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Monday 010818

Authorities continue to investigate what appears to be a murder of Tiffani Streling.  Jerome county officials are searching for additional evidence including the rest of her remains. Her skull was discovered in Jerome County in November.

An investigation is underway after a Gooding High school employee who was listed as a teacher, is facing felony sexual battery charges of a child.  26 year old Ann Kuroki was arrested Friday night.  Authorities say Kuroki could have been in a relationship with a male Student.

The FDA’s new product safety rule for large farms is in effect.  U of I officials says that most farms will be impacted.  The rule calls for minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables.

 Idaho taxpayers could end up paying roughly $100 million more next year as a result of the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last month.  Ken Roberts, chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission, estimated Idaho could see a boost of more than $97 million in tax collections if the state chooses to fully conform to the new federal tax code changes.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro who declared a mistrial last month could end the much-watched criminal prosecution of a Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities.  The judge has asked the government to respond to what she called willful violations of constitutional due process.

44 year old John Greber Junior of Hazelton died Saturday after bales of hay fell on him.  Rescue workers say it happened 875 South 2400 East in Jerome County around 10 am.    

Law enforcement officials in Nampa say they are investigating a double homicide after discovering two bodies in an apartment complex.  Saturday police were called after receiving reports of two men who appeared to be deceased.

State officials say five prisons south of Boise have been placed on secure status following a second altercation between prison gangs that involved multiple inmates.

Today  Some early morning breaks in the overcast, otherwise cloudy. High 44F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 36F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow  Cloudy with showers. High 43F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

WEDNESDAY: AM Shower chances

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 39)

THURSDAY: PM Shower Chances

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 39)

FRIDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 39)

SATURDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 38)

January 8th: On this day

1928
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.

1935
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.

1940
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".

1979
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.

1983
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."

1994
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.

2001
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.

2014
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."

2015
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.

2016
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."

Friday 010518

Twin Falls police have arrested 55 year old Clarence Meeks following the robbery at Dairy Queen in Twin Falls on December 18th.   He also faces charges for attempted burglary following an event on Christmas day at the Phillips 66 Gas station where someone demanded money from the clerk.  She said no, the suspect then left the store.

Sears will be closing over 100 stores including the one at the Magic Valley Mall in Twin Falls.  In all 64 K-Mart and 39 Sears’s locations will be shuttered.  Twin Falls in early April with the auto center closing in late February. 

Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violates free speech rights.  That’s what a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.  The panel also ruled the law correctly criminalized those who made false statements to obtain records at an agricultural facility.  This overturns what 2014 lawmakers passed calling it the Ag-Gag law.

Gooding county commissioners are hoping see the county become licensed at the paramedic level.  Right now EMS staff can provide all basic services but can’t administer medication during their services. 

A man and a woman were killed in a fire that destroyed their house in Payette.  By the time firefighters arrived the house was engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning.  The coroner said autopsies are being performed to find out how the couple in their 70’s died.  Officials are not sure how the blaze started. 

Two Oregon refuge occupiers are in trouble after Facebook photos show them violating their release conditions by visiting the Bundy ranch in Nevada without permission.  Jon Ritzheimer will now surrender to prison on January 12.   Ryan Payne was order to return to home detention in Las Vegas.

It turns out that a 9 year old girl who reported a man approached the Sinclair gas station in Shoshone provided false information and police have closed their investigation.  Police scanned security footage and reviewed receipts from the station and spoke to people before concluding the events didn’t occur.

22 year old Aspen Storm Curtis was arrested after about 200 vases went missing from headstones in Ada and Canon Counties.  His charges include Burglary, Grand theft and desecrating a grave.

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 43F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:   cloudy skies and rain overnight. Low 33F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: Rain and Snow early. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 36)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)

TUESDAY: PM Showers

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 40)

WEDNESDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 39 (Mountains: 38)

THURSDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

January 5th: On this day

1923
Born on this day near Florence, Alabama, was Sam Phillips, businessman, record executive, record producer and DJ who most notably founded Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Through Sun, Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. The height of his success culminated in his launching of Elvis Presley's career in 1954. Philips was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. He died on 30 July 2003.

