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A Fairfield resident was killed in a crash north of Gooding yesterday evening.  Police say 65 year old Lanea Fields was northbound on State Highway 46 when she drove off the road.  Her vehicle went down an embankment, hit a rock wall and rolled.  She was ejected from the vehicle.  She died at the scene.

Two accidents near the Perrine bridge yesterday afternoon sent four children to the hospital.  The first happened just after 5 pm in the southbound lane of Highway 93.  A car following to close collided with the vehicle in front of them.  About a hour later a second crash occurred in the same area where again one car following too close collided with the car in front.  Traffic was backed up to the freeway for a couple of hours.

A website has been launched by the FBI in order for people to submit photos and videos of two missing Idaho children and their relatives who were with them while they were at Yellowstone National Park in September of last year. Investigators believe the children were with their mother Lori Vallow and uncle Alex Cox on that day and the group was traveling in a silver 2017 Ford 1-150 pick-up truck with Arizona license plate CPQUINT.  The website is FBI.GOV/REXBURG.

More school districts have announced they are going to the voters for more money.  Filer and Shoshone hope to pass renewals to current levy’s on March 10th.  Jerome will look to voters for a 26-million dollar 20 year bond that if passed would cost $88 per 100-thousand dollars of taxable assessed value.

Boise State University said Thursday that four students from South Korea participating in a school program are in self-isolation for 14 days in Boise.  The school in a statement said the students cleared a health screening for the new coronavirus after arriving in Seattle on Monday.

The Idaho Transportation Department is holding public hearings about a proposed application from Idaho Milk Transport.   ITD is looking at the possibility of allowing truck loads up to 129,000 pounds on sections of roads that don't allow trucks of that weight right now.   Idaho Milk Transport has applied for three sections of roads to be changed, to make it easier for the trucks to get where they need to go.


As the boys High School state tournament moves forward this week, Moscow defeated Minico 56 to 47 in the 4A State quarterfinal game and it was Lapwai over Oakley 52 to 44 in the 1A Division 1 game.  Elsewhere Filer outlasted Homedale 40 to 37.  Filer plays Sugar Salem at 8 tonight for a spot in the state Championship game. 

Kimberly took the win from Marsh Valley 77 to 64.  Kimberly will play Fruitland at 6:15 tonight.

In Caldwell, Dietrich took the win from Mackay 78 to 71.  Dietrich now takes on Lakeside at 3 this afternoon and it was Cascade overpowering Carey 62 to 47.

Cody John scored 21 points as Weber State defeated Idaho 72-64 last night.  The Wildcats improve to 2-0 against the Vandals for the season.  Idaho finishes out the regular season against Idaho State at home tomorrow.

Jacob Davison scored 23 points as Eastern Washington easily beat Idaho State 100-75 last night.  Idaho State finishes out the regular season against Idaho on the road tomorrow.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 69F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 48F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies with periods of rain later in the day. High around 60F. SSW winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.  Tomorrow Night:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers around. Winds West 5-10 mph. Low: 33

SUNDAY, (DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS): Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Cooler. High: 49 Low: 32

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  High: 49 Low: 31

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. A little warmer. High: 53 Low: 33

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 54 Low: 33

THURSDAY: Mix of sun and clouds.   A little warmer. High: 57

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 11 PM MST SATURDAY ABOVE 7500 FEET MSL...


* WHAT...Snow, moderate to heavy at times above 7500 feet. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches.


* WHERE...Primarily the Sawtooth, White Cloud, Boulder, and Smoky Mountains above 7500 feet MSL.


* WHEN...From 5 AM to 11 PM MST Saturday.


* IMPACTS...Plan on difficult road conditions, especially over Galena Summit.

Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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March 6th: On this day

Born on this day near near Kosse, Texas was James Robert Wills, better known as the American Western swing musician Bob Wills who is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys died on May 13, 1975.

Born on this day in in Higley, Arizona was country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, best known for his trucker-themed songs. His first #1 hit was with "Sam's Place," recorded by Buck Owens. Simpson died on January 8, 2016.

