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basketball tournament knocking off Lighthouse Christian in Shoshone yesterday 47 to 43.  Meanwhile The Dietrich Blue Devils kept their season alive defeating Murtaugh 59 to 52.  Dietrich will play Lighthouse Friday to decide who goes on to state tournament action.

Elsewhere Declo downed Wendell in Wendell yesterday advancing the Hornets to play at McCall Donnelly High School at 3 Saturday in the Class 2A state play in Game.

On today’s college schedule, first to baseball, CSI will begin a 4 game series against the college of southern Nevada.

Northern Colorado looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho.  Game time 7 tonight in Greeley Colorado.

Portland State travels to Holt Arena in Pocatello with a game against Idaho State tonight at 7.  Portland State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to 12 games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11.

WEATHER

Today:   sunshine. High 53F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 27F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 57. Low: 33.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. A little bit breezy as well. High: 56. Low: 30.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy conditions are expected as well. High: 45. Low: 26.

MONDAY: Increasing clouds throughout the day with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 47. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy conditions are expected as well. High: 46. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY:  Decreasing clouds throughout the day with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 46.

February 27th: On this day

1946
Al Dexter was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Guitar Polka". The track spent a total of 16 weeks on Billboard's list as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Record" in 1946.

1971
Sammi Smith was at #1 on the Country charts with her version of the Kris Kristofferson song "Help Me Make It Through the Night." Kristofferson said that he got the inspiration for the song from an Esquire magazine interview with Frank Sinatra. When asked what he believed in, Frank replied, "Booze, broads, or a bible...whatever helps me make it through the night." Other cover versions of the song appeared on early 1970s albums by Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, Skeeter Davis, Tammy Wynette, and Dottie West.

1980
Country music winners at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Emmylou Harris for Blue Kentucky Girl, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Kenny Rogers for "The Gambler", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - The Charlie Daniels Band for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Doc Watson & Merle Watson for "Big Sandy/Leather Britches" and Best Country Song - Debbie Hupp & Bob Morrison (songwriters) for "You Decorated My Life" performed by Kenny Rogers.

1989
Dwight Yoakam was at #1 on the Country charts with "I Sang Dixie" the second single from his album Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room.

2002
Country music winners at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Staples Center, Los Angeles included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Dolly Parton for "Shine", Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Ralph Stanley for "O Death", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Alison Krauss & Union Station for "The Lucky One" and Best Country Song - Robert Lee Castleman (songwriter) for "The Lucky One" performed by Alison Krauss & Union Station.

2002
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his tenth studio album Drive. The album produced Jackson's highest-debuting single on the Hot Country Songs charts in the #1 "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)", a ballad written in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "Drive (For Daddy Gene)", "Work in Progress", and "That'd Be Alright" were also released as singles, peaking at #1, #3, and #2, respectively.

2013
Chuck Goff, Toby Keith's bass player of 25 years was killed in a two-car collision in Oklahoma. The accident occurred at near Slaughterville, Okla. One vehicle was found on top of the other vehicle. The other driver was not injured

Wednesday 022620

Legislation to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors headed to the Idaho Senate Monday after an extraordinary debate in the House.   The bill seeks to cap medical collection debt fees at $350 for people who do not contest their bills and $750 for those who do. It would also set a 45-day deadline for medical facilities to get consolidated bills to patients.

Twin Falls Mayor Suzanne Hawkins signed an anti-abortion proclamation Monday.  The proclamation which is symbolic in nature said the mayor calls on all in the city to protect and defend the dignity of every human life including those not yet born.  The mayor also called for those who believe in prayer to pray for the city state and nation on Sunday.

The business of Building structures is booming in Twin Falls.  The building projects are good news for workers and those looking for work.  Permits are up over 30-perecent from last year officials say.

The National Association of Transgendered People plans to sue the state of Idaho over a proposed bill that makes it illegal for someone to change their gender identity on a birth certificate.  The bill would ban changes to a birth certificate if more than a year has passed since the person’s birth.

A national study shows Idaho’s Latino students are underrepresented in the advanced courses that prepare students for college.  The study used data from the 2015-16 school year.  The State education department said more students are taking algebra of late, but participation in gifted and talented classes remains low.

Organ Democratic Governor Kate Brown is calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington to help save the salmon, steelhead and orcas.   Republican leaders were outraged with the suggestion.  Governor Brad Little of Idaho called for solutions that will not stall any progress.  He has developed a salmon workshop to discuss ways to protect the endangered species. 

