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Thursday 081320

Organizers hoping to recall Idaho Governor Brad Little were not able to gather enough signatures to be on the November ballot.  The group is upset over the governor’s leadership through the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile voters in Lincoln County will go to the polls August 25th to decide whether to recall two county commissioners.  Some in the county say that Rick Ellis and Roy Hubert have a willful disregard for the wishes and desires of the public.

Buhl is the home for the Snake River National Cemetery. The location in Twin Falls County is the first national cemetery in Idaho and the third to open under the VA’s Rural Initiative program.

At the Twin Falls city council meeting earlier this week it was decided to allocate one point 3 million dollars to various city departments to address quality of life projects in the city.   Money will be going to police, fire sidewalks, parks and the airport.

A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups is on hold again following a federal court ruling.  The decision halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, and the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems.

A wildland firefighter who was working with about 270 other people on a small fire near Horseshoe Bend has tested positive for coronavirus.  So far, more than 25,500 people in Idaho have tested positive. At least 246 people have died of the illness in Idaho so far.

Twin Falls police have charged three inmates of the Twin Falls County Jail with third degree arson and injury to a jail after they were caught burning a book in a cell.  It’s alleged that Joseph Baxter, Alan Fife Junior and Christopher Montgomery were attempting to create tattoo ink. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High around 90F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low around 60F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 88. Low: 58.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies to partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 98. Low: 67.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm and hot. High: 96. Low: 67.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm and hot. High: 97.

August 13th: On this day

1951
Hank Williams was at #1 on Billboard's country chart with "Hey, Good Lookin'". His version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists including, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford, The Mavericks and Jimmy Buffett.

1973
Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Andy Griggs country music artist who scored "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and "She's More", both of which peaked at #2 on the Country music charts. He also charted "Grow Young With You," a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.

1973
Loretta Lynn released her twenty-third solo studio Love Is the Foundation which went on the peak at #1 on the Country album chart. The album's first single, "Love Is the Foundation", released in April 1973 peaked at #1 on the US Hot Country Singles chart.

1994
John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Be My Baby Tonight", the third single from Montgomery's 1994 album Kickin' It Up.

2011
Seven people were killed and more than 45 people injured when an outdoor stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair due to high winds at a concert featuring Sugarland. Neither the duo or their opening act, Sara Bareilles, were onstage at the time of the collapse.

2011
The Farm Aid 2011, benefit concert took place at the Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. 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, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Francis, Ray Price, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hearts of Darkness, John Trudell, The Blackwood Quartet.

2012
Taylor Swift released "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" which became a #1 hit on the US Hot Country Songs. The song was released as the lead single from her album Red and was Swift's first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

2013
Tompall Glaser, who recorded as a solo artist and with his brothers Chuck and Jim in the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers died in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 79, after a long illness. He scored the 1975 solo hit with Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Wednesday 081220

Idaho could finish the fiscal year with $405 million in surplus tax revenue in spite of the pandemic’s economic toll, according to a new revenue forecast.  Revenue comes in at $4.1 billion according to the state’s legislative budget office.  That’s only $6.5 million below what lawmakers used in March when setting the budget.

Confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 25,000 in Idaho.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 429 new cases, bringing the state total to 23,525 confirmed cases and 1,575 probable cases since the state began monitoring the outbreak in March.

Smith’s is recalling cheese dips sold at their stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  On July 31, the company was notified by supplier Onions 52 that it had received red, yellow, and white onions from Thomson International, which had been implicated in the salmonella-related outbreak.

Jerome will soon be home to a new 15-thousand square foot barley processing facility.  Scoular, of Omaha Nebraska, will construct the plant next to its existing livestock feed facility two miles northeast of the city.  The facility will employee 13 workers. 

Those who oppose Heyburn Mayor Mark Rosa have enough signatures for a recall.  Rosa said he will not resign which means the recall will be put to a vote on the November 3 ballot.

Grants Pass Oregon has joined Boise Idaho as a city is part of a precedent setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside.  A U.S. judge decided that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment rights by excluding them from parks without due process and citing them for sleeping outside.   The ruling builds on the landmark 2018 Boise case that said cities cannot make it illegal for people to sleep or rest outside without providing sufficient indoor alternatives.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 60F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 86. Low: 56.

