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Lawmakers have introduced legislation in Boise that would reduce Idaho’s Health Coverage gap.  Currently it includes a requirement that able bodied adult Medicaid recipients hold jobs.  It would affect about 700 of the 78-thousand adults receiving Medicaid in Idaho.

Western Watersheds along with four other groups are appealing a federal court ruling that a federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho.  No court ruling yet on the environmental groups' argument that Wildlife Services' 2011 study that allowed it to kill wolves in the state is flawed because it relies on outdated information.

About 20-thousand dollars.  That’s how much the Jerome School District says it has saved in utility costs through an energy savings program at Idaho Power.  They also have received about $217-thousand in rebates in 8 years. 

37 year old Jason Verwer has been charged with two counts of second degree murder.  Officials say he is the suspect where a young couple in Fruitland was intentionally struck by a vehicle.  He is facing life if found guilty and is being held on a million dollar bond. 

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador was among those aboard a chartered train yesterday that struck a truck while it was carrying members of Congress to a policy retreat in West Virginia.  Idaho U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo were not aboard the train.  The train carrying the lawmakers hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after it filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing.  The Tribes and others across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals after deeming them illegal under Idaho law.

19 year old Stephen Fred Afuva from Washington state has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after a crash last April that killed his passenger, 17-year-old Alex Anthony Stone.  Officials say the April 13 crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 201 in Minidoka County, happened when Afuva failed to stay in his lane of traffic after he fell asleep at the wheel.

WINDS: Light
HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 38)

LOW: 35 (Mountains: 26)

FRIDAY: Passing Shower
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 44)

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 50)

MONDAY: Scattered Rain
HIGH: 49 (Mountains: 47)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 46)

February 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentuck, was singer, songwriter Don Everly. The Everly Brothers scored 4 #1 Country hits in the late 50's; "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bird Dog" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" Their song "When Will I Be Loved" later became hits for Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Buck Owens' hit, "Love's Gonna Live Here," finished its 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. To date, it is the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart.

Johnny Cash spent the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse, many of whom had just returned home from Vietnam.

Born on this day in Lancaster, South Carolina, was Julie Roberts, country music singer who made her debut in 2004 with the single "Break Down Here", a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Born on this day in Green Hill, Alabama was country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, best known for his solo career and as a former member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007.

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US country album chart with his seventh studio album Kenny, which featured the hit singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life."

Faith Hill performed "America, The Beautiful" before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing at halftime.

Lady Antebelum were at #1 on the US country album chart with there third studio album Own the Night. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.

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Twin Falls Police is investigating a shooting at Skin FX Tattoo at 639 Washington Street in Twin Falls just after 7 pm Monday.  Police are talking to who they believe to be a person of interest.  The victims condition hasn’t been released.

The Cassia County School District is testing a new security system called Raptor, where visitors have to scan their government ID for a visitor’s badge.  Cassia High School is the first school in their district to pilot the system.

Authorities continue to investigate a fire that destroyed an abandoned downtown Burley building early Monday.  A Pipe Bomb was found across the street and now it’s being suspected as an arson case.  A white Nissan pickup truck that was seen in the area that might be connected to the pipe bomb was located but no arrests were announced.

Idaho's House Democrats have released some of their personal financial information after a legislative committee recently refused to consider legislation requiring elected officials disclose their financial assets. Ten of the 11 House Democrats on Monday voluntarily publicized information about their employer, occupation and sources of income worth $5,000 or more.

Authorities are investigating a shooting in Lincoln County.  A police officer in Shoshone stopped 30 year old Jesus Malagon of Hollister at about 1 am.  The driver sped away crashing near the intersection of 450 West and 580 North in Lincoln County.  When Malagon exited his vehicle he fired shots.  The officer returned fire striking the suspect.  Malagon was sent by air ambulance to Boise for treatment. 

The Idaho House came to a brief halt Monday after a handful of Republican lawmakers attempted to upend the process used to determine which bills advance inside the state Capitol. The 20-minute delay was part of an ongoing struggle between lawmakers unhappy their bills are being blocked and legislative leadership who counter they're protecting a system that has been in place for decades.

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation encouraging public schools to offer gun safety courses as electives.  According to the legislation, firearms would be permitted to be used in primary and secondary schools during the course, but live ammunition would be banned.

