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Friday 090718

A Twin Falls man was arraigned earlier this week on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and jailed on a hundred thousand dollar bond.  The charges stem from an incident where the man admitted to trying to cut his neighbors head off during a dispute.  64 year old Bruce Anthony Bowser was arrested Sunday after the neighbor reported the suspect cut his hand with a knife.

44 year old Isaac Douglas Brewer is accused of breaking into a stranger’s house.  While inside police allege he took a shower, ate a steak and then stole irrigation pipes and wiring.  The victim, who lives on China Creek Road in Twin Falls County, said he confronted Brewer who said another man said he could have the pipes. 

An Idaho group known as Idaho United against Prop 1 made up of state and local political leaders have launched a statewide effort to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize so-called "historical horse racing."  The group said it released ads urging Idahoans to vote no on the ballot initiative in November.

An Idaho prison inmate charged with raping a woman while working at a wildfire base camp in Utah has invoked his right to a speedy trial. Prosecutor Kevin Daniels said 27-year-old Ruben Hernandez made his first court appearance in Utah's Sanpete County in a short hearing on Wednesday. Daniels says he did not formally enter a plea, but the request to move quickly typically indicates a defendant disputes a charge.

An Idaho man, who authorities say admitted to killing his wife, has pleaded not guilty to the crime. The Idaho State Journal reports Eugene Ruff was charged with first-degree murder in July after officers found his wife, Bettilee Ruff, dead at the couple's Aberdeen home.

If your dog is running loose in Lincoln County, it could cost you money.  Earlier this week Lincoln County Commissioners passed a dog at large ordnance that could end up with a misdemeanor citation to its owner.

There’s a new interim fire chief for the Rock Creek Rural Fire Protection district.  Jason Keller’s last day was Friday.   Stacey Thomas will fill in until commissioners decide who will finally fill the position. 

In local sports, the number 4 College of Southern Idaho Volleyball team opened the Starr Corporation invitational with a sweep over Casper College yesterday.  The eagles will now take on Northwest College tonight at 7 pm. 

In Volleyball, it was Canyon Ridge 3 Mountain Home 2.  Canyon Ridge will host cross-town rival Twin Falls on Tuesday. Mountain Home will participate in tomorrow’s Skyline Invitational. 

Twin Falls shut out Jerome 3 to 0.  Twin Falls is at Canyon Ridge and Jerome travels to Wood River on Tuesday.

It was Burley 3 Wood River 0 and Shoshone 3 Hagerman 2.  Shoshone hosts Glenns Ferry and Carey on Monday, while Hagerman will face Lighthouse Christian at home on Tuesday.

It was Filer 3 Wendell 0 and in the Sawtooth Conference, it was Murtaugh 2 Community School 0.  Twin Falls Christian Academy 2 Murtaugh 0 and Community School 2 Twin Falls Academy 1.  Murtaugh hosts Hansen and TFCA on Saturday and is at Hansen on Tuesday. Twin Falls Christian Academy hosts Community School on Monday.

Valley 3 Glenns Ferry zip and it was Oakley 3 Raft River 1.

Turning to Boys Soccer Wood River 9 Pocatello 1, and it was Canyon Ridge 1 Preston zip. 

As far as Girls Soccer, Twin Falls 11 Burley 0. 

WEATHER

Today:   Mostly sunny.  Winds: NW 5-10 mph  High: 90 (Mountains: 83)

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low around 60F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 85F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 55 (Mountains: 47)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 78 (Mountains: 74)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 75 (Mountains: 71)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 75 (Mountains: 73)

September 7th: On this day

1949
"Lovesick Blues" by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys was at #1 on the US singles chart. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest and was recorded by Emmet Miller in 1928 and later by country music singer Rex Griffin.

1961
George Jones scored his second Country #1 single with “Tender Years.” The famous French singer Johnny Hallyday recorded the original song during a Nashville session and afterward he recorded a French version Tes Tendres Années.

1977
Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". The song was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle's 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song became Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.

