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Friday 011020

Lawmakers have introduced legislation prohibiting local Idaho governments from passing laws restricting cellphone use by motorists but also expanding the state’s distracted driving law to cover such activities.  The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted unanimously to hold a hearing for the bill that lawmakers say would make Idaho roads safer.

After President Donald Trump announced he is seeking improvements to the national environmental policy act, Governor Brad Little issued a statement saying he is a strong advocate of healthy lands and waters.  The governor said he support Trump’s plan. 

One skier remains missing at an Idaho resort where an avalanche on Tuesday killed two skiers and injured four others.  The Silver Mountain Resort was closed Wednesday “to focus all available resources on the search,″ the resort said on Facebook.

Fewer people signed up for health insurance under the state’s insurance exchange program following Medicaid expansion.   Officials with Your Health Idaho say nearly 90,000 Idahoans signed up for coverage ahead of the Dec. 16 deadline. That’s down about 14,000 participants compared to last year.

Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter said he will seek another term.  The sheriff said since taking office in 2009, he has accomplished many goals but there is room for improvement.

71 year old Keith Peterson, a former teacher in Idaho was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 16.  Peterson was arrested in April and charged with lewd conduct and sexual battery of a minor.  The now 17-year-old boy told Nampa Police officers that Peterson inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions for nearly two years starting when he was 15, authorities said.

Officials have identified the man shot and wounded by law enforcement officers in Pocatello Monday evening as a 29-year-old Trevor Alan Vanhorn of Idaho Falls.  Vanhorn remained in critical condition at a hospital on Wednesday but authorities say he is expected to survive.


The Jerome tiger boys lost to Burley last night in Jerome.  The tigers shot 55-percent from the three point line but that wasn’t enough as Burley took the Win 65 to 59.  That game broadcast on 1400 AM KART.

Elsewhere from Boys High School Basketball, Twin Falls downed Century 54 to 44 while Canyon Ridge took the win from Kimberly 69 to 54.  Filer defeated Gooding 64 to 49 while Murtaugh defeated the Sun Valley Community School 51 to 33 and Dietrich took the win from Richfield 74 to 41.

In Girls high school basketball, Lighthouse Christian took the game over Hansen 44 to 42.  Carey defeated Hagerman 46 to 28 and Valley downed Wendell 49 to 25 and Raft River won over Shoshone 48 to 39.

The men of CSI lost to Salt lake Community College last night 84 to 71 and the Women of CSI also lost their game to Salt Lake 67 to 55.

Harald Frey scored 22 points, including a go-ahead free throw with 13 seconds to play, and Montana State beat Idaho 71-68 last night.

In Pocatello Southern Utah took the win from Idaho State last night 71 to 55.

Today, in Girls high school basketball, Great Basin Conference teams Burley and Twin Falls meet in Twin Falls and the CSI Men and Women’s basketball teams are on the road where they take on Colorado Northwestern Community College.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 33F. SW winds shifting to SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow developing after midnight. Low 27F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70%. About one inch of snow expected.

Tomorrow:  Snow showers. High 37F Low 25. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 31. Low: 26.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 30. Low: 23.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 31. Low: 13.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers. High: 24. Low: 14.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers. High: 30.


January 10th: On this day

Loretta Webb married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, commonly known as "Doolittle", "Doo" or "Mooney" (for running moonshine), after courting for a month. Mooney was 21 years old; Loretta was 15. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, the couple moved from Butcher Hollow to the logging community of Custer, Washington when she was 16 years old and seven months pregnant with the first of their six children. Over the course of their often-tumultuous nearly 50-year marriage, Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career.

Audrey Williams filed for divorce from Hank Williams for the second time in four years.

Patsy Cline released "She's Got You" as the follow-up to her last hit "Crazy". Penned by Hank Cochran, the single peaked at #1 on the Country charts and has since been covered by many artists including Rosanne Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, and Jimmy Buffett.

