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Monday 110419

The body of a Oakley man has been found after shooting an elk in Caribou County’s Backcountry.  79 year old Paul Schiffman was found northeast of Soda Springs Friday morning after an extensive air and ground search.  Authorities say Schiffman was processing the animal when he suffered a medical condition and died.

A Boise resident was seriously hurt and traffic was backed up for several hours 12 miles south of Rogerson Saturday evening.  A car traveling north collided Head On with a southbound semi-truck hauling bees.  39 year old Val Lovely was taken by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

The house of Representatives has introduced a new bill that could mean big changes for Agriculture in Idaho.  The bill is called the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would allow for current undocumented agriculture workers to earn legal status, improve the H 2A program and require AG industries to use the E-Verify system. Many Idaho organizations are on board, including the Idaho Dairymen's Association.

Hagerman’s Public Library is one of eleven in Idaho that were selected to receive a thousand dollar grant that will go towards workforce development. The funding the libraries will receive will allow for them to expand their existing efforts to assist job seekers, business owners, and entrepreneurs.  

A Dive Team from Twin Falls County recovered the body of 80 year old Eugene Holm of Heyburn Saturday.  The victim was in a boat when it sank Friday in the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir.  He was in the boat with 65 year old James Wilson of Jerome.  Crews were unable to recover the boat he was in.

A standoff and a possible hostage incident that lasted for several hours in a cornfield just outside of Wendell Saturday afternoon ended peacefully.  Officials say Justin Bell was taken into custody.  The three hour event ended and Bell was taken to the Jerome County Jail.  He had 5 warrants from Jerome.  Authorities are determining if a female in the car was a willing participant or a hostage. 


In sports from around Idaho, first to San Jose California where Boise  State took the win from San  Jose State 52 to 42 Saturday night.  The Broncos are 7 and 1 for the season.

Northern Colorado took Idaho State 26 to 20 Saturday night and the Idaho Vandals took the game with Cal Poly 21 to 0.

For CSI Basketball, both the men and women won their games Friday.  The men took the game from Mesa Community College in Mesa 78 to 71 and it was the women beating Mesa 73 to 48.

In local high school football playoffs, Jerome beat Hillcrest 41 to 34.  Murtaugh remains alive with the win over Watersprings 32 to 20.  Declo beat Salmon 25 to 8. It was Fruitland outlasting Kimberly 64 to 29 and Minico downed Preston 47 to 21.  Bishop Kelly won over Canyon Ridge 57 to 7.  In regular season play Oakley took Raft River 34 to 8 and Grace beat Valley 50 to 38. 


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

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High: 59. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny. High: 57. Low: 29.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 58. Low: 32.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 61. Low: 33.

SATURDAY: Increasing clouds. High: 57. Low: 33.

SUNDAY:  High cloudiness. High: 56.

November 4th: On this day

Henry Horton was re-elected to a third term as governor of Tennessee, USA. Immediately, Nashville residents began withdrawing money from Caldwell-affiliated banks en masse, because Horton and the Caldwell Bank had both been involved in a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids. The story of the scandal would inspire the song "The Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train" by Uncle Dave Macon.

Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Delbert McClinton, singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country chart. Emmylou Harris had a #1 country hit in 1978 with McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine."

American Country singer, Audrey Williams, (the first wife of Hank Williams) died from heart failure related to her years of alcohol and drug use at the age of 52, outliving Hank, Sr. by 22 years.

Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.

Dolly Parton was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Country Awards. She has earned over 35 BMI Pop and Country Awards throughout her prolific songwriting career.

Loretta Lynn was honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards. During her career, Lynn has written over 160 songs and released 60 albums, and has sold over 45 million records worldwide.

Friday 110119

One person died in a single vehicle rollover near Pocatello yesterday.  Idaho state police say 19 year old Kaden Bowman of Malad went into the median on I-15 where the vehicle rolled.  He was ejected and died at the scene.

