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Tuesday 011519

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is requesting a budget committee accept Gov. Brad Little's request that will result in an operating budget of just more than $2 million for fiscal year 2020.  Most of the commission's operating expenses, more than $1 million, come from the federal government.  Little is recommending the commission receive $856,900 from the state's general fund. That's about $16,000 more than the previous fiscal year.

When you see an emergency vehicle with its lights activated along the side of the road, local authorities are reminding motorists to move over if it’s safe for you to do so.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.  This comes following the death of an Illinois state trooper over the weekend bringing the total up to 3 officers who have been hit and killed in the line of duty.

An Idaho nonprofit says the federal government shutdown is threatening the state’s ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open, and thus affecting local families and businesses that depend on the fish for their livelihoods.  The Idaho Conservation League, in a letter to Gov. Brad Little asking him to act and ask President Trump to consider the situation.

A $14.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow children in Idaho and other rural states to prepare for kindergarten through an online program.  They’re targeting children who don’t have access to preschool.  Idaho is one of five states that don’t have publicly funded preschool. Some families may not be able to afford tuition at private preschools.

Firefighters found a 2-year-old boy dead during a blaze in an Idaho house.  Authorities say two adults in the Sandpoint home escaped early Saturday’s fire through a window. By the time firefighters were able to reach the toddler, he was dead in his upstairs bedroom.

It’s week four of the Government shutdown and the Idaho Humane Society is making sure federal worker’s furry friends have food.  So far the society has handed out three carts of donated pet food since Friday.  Compare that to 29-hundred pounds last month and they’re expecting to give out thousands more this month. 


Today:  Snow ending this morning followed by clearing and sunshine this afternoon. High 36F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening, then some snow showers after midnight. Low 24F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. High near 40F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT:  Valley Low: 35 Mountains - Low: 23

THURSDAY: Rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains - High: 43 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 24

FRIDAY: Chance of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 16

SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sunshine - High: 37 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 17

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 17

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 20.


In local sports, first to High School Girls basketball it was Gooding defeating Buhl 39 to 26 and Dietrich outlasted Castleford 62 to 30. 

One Boys game to report.  Shoshone 64 over Carey 61.

January 15th: On this day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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A pair of budget related committees has accepted Governor Brad Little’s projected revenue of 3-point 75 billion for the current fiscal year but reduced it for the following year.  Lawmakers reduced revenue projections by about $100 million to $3.96 billion for fiscal year 2020 compared to Little’s projections.

A government board that makes recommendations on U.S. Department of Energy facilities plans to hold a public hearing concerning the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site.  The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in May in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ruptures at the Energy Department’s site in eastern Idaho.

The Twin Falls Police Department is utilizing a new tool to help keep in touch with victims of crime.  The platform called Spidr Tech, Sends a message to victims their report was received along with other details to the case.

Twin Falls Police are still looking for a County teen who has been missing for more than two months and are asking for the public's help to search for her.  Jessie Kristine Clark was last seen Nov. 5.  She is 5 feet 4 inches, 105 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and black leggings.

29 year old Dillon Dugger a Twin Falls man involved in an armed standoff in November in Blaine County has cleared a mental health evaluation and now faces three felony charges, aggravated assault, attempted strangulation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  On November 16th, Police were called to the Rancher’s Supply store in Picabo after a woman said Dugger attempted to strangle her.

Former Bannock County Public Works Director Dan Copeland allegedly misappropriated public assets and labor worth at least $6,814 for his own benefit, according to the results of a fraud examination triggered by County Clerk Robert Poleki.  But Poleki, will escape any criminal charges, given that the statute of limitations has expired on the alleged crimes.

A bank informed the Teton School District that a portion of funds recently stolen from the district has been recovered.  The district’s bank, Bank of Commerce, announced the return of approximately $484,000.”  That amount is part of $784,833.71 stolen from the district after its former business manager submitted an electronic payment to what he purportedly thought was a construction company under contract with the district.


In local sports, first to CSI where the men’s Basketball team lost to Utah State University Eastern 76 to 75.  The women were defeated by Utah 70 to 62. 