Johnny cash was at #1 on the US Country charts with his version of the Carl Perkins song, "Daddy Sang Bass." The record was nominated in the CMA awards category of Single of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1969.

"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" by Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts. Taken from his from the album, Back to the Barrooms it became Merle Haggard's twenty-sixth #1 country hit. The single stayed at #1 for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some from the 1970s and early 1990s), premiered. The show was hosted by Tampa radio personality Ken Cooper.

Charley Pride received a lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. In the early to mid-1970s Pride became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley, scoring 39 #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Taylor Swift performed two songs - "Love Story" and "Forever & Always" as the musical guest on NBC's TV Saturday Night Live.

Thursday 010920

U.S. officials say they’re planning to send at least another 100 firefighters to Australia to join 159 already in the country battling wildfires that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes.  The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, said that 90 firefighters left in recent days to fight fires that have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.

Triple A is saying that In an almost complete reversal of the usual pattern, gas prices in Idaho dropped from Memorial Day until the first part of October last year, followed by a surprising spike in the fall that lasted until Thanksgiving.  Idahoans paid the least on February 18 at $2.29 per gallon, and the most on May 24 at $3.21 per gallon.

Officials at Silver Mountain Resort in northern Idaho say they have recovered the body of a second skier who was killed in an avalanche that also injured five skiers.  The avalanche happened about 11 a.m. Tuesday in an area of the resort where the ski runs are rated at the highest difficultly level.

Officials at Boise State University have placed Cody Butler the college’s assistant women’s basketball coach on administrative leave after discovering he faces a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and harassment of a player at his previous job.  Butler was sued in May by a former women’s basketball player at Yakima Valley College in Washington State.

Relatives of two missing children are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan.   Larry and Kay Woodcock, JJ’s biological grandparents, made the announcement in Rexburg. The children haven’t been seen since September.

The co-chairmen of the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee said Tuesday that they are backing Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s call for “transparent budgeting.”  Republican leaders say the change will provide a more accurate picture of the state’s budget.

Authorities say a man who was shot and wounded by Pocatello police after exchanging gunfire with officers is in critical condition at a local hospital late Tuesday night.  The chase eventually reached the parking lot of a Sizzler restaurant, where several law enforcement officers opened fire on the man, shooting him and taking him into custody.


Derrick Alston Jr. scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Justinian Jessup set a school record and Boise State extended its home win streak to seven games, beating UNLV 73-66 last night.  Jessup, who scored 18 points, hit 5-of-8 3-pointers, with the first breaking a tie with Anthony Drmic for career 3-pointers. He now has 280 and his 16 shy of tying Jimmer Fredette’s Mountain West Conference record.

In Boys High School basketball, Richfield downed Hansen 65 to 62.  Valley defeated Raft River 51 to 34 and Oakley defeated Mackay 58 to 55.

In girls action, Hagerman defeated Shoshone 45 to 36.  Jerome took the win from Canyon Ridge 70 to 37 and it was Twin Falls defeating Mountain Home 44 to 35.  Gooding won over Dietrich 58 to 27 and it was Mackay outlasting Oakley 53 to 40 and Century took the game with Burley 41 to 34. 


Eastern Idaho is currently experiencing severe winter weather driving conditions.  Areas being especially affected are Bonneville County, Jefferson County, Madison County, Fremont County, and Teton County.  Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if travel is necessary. 

Today:  Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 34F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 18F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 30. Low: 23.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 32. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 31. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 31. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow and breezy. High: 27. Low: 13.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers and colder. High: 20.

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January 9th: On this day

Hank Williams recorded "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", "Why Don't You Love Me" and "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" during sessions at Castle Studios, Nashville. "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" later became Hank Williams' second #1 on the Country & Western chart and stayed on the charts for twenty-one weeks, with five weeks at the top of the Country & Western chart.

