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Thursday 062818

Ann Kuroki, a former Gooding School employee has been ordered to serve 90 days in jail and four years’ probation for sexually abusing a 17 year old teen.  She was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison.   

A local welder fixing a gate on a fence started a fire near Gooding yesterday.  It burned about 30 acres of land and took 3 hours to get it under control.  A outbuilding was destroyed in the blaze

Zoo Boise officials say a new adult male African lion has arrived.  Officials say the 4-year-old lion named Revan arrived as part of a partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Revan replaces Jabari, a 14-year-old male lion euthanized in January due complications from cancer.

A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world has agreed to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author. The Boise based James Castle Collection and Archive in documents agreed to dismiss the suit against publisher Scholastic Inc. and author Allen Say.

Shentasha Bybee, a 21 year old Rexburg woman will serve up to 15 years behind bars for killing three people in a drunk driving incident near Jerome last year.  One person died at the scene, an 11 year old died hours later.  A third person died days later.   

Officials have identified a 21-month-old boy who died after falling into a canal near Kuna. The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the child has been identified as Spencer Arnold of Woods Cross, Utah.

Prosecutors have determined that a Boise police officer was justified in shooting a man on New Year's Day. Officer A. Nielsen fired his gun three times after a man approached officers and refused orders to show his hand that was behind his back. The man survived the shooting, but was never named by police.

Authorities have identified a Meridian man shot and killed by police in Meridian. The Ada County Coroner's Office identified 48-year-old Robert Lyle Barton as having died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

In local sports, from legion baseball in Jerome the  Minico storm clobbered the Jerome Cyclones in a double header.  The first game 11 to 0 and  the  second game storm 9 cyclones 3.  The Kimberly Astros 17 Jerome Cyclones 2 in the first game from Tuesday and in the second game it was the Astros 11 Cyclones 9. 


Today:   Mostly sunny. Breezy.  Winds: W 10-20 mph  High: 81 (Mountains: 75)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. NW winds shifting to SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mostly sunny. Breezy.  Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. High: 74 (Mountains: 68)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Breezy.

High: 78 (Mountains: 74)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 84 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 84 (Mountains: 79)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 83 (Mountains: 78)

June 28th: On this day


Born on this day in Waverly, Tennessee was George Morgan, American country music singer who had the 1949 US #1 hit “Candy Kisses". In 1974, Morgan was the last person to sing on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium before the Grand Ole Opry moved to the new Grand Ole Opry House. A week later he was the first to sing on stage at the venue. He died on July 7, 1975.


The movie Grand Ole Opry debuted at Nashville's Paramount Theater, starring Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys, Uncle Dave Macon and Opry founder George D. Hay.


Born on this day Lubbock, Texas, was Lloyd Maines, country music record producer, musician and songwriter. Best known as a pedal steel player, Maines is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band. Maines won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2003 as producer of the Dixie Chicks' album, Home. As the father of Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, he was instrumental in bringing the current lineup of bandmates together in 1995.


Merle Haggard recorded "The Bottle Let Me Down" at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood. Released as a single in August of this year, the track peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles.


Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee was Bobby Bare Jr. American singer-songwriter, (the son of country musician Bobby Bare, Sr.). In 1974, when Bobby was only eight, he and his father were both nominated for a Grammy for the song 'Daddy What If', which was written by Shel Silverstein.


Born on this day in Albemarle, North Carolina, was Kellie Pickler who gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Red High Heels", "I Wonder" and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind".


Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with “The House That Built Me". Written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, Lambert won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for song.” Blake Shelton was originally set to record the song when Lambert heard it, she immediately wanted to record it for herself. It was the third single from her third studio album, Revolution.

Wednesday 062718

A Twin Falls Man was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this week after being found guilty of having sex with a teenage girl in 2016.  36 year old Juan Luis Torres-Jurarez will serve a 10 year fixed 5 year indeterminate sentence. 

In a Twin Falls courtroom this week 41 year old Leon Cazier of Buhl was found guilty of strangling his wife and causing her to suffer severe brain damage.  In 2017 Cazier called 911 to say his wife had fallen in the shower and was having trouble breathing.  Later he admitted to setting on her and covering her mouth with his hand.