SPORTS

The Kimberly boys high school basketball team is heading for state playoffs after defeating Filer yesterday 59 to 45.  The win also means Kimberly is the 3A district champion for a third straight year.  Kimberly is 21 and 1 for the season.  The Bulldogs will face the winner of Districts 1B/5-6B in the first round of the state playoffs. The Wildcats will face Homedale on Thursday, March 5.

Meanwhile Murtaugh downed Hansen 44 to 42 and it was Dietrich outlasting Camas County 79 to 67.  The Blue Devils face the Red Devils in a loser-out game on Wednesday at Shoshone High School, starting at 6 p.m.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 50F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 26F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 52. Low: 26.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 57. Low: 33.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 56. Low: 32.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 47. Low: 28.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with breezy conditions. High: 47. Low: 29.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 48.

February 26th: On this day

1932
Born on this day in Kingsland, Arkansas, was Johnny Cash, US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

1973
Winners at the 8th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Dick Clark included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Donna Fargo, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Merle Haggard, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Tanya Tucker, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Johnny Rodriguez and Song of the Year Donna Fargo "Happiest Girl/USA".

1973
Loretta Lynn released her twenty-second solo studio album Entertainer of the Year which went on to peak at #1 on the Country music chart. This album was titled Entertainer of the Year after Lynn received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association the previous year, becoming the first woman to win that award.

1975
Linda Ronstadt was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Heart Like a Wheel, which featured her version of "You're No good". The album spent 51 weeks on the Billboard Album chart.

1983
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Ronnie Milsap, who performed songs with Glen Campbell including "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" and "In the Pines."

1985
Country music winners at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country FemaleVocal Performance went to Emmylou Harris for "In My Dreams", Best Male Country Vocal Performance was won by Merle Haggard for "That's the Way Love Goes", Best Country Performance by a Group went to The Judds for "Mama He's Crazy" and Best Country Song was Steve Goodman (songwriter) for "City of New Orleans" performed by Willie Nelson.

1991
Mike Reid was at #1 on the Country charts with "Walk on Faith", the former American football player's only chart topper. Released as the first single from his album Turning for Home, the song became his only #1 country hit. In the 1980s and 1990s, Reid went on to write #1 hits with Marie Osmond, Tanya Tucker, Collin Raye, Alabama and Conway Twitty.

1997
Country music winners at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden, New York City included; LeAnn Rimes who won Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Blue', Vince Gill won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Worlds Apart", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group went to Brooks & Dunn for "My Maria" and Best Country Album was Billy Williams (producer) & Lyle Lovett (producer & artist) for The Road to Ensenada.

2014
American stand-up comedian and country music artist Tim Wilson died of a heart attack. He released more than a dozen comedy albums, and co-wrote comedian Jeff Foxworthy's 1996 single "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas", as well as several parodies for the 1980s comedy duo Pinkard & Bowden.

Tuesday 022520

One person has died in a one vehicle rollover in Gooding County.  The accident, just before 9 pm last night claimed the life of 38 year old Lindia Elting of Gooding.  She lost control of the vehicle she was driving near the intersection of 1800 east and 1725 south struck a power pole  and overturned.

An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared yesterday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.  Charles Nielsen addressed the committee that voted to send the legislation to the full House as Bailey Nielsen stood at his side with the weapon slung over her right shoulder.  “Bailey is carrying a loaded AR-15,” Charles Nielsen told lawmakers.  She’s been shooting since she was 5 years old. She got her first deer with this weapon at 9. She carries it responsibly.

The Magic Valley Regional Airport is one of 18 airports to receive a portion of 12-point 2 million dollars from the Federal government.  A total of $900-thousand will be used to expand commercial air service to Twin Falls.  Plans call for service to the Denver International Airport.

Jen Thompson, the new director for the Idaho Public Charter School Commission is hoping to calm the waters when it comes to the turmoil generated last year after audio leaked from a closed door meeting talked about shutting down the Heritage school in Jerome.  Thompson said better communication between the commissioners and staff could solve many issues.

U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by a declining bird species.   A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump administration plans last year over concerns that they could harm greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird.  The Interior Department opened a 45-day public comment period on the studies that cover millions of acres of public lands in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and California.

SPORTS

The Oakley Hornets are moving ahead in the state high school girls’ basketball tournament.  The decision was made in a double overtime game last night with a 51 to 46 win over Valley.  The Hornets open the tournament on Thursday, March 5 at Vallivue high School with a 1:15 p.m. tip-off.