Born on this day in Paintsville, Kentucky was Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". An award-winning singer, Gayle has accumulated 18 #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also famous for her once nearly floor-length hair.

Loretta Lynn recorded "Fist City" which when released topped the Country music charts. The song was inspired by her husband's dalliances with other women who pursued him while she was busy touring. It is one of several songs that got Lynn banned from the radio in the 1960s for her controversial themes.

Glen Campbell recorded "Galveston" at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. The Jimmy Webb song gave Campbell his third US Country #1 hit. The song, released in February 1969, was perceived as being a Vietnam War protest song.

Willie and Family Live the double live album by Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts. Recorded live at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the album features Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck on some of the songs.

Following a recommendation from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commision dedicated Highway 31, known locally as Gallatin Road, as the Johnny Cash Parkway. A ceremony was later held in the parking lot at The House Of Cash.

Shania Twain won the People's Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer at the CBS broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

Songwriter Hugh Prestwood faced criminal charges in New York after authorities at Long Island MacArthur Airport discovered a loaded.38-caliber revolver in his carry-on luggage. Prestwood's songs include Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When" and Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart."

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Red. The album sold 1.89 million copies in its first three weeks and was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year, marking Swift's second nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammys, following her 2010 victory with Fearless.

Wednesday 010820

Twin Falls Council member Suzanne Hawkins has a new title.  Mayor.  At this week’s council meeting, the council voted 4 to 3 in favor of Hawkins.  She replaces Shawn Barigar.  Ruth Pierce will be vice-mayor.

Idaho Governor Brad Little is proposing almost $150 million in new spending to alleviate Idaho’s crowded prison system.  The money is part of the 4-billion dollar budget.  2-point 7 million would be spent for initial operating costs at the Twin Falls Community Reentry center that is expected to open in October.  The facility would allow 160 low risk low security inmates to live and work in the months leading up to their release.

Authorities in Pocatello shot an armed suspect outside a restaurant after he fired multiple shots at police during a vehicle pursuit.  He was wounded and taken into custody.  The man attempted to escape a narcotics operation.

In a Cassia County courtroom district judge Michael Tribe moved the jury trial for Gilberto Rodriguez from April 20th to September 9th.  Rodriguez has been charged with first degree murder following the killing of 14 year old Regina Krieger in 1995. 

Idaho authorities have confirmed two engines are still in a northern Idaho river after a rock slide derailed a train on New Year’s Day.  A crew of divers began the process of removing about 1,900 gallons of fuel from a submerged locomotive.

Police in Boise have arrested a man who they say struck and injured an officer while trying to elude arrest.   Officers were trying to arrest Lantz Reeves of Boise on a felony warrant just after noon on Monday when he fled in a vehicle.   Officers found that vehicle crashed into a utility box, and chased Reeves who had fled on foot. Police said that’s when he carjacked another vehicle and drove into a police officer.


Boise State University has placed Cody Butler, their Women’s Basketball assistant coach on administrative leave.  Butler is facing a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse and harassment of a player at his previous job. Butler has worked at Boise State since 2012.  He was sued in May by a former women’s basketball player at Yakima Valley College. He was a men’s and women’s assistant coach at Yakima Valley from 2000 to 2002, the co-head coach of the women’s team in 2002-03 and the head women’s coach from 2003 to 2012.

In scores from High School Basketball, first to the boys in a game heard on KART, 1400 AM, it was about as close as you can get with Twin Falls taking the win from Jerome 46 to 45.  Camas County defeated Hagerman 74 to 42. Preston won the game over Canyon Ridge 68 to 51.  Wood River defeated Gooding 55 to 39.  It was Declo 53 Buhl 45.  In an overtime game Wendell defeated Shoshone 57 to 53 and Dietrich defeated Castleford 65 to 48.  Carey took the win from Murtaugh 62 to 47 and it was Lighthouse Christian 69 over the Sun Valley Community School 41.  It was Weiser 69 over Filer 60 and Minico won the game over Mountain Home 39 to 28.

