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Monday 010719

The legislature’s Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment received a mixed bag of news last week just days ahead of the opening session.  The Good:  Unemployment rates are low, wages are up, the population continues to increase tax for sales and property is up.  The bad, personal income tax is down and some experts say look for an economic slowdown.

Governor-elect Brad Little said he is committed to boosting Teacher Salaries.  Today, the state of the state address will outline the year’s agenda for the legislative session.

In March, the Cassia county school district will seek a 56-point 7 million dollar bond issue.  It will be the district’s third bond issue since 2015.  If approved 14 classrooms will be added to the High school and six to the Junior high.  In Addition, a new classroom wing added to Declo Elementary and four classrooms for Oakley High.  The Technical center will also be upgraded. 

Late last week, Gov. Butch” Otter named the Twin Falls County chief civil deputy prosecutor to succeed a retiring 5th District Judge.  Rosemary Emory will succeed Twin Falls-based 5th District Judge John K. Butler.

Authorities are investigating a 32 year old nurse who is employed at St. Luke’s in Twin Falls for possibly disposing of a cell phone in the case of a missing Colorado Mom.  Police have not found the body of Kelsey Berreth but her fiancé 32 year old Patrick Frazee has been charged with her apparent death.

35 year old Justin Bowman of Twin Falls has been charged with trying to strangle his girlfriend after police got a tip that he had threatened a shooting at her workplace.  He was arrested last week in the parking lot of C-3.

25 year old Mykal M. Torrez of Burley has been charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal conspiracy.  He is an employee of a local auto dealership who authorities say he borrowed a pickup from but failed to return it. 

Former Idaho Governor Phil Bat has been awarded the state’s top honor, the 2019 Idaho Medal of Achievement.  The 91-year old championed human rights legislation and protection for farm workers and a minimum wage law.

Governor Elect Brad Little said he is committed to implementing the voter approved expansion of Medicaid coverage.  We’re on schedule, Little said.

WEATHER

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of snow mainly in the morning for the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.
Winds: W 10-15 mph
High: 38 Mountains: 31

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy
Winds: ESE 5 mph
Low: 38 Mountains: 11

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of nighttime snow for the Wood River Valley.
Winds: E 10-15 mph
High: 38 Low: 31
Mountains: 32 Low: 24

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and snow showers in the Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
High: 41 Low: 28
Mountains: 38 Low: 23

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny
High: 38 Low: 25

FRIDAY: Sunny.
High: 36 Low: 26

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy.
High: 40 Low: 28
Mountains: Low:

SUNDAY: Cloudy. Chance of snow that turns to a chance of rain in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow in the Wood River Valley.
High: 39 Low: 29
Mountains: 36 Low: 25

MONDAY: Cloudy. Chance of a.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley.
High: 39 Low: 28
Mountains: 36 Low: 23

January 7th: On this day

1930
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.

1943
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."

1956
Johnny Cash started a regular Saturday night spot on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast from the Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1959
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.”

1971
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.

1974
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.

2012
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.

Friday 010419

The first 2019 baby born in the Magic Valley has arrived.  Just after 4 pm on January 1st, Amyiah Cortez was born at the Cassia Regional Hospital.  In Twin Falls at St. Luke’s, the first baby arrived Wednesday morning at 6:41 a.m. 

What police officers are calling a gang related drive by shooting has injured a 14 year old Caldwell resident.  The child, authorities say suffered serious injuries.  The incident reported at 3:40 am Wednesday has the FBI offering a reward of up to 5-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those involved. The home was struck multiple times. 

An anonymous landowner donated a quarter mile of mule deer winter range in Pocatello to a local land trust.  The donation to the Sage Brush Steppe Land Trust ended previous plans of converting the property into a subdivision.

No injuries were reported after a pickup truck struck a house Wednesday afternoon near Grandview Drive South in Twin Falls.  The accident on Highway 74 happened with the driver of the truck apparently failed to slow down for the car in front of him, swerved left and hit the home. 

Tax season is going to be here before you know it and with that comes a warning from the Idaho State Tax Commission to review your W-4 forms so you’re not paying more taxes next year.  The change from the way your paycheck is calculated comes from the recent federal tax reform and some changes in Idaho at the state level. 

Today at noon Governor Elect Brad Little and all the state constitutional officers will be sworn in.  The ceremony will take place on the south steps of the state Capitol building in Boise. 