Born on this day in Redlands, California, was Skip Ewing. Artists who have recorded Ewing's songs include Conway Twitty, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis and Merle Haggard

Winners at the second Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Lorne Green included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Bonnie Guitar, Top Male Vocalist of the Year, Merle Haggard, Top Vocal Group, Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year Cathie Taylor, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, Billy Mize and Most Promising Vocal Group went to Bob Morris and Faye Hardin.

Dolly Parton released her ninth solo studio album Touch Your Woman. The album's title song and single, "Touch Your Woman", was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards.

Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas was country music artist Trent Willmon. Apart from releasing his own albums, as a songwriter he co-wrote Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "Back When I Knew It All" and Steel Magnolia's 2010 single "Keep On Lovin'" and had a co-write on Brad Paisley's 5th Gear album.

George Jones, in the midst of a comeback this year, was seriously injured when he crashed his Lexus into a bridge. It was later revealed that alcohol was a factor in the accident, and the singer pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges.

Singer Doug Supernaw was arrested in Bryan, Texas, and charged with public intoxication and fleeing from an officer. According to reports, the arrest came after Supernaw allegedly yelled obscenities and made obscene gestures while walking near an apartment complex. An off-duty police officer identified himself as he approached the singer and instructed Supernaw to sit on the curb while awaiting the arrival of another officer to arrest him. Before the patrol car arrived, Supernaw began walking away and then started running when the officer told him to stop.

During a US tour, Jerrod Niemann's tour bus caught fire. He was unharmed and Niemann cridited fellow country singer Lee Brice for alerting him to the dangerous blaze giving him time to escape.

Stompin' Tom Connors, died aged 77. The Canadian country singer from the 1970s, was best known for "The Hockey Song."

A Nashville jury found bar owner Chris Ferrell guilty of second-degree murder after the 2013 shooting of Wayne Mills. The shooting occurred on the same night as a George Jones tribute concert at the nearby Bridgestone Arena, and as an after-party was wrapping up at the Pit and Barrel, a downtown saloon that had recently been made over for Spike TV's reality series Bar Rescue. Ferrell claimed self-defense in the shooting, testifying he fired at Mills - the leader of the Wayne Mills Band - out of fear after the singer smashed a glass and threatened to kill the bar owner.

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Chobani, Clif Bar, HP and Micron-four of Idaho’s major employers have expressed their concern over a bill that if made law would block transgender people from changing their birth certificates and ban transgender girls and women from playing on female high school and college sports teams.  The bills are awaiting a hearing in the senate, after being approved by the house.

Driving in Boise?  Don’t use a hand-held device.  The city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning hand held cell phone use while driving.  The new rule means only devices can be used in the hands free mode.  Violators will face a $90 fine come July 1st

A bill in Idaho that would ban any public money from going to organizations that provide abortions moved to the Senate.  Health care providers who perform abortions can receive public funding for other medical services. The bill seeks to cut off that funding.

The amount of money in Idaho’s rainy-day fund that serves as a cushion against a potential economic downturn would increase under legislation is on the governor’s desk.  The legislation is in line with Gov. Brad Little’s recommendation.  It would increase the Budget Stabilization Fund from 10% to 15% of general fund revenues.

Authorities say a northern Idaho police officer was shot and wounded and the suspect is dead after a standoff in Kootenai County Tuesday night.  Post Falls police officers were serving a misdemeanor warrant at a home when the man inside fired shots at them, wounding one officer below his bulletproof vest.

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said he will retire from the department at the end of May just days after being placed on paid administrative leave.  Doan will remain on leave until his retirement but will not return to the department.  Doan said the decision to place him on leave came as a surprise adding that he did nothing wrong.  That decision came from Mayor Lauren McLean. 


