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Tuesday 071718

The Bureau of Land Management fire crews are battling a wildfire that is located about 5 miles southeast of Carey.  At last check over 45-hundred acres have burned.  The fire being called the Spud Butte Fire was reported about 2 am yesterday.

Add the Words, a group that has long pushed for Idaho lawmakers to pass legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination has shuttered its political action committee. The group leaders say the PAC was terminated in June because organizers are currently working to broaden the group's platform and change the name.

The remains of an Idaho man shot down over Germany during World War II have been returned to the state. Staff Sgt. Charles H. Daman was killed in 1945 during a bombing run.

The College of Western Idaho has decided to halt new enrollment for its professional truck driving program, citing a decrease in interest. Idaho and other parts of the country are seeing a shortage of truck drivers. College of Western Idaho says it hopes to make a decision on the future of the program before the winter semester.

A young male grizzly bear has been captured near a Idaho campground and relocated to a remote area.  Workers captured the bear Wednesday near Mill Creek Campground in Island Park.

The Oregon agency overseeing the state's legal medical marijuana industry admits in a report it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market.  Voters in Oregon approved a measure legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in 2014.

A wrongful death lawsuit says a fireplace inside an Idaho rental resort cabin exploded, causing the death of four people. Erin Smith reserved the Tamarack Resort vacation rental last year. A lawsuit says one of the fireplaces exploded, killing everyone but Smith's husband. The lawsuit accuses the current and prior owners of the cabin, a fireplace company and various resort companies of causing the four deaths.

Two separate drownings claimed the lives of a BYU-Idaho student and a Meridian man in Idaho over the weekend. Twenty-two-year-old Juanito Augustin drowned Friday night in St. Anthony. Sixty-seven-year-old Pete Herbst was rafting with his family in Boise County when he fell out of the raft and became trapped between rocks underwater.

A northern Idaho man police say fatally stabbed a Washington woman for $800 has been charged with first-degree murder. 24-year-old Cole J. Marcel was charged in 2nd District Court.

Today:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 66F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 97F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Low 62 (Mountains: 50)

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, hot, isolated storm
High: 96 (Mountains: 87)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies
High: 93 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies
High: 91 (Mountains: 86)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies
High: 92 (Mountains: 88)

July 17th: On this day


Born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia was Woodrow Wilson Sovine better known as Red Sovine, the country music singer associated with truck driving songs. The most famous example is his 1976 #1 hit "Teddy Bear". He was killed on April 4, 1980 after he suffered a heart attack while driving his Ford van in Nashville, which caused him to crash.


Johnny Cash recorded his final session for Sun Records, recording two tracks; “Down The Street To 301” and “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.”


Born on this day in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, was Craig Morgan country music singer, songwriter. A veteran of the United States Army, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 releasing his self-titled debut album. In 2005 he scored "That's What I Love About Sunday," which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts.


Born on this day in Wildwood, Florida, was country music singer Elizabeth Cook who released the single "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman" which was co-written with Melinda Schneider.


Guitarist and fiddle player Don Rich, a member of Buck Owens' backing band, The Buckaroos, was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Route 99 north of Bakersfield, California, he was 32.


A Russian language version of Conway Twitty's 1970 hit, "Hello Darlin'" was broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The song, which in Russian was called "Privet Radost," was seen as a "gesture of goodwill" from the Apollo crew to the Soviet Union's Soyuz crew. Twitty had worked with a language professor from the University of Oklahoma to record the phonetic Russian version of the song.


Born on this day, Luke Bryan, country singer, songwriter who began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Had the #1 singles "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby".


Tim McGraw released "My Next Thirty Years" as the fifth single from McGraw's A Place in the Sun album. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

Monday 071618

One woman is dead and a man was injured after they were struck by a car late Saturday night.  Police were called to the intersection of 2nd avenue east and Ketchum street in Twin Falls about 10:30 pm for a disturbance.  When they arrived they discovered a car drivin by 46 year old Karen Guymon of Twin Falls had struck Aikoma Nensy and Jonjon Anakeneto, both 38 years old from Micronesia.  The woman died at the scene.  The man at last check was listed in fair condition.  Both were reportedly setting in the road following an argument. 

64 year old David Cowger of Twin Falls was killed early Sunday morning following a ATV crash at 2300 East and 3325 North.  Authorities say it appears he may have hit an animal which caused him to lose control and roll. 