A Caldwell man has been accused of trying to burn his girlfriend’s trailer down early New Year’s Day.  34 year old T.J. Grove is charged with felony first degree arson and misdemeanor malicious injury to property.  The victim’s daughter had called 911 to report the suspect had punched holes in the walls and was setting fires around the trailer.  Police obtained a voicemail to the victim allegedly from Grove to say “her house was on fire.”  Crews quickly doused the flames and Grove was located in a nearby field where he was arrested. 

SPORTS

In local sports, first to CSI women basketball, where the Eagles trounced Wyoming 77 to 69. 

In High School Basketball, first to the girls it was Shoshone outlasting Raft River 53 to 46 and Carey beat Camas 62 to 34. 

On the boys side Number 4 ranked Century upset Number one ranked Twin Falls in a close one 45 to 44.  Burley defeated Jerome 66 to 41.  Kimberly outlasted Canyon Ridge 73 to 64 and Filer won over Gooding 49 to 30.  In another game, it was Camas County beating Carey 52 to 43. 

WEATHER

Today:  Warmer with more clouds than sunshine  Winds: ENE 5-15 mph.   Highs - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 35.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Low near 20F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 37F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY: Scattered snow showers.

Valleys - High: 37 Low: 27

Mountains - High: 32 Low: 18

MONDAY: Mix of rain and snow showers.

Valleys - High: 41 Low: 31

Mountains - High: 34 Low: 21

TUESDAY: Clouds and sun, chance of rain and snow mix

Valleys - High: 43 Low: 35

Mountains - High: 37 Low: 22

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain and snow

Valleys - High: 44 Low: 29

Mountains - High: 38 Low: 20

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain and snow

Valleys - High: 40 Low: 29

Mountains - High: 33 Low: 15

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January 4th: On this day

1937
Born on this day in Huntland, Tennessee, was Lorene Mann, American country music singer and songwriter. She is known for her duets with Justin Tubb and Archie Campbell. Mann was a co-founder of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). She appeared in the movies Music City USA and W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings. Mann died aged 76 on May 24, 2013.

1953
The funeral of Hank Williams took place at the Montgomery Auditorium. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people passed by the silver coffin, and the auditorium was filled with 2,750 mourners. His funeral was said to have been far larger than any ever held for any other citizen of Alabama. Williams had died in the back of his Cadillac travelling to a concert in Ohio.

1957
Born on this day near Pikeville, Kentucky, was Patty Loveless, country music singer, songwriter who has scored over. To date, Loveless has charted more than forty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five #1’s including the 1988 “Timber, I'm Falling in Love.”

1966
Born on this day in Nashville,Tennessee, was Deana Carter country music artist who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which has seen sales of over five million in the US.

1969
Dolly Parton became a member of The Grand Ole Opry.

1983
Alabama were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Mountain Music, released in 1982, it is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.

2006
The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9m. Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honor the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb's ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.

2014
Country music mogul Ronnie Gant died at the age of 69. He signed singers like Patty Loveless and Skip Ewing, and songwriting duo Mike Geiger and Woody Mullis, while he famously brought the tune “Elvira” to The Oak Ridge Boys, earning them a massive hit and a Grammy Award in 1981.Bottom of Form

Thursday 010319

Authorities in the area report a quiet new year’s eve when it comes to DUI’s on the road.  Twin Falls County added an extra patrol car but no arrests and in Jerome there were two extra deputies added to those on duty.  Idaho State Police had six troopers on patrol throughout southern Idaho.  Only one booking was reported there.  Jerome County had one arrest. 

Idaho State Police are asking for the public's help identifying two witnesses to a fatal crash near Riggins in April.  17-year-old Kaitlyn Thayer died on April 21, 2018, after a one-car rollover crash that went into the Salmon River.  Thayer's body was recovered with the help of an unidentified bystander described as a man in his early 20s with dark brown hair..  There was also a woman with him.  Police feel these two people may have information that would greatly assist in the investigation.

This weekend it’s cabin fever days in Twin Falls.  It kicks of Saturday at eight different locations around the city.  The event draws upwards to 3-thousand people.  A map is posted on the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation department website.

An Ada County Sheriff's deputy was placed on administrative leave after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.  44-year-old Jason Jones was pulled over by a Boise Police officer.  After failing one sobriety test, the sheriff's office says Jones refused to take any others.