Defense attorneys for former Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez told the judge that their client is facing double jeopardy because two of the charges in the case lack specifics.  The former officer has been charged with sexually abusing a child starting when the girl was 9 years old.  The multiple counts appear to be for different incidents.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against 54-year-old Brian Leigh Dripps who was arrested in connection with the rape and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge of Idaho Falls more than two decades ago. Police said Dripps lived across the street from Dodge at the time of her death and knew her as an acquaintance.

Authorities in Cassia County say 24-year-old Juan Daniel Canales-Ortiz of Oakley has been charged with having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.  She reportedly said she had seen him three times in the past month and on Oct. 21 he sexually touched her at his home.

Today Latino homes are celebrating Dea-Day Mwer-toes or Day of the dead.  At night many believe that the spirits of departed loved ones visit the earth again.  CSI will host a celebration this evening starting at 6.

Lincoln county commissioners held an emergency meeting this week to discuss the courthouse bond.  On the Ballot they are asking for 5.8 million but they have lowered the amount to 5-million.  If passed, homeowners with a 100-thousand dollar assessment will see an increase of $81 a year.

Seventh and eighth graders will be learning to help others at the Burley Junior High School.  It’s called service learning and the teacher of the class said they will work with local senior centers and elementary schools working with the Magic Valley Humanitarian center where the hope is to keep homeless people off the ground.  The students will also learn the importance of recycling. 


In sports from around the valley, the football playoffs kicked off yesterday with Carey taking North Gem 58 to 6.  It was Dietrich over Rockland 40 to 0 and in  first round  playoffs, the Lighthouse Christian Lions took the win over Camas County 63 to 16.

The playoffs continue tonight starting at 7 in the  4-A Canyon Ridge will  be at Bishop Kelly,  Hillcrest will be at Jerome, Preston travels to Minico.  That game broadcast tonight on 1400 AM, KART.  In the 3-A it’s Fruitland at Kimberly.  In 2-A action Salmon will be at Declo at 6 pm.  In 1A Division  2 Murtaugh travels to Watersprings 3:30.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 48F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 21F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny skies. High: 49. Low: 25.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and a little bit warmer. High: 52. Low: 29.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 54. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 53. Low: 29.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 53. Low: 29.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 52.

November 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Columbia, South Carolina, was James William Anderson III better known as singer, songwriter and television personality Bill Anderson. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached #1 on the country charts seven times: In 1995, Billboard magazine named four Anderson compositions -"City Lights," "Once A Day," "Still," and "Mama Sang A Song" - among the top 20 country songs of the past 35 years, more than any other songwriter.

Born on this day in Kerang, Victoria, was John Williamson, Australian country music singer-songwriter. Williamson has released over forty albums, and has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia.

Born on this day in Wichita Falls, Texas, was Keith Stegall, country music recording artist and record producer. Stegall charted thirteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with the highest-peaking being 1985's "Pretty Lady."

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter and actor. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.

Born on this day in Culpeper, Virginia, was Big Kenny, country music singer. He and John Rich comprise the duo Big & Rich, which has recorded three studio albums. Kenny has also written or co-written singles for Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, McBride & the Ride and Tim McGraw. His first solo single, "Long After I'm Gone," was released in 2009.

Shania Twain's mother and stepfather died in a car accident approximately 50 kilometres north of Wawa, Ontario. As a result Twain moved back to Timmins to take care of her younger siblings and then took them all to Huntsville, Ontario. There, she supported them by earning money performing at the nearby Deerhurst Resort.

The Marty Stuart Show began airing on cable's RFD-TV. Each episode featured music by Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, banjo-picker Leroy Troy, and guests.