The Shoshone Indians are still alive after defeating Raft River at CSI yesterday with a score of 74 to 56.  They will take on the Valley Vikings at Murtaugh High School tonight at 7 with a loser out game. The winner advances to the state play-in game against the three seed from District I/II at Weiser High School Saturday at 3 p.m.

Filer defeated Gooding 50 to 48.  The Wildcats advance to the district championship against Kimberly tonight at 7 p.m. at CSI.  It was Wendell 55 over Declo 45.  The Hornets host Wendell tomorrow at 7 p.m. for a winner-to-state play-in game, loser out game.

The College of Southern Idaho women's basketball team is riding a six-game win streak headed into the Region 18 Tournament.  CSI is hosting both the men and women's tourney this weekend, starting on Thursday. But the home teams don't play until Friday evening.  CSI opens the tournament with USU Eastern Friday at 5:30.

WEATHER

Today:  sunshine. High 43F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low near 25F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sun and a few passing clouds. High near 50F. Low: 25.  Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 53. Low: 28.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 57. Low: 32.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain showers. High: 57. Low: 32.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 47. Low: 30.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of early rain and snow showers. High: 47.

February 25th: On this day

1927
Born on this day in Southwest Virginia, was Ralph Stanley is also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing. His work was featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in which he sings the Appalachian dirge "O Death." That song won him a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Stanley died on June 23 2016 aged 89.

1932
Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was Faron Young, singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s. The honky tonk singer scored hits including "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" and "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')". Depressed that the music industry had turned its back on him, Young shot himself on December 9, 1996 and died in Nashville the following day.

1981
Country music winners at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - George Jones for "He Stopped Loving Her Today", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Groupwent to Emmylou Harris & Roy Orbison for "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again"and Willie Nelson won (songwriter) for "On the Road Again."

1982
Alabama released their sixth studio album Mountain Music which became their most successful album and becoming their second US Country #1. It won 1982's Grammy Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Early LP pressings were mastered at a slower speed. Reissues made after have corrected this error.

1992
Johnny Cash was awarded the Grammy Legend Award, "for ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field." The award was presented by the National Trustees at the 34th annual awards.

1998
Johnny Cash's album, Unchained, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. The album had been a critical success but was largely ignored by mainstream country radio, a fact Cash and producer Rick Rubin picked up on when they purchase a full-page advertisement in Billboard magazine. The ad, which appeared in March, featured a young Cash displaying his middle finger and sarcastically "thanking" radio for supporting the album!

2014
Loretta Lynn suffered minor burns following a fire at her home. The singer was at home watching TV when a candle burning in the sunroom toppled over, setting a chair on fire. Loretta discovered the blaze when she went to investigate a crackling sound and the singer used a pillow to beat down the flames.

Monday 022420

Authorities continue to search for the two missing children from eastern Idaho.  Police in Hawaii took 46 year old Lori Vallow also known as Lori Daybell into custody on an Idaho warrant.  She was being held on a $5-million dollar bond.  The charges are two felony counts of child abandonment.  8 year old JJ Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan have not been seen since September.

Police in Caldwell continue their investigation after one person was killed and three injured in an early morning shooting at an apartment complex.  A police officer was one of the victims injured.  The shooting occurred at an apartment complex for senior Citizens Friday.

Fish and Game officials are asking the public to help identify the shooter who killed a Golden Eagle west of Oakley.  In addition to being a violation of State Law, shooting a golden eagle is also a federal offense.  The incident happened February 10th.  Call the fish and game if you can help with the investigation.

While hemp would remain illegal in the gem state, a bill moving along in Boise would make it so it’s no longer considered Marijuana.  If adopted as law, it outlines rules for hemp transportation and begins the process to allow farmers to grow the crop.

Twin Falls Resident Kimberly Fields who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud has been sentenced.  The 39 year old was given three years supervised probation and 100 hours of community service.  She will also pay $608 restitution to the Idaho Department of Insurance and $185 restitution to Sentry Insurance.  She purchased an auto policy shortly after she was involved in an accident.

Twin Falls is getting a new school.  Pinecrest Academy is a K-8 public Charter school that will specialize in STEM and features a lot of hands-on learning activities for the students.  The location has yet to be determined but the school principal said they want to locate it somewhere downtown.  They are currently accepting applications for students to attend.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to the girls high school basketball state playoffs, After a devastating one point loss to Sandpoint on the first day of the 4A state tournament, Burley came back with vengeance.  They held Middleton to a state record 18 points on Friday. Then on Saturday, took down Blackfoot, 56-43, to win the consolation trophy.

