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Thursday 122718

Fire ripped through a home just north of Gooding yesterday morning.  The home along Highway 46 was nearly fully engulfed when crews arrived.  One person was checked for smoke inhalation.  Investigators continue to determine how the fire started.  Gooding was assisted by the Wendell and Shoshone Fire Departments.

When it comes to being pet friendly, Idaho is one at the top of a survey.  While 38-percent of the households in the U.S. has a pet dog, Idaho comes in with 58-percent putting us in the top ten – eighth to be exact. 

Should Idaho have regulations for bounty hunters?  Some are saying yes after an incident that happened where a hunter went on school property in Lincoln County with a badge and duty belt which contained a weapon.  Court documents say the man pled guilty to carrying a weapon on school property.  A lobbyist for the Idaho Sheriff’s Association said the group will push for regulations in the next legislative session. 

25 year old Caleb Funke of Twin Falls has been charged with felony aggravated battery after allegedly telling police he spanked a child so hard it hurt his own hand.  His preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Friday. 

The “I” on the side of a hill in Pocatello for Idaho State University could cost roughly $300-thousand dollars.  The old I was removed five years ago because of safety and erosion problems.  It had been in place for about a century.

On Monday, Hailey and Blaine County authorities arrested 40 year old Christopher Pielstick for Attempted Strangulation.  He was arrested just after midnight at a residence in Hailey. 

An Idaho inmate accused of sexually assaulting a woman after he was sent to work at a wildfire base camp in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery.  The woman approved the plea deal so she could avoid having to testify in the case.  28 year old Ruben Hernandez, was charged with felony rape in Utah after the woman reported that he assaulted her on Aug. 29 when she rejected his advances in a remote area about 80 miles south of Salt Lake City.


THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of scattered snow showers in the Magic Valley, and slight chance of morning snow in the Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than one inch in the Magic Valley being possible, and less than half an inch in the Wood River Valley being possible.
Winds: W 10-20 mph
High: 29 Mountains: 26

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Wind chill values as low as -3 in the Wood River Valley, and gust up to 20mph.
Winds: ENE 10-15 mph
Low: 18 Mountains: 7

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy and cold in the Magic Valley. Mostly sunny and cold in the Wood River Valley, with wind chill values as low as -7.
High: 28 Low: 17 Mountains: High: 22 Low: 5

SATURDAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.
High: 30 Low: 21 Mountains: High: 26 Low: 16

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow.
High: 34 Low: 22 Mountains: High: 31 Low: 11

MONDAY - NEW YEAR'S EVE: Partly sunny.
High: 31 Low: 19 Mountains: High: 25 Low: 7

TUESDAY - NEW YEAR'S DAY: Partly sunny.
High: 30 Low: 19 Mountains: High: 24 Low: 9

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny.
High: 31 Mountains: 29

December 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Oneida, Kentucky, was Les Taylor, country music artist who was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of country-pop band Exile. He performed with the group until 1989, when he left to pursue a solo career. As a songwriter, Taylor has had his songs recorded by Travis Tritt and Shelby Lynne. He also co-wrote Janie Fricke's #1 single, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy."

Born on this day, in Pecos, Texas, was Jeff Bryant, drummer. He has contributed to several hits with Ricochet who won the Academy of Country Music's top vocal group honor in 1996 and 1998. He was forced to leave the group in 1999, suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Born on this day in Midland, Texas, songwriter Jim Beavers who wrote Tim McGraw's "Felt Good On My Lips," Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" and Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance."

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Wichita Lineman”. It has been referred to as "the first existential country song".

Hank Williams Jr.'s remake of "Mind Your Own Business" was at the top of the Billboard country chart. The song which was first recorded by Hank Williams in 1949, also featured Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Reba McEntire.

Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country music singles chart with "A Woman in Love", a song written by Curtis Wright and Doug Millett. It was released as the third single from the album Stranger Things Have Happened and was his last song to reach #1 on the US country singles chart.

Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country charts with "There Goes My Life", written by Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, the song spent 20 weeks on the chart.

American country singer and the lead vocalist for the Arkansas-based band, Backroad Anthem, Craig Strickland died. Strickland and a friend, Chase Morland, had gone to an area known as Bear Creek Cove, at Kaw Lake to hunt for ducks. Morland drowned after the Boat they were in capsized, while Strickland swam to shore, but later succumbed to hypothermia. The area had been experiencing severe inclement weather due to Winter storm Goliath with freezing temperatures. His body was discovered on January 4, 2016 after last being seen on December 27, 2015. It was determined by Oklahoma Highway Patrol that Strickland's body had been difficult to locate due to the camouflage hunting gear he had been wearing at the time of his death.

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Several Accidents over the holiday claimed the lives of three people in Idaho.  Friday night a juvenile pedestrian walking on I-84 near Nampa was killed when they attempted to cross the lanes of traffic.  Another juvenile was killed Friday afternoon near McCall when they were sledding down a driveway and into the path of a car.  On Sunday an Idaho Falls man was changing his left front tire along the shoulder of U.S. 20 when he was struck by a vehicle.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill and Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers will step down from their roles as the chief Judges on January 1st.  U.S. District Judge David Nye and Bankruptcy judge Joseph Meier are the announced replacements.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Colorado resident Kelsey Berreth.  Earlier this month the investigation led to Twin Falls where officials processed some evidence tied to the woman.  The Twin Falls police department and the Sheriff’s office worked with the FBI and officials from Colorado.  The woman’s cell phone was tracked to a location in Gooding several weeks ago. Her fiancé, 32 year old Patrick Frazee was arrested at his Colorado home on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder.

Jobless numbers keep dropping in Southern Idaho.  According to the Idaho Department of Labor, unemployment fell to 2-point 3 percent.  Online job postings have continued to decline with only 2,323 jobs posted in November.  Officials wonder if those paying minimum wage will consider paying more.

Officials in the gem state say there were 101 flu-related deaths last season.  That number is quadruple that of a typical year and the highest since keeping records in a 21 year period. 

Brian Trappen, the Twin Falls man who is accused of causing a six car pileup and two fatalities on I-84 near Jerome earlier this year has been bound over to District Court for a Jury Trial.  Trappen faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of Aggravated driving under the influence.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 33F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low near 25F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. High near 30F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers.

Winds: Light and variable

Low:19 Mountains: 6

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy.

High: 27 Low: 15

Mountains: 22 Low: 4

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers.

High: 27 Low: 19

Mountains: 21 Low: 11

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers.

High: 31 Low: 19

Mountains: 26 Low: 9

MONDAY: Partly cloudy.

High: 29 Low: 14

Mountains: 24 Low: 6

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 26 Mountains: 23

December 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Puryear, Tennessee, was Rattlesnake Annie, country singer and songwriter. She earned her nickname as a child from her respect of snakes. She recorded her debut album, Rattlesnakes and Rusty Water, on her own label, Rattlesnake Records. At the time, it was unusual for a woman to play guitar in public, and it was also rare for a woman to produce her own songs.

Johnny Cash topped a country and western concert at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; also appearing on the same bill were Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Wichita Lineman”. Jimmy Webb's inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then "put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand" as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

Roger Bowling, Nashville based songwriter died. His best known songs included "Lucille" (co-written with Hal Bynum), and "Coward of the County" (co-written with Billy Ed Wheeler), both recorded by Kenny Rogers, and "Blanket on the Ground", "What I've Got In Mind", and "57 Chevrolet", which were recorded by Billie Jo Spears.

American country music singer Sheila Andrews died. She recorded three studio albums in her career and released several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs including "It Don't Get Better Than This", her highest charting single.

Johnny Cash was hailed on CBS-TV's The Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with "My Next Thirty Years", the fifth and final single from McGraw's A Place in the Sun album.

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Krista Louise Kreiger Hurst, a former Idaho autism therapist accused of embezzling from her clients has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.  The 50-year-old Naples Idaho resident was charged earlier this year with two counts of grand theft and two counts of fraudulent use of a financial transaction card.

Federal agents have arrested an adult film actress from Idaho on charges she tried to hire someone to kill a person.  31-year-old Katrina L. Danforth, who makes films under the name Lynn Pleasant was arrested at Spokane International Airport on an indictment handed down Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Idaho.  The intended target, who lives in Idaho, was not harmed.

Idaho and Nevada are tied as the nation’s fastest-growing states between July 2017 and 2018.  That’s according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Overall the U.S. Population grew by point-6 percent while the Gem state and Nevada increased by 2-point 1-percent.

State of Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said late last week she has hired Marilyn Whitney to serve as her deputy superintendent for communications and policy.  She currently serves as Gov. Butch Otter’s deputy chief of staff and senior special assistant for education and government services.

Itati Hernandez believes she wouldn’t have survived a serious car accident without the care and attention from more than two dozen dedicated Portneuf Medical Center staff members.  The 21-year-old Heyburn woman never forgot the caregivers who helped to save her life.  That accident near Burley was three months ago.  Last week she returned to the hospital to thank each staff member and present them with their own guardian angel pin. 

The State Board of Education took a hard look at Idaho’s teacher shortage and learned the problem is actually one of attrition.  A study shows the problem is that hundreds of newer Idaho teachers leave the classroom every year, well before retirement age.  Idaho’s annual turnover rate of 10 percent exceeds the national rate of 8 percent.


Today:  Chance of rain and snow showers in the Magic Valley and snow showers in the Wood River Valley. Winds: SW 5-10mph  High: 40 Mountains: 33.  Chance of snow 90%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Tonight:  Chance of rain and snow showers before midnight in the Magic Valley, which turns to a chance of snow showers by midnight.   Low 32F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tomorrow:  Scattered snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible in Magic Valley, and less than one inch in the Wood River Valley. Mainly cloudy. High 35F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a lingering chance of snow showers. Winds: NNE 5-10.  Low: 23 Mountains: 14

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of nighttime snow showers.   High: 33 Low: 22   Mountains: High: 24 Low: 11

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers.   High: 30 Low: 20  Mountains: 23 Low: 8

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers.   High: 26 Low: 19  Mountains: 22 Low: 8

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy.   High: 27 Low: 19  Mountains: 24 Low: 14

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers.   High: 31 Mountains: 29.

December 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Savannah, Georgia, was Michael Curb, musician, record company executive, and NASCAR and IRL race car owner. Founder of Curb Records whose roster has included many successful country music artists, such as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Holy, the Judds, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Rio Grand, Jim Stafford and Ray Stevens. A Republican, he served as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979-1983 under Democratic Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. He was acting governor of California while Brown spent time outside of California pursuing presidential ambitions.

"Love's Gonna Live Here" by Buck Owens, was at #1 on the Country chart. Spending sixteen weeks at the top spot and a total of thirty weeks on the chart, after "Love's Gonna Live Here" finished its 16-week stay at #1, no other song would spend more than 10 weeks at #1 for 49 years. On January 12, 2013, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift would become the first song to spend at least 10 weeks at #1.

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

"I Don't Call Him Daddy" by Doug Supernaw was at #1 on the Country chart. Initially recorded by Kenny Rogers on his 1987 album I Prefer the Moonlight, it was released as the third single from Supernaw's debut album Red and Rio Grande.

Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country charts with "Why Wait" which became the group's eleventh #1 hit.

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69 year old Ramiro Gonzalez Gutierrez has died of his injuries following a two car pileup Wednesday evening.  The accident at the junction of Highways 25 and 93 in Jerome County happened when Gutierrez pulled in front of another car traveling south. 

Two black Idaho State University football players are suing law enforcement in Idaho and Utah, claiming they were illegally detained and arrested, and victims of excessive force based on their race.  Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox say they were pulled over at an exit in Box Elder County, Utah, following a single-car crash on Dec. 14, 2016, in McFarlin’s 2017 Chevy Camaro.  The two insisted they had alibis and could not have been in Malad at A the time of the robbery.

A 24-year-old Boise man authorities say is responsible for the death of a 78-year-old woman in an October traffic collision in Meridian has been arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter.  Police say Tanner Illi was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup when he turned left from a non-turning lane and collided with a Hyundai passenger car, killing Sally Weiskircher of Meridian.

Say goodbye to the name Cable One and hello to Sparklight.  The company said the re-branding will begin in the summer of 2019.  Sparklight will also be changing its residential internet service plans and pricing offering faster speeds and the ability to include unlimited data on any plan. 

The Olive Garden is getting ready to open.  They have purchased the Pioneer Club Bar’s liquor License for $225-thousand dollars.  Now they will officially open its doors 11 a.m. January 21st.  Meanwhile the vacated Olive Garden will be torn down and the gas station next door will expand their operation.


In local sports, in Boys High School Basketball from last night it was Dietrich overpowering Hagerman in a close one – score was 66 to 64.  Minico outlasted Bishop Kelly 68 to 61.  Valley beat Raft River 72 to 45 and Oakley trampled over Challis 46 to 29.  Elsewhere it was the Sun Valley Community School 55 over Castleford 38 and Murtaugh easily defeated Twin Falls Christian Academy 62 to 30. 

In Girls High School Basketball, it was Twin Falls 46 over Canyon Ridge 12.  Mountain Home beat Buhl 64 to 39.  Hagerman outlasted Dietrich 45 to 36 and it was Murtaugh 50 Twin Falls Christian Adacemy 27 and it was a squeeker in Castleford as Glenns Ferry beat Castleford 40 to 38.



Today:  Mostly cloudy. Chance of morning rain and snow in the Magic Valley, and snow in the Wood River Valley.   Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low around 25F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 38F. WSW winds shifting to NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy.   Low: 22 (Mountains: 10)

SUNDAY: Scattered snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.
High: 36 (Mountains: 29)

SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers.   Low: 28 (Mountains: 16)

MONDAY (CHRISTMAS EVE): Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain/snow showers in the valleys, and scattered snow showers in the mountains.   High: 38 Low: 26 (Mountains: 32 Low: 20)

TUESDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY): Mostly cloudy. Light snow showers.   High: 34 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 12)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers.  High: 30 Low: 18 (Mountains: 26 Low: 10)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High: 27 Low: 18 (Mountains: 26 Low: 10)

December 21st: On this day

Born on this day, was Freddie Hart, country musician and songwriter best-known for his #1 hit "Easy Loving," which won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award in 1971 and 1972.

Born on this day in Lingen, Herefordshire, England, was guitarist Albert Lee who was a member of Emmylou Harris’ The Hot Band and has also worked with Rosanne Cash, Dolly Parton and Carlene Carter.

During recording sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville, Hank Williams record “Cold Cold Heart”, “Dear John”, “Just Waiting” and “Men With Broken Hearts”.

Born on this day in Abilene, Texas, was Lee Roy Parnell, country music and blues artist, singer, songwriter. His highest-charting hits are "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" (1992), "Tender Moment" (1993), and "A Little Bit of You" (1995), all of which peaked at #2.

Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with Wichita Lineman. Although the LP would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, it would be Campbell's only #1 album.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, had its premiere. Willie Nelson was a supporting character in the film, and he also contributed to the movie's soundtrack.

Sammy Creason, American session drummer died. He worked with many artists including Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Rita Coolidge, Billy Swan, Hoyt Axton, Gene Clark, Jimmy Buffett, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

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Two people were seriously injured following a two car pileup at the Junction of Highway 93 and 25 in Jerome.  Police say the accident just before 6 Wednesday night sent 69 year old Ramiro Gonzalez Gutierrez and his passenger 67 year old Adela Lemus both Hazelton residents to St. Alphonsus in Boise.  Gutierrez stopped at the intersection then pulled in front of a vehicle that was headed south on 93.

Idaho Falls is the next community in Idaho to ban using your cell phone and driving.   Breaking the law could eventually end up being a misdemeanor.

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents to be wary while helping nonprofit organizations.  The group said that before you donate do some research.  Ask how much is actually going to help whatever cause the group is asking money for.  If they say 100-percent, be careful.  Anywhere from 80 to 90 percent is a normal amount.

Officials in Bannock County say the death of a jail inmate shows Idaho needs to invest in more mental health care and add beds in secure mental health facilities.  On Friday, deputies found an inmate unresponsive.  He had been diagnosed with a mental illness and was a danger to himself.  Deputies performed CPR but he died a short time later.

The recent snow in the higher elevations is good news for skiers and snowboarders.  Some of the area resorts are reporting that the white stuff is piling up at a rate of nearly an inch an hour.

State and federal officials signed an agreement Tuesday they said will help protect Idaho’s national forest lands, which they said are at risk of insect infestations and destructive wildfires.  Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Gov.-elect Brad Little and U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jim Hubbard and other state and federal officials signed the Shared Stewardship Agreement, which they said could be a template for other Western states.

Stockholders in Micron technology are seeing about a 17 percent drop since the beginning of the year.  On Tuesday, the Boise based memory chip company reported first quarter earnings of 3-point 29 Billion dollars.  In the final minutes of trading earlier this week shares hit $34.11, a decline of 22 percent in the last 12 months.   


In local sports, first to Boys high school basketball, Kimberly 60 over Jerome 50.  It was a close one in Hailey where Canyon Ridge 52 beat Wood River 49.  American Falls won over Gooding 46 to 34.  Lighthouse Christian outlasted Glenns Ferry 58 to 56 in another close one and it was Murtaugh 43 over Shoshone 32.  Elsewhere it was Raft River easily beating Richfield 65 to 30.

In girls High School Basketball, Filer outlasted Declo 49 to 45 and in overtime, Raft River beat Oakley 46 to 45.  Valley said no to Richfield with a 35 to 21 score and it was Hagerman 35 Hansen 23. 


Today:   Morning sunshine a few afternoon clouds and warm.  Winds: East 5-15 mph   Highs - Valleys: 49 Mountains: 38

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, rain and snow likely after midnight. Valley snow around a coating with mountains getting 1 to 3 inches.  Winds: East 5-15 mph.   Lows - Valleys: 32 Mountains: 23

Tomorrow:  Morning snow then clearing, colder and breezy   Valleys - High: 38 Low: 20   Mountains - High: 35 Low: 11

SATURDAY: Chilly, mix of sunshine clouds.

Valleys - High: 33 Low: 21

Mountains - High: 28 Low: 12

SUNDAY: Scattered snow showers.

Valleys - High: 36 Low: 28

Mountains - High: 30 Low: 16

CHRISTMAS EVE: Valley rain with some snow overnight with mountains snow showers.

Valleys - High: 38 Low: 27

Mountains - High: 30 Low: 20

CHRISTMAS DAY: CLouds and sun with possible snow showers.

Valleys - High: 33 Low: 22

Mountains - High: 31 Low: 14

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and flurries

Valleys - High: 31 Low: 19

Mountains - High: 28 Low: 12

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December 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Walden, New York was A. J. Masters. The American country music singer charted eight singles on Hot Country Songs between 1985 and 1987, also writing singles for John Berry, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hanson. Masters died aged 64 on January 12, 2015.

Loretta Lynn was at #1 on the Country chart with "Coal Miner's Daughter." The song became Lynn's signature song, one of the most widely known Country songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life. It also became Lynn's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

John Denver was at #1 on the US Country chart with his eighth studio album Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" and "Back Home Again". In addition, the studio versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sweet Surrender" appear on this album. On the cover, John is shown with his then-wife Ann Martell.

British record producer Don Law died in La Marque, Texas. A longtime Columbia executive, he migrated to the United States in 1924, eventually landing in Dallas, Texas, where he worked as a bookkeeper for Brunswick Records. He oversaw such hits as Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John," Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan," Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" and Ray Price's "For The Good Times".

Johnny Cash checked into the Betty Ford Center to prevent an addiction to painkillers administered during a recent hospital stay. Actress Elizabeth Taylor was also staying at the clinic for treatment.

Johnny Paycheck was arrested for shooting a man at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio, after he fired a .22 pistol, the bullet grazing a man's head. Paycheck claimed the act was self-defense. After several years spent fighting the sentence, he began serving his sentence in 1989 spending 22 months in prison before being pardoned by Ohio Governor Richard Celeste.

Hank Snow died at his Rainbow Ranch in Madison, Tennessee. The Candian singer scored more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980, including "I'm Moving On", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", and "Hello Love". Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, have all covered his songs.

Reba McEntire scored her 35th Billboard #1 single with "Turn On the Radio". The single was McEntire's 60th Top 10 single on the country charts, making her the first female country artist in history to achieve that many top 10 hits.

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An airplane crash has claimed the life of an Aberdeen man.  42 year old Daniel Angus died in the crash near the Aberdeen airport Monday morning.  The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

When it comes to people on probation or parole Idaho comes in with a higher rate.  According to research, the Gem State has the third highest rate of people under correctional control.  Georgia and Pennsylvania are in the first two slots.

34 year old Larry Dallas Haines Junior has been charged with felony malicious injury to property.  He is accused of beating and killing a woman’s cat after becoming physically violent during an argument in Twin Falls.  Bond set at $150-thousand.

38 year old Daniel Garcia of Twin Falls is accused of ramming into a woman’s car with his car after they got into an argument.  The woman said that when she began to drive away, Garcia rammed her front.

Three people are in the Twin Falls county jail held on a $1-million dollar bond.  Alfonzo Lopez-Garcia, Jared Equino Bojorquez and Aime Abigail Quintero-Carbajal were taken into custody last week after police observed the vehicle speeding along U.S. 93 just south of Twin Falls.  A search turned up nearly four pounds of Heroin.  There was also 19-month baby located in the vehicle.

Police in Mountain Home is asking for the public’s help to find the family of a little girl.  The child, who has light brown hair and was wearing a purple coat, was located near a Maverik station.  The girl’s age and name has not been released.


In local sports, first to CSI Basketball, where the men won their game over Treasure Valley with a score of 119 to 80.  For the women, the eagles lost to Treasure Valley 68 to 61. 

Some prep scores, from Boys High School Basketball where it was Oakley taking Ambrose in overtime 66 to 62.  Filer beat American Falls 52 to 40 and Wendell took the win over Hagerman 70 to 42.  Valley beat Carey 65 to 45 and it was the Sun Valley Community School outlasting Twin Falls Christian Academy 36 to 27.  In a close game, it was Castleford 61 to Hansen 60.

In Girls High School Basketball, the Jerome tigers beat Canyon Ridge 41 to 24 and it was Buhl 42 over American Falls 24.  Elsewhere Dietrich outlasted Gooding in a close one, 49 to 48.  Oakley beat Ambrose 35 to 34 and it was Carey 42 to 34. 


Today:  Mix of sunshine and a few clouds, more sunshine in the afternoon, mild and breezy. Winds: West 10-20 mph   High: 44 (Mountains: 38)

Tonight:  Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low 36F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  Mild and mostly sunny skies. High: 46 Low: 30 (Mountains: 38 Low: 23) Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy to mostly clear and mild. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Low: 29 (Mountains: 19)

FRIDAY: Clouds and some sunshine - chance of rain and snow High: 38 Low: 23 (Mountains: 33 Low: 15)

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies, cooler. High: 36 Low: 23 (Mountains: 27 Low: 14)

SUNDAY: Chance of snow and rain. High: 35 Low: 24 (Mountains: 30 Low: 16)

CHRISTMAS EVE: Mix of rain and snow showers. High: 39 Low: 26 (Mountains: 34 Low: 17)

CHRISTMAS DAY: Scattered snow showers. High: 35 Low: 24 (Mountains: 32 Low: 16)

December 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Wakefield, Kentucky southeast of Louisville, was Bill Carlisle, country music singer, songwriter, comedian and guitarist popular in the late 1940s and 1950s but who influenced the genre for more than 50 years. Carlisle was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2002. He died on March 17th 2003.

Born on this day in Bolt, West Virginia, was Little James Dickens, famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He scored the 1965 #1 “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose”, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He died on Jan 2nd 2015 at the age of 94.

Born on this day in South Whitley, Indiana, was Janie Fricke, country music singer, best remembered for a series of country music hits in the early to mid 1980s. She won the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1982 and 1983.

The film Nine to Five, with Dolly Parton in one of the leading roles opened across America grossing over $3.9 million in its opening weekend. The movie's theme song, "9 to 5", became one of Parton's biggest hits of the decade and went to #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

Born on this day was Canadian country music artist Codie Prevost. He is a three-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nominee and a five time Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year winner.

Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville where he underwent open heart surgery. Following the double bypass operation he was hit with a serious bout of pneumonia and put on a life support system.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a citizen-led resolution to rename a portion of 7th Standard Road in Oildale as Merle Haggard Drive, which will stretch from North Chester Avenue west to US Route 99. The first street travelers would turn onto when they leave the new airport terminal will be Merle Haggard Drive.

Songwriter Andrew Dorff, whose hits included Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Hunter Hayes “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” died at the age of 40. Dorff’s other major cuts were Martina McBride’s “Ride,” Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes” and “Neon Light,” Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red,” Old Dominion’s “Shut Me Up,” Gary Allan’s “Kiss Me When I’m Down” and William Michael Morgan’s “Missing.”