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 88. Low: 58.

SATURDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 60.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm and hot. High: 96. Low: 67.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 95.

August 12th: On this day

1927
Born on this day, in West Plains, Missouri was Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner has scored over 80 US singles from 1954-1983. He died from lung cancer on October 28, 2007.

1929
Born on this day in Sherman, Texas was Buck Owens, Jr., singer and guitarist, who scored twenty 21 #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts and pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound a reference to Bakersfield, California. Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25th 2006.

1969
Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with 'All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)'. In doing so he accomplished a feat not done in 25 years: an African American entertainer having a #1 hit on the Billboard country chart. The last song by a black performer to reach the summit was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Louis Jordan, in July 1944. Pride became the third black singer to have a #1 country hit (the Nat King Cole-led King Cole Trio had a #1 hit earlier in 1944).

1986
The estranged father of 17 year-old Shelby Lynn shot and killed her mother and then himself at their home in St. Stephens, Alabama. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.

1991
Liberty Records released "Rodeo" by Garth Brooks. Written by Larry Bastian the single which was taken from his album Ropin' the Wind peaked at #3 on the US country chart.

2000
Lonestar were at #1 on the country music charts with "What About Now", the fourth single from their 1999 album, Lonely Grill.

2017
"Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt broke two Billboard Hot Country Songs chart records for #1 longevity within a month of each other. On July 22, upon spending its 22nd week at #1, "... Back Road" became the longest-running #1 song by a male artist since the start of the charts in 1944. On August 12, the song's 25th week at #1, Hunt bumped Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" for lengthiest #1 run (previously 24 weeks) in chart history; the song eventually logged 34 weeks at the top. The song's long-running popularity was attributed in part due to downloads and live streaming, and its #6 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all without a music video for the track.

Tuesday 081120

Idaho Officials have again been told by a federal judge they can’t ban transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificates.  Governor Brad Little signed a law that went into effect on July 1st requiring a person first obtain a court order.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said the new procedure does the same thing as the old one. 

Fifth district judge Rosemary Emory has sentenced 27 year old Riley Presher of Twin Falls for insurance fraud.  In December of 2017 an investigation showed that Presher backed his uninsured truck into his friend’s vehicle.  The next morning he purchased insurance and several hours later filed a claim.  He was ordered to pay $3953 in fines and restitution and up to 300 hours of community service.

The U.S. government has agreed to pay $38,500 and admit it was negligent three years after a 14-year-old boy watched his dog die when an M-44 “cyanide bomb” exploded on the hillside behind a home east of Pocatello.  The lawyer representing the family described the settlement as a definite victory.

A 4-point 2 magnitude earthquake that struck just after 8 pm Friday near Stanley has toppled a popular Idaho Rock climbing spot in the Sawtooth Mountains.  The earthquake originated around Observation Peak a few miles southwest of Stanley.  No reports of any injuries.

Search crews have recovered a body from the Snake River Canyon after the person apparently drove off the road on purpose.  The incident happened on the north side of the Perrine Bridge near the overlook.  Fire crews first responded after passerby’s said a vehicle was on fire. 

The growth of the elk population in parts of Idaho has caused state wildlife officials to step up efforts to reduce the number of animals damaging private property with various methods, including nighttime sharpshooters.  Idaho Fish and Game said wildlife officers killed 206 elk last year in an effort to prevent the animals from eating thousands of dollars’ worth of crops.  Some hunters said Fish and Game should have used sportsmen to shoot the elk.  Officials said they cannot allow hunters onto private land without permission.

SPORTS

COVID-19 has claimed another event.  The Mountain West Conference has postponed all fall contests and competitions.  The fall sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.  Last week the league announced that all fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball was canceled.  The Conference is looking at rescheduling the competition in the spring of next year.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 67F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 88. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 87. Low: 56.

FRIDAY:  Sunny skies and breezy. High: 88. Low: 58

SATURDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 59.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 63.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 95.

August 11th: On this day

1946
Born on this day in Versailles, Kentucky, was John Conlee, country music singer who between 1978 and 2004 scored a total of thirty-two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Conlee has scored seven #1 hits including, "Lady Lay Down," "Backside of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," and "Got My Heart Set on You."