Boys High School State Basketball kicks off today.  There are six Magic Valley Teams in the mix.  The Minico Spartans first round game with Moscow is at 6:15 pm at Borah High School. The Kimberly Bulldogs with Marsh Valley is at 3 at Meridian High School.  The Filer Wildcats will play Homedale at 8 at the Meridian High School.  The Oakley hornets take on Lapwai at 1:15 pm at Vallivue High School.  The Dietrich Blue Devils will take on Mackay at 8 at the Caldwell High School and the Carey Panthers will play Cascade at 1:15 pm at Caldwell high school. 

Matt Harr has submitted his resignation letter to the Twin Falls School District.  Harr has spent 29 years coaching both Baseball and Basketball.  He also helped the Bruins golf program win numerous state championships.  Harr said of late he didn’t feel like a coach but rather a program manager.


Today:  Sunny. High 66F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 38F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sun and Clouds.  High: 66 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers, followed by a chance of late evening rain/snow showers. High: 58 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 51 Low: 32

MONDAY: Partly sunny.  High: 51 Low: 32

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers.  High: 53 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers.  High: 59

March 5th: On this day

Born on this day in Moultrie, Georgia was American country music guitarist Jimmy Bryant. Waylon Jennings had a hit with his song "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line". Bryant died on September 22nd 1980 at the age of 55.

Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copus and Hawkshaw Hawkins were all killed when the plane they were travelling in flew into severe weather and crashed in a forest near Camden, Tennessee, 90 miles from the destination. The Country artists had left for Nashville in a Piper Comanche piloted by Copas' son-in-law (and Cline's manager), Randy Hughes. The three had perfromed at a benefit concert at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas for the family of disc jockey Cactus Jack Call, who had died the previous December in an automobile accident.

Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas, was Trent Willmon, country music artist, who scored the 2006 top 20 album A Little More Livin'.

The film Coal Miner's Daughter debuted in Nashville, and soon became the #1 box office hit in the United States. The film starred Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband Mooney Lynn. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Actress Oscar for Spacek.

Born on this day American singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires. She has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, as well as in a duo with Rod Picott. In 2019, she joined The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby.

CMT was launched at 6:19 PM CST. Originally called CMTV but always "Country Music Television." (The "V" was dropped in response to a complaint by competitor MTV), CMT beat its chief competitor, The Nashville Network (TNN), on the air by two days. CMT was positioned to play country music videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while TNN was geared toward programming lending itself to a "country lifestyle". The very first video clip to air on CMT was a performance clip of country music legend Faron Young's classic 1971 hit, "It's Four in the Morning".

Steve Earle released his debut album Guitar Town. It topped the Billboard country album charts, and the title song reached #7 on the country singles charts. Earle was also nominated for two 1987 Grammy Awards, Best Male Country Vocalist and Best Country Song, for the title track. It was one of the first country music albums to be recorded digitally.

Taylor Swift made her primetime television TV acting debut, in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Haley Jones. Unfortunately, the singer was stabbed in the heart with a pair of scissors. Over 20 million viewers watched the episode.

Lionel Richie released Tuskegee which featured 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. The album became his first #1 album for more than 25 years.

Connie Sanders King was charged with both felony and premeditated first-degree murder in the death of country music manager Thomas Colucci at their Coffee County, Tennessee, home. Colucci had worked with country singer Jo Dee Messina. The 37-year-old woman who masterminded the fatal shooting of her fiancee by her estranged husband had maintained for eight months he was the victim of a random home invasion.

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Chad Daybell, the stepfather of two missing Rexburg children told ABC news that the youth are not in danger and are safe.  Why neither Chad nor Lori told the police this before isn’t known.  Daybell revealed this about Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow as he boarded an airplane to Idaho. 

Police in Twin Falls are continuing their investigation into reports of two sexual assault claims at the College of Southern Idaho Campus.  An alert sent out from the college said there are little facts to back up the claim adding there wasn’t any indication of forcible entry into the residences.

An official for South Central Public Health in Twin Falls says while there are no reports of the coronavirus in the gem state, it’s likely to see a confirmed case in the future.  Currently there's no vaccine to protect against the virus, which can take at last a year to develop.

