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FRIDAY 061419

Michelle Agee, a former deputy prosecutor with Twin Falls County was sentenced earlier this week for driving under the influence of Alcohol.  The 28 year old pleaded guilty during a pretrial conference.  The judge issued a withheld judgement for one year where her driver’s license is suspended for 90 days and is prohibited from consuming alcohol and complete community service. 

Twin Falls police are asking the public to help with identifying those responsible for a graffiti spree in the 2 and 300 blocks of Fourth Avenue South and Idaho Street South.  Police have released a photo on their Facebook page and ask you contact them if you can help in their investigation.

School district officials from the Cassia County are considering a proposal that could save the district thousands of dollars with their maintenance and custodial operations.  Some of the staff are speaking out that eventually over 60 employees could lose their jobs.  The plan would save the district 300-thousand dollars the first year.

Residents of Hailey are again preparing for flooding after a warning was issued by the National Weather Service.  Flood stage for the Big Wood River is 5-feet.  At last check the water was measured at 5-point 1 feet.  Officials say street flooding will occur in lower subdivisions and some areas are inaccessible.

Ida-Beef in Burley is back in operation after the third mishandled slaughter in five months.  The USDA had withdrawn their inspectors which meant the company couldn’t continue to slaughter cattle.  The USDA rarely does anything beyond a suspension and PETA who has filed charges against the company admits slaughterhouses rarely get shut down. 

Good news for some students in Twin Falls School District.  Chobani has announced they are paying all of the 85-thousand dollars in school lunch debt accumulated by more than 900 students over the past year.  Last week the district was told to return 803-thousand dollars to Chobani after property taxes were reduced for the company.  School officials say the money will come from an account that was earmarked to pay off some school bonds early. 


In local sports, it was a split for Twin Falls and Blackfoot in legion baseball.  The cowboys playing at the Skip Walker Field at CSI, took the first game 4 to zero.  Then Blackfoot took the win in the second game in six innings with an 11 to 1 score. 

In Burley legion baseball, it was Burley 10 Wendell 2. 

College Of Southern Idaho’s Ashtyn Carlson’s star is burning brightly after the third round of Barrel racing at the national finals.  Carlson has given CSI 200 of their teams 230 points from the event.  Today Carlson competes in Goat Tying and tomorrow it’s back to the barrels.


FRIDAY: Sunny breezy and warm. Winds: WSW 10-20 mph. Highs - Valleys: 85 Mountains: 79

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 53 Mountains: 48

SATURDAY: Sunny and warm. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph High: 84 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 80 Low: 49

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 86 Low: 57 Mountains - High: 81 Low: 50

MONDAY: Sunny, nice and warm. High: 85 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 46

TUESDAY: Sunny, nice and warm. High: 85 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 46

WEDNESDAY: Sunny, nice and warm. High: 83 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 43

THURSDAY: Sunny and nice. High: 79 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 41

Thursday 061319

A search is underway for a man accused of fleeing state troopers in a stolen pickup truck, and then stealing a motorcycle.  Idaho State Police say they have recovered the Chevrolet Silverado used in Sunday's chase.  The man, who has not been identified, later stole a small red and white Honda motorcycle, police said. He was last seen shortly after 9 a.m. Monday at a convenience store in Osgood north of Idaho Falls.

Twin Falls Police are reminding pedestrians of the Closure order that exists on Canyon Springs Grade because of construction.  Complaints of pedestrians failing to obey the closure order and continuing to walk the Canyon Springs Grade are being lodged with the city. Falling rocks, narrow roadway and working heavy construction equipment have created hazardous conditions for pedestrians. 

The Splash Pad at the First Federal bank park is open for the summer.  The park is located at North College road is open from dawn to dusk.  Dogs are not welcome unless they are ADA Certified, no smoking or vaping and no Alcoholic Beverages.

Parents in the Twin Falls School district will be able to track their children using a electronic device.  Earlier this week the school board approved the use.  The new policy says parents must get permission from a principal and disable listen-in technology features while their student is in class.

