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MONDAY 042919

Officials in McCall are trying to figure out how they are going to retrieve a small plane that crash landed on top of a tree. The plane’s pilot said he was trying to land at the McCall airport when the craft started to loose power.  A firefighter who is experienced in tree removal, rescued the stranded pilot.

A Texas-based oil company that injected acid into a well as part of a process to improve production will pay Idaho $8,000 in civil penalties.  State officials say Alta Mesa violated two Idaho codes.  The first involved performing a well treatment without first obtaining approval from the Idaho Department of Lands. The second violation involved the company failing to report the well treatment promptly.

The city of Twin Falls has started to deliver water to residents who are on the pressurized irrigation system.  All systems are expected to be in operation by Wednesday May 1.  Homeowners connected to city irrigation are encouraged to check their sprinkler systems for breaks and to set watering schedules to avoid overwatering.

As Idaho’s population continues to grow, the city of Meridian is outpacing previous growth estimates.  Meridian is expected to hit 150-thousand by 2029.  The total population of Treasure Valley region, which includes Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa, is expected to surpass 1 million residents in the next 20 years.

Land management officials in Idaho have put together a new online map so hikers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can know when and where to expect prescribed burns happening between April and July.  You can find it on the Southwest Idaho Interagency Prescribed Fire website. 

Authorities in Idaho continue to investigate the disappearance of a Grangeville woman.  On April 15, the one-year anniversary of Shawnta Pankey’s disappearance, her family returned to Pine Bar, along the Salmon River.  Pankey was 25-year-old when she went missing after reportedly camping with her boyfriend, Eddie Mills, in the area.  The family is still offering a $12,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead them to Pankey.


In sports closer to home, former Boise State Quarterback Brett Rypien set a number of records during his college career in Idaho and now will continue his football career as a Bronco in the NFL.  He has signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent.

University of Idaho’s Kaden Elliss has been drafted by the New Orleans Saints.  He was drafted with the 30th pick in the seventh round.

Boise State’s Alexander Mattison has been drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.  The former Broncos running back was taken by the Vikings 102nd overall in the third round and is the seventh Boise State running back to be drafted.

In local baseball from over the weekend, Wood River said no to Jerome 8 to 4.  Challis-Mackay defeated Gooding 19 to 1.  Minico shut out Wood River 10 to 0 in the first game of a double header then won the second game 13 to 7. 

Elsewhere it was Twin Falls winning both games over Preston 13 to 5 and 10 to 4.  Burley downed Jerome 4 to 3 and 11 to 0.  Glenns Ferry defeated Rockland 16 to 2 and in another double header Century won the first game over Canyon Ridge 5 to 4 then Canyon Ridge took it from Century 23 to 9. 

In girls Softball, it was Jerome 13 Burley 2 in the first game of a double header.  Jerome took the second game as well 22 to 7.   In another double header it was Canyon Ridge winning both games over Century 17 to 0 and 22 to 10.  Gooding defeated Declo 18 to 9 and Twin Falls won both their games over Preston 15 to 8 and 15 to 3. 


Today:  Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley with areas of frost expect before 9am, and slightly breezy. Partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. snow showers.   Winds: ENE 5-15 mph  High: 55 Mountains: 50

Tonight:. Mostly clear in the Magic Valley, and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance of snow showers prior to 7pm. Breezy.  Winds: NNE 5-14 mph, gust as high as 25 mph  Low: 33 Mountains: 30

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and p.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley. Breezy.   Winds: SW 14-17 mph, gust as high as 25 mph   High: 52 Low: 30  Mountains: 47 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 59 Low: 36 Mountains: 51 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 67 Low: 40  Mountains: 58 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.

High: 69 Low: 45 Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.

High: 71 Low: 46 Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 72 Mountains: 65


April 29th: On this day

Born on this day in Abbott, Texas, was Willie Nelson, country music singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30). Nelson was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms.

Born on this day in Taylortown, Texas, was Duanne Allen, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 “I’ll Be True To You.”

Born on this day in Thomasville, Georgia, was Stephanie Bentley, country music artist who found success as a songwriter, having penned Faith Hill's 1999 crossover single "Breathe", as well as Martina McBride's 2002 Top 5 hit "Concrete Angel".

Born on this day in Winter Park, Florida, was James Bonamy, American country music artist who scored the 1996 #2 Country hit "I Don't Think I Will".

Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was Ashley Gorley, singer, songwriter who has written hits for Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and Brad Paisley's "Then."

Dan Seals was at the top of the country charts with "Love on Arrival". The first single from his 1990 album On Arrival, the song spent three weeks at #1, making it the longest-running chart-topper of his career.

Billy Dean was one of seven double-winners at the 27th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. Dean was named Top New Male Vocalist as well as winning Song of the Year for "Somewhere In My Broken Heart."

Alison Krauss & Union Station started a two-night run at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. The shows were recorded for a concert album, Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live.

Willie Nelson who was about to turn 81 this week, received his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul.Bottom of Form

FRIDAY 042619

On the second day of her jury trial, former in home daycare owner Brandi Olsen was found guilty of misdemeanor injury to a child after a child was found sleeping on the sidewalk outside her daycare.  The jurors were unanimous in yesterday’s verdict.  Her sentencing date is set for June 17th.

A vehicle pursuit through Twin Falls around noon yesterday led to the arrest of a Filer man and the lockdown of Kimberly Schools.  Twin Falls deputies recognized the driver, 40 year old Jeremy Asay in a vehicle on Addison Avenue West.  The pursuit ended with a PIT maneuver near Kimberly.  He was wanted for Grand Theft.

No charges will be filed in the deaths of twin infant boys who were found dead October 12th of last year in a home on Morningside drive in Twin Falls.  Following a pathology report, Prosecuting attorney Grant Loebs said the two died from suffocation.  Although drugs were found in the home, that did not cause the deaths.  Two women were arrested for those drugs. 

The Lincoln County Commissioners are agreeing with community residents that there are no qualifying people on the local Republican party’s list of nominees to fill the vacant Lincoln County Sheriff’s position.  At a meeting earlier this week, a question and answer session community members expressed their concerns.  Former sheriff Rene Rodriguez resigned earlier after being charged with rape and sexual abuse of a child. 

The U.S. military says an Idaho soldier assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, has died in a noncombat incident in Iraq.  The Defense Department said that 20-year-old Spc. Michael T. Osorio died Tuesday in Iraq. Osorio was from Horseshoe Bend.

One person was seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car Wednesday evening.  The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office was called to 400 Golf Course Road.  The driver of the vehicle was not reportedly injured but the cyclist was taken by air ambulance to Boise.


In sports from around the area, first for baseball, where in a Double header, Filer beat Gooding 16 to 6 and 6 to 1.  Kimberly outlasted Buhl in both games 19 to 7 and 11 to 1.  Glenns Ferry Defeated Horshoe Bend 7 to 3.

In girls softball, Filer defeated Gooding in a double header 12 to 6 and 14 to 4.  Declo took both their games from Wendell 16 to 1 and 20 to 3.  Glenns Ferry defeated Horseshoe Bend 20 to 7.



Today:  Windy...isolated thunderstorms during the morning. Partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High 69F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Gusty winds diminishing after midnight. Low 41F. SW winds at 20 to 30 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 70F. Low 38  Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

SUNDAY: Sunny.   High: 56 Low: 32  Mountains: 50 Low: 31

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 63 Low: 38   Mountains: 54 Low: 33

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 57 Low: 38  Mountains: 49 Low: 31

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of rain and snow showers.   High: 58 Low: 39   Mountains: 51 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 65 Mountains: 58

April 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Tarrant County, Texas, was Jeff Huskins, country fiddle and keyboard player, producer, and record label founder and one time member of Little Texas who scored the 1994 US Country #1 hit �My Love�.

Born on this day in Columbus, Ohio, was Jay DeMarcus, bass guitarist, harmony vocalist, pianist and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1�s.

Johnny Lee and Lane Brody were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "The Yellow Rose". The song was set to the tune of the folk song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" and was recorded as the theme song to the NBC television series The Yellow Rose starring Cybill Shepherd.

During an episode of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, country singer Clint Black won $20,000 for charity as the project manager for the winning team on The task which was: develop a four-page advertorial for Right Guard.

US country singer George Jones, who had a string of #1 songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed 'Possum', his signature song was �He Stopped Loving Her Today�, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s. During his life, Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame held at their first induction ceremony at the original home of ACL, KLRU-TV�s Studio 6A. Nelson was the first artist to ever appear on the show and had been a frequent guest ever since.