Several news and legal organizations have told the Idaho Supreme Court that they believe state prison officials are required to reveal the source of drugs used in executions under public records law.  The American Bar Association, the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Idaho Press Club and others filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a lawsuit brought against the Idaho Department of Correction.

A Boise man is being held on a $5 million bond after prosecutors said he molested a 7-year-old girl and then asked someone to have the child and her parents kidnapped and murdered.  60 year old Byron Ely was charged with felony lewd conduct last year and was released pending his trial after posting bond. He was arrested again on Friday after Boise Police received a tip from someone who said Ely asked them to kill the family.

Journalists at the Idaho Statesman newspaper announced plans to unionize.  If McClatchy Co. declines to recognize the union, the group will reach out to the National Labor Relations Board, which will hold a union election for eligible employees sometime in the next several weeks.


The Idaho Activities Association say the upcoming state championships are on.  The message comes after concern over the spread of the coronavirus.  The association said there are no changes to the schedule of Boys Basketball, Cheer Dance or Debate state championships. Thursday and Friday’s boys state tournament games will take place at various high schools across the Treasure Valley, with Class 5A playing at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. All of the championship games on Saturday will be played at the Idaho Center.  Six Magic Valley teams qualified for the tournament: Minico in Class 4A, Kimberly and Filer in Class 3A, Oakley in Class 1A Division I, and Carey and Dietrich in Class 1A Division II.

The College of Idaho men's basketball team is the Cascade Collegiate Conference champion, after winning the tournament for a third year in a row.  The Yotes defeated Oregon Tech, 82-77   next up, the NAIA Division II national championships starting March 11 in South Dakota.  The yotes will likely get the number one seed.

Will Weber State extend Idaho’s Conference losing streak to six games?  Weber State will meet Idaho at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow tomorrow with game time at 7:30. 

Meanwhile, Eastern Washington will host Idaho State in Cheney Washington tomorrow with game time set for 7:05 pm.  Eastern Washington’s last Big Sky loss came against the Idaho Vandals 74-71 on Feb. 13. Idaho State took care of Weber State by eight on Monday.


THURSDAY: Sunny in the Magic valley and sunny in the Wood River Valley.
High: 64 Low: 34
Mountains: 47 Low: 29

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers.
High: 64 Low: 40
Mountains: 47 Low: 30

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of a.m. snow showers, followed by a slight chance of p.m. rain/snow showers. Mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of snow showers.
High: 55 Low: 34
Mountains: 44 Low: 26

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of rain showers, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of snow showers.
High: 50 Low: 32
Mountains: 38 Low: 21

MONDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of rain/snow showers, and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of snow showers.
High: 50 Low: 32
Mountains: 38 Low: 22

TUESDAY: Sunny in the. Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.
High: 55 Mountains: 41

March 4th: On this day

Born on this day in in Paris, Arkansas was American guitarist Bob Wootton. He joined Johnny Cash's backing band, the Tennessee Three, after original lead guitarist Luther Perkins, died in a house fire. He was Cash's guitarist for nearly thirty years. Wootton died on April 9, 2017 age 75.

"Jackson" a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter (with Carl Perkins, guitar) entered the C&W chart, going on to peak at #2. The song was quickly covered by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood which gave them a pop hit three months later.

Winners at the third Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Pat Buttram included: Man of the Year - Joey Bishop, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Lynn Anderson, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Glen Campbell, Top Vocal Group - Sons of the Pioneers, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Bobbie Gentry, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Jerry Inman and Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard won Top Duo of the Year.

Born on this day in Gilmer, Texas, was Jason Sellers country music artist. Has worked with Ricky Skaggs, recorded two solo studio albums: 1997's I'm Your Man and 1999's A Matter of Time which produced five singles on the Country Singles charts; Jason has had continued success as a songwriter, with acts such as Lonestar, Kenny Chesney, and Montgomery Gentry all recording his songs.

The Public Broadcasting System broadcast live, the first complete Grand Ole Opry show from the new Grand Ole Opry House. The show featured George Hamilton IV, Bill Monroe, Del Reeves, The Willis Brothers, Billy Grammer, Ronnie Milsap, Lonzo and Oscar, Porter Wagoner, Roy Acuff, The Crook Brothers, The Fruit Jar Drinkers, Grandpa Jones, and others.