The Idaho Supreme Court will decide soon if several adults who say they were sexually abused as kids at a juvenile detention center should have filed a tort claim against the state agency before they sued.  The attorney representing the survivors, told the justices that applying the 180-day notice period created under the Idaho Tort Claim Act would gut Idaho’s Child Abuse Act, rendering it useless for some victims. The juvenile corrections department said all statutes require people to follow the rules of the tort claim act if they want to sue a government entity, and sex abuse claims shouldn’t be treated differently.

An Idaho teenager has been charged as an adult in connection with five sexual assaults, and law enforcement officials say they believe there may be more victims.  17-year-old Cory R. Campbell was arrested May 30 and charged with four counts of rape and one count of forcible penetration. Prosecutors say Campbell “forced himself” on five teenage girls between September 2018 and March 2019.


Former College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball Coach Lester Stewart is headed to Wyoming.  Casper College said he will be an assistant coach for the Thunderbirds.  At CSI, he worked on player development, on the floor coaching and spent time recruiting. He guided the 2017-18 team to Academic All-American status and a national runner-up finish.  CSI will soon announce additions to their coaching staff.

Longtime Boise resident and former Red Sox great Bill Buckner will be laid to rest in Boise on Saturday.  The pro baseball legend died at the age of 69 on May 27 after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.  He is survived by his wife, Jody, and their three children, as well as many legacies he funded in Boise, including the practice baseball facility at Fort Boise which bears his name.  Buckner's family says a memorial to celebrate his life will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel in Boise. 


Today:  Sunshine and clouds, scattered to isolated showers and storms. Winds: SSW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 84 Mountains: 78

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 61F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies, breezy and warm. Winds: WSW 10-15 mph High: 84 Low: 54 Mountains - High: 79 Low: 48

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 84 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 80 Low: 49

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 86 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 81 Low: 51

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 85 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 48

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 83 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 43

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 79 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 41

June 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Hazard, Kentucky, was Mary Lou Turner, country music artist. Between 1976 and 1977, she recorded two duet albums with Bill Anderson, and charted four duets with him. One of their duets, "Sometimes", reached #1 in 1976.

Born on this day in Turkey, Texas, was American country music singer-songwriter Joe Barnhill who along with Wayne Perry wrote "Not a Moment Too Soon," a #1 hit for Tim McGraw in 1994.

Dolly Parton recorded "I Will Always Love You" which was released as the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. Singer Whitney Houston recorded a hugely successful version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

Born on this day in Youngsville, North Carolina, was Jason Michael Carroll, American country music artist. His debut album Waitin' in the Country produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Alyssa Lies", "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead".

Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It is the first multi-week chart-topping song since "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" by Ronnie Milsap spent two weeks atop the chart in September 1985.

Jimmy Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman died at the age of 81. Dean who had the 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John", became a national television personality in the late 50’s with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and was also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.

Wednesday 061219

The Twin Falls Salvation Army said they will close their doors to the thrift store this Friday.  The manager said the 2nd Avenue South store simply didn’t attract enough customers.  The store closed three years ago for an extensive remodel that cost more than 200-thousand dollars. 

Employees at the Canyon County Jail are notifying Federal Immigration officials when they suspect an inmate is violating immigration laws they will continue to notify them.  Three lawsuits that have been filed saying staff turn inmates over to immigration officials even after inmates have posted bond and should be released under Idaho law. 

The family of a mentally ill man who died in the Bannock jail after not eating or drinking for several days has taken the first steps toward filing a lawsuit against County officials.  Kim and Shauna Quick filed the notice of tort claim saying Sheriff Lorin Nielsen and several jail employees were responsible for their son’s death because they knew he was in the midst of a mental health crisis and wasn’t consuming food or water, and yet failed to bring him to a hospital for treatment, instead watching him die.