All schools were open yesterday in Blaine County following an investigation into the possible threat to the Wood River Middle School. Officials determined it wasn’t a creditable threat.  In a release, the district said a note was found in a bathroom.  Officials didn’t elaborate what the note said.

The seventh president of Boise State University is Marlene Tromp.  She is the first female president in the university’s history.  For the past two years Tromp has served as the campus executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  She will be paid $425-thousand dollars a year.

Idaho officials have vacated an order forcing landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to an energy company following a ruling from a federal judge who found Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution.  Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability sued in 2017, contending the state discriminated against landowners with an order finalizing a deal that favored Alta Mesa.

A federal appeals court has overturned a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging a federal agency’s killing of wolves in Idaho.  A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge erred in January 2018 when he ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.  The groups say the Agriculture Department is violating environmental laws by killing wolves without a new environmental analysis.

One person was injured in a downtown Boise Apartment building fire Tuesday night.  When firefighters arrived heavy flames were coming from the second story.  Much of the facility has been destroyed. 

The Nampa Police Department is investigating the discovery of a dead body yesterday on Karcher road near the Amalgamated sugar beet factory in Nampa.  Authorities say the death is suspicious but wouldn’t offer further details. 

Look up and you may see Navy jets in the air.  They are flying with the national Guard this week.  Eleven F-18’s are currently at Gowen Field.  Officials say they are working to make the impact to residents minimal. 


Vivi Ortega attending the Jerome High School has just signed with Tabor College, a four year Christian school in Hillsboro Kansas.  Tabor competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  The school’s Blue Jays are Fifth in the standings right now.

A former cowboy for the College of Southern Idaho Rodeo team was arrested this week.  20 year old Pete Bradshaw was taken into custody on a felony warrant after a female told authorities that she might have been drugged and raped.  According to court documents, a nurse discovered evidence of trauma.  Bradshaw bonded out of jail yesterday.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 73F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low near 50F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain showers in the Wood River Valley. Breezy.

Winds: W 7-15 mph, gust as high as 35 mph  High: 68 Low: 41  Mountains: 61 Low: 34

SATURDAY: Sunny.   High: 68 Low: 40  Mountains: 59 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Sunny.   High: 63 Low: 40  Mountains: 56 Low: 32

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 63 Low: 40   Mountains: 56 Low: 34

TUESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 62 Low: 39  Mountains: 53 Low: 33

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 58 Mountains: 53.

April 25th: On this day

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the US singles chart with "He'll Have to Go," which spent a total of 14 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts and was one of just five different titles to occupy the chart's summit during 1960.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

"Every Time Two Fools Collide" by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West was at #1 on the US Country charts. Written by Jan Dyer and Jeff Tweel the duet happened after a recording session with West was running over resulting in Rogers sitting in the studio wating for his session to begin. They began talking about recording a duet, and West suggested "Every Time Two Fools Collide".

Clint Black won four trophies at the 25th annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre: Top Male and New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, for Killin' Time, and Single Record of the Year, for "A Better Man". The show which was hosted by George Strait, Tammy Wynette, Alabama and The Judds saw Country Music Video of the Year going to Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams Sr. for "There's a Tear in My Beer."

The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their Hell Freezes Over album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, "Take It Easy". The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?"

Brad Paisley was featured on the South Park episode "Cartman Finds Love", in which he voiced himself, sang "The National Anthem", and helped Cartman sing the 90's hit song "I Swear", which was popularized in 1994 by John Michael Montgomery.


Federal officials say A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species including imperiled sage grouse is a shift in strategy.  The plan categorizes sagebrush areas on their resistance and resiliency to those two threats, and describes a triage system as officials with limited money try to restore and protect sagebrush country where they can.

Idaho and Oregon have reached an agreement on a hydroelectric project on the Snake River that requires an Idaho utility to spend about $312 million on water quality and habitat improvements.  Oregon insisted on returning federally protected salmon above the dams, but Idaho fought that requirement and won.

A boil water order has been issued for the city of Hazelton.  The order went into effect yesterday afternoon just before 5 pm.  The city is in the midst of installing a new water system, replacing what is 50 years old.

