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Monday 102918

Shane Nope has been appointed to be the next Twin Falls City Attorney.  He will be sworn into office at tonight’s city council meeting.  He replaces Fritz Wonderlich who retired after 31 years of service.

A dog that unexpectedly showed up three weeks after disappearing with his 76-year-old owner in an Idaho forest has failed to lead searchers to her.  A searcher on Friday took the Border collie named Ace back to the area, but he didn't lead the search to Connie Johnson. 

A downtown Boise mural painted on the roadway of an intersection at a cost of $9,000 as an experiment to test materials has degraded after two months and is being removed. The City of Boise said "an unexpected material failure" has caused paint to chip or fade away entirely.

News of the attack that killed 11 people Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has shocked and saddened people across the country – Idaho is no exception.  Rabbi Dan Fink led a vigil Saturday night at the synagogue in Boise.

The Mormon church is discouraging its members from participating in large-scale events such as pageants and says church leaders are talking about ways to "appropriately end, modify or continue" existing pageants. A statement released by the church encouraged local church leaders and members to focus  on gospel learnings in their homes and participate in Sabbath worship and church programs for children, youth, individuals and families.

Officials say about 10 percent of a national network of 8,300 stream gauges used to measure potential flooding isn't reporting information and workers are giving highest priority to fixing gauges where expected rainfall could cause flooding. The U.S. Geological Survey said it's working to determine which gauges in 43 states should get back online first.

In local sports, here is how the quarterfinal round of state football is shaping up later this week.  THURSDAY:  The Carey Panthers will host Mackay at home, starting at six.

FRIDAY:  Gooding travels to Homedale. Gooding has eight wins on the year, in their two losses they were held to under 30 points.  Kimberly hosts Fruitland.

In 8-man football, Prairie hosts the Raft River Trojans at the Kibbie Dome.

Oakley takes on Idaho City team.  The Hornets have been grinding it out against the state's best, all while battling injuries along the way.

Lighthouse hosts Dietrich.  The Lions have only lost one game this season.

SATURDAY:  No. 1 ranked Declo welcomes in Saint Maries from northern Idaho.

And Valley welcomes in Clearwater Valley.

 

Today:  Mostly cloudy early, then sunshine for the afternoon. High 54F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 51F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds and breezy. Winds: SSW 10-20 mph. Low: 31 (Mountains: 26)

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, chance of a shower. High: 49 Low: 38 (Mountains: 46 Low: 36)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, chance of a shower. High: 58 Low: 40 (Mountains: 53 Low: 34)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 61 Low: 41 (Mountains: 56 Low: 34)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 56 Low: 38 (Mountains: 49 Low: 31)

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a shower. High: 55 Low: 40 (Mountains: 46 Low: 29)

October 29th: On this day

1936

Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with "The Prisoned Cowboy" on one side and "Lonesome Blue Yodel" on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

1952

Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).” Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.

1967

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with “I Don’t Wanna Play House”. Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette's first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

1977

Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album's cover was the first to show the distinctive "Dolly" signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton's de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.

1991

Born on this day in New London, CT, was Veronica Ballestrini, American country pop singer-songwriter. Her debut album What I'm All About was released in 2009 on her own independent label. Her first single "Amazing" charted on the Music Row Country chart and the music video debuted at #3 on CMT Pure.

2007

Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.

Friday 102618

An agreement has been reached between the Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to operate the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery.  The fish and game will now oversee raising about 1 point 6 million juvenile steelhead for release in the Upper Salmon River Basin.

The committee charged with recommending what Twin Falls County should do about jail overcrowding is now saying build a new jail and expand the courthouse in the downtown area.  The committee has met a couple of times and will present their recommendations to county commissioners who will make a final decision.

Attorneys say a homeless Boise man charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 3-year-old girl during her birthday party is not mentally competent to assist in his own defense and stand trial. A judge appointed a psychiatrist who will file an evaluation of Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. ahead of a December court hearing.

A Caldwell woman authorities say failed to report the sexual abuse of her daughters by her husband has entered an Alford plea to felony injury to a child.  50-year-old Sarah Kester entered the plea.  Her daughters have accused their father of sexually abusing them 17 years ago when they were children.  She faces up to 10 years in prison at her Jan. 16 sentencing.