A Rupert man is dead following a crash yesterday afternoon just east of Hazelton on I-84.  38 Year old Marty Lowder was westbound when he left the road, crossed the median and went into the eastbound lanes.  His car collided with a Semi Truck loaded with Potatoes’.  The collision caused the vehicle to burst into flames.  Lowder died at the scene while the truck driver, 38 year old Rosalio Llamas of Washington state was transported by air ambulance for treatment.  The freeway in the area closed for about five hours.

59-year old Ron Holder of Rupert died yesterday morning following a hang glider crash at Point of the Mountain Flight Park near Salt Lake City. Witnesses at the scene told emergency responders that as the man was flying, the wind changed, and he turned to drop into the wind. Instead Holder dropped straight down about 50 feet.  He suffered serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 


In sports from around the area, College of Southern Idaho volleyball player Sasha Legros signed to the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana.  She helped CSI to its 12th national championship and a national runner-up finish during her two years in Twin Falls.

Idaho State University announced that Burley standout Kennedee Tracy has signed with the volleyball program.  The 5'9" outside hitter was a four-year starter for the Bobcats. She earned first-team all-conference, second-team all-state and made the all-tournament team on three occasions.  She also had an offer from Snow College and a walk-on spot at Utah State.


WEDNESDAY: Lots of sunshine and hot. Winds: West 3-8 mph. Highs - Valleys: 90 Mountains: 82


WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 60 Mountains: 53


THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, scattered to isolated storms afternoon. High: 83 Low: 57 Mountains - High: 79 Low: 50


FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 85 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 51


SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 83 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 47


SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 84 Low: 57 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 50


MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 83 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 44


TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 80 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 50

June 12th: On this day

Born on this day, was Chips Moman, American record producer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a record producer, Moman is known for recording Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Tammy Wynette and Ronnie Milsap.

Born on this day in Kirksville, Indiana, was Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer. Brown's signature instrument is the "guit-steel" double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar. In 1996 he won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year for his video, "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," which featured 6-foot-7-inch Gwendolyn Gillingham.

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

Johnny Bond died aged 63. Best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at the age of 50, he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at #2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).

Born on this day, was Chris Young, country music artist who in 2006 was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. His self-titled debut album produced two singles: "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me". From his second album, "Voices", "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", and "The Man I Want to Be"; reached #1 on the country singles chart. He scored another #1 with "Tomorrow" off his Neon album and in February 2012 he had his fifth straight #1 with "You".

Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "I Told You So", taken from his 1988 album Always & Forever. Carrie Underwood released a cover version of the song on her 2007 album Carnival Ride.

Tuesday 061119

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 11 year old Blackfoot resident.  Authorities were dispatched to a location just off Highway 30 in Bingham county Sunday.  The girl had suffered a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have confirmed a second case of measles in the Idaho panhandle.  The patient in Latah County is a family member of a young child who was confirmed as the first case last week.  The child had had one measles vaccine but had not had the second dose due to age.

The family of an Idaho woman who died after her hair got caught in machinery at a seed plant has taken a lawsuit back to the state Supreme Court after it ruled against them last year.  The attorney for the family of 63-year-old Francisca Gomez argued before the court that the Crookham Company committed an “unprovoked physical aggression” against Gomez of Parma, who died in January 2016 after her hair became entangled in the assembly line, scalping her and causing asphyxiation.

Idaho State Police confirms 34 year old Cedric Mitchell of Twin Falls is in the Ada County Jail this morning.  Mitchell was driving the vehicle that rear ended another vehicle Friday evening on Blue Lakes.  Four vehicles collided at the intersection of Heyburn Avenue and claimed the life of 60 year old Maryann Steiner.  She was a passenger in the vehicle with her husband.  Mitchell was taken by air ambulance to Boise.  He has been charged with battery against healthcare workers.  Additional charges still may be filed. 

A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  A federal judge ordered the review last year after ruling the Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services agency violated environmental laws by not providing the justification to expand killing of mountain lions, coyotes, bears and other predators.