On the Girls side Mountain Home took it from Buhl 58 to 20.  Hansen Defeated Richfield 39 to 20.  Carey downed Murtaugh 42 to 29 and Raft River won the game with Oakley 51 to 40.  Camas County won their game with Hagerman 53 to 24 and Castleford defeated Dietrich 46 to 41. 

Tonight the Jerome Tiger Girls travel to Twin Falls to play Canyon Ridge.  That game will  be broadcast on 1400 am KART.

For the college games tonight, Idaho State looks for its fifth straight win over Southern Utah at Holt Arena. The last victory for the Thunderbirds at Idaho State was a 71-67 win on Feb. 14, 2015.  Game time is 7 pm mountain in Pocatello. 

Two senior guards will be on display as Harald Frey and Montana State will face Trevon Allen and Idaho. Frey has scored 24 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 16.2 over his last five games. Allen is averaging 22.6 points over the last five games.  Game time is 7:30 pm at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.


Today:  Variable clouds with snow showers or flurries. High 39F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow showers this evening and steady snow likely after midnight. Low around 30F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 34. Low: 22.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies with AM isolated snow showers and a little bit breezy. High: 32. Low: 23.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers and a little bit breezy. High: 32. Low: 24.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers and breezy. High: 31. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow and breezy. High: 31. Low: 22.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of snow and breezy. High: 28.

January 8th: On this day

Born on this day in Tennessee, was Luther Perkins, guitarist who played an essential role in defining Johnny Cash's "boom-chicka-boom" rockabilly sound. Perkins is lauded in the title of Cash's Top 10 1959 single "Luther Played The Boogie". Perkins died in a house fire on Aug 3rd 1968 after he apparently went to sleep in the living room of his home while holding a lit cigarette.

Born on this day in East Tupelo, Mississippi, was Elvis Presley. Before emerging as the "King of Rock & Roll," Presley made inroads in country, where he returned during his latter years. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. Presley died on Aug 16th 1977.

Born on this day, was Cristy Lane, country music and gospel music singer, best known for a number of major country hits in the late 70s and the early 1980s, including her cover version of the song, "One Day at a Time".

American country music musician, singer, and songwriter Sara Carter died aged 80. She was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In 2001 she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Faith Hill's first single release, "Wild One" was at #1 on the US Country chart. The song spent four weeks atop the Billboard chart, the longest for a debut release by a female artist since Connie Smith's debut "Once a Day" in 1964.

Faith Hill took home three trophies at the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tim McGraw won Favorite Country Male, The Dixie Chicks were named Favorite Country Band, and Billy Gilman won Favorite New Country Artist.

The 10 most-played country songs on US radio during 2013, in descending order, were Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel," Lady Antebellum's "Downtown," Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart," Florida Georgia Line's "Get Your Shine On," Brett Eldredge's "Don't Ya," The Band Perry's "Done," Randy Houser's "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," Easton Corbin's "All Over the Road," Jake Owen's "Anywhere With You" and Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did."

The funeral for Little Jimmy Dickens was held at the Grand Ole Opry House, who had died on Jan 2nd aged 94. Dickens was entombed in the Cross Mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.

American country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, best known for his trucker-themed songs died aged 81. His first #1 hit was with "Sam's Place," recorded by Buck Owens. In 1979, Simpson appeared for the last time on the charts with "The Flying Saucer Man and the Truck Driver."

Tuesday 010720

Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Kelly Biggs has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a 50-year-old Raul Antonio Menjivar-Saabedra of Grace in November. On November 19th, around 8:30 p.m. law enforcement officers responded to a report of a suspicious male at Stokes Market in Preston.  Officers spent 2 hours trying to talk Saabedra into putting a large kitchen knife down. Instead, he sprinted toward the officer with the knife raised. The officer fired three shots killing the man.