Do you have a state of Idaho Driver’s License that expires in November or December?  Then expect a form from the DMV that will allow you to opt in to renew by mail rather than in person.  This after outages and software issues have created a logjam at the offices around the state. 

Idaho leaders are condemning the latest attack on the campaign for Florida Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.  A racist robocall that refers to Gillum as a “negro” and a “monkey” is making its rounds in Florida.  That has prompted Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Boise Mayor David Bieter to say this kind of bigotry will not be tolerated in Idaho.

In local sports, in the football playoffs, it was Gooding over American Falls 52-15 putting Gooding in the 3-A quarter finals.  The Declo Hornets are keeping it alive as they outlasted Ririe with a 41-21 win.  Declo is ranked number 1 in the 2A state finals.  Elsewhere it was Lighthouse Christian 49 Rockland 12 in the 1A Division 2 state playoffs.

 Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 49F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 69F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Winds: Light and variable. Low: 45 (Mountains: 38)

SUNDAY: Warm and mostly sunny. High: 75 Low: 42 (Mountains: 68 Low: 34)

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cooler. High: 54 Low: 32 (Mountains: 50 Low: 26)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and chilly. High: 51 Low: 30 (Mountains: 45 Low: 26)

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 52 Low: 36 (Mountains: 47 Low: 32)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies, chance of a shower or two. High: 57 Low: 35 (Mountains: 51 Low: 30)

October 26th: On this day

1962
Singer songwriter Kristen Hall was born in Gross Pointe, Michigan. She becomes a founding member of the trio Sugarland, but left the group at the end of 2005.

1967
Born on this day in Whangarei, New Zealand, was Keith Urban, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch. Since 2006, he has been married to actress Nicole Kidman.

1993
MCA released The Song Remembers When, the third studio album by Trisha Yearwood. The title track was the album's lead single, becoming a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993.

1999
American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. He wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote "Heartbreak Hotel."

2000
Garth Brooks announced his plans to retire from touring during a party to celebrate his certification for sales of 100 million albums at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center.

2006
Reba was honored at the first-ever CMT Giants concert with Jennifer Nettles, Wynonna, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and several other stars singing her songs.

2010
Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish filed for divorce in Nashville. According to People magazine, the couple filed for divorce documents on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. However, on March 18, 2011, Cyrus announced on The View that he had dropped the divorce. On June 13, 2013, Tish filed for divorce again from Billy Ray after 19 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. However, it was reported in July 2013 that they had gone to couples therapy and rekindled their relationship.

Thursday 102518

A single vehicle rollover crash early yesterday morning sent a Hansen man to the hospital with significant injuries.  59-year old Steven Smith lost control of the pickup he was driving at 2775 North 3105 east.  The vehicle rolled.  Fatigue is a factor in the crash authorities say.

An Oakley man is still missing after a nine-hour search of the area where his abandoned truck was found Sunday in a beet field near the Milner Recreation Area.   Authorities say 66 year old Bub Poulton is off medication and may appear disoriented.  Poulton's 2011 Ford F-150 pickup was found stuck in a beet field at 700 N. Milner Road.  The truck was left running and in drive.  The searchers went door to door and also took to the air with a plane. 

22-year old Luis Gabriel Ponce of Burley has pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the shooting death of 58 year old Christopher Fassett.  Fassett was working at his West Main Street Transmission shop in Burley where the shooting occurred.  He is facing a 28 years to life prison term.

Janice McGeachin, The Republican candidate for Idaho's lieutenant governor post brought several security guards with her to a October 17th televised debate.  The campaign was not aware of specific threats made against McGeachin or any other candidate. 

A federal political action committee created in July reports that it received a $25,000 contribution from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe but has spent no money.  Strength and Progress posted its quarterly report Monday to the Federal Election Commission's website. The super PAC has said it will spend money on Native American issues nationally.

Authorities say one person was shot and wounded along the Boise River Greenbelt. The Boise Police Department said the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday between Whitewater Park and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 63F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 44F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 71F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds, chance of rain in the mountains. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. Low: 47 (Mountains: 41)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 67 Low: 43 (Mountains: 64 Low: 35)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 70 Low: 43 (Mountains: 65 Low: 37)

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, much cooler. High: 58 Low: 32 (Mountains: 56 Low: 29)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and chilly. High: 50 Low: 28 (Mountains: 48 Low: 25)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and chilly. High: 49 Low: 37 (Mountains: 47 Low: 29)

October 25th: On this day

1912

Born on this day in Centerville, in Hickman County, Tennessee, was Minnie Pearl, country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Pearl died on 4 March 1996 aged 83.