1985
Rosanne Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me, a song she wrote with her then-husband Rodney Crowell. Her fourth Country #1 later won a Grammy Award.

2003
The Farm Aid 03, benefit concert took place at the Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Los Lonely Boys, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Titty Bingo, Trick Pony, Billy Bob Thornton and Daniel Lanois.

September 8th: On this day

1897
Born on this day in Geiger, Alabama, was Jimmie Rodgers, singer, songwriter, who was among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music." Rodgers sold over 12 million records and was the first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Rodgers died on 26th May 1933.

1927
Born on this day, in Detroit, Michigan, was Harlan Howard, American songwriter. In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote songs, recorded by a variety of different artists including “Fall to Pieces", co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline. Howard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. He died on March 3, 2002.

1932
Born on this day in Winchester, Virginia, was Patsy Cline, country music singer. Her hits began in 1957 with Donn Hecht's and Alan Block's "Walkin' After Midnight", Hank Cochran's and Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces", Hank Cochran's "She's Got You", Willie Nelson's "Crazy" and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams". She died aged 30 on 5 March 1963 at the height of her career in a private plane crash. She was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1952
Born on this day in Niagara Falls, New York, was Gary Baker, country music singer and songwriter who was once a member of The Shooters. He has written songs for John Michael Montgomery, Alabama and others. His song "I swear", recorded by both All 4-One and John Michael Montgomery has sold more than 20 million copies internationally, and won the 1995 Grammy for "Best Country Song."

1996
In a rare double bill, Johnny Cash and George Jones performed at the Oakdale Music Theatre, Wallingford, Connecticut.

2017
Don Williams died at his home in Alabama aged 78. Williams, who was known as “the Gentle Giant” because of his easygoing temperament, died after a short illness. Williams had 17 #1 hits in the US and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, before he retired in 2016. His career started as a musician in Portland, a city he moved to from his native Texas, where he was born in 1939. He moved to Nashville in the late 60s and wrote songs for some of country’s biggest names, including “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

September 9th: On this day

1947
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Freddy Weller, country music artist. His biggest solo hit as an artist was "Games People Play," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1969; "Promised Land" and "Indian Lake," both 1971, peaked at #3.

1951
Born on this day Lodi, Wisconsin, was Tom Wopat, actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He scored a handful of hits on the country charts including the 1988 "A Little Bit Closer."

1954
Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis Tennessee. Johnny Cash was in the audience and after the show met Elvis for the first time.

1975
Born on this day in Alexandria, Indiana was American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek. She died from cancer on March 4, 2016.

1991
Born on this day in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was Hunter Hayes, American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His self-titled debut album released in 2011 included the Top 20 country single "Storm Warning" and the #1 singles "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak".

2005
To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood were among the artists participating in Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.

2007
Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival, took place at Randall's Island, New York City, New York. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Sturr, Danielle Evin, Jesse Lenat, Pauline Reese, Paula Nelson, Titty Bingo, and 40 Points.

Thursday 090618

A family has been displaced after a fire damaged their home in Jerome early yesterday morning.  The fire, in the 400 block of Glacier drive broke out in a shed just after 3:30 pm.  Authorities aren’t sure what caused the blaze, but early reports indicate it was a space heater.  The fire spread from the shed to the home.

Twin Falls fire crews battled a blaze that destroyed a maintenance shop in the 1700 block of Osterloh Avenue late Monday night.  Crews took extra precautions to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings where flammable liquid was stored. 

Twin Falls police are investigating two separate reports of child enticement that reportedly occurred over the Labor Day weekend.  The first on Saturday in the area of Morningside Elementary.  The second report came in on Sunday in the 1800 Block of 4th Avenue East.  After following several leads police believe there is no evidence the individuals pose a threat to the community.  They were able to identify the white vehicle and the individuals involved.

A 58 year old Kimberly man driving a motorcycle died Tuesday after the driver of a car failed to yield to a stop sign at the intersection of 3300 east and 3700 North in Twin Falls County.  Michael Mumm struck the side of the vehicle and died at the scene.