1957
Patsy Cline started recording what would become her self-titled debut studio album. The first single from the album, "Walkin' After Midnight," peaked at #2 on the Country charts.

1961
Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Mark Nesler, singer-songwriter who wrote Tim McGraw's "Just To See You Smile," George Strait's "Living And Living Well," Aaron Tippin's "For You I Will", Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend" and Keith Urban's 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt".

1980
Kenny Rogers started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with "Coward Of The County.” The song also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #1 on the UK pop chart where it remains the most recent traditional country music song to hit #1 in the UK.

1999
Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at this years Grammy Awards. The Canadian singers album Come On Over was also up for Album of the Year. The Dixie Chicks appeared in Best New Artist, the first time country acts have made each of the top four categories.

2004
Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart with Shock'n Y'all, his eighth studio album. "I Love This Bar", "American Soldier" and "Whiskey Girl" were the three tracks from the album to be released as singles, and all reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. "I Love This Bar" inspired a chain of restaurants that Keith launched under the name I Love This Bar And Grill.

Celebration of Life Service Announced for Mel Tillis

Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will host a celebration of life service for the late Mel Tillis on January 31 at 10 a.m.  The memorial service is free and open to the public, and it will feature performances by Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, the Gatlins, Darryl Singletary, Jamey Johnson, Splinter Middleton, the Stutterettes (Tammy Carter, and Tonya Wainscott), members of Tillis’ Statesider band and others.   A member of the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame, Tillis died on Nov. 19 at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. Tillis’ career as a performer, songwriter, actor and music publisher spans six decades. Many of his songs became country music standards, among them “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Detroit City,” “Heart Over Mind,” “I Ain’t Never,” “Honey (Open That Door)” and “Mental Revenge.”

January 6th: On this day

1924

Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Earl Scruggs the American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a 3-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style). Worked with Bill Monroe in the "Blue Grass Boys", scored the hit as Flatt and Scruggs with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. Scruggs died from natural causes on March 28, 2012, in a Nashville hospital.

 

1958

Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Great Balls Of Fire". The song which was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree.

1958

Johnny Cash released "Ballad of a Teenage Queen". Taken from his 1958 album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous, the song which is just 2 minutes and 13 seconds long gave Cash his third #1 country hit.

1976

  1. W. McCall was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Black Bear Road. It is largely considered the album which gave him the most significant boost of his career, almost entirely due to the hit novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.

1998

Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes were each nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for their versions of "How Do I Live." This was the first time in Grammy history that two renditions of the same song competed against each other. Rimes took the Diane Warren penned song to #2 on the US charts and #7 where it spent 34 weeks on the chart. The song was originally intended for release as a single for the 1997 action blockbuster Con Air soundtrack.

 

January 7th: On this day

1930

Born on this day in Maryville, Tennessee, was Jack Greene the country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant". His best known song is the 1966 #1 hit "There Goes My Everything." He died at home on March 14, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer's disease two months after his 83rd birthday.

1943

Born on this day in Vienna, Missouri was country singer Leona Williams. She was a backing musician for Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, to whom she was married between 1978 and 1983. She also charted eight times on Hot Country Songs, with her only Top 40 hit being a duet with Haggard titled "The Bull and the Beaver."

1956

Johnny Cash started a regular Saturday night spot on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast from the Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1959

Born on this day in Herrin, Illinois, was David Lee Murphy country singer, songwriter, who scroed the 1995 US Country #1 hit “Dust On The Bottle.”

1971

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music chart with "Rose Garden." The title track from her album stayed at the #1 position for four weeks. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

1974

Born on this day was John Rich, country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. In 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich, who released three albums on Warner Bros. Records as well as ten singles, including the #1 hit "Lost in This Moment". In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for Faith Hill, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson.

2012

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott married Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. The two first met in college and reconnected when Lady Antebellum and fellow country music band Love and Theft, in which Tyrrell was the drummer at the time, both served as opening acts on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour in early 2010.

Thursday 01/04/18

Shawn Barigar will continue to serve as the Twin Falls Mayor.  At this week’s city council meeting, he garnered the support of the city council.  Nikki Boyd will serve as Vice Mayor.  The council determines who will serve in those positions. 