Country singer, George Jones married Nancy Sepulveda in Woodville, Texas, (his fourth marrige). The newlyweds had their wedding-night dinner at the local Burger King in Jasper, Texas.

"Amazed" by Lonestar became the first country song to have topped both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and the Billboard Hot 100 chart since the Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton duet, "Islands In The Stream" in October 1983.

Alan Jackson released his fifteenth studio album Good Time which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album produced five singles on the country singles charts. The first three of these "Small Town Southern Man", the title track, and "Country Boy" were all #1 hits.

Rascal Flatts were guest stars on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, starring as themselves. In the episode, Jay DeMarcus received an electic shock from his own bass guitar during a performance at a Vegas club, leaving the musician with total amnesia.

American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek died from cancer aged 40. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek.

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Legislation has been introduced making abortion a crime in Idaho should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide.    A reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy would revert to the states, and the legislation would position Idaho to impose a ban. 

56 year old Gary Griggs of Twin Falls has been charged with second degree arson after police say he set his pickup truck on fire.  A fire crew arrived in the 100 block of Austin Avenue to find the white pickup engulfed in flames.  The vehicle was a total loss.

Police have arrested two suspects after a man was shot in the face at a south Pocatello Mobile Home Park early Sunday morning.  Two brothers, 20 year old Mason and 22 year old Mitchell Gonzales were arrested yesterday afternoon.  The 41 year old victim is expected to survive. 

Four candidates have been recommended to the College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees.  Dr. Josh Baker, Dr. Martin Reimer, Dr Dean Fisher and Dr. Dana Young are all being considered to become the 5th president replacing Dr. Jeff Fox who said he is retiring by June of this year. 

A Nampa Police officer shot a dog while responding to a barking complaint.  A homeowner was unable to control the dogs that jumped the officer attempting to bite him.  One dog was shot. 

Polygamy wouldn’t be a felony crime in Utah for the first time in 85 years under a bill that passed the Legislature and appears to be supported by the governor.  Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the proposal that supporters said will allow the 30,000 or so people living in the state’s polygamous communities to come out of the shadows and report abuses such as underage marriage by other polygamists without fear of prosecution.


Six local boys’ high school basketball teams are taking their game to the state basketball tournament with the games starting Thursday.  District champion Carey will face off against Cascade in the first round at Caldwell High School, tip-off slated for 1:15. Dietrich will go up against the one seed from districts five and six in Mackay at eight p.m. that night. The Miners haven't lost since they faced Oakley in early January. Oakley will take on Lapwai.  Game time is 1:15pm. The Kimberly Bulldogs will battle Marsh Valley in the first round at Meridian High School at 3 p.m.

 Elsewhere, the Filer Wildcats will meet with Homedale in Meridian at 8 pm.  Minico is the only local team out of the great basin ten to advance to state tournament.  The fourth ranked Spartans take on the Bears of Mosco at 6:15 pm at Borah High School. 

Malik Porter had 21 points as Idaho State ended its 12-game losing streak, defeating Weber State 78-70 last night.  Idaho State faces Eastern Washington on the road on Thursday.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 54F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 36F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Warmer and a little breezy.  Winds: West 5-15 mph. High: 56

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph. Low: 31

THURSDAY: Sunny skies with just a few clouds around. Mild and a little breezy. High: 60 Low: 36

FRIDAY, Mix of sun and clouds. Mild and a little breezy.  High: 62 Low: 39

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Cooler.  High: 53 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy with some isolated rain and snow showers around. A little cooler. High: 50 Low: 32

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 51

March 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia was Johnny Barfield a country and old-time music performer, best known for his 1939 recording of "Boogie Woogie", the first country boogie. He died on 16 January 1974, aged 64.

George Jones recorded "She Thinks I Still Care" which later became his third Country #1 hit. The song has been recorded by multiple artists, including Connie Francis, Anne Murray, Elvis Presley and Patty Loveless.