Crews have closed a portion of Blue Lakes North to replace a water line.  The closure is in the 400 block.  Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane.  The road should be re-opened by 6 pm tonight.

Two local trucking companies are asking the state transportation department to increase the weight limit on sections of Highway 93 and 75 including the Perrine Bridge.  Capps incorporated and Glanbia Nutritionals asked for the increase that if approved loads could weigh up to 129-thousand pounds.

A private garbage collection company is asking why the city of Burley decided to increase its collection fees by 5-dollars 50 cents to $17-35.  Lyle Santos with Total Waste Management said his company could haul the trash for what the city is charging and still make a profit.  He asked they call for bids but no action was taken.

In local sports, Boys Soccer it was Buhl 2 community school 1.  Wendell shut out Gooding 3 to 0 and it was Filer 2 Declo 1.  Bliss outlasted Kimberly with a score of 8 to Zip. 

In Girls Soccer Wendell 4 Gooding 0.  Kimberly outlasted Bliss 6 to zip and it was Filer 5 Declo 1.  The Community School beat out Buhl 12 to 0. 

In Volleyball, Gooding 3 Oakley 0 and it was Shoshone 3 Raft River 0.

Today:  Partly cloudy. Winds: SW 5-10 mph High: 89 (Mountains: 81)

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 58F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 89F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT:  Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 62 (Mountains: 54)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 86 (Mountains: 80)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 82 (Mountains: 76)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 86 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 80 (Mountains: 76)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 76 (Mountains: 70)

September 6th: On this day

1942

Born on this day in Checotah, Oklahoma, was Mel McDaniel, country music artist. His chart-making years were mainly the 1980s with his hits from that era including "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", and the #1 "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On". He died on March 31, 2011.

1943

Whilst hanging out backstage at the Montgomery Municipal Auditorium, Hank Williams offered to go out on stage to retrieve Hardrock Gunter's guitar who had just finished his set. Hank walked onto the stage and picked it up, and played a few songs, bringing the house down!

1952

Born on this day in Fairborn, Ohio, was Buddy Miller, country singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, who has toured as lead guitarist for Emmylou Harris's Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch.

1963

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Mark Chesnutt, country music singer who scored the 1991 US Country #1 single with his version of “Brother Jukebox”, (which Don Everley had recorded in 1977).

1969

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Charley Pride and Ian & Sylvia. Charlie performed a medley; Tribute to Hank Williams with Johnny Cash.

1975

Glen Campbell started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Rhinestone Cowboy', his first #1 after 13 Top 40 hits. It made #4 in the UK. Written by Larry Weiss, Campbell first heard the song on the radio and, during a tour of Australia decided to learn the song. Soon after his return to the United States, Campbell went to Al Coury's office at Capitol Records, where he was approached about "a great new song" — "Rhinestone Cowboy."

1984

Ernest Tubb died. Nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, American singer and songwriter Tubb was one of the early pioneers of country music. His biggest hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" from 1941, marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music.

2013

Abraham Spear was sentenced to 17 years in jail for arranging to have sex with two young girls. The banjo player from Nashville had logged onto a website and began communicating with someone he thought was the mother of two young girls. He asked the woman to send photos of the girls and in exchange, he sent back a photo of himself in his underwear, and allegedly offered to be the girls' "teacher." What he didn't know was that the girls' "mother" was actually an FBI agent.

Wednesday 090518

Prosecutors say an Idaho prisoner sent to help fight a wildfire raped a woman who also was working to support firefighters in Utah. Officials say the woman had rejected several advances from 27-year-old Ruben Hernandez before the Aug. 29 assault. Prisoners also are released to fight wildfires in other Western states. Prosecutors say they're typically low-level offenders nearing parole dates.

Officials say a new treatment center and shelter for children and teens who are victims of sex trafficking soon will open in Boise. Solace House will open in the fall or early winter for juvenile, female victims of sex trafficking. It will be the first center of its kind in Idaho and will be equipped to provide services for five to 10 victims.