Authorities in Shoshone are investigating the report that a 9 year old girl was offered 14-dollars to get into a Hispanic male’s car in front of the Sinclair Gas Station.  The incident happened around 1 pm Tuesday. The girl screamed and ran away unharmed.

Jerome County sheriff Doug McFall will reportedly step down the end of February.  According to Commissioner Cathy Roemer on Facebook the Jerome County Central Committee will choose candidates to replace him.

Blaine County Commissioners say they are withdrawing from the state’s Capital Crimes Defense Fund.   The reason commissioners say, will stop local prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.

Five new reports of deaths because of an influenza related illness have been reported to Idaho Health officials.  That brings the seasons total to 13 deaths.  72 people died last season in Idaho.

The National Labor Relations Board has approved the settlement for the Lamb Weston Plant in Twin Falls.  In part the company agreed to post notices informing employees of their rights.  The union involved plans to appeal the decision.

Someone has swiped the star on top of Boise’s official Christmas tree.  It vanished on New Year ’s Day.  Security footage shows the branches swaying then the star’s white light went dark.  Police are investigating.

An avalanche has claimed the life of a Minnesota man while he was snowmobiling north of West Yellowstone Montana.  The accident happened Tuesday afternoon.

And then there were six.  The final six candidates for the next Twin Falls Fire Chief have been announced.  Those on the list are from Denver, Washington state, Caldwell, Virginia and Chicago.  Noticeably missing was anyone from inside the Twin Falls Fire Department. 

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Small Chance mountain showers High 39F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 28F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 42F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 35)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 37)

TUESDAY: Chance PM Showers

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 37)

WEDNESDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 36)

January 4th: On this day

1937

Born on this day in Huntland, Tennessee, was Lorene Mann, American country music singer and songwriter. She is known for her duets with Justin Tubb and Archie Campbell. Mann was a co-founder of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). She appeared in the movies Music City USA and W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings. Mann died aged 76 on May 24, 2013.

1953

The funeral of Hank Williams took place at the Montgomery Auditorium. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people passed by the silver coffin, and the auditorium was filled with 2,750 mourners. His funeral was said to have been far larger than any ever held for any other citizen of Alabama. Williams had died in the back of his Cadillac travelling to a concert in Ohio.

1957

Born on this day near Pikeville, Kentucky, was Patty Loveless, country music singer, songwriter who has scored over. To date, Loveless has charted more than forty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five #1’s including the 1988 “Timber, I'm Falling in Love.”

 

1966

Born on this day in Nashville,Tennessee, was Deana Carter country music artist who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which has seen sales of over five million in the US.

1969

Dolly Parton became a member of The Grand Ole Opry.

1983

Alabama were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Mountain Music, released in 1982, it is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.

2006

The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9m (£1.7m). Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honour the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb's ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.

2014

Country music mogul Ronnie Gant died at the age of 69. He signed singers like Patty Loveless and Skip Ewing, and songwriting duo Mike Geiger and Woody Mullis, while he famously brought the tune “Elvira” to The Oak Ridge Boys, earning them a massive hit and a Grammy Award in 1981.

Wednesday 01/03/17

A Toyota 4-Runner made quite an entrance at Papa Murphy’s pizza Monday afternoon.  The vehicle crashed through the front windows causing the restaurant to close down until further notice.  The crash caused additional damage to Magic Nails and Spa, the business next door.  No injuries were reported.

Residents of Twin Falls can have their old Christmas tree picked up.  Residents need to make sure they have removed all decorations and cut the trees in 4-foot section before placing it near the garbage bins.

Authorities say police found a knife near where a Boise police officer shot a 57-year-old man who refused to show his hands. The man shot by an officer Monday morning was suffering from what appeared to be previously inflicted knife wounds.

Tracking statistics from the moving company United Van Lines indicate that Americans are still heading west, while parts of the Northeast and Midwest are losing people. The Missouri-based moving company released its 41st annual National Movers Study yesterday. The top four destination states are Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Vermont.

Police say a Boise man received minor injuries after crashing a small airplane in western Idaho.  A Cessna 150 crashed in northern Nampa Monday night while flying from Burley to Caldwell. Nampa police say the 28-year-old pilot became disoriented and apparently believed he was landing at the Caldwell airport.