A federal agency has ordered an Idaho company to pay four employees tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime and travel time after the company violated labor laws.  An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department found that Intermountain Concrete Polishing paid employees straight-time rates for all the hours they worked, including workweeks that exceeded 40 hours.  The Meridian-based floor polishing company must pay $47,676 to four employees for violating overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The tracks in northern Idaho have reopened after a train derailment on Wednesday stranded locomotives and caused fuel spills in a river.  The tracks reopened Saturday afternoon after three locomotives and six rail cars derailed in the remote area 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry on the main line. Two locomotives remain on scene.  The derailment was caused by a rock slide. 

Authorities have searched the home of Chad Daybell of Rexburg, who is linked to the suspicious death of his first wife Tammy Daybell, and the disappearance of his two new stepchildren.  The search warrant was also in connection to the disappearance of 7 year old Joshua Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan who haven’t been seen since September.  The children’s mother, Lori Vallow — who is also now known as Lori Daybell — married Chad Daybell shortly after the other wife’s death.   Lori Daybell’s former spouse, Charles Vallow was killed in July in Arizona in a confrontation with her brother, Alex Cox who died on Dec. 12.


A couple of high school seniors have signed to play sports on the college level.  For Canyon Ridge Senior Kylee Gerstl she will be playing softball at CSI and for Twin Falls senior Clair Hodge she has decided to play volleyball for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. Both signed their letter of intent yesterday. 

Tomorrow, at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise UNLV will take on the Boise State Bronco’s.  That basketball game is set to begin 7 pm local time.  UNLV is 8 and 8 for the season while Boise State is 10 – 6. 


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High around 45F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies early followed by a mixture of light rain and snow overnight. Low 33F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 30%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with afternoon snow showers. High 39F Low: 27. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Higher wind gusts possible.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers. High: 34. Low: 23.

FRIDAY: Increasing clouds through the day with a slight chance of snow showers and breezy. High: 33. Low: 25.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered snow showers. High: 33. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with scattered snow. High: 30. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow. High: 30.

January 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Maryville, Tennessee, was Jack Greene the country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant". His best known song is the 1966 #1 hit "There Goes My Everything." He died at home on March 14, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer's disease two months after his 83rd birthday.

Born on this day in Vienna, Missouri was country singer Leona Williams. She was a backing musician for Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, to whom she was married between 1978 and 1983. She also charted eight times on Hot Country Songs, with her only Top 40 hit being a duet with Haggard titled "The Bull and the Beaver."

Johnny Cash started a regular Saturday night spot on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast from the Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Born on this day in Herrin, Illinois, was David Lee Murphy country singer, songwriter, who scroed the 1995 US Country #1 hit "Dust On The Bottle."

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music chart with "Rose Garden." The title track from her album stayed at the #1 position for four weeks. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Born on this day was John Rich, country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. In 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich, who released three albums on Warner Bros. Records as well as ten singles, including the #1 hit "Lost in This Moment". In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for Faith Hill, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson.

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott married Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. The two first met in college and reconnected when Lady Antebellum and fellow country music band Love and Theft, in which Tyrrell was the drummer at the time, both served as opening acts on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour in early 2010.

Monday 010620

The lawmakers have returned to Boise and this morning marks day one of the legislative session.  The session will run through March.  This session it’s expected that many issues will be discussed from education spending, gender confirmation surgery, climate change education and partisan district structuring. 

Police in Nampa, found a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his leg Thursday.  The boy was found about 5:15 p.m. and the suspect was detained shortly afterward in Caldwell.

Tonight at the Twin Falls city council meeting, members will first award a certificate of appreciation to outgoing councilman Chris Talkington for his years of service.  Then following the oath for newly elected council members, the group will select a new Mayor and a Vice Mayor.  The council meet’s tonight at 5 at the council chambers. 