The Twin Falls Sheriffs office says a woman was airlifted to a Pocatello hospital yesterday afternoon following a boating accident.  Reports say the woman was ejected from a tube that was being pulled by a boat at Murtaugh lake.  The incident happened after the tube hit a wave as the boat was turning.

This morning, multiple agencies are working to gain the upper hand of a brush fire that ignited yesterday afternoon in the Hollister area.  At last check the fire is less than a hundred acres and they hope to have it controlled by 7 pm today.

Next month voters in Richfield and Gooding will decide if the districts should spend a total of 13-and a half million dollars in school funding.  Gooding is seeking a 10 year plant facilities levy for 950-thousand a year.  Richfield is looking to pass a 4-million dollar bond for construction projects. 

If you were in Sun Valley over the weekend that person you thought looked like someone famous, you may have been right.  It’s all part of Allen and Company’s Annual conference where some of the richest and most powerful people in the world come to make deals.

Drivers on Interstate 84 in Jerome County need to slow down in the construction zone.  The ITD and the Idaho State Police are reducing the speed limit from 70 to 65.  The change took place Saturday.  The stretch of roadway has seen its fair share of accidents in the past month. 

Today:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 95F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 66F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 97F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: S 5-10 mph.

Low: 66 (Mountains: 57)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 98 (Mountains: 90)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 97 (Mountains: 90)

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy.

High: 93 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy.

High: 91 (Mountains: 88)

In local sports, it was the 26th annual international finals youth rodeo in Shawnee Oklahoma this past weekend which saw a couple of local cowboys compete in the event.  Blake Craig of Wendell and Breck Ward of Jerome participated in tie down roping and team roping.  Craig came in at 19.3 seconds and Ward locked in a time of 9-point 3 seconds.  The winning time was 5-point 8. 

In legion baseball it was the Burley Green Sox 9 Jerome Cyclones 5 in the first game of a double header.  In the second game the green sox beat the cyclones 17 to 4 in 6 innings.  Burley will now host Kimberly today. 

It was the Twin Falls Cowboys 6 Wendell Trojans 4 in the first game then it was the cowboys 19 Trojans 4 in five innings in the second game. 

July 16th: On this day


Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with an uncredited Louis Armstrong on trumpet and his wife Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano. The song was later selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


Sonny James was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Running Bear.” Johnny Preston first sang the song in 1959 with background vocals by The Big Bopper and George Jones, who did the "Indian chanting" of "UGO UGO" during the three verses, as well as the "Indian war cries".


Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood theme park opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood has over 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in the community. In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area.


Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "The Dance". The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.


Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All became the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9 million copies. The album featured four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart".


Kenny Chesney set a new record for a country show when his concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, grossed $4 million. The bill also featured Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood.


American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, from complications of a stroke. She was 92. Her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.


David Traywick the brother of country singer Randy Travis was arrested at his Marshville home along with his wife, Jessica, and two other women after officials said they found a meth lab inside his North Carolina home. In September 2012, Traywick was arrested for cooking meth in a makeshift lab near his home.


American country music singer Bonnie Brown died aged 77. She was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". In 1965, the Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Friday 071318

Chobani in Twin Falls is claiming the total value of its real and personal property should be 176-million dollars.  Twin Falls county assessors disagree.  The first bill came in at $495-million.  After appeals that was lowered to 424 million.  Now the yogurt company is taking their case to district court where it could end up before a jury.

Federal land managers are asking the public’s help in finding who’s responsible for starting the huge wildfire burning in Northern Nevada.  A 2-thousand dollar reward is being offered leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire that’s now charred nearly 700-square miles. 

The Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office said ‘thanks’ by presenting a Good Citizen Life Saving award to Mike Coonce.  In June Coonce spotted 4 year old Chance McGrath was running back and forth across Pole line road crying.  Coonce used his truck as a safe barrier to protect the child and grab him.

A couple of firefighters from the Kimberly Rock Creek Department are helping in Colorado with a couple of wildfire.  Taylor Hunsaker and Tim Daniels were dispatched July 1.  They will be on the fire lines for 2 weeks before returning. 

Four men convicted in 2014 of fraud stemming from the collapse of an Idaho property management company have been sent to prison.  Douglas Swenson, the founder and CEO of Meridian-based Diversified Business Services and Investments, was sentenced to 20 years.  Company attorney Mark Ellison and Douglas Swanson's sons, Jeremy and David, were each convicted of 44 counts of securities fraud.  Ellison was sentenced to five years. The younger Swensons were each sentenced to three.  Prosecutors say the operation had become a Ponzi scheme.

