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Monday 012020

The Idaho House of Representatives expelled one of its members after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government.  The House voted 65-0 to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. It is the first ever expulsion from the Idaho Legislature.  Green was convicted on charges stemming from helping a wealthy Texas couple hide assets to avoid paying income taxes when Green worked as an attorney. Green maintains his innocence.  He faces up to 5 years in prison.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued two executive orders that he says will cut government red tape.  Little signed an order requiring that every regulation that an agency chooses to keep be justified.  He said that going forward; about 20% of administrative rules will be reviewed annually.

A new report says that Idaho's growth in prison costs is the sixth highest in the nation -- even outpacing growth in education investment.  This comes as Idaho lawmakers try to find new ways to deal with overcrowding in jails and prisons.

Those watching the water levels in Southern Idaho say since the starting of the water year October 1 they have measured 2.31 inches at the Twin Falls airport.  That’s about 1.55 inches below average.  Not to worry though, the mountain amounts along with the reservoirs are looking much better.  Some reservoirs are at 90-percent full.  The snowpack is being called normal to a little below normal.

The Marsh Valley School District board has unknowingly violated the Idaho open meetings law for years after conducting its entire annual superintendent evaluation behind closed doors.     The board first learned it was committing a violation when it was notified by attorneys for the state Department of Education last month that approving Superintendent Marvin Hansen’s evaluation, contract extension and pay increase was against the law.

Prosecutors have charged 24 year old Christopher Bleily a former employee of a Boise group home with rape and attempted rape because they say he confessed to abusing two disabled residents.  The victims in the case were both non-verbal and disabled.

SPORTS

Justinian Jessup forced a turnover and scored with 1.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime as Boise State rallied from 19-points down in the second half and beat Utah State 88-83 on Saturday night. Boise State plays at Fresno State on Saturday.

Markus Golder registered 18 points as Portland State topped Idaho State 82-76 on Saturday night.  Idaho State faces Montana at home on Thursday.

Jared Samuelson scored 23 points and Kyle Owens and Kendal Manuel each added two clutch free throws in the final seconds as Montana won its 1,000th game on its home court, holding off Idaho for a 67-63 Big Sky Conference victory on Saturday night. Fittingly, it was the 200th meeting between the Grizzlies and Vandals.

In high school basketball, first for the Boys, Twin Falls defeated Idaho Falls 48 to 42. Preston toppled Burley 92 to 72 and in overtime Grace defeated Valley 52 to 46.   Fruitland said no to Buhl 48 to 36.  Carey outlasted Hansen 67 to 38. 

In girls action, Grace took the win from Valley 54 to 36 and in Overtime action highland outlasted Minico 49 to 47.  It was Murtaugh 43 Shoshone 15.  Butte County defeated Oakley 50 to 21 and Declo outlasted Malad 55 to 40. 

From the Magic Valley Classic Wrestling tournament New Plymouth took number one overall.  Some of the top finishers include Dax Blackmon from Declo and Teegan Dunn from Wendell.

WEATHER

Today:  Overcast. High 37F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. Low around 30F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM snow and rain showers. High: 39. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM snow and rain showers. High: 39. Low: 28.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 39. Low: 29.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 39. Low: 29.

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

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

January 20th: On this day

1924
Born on this day in Tampa, Florida, was Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. who became known professionally as Slim Whitman. The American country music singer and songwriter, known for his yodelling abilities has sold in excess of 120 million albums. His 1955 hit single "Rose Marie" held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at#1 on the UK charts until Bryan Adams broke the record in 1991. Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence, stating; "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman". He died on June 19th 2013.

1959
George Jones released his sixth studio album Country Church Time which includes multiple early gospel recordings by Jones. The album wasn't received well, and did not chart, due in large part to the lackluster sound of Starday and Mercury Records during the 1950s.

1965
Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was John Michael Montgomery, country singer, songwriter who has produced more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, including two #1 country singles of the year: "I Swear" (1994) and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" (1995).