1952
Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for habitual drunkenness. (After a fall suffered during a hunting trip in Tennessee early in the year, Williams started to consume painkillers, including morphine, and alcohol to ease the pain).

1960
Johnny Cash appeared at the Three Rivers Inn in Syracuse, New York during a four night run.

1974
Born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia, was Rachel Proctor, country music artist who co-wrote Martina McBride's 2002 single "Where Would You Be". Her debut hit "Days Like This" which peaked at #24 on the country charts, was the first of four singles from her 2004 debut album Where I Belong.

1989
"Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" by Dolly Parton was at #1 on the country chart. Released as the first single from the album White Limozeen, the song was Parton's eighteenth #1.

1998
Vince Gill released his eighth studio album The Key which became his first #1 Country Album. The album features the singles "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind," "Kindly Keep It Country," "Don't Come Cryin' to Me."

2005
Steve Earle married Allison Moorer at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. It was the American singer, songwriters seventh wedding, and her second.

2008
Don Helms a steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys died aged 81. Helms was a featured musician on over 100 Hank Williams recordings and went on to play on many classic country hits, including Patsy Cline's "Walking After Midnight," Stonewall Jackson's "Waterloo," the Louvin Brothers' "Cash on the Barrelhead," Lefty Frizzell's "Long Black Veil" and Loretta Lynn's "Blue Kentucky Girl."

Monday 081020

This morning authorities are starting up the search again for the driver of a car that ran off Highway 93 and onto the walkway north of the Perrine Bridge.  Fire and police were called to the scene about 8:45 last night after a vehicle fire was reported. 

Multiple fire departments were called to a brush fire in the Devils corral area along Shoshone Falls Grade.  The fires started soon after the vehicle fire near the Perrine Bridge although there are no indication the two incidents are related.  Residents were evacuating but returned to their homes as firefighters gained control later in the night.  No structures were reported damaged in the blaze.  Witnesses say they saw a group of people who were shooting fireworks out of their car and into the brush as they were driving up the grade. 

A pool of West Nile positive mosquitoes was found in Elmore County Friday.  The Central District Health announced a single pool mosquitoes carrying the virus were identified in Prairie. 

Today is day one for the Jerome County fair which is celebrating its 100th birthday.  While there will be no carnival, most all other events are scheduled including the three day rodeo that kicks off this evening. 

The fire burning near Lake Walcott has scorched 500 acres at last check.  Control for the fire 9 miles east of Rupert is expected tonight at 6.  Meanwhile 2000 acres has burned near Fairfield.  200 people are fighting the Phillips creek fire and remains 5-percent contained.

183 inmates at the Twin Falls County jail have tested positive for the coronavirus since July.  At last check, there were 81 inmates in quarantine.  More than 90% who tested positive are asymptomatic.

A new report raises growing concern about contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.  The Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300,000 Idahoans.  The group said their tests indicate high nitrogen and phosphorus levels.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 89F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 57F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 90. Low: 61.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 88. Low: 59.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 85. Low: 54.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 80.

August 10th: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Olton, Texas was Jimmy Ray Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman who had the 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John". Dean became a national television personality in the late 50's with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and is also famous as the creator of the 'Jimmy Dean sausage brand'. Dean died of natural causes at the age of 81, on June 13, 2010.

1940
Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana was record producer, songwriter and guitar player Jerry Kennedy. A recipient of four Grammys, Kennedy’s Dobro and guitar playing have been featured on the albums of artists as varied as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Ringo Starr. Another work done by Kennedy on Dobro was Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 hit "Harper Valley PTA." Kennedy has also produced memorable hits for Roger Miller, Reba McEntire, The Statler Brothers and Tom T. Hall.

1973
Born on this day, was Jennifer Hanson, country singer, songwriter, (well as a former Miss California). Hanson who is married to songwriter Mark Nesler has also written singles for other artists, including "Leave the Pieces" for The Wreckers, and "A Different World" for Bucky Covington, a co-write with Nesler, and "Let Me Down Easy" for Billy Currington. She also co-wrote "Country Strong" for Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie of the same name.

2001
Dixie Chick Martie Erwin married Gareth Maguire, a Roman Catholic teacher and actor from Northern Ireland in a civil ceremony in Hawaii.