Winners at the Country Music Association Awards included; Single of the Year - "Pontoon", Little Big Town, Song of the Year - "Over You", Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Vocal Group of the Year - Little Big Town, New Artist of the Year - Hunter Hayes, Album of the Year - Chief, Eric Church, Vocal Duo - Thompson Square, Music Video - "Red Solo Cup", Toby Keith, Male Vocalist - Blake Shelton, Female Vocalist - Miranda Lambert, Musical Event of the Year - "Feel Like a Rock Star", Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and Entertainer of the Year went to Blake Shelton.

Thursday 103119

Chief U.S. District court judge David Nye has dismissed a federal lawsuit challenging Idaho’s ballot initiative process.  Ryan Isbelle claimed it was unconstitutional because it requires signatures from multiple legislative districts.

40 year old Todd Okelberry will spend time in prison for setting a fire to a man home because the man was romantically seeing Okelberry’s wife.  In June, Okelberry pleaded guilty to the first degree felony.  This week the judge sentenced him to at least two years and ordered him to pay a $3-thousand dollar fine.

Mountain Home resident Scott Eugene Riggs has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of his landlady.  The defense tried to pin the crime on the suspect’s late mother.  71 year old Paula Ferbrache was discovered inside the trunk of her own car.  She had been stabbed 8 times.  She reportedly was unhappy with the way Riggs and his family were taking care of the home and didn’t renew the lease.

Idaho fish and game officials are asking for your help as they investigate two poaching cases in the Garden Valley and Lowman areas.  Officers discovered a spike elk was shot and left to waste near the Terrace Lakes Golf Course in Crouch on October 20th.  The next evening a mule deer was shot and left to waste in the rock creek drainage near Lowman.  Call CAP at 800-632-5999 if you can assist in the investigation.

Idaho State University is kicking off the final fundraising phase in order to begin construction of a 22-thousand square foot Alumni and Visitors center at the school in Pocatello.  A donor is matching every gift made through the end of the year for up to 200-thousand dollars. 


In southern Idaho sports, the High School Football playoffs start this weekend.  Tomorrow starting at 7 in the  4-A Canyon Ridge will  be at Bishop Kelly,  Hillcrest will be at Jerome, Preston travels to Minico.  In the 3-A it’s Fruitland at Kimberly.  In 2-A action Salmon will be at Declo at 6 tomorrow.

In 1A Division  2 Camas County will be at Lighthouse Christian today at 4, Dietrich at Rockland at 3 today and Murtaugh travels to Watersprings 3:30 tomorrow.  Finally north Gem will be at Carey at 4 this afternoon. 


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 44F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 18F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and cold. High: 45. Low: 21.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and cool. High: 49. Low: 25.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and a little bit warmer. High: 52. Low: 29.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 54. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 54. Low: 31.

WEDNESDAY: A slight chance of showers to go along with partly sunny skies. Breezy. High: 53.

October 31st: On this day

Born on this day was the acclaimed early country and folk music performer Samantha Bumgarner from Dillsboro, North Carolina. In 1924, accompanied by guitarist Eva Davis, she traveled to New York City and recorded about a dozen songs for Columbia Records. The recordings are also notable for being the first use of a 5-string banjo on a recording. She died on December 24, 1960.

Born on this day in Uvalde, Texas, was Dale Evans, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. From 1951 to 1957, Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. She died on February 7, 2001 aged 88.

"Always Late (with Your Kisses)" co-written and recorded by Lefty Frizzell was at #1 on the Country charts. The song which spent 13 weeks at the top of the charts has also been recorded by Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Love's Gonna Live Here", which spent sixteen weeks at the top spot and a total of thirty weeks on the chart. After "Love's Gonna Live Here" finished its 16-week stay, no other song would spend more than 10 weeks at #1 for 49 years.

Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Darryl Worley, country music artist whose six albums have produced 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three #1's: "I Miss My Friend", "Have You Forgotten?", and "Awful, Beautiful Life", from 2002, 2003 and 2004-2005, respectively. "Have You Forgotten?" spent seven weeks at #1. Nine other singles have reached the Top 40.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country chart with "Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)" a song written by Wayland Holyfield and Norro Wilson. The first single from his Greatest Hits album it became Charley Pride's twenty-fifth #1 single on the country chart.