1985
Born on this day in Jefferson, Georgia, was Brantley Gilbert who scored the 2012 Country #1 hit "Country Must Be Country Wide" and his follow-up, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", also hit #1.

1990
Billboard magazine began basing the Hot Country Singles chart entirely on radio airplay through Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), which used a computerized system to detect actual radio spins. The number of chart positions is reduced from 100 to 75. The new system has an immediate effect on how long the year's biggest songs stay at #1:

1997
Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood and Kim Richey were among the performers at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration. Vice president Al Gore and wife Tipper danced to the "Tennessee Waltz."

2012
Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler died in his sleep in Pensacola, Florida. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers, including Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

2014
It was announced that Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," had become the best-selling digital country single in history after having over 6.6 million downloads to date. The track spent 24 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, making it the longest-running #1 since the chart's inception.

Friday 011720

One person died after an avalanche in the Baker Creek area Wednesday.  Authorities said 50 year old Kirk Douglas Rongen of Jerome died after being caught in the slide while riding a snowmobile.  Another snowmobiler was able to escape and locate his partner but was able to revive him.

A group of water users has appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley.  The environmental group said the Forest Service failed to complete consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries about the diversions.

Cleanup continues on Idaho highway 20 after diesel spilled from a multi-vehicle crash that left 33 people injured.  The crash involved a bus carrying INL employees Wednesday.  The crash happened after a car stopped while traveling west on the highway in an area of low visibility and the bus and stopped behind her.  A semi-truck hauling a diesel fuel tanker and was unable to stop.

Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls A member of the Idaho House of Representatives said he won’t resign following his conviction in Texas of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.  A judge released him with no bond.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch is applauding the passing of an agreement in trading between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  Risch said this will put in place the mechanism whereby dairy products are going to be able to move into Canada.

Idaho residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis can now dial 211 to reach a suicide prevention hotline.  Previously, people who called 211 seeking help for suicidal thoughts would be connected to an operator, who would then give them a separate 10-digit phone number to call.

A panel of Idaho lawmakers took testimony involving Idaho’s education standards on English and literacy for the state’s 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education. The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states.

SPORTS

Kim Aiken Jr. totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, and Jack Perry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game to lift Eastern Washington to a 78-75 victory over Idaho last night.

Jerrick Harding scored eight of his 28 points in overtime, Cody John finished with 21 points, and Weber State beat Idaho State 76-68 last night to snap a three-game skid.

Tonight Utah State Plays Boise State at Taco Bell Arena with the game starting at 8. Utah State knocked off Nevada by 10 at home on Saturday. Boise State lost 85-78 at Air Force on Wednesday.

Two junior guards will be on display tomorrow as Tarik Cool and Idaho State will take on Holland Woods and Portland State. Cool has scored 21 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 12.2 over his last five games. Woods is averaging 21 points and 5.4 assists over the last five games.  Game time is 8:05 at the Viking Pavilion in Portland.

Tonight in Mountain Home the Jerome Tigers Will meet the other tigers – the Mountain Home Jerome Game at 7.  Rick Haberman will have the play by play on 1400 KART.

Last night for High school girls basketball, Filer downed Nampa Christian 44 to 37.  Raft River took it from Valley 57 to 49.  Burley defeated Preston 50 to 39 and it was Murtaugh 56 over Hagerman 33.  Richfield said no to Castleford 37 to 33 and it was Shoshone 32 Oakley 29.  Kimberly defeated Buhl 53 to 36.

On the Boys side it was Richfield 66 Castleford 49.  Filer defeated American Falls 64 to 37.  Hansen said no to the Sun Valley community school 51 to 37.

Some Wrestling scores from yesterday.  Twin Falls took their matches from Minico and Mountain Home.  Then Minico won their matches with Canyon Ridge and Mountain Home took their win from Canyon Ridge.