An Idaho man has pleaded not guilty after he was charged with firing a gun at people walking along a road. 75-year-old William J. Juettner was charged with a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm at a person without causing harm following an incident on Thanksgiving Day. Juettner told authorities that a trespasser confronted him.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has identified a man whose body was found Saturday, near the Diversion Dam southeast of Boise.  39-year-old Jamas Deek Kluza of Pocatello was pronounced dead about 4:20 p.m. Saturday. The cause of death is pending toxicology results.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny

WINDS: Light

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 41)

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and Cold

WINDS: Light

LOW: 20 (Mountains: 17)

 

THURSDAY: Chance of Mountain Showers

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 42)

 

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 40)

 

SATURDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 38)

 

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 39 (Mountains: 34)

 

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 36)

 

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 36)

January 3rd: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Houston, was Leon McAuliffe who played steel guitar for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1935-1942. He scored his own instrumental hit in 1949 with "Panhandle Rag."

1950

Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with Sun Records. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s

1966

Jack Greene was at #1 on the US Country charts with “There Goes My Everything”, which spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart. The song won several awards, including "Single of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the very first CMA Awards.

1969

Born on this day in La Mesa, California, was Nikki Nelson, country music singer who replaced Paulette Carlson as lead vocalist in Highway 101, (featuring on their album Bing Bang Boom).

1976

C.W. McCall was at #1 on the US country album chart with Black Bear Road, which included the #1 hit novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.

1991

Billy Ray Cyrus signed his first recording contract with Mercury Records.

2009

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the country chart with Fearless. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Swift's Album of the Year win made her the youngest person ever at the age of 20 to receive that award. Fearless was also the first album in history to win the American Music Award, Academy of Country Music Award, Country Music Association Award, and Grammy Award for Album of The Year in the same year making it the most awarded album in the history of country music.

2014

Phil Everly died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, just sixteen days prior to his 75th birthday. The cause of his death was complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a combination of emphysema and bronchitis), brought on by a lifetime of smoking. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

2017

Producer Sam Lovullo died aged 88. He was responsible for bringing country music to mainstream television and produced Hee Haw which premiered on CBS in June of 1969, and ran on the network until 1971, after which it ran for another two decades in syndication. Anchored by veteran country stars Roy Clark and Buck Owens, the show featured a regular cast, as well as weekly guest appearances from the biggest stars, legends and most up-and-coming names in the genre.

Tuesday January 2, 2018

It started out as an attempted traffic stop near the Perrine Bridge early yesterday morning.  It turned into a pursuit by the Jerome County Sheriff’s department.  It ended when the suspect drove into the canyon near Golf Course Road where he crashed near Yingst grade and had to be rescued from the wall of the canyon.  Details are being sorted out by authorities and nothing more has been released.

Police in Boise say a man was hospitalized after he was shot by authorities.  Yesterday morning police were called to investigate the report of a man with a gun.  It happened around 7:30 am in a Boise neighborhood.

Twin Falls Police continue their investigation after two people broke into D&B supply.  It happened on December 19th and now police are asking for the public’s help by posting surveillance video on their Facebook page.  The store is conducting an inventory to determine if anything was stolen.

Former state legislator Brandon Hixon was arrested for the second time in a month for driving under the influence.  The 36-year-old, a Caldwell Republican, was arrested Saturday night.

Authorities from Ada County are investigating the discovery of a body along the Greenbelt near the Diversion Dam along Highway 21.  Saturday shortly before 3 p.m. Kayakers found the remains. 

The teenage son of an Idaho county sergeant was killed in a two-car wreck. 16-year-old Jacob Leeder, died at the scene of a crash on Interstate 90 Friday night in Coeur d'Alene. Leeder was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his brother, 20-year-old Jonah Leeder, who was seriously injured in the wreck.

A bicyclist has been seriously injured and the driver of a pickup truck has been arrested for aggravated drunk driving.  Pocatello police say the truck collided with the bicyclist Sunday evening.