Good news for farmers in Idaho.  According to the University of Idaho, the state had the second highest year on record for Cash Receipts on crops.  8-point 3 billion dollars.  Officials say there are two factors why this happened.  Milk prices were up by 19 percent and Potatoes 15-percent. 

A call for information on the killing of four mule deer that were left to waste at the Teton Dam site last week is expected to lead to prosecution according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  The deer apparently were used to seeing people in the area and were easy targets.  The animals were left to rot and seemed to only be used as target practice by the shooters.

With all the wildfires in Australia, the Bureau of Land Management is sending a person from the Twin Falls district to help out.  Clay Stephens will be a division group supervisor.    The series of deadly wildfires have burned through more than 12 million acres, which equals more than twice the size of Connecticut.


Nathan Rourke accounted for 241 yards of offense and ran for a touchdown to help Ohio beat Nevada 30-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.  Ohio finished 7-6, rebounding from a 1-3 start for its fifth straight winning season under coach Frank Solich.

Joshua Patton had 19 points and Brandon Davis posted 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Sacramento State topped Idaho State 68-49 on Saturday night.  Idaho State takes on Southern Utah at home on Thursday.

In High School Basketball action, first to the boys, where Burley downed Green Canyon 64 to 60.  Preston defeated Twin Falls 75 to 52.  Canyon Ridge won the game over Buhl 77 to 47.   Jerome took the win from Caldwell 63 to 46.  Centennial beat Minico 49  to 45.  Kimberly defeated Mountain Home 62 to 56.  Sugar Salem defeated Filer 70 to 39 and it was Lighthouse 59 over Glenns Ferry 35.  Elsewhere Murtaugh took the win from Rockland 49 to 40.  Carey defeated Shoshone 44 to 38.  Garden Valley won over Dietrich 84 to 77.

In girls basketball, Jerome took the win from Ridgevue 57 to 24.  Minico downed Idaho Falls 52 to 42.  Sugar Salem took the win from Filer 56 to 41.  Mountain Home 50 over Buhl 12.  Grace won the game over Raft River 53 to  39.  Carey defeated Shoshone 41 to 12.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 39F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 28F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 27.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers and breezy. High: 38. Low: 25.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 22.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers and breezy. High: 32. Low: 25.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow. High: 33. Low: 22.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow. High: 30.

January 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Earl Scruggs the American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a 3-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style). Worked with Bill Monroe in the "Blue Grass Boys", scored the hit as Flatt and Scruggs with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. Scruggs died from natural causes on March 28, 2012, in a Nashville hospital.

Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Great Balls Of Fire". The song which was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree.

Johnny Cash released "Ballad of a Teenage Queen". Taken from his 1958 album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous, the song which is just 2 minutes and 13 seconds long gave Cash his third #1 country hit.

C. W. McCall was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Black Bear Road. It is largely considered the album which gave him the most significant boost of his career, almost entirely due to the 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.

Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes were each nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for their versions of "How Do I Live." This was the first time in Grammy history that two renditions of the same song competed against each other. Rimes took the Diane Warren penned song to #2 on the US charts and #7 where it spent 34 weeks on the chart. The song was originally intended for release as a single for the 1997 action blockbuster Con Air soundtrack.

Friday 010320

Twin Falls police say they had more DUI arrests this year than last over New Year’s eve.  Three people were taken into custody during traffic stops.  Police say they are grateful for the motorists who alert them of a possible impaired driver and feel that part of increase is due to those actions.

Idaho State Police are still looking for the person that hit a pedestrian in Caldwell early Wednesday morning.  According to ISP, two people were crossing State Highway 19 on foot around 1:00 a.m. when a vehicle headed westbound struck of them.  One person was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police in Pocatello arrested a former Pocatello police officer who has been charged with assaulting and injuring a female individual on New Year’s Eve.  29 year old Ryan Davis is facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.  His charges include attempted strangulation and aggravated assault.  She was treated and released for her injuries at a local hospital. 