 

WEATHER

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Frank Church Wilderness; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region  ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING... Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Raft River Region; Shoshone, Lava Beds; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains; Wood River Foothills.  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING... Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

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The National Weather Service has placed all of East Idaho under winter weather advisories in anticipation of a winter storm that was forecast to arrive late Thursday night and continue through Friday night.  The snow and 50 mph winds from the storm are expected to create hazardous driving conditions throughout the region, the weather service said.  The weather service said the area of East Idaho hardest hit by the storm will be the mountains south of Soda Springs all the way to the Utah border. The storm could dump up to 4 inches of snow on much of the rest of the region.  It’s even possible that up to 8 inches of snow could fall on some of the higher mountains of those areas depending on the severity of the storm. 

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds diminishing during the afternoon. High 33F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 23F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a snow shower. High: 36. Low: 21.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 37. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 38. Low: 26.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain or snow showers. High: 40. Low: 29.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain or snow shower. High: 39. Low: 25.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 36.

January 17th: On this day

1945
Red Foley became the first country performer to record in Nashville, Tennessee. During the session at WSM-AM's Studio B, he recorded "Tennessee Saturday Night", "Blues in the Heart" and "Tennessee Border".

1955
Born on this day, at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, was Steve Earle, singer, songwriter. His song "Mustang Wine" was due to be recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, but Presley did not turn up for the recording session and was later released as a single by Carl Perkins. His gritty 1986 album Guitar Town album became an influential signpost for the alt-country movement. Earle has been married seven times, including twice to the same woman.

1981
Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US County chart with "I Love A Rainy Night." According to Rabbit, the song was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s. The song succeeded Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart - the last time, to date, that pop chart featured back-to-back country singles in the #1 position.

1983
The rise in popularity of Country music was evident at The American Music Awards, where Kenny Rogers took home three citations, Willie Nelson was given two and Alabama was named Favorite Band.

1986
Reba McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been a member ever since.

2000
Garth Brooks was named Artist of the Decade for the '90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. He also won awards for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, for Sevens.

2008
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson embarked on the co-headlining 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, which began in Dayton, Ohio. The 39 date tour featured the two singers sharing the same band and stage and performing each other's songs.

2015
Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author, playwright and composer Don Harron died aged 90. Harron is perhaps best known for the comedic character Charlie Farquharson from the country music television show, Hee Haw.

2018
Kenny Chesney announced that he had left Sony Music Nashville after 23 years and had subsequently signed with Warner Bros. Records Nashville. Chesney had recorded 20 albums, 20 of which had been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He had also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 30 of which had reached #1.

Thursday 011620

Two methods to bring in millions of dollars to pay for maintaining Idaho’s roads gained traction with lawmakers earlier this week.  The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted to send to the full House a bill that would use money generated from investing about $275 million sitting in the state’s rainy-day account.  They also voted to hold a hearing on another plan to double to 2% the amount of money dedicated to roads from the state’s sales tax. That would bring in $36 million annually.

A panel of lawmakers has rejected a rules package that outlines how the state investigates discrimination complaints involving employment, housing, education and public accommodations.  Some lawmakers said the rules appeared to give the Human Rights Commission too much leeway.

Food Stamp recipients may be required to take drug tests.  Currently Idaho asks families needing temporary help to take the text but the Trump administration is proposing recipients take drug tests as well. 

New legislation would require Idaho voters who want to participate in a closed presidential primary to affiliate with that party 90 days before the primary.  Republicans close their primaries in Idaho while Democrats do not. Republicans are concerned some voters might affiliate with their party to throw a primary vote to a less popular candidate more likely to lose in the general election.

It looks like Downtown Twin Falls will have a $4-million parking garage paid for by the Urban Renewal Agency.  The 3 story 200 car parking structure would be the same height as the six story building that will replace the old youth ranch on Main Street. 

The city of Jerome is hoping that the Idaho Transportation department comes through with a Transportation Alternatives Program grant.  The nearly half million dollars would be used to connect curb, gutter and bike lanes from Tiger Drive to the Stinker Station on East Main.  The proposed sidewalk would make it safer for High School students walking to and from the school.

