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Wednesday 082819

Both the Shoshone and Filer School District Bonds failed to gain enough popularity to pass as patrons went to the polls yesterday.  Shoshone was asking for 6.83 million dollars and filer 8.55 million. 

53 year old Laura Dennise Johnson of Twin Falls is facing fraud charges in New Mexico.  She is accused of Stealing paychecks from Santa Fe Public Works Director Regina Wheeler.  She is charged with rerouting the direct deposit over which she had control. 

Idaho Governor Brad Little may consider updates to Idaho’s ballot initiative process, but doesn’t see a reason to make the process substantially more difficult.  He said his position hasn’t changed since he vetoed two bills that would have made it very difficult to qualify an initiative for the ballot. 

The recycling program in Twin Falls is changing to no longer include mixed paper and plastic.  Instead they will collect only aluminum, cardboard and tin.  The city was forced to drop the other items that could be recycled because of rising costs to manage a recycle program.

Police are asking for your help in locating a missing Twin Falls infant this morning.  8 month old Thomas Michael Stevens was last seen on August 22 with his mother.  Police have not released any info on the mother.  Call authorities if you can help in the investigation.

Today is day one of the Twin Falls County fair and rodeo at the fairgrounds in Filer.  The rodeo kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday.  The Chris Janson concert is Sunday evening and it all wraps up Monday, Labor Day.  If the weather forecast holds true, temps are going to be in the 80’s and 90’s for the high and mid 50’s overnight.

The topic of pesky robocalls is being discussed by twelve phone companies and 51 attorney generals including Idaho’s.  The group is adopting eight principles.  One of the tools will be for Phone companies to provide free call blocking technology to consumers.  In Idaho Brett DeLang, Idaho’s deputy Attorney General said citizens receive roughly 250 million calls a year.  The state’s Population is1.7 million so that means each person is called 147 times a year. 


In sports around Idaho, the Boise State and Florida State Football game could run into weather issues Saturday.  Tropical Storm Dorian is headed toward Florida and weather maps show he could hit the Jacksonville area Saturday.  BSU is headed to Florida tomorrow which could signal the game will be played earlier than scheduled which is 5 pm mountain time saturday.  Boise State’s last game was canceled during the first quarter because of lightning and heavy rain. That was the First Responder Bowl in December in Dallas against Boston College.

Gooding Quarterback Shane Jennings has announced his decision to play at Eastern Washington University.  Jennings is one of the gem states top football prospects.

In soccer, first to the girls, it was Twin Falls defeating Jerome 6 to 0 yesterday.  Elsewhere Century downed Minico 10 to 0 and Preston had the same score over Burley 10 to 0.  Wood River defeated Canyon Ridge 4 to 1.  In boy’s soccer from yesterday, Wood River beat Canyon Ridge 3 to 2.  Century won over Minico 7 to 0 and Mountain Home defeated Pocatello 4 to 1. 


Today:  Sunny. High near 95F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 63F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 90. Low: 59.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with above average temperatures. High: 89. Low: 55.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and hot. High: 91. Low: 58.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Hot, with plenty of sunshine. High: 91. Low: 58.

MONDAY (LABOR DAY): MAGIC VALLEY: Plenty of sunshine and not as warm. High: 87. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy and cooler. High: 84.

August 28th: On this day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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."

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.

Tuesday 082719

One person died and three others were injured in a crash during a boat race on the Snake River near Lewiston over the weekend.  Two boats crashed while competing in the sanction race Saturday.

Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to 31 year old Adree Edmo, a transgender inmate living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men’s prison.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge that the state’s denying the surgery amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Idahoans will soon have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed work requirements to Idaho's Medicaid expansion.  On Tuesday and Friday, Sept. 3 and 5 the Health and Welfare will hold public hearings for input on the proposal.  The Idaho Legislature passed a measure that would kick people off Medicaid if they don't find employment in a set period of time. However, the requirement is subject to approval from the federal government.  Regardless if the work requirement is approved by the federal government, Medicaid will still be expanded to about 90,000 low-income individuals.