A new report from the Idaho State Police shows more hate crimes were reported last year.  Hate crimes jumped nearly 16 percent across the state, according to the ISP annual crime report, and drug crimes increased by more than 11 percent. Violent crimes increased about 2.6 percent statewide.

Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones has died. He was 75 years old.  Gov. Butch Otter said Jones was his first Supreme Court appointment in 2007. The two were classmates during their time studying political science at the College of Idaho.

A federal appellate court says cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.  In a ruling handed down yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with six homeless Boise residents who sued the city in 2009 over a local ordinance that banned sleeping in public spaces.

The U.S. government says it doesn't have to release information to an environmental group concerning investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho that can result in wolves being killed for preying on cattle and sheep.  Western Watersheds Project says it wants the reports because it suspects the U.S. Department of Agriculture and ranchers are inflating the number of wolf kills of livestock.

Authorities in west-central Idaho have safely detonated a grenade a woman found in her deceased brother's trailer.  The Valley County Sheriff's Office says the woman took what she thought was a fake grenade to the sheriff's office in Cascade.  A bomb squad from Mountain Home Air Force Base arrived and detonated the device at about 4 p.m. at a ranch site.

In local sports, in High School Soccer from yesterday, it was the Community School 6 Gooding 2.    In Girls Soccer, Twin Falls 5 Wood River 0, Community School 9 Gooding 0.  The Community school cutthroats travel to Buhl today for a 6:15pm game.

Today:  Sunny. High 88F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 55F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 92F. Winds light and variable.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 59 (Mountains: 54)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 82 (Mountains: 75)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 72)

September 5th: On this day

1939

Born on this day in Akron, Ohio, was David Allan Coe songwriter, outlaw country music singer and guitarist. His best-known compositions are the #1 successes "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)," which was covered by Tanya Tucker; and "Take This Job and Shove It," which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck.

1950

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.

1969

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album, which spent 20 weeks at the top of the chart, 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."

1970

Janis Joplin started recording sessions recording a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. Joplin, (who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death), topped the US singles chart with the song in 1971 after her death, making the song the second posthumous #1 single in US chart history after the 1968 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.

1978

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts, and became Parton's third top-forty pop hit.

2012

American singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Joe South died aged 72. Best known for his songwriting, South won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1970 for "Games People Play" and South's most-commercially-successful composition was Lynn Anderson's 1971 country/pop monster hit, "Rose Garden", which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide.

Tuesday 090418

One person died Sunday afternoon after he failed to yield to a red light at the intersection of Second Avenue South and Blue Lakes Boulevard.  Police say 26 year old Brandon Worring collided with a pickup that was northbound.  Worrings vehicle crashed into the front of the Shake Out on Kimberly Road.  Worring died at the scene.  There were no customers at the restaurant that is closed on Sundays.

Police continue to search for clues after 18 rounds were fired in a Wendell neighborhood.  Authorities say it appears an AK-47 assault style rifle was used in the shooting.  Police say this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.  If you know anything about the incident you are asked to contact authorities.

Idaho State Police say two people are dead following a crash on Interstate 84.  According to investigators on Saturday, 42-year-old Christopher Pierpont of Mountain Home was riding his motorcycle westbound on I-84 when he struck a construction barrel and lost control of the motorcycle.  Police say 43-year-old Christine Pierpont, also from Mountain Home, was a passenger on the motorcycle.  Both Christopher and Christine were thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Idaho officials say people should avoid Lake Lowell's Lower Dam Recreation Area beach due to elevated bacteria levels.  The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says elevated levels of E. coli have been detected in the lake.

An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. Butch Otter and other top state Republicans. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill claim they should be allowed to get involved in the lawsuit because the federal government is refusing to follow the law while regulating sage grouse habitat.