It was Raft River taking the victory over Rimrock 49 to 46 and Lighthouse defeated Mackay 52 to 46.  Carey lost to Rockland as the panthers were working hard to defend the state title.  The score 45 to 30 Saturday.

The Filer Wildcats fell short in the Class 3A third place game.  It was Parma 53 over Filer 45.  Melba took the Class 2A third place trophy from Declo 35 to 26.

For the Boys, for district play, it was Minico outlasting Century 35 to 32.  Twin Falls outlasted Mountain Home 48 to 46 and Wood River defeated Burley 78 to 65.

RJ Williams poured in 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Justinian Jessup added 15 points and four assists on a history-making day and Boise State defeated New Mexico 74-61 yesterday.  Boise State closes the regular season Wednesday at UNLV.

Jonah Radebaugh scored 22 points as Northern Colorado defeated Idaho State 85-72 on Saturday night and it was Sacramento State defeated Idaho 67-56 on Saturday.  This week, Northern Colorado plays Idaho at home on Thursday. Idaho State plays Portland State at home on Thursday.

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High 42F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 22F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 43F.  Low: 24.  Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 48 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Sunny.  High: 52 Low: 28

FRIDAY: Sunny.  High: 55 Low: 32

SATURDAY: Partly sunny.

February 24th: On this day

1958
Born on this day in Kaplan in Acadiana, was Sammy Kershaw, country music artist who has scored over twenty-five US Country hits including the 1993 #1 hit "She Don't Know She's Beautiful".

1964
Born on this day in Boone, North Carolina was Chris Austin, singer. Austin was most known for playing guitar and fiddle for Ricky Skaggs's and Reba McEntire's road bands. Austin toured with McEntire until an airplane carrying Austin and six other members of McEntire's band, and her road manager crashed into a nearby mountain on March 16, 1991, after taking off from an airport in San Diego, California, killing all on board. Austin was aged 27.

1969
Johnny Cash recorded his second live album behind prison walls at San Quentin State Prison. The resulting album At San Quentin, contained his hit "A Boy Named Sue." During the concert, the song "San Quentin", about an inmate's loathing for the prison, received such an enthusiastic response that Cash immediately played an encore. The concert was also taped for television broadcast.

1969
Capitol records released "Galveston" by Glen Campbell. Written by Jimmy Webb the song was a #4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the country music chart for Campbell. In 2003, the song ranked #8 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

1974
John Denver appeared in The Colorado Cattle Caper episode of the police drama McCloud television show, with Dennis Weaver as Marshal Sam McCloud.

1977
Winners at the 12th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Pat Boone, Pattie Page and Jerry Reed included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Mickey Gilley, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Billy Jo Spears, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Moe Bandy and Song of the Year went to Mickey Gilley for "Don't the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time."

1982
Country music winners at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Dolly Parton for "9 to 5" which also won Best Country Song. Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and Best Country Performance by a Group with Vocal - The Oak Ridge Boys for "Elvira."

1987
Reba McEntire won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Whoever's in New England" at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Country Song went to Jamie O'Hara (songwriter) for "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" performed by The Judds.

1991
Webb Pierce died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more #1 hits than any other country artist during the decade. His best know hit "In The Jailhouse Now," stayed on the charts for 37 weeks in 1955.

1992
Brooks & Dunn released their third single "Neon Moon." Taken from the album Brand New Man the song became their third consecutive #1 single on the country charts.

1993
Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for "I Feel Lucky" at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards. Vince Gill won Best Country Male Vocal Performance, for "I Still Believe in You."

1999
Country music winners at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Shania Twain for "You're Still the One", Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Vince Gill for "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Dixie Chicks for "There's Your Trouble", Best Country Album - Blake Chancey, Paul Worley (producers), John Guess (engineer/mixer) & Dixie Chicks for Wide Open Spaces.

2005
Goldie Hill died from complications of cancer. She became one of the first women to reach the top of the country music charts with her 1953 #1 hit, "I Let the Stars Get In My Eyes" and along with Kitty Wells, helped set the standard for later women in country music.

2017
Don Markham died age 85. Markham was instrumental in helping develop the Bakersfield Sound and was one of Merle Haggard's best friends and his longtime horn player.