Today:  Partly cloudy WINDS: W 10-15 MPH HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 37)

Tonight:  A few clouds. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of late night rain/snow WINDS: SW 5-10 MPH LOW: 30 (Mountains: 17)

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed Passing Rain/Snow Shower. High 43F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

FRIDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Chance AM Showers

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 46)

SUNDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 48)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 48)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 46)

January 31st: On this day

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad). The title track was the lead off single which also reached #1 and gave Haggard his thirteenth #1 on the country chart.

Winners at this years American Music Awards included: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles. Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.

Born on this day, was Tyler Hubbard, Country pop artist who is one half of the platinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line who scored the 2012 Country #1 album Here's to the Good Times. He shared the New Artist of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.

The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line received five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress.

Taylor Swift became the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Fearless. Swift also won three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("White Horse"), and Best Country Song ("White Horse").

Randy Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 incident (when he was found lying in the road, unclothed and smelling of alcohol). He received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

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Flames ripped through an abandoned downtown Burley building early yesterday morning.  The fire in the 12-hundred block of Overland Avenue happened at about 1 am.  Across the street, crews found a pipe bomb attached to a business’s door.  Officials continue to investigate.

Twin Falls attorney Ben Cluff has been appointed by Governor Butch Otter to the 5th Judicial District Judgeship in Twin Falls County.  The seat was left vacant after Justice Richard Bevan was promoted to the Idaho Supreme Court.

The Twin Falls Police and County Sheriff’s Department has started A Joint special investigative unit.  The new department will investigate crimes such as drive-by shootings.

Good news for potato growers.  Prices are higher for now because of tight supplies, but those in the business say the prices won’t last long.  Russet table potato prices are 50-percent higher than a year ago.

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation requiring the state to provide information to women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills.  If approved, women would be given a list of providers who can offer consultations about medical abortion interventions or reversals.

Today, Tripple A said that Gem State motorists are paying less than the national average for gas.  Today’s U.S. average pump price is $2.58, which is 30 cents more than a year ago. 

Idaho would no longer be the only state in the country to not provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers under a newly introduced bill.  It would exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho's indecent exposure law.

An Idaho House panel has introduced stand-your-ground legislation would extend protections for a person who uses deadly force under a serious threat of harm.  People will be able to use deadly force if it was necessary to avoid injury or risk to one's life.

Today:  Passing Mountain Shower  WINDS: W 10-15 MPH  HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 44)Overcast.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight LOW: 30 (Mountains: 16). Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 36) Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 38)

FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 45)

SATURDAY: Chance AM Showers

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 45)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 47)

MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

January 30th: On this day


Born on this day in Pell City, Alabama, was Jeanne Pruett, Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best-known for her 1973 chart-topping hit, "Satin Sheets."


Born on this day in Wellston, Oklahoma, was Norma Jean, country music singer who was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961–1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard's Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1973, and received two Grammy nominations.


Decca Records released "I Fall to Pieces" by Patsy Cline. Taken from her 1961 studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase. "I Fall to Pieces" was Cline's first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard.


Born on this day in Austinburg, Ohio, Tammy Cochran, American country music artist. Her self titled debut album released in 2001 was followed a year later by Life Happened. These two albums produced a total of six chart singles of which the highest-charting was "Angels in Waiting" at #9.


Kenny Rogers won four American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single, for "Coward Of The County" and Country Album, for The Gambler. Other winners include: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers and The Eagles.


Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker performed at the halftime show (billed as Rockin' Country Sunday) at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynonna in performing The Judds' single "Love Can Build a Bridge" (their first major appearance together since their Farewell Tour of 1991).


Faith Hill performed the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.


Bluegrass guitarist, Don Pavel died aged 60. He began partnering with Warren Nelson in the mid-1970s and helped found the Lost Nation String Band and the Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Monday 1/29/18

The teen labor force is shrinking.  The long term rates were hovering around 60-percent in the 80’s and 90’s.  The latest number fell to 41-percent. Some say this is because of tougher classes and that more teens are attending summer classes.

There’s finally enough snow to open the slopes of Soldier Mountain.  Last year at this time there was five feet of snow compared to this year where there is about 15 inches.  

A Caldwell woman is in custody following a shooting that injured another woman. 19-year-old Arlette Tineza was taken into custody Saturday morning.

Federal officials say they've closed a mine shaft that recently collapsed in the historic mining town of Silver City and will check it again this spring to make sure it's stable.