2009
Brooks & Dunn announced that they were breaking up in 2010 after 20 years as a duo. Signed to Arista Records in 1991, the duo recorded ten studio albums, one Christmas album and three compilation albums for the label. They also released fifty singles, of which twenty went to #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top ten.

2013
With 22 weeks at #1, "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line set a new record for most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, breaking a three-way tie of 21 weeks at #1 jointly held by Eddy Arnold ("I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," 1947), Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On," 1950) and Webb Pierce ("In the Jailhouse Now," 1955). "Cruise" benefited from changes in Billboard's methodology, made in 2012, from a country airplay-only chart to one that reflected all-genre airplay, music downloads and streaming.

Friday 080720

With the coronavirus infections and deaths showing little sign of slowing down in Idaho, Governor Brad Little said the gem state will remain in the fourth and final stage of a plan to reopen for at least another two weeks.  Little also said schools need to open this fall emphasizing the millions being spent to make sure they can safely reopen.

Lori Vallow Daybell, the mother of two Idaho children who were found dead in her husband’s backyard has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.  The case is now expected to move to district court.

Local residents are organizing a cruise set for tomorrow evening to show their support to the Twin Falls Police Department.  The group will meet in the Magic Valley Mall parking lot near the old Shopko at 7:45 pm, travel down Blue Lakes to Second Avenue and past the Police Station.

The idea of marijuana sales in Jackpot Nevada has been put on hold by the Elko county commissioners.  Earlier this week the group said they do not want to rush into the idea of the proposed ordinance which would add a new chapter in county code.

The city of Pocatello has adopted a resolution that encourages all citizens to wear a mask during the pandemic.  At last night’s city council meeting the members voted to approve the plan that asks the public to wear a face covering if physical distancing is not possible.

A shooting involving an off duty police officer is being investigated in Custer County.  Little information is being released but officials investigating the incident say it happened Saturday August 1st at about 10:30 pm in a backcountry campground.  Witness’s report a group of about 18 people were camping when an individual they didn’t know entered their camp.  An altercation broke out resulting in shots fired killing one.  The incident is being investigated by the Eastern Idaho Critical incident Task Force. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 83F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

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

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 58.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 59.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 60.

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds through the day with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 91. Low: 61.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89. Low: 59.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 88.

August 7th: On this day

1942
Born on this day in Hugo, Oklahoma, B. J. Thomas. His 1966, album with The Triumphs I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry sold over one million copies. He is best known for his version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which was featured in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 1975 he scored the US Country #1 "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

1948
Hank Williams made his debut on Louisiana Hayride broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, performing "Move It On Over," and "I want to Live and Love."

1950
Born on this day in Crosby, Texas, was Rodney Crowell, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and producer who played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band". He was married to Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash); from 1979 to 1992 who together had the 1988 Country #1 hit "It's Such a Small World."

1954
Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann's Catholic Church in Memphis. The couple had four daughters: Rosanne (born May 24, 1955); Kathleen (born April 16, 1956); Cindy (born July 29, 1958); and Tara (born August 24, 1961). The couple divorced in late 1967. During their courtship, Cash and Liberto wrote each other over 10,000 pages of love letters, forming the basis of her autobiography, titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, which was published in 2007.

1962
Patsy Cline released her third studio album Sentimentally Yours, the final album Cline recorded before her death in a plane crash less than a year later. Also on this day Patsy Cline appeared on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry performing "A Church, A Courtroom, Then Goodbye", "You're Stronger Than Me," and "So Wrong."

1982
"Yesterday's Wine" a duet by George Jones and Merle Haggard was released which peaked at #1 on the Country charts. Written by Willie Nelson (and the title track of the 1971 album of the same name by Nelson), the song inspired the title of their first duet LP by Jones and Haggard, A Taste of Yesterday's Wine.

2011
Marshall Grant, upright bassist and electric bassist with Johnny Cash's original backing duo, the Tennessee Two, died at the age of 83. Grant was in Jonesboro, Arkansas attending a festival to restore the childhood home of Johnny Cash when he became ill. The group became known as The Tennessee Three in 1960, with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland. Grant also served as road manager for Cash and his touring show company.

2012
Randy Travis was arrested after being found naked, smelling apparently of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in northern Texas just before midnight. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony retaliation, after allegedly threatening to fatally shoot highway patrol troopers who responded to a concerned caller who notified authorities of "a man lying in the roadway".