2019
Mac Wiseman died age 93. He who worked as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as well as releasing his own solo bluegrass records for the Dot label. Wiseman also served as a founding member of the Country Music Association and joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Friday 022120

The Concordia Law in Boise has a new Parent Institution.  The law school officials say Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota will take over.  Concordia University in Portland the current parent institution was closing at the end of spring because of financial woes.  The American Bar Association must sign off on the transfer.

Legislation preventing transgender women from participating in sports that align with their gender identity headed to the House yesterday.  The legislation would apply to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team would not be open to a student who was born male, even if they identify as female.

Legislation intended to create transparency in medical bills sent to patients and to rein in predatory medical debt collectors advanced to the Idaho House.  The measure would require doctors and medical facilities to provide timely and clear bills for their clients. It would also limit how much attorneys can get paid in specific circumstances involving medical debt collection.

Legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted headed to the Senate.  The House voted 70-0 to approve the measure that would pay $60,000 a year for wrongful incarceration and $75,000 per year on death row.

A man convicted of rape in Idaho and sexual assault in Pennsylvania after prosecutors said he duped then drugged and assaulted women in both states will get a chance to argue his Idaho attorney was ineffective under a new ruling from the Idaho Supreme Court.  The ruling means Jeffrey Marsalis will get to have a hearing on his claim that his attorney should have presented an expert witness and taken other steps during his trial in 2009.

Idaho County is complying with state law by approving a comprehensive land use plan after 45 years of resistance.  County commissioners approved the land use plan, along with a one-page planning and zoning ordinance.  Last spring the Idaho Attorney General’s office contacted the commissioners and advised them to begin complying with the law or face consequences, which could have included personal sanctions.

SPORTS

In sports from around Idaho, first for Girls who are working their way toward the state title we find Burley coming up short.  It was a nail biter to the finish as Sandpoint took the game 40 to 39.  The bobcats now play today in the consolation bracket.  Declo stayed alive defeating Ririe 40 to 36.  The semifinal game is tonight at 8.  Filer took their game over Teton in overtime 55 to 52.  Parma outlasted Kimberly 51 to 38.  Salmon defeated Lighthouse Christian 47 to 38.  It was Carey 42 Mackay 39.

For the Boys, Pocatello outlasted Twin Falls 62 to 47.  Century defeated Burley 53 to 40.  Minico took the win from Wood River 54 to 38 and Preston 68 over Mountain Home 44.

On the wrestling mats, it’s Declo in first place followed by Valley, Wendell, Raft River, Oakley, Glenns Ferry Dietrich Murtaugh and Hansen.

Tomorrow a couple of games on the College hardwood.  Northern Colorado looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho State.  Game time 7 pm Holt Arena in Pocatello tomorrow night.

At the Kibbie Dome in Moscow tomorrow afternoon at 3 it’s Idaho who is looking for it’s fourth straight win over Sacramento State.  We shall  see!

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 45F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 23F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: A mix of sun and clouds. High: 50. Low: 28.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 52. Low: 31.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Windy weather is expected. High: 44. Low: 28.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 44. Low: 25.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 28.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 53.

February 21st: On this day

1958
Merle Haggard was transferred to San Quentin Prison, after a failed escape attempt from Bakersfield Jail. During his time at the proson, Haggard started to run a gambling and brewing racket with his cellmate. One time, after he was caught drunk, he was sent for a week to solitary confinement. Haggard had been arrested in 1957 shortly after he tried to rob a Bakersfield roadhouse.

1958
Born on this day in Princeton, New Jersey, was Mary Chapin Carpenter, folk and country music singer, songwriter. Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she received from 1992 to 1995.

1970
Born on this day in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was Eric Heatherly, country music artist who had the 2000 top 20 Country hit "Swimming in Champagne."

1972
Dolly Parton released "Touch Your Woman" which peaked at #6 on the US country singles charts. A number of country radio stations refused to play the track because they found the song too sexually suggestive.

1976
C. W. McCall was at #1 on the US country album chart with Black Bear Road, which included the #1 hit novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.

1990
Country music winners at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance, k.d. lang for Absolute Torch and Twang, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Lyle Lovett for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Best Country Performance by a Group, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, Hank Williams Jr. & Hank Williams Sr. for "There's a Tear in My Beer", Best Country Instrumental Performance Randy Scruggs for "Amazing Grace."

2000
Chad Brock released "Yes!" the second single from his album of the same name. The song which is considered to be Brock's signature song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, spending three weeks at #1 in the US and one week in Canada.

2001
At the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Faith Hill took home Best Country Album for the album Breathe, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song's title track and for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Tim McGraw for "Let's Make Love".