A man whose distinctive hand tattoo helped betray him as a casino robber has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison.  28-year-old Dillon McCandless, of Blackfoot was sentenced for the July 2017 robbery of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' Sage Hill Casino.  McCandless pleaded guilty in June to robbery and using a firearm during a violent crime.

Today:  Sunny. High 88F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 92F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 59 (Mountains: 54)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 91 (Mountains: 84)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 82 (Mountains: 77)

September 4th: On this day

1915

Born on this day, was Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and actor. He was best known for his 1945 single "Sioux City Sue," a #1 country hit and #16 pop hit that year which later became a country music standard and was included in a Gene Autry movie. Thomas died on November 22, 2003.

1954

After a two-week courtship, George Jones married his second wife eighteen-year-old Shirley Ann Corley.

1963

Born on this day in Bakersfield, California, was Noel Haggard the son of country music legend Merle Haggard who released his debut album, One Lifetime, in 1997.

1972

The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. the debut studio album by Donna Fargo was at #1 on the Country chart. The album was produced by Fargo's husband and manager Stan Silver and the album's title track became Fargo's first major hit and a crossover Country pop hit.

1981

"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country charts, (the song's official title appears nowhere in the lyrics). It became one of Milsap's biggest country and pop hits during his recording career.

1991

Dottie West, country music singer and songwriter died in hospital on the operating table aged 58. West had been involved in a car crash a few days earlier when she was on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. 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.

1999

Lonestar's hit, "Amazed," spent its eighth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first song to do so since Jack Greene's 1966 hit, "There Goes My Everything." In several other charts, including Radio & Records, "Amazed" reigns for nine weeks, which made it the longest-lasting #1 single since 1966's "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston.

2015

Canadian country singer Hal Willis died aged 82. His famous country single was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he was nicknamed "Mr. Lumberjack.

Friday 083118

A power outage forced the Twin Falls School District to close Lincoln Elementary school yesterday.  Idaho Power said there was a problem with the underground conduit.

The Twin Falls County Commissioners will ask voters in Filer to decide the future of their cemetery.  On November 6th, the ballot will ask if residents want to develop a Filer Cemetery Maintenance District.  If approved the cost will be about $14.98 per one-hundred thousand of assessed property value. 

51 year old Tod Lee Weber of Twin Falls has been found guilty of raping a 15 year old boy he met on Craigslist.  The jury took two hours to return the verdict.  Weber will be sentenced December 10th.

21 year old Gerardo Chavez who has been charged with first-degree murder and intimidating a witness in the death of 15 year old Vason Widaman may change his  plea.  In October he is scheduled to face a jury.  Widaman was killed in May of 2016 over a drug related dispute.  Chavez and Jose Daniel Alvarez both Buhl residents has plead not guilty.

Homelessness in Idaho Public Schools has grown 64-percent over seven years.  A report from the Idaho Asset Building Network said that 2-point 6 percent of Idaho’s students qualified as homeless last year compared to 1-point 6 percent in 2010.

Idaho will receive more than $90 million in federal grant money to help expand Interstate 84. Gov. Butch Otter and other top transportation officials announced the approval of the grant on Wednesday. The grant will be used to fund the expansion of a 2.8 mile stretch along I-84 in Canyon County.

One of the world's largest semiconductor companies is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs. Idaho’s Micron technology decided to expand its existing facility in Manassas after considering offers from domestic and international competitors, including Singapore.

Wildlife advocates hope to convince a judge that grizzly bears living in the Yellowstone National Park area face too many threats to their survival to add trophy hunting to the mix. The stakes surrounding Thursday's court hearing in Missoula, Montana, are high, with Wyoming and Idaho scheduling Saturday as the opening date for the first grizzly hunting season in the Lower 48 states since 1974.

In local sports, some scores that we have in… first in football it was Burley 40 Buhl 15, Cole Valley shut out Wendell 54 to zip and Pocatello said no to Mountain Home with a score of 42 to 24. 

In girls soccer, it was Twin Falls 4 Century 0, No scores for either Burley or Minico in that game. 

