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Thursday 060619

The jury trial for 43 year old Timothy Stadelmeir who was arrested on a driving while under the influence charge was canceled this week.  The Twin Falls High School Teacher and former Head Baseball coach, was arrested February 24th at Park Avenue and Blue Lakes Boulevard South.  A hearing has been scheduled for July 2nd

Authorities say human remains found near Jackson Wyoming have been identified as Joann Hakes, a woman who went missing in 2015.  She was living in Afton where her cellphone, purse, car and some clothing was found.  Ronald Weerheim of Chubbuck is being held in Bannock County awaiting extradition to Wyoming.  He faces charges of First degree murder and Kidnapping.

A notice to sue the makers of OxyContin has been issued by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.  The lawsuit claims alleged violations of the state’s consumer protection laws.  45 states and nearly 2-thousand cities are seeking damages saying the maker misrepresented the risks associated with the pain killer’s use. 

Burley is where a North Carolina based company plans to build six biogas production facilities at a cost of about 240-million dollars.  GESS International say they expect to bring in 100 jobs when they begin operating in late next year.  Each facility is expected to produce enough natural gas to meet the energy usage of 6,800 homes per year.  The gas will be injected into the natural gas pipeline in Idaho for use in California.

While the legalities of CBD in Idaho continue to be discussed, a shop opened in the Boise Towne Square Mall will soon close, so another location can be opened near Meridian.  That’s because the demand is so huge.  CBD products have to contain zero percent THC that is found in Marijuana that creates the High in users.  In Idaho the products are legal.

Motorists be aware that the freeway road construction between Jerome and Twin Falls could mean traffic will be slowed at times.  Yesterday the traffic was at a standstill just before noon time for the eastbound lanes near mile marker 169.


In sports closer to home, first to Legion Baseball where Burley defeated Buhl 19 to 7 and in another game Burley 11 Buhl 1.

Winston Duggan and Lucas Young announced they are going to the Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario to play sports.  Duggan will be on the Basketball Team while Young is going to pitch for the baseball team. 

Boise State University gave fans an opportunity to see the new blue turf.  Boise State is already famous for its blue turf, but the university took it further, with a more royal blue color and standout logos.  Yesterday, the school held an open house for the Bronco Athletic Association, season ticket holders and fans. The turf actually extends further out and covers what used to be the track,


Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 85F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Gusty winds during the evening. Low around 50F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers and storms. Winds: West 10-20 mph High: 59 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and cool. High: 62 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. High: 73 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 66 Low: 39

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 81 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 74 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 84 Low: 54 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 48

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 87 Low: 59 Mountains - High: 82 Low: 48

June 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Springhill, Webster Parish, Louisiana, was Joe Stampley, singer who had the 1973 US #1 hit with ‘Soul Dog’ and the 1975 US #1 county hit with ‘Roll On Big Mama.’

Born on this day, was Curtis Wright, American country music artist. He made his debut in 1989 with the single "She's Got a Man on her Mind". By 1994, he and frequent songwriting partner Robert Ellis Orrall had formed a duo known as Orrall & Wright who wrote Ronnie Milsap's #1 single "A Woman in Love".

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Born on this day in Surrey, British Columbia, was Canadian country music singer/songwriter and actress, Lisa Brokop, who has charted more than twenty singles on the country music charts in her native Canada.

RCA Records released "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time.

Born on this day in Mount Clemens, Michigan, was Matthew Shafer known as Uncle Kracker who scored the US #6 Country single "Smile" in 2009 which was taken from his album Happy Hour.

The movie Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, opened in American theaters. The movie, which showcased Mickey Gilley's nightclub, was a huge success at the box office and its soundtrack included several major hits.

Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included "What Hurts the Most".

Winners at the CMT Music Awards included; Video of the Year - "Good Girl", Carrie Underwood, Male Video of the Year - "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan, Female Video of the Year - "Over You", Miranda Lambert, Group Video of the Year - "We Owned the Night", Lady Antebellum, Duo Video of the Year - "I Got You", Thompson Square, USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "The Trouble with Girls", Scotty McCreery and Collaborative Video of the Year went to "Remind Me", Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Wednesday 060519

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by six Mexican veterinarians who say they were recruited to be animal scientists at a Murtaugh dairy but were instead forced to work as laborers.  U.S. District Judge David Nye said that while Funk Dairy Inc. managers used intimidating language in talking to the workers once they arrived in Idaho, their actions didn’t rise to the level of forcing the veterinarians to work.