Sports

Boise State promoted Eric Kiesau on Wednesday to offensive coordinator, replacing the departed Zak Hill.   Kiesau has been on the Broncos staff the past three seasons as the wide receivers coach. Kiesau was also given the title of co-offensive coordinator last season. Hill left after the season to take the offensive coordinator role at Arizona State.

In high school boys basketball, first to Twin Falls where in overtime Minico defeated the Bruins 61 to 6.  Elsewhere Kimberly defeated Buhl 65 to 25.  Pocatello defeated Jerome 67 to 58 and Burley downed Wood River 64 to 60.  Shoshone Won over Glenns Ferry 49 to 45

On the girls side, Gooding defeated Wendell 45 to 27 and Carey Downed Hansen 43 to 36.  Declo over Raft River 49 to 42. 

Weather

Today:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 37F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Rain and snow showers this evening. Overcast and windy overnight. Low 28F. SW winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 50%. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated AM snow showers and a little bit breezy, especially during the AM hours. Minor snow accumulations (less than an inch) are expected. High: 32. Low: 21.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 36. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 36. Low: 26.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a snow shower. High: 38. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow and rain. High: 36.

January 16th: On this day

1943
Born on this day in Robbinsville, North Carolina, was Ronnie Milsap, country music singer and pianist. He became country music's first well-known blind singer, and one of the most successful and versatile country "crossover" singers of his time scoring the crossover hits, "It Was Almost Like a Song," "Smoky Mountain Rain," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," "Any Day Now," and "Stranger in My House." He is credited with six Grammy Awards and 40 #1 country hits.

1974
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

1993
Johnny Cash made his first guest appearance in the series Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, an hour long Western family adventure series produced by CBS Entertainment Productions.

2006
The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line won three Golden Globes for: Best Musical or Comedy plus awards for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. The "Brokeback Mountain" piece "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" won Best Original Song.

2010
Carl Smith, better known as "Mister Country" died. Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row.

2014
A forklift crashed into a portion of a stage after a Luke Bryan concert in Ohio State, causing it to crumple and injure 4 crew members who were all rushed to hospital for treatment.

2014
A woman accused of impersonating Alison Krauss on a dating website and stealing money from an elderly man appeared in a Fayetteville court. Sue Evers pleaded guilty to Class B felony theft by deception and was sentenced to 100 days in jail and 8 years supervised probation and was ordered to pay slightly over $72,800 in victim restitution.

2015
Bluegrass songwriter Dixie Hall died of a brain tumor aged 80. Was the wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall. In addition to her hundreds of bluegrass cuts, Hall and her husband co-wrote "All That's Left," a song Miranda Lambert recorded on her 2014 release Platinum.

Wednesday 011520

Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after crashes is standard cleanup practice in Idaho.  But removing that water could be violating the state’s strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored.  So, lawmakers voted to hold a hearing on legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in waterways.

A House panel nixed some searches of personal belongings at the Statehouse and other state government buildings out of concern such searches could be unconstitutional.  Lawmakers said other rules will allow law enforcement officials to search suspicious suspects.  They were told that the particular section of rules they were considering was the subject of a federal court ruling in 2012 involving Occupy Boise, a group that set up tents on state land near the Statehouse.

A power struggle between the Idaho House and Senate turned out to have big ramifications for a relatively unknown state employee.  Administrative rules coordinator Dennis Stevenson is recognized as the state’s top expert on administrative rules. He was supposed to retire last July, but the governor’s office asked him to stay on to help cut down 8,200 pages of rules.  Now, he’s in high demand to testify as lawmakers try to understand changes and cuts that Little made over the summer.

A facebook post about the Idaho Fish and Game killing over 200 elk has sparked anger from many.  Fish and Game officials say they processed 206 elk this year with all the meat given to the Non Profit Idaho Hunters feeding the hungry.  The state agency said it was a research project with the U OF I to prevent and alleviate elk depredation. 