In boys high school basketball, Twin Falls bruins toppled Idaho Falls 60 to 49.  Wood River defeated Gooding 63 to 42.  Declo took Wendell 53 to 26.  Grace outlasted Valley 54 to 53 and Glenns Ferry defeated Dietrich 84 to 60.  It was Hansen 59 Shoshone 42 and Raft River defeated Murtaugh 54 to 43. 

In girls basketball Sugar Salem overpowered Filer 62 to 32 and Valley outlasted Grace 44 to 43 and it was Raft River 44 Castleford 28. 



Today:  Mostly sunny. High 37F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 23F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Snow showers early. Peeks of sunshine later. High near 35F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of snow showers in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy, with snow likely in the Wood River Valley.

High: 40 Low: 32  Mountains: 33 Low: 22

THURSDAY: Cloudy with rain likely in the Magic Valley. Cloudy with snow likely in the Wood River Valley.

High: 41 Low: 31  Mountains: 34 Low: 19

FRIDAY: Chance of rain and snow in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow in the Wood River Valley.

High: 34 Low: 19  Mountains: 32 Low: 14

SATURDAY: Slight chance of snow in the Magic Valley, followed by partly sunny skies. Chance of snow in the Wood River Valley, followed by partly sunny skies.

High: 40 Low: 28  Mountains: 31 Low: 14

SUNDAY: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of snow showers in the Magic Valley. Mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance of snow.

High: 38 Low: 29   Mountains: Low:

MONDAY: Cloudy.

High: 36 Low: 31   Mountains: 31 Low: 20

January 14th: On this day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).Bottom of Form

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Government shutdown or not, the IRS say they will start accepting tax returns on Monday January 28th.  A local accountant said there are quite a few changes to filing taxes this year.  Changed 1040 forms, the child tax credit and additional tax forms have been added.

The North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding has announced they plan to open a primary care and orthopedics clinic in northeast Twin Falls this spring.  Plans call for the move into an existing building on Eastland Drive.

The Twin Falls planning and Zoning Commission has given the green light to a food processing plant.  The facility would be built near Washington Street near Glanbia Nutritionals.  Some residents feel they don’t know what they will process. 

Idaho Governor Brad Little says the hard working taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a prisoner’s gender reassignment surgery when an insurance policy wouldn’t cover it.  U.S. district judge B. Lynn Winmill gave IDOC six months to provide Adree Edmo a 31 year old inmate who is a male the surgery to become a female.

Brandi Christensen of Pocatello, the motorist who allegedly struck and killed Justin Kynaston has said she will plead guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter.  The deal calls for recommending she be sentenced to a rehabilitation program.  She was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and illegal possession of a painkiller.

41 year old Cory James Hix of Idaho Falls was sentenced to prison this week.  He killed his brother by hitting him with a pool cue.  The judge sentenced Hix to two to 13 years in prison. 

The city of Twin Falls will host two public listening and input sessions on a proposal by Smoke Free Idaho to require all businesses and public places within city limits to be smoke-free.  The first session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. A second public input session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Twin Falls Public Library.


The college of Southern Idaho Basketball teams have picked up some impressive wins on the road this week.  For the men, CSI took out Snow College with a score of 101 to 89.  For the Women, the Eagles defeated snow college as well 60 to 48.

On the high school level, first to Boys Basketball, it was Twin Falls defeated Wood River 71 to 47.  Mountain Home took out Jerome 57 to 41.  American Falls claimed victory over Wendell 55 to 39.  It was lighthouse Christian 67 Hansen 33 and Dietrich 65 over Richfield 31.  Carey defeated Hagerman 63 to 43 and it was Camas County 73 to Castleford’s 50 and Murtaugh won over the Sun Valley Community School 57 to 24. 

In girls basketball, Kimberly over Buhl 42 to 26, Valley 52 over Raft River 22 and it was Shoshone 31 over Oakley 18.  Carey won over Hagerman 44 to 37 and it was Dietrich 55 Richfield 43 and it was Camas County 57 Castleford 35.



