaho National Guard soldiers to help medical facilities battle the coronavirus.  250 soldiers will help with mobile testing support, facility decontamination and COVID-19 screenings. They are also helping at food banks.

Idaho’s top public health leaders have cleared the way for state officials to impose crisis standards of care if the number of COVID-19 patients increases so much that the state’s already strained hospitals wind up completely overwhelmed.  The move would direct hospitals to use limited resources to provide potentially life-saving treatment to the patients most likely to survive.

Free COVID-19 testing has started in Idaho.  Crush the Curve Idaho is partnering with the health district in Boise to provide the service at two locations.  One in Meridian and one at the Boise airport.  The free offer is good through the end of the year.  They will check to see if the patient has insurance.  If not, the federal family’s first coronavirus act will cover the cost. 

SPORTS

Derrick Alston Jr. scored 23 points, draining five 3-pointers, as Boise State beat Weber State 70-59 yesterday for its fourth straight win.  The game was an addition as Weber State saw its Saturday game get scratched by COVID-19 issues at Utah State, and BSU had home games against Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount fall away.

Czar Perry had 14 points as Cal State Bakersfield defeated Idaho 76-66 on Saturday.

Jacob Groves came off the bench to score 15 points to lift Eastern Washington to an 80-56 win over College of Idaho on Friday.

Get ready for the 24th annual Idaho Potato Bowl.  Game time is set for next Tuesday December 22 at Albertson stadium. The University of Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference and Tulane University Green Wave from the American Athletic Conference will be featured in the game.  Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on ESPN.  Due to COVID-19, fans will not be able to attend the game.

This weekend could be the charm for Boise State Broncos to Play football to a national television audience this year.  The thing is they must travel.  They will take on San Jose state at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.  Kickoff is 2:15 pm Saturday on Fox.  Boise State and San Jose State were scheduled to meet Nov. 28 in Boise but that game was canceled about 5 hours before kickoff because of COVID-19.

WEATHER

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Wednesday Night:  A slight chance of rain before 11pm, then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Thursday:  Rain and snow showers likely before 11am, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Sunday:  A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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The local health district is reporting that COVID-19 related deaths more than doubled last month in Southern Idaho.  74 people died in the local area compared to 31 in October and 15 in September.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said his office will decline joining a lawsuit filed by Texas to overturn the outcome of the presidential election.  The lawsuit is designed to invalidate the results in four battle ground states President Trump lost.  Governor Brad Little said he supports the Idaho Republican Party in backing the lawsuit.

A former Marine and Idaho resident is in trouble after joining a group who used a neo-Nazi internet forum to recruit members for what he called a modern day SS.  26 year old Jordan Duncan moved to Boise in 2018.  He is one of four men who have been charged with plotting to illegally sell and manufacture guns.  A judge yesterday refused to release him from custody.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said Idaho will remain in stage 2 in recovery efforts of COVID-19.  His announcement came yesterday after he warned residents that car crash victims could be treated in conference rooms and diabetics with infections could be denied beds if hospitals continue to fill and the state has to initiate crisis standards of care. He continues to ask everyone to wear a mask.  He is also suggested the legislature delay convening in January.

Idaho is expected to receive an initial 13,650 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week.  Health care leaders are scrambling to construct freezers capable of getting cold enough to store the shipments.  The vaccine in the thermal containers will be ok for 30 days.  After that they must be stored in the special freezers.

The Boise area district health board will try to meet again next week.  The board is expected to vote on a draft order Tuesday afternoon.  Protesters caused the mayor and the Police chief to ask the meeting adjourn on Tuesday.  The protesters are upset the order if approved, would place new restrictions over COVID-19.

SPORTS

Saturday is a big day for both Idaho and Cal State Bakersfield.  Both are looking to bounce back from losses.  Idaho fell short in a 61-58 game at Washington State in its last outing. Cal State Bakersfield lost 85-60 to Arizona in its most recent game.  Game time set for 2 pm mountain time Saturday in Bakersfield California. 

In local high school basketball from yesterday:  Twin Falls defeated Mountain Home 56 to 27.  It was Burley over Canyon Ridge 52 to 38.  Dietrich said no to Raft River 55 to 37 and North Gem outlasted Camas County 60 to 49. 