Crista Kim Charlton of Twin Falls was honored for reporting a suspicious person to police.  In September of last year she spotted a little girl talking to a male near Harrison elementary.  Later she noticed a Facebook post where authorities were looking for the suspect after a reported child enticement and reported it to police.  At this week’s city council meeting authorities thanked her for speaking up. 

A court has ruled that a federal agency's justifications for killing coyotes and mountain lions and other predators in Idaho to protect livestock and other wildlife such as elk violates environmental laws because they lack a scientific review.  The judge delayed entering a judgment while the opposing sides try to reach an agreement.

Idaho's highest court has been called upon to look over motions to dismiss a man's murder charge for the alleged beating death of a Texas couple. Mark Lankford has twice been convicted of killing Robert and Cheryl Bravence of El Paso, Texas, in 1983. Lankford's attorney claims the case should be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct.

Authorities say a Boise couple was arrested after their six children were found in "filthy and dangerous living conditions." The Ada County Sheriff's Office arrested 43-year-old Lawrence Rose and 42-year-old Jamie Rose last week on a single count each of felony injury to a child.

Law enforcement officials say a 21-month-old boy has died after being found in a canal near Kuna.  The child was soon found in the Mora Canal near his house.

The number of inmate beds rented out at the Mini Cassia Criminal Justice Center will be trimmed.  This action is needed to comply with state requirements. 

In local sports, A group of local athletes have made it to a national track competition. 12 members of the T and T track team booked a trip to the USA Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.  Payton Bair from Kimberly, Keely Cranney a junior from Oakley and Bradley Beaver.  One month remains until the junior olympic track and field championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Some of the biggest names in Boise State Football history will be in town this week for a camp.  Twin Falls High School is once again partnering with Gridiron Dreams Football Skills Camp. The Bruins camp goes from Wednesday through Friday and the Gridiron Dreams runs the final day.  Some of the big names coming Friday, Super Bowl Champion Matt Paradis, Kamalei Correa of the Baltimore Ravens, Jeremy McNichols and Ian Johnson.

In legion baseball, it was the Twin Falls Blackhawks 11 Burley Green Sox 0 in the first game and the Green Sox then flipped the table on the Blackhawks with a 7 to 6 win.  The Windell Trojans will host the Declo Sting on Monday after their win Over the Kimberly Astros 15 to 10 in the first game while the Astros beat the Trojans 9 to 5 in the second game on Monday. 

Today:  Lots of sunshine, heat returns Winds: Light and variable  High: 92 (Mountains: 84)

Tonight:  Patches of clouds and warm. Low 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   Breezy, cooler and mostly sunny  Winds: WSW 10-20 mph  High: 79 (Mountains: 73)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies, isolated mountains storms

High: 73 (Mountains: 68)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies

High: 78 (Mountains: 73)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 83 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 85 (Mountains: 78)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 83 (Mountains: 77)

June 27th: On this day


Born on this day in Marshall, Arkansas was Elton Britt, country music guitarist and singer-songwriter. He recorded over 60 albums for RCA and other labels in more than a 30-year span, and is best known for such hit songs as "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," "Detour," "Chime Bells," "Maybe I'll Cry Over You," "Pinto Pal," and the million-selling wartime hit "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere". Britt died on June 22, 1972.


Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Lorrie Morgan, country music singer, (the daughter of George Morgan, the country music singer who charted several hit singles between 1949 and his death in 1975). Lorrie scored the 1989 single, "Trainwreck of Emotion," and since then, has charted more than 25 singles on the Billboard Hot Country hits including three #1 hits: "Five Minutes," "What Part of No" and "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." Morgan has been married to three different country singers: Keith Whitley, Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw.


Hank Snow recorded "I've Been Everywhere" at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, was also made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962 and has been covered by Lynn Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel and Johnny Cash.


Born on this day in Dallas, Texas, was Christian Kane, actor and singer and songwriter and lead singer of the country-southern rock band Kane. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage and Into the West, and the movies Just Married and Secondhand Lions.


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the country chart with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)". Released at the height of outlaw country movement, from his hit album Ol' Waylon, the song was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons.


Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart". Written by Don Von Tress it was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart" and recorded by The Marcy Brothers in 1991, its name was later changed to "Achy Breaky Heart" In the US it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first Country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983.


"Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles" went triple-platinum. The tribute album to the American rock band The Eagles features:Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, John Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan.

Tuesday 062618

Shoshone Big Wood Canal Company has announced the purchase of the hydroelectric facility at Magic Dam.  The canal company has controlled distribution of waters held by the dam and stored in Magic Reservoir since 1910.

County commissioners in Blaine County say they are moving forward with a plan to establish an in-house public defense office rather than continue contracting lawyers to provide representation for poor people caught in the criminal justice system.  Idaho is facing a class-action lawsuit over allegations the state's public defense system is faulty and violates the 6th Amendment rights of its citizens.

Early statewide results show that Idaho 11th-graders did slightly worse on this year's SAT college entrance exam than in 2017. The state Department of Education released data last week revealing how students preformed on standardized tests they took in the spring.

Idaho State Police are investigating after they say a woman died while drifting across her lane and driving into a McCall store. According to ISP, 61-year-old Cherie Crandall of McCall was driving a pickup on Sunday when police say she crashed into an apparel and souvenir store.

 The Idaho State Board of Education said yes to a baccalaureate degree proposal from the College of Southern Idaho in support of regional food processors.  CSI will now seek approval by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to offer this and subsequent bachelor’s degrees.

Top Republican leaders will gather in Pocatello this week for the state's party convention.  This year, officials will consider resolutions asking the Idaho GOP to oppose a ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid eligibility that is expected to be on the November ballot.

Pettit Campground remains closed over the Independence Day weekend.  The reason?  Diseased dangerous trees that could topple over in a slight breeze.  Officials continue their cleanup efforts. 

The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center in Nampa has been at risk three times of losing its license to accept Medicaid.  State surveys have found problems that would prohibit them from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. Officials with the center say they have corrected those issues and is currently not at risk.

In local sports, from Legion baseball last night Minico storm tramples the Twin Falls Cowboys in the first game of a double header 6 to 2.  The Cowboys turned that around and beat Minico 5 to 1 in the second game. 

In case you were wondering, the Boise State Broncos have announced the color schemes for the home football games this fall.  For the home opener against Connecticut on September 8, it will feature a tri–color scheme.  For the game against San Diego State on October 6, fans can expect orange stripes.  The Colorado State game on October 19 will be an ""Orange Out".  The BYU game on November 3 will have blue sidelines.  On November 9 against Fresno State, it's a "Blue Out".  And finally against Utah State on November 24th, you'll find it's spirit day where fans can wear any color.

Today:  Sunny and cooler and a little breezy. High near 83F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 54F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky and again hot. High near 91F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies with a breeze

High: 79 (Mountains: 74)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies, isolated mountains storms

High: 73 (Mountains: 68)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies, isolated mountains storms

High: 76 (Mountains: 71)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 83 (Mountains: 75)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 89 (Mountains: 77)

June 26th: On this day


Born on this day in Pocahontas, Illinois, was country singer, songwriter, Gretchen Wilson who made her debut in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single "Redneck Woman," a #1 hit on the Billboard country charts. She has since charted 13 singles on the charts, of which five have reached Top Ten and has now sold over 6 million records worldwide.


Marty Robbins was at #1 on the country charts with "El Paso City", his fifteenth #1. Robbins wrote "El Paso City" while flying over El Paso, in - he reported - the same amount of time it takes to sing, four minutes and 14 seconds. It was only the second time that ever happened to him; the first time was when he composed the original El Paso as fast as he could write it down.


Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were "Hurt" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.


Randy Travis was at #1 on the country singles chart "Forever and Ever, Amen." The song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, won a Grammy for Best Country & Western Song and an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.


Promoting his latest album, The Hard Way Clint Black launched The Hard Way Tour which ran for 11 months.


Brad Paisley released "We Danced", the fourth and final single from his debut album, Who Needs Pictures. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.


Kenny Rogers made his African concert debut by playing to over 70,000 fans in Morocco. His performances included his hits: "Love Or Something Like It," "Lady" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town".

Monday 062518

Dutch owned NewCold has announced the construction of a 90-million dollar frozen storage facility to Burley.  The 180-thousand square foot facility will produce 100 jobs in the area.  It’s slated to open in the spring of next year. 

Election officials say a proposal to legalize so-called "historical horse racing" in Idaho appears to have secured enough verifiable signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The lucrative betting machines, also known as "instant racing terminals," were legal between 2013 and 2015, but lawmakers banned them after deciding they resembled illegal slot machines.

Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood including Idaho are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the future of the Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only curriculums.

A Burley man was killed Saturday night near Shoshone after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding.  Police say 56 year old Frankie Bennett Jr. was riding a 2000 Kawasaki east on State Highway 24 when he drove off the road, lost control and crashed.

The Gooding County Sheriff’s office say one man and his juvenile son died near the boat docks in Bliss Friday night after a raft overturned.  37 year old Travis Bergquist and 4 year old Christopher Berquist died from the accident.  Rebecca Bergquist was able to make it to a nearby island and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  All were wearing life jackets.

The Idaho Regatta on the Snake River in Burley wrapped up the 43 year over the weekend.  Last year the Regatta was cancelled because of high flood waters.  38 boats competed in this year’s race which officials say is a low number compared to those in the past. 

Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules that backers say offer more flexibility to disperse smoke away from people but that health advocates say will lead to breathing problems for some area residents.  Field burning rids fields of stubble and pests. In Idaho, it runs from March to September, with about 35,000 acres to 45,000 acres burned annually.

In sports, the Idaho Men’s State Amateur Championship wrapped up Sunday at Canyon Springs Golf Course.  Colby Dean of Eagle led the three day tournament from day one and never looked back.  He finished with a final score of 10-under par 206.  He was four strokes away from Hunter Ostrom of meridian who was the only other player to finish under par. 

Today:  Sunny. High 96F. SE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:   A clear sky. Low near 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 91 (Mountains: 85)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies

High: 79 (Mountains: 78)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies and very warm

High: 74 (Mountains: 68)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies

High: 76 (Mountains: 68)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 81 (Mountains: 73)

July 25th: On this day


During his first recording session at Jim Beck's Studio on 1101 Ross Avenue in Dallas, Lefty Frizzell recorded "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," "I Love You A Thousand Ways" and "Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)." Beck is credited with discovering Frizzell which led to his first major recording contract.


Born on this day in Norwich, Connecticut was drummer Rich Redmond. He worked with Rushlow, and later became a member of Jason Aldean's band, playing on "Big Green Tractor," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "She's Country"


Sonny James was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Bright Lights, Big City", James' fifteenth #1 hit in a row in the country chart.


"Set 'Em Up Joe" by country music artist Vern Gosdin was at #1 on the Country chart. The song was a tribute song to Ernest Tubb and was Vern Gosdin's second #1 on the country chart.


Charlie Rich, singer and musician, died in his sleep aged 62. Rich who acquired the nickname The Silver Fox is best remembered for his 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". Rich's destructive personal behavior famously culminated at the CMA awards ceremony for 1975, when he presented the award for Entertainer of the Year, while visibly intoxicated. Instead of reading the name of the winner, who happened to be John Denver, he set fire to the envelope with a cigarette lighter.


Refering to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines’ comment about United States President George W. Bush and the current situation in Iraq: Merle Haggard, who had released a song critical of US media coverage of the Iraq War, issued a press statement saying: “I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching.”


"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by the Eli Young Band was at #1 on the Country singles chart. Written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay and originally recorded by Hoge on his seventh studio album, The Wreckage.

Friday 062218

Twin Falls Police are asking for your help after a person reported an alleged child enticement at Sunway Park.  The witness of the reported act is a young child and unable to provide sufficient detail for detectives to develop any leads.

Officials in Burley say most of the fish in the newly renovated Trout Pond in Burley died over the past weekend.  Multiple agencies, including the city of Burley and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, responded Monday morning to the Freedom Park Pond.  The investigation into what caused the deaths continues.

A woman died and six juveniles were taken to hospitals with minor injuries following a collision in central Idaho between a car and a passenger van that was part of a youth rafting trip. 30-year-old Kristine Stapleton of Nampa died at the scene after failing to yield and turning onto State Highway 55 at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Triple A is predicting another major milestone for Independence Day.  The prediction is for a record 47-million vacationers will hit the road and more than 247-thousand Idahoans will be among them.

The trial is progressing for a Buhl man accused of strangling his wife.  41 year old Leon Cazier faces one count of domestic battery with traumatic injury.  Following the incident in August of last year the woman was flown to St. AL’s in Boise where it was determined she suffered brain damage. 

23 year old Justice Garcia was arraigned this week and jailed on a 10-thousand dollar bond.  He has been charged with trafficking Marijuana in his house.  A search found seven pounds of marijuana and roughly 3-thousand dollars in Cash.

One person was injured following a two vehicle pileup near Gooding.  28 year old Danika Kirk of Jerome was southbound on State Highway 46.  53-year old Jorge Cecinario Torbisco was in an empty cattle hauler semi making a turn onto 2000 south.  He failed to yield to oncoming traffic.  Kirk was taken by Air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise. 

Ray Emory, A survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor is saying what could be his final goodbyes at the site where thousands of fellow sailors and Marines died nearly 77 years ago.  The 97-year-old has moved to Boise.  Emory is known for his relentless effort to get the military to identify hundreds of Pearl Harbor servicemen who were buried as unknowns.

In sports, legion baseball from the Stoker Tournament in Las Vegas it was the Twin Falls Cowboys 17 Grand Junction 15 and Basic 8 Cowboys 5.  The Cowboys (13-8) will continue tournament play today. 

In St. George Grand Junction beat Burley Green Sox 8 to 7.  Burley will continue tournament play with two games today.

The Chicago Bulls selected Boise State star Chandler Hutchison with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Hutchison is the first, first-round pick in program history and the seventh Bronco ever taken in the draft.

Today:  Sunny. High near 85F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies with gusty winds developing later in the day. High 76F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies

High: 83 (Mountains: 76)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies

High: 83 (Mountains: 78)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies

High: 85 (Mountains: 79)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

July 22nd: On this day


Born on this day in Gilmer, Texas, was Don Henley singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh, while living at the home of fellow Texan Kenny Rogers; the album was produced by Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.


Patsy Cline was brought onstage at the Grand Ole Opry in a wheelchair to tell her fans that she would be back singing soon. Cline had been seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville the previous month.


Hank Snow, with producer Chet Atkins, recorded “In The Misty Moonlight”, “I Saw A Man” and other tracks, at RCA Victor Studio, Tennessee. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.


Born on this day was Sonya Isaacs, American country singer. Isaacs is married to singer-songwriter Jimmy Yeary, with whom she co-wrote Martina McBride's 2011 #4 single "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".


Jack Benny, who was Loretta Lynn's second child and eldest son, died at the of age 34 while trying to ford the Duck River at the family's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.


Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with "Don't Rock the Jukebox", released as the lead single from the album of the same name, Don't Rock the Jukebox. It was his second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.


Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways. Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.


American country music singer Daron Norwood was found dead in his Hereford, Texas apartment by his landlord. On November 5, 1995, Norwood announced he was to quit his career as a country singer because of his addiction to alcohol. He told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal that during that time period, he was taking 20 to 25 shots of Jack Daniels a night.

July 23rd: On this day


Born on this day in Decatur, IL, was Judy Martin, country music singer, performing from the early 30's to the late 40's on the WLS-AM's National Barn Dance in Chicago. She was the second wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Red Foley. On November 17, 1951 Foley died at her Nashville home from an overdose of sleeping pills aged 34.


Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was Alison Maria Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas the American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins was released. An adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name, the film starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The film version presented some difficulties for Universal, particularly with advertising. In 1982, the word "whorehouse" was considered obscene in parts of the US, resulting in the film being renamed The Best Little Cathouse in Texas in some print ads.


Born on this day in Jackson Mississippi, was Neil Perry, singer, mandolin, accordion, drums, and Piano in The Band Perry who scored the 2013 #1 Country album If I Die Young.


Born on this day in League City, Texas, was Danielle Bradbery, American country singer. Her debut studio album, Danielle Bradbery, released in 2013, featuring the top 20 country hit "The Heart of Dixie". She won season four of NBC's The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest contestant to come in first place.


Deana Carter won Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards for "Strawberry Wine." Vice Gill won Songwriter - Artist of the Year for the third time and Mark D. Sanders won the award for best Songwriter.


Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards appeared onstage with Willie Nelson at a concert in Westport, Connecticut.



July 24th: On this day


American country music singer Roy Acuff announced his intention to run for governor of Tennessee. Running as the Republican candidate, he later lost to Democratic candidate Gordon Browning in the November election.


Born on this day was Pam Tillis country music singer-songwriter and actress, (she is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis). Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, she scored the 1991 hit "Don't Tell Me What to Do", and has since charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, including her only #1 single, 1995's "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)".



Johnny Cash started recording session for his third album The Fabulous Johnny Cash which was released in November 1958 by the Columbia label, after Cash's departure from Sun Records.


Born on this day, was Jerrod Niemann country music singer, songwriter, who charted with the single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)". He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun".


The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified platinum. The double album featured Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band and others. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.


Johnny Cash picked up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" from his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. The video, featuring images from Cash's life and directed by Mark Romanek, was also named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME.


"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line was at #1 on the Country chart. "Cruise" became the best-selling country digital song of all time in the United States as of January 2014. On August 24, 2013, it 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").

Thursday 062118

Twin Falls police say 37 year old Bryan Thieme is facing charges for unlawful transfer of bodily fluids.  Police allege Thieme knowingly transferred fluids that may contain HIV. The suspect had consensual unprotected sex with at least 2 different men in May.

Drivers, don’t use your cell phone in Blaine County without a Bluetooth or other hands-free device.  A county ordinance is now in full effect and citations will be issued.

Authorities arrested a man at Boise Airport after TSA officers found a 7-inch blade concealed in his shoe.  67-year-old Donald Jackson, of Boise, was charged with felony aircraft hijacking and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.  Police found a small amount of marijuana in Jackson's other shoe.

In the next several weeks, the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District will be testing mosquitoes every day for diseases.  Traps will located in different sites across the county.

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections in six Western states by eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining.  The plans cover 9,500 square miles of greater sage grouse habitat in Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Montana.

A 23-year-old northern Idaho man who lied about buying a gun for his own use but that instead was for someone else has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Alex James Spooner of Coeur d'Alene received the sentence in U.S. District Court.

Researchers say long-billed curlews are declining in southwestern Idaho due to poachers. A curlew was poached southwest of Boise on June 1. It was the seventh of the 16 birds fitted with transmitters that have been killed by suspected poachers since 2013.

An Idaho couple who says their teenage son was sprayed with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed on U.S. land near their home has sued the government. The lawsuit seeks more than $150,000 in damages after the poison killed the family dog and left the boy with headaches.

In local sports, from Legion Baseball, it was the Burley Green Sox 8, Wendell Trojans 7.  The Green Sox (9-5) will travel to St. George, Utah, for a three-day tournament today when they will face Grand Junction (Colo.). Wendell (2-6) will play at Kimberly on Monday.

In a double header it was In a double header it was In Minico Storm 9, East Idaho Rockies 8; and in the second game Storm 11, Rockies 10

THURSDAY: Sunny, warmer and breezy.
Winds WNW 10-20 mph
High: 85 (Mountains: 77)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.
Winds SW 5-15 mph.
Low 55 (Mountains: 46)

Winds: SW 5-15 mph
High: 82 (Mountains: 76)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny
High: 77 (Mountains: 71)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies
High: 82 (Mountains: 75)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 89 (Mountains: 82)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 90 (Mountains: 81)

June 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Aiken, South Carolina, was Leon Everette country music artist. Everette reached top 10 on the Hot Country Songs charts with the singles "Over", "Giving Up Easy", "Hurricane", "Midnight Rodeo", "Just Give Me What You Think Is Fair", "Soul Searchin'", "My Lady Loves Me (Just as I Am)" and "I Could'a Had You".

Born on this day in South Charleston, West Virginia, was Kathy Mattea, singer, songwriter, who has recorded seventeen albums and has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts. This total includes the #1 hits "Goin' Gone", "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", "Come From the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories."

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Eddie Albert, Jerry Reed and Linda Ronstadt.

Conway Twitty held the #1 position on the country charts with "Hello Darlin'". Twitty's fourth #1 song was named the #1 song of 1970 and aside from being Twitty's standard concert opener, the song became a country standard as well as his signature song.

Reba McEntire married Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They had their honeymoon in Texas, where they promoted her latest single to local radio stations.

At the American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon held in Hendersonville, Johnny Cash was arrested by Sgt. John Graves. Cash called his friend Willie Nelson, who pledged $1,000 for his release. At the end of the day the event had raised over $20,000 for charity.

Gretchen Wilson's debut album, Here For The Party, was certified gold and platinum simultaneously. The album featured Wilson's breakthrough debut single, "Redneck Woman."