If you are connected to the Hazelton Municipal water system, know this.  The city has issued a boil advisory after crews struck a line causing a leak.  Hazelton is in the middle of a water system upgrade that is expected to be completed in the fall. 

Around 180 new jobs and upwards to 15-thousand new acres of potatoes are just a couple of benefits being touted after McCain Foods held the grand opening ceremony of a 259-thousand square foot expansion of its distribution center.  The company has been operating in Burley since 1997.  The facility employs more than 730 employees. 

Following months of meetings Officials from Chobani and the Twin Falls County Assessor’s office have reached a settlement agreement that will reduce the yogurt plant’s 2017 assessed valuation chopping $144-Million off.  Under the settlement, the Twin Falls School District and the Urban Renewal Agency will return the tax revenues that the company overpaid. 

Police in Boise are investigating the death of a disabled man who died of severe burns after he was put in a bathtub of hot water.  The 38 year old victim died May 27 – 11 days after he was hospitalized for the burns.  So far, no charges have been filed. 

An explosion at Terry and Sons Upholstery Company in Idaho Falls has injured two people.  The incident happened Sunday.  There were eight vehicles inside the shop including some classic cars.  Firefighters say it proved to be a challenge to douse the flames following the explosion. 


In local sports, the College of Southern Idaho rodeo team will have 12 contestants at the College National Finals Rodeo that starts Sunday and runs through the week in Casper, Wyoming.  Nine of the 12 are repeat contenders.  Klancy Krenka the 2019 Rocky Mountain Region All around champion is headed back for the fourth time competing in Steer wrestling and bareback riding.  Shaun  Mentaberry, the Team Captain will compete in saddle bronc riding and team roping.  Luke Logan will be in the bronc riding and team roping.  Quentin Anseth in Team roping.  Hazen Smith Tie Down roping and Steer Wrestling Bronc Marriott Bareback riding, JorDee Nielsen in Bull Riding.  Ashtyn Carlson in Barrel Racing and Goat tying and Katelyn Perkins in Break Away Roping.  Daniel Eary steer Wrestling and Russel Kay Saddle Bronc riding.  Talon Cark in Team Roping teaming up with Luke Logan.

A couple of baseball games in legion play to report, Idaho Falls 7 Twin Falls 1 and Idaho Falls 8 Twin Falls 4.


WEDNESDAY: Lots of sunshine and nice, slight chance of isolated storms. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 85 Mountains: 78

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Winds: Light & Variable. Lows - Valleys: 58 Mountains: 50

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies, chance of isolated evening storms. Winds: SW 5-10 mph High: 83 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 45

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers and storms. High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 34

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Sunny skies. High: 69 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sunny skies. High: 77 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 42

TUESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 83 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 48

June 5th: On this day

Born on this day, was Don Reid, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits "Elizabeth" and ‘Do You Know You Are My Sunshine’.

Born on this day in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was Gail Davies singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in the history of country music. She is also the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the younger sister of songwriter Ron Davies. During the 1970s and 1980s she scored numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits becoming one of country music's most influential artists.

Born on this day in Columbia, Missouri, was Brett James, singer, songwriter and record producer. As a solo artist in 1995, James charted three singles and released a self-titled debut album that year. Since the early 2000s, James has become known primarily as a songwriter for other country and pop music artists. Among his compositions is Carrie Underwood's 2006 #1 hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.

Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK #1 single "It's Only Make Believe". Until 2000, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 45 #1's. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

Gretchen Wilson was at #1 on the country charts with One of the Boys, her third album. The album produced three chart singles for Wilson on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Come to Bed" (a duet with John Rich of Big & Rich), followed by the title track and "You Don't Have to Go Home", the first single of Wilson's career to miss Top 40 on the country charts.

Don Bowman died aged 75. He was the original host of radio's American Country Countdown and writer of Waylon Jennings-Willie Nelson duet "Just to Satisfy You."