As far as the girls, North Gem defeated Camas County 38 to 33 and Valley said no to Buhl 35 to 28.  Oakley took the win over Shoshone 39 to 24.  It was Wendell 39 Richfield 30.  Filer outlasted Kimberly 60 to 40 and Declo said no  to Gooding 57 to 44 and it was Butte County 48 Murtaugh 21.

On the schedule for boys basketball today, Glenns Ferry plays Greenleaf, Hansen is at Murtaugh, Fruitland at Buhl, and Canyon Ridge at Emmett and Filer travels to Parma.  Gooding goes to Shoshone.  Bliss is at Twin Falls Christian Academy and Soda Springs travels to Declo.  Green Canyon is at Minico and Oakley is at Ambrose.

For the Girls, Hansen is at Murtaugh, Mountain Home meets at Canyon Ridge while Jerome is at Kimberly, Wendell at Raft River and Minico will be at Twin Falls.  Oakley travels to Grace.

WEATHER

Friday:  Isolated snow showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Isolated snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Saturday:  Isolated snow showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 35. Light southwest wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  A 50 percent chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday Night:  Snow likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Monday:  A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Tuesday Night:  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Wednesday:  A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night:  A slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Thursday:  A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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The Twin Falls High school was locked down yesterday morning after school administrators discovered a threat on social media toward the school.  Nearby Sawtooth Elementary was placed in a soft lockdown.  Police quickly surrounded the high school.  At first students were instructed to stay inside.  Shortly after classes were canceled and students were instructed to leave immediately.  Just before noon a juvenile male was taken into custody.

Yesterday morning, a car crash east of Rupert that wasn’t discovered for several hours has left a Rupert woman injured.  Police say they believe the accident on 600 north near 1700 east happened about 2 am.  Just before 8 they found 29 year old Patricia Ault’s car had rolled off the right shoulder of the road.  Ault was taken by air ambulance to Pocatello.

A single vehicle crash near Bliss has claimed the life of a juvenile.  Police say the youth was eastbound on Spring Cove road in a pickup yesterday afternoon just before 5 pm when the driver lost control and was ejected.  A juvenile passenger was transported by air ambulance to Boise.

Boise police are investigating after the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial was defaced by swastika stickers earlier this week.  The stickers, which included the words, “we are everywhere” as well as the Nazi insignia, were discovered Tuesday morning by a visitor to the memorial in downtown Boise.

A land exchange between the U.S. and an Idaho agribusiness will expand a giant toxic waste pile next to tribal land and harm tribal members, an eastern Idaho tribe said in a lawsuit.  The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes seek to block the land exchange between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company.

A group of protesters supporting the Central Health District’s efforts to promote wearing masks assembled in front of the district office Tuesday.  The new group calling themselves the 97-percenters said they are not going to stand and watch protesters against wearing masks cause meetings to be canceled due to fear.   

SPORTS

Charli Collier had 20 points and 11 rebounds and No. 23 Texas made 12 3-pointers in beating Idaho 73-48 yesterday.  Idaho was led by Beyonce Bea with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Natalie Klinker also grabbed 11 rebounds and Sydney Gandy scored 11.

Noah Williams scored 19 points, including a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left, and Washington State rallied out of a double-digit deficit for the third straight game to edge Idaho 61-58 last night as well. The Cougars trailed Idaho by as many as a 11 in the game and were down by nine in the second half.

In an e-mail to the school president, Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin said he wants out of the Mountain West.  The COVID-19 shutdown of the fall season added to his argument.  School president Marlene Tromp said that Boise State intends to remain in the Mountain West, but that doesn’t mean the Broncos will be in the conference forever.

In high school Boys basketball from last night, it was Castleford 50 Murtaugh 39.  Elsewhere Oakley downed Valley 50 to 40 and it was Dietrich 69 over Lightouse Christian 67 and Filer outlasted Declo in a double overtime game 64 to 60. 

In Girls Basketball, Lighthouse Christian took the game from Dietrict 70 to 41 and it was Canyon Ridge 42 Twin Falls 39.  Raft River outlasted Glenns Ferry 67 to 18 and Burley defeated Mountain Home 48 to 40.  Richfield said not today to Hansen 38 to 22 and Minico outlasted Jerome 64 to 62. 