Three people have died in a fiery crash following a head on collision on Highway 21 near Hilltop station in Ada County over the weekend.  Both vehicles actually caught on fire and the highway was closed for about three hours. 

The Idaho Supreme Court rejected an appeal from 43 year old Chad Schiermeier.  The former Blaine County Deputy was convicted of felony grand theft.  It was found he made considerable cash ATM withdrawals of DARE program funds and purchases unrelated to his job.  He was sentenced to between 6 and 14 years in prison.  The appeal claimed the sentence was excessively harsh and the state hadn’t proven their case beyond doubt.

Students going to college are being targets of fraud according to the Better Business Bureau.  Some of the biggest tricks include employment ads that only gather private info.  Scholarship finding services will sell lists to students but most aid comes from the federal government or individual colleges.  Watch out for fake room-mate ads where you are asked for money upfront.


 In sports news from around Idaho, it’s being called a tragic accident.  22 year old Bobby Skinner died this past Friday from a single gunshot wound.  Skinner was a member of the Boise State Hockey team.  While police are investigating, they say no crime was committed.   A vigil will be held for Skinner today at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Chapel on campus followed by a reception.


Today:  Sunny. High 88F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 54F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny and hot. High: 93. Low: 59.

THURSDAY: Slight chance of a shower, breezy and mostly sunny. High: 90. Low: 57.

FRIDAY:  Warm temperatures continue and sunny. High: 88. Low: 56.

SATURDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm. High: 90. Low: 58.

SUNDAY:  Plenty of sunshine and hot. High: 91. Low: 57.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm. High: 89.

August 27th: On this day


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Monday 082619

Boise is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision rejecting the city’s ban on people sleeping in public places.  Boise officials contend the decision means cities can’t prevent anyone from camping until they first provide enough shelter beds, exempting public encampments from public health and safety laws.

Proficiency numbers for Heritage Academy in Jerome went up this past school year according to information released by the state Department of Education.  The school saw a 77-percent growth in English language arts and a 22-percent growth in math.  The school was a target of discussion by the State Charter School commission who claimed their proficiency numbers were very poor and that the school should be closed. 

60 year old Lois Soito of Horseshoe Bend has been indicted on charges of stealing more than a million dollars from the St. Alphonsus Health system over a period of 14 years.  Soito faces ten felony counts of wire fraud.  Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of her house and 40 acres of land.  She also faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

At tonight’s Twin Falls City Council meeting there will be a request to proceed with address changes along the 36-hundred north road that is within the city limits.  Officials say they are preparing for Next Generation 911. Twenty five addresses pose a problem when processing the address through the new 911 system because they don’t conform  with neighboring addresses, are out of sequence or don’t have access points from the street names given. 

Tomorrow School district patrons from several districts in Idaho will be going to the polls to decide the fate of more than 172-million dollars in bond issues and levies.  In Middleton, voters will weigh in on a recall election where three of the district’s five trustees could be recalled.  In Filer, there is a 8-point 55 million dollar bond issue. The big-ticket item for the rural Magic Valley school district is a $5.2 million expansion and renovation of its career-technical center.  In Shoshone there’s a 6-point 83 million dollar bond issue.  The district hopes to add a new vocational building and multipurpose facility.


In sports from around Idaho first to boys’ soccer from over the weekend, Hillcrest downed Minico 6 to 0.  Mountain Home defeated Burley 4 to 1.  It was a tie game for Wood River and Preston 1 each.  For the Girls, Hillcrest defeated Minico 13 to 0.  On Friday, for the Boys, Minico defeated Kimberly 7 to 3 and Twin Falls shut out Idaho Falls 3 to 0.  For the girls it was Kimberly 7 Minico 4. 

The College of Southern Idaho Eagle Volleyball team started their season Friday with two wins over Eastern Arizona and Western Wyoming Community College.  Then the eagles lost on Saturday at the Snow College Volleyball Invitational in Richfield Utah.  CSI will begin a three-day tournament on Thursday at Salt Lake Community College.

