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Friday 102519

Former Twin Falls Fire Chief Ron Clark who unexpectedly passed away last week will be honored by the city.  Twin Falls mayor Shawn Barrigar has ordered all State and U.S. Flags to be flown at half-staff for week starting Monday.  Clark became a member of the fire department in 1976 and appointed chief in 1998.

Several police agencies will be participating with the National Drug Take back day tomorrow.  In Twin Falls the sheriff’s office will be at North five points from 10 to 2 pm.  Unused or expired prescription medication can be safely discarded.  They will also accept vaping devices and cartridges.

Defense attorneys say Prosecutors have violated an Idaho man’s constitutional right to attorney-client privilege after viewing video footage of meetings at the Ada County Jail with attorneys and psychologists.  38 year old Ruben Diaz is charged with attempted murder and other counts after police said he stabbed 76-year-old Gary Vinsonhaler Nov. 8, 2018, on the man’s front law in southeast Boise.

An Idaho State University researcher has discovered a dinosaur burrow, the first such den found in Idaho.  The university says researcher L.J. Krumenacker was helping teach a field course for future paleontologists when he found some bones in the Caribou Range near Soda Springs. He later excavated and found a burrow used by a common dinosaur that lived in what is now Idaho and Montana.  The dinosaurs are believed to have been about the size of a modern Great Dane dog, but with a 7-foot long tail.

A black bear cub that was illegally taken from the wild by a Boise man is headed to a rehabilitation sanctuary.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says a “well-meaning” Boise hunter took the cub last Saturday. The department confiscated the bear two days later.  Officials say people who see an injured wild animal can take note of where the animal was seen and then report that location to the state.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to Girls Soccer where the Twin Falls Bruin Girls lost their hope of state with their loss yesterday against Kuna.  The score was 3 to 2.  Twin Falls will play Middleton for the consolation bracket.

Elsewhere in playoffs Sugar Salem took the win from Kimberly 7 to 0 and it was Marsh Valley 2 Sun Valley Community school 1. 

For the High School Boys Jerome advanced in the playoffs winning Emmett 3 to 1.  Idaho Falls took the win from Twin Falls 3 to 2.  It was Moscow 1 Canyon Ridge 0 and Sugar-Salem took it from Bliss 2 to 0. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 68F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 43F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers, especially in the Mini-Cassia Region. Cooler and breezy. High: 51. Low: 23.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with isolated AM rain and snow showers. Cooler. High: 43. Low: 20.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies and chilly. High: 43. Low: 22.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy and chilly High: 45. Low: 21.

WEDNESDAY:  Sunny skies and slightly warmer. High: 50. Low: 26.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and a little bit warmer. High: 53.

October 25th: On this day

1912
Born on this day in Centerville, in Hickman County, Tennessee, was Minnie Pearl, country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Pearl died on 4 March 1996 aged 83.

1970
Born on this day in Kansas City, Missouri, was Chely Wright, Country music singer, songwriter. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded her first #1 single, the title track, "Single White Female".

1992
Roger Miller the singer, songwriter, musician and actor, died. Best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs including the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", from the mid-1960s. A lifelong cigarette smoker Miller died of lung and throat cancer at the age of 56.

1997
After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

1999
Lonestar released "Smile" as the third single from the album, Lonely Grill. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

2003
Johnny Cash's step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Heaters that had been left on in the converted school bus were blamed for the accident. Campbell was also a regular member of Nashville band, The Sidemen and performed with bluegrass great Bill Monroe and Jim and Jesse.

2005
Charlie Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon at the 53rd annual BMI Country Awards. Active as a singer since the early 1950s, and best known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Thursday 102419

86 year old Walter James Mason has been arrested in Texas in connection to a Clayton Idaho Bar Shooting that happened in 1980.  52 year old rancher Daniel Woolley died as a result of a gunshot wound.  Mason has been charged with first degree murder. 

An Idaho state representative who authored a letter signed by 27 other Republican representatives criticizing Boise State University’s diversity and inclusion efforts says it’s not her goal to defund the school over the issue.  The letter sent by lawmakers said the school’s inclusion initiatives mentioned in a recent newsletter are exclusionary because they segregate students.

Authorities in Hagerman continue to investigate a hit and run that sent a Bliss resident to Boise by air ambulance.  Rhonde Wood was crossing State Street when he was hit by a small light colored SUV.  The vehicle left the scene.  If you have information about the incident you are asked to call SIR-COM at 324-1911.

Early voting in the gem state is on for the November 5 election.  Voters can go to their county elections offices with legal Id in hand. 

The boil water order for Wendell has been lifted.  The order was issued earlier this week after the weekend power outage.

The building that was recently built at the 93-84 junction to resemble old North Side Inn that was torn down many years ago at the corner of main and Lincoln in Jerome will be Magic Valley’s newest recovery center.  It will house 28 individuals with a minimum of a 28 day stay according to Stephanie Ford the CEO of Embrace Life Recovery Center. 

Idaho Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley has been elected vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  The group says it’s a bipartisan organization that offers research, technical assistance and other help so states can find solutions to difficult problems and remain strong and independent.

More teens are getting their driver’s license at an earlier age in the gem state.  According to triple-A, there’s been an 11 percent increase in the number of young drivers who was licensed before the age of 18 since 2012. 

SPORTS

In local sports, to the SCIC High School Volleyball Tournament in Filer, the Filer wildcats took the win over Gooding 3 to 0.  Lighthouse Christian took the win from Castleford 3 to 1.  It was Murtaugh 3 Hansen 0 and Carey took it from Camas County 3 to 2.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 56F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Warmer with sunny skies. High: 64. Low: 36.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. Breezy and cooler. High: 53. Low: 25.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with isolated AM rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies with below average temperatures. High: 43. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and breezy with a slight chance of a rain/snow shower. High: 44. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit warmer. High: 50.

October 24th: On this day

1944
Born on this day was American country singer, guitarist Ray Downs, best known for his appearances on the syndicated Porter Wagoner television show. He also played with Country Music legend Marty Robbins and recorded under the names Ray Stark as well as Jason Williams. Ray is now a novelist with three novels and hundreds of short stories to his credit.

1952
Born on this day in Vicksburg, Mississippi was Mark Gray, singer, songwriter and a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982. Gray's solo career includes three albums and eight Top 40 hits, of which the highest-peaking is the #6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch". Gray also co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of which became #1 hits for Alabama. He died on December 2, 2016.

1965
Jim Reeves was at #1 on the Country music album chart with "Up Through The Years". Reeves was killed in a plane crash the previous year on July 31, 1964 after they encountered a violent thunderstorm en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls.

1970
"Run Woman Run" by Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country charts. Written by Ann Booth, Duke Goff, and Dan Hoffman, it spent two weeks at the top and a total of thirteen weeks on the country charts and became the 8th chart topper for Wynette.

1984
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music album chart with City Of New Orleans. The album spent 12 weeks at the top of the charts. The title track is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.

1991
Garth Brooks' No Fences became the first country album certified for shipments of more than 5 million copies. The album stayed in the top 40 for 126 weeks and to date has sold over 17 million copies.

2006
Taylor Swift released her eponymous debut studio album which went on to top the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks and has now sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.

2010
Both Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Wednesday 102319

Wendell residents have been told to boil their water.  Following the power outage over the weekend the public works department said the wells shut down which caused the pressure to drop.  Samples are being sent for testing to the DEQ.

The Hagerman fire department hopes the community will agree to a permanent override levy at the polls in November.  If passed, residents will see an increase of about 61-dollars a year per 100-thousand dollars on their taxes.  The fire chief has said that without the money, they will probably not be able to maintain the full time staff.

Twin Falls police have been cleared following the death of a man they were pursuing.  61 year old Rodney Dean Bodley ran when the authorities attempted to serve an arrest warrant.  At the time police said they didn’t believe any officers fired their weapon.

Idaho officials have submitted a Medicaid expansion waiver requiring patients get a referral from a primary physician before they can get family planning services such as birth control, abortions or pregnancy care.  Waivers are required when a state wants to deviate from Medicaid rules.

A panel of lawmakers is examining property tax options amid complaints that taxes are going up with rising property values while at the same meeting concerns from cities and counties were heard that they’re operating on tight budgets.  The Property Tax Working Group took no action following a day of presentations, including from university and state financial experts.

The Vatican has defrocked W. Thomas Faucher, an Idaho priest who was convicted of possessing violent and extreme child pornography last year.  Faucher was sentenced in December to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

32 year old David Hurrera-Gonzalez was sentenced this week up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of beating a 10 year old girl who said she did the laundry wrong.  He was accused of punching her, pulling on her lower jaw and tearing flesh beneath her tongue. 

SPORTS

In sports from around the local area – to High School volleyball and the 4 A Great Basin Ten District Tournament where Burley shut out Preston 3 to 0.  Pocatello picked up the win against Twin Falls 3 to 1. 

In the 3A District 4 tournament in Filer, it was Filer defeating Gooding 3 to 0.  Then Gooding took Kimberly 3 to 2 and Kimberly beat Buhl 3 to 0.

In the 1A D-2 district tournament in Shoshone, Lighthouse Christian took it from Carey 3 to 0.  Castleford won over Murtaugh 3 to 1.  Camas County took the win from Hagerman 3 to 0 and Hansen won over Richfield 3 to 0. 

WEATHER

Today:  Lots of sunshine. High 57F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 29F. W winds shifting to S at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 56F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies and cool. High: 54. Low: 30.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 64. Low: 36.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny skies, breezy and cooler. High: 54. Low: 25.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers and cooler. High: 45. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and chilly. High: 42. Low: 19.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies, breezy, chilly and a slight chance of a shower. High: 42.

October 23rd: On this day

1939
Bill Monroe auditioned for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passed the audition and made his debut five days later.

1951
Born on this day in Pulaski, Tennessee, was David Wills, singer-songwriter. Wills wrote George Strait's "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" and Garth Brooks' "Wild Horses."

1956
Born on this day in Pikeville, Kentucky, was Dwight Yoakam. The country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard # 1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.

1972
Born on this day in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was Jimmy Wayne country music singer and songwriter. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003, four singles were released from it, including "Stay Gone" and "I Love You This Much", which both reached Top Ten on the Billboard country charts. "Do You Believe Me Now" became his first #1 hit in late 2008.

1976
Linda Ronstadt was at #1 on the Country music album chart with the Grammy Award winning Hasten Down the Wind. Her third straight million-selling album made Ronstadt the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat.

1978
American country musician Maybelle Carter died aged 69. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family.

1997
More than 100,000 copies of John Denver's catalog of albums were sold in the week after the singer was killed in an Oct. 12 plane crash off the California coast. SoundScan reported that four of Denver's albums were among the nation's top 200 bestsellers last week and that 10 were among the top 75 sellers among country albums.

2011
Scotty McCreery was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Clear As Day, the debut studio album by the season ten American Idol winner.

Tuesday 102219

State agencies have already identified about 70,000 Idaho residents who now are eligible for Medicaid under the upcoming expansion in January.  That’s because the state uses an integrated eligibility system, with one application used for a variety of state benefits like food stamps, mental health programs, and the state health insurance exchange.  The department is using that data to notify some of the residents who qualify for Medicaid so they can enroll starting Nov. 1.

Boise police say a woman who was shot and killed in her car by officers Sunday morning had a gun and pointed it at law enforcement.  The shooting happened after police responded to a report around 6 a.m. Sunday that a woman was acting suspiciously and knocking on doors.

The health advisory for Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir has been lifted by the Public Health District.  The advisory was issued in July because of Toxins that were present in the water.

Gas prices are going up as refineries across the country began to make the switch to Winter Blend.  Today, the price of a gallon of regular gas in Idaho is $2.85, which is 20 cents higher than the national average.  But there’s some good news – Idahoans are paying nine cents more than a month ago, but 27 cents less than a year ago.

A woman held Chubbuck police at a standoff Sunday afternoon for two hours.  When they approached, she put a gun to her head which caused them to back away.  No one was injured and no shots were fired.

Two people were arrested by Blaine County authorities for trafficking Meth and one for Heroin trafficking.  27-year-old Raul Amado Duarte and 39-year-old Marco Antonio Palencia-Gomez both from Bellevue were taken into custody on the meth charges following a Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation.  29-year-old Koby Sliwicki was arrested for heroin trafficking. 

SPORTS

In sports from around southern Idaho, first to Volleyball and the 1A Division  1 District 4 tournament in Murtaugh.  Raft River beat Valley 3 to 2.  Valley defeated Shoshone 3 to 0.  Today Raft River meats Valley tonight at 6. 

In tournament action in Shoshone, Lighthouse Christian shut out Richfield 3 to 0.  It was Hagerman 3 Sun Valley Community School 0 and Carey shut out Hansen 3 to 0.  Murtaugh did the same thing to Camas County and Castleford shut out Hagerman 3 to 0.

Today, Richfield and Hansen meet at 3.  Elsewhere Camas County will play Hagerman, Lighthouse Christian takes on Carey and Castleford plays Murtaugh. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. Gusty winds during the afternoon. High near 55F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds, otherwise generally clear. Low 42F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with breezy conditions and cooler. High: 57. Low: 27.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies and cool. High: 55. Low: 31.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 64. Low: 36.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 53. Low: 25.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers and chilly. High: 45. Low: 22.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and chilly. High: 41.

October 22nd: On this day

1966
At the age of 48, Eddy Arnold became the youngest (to that time) living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1968
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his sixth studio release, Gentle on My Mind. The title track written by John Hartford won two 1968 Grammy Awards and received over 5 million radio plays. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme of his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

1968
Born on this day in Killen, Alabama, was Marsha Thornton, a country music singer. Between 1990 and 2003, she released three studio albums, with her first two released on MCA Records; she has also issued four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest-peaking single was "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline", which reached #59 in 1990.

1968
Born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, was Shelby Lynne, singer, and songwriter. Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987, her first recording was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had been active in the music industry for some time. She appeared in the film Walk The Line playing the role of Carrie Cash.

1973
John Denver released "Sunshine on My Shoulders" which hit #1 early in 1974. It was originally the B-side of one of his earlier songs, "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy". As the Vietnam War came to an end, the song took on a new significance and began to receive airplay. It was also his first of four #1's between 1974-1975, the other three being: "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "I'm Sorry."

1988
Johnny Cash performed at a benefit show for a drug and alcohol treatment community for adolescents and their families at the Handley High School Auditorium in Winchester, Virginia Before the show Cash was presented with a plaque and told that the day had been declared Johnny Cash Day.

1999
Dixie Chicks' fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units.

2005
The reality series Tuckerville aired for the first time on The Learning Channel, documenting the life of country music star Tanya Tucker as she recorded an album, ran her record business, and raises her three children. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.

Monday 102119

Some smaller Idaho school districts are struggling to retain teachers who are tempted by the bigger paychecks and increased resources offered by larger districts.  Records from the State Department of Education shows that 184 teachers have changed school districts in Idaho since the 2014 school year. Larger school districts pay over $46-thousand a year.  Smaller districts note that number is at least $4-thousand dollars lower.

A 27-year-old Boise man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a popular Boise park.  Andrew Ray Garcia of Boise was arrested early Friday morning in connection with the death of 43-year-old Roque Leon Arellano, whose body was found Thursday morning.

A disagreement is brewing between the Boise School District and the Anser Charter School.  Last week the charter’s board unanimously voted to leave the school district and join the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.  The school said the decision was based on a desire to provide more opportunities.  The district said they are concerned about the lack of diversity. 

Fewer kindergarten students showed up to school this fall prepared to read, according to preliminary Idaho Reading Indicator data.  All told, about 55 percent of Idaho’s 90,000 K-3 students who took the IRI hit grade-level reading benchmarks, according to the state superintendent. 

State officials say they won’t abandon a series of preliminary recommendations that didn’t make the list of top priorities for Gov. Brad Little’s education task force.  Earlier this month, the full task force told the group to prioritize four of those recommendations and develop a fifth recommendation this month.  What didn’t make the list include implementing safety protocols, minimize future withdrawals from the state’s saving account, to continue to expand teacher training, and the rewarding for rural remote and underserved schools to improve opportunities. 

SPORTS

In sports from around the state, The Boise state Broncos had dropped in  the polls after losing to BYU 28 to 25 on Saturday.  The Broncos now have several schools ahead of them in the race to the Cotton Bowl.

Colton Richardson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Idaho defense scored three TDs — including two by Lloyd Hightower — as the Vandals beat Idaho State 45-21 on Saturday.

In High School Volleyball from the 3A District Tournament at Filer High School over the weekend, Filer Defeated Kimberly 3 to 1 and Gooding took Buhl 3 to 2. 

In the District 4 1 A division 1 tournament at Murtaugh, Oakley took Glenns Ferry 3 to 0.  Raft River won over Shoshone 3 to 0 Then Shoshone took the win From Glenns Ferry 3 to 0 and Valley beat Oakley 3 to 0. 

In college action CSI won over Colorado Northwest 3 to 0.

In Boys Soccer from the area High Schools, Twin Falls took the win from Valleyvue and in the High Desert Conference Bliss won over Gooding 2 to 0.  On the girls side Kimberly defeated Gooding 3 to 1.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny. High 49F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 39F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 62. Low: 37.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a shower and breezy. High: 57. Low: 29.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and cool. High: 56. Low: 29.

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

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a shower and breezy. High: 57

October 21st: On this day

1915
Born on this day, was American record producer Owen Bradley, who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 1960s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly, working with artists such as such as Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, and Conway Twitty.

1935
Born on this day in Rowe, Virginia, was Mel Street. From 1968 to 1972, Street hosted his own show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station. He recorded his first single, "Borrowed Angel," in 1970 for a small regional record label. A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in 1972, and it became a top-10 Billboard hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in 1973. He committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, on October 21, 1978, his 43rd birthday.

1978
Mel Street the honky tonk-styled singer, who had long battled clinical depression and alcoholism, committed suicide on his 43rd birthday. He had signed a recording contract with Mercury Records earlier in the year. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in 1973.

1980
Don Williams was at #1 on the Country music charts with "I Believe in You", Williams' eleventh #1 on the country chart. It was also hit in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

1988
Country singer Lynn Anderson was booked on a misdemeanor charge of malicious mischief after an incident at the home of songwritter Paul Williams' brother. It was reported that Anderson had damaged a car and stole a jacket.

2007
Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fifth studio album, Still Feels Good. The album produced five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, the first of which was "Take Me There", co-written by Kenny Chesney, and reached #1 on the country charts in mid-2007.

2012
Hargus "Pig" Robbins was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The session keyboard and piano player played on records for artists such as George Jones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, David Allan Coe, George Hamilton IV and Conway Twitty. He was also awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1976 and 2000.

Friday 101819

Wednesday evening just after 5 pm a high speed pursuit by police ended with the suspect crashing their vehicle into the Shoshone Police Chief’s car.  The incident happened near Bliss on I-84.  Jesus Antonio Reyes was charged with eluding, assault on a police officer and possession of a stolen vehicle.  The chase began when he fueled up in Hollister and didn’t pay.  Reyes and a Gooding officer were treated for minor injuries.  The officer was injured when he attempted to avoid being struck by the suspect.

What to name some of the waterfalls in the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls.  Southern Idaho Tourism and the City of Twin Falls along with the Twin Falls canal company plan to assign monikers to 13 of the unnamed waterfalls and are asking for the public’s help.  You can submit your idea on the visit southern Idaho dot com website. 