The Idaho Human Rights Commission says it has seen a noticeable uptick in sexual harassment complaints following the explosion of the #MeToo movement.  The movement began gaining momentum last fall with men and women sharing personal stories of sexual harassment or assault on social media.

More people are visiting Yellowstone Park.  Over 810-thousand visits.  Overall it’s a 2-and a half percent increase from the same period last year. 

In local sports, legion baseball is about to call it a season.  Yesterday Twin Falls Cowboys met with the winless Jerome Cyclones.  The cowboys took the first game 11 to 0 in five innings and did it again, with a 9-2 win in the second game.  The Cowboys with a 23-15 season will wrap up the regular season at home against Blackfoot today. If they can sweep the doubleheader, they will secure the Area C No. 2 seed.

Today:  Sunny and hot Winds: West 5-10 mph High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

Tonight:  Clear to mostly clear Winds: West 5-10 mph  Low 62 (Mountains: 53)

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny, hot and breezy Winds: West 10-20 mph  High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds and warm
Winds: SW 10-15 mph
Low 64 (Mountains: 54)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and hot
High: 97 (Mountains: 91)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot, isolated storm
High: 98 (Mountains: 91)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and ho
High: 99 (Mountains: 92)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 97 (Mountains: 90)

July 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Corpus Christi, Texas, was Louise Mandrell country music singer. She is the younger sister of country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. She scored the early 1970s hits "Treat Him Right", "Show Me" and "The Midnight Oil."

Born on this day in Van Wert, Ohio, was Brent Mason, one of the most recorded guitarists in history. He is a Grammy Award winner, a 12-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Award and a two-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year. He was discovered by guitarist Chet Atkins and has since worked with many artists including; George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, and Blake Shelton. Mason also co-wrote McBride & the Ride's "Hurry Sundown".

Born on this day in Manhattan, New York City, Victoria Shaw, country music artist. As well as releasing four studio albums, she has co-written four #1 singles for other country music artists, including John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me", which won the 1993 Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. She co-wrote "The River" with Garth Brooks on his Ropin' the Wind album. With Paul Worley, she also co-produced the debut album of Lady Antebellum.

Born on this day was Neil Thrasher, country music singer and songwriter. Between 1995 and 1997, he and Kelly Shiver comprised the duo Thrasher Shiver. Thrasher has written several singles for other artists, such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gentry. Thrasher received an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2004.

Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the country album chart with If You Love Me, Let Me Know. The title track ranks as Newton-John's highest charting single on the country charts, reaching #2, although she would have many more top 10 hits to come. The album spent eight weeks at the top of the charts.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Don't Rock the Jukebox" the lead single from the album of the same name, The song also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992.

July 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Christian County, Missouri, was Slim Wilson, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and radio and TV personality who was a cornerstone of country music in the Ozarks for more than 50 years. He died on July 15, 1990.

Born on this day in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, was singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress and many Country artists have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Born on this day in Sparta, North Carolina, was Del Reeves, singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of the Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking At The World Through A Windshield". Reeves died on January 1st 2007.

Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Rory Bourke, songwriter. His songwriting career took off in the early 1970s and he soon racked up tracks recorded by Charlie Rich, Elvis Presley, Billy Crash Craddock, Lynn Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, and many others. His most successful song was "The Most Beautiful Girl", co-written with Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson, Rourke's other hit songs include "A Little Good News," (Anne Murray), "You Look So Good in Love" (George Strait), "I Know a Heartache When I See One" (Jennifer Warnes), and "Come Next Monday" (K.T. Oslin).

Elvis Presley started a two week run at #1 on the Country charts with “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”. In this year Elvis also scored 3 more #1’s with “I Forgot To Remember To Forget”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and “Don't Be Cruel”, giving Elvis 26 weeks at the top of the charts in 1956.

Billboard increased the number of positions for its Hot Country Singles chart to 100 (up from 75), which it would keep until January 1990. The expansion came at a time when the number of #1 songs in a given year continued to increase; for the first time in history, there are at least 35 #1 songs in one year.

Born on this day in Enterprise, Alabama, was Jamey Johnson, country music artist. His second album, That Lonesome Song produced two singles, the Top 10 hit "In Color" and "High Cost of Living."

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July 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Jefferson Township in Adams County, Ohio was Cowboy Copas (Lloyd Estel Copas), who had the 1960 #1 hit “Alabam”. The American country music singer was popular from the 1940s until his death in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins on March 5, 1963.