WEATHER

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Light south southwest wind.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

 

Friday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Saturday:  A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Sunday:  A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night:  Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Monday:  A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Tuesday Night:  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Wednesday:  A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

December 10th: On this day

1927
The phrase 'Grand Ole Opry' was first uttered on-air. That night Barn Dance followed the NBC Red Network's Music Appreciation Hour, a program of classical music and selections from Grand Opera presented by classical conductor Walter Damrosch. That night, Damrosch remarked that "there is no place in the classics for realism," In response, Opry presenter George Hay said: "Friends, the program which just came to a close was devoted to the classics. Doctor Damrosch told us that there is no place in the classics for realism. However, from here on out for the next three hours, we will present nothing but realism. It will be down to earth for the 'earthy'."

1949
Billboard launched a "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart - the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay. The first #1 song on the new chart was "Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

1951
Born on this day in Sabinal, Texas, was Johnny Rodriguez who became the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds. He had the 1973 US #1 Country hit "You Always Come Back to Hurting Me."

1962
Waylon Jennings married his second wife Lynne Jones. The couple divorced in 1967. He later composed the song "This Time" about the trials and tribulations of his marriages and divorces.

1970
Born on this day in Redding, California, was Kevin Sharp country music artist and author who made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R&B artist Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows", a cover which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. Sharp died on 19th April 2014 after a long-running and high-profile battle with cancer.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

1996
Faron Young, American singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s shot himself after apparently being depressed that the music industry had turned its back on him. He died in Nashville the following day. His hits included "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young." His ashes were spread by his family over Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville at Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's home while the Cashes were away.

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Idaho health officials say more than 13-thousand doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive next Tuesday or Wednesday.  First to get the shots will be health care workers in Long Term facilities.

Public health officials abruptly ended a meeting yesterday after intense protests outside the Boise health department building and health officials home were threatening public safety.  The mayor and police chief asked the meeting stop.  The group was created by Ammon Bundy and outspoken opponent of mask mandates.

2,012 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday, the most in one day since the start of the pandemic. This brings the statewide total to 113,905.  Nineteen new deaths were reported, putting the statewide death toll related to the virus at 1,074.

When the Twin Falls school district board meets next Monday, the recommendation from the district is that after the Christmas break a four day in-person school week begins.  The fifth day would be home schooling.

The Dietrich school district has closed the elementary school after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19 or were showing symptoms.  The district said they will re-evaluate at the end of the week to see if classes can resume next week. 

Highway and interstate traffic on Thanksgiving Day were down in most of the state.  However, traffic headed south to Utah increased by 23% on Interstate 84 near the border and about 5% on Interstate 15, officials said. Gas prices have dropped 64 cents this year according to triple A.  The average price of 2-dollars 27 cents is four cents less than a month ago.  The national average is $2.16. 

Authorities say the body of an Idaho Falls man was found inside a mobile home after a fire.  The body, believed to be that of 61-year-old Jarius Hanson, was found inside the home after the fire was extinguished Sunday afternoon.

SPORTS

Justin Bean had 21 points as Utah State easily beat College of Idaho 90-64 last night.

Freshman Pelle Larsson scored 14 points to lead six Utah players in double-figure scoring, and the Utes beat Idaho State 75-59 last night as well.  The Bengals open their home schedule next week against Eastern Oregon.

In high school boys basketball yesterday, Jerome outlasted Canyon Ridge 61 to 46.  Camas County said no to Horseshoe Bend 62 to 39.  Century defeated Burley 44 to 39 and Pocatello took the win over Twin Falls 62 to 49.  It was the Dietrich JV’s downing Twin Falls Christian Academy 68 to 59.

In Girls Basketball, Lighthouse Christian defeated Murtaugh 60 to31, Camas County outlasted horseshoe bend 60 to 7.  Raft River said no to Hansen 76 to 24 and Valley took the win over Wendell 50 to 27.  Declo defeated Buhl 45 to 29 and it was Castleford 35 Shoshone 32.

 

WEATHER

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Friday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Sunday:   A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Sunday Night;  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Monday:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

 

December 9th: On this day

1932
Born on this day in Boone County, West Virginia, was Billy "Edd" Wheeler, American songwriter, performer, and writer. He has written songs performed by over 90 different artists including Judy Collins, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Darin, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Hazel Dickens, and Elvis Presley. With Roger Bowling he co-wote "Coward of the County" a hit for Kenny Rogers.

1935
Born on this day, in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana, was David Houston, country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, scoring 7 hits including the 1970 US #1 hit Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady). Houston died on November 30, 1993.

1955
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.