American country music singer, songwriter Liz Anderson died aged 84. She received two Grammy Award nominations in 1967, for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for her Top 5 hit, the self-penned "Mama Spank" and with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean for "Best Country Vocal - Group" for another top 5 hit "The Game of Triangles". Anderson also wrote many of the early hits for her daughter, Lynn Anderson.


Eastbound traffic along I-84 was backed up for about 10 miles yesterday morning near Glens Ferry because of wintery conditions.  Police said there were multiple slide-offs and a semi-Crash that blocked the road.  No serious injuries were reported. 

A couple dressed up as Native Americans and making loud war cries was kicked out of Shari’s restaurant in Lewiston, over the weekend.  They were told to leave because of their offensive conduct and comments to staff members.  The community is near the Nez-Perce Indian Reservation, one of the largest in the gem state. 

The Idaho Human Rights Commission has launched the Language Access Plan that includes having half of its 10-member staff fluent in both Spanish and English.  The agency is responsible for enforcing state and federal anti-discrimination laws.  About 25-hundred inquiries are logged annually with about 500 formal complaints filed. 

Pro-life advocate Rev. Paul Thompson has asked the Twin Falls city council to endorse a statewide abortion ban.  Mayor Shawn Barigar said the Council could consider an endorsement once the bill is officially introduced in the legislature. 

Some fire departments in Magic Valley have headed to California to battle the string of wildfires in that state.  Rock Creek fire sent three staff members to the side who will be there for about two weeks.  The Gooding Fire department also sent help.  Both departments sent equipment as well.

The state of Idaho paid 212-thousand 5-hundred dollars to a woman who sued.  The former University of Idaho College of Law student said the school violated federal law by failing to assist her with reasonable accommodations after she reported that another student sexually assaulted her.  The school told the woman she could transfer to another campus rather than move her attacker to a different class. 


The Boise State Broncos are coming off a bye after a tough loss to an un-ranked BYU team, their first defeat of the season.  Now they are preparing for San Jose State.  The Spartans are coming off a win at Army. Right now San Jose State ranks second in the Mountain West in passing yards, right behind Hawaii and sixth in rushing, one above BSU.  Saturday's kick-off time is 8:30 p.m. and you can catch the broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

The last statewide high school football poll is out for the season as teams head to the playoffs.  No local teams from Class 4A made it on the list but Jerome, Canyon Ridge and Minico are headed to the playoffs this Friday.  Gooding is 5th in 3A.  Oakley is third in 1A Division 1 and Raft River remains fourth.  Lighthouse Christian has an undefeated regular season and that has put them on the top for Division 2.  Carey remains in the third spot in that class.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 37F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 16F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and cold. High: 44. Low: 18.

FRIDAY (Halloween): Mostly sunny skies and cool. High: 45. Low: 22.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit warmer. High: 51. Low: 25.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and not as cold. High: 54. Low: 29.

MONDAY:   Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 54. Low: 31.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 55.

October 30th: On this day

Born on this day Beaudry, Arkansas, was Patsy Montana country music singer, songwriter and actress. Montana was the first female country performer to have a million-selling single with her signature song "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart", and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She died on 3 May 1996 aged 87.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "I'm Movin' On". It stayed at the top of the charts for a record breaking 21 weeks, and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career

Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Jeannie Kendall, singer from the duo The Kendalls who released 16 albums including the #1 hits "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," "Sweet Desire" and "Thank God for the Radio".

Born on this day in Arabi, Georgia, was T. Graham Brown, country music artist who has recorded over a dozen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Three of these singles - "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" from 1986, and "Darlene" from 1988, reached #1.