Born on this day in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec was Canadian country singer Hal Willis. His famous country single was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he was nicknamed "Mr. Lumberjack." Willis died on September 4, 2015.

Born on this day in Tucson, Arizona, was Linda Ronstadt, singer,who has won eleven Grammy Awards and two Academy of Country Music awards. Ronstadt has collaborated with many Country artists including both Gram Parsons and Dolly Parton. Her first Country #1 was in 1975 with her version of the Everly Brothers hit, “When Will I Be Loved.”

Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" became an international smash hit, debuting on the UK charts and quickly rising to #1. The song’s 11-week run in pole position stood as one of the longest runs for many years on the UK charts.

Born on this day in Red Bay, Alabama, was Mac McAnally, country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. His ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesney's #1 cover of his 1990 single "Down the Road". He is also a member of Jimmy Buffett's backing band, The Coral Reefer Band.

Born on this day was American country music artist Elbert West. Initially a session songwriter in Nashville, West saw his first chart success in the 1990s as a co-writer on singles for country singer Tracy Lawrence, including the #1's "Sticks and Stones" and "Can't Break It to My Heart". West co-wrote album tracks for other artists, including tracks for Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery. West died on May 18, 2015.

Johnny Cash made his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It also turned out to be his last ever public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, he performed "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring Of Fire", “Understand Your Man” in Hiltons, Virginia.

American country music singer and songwriter, Hank Cochran died aged 74. Starting during the 1960s, Cochran was a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, ("I Fall to Pieces."), Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, George Strait and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, scoring seven times on the Billboard country music charts, with his greatest solo success being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl".

It was reported that Randy Travis was awake and alert after undergoing brain surgery, that his heart was pumping without the assistance of machines, and that he was on the road to recovery. (Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection on July 7th of this year). He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013 and entered a physical therapy facility.



Thursday 071218

Investigators say the fire at the Warm Springs Lodge in Sun Valley in April started near four plastic Garbage cans placed against a log wall.  The fire continued to burn after a failure in the sprinkler system.  What actually started the fire is still unknown.  The majority of the damage was on the roof.  The resort say damages can be repaired. 

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says a proposal to legalize historical horse racing betting terminals will be on the Idaho ballot in November.  This is the first initiative to qualify for the Idaho ballot since lawmakers tightened requirements in 2013.

Beth Olmstead, the principal of Lincoln Elementary in Twin Falls for the past 18 years passed away July 4th.  Students and parents have been leaving flowers at the front steps of the school the past week.  Olmstead was 58 years old.

An exploding mailbox has law enforcement in Shoshone uneasy this morning.  Yesterday authorities closed the 300 block of North Carmen street after finding a homemade bomb had destroyed a mailbox.  The ATF has begun an investigation.

County Commissioners in Twin Falls will soon evaluate information gathered by a citizens committee that assesses the overcrowding at the County Jail.  The facility exceeds the number of inmates it can hold on a daily basis.  Right now, 25 inmates are housed in Jerome County while others are sent to Blaine County. 

Come this fall, there will be upwards to 15 unarmed security guards walking the halls and near the doorways of Twin Falls Schools.  The schools already have school resource officers from the Twin Falls Police department assigned to the buildings.   

The wildfires burning near the Idaho Border in Nevada can be seen by A NASSA Satellite.  The fire has burned nearly 700 square miles of remote rangeland.  About 600 firefighters are battling the blaze.  Its 35-percent contained.  It was reported July 5th near Paradise valley 200 miles northwest of Reno.

In local sports, Legion Baseball, the Burley Green Sox beat Buhl 8 to 5 in the first game of a double header.  In the second game it was Burley 18 Buhl 8.  Burley (19-12) will play at Jerome on Saturday.  Blackfoot 3 Minico storm 2 in the first game and it was Blackfoot 6 Minico 5.  Elsewhere it was Minico Storm 7 Jerome Cyclones 6 in their first game of a double header.  In the second game it was Storm 7 Cyclones 1.  The Storm (18-13) will play at Pocatello on Friday to end the regular season. Jerome will host the Twin Falls Cowboys on Thursday.

