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Friday 082120

For once, it’s not COVID that closed the Twin Falls Schools.  It’s the poor air quality caused by smoke from regional wildfires.  The district said all schools in the district will be closed today.

Firefighting crews with the BLM are fighting several lightening caused fires in the area.  The largest is the Black Pine Fire that has burned well over 3-thousand acres six miles north of the Utah border off Interstate 84. 

City officials in Hagerman have reversed course allowing the city park to open again.  Earlier it was announced the facilities would be closed to groups of more than 50 people because of COVID-19 concerns.

The COVID-19 cases in Idaho have remained flat for the last month.  The state had 31-hundred and one new cases.  Compare that to 41-hundred and 4 cases during the highest level in Mid July.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued an air pollution forecast and caution for most all of southern Idaho.  The smoke from wildfires burning in Idaho and California has degraded air quality.  That means outdoor burning bans are in place.  It’s expected the smoke will remain in the area at least through today.  Residents sensitive to the smoke are encouraged not to be outside.

The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment increased 12 percent last week after three weeks of declines, the Idaho Department of Labor said Thursday.  The agency said it received 3,644 new claims as the state’s recovery during the coronavirus pandemic.

Police in Idaho Falls were called to a stabbing just after midnight yesterday.  26 year old Anthony Archuleta of Pocatello was arrested on two counts of felony aggravated battery.  A male and a female had been stabbed.  They allege they were asleep when the suspect woke them up and a fight followed.

Idaho National Laboratory Director Mark Peters announced that he’s moving to a new role as executive vice president of laboratory operations for Battelle Energy Alliance.  Battelle is a U.S. Department of Energy contractor that manages the Idaho National Laboratory as well as seven other national labs.


Today:  Smokey sunshine. High 98F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. High: 88. Low: 63.

SUNDAY: Filtered sunshine due to smoke from fires around the Western United States. High: 91. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 92. Low: 64.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 90. Low: 63.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89. Low: 62.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89.

August 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the US alone. He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Born on this day, was Harold Reid, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80's US Country #1 hits "Elizabeth" and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine."

American Western swing singer Spade Cooley was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury. Cooley had suspected his second wife, Ella Mae Cooley of repeatedly being unfaithful, (she had an affair with Roy Rogers), and he murdered her at their home in front of their 14-year-old daughter. It was said that after he had beaten her to death he crushed a lighted cigarette against her skin to see whether she was dead. Cooley had scored over 6 top 10 Country hits in the 1940's.

Patsy Cline recorded her version of the Willie Nelson song "Crazy" during sessions at Bradley Film and Recording Studio, Nashville. Patsy Cline's husband had first heard the song on the juke box at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, and later played it to his wife who absolutely hated it because Nelson's demo "spoke" the lyrics ahead of and behind the beat. Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, arranged it in the ballad form in which it was recorded.

Born on this day, was Kacey Musgraves, American country music artist. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. She signed with Mercury Records in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round" which is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park.

Capitol records released "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks. Written by Brooks and Kent Blazy, it was released on his self-titled 1989 debut album Garth Brooks and also appears on The Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live. This was his first #1 single on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

Keith Urban made history when his new single "Once in a Lifetime" debuted at #17, setting a new record for the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of Billboard's country charts. The record was formerly held by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" and Eddie Rabbitt's "Every Which Way But Loose", both of which debuted at #18.

Al Dexter, George Jones and Ray Winkler were all inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, located in Carthage, Texas.

Thursday 082020

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has called the part-time Legislature back into a special session due to the coronavirus pandemic. The session will start Monday.  The Governor said lawmakers will consider election law changes as well as establishing temporary civil liability standards related to the pandemic.

The Idaho Department of Correction is being sued in federal court by an environmental group that says the prison is dumping pollution into the waterways that feed the Snake River.  Snake River Waterkeeper filed the lawsuit, contending that effluent from the Northern Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood is flowing into Lawyer Creek.

Residents of Kimberly no longer need to boil their drinking water.  That order was lifted yesterday morning.  Earlier the system experienced low pressure for seven minutes because of faulty equipment.