Born on this day near Magna, Utah, was Lorraine Osborn. With sisters Kristyn and Kassidy, she formed SHeDAISY, whose 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, won them a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for top new duet or group. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs", "I Will But", "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing".

Hank Williams, Jr. had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

A music memorabilia collector and a former custodian at Sony/ATV Music Publishing were arrested for stealing Hank Williams' notebook. Stephen Shutts said he had purchased the 59-year-old notebook of lyrics at a garage sale and later sold it. Francine Boykin told police she had found the notebook in the trash while working in the Sony/ATV building. Although Shutts' attorney said the notebook was being kept in a safe place, it had not been returned to Sony/ATV.

Curly Putman died aged 85. His biggest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Elvis Presley, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones. He also co-wrote "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Bobby Braddock.

Tuesday 102919

38-year old Thomas Wildman was in a Twin Falls Courtroom yesterday to plead not guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, unlawful exercise of police functions and possession of a controlled susbstance.  Wildman has been accused of impersonating a homeland security and a CIA officer at Walmart in Twin Falls.  Wildman and 44 year old Aaron Altes reportedly went to the store with badges and a pistol.  They left the store without paying for about $750 in merchandise police say.

One person died and another injured in a crash involving an electric scooter in Boise.  The accident happened in downtown Boise Sunday evening.  Authorities say a vehicle and a scoter collided. 

Idaho’s State Department of Education has a long-term goal to improve tests scores and other education achievements by Latino students but the plan has seen little success in its first two years.  Officials say improving Latino student outcomes is an urgent need for the good of Idaho’s workforce.

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to raise $170 million dollars for Idaho’s public schools have started collecting signatures to get the measure on the November 2020ballot.  Reclaim Idaho is hoping  to increase taxes on wealthy and corporations.  The group needs to collect 55-thousand signatures by April of next year.   The initiative calls for raising the tax rate by 3% to just under 10% on individuals making more than $250,000.  The tax rate for corporations would increase by about 1% to 8%.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee said he was happy to get the news that ISIS founder and leader Abu al-Baghdadi had been killed.  The senator was briefed about the mission Saturday night, and then got a wakeup call about the news from President Donald Trump Sunday morning.  Risch was quoted as saying “They would do a 9-eleven here every day if they could.”


Both the Filer and Gooding volleyball teams are heading north as in northern Idaho to play in the state playoffs after winning the district championship games.  Here is how it all went down.  The Filer Wildcats took the first game over Gooding.  Then the Senators took the win beating South Freemont on Saturday.  Now Filer will face Weiser while Gooding opens with Fruitland this Friday in Post Falls.  The Filer game starts at 11 am.


Today:  Cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Low 19F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and cold. High: 34. Low: 11.

THURSDAY (Halloween): Mostly sunny skies and cold. High: 42. Low: 18.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and cold. High: 45. Low: 21.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and not as cold. High: 49. Low: 25.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 53. Low: 28.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 55.

October 29th: On this day

Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with "The Prisoned Cowboy" on one side and "Lonesome Blue Yodel" on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)." Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Don't Wanna Play House". Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette's first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album's cover was the first to show the distinctive "Dolly" signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton's de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.

Born on this day in New London, CT, was Veronica Ballestrini, American country pop singer-songwriter. Her debut album What I'm All About was released in 2009 on her own independent label. Her first single "Amazing" charted on the Music Row Country chart and the music video debuted at #3 on CMT Pure.

Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.

Monday 102819

The University of Idaho has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said school officials told her to transfer to another campus if she didn’t want to continue attending classes with a student who sexually assaulted her.  U.S. District Judge David Nye dismissed the case after attorneys on both sides told the court they’d reached a settlement to end the lawsuit. The terms of the settlement were not included in the court documents.