Thursday 080620

Idaho Governor Brad Little will address the state’s latest plans moving forward for the coronavirus pandemic at noon today.  The news conference telecast live on Idaho public Television’s Website. 

Meanwhile, the governor announced yesterday that he’ll call the part-time Legislature back into special session later this month due to COVID-19.  He said it could include how to conduct the November general election amid the pandemic. Little also said the special session might consider legislation creating a liability shield for protection against lawsuits during declared emergencies such as the pandemic.

Interested in becoming a substitute teacher?  The Twin Falls school district said they are looking for upwards to 80 people to fill the role of filling in for the regular teacher positions. 

While the Trump campaign said it plans to sue Nevada of the states plan to expand mail-in voting for November, it appears Idaho is not going to have an all-mail-in ballot in November.  Twin Falls clerk Kristina Glascock said regular polling places will be open.  Voters can request a Mail in ballot and as always can vote early. 

As of this morning, about 250 acres of land has burned in a wildfire about 4 miles south of Dietrich. The South District fire continues to smolder and crews from the BLM, Notch Butte and Dietrich fire departments are on scene.  A Red flag warning is in effect till 9pm today because of low humidity and possible 30 MPH wind gusts.

Sarasota Florida police say they have arrested 31 year old Denny Enrique Hornia of Twin Falls on charges of first degree murder and robbery.  Hornia was linked through DNA to a 2016 murder case in Twin Falls County.  The former Jerome resident was charged May 2 in Florida with two felony counts of possession of cocaine, and a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance court records there show.

Southwest District Health confirmed the first deaths related to COVID-19 in Gem and Owyhee counties.  Statewide, 219 people have died from COVID-19-related illnesses.

SPORTS

It appears that no changes are on the horizon for Idaho High School sports.  Board members for the Idaho High School Activities Association considered pushing back the first day of practices but in the end declined to delay the start of the season instead leaving that decision to local schools and leagues.  Treasure Valley’s largest schools however say they won’t start Monday.  They have opted to start on August 17th.  At a minimum, the delayed start will cost the Boise, Borah, Eagle, Kuna, Mountain View, Nampa, Ridgevue, Rocky Mountain and Skyview football team’s games scheduled for Aug. 21. The first full schedule of games Aug. 28 also remains in doubt.

The Boise State Broncos football team was scheduled to start fall camp on Friday, and as of Wednesday, the team was exactly one month out from its kickoff against Georgia Southern.  But that all changed last night when the Mountain West Conference released its plan for the upcoming football season, as well as other fall sports.  The fall season will kick off no earlier than the week ending on September 26, pushing the start date for football back by a few weeks.

The director of a soccer tournament in Moscow has apologized to city officials and residents after the event was shut down earlier this week over health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert made the decision Sunday after two tournaments brought together more than 100 baseball and soccer team coaches and parents. He said there were too many people attending the events and not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 91F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Breezy and not as warm High: 82. Low: 55.

SATURDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 58.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 88. Low: 60.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 90. Low: 60.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 91. Low: 61.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89.

August 6th: On this day

1955
Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids performed the first-ever country concert at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

1962
Patsy Cline released Sentimentally Yours her third studio album on Decca Records, produced by Owen Bradley. The album featured two of Cline's major hits singles that year. The first single, "She's Got You" was released early in 1962 and became a #1 hit on the Country Chart and crossed over into the Pop chart to #14, becoming another major crossover hit for Cline. The second single, a cover of "Heartaches", charted only on the Pop Chart in the United States. The album was the final studio album Cline would release before her death in a plane crash less than a year later.

1966
George Jones scored his first Country #1 album with I'm a People, his 24th album release spent two weeks at the top of the charts.

1982
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

1990
Capitol Records released "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. The first single from his second album, No Fences, the song spent four weeks at #1 on the US country singles charts. The idea for the song was born when Earl Bud Lee and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, in Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, "Don't worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook."

1993
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Chattahoochee", the third single from his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love). The album is named for a line in the song itself. "Chattahoochee" also received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.

2004
Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan set off on their first joint concert tour, playing minor league baseball parks, beginning with a concert at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York.

2008
Dixie Chick Emily Robinson and country singer Charlie Robison divorced after nine years of marriage.