Patsy Cline performed at a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, along with George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The concert was in aid of the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. This was the last perfomance by Cline who died in a plane crash two days later.

Born on this day, was John Carter Cash American country singer-songwriter, author and producer, the only child that Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash had together. His half siblings include Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams. He began his work as a music producer with his mother June Carter Cash on her album, Press On, which won a Grammy in 1999, then went on to work under Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash's Grammy winning records American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards.

Country music winners at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards (the first to be broadcast live on CBS), included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Donna Fargo for "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Charley Pride for Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs, Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - The Statler Brothers for "Class of '57", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Charlie McCoy for Charlie McCoy/The Real McCoy, Best Country Song - Ben Peters (songwriter) for "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" performed by Charley Pride.

Johnny Cash was a special guest in an episode of the TV decective series Columbo staring Peter Falk entitled Swan Song. Cash played the role of a musical star who murdered his wife, an evangelist who has been exploiting his talent to finance her own religious crusade.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) telecasted an entire Saturday Night Live from the Grand Ole Opry for the very first time. The show featured many acts including Del Reeves, Barbara Mandrell, Bill Monroe, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson and many others. The telecast became the most popular one of the year for PBS, and was a part of their March fundraising campaigns.

John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his second studio album Kickin' It Up which included the Country hit singles "I Swear," "Rope the Moon," "Be My Baby Tonight" and "If You've Got Love."

George Strait played at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston's Astrodome, to more than 68,000 fans. He dedicated "Love Without End, Amen" to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd. The rodeo has drawn some of the world's biggest recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

American songwriter Harlan Howard died aged 74. In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote songs, recorded by a variety of different artists including "Fall to Pieces", co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline. Howard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy with the first published photo of her newborn baby boy. She also revealed the name of the child, Isaiah Michael Fisher, who was the first for the singer and her husband, professional hockey player Mike Fisher.

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A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million in oil and gas leases on public lands that are home to the declining sage grouse, in a ruling that said the Trump administration illegally curtailed public comment.  The ruling doesn’t prevent the administration from selling the leases at a later date.

A bill in Idaho that would ban any public money from going to organizations that provide abortions was approved by a panel of lawmakers despite opposition from people on both sides of the abortion debate, including some who complained that it still allowed exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest.  The House State Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full House with a “do pass” recommendation.

Processing giant McCain Foods in Burley has been awarded 1.5 million dollars by Idaho Power for Energy Efficiency projects. The projects completed at the plant will save 8,856,181 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which would power about 777 average-sized houses annually, according to Idaho Power.

Chad Daybell has returned to eastern Idaho as his wife, Lori Daybell, remains in Hawaii awaiting extradition.  The couple has been in the national spotlight since Lori’s children, 17 year old Tylee Ryan and 7 year old “JJ” Vallow, vanished in September. The 46-year-old mother is charged with desertion and nonsupport of children, resisting and/or obstructing an officer, solicitation and contempt. Chad Daybell has not been arrested or charged with any crimes.

Lawmakers in Boise decided Idaho will not alight with the new federal smoking age this year after rejecting a bill that would do just that.  The Senate voted 10-22 in opposition to a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco in Idaho from 18 to 21.

The House said no to a court order and prevent Idahoans from changing gender markers on birth certificates.  The House approved the bill 53-16 that would prevent transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificate to match their identity.


After the College of Southern Idaho women's basketball team upset USU Eastern on Friday, they couldn't find that rhythm against Salt Lake.  The Golden Eagles lost 70-51 in the Region 18 Championship.

After beating Wendell on Wednesday in the district championship, Declo lost to Grangeville, 45-31 in a state play-in game at McCall-Donnelly High School.  The Hornets end the season with a 14-11 record.

Carey beat Lighthouse in the district championship and then Dietrich eliminated the reigning state champion in the second place game.  The Panthers lost a nine-point game to Lighthouse in the regular season. Carey edged the Lions, 47-43 in the district championship.