Today:  Sunny. High 92F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 64F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 93F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear skies

Winds: Light and variable

Low 62 (Mountains: 52)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and hot

High: 97 (Mountains: 92)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 89)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 89)

July 12th: On this day


Born on this day in Rogersville, Alabama, was Randy McCormick, keyboard player who co-wrote Eddie Rabbitt's "Suspicions" and Conway Twitty's "Crazy In Love." McCormick has also worked with George Strait, Ricky Van Shelton and Jamie O'Neal.


Glen Campbell appeared as a special guest on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show along with Joe Tex and Jeannie C. Riley. Glenn performed “Some Day Little Girl” and “Take My Hand For Awhile”.


Born on this day in Taylorsville, Kentucky, was Shannon Lawson country music artist. Lawson co-wrote former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen's 2008 single "Like I Never Broke Her Heart" and James Otto's 2008 single "These Are the Good Ole Days".


Born on this day was American country music singer-songwriter Troy Olsen who co-wrote Blake Shelton's 2009 single "I'll Just Hold On" and Tim McGraw's "Ghost Town Train," a cut from the album Southern Voice.


Born on this day in Mississippi, was Kimberly Perry, singer and guitarist for the country group The Band Perry, who won the CMA Song of the Year Award for "If I Die Young" in 2011.


Born on this day in Edmonton, Alberta, was Adam Gregory Canadian country music singer-songwriter and actor. He has charted several singles on the Canadian country music charts, including two singles, which were also Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US.


The Willie Nelson album A Horse Called Music was released. The album includes Nelson's last #1 single, "Nothing I Can Do About It Now", and the single "There You Are."


"It's Your Love," by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill became the first song in 20 years to spend six weeks atop the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. The last song to do so was 1977's "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" by Waylon Jennings. In that span, more than 750 songs had reached #1 on the country chart, a majority of them for just one week.


On the opening night of the sold out Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, so many fans showed up looking to get in that the local promoter opened up a section behind the stage and let the fans in.


Lost Highway released Willie Nelson's reggae album, Countryman. The cover featured a drawing of a marijuana plant, but this was changed for Wal-Mart stores, where the artwork became a palm tree.

Wednesday 071118

President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.  Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted for setting fires on public lands.  A judge gave much lighter prison terms.  Prosecutors won an appeal and they were resentenced to serve the minimum.  The Whitehouse said the resentence was unjust. 

Fire destroyed a Filer family’s Barn Monday evening but firemen were able to keep the flames from damaging their nearby home.  Sheep near the barn were uninjured.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The board for the Jerome School District has approved a decision to allow school resource officers to use body worn cameras and store rifles on the school campus.  Officials believe the change will improve security at the school.

The number of domestic violence deaths in Idaho is on the rise.  11 people have been killed across the state so far this year in domestic violence incidents - more than in 2016, 2015 and 2014 annually.

A former pharmacist for a Boise hospital has filed a lawsuit alleging she was subject to racist and sexist harassment by multiple employees before being wrongfully terminated after just five months.  Lolettima Johnson says she reported the unlawful discriminatory behavior to several St. Lukes supervisors but nothing changed.

Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer have pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment in the death of their newborn daughter. Sarah Mitchell and her husband, Travis Lee Mitchell, were originally charged with murder in the 2017 death of their twin daughter, who struggled to breathe after a home birth. The Mitchells belong to the Followers of Christ Church, which has members in Oregon and Idaho.

Rescue workers retrieved and treated a man for minor injuries late Monday night after the 27 year old became stranded about 100 yards down the Snake River Canyon.  The incident reduced the Hansen Bridge to one lane.  The rescue took about two hours to complete. 

In local sports, congratulations in order for Wes Shaw, who will be a sophomore at Dietrich High School this fall.  He earned the boys all-around title at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca Nevada this past weekend.  This is his second straight all around crown. 

In legion baseball, the Idaho Falls Bandits clobbered the Twin Falls cowboys in a double header 5 to 3 and 5 to 0.  Twin Falls will play in Jerome tomorrow. 

Today:  Sunny and very warm  Winds: Light and variable High: 91 (Mountains: 85)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 92F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.


Winds: SW 5-15 mph

Low 60 (Mountains: 50)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 97 (Mountains: 91)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and hot

High: 94 (Mountains: 89)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 93 (Mountains: 88)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 86)

July 11th: On this day


Born on this day in Boscobel, Wisconsin, was Bobby G. Rice, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1970 and 1988, Rice released nine albums and charted thirty songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, "You Lay So Easy On My Mind," peaked at #3 in 1973.


Hank Williams went into Castle Studio, Nashville and recorded versions of “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around”, “The Blues Come Around”, “Mansion On The Hill”, and I’ll Be A Bachelor ‘Til I Die”.