Lawmakers on a House panel approved changes to rules for the Idaho Commission on the Arts allowing the agency to participate in art therapy for wounded veterans, stroke victims and others.  The change is part of massive cuts to the state’s administrative rules book undertaken by Republican Gov. Brad Little last year.

SPORTS

In High School Basketball first for the Girls, it was Glenns Ferry 50 Valley 49.  It was Minico 41 Burley 39.  Jerome took the win from Wood River 59 to 38.  Twin Falls won the game with Pocatello 36 to 24.  It was Filer 51 Buhl 26 and Hansen defeated Shoshone 52 to 11.  Mountain home defeated Canyon Ridge 55 to 42 and Castleford downed Canyon Ridge 43 to 21.

On the Boys side, Lighthouse Christian took the win from Dietrich 90 to 56 and Castleford won their game with Hagerman 46 to 33.

Here’s some overall wrestling scores.  Buhl took Mountain Home 63 to 13.  Twin Falls won over Buhl 42 to 35 and Twin Falls won over Mountain Home 60 to 30.

Big Sky foes meet as Weber State battles Idaho State. Both teams last played this past Saturday. Idaho State knocked off Northern Arizona by four points, while Weber State came up short in a 71-57 game at Sacramento State. Game time tomorrow at 7 pm – Holt arena in Pocatello.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 30F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Low 26F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated PM snow showers and a little bit breezy, especially during the PM hours. High: 30. Low: 25.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow, especially during the morning, and breezy. High: 32. Low: 22.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 36. Low: 24.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 35. Low: 25.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow and rain. High: 37.

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON MST THURSDAY... Snow, moderate to heavy at times. Total snow accumulation of 4 to 9 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph over mountain passes and exposed slopes producing areas of blowing and drifting snow. Plan on slippery road conditions. Hazardous road conditions may develop over mountain passes, possibly impacting travel over Galena summit.

January 15th: On this day

1950
Born on this day in Bexar, Arkansas, was David Lynn Jones, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1987 and 1994, Jones released four studio albums. His highest charting single, "Bonnie Jean (Little Sister)," peaked at #10 in 1987.

1969
Elvis Presley recorded the Mac Davis-penned "Don't Cry Daddy" at the American Studios in Memphis. In 1997 Lisa Marie Presley made a video of "Don't Cry Daddy" where she sings it as a duet with her dad. This video was presented on August 16, 1997, at the tribute concert that marked the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death.

1977
Emmylou Harris was at #1 on the US Country chart with her version of the Don Gibson song, "Sweet Dreams." Gibson originally recorded the song in 1956 with his version hitting the top ten of Billboard's country chart, but was eclipsed by the success of a competing version by Faron Young. The song which has become a country standard was also recorded by Patsy Cline.

1992
Garth Brooks' No Fences and Ropin' The Wind became the first country albums certified for shipments of 6 million, while his self-titled set went triple-platinum.

1992
Neil Young, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Fogerty and Robbie Robertson were all gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City when Johnny Cash was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

2010
Charlie Daniels was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado. He recovered and was released two days later.

2010
Sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison from Dixie Chicks announced that their new side project would be known as Court Yard Hounds. Their debut album released in May of this year debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

2014
Carrie Underwood topped a list by Forbes for the top Country music earners. During 2013 the singer brought in $31 million, which included earnings from endorsements of Olay and Vitamin Water, and her Blown Away album and tour. Kelly Clarkson, was at #2 on the list with $7 million, Scotty McCreery was #6 with $3 million and Kellie Pickler was #8 with $1.5 million.

2014
Trace Adkins entered alcohol rehabilitation after an alleged altercation with a celebrity impersonator on a cruise ship.