With a new year comes a fresh new batch of scams.  Much of the scams centers around tax season as social security numbers are stolen in order for someone trying to file their return.  Those doing other people’s taxes say they get a number of calls from people claiming they need the information over the phone because their kids are going to college.

Cleanup continues near Bonners Ferry as crews work to contain diesel fuel that spilled into the Kootenai River.  A Train derailed and its lead engine began leaking.  Officials say a rockslide in the area is being blamed.  Forty trains use the track daily including company freights and Amtrak passenger trains traveling between Seattle and Chicago.


Ohio and Nevada will meet for the first time today in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the blue turf in Boise. It’s the fifth straight bowl appearance for the Bobcats and 11th overall in the past 14 seasons under head coach Frank Solich. Ohio has fond memories of its only other trip to the Potato Bowl when it beat Utah State 24-23 in 2011 for the first bowl victory in program history.  Game time is 1:30 pm mountain time at Albertson Stadium.

Speaking of Albertson Stadium on the BSU campus, yesterday the school’s athletic department announced plans to renovate the east side of the stadium.  The long-discussed Renovation will include an exterior facelift, expanded concourse, upgraded amenities, premium seating, academic center and a dedicated home for BroncoLife — a program that helps student-athletes transition to college, be positive influences on campus and plan for their careers.  This will be the first significant upgrade to the stadium since a bleacher expansion in 2012 and the completion of the football facility in 2013.  Estimated cost and timeline hasn’t been established.

Tomorrow night at 8, Big Sky foes meet as Idaho State faces Sacramento State. Idaho State beat Eastern Washington by six at home in its last outing. Sacramento State lost 52-50 at Montana in its most recent game.  The game in Sacramento California.

Trevon Allen scored 20 points as Idaho beat Portland State 72-61 on Thursday night. B Idaho takes on Montana State at home next Thursday. Portland State plays Eastern Washington on the road on Saturday.

In boys high school basketball from yesterday, Garden Valley downed Camas County 80 to 68.  Timberline outlasted Burley 52 to 46 and Minico defeated Reed Nevada 63 to 58 and Malad downed Declo 60 to 49.

On the girl’s side, Capital defeated Minico 39 to 37.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 44F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 31F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers and breezy. Light snow accumulations possible in the South Hills (generally under 3”). High: 39. Low: 24.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow and rain showers. High: 34. Low: 24.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 33. Low: 22.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 23.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers. High: 34. Low: 21.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers and a little bit breezy. High: 32.

January 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Houston, was Leon McAuliffe who played steel guitar for Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1935-1942. He scored his own instrumental hit in 1949 with "Panhandle Rag."

Sun Studio was opened by Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with Sun Records. Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, recorded there throughout the mid to late 1950s

Jack Greene was at #1 on the US Country charts with "There Goes My Everything", which spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart. The song won several awards, including "Single of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the very first CMA Awards.

Born on this day in La Mesa, California, was Nikki Nelson, country music singer who replaced Paulette Carlson as lead vocalist in Highway 101, (featuring on their album Bing Bang Boom).

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.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the country chart with Fearless. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Swift's Album of the Year win made her the youngest person ever at the age of 20 to receive that award. Fearless was also the first album in history to win the American Music Award, Academy of Country Music Award, Country Music Association Award, and Grammy Award for Album of The Year in the same year making it the most awarded album in the history of country music.

Phil Everly died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, just sixteen days prior to his 75th birthday. The cause of his death was complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a combination of emphysema and bronchitis), brought on by a lifetime of smoking. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Producer Sam Lovullo died aged 88. He was responsible for bringing country music to mainstream television and produced Hee Haw which premiered on CBS in June of 1969, and ran on the network until 1971, after which it ran for another two decades in syndication. Anchored by veteran country stars Roy Clark and Buck Owens, the show featured a regular cast, as well as weekly guest appearances from the biggest stars, legends and most up-and-coming names in the genre.