The Idaho attorney general’s office has completed reviews of proposed minimum wage and medical marijuana initiatives intended for the state ballot in the November 2020 general election.  The minimum wage initiative would over time increase Idaho’s wage to $12 an hour by June 1, 2024.  The office says because the proposed medical marijuana initiative seeks to both set up a system of legal medical marijuana in Idaho, and to legalize industrial hemp, it likely would violate the Idaho Constitution’s existing single-subject rule for ballot initiatives.

23-year old Sarah Elizabeth Kjar of Idaho Falls has been charged with defrauding her employer, Castlerock Homes, for 241,716-Dollars.  She was an accountant for the construction company.

An Idaho Falls Man has been arrested after he allegedly hid his phone in a bathroom to record a teenage girl.  36 year old Dean Alexander Springer is charged with hiding his phone before the victim would go in and then exit without it. 


In local sports, first to baseball, where Declo downed Buhl 14 to 6.  In a double header Twin Falls cruised by Canyon Ridge 9 to 0 and 9 to 2.  In other double headers it was Century over Burley 8 to 2 and 3 to 2.  Kimberly outlasted Filer in both games 7 to 1 and 18 to 4.  Minico defeated Jerome 14 to 2 and 10 to 3. 

In girls softball, in a couple of double headers, it was Mountain Home defeating Wood River 12 to 1 and 20 to 5 and Filer crushed Kimberly 13 to 3 and 14 to 0.  Declo defeated Wendell 15 to 0 and 17 to 5.  In Pocatello, in the first game Century outlasted Burley 12 to 2 but in the second game Burley came back to win it 20 to 6.  Twin Falls took both games from Canyon Ridge 7 to 6 and 18 to 1. 


Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 73F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low around 50F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny, chance of showers overnight. Winds: Light & Variable. Valleys - High: 74 Low: 49Mountains - High: 70 Low: 42

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers and storms. Valleys - High: 70 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 69 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 35

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 34

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers - High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 34.

April 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Camden, New Jersey, was Richard Anthony Sterban, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 �I�ll Be True To You.�

Born on this day was American songwriter and musician Richard Fagan who had six top ten singles and 18 charted singles on the Billboard Country charts. His songs have been recorded by Neil Diamond, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Ricochet, Hank Williams, Jr., George Jones, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, The Crickets, and many others. He wrote two of John Michael Montgomery's singles: "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)". Fagan died aged 69 on August 5, 2016.

Born on this day in Salyersville, Kentucky, was Rebecca Lynn Howard, country music artist. Her highest-charting single, "Forgive", peaked at #12 on the country music charts in 2002.

Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael, who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road.

Born on this day, was American country music singer Danny Gokey who was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His debut single "My Best Days Are Ahead of Me� lifted from his debut album, My Best Days, debuted on the Billboard charts at #4, and was the highest debut of digital downloads sold by any new country artist ever.

The Survivors, featuring Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, entered the Country chart. The live recording was from a Johnny Cash concert in Stuttgart, West Germany the revious year, when Lewis and Perkins (also on-tour in Germany at the same time), showed up unexpectedly and were asked to perform on the second half of the show with Cash. The live tapes were edited and mixed by co-producer Rodney Crowell.

Garth Brooks won a record six times at the 26th annual Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC. The Country singer won: Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist; Best Album for No Fences, Single Record, "Friends In Low Places", and Song and Video for "The Dance".

The sixth Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Arlo Guthrie, The Jayhawks, Jann Arden, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Ricky Van Shelton, Willie Nelson, Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Stuart, Charlie Daniels Band, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Black 47, The Highwaymen and Dwight Yoakam.

Curb Records released Set This Circus Down, the sixth studio album by Tim McGraw. The four singles from the album, "The Cowboy in Me", "Unbroken", "Angry All the Time" and "Grown Men Don't Cry" all reached #1 on the Country chart.

Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines statement regading the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine, with slogans such as "Traitors", "Saddam's Angels", "Dixie Sluts", "Proud Americans", "Hero", "Free Speech", and "Brave" printed on their bodies. The slogans represented the labels (both positive and negative) that had been placed on them in the aftermath of Maines' statement.

Toby Keith had a performance at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, interrupted by mortar fire as he was performing for over 2,500 troops.