Running Back Keegan Duncan and Quaterback Kaiden Bennett have dropped from the Boise State University Football team roster.  Duncan is From Declo and said he was transferring to a school that is a better fit for him.  He set eight school records and was ranked the 13th top athlete in the nation at the time according to 24-7 Sports.  Bennett of Folsom California didn’t give a reason for leaving.


Today:  Sunny. High 82F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 51F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Sunny and slightly warmer. High: 84. Low: 53.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and warmer. High: 89. Low: 59.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 88. Low: 58.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm. High: 87. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 89. Low: 59.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 89.

August 26th: On this day

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".

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.

Glenn 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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday 082319

A two state amber alert was canceled yesterday morning after the subject of the alert was found.  Police say Tyran Campan, a 7 year old Montana Boy was found safe along with the vehicle they were searching for.  The alert was issued for both Montana and Idaho.

Lee Miller A 54-year-old Boise man who killed two women in the 1990s in different states has been sentenced to life in prison after DNA evidence connected him to the slayings.  Miller previously pleaded guilty in each case to second-degree murder for the 1994 stabbing death of 49-year-old Cheryle Barrett in Boise and the 1992 strangulation death of 57-year-old Marilyn Hickey in Bremerton, near Seattle.

Joseph Lavern Harris of Rigby a 32-year-old man who produced child pornography by sexually abusing a 4-year-old child has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.  Investigators discovered images of the sexual abuse on his phone, and Harris in court admitted he created the images.

Officials say the Nampa School District has shut down their internet following a malware attack.  The attack started Wednesday morning.  No personal information appears to have been lost.  Teachers have been using pens, paper and blackboards to teach in place technology.

A conservation group and hunting technology group say 110 square miles of state-owned land in Idaho isn’t accessible because there’s no public access.  The groups also say Idaho has about 305 square miles of federal public land that’s inaccessible.

The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in Idaho.  Junipers provide perches for raptors that attack and kill sage grouse. Junipers also force out sagebrush and other plants that produce bugs that sage grouse eat. Sage grouse also feed on the sagebrush during the winter.

Gas prices remain low thanks to what Triple-A calls a perfect storm.  Inexpensive crude oil, highly productive refineries and abundant gas stocks.  Today, the U.S. average gas price is $2.60, which is 17 cents less than a month ago and 23 cents less than a year ago.  In the Gem State, the average price for regular gasoline is $2.83, which is 9 cents less than a month ago and 42 cents less than a year ago. 


Boise State Broncos kick off their 2019 season with a long road trip to Jacksonville Florida to play the Florida State Seminoles.  This is the first time the two schools have been matched up.  Despite breaking in new players at key positions, the Broncos were picked by the Mountain West media to win the Mountain Division and make their third-consecutive trip to the conference title game. The team has been predicted to win the Mountain Division the last six seasons.

Next weekend Holt Arena in Pocatello will be the sight for the 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Rumble.  The football event will feature some of the top teams from Idaho, Utah, California and Canada.  Teams slated to participate in the 2019 Rocky Mountain Rumble include Idaho schools Highland, Skyline, Minico, Century, Blackfoot and Hillcrest and out of state programs Tooele (UT), East (UT), Lehi (UT), Orem (UT), Raymond (AB) and Angelou (CA).  On Friday, August 30th, Minico plays Tooele at 5:30, Skyline takes on Orem at 8:15 pm.  Then on Saturday Hillcrest plays Raymond Alberta at 10, Blackfoot plays Lakeland at 1.  Century vs. Lehi at 4 and Highland plays East Utah at 7.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 84F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and breezy, especially during the PM. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and breezy, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.  High: 84. Low: 51.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and breezy, especially north of the Snake River. High: 83. Low: 52.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and breezy, with some 35 mph possible. High: 80. Low: 45.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 83. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and awesome. High: 81. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 85. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and nice. High: 83. Low: 47.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 88. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 85. Low: 51.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 89.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 84.