Fire crews were kept busy yesterday when lightening ignited fires in southern Idaho.  The Black Pine fire just north of the Utah Border near I-84 has burned about a thousand acres.  The saddle fire 7 miles north of Jackpot Nevada had burned nearly 600 acres at last check.  Control expected this afternoon.  The Bancroft fire near the Bliss Dam has burned over 15-hundred acres.  Control expected this evening.  The Bear Paw fire southwest  of Murphy Hot Springs has burned 300 acres.  Containment expected this morning.

A Canadian company seeking U.S. approval for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho is suing the U.S. government, contending U.S. officials are allowing water pollution at the already heavily mined site in violation of environmental laws.  Midas Gold, which has yet to do any mining in the area but has claims, is itself being sued by the Nez Perce Tribe over the same pollution caused by past mining companies.

Travelers on the Perrine Bridge next Monday and Tuesday will see delays with lane closures.  Single lanes will be blocked so inspections on the bridge deck can be performed.  Work is scheduled to take place in the evening and nighttime hours.


Today:  Mainly sunny. Near record high temperatures. High 92F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 57F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 61.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 63.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 65.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 93. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 90. Low: 63.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89.

August 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Galloway, Texas was American country music singer-songwriter James Travis Reeves who became known as Jim Reeves, (Gentleman Jim). With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Reeves who scored over ten Country music #1's died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 aged 40. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.

Born on this day was 'Sneaky' Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds' Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons and also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell. He died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72.

Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas was Justin Tubb, the oldest son of legendary country singer Ernest Tubb. He scored two duets with Goldie Hill, ("Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses"). A year later, at the age of 20, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He penned many hit songs for other performers, including "Keeping Up with the Joneses", "Love Is No Excuse", and "Lonesome 7-7203", a hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins.

Born on this day in in Amarillo, Texas was country singer Aaron Watson. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog making him the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album.

Alabama released "Close Enough to Perfect" as the third single from the album Mountain Music. The track was the eighth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father's name to endorse a US presidential candidate 'appalling'. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks 'presumptuous'. 'Even I would not presume to say publicly what I 'know' he thought or felt,' she added.

Singer, songwriter Will Hoge was involved in a scooter accident on after leaving a studio session for what would be his next album, The Wreckage. He was traveling north on Main Street in East Nashville when a van traveling southbound failed to yield while turning, Hoge's motor scooter collided with the passenger side of the van. He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. Hoge has since made a full recovery.

Wednesday 081920

A grand jury in Greeley Colorado will investigate the death of a 12 year old girl who disappeared on December 20th, 1984.  Her body was found July 24, 2019 in a field north of Denver.  Steve Pankey who ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for Twin Falls County sheriff in May and was an Idaho Candidate for Governor, was named a person of interest.  He denies any involvement.

A fire on BLM land west of Minidoka Dam yesterday was human caused officials say.  The blaze destroyed a few outbuildings and scorched 86 acres. 

Idaho Governor Brad Little has called a news conference to discuss Stage 4 of Idaho Rebounds.  It will be this Friday at noon at the Idaho Foodbank.

The number of eviction hearings held in Idaho has gone up since a federal eviction moratorium aimed at helping renters hit hard economically by the coronavirus pandemic expired in July.  There are 53 eviction hearings scheduled this week and that’s the highest number for the state since May, according to the Jesse Tree group that helps renters facing eviction.

St Luke’s has reported the state’s first case of a pediatric inflammatory illness associated with the new coronavirus.   A 7-year-old child with no known previous health conditions was diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a potentially serious disease.  The illness is newly recognized and is believed to be a delayed complication of coronavirus infection, often causing a fever, evidence of inflammation and severe illness involving more than two organs.

Idaho State Police say they are ramping up patrols through Labor Day to focus on DUI drivers.  Motorists who spot a potential drunk driver, are encouraged to contact law enforcement by dialing *477 or 911.  Funding for extra traffic patrols is provided by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 


Today:  Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon. Near record high temperatures. High 98F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 67F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, hot and breezy. High: 92. Low: 60.

FRIDAY: Mainly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 61.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 63.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 90.

August 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Lafayette, Louisiana, was Eddy Raven, who is known for his Cajun-influenced country music. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the #1 hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "Joe Knows How to Live", "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys", as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Lee Ann Womack, country singer, songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.

Born on this day in Greensboro, North Carolina, was Mark McGuinn, He made his debut in 2001 with the single "Mrs. Steven Rudy", a Top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Clay Walker, Jr. country music artist. His 1993 debut single "What's It to You," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die." Both singles were included on Walker's self-titled debut album, also released in 1993.

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.

Alan Jackson released "Someday" his third consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. as the second single The track was from Jackson's second album, Don't Rock The Jukebox.

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers, A Tribute was released. The album which was masterminded by Bob Dylan on his Egyptian record label, features, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Garcia.

Tuesday 081820

Some Idaho residents will be able to get up to an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits under President Donald Trump’s supplemental plan, but the state won’t be chipping in the required quarter match to bring the weekly amount up to the maximum $400 benefit level.  Idaho is one of at least 17 states that have said they will take the federal grants allowing them to increase unemployment checks.

At last night’s Minidoka school board meeting a revised reopening plan was unveiled.  It includes the red yellow and green system similar to other districts.  The district will start the school year in Yellow and return to a five day school week starting Thursday.

A man is dead and another charged with second degree murder following a shooting in Jerome Friday.  Jonathan Bonilla Carvajal died after being shot in the chest.  Jose Valdez-Castillo faces charges of murder, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Kimberly residents have been told to boil their water.  The city experienced a citywide depressurization event yesterday.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in place starting Thursday in Southern Idaho on land managed by the Sawtooth National Forest, the Twin Falls district BLM and state lands.  The restriction is in place due to the current dry conditions.

Sage grouse numbers have remained mostly flat this year, according to data from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.   The Department is proposing one two-day hunting season in September in some areas north of the Snake River and one seven-day hunting season in September in a region south of the Snake River, with hunters allowed to take one bird per day.

A federal judge yesterday issued a temporary injunction to stop Idaho from enacting a law banning transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports while a legal challenge moves forward.  The ruling means transgender athletes wanting to participate in sports that match their gender identity can do so this fall at the college and secondary school level.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Record high temperatures expected. High 99F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 69F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Hot and a little bit breezy. High: 97. Low: 67.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny to partly cloudy skies, hot and breezy. High: 93. Low: 63.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 62.

SATURDAY: Developing clouds late in the day and hot. High: 94. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 65.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 95.

August 18th: On this day

Born on this day in North Little Rock, Arkansas, was Allen Reynolds, producer. Best known for producing virtually every album by Garth Brooks, he also produced Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".

Don Gibson scored his second Country #1 hit with "Blue Blue Day" which remained on the Country charts for a total of six months.

Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn were at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man", the lead single, and the title track, of their 1973 album was also the duo's third single.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol' Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.

Regal, Minnesota had the honour of being the smallest place Johnny Cash had ever played. The farm town, consisting of two bars, a church and a baseball field, only had a population of around 45 people, although a crowd approaching 5000 people, mostly from out of town, attended the show, billed as Cornstalk '89.

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

Wynonna Judd's husband Scott "Cactus" Moser, who played drums in both her road band and Highway 101, was involved in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota which resulted in the amputation of a leg.

Monday 081720

Yesterday Idaho reported the lowest single day total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in more than seven weeks.  Data shows 182 new cases statewide. 

A heat advisory has been issued for much of Southern Idaho until 9 pm Wednesday.  Temperatures are expected to hit 102 today and near 100 tomorrow and Wednesday.

This is fair week for Cassia County.  It all kicked off Saturday with the Neal McCoy concert.  Those who attend will need to sign a waiver because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cassia County was recently designated as high-risk by the Public Health District. 

Residents in the Jerome School district are going to be asked to continue the 800-thousand dollar supplemental levy when they go to the polls on August 25th.  The money will again be used for maintenance and operations which includes salaries, books and supplies.

Police in Twin Falls say there is no evidence of foul play after a body was discovered on Canyon springs road yesterday afternoon.  Officers blocked traffic into centennial park and Canyon Springs Golf Course for about four hours while they conducted their investigation.  More details are expected to be released today.

The start of school in Jerome has been pushed back to September 8th.  In a letter to parents, Superintendent Dale Layne said in addition to the late start students will be required to wear face masks.

The Hagerman city park has been closed to gatherings over 50 people because of the pandemic.  Mayor Alan Jay admits Gooding County and the City of Hagerman haven't had a major issue with COVID-19 but is taking the precaution because of the city’s large elderly population. 

The U.S. government is taking public comment concerning three open-pit gold mines in salmon habitat in central Idaho proposed by a Canadian company.  Midas Gold says the area 40 miles east of McCall and near the western edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness contains more than 4 million ounces of gold.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. Record high temperatures expected. High 101F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 71F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny to partly cloudy skies with some isolated afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Hot. High: 97. Low: 67.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Hot and breezy. High: 96. Low: 67.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, hot and breezy. High: 94. Low: 64..

FRIDAY: Mainly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 64.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 63.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 93.

August 17th: On this day

Hank Williams was arrested in Alexander City, Alabama for public drunkeness. The famous and much used photo of Hank Williams shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail later in the day.

Born on this day in Long Beach, California, was Kevin Welch, country music artist who has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Maria McKee, singer and songwriter who is best known for her work with Lone Justice and her 1990 UK solo chart-topping hit, "Show Me Heaven". Many country atrists have covered her songs including The Dixie Chicks, "Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?)", and Dwight Yoakam who with Maria McKee recorded "Bury Me" on his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.

Highwayman featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart.

George Strait's "You Know Me Better Than That" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, the second single from his 1991 album Chill of an Early Fall.

Uncle Kracker was arrested and charged with second-degree forcible sex after a 26-year-old woman claimed he committed a sexual act against her at a nightclub in Raleigh, N.C. The 33-year-old singer and rapper, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, was booked into the Wake County Jail after being arrested at a hotel in a Raleigh suburb. Bond was set at $5 million. His duet "When the Sun Goes Down," with Kenny Chesney, spent five weeks at the top of Billboard's country chart in 2004.

Linda Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Plcido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards a ceremony later televised in the US on ABC.

Johnny Cash's childhood home was opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home had been refurbished and featured the family's piano as well as other period items.

Friday 081420

The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 10 percent last week, but layoffs is continuing to run high due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Idaho Department of Labor said that applications for jobless benefits declined to 3,250.  The agency also said that the overall number of people collecting unemployment dropped 4 percent to 20,263. That’s the 14th week of consecutive declines since the pandemic entered Idaho in March.

Reclaim Idaho, an Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort yesterday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month.  Reclaim Idaho contended it should be allowed to collect online signatures during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative would have raised $170 million for K-12 education by raising taxes on corporations and individuals making $250,000 or more annually.

Fire gutted two unoccupied residential trailers and two storage shops yesterday afternoon in Wendell.  Crews were called to 2800 South and 1500 East.  No injuries were reported.

The Twin Falls School district say they are looking for a different vendor to supply packets provided to elementary school students when the school nurses give their puberty talks.  A pamphlet titled sex, gender and society raised concerns with some parents when it was included in the recent batch of handouts.

A Boise man was shot and killed earlier this month by the Bonners Ferry Police department’s chief during an altercation near the Tin Cup Campground in Custer County.  73 year old Russell Liddell died after being shot by Brian Zimmerman who was off duty at the time.  Liddell reportedly confronted a group of 18 people before a verbal altercation.  Liddell allegedly shot a gun and Zimmerman returned fire. 

Housing prices in Boise are skyrocketing.  Prices have increased about 11 percent over a year ago.  The median home price is now $390-thousand dollars according to data released by the Boise Regional Realtors group. In addition, the amount of homes available is decreasing the report said.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 89F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 56F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies and turning hot. High: 92. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies to partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 98. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Hot. High: 98. Low: 67.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Hot. High: 97. Low: 67.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm and hot. High: 97. Low: 66.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm and hot. High: 97.

August 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Elkhart, Indiana was Connie Smith the country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. Her first #1 hit was with her debut single "Once A Day" released in 1964. Smith won Billboards Most Promising Female Country Artist in 1964.

"Almost Persuaded" by David Houston was at #1 on the Country chart. The song spent nine weeks at #1 and has since gone on to become a country standard. For 46 years and two months, no #1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

Garth Brooks' The Hits became the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units. In June 1995, the master copy of the album was buried under Garth's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Alison Krauss & Union Station released the album New Favorite which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or group.

Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick performed for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego.

Carrie Underwood released "So Small" as the first single from her 2007 album Carnival Ride. It became her fourth #1 single. "So Small" debuted at #20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs making the highest chart entry by a solo country female artist in 43 years of Nielsen BDS history.