The Chatham County, Georgia Grand Jury indicted Billy Currington on felony criminal charges of "abuse of an elder person by inflicting mental anguish" and "making terroristic threats". Both criminal charges stemed from an incident involving boat captain Charles Harvey Ferrelle on April 15, 2013. Currington was later released from a Georgia jail after posting $27,700 bond. On September 25, 2013, Currington pleaded no contest to the abuse charge; the terroristic threats charge was dropped. Currington was sentenced to 5 years' probation and a $1000 fine and was ordered to attend anger management counseling.

TUESDAY 042319

The search for the next Lincoln County sheriff has been narrowed to three.  .  Verlon Southwick, Rene King and Scott Denning were selected by the Lincoln County Republican Central Committee from all those who applied.  Former Sheriff Rene Rodrigues resigned on April 8th the same day he was arraigned on counts of rape, lewd conduct with a child under 16 and sexual abuse of a minor.

A Motorcycle crash has left one person seriously injured.  The Jerome County Sheriff’s office say the crash occurred just after 8 pm Sunday near the intersection of Golf Couse road and 300 South in Jerome County.  A SUV that was south bound on Golf Course road was making a left hand turn when 23 year old Landon Mulberry of Twin Falls attempted to pass at a high rate of speed on the motorcycle.  He was thrown about 75 feet.  He was taken by Air to St. Luke’s in Boise.

Idaho State Police say a bicyclist was killed in a crash.  Police say a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee drove partially onto the right shoulder of a highway in Canyon County north of Nampa Saturday and hit a bicyclist.  69-year-old George Grant was riding a bicycle and wasn’t wearing a helmet. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Ismael Nieto-Duran who is a person of interest in relation to a homicide that occurred more than a year ago.  Anyone with information on Nieto-Duran’s whereabouts is encouraged to call authorities.  The homicide occurred in early February 2018. Police were dispatched at about 4:45 a.m. to the area of 200 East and 400 North in Jerome for a body lying in the road.

Twin Falls firefighters were called to a structure fire at the Colonial Apartments just before 3 am Saturday morning.  Authorities say the fire in the kitchen on the second floor trapped a man.  The man was flown to Utah for smoke inhalation treatment. 

The Shoshone school district and a girl who sued after she was sexually assaulted by an older student reached a settlement hours after sending a jury to deliberate in the federal case.  The girl was 13 when she was assaulted by the older student in the school’s computer lab.


Today:  Mostly sunny and nice, breezy. Winds: WSW 10-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 72 Mountains: 68

Tonight: Mostly clear skies. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 48 Mountains: 42

Tomorrow:   Mostly sunny and nice. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 73 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 70 Low: 38

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, chance of showers overnight. Valleys - High: 76 Low: 52 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 43

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers and storms. Valleys - High: 72 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 70 Low: 37

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 68 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 62 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 35

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 62 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 34

April 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas, was Vivian Liberto the first wife of Johnny Cash, and the mother of singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. During their courtship, Cash and Liberto wrote each other over 10,000 pages of love letters, forming the basis of her autobiography, titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, which was published in 2007. She died on May 24, 2005.

Born on this day, was Roy Orbison, singer, songwriter, who had a 1964 UK & US #1 single with "Pretty Woman" plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. As a member of Traveling Wilburys, he had a 1988 UK #21 single with "Handle With Care". Orbison died on December 6th 1988.

Red Foley was acquitted of federal income tax evasion charges in a trial that ended with a hung jury. His highly successful Country TV show Ozark Jubilee was canceled partly because of the charges.

Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with "Chantilly Lace." Written by Jerry Foster, Bill Rice, and The Big Bopper, who released the song in 1958, the song depicts one side of a flirting telephone conversation, with a young man talking about what he likes about his girlfriend.

A 13 mile stretch of Mississippi Highway 23 was renamed �Tammy Wynette Highway� after the late country music queen.

Winners at the 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Patty Loveless, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Sawyer Brown, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - LeAnn Rimes, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Trace Adkins and Song of the Year went to LeAnn Rimes for "Blue."

Joe Don Rooney guitarist with Rascal Flatts married Tiffany Fallon the former beauty queen and Miss Georgia USA 2001 and Miss USA 2001 2nd Runner-Up and 2005 Playmate of the Year. The couple were featured in the Playboy Cyber Club's celebrity photographer section, with the nude pictorial of Tiffany being shot by Joe Don himself.