In Boys soccer it was Burley 4 Minico 2 and no score in the Twin Falls Century game.  Canyon Ridge beat Mountain Home 7 to 3 and Wood River outlasted Jerome 4 to 1. 

In Volleyball, Declo 3 Valley 1 and Hansen 3 Castleford 2.   It was Lighthouse Christian 2 Carey 0 and the Twin Falls Christian Academy beat Camas County 3 to zip.  Murtaugh trounced Dietrich 2 to 0.

 

Today:  Mostly sunny.  Winds: NW 5-15 mph  High: 79 (Mountains: 75)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 80F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 52 (Mountains: 45)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 83 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 76)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

August 31st: On this day

1973
Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer’s second studio album. The album contained Pruett's first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.

1977
Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". The song was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle's 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song became Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.

1993
Garth Brooks released his fifth studio album In Pieces, which like his previous album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States and in Great Britain was Brooks' highest placed album on the charts.

1999
Dixie Chicks released Fly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 10 million copies and making the Dixie Chicks the only country band and the only female band of any genre to hold the distinction of having two back-to-back RIAA certified diamond albums.

2008
Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor died. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)".

2010
Miranda Lambert received five nominations for the 44th annual Country Music Association awards. Three were for the second single from her album Revolution, "White Liar,". Lambert later donated the original, handwritten copy of "White Liar" to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for public display behind a glass case.

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September 1st: On this day

1931
Born on this day in Sterrett, Texas, was American country music singer Boxcar Willie. "Boxcar Willie" was originally a character in a ballad he wrote, but he later adopted it as his own stage name. He died on April 12, 1999, interstate 35E and Farm to Market Road 664 in Red Oak, Texas was renamed Boxcar Willie Memorial Overpass.

1933
Born on this day in Friars Point, Mississippi, was Conway Twitty (born Harold Lloyd Jenkins). Twitty held the record for the most #1 singles of any act with 55 #1 Billboard country hits until George Strait broke the record in 2006. Twitty who scored his first #1 in 1958 with “It's Only Make Believe" died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, at Cox South Hospital two months before the release of what would be his final studio album, Final Touches.

1946
Born on this day in the Isle Of Man, England, was Barry Gibb, singer, songwritter and member of The Bee Gees. With his brothers he wrote "Islands in the Stream" which became a world-wide #1 hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983. The Gibbs originally wrote the song for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to change it for the Kenny Rogers album Eyes That See In The Dark.

1964
Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Charlie Robison, country music singer, songwriter. His biggest hits including "My Hometown" released in 2000. He married Emily Erwin of The Dixie Chicks in 1999. The couple divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.

1976
Born on this day in Martin County, Kentucky, was Angaleena Presley, country music singer-songwriter. She is a member of the female country trio Pistol Annies who released their debut album Hell on Heels in 2011.

1992
MCA released Hearts in Armor, the second studio album by Trisha Yearwood. Four of its tracks became hits in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1992 and 1993: "Wrong Side of Memphis", "Walkaway Joe", "You Say You Will" and "Down on My Knees". The album was released immediately following Yearwood's divorce with her first husband, and is considered one of her greatest albums.

2011
Reba McEntire kicked off her 35-date North American All the Women I Am Tour at MacDonald Island Park, Fort McMurray, Canada. With this tour announcement, McEntire was named the biggest female box office draw in country music. She has sold over nine million tickets and earned over $270 million in ticket sales.

2016
American singer-songwriter Kacey Jones died after a long battle with cancer aged 66. She co-wrote the Mickey Gilley hit "I'm the One Mama Warned You About" (credited as Gayle Zeiler), and found success as a performer through the band Ethel & The Shameless Hussies. As a record producer she developed Pearls in the Snow – The Songs of Kinky Friedman. The album featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Lyle Lovett performing songs by Friedman.Bottom of Form

September 2nd: On this day

1912
Born on this day was Johnnie Lee Wills the younger brother of Bob Wills. He played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys starting in 1934. In 1949 he saw his greatest success with songs such as "Rag Mop" and "Peter Cotton Tail".