Tuesday 011420

The 911 Southern Idaho Regional Communications center in Jerome has a new director.  Brett Reid most recently was the Law Enforcement director with the College of Western Idaho law enforcement program.  He also was part of CSI’s law enforcement program.  He has also been a law enforcement officer. 

Two young children are safe after police say they escaped from the back seat of a stolen car near Pocatello.  The ordeal began when their father stopped to help another car seen stuck along the side of an icy highway.   As the father got out of the car to try to help 24-year-old Raymond Aguirre and 29-year-old Bobbe Jo Torres jumped into the Pontiac and sped away with the children still inside.  Aguirre and Torres are being held at the Bannock County Jail on grand theft charges.

Idaho state health officials say at least two children have died of influenza-related causes recently and a third child’s death is under investigation because it appears to be flu-related.  Officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said the deaths are unusual because most influenza-related deaths occur among older adults.

A vacationer from Australia has been charged with the fraudulent use of a company credit card.  27 year old Virgil Penalva allegedly found a credit card in a house he was renting while on vacation in Blaine County.  Officials say 35-hundred 47 dollars was charged to the card.

Look for new signs in the Twin Falls St. Luke’s parking lot that turns blue when it is below freezing.  The signs are a reminder that there could be black ice in walkways. 

Idaho Company BSR Ventures and former employee Larry Halbert agreed to pay $5 million to the daughters of a woman killed in a drunk-driving crash.  The settlement settles a lawsuit filed by the family of Cheryl Miller who died after Halbert drove a company pickup that collided with Miller on U.S. 93 in Jerome County. 

SPORTS

Here’s a couple of High school Basketball scores from yesterday.  The girls of Lighthouse Christian took the game against Wendell with a score of 49 to 21 and Oakley took Hagerman 32 to 19

On the Boys side we have one score to report. Century defeated Canyon Ridge 68 to 61.

WEATHER

Today:  Snow this morning will give way to lingering snow showers this afternoon. Morning high of 35F with temps falling to near 30. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Snow showers this evening. Breaks in the overcast later. Low 17F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated PM snow showers and a little bit breezy, especially during the PM hours. High: 30. Low: 25.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 35. Low: 21.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers and breezy. High: 30. Low: 20.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 21.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 36. Low: 20.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 35.

Winter Weather Advisory: Arco, Mud Lake Desert; Beaverhead, Lemhi Highlands; Lower Snake River Plain; Shoshone, Lava Beds; Upper Snake River Plain.  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON... Scattered snow showers with additional snow accumulations up to 2 inches today. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Weather Advisory:  Bear Lake Valley; Franklin, Eastern Oneida Region; Marsh and Arbon Highlands; Raft River Region; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...  Light to Moderate snow with additional accumulations of 1 to 6 inches possible. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Storm Warning: Boise Mountains; West Central Mountains...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING... Snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in mountain valleys with 4 to 8 inches over the mountains. Gusty winds will cause areas of blowing and drifting.   If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Winter Weather Advisory:  Camas Prairie; Owyhee Mountains; Southwest Highlands...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ THIS AFTERNOON... Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches, except up to 3 inches over the mountains. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Storm Warning: Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region; Wood River Foothills...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON... Moderate snow at times with an additional 1 to 5 inches of snowfall through the day. Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

January 14th: On this day

1929
Born on this day in Ralls, Texas, was William Marvin Walker, better known as Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes". Nicknamed The Tall Texan, Walker had more than 30 charted records during a nearly 60-year career and was a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry. Walker was killed on May 21, 2006 in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned.

1937
Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Billie Jo Spears, country music singer who reached the top-10 of the Country music charts five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit being the 1975 "Blanket on the Ground." She died of cancer aged 73 on December 14th, 2011.

1948
Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett, musician, songwriter, and record producer. Burnett has produced artists such as Roy Orbison, Lisa Marie Presley, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, Natalie Merchant and The Wallflowers as well as Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. Burnett won Grammy Awards for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and for his work with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on the 2007 album Raising Sand.