A judge has dismissed a felony rape charge against Boise police officer Eric Simunich at the request of the prosecutors who said they need more time to present evidence.  The 43 year old officer remains under investigation despite the dismissal.  A woman Simunich took to dinner Oct. 13 and met online a day before told police he forced himself on her, left bruises and threw her phone out of her grasp.  Twin Falls prosecutor Grant Loebs said they filed the motion because they weren’t ready to put the case on trial.

Officials say they plan to use a helicopter to capture 365 wild horses near Challis Idaho in early November to reduce the number of horses to about 185.  About 240 horses not released back into the wild will be transported to the Bruneau Wild Horse Off-Range Corral facility southeast of Boise for adoption.

Police say high-speed chase through Heyburn ended after the fleeing driver’s car ran out of gas on Interstate 84.  Police say the driver was speeding in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.  The chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour continuing through Minidoka and Cassia counties before the car ran out of gas.  21 year old Dakoda Ryan Harris was taken into custody. 

Authorities in Ada county say 33-year-old Amber Lea Dewitt of Caldwell pointed a BB gun that resembled a 9mm handgun at officers before two officers opened fire, killing her.  The shooting happened after police responded to a report around 6 a.m. Sunday that a woman was acting suspiciously and knocking on doors in Boise.  Police say they found Dewitt sitting in a vehicle, and she pointed a gun at them when they attempted to make contact.

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo has announced several staff promotions and hires in his DC office.  Molly Carpenter joined the office as the new Military Legislative Assistant. Ellie Bender has been promoted to Legislative Correspondent and Nate Favero will be a staff Assistant.


High school football is heading toward the state playoffs as the brackets have been set in stone. For the great basin ten class 4A it’s Jerome, Minico and Canyon Ridge.  First round games begin this Friday.

In the class 3 A Gooding got a first round bye in the playoffs with the win over Kimberly.  The Bulldogs took second and will play Fruitland. 

In the Class 2 A, Declo will host Salmon.

In the Class 1 A Top ranked and undefeated Lighthouse Christian had a bye in the final round of regular season.  They will host Camas County on Thursday.  Carey had its spot as the second seed from the district wrapped up heading into last Friday. They will host North Gem Thursday.  Dietrich, the third seed, will host Rockland, and Murtaugh, the fourth seed, will play Watersprings.

In college football, Chris Helbig was 20-of-25 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns, Carlton Johnson returned one of his two interceptions for a 51-yard touchdown and Southern Utah cruised by Idaho State 59-34 on Saturday.



Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Low near 20F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:   Partly sunny and breezy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a chance of snow showers in both regions. New snow accumulation of around an inch is possible.   Winds: W 15-20 mph, gust as strong as 30 mph   High: 28 Low: 9  Mountains: 23 Low: 2

WEDNESDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 34 Low: 13   Mountains: 30 Low: 10

THURSDAY (HALLOWEEN): Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 42 Low: 18   Mountains: 38 Low: 15

FRIDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 46 Low: 22  Mountains: 42 Low: 19

SATURDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 50 Low: 26  Mountains: 46 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 54 Mountains: 48


October 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Hampton, Arkansas, was Tommy Tomlinson, guitarist, (The Tomlinson family resided on a farm located just a few miles away from Johnny Cash's farm between Kingsland and Tinsman). Tomlinson played with Hank Williams in the late 40's, early 50's, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Claude King, and Marty Robbins. He died on April 8, 1982.

Born on this day in Wilmington, North Carolina, was Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"; Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

Born on this day in Wheeling, West Virginia, was Brad Paisley, singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references. He scored the 2000 US Country #1 hit "We Danced."

Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including "Carroll County Accident" and "Green Green Grass of Home."

Randy Travis and wife Elizabeth filed for divorce. According to the Associated Press, Randy filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Albuquerque, N.M. citing a "state of incompatibility exists between the parties".

Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio was honored for their influence on modern Country music at the ceremony attended by Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb.

Jason Aldean's tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian in Knox County, Ind. The man had walked out into the middle of the roadway and was struck by Aldean's bus on the northbound lane of US 41 North.