Idaho transportation officials say commuters will again be able to use an overpass that’s been closed since a deadly crash last year on Interstate 84.  The Cloverdale Road overpass was severely damaged in the June 2018 crash that occurred below it.  Three airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base and a tractor-trailer driver were killed in the crash.


In sports from around the area, the National Junior College Athletic Association has named three College of Southern Idaho Softball players to their All American list.  Sophomore Tristin Evans, Freshman Kalena Shepherd and Sophomore Hannah Peterson were announced yesterday.


Today: Sunny skies, nice and warm. Winds: WNW 3-8 mph. Highs - Valleys: 84 Mountains: 79

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low around 55F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Very warm with lots of sunshine. Winds: Light & Variable High: 88 Low: 58 Mountains - High: 82 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of PM storms. High: 86 Low: 56 Mountains - High: 80 Low: 48

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 85 Low: 54 Mountains - High: 81 Low: 47

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 84 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 80 Low: 50

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 87 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 51

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 84 Low: 60 Mountains - High: 81 Low: 50

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June 11th: On this day

25 year-old Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores.

Buck Owens had the #1 country album with I've Got A Tiger By The Tail. Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

True Grit the American western film directed by Henry Hathaway, starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell was released. The film gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'.

Willie Nelson's remake of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" was at #1 on Billboard country singles chart. Nelson won a Grammy award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the country chart with Reba the singer’s fifteenth studio album, the title signifying that she had become so well known that she could be identified by first name alone, but also signaling an entirely different style to her music. Gone were the steel guitars and fiddles of My Kind of Country and Have I Got a Deal for You, to be replaced by a highly produced and orchestrated sound. Two of its tracks, ‘I Know How He Feels’ and ‘New Fool at an Old Game’, reached #1 on the Billboard country singles charts.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard made their way back to the top of the charts. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard 200. The album's title is a reference to Nelson and Haggard's heroes’ jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and one of country's first stars, Jimmie Rodgers.

The Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown died from lung cancer at the age of 81. Brown was a country music singer and TV and radio host who first found fame as a member of The Browns, a country music group he started with his two sisters in the 1950s. Later, he managed a successful solo career for decades, which included hits like "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," and TV successes like You Can Be a Star. He is perhaps best known as the voice of Grand Ole Opry radio's Country Music Greats Radio Show, which he hosted for more than a decade.

Country singer Randy Howard was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65. According to Tennessee authorities, the bounty hunter arrived at Howard's home to take him into custody after a missed court appearance, when Howard opened fire. The bounty hunter shot back, killing Howard. The warrant for Howard's arrest was initially issued for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.

Monday 061019

One person has died while five others remain hospitalized at last check following a four vehicle pileup Friday evening on Blue Lakes North in Twin Falls.   Police say 60 year old Maryann Steiner passed away Sunday.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her Husband.  Steiner’s car was rear-ended by another truck.  The crash pushed the Steiner’s vehicle into the intersection where it struck two more vehicles.

Police in Pocatello arrested 22 year old Brandon Straitiff following a six hour standoff.  The man is accused of opening fire on his neighbors.  No one was injured in the shooting that started Saturday night.  Straitiff was taken into custody just after midnight this morning.  Several departments and a SWAT team were on scene at the mobile home park in the 63-hundred block of South Fifth Avenue in Pocatello. 

While the design won’t be complete until 2022 and construction in 2024 the Idaho Transportation Department has started planning their next phase of the U.S. Highway 93 expansion between Jerome and Twin Falls.  Crews are currently fixing the 300 road intersection in Jerome County.  The six-mile stretch is near the fish and game office and the railroad to the highway 25 junction. 

69 year old Darrel Rich of Emmett who set four police cars on fire has been sentenced to five years in prison.  Authorities say he set four Emmett Police Department vehicles on fire just after midnight on July 26, 2017, by pouring gas behind each of them and igniting it.