1947
Born on this day in Valencia, California, was Jay Huguely, song writer, actor who enjoyed a run of popularity as a novelty recording artist in the 1970s, who as Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band had the 1975 US #1 Country hit with “The White Night.”

1959
Born on this day born in Miami, Florida, was Paul Deakin, drummer and founder member of The Mavericks who charted 14 singles on the Billboard country charts.

1972
Don Gibson was at #1 on the Country chart with "Woman (Sensuous Woman)." Gibson's final #1 on the country charts has also been covered by Ray Charles on his 1984 album Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, and later by Mark Chesnutt.

1982
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.

2003
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

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Patrons in the school districts of Gooding and Richfield both said yes to ballot measures Tuesday that will each raise money for the schools.  In Gooding a 10 year 950-thousand annual plant facilities levy was passed.  Richfield voters passed a 4 million dollar bond that will replace HVAC equipment and build a gym, welding and Ag shop. 

Expanding the Twin Falls County judicial complex was the center of discussion at a meeting earlier this week.  A citizens committee is exploring options to handle the overcrowding at the jail and the maxed out judicial facility where court proceedings are held.  Cost is projected to be 25 to 30 million dollars. 

Out the door.  Idaho State University announced this week that Athletic Director Jeff Tingey has been fired.  His removal does not involve any scandal or violation.

Idaho officials have auctioned 51 state-owned lakefront lots on Priest Lake for $25.6 million. Officials say the auction by the Idaho Department of Lands on Friday and Saturday brought in $625,000 over the appraised value.

The Idaho Transportation Department say they will eliminate the dependency on the communication with the vendor’s software when it comes to drivers licenses. The state said they should be back in the business of issuing licenses today. They asked the sheriff’s to close down the county offices throughout Idaho Tuesday and yesterday.  The state plans to have their own servers rather than having to rely on an outside vendor.

A U.S. judge who ruled earlier federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines if it's on the brink of extinction.  Conservationists who sued to protect the ground-welling bird say it's an important victory for numerous species with subgroups isolated from larger populations due to development. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say they're pondering their next step.

In local sports, Girls Soccer, Wendell shut out Bliss 4 to 0.  It was Kimberly 7 Buhl 0.

Boys Soccer, Buhl 11 Kimberly 0.  It was a tie for Bliss and Wendell 1 to 1.  Gooding beat Declo 2 to 1. 

In volleyball, Wood River shut out Mountain Home 3 to 0, Gooding 3 Shoshone 0 and Twin Falls Christian Academy 3 Richfield 0

 

Today:  Sunny. High 84F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High near 85F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 53 (Mountains: 44)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 79 (Mountains: 75)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 82 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 86 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 77)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

August 30th: On this day

1919

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee was Ellen Muriel Deason who became known as Kitty Wells. Her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; as of 2011 - at the age of 92 - is its oldest living member. Wells' accomplishments earned her the moniker, 'The Queen of Country Music.'

1949

Hank Williams went into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard and was released as the B side to "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" which was a #2 hit in 1949.

1950

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.

1969

Roger Miller was the special guest on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show. Roger performed “Me And Bobby Magee” and a short comedy version of “I Walk The Line”.

1971

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

2004

Kris Kristofferson and former record executive Jim Foglesong were named the 2004 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2007

Reba McEntire received two CMA nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. With those two nominations plus another in 2008 and two more in 2009, McEntire became the female artist with the most nominations (forty-eight) in the forty-three year history of the CMA Awards, surpassing Dolly Parton, who has forty-three

2009

Shania Twain was a special guest judge on this week's American Idol TV show, filmed in Chicago. Twain returned to American Idol the following year as a guest mentor for a week where the top 6 contestants showcased her songs.

2011

Jake Owen released his third album Barefoot Blue Jean Night. The album's title track and first single, became his first #1 Country hit and the album also hit #1.