Today:  Mostly sunny skies. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Highs - Valley: 39 Mountains: 36

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 26F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Patchy morning fog A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY: Patchy morning fog, mostly sunny. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 10

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 12

TUESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 19

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 19

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 22

January 11th: On this day

Born on this day in Karnes City, Texas, was Goldie Hill. She became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her 1953 #1 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes". Along with Kitty Wells, she helped set the standard for later women in country music. Hill died from complications of cancer on February 24th, 2005.

Born on this day in Garrard County, Kentucky, was Jody Payne best known as a longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson's band, The Family. Payne died on Aug 10th 2013.

Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Naomi Judd, country music singer, songwriter, and activist. With her daughter, Wynonna Judd, Naomi formed country music's most famous mother, daughter team, The Judds scored twenty top-10 hits including fifteen #1’s and have sold over 20 million albums.

Born on this day was Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter. His songs have also been covered by several different artists including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks.

Ring Of Fire The Best of Johnny Cash became the first #1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart. It was his sixteenth album in total and the first compilations album by Cash.

Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded their duet “Jackson”, which went on to win the couple a Grammy Award in 1968 for Best Country & Western Performance Duet. Written in 1963 by Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood also scored a hit with the song.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Can't Even Get the Blues", McEntrire's fourteenth country hit and her first #1 country hit.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country chart with her second studio album Fearless. The album topped the Billboard 200 chart for eleven non-consecutive weeks, thus setting various records, including the longest chart-topper by a female country artist. On Billboard's Country albums chart the album logged a record 36 weeks at #1, with 3.2 million copies sold in 2009.

The Earl Scruggs Center - Music & Stories from the American South opened in the historic court square of Cleveland County, in uptown Shelby, North Carolina. The Scruggs Center showcases the history and cultural traditions of the American South, and the unique musical contributions of Earl Scruggs, the region’s most pre-eminent ambassador of music.

Dolly Parton's performance at Glastonbury festival in the UK earned the title of Best Pop Music Moment Of 2014. Parton appeared on Sunday evening (where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform), at the legendary festival back in June of 2014 and a poll by music streaming service blinkbox voted her the top musical highlight of the year.

Rockabilly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who narrowly avoided boarding the plane that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, died aged 85.The musician famously lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane. His place was taken by teen star Ritchie Valens, who also perished when the plane crashed. Allsup went on to become a Grammy-winning musician, who played with Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson.

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Bill number 1 introduced into the 2019 legislative session addresses a water battle that has been in discussion for many a year in southern Idaho.  Republican house speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley introduced the legislation.  At issue is how much water users should get during snow heavy years when water must be released for flood control. 

Idaho officials have launched an Idaho Specific W-4 form that will help taxpayers calculate how much state income tax should be withheld from paychecks.  Some 70-thousand employers with payroll withholding accounts will receive the form in the mail.

With the federal shutdown slipping into week three agencies in southern Idaho will continue to be impacted.  At the airport, the shutdowns as affected security at the airport but workers continue to show up for work.  At the craters of the moon park, no one is answering the phone and the park is closed.  The state is temporarily funding the city of the rocks reserve in Cassia County.  In southern Idaho there are 920 civilian or non-military government jobs across 73 locations. The average wage, including benefits, is $82,646.

Chobani is breaking into plant based yogurt alternatives.  The products will be both drinkable and spoonable using coconut puree.  The yogurt is clearly labeled non diary.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is suggesting a 3 percent merit-based pay increase for state employees.  In 2018, state workers’ compensation was 10.7 percent below other public-sector jobs and 12.4 percent below private-sector jobs.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho has been elected chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  The committee has jurisdiction over legislation concerning the conduct of U.S. Foreign policy, including treaties and declarations of war.

Information is power, and Idaho lawmakers could have more of it this year with a new emphasis on sending non-partisan budget experts to House and Senate committees to explain the numbers in the financial requests of the state agencies they oversee.  Members were encouraged to tap the Legislative Services Office’s Budget and Policy Analysis Division to explain the often complex budget process.