A federal judge says his decision on whether Idaho’s laws banning some health care providers from performing abortions is legal will likely hinge on the tension between two potentially conflicting U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit against Idaho state officials in December, contending that a nearly two-decade-old state law that states only licensed physicians can perform abortions makes access to the procedure too difficult for rural and low-income women.


The new assistant softball coach for the CSI Golden Eagles has been announced.  Brittany Gonzales will take over the duties replacing Cortney Clark who had been an assistant for 8 years.  Gonzales played for CSI in 2009 and 2010 before transferring to Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. 

A former Coach at Wendell High School allegedly provided false information to Nampa Police during an Amber Alert investigation earlier this year.  The incident involved Johathan Helmandollar’s daughter who went missing with her mother Brooke on March 20th.  They were both located safely in Cheney Washington.  In addition, police say they received evidence that Helmandollar was attempting to illegally obtain prescription drugs. The case was forwarded to the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office and authorities arrested him Friday.

The head football coach at Burley High School comes from within the Cassia County School District.  Former Burley defensive coordinator Dylan Corless is taking over the reins, marking his second year with the program.  The 24-year old is a Minico graduate and previously spent time with the freshman and JV Spartan programs.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High near 80F. E winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 53F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and warm. High: 84 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 79 Low: 48

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and hot. High: 89 Low: 57 Mountains - High: 82 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a shower or storm. High: 87 Low: 56 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 51

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a shower or storm. High: 85 Low: 58 Mountains - High: 80 Low: 50

June 10th: On this day


Four months following her death, Decca Records released The Patsy Cline Story, a double album compilation consisting of Patsy Cline's best-known songs between 1961 and 1963.


Johnny Cash was presented with the United Nations Humanitarian Award at the annual United Nations Citation Dinner in New York City.


Born on this day, in Sumter, South Carolina. was Lee Brice, country music singer signed to Curb Records. His highest-charting single "A Woman Like You", reached #1 in April 2012. He also scored Billboard's Top Country Song of 2010 with "Love Like Crazy", the title track to his 2010 debut album; the song spent 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at # 3 and setting a record for the longest run in the chart's history.


Dwight Yoakam scored his second consecutive #1 album with Hillbilly Deluxe. Four of its tracks would find their way into the Top 40 of the Hot Country Singles chart in 1987 and 1988, all topping out in the lower half of the Top Ten. Chronologically, they were "Little Sister", "Little Ways" "Please, Please Baby" and "Always Late with Your Kisses".


Former Oak Ridge Boys singer and guitarist, Steve Sanders died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in an apparent suicide in Cape Coral, Florida. Sanders sang lead vocals on such hits as "Gonna Take A Lot Of River" and "Bridges And Walls". He was 45.


Ray Charles died due to acute liver disease at his home in Los Angeles, California. Charles helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960's. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. His version of the Don Gibson song, ‘I Can't Stop Loving You’ topped the Pop chart for five weeks.


Just two weeks after winning American Idol, Carrie Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing the Roy Orbison classic "Crying".


Wynonna Judd married musician Cactus Moser, best known as the drummer for Highway 101 at her home in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.


Emmylou Harris was praised by Barack Obama as she received the 2015 Polar Music Prize. The US president sent congratulations adding: "Music brings people together in an increasingly interconnected world." Harris, from Birmingham, Alabama, has recorded more than 25 albums over four decades and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

FRIDAY 060719

Idaho Power customers will see a slight savings on their utility bills.  This year the decrease will be just over a half a percent for residential customers while irrigation, large power users will see larger decreases.  Power prices are about 30-percent lower than the national average while prices are about 30-percent lower.

Three conservation groups say hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming using bait should be banned because hunters have killed federally protected grizzly bears attracted to the food.  A lawsuit filed this week said federal agencies are violating environmental laws by allowing the practice that the groups say has resulted in the deaths of at least eight grizzly bears since 1995.