Evansville declared this day 'Taylor Swift Day' as the singer kicked off her first headlining tour at Roberts Stadium with Kellie Pickler opening. Swift also received a key to the city.

MONDAY 042219

Idaho’s unemployment rate remained at 2.9% in March, the same as the previous month.  The Idaho Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate has remained below 3% for 16 consecutive months.  The agency says total employment is 843,345. About 25,000 people are unemployed.

Health officials in Idaho say anyone who used an on-board restroom during a Greyhound bus trip from Salt Lake City to Boise on April 10 might have been exposed to hepatitis A.   The Central District Health Department is asking anyone who used the restroom to contact them.  The district says riders on the bus from Utah to Idaho who were exposed could receive a vaccine to protect them from the virus through April 23.

A federal trial in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the state of Idaho has been canceled after the state settled the case for more than $500,000.  Former Idaho Department of Labor purchasing agent James Cryer sued the department in December 2016, claiming it retaliated against him and fired him for his efforts to stop employees from skirting purchasing rules.

Nearly a million dollar remodeling project is planned for the Twin Falls Target store in North Blue Lakes.  The management for the store said the total store remodel will start at the end of the month and should be done at the end of July.  The store was built in 1992.

It’s a “what if” kind of thing that the South Central Public Health District and Jerome County Office of Emergency Management are teaming up for.  Officials say the drill began Friday as a simulated anthrax attack.  This Wednesday the health district will dispense fake medication to volunteers at the Jerome High school.  The idea is to get medication to about 24-thousand people in 48 hours.  That’s how many people would need it if an attack happened. 


In local sports from this past weekend, first to baseball on Saturday where Parma beat Buhl in both games of a double header 16 to 1 and 12 to 9.  For Girls Softball, West Jefferson Downed Declo 12 to 11.  Declo defeated Malad 9 to 8 and Filer defeated Fruitland in both games, in a double header 18 to 12 and 17 to 5


Today:  Mostly sunny.   High 67F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 44F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 71F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.  Low: 48  Mountains: 65 Low: 42

WEDNESDAY: Sunny.  High: 73 Low: 48   Mountains: 67 Low: 41

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. thunderstorms and showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 77 Low: 52  Mountains: 68 Low: 44

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. thunderstorms and showers in the Magic Valley, and showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 76 Low: 49  Mountains: 64 Low: 41

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 69 Low: 42  Mountains: 60 Low: 37

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 66 Mountains: 56

April 22nd: On this day

Born on this day in Saltillo, Tennessee, was W. S. "Fluke" Holland, drummer who worked extensively with numerous rock and roll musicians, beginning with Carl Perkins, but became well known as the drummer with Johnny Cash's succession of backing bands: The Tennessee Three, The Great Eighties Eight, and The Johnny Cash Show Band. Holland played drums on the 1955 Sun Records recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" by Perkins.

Born on this day in Pike County, Arkansas, was Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", and "Rhinestone Cowboy." He was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. His guitar playing can be heard on "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers and "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees. Campbell became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014 and died of the disease in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017 at the age of 81.

Born on this day in Vancouver, British Columbia, was Canadian country music singer and songwriter Ray Griff. He has written many major hits including "Canadian Pacific" for George Hamilton IV, "Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano" for Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Baby" for Wilma Burgess. Others who have had major hit records with Griff songs include Faron Young, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, and Johnny Duncan. Griff died on March 9, 2016 aged 75.

Born on this day in Moore, Oklahoma, was Kellie Coffey, country music artist. She made her debut in 2002 with the release of her single "When You Lie Next to Me", a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Her debut album, also titled When You Lie Next to Me, was released the same year and in 2003, Coffey won the Top New Female Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music.

Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards included: Pioneer Award - Charlie Daniels, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Trisha Yearwood, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Duo or Group - Brooks & Dunn, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Kenny Chesney, Song of the Year and Country Music Video of the Year went to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw for "It's Your Love."

Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. She wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly Brothers, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Raining In My Heart", a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon & Garfunkel, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, and Ray Charles.

Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets and John Hiatt were all inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

Pistol Annies made their debut on the Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country on CBS, performing "Hell on Heels". The women gave themselves the nicknames "Lonestar Annie" (Miranda Lambert), "Hippie Annie" (Ashley Monroe), and "Holler Annie" (Angaleena Presley). They released the album Hell on Heels on August 23, 2011.