State officials say there's no damage to a century-old statue of President Abraham Lincoln near the Idaho Statehouse that someone dressed in a pizza costume. Security officials noticed the giant pizza slice on the statue this weekend.

An eastern Washington state man who killed two wolves has been fined more than $8,000. Fifty-five-year-old Terry Leroy Fowler received the fine plead guilty to two counts of unlawful taking of endangered wildlife.

A young married couple walking on a sidewalk in Fruitland was killed after being struck by a car.  22-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson died Wednesday after a car driving at a high rate of speed veered off U.S. Highway 95. The Kuna couple married last month.  The deaths are being investigated as homicides.

A Boise youth soccer coach is fighting back after receiving a threatening anonymous letter with racial slurs directed at his players.  Jeromy Tarkon discovered the letter outside his home Sunday, warning him to "be careful" and instructing him to quit coaching.

A light but widely felt earthquake has shaken southern Idaho, northern Utah and western Wyoming.  The magnitude 4.3 quake was centered about 8 miles southeast of Soda Springs. It was felt 150 miles to the south in Salt Lake City and in much of western Wyoming.  There are no reports of any damages or injuries.

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High 51F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 39F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High around 50F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

TUESDAY: Passing Mountain Shower

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 43)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 36)

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 36)

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 43)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 43)

January 29th: On this day


Patsy Cline released her third EP which featured four new songs from her recording sessions under Decca Records the previous year. "Crazy", "Foolin' 'Round","Who Can I Count on", and "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)."


The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour premiered on CBS, for what would be a three-year run. Guests for the first episode were singer, Bobbie Gentry, songwriter John Hartford, ("Gentle On My Mind"), The Smothers Brothers and comedian Pat Paulsen.


Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts with the Tommy Collins penned song “Carolyn”, the singers eleventh chart topper.


Emmylou Harris released Luxury Liner which became her second successive #1 country album on the Billboard Music Charts.


Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Statler Brothers who performed "Sunflower", "Sweet Baby James" and "Child of the Fifties" and then with Glen Campbell played "Faithless Love."


Rascal Flatts played their first ever gig outside the US when they appeared at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, London, England.


Mindy McCready appeared on the Today show, to address suspicions that she was in some way involved with her boyfriend David Wilson’s death. Although she confirmed that the couple fought the night David died, she added that rumors he was planning to leave her - or that he was having an affair - were untrue.

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Two people from Minnesota were arrested Wednesday in Cassia County after the State Police discovered 120 pounds of marijuana in their car.  Just a day before police arrested another person in Cassia County on drug trafficking after finding 10 pounds of Pot and 11-hundred in cash. 

The parent company of Cactus Pete’s say they have been bought by another gaming company for 2-point 8 Billion in cash and stock.  In all 16 gaming and entertainment facilities in 11 jurisdictions are involved.

Idaho lawmakers will once again be asked to consider joining fellow Republican-dominated states calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government power. The House State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Thursday calling for a convention of states to create checks, such as a balanced budget rule and term limits, on federal power.

A recently introduced bill would allow residents to use oil extracted from cannabis plants in staunchly anti-marijuana Idaho as long as the product is prescribed by a licensed practitioner. Under the proposed legislation, Idahoans seeking to use the oil for medical purposes would have to apply for a registration card.

The state has begun renovating the first building of the former HP Inc. campus in Boise as Idaho agencies prepare to start moving into the new office space later this year.  Workers are removing flooring embedded with asbestos from parts of the building that have been vacant for years.

Idahoans are an industrious group of people, and according to a new survey by Project: Time Off, they’re also the least likely to use all of their hard-earned vacation time.  In 2016, a whopping 78 percent of Gem State workers left at least some time on the table.

A snowmobile guide has been cited for directing clients to drive onto a boardwalk next to the Old Faithful geyser last weekend in Yellowstone National Park.  Officials cited the guide for operating without a valid driver's license and not possessing proper credentials for guiding in Yellowstone.

Rep. Ron Nate, a Republican from Rexburg says government agencies should be allowed to post required legal notices on their websites rather than in a newspaper.  Nate said some communities don't have newspapers, which means government officials are forced to spend more money publishing notices in a larger newspaper.

Today:  Snow along with gusty winds this morning. Then becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. Thunder possible. HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 33)Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. WINDS: SE 5-10 MPH LOW: 26 (Mountains: 15) Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. A few flurries or snow showers possible then over to rain. HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35) Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

SUNDAY: Dry and Warm

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 43)

MONDAY: Dry and Warm

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 44)

TUESDAY: Chance PM Mountain Showers

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 43)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 34)

January 26th: On this day


Born on this day in Henderson, Texas, was Claude Gray country music singer-songwriter and guitar picker best known for his 1960 hit "Family Bible," which has been covered by many different artists.