1970

Born on this day in Kansas City, Missouri, was Chely Wright, Country music singer, songwriter. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded her first #1 single, the title track, "Single White Female".

1992

Roger Miller the singer, songwriter, musician and actor, died. Best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs including the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", from the mid-1960s. A lifelong cigarette smoker Miller died of lung and throat cancer at the age of 56.

1997

After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

1999

Lonestar released "Smile" as the third single from the album, Lonely Grill. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

2003

Johnny Cash's step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Heaters that had been left on in the converted school bus were blamed for the accident. Campbell was also a regular member of Nashville band, The Sidemen and performed with bluegrass great Bill Monroe and Jim and Jesse.

2005

Charlie Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon at the 53rd annual BMI Country Awards. Active as a singer since the early 1950s, and best known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Wednesday 102418

Kimberly resident Jeremiah Silva has been arrested and is facing four felony counts: Two for Lewd and Lascivious conduct and two for sexual abuse of a minor.  The victim was 7 years old when the alleged incidents occurred.  When in court this week, he requested a delay to enter his plea.  He is scheduled to be back in court November 5th

The Twin Falls City Council adjusted the fine associated with the parking rules in the short term parking at the airport.  The 300-dollar fine and six months in jail was scaled back to $35. 

Look for a new fire truck in Jerome.  The mini pumper does much of the same as that of a larger engine.  It just doesn’t carry as much equipment and will cut down costs responding with a large apparatus.  This is the first department in Magic Valley to have a unit such as this, officials say.

A group calling themselves friends of Devil’s Corral are hoping to gather enough financial support to purchase 200 acres from developer George Panagiotou.  Plans call development that will allow the public to enjoy the area legally for the first time.  The group on the other hand would keep it even more natural.

Idaho officials are looking at whether occupational licenses the state requires have gone beyond protecting public safety to unduly limiting job opportunities.  Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little late last week released results of a report that found the state has at least 440 different occupational licenses with some 204,000 licenses issued costing on average $161.

The Idaho Republican Party has removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate. The party removed a post from its Twitter and Instagram accounts that contained a copyrighted clip from Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Debates," augmented with a mocking laugh track pointed at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan.

Idaho spent a majority of its share of federal emergency money intended to fight the nation's opioid crisis on treatment. Many other states that have not expanded Medicaid spent their grants the same way. Idaho was awarded $2 million under the 21st Century Cures Act grant program, and roughly $1.2 million has gone to treatment so far. Every state that didn't expand Medicaid allocated at least 58.8 percent of their funding to treatment services.

In local sports, Hayden Leatham from the CSI baseball team has committed to BYU.  The Rexburg native has a .367 batting average.

Round one of the state football playoffs begin tomorrow.  Minico, the third seed out of the Great Basin Ten battles the two seed Skyline in a rematch of the 2017 state championship.  Twin Falls hosts Idaho Falls in the first round Friday night.  Gooding hosts American Falls on Thursday at 7 pm.  Kimberly will host Teton.  Kimberly at 8 and 1 is the SCIC champs.  No.1 ranked Declo puts its undefeated record on the line when it hosts a 4–4 Ririe team Thursday at seven o'clock.  Carey hosts Camas County Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.  The two seed from the Sawtooth Conference, Lighthouse, hosts Rockland Thursday at 6 p.m  Murtaugh at 6–3, will try to seek revenge on a 3–5 Mackay team that upset the Red Devils earlier this season. Those two go to battle Friday at 5 p.m. in Mackay.  Dietrich heads on the road to North Gem.

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 67F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. Low 46F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 64F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies.

Winds: SSE 5-10 mph.

Low: 41 (Mountains: 37)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High: 70 (Mountains: 63)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High: 67 (Mountains: 62)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 68 (Mountains: 63)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cooler.

High: 62 (Mountains: 57)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Chilly.

High: 53 (Mountains: 49)

October 24th: On this day

1944

Born on this day was American country singer, guitarist Ray Downs, best known for his appearances on the syndicated Porter Wagoner television show. He also played with Country Music legend Marty Robbins and recorded under the names Ray Stark as well as Jason Williams. Ray is now a novelist with three novels and hundreds of short stories to his credit.

1952

Born on this day in Vicksburg, Mississippi was Mark Gray, singer, songwriter and a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982. Gray's solo career includes three albums and eight Top 40 hits, of which the highest-peaking is the #6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch". Gray also co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of which became #1 hits for Alabama. He died on December 2, 2016.

1965

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the Country music album chart with “Up Through The Years”. Reeves was killed in a plane crash the previous year on July 31, 1964 after they encountered a violent thunderstorm en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls.

1970

“Run Woman Run" by Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country charts. Written by Ann Booth, Duke Goff, and Dan Hoffman, it spent two weeks at the top and a total of thirteen weeks on the country charts and became the 8th chart topper for Wynette.

1984

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music album chart with City Of New Orleans. The album spent 12 weeks at the top of the charts. The title track is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.

1991

Garth Brooks' No Fences became the first country album certified for shipments of more than 5 million copies. The album stayed in the top 40 for 126 weeks and to date has sold over 17 million copies.

2006

Taylor Swift released her eponymous debut studio album which went on to top the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks and has now sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.

2010

Both Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tuesday 102318

Both Chobani and Clif Bar are coming out in support of Prop 2.  Yesterday in a joint statement the major employers in Twin Falls they endorse the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho.  The initiative is aimed at providing health care coverage for the estimated 62-thousnd Idahoans who make too much for Medicaid but too little to qualify for subsidized health insurance on the state’s exchange. 

BLM crews were able to contain a wildfire north of Gooding Sunday afternoon, but not before it scorched 23-hundred acres.  The fire was reported about 5:30 pm.  Saturday.  The cause of the fire could be announced later today.

Southern Idaho is experiencing extremely low unemployment numbers.  The Idaho department of labor reports the statwide seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent across the area.  The department feels employers may be getting tired of continually looking for people and may turn more to automation to fulfil their needs. 

A jury has acquitted a bounty hunter after he was accused of terrorizing a Coeur d'Alene family by threatening to break into their home to find a fugitive who wasn't there.  The jury took less than two hours to find 24-year-old Reed J. Alefteras not guilty of trespassing and disturbing the peace.  Idaho case law allows bounty hunters to use force to enter a home even if the fugitive sought is not in the home after they make an explanation and demand admittance.

State and federal entomologists are tracking the spread of a tiny invasive insect that feeds on fir forests.  The Idaho Department of Lands says the balsam woolly adelgid has the ability to rearrange the species composition of Northwestern forests, and it's already been found in northern Idaho.

Federal authorities say a reserve forage area in Idaho for livestock displaced by wildfires, drought or other problems will be available next summer.  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says the 345-square-mile location near American Falls is intended to feed sheep and cattle forced off other grazing areas.

20 year old Angel Lira Jr. of Hailey was arrested over the weekend after he was found drunk in a Ketchum backyard.  While he was handcuffed in the back seat of the police car, he was able to slip out of the handcuffs and attack a deputy.  He has been charged with suspicion of battery, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer. 

Today:  Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High 66F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low 42F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 69F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies.

Winds: Light and variable

Low: 42 (Mountains: 37)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 65 (Mountains: 61)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High: 67 (Mountains: 61)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies.

High: 67 (Mountains: 62)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 68 (Mountains: 64)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Cooler.

High: 62 (Mountains: 57)

October 23rd: On this day

1939

Bill Monroe auditioned for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passed the audition and made his debut five days later.

1951

Born on this day in Pulaski, Tennessee, was David Wills, singer-songwriter. Wills wrote George Strait's "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" and Garth Brooks' "Wild Horses."

1956

Born on this day in Pikeville, Kentucky, was Dwight Yoakam. The country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard # 1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.

1972

Born on this day in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was Jimmy Wayne country music singer and songwriter. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003, four singles were released from it, including "Stay Gone" and "I Love You This Much", which both reached Top Ten on the Billboard country charts. “Do You Believe Me Now” became his first #1 hit in late 2008.

1976

Linda Ronstadt was at #1 on the Country music album chart with the Grammy Award winning Hasten Down the Wind. Her third straight million-selling album made Ronstadt the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat.

1978

American country musician Maybelle Carter died aged 69. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family.