Wildlife officials near Pocatello used a tranquilizer dart to capture a cow moose near interstate 86 but were unable to capture its calf Monday.  Officers will continue looking for the calf to dart it and reunite it with its mother.

Advocates from Legalize Idaho and Idaho Moms for Marijuana gathered at the State Capitol to call for the legalization of marijuana. Every New Year’s Day, cannabis advocacy groups Legalize Idaho and Idaho Moms for Marijuana kick off the year with a protest focused on legalizing marijuana.  Protesters also officially announced that they will be seeking a new marijuana legalization ballot initiative aimed for 2020.

SPORTS

In local sports, the High school basketball games have returned after the holiday so let’s check in on the boys where Declo beat Oakley 56 to 45 and Shoshone clobbered Castleford 74 to 27.

On the Girls side we have one game to report.  It was Declo 40 American Falls 30.

 

WEATHER

Today: Touch warmer, mostly sunny skies.  Winds: ENE 5-10 mph   Highs - Valleys: 31 Mountains: 28

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies and still cold.  Winds: NE 5-15 mph.   Lows - Valleys: 18 Mountains: 14

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, warming up  Valleys - High: 37 Low: 25   Mountains - High: 32 Low: 19

SATURDAY: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy.

Valleys - High: 38 Low: 27

Mountains - High: 35 Low: 20

SUNDAY: Scattered snow showers mixed with rain.

Valleys - High: 38 Low: 26

Mountains - High: 33 Low: 21

MONDAY: Mix of rain and snow showers.

Valleys - High: 39 Low: 31

Mountains - High: 36 Low: 22

TUESDAY: Clouds and sun, chance of rain and snow mix

Valleys - High: 40 Low: 30

Mountains - High: 37 Low: 23

WEDNESDAY: Clouds and sun, chance of rain and snow mix

Valleys - High: 40 Low: 31

Mountains - High: 35 Low: 22

January 3rd: On this day

1950
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

1966
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.

1969
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).

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.

1991
Billy Ray Cyrus signed his first recording contract with Mercury Records.

2009
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.

2014
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.

2017
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.

 

Wednesday 010219

Idaho State Police report two people died in separate accidents over the weekend.  On Saturday, a car traveling south on Northside Boulevard in Nampa struck and killed 39 year old Jessica Justice of Nampa while she was attempting to cross the road.  Later that day another person was killed in a rest area a mile east of the Idaho Oregon border along I-84.  A car drove through the median and into the rest area colliding with two parked trailers.  The driver died at the scene. 

The Twin Falls Police department is continuing their investigation after a County Detention Staff Deputy was injured when his gun was accidently discharged.  The incident over the past weekend happened in the Auto Sally where prisoners are transferred from vehicles to the jail.  The deputy was sent to the hospital.  No one else was injured in the shooting. 

It’s well known that the housing market in Idaho is booming especially in Lava Hot Springs area where houses are being purchased before they’re even listed and sometimes for well-above asking price.  Real Estate agents say most are looking for a second home. 

Boise police have arrested a man, charging him with taking another man’s wallet from an X-ray bin while going through the security screening line at the Boise airport.  27 year old Yousef Jamal Ramadan after watching him on security footage take the wallet and enter a restroom where it was found.  The money had been removed.  He has been charged with felony grand theft. 

While Century Link hasn’t said much about the nationwide outage of their internet and some of their phone system, U.S. officials are saying it was completely unacceptable.  FCC officials with the homeland security bureau are investigating the cause and effect of the outage.  Century Link officials say the outage was not related to hacking but have declined further comment.  

One of the new laws in effect for Idaho is that ignition interlocks be installed for first time offenders who have been found guilty of Driving while Under the Influence.  The car will not start without the driver doing the test.  Offenders will be required to pay for the device to be installed on their vehicle.

WEDNESDAY

Today:  Sunny in the Magic and Wood River Valley.  Winds: Light and variable

High: 25 Mountains: High: 24

Tonight:  Partly cloudy.  Winds: E 5 mph.   Low: 14 Mountains: 12

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 28F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy.  Winds: E 7 mph   Low: 20 Mountains: 16

FRIDAY: Partly sunny.  High: 36 Low: 25 Mountains: High: 32 Low: 19

SATURDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of p.m. snow showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 39 Low: 28 Mountains: High: 34 Low: 20

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 39 Low: 30 Mountains: High: 31 Low: 20

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow showers in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 42 Low: 32 Mountains: High: 34 Low: 23

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of rain and snow showers in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 40 Low: 31 Mountains: 35 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley. Chance of p.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 42 Mountains: 36.