China said yesterday it detained two Idaho citizens on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border, amid sharpening tensions between the sides over trade, technology and other sensitive issues.  Police arrested Alyssa Petersen and Jacob Harlan.  Harlan is the owner and Peterson the director of a Rexburg based organization called China Horizons whose website says it is an English teaching program that offers an “immersive experience within a Chinese school.”

Staff at the Coeur D’Alene library has confirmed at least one person is intentionally hiding books throughout the building dealing with issues traditionally assigned to more liberal political platforms.  Books promoting LGBTQ rights, discussing gun control policies and criticizing President Donald Trump were found hidden in spaces throughout the Library.  Staff members say books on other topics have also been moved including readings on impeachment, white privilege and women voting rights.

A nine year old Eagle girl battling terminal cancer has died, just days before a planned community celebration that was scheduled for tomorrow and November 2nd.  Claire Elliott was diagnosed in 2018 with a rare brain stem tumor.  Homes in her neighborhood strung Christmas lights and decorated the yards for Christmas.  She passed away Wednesday.

Some students in California won’t need to get to school as early as they had been and now the idea is being discussed in some treasure valley districts in Idaho.  Some doctors argue that teenagers don’t get enough sleep with the current school schedule. 

SPORTS

In sports from around southern Idaho, The Sun Valley Community School took the High Desert Boys High School Soccer Conference Tournament championship yesterday winning over Bliss 3 to 0.  Bliss will play tomorrow against Gooding for the second spot in the state tournament from the conference.  Elsewhere Gooding defeated Wendell 7 to 2. 

In Girls high school soccer from the conference tournament the Sun Valley Community School defeated Kimberly 8 to 0 and Gooding Downed Wendell 4 to 2.

In Volleyball, Filer took it from Kimberly 3 to 1 and Declo defeated Buhl 3 to 2.  Jerome won over Mountain home 3 to 0 and in College action, Utah State Eastern took the win from the CSI golden eagles 3 to 1.  CSI is now 13 – 11 for the year.

In Southern Idaho high school football tonight, Hagerman travels to Adrian, Oregon, Carey JV hosts Richfield, Caldwell hosts Gooding, Canyon Ridge hosts Mountain Home, Carey hosts Challis, Castleford hosts Lighthouse Christian, Dietrich hosts Camas County, Filer hosts Declo, Kimberly hosts Buhl, Murtaugh hosts Hansen, Oakley hosts Grace and Raft River hosts Glenns Ferry. And Southern Idaho high school football on the air tonight,  Burley hosts Wood River with the broadcast on AM 1230 KBAR, Minico hosts Century with the broadcast on AM 970,  and Jerome travels to Twin Falls with the broadcast on AM 1400 KART.

WEATHER

Today:  Mainly clear. Low 39F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 39F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with scattered mountain snow showers and valley rain showers. Breezy and chilly. High: 45. Low: 31.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. Chilly and breezy. High: 47. Low: 32.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. Slight warmer and breezy. High: 56. Low: 38.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 62. Low: 37.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 57. Low: 32.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies and cooler. High: 53.

October 18th: On this day

1952
Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar in Minden, Louisiana. The next day two public ceremonies were held at the New Orleans Civic Auditorium, where 14,000 seats were sold for each. After Williams's death, a judge ruled that the wedding was not legal because Jones Eshlimar's divorce had not become final until eleven days after she married Williams.

1967
Ode to Billie Joe the debut album by Bobbie Gentry was at #1 on the chart. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The recording of the title track "Ode to Billie Joe" generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger Jimmie Haskell.

1979
Johnny Cash received the United Nations Humanitarian Award for his longstanding support for two children's homes in Jamaica and his work for the Youth For Christ Organisation. The ceremony was held at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.

1980
Born on this day was Josh Gracin, country music singer who is a former member of the United States Marine Corps. He first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the Fox Networks talent competition American Idol. His self-titled debut album was released in 2004 and it produced the #1 hit, "Nothin' to Lose."

1988
Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

2010
Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country chart with his fourteenth studio album Hemingway's Whiskey. Four of the albums singles; "The Boys of Fall", "Somewhere with You", "Live a Little", and "Reality" have all hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.