1976
Glen Campbell's signature song "Rhinestone Cowboy" was up for nominations for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song as well as for Record of the Year, (but didn't win). Written by Larry Weiss, Campbell first heard the song on the radio during a tour of Australia and decided to record it.

1988
The Trio collaboration album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, received a Grammy nomination for Best Album. Parton, Ronstadt and Harris first attempted to record an album together in the mid-1970s, but scheduling conflicts and other difficulties prevented its release.

1995
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Not A Moment Too Soon," the singers fourth release from the album of the same name.

2006
With the song, "She Let Herself Go," George Strait scored his 40th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, all of them solo. It tied him with a 20-year-old record for most #1's on the country chart, held by Conway Twitty (35 solo, five duet with Loretta Lynn).

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The Idaho state House Education committee will start holding rules hearings on academic standards this week in Boise. With the debate over what some legislators refer to as Common Core standards; committee members will review Idaho Content Standards in English language arts, math and science. Legislators will have the opportunity to approve all, reject all or reject a portion of any of the standards. Both the House and Senate would need to agree to remove the standards from the books.

The Cassia County School District will be going back to the voters seeking a renewed and larger supplemental levy in March.  The district will seek $4.39 million over two years, up from the two-year, $3.2 million levy that will expire later this year. Due to an increase in district property values, and a surplus for bond issue repayments, the district says it can collect a larger tax levy without increasing tax rates.

Directors of state agencies said that Republican Gov. Brad Little’s budget giving state employees a 2% raise will help keep the state competitive and retain workers.  The Change in Employee Compensation Committee heard testimony concerning pay for the state’s 25,000 employees, the largest workforce in Idaho. Officials say the state’s total compensation for employees including benefits is 12% below the market.

The Bureau of Land Management at the Salmon Field office has begun recruiting for seasonal positions for the upcoming season.  Positions include park rangers, science, forestry and range technicians. 

Twin Falls Planning and Zoning department has completed the rewrite of zoning and subdivision regulations.  Now they are looking to the public to give input.  The new language includes updates to current definitions, more user friendly and streamlining the approval process. 

Police in Pocatello have arrested three people in connection to the U.S. Bank robbery Thursday afternoon.  One person led authorities on a high speed chase.  All are being held without bond.  If convicted the two men and one woman face life behind bars. 

SPORTS

Tarik Cool had 18 points and seven assists as Idaho State edged past Northern Arizona 71-67 on Saturday. Idaho State faces Weber State at home on Thursday. Northern Arizona takes on Southern Utah on the road on Thursday.

In High School Basketball, first to the Girls where Camas County downed Valley in overtime 53 to 48.  Dietrich took  the win from Glenns Ferry 61 to 43.  For the boys, Burley defeated Highland 49 to 39.  Shoshone took the win from Gooding 59 to 57 and it was Dietrich 73 Glenns Ferry 55.  Murtaugh won over Richfield 50 to 47 and it was Pocatello over Wood River 59 to 36.  Elsewhere, Declo won over Filer 48 to 34 and it was Kimberly 58 Sugar Salem 55. 

The Women of CSI won their game over Colorado Northwestern community college over the weekend 91 to 51 but the Men lost to Colorado 90 to 86. 

WEATHER

Winter Weather Advisory  Areas Affected: Arco, Mud Lake Desert; Bear Lake Valley; Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Frank Church Wilderness; Franklin, Eastern Oneida Region; Lost River Range; Lower Snake River Plain; Marsh and Arbon Highlands; Raft River Region; Shoshone, Lava Beds; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains; Upper Snake River Plain...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING... Snow continuing primarily across the southern and eastern mountain areas this morning. Additional accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible in the mountains. Widespread ares of blowing and drifting snow will continue through the morning.