Two commercial truck drivers died in a head on collision on U.S. 20 just west of the Idaho border.  The crash about 9 am Saturday near Harper Oregon happened after one of the vehicles crossed the center line.  Both vehicles burst into flames.   About 400 gallons of diesel spilled onto the road.

Today:  Sunny. High near 35F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 18F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. High 38F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny Chance of Mountain showers

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 39)

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny Chance of Mountain showers

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 42)

SATURDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 36)

MONDAY: Chance of Showers

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 37)

January 2nd: On this day

1926

Born on this day was Harold Bradley, American country and pop guitarist. As a session musician into the 1970s, he performed on hundreds of albums by country stars such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman. Bradley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006

1936

Born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas, was Roger Miller the singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs. His best known songs included the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s. A lifelong cigarette smoker Miller died on October 25, 1992 of lung and throat cancer at the age of 56.

1948

Born on this day in Indiana, was Don Von Tress, singer, songwriter who wrote Achy Breaky Heart." Originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart" it was recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys and The Marcy Brothers, its name was later changed to "Achy Breaky Heart" and recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his 1992 album Some Gave All.

1974

Tex Ritter, the American country music singer and movie actor died 10 days before his 69th birthday. Ritter who was popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s scored over 15 US country hits including "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" and ‘You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often".

1980

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country album charts with Greatest Hits, (the album reached #1 on both the Pop and Country charts in the US), and featured three singles that were not included on any of Rogers' studio albums: "Lady" (written and produced specifically for Rogers by Lionel Richie), "Love The World Away" (a top five country and top 20 pop hit that was featured on the soundtrack of the box-office smash Urban Cowboy) and "Long Arm of the Law". This was also Rogers’ third #1 album of the year. (the other two being Kenny and Gideon).

1993

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart with his fourth studio album The Chase. The album featured his version of the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken", and "Night Rider's Lament" the classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.

2003

Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2015

Little Jimmy Dickens died aged 94 of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. The American country music singer was famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances). At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Why Haven’t Blake Shelton’s Winners Been Winning?

A contestant from Blake Shelton‘s team recently won The Voice. Again. He has amassed six wins in the 13 seasons of the TV talent show, more than any other one coach. And yet, not one of those champions have gone on to true fame and fortune yet.

“My last two winners never even had an album released,” Shelton said of Sundance Head and Craig Wayne Boyd (Editor’s note: Boyd’s full-length debut Top Shelf arrived Oct. 27). His very last winner, Chloe Kohanski, won a record deal with Universal Music Group, but that’s no guarantee of anything. Shelton’s first three winners — Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, and Danielle Bradbery — have had some success, but not the kind that Carrie Underwood had right out of the American Idol gate when she was crowned the winner of that show in 2005.

In a new story in Parade, the coaches talked openly about why stardom is so elusive for the winners on The Voice.

“We give these guys this incredible platform and this really rare thing, a lot of exposure and airtime. Once we pass the torch, it is the record label that completely destroys that. They have a fan base by the time this show is over and the hardest thing, as all four of us know, is to have fans,” Adam Levine said. “Every single one of those guys have fans and (the record label) manages to take a gimme and completely ignore it and do it the wrong way. It is their fault.” Levine’s been vocal about blaming the record labels for years.

Miley Cyrus, who is the newest girl on the block, just focused on the fun she is having. “It is very self-explanatory if you are on set the first hour. They have been doing this together for so long, they have their dynamic, they have their shtick,” Cyrus said of sitting between Shelton and Levine.

The Voice will return for its 14th season on February 26.

Friday 12/29/17

Twin Falls police say they have arrested 39 year old Jason L. Benjamin for Rape.  Benjamin most recent job was a Twin Falls School District Math Teacher at Robert Stuart Middle School.  He has been placed on administrative leave by the district.  He was arrested under a statute that includes instances of rape where the victim is 16 or 17 years old. 

Cassia county deputies arrested 26 year old Christian Albert Parke after he was caught ransacking property of the U.S. Forest Service on Highland in Burley.  He has been charged with two counts of felony burglary and felony charges of malicious injury to property and grand theft.  He also is a suspect in the burglary of the nearby Baptist church earlier Wednesday morning.

A Twin Falls man accused of stabbing a woman in November has been ordered to spend at least 90-days at the Idaho State Hospital South.  Philip Wolff will undergo further evaluation after a clinical psychologist found he was not competent to proceed.

Nearly 102,000 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance plans on the state-based exchange despite having a shorter time period to sign up for coverage.  Idaho is one of just 12 states with its own health insurance exchange and has autonomy, but the state followed the federal government's shorter deadline unlike other state-based exchanges.

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho city councilwoman to the state House despite concerns raised by local Republicans that the selection process may have contained serious flaws.  Barbara Ehardt will replace outgoing GOP Rep. Janet Trujillo, who is leaving her post to serve on the Idaho State Tax Commission.

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed in his teens.  Torey Michael Adamcik had sought post-conviction relief in the district court on several claims including ineffective assistance of counsel. Adamcik also claimed his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

Northern Idaho could get up to 2 feet of snow through Saturday. The National Weather Service says moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean will hit cold air that's part of an Arctic front over northeastern Washington state and northern Idaho.

Today:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. Chances for mountain snow High 44F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Rain and snow build. Low 32F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. Some mixed winter precipitation possible. High 41F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

NEW YEARS EVE: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

NEW YEARS DAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 33)

TUESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 37)

December 29th: On this day

1939

Born on this day, was William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, Jr. country music songwriter and singer known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys".

1970

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Rose Garden". Written by Joe South, the song was also a major pop hit internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and hitting the top three in the United Kingdom. Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains one of the most successful country crossover recordings of all-time.

1983

Born on this day in Huntingdon, Tennessee, was Jessica Andrews, country music singer. At the age of 15 in mid-1999, she made her debut on the Billboard Hot Country charts with the single "I Will Be There for You", from her debut album Heart Shaped World, released in 1999.

1991

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

2009

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US Country chart with “Need You Now”. It won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, the first country song to win both honors since 2007, and only the second ever.

 

December 30th: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Lamar, Colorado, was Wesley Tuttle the country music singer. He was raised in California and took up music when he was four years old, relearning to play the guitar and ukulele after losing all but the thumb and one finger on his left hand. He contributed the yodeling to the "Silly Song" in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and later backed Tex Ritter on guitar. Tuttle died on September 29, 2003.

1931

Born on this day in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, was Skeeter Davis one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Davis died on Sept 19 2004.

 

1937

Born on this day in New York City, was John Hartford, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang. Hartford died on June 4 2001.

1944

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. According to the Opry, drums and horns were not considered to be part of country music. Wills' band at the time consisted of two fiddlers, two bass fiddles, two electric guitars, an amplified electric steel guitar, and a trumpet, as well as drums, with which the drummer played in the Dixieland style.

1952

Hank Williams loaded up his '52 Cadillac with his guitar, stage suits and other things he would need for this short tour that would take him up through West Virginia and Ohio. At around 11:30am Charles Carr, a 19 year old college freshman Hank had hired to drive him, left his mothers boarding house on N. McDonough St. in Montgomery, Alabama. Hank was wearing dark blue pants, a white button up shirt, a tie and a navy blue overcoat. It was unseasonably cold over the south that day as a snow storm covered the entire southeastern united states.

1962

Singer Brenda Lee was hurt when she attempted to rescue her poodle, Cee Cee from her burning house in Nashville. Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000 was destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing. Cee Cee later died of smoke inhalation.

1973

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

2010

Trace Adkins sang the national anthem and Ashton Shepherd performed "God Bless America" at the Music City Bowl at Nashville's LP Field.

 

December 31st: On this day

1943

Born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico, was John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver recorded and released over 300 songs, earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso". Denver was killed on October 12, 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.

1952

Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia but due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. When they arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams complained of feeling unwell and saw a doctor. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, and at around midnight in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead.

1954

Born on this day in Aylmer, Quebec, was Charlie Major Canadian country music artist. He was blinded in one eye as a result of a pellet gun accident when he was 12. Through the 1990s, he won the Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year for two years in a row.

1977

Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" spent its fifth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It would be the last song to spend that long atop the chart until 1990's "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait.

1995

The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.

2002

Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.