1956
Born on this day in Kokomo, Indiana, was Sylvia Jane Kirby, country music singer and songwriter. More commonly known by the singular name Sylvia, she enjoyed crossover music success with the song "Nobody" in 1982.

1968
During recording sessions at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Merle Haggard recorded "Hungry Eyes" which was featured on his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard and when released as a single became a Country #1 and one of the most famous of his career.

1970
Born on this day in Humble, Texas, was David Kersh country music singer who made his debut in 1996. His #3 single "Another You" was written by a then-unknown Brad Paisley.

1995
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with his version of "Tall, Tall Trees". Written by George Jones and Roger Miller, both singers recorded their own versions: Jones on his 1958 album Long Live King George, and Miller on his 1970 cover album A Trip in the Country.

2005
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married at their home in Oklahoma. It was Brooks' second marriage, and Yearwood's third. Brooks proposed marriage in front of 7,000 fans in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005.

2005
The cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain opened in theaters across the US. The soundtrack featured Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Merle Haggard's "I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall", as well as tracks by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he plans to propose tax cuts and investments in transportation, education and water projects to lawmakers in January following another monthly revenue report that exceeded projections despite rising coronavirus infections and deaths.   The latest numbers show a projected budget surplus of $630 million after November tax revenue came in $45 million higher than expected. Year-to-date, state revenues are ahead of projections by nearly $170 million, or 10.6%.

Public health officials in Idaho have reported delays in contract tracing, and have not been able to accurately report the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state as residents refuse to cooperate among a surge of infections.  Central District Health had 30 people on its contract tracing staff last week. Idaho’s seven health districts have 156 employees on their contact tracing teams, many of whom are part-time and juggling other job duties.

Federal prosecutors in Utah have sued a Southern Idaho pharmacy after claiming employees allegedly filled hundreds of opioid prescriptions for members of the same family. The state U.S. attorney’s office filed a civil enforcement action against Ridley’s Family Markets of Twin Falls.  Prosecutors claim the prescriptions were for painkillers prescribed to married couple under suspicious circumstances. “The unfortunate reality is Ridley’s had virtually no safeguards in place to prevent their employees from filling these and other bogus prescriptions,” the lawsuit said.

A Colorado judge set a $5 million bond for a Twin Falls man who is accused of kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl in 1984.  Prosecutors said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to charge 69 year old Steve Pankey with the killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews. Her body was found in July 2019, 35 years after her death, by construction workers digging a pipeline in a rural area southeast of Greeley.

Gas prices have dropped 64 cents this year according to triple A.  The average price of 2-dollars 27 cents is four cents less than a month ago.  The national average is $2.16. 

SPORTS

Checking scores from high school basketball from yesterday … first one for the boys where Valley defeated Buhl 49 to 37.  As far as the girls go, it was Twin Falls 32 over Bishop Kelly 24.  Canyon Ridge defeated Kimberly 47 to 37 and it was Gooding 53 to Valley’s 51 in a close overtime game.

Tonight the college of Idaho takes on Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.  Utah State lost 67-64 loss at home to Brigham Young in its most recent game.  The action is set to start at 7 pm. 

 

WEATHER

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 45. East wind around 7 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. East wind around 8 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night:  A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Monday:  A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

December 8th: On this day

1912
Born on this day, was Jack Stapp who was an influential country music manager. He co-wrote, with Harry Stone, the popular song "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy." Stapp was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.

1914
Born on this day, was Floyd Tillman American country musician who, in the 1930s and 1940s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. Tillman's only #1 song as a singer was "They Took the Stars Out of Heaven" which reached the top of the charts in 1944.

1933
Born on this day in Canton, Ohio, was Dick Glasser, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His biggest hit as a songwriter was "Angels in the Sky." By the 1970s he was managing MGM Records' country music division in Nashville and there he produced C. W. McCall's #1 record "Convoy," a worldwide hit for the company.

1959
Born on this day was Marty Raybon, singer, songwriter from Shenandoah who had the 1990 US Country #1 hit single with "Next to You, Next to Me." Before leaving Shenandoah in 1997, he and his brother Tim formed a duo known as the Raybon Brothers, which had crossover success that year with the hit single "Butterfly Kisses."

1982
Marty Robbins, the American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist died of a heart attack. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of his era, Robbins released over 50 singles and 100 albums. In addition to his recordings, Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in 35 career NASCAR races with six top 10 finishes, including the 1973 Firecracker 400. In 1967, Robbins played himself in the car racing film Hell on Wheels.