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January 2nd: On this day

1926
Born on this day was Harold Bradley, American country and pop guitarist. As a session musician into the 1970s, he performed on hundreds of albums by country stars such as Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman. Bradley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006

1936
Born on this day in Fort Worth, Texas, was Roger Miller the singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs. His best known songs included the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s. A lifelong cigarette smoker Miller died on October 25, 1992 of lung and throat cancer at the age of 56.

1948
Born on this day in Indiana, was Don Von Tress, singer, songwriter who wrote Achy Breaky Heart." Originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart" it was recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys and The Marcy Brothers, its name was later changed to "Achy Breaky Heart" and recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his 1992 album Some Gave All.

1974
Tex Ritter, the American country music singer and movie actor died 10 days before his 69th birthday. Ritter who was popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s scored over 15 US country hits including "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You" and ‘You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often".

1980
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country album charts with Greatest Hits, (the album reached #1 on both the Pop and Country charts in the US), and featured three singles that were not included on any of Rogers' studio albums: "Lady" (written and produced specifically for Rogers by Lionel Richie), "Love The World Away" (a top five country and top 20 pop hit that was featured on the soundtrack of the box-office smash Urban Cowboy) and "Long Arm of the Law". This was also Rogers’ third #1 album of the year. (the other two being Kenny and Gideon).

1993
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart with his fourth studio album The Chase. The album featured his version of the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken", and "Night Rider's Lament" the classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.

2003
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

2015
Little Jimmy Dickens died aged 94 of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. The American country music singer was famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances). At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.Bottom of Form

Monday 123118

39 year old Krystal Meyer of Twin Falls is facing two counts of grand theft, four counts of petit theft and one count of fraud by computer.  She is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from strangers on the internet through Facebook.  The charges stem from Meyer announcing tickets to motel rooms for sale to a DoTerra essential oil conference in Salt Lake City.  The motel said the understanding was that the people would individually pay for their rooms.

The Cancellation of the First Responder football Bowl game earlier this month in Dallas due to weather conditions could cost Boise State more than 25-thousand dollars.  The school said they would refund any ticket purchases made through the school. 

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest.  The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare plant called Sacajawea’s bitterroot.

Despite legal challenges at the state and federal level, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is moving ahead with a citizen-directed Medicaid expansion effort.  The measure directs the state to expand Medicaid eligibility rules to include anyone earning less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level. It’s expected to take effect January 1, 2020.

The Idaho State Department of Education has rolled out a website featuring its new K-12 Report Card, but district officials say some school information is misleading.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says the website presents school information “clearly and without bias.”  Some school district officials say each grade level should be compared with the same grades.

A 73 year old rural Inkom woman was found dead last week after being reported missing earlier in the day.  Authorities say Georgeanna Russell’s body was found by volunteer searchers.  She had left her residence on foot without shoes or a coat during a winter storm.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy early, then sunshine for the afternoon. Patchy fog cover in the Magic Valley.  High near 25F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -10.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Patchy fog cover in the Magic Valley. Low 13F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -16

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. Patchy morning fog in the Magic Valley. High 23F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill values as low as -20.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.  Low: 10 Mountains: 3

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 28 Mountains: 26

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.   Low: 15 Mountain: 10

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 31 Low: 21
Mountains: 31 Low: 13

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 35 Low: 24
Mountains: 33 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.
High: 36 Low: 26
Mountains: 32 Low: 16

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.
High: 36 Mountain: 3

 

December 31st: On this day

1943
Born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico, was John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver recorded and released over 300 songs, earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso". Denver was killed on October 12, 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.

1952
Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia but due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. When they arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams complained of feeling unwell and saw a doctor. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, and at around midnight in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead.

1954
Born on this day in Aylmer, Quebec, was Charlie Major Canadian country music artist. He was blinded in one eye as a result of a pellet gun accident when he was 12. Through the 1990s, he won the Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year for two years in a row.

1977
Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" spent its fifth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It would be the last song to spend that long atop the chart until 1990's "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait.