Today:  Chance of a morning shower then clearing skies and mild. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Highs - Valley: 42 Mountains: 37  Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 32F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 41F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 10

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 8

MONDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 12

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 16

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of valley rain and mountain snow. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 22.


In sports from around the area, Idaho State University is investigating allegations of physical abuse and inappropriate communication by its football coaches.  Idaho State safety Jayson Miller filed a formal complaint with the university on Nov. 14, 2018. Miller claims head coach Rob Phenicie twice hammer punched his shoulder and assistant coach Jay Staggs sent Miller and other players inappropriate text messages.  University officials say no action has been taken against Phenicie while the investigation is ongoing.

From some high school basketball games last night, first in Boys Basketball, it was Glenns Ferry 57 to Shoshone’s 38.

In Girls basketball, here are some final results from the area.  Wood River tromped Jerome 51 to 38.  Minico outlasted Burley 43 to 25.  It was Mountain Home 57 Canyon Ridge 31 and Pocatello outlasted Twin Falls 34 to 32.  Twin Falls will now play Jerome tomorrow.  Gooding beat Wendell 67 to 17 and it was Declo 47 Raft River 42.   One other game it was Challis 32 Oakley 31.

January 10th: On this day

Loretta Webb married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, commonly known as "Doolittle", "Doo" or "Mooney" (for running moonshine), after courting for a month. Mooney was 21 years old; Loretta was 15. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, the couple moved from Butcher Hollow to the logging community of Custer, Washington when she was 16 years old and seven months pregnant with the first of their six children. Over the course of their often-tumultuous nearly 50-year marriage, Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career.

Audrey Williams filed for divorce from Hank Williams for the second time in four years.

Patsy Cline released “She’s Got You” as the follow-up to her last hit “Crazy”. Penned by Hank Cochran, the single peaked at #1 on the Country charts and has since been covered by many artists including Rosanne Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, and Jimmy Buffett.

Johnny cash was at #1 on the US Country charts with his version of the Carl Perkins song, “Daddy Sang Bass.” The record was nominated in the CMA awards category of Single of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1969.

"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts. Taken from his from the album, Back to the Barrooms it became Merle Haggard's twenty-sixth #1 country hit. The single stayed at #1 for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some from the 1970s and early 1990s), premiered. The show was hosted by Tampa radio personality Ken Cooper.

Charley Pride received a lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. In the early to mid-1970s Pride became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley, scoring 39 #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Taylor Swift performed two songs - "Love Story" and "Forever & Always" as the musical guest on NBC's TV Saturday Night Live.

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The city of Pocatello is racking up 3-thousand dollars a day in interest payments after the Idaho Supreme Court said the way they charged for garbage service was wrong.  Now the city owes more than $20-million dollars in damages and interest at a rate of 12-percent.  The city implemented fees in 2005 seeking to address a revenue shortfall because of the high percentage of tax exempt entities. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said his top priority for the state budget is education, and he plans to create a new cabinet of educators and parents to advise him.  In his first State of State address, Little also reminded lawmakers that 60 percent of voters approved Medicaid expansion.  He plans to address Idaho’s overcrowded prisons by expanding a work camp in St. Anthony and opening a community re-entry center in northern Idaho.

The Twin Falls City Council continues to discuss the fate of a grant program that has awarded about 1-point 5 million to non-profits over 15 years.  The grants were designed to allow the city to support groups that provide services the city could or should otherwise be providing.  This week the council voted 5 to 2 to continue the program for another year. 

Authorities say a Boise man who shot and killed his ex-wife and her husband and then held two children hostage and later shooting himself was expected in court later this month for a child custody issue.  The shooter identified as Edward Lynn Epps Jr. of Boise. Police say he shot Heidi De Leon and her husband Jose De Leon after forcing his way into the De Leons’ home on Sunday afternoon.

An initial probing of Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s budget by lawmakers found that adding a work or training requirement for Medicaid expansion could add administrative costs the state would have to cover.  The federal government would cover 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion to cover some 60,000 low-income adults across the state at an estimated cost of $400 million.

