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Motorists could be spending more money for gas in the near future.  That’s the warning from triple A in Boise.  They predict the National average will be as high as 2-dollars 70-cents.  Idaho prices could approach $2.85 or more a gallon.

Schools in Blaine County including the csi center in Hailey will be closed today in anticipation of a major winter storm that could dump anywhere from 18 to 30 inches of snow.  The National Weather service issued a storm warning that extends through 11 am today. 

Idaho's House has advanced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait almost one year before a failed bond could be placed back on the election ballot. Currently, it's not unusual for taxing districts to immediately re-run a bond in the following election if it fails to get enough votes.

Idaho Fish and Game officials are staying busy stocking ponds with trout in the Hagerman wildlife area.  Clear Springs food donates brood stock to the efforts. 

After nearly a year on the job, Shoshone Police Chief Cliff Katona retired from law enforcement Monday.  The city of Shoshone and it’s police department made the announcement on facebook.

One of the largest tax reduction bills ever proposed in Idaho's history is headed to the governor's desk. Senate members on Thursday voted 26-9 to advance the proposal to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature _ where the Republican governor is expected to approve the measure.

Nine Idaho students have filed a lawsuit claiming they were unfairly removed from their high school cheerleading team after staging a "sit-in" to protest conflicts with their new coach. The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the Cassia County School District, Burley High School, Superintendent Gaylen Smyer and several school employees violated the girls' First Amendment rights.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is expecting the next few days to be the most dangerous of the year in the backcountry.  With the expected additional snow today the center and forecasters say it will be very dangerous.

Today:  Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High 38F. (Mountains: 33) Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies with snow in some areas. Low 23F. (Mountains: 8)Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 32)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 34)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 39)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 48 (Mountains: 42)

Both eastbound lanes are now blocked.  Traffic is being diverted off I84 at exit 194, the Ridgeway Road/Hazelton Exit.

 

Idaho State Police, is investigating a crash with blockage eastbound I84 at mile marker 199, near Kasota Road.

 

The left lane is currently blocked and is expected to be blocked for an extended period of time.

 

Idaho State Police along with Jerome, Minidoka, and Cassia Counties are investigating several crashes involving commercial semi trucks both eastbound and westbound on I84.

Motorists traveling in the Magic Valley, especially commercial semi trucks, should use caution due to high winds in the area.

 

I84 has been re-opened eastbound at milepost 190.

 

Motorists traveling in the Magic Valley, especially commercial semi trucks, should use caution due to high winds in the area.

 

 

Idaho State Police are on scene of a crash eastbound I84 at milepost 190, four miles west of Hazelton.   Both eastbound lanes are blocked at this time.  Traffic is being diverted at exit 188, the Valley Road exit.  More information will be released as it becomes available.

Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Big and Little Wood River Region; Sawtooth Mountains

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 9 inches on ridgetops.

 

* WHERE...The Sawtooth Mountains including Stanley and Clayton, and the Big and Little Wood River Region including Hailey, Ketchum and Bellevue.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST this morning.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Blaine; Custer

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. THE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 500 PM MST UNTIL 730 AM MST SATURDAY.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...THE SAWTOOTH...SOLDIER...SMOKY...WHITE CLOUD...BOULDER...AND PIONEER MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE MOUNTAINS NEAR BANNER SUMMIT...STANLEY...SMILEY CREEK...GALENA SUMMIT...KETCHUM...AND FAIRFIELD.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND WIND ARE COMBINING TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHING WILL OCCUR. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. VERY LARGE AVALANCHES CAPABLE OF SNAPPING TREES ARE LIKELY. SLIDES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES, INTO FLAT AREAS, AND INTO MATURE FORESTS. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM BELOW STEEP SLOPES - SLOPES STEEPER THAN ABOUT 30 DEGREES. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM OR WWW.AVALANCHE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; Camas Prairie; West Central Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with 3 to 6 inches above 6000 feet are expected.

 

* WHERE...West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Camas Prairie zones.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST this morning.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Cache Valley, Idaho Portion; Caribou Highlands; South Central Highlands; Wasatch Mountains, Idaho Portion

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 AM MST SUNDAY...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches likely near ridgetops.

 

* WHERE...I 84 from milepost 228 to the Utah border, I 15 from the milepost 63 to the Utah Border, U.S. Highways 26, 30, 89 and 91, and state highways 34 and 36.

 

* WHEN...From 11 AM this morning to 11 AM MST Sunday. Heaviest snow will arrive late this afternoon and persist through Saturday afternoon. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Avalanche Warning

Areas Affected: Camas; Elmore

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER. ...THE FOREST SERVICE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN KETCHUM HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING...

 

* TIMING...IN EFFECT UNTIL 730 AM SATURDAY MARCH 3RD.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE SOLDIER...SMOKY...PIONEER...BOULDER... WHITE CLOUD...AND SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE MOUNTAINS NEAR FAIRFIELD...HAILEY...KETCHUM...GALENA SUMMIT...SMILEY CREEK...AND STANLEY.

 

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS HIGH.

 

* REASON/IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL AND WIND ARE COMBINING TO OVERLOAD A WEAK SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AVALANCHING WILL OCCUR. PRECAUTION/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. VERY LARGE AVALANCHES CAPABLE OF SNAPPING TREES ARE LIKELY. SLIDES MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES, IN TO FLAT AREAS, AND INTO MATURE FORESTS. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM BELOW STEEP SLOPES, STEEPER THAN ABOUT 30 DEGREES. CONSULT WWW.SAWTOOTHAVALANCHE.COM OR WWW.AVALANCHE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

March 2nd: On this day

1959
Born on this day, was Larry Stewart, country music singer, best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart. In 1993, Stewart left the band for a solo career, recording four solo albums and charting eight singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts before reuniting with Restless Heart in 2002. His highest-charting solo single was "Alright Already", which peaked at #5 in 1993.

1962
Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Ty Herndon, country music singer who scored the 1995 US #1 hit single “What Mattered Most”. He later scored two other chat toppers: "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love".

1967
Country music winners at the 9th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York included; Best Country & Western Vocal Performance – Female went to Jeannie Seely for "Don't Touch Me", and the Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Male went to David Houston for "Almost Persuaded."

1974
Country music winners at the 16th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Olivia Newton-John for "Let Me Be There", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Charlie Rich for "Behind Closed Doors", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson for "From the Bottle to the Bottom", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Steve Mandell & Eric Weissberg for "Dueling Banjos" and Best Country Song - Kenny O'Dell (songwriter) for "Behind Closed Doors" performed by Charlie Rich.

1980
The Public Broadcasting Company telecasted the Grand Ole Opry for the third time. The show featured Tom T. Hall, Ronnie Milsap, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Minnie Pearl, Porter Wagoner, Billy Grammer, George Hamilton IV, Marty Robbins, and many others. Sissy Spacek also appeared with Loretta Lynn, promoting the new movie Coal Miner's Daughter, which opened the following week.

1987
Warner Bros. released the Trio album, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. The album sold over 4 million copies and also received several Grammy nominations and other awards. The three singers released the follow up album, Trio II in 1999.

1997
Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.

 

Chris Stapleton (8), Thomas Rhett (6), Keith Urban (5), Miranda Lambert (4), Maren Morris (4) & More Earn Multiple ACM Awards Nominations

The Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for the 53rd ACM Awards on March 1.

Chris Stapleton is leading the pack with eight nominations, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single and Song of the Year.

Thomas Rhett copped six nominations, including Male Vocalist, Album, Vocal Event and Video of the Year.

Keith Urban earned five nominations, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Song and Vocal Event of the Year.

Songwriter Shane McAnally nabbed five nominations, including Songwriter, Song, Album and Single of the Year.

Miranda Lambert scored four nominations, including Female Vocalist, Song and Video of the Year. Miranda is shooting for her ninth consecutive win as Female Vocalist of the Year.

Maren Morris received four nominations, including Female Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year.

The ACM Awards will air from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The complete list of nominees is below.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Chris Young

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Locash
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • LANCO
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion

New Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Carly Pearce
  • RaeLynn

New Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Devin Dawson
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Brett Young

New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year

  • High Valley
  • LANCO
  • LOCASH
  • Midland
  • Runaway June

 

 

 

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Breaker – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

California Sunrise – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

From A Room Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

Happy Endings – Old Dominion
Producer: Shane McAnally
Record Label: RCA

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

“Better Man” – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
Record Label: MCA Nashville

“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Record Label: Big Machine Records

“I’ll Name The Dogs” – Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros.

 

 

 

 

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits

“Female” – Keith Urban
Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits/Smack Songs LLC (GMR)

“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music

“Whiskey And You” – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (BMI)

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

“Black” – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Max A. Butler

“t Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver
Producer: Tiffany Davies

“Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini
Director: Jeff Venable
Producer: Ben Skipworth

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKamy
Producer: Dan Atchison

“We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: April Dace

 

 

 

Songwriter of the Year

  • Rhett Akins
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

Vocal Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris
Record Label: Columbia Nashville

“Funny (How Time Slips Away)” – Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
Producer: Carl Jackson
Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises

“The Fighter” – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

“What Ifs” – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina
Producer: Dann Huff
Record Label: RCA Nashville

 

March 3rd: On this day

1909

Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia was Johnny Barfield a country and old-time music performer, best known for his 1939 recording of "Boogie Woogie", the first country boogie. He died on 16 January 1974, aged 64.

1963

Patsy Cline performed at a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, along with George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The concert was in aid of the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. This was the last perfomance by Cline who died in a plane crash two days later.

1970

Born on this day, was John Carter Cash American country singer-songwriter, author and producer, the only child that Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash had together. His half siblings include Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams. He began his work as a music producer with his mother June Carter Cash on her album, Press On, which won a Grammy in 1999, then went on to work under Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on his father Johnny Cash's Grammy winning records American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards.

1973

Country music winners at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards (the first to be broadcast live on CBS), included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Donna Fargo for "Happiest Girl in the Whole USA", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Charley Pride for Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs, Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - The Statler Brothers for "Class of '57", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Charlie McCoy for Charlie McCoy/The Real McCoy, Best Country Song - Ben Peters (songwriter) for "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" performed by Charley Pride.

1974

Johnny Cash was a special guest in an episode of the TV decective series Columbo staring Peter Falk entitled Swan Song. Cash played the role of a musical star who murdered his wife, an evangelist who has been exploiting his talent to finance her own religious crusade.

1979

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) telecasted an entire Saturday Night Live from the Grand Ole Opry for the very first time. The show featured many acts including Del Reeves, Barbara Mandrell, Bill Monroe, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Don Gibson and many others. The telecast became the most popular one of the year for PBS, and was a part of their March fundraising campaigns.

1994

John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his second studio album Kickin' It Up which included the Country hit singles "I Swear," "Rope the Moon," "Be My Baby Tonight" and "If You've Got Love."

2002

George Strait played at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston's Astrodome, to more than 68,000 fans. He dedicated "Love Without End, Amen" to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd. The rodeo has drawn some of the world's biggest recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

2002

American songwriter Harlan Howard died aged 74. In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote songs, recorded by a variety of different artists including “Fall to Pieces", co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline. Howard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

2015

Country superstar Carrie Underwood sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy with the first published photo of her newborn baby boy. She also revealed the name of the child, Isaiah Michael Fisher, who was the first for the singer and her husband, professional hockey player Mike Fisher.

March 4th: On this day

1967

"Jackson" a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter (with Carl Perkins, guitar) entered the C&W chart, going on to peak at #2. The song was quickly covered by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood which gave them a pop hit three months later.

1968

Winners at the third Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Pat Buttram included: Man of the Year - Joey Bishop, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Lynn Anderson, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Glen Campbell, Top Vocal Group - Sons of the Pioneers, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Bobbie Gentry, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Jerry Inman and Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard won Top Duo of the Year.

1971

Born on this day in Gilmer, Texas, was Jason Sellers country music artist. Has worked with Ricky Skaggs, recorded two solo studio albums: 1997's I'm Your Man and 1999's A Matter of Time which produced five singles on the Country Singles charts; Jason has had continued success as a songwriter, with acts such as Lonestar, Kenny Chesney, and Montgomery Gentry all recording his songs.

1978

The Public Broadcasting System broadcast live, the first complete Grand Ole Opry show from the new Grand Ole Opry House. The show featured George Hamilton IV, Bill Monroe, Del Reeves, The Willis Brothers, Billy Grammer, Ronnie Milsap, Lonzo and Oscar, Porter Wagoner, Roy Acuff, The Crook Brothers, The Fruit Jar Drinkers, Grandpa Jones, and others.

1983

Country singer, George Jones married Nancy Sepulveda in Woodville, Texas, (his fourth marrige). The newlyweds had their wedding-night dinner at the local Burger King in Jasper, Texas.

2000

"Amazed" by Lonestar became the first country song to have topped both the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and the Billboard Hot 100 chart since the Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton duet, "Islands In The Stream" in October 1983.

2010

Rascal Flatts were guest stars on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, starring as themselves. In the episode, Jay DeMarcus received an electic shock from his own bass guitar during a performance at a Vegas club, leaving the musician with total amnesia.

2016

American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek died from cancer aged 40. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek.

 

 

 

Thursday 030118

Groundwater users in southern Idaho have until April 1st to install flow meters at their wells that pump water from the aquifer.  The requirement applies to about 54-hundred wells.

An Oregon developer who ordered his teenage son to shoot him in the legs to collect disability insurance will serve 10 years in prison.  Shannon Egeland claimed he was shot after helping a motorist in Idaho.  He lost his left leg after the shooting.

A Coeur d’Alene police officer is expected to make full recovery after being shot yesterday morning while he was attempting to detain a man.  Charles Hatley had only been on the job for six months.  An officer returned fire and the suspect was killed.

Idaho's House has advanced a bill allowing residents to use oil extracted from cannabis plants in staunchly anti-marijuana Idaho as long as the product is prescribed by a licensed practitioner.  Next stop the Senate then the Governor who vetoed similar legislation in 2015.

U of I law professor Aliza Cover is suing the Department of Correction under the state's Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs. The professor had requested info on the drugs Idaho used in its two most recent executions and that it expects to use in the future.

An Idaho House panel has advanced a measure that would create a new scholarship program for private schools. However, opponents of the bill argue it’s a cleverly disguised attempt to establish a voucher system in Idaho which would violate the ban on funding religious schools.

Low-income women in Idaho would have access to important health and family planning services under a proposal advancing inside the Statehouse.  Idaho would expand family planning services to women ages 19-44 who currently do not qualify for health care programs.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have killed an Idaho Democrat's bill that would have allowed women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control.

An Idaho House panel has advanced a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.  The proposal would change Idaho's 1994 Victim Rights Amendment by requiring victims to be timely notified of all court proceedings involving suspects, as well as allowing victims be heard at each step of the legal process.

Today:  Snow showers will change to some rain showers as the day wears on. High 42F. (Mountains: 36)Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early then become cloudy with a mix of rain and snow late. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.

Tomorrow:  Snow Overcast. High 38F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 33 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 36)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)

Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Big and Little Wood River Region; Sawtooth Mountains

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST FRIDAY...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 14 to 18 inches, with localized amounts up to 30 inches, are expected.

 

* WHERE...The Sawtooth Mountains including Stanley and Clayton, and the Big and Little Wood River Region including Hailey, Ketchum and Bellevue.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST Friday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; Camas Prairie; Upper Weiser River; West Central Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ FRIDAY...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in Baker County, with localized amounts up to 20 inches in the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains. Snow accumulations of 9 to 13 inches in the West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and the Camas Prairie, with localized amounts of 20 to 30 inches possible above 7000ft in the Boise Mountains. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches possible in the Upper Weiser Basin.

 

* WHERE...In Oregon, Baker County zone. In Idaho, West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains, Camas Prairie and Upper Weiser River zones.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Friday. Snow will taper off after 5 PM PST in Baker County.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Caribou Highlands; South Central Highlands; Wasatch Mountains, Idaho Portion

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM FRIDAY TO 5 AM MST SATURDAY...

 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute on Friday. In addition, some reductions to visibility are expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected.

 

* WHERE...Henry, Soda Springs, Montpelier, Lava Hot Springs, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek, Georgetown, Palisades.

 

* WHEN...From 5 AM Friday to 5 AM MST Saturday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Owyhee Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ THIS MORNING...

 

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches are expected. Locally higher amounts expected in the Owyhee Mountains.

 

* WHERE...In Oregon, Harney County and Malheur County zones. In Idaho, Owyhee Mountains zone.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ this morning.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

 

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is expecting the next few days to be the most dangerous of the year in the backcountry.

The center said a storm coming on Thursday night is expected to dump one to two feet of snow on the mountains in areas like Stanley, The Wood River Valley and the Soldier Mountain area. Forecasters said that will cause very dangerous conditions.

"Too much snow too fast just overwhelms the snow-pack and we've got a weak layer of snow buried about two feet," said Ethan Davis, an Avalanche Forecaster with the center. "That layer we expect to collapse, retract, cause avalanches."

Avalanches that will snap trees like twigs and crush anything in its path.

The center expects to issue an avalanche warning on Thursday and Friday. They urge people to stay out of the backcountry for a few days.

"There are lots of days that throughout the season that there are safe places to go play in the backcountry, but Thursday and Friday and maybe even on to Saturday and to the weekend are just not the ones to be out in the backcountry," Davis said.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will be updating conditions on their website throughout the duration of the storm.

If you decide to stay in bounds this weekend, Sun Valley Resort said they will update the most current mountain conditions on its website.

March 1st: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Stockton, California, was Cliffie Stone, singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality who was pivotal in the development of California’s thriving country music scene after World War II during a career that lasted six decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.

1949

Working at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio, Hank Williams recorded "Mind Your Own Business," "Honky Tonk Blues," "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" and "Lost Highway".

1954

Born on this day, in Cleveland, Ohio, was Catherine Bach, actress, known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. The producers were looking for a Dolly Parton-lookalike; despite not looking like what they were searching for, she was hired on the spot. At the hight of the show a poster of ‘Daisy’ in her cut-off jeans sold over 5 million copies.

1961

Born on this day in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was Davis Daniel, country music artist. Seven of his singles entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the Top 40 hits "Picture Me", "For Crying Out Loud" and "Fighting Fire with Fire."

1964

Born on this day in Martinsville, Virginia, was Clinton Gregory, country and bluegrass singer, songwriter, and fiddler. His highest charting single is the 1991 "Play, Ruby, Play", which reached #25.

1968

Johnny Cash married June Carter. Johnny had proposed to June while onstage in London, Ontario the previous month. Cash and Carter continued to work together and tour for 35 years until Carter's death in 2003. Cash died four months later.

1975

Country music winners at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Anne Murray for “Love Song”, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Chet Atkins & Merle Travis for The Atkins -Travis Traveling Show, Best Country Song - Billy Sherrill & Norro Wilson (songwriters) for "A Very Special Love Song" performed by Charlie Rich.

1976

Winners at the 11th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Marty Robbins at The Palladium Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Conway Twitty, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Song of the Year went to Glen Campbell for "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Album of the Year went to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn for Feelings.

 

1980

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned song "I Ain't Living Long Like This." Emmylou Harris had also coverd the song for her 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.

1994

Dwight Yoakam won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Ain't That Lonely Yet" at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for "Passionate Kisses" and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Linda Davis & Reba McEntire for "Does He Love You."

1995

American Recordings won Johnny Cash a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 37th annual awards. Best Country Song went to Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers for "I Swear" performed by John Michael Montgomery.

2005

Nelly featuring Tim McGraw were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Over And Over", the third #1 for Nelly, and the first for Grammy Award-winning Country music singer Tim McGraw.

2011

The Country Music Association announced that Reba McEntire would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father had slipped into a coma following a stroke.

2016

Don Williams announced his retirement after six decades in the music business. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 country hits.

 

 

Brad Paisley’s One Backstage Worry

“Are They Going to Be Tired of Me?”

When Brad Paisley was in Chicago on Saturday night (Feb. 24), about halfway through the extension of his Weekend Warrior tour, I sat down with him to talk about what it’s like playing shows nearly every night for nearly 20 years.

One of the first tours he joined after signing his record deal was Alan Jackson’s. Then Brooks & Dunn’s. Then there were tours with Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Sara Evans. And then he was the headliner, which is where he’s been for more than a decade.

But even with all that road cred, one worry still crosses Paisley’s mind.

“The one moment every night that gets to me is the walk to the stage,” Paisley told me.

“It feels like I have done that walk a lot. I’m not tired of it at all, it’s just that somewhere in the back of my mind, there’s always a little bit of the thought, ’Are they going to be tired of me tonight?’ Just a little bit. That’s on my mind.

“But immediately when we start, I realize that these people aren’t tired of me because they haven’t heard me for a year or two,” he said.

So when he opened the show that night, with “Last Time for Everything,” he used his country music to silence any lingering doubts.

“The way that we do our songs now makes them feel new. And even a song that’s been around as long as “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song)” never gets old, because it never fails to please the crowd,” he said of the 16-year-old hit. “That’s crazy to me, in a way, because the song is built to some degree around a punch line. And when I get to the first ’I’m gonna miss her,’ they’re all raising their beers in the air.”

By the end of the show, Paisley’s fans still had those beers in the air about 24 songs later when he closed with “Alcohol.” So it’s safe to say, they are not, in fact, tired of him.

Wednesday 022818

An Idaho House panel has spiked a proposal that would have allowed health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The proposal was supposed to be an alternative to a separate bill already introduced in the Statehouse designed to reduce Idaho's health coverage gap.

A student was detained and searched by Gooding Police yesterday morning after officials received information about a potential school shooting threat.  Both the Gooding Elementary and Middle school were placed on soft lockdown. 

A garage was destroyed by flames yesterday morning two miles south of Eden.  Crews were called to the scene around 9 am in the 1300 block of South Eden Road.  When they arrived flames were shooting from the roof.   There was no vehicle inside the structure. 

Dairy exports are up 14-percent in 2017 the most in three years across the nation according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council.  In Southern Idaho, dairy is number one.  An official with Idaho Milk Products said the numbers are very encouraging and believes still more can be done.

Student leaders at the College of Southern Idaho are considering organizing a walkout event.  The event would be part of the National event where at 10 a.m. March 14th, the walkout would last 17 minutes, one minute for each person that died in Florida.  The CSI board chairman said they would have the full support of the board.

The Twin Falls city council want to know how much residents would be willing to pay to have their recycling picked up.  It cost 136-dollars per ton for recycling and $36 a ton to dump at the regional landfill.

A handful of Idaho lawmakers say they have too many objections to a proposal designed to retain teachers in rural areas by paying off some of their student loan debt.  Up to 500 eligible teachers who work in rural schools would receive $3,000 in student loan forgiveness a year for four years. The fate of the bill remains unknown because lawmakers are hoping to adjourn soon.

The second juvenile involved in the aggravated assault that occurred last Thursday near 2nd Avenue North and Addison Avenue turned himself into Twin Falls Police Detectives yesterday morning.  The warrant for aggravated assault was served and the 17 year old juvenile was booked into the Snake River Detention Center.

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 38F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies with late-night snow showers. Low 27F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Tomorrow:  Scattered Snow and Rain showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon. High 43F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

THURSDAY:

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 38)

FRIDAY: Snow

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 33)

SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 30)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 37)

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Big and Little Wood River Region; Lost River, Pashimeroi; Sawtooth Mountains

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...Strong winter storm headed to southeast Idaho... .A strong and moist Pacific storm system will bring very heavy snowfall and strong winds to southeast Idaho. The storm will begin to affect the central mountains and the Wood River Valley late tonight with the heaviest snowfall Thursday and Thursday night. The storm will affect the southern and eastern mountains mainly Thursday night through Friday night. Very difficult travel is expected in the southeast Idaho mountains Thursday through Friday night. Call 511 for the latest road information including any road closures. ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches, with localized amounts up to 28 inches, are possible.

 

* WHERE...Sawtooth, Boulder and Smoky Mountains from Hailey north through Stanley and the Pioneer and Lost River Range north of Arco.

 

* WHEN...From Thursday morning through late Thursday night.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; Camas Prairie

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 AM MST FRIDAY...

 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches in the mountain valleys and Camas Prairie, with localized amounts up to 25 inches possible over the mountains above 7000 feet.

 

* WHERE...Boise Mountains and Camas Prairie zones.

 

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 5 AM MST Friday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Caribou Highlands; South Central Highlands; Upper Snake Highlands; Wasatch Mountains, Idaho Portion

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...Strong winter storm headed to southeast Idaho... .A strong and moist Pacific storm system will bring very heavy snowfall and strong winds to southeast Idaho. The storm will begin to affect the central mountains and the Wood River Valley late tonight with the heaviest snowfall Thursday and Thursday night. The storm will affect the southern and eastern mountains mainly Thursday night through Friday night. Very difficult travel is expected in the southeast Idaho mountains Thursday through Friday night. Call 511 for the latest road information including any road closures. ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to a foot, are possible.

 

* WHERE...Ashton, St Anthony, Driggs, Victor, Soda Springs, Montpelier, Henry, Lava Hot Springs, Georgetown, Palisades, Monida Pass, Island Park, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek.

 

* WHEN...From Thursday evening through Friday evening.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Owyhee Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ THURSDAY...

 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, except 2 to 4 inches in the Owyhee Mountains.

 

* WHERE...In Oregon, Harney County and Malheur County zones. In Idaho, Owyhee Mountains zone.

 

* WHEN...From 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ this afternoon to 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Thursday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

February 28th: On this day

1923

Born on this day, in Pike County, Alabama, was Audrey Williams. She met Hank Williams in 1943 at the age of 20, and the couple married before a Justice of the Peace at a gas station near Andalusia, Alabama in December 1944. She died from heart failure related to her years of alcohol and drug use on 4th November 1975 at the age of 52. Audrey is mentioned in the song by Johnny Cash featuring Waylon Jennings: "The Night Hank Williams Came To Town" as "How'd They Get Miss Audrey In That Gown."

1927

Born on this day in New Brockton, Alabama was Don Helms a steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys. Helms was a featured musician on over 100 Hank Williams recordings and went on to play on many classic country hits, including Patsy Cline's “Walking After Midnight,” Stonewall Jackson’s “Waterloo,” the Louvin Brothers’ “Cash on the Barrelhead,” Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil” and Loretta Lynn’s “Blue Kentucky Girl.” He died on August 11, 2008.

1940

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Joe South, singer-songwriter and guitarist who has written many well known songs including the 1971 Lynn Anderson hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden." which was a hit in 16 countries worldwide. South has also played guitar with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkle as well as scoring his own hit with "Games People Play" in 1968. South died aged 72 on 5 Sept 2012.

1963

Patsy Cline made the final television appearance of her career when she appeared on The Glenn Reeves Show singing "San Antonio Rose" and "I Fall To Pieces". She died tragically in a plane crash just five days later at the age of 30.

1976

Country music winners at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Linda Ronstadt for "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Willie Nelson for "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson for "Lover Please", Best Country Song - Larry Butler & Chips Moman (songwriters) for "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" performed by B. J. Thomas.

1977

Born on this day in Macon, Georgia, was Jason Aldean country music singer, who has scored six #1 singles: "Why", "She's Country", "Big Green Tractor", "The Truth", "Don't You Wanna Stay" (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), and "Dirt Road Anthem."

1981

Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US #1 hit with "I Love a Rainy Night". He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash "Kentucky Rain" before having a #5 hit with "Drivin' My Life Away". Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

1984

Lee Greenwood won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "I.O.U." at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to Anne Murray for "A Little Good News."

1992

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the Country charts with "What She's Doing Now. "It was released in December 1991 as the third single from his album, Ropin' the Wind and spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was written by Brooks and Pat Alger.

1996

Alison Krauss won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Baby, Now That I've Found You" at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. Vince Gill won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Go Rest High on That Mountain."

 

2009

Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally were at #1 on the Country charts with "Down the Road." McAnally has charted with the song on two separate occasions. The first of these two versions was released as the second single from his 1990 album Simple Life, and was a minor chart single for him that year. Eighteen years later, McAnally re-recorded the song as a duet with Kenny Chesney on Chesney's 2008 album Lucky Old Sun.

 

 

Reba McEntire to Announce Nominees for the ACM Awards on March 1

Reba McEntire will appear on CBS This Morning on March 1 at 8 a.m. ET to announce some of the nominees for the 53rd ACM Awards.

Reba will also appear live via her Facebook page prior to CBS This Morning to announce the nominees for Song of the Year. Additional nominees will be announced on ETonline.com at 8:50 a.m. ET.

The ACM Awards will air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET. on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music announced its roster of performers for the events surrounding ACM Awards weekend in Las Vegas on April 12–15. More than 40 country artists—including Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Midland, Old Dominion and more—are scheduled to take the stage at various Vegas venues for the 6th annual Party for a Cause events.

George Strait Announces Final Shows of 2018

If you want to catch the “Cowboy” onstage in 2018, you’d better get cracking.

George Strait is only scheduled to play a handful of dates this year, including stops in New Orleans, Austin and Tulsa.

However, there is good news coming out of George’s camp: he will close out 2018 with two newly announced shows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 7 and 8. The Strait To Vegas series started with six shows in 2016 and was extended with 10 more in 2017. The shows in December will be the last of 2018. Tickets go on sale on April 6.

Fellow Texans Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will join George for the two shows in Vegas.

Online Fundraiser Established for the Family of Daryle Singletary

An online fundraiser on YouCaring.com has been organized by Franklin Synergy Bank for the family of country singer Daryle Singletary, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 12 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 46 years old.

Daryle is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, and two daughters, Nora and Charlotte.

According to a statement on YouCaring.com, “funds will be used for all family and funeral expenses.” Almost $8,000 of the $100,000 goal has been raised.

Daryle had a string of Top 10 hits in the mid-1990s with “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.”

Tuesday 022718

Idaho lawmakers have proposed a measure with strong Republican support that would dramatically change the state's independent commission in charge of drawing congressional and legislative maps every decade. Voters will decide whether to make the change in November if the measure passes by a two-thirds majority in the state Senate and House.

An Idaho House panel has spiked a proposal that would have allowed health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients. The proposal was supposed to be an alternative to a separate bill already introduced in the Statehouse designed to reduce Idaho's health coverage gap.

A measure expanding Idaho's open meeting laws has once again won support from House lawmakers. According to the proposed legislation, boards and commissions created by executive order would be subjected to the Idaho Open Meeting Law.

Legislation encouraging public schools to offer gun safety courses is headed to the Idaho House. The House Education Committee agreed to advance HB 443 yesterday with the panel's three Democratic members opposing.

The Cassia County sheriff's office say they have saved thousands by having students build targets for the SWAT team.  One target typically costs about $500.  The students were able buy enough steel to make six targets for the same price.

The Better Business Bureau is reminding everyone to do your homework before you make any donation.  BBB officials say the internet is a great and easy way to make those donations, but some people use it to capitalize on the rush to give.  Check give.org to check if a charity is reputable or not.

Saturday afternoon, an elderly man was found dead in a car in the Magic Valley Mall parking lot.  A person reported they saw a man slumped over the steering wheel with the car running near the food court.  It appears it was natural causes and no criminal activity police say.

The College of Idaho has named two new presidents, marking the first time in the school's history that the office will be occupied by co-presidents.  Former Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett and former TitleOne president Doug Brigham will hold the posts. They take over for interim president Robert Hoover, starting April 2.

Today:  Mostly sunny.  WINDS: SW 10-15 MPH HIGH: 30 (Mountains: 31)

Tonight: Clear WINDS: SW 5-10 MPH LOW: 14 (Mountains: 7)

Tomorrow Mostly Sunny HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31) and lows in the mid 20s.

THURSDAY: Snow

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 34)

FRIDAY: Snow

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 34)

SATURDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 30 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 33 (Mountains: 31)

MOJNDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

February 27th: On this day

1946

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

1971

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

1980

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

1989

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

2002

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

2002

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

2013

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

Monday 022618

Seven men, including one from Jerome have been arrested following an undercover sting in Utah.  30-year old Phillip Gerstner was charged with solicitation to commit rape of a child.

The candidate filing requirements for the May 15th primary election has been announced.  Offices in Twin Falls include County Commissioners, clerk, treasurer, assessor, corner and precinct Committeeman.

A prosecutor has ruled that Boise Police officers were justified when they wounded a Meridian man during a parking lot confrontation last fall. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs announced the decision last week, five months after 22-year-old Dakota Morris was shot.

After three years of facing resistance inside the GOP-dominant Statehouse, Idaho schools will finally be able to implement a new slate of robust science standards The Senate Education Committee approved adopting the updated science standards. The move concludes years of debate led by some Republican lawmakers who had tried to amend the proposed standards due to concerns over references to global warming and the origin of the universe.

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho Statehouse. The Idaho House unanimously approved sending a bill designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho's indecent exposure law.

A statewide school wireless contract, a controversial holdover from the Tom Luna era, could be coming to an end.  The proposed K-12 budget would instead send money out to school districts and charter schools, and allow them to cut their own deals locally.

For the second time this winter, someone broke into a holding pen for Yellowstone National Park bison, allowing the escape of 73 animals captured to prevent the spread of a wildlife disease.  Most of the 73 wild bison that escaped stayed nearby and eventually returned to the pen. Fifty-two bison escaped in a similar incident last month.  Officials say whoever broke into the pen was threatening the success of the quarantine program and ensuring more bison will be sent to slaughter.

Today:   Snow WINDS: W 10-15 MMPH HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 32)

Tonight: Clearing & Cold WINDS: SW 5-10 MPH LOW: 13 (Mountains: 3)

Tomorrow:  Abundant sunshine. HIGH: 28 (Mountains: 30)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 34 (Mountains: 27)

THURSDAY: Snow Likely

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 34)

FRIDAY: Snow

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 34)

SATURDAY: Scattered Snow

HIGH: 34 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Scattered Snow

HIGH: 31 (Mountains: 32)

February 26th: On this day

1932

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

1973

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

1975

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

1983

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

1985

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

 

1991

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

1997

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

2014

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

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Police in Twin Falls are investigating a reported attack on a man near the Twin Falls Subaru dealership on Falls Avenue.  Just before 8 pm Wednesday, the victim was walking when he was attacked.  He suffered a head injury.

Two contracts received and one more possibly on the way for Jerome County.  Officials want to rent bed space in the newly built Jail.  Twin Falls County and the Idaho Department of Correction have given proposals to commissioners and they are waiting to hear from the U.S Marshal’s Service.

A proposal to allow health insurers from other states to sell their plans in Idaho is gaining support inside the Statehouse.  The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee agreed yesterday to advance the bill to the full Senate.

A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the Idaho Statehouse.  Next stop is the Senate then if passed, the Governor’s desk for consideration. 

The Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted Wednesday to advance legislation implementing new rules for body camera retention policies and revising the penalties for driving without privileges.

A $200 million tax cut plan faces just one more hurdle before it can land on Gov. Butch Otter's desk.  The plan would align Idaho's income tax code to recent federal changes, which means taxpayers would pay roughly $100 million more next year. In order to offset that increase, the measure seeks to reduce all seven of Idaho's brackets for personal income tax rates.

Public access to the Southside Canal head gates at Minidoka Dam will be restricted from March 5 to April 15 for maintenance.  The bureau will install four new supporting arms and gate reinforcements on the two radial gates that control irrigation water into the Southside Canal from Lake Walcott, which is 12 miles northeast of Rupert.

Forty-four states, including Idaho reached a settlement with airbag maker Takata over allegations the company concealed safety issues related to its airbag systems.   At least 20 people have died worldwide due to the defects.

Southern Idaho Landfills could be producing enough energy by May to power 25-hundred homes.  Equipment will soon harvest gases generated by millions of tons of decomposing garbage.

Today:  Partly cloudy. Breezy/Windy WINDS: W 15-20 MPH HIGH: 27 (Mountains: 29)

Tonight:   Clouds Move In WINDS: SW 10-15 MPH LOW: 16 (Mountains: 5)

Tomorrow:  Snow showers.  HIGH: 32 (Mountains: 28)

SUNDAY: PM Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 31)

MONDAY: Snow

HIGH: 30 (Mountains: 31)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 30 (Mountains: 28)

WEDNESDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 33 (Mountains: 31)

THURSDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 34)

February 23rd: On this day

1972

Born on this day in Dallas, Texas, Steve Holy, who has scored fifteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 hits "Good Morning Beautiful" (which was featured in the movie Angel Eyes) and "Brand New Girlfriend".

1978

Country music winners at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by John Denver included; Crystal Gayle who won Best Country Vocal Performance for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Kenny Rogers for "Lucille", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - The Kendalls for "Heaven's Just a Sin Away", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Asleep At The Wheel for "One O'Clock Jump", Best Country Song - Richard Leigh (songwriter) for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" performed by Crystal Gayle.

 

1983

Willie Nelson won Best Country Vocal Performance for "Always on My Mind" at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to Juice Newton for "Break It to Me Gently."

2000

Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks both won awards during the 42nd annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Dixie Chicks won Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ready To Run."

2003

Country music winners at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden, New York City included; Faith Hill who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Cry", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Johnny Cash for "Give My Love to Rose", Best Country Performance by a Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Long Time Gone."

2010

Jimmy Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The American singer, television host, actor and businessman became a national television personality starting in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John" and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show. He is also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. Billy Sherrill, Don Williams, and Ferlin Husky were all also inducted.

2010

American VI: Ain't No Grave the posthumous album by Johnny Cash was released three days prior to what would have been Cash's 78th birthday. The album's music was recorded during the same sessions as American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

2014

American country and gospel music singer and actress Penny DeHaven died aged 65. She was best known for her country hit singles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her biggest hit was "Land Mark Tavern", a duet with Del Reeves in 1970.

2015

Bobby Emmons, the Nashville songwriter who also played an integral role in the Memphis studio scene for decades, died in a Nashville hospital following an undisclosed illness. As a songwriter he scored hits for George Strait ("So Much Like My Dad"), Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize") and Tanya Tucker ("Love Me Like You Used To").

February 24th: On this day

1958

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

1964

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

1969

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

1969

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

1974

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

1977

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

1982

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

1987

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

1991

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

1993

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

1999

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

2005

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

February 25th: On this day

1927

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

1932

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

1981

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

1992

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

1998

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

2014

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