A limited-edition Forever stamp honoring Johnny Cash went on sale. The stamp featured a promotional picture of Cash taken around the 1963 release of Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

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Southern Idaho Regional Communications – the 911 center in Jerome is looking for a leader.  Hope Lindsey told the board her last day will be Friday June 14th.  A Job posting said the pay ranges anywhere from 70 to 80-thousand dollars a year.

Be on the lookout for a dangerous noxious weed that is fatal to humans and all classes of livestock.  Poison Hemlock is in now full growth around the state. State officials say the 3 to 8 foot weed is a biennial and grows along stream and ditch banks.  Always use rubber gloves and place it in plastic bags and dispose of it in a trash receptacle. 

After losing funding the substance abuse and mental health treatment center in Heyburn is getting back on its feet.  The OATS family center is one of the few resources in the area for those overcoming addiction, abuse and the loss of a loved one.  When word got out, some in the community called to find out what they could do to help.  Co-Founder Sally Hall said she’s now looking forward to the future of the group.

Authorities say the former Idaho Republican Party chairman was arrested for stalking his estranged wife, though Jonathan Parker’s lawyer claims it was a “grand misunderstanding.”  Parker resigned as state GOP chairman in February, citing his family.  His wife filed for divorce in March and has since been granted a restraining order against him.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s choice to be the next head of the state prison system was criticized by an Idaho judge earlier this year.  The judge said Jefferey Zmuda gave “disingenuous” testimony as a top corrections official in a lawsuit over access to execution records.  District Judge Lynn Norton ruled that the prison system acted in bad faith in mostly denying the request for records.

The Nampa landlord who rejected a family seeking to rent a house because they had seven children is being charged with violating federal housing law.  The alleged incident involved a married couple.  The complaint says property manager Seth Ott told them there was a limit of four kids total, a violation of the Fair Housing Act.


In sports closer to home, Bronco fans asked and Boise state is delivering!  Tomorrow Boise State will unveil the new blue turf that was recently installed at the stadium.  Now fans can purchase a square foot section from what was removed for $39.95.  500 total are available.  The turf will be sold through the Bronco Shop on the Hall of Fame Patio at the unveiling event Wednesday, June 5.   The event will first open to members of the Bronco Athletic Association and season ticket holders at 5 p.m. and then to the general public at 6 p.m.

A former CSI Men's Basketball assistant coach has landed at one of the top junior college programs in the nation.  Aaron Anderson is joining the staff at Indian Hills Community College in the state of Iowa.  Anderson spent the last five years at CSI, starting as a volunteer. Prior to his time at CSI, Anderson was the video coordinator and camp director at Gonzaga University.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 83F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 57F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Lots of sunshine and nice. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. High: 85 Low: 56 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 50

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies, chance of isolated evening storms. High: 85 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 44

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers and storms. High: 63 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 61 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 35

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 70 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 37

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 77 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 69 Low: 42

June 4th: On this day

Born on this day in San Benito, Texas, was Country musician Freddy Fender who had the 1975 US Country #1 hit "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and is known for his work in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados. Fender died on 14th October 2006.

Johnny Cash released At San Quentin, his 31st overall album and a recording of a live concert given by Cash to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. As well as being released on record the concert was filmed by Granada Television from the UK. The album was a follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.

Born on this day in Mount Gambier, South Australia, was country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers who has scored 4 Australian #1 hits and the 2001 US top 20 album Barricades & Brickwalls.

John Hartfod died at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, aged 63. An American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, Hartford recorded over 30 albums, as well as being featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Kenny Chesney's seventh album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album went gold and platinum. It produced five chart singles on the Billboard country music charts between 2002 and 2003: "The Good Stuff" was the biggest hit of Chesney's career at the time, not only spending seven weeks at the top of the country charts, but also becoming Billboard's #1 country single of 2002.

A house fire destroyed the home of Trace Adkins and his family; his three daughters and a dog, who were home when the fire started, all escape safely.

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Authorities say the body of a man who drowned while trying to save three children after their canoe capsized has been recovered near Riggins.  34-year-old Keawe Pestana of Boise dove into the Salmon River on April 26 to try to rescue the three children, who fell into the water after their canoe flipped. The children were wearing life jackets and floated to safety.

The Bureau of Land Management released the first group of 14 wild horses to the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area yesterday.  The area was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. The BLM gathered the wild horses following the fire.

If you would like to comment on the U.S. 93 corridor improvements the state will hold an open house to accept public comments Thursday evening starting at 5pm.  The project under the spotlight is U.S. 93 at 300 south Road.  The event will be at the Idaho Fish and Game office, 324 South and 417 East in Jerome.  The plan calls for expansion of the existing two lane highway to 4-lanes.

36 year old Tawna Huttanus will undergo a psychological evaluation.  The third grade teacher at the Jefferson Elementary school In Jerome has been charged with stabbing a man in front of three children.  On April 14th, police were called to a home on 10th avenue east in Jerome where a man had been stabbed.  According to the school district superintendent the woman is on administrative leave. 

A study indicates that land management agencies are underutilizing prescribed burns to reduce wildfire threats in the western U.S.  The University of Idaho study shows that the use of prescribed burns has decreased over the last two decades in the West while it has ramped up in southeastern states.  Kolden says the practice might gain better acceptance if people see its potential to improve big game habitat.

Mike and Chantell Sackett, a northern Idaho couple who won the right to challenge federal environmental regulations following a U.S. Supreme Court decision has filed an appeal after losing that challenge.  The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 unanimously reversed lower court rulings prohibiting the couple from challenging an EPA order declaring the Sackett’s future home site a “protected wetlands.”


In local sports in Legion baseball from over the weekend, it was the Burley Green Sox 9 Idaho Falls 8 and the Kimberly Astros toppled Madison 7 to 2. 

The Idaho State University Bengals just picked up their fifth men’s basketball player from the College Of Southern Idaho Eagles.  Coreyoun Rushin will be joining the Eastern Idaho School.  Rushin earned Scenic West Athletic Conference honorable mention honors this past year, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  He'll join fellow sophomores Jaxon Edelmayer and Brayden Parker, as well as red-shirt sophomore Nico Aguirre Urritia and junior Malik Porter.



Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High near 80F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Partly cloudy skies. Low 56F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 81 Low: 54  Mountains: 74 Low: 48

WEDNESDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 81 Low: 55  Mountains: 76 Low: 51

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain and thunderstorms in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 78 Low: 49  Mountains: 71 Low: 44

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and cooler with a chance of p.m. rain and thunderstorms in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 66 Low: 44  Mountains: 59 Low: 37

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 63 Low: 42  Mountains: 56 Low: 38

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the Wood River Valley. High: 68  Mountains: 62

June 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Sydney, Australia, was Jamie O'Neal, country singer and songwriter. Her 2000 debut album, Shiver featured the back-to-back #1 singles "There Is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels".

The Opryland USA country music theme park opened in Nashville. Opryland USA which was later called Opryland Themepark was an amusement park located in suburban Nashville, Tennessee. During the late 1980s, nearly 2.5 million people visited the park annually. Billed as the 'Home of American Music,' Opryland USA featured a large number of musical shows along with amusement park rides.

The Carter Family and Johnny Cash were both inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Berkley Carterette Hotel in Ashbury Park, New Jersey.

Singer Wally Fowler died of a heart attack while fishing from a dock on Dale Hollow Lake, northeast of Nashville, his body was found floating in the water. He founded the Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel act that eventually became the Oak Ridge Boys. He was known as The Man with a Million Friends and Mr. Gospel Music.

Curb Records released Everywhere, the fourth album by Tim McGraw. It was his first release since his marriage to Faith Hill and his collaboration with his wife from the album, "It's Your Love", was nominated for Best Country Collaboration and Best Country Song at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested in Buffalo, New York after Chesney ran away with a Mounted Reserve deputy's horse, and McGraw attacked deputies that tried to corral him. Chesney asked to sit on the horse outside Ralph Wilson Stadium and the daughter of the deputy gave him permission to do so. Then Chesney mounted the horse and rode away. He was told to stop, but ignored the orders from the other deputies, the deputies were then attacked by McGraw and members of his entourage. Chesney was charged with disorderly conduct and released on $100 bail. McGraw was charged with second-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration, menacing and resisting arrest. He was released on $2,500 bail.

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The secretary of Agriculture is disagreeing with Idaho over the state’s decision on Hemp, that ended up with an out-of-state truck driver being charged for drug trafficking.  The federal department released its legal opinion this week.  It said the 2018 farm bill legalized hemp nationwide.  Big Sky Scientific said when the president signs a bill into law it becomes law.  The state claims it’s not a law until it’s printed or updated on the internet. 

The Idaho Supreme court says there’s no cap on how much money juries can award to whistleblowers who sue their employers.  Idaho's tort claim law limits the amount of money that can be awarded to people who sue public agencies to $500,000 for each occurrence or accident. But the high court said the Whistleblower Act doesn't cap damages, and so the tort claim caps don't apply. The ruling came in the case of Idaho State Police crash investigator Brandon Eller, who said ISP retaliated against him because he testified against another officer in a court hearing.

More than 250 airmen and up to 24 aircraft are temporarily moving to the Mountain Home Air Force Base as a runway at the Hill Air Force Base is repaired and expanded.  The project should be completed in early August.

What started out as a dryer fire could have been a lot worse at the Centennial Shopping center on Blue Lakes in Twin Falls yesterday afternoon.  When fire crews arrived just before 2 pm to the Laundry Dry in the 600 block of North Blue Lakes the building had quite a bit of smoke.  The fire behind one of the dryers was climbing the wall.  Neighboring businesses were evacuated and the fire team was able to contain the fire to just the laundromat.  Several crews from Twin Falls and Jerome battled the blaze.

The southbound lanes of Highway 93 were closed for a couple of hours yesterday near the flying J truck stop in Jerome county when a car failed to stop at the red light. The two car pileup sent two people to the hospital and caused traffic to be diverted to the freeway. 

There could be a new flight to Denver added to the choices at the Magic Valley Regional Airport.  Earlier this week the Twin Falls City Council gave the green light to move forward for a grant proposal.  The $7-thousand dollar cost will be paid by the Airport Reserve Fund. 


In local sports, Magic Valley Speedway will play host to some monsters.  Monster trucks that is.  Drivers from the Malicious Monster Truck tour are in Town.  Gates open tonight and tomorrow with a pit party at 6 and showtime at 7. 

It’s legion baseball season and we have a game to report from yesterday.  It was the Kimberly Astros 7 and the Twin Falls Cowboys 6. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 51F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  Magic Valley: High: 78 Low: 52 (Wood River Valley: High: 70 Low: 47)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  Magic Valley: High: 78 Low: 52 (Wood River Valley: High: 71 Low: 48)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  Magic Valley: High: 80 Low: 53 (Wood River Valley: High: 73 Low: 48)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm.  Magic Valley: High: 81 Low: 54 (Wood River Valley: High: 76 Low: 49)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Warm.  Magic Valley: High: 82 Low: 56 (Wood River Valley: High: 77 Low: 50)

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   Magic Valley: High: 81 (Wood River Valley: High: 74)

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May 31st: On this day

Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Johnny Paycheck, (Donald Eugene Lytle), singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It", which was a US Country #1 in 1978. Paycheck died on February 19, 2003.

Born on this in Denver, Colorado was Wayne Carson, country musician, songwriter, and record producer. He played percussion, piano, guitar, and bass. His most famous songs as a writer include "Neon Rainbow", "The Letter", and "Always on My Mind" (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher). Carson died on July 20, 2015, aged 72

Born on this day in Detroit, Michigan, was Paul Franklin, multi-instrumentalist, known mainly for his work as a steel guitarist. Franklin has worked with many well known acts during his career, including Barbara Mandrell, Rodney Crowell, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, and Kathy Mattea.

Johnny Cash appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville on November 28, 1925.

Del Reeves was at #1 on the country charts with “Girl on the Billboard". The novelty song was Reeves' fourth entry on the country chart and his only #1 single. "Girl on the Billboard" which spent two weeks at the top of the charts has become one of many country standards about lust.

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West held the top position on the Country chart with Every Time Two Fools Collide, the duo's first album together. The album spawned two big country hits: the title track went to #1 followed up by the #2 hit "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight".

Born on this day in Plano, Texas, was Casey James singer and guitarist who was the third-place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. He released his eponymous album in March 2012 which peaked at #2 on the US Country chart.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the coutry chart with "Don't Take The Girl". Written by Craig Martin and Larry W. Johnson, the song was Tim's fifth single overall, and his first #1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, it was also a successful pop song, reaching #17 on the Hot 100.

71 year-old songwriter Hal Bynum, (whose credits include Kenny Rogers "Lucille,") and his wife were arrested and charged with growing marijuana inside their Nashville home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms. After receiving a tip, police searched the couple's home and confiscated 256 marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of harvested marijuana, 14 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, growing lamps and other drug paraphernalia. Bynum, and his wife were released on $73,500 bond each.

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Should we add another star to the flag?  In Spokane a group is gathering support to create the state of Liberty.  Supporters of the new Christian Conservative state say it would span parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  The recent meeting began on a tense note when some participated in a silent protest and stood toe to toe with armed security guards. 

31 year old Jake Gunchick of Pocatello died after drowning while soaking at the Lava Hot Springs and pools.  At this time officials believe he may have experienced complications stemming from a stroke. 

Contractors with the city of Twin Falls have begun installing rock-fall barriers for the canyon springs grade reconstruction project.  This will mean pedestrians will be prohibited on the grade during the construction process.  The 1-point seven million dollar project will make the grade safe for all who use it city officials say.

Three people were killed in a head-on collision just before 10 yesterday morning in Blaine County.  The two vehicle crash just south of the Elkhorn Road intersection on State Highway 75 south of Ketchum took the life of 82 year old Peter and Sally Jarvis.  34 year old Piper Reed and a dog in the other vehicle also died in the collision.  All were residents of Ketchum.  Authorities are continuing their investigation. 

Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for the Hells Canyon Complex hydroelectric project on the Snake River.  Idaho Power supplies electricity to nearly 534,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. The Hells Canyon Complex in a normal water year produces about 30% of the company’s total annual power generation.

A federal judge will hear arguments next week on whether to dismiss a lawsuit over Idaho laws restricting who can provide abortions.  It comes as a half a dozen states have passed near total bans of the procedure.  The hearing is set for June 6 in Boise’s U.S. District Court.


In sports from around Idaho, citing potential NCAA violations from a consultant’s report, the University of Idaho Men’s basketball coach has been placed on administrative leave.  Don Verlin was placed on leave by School officials.  The leave is for 10 days but could be extended, shortened or lead to firing.  No details have been released about the violations.

The 18-Hole golf course that is currently under the city of Burley’s management could soon be leased putting it under new management.  Right now, the burley city council is looking at the options over the River’s edge Golf Course.  The course was built in the 1960’s.  The city is currently looking to make the move to save money.


Today:  Partly cloudy this morning, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 72F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 51F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers & t’storms. Winds: ESE 3-8 mph. High: 77 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 46

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 78 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 48

SUNDAY: Partly sunny, isolated afternoon showers and storms. High: 80 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 47

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 81 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 48

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 83 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 47

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 85 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 46

May 30th: On this day

Born in Tyler, Texas was Fiddler Johnny Gimble. Named Instrumentalist of the Year five times by the Country Music Association, his credits include work with Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Moe Bandy and George Strait. He died at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas on May 9, 2015, aged 88.

Born on this day in Ashland, Kentucky, was Wynonna Judd, country music singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the singular name Wynonna. Wynonna first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo The Judds who scored 14 #1 hits. After The Judds disbanded in 1991, Wynonna began a solo career, seeing her first three singles, "She Is His Only Need", "I Saw the Light" and "No One Else on Earth" all reaching #1 on the US country singles chart.

Dolly Parton married Carl Thomas Dean in Ringgold, Georgia. She had met Dean at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat two years earlier on her first day in Nashville. On May 30, 2011, the couple celebrated their 45th marriage anniversary.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Billy Currington held the top spot on the country charts with "Good Directions". Written by Luke Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau, it was the third and final single from Billy's 2005 album Doin' Somethin' Right and his second #1 hit. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.

A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.