Two Cassia County School District employees were named the top counselor and vice principal by state professional organizations.  Burley High School Vice Principal Andrew Wray was named the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year award by the Idaho Association of School Administrators.  Rachel Jensen, counselor at Raft River Elementary School, was named 2019 Idaho School Counselor of the Year by the Idaho School Counselor Association.


In local sports, the College of Southern Idaho Women’s Basketball Team has gained a Minico Spartin.  Taylia Stimpson a shooting guard has signed with the college.  Coach Randy Rogers is looking forward saying he has watched her abilities progress and is very impressed.

Turning to High School basketball, first to the boys, it was Hansen 56 Richfield 31.  Hansen will play at Lighthouse Christian. Richfield will be at Dietrich.  Both games tomorrow.  Pocatello outlasted Jerome 69 to 33.  Jerome will play host to Mountain Home tomorrow.  Rick Haberman has play by play of that game on KART 1400 AM at 7:15 pm.  Century overpowered Canyon Ridge 79 to 52.  Canyon Ridge will be in Kimberly Friday.  Burley defeated Wood River 48 to 41.  Wood River will be in Twin Falls Tomorrow for a game and Burley will host Pocatello next Wednesday.  Oakley outlasted Raft River 72 to 56.  Oakley will host Valley and Raft River will be at Glenns Ferry.  Both games Friday.  Lighthouse Christian overpowered the Sun Valley Community School 81 to 27.  Lighthouse Christian will host Hansen and the Community School will be in Murtaugh.  Both games tomorrow.   It was Camas County 63 to Hagerman 37.  Camas County will host Castleford and Hagerman will be at Carey.  Both, Thursday.  Elsewhere it was Murtaugh 41 Carey 28 and Castleford 64, Twin Falls Christian Academy 40.

In Girls Basketball, Filer outlasted Buhl 49 to 30.  Filer will play at Snake River Friday and Buhl  will host Kimberly Thursday.  Elsewhere it was Valley 39 Glenns Ferry 14.  Valley will Host Raft River Thursday and Glenns Ferry is at Murtaugh on Friday.  Carey Beat Murtaugh 52 to 28 and Twin Falls Christian Academy outlasted Castleford 37 to 23.  It was Hagerman 59 over Camas County 52 and Hansen outlasted Richfield 56 to 18.



Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon with a chance of rain. High 38F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Chance of rain and mountain. Low 29F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  More clouds than sun. High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Winds: East 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 32 Mountains: 23

THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, nice afternoon. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 15

FRIDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 15

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 14

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 14

MONDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 14

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 17.

January 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Paintsville, Kentucky was Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". An award-winning singer, Gayle has accumulated 18 #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also famous for her once nearly floor-length hair.

Willie and Family Live the double live album by Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts. Recorded live at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the album features Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck on some of the songs.

Following a recommendation from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commision dedicated Highway 31, known locally as Gallatin Road, as the Johnny Cash Parkway. A ceremony was later held in the parking lot at The House Of Cash.

Shania Twain won the People's Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer at the CBS broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

Songwriter Hugh Prestwood faced criminal charges in New York after authorities at Long Island MacArthur Airport discovered a loaded.38-caliber revolver in his carry-on luggage. Prestwood's songs include Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When" and Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart."

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Red. The album sold 1.89 million copies in its first three weeks and was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year, marking Swift's second nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammys, following her 2010 victory with Fearless.

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Authorities in Blaine County say a Hailey man was taken to the hospital for medical treatment after the vehicle he was driving collided head on with an ITD snowplow on Highway 75 north of East Fork Road.  The accident happened just after midnight yesterday.  25 year old Corban James Napualani McBride is facing possible criminal charges pending lab results.  It’s believed Alcohol is a factor.

Three adults are dead and three children are safe after a standoff at a home in Meridian on Sunday afternoon.  Police say the suspect went to the home and shot and killed a 47-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman after a fight started.  A 13-year-old girl was able to escape the home and ran to a neighbor's house and called for help. Police say two other children - an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old - were held hostage but were eventually released after police negotiations.  After the children were released, the suspect killed himself.

