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Police in Hawaii and the FBI are now part of the search for two missing Rexburg children.  Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are the parents of missing 17 year old Tylee Ryan and 7 year old Joshua Vallow.  The parents have been at the Kauai beach resort.  Their rental car was seized but the couple was not arrested. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare yesterday asked for an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year’s budget.  Director Dave Jeppesen told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that the large increase is due to Medicaid expansion that went into effect Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, the number of Idaho residents who have signed up for Medicaid under the state’s voter-approved expanded coverage has passed 60,000.  If the anticipated 91,000 people do eventually sign up, it would cost Idaho about $400 million, with the federal government paying 90%.

Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming they say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife.  The groups contend the Forest Service’s approval of the pipeline project in November violated the Endangered Species Act.  About 26 miles of the pipeline crosses private land and about 4 miles crosses state land.

Twenty four people were taken to the hospital in Donnelly yesterday morning after a carbon monoxide leak.  Fire rescue workers were called to the home just before 6:30 A.M.  The home was being used as a vacation rental property.  The conditions of those people were not released. 

The Gooding County Prosecutor said police were justified in killing 28 year old David James Bamber Jr. October 15th.  The California man lead authorities on a high speed chase through Elmore, Twin Falls and Gooding Counties eventually crashing a stolen truck that he had hijacked moments earlier.  Bamber died at the scene. 


In sports from around the area … first to boys high school varsity basketball where Wood River outlasted Buhl 63 to 46.  Declo downed Gooding 57 to 43.  Twin Falls took the win from Mountain Home 52 to 30 and Richfield won their game against the Sun Valley Community School 61 to 56. 

In Girls basketball we have one game to report.  Castleford outlasted Shoshone 35 to 29. 

Boise State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over San Jose State. In its last five wins against the Spartans, Boise State has won by an average of 22 points. San Jose State’s last win in the series came on March 5, 2016, a 68-63 victory.  Game time tomorrow at 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Boise State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over San Jose State. In its last five wins against the Spartans, Boise State has won by an average of 22 points. San Jose State’s last win in the series came on March 5, 2016, a 68-63 victory.  Game time tomorrow at 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Cameron Oluyitan scored 15 points and led four players into double figure scoring as Southern Utah walloped Idaho, 73-45 in a Big Sky Conference battle last night.  Trevon Allen scored 12 points to lead the Vandals who now have lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Idaho plays at Northern Arizona Saturday afternoon.


Today:  Rain and snow showers this morning changing to all rain for the afternoon. High 44F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain and snow showers diminishing this evening. A few breaks in the clouds overnight. Low 33F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 40%.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 31.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 44. Low: 34.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 49. Low: 38.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 58. Low: 37.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 55. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 35.

January 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Pautaxant, Maryland, was Eddie Bayers, a session drummer who has worked with many artists including George Strait, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, and Dolly Parton.

Born on this day in New York City, New York, was Barbi Benton, model, actress, and singer. Best known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine several times (initially credited as Barbi Klein) and in nude photo layouts.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins, and Nancy Ames.

Country singer, songwriter Al Dexter died. Born Clarence Albert Poindexter, the American country musician and songwriter helped popularize the style of honky tonk and scored seven #1 hits in the 40's. He is best known for his 1944 hit "Pistol Packin' Mama" which became the 1943 marching chorus of the New York Yankees. The 1943 movie of the same name, made by the Republic Pictures, gave Dexter close to $250,000 in royalties.

The recording took place for "We Are The World" the US equivalent of "Band Aid" at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.

Country music artists Alabama, Willie Nelson and Anne Murray each won two American Music Awards, while Loretta Lynn took home a special Award of Merit. Other winners include: Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Shock'n Y'all the eighth studio album by Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album has been certified 4 x Platinum in the US for shipments in excess of 4 million units.

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The house state affairs committee has voted to do away with daylight savings time.  If signed into law Idaho residents wouldn’t have to fall back or spring ahead.

An Oregon judge has blocked the state’s child welfare officials from sending a foster child to live in a Mountain Home facility after the boys attorney pointed out a technicality.  That could impact the state’s ability to place more foster children in the gem state.  A 1975 law says facilities that take in Oregon foster children must be incorporated. Mountain Home is a limited liability company, a type of business that is not incorporated.

The amount of money in Idaho’s rainy-day fund that serves as a cushion against a potential economic downturn would increase under proposed legislation.  The Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s recommendation and voted for the House to hear the bill that would increase the Budget Stabilization Fund to 15% of general fund revenues.

It’s warming up in the gem state but that could be a good thing.  An Illinois-based group that dismisses human-caused climate change told Idaho lawmakers that the warming that has occurred has had a net benefit for the state.  James Taylor of the Heartland Institute said that modest warming had increased crop production and has had other benefits.

Idaho’s wine industry wouldn’t have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that moved to the full House.  Idaho has some 60 wineries. But Idaho law doesn’t allow extra wine they produce they don’t have room for to be stored in Idaho.

24 year old Stormy Ray Adakai, of Fort Hall, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for assault after prosecutors said he severely beat a long-haul truck driver from Missouri at an eastern Idaho truck stop.  The truck driver, Amos Phillips, was sleeping inside his cab at a truck stop in Fort Hall two years ago when someone broke in, demanded money and beat Phillips with rocks in his fists. The attack left Phillips with broken bones in his face, a brain hemorrhage and other serious injuries.


In sports over the weekend, first to girls high school basketball where Filer outlasted Ridgevue 56 to 38.  Wendell said no to Shoshone 55 to 47.  Camas County outlasted Dietrich 60 to 38 and Hansen out played Raft River 51 to 46.  Declo took down Oakley 34 to 20.

In Boys hoops, Camas County 75 over Dietrich 55 and Valley said no to Declo 43 to 38. 

Amin Adamu scored 19 points and Montana State earned its second straight road by beating Idaho State 75-64 on Saturday night.  Idaho State travels to Northern Colorado Thursday.

Jonah Radebaugh recorded 12 points and 13 assists to carry Northern Colorado to a 74-53 win over Idaho on Saturday.  Idaho matches up against Southern Utah at home on Monday.

Southern Utah looks to extend Idaho’s conference losing streak to five games. Idaho’s last Big Sky win came against the Portland State Vikings 72-61 on Jan. 2. Southern Utah fell short in an 81-78 overtime game at Eastern Washington in its last outing.  Game time tonight 7:30 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. 

In the 43rd Annual CSI Cowboy & Cowgirl Boxing Smoker Saturday night, here are some standouts.  The quickest knockout came with Fight 9 and Garrett Lloyd.  The best Cowgirl Boxer was Lexi Simper and the Best Cowboy Boxer was Collin Grover and the Judges said Fight number 7 was the best fight.  It featured Karina Stelek and Baylee Turnovec.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low near 35F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy in the Magic Valley with rain/snow showers likely after 11 a.m. Little to no new snow accumulation is expected. High: 45 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. snow showers.   High: 42 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy High: 47 Low: 34

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy High: 52 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Partly sunny High: 54 Low: 27

SUNDAY (GROUNDHOG DOG): Partly sunny High: 56 Mountains: 41

January 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Mishawaka, Indiana was pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons. He was widely regarded as the world's foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles. Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21, 2015.

Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle Of New Orleans" during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row. The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the lyrics are evidently intended to be comical. The song, which was written by Jimmy Driftwood, has been recorded by many artists but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Texas, was Tracy Lawrence, country music singer whose debut album Sticks and Stones was released in 1991, which produced his first chart single and first #1 hit in its title track.

Loretta Lynn released the single "Woman of the World" which became the singers third #1 on the country charts. The track was taken from her LP Woman of the World / To Make a Man.

Born on this day in Bracebridge, Ontario was Deric Ruttan, Canadian country music artist. In September 2007, Ruttan was awarded his first Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Songwriter Of The Year. His first #1 as a songwriter was with friend and collaborator Dierks Bentleys' "What Was I Thinkin.'"

Born on this day in Monticello, Kentucky, was Kevin Denney country music artist who made his debut on the country music scene with the release of his self-titled album (2001's Kevin Denney), which produced three chart singles, including "That's Just Jessie".

Monument released The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, Wide Open Spaces,their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations, winning Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble."

the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that singer John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted. The board also blamed a builder's decision to relocate the fuel tank selector handle, an absence of markings on the handle and nearby fuel gauges, as well as Denver's lack of training in his new plane which caused the crash.

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Due to an error with the Twin Falls county Assessor’s office, the urban Renewal Agency’s budget will be $10-thousand dollars less than the projections.  Apparently, some years ago, the Assessor’s office incorrectly made a change benefiting taxpayers and over time cost the URA several thousand dollars each year the mistake occurred.

Lawmakers in Boise have unveiled plans to provide residents relief on two tax fronts.  That being Grocery and property taxes. If approved a family of four could get the first $750 of groceries a month tax free.  Another proposal would hard cap property tax growth to 3-percent.  The other idea is to freeze property tax growth for one year.

A student was injured earlier this week while walking in the Canyon Ridge School parking lot.  The student was struck by a car just after school was let out Wednesday.  The student was treated for the injuries and police say charges are pending.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order increasing paid leave for parents in the executive branch to eight weeks.  Right now, state employees can take up to 12 weeks under federal law but are only paid for as long as their vacation and sick pay lasts.

Idaho County officials say human remains found along the Salmon River earlier this month may belong to a Boise man who disappeared on a fishing trip in 2017.  Officials believe the bones are likely that of 54-year-old John Randall French, who drove into the river three years ago.

Some areas in Idaho would be declared wolf-free zones, and other areas where the animals have killed livestock would have increased wolf-killing opportunities under proposed legislation.  Republican Sen. Bert Brackett, a rancher in the area designated for wolf-free zones said Wolf numbers have continued to increase, livestock depredation remains unacceptably high.

An Idaho man who illegally guided bear and moose hunts in Alaska was fined $20,000 and ordered never to hunt in the state again.  52 year old Paul Silvis of Nampa was also ordered to serve six months of home confinement, to be followed by five years of supervised release.  Silvis pleaded guilty to two felony violations of the Lacey Act, the law that bans illegal wildlife trafficking.  Silvis received about $121,500 by illegally selling and providing guide services.


In sports from the area, first to Boys high school basketball, it was Camas County 71 over Hansen 61.  Burley defeated Twin Falls 45 to 43 while Wood River defeated Century 66 to 61.  Minico took the win from Canyon Ridge 64 to 43 and Filer outlasted Buhl 42 to 34.  Murtaugh claimed the win over Castleford 56 to 35 while Lighthouse Christian defeated Hagerman 75 to 14.  Dietrich downed the Sun Valley Community School 85 to 42. 

In Girls High School basketball, Carey defeated Richfield 37 to 15.  Glenns Ferry outlasted Shoshone 37 to 33 and Murtaugh defeated Castleford 63 to 57.  Hansen took the win over Camas county 48 to 41 and it was Raft River over Oakley 50 to 45.  Kimberly overpowered Gooding 57 to 40.

In Mens College Basketball Utah State University eastern took the win over the CSI eagles 67 to 61.  For the women Utah State took the win from CSI as well 70 to 53. 

Kendal Manuel had 21 points as Montana held off Idaho State 77-74 last night in Pocatello  Tarik Cool made one of two free throws with nine seconds remaining to draw Idaho State within 75-74, then Josh Vazquez made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the win for Montana.  Idaho State faces Montana State at home tomorrow.

Boise State University filed a legal complaint against the Mountain West Conference over a TV contract.  Boise State claimed the Mountain West breached its contract with the school and “violated, nullified and significantly impaired Boise’s State’s rights” by signing the deal without the university’s approval.  The complaint filed in Idaho district court also claimed the conference is ending benefits the school negotiated as part of its 2012 deal to stay in the Mountain West, including a $1.8 million annual bonus.  The deal gave Boise State a bigger portion of the conference’s television revenue and allowed the university to negotiate home games separately.

At the Kibbie Dome in Moscow tomorrow, two senior guards will be on display as Jonah Radebaugh and Northern Colorado will take on Trevon Allen and Idaho. Game time is 3 pm tomorrow in Moscow. 


Today:  Rain and snow showers this morning. A shower or two in the afternoon - otherwise, mostly cloudy. High 44F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 47F Low 33. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with rain and snow likely, and the snow is only going to happen at the highest of elevations. Breezy weather possible during the afternoon/evening hours as well. High: 44. Low: 33.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy. High: 43. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 30.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 33

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 45.

January 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was Doug Kershaw, fiddle player, singer and songwriter who had the 1969 hit "Diggy Liggy Lo."

Born on this day in Clarkdale, Georgia, was Ray Stevens, country and pop singer-songwriter. Stevens recorded perhaps his most famous hit, "The Streak," which poked fun at the early-1970s fad of running nude in public, known as "streaking." In 1975, he released the Grammy winning "Misty," which became his biggest country hit (reaching #3 on the country charts).

Hank Williams was at #1 on the US Country charts with "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive", knocking himself from the top of the charts with his previous single "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)". Williams scored another two #1's this year with "Kaw-Liga" and "Take These Chains From My Heart".

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US County charts with "Sing Me Back Home", his third chart topper. It was also recorded live by the Byrds on There Is a Season as well as the Grateful Dead who included the song in their live set.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", his eighth song to reach the top of the charts.

United Artists released Kenny Rogers' "Lucille". Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man in a bar that meets a woman who has left her husband. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.

Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest.

Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

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A California based investment company has purchased 31.7 acres of land on the canyon edge.  Wood Investments of Costa Mesa paid $50-point 9 million dollars.  Wood Investments Patrick Wood said “These two properties, Canyon Park East and Canyon Park West shopping centers, represented a unique opportunity to acquire two, 100%-leased, institutional-quality, retail assets with a value-add opportunity.”

Authorities continue to investigate the suspicious death of a woman at her residence near Old Town Pocatello. Police said the woman’s death is suspicious but would not provide additional details about what led them to that determination.  Police closed the road where the home is located for most of Tuesday. 

Growing hemp would be legal in Idaho under proposed legislation introduced this week.  The legislation aims to align state law with federal law contained in the 2018 Farm Bill. It would change Idaho law to allow the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.

Idaho State Police say two people found dead in Garden Valley Tuesday Morning appears to be a possible murder suicide case.  Authorities responded to a home in a rural area near Garden Valley after someone reported that shots had been fired at the home.

People who were convicted of nonviolent and nonsexual felonies and have served their sentences may get a "second chance" under a bipartisan bill that is expected to be introduced sometime this session.  House Minority Leader Rep. Ilana Rubel and Sen. Dave Lent say their "Clean Slate" bill would allow felons convicted of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes to petition the courts to seal their public records - only if they serve their total sentences and do not re-offend after three years.


Taking a look at some local sports first to Girls High School Basketball where Minico took the win over Wood River 65 to 43.  Canyon Ridge over Pocatello 28 to 24.  Lighthouse Christian took the win over Dietrich 67 to 27.  Valley defeated Shoshone 53 to 31 and it was American Falls 38 over Buhl 28.

For the Boys, Kimberly defeated Jerome 69 to 51.  It was Murtaugh 66 over Richfield 51.  Oakley defeated North Gem 69 to 55 and it was Grace 76 over Raft River 38.  Malad Downed Declo 67 to 57. 



Today:  Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 46F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers after midnight. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Rain and snow showers in the morning changing to mainly rain showers in the afternoon. High 47F Low 32. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 46. Low: 33.

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies with some scattered rain showers with some snow mixed in. High: 45. Low: 32.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers with breezy conditions. High: 43. Low: 29.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 29

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 41.

January 23rd: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Two local educators will receive a letter of reprimand from the Idaho Professional standards commission.  Ronald Anthony the superintendent of the Buhl School District reportedly provided false teachers of record for classes that were actually taught by paraprofessionals or teachers that were not certified in the given content area.  Richard Sobers a teacher at the Jerome Middle School engaged in what the commission called inappropriate language that was not in keeping with the actions of a Professional Idaho educator.

Idaho law enforcement officials and prosecutors on Tuesday came out in opposition to proposed legislation decriminalizing the use of illegal drugs.  The groups said that the legislation would allow a person to legally possess up to trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  One lawmaker said the legislation is intended to put the focus more on treatment and less on prosecution and punishment.

Bond elections that fail won’t be allowed before voters again for a minimum of 11 months under the proposed legislation.  Taxing districts can currently bring failed bonds back for a vote within months and up to four times a year.

Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho’s Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel.  The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take effect immediately should it pass as expected and be signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little in roughly two weeks.

A lawmaker said that Chicken Dinner Road in canyon county is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group’s request to rename it.  Residents have also said they opposed the idea of a name change.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in July asked Caldwell officials to change the name to what it said is the kinder and simpler Chicken Road.

Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House.  Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after such things as tanker trunk crashes is standard cleanup practice.  But removing that water could be violating the state’s strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored.


Checking some scores from yesterday.  First to the High School Boys games where Lighthouse Christian took the game from Castleford 70 to 18.  Valley defeated Gooding 49 to 43.  Camas County downed the Sun Valley Community school 61 to 47.  It was Burley 56 Pocatello 55 and Wood River defeated Mountain Home 50 to 43.

On the girls side, Filer defeated Kimberly 53 to 42 and Hansen took the win over Hagerman 50 to 31.  Camas County downed Twin Falls Christian academy 54 to 13.  It was Oakley 42 overe Glenns Ferry 38.  Declo 39 over Dietrich 36 and Murtaugh defeated Richfield 47 to 20.

Tonight the Jerome Tigers will host the Kimberly Bulldogs – that game at 7 on KART 1400 AM.

Montana looks for its 13th straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho State. Montana has won by an average of 12 points in its last 12 wins over the Bengals. Idaho State’s last win in the series came on Dec. 31, 2009, a 67-65 win.  That game at Holt Arena in Pocatello Tomorrow night at 7 pm.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. Low near 35F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 48F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM rain showers. High: 41. Low: 32.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 32.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 44. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 31.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated AM rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 29

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 41.

January 22nd: On this day

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

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

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

George Jones recorded "The Grand Tour" which became Jones' sixth #1 song. The song is widely hailed as one of the finest performances in country music history and in 2014, Rolling Stone named the song #38 on its "40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time".

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

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

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

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

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

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A Hit and Run sent a 17 year old pedestrian to the hospital Saturday evening.  The accident along Bannock Highway in Pocatello left Josh Ware with a broken arm and serious bruising.  Police say they arrested 33 year old Alexandrea Vargason Sunday morning.  Ware is expected to survive but will spend the next few days at the hospital.

City crews in Twin Falls say they hope to begin construction of a HAWK pedestrian signal at the corner of Caswell Avenue and Washington Street on Friday.  Traffic studies show that the light is important because of the school traffic both from the College and Canyon ridge high school.

Growing Hemp in Idaho?  Even though the Federal government has said its ok and it’s being done in 47 states, Idaho still has yet to allow it.  Some Magic Valley farmers are traveling out of state to check out how other farmers have made this crop profitable with the hope that Idaho will allow it soon.

Marijuana sales in Oregon near the Idaho State Line are 420-percent the statewide average according to a state report.  It’s common knowledge that Idaho residents are purchasing their recreational weed in Oregon because it’s illegal in Idaho.  Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in the gem state have started collecting signatures to get an initiative on the general election ballot.  Idaho borders three states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales including Oregon, Washington and Nevada.

The Air Force in Mountain Home hope to be allowed to lower supersonic flight floors to give pilots with more realistic training.  Conservation groups say the change could have a negative impact on wildlife.  No word on when a decision will be made.

The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste.  Officials say that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine. The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company’s bankruptcy deal.  Another $400-thousand is being sought for triumph and another $500-thousand for Bunker Hill.


Tension is growing between Boise state University and the Mountain West conference.  While the Mountain West announced the new TV deal saying goodbye to ESPN and hello to Fox and CBS sports, the Conference is talking about doing away with a separate contract for BSU.  That could mean an end to those special deals made with the college and may signal an end to BSU being part of the Mountain West Conference.  There’s more to come on this story for sure.

In high school basketball, first for the Girls it was Gooding saying no to Buhl 49 to 37.  Lighthouse Christian took the game over Oakley 48 to 29 and it was Burley taking the win over Jerome 57 to 49.  That game heard on KART 1400 AM.

One game to report on the boys side where Dietrich took the win from Carey 68 to 57.

Tomorrow the Jerome Tigers play Kimberly in Jerome.  The Varsity game can be heard on 1400 am KART – Starting at 7 pm.


Today:  Increasing clouds with showers arriving this afternoon. High 42F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Rain and snow tapering off this evening. Mostly cloudy overnight. Low 32F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 60%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Little to no snow accumulation expected. High: 38. Low: 30.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 40. Low: 30.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 40. Low: 30.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 42. Low: 31.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 31.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 43.

January 21st: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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