Following his departure from the New Christy Minstrels the day before, Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition with his friends Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams - also from The New Christy Minstrels.


Born on this day in Hollywood, Florida, was Scotty Emerick, country music artist, known primarily for his work with Toby Keith. Amongst his co-writing credits are the #1’s "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," the Willie Nelson duet "Beer for My Horses," "I Love This Bar," "Whiskey Girl," and "As Good as I Once Was", as well as the Top Five hits "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "A Little Too Late."


George Strait was at #1 on the US singles chart with "All My Ex's Live In Texas." Written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer, the narrator declares that all four of his ex-girlfriends live in the state of Texas, in various towns, and that is why he lives in Tennessee.


Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert was at #1 on the US Country chart with "I Hope You Dance" which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.


Luke Bryan was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Drunk on You", the third single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines.


Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale were all decorated by The National Music Council. The trio were honoured at the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards during a Nashville trade show gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants. Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash's eldest daughter, delivered a tribute to Kristofferson with a rendition of "Loving Her Was Easier.”

Tuesday 071018

Fire crews in Northern Nevada are working to gain the upper hand where a fast growing wildfire has torched over 625 square miles.  Flames the size of a four story building is burning cattle grazing land near the border of Idaho and Oregon. 

Heyburn Officials need to convince the 33-hundred residents in that community they need to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant.  The EPA has ordered the city to bring its wastewater treatment plant into compliance with federal regulations or face fines of more than 53-hundred dollars a day.  It’s expected the upgrade will cost between 7 and 8 Million dollars.

  A class action lawsuit has been filed in federal court, urging Idaho school districts to stop charging students fees. The lawsuit, filed by former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert Huntley, names every school district in Idaho as defendants, and every K-12 student in Idaho, plus their parents or guardians, as plaintiffs whose rights have been violated.

A 19-year-old Lewiston man likely will be paralyzed after hitting his head in the Snake River while diving at Hells Gate State Park.  Zac Moore told first responders he had no feeling below his neck.

Two men were involved in a fatal all-terrain vehicle crash near Elk River, Idaho.  21-year-old Blake Braun of Juliaetta, Idaho and 22-year-old Brock Daugherty of Clarkston, Washington, both died at the scene. The two were on a Kawasaki ATV that left the roadway and struck a tree, ejecting and killing them instantly.

U.S. hop acreage is forecast at a record 53,282 acres this year, up 4 percent over last year, with new acreage and plantings entering full production.  Idaho is projected at 8,217 acres, or 15 percent of the total.  Idaho shows the largest increase in acreage between the gem state, Washington and Oregon, up 1,224 acres, or 17.5 percent.

Today:   Mostly sunny, not as hot, breezy  Winds: SW 10-15 mph High: 91 (Mountains: 88)

Tonight: Mostly clear Winds: SW 5-15 mph  Low 60 (Mountains: 53)

Tomorrow:  A few clouds from time to time. High 92F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.


Winds: Light West

Low 61 (Mountains: 52)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 91)

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot

High: 98 (Mountains: 93)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 93 (Mountains: 86)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 94 (Mountains: 89)

July 10th: On this day


Born on this day in Easton, Pennsylvania, was Stan Munsey, songwriter and one of several writer-musicians to emerge out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music scene. His songs have sold more than 12 million worldwide and has penned tunes for Alabama, Shenandoah, The Statler Brothers, Glen Campbell, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, The Kinleys, Butch Baker, Lorrie Morgan, Suzy Bogguss, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Jonathan Edwards, Mel McDaniel, Charly McClain, Wayne Massey, Ty Herndon, Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, Marty Raybon, and Marie Osmond.


"Heartbreak U.S.A." by Kitty Wells was at #1 on the US Country singles chart. The track became Kitty Wells third and final #1 staying at the top spot for four weeks and spending twenty-three weeks on the chart.


Born on this day in Columbus, Ohio, was Gary LeVox, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1’s.


Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Don't Rock the Jukebox", the lead single from the album of the same name. His second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992. That same year, the song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks, featuring commentary by Alan Jackson himself, for their 1992 album Chipmunks in Low Places.


Dolly Parton kicked off her first major concert tour in 10 years at the Irving Plaza in New York City. The Halos & Horns Tour was to promote the release of her latest album Halos & Horns.


Carrie Underwood and Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher married in a private ceremony in Georgia.