1989
Arista Records released Alan Jackson's first hit, "Here In The Real World", the title track from the Country singer songwriters debut album.

1991
Roy Acuff became the first country artist recognized in the Kennedy Center Honors, which was attended by president George Bush. Among the participants in the ceremony, which was also shot for a CBS-TV special: Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Steve Wariner and Bill Monroe.

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Soldiers doing triage in parking lots could be the start of a science fiction movie.  But that’s the real life scene in Idaho’s capitol city.  Medical workers are also pulling extra 12 hour shifts as throughout the state’s medical system as workers try to keep up on patients with COVID-19.  Officials are now warning that rationing care is the next step. 

An Idaho Falls man who recently became a pilot had his skills put to the test Saturday night.  Police say Jackson Walker was flying to Provo when his aircraft’s oil pressure dropped causing the engine to seize up.  Walker was able to land the aircraft on Interstate 80 east of Salt Lake City.  A motorist spotted the aircraft and began slowing traffic to give the pilot adequate room to land.  Police say it was not a crash but just a landing.  There were no injuries and no loss of personal property.

Ice Skating has returned to the downtown commons area in Twin Falls.  Workers opened the rink on Saturday and if you bring your own ice skates it is free.  Rentals will once again be offered as well.  The rink has been set up in a circular formation to better control the flow of people using the facility.

The murder trial in Burley for the man charged in the 1995 death of a teen has been delayed two weeks.  The January jury trial for Gilberto Flores Rodriguez was re-scheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is now set to start the morning of January 26th.  Rodriguez has been accused of the first degree murder of 14 year old Regina Krieger whose body was found on the banks of the Snake River.  She had gone missing from her basement bedroom.

Tomorrow, the Central District Health in Boise will vote on a new public health order.  The order is meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.  It’s expected the revision will allow sports to continue and there will be more face covering exemptions.  Visits to long term care facilities will be allowed with requirements and bar top seating will be allowed with a barrier.

The 2021 McCall winter carnival has been canceled.  The announcement was made yesterday.  Each year the carnival hosts around 60-thousand attendees. 

 

SPORTS

In college basketball, the Idaho Vandals lost their game against the Sacramento Hornets with a score of 73 to 57 Saturday.  It’s the second defeat for the Idaho school after Sacramento State defeated Idaho 77-55 last Thursday.

From the High School boys basketball games played over the weekend, Ambrose downed Lighthouse Christian 56 to 53.  Camas County took the game from Cascade 82 to 57 and it was Dietrich over Butte County 71 to 55.  Kimberly outlasted Sugar Salem 49 to 42.  Oakley said no to the Victory charter school 65 to 51.  Snake River took the win over Filer 73 to 49.

In girls prep basketball, Idaho Falls downed Minico 54 to 45; Preston outlasted Twin Falls 57 to 27.  Ridgeview took the win from Gooding 46 to 38 and Sugar Salem toppled the game over Filer 63 to 30.

WEATHER

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 41. Light and variable wind.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 44. East southeast wind around 7 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

December 7th: On this day

1948
Born on this day was American country music singer Gary Morris who charted a string of countrypolitan-styled hit songs throughout the 1980s including the 1983 ballad "The Wind Beneath My Wings", and five #1 hits.

1983
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton were awarded a platinum single for "Islands In The Stream". Written by the Bee Gees it was the first single from Rogers' album Eyes That See in the Dark and the second pop #1 for both Rogers and Parton (Rogers having been there with 1980's "Lady" and Parton with 1981's "9 to 5").

1991
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "For My Broken Heart". The lead track from her eighteenth album was originally planned as a duet with Clint Black, but he was unavailable at the time of recording.

1996
Johnny Cash was honoured at the 19th Annual Kennedy Centre Awards Ceremony at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. The ceremony was televised and featured a medley of Cash's hits performed by Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett.

1998
"You Were Mine" by the Dixie Chicks was released as the fourth single from the album Wide Open Spaces. The song hit #1 on the US Country singles chart, spending two weeks there in March 1999. It also placed 34th on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop singles chart.

2002
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2006
The Dixie Chicks picked up five Grammy Award nominations, leading all other country acts. Alan Jackson neted three and Carrie Underwood collected two, including one for Best New Artist.

2008
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored George Jones for his lifetime contributions to the arts. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer.