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Thursday 101719

Ada County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Boise Police officer following an investigation of a rape that happened off duty, according to the Boise Police Department.  Eric Simunich, a 43-year-old officer is facing a charge of felony rape.  Simunich was booked into the Ada County Jail yesterday.

One person is in custody after a gunshot was reported in Boise's Ann Morrison Park yesterday afternoon.  According to police, no one was hit by a bullet.  One person, described by Boise Police as a "suspect,” was in custody by 1:10 p.m.  But at a later briefing, investigators said they aren't sure whether the person in custody fired a gun at all, or if the caller who reported hearing a gunshot sound was mistaken.

Bees and Butterflies are officially welcome in Twin Falls.  Tuesday signs were hung that indicating the city’s efforts to protect pollinators by being a Bee City and a Monarch City.  The programs ask communities to commit to being a better steward for pollinators by providing abundant food and water in an undisturbed, pesticide-free environment.

The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better simulate combat conditions.  The Air Force said it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement to study the idea and will hold meetings and take public comments through Nov. 25 to help shape the study.

The city of Twin Falls is in the process of shutting down and winterizing its 22 pressurized irrigation systems.  Workers suggest that you blow out your system soon as well to prevent damage from the freezing temperatures.  

Twice now, 21-year-old Enrique Vielmas has been told no to his request for a reduced bond.  He has been charged with shooting at a Twin Falls home in June. He remains in custody in the Twin Falls County Jail on a 1-million dollar bond. 


In sports from around Idaho, it’s rivalry week as the number 14 Boise State Broncos travel to Provo Utah to take on the Brigham Young University Cougars.  The Bronco’s go into Saturday’s game 6 and 0 after winning Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 59 to 37 last weekend. 

In high school soccer, the Jerome Tigers beat the Canyon Ridge river hawks 2 to 1 yesterday to win the Great Basin tournament.  Elsewhere in the tournament, it was Twin Falls 10 over Wood River 9.

In girls soccer Twin Falls Defeated Pocatello 5 to 1 in Tournament play and it was Preston 3 Wood River 2.

In Volleyball action Valley shut out Dietrich 3 to 0. 


Today:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 48F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 48F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies, cool and breezy. High: 54. Low: 32.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with scattered valley rain showers and mountain snow showers. Some snow could mix into the valleys during the evening hours. High: 47. Low: 30.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with scattered rain and snow showers. Snow level at around 5,500 feet. Breezy and chilly. High: 51. Low: 30.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers. High: 56. Low: 37.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and slightly warmer. High: 61. Low: 35.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 56.

October 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Portsmouth, Ohio, was Earl Thomas Conley, country music singer-songwriter. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, Conley charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eighteen reached#1. Conley's eighteen #1 country singles during the 1980s marked the most #1 hits by any artist in any genre during that decade. Conley's music has been referred to as "thinking man's country" because the narrator looks into the heart and soul of his characters in each song.

Born on this day in Newnan, Georgia, was Alan Jackson, country music singer, who has recorded over a dozen studio albums. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs", for which of Jackson's entries, 35 were #1 hits. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Tennessee Ernie Ford died exactly 36 years after his hit "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

American steel guitarist and songwriter Tommy Durden died aged 79. He is most notable for co-writing Elvis Presley's breakthrough hit, "Heartbreak Hotel" and later performed as steel guitarist for Tex Ritter, Johnny Cash and Johnny Tillotson.

American III: Solitary Man was released, the third album in the American series by Johnny Cash, (and his 85th overall album). The album was notable for being Cash's highest charting (#11 Country) solo studio LP since his 1976, One Piece at a Time. Solitary Man featured versions of "I Won't Back Down", (Tom Petty), "One", (U2), and "Solitary Man", (Neil Diamond).

A longtime golf enthusiast, singer Anne Murray made history at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, by becoming the first woman to score a hole-in-one on the 108 - yard, par 3, 17th hole at the Kaluhyat Golf Club.

Wednesday 101619

A number of Police agencies were involved in a high speed chase late yesterday morning that lasted for over an hour.  Idaho State police were in pursuit of a vehicle that started in Ada County ending at a dairy in Gooding County.  The chase ended with the shooting death of the suspect.  The suspect may have kidnapped two people.  He also hijacked a pickup during the chase.  We’ll have more on this developing story as details emerge. 

Authorities say a southern Idaho woman is expected to survive and police are continuing to search for a person of interest.  The woman was stabbed by an acquaintance at her home in Pocatello over the weekend. She was in Critical condition in a Salt Lake City hospital at last check.  29 year old Steven Skyler Drain was arrested on suspicion of Aggravated battery. 

31-year-old Timmy Earl Kinner Jr charged with first-degree murder in connection with a mass stabbing that left a 3-year-old girl dead and eight other people wounded has been found competent to stand trial.  He is scheduled for trial in January in the death penalty case.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has partially lifted a pause in a court case so an Idaho transgender inmate could receive “all presurgical treatments … necessary for gender confirmation surgery.”  31 year old Adree Edmo a transgender who sued after officials did not provide her with gender confirmation surgery.  Gov. Brad Little has said he’ll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.  The group sent a letter to the U.S. Senat and U.S. House urging passage of proposed changes to a law involving “downwinders.”  The changes would also include increasing the maximum payment to $150,000 for someone filing a claim.

Demolition of the old Idaho Youth Ranch store on Main in Twin Falls is back on.  This week the city council approved the proposal to build a six story 75 foot building.  The structure will be apartments, office spaces and retail facilities. 


Twin Falls resident Kendra Reeves has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.  The boxer took Gold in the Eastern Elite Qualifier and regional open in Columbus Ohio.  She has been boxing for three years.  The 2020 Olympic Trials start December 7th.

In High School Volleyball from yesterday, Wood River defeated Pocatello 3 to 1.  Twin Falls Shut out Canyon Ridge 3 to 0.  Other 3 to 0 shutouts from the scoreboard find Lighthouse Christian winning over Hansen, Burley over Preston, Buhl downing Gooding, Carey taking it from Dietrich and Castleford over Richfield. 

Raft River defeated Wendell 3 to 2 and in College action CSI defeated Treasure Valley Community College 3 to 1. 

In Boys Soccer, it was the Sun Valley Community School 5 Wendell 2 and Bliss defeating Gooding 2 to 1. 

In Girls Soccer, The Sun Valley Community School shut out Gooding 10 to 0. And it was Kimberly 3 Wendell 2.   


Today:  Some clouds. Low near 40F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low near 40F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny and cooler with breezy conditions and isolated showers possible for the afternoon and evening hours. High: 59. Low: 35.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of afternoon/evening showers and breezy with cooler temperatures. High: 56. Low: 34.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with scattered rain and snow showers. Snow level at around 5,500 feet. Breezy and chilly. High: 51. Low: 30.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers. High: 48. Low: 31.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an AM shower. Slight warmer. High: 54. Low: 34.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 60.

October 16th: On this day

Born on this day, was Stoney Cooper, an American country star and member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was a master of the fiddle and the guitar. Cooper died on March 22 1977 aged 58.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Decca records released "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the chart for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US country album chart with Step by Step, his seventh studio album. The album continued the crossover success established in the singer's two previous albums. Three singles were produced including the title track, which went to #1 on country charts and reached the top 5 on both the Adult Contemporary and Billboard 100 charts.

Taking part at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Madison Square Garden, New York Ciry, Johnny Cash and June Carter performed "It Ain't Me, Babe," which was subsequently included on a 2 CD live recording.

Record producer Tony Brown, best known for producing George Strait, was arrested for domestic assault against his wife Jamie Antee.

Record producer and guitarist John Jennings died of kidney cancer aged 62. He was best known for his work with Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as working with Indigo Girls, the Rankin Family, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris DeMent, and George Jones.


Tuesday 101519

The retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died.  46-year-old Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville, Georgia, died Saturday.  He was left unable to speak and paralyzed over much of his body.

Several states across the nation are attaching so-called “work requirement” restrictions to their Medicaid Expansion programs – and federal judges are not having it.  More than 1,500 people submitted comments in September with the overwhelming majority arguing against the restrictions.  Idaho took four days to consider those comments before submitting their application to the feds — unchanged.

Authorities say a 64-year-old woman's death in a small Boise house fire is under investigation.  The Ada County Coroner's office identified the woman as Janet Finney. A dog also died in the fire.

A former Lincoln County sheriff has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of sexual abuse of a child under 16 years of age.  41 year old Rene Rodriguez was charged earlier this year in Blaine County with seven felonies.  He remains in custody in the Twin Falls County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. If convicted on the charges, he could face multiple life sentences.

Idaho Power has reached an agreement involving paying homeowners who generate electricity with rooftop solar panels and other renewable energy methods.  Idaho Power says the current system allows homeowners to sell power without paying their fair share to maintain the company’s vast electric grid.  Solar power backers fear killing incentives for homeowners to produce clean energy could destroy the program.

The CSI Refugee centers future looks secure for now at least.  A new executive order issued by President Trump last month that cuts the number of refugees the U.S. threatens the center’s funding. Congress will meet on Tuesday to decide what the final nationwide cap on refugees will be.


In local sports, first to Boys soccer and the great Basin Ten District Tournament where Wood River downed Preston 3 to 1.  In Girls Soccer Wood River defeated Jerome 1 to 0.  The girls have been eliminated from the tournament. 

In Volleyball, Valley defeated Shoshone 3 to 2 and Hansen Took the Sun Valley Community School 3 to 2. 


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 73F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 39F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy and warmer. High: 76. Low: 43.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of afternoon/evening showers and breezy with cooler temperatures. High: 57. Low: 34.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers. High: 55. Low: 33.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with scattered mountain snow showers and valley rain showers. Breezy and chilly High: 50. Low: 30.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers. Breezy, especially during the morning and chilly. High: 47. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 54.

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October 15th: On this day

Born on this day, was American drummer and session musician Larrie Londin. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer, with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Londin moved to Nashville in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville's top session drummer and played with a wide range of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. He died on August 24, 1992.

Loretta Lynn made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. In a press conference she said, "I've played in a million places, but the Grand Ole Opry is different." Lynn has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry for over years, since joining on September 25, 1962.

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Dean Miller, country music artist, (the son of Roger Miller). He has scored four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts as well as writing singles for Trace Adkins and Terri Clark.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with At San Quentin, which was a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison the follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed At Folsom Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue".

George Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado. The ceremony took place at the home of Jones' sister, Helen Scroggins, in Woodville, Texas. The country legend, who had a highly publicized battle with drugs and alcohol, relied on his fourth wife to finally help him get sober.

A federal aviation official told the Associated Press that John Denver flew to his death with an invalid license because he had twice been arrested on drunk driving charges, The Federal Aviation Administration had pulled Denver's medical certificate - which is required to fly with a pilot's license - on June 13, 1996.

Faith Hill released Cry, her fifth studio album which has gone on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide. Hill has publicly stated that, of all the albums she has recorded, Cry is her favorite.

Garth Brooks announced that he was coming out of retirement to play concerts in Las Vegas. The concerts would be held approximately fifteen weekends per year until the year 2014. His first set of concerts has already sold out.

Keith Urban closed his 60 date Get Closer world tour at the Target Center Minneapolis. The full tour yielded $15.7 million in grosses, with Urban taking home $5.3 million. Jake Owen had opened for Urban on the US leg of the tour.

Monday 101419

At the Twin Falls city council meeting tonight parking trucks, trailers unused and inoperative vehicles will be discussed.  The current code does not allow for parking of recreational or construction vehicles except when loading or unloading.  The council will discuss revising the language to make it easier to understand. 

27 year old Johnny Hernandez said in a Twin Falls courtroom that he refused to testify in a case involving the theft of a Cadillac Escalade.  Earlier Hernandez said he would as part of a plea agreement.  He was scheduled to testify during the preliminary hearings for 22 year old Tia Garcia and 38 year old Christopher Garrett. 

A Jury has found a 25 year old Buhl man not guilty of charges that he had sex with a girl that was 11 to 13 years old at the time.  Nicholas Emmet Stewart had faced 6 felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16. 

British Columbia-based Midas Gold, hoping to mine for gold 40 miles east of McCall wants a lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe requesting that the site be cleaned up to be put on hold.  The tribe filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in August, saying Midas Gold is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to remain in the area where the tribe has had hunting and fishing rights since an 1855 treaty with the U.S.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution and remain alert as changes are made to signs at railroad crossings in Idaho.  Traditional red stop signs are being replaced with yield signs at certain crossings to be consistent with the signage at railroad crossings in the rest of the United States.

A teenager who shot and killed another 16-year-old in Nampa in 2018 was sentenced Friday to life in prison.  Juan Menchaca Olvera, now 17, will have to serve at least a dozen years behind bars before he will become eligible for parole.  Menchaca Olvera was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, despite being 16 years old when he fired the shots that killed Roberto Angel Gomez of Nampa.


In sports from around Idaho, the Boise State Broncos improved to 6 and 0 on the season winning the Hawaii rainbow warriors Saturday night 59 to 37.  The Bronco’s moved up to 13th in the coach’s poll.  Several AP Top 25 teams lost over the weekend, but only the Texas Longhorns, who were No. 11 going into week seven, dropped behind the Broncos. The Utah Utes jumped two spots to No. 13 after beating Oregon State 52-7. Next week, there are two Top 25-matchups that Boise State fans may want to keep track of - No. 13 Utah hosts the 17th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils and No. 12 Oregon travels to Seattle to take on the 25th ranked Washington Huskies. No other teams ranked ahead of the Broncos play a Top 25 opponent.  Boise State takes on the 2-4 BYU Cougars next week in Provo, UT. The Cougars are on a three-game losing streak, including a 23-27 loss to 3-3 USF on Saturday.

Portland State took the Idaho Vandals over the weekend with a 24 – 0 win.  The vandals managed just 113 yards in the second half.  It was the first time Idaho had been shut out since a 42-0 loss to Washington State in 2013.

Scores from the Boys high school soccer 3A District 4 tournament include the Sun Valley Community School taking Declo 9 to 0.  Bliss defeated Kimberly 3 to 1 and Gooding took Filer 3 to 1.  Wendell beat Buhl 2 to 1.  In the 4A Great Basin Ten District Tournament Jerome took Wood River 2 to 1 in the Winners bracket. 

In the Girls Soccer 3A District 4 Tournament Sun Valley Community School took the game over Bliss 6 to 0.  Kimberly defeated Buhl 2 to  0.  Wendell 4 Filer 1.  Gooding 2 Declo 0. 

In CSI Volleyball the Eagles took the win from Salt Lake 3 to 0.  The golden eagles took the win from the nation’s eighth ranked team. 


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High near 65F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low near 35F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 69 Low: 38

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 74 Low: 42

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. High: 56 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers, High: 58 Low: 35

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 52 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers. High: 50

October 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Iron City, Tennessee, was Melba Montgomery, country music singer best known for duet hit recordings in the 1960s with country music singer George Jones and her 1974 US #1 hit "No Charge." Melba has written songs for such artists as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, and Terri Clark.

The Everly Brothers were at #1 on the country singles chart with "Wake Up Little Susie." Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant the song was banned in such places as Boston, although the song does not state that Susie and her boyfriend had sexual relations. Indeed, it strongly implies that they did not!

The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame added Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), Jack Clement ("Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"), Harlan Howard ("Busted"), Roger Miller, Ed and Steve Nelson ("Bouquet Of Roses") and Willie Nelson.

Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Natalie Maines, singer-songwriter and lead vocalist the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".

The movie Songwriter directed by Alan Rudolph, and starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson was released. The film a satirical comedy, is loosely based on Willie Nelson's own life and and finances, (his song "Night Life", for example, which he sold in 1961 for $150, went on to be recorded by over 70 artists and sold more than 30 million copies).

Freddy Fender the Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician died aged 69. Best known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados, He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".

Friday 101119

An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week.  An estimated 15% to 20% of Idaho’s potato crop remains in the ground.  It’s a similar situation for Onion growers and workers are doing overtime to finish the harvest. Other crops at risk include sweet corn and dry beans.

Wood River High School officials and the local police department investigated a threat made on Snapchat earlier this week.  Police increased their presence around the building on Wednesday.  The threat involved the image of a revolver but turned out it was a airsoft gun owned by a 16 year old Wood River High School Student.

A lit cigarette that started fire in a mattress is being blamed for a house fire that claimed the life of 65 year old Michael Johnson.  Firemen found the victim a few feet from the door during the September 28th fire in the 200 block of Addison Avenue in Twin Falls.

If Idaho spent the remaining $150 million of the estimated $240 million it’s getting from the sale of residential properties and commercial real estate, state officials could buy another 130,000 acres of timberland.  The Land Board oversees about 3,800 square miles of land and is constitutionally mandated to get the greatest return over the long run.

Amazon has made it official.  A major warehouse project in Nampa will be part of a fulfillment center for the retail giant.  The site at Franklin and Star will feature a 650-thousand square foot building and create more than a thousand full time jobs.

Officials closed Idaho 75 north of Shoshone to Timmerman hill yesterday afternoon.  Crews were called to battle a brush fire near the road. 

24 year old Omar Hamadi was arrested in San Diego California following the death of a Boise man who was left in a scalding bath.  Officials say the victim had advanced Huntington’s disease and died of his injuries in May.  Hamadi was the caregiver.


In local sports, one football score to report Kimberly defeated Wood River 49 to 14. 

In the Volleyball courts, Lighthouse Christian defeated Camas County 3 to 0.  Minico downed Mountain Home 3 to 1.  Filer shut out Declo 3 to 0.  Castleford downed Carey 3 to 0.  Shoshone took Oakley 3 to 2 and it was Murtaugh 3 Hagerman 1.  In Twin Falls it was Wood River 3 Twin Falls 1 and Century won over Burley 3 to 0.

In Boys Soccer, Sun Valley Community School 5 Buhl 0 and Wendell 3 Gooding 1.  Bliss defeated Kimberly 4 to 1 and Filer defeated Declo 1 to 0.

In Girls Soccer, Wendell outlasted Gooding 2 to 1 and it was a 0 0 game for Kimberly and Bliss.  The Sun Valley community school took the win from Buhl 3 to 0.  Filer and Declo game was a 0 to 0.


Today:  A clear sky. Record low temperatures expected. Low 23F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Record low temperatures expected. Low 23F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny and warmer. High: 62. Low: 33.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 65. Low: 36.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 60. Low: 34.

TUESDAY:  Increasing clouds through the day. High: 65. Low: 38.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 67. Low: 41.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 64.

October 11th: On this day

Born on this day near McMinnville, Tennessee, was Dottie West, country music singer and songwriter. Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. She died in hospital on September 4, 1991 after being involved in a car crash a few days earlier when she was on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

Born on this day, was Gene Watson, country singer, best known for his signature song "Farewell Party" and the 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon," and his 1982 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind." Watson has scored six Country #1's, 23 top tens and over 75 charted singles.

Born on this day in Northfield, Minnesota, was Paulette Carlson, country singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s as the founder and lead vocalist for the country band Highway 101. With Highway 101, she charted four #1 hit singles, and seven Top 10 hits.

Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar was released in the US. The singer's debut album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." This was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label.

American Western swing musician Tex Williams died. Williams is best known for his talking blues style and had the 1947 novelty hit with "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" which he co-wrote with Merle Travis.

Benjamin David Hodges was freed on $5,000 bond after police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, arrested him for shooting out the window of a tour bus used by Pat Green's band. He was charged with shooting a gun into an occupied vehicle, while the bus was parked on the street which shattered the driver's side window.

Billboard changed its Hot Country Songs from an airplay-only chart to one that reflected both airplay and music downloads. As a result of the new methodology, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - which had previously peaked at #13 - rebounded back up the chart and became the first #1 single under the new methodology. In the process, the song became the first to top both the country and Billboard Hot 100 charts since "Amazed" by Lonestar in March 2000 and - with nine weeks at #1 - was the longest running chart-topper on the country chart since "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston in 1966.

Thursday 101019

Magistrate judge Thomas Kereshaw has denied a bond reduction for 35 year old Richard Guerrero who is charged with assaulting a woman and stabbing a man.  Guerreo’s attorney argued that the 300-thousand dollar bond set in the case was excessive.  Records show that since his arrest he has been charged with two counts of intimidating a witness and four counts of violating the no-contact order.

The U.S. Forest Service is starting an environmental analysis to find ways to improve the forest’s health at Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain ski area.  Unusually warm temperatures, drought and wildfires have all contributed to an increased amount of pest and disease that are killing the trees at the ski run.

A Man in his 30’s has died following a climbing accident at the Black Cliffs near Boise.  The accident happened just after 4 pm Tuesday.   The man fell about 40 feet.  Rescue workers administered CPR but the man died at the scene.  Equipment failure is being blamed. 

Jonathan Parker the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party has agreed to plead guilty to stalking his estranged wife and unlawfully entering the home of a female colleague.  The plea is in exchange for three other charges being dropped.  Parker resigned his positon with the GOP in February with more than 2 years left in his term.  He faces up to 5 years in prison.

Elizabeth Smart spoke to Idaho educators and leaders at the recent department of education conferences.  Smart shared her experience and talked about the trauma of being kidnapped by strangers when she was 14 years old.  By talking about the abduction she hopes educators will understand how to best help students with trauma.

Federal and state wildlife officials are on the search for a cougar that killed multiple livestock.  Officials say the cougar was sighted northeast of Sandpoint and recently killed three alpacas, a miniature horse and a deer.


In local sports, first to the Great Basin district soccer tournament in girls action where Twin Falls shut out Mountain home 10 to 0.  Pocatello won over Canyon Ridge 1 to 0.  Preston Shut out Jerome 2 to 0 and Wood River picked up 4 and the win over Century’s 2.

On the boys side Wood River won over Mountain Home 4 to 1.  Canyon Ridge outlasted Preston 3 to 2 and it was Century 10 Minico 0.  Jerome toppled twin Falls 2 to 0.

In Volleyball action Valley defeated Wendell 3 to 0.

High school football tomorrow will see Murtaugh travel to Camas County, American Falls travel to Soda Springs, Kimberly travel to Wood River, Twin Falls travel to Mountain Home and Declo travel to Fruitland.  Buhl will host Wendell, Gooding will host Filer, Hagerman will host Carey, Richfield will host Hansen and Shoshone will host Oakley JV.  On the air, Minico travels to Pocatello with the broadcast on AM 970, Burley travels to Preston with the broadcast on AM 1230 KBAR and Jerome hosts Canyon Ridge with the broadcast on AM 1400 KART.


Today:  Windy with a mix of clouds and sun. High near 45F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tonight:  Some passing clouds. Low 23F. SW winds at 10 to 20 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy and not as cold. High: 53. Low: 28.

SATURDAY:  Sunny skies and warmer. High: 61. Low: 34.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 62. Low: 35.

MONDAY:  Slight chance of a morning shower followed by partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. High: 61. Low: 34.

TUESDAY:   Partly sunny skies. High: 64. Low: 37.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 66.

October 10th: On this day

Born on this day, was Tony Arata, singer-songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, ("The Dance"), Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Glaser, Reba McEntir, Hal Ketchum, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Emmylou Harris.

Born on this day in Seminole, Texas, was Tanya Tucker, female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13 and hit songs such as 1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?", "Blood Red and Goin' Down," 1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman," and 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend". Tucker starred in her own reality show, Tuckerville, on The Learning Channel in 2005. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me. The title track (like the song "Okie from Muskogee") became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.

The American musical drama television series Nashville premiered on ABC, reaching 8.93 million viewers. The series featured Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes.

Cal Smith died aged 81. Best known for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin", which received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Taylor Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year 2014, making her the first artist to receive the award twice. The award is given to the female artist who "has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation" over the last year.