Winter Storm Warning  Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; Upper Weiser River; West Central Mountains...WINTER STORM CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO AND SOUTHEASTERN OREGON... .There will be a lull in snow through this afternoon before a third storm system enters the Pacific Northwest. Moderate to heavy snow returns to the west-central Idaho mountains and Boise mountains by this evening with light to moderate snow across southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho. ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY... Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches, except 10 to 16 inches over the mountains. Gusty winds will accompany snowfall at times, causing blowing and drifting. In the Upper Weiser River basin additional accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.  * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.  If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

Winter Weather Advisory  Areas Affected: Camas Prairie; Owyhee Mountains; Southwest Highlands...WINTER STORM CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO AND SOUTHEASTERN OREGON... .There will be a lull in snow through this afternoon before a third storm system enters the Pacific Northwest. Moderate to heavy snow returns to the west-central Idaho mountains and Boise mountains by this evening with light to moderate snow across southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MST /NOON PST/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ TUESDAY... .Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches, except 4 to 8 inches over the mountains. Gusty winds will accompany snowfall at times, causing blowing and drifting.


Winter Storm Warning  Areas Affected: Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region; Wood River Foothills ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY... Areas of blowing snow will continue to create hazardous travel conditions today, especially over mountain passes and wind swept areas. Moderate to heavy snow with upwards of 8 to 16 inches of additional accumulation will return tonight through Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Travel will be difficult at times, especially outside of well-maintained travel corridors. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and possibly cause road closures.

 

 

 

 

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun this morning, then some snow showers this afternoon. High near 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow showers becoming a steady accumulating snow later on. Low near 30F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Tomorrow  Snow showers will become more widely scattered in the afternoon. High near 35F Low 17. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%. About one inch of snow expected.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers and a little bit breezy. Accumulating snow is likely as well. High: 30. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers and breezy. High: 34. Low: 20.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers. High: 30. Low: 21.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 20.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 32.

January 13th: On this day

1948
The first country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premiered on WLW Cincinnati. Inspired by the Shreveport-based Louisiana Hayride, the show was originally called Boone County Jamboree (named for nearby Boone County in Northern Kentucky). In 1951, Midwestern Hayride was picked up by NBC-TV as a summer replacement for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows.

1962
Born on this day in Sarepta, north Louisiana, was Trace Adkins, country music artist who has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the #1 hits "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing", "Ladies Love Country Boys", and "You're Gonna Miss This."

1965
"Once a Day" by American country artist Connie Smith was at #1 on the US country music chart. It was the first debut single by a female country artist to reach #1, and to date holds the record for the most weeks (eight), spent at #1 by a female country artist.

1968
Johnny Cash played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album At Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in front of 2,000 inmates. When released, the lead single, "Folsom Prison Blues" (an update of his 1956 hit) became one of the most famous recordings of his career.

1971
"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and became his eighth country #1 hit.

1996
Martina McBride made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November.

2011
Tommy Crain, guitarist for The Charlie Daniels Band on their Grammy-winning single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and more than twenty albums, died in his sleep at the age of 59.

2013
Record producer David Wilson, was found dead at Mindy McCready's home in Cleburn County, Arkansas, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Following Wilson's death, McCready released a statement in which she referred to him as her "soulmate" and "life partner".

2014
Billboard printed a list of the Top 70 County Songs of 1989-2014 with rankings based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart. Top of the list was, "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line, 2, "Wanted", Hunter Hayes, 3, "Just To See You Smile", Tim McGraw, 4, "Amazed", Lonestar, 5, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", Taylor Swift, 6, "That's My Kind of Night", Luke Bryan7, "It's Your Love", Tim McGraw with Faith Hill8, "Somebody Like You", Keith Urban9, "Check Yes Or No", George Strait and at number 10, "Love Without End, Amen", George Strait.

2015
Garth Brooks pushed past Elvis Presley to take back the title of solo artist who has sold more albums than any other in U.S. history. Brooks' comeback album Man Against Machine had been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies, pushing up his overall album total to 135 million copies - that's one gold record ahead of Presley's current RIAA total of 134.5 million.