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The Twin Falls county fair will go on this year but there are some rather large changes for the event.  Fair manager John Pitz laid out some of those at a news conference yesterday.  The Granger Smith Concert is postponed till next year.  No open class exhibits, and the carnival will set up three days before the event the last week of August.  Only 50 percent capacity for the Rodeo and the merchants in the buildings will be spread out as others cancel their plans.

Fire destroyed a portion of an apartment complex in Twin Falls yesterday afternoon.  Crews arrived at the Garden Apartments on Lois Street just before 1 pm to find the front engulfed in flames.  No injuries reported.  Four families have been displaced while the cause of the fire still undetermined.

The U.S. Census Bureau says rural counties in Idaho are struggling to get citizens counted, with some counties reporting a response rate of less than 50%.  Valley County has a population of about 11,000 and a response rate of 30%, while Camas County has a population of about 1,100 and a response rate of 28%, the agency said.

A judge ruled yesterday there’s enough evidence for Chad Daybell’s case to go to trial after the bodies of his new wife’s two children were found buried on his Rexburg property. The prosecuting attorney during closing arguments called both deaths homicides based on the condition of the bodies.

A 22 year old Kimberly woman was killed in a head on crash on State highway 50 near the Hansen Bridge just before 2 pm yesterday afternoon.  Karissa L. Taylor was westbound when a juvenile driving a truck crossed the center line striking Taylors vehicle.  She died at the scene. The portion of the road was closed for about three and a half hours.

Gas prices are going up again.  According to triple A the average price in Idaho is now 2-42 a gallon which is 7 cents more than a month ago. More are traveling on the roads especially in the back country resulting in higher demand.  Meanwhile crude oil prices are holding steady at $40 a barrel about 15-dollars cheaper than a year ago. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 98F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 62F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. A little bit breezy as well. High: 89. Low: 60.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 85. Low: 56.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 58.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 90. Low: 59.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 92. Low: 60.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 91.

August 5th: On this day

1934
Born on this day, was Vern Gosdin, nicknamed "The Voice" by his peers. He had 19 top-ten solo hits on the Country music charts from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, including three #1's: "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)", "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "I'm Still Crazy". Gosdin died on 28th April 2009.

1940
Born on this day in Lakeland, Florida, was Bobby Braddock, country music songwriter and record producer. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock has contributed numerous hit songs during more than 40 years in the industry, including 13 #1 hit singles, one of which is "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" which he co-wrote with Curly Putman.

1943
Born on this day in Orange County, California, was Sammi Smith, country music singer and songwriter best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. She became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during the 1970s. She died on February 12, 2005.

1953
Born on this day in Whitewright, Texas was fiddle and mandolin player, session musician, and composer Larry Franklin. He has worked with Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Ray Price, Mel Tillis, and Miranda Lambert among others. While a member of Asleep at the Wheel, Franklin won three Grammy awards.

1957
The self-titled debut album by Patsy Cline was released, which would be one of three studio albums Cline would record during her lifetime. The album produced two singles, "Walkin' After Midnight," and "I Don't Wanta."

1961
Born on this day in Columbus, Georgia, was Tim Wilson, stand-up comedian and country music artist. He scored the 1993 hit "Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life." Wilson died of a heart attack on February 26, 2014.

1968
American country guitarist Luther Perkins died at the age of 40 as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation. Perkins fell asleep at home in his den with a cigarette in his hand. He was dragged from the fire unconscious with severe second and third degree burns. Perkins never regained consciousness. He worked with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and featured on the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

 

1968
Born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was Terri Clark, Canadian country music singer, songwriter, who has scored over twenty singles, including six #1's. "If I Were You", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Emotional Girl" and "In My Next Life" which all topped the country charts in Canada.

1976
Kenny Rogers recorded "Lucille" in an afternoon session at Nashville's American Studio. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year.

1983
Alabama released "Lady Down on Love" which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the eleventh in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

1989
Johnny Cash was among 12 other recipients of the Golden Boot Award. Presented by the Motion Picture and Television Fund to actors and other entertainers who had left their mark on the western genre. Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Robert Mitchum, Casey Tibbs and Vera Miles were among the other recipients.

2004
Mindy McCready was arrested and charged with one count of prescription drug fraud. Police said McCready submitted a fraudulent prescription to a Brentwood, Tennessee, pharmacy for oxycontin, an addictive painkiller. Bond was set at $10,000.

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Graphic details were revealed in court yesterday as a detective told how investigators unearthed the remains of two children who had been missing for months while searching the rural Rexburg property of Chad Daybell.  The detective said “JJ” Vallow’s body was found beneath fresh sod, under which were three large white flat rocks in a row and then a piece of wood paneling. He said the body was buried in a black plastic bag covered in duct tape. 17 year old Tylee Ryan’s body was burned. 

BLM crews are hoping that a fire burning five miles southeast of the Boise Airport will be controlled by 6 tonight.  The fire that started yesterday has burned 400 acres.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

It’s going to be a bit easier for students to start their college career at CSI this fall as the school hosts Instant Enrollment Day.  The event will be every Thursday until classes start.  The enrollment opportunity will extend into the evening and is designed to complete the process all in one stop.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has scheduled a news conference Thursday at noon to discuss stage four of Idaho rebounds and the safe reopening of Idaho Schools.  The conference will be streamed on Idaho Public Television’s website.

Amanda Dunlap, a Twin Falls woman charged with the murder of her 20 month old daughter will have to wait to have her day in court.  In October of 2017 she was charged with the murder of her daughter Lyrk Altom along with eight felony injury to a child charges.  Dunlap cannot go to trial until her ex-boyfriend receives his full re-trial which is scheduled for November. Her status conference is set for December 7th.

No more space.  That’s the problem facing the Twin Falls School District’s distance learning program as more families sign up to distance their children to the exposure of COVID-19.  The home-school option developed for kindergarten-eighth grade students in Twin Falls School District recently reached capacity.  Currently officials say they are developing another option. 

WEATHER

Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 92F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Developing clouds through the day and hotter. High: 95. Low: 60.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. A little bit breezy as well. High: 91. Low: 61.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. High: 84. Low: 56.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 56.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 59.

August 4th: On this day

1927
Jimmie Rodgers recorded for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee, singing "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" and "The Soldier's Sweetheart" during an afternoon session with producer Ralph Peer at a furniture store at 408 State Street. Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as The Singing Brakeman, The Blue Yodeler, as well as The Father of Country Music.

1947
Hank Williams recorded "On the Banks of the Old Ponchartrain" during sessions at Castle Studio, Nashville. According to biographer Colin Escott, Ramona Vincent, a crippled woman, wrote the words of the song as a poem and sent it to Williams, who put a melody to it. The track became the singer's second single on MGM Records, released in September 1947.

1957
Johnny Cash completed recoding sessions for his debut album, Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." This was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label.

1969
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

1984
The Judds made their first appearance at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Mama He's Crazy", The Judds' second country hit and the first of fourteen #1 country hits.

1986
Randy Travis released "Diggin' Up Bones" as the third single from his album Storms of Life which became his second US #1 hit on the Country chart.

1992
Country music duo Brooks & Dunn were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Boot Scootin' Boogie". Before its release, the band Asleep at the Wheel recorded it on their 1990 album Keepin' Me Up Nights. Brooks & Dunn's version was included on the album Brand New Man.

2015
Influential country producer Billy Sherrill, who worked with artists like George Jones, Charlie Rich, and Tammy Wynette and is known for pioneering the "countrypolitan" sound, died after a short illness at the age of 78. Sherrill also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Stand by Your Man" (written with Tammy Wynette).

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More information could be released soon in the bizarre case of two missing children whose bodies were found in Eastern Idaho.  Prosecutors will begin sketching out their evidence today.  The preliminary hearing will help a judge decide if the charges against Chad Daybell will move forward in state court.  Daybell is accused of concealing evidence by hiding the bodies of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan.

A drunk driver who killed three children when he crashed into the back of a vehicle in which they were passengers has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.  47 year old Matthew Richard Park of Fairfield received the sentence in 5th District Court. He will have to serve at least 17 years before he’s eligible for parole.  The three children killed were 6, 5 and 3.  The father was left a quadriplegic. 

BLM Firefighters hope to gain control of the Drops fire north of Shoshone by 6 pm Wednesday.  At last check this morning the fire has burned nearly 4 thousand acres of land.  No structures are threatened at this time.

A beef processing company says it will open a new plant in Jerome and hire 400 workers.  Agri Beef announced plans to build the plant that will operate as True West Beef and will be able to process 500 cattle a day.  The company said its workers make about $52,000 annually.

The Heyburn Citizens committee who hope to recall the city’s mayor has gained enough signatures to put it to a vote.  The group is waiting for approval to have the recall on the November ballot.  The group said Mayor Mark Rosa has created a hostile environment with council members and city employees.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report of the facts of a fatal crash involving two airplanes.  The mid-air accident over Lake Coeur d’Alene killed eight people July 5.  The agency’s report said a de Havilland aircraft and a Cessna collided around 2 p.m., killing the pilots and passengers in both planes. There was no radar or automatic dependent surveillance broadcast data for either plane, the report said.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 92F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies, breezy and not as warm. High: 88. Low: 57.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 60.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 94. Low: 62.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 92.

August 3rd: On this day

1924
Born on this day in Gleason in northwest Tennessee, was Gordon Stoker. He was a member of the world-famous Jordanaires and was heard on records by artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves. The Jordanaires were the background group on the majority of Presley's records and also appeared on classic records such as Cline's "Crazy," Reeves' "Four Walls," and Loretts Lynn's "Coal Miners' Daughter". He died on March 27th 2013.

1927
Ralph Peer, a representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company held auditions for local musicians in Bristol, Tennessee which saw Jimmie Rodgers auditioning for Peer in an empty warehouse. The following day Rodgers completed his first session for Victor, recording two songs: "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Baby, Sleep". For the test recordings, Rodgers received $100.

1953
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Randy Scruggs, (the middle son of Earl Scruggs). Scruggs has worked with many artists, including The Talbot Brothers, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Emmylou Harris. He has won a Grammy Award and was twice named "Musician of the Year" at the Country Music Association Awards. Scruggs died on April 17th 2018.

1974
Billy "Crash" Craddock's signature song, "Rub It In," was at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song was written and originally recorded by Layng Martine, Jr., and credited as Layng Martine. His version, released on the Barnaby Records label, was produced by Ray Stevens.

1999
Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Prior to her death at the age of 30 in a private plane crash, she was at the height of her career. She is considered to be one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Some of the more notable hits she had during her lifetime began in 1957 with Donn Hecht's "Walkin' After Midnight", Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces", Hank Cochran's "She's Got You", Willie Nelson's "Crazy", and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams".

2010
Taylor Swift's "Fifteen" received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Female Video pitting her against Beyonce, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

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The U.S Supreme Court yesterday ruled that an Idaho group must stop collecting online signatures for an education funding initiative for the November ballot.  The court ruled in favor of Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request that a district court’s order allowing online signatures be stayed until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case and makes a ruling. Arguments before that court are scheduled for the middle of August in the expedited case.

Unemployment claims in Idaho fell 17 percent from the previous week.  Department of Labor officials say new claims were 4-thousand 703 a decrease of 984 claims.  The 4 week average fell 3 percent to 5193 claims per week.

Fire crews from the city and County of Jerome along with manpower from Wendell were called to a fire that destroyed a semi-truck and a passenger Bus in Jerome early yesterday morning.  Fire chief Mike Harrison said the incident happened at 200 West C in front of Bennet’s truck repair.  The chief credits quick action of the crew who were able to save nearby trucks from damage.  The semi was loaded with apples. 

Michelle Rene Descharme, the woman who walked away from a prison work crew was found yesterday afternoon in Rupert.  She was taken back into custody without incident. 

A former participant in an armed occupation in 2016 at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared in court this week after he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer during a shootout in northern Idaho earlier this month.   52 year old Sean L. Anderson was arrested July 23 after a police pursuit and shootout July 18 following an attempted traffic stop for an apparent equipment violation.

Movie Goers good news.  The magic valley Cinema in the Magic Valley mall is scheduled to reopen August 21st.  Initially they will be operating with reduced hours and staggered show times.  Auditoriums will also be limited to 50-percent capacity. 

Weather

Today:  Sunny. Very hot. High 104F. E winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 64F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Mainly sunny skies, hot and breezy. High: 94. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Sunny skies, a little bit breezy and not as warm. High: 86. Low: 57.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies. High: 87. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91.

July 31st: On this day

1938
Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas was Bonnie Brown. The American country music singer was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". Brown died on July 16, 2016 aged 77.

1963
Born on this day in Ocala, Florida, was Chad Brock, Country music singer, songwriter and DJ who scored the 2000 US #1 Country hit "Yes!"

1964
A private aircraft piloted by Jim Reeves crashed during a thunderstorm near Nashville, Tennessee. Both Reeves and business partner Dean Manuel were killed in the crash; their bodies are found two days later following a massive search for the two missing men. Reeves became known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music) and his songs continued to chart for years after his death.

1981
Alabama were at #1 on the Country charts with "Feels So Right" the title track from their second studio album which was their first #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

1992
Garth Brooks scored his ninth #1 Country single with "The River", the fifth and final single from his album Ropin' the Wind.

2008
The Black Crowes filed a lawsuit against Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation, alleging that her song "Work Hard, Play Harder" copied the Crowes song "Jealous Again".

2010
Brad Paisley performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event in Lewisburg, W.Va. An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event to watch Underwood and Paisley perform in the pouring rain.

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The coronavirus has been confirmed in more than 1% of Idaho's population since the virus first appeared in the state back in March.  With talk about herd immunity where if a certain portion gets the virus the likelihood of outbreaks will decrease significantly, State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said Idaho is a long way off.  At last check, Idaho has had a total of 161 deaths, 18,114 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6,203 recoveries.

An inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 died yesterday. The Idaho Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Frank Dawson Conover was transported to a Boise hospital for treatment where he was tested positive for the virus.

The Idaho Department of Correction is looking for an inmate who walked away from a women's prison south of Boise Wednesday afternoon.  49 year old Michelle Rene Descharme left the South Boise Women's Correctional Center and was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. south of Boise.  Descharme’s record includes convictions for possession of a controlled substance, grand theft and forgery in Minidoka, Twin Falls, Bannock, Bingham and Ada Counties.

U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company.  The project is expected to keep about 600 workers employed for another three years at Simplot’s existing Smokey Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility in Pocatello.

Twin Falls will see a