August 23rd: On this day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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

"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.

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.

Thursday 082219

Passing a stopped school bus with its lights flashing and stop arm extended could cost you a hefty fine.  In fact the amount has increased:  $200 for the first offense, $400 for the second and $600 for the third time.  Police say they are also enforcing speed in school zones, watching for crosswalk violations and inattentive driving.

Hagerman and Bliss residents will choose if a recreation district should be created when they go to the polls November 5th.  Pastor Isaac Tellez, the head of the youth athletic association, says that the recreation district would provide a community place for people of all ages to go and play.  Homeowners will pay $50 dollars a year in taxes for every $100-thousand property valuation. 

Boise minister Bret Welty has been charged with sexually abusing a child after prosecutors say he abused a teenage parishioner.  The 48 year old man made his first appearance in court earlier this week.  He has not yet had the chance to enter a plea, and his defense attorneys say he is no longer serving in the ministry and is not actively involved in a church.

Enrique Vielmas, the man charged with shooting at a Twin Falls home will remain on a million dollar bond.  The 21 year old remains in custody in the Twin Falls county jail.  He is charged with burglary and grand theft of a home in the 400 block of Diamond Street in one case and the second of an unlawful discharge of a firearm into a house. 

Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in Idaho.  The Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the “Migrant and Seasonal Head Start” signs on the busses.  The group assumes the harassment stems from some people believing the migrant workers have entered the U.S. illegally.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has told state agencies to limit budget requests following a revenue forecast that came in lower than expected and eliminated most of the state’s surplus.  “The cold hard facts of it are we thought we were going to have a $170 million surplus,” Little said. “Now, it’s looking like it’s going to be a significantly lower number.”


The American Legion World Series championship games are in the history books and its official.  The Idaho Falls Bandits will be taking home the trophy beating Fargo North Dakota 5 to 3.  They were the only team to go undefeated (5-0) at the tournament in Shelby, North Carolina, and finished the season with a record of 61-6-1.  They're one of three Idaho squads to make the World Series title game, following Pocatello in 1926 and Lewiston in 2001. The World Series was first held in 1926.

The Idaho State Football team is looking to hire a new coach.  Bengals defensive line coach Steve Fifita resigned Monday. ISU head coach Rob Phenicie said Fifita resigned for "personal reasons."  Fifita was hired to be ISU's defensive line coach in 2013. He is also currently listed as the team's recruiting coordinator. He was the second-longest-tenured assistant on ISU's coaching staff, behind only defensive coordinator Roger Cooper.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds during the morning. High around 80F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low around 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Plentiful sunshine. High near 85F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and comfortable. High: 84. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and nice. High: 81. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 87. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 84. Low: 50.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and breezy with pleasant temperatures. High: 82. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny, breezy and cooler. High: 80. Low: 47.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Comfortable with sunny skies. High: 85. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and nice. High: 80. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and comfortable. High: 84. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 81. Low: 47.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny with pleasant temperatures. High: 86.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and comfortable. High: 82.

August 22nd: On this day

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.

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".

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".

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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

Wednesday 082119

Monday Afternoon 38 year old Brian Michael Trappen pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter in a Jerome Courtroom.  In June of last year two people were killed along the freeway just outside of Jerome at milepost 169. Trappen was driving the wrong way on the interstate when he collided with four cars that killed Maricruz and Charles Lenhart.  Trappen will be sentenced November 18th and could spend up to 15 years in prison.

Tree Trouble of Burley has been fined by the Occupational Safety and health Administration for a fatal accident that claimed the life of 28 year old Corbin Bowers and injured 26 year old Emmet Koyle.  The two were trimming trees when a bucket truck fell 65 feet to the ground.  Owner Scott Yates was fined $12-thousand dollars.

A strong wind gust is being blamed for a building collapse north of Chubbuck yesterday afternoon that claimed the life of a construction worker and left another fighting for his life.  The building located northwest of the intersection of Highway 91 and Tyhee Road was going to be used in part as the newly formed North Bannock County Fire Department’s first fire station.  It was in the process of being framed when the accident occurred. 

35 year old Cedric Sebastian Mitchell the driver that started a chain reaction crash on Blue Lakes North near Heyburn Street, earlier this year that killed a woman and severely injured her husband, is facing new charges after a grand jury indictment.  He is now charged with first degree murder and five counts of aggravated battery.  He has also been charged with battery on a health care worker.   

A 6 year old girl was sleeping on the couch when a pickup struck her house early Monday morning.  Aubree Haggard was not injured when the driver who police charge was drunk, struck the home in Pocatello knocking it off the foundation by more than a foot.  The driver had a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit.  He was taken to the hospital for a head injury. 

Boise’s mayor Dave Bieter says he’s postponing the city’s proposal for a new main library by giving up efforts to place the question on the ballot in November.  Bieter said Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane has refused to host a special election for the non-binding vote.  The mayor also said the most recent cost estimates suggest the library would cost the city $104 million.


The American Legion World Series Championship games in Shelby North Carolina are being delayed thanks to rain.  The games are expected to start today.  Yesterday Idaho Falls was down 2-1 to Fargo, North Dakota in the second inning when the game was suspended due to weather.  Play is expected to resume at 8 am this morning.  Idaho Falls joins Lewiston and Pocatello as the only teams from the Gem State to reach the American Legion World Series title game.

Last night it was a party atmosphere as the Albertsons Boise Open kicked off its 30th year with the Pro-Am Gala at the Boise Centre.  The event organizers use the time to announce how much money was raised for local charities.  This year: 1-point 5 million.  That brings the grand total of money raised since it began in 1990 to 25-million.  On hand was Country Music Singer Maren  Morris.  The Albertsons Boise Open gets underway tomorrow morning at Hillcrest Country Club. Featuring some of the top golfers, the winner will take home the $180,000 first place prize.


Today:  Sunny. High 97F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 97F. Low:  54.  Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: A mix of sun and clouds and warm. High: 85. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 82. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies, breezy and warm. High: 87. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and breezy with near average temperatures. High: 83. Low: 50.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny, breezy and seasonable. High: 87. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies, breezy and slightly cooler. High: 80. Low: 49.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and slightly cooler. High: 85. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Plenty of sunshine and nice. High: 81. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and comfortable. High: 83.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 80.

August 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the US alone. He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Born on this day, was Harold Reid, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80's US Country #1 hits "Elizabeth" and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine."

American Western swing singer Spade Cooley was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury. Cooley had suspected his second wife, Ella Mae Cooley of repeatedly being unfaithful, (she had an affair with Roy Rogers), and he murdered her at their home in front of their 14-year-old daughter. It was said that after he had beaten her to death he crushed a lighted cigarette against her skin to see whether she was dead. Cooley had scored over 6 top 10 Country hits in the 1940's.

Born on this day, was Kacey Musgraves, American country music artist. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. She signed with Mercury Records in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round" which is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park.

Capitol records released "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks. Written by Brooks and Kent Blazy, it was released on his self-titled 1989 debut album Garth Brooks and also appears on The Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live. This was his first #1 single on the Billboard Country Singles chart.

Keith Urban made history when his new single "Once in a Lifetime" debuted at #17, setting a new record for the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of Billboard's country charts. The record was formerly held by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" and Eddie Rabbitt's "Every Which Way But Loose", both of which debuted at #18.

Drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. He worked with Elvis Presley ('Little Sister'), Patsy Cline ('Crazy'), Roy Orbison ('Pretty Woman'), Johnny Cash ('Ring Of Fire'), Tammy Wynette ('Stand By Your Man'). Harman was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry and can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.

Al Dexter, George Jones and Ray Winkler were all inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, located in Carthage, Texas.