1995
The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.

2002
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release; it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.Bottom of Form

Friday 122818

The families of three Mountain Home airmen who were killed in an accident have filed tort claims against the Idaho Transportation Department.  The accident along I-84 in June killed four people.  Three families are claiming more than 12-million in damages saying the transportation department had inadequate signage and warnings ahead of a construction zone.

Internet services from CenturyLink went dark yesterday morning.  Some even reported their phone services were interrupted as well.  The company said it may be a couple of days before everything is back up and working correctly.

Historically, many take their vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, but not the State Transportation Department Snow Plow Drivers.  Officials say workers will be out in force keeping the roads clear throughout the extended weekend.  They also are asking motorists to let the plows do their job and not get close to them.

The Idaho attorney general’s office calls a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a voter-passed Medicaid expansion initiative meritless.  The Attorney General’s Office says the lawsuit is so groundless that the Idaho Freedom Foundation should be ordered to pay the state’s legal costs to defend the new law.  The Freedom Foundation sued to overturn the law, saying it unconstitutionally delegates state legislative authority to the federal government and the state Department of Health & Welfare.

What started as a welfare check turned into an arrest Early yesterday morning.  Blaine County Deputies say just after 1 am, they saw a Suburban parked on the side of Broadford Road in Bellevue and the driver slumped behind the wheel.  Turns out that person, identified as 29 year old Nicholas Hoskins had an active warrant for failure to appear from Ada County.  A search found controlled substances, drug Paraphernalia and alcohol in his possession. 

SPORTS

In local sports, Thursday night the Jerome lady tigers faced Madison in the first semi-final of the Jerry Callen Memorial High School Basketball Tournament. The  final found the Tigers holding back Madison 37 to 33.  Other games found Rigby beating Kimberly 53 to 50.  Now the Trojans will face the Tigers in the championship this afternoon at 2pm. 

Some other scores from the tournament found Kimberly beating Burley 37 to 30.  Bishop Kelly over Burley 44 to 17 and it was Gooding 48 over Elko 40.  Jerome held out over Gooding 48 to 44. 

In college action, this weekend, expect to see one of the best teams in junior college basketball with Indian hills taking on the CSI eagles.  It’s all part of the Idaho Central Credit Union invitational.  Game time is Saturday at 7:30.  The tournament starts tonight with the first game at 5:30 pm in Twin Falls where USU Eastern meets up with Indian Hills.

WEATHER

Today:  Snow showers. High 29F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Wind chill values as low as -5 in the Wood River Valley.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Low 19F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies. High 26F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the Magic Valley after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley after midnight. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible.

Winds: SW 5 mph

Low: 26 Mountains: 20

SUNDAY: Chance of snow showers in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

High: 35 Mountains: 32

SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy.

Low: 21 Mountains: 8

NEW YEARS EVE: Partly sunny.

High: 28 Mountains: 21

MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

Low: 16 Mountains: 4

NEW YEARS DAY: Partly sunny.

High: 26 Mountains: 20

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

Low: 16 Mountains: 8

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 31 Low: 18

Mountains: 26 Low: 13

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 33 Mountains: 30

December 28th: On this day

1952
Hank Williams played at a private Musicians Union benefit held at the Elite Cafe Montgomery. The last known photo of Hank alive was taken at this show. Hank perfomed "Jambalaya," "You Win Again," "Cold Cold Heart" and "Lovesick Blues."

1958
Born on this day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Joe Diffie, country music singer known for his ballads and novelty songs. Diffie has scored five #1 singles: "Home", "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)", "Third Rock from the Sun", "Pickup Man" and "Bigger Than the Beatles". He’s also co-wrotten singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina, as well as recording with Mary Chapin Carpenter and George Jones.

1960
Born on this day in Washington, DC, was Marcus Hummon, country music artist. Hummon has co-written songs for many country music artists, including Top 40 singles for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, and Alabama, as well as three #1 country hits: "Cowboy Take Me Away" by Dixie Chicks, "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans, and "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.

1990
George Strait was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "I've Come to Expect It from You", a song written by Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon.

1993
Shania Twain married music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The couple divorced in 2010 after Lange allegedly had an affair with Twain's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud. On December 20, 2010, Twain's manager confirmed that Twain was engaged to Frédéric Thiébaud (the Swiss ex-husband of her former best friend).