Weber State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to 13 games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Weber State lost 89-83 to Portland State on Saturday.  The game in Ogden Utah tonight at 7 local time. 

Cameron Oluyitan had 22 points as Southern Utah cruised past Idaho 87-55 on Saturday night.

In class 4 a wrestling Jerome placed the highest of any Magic Valley teams at seventh. Twin Falls followed at ninth.  In the 3 a 2 a wrestling Buhl junior Kade Orr had a unique situation when trying for his third consecutive Class 3A state championship on Saturday; he had to compete against his own teammate to win.  Orr pinned fellow Indian Julian Ruiz to take home the 113 state title.


Today:  sunshine. High 46F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 37F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny and Breezy.  Winds: W 5-15 mph, gust as strong as 20 mph  High: 53 Low: 33

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny High: 58 Low: 31

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 61 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain. High: 64 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 55 Low: 34

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers.  High: 53

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March 2nd: On this day

Hank Williams recorded "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" at Castle Studio, Nashville with Fred Rose producing. It was released as a single on MGM Records in September 1949 and reached #4 on the country singles chart.

Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart. In 1993, Stewart left the band for a solo career, recording four solo albums and charting eight singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts before reuniting with Restless Heart in 2002. His highest-charting solo single was "Alright Already", which peaked at #5 in 1993.

Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Ty Herndon, country music singer who scored the 1995 US #1 hit single "What Mattered Most". He later scored two other chat toppers: "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love".

Country music winners at the 9th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York included; Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female went to Jeannie Seely for "Don't Touch Me", and the Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Male went to David Houston for "Almost Persuaded."

Country music winners at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Olivia Newton-John for "Let Me Be There", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Charlie Rich for "Behind Closed Doors", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson for "From the Bottle to the Bottom", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Steve Mandell & Eric Weissberg for "Dueling Banjos" and Best Country Song - Kenny O'Dell (songwriter) for "Behind Closed Doors" performed by Charlie Rich.

The Public Broadcasting Company telecasted the Grand Ole Opry for the third time. The show featured Tom T. Hall, Ronnie Milsap, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Billy Grammer, George Hamilton IV, Marty Robbins, and many others. Sissy Spacek also appeared with Loretta Lynn, promoting the new movie Coal Miner's Daughter, which opened the following week.

Warner Bros. released the Trio album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. The album sold over 4 million copies and also received several Grammy nominations and other awards. The three singers released the follow up album, Trio II in 1999.

Born on this day in Charlotte, North Carolina was country music singer and songwriter Luke Combs. In June 2017, Combs released his major label debut album, This One's for You which reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums.

Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.

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The Twin Falls School district is stopping most spending through June after budget projections came up 1-point 4 million dollars short.  The superintendent said they will use some of the money set aside for financial shortages.  Part of the shortage is blamed on predicting student attendance. 

Jerome school district patrons will decide the fate of a 26-million dollar 20 year bond that if approved will remodel some schools and build a Kindergarten to 6th grade school.  The vote is set for May 19th

The city of Twin Falls is calling for bids to construct new sidewalk ramps and curbs along Locust Street North between Falls Avenue and North College.  In the end, the bids are for new curb and gutter, ADA ramps and utility relocation work.

Two people were badly burned and at least one dog died in a mobile home fire in Pocatello.  The Tuesday evening fire was accidently started by one of the two residents of the home smoking in bed.  Both were listed in critical condition at last check.

A bill is working its way through the lawmakers that if made law would require hands free devices for drivers with cellphones.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder the bill’s lead sponsor listed the names and stories of several Idahoans who died in crashes due to use of handheld cellphones by drivers.

Legislation setting 16 as the minimum age for a person to get married in Idaho headed to the full House this week.  The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee approved the measure that would also limit the marriages of 16- and 17-year-olds to someone not more than three years older.  Idaho currently has no minimum marriage age.

Legislation imposing a one-year, statewide freeze on property taxes headed to the Idaho Senate despite dire warnings from city and county governments that the effects could be devastating.  Property taxes have become a top issue this legislative session as explosive growth in many parts of Idaho has caused property values to increase, forcing up property taxes. Republicans and Democrats are calling it a crisis but differ on ways to solve the problem.


45 local wrestlers qualified for the 4A state wrestling championships this weekend in Nampa.  Burley will send three to the championships. Canyon Ridge has four that qualified. Jerome features 13 qualifiers. Minico is sending 13 as well. Twin Falls is represented by eight wrestlers. And finally Wood River will send four to the championships.

To the Great Basin District Boys High School Basketball championship it was Preston 67 over Minico 54.  Preston is the top seed for state but Minico will still travel to the tournament as the second seed. 

Butte County downed Valley 46 to 44 shutting out the Vikings season and sending Butte County to a state play in game tomorrow.

Portland State defeated Idaho State 89-76 last night.  Both teams face Weber State the next time they take the floor.  Idaho State visits Weber State on Monday.   Northern Colorado rolled past Idaho 93-49 last night. Idaho takes on Southern Utah on the road tomorrow.


Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 59F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 34F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of evening/overnight rain and in the mountains, snow showers. High: 52. Low: 27.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. A little bit breezy as well. High: 43. Low: 25.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy conditions are expected as well. High: 45. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 48. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and a little bit breezy. High: 48. Low: 29.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies and slightly warmer. High: 51.

February 28th: On this day

Born on this day, in Pike County, Alabama, was Audrey Williams. She met Hank Williams in 1943 at the age of 20, and the couple married before a Justice of the Peace at a gas station near Andalusia, Alabama in December 1944. She died from heart failure related to her years of alcohol and drug use on 4th November 1975 at the age of 52. Audrey is mentioned in the song by Johnny Cash featuring Waylon Jennings: "The Night Hank Williams Came To Town" as "How'd They Get Miss Audrey In That Gown."

Born on this day in New Brockton, Alabama was Don Helms a steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys. Helms was a featured musician on over 100 Hank Williams recordings and went on to play on many classic country hits, including Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight," Stonewall Jackson's "Waterloo," the Louvin Brothers' "Cash on the Barrelhead," Lefty Frizzell's "Long Black Veil" and Loretta Lynn's "Blue Kentucky Girl." He died on August 11, 2008.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Joe South, singer-songwriter and guitarist who has written many well known songs including the 1971 Lynn Anderson hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden." which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide. South has also played guitar with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkle as well as scoring his own hit with "Games People Play" in 1968. South died aged 72 on 5 Sept 2012.

Patsy Cline made the final television appearance of her career when she appeared on The Glenn Reeves Show singing "San Antonio Rose" and "I Fall To Pieces". She died tragically in a plane crash just five days later at the age of 30.

Country music winners at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Linda Ronstadt for "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Willie Nelson for "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson for "Lover Please", Best Country Song - Larry Butler & Chips Moman (songwriters) for "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" performed by B. J. Thomas.

Born on this day in Macon, Georgia, was Jason Aldean country music singer, who has scored six #1 singles: "Why", "She's Country", "Big Green Tractor", "The Truth", "Don't You Wanna Stay" (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), and "Dirt Road Anthem.

Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US #1 hit with "I Love a Rainy Night". He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash "Kentucky Rain" before having a #5 hit with "Drivin' My Life Away". Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

Lee Greenwood won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "I.O.U." at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to Anne Murray for "A Little Good News."

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the Country charts with "What She's Doing Now. "It was released in December 1991 as the third single from his album, Ropin' the Wind and spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was written by Brooks and Pat Alger.

Alison Krauss won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Baby, Now That I've Found You" at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. Vince Gill won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Go Rest High on That Mountain."

Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally were at #1 on the Country charts with "Down the Road." McAnally has charted with the song on two separate occasions. The first of these two versions was released as the second single from his 1990 album Simple Life, and was a minor chart single for him that year. Eighteen years later, McAnally re-recorded the song as a duet with Kenny Chesney on Chesney's 2008 album Lucky Old Sun.