1982

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Righteous Brothers who with Glen Campbell played "True Grit" and "An American Trilogy".

1992

The American dramatic musical western film Pure Country was released. Directed by Christopher Cain, The film stars George Strait in his acting debut with Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser and Kyle Chandler. The soundtrack was a critical success and to date is Strait's best selling album.

1997

More than 100,000 copies of John Denver's catalog of albums were sold in the week after the singer was killed in an Oct. 12 plane crash off the California coast. SoundScan reported that four of Denver's albums were among the nation's top 200 bestsellers last week and that 10 were among the top 75 sellers among country albums.

2011

Scotty McCreery was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Clear As Day, the debut studio album by the season ten American Idol winner.

Monday 102218

A Kimberly man has been charged with first degree arson after he allegedly set fire to a Twin Falls man’s garage.  39 year old Todd Okelberry was reportedly angry that his wife was spending time with someone else.  A Twin Falls man reported that his garage doors had been set on fire. 

A traffic stop led to a Twin Falls man being charged with marijuana trafficking.  This after police say they found baked goods containing marijuana in his car.  21 year old Mark Allen James was stopped in downtown Twin Falls.  Using a police dog 23 edibles, a jar with marijuana and a marijuana pipe was found.  He also faces a previous charge of attempted strangulation from a warrant.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they'll improve security at an Idaho truck stop where a trucker from Missouri was beaten by an unknown attacker who pried open the locked door of the trucker's cab as he slept.  The tribes will work to improve lighting, surveillance equipment and security.  Amos Phillips of Camdenton, Missouri, was sleeping inside his cab when someone broke in, demanded money and beat Phillips with rocks in his fists.  Phillips suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbones and a blood clot on his brain.

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved a plan to fund the state's public colleges and universities based on the number of graduates they produce. The board approved the plan, which board spokesman Mike Keckler says will be phased in over three years, with $16 million in new state funding set for fiscal year 2020.

Idaho's candidates for lieutenant governor staked out far different positions on Medicaid expansion, minimum wage and abortion during a debate on Idaho Public Television. Former state Rep. Janice McGeachin and Army veteran and software engineer Kristin Collum are vying to succeed Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is running for governor. McGeachin says she supports "conservative values" while Collum says she's moderate and will work for "Team Idaho" rather than the right or the left.

28 year old Spenser Lee Ulrich of Rupert was found dead at the scene of a crash.  Authorities say the crash at 75 West and 700 North of Rupert happened Tuesday of last week but wasn’t discovered until the next day when a harvest driver of a large truck saw the vehicle in a ditch. 

Today:  Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High near 70F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 43F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 68F. Winds light and variable.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: Light and variable

Low: 40 (Mountains: 37)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 67 (Mountains: 62)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 65 (Mountains: 61)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 65 (Mountains: 61)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 66 (Mountains: 62)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 66 (Mountains: 62)

 

 

October 22nd: On this day

1966

At the age of 48, Eddy Arnold became the youngest (to that time) living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1968

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his sixth studio release, Gentle on My Mind. The title track written by John Hartford, won two 1968 Grammy Awards and received over 5 million radio plays. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

1968

Born on this day in Killen, Alabama, was Marsha Thornton, country music singer. Between 1990 and 2003, she released three studio albums, with her first two released on MCA Records; she has also issued four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest peaking single was "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline", which reached #59 in 1990.

1968

Born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, was Shelby Lynne, singer and songwriter. Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987, her first recording was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had been active in the music industry for some time. She appeared in the film Walk The Line playing the role of Carrie Cash.

1973

John Denver released "Sunshine on My Shoulders" which hit #1 early in 1974. It was originally the B-side of one of his earlier songs, "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy". As the Vietnam War came to an end, the song took on a new significance and began to receive airplay. It was also his first of four #1's between 1974-1975, the other three being: "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "I'm Sorry."

1988

Johnny Cash performed at a benefit show for a drug and alcohol treatment community for adolescents and their families at the Handley High School Auditorium in Winchester, Virginia Before the show Cash was presented with a plaque and told that the day had been declared Johnny Cash Day.

1999

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units.

2005

The reality series Tuckerville aired for the first time on The Learning Channel, documenting the life of country music star Tanya Tucker as she recorded an album, ran her record business, and raises her three children. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.