Workers at an Idaho nuclear facility have made significant progress in efforts to remove high-level liquid radioactive waste stored in tanks above a massive aquifer, officials said.  The Energy Department initially had a 2012 deadline to remove the liquid waste. The missed deadline means the Energy Department is violating a 1995 agreement with Idaho to clean up nuclear waste at the site. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has blocked shipments of spent research fuel but said he was encouraged by the recent work.

Idaho drivers should be excited to hear this.  Gas prices are starting to drop as we head into the busy summer travel season.  Lower crude oil prices and above-average regional refinery activity have helped to offset strong demand.  In Idaho the current price for regular unleaded is $3.18, which is two cents less than a week ago and seven cents more than a month ago.  Today, the U.S. average price is $2.80.

Legislative auditors say the Idaho Office of Drug Policy violated state purchasing rules by awarding an advertising campaign contract without going through the competitive bidding process.  The office hired Boise design firm Neighborhood All-Stars for more than $380,000 for the campaign, which stretched from 2015 to 2017.

Health officials say the first case of measles in nearly two decades in Idaho has been confirmed.  Officials say a Latah County patient tested positive for the virus.  The last case of measles in the state was recorded in 2001.


In local sports, in a couple of Legion Baseball scores Blackfoot defeated Kimberly 15 to 10 and Twin Falls downed Kimberly 10 to 7.

The University of Idaho officially broke ground on their new arena that will be the home for Vandals Basketball.  The ICCU arena will cost 51-million dollars and will hold 42-hundred people.  ICCU donated 10-million dollars to the project and will have naming rights for the next 35 years. 

Courtney Clark is no longer with the CSI Softball program.  The assistant coach said the college didn’t give her a chance to return for next year.  Clark said she has turned her attention towards a new business she and her husband, Heath, have started called the Sweet Spot.  It will give athletes a chance to play and train year round in an indoor facility. 


Today:   Sun and clouds, windy, colder, scattered afternoon showers and storms. Winds: West 15-25 mph. Highs - Valleys: 59 Mountains: 54

Tonight:  Breezy and clearing and cold. Winds: West 10-20 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 31

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and cool. Winds: West 10-20 mph. High: 62 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. High: 72 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 64 Low: 39

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 80 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 74 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 84 Low: 54 Mountains - High: 79 Low: 49

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny skies. High: 88 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny skies. High: 87 Low: 58 Mountains - High: 83 Low: 52

June 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Morrisville, Missouri Winford was Wynn Stewart, the country music performer who was one of the progenitors of the Bakersfield sound and an inspiration to such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Stewart scored the 1967 #1 hit ‘It's Such a Pretty World Today’. Stewart suddenly died of a heart attack on July 17, 1985.

Born on this day in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK, was Tom Jones, singer who scored the 1977 US #1 Country hit ‘Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow’. Jones is famous for his version of ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ which was a world-wide hit in 1966.

Born on this day in Cooper City, Florida, was Larry Boone, American country music artist. His highest-charting single, "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger", reached #10 in 1988. Boone has also co-written several singles for other country music artists, including a #1 single for Kathy Mattea, "(Burnin' Old Memories)", and Top Ten hits for Don Williams, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino and Lonestar.

The Johnny Cash Show premiered on ABC TV; from the Grand Ole Opry with special guest Bob Dylan and the regular cast, Tennessee Three, June Carter and Carter Family, Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins, stepping in for Luther Perkins, (who has just died accidentally in house fire). Bob Wootton became a permanent replacement in Cash's band, and a mainstay for the next three decades.

Toby Keith was at #1 on the country charts with Honkytonk University. "As Good as I Once Was" was the album's biggest hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for six weeks. Due to the closure of DreamWorks shortly afterwards, however, "Big Blue Note" was released on Keith's Show Dog Nashville label, going on to peak at #5.

George Strait ended his touring career in style with his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a US stadium when 104,793 fans packed the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to see the singer on the final date of his farewell tour Cowboy Rides Away.