A fire scorched through some recreational vehicles and a camp trailer Sunday afternoon along Harrison Street in Twin Falls just after 1 pm.  The fire started on a side-by-side power sport vehicle and then spread to the trailer, causing damage to some snowmobiles as well.

Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers, according to a recent economic report.  The U of I report shows total net farm income declined 27 percent to $902 million.

An Aberdeen man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife.  Sixty-three-year-old Eugene Ralph Ruff pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 6th District Court in the shooting death of 62-year-old Bettilee Paulie Ruff.  Authorities say that the couple had been drinking and got into an argument.  He faces at least 10 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

Gas Prices tumbled both nationwide and Idaho in 2018 according to triple A.  The trend of seasonal savings continued into January thanks to the abundance of global crude oil and the lowest fuel demand in nearly two years. 

A Juvenile pedestrian was injured when they attempted to cross Main street in Wendell was struck by a semi-truck pulling triple trailers yesterday afternoon.  Idaho state police say the victim was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise.  The intersection was blocked for about two hours. 


In local sports, first to High School Boys Basketball where it was Lighthouse defeating Wendell 40 to 36.  The Lions host Sun Valley Community School today and The trogans host American Falls On Thursday. 

In Girls High school basketball, It was Gooding over Wood River 57 to 50 last night in Overtime.  Wood River will host Jerome and Gooding will meet up with Wendell tomorrow.  Elsewhere it was Shoshone over Hansen 47 to 37.  The Huskies will battle Richfield tonight and the Indians will play Oakley on Thursday.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 38F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. chance of a rain or snow shower and breezy Low 29F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain Wednesday night High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 37 Low: 15

FRIDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 19

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 35 Low: 17

MONDAY: Partly sunny. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 33 Low: 19.

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January 8th: On this day

Born on this day in Tennessee, was Luther Perkins, guitarist who played an essential role in defining Johnny Cash's "boom-chicka-boom" rockabilly sound. Perkins is lauded in the title of Cash's Top 10 1959 single "Luther Played The Boogie". Perkins died in a house fire on Aug 3rd 1968 after he apparently went to sleep in the living room of his home while holding a lit cigarette.
Born on this day in East Tupelo, Mississippi, was Elvis Presley. Before emerging as the "King of Rock & Roll," Presley made inroads in country, where he returned during his latter years. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. Presley died on Aug 16th 1977.

Born on this day, was Cristy Lane, country music and gospel music singer, best known for a number of major country hits in the late 70s and the early 1980s, including her cover version of the song, "One Day at a Time".

American country music musician, singer, and songwriter Sara Carter died aged 80. She was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In 2001 she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Showincluded Ray Stevens, who performed "Proud Mary" and "My Window Faces the South" and then with Glen Campbell played "Everything Is Beautiful."

Faith Hill’s first single release, "Wild One" was at #1 on the US Country chart. The song spent four weeks atop the Billboard chart, the longest for a debut release by a female artist since Connie Smith's debut "Once a Day" in 1964.
Faith Hill took home three trophies at the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tim McGraw won Favorite Country Male, The Dixie Chicks were named Favorite Country Band, and Billy Gilman won Favorite New Country Artist.

The 10 most-played country songs on US radio during 2013, in descending order, were Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel," Lady Antebellum's "Downtown," Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," Florida Georgia Line's "Get Your Shine On," Brett Eldredge's "Don't Ya," The Band Perry's "Done," Randy Houser's "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," Easton Corbin's "All Over the Road," Jake Owen's "Anywhere With You" and Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did."

The funeral for Little Jimmy Dickens was held at the Grand Ole Opry House, who had died on Jan 2nd aged 94. Dickens was entombed in the Cross Mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.

American country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, best known for his trucker-themed songs died aged 81. His first #1 hit was with "Sam's Place," recorded by Buck Owens. In 1979, Simpson appeared for the last time on the charts with "The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver."