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Wednesday 082918

Idaho sheriffs across the state are calling on Gov. Butch Otter to address a new driver's license system that they say has caused chaos and lengthy delays for hundreds of customers over the past year.  ITD officials said yesterday they are recommending sheriff's office close their doors due to ongoing outages related to the driver's license software vendor.

Many residents in Gooding are voicing their concern after the City of Gooding announced increased fees for necessary upgrades to water and sewer facilities.  The city upgraded the water system and the waste water treatment plant.  Now that needs to be paid back.

Federal officials have approved the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon in the northwestern Montana wilderness area, but the proposal's fate remains uncertain due to a legal dispute with state regulators.  The Idaho-based company would initially mine on 20 acres, to determine the feasibility of a full-scale mine that would cover almost 500 acres.

A spokesman for Gov. Butch Otter says flags at the Idaho Capitol weren't lowered until nearly 48 hours after the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain because Otter was waiting for direction from President Donald Trump. Under U.S. flag code, only the president or a state governor can order an American flag lowered to half-staff.

Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. opted to “stand silent” yesterday morning at his plea hearing on multiple charges, including murder and aggravated battery in Boise.  Fourth District Court Judge Nancy Baskin entered “not guilty” pleas to the charges against Kinner.  A Jury Pool of 2 to 4-hundred is being requested by the Prosecutors and defense. Kinner, a 30-year-old homeless drifter is accused of stabbing nine people, including six children on June 30 in Boise.

If Twin Falls resident’s water use exceeds 8,000 gallons a month they will pay extra in sewer fees.  The Twin Falls City Council approved a sewer rate resolution and increased the sewer cap from 8,000 gallons per month to 12,000 gallons per month.  Under the previous sewer cap, a residential customer paid at most $27.27 per month. Under the new cap, a customer who uses 12,000 gallons or more of water will pay the maximum sewer fee of $29.78.

Idaho officials have auctioned 51 state-owned lakefront lots on Priest Lake for $25.6 million. Officials say the auction by the Idaho Department of Lands on Friday and Saturday brought in $625,000 over the appraised value.

Today:  Sunny skies.  Winds: NW 5-10 mph  High: 83 (Mountains: 76)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 47F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 83F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 56 (Mountains: 49)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 78 (Mountains: 74)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 76)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 81 (Mountains: 78)

August 29th: On this day

1952

Born on this day in Durham, North Carolina, was Don Schlitz, country music songwriter who has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year awards. Since 1993, Schlitz has also been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Schlitz' first hit as a songwriter was Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler", which became a crossover country hit in 1978. Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker and The Judds have all recorded his songs.

1966

Born on this day in Perryville, Arkansas, was American musician Shawn Camp who has found success as a songwriter, having co-written hit singles for many country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton, although he continues to record his own material as well.

1995

Faith Hill released her second studio album, It Matters to Me. It produced five Top Ten hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Let's Go to Vegas", "Someone Else's Dream", "You Can't Lose Me", "It Matters to Me", and "I Can't Do That Anymore."

2000

John Michael Montgomery released "The Little Girl" which featured harmony vocals by bluegrass musicians Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. It was released as the lead single from the album Brand New Me and became Montgomery's seventh #1 hit.

2002

Alan Jackson collected 10 nominations for the 36th annual Country Music Association awards, breaking a 32-year-old record held by Merle Haggard.

Tuesday 082818

Idaho State athletic director Jeff Tingey has been placed on administrative leave by the school, but no reason was given.  Tingey will continue to receive his $150,000 annual salary until his contract expires in June 2019.

Police in Boise say a woman walking across a street has died after being struck by a vehicle.  Police say the collision occurred at about 10 p.m. Friday on Cole Road.  Police say the woman was walking toward a convenience store when she was struck by a vehicle traveling in the southbound lane.

A northern Idaho judge scolded sheriff's deputies after a man was held at gunpoint for having a loud muffler and driving slightly more than the speed limit. The Judge Lansing Haynes dismissed methamphetamine and paraphernalia charges against 28-year-old Jared A. Tanner.

Precision Aviation will soon call the Jerome airport home.  The business offers charter services, along with flight training aircraft maintenance and rentals.  They are moving from the Twin Falls Airport by December 2018.

The Republican Party in Blaine County is celebrating their new District 26 headquarters.  They serve Camas, Lincoln, Gooding and Blaine counties. 

The Better Business Bureau is warning area residents scammers are actively shimming information.  You may have heard of skimming, but officials with the BBB said shimming is where scammers insert a shim with a microchip, into a credit card reader.  If the card doesn’t slide freely, have management check to see if someone has placed one of these inside the reader.

An Idaho GOP group is taking criticism after displaying a cardboard cutout depicting President Donald Trump holding Hillary Clinton in a headlock at the Western Idaho fair. The cutout first appeared Friday night at the Ada County Republicans' booth.

Horizon Airlines made its last flight into the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport on Saturday, leaving local travelers with just one direct flight option.  Delta/SkyWest is now the only air carrier still serving the Lewiston market, and it only flies to Salt Lake City.

The father of a girl who was the only survivor of one of the region's most horrific crimes is facing eviction proceedings from the home built for his daughter by a charitable trust. Shasta Groene is now 21 and living near Boise, but her father, Steve Groene, still lives in the home built using money community members raised for Shasta Groene more than a decade ago. A judge is expected to decide soon what happens next.

Today:  Sunny skies.  Winds: NE 5-10 mph  High: 74 (Mountains: 68)

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 46F. SW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 74F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

Winds: NW 5-10 mph

High: 83 (Mountains: 76)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 59 (Mountains: 50)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 79 (Mountains: 74)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 81 (Mountains: 75)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 83 (Mountains: 76)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 83 (Mountains: 76)

August 28th: On this day

1925

Born on this day in Benton, Illinois, was Billy Grammer, country music singer and accomplished guitar player. He recorded the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. Grammer would become a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, eventually designing, and marketing his namesake guitar after co-founding a guitar company, in Nashville, Tennessee. He died on Aug 10th 2011.

1937

Born on this day, was Joe Osborn, American bass guitar player known for his work as a session musician and one time member of The Wrecking Crew. He worked with Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, and Hank Williams, Jr. One count listed Osborn as bassist on fifty-three #1 hits on the country charts.

1965

Born on this day in Windsor, Ontario, was Shania Twain, Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her 1997 album Come On Over, became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards and is sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country Pop", she is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 80 million albums.

1968

Tammy Wynette recorded “Stand By Your Man” at Epic studios after an idea that came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril completed the song in 15 minutes. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at #1 on CMT's list of the Top 100 Country Songs. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and GoldenEye.

1981

Born on this day in Vero Beach, Florida, was Jake Owen, country music singer, songwriter. In September 2011, Owen achieved his first #1 on the country charts with the title track to his third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He has also toured as an opening act for several country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.

1982

Born on this day in Star, Mississippi, was LeAnn Rimes country/pop singer, known for her rich vocals and her rise to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Bill Mack song "Blue" when she was 13 to become the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

1989

Born on this day in Palm Beach, Florida, was Cassadee Pope, singer-songwriter. She took part in the third season of NBC's The Voice and was crowned the winner on December 18, 2012. Her debut solo country album, Frame by Frame, was released in 2013. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Country Albums charts, and was preceded by Top 10 country single, "Wasting All These Tears".

1998

Latin American country singer Johnny Rodriguez was arrested at his home after shooting and killing a "drinking buddy" of his, Israel "Bosco" Borrego, whom he mistook for a burglar. He was charged with murder but was acquitted by a jury a year later on grounds of self-defense, under Texas law. On the eve of his trial, he was asked if his life was like a country song. "I guess it is," he said, "A bad one."

2013

Alexandra Jane Jackson, the daughter of country music star Alan Jackson was arrested on charges of underage consumption, assault and resisting arrest in Nashville. Police pulled over the car Alexandra Jackson was a passenger for tailgating and speeding and when she exited the vehicle, she started making demands and struck the officer in the chest.

Monday 082718

Brian Tibbets, the owner of two buildings in downtown Burley that was destroyed by an arson fire in January said he will be paying for the cleanup for the rest of his life.  A week ago, the EPA took over the cleanup efforts and will send Tibbets the bill – that’s estimated to be upwards of $350-thousand dollars.  The state fire marshal is offering a reward up to $5-thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

The final management plan has been approved for the last two of Idaho's three most recent wilderness areas that protect some of the most pristine landscapes in central Idaho.  The signing of the Hemingway-Boulders and Cecil D. Andrus White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan by the U.S. Forest Service completes a nearly two-decade effort involving the creation of the wilderness areas.  The 2015 legislation approving the wilderness areas allows continued livestock grazing.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission have agreed to pay about $360,000 a year to retain public recreation access to nearly 3,600 square miles of state land. The state Fish and Game Commission agreed on to pay the state endowment 25 cents per acre per year.

Yellowstone National Park officials say a bear attacked a 10-year-old boy as he was hiking along a trail with his family. Park officials said in a statement that the unidentified boy from Washington State was transferred to a hospital after Thursday morning's attack for puncture wounds to his back, wounds around his buttocks and an injured wrist.

A judge will hear arguments later this month in a lawsuit from a woman who accused a fertility doctor of fraudulently using his own sperm to artificially inseminate her mother. Dr. Gerald Mortimer asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

The Mormon Church ramped up its opposition to a proposal that would allow medical marijuana in Utah, even as faith leaders insisted they support suffering patients using it under strict controls.  A leader in The Church took the unusual step of speaking publicly against the ballot initiative at a news conference marking the latest move in the increasingly fierce fight over medical marijuana.

Today:  Rain showers early becoming more intermittent for the afternoon. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 66F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 46F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 74F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 47 (Mountains: 44)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 82 (Mountains: 77)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 79)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 78 (Mountains: 74)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 82 (Mountains: 75)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 77)

August 27th: On this day

1926
Born on this day in Butcher Holler, KY was Oliver Lynn, an American talent manager and country music figure, best known as the husband of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career, purchasing her first guitar, getting her first radio appearances, and serving as her de facto talent manager for many years. He died on August 22, 1996.

1927
Born on this day near Big Mamou, Louisiana was Jimmy Yves Newman, better known as Jimmy C. Newman (the C stands for Cajun), the American singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry.

1949
Born on this day in Fort Payne, Alabama, was Jeff Cook guitarist and singer, songwriter best known as one of the founding members of Alabama who have scored over 30 US Country #1 hits.

1960
The last ever Louisiana Hayride show was broadcast. What started as a country music radio show and later became a television show was broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country & western music. The creators of the show took the name from the 1941 book with that title by Harnett Thomas Kane.

1961
Born on this day in Burbank, California, was Jeffrey Steele, country music singer and songwriter who formed the band Boy Howdy, and along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than sixty hit songs for such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, ("The Cowboy in Me"), Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, (“These Days” and "What Hurts the Most"), Billy Ray Cyrus, and others.

1970
Born on this day in Barrie, Ontario, was Jason McCoy, who has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010.

1990
Garth Brooks released his second studio album, No Fences which reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

2002
Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album Home, which is dominated by up-tempo bluegrass and pensive ballads. In addition, the text of the opening track and first single, "Long Time Gone", was a pointed criticism of contemporary country music radio, accusing it of ignoring the soul of the genre as exemplified by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.

Friday 082418

The Idaho DEQ is extending the poor air quality warning until noon today.  Air in Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls Counties is classified as unhealthy because of the smoke from nearby wildfires. 

Traffic was backed up on the Interstate Wednesday night near Eden after a vehicle crash.  The driver lost control when she swerved to avoid traffic cones.  The car rolled injuring two people.  Traffic was diverted for a couple of hours. 

There will be a public meeting today to discuss a possible maintenance district for the Filer Cemetery.  The Twin Falls County Commissioners hope to hear from residents if an ongoing levy of about $13 dollars per $100,000 taxable value should be presented to voters in the future.  The hearing in the County West begins at 10 am this morning.

Idaho officials say tax fraud from identity theft is decreasing in the state.  The Idaho State Tax Commission says it stopped more than $129,000 fraudulent income tax refund requests so far this year.  The agency says that's a 74 percent decrease from the same period last year.

Authorities say 10 people have been indicted amid FBI raids at Boise-area businesses and homes involving a massive scheme to peddle counterfeit cellphones and other tech gear. Prosecutors say the group defrauded consumers by smuggling in counterfeit devices from Hong Kong and China and then repackaging them to sell as new, brand-name products via Amazon and eBay.

Shelli Stokesberry, A Twin Falls County Sheriff's deputy saved a young man's life on Monday.  She was on patrol at the lookout at the Hansen Bridge when she saw a male put his leg over the railing.  The deputy jumped into action and talked the individual from doing any self-harm. 

Final Kick Events owner Wayne Ebenroth has announced he is going out of business less than three weeks before a planned half-marathon in the Boise area and says he won't refund payments made to participate in future events.  Ebenroth says his company, which had operated since 2011, is $60,000 in debt and only has $74 in the bank.

Today:  Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 87F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 57F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 56 (Mountains: 51)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 80 (Mountains: 74)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 72 (Mountains: 69)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 78 (Mountains: 72)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 76)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

August 24th: On this day

1897

Born on this day in Evansville, Indiana, was Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive. Along with Hank Williams and the "Father of Country Music", Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. Rose died on December 1, 1954.

1970

Born on this day near Magna, Utah, was Kristyn Osborn. With sisters Kristyn and Kassidy, she formed SHeDAISY, whose 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, won them a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for top new duet or group. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs", "I Will… But", "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing".

1985

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Real Love", the title track from Parton’s latest album, Parton and Rogers' second country chart-topper as a duet act.

1992

American drummer and session musician Larrie Londin died. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer, with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Londin moved to Nashville in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville's top session drummer and played with a wide range of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others.

2001

Singer, songwriter, June Carter Cash underwent surgery to have a pacemaker installed. June died two years later in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 15, 2003, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, in the company of her family and her husband of 35 years, Johnny Cash.

2004

Curb Records released Live Like You Were Dying, the eighth studio album by Tim McGraw. The album was nominated for two Grammy's in 2005 for Best Country Vocal Performance Male and Best Country Album, winning for Best Country Vocal Performance.

2010

Doug Stone, who charted four #1 country hits in the '90s, was arrested for DUI in Gallatin, Tenn after he was pulled over when local police officers were called about a possible intoxicated driver. Stone was jailed and released later that day on $3,000 bond.

2013

"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line logged its 24th week at #1, the longest run at #1 in the chart's 69-year history (the previous record was 21 weeks held jointly by three songs, the last of which was Webb Pierce's "In the Jailhouse Now"). In January 2014, it overtook Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and became the best-selling country song in the US. As of March 2014, the song has sold in total 6,577,000 copies in the US.

August 25th: On this day

1959

Born on this day in Mechanicsville, Virginia, was Tim Mensy, country music artist. Initially, he was a member of the band Bandana, in which he charted several singles on the Hot Country Songs charts in the 1980s. He later co-wrote the single "Mama Knows," recorded by Shenandoah and released in 1989.

1961

Born on this day in Flatwoods, Kentucky, was Billy Ray Cyrus, country music singer, songwriter and actor, best known for his 1992 US #1 single "Achy Breaky Heart," (which was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart"). His 1992 debut album Some Gave All has been certified 9 x Multi-Platinum in the US and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 on the Billboard chart. From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

1970

Born on this day in Framingham, Massachusetts, was Jo Dee Marie Messina country music singer, songwriter, who has scored nine #1 singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album.

1971

The Western movie A Gunfight directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash was released across the US.

1992

Garth Brooks released his first Christmas album, Beyond the Season which peaked at #2 on both of Billboard magazine's 200 and Top Country Albums sales charts that year. Beyond the Season was also the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of 1992 in the US where is sold over 2.5m copies.

2009

Jack Ingram set a Guinness Book of World Record for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours, having done 215 consecutive interviews for 5 minutes each.

August 26th: On this day

1961

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Jimmy Olander, guitarist with Diamond Rio, who had hits with, "Meet In The Middle," "One More Day" and "How Your Love Makes Me Feel".

1974

John Denver recorded "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the double album An Evening With John Denver.

1975

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy". The song was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The other songs were "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender; "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso," both by John Denver; and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.

1984

"Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Rodney Crowell the song became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first (of three) #1 songs.

1990

Shenandoah were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Next to You, Next to Me." Written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, it is also the band's longest-lasting chart topper, at three weeks.

2005

Mindy McCready was jailed in Clearwater, Florida, after Pinellas County authorities arrested her on a warrant issued by the Williamson County sheriff's department in Franklin, Tennessee. McCready allegedly left Tennessee without telling her parole officer and did not report to her officer in July. This is her second parole violation and as a result, she was not allowed to post bail. McCready was on probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the prescription drug, OxyContin, last year.

2009

Reba McEntire released her twenty-fifth studio album Keep on Loving You which became McEntire's second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard #1 albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.

Thursday 082318

The South Central Public Health District said the first human case of West Nile virus in the area was reported late Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The 39 year old male was not hospitalized. 

An air quality advisory and State 1 Air Quality forecast and caution for Southern Idaho has been issued by the Idaho DEQ.  It currently is in the unhealthy category for Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.  All outdoor burning is prohibited.  Members of sensitive groups should stay inside.

An outgoing Jerome County Commissioner has sent another outgoing commissioner a certified letter saying he needs to stop engaging in hostile behavior towards her.  Cathy Roemer sent the letter to Roger Morley after hiring an attorney.  Roemer has wanted to record the minutes of commissioner meetings in hopes the conduct become more professional. 

Where is the water bill?  That’s what some residents of Dietrich are saying after they haven’t seen any for the last few months.  The city is working to figure out the meters after they fired a city worker who had overseen the system.  That man committed suicide.

Richfield residents won’t have to boil their drinking water.  Tests conducted yesterday morning came in as normal.  Monday the notice went out after pressure in the system went low. 

Jerome police are warning residents of several scams.  One of the scams is a phone call saying there’s a relative that needs bonded out of jail.  Another scam uses Facebook to launder money and products.  Officials say don’t ever give personal info to random callers.

The U.S. government says a Pocatello family is to blame for any injuries it alleges a boy received after he was doused with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that a federal worker mistakenly placed near their home.  The U.S. Department of Justice says that any injuries were caused by the negligence of the parents and child, and the family's lawsuit should be dismissed.  Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello sued in June seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Today:  Mostly sunny and smoky haze. Winds: West 5-15 mph High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

Tonight:  Patchy smoke and mostly clear. Winds: Light and variable Low: 55 (Mountains: 45)

Tomorrow:  Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. Winds: SW 5-15 mph High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy smoke and mostly clear. Low: 50 (Mountains: 41)

SATURDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

SUNDAY: cooler, mostly sunny. High: 77 (Mountains: 74)

MONDAY: Cool, Partly sunny. High: 72 (Mountains: 67)

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. High: 74 (Mountains: 69)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 79 (Mountains: 73)

August 23rd: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Ramsey, Illinois, was Sollie Paul Williams who became known as the American Western swing musician Tex Williams. He is best known for his talking blues style and had the 1947 novelty hit with "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" which he co-wrote with Merle Travis. Williams died of pancreatic cancer on October 11, 1985.

1952

Kitty Wells became the first female solo artist to score a #1 hit on the Billboard country charts with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." The song, an answer to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life," spent two weeks atop the chart and forever changed how women were seen, both in song and professionally.

1962

Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas was Emilio Navaira, singer-songwriter of Tejano and country music. (He was called the "Garth Brooks of Tejano"). Navaira charted six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He died of a a massive heart attack on May 16th, 2016.

1969

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels. Also on this day Chet Atkins appeared as the special guest on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show.

1969

Born on this day in Kingsport, Tennessee, was Barry Bales, bassist who became a member of Alison Krauss' bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All" and The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow".

1977

Born on this day in Clinton, Mississippi was Shelly Fairchild, country singer, songwriter who scored the 2005 hit "You Don't Lie Here Anymore".

1992

"Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks & Dunn was at #1 on the Country chart. Its success is cited as having started a renewed interest in line dancing throughout the United States. Before its release, Asleep at the Wheel recorded it on their 1990 album Keepin' Me Up Nights.

2013

In an interview with AARP, Linda Ronstadt revealed that she had Parkinson's Disease and could no longer sing. During her career Ronstadt had released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums and charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40 earning 11 Grammy Awards.

Wednesday 082218

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken over the cleanup of a couple of buildings in downtown Burley after fire destroyed them in January.  The buildings, in the 1200 block of Overland Avenue have been contaminated with Asbestos.  The EPA said they waited for the owners to clean up but on August 17th they decided to take it over. 

A Bellevue woman is dead and two people injured after a head on crash.  37 year old Georgina Ubence died at the scene of the two car crash.  20 year old Kaitlyn Graefe of Shoshone was flown to Pocatello for treatment.  45 year old Javier Ubence of Bellevue was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment.  GBraefe was southbound near the Timmerman rest area when her car crossed over the center line.

Idaho is receiving $3.2 million from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to secure and modernize its elections systems. The commission on Tuesday released a report showing how states plan to spend $380 million allocated by Congress to strengthen voting systems amid threats from Russian and others.

Idaho will continue to be one of the only states in the nation without a Women's Business Center. Officials say none of the applicants for a Small Business Administration grant received a passing grade on the applications.

Idaho is seeing hotter, dry weather and with it some parts of the state are experiencing drought. Data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 31 percent of the state is experiencing a moderate drought. The drought regions include much of the Treasure Valley, the West Central Mountains, several counties in the southeast corner of the state and the tip of the Idaho panhandle.

Recent data shows more Idaho voters are turning out for statewide elections than ever before, but many Idaho counties lag behind the U.S. average, which the Pew Research Center puts at about 56 percent. An analysis of data from recent statewide balloting found residents of small, sparsely populated counties in the state consistently cast the most votes per capita, while mid-sized counties in southern Idaho often have the fewest.

A group of Idaho lawmakers studying the state's campaign finance reporting laws say candidates who don't file sunshine reports on time should face steeper penalties.  Idaho law already allows for the state to impose a $50-a-day fine on candidates who miss the campaign finance deadline. However, the measure is rarely enforced. 

Today: Smoky, mostly sunny. Winds: West 5-10 mph High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

Tonight:  Mostly clear, smoky haze. Winds: North 5-10 mph Low: 54 (Mountains: 47)

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny and smoky haze. Winds: S-W 5-15 mph High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy smoke and mostly clear. Winds: Light and variable Low: 57 (Mountains: 48)

FRIDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 84 (Mountains: 80)

SATURDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 87 (Mountains: 82)

SUNDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 83 (Mountains: 79)

MONDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 75 (Mountains: 72)

TUESDAY: Patchy smoke, mostly sunny. High: 72 (Mountains: 68)

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August 22nd: On this day

1910
Born on this day in Smithville, Mississippi, was Rod Brasfield, a comedian who was prominently featured on the Grand Ole Opry from 1947 until his death in 1958. In 1987, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brasfield died 12 Sept 1958.

1914
Born on this day in Lizard Lick, North Carolina, was Connie B. Gay renowned as a "founding father" and "major force" in country music. He is credited for coining the country music genre, which had previously been called hillbilly music. Gay was the founding president of the Country Music Association (CMA) and co-founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Gay died on 3 Dec 1989.

1957
Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas, was Holly Dunn, country music artist who first found fame with her 1986 Top-10 hit "Daddy's Hands" from her self-titled debut album. Dunn has charted more than a dozen country singles, two of which ("Are You Ever Gonna Love Me", "You Really Had Me Going") reaching the #1 spot. Dunn died on November 14, 2016.

1959
Born on this day in Brooklyn, New York was songwriter Liz Hengber. She wrote "For My Broken Heart', a #1 for Reba McEntire, as well as other songs for Reba and hits for Andy Griggs, Trick Pony, Bucky Covington and other artists.

1960
Born on this day in De Queen, Arkansas, was country music singer, Collin Raye who made his debut on the American country music scene in 1991 with the release of his debut album All I Can Be, which produced his first #1 hit in "Love, Me".

1963
Born on this day in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, was Mila Mason, country music artist. She made her debut in 1996 with the release of her debut album That's Enough of That, which produced three hit singles. She also co-wrote Mindy McCready's 2002 single "Maybe, Maybe Not".

1964
Following the reluctance of radio stations to play the latest Johnny Cash single “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes”, Cash him-self took out a full page ad in Billboard lambasting their lack of support. The ad read: “DJ’s, Station managers, owners etc, where are your guts? I’m not afraid to sing hard, bitter lines that the son of Oliver LaFarge wrote…Classify Me, Categorize Me, STIFLE me, but it won’t work.”

1968
George Jones and Tammy Wynette announced their forthcoming marriage, which took place six months later.

1970
Born on this day in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia was George Canyon Canadian country singer. He was runner up in Nashville Star 2 in 2004.

1982
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.

1998
Jo Dee Messina was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with, "I'm Alright", the title track from her second studio album.

2003
Floyd Tillman the American country musician died. In the 1930s and 1940s he helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984. His only #1 one song as a singer was "They Took the Stars Out of Heaven". It reached the top of the charts in 1944.

2009
Sugarland went to #1 on the US album chart with Live on the Inside, the American country music duo's first #1.