2007
The police officer who arrested John Michael Montgomery in 2006 for drunken driving was fired. Officials in Lexington, Ky., charged Joshua Cromer with unbecoming conduct, dishonesty and insubordination after he arrested Montgomery on Feb. 14, 2006, near the singer's home. Following the arrest, Cromer altered a photograph to show himself posing with Montgomery and then posted it on his own MySpace page.

Thursday 022020

Cassia county authorities say a 43 year old man has been arrested and charged with the Bank Robbery of the DL Evans bank in Burley on February 10th.  Sheriff Jay Heward said Kacey Allen Fisher is currently at the Mini-Cassia Criminal justice center.  He was arrested on Tuesday.

A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body, was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison.  Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019. Through a plea agreement, the 36-year-old Savage did not have to stand trial and could not be considered for the death penalty.

The search for the Twin Falls Chief Financial Officer has been narrowed to four people.  The city received 30 applications.  Randy Bates, Breanna Howard, Jim Krueger, and Darcie Upton will participate in onsite interviews in late-February with the local selection team.

The Idaho Transportation department says they will take public comment next month to hear what residents think about a possible 129-thousand pound truck route that would pass through Twin Falls, Jerome and Gooding Counties on sections of U.S. 93, Idaho 46 and Highway 79.

The Twin Falls County Commissioners are considering allowing probation officers to be armed with hand guns or stun guns.  Currently they are armed only with Pepper Spray.  Commissioners are concerned because of the numbers of those who face felony charges but not convicted have gone up. 

Scammers are targeting large number of people and as the federal government launches the 2020 census, officials are warning phony census correspondence or telephone calls.  Invitations to respond to the Decennial Census will be mailed to U.S. households in March.  Responses to the Census questions may be submitted online or via mail or telephone. By May, Census workers will begin visiting or contacting households that have not yet responded.

SPORTS

This weekend will decide the champions for the girls high school basketball with play beginning today.  The Burley Bobcats are the district four runner-ups.  The first round game is tonight in Sandpoint at 6:15 pm.  For the Filer wildcats, the district 4 champs going in to state their first round game will be at the Middleton High School at 3 pm today.  Declo hornets are also seeded with the District four champs with their first game set for 8 pm tonight in Kuna.  The Raft River Trojans also seeded as champs with a game in Prairie this afternoon at 1:15 pm at the Columbia high school.  The lighthouse lions will play their first game this afternoon at 1:15 pm at the Nampa High school. 

The Carey panthers who are district four runner ups have their first round game in Nampa with Mackay at 8 pm tonight. 

As for college action, Northern Arizona goes for the season sweep over Idaho after winning the previous matchup in Flagstaff. The game is set to begin at 7:30 tonight at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 21F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 46F. Low 25F.  Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 49. Low: 30.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of late rain and snow showers. Breezy weather will develop during the evening and overnight hours. High: 52. Low: 30.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well High: 41. Low: 26.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY:  Becoming mostly cloudy during the afternoon. High: 42.

February 20th: On this day

1954
"Slowly" by Webb Pierce became the first #1 song on Billboard's country charts to feature the pedal steel guitar. (His biggest hit was "In the Jailhouse Now," which charted for 37 weeks in 1955).

1981
Born on this day in Oceanside, California, was Chris Thile, musician, with the acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for "The Eleventh Reel" in 2006.

1984
Born on this day was American singer and songwriter Audra Mae, (she is the great-great-niece of Judy Garland). As well as releasing her own records she co-wrote "Little Red Wagon" recorded by Miranda Lambert.

1991
Country music winners at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Kathy Mattea for "Where've You Been" who won Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Best Male Country Vocal Performance, went to Vince Gill for "When I Call Your Name", Best Country Performance by a Group was The Kentucky Headhunters for Pickin' on Nashville and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler for "Poor Boy Blues."

1993
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Some Gave All which included his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart".

1996
Alan Jackson made a guest appearance on Home Improvement, singing "Mercury Blues" on the fictitious handyman show Tool Time. Part of the show's attraction was its token "Tool Time girl", whose primary roles were to look good, be curvaceous, roll out various props and help introduce the two hosts.

2005
LeAnn Rimes performed "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense" and Big & Rich performed "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)" at halftime during the NBA all-star basketball game at Denver's Colorado Convention Center.

2019
Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Foster died age 87. He is credited as producer behind all of Roy Orbison’s biggest hits including "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely" and "Crying" and also produced major hits for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Stevens and Kris Kristofferson.