Born on this day in Los Angeles, California was Dave Rowland from the country music trio Dave & Sugar. They charted 16 times on the Billboard country charts, including three #1 hits: "The Door Is Always Open", "Tear Time" and "Golden Tears".


Born on this day in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was Lucinda Williams, rock, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter who wrote "Passionate Kisses" the Grammy winning song made famous by the 1993 single version by Mary Chapin Carpenter.


The American television series The Dukes Of Hazzard aired on CBS, starring John Schneider, as Bo Duke; Tom Wopat, as Luke Duke; and Waylon Jennings, as The Balladeer, the show was set in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia with their attractive cousin Daisy. The series which was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, featured Jennings singing the theme song.


Rolling Stone magazine named Johnny Cash - Best Country Artist and Comeback of the Year for American Recordings in their Critics' Picks issue.


Mary Chapin Carpenter performed "Down At The Twist And Shout" with the Cajun group BeauSoleil during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans.


Reba McEntire took over as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, New York City.


American country music singer and songwriter Charles Elzer Loudermilk died aged 83. Known professionally as Charlie Louvin, He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955.The Louvin Brothers released numerous singles, such as "When I Stop Dreaming", with over 20 recordings reaching the country music charts. Their rich harmonies served as an influence to later artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and The Byrds.


Country Music winners at this years Grammy Awards included: Best Country Album: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves, Best Country Song: "Merry Go 'Round," Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne (songwriters), Kacey Musgraves, Best Country Solo Performance: "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker, Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "From This Valley," The Civil Wars, Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and Best Bluegrass Album: The Streets of Baltimore, Del McCoury Band.


Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" spent a sixth week at #1 on the Country Airplay chart, making him the first artist to spend six or more weeks atop that chart since Taylor Swift did so with "Our Song" in late 2007.

 January 27th: On this day


Born on this day in Mishawaka, Indiana was pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons. He was widely regarded as the world's foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles. Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21, 2015.


Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle Of New Orleans" during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row. The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the lyrics are evidently intended to be comical. The song, which was written by Jimmy Driftwood, has been recorded by many artists but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.


Born on this day in Atlanta, Texas, was Tracy Lawrence, country music singer whose debut album Sticks and Stones was released in 1991, which produced his first chart single and first #1 hit in its title track.


Born on this day in Bracebridge, Ontario was Deric Ruttan, Canadian country music artist. In September 2007, Ruttan was awarded his first Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Songwriter Of The Year. His first #1 as a songwriter was with friend and collaborator Dierks Bentleys' "What Was I Thinkin.'"


Born on this day in Monticello, Kentucky, was Kevin Denney country music artist who made his debut on the country music scene with the release of his self-titled album (2001's Kevin Denney), which produced three chart singles, including "That's Just Jessie".


Monument released The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, Wide Open Spaces,their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations, winning Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble."


the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that singer John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted. The board also blamed a builder's decision to relocate the fuel tank selector handle, an absence of markings on the handle and nearby fuel gauges, as well as Denver's lack of training in his new plane which caused the crash.


Two songs performed by Alison Krauss in the movie Cold Mountain earned Oscar nominations for the songwriters: "You Will Be My Ain True Love," written by Sting; and "The Scarlet Tide," by T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello. The film based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier, tells the story of a wounded deserter from the Confederate army close to the end of the American Civil War who is on his way to return to the love of his life, Ada Monroe.

January 28th: On this day


Born on this day in Pautaxant, Maryland, was Eddie Bayers, session drummer who has worked with may artists including: George Strait, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell and Dolly Parton.


Born on this day in New York City, New York, was Barbi Benton, model, actress and singer. Best known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine several times (initially credited as Barbi Klein) and in nude photo layouts.


Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins and Nancy Ames.


Country singer, songwriter Al Dexter died. Born Clarence Albert Poindexter, the American country musician and songwriter helped popularize the style of honky tonk and scored seven #1 hits in the 40’s. He is best known for his 1944 hit "Pistol Packin' Mama" which became the 1943 marching chorus of the New York Yankees. The 1943 movie of the same name, made by the Republic Pictures, gave Dexter close to $250,000 in royalties.


The recording took place for "We Are The World" the US equivalent of "Band Aid" at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.


Country music artists Alabama, Willie Nelson and Anne Murray each won two American Music Awards, while Loretta Lynn took home a special Award of Merit. Other winners include: Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, and The Oak Ridge Boys.


Shock'n Y'all the eighth studio album by Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album has been certified 4 x Platinum in the US for shipments in excess of 4 million units.

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An airplane approaching the Hailey airport had to abort its initial landing after a mountain lion was spotted on the runway.  A conservation officer later killed the lion in order to keep the public safe.

A teenage page who worked in the Idaho Statehouse during the 2017 legislative session said two lawmakers and a lobbyist made sexually harassing comments and jokes to her that on at least one occasion left her feeling "creeped out.” Named in filed documents are Republican Rep. James Holtzclaw of Meridian and former Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon who reciently committed suicide.  Lobbyist Colby Cameron is also named by the page in the documents.

Jerome County commissioners appear to be just weeks away from securing two contracts to lease space in the county jail.  State inmates currently occupy 50 beds in the jail, but without a contract.  Also this week, a representative with the U.S. Marshal’s Office toured the jail, discussed the contract process and filled out a preliminary request.

Authorities charged 30-year-old Jeremy William Brown of Twin Falls with a felony aggravated battery over the weekend.  Court documents said a physical fight occurred, and during the fight, Brown grabbed a sword off the wall and hit the victim with it.

Officials in northern Idaho are investigating the death of an inmate at the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino.  Alexander E. Mecklin collapsed in a weight room just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Idaho officials have revealed a plan to allow health insurance companies to ditch some federal coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a step designed to create cheaper policies. Yet even Idaho's top insurance regulators aren't sure it's legal. Officials say the move is necessary to make cheaper plans available to more people.

Police in Eagle say they're investigating a letter filled with racial slurs left on a soccer coach's car. The incident is being investigated as malicious harassment.

Singer and actress Cher has endorsed Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan in the race to become Idaho's next governor.  Idaho voters haven't swung for a Democratic governor since 1990.

The Idaho House has approved aligning the state's tax code with federal rules despite a handful of members once again objecting to the recognition of same-sex marriage.  The House passed HB355 on Wednesday. The measure now goes to the Senate for approval.

Today:  AM Snow and Rain A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 35)Winds SW 10-15 MPH

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower.LOW: 26 (Mountains: 14). WINDS: SW 5-10 MPH to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Snow showers before noon. Becoming partly cloudy later. HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 34)Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

SATURDAY: PM Snow and Rain

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 34)

SUNDAY: Dry and Warm

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 42)

MONDAY: Dry and Warm

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 43)

TUESDAY: Chance PM Mountain Showers

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 40)

WEDNESDAY: Chance Of Morning Showers

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 34)


January 25th: On this day


Born on this day, American pedal steel guitarist and record producer Speedy West who was part of the regular Capitol Records backing band for Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others. He also played on Loretta Lynn's first single. He died on November 15, 2003.


Born on this day, near New Albany, Mississippi, was Bobby Wood, session musician and songwriter most famous for his work as the Memphis Boys keyboardist. He wrote Crystal Gayle's "Half The Way" and Ronnie Milsap's "He Got You," and plays on Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds” and "Always On My Mind."


Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country charts with “The Story of My Life" which was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.


At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer (to that time) to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart with "I Wish I Was 18 Again." The song peaked at #15 on the chart.


Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray and The Oak Ridge Boys all picked up trophies at the American Music Awards.


Double Live the tenth album by Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart. As its name implies, it is a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks' second world tour in 1998. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Eric Clapton's Unplugged in 1992.


Fugitive Christopher Daniel Gay (also nicknamed Little Houdini), escaped from custody at an Interstate 95 welcome center near Hardeeville, South Carolina, and made his way to Tennessee where he stole Crystal Gayle's tour bus. Gay drove the bus from Whites Creek, Tennessee, to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, parking the bus in a VIP spot next to NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jeff Gordon. Gay was arrested the following day and the bus was returned to Gayle. This episode inspired Tim O'Brien to write a song about his escape called "The Ballad of Christopher Daniel Gay."


Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Consider Me Gone" a song written by Steve Diamond and Marv Green and the second single from her thirty-third studio album Keep On Loving You. The song became McEntire's thirty-fourth #1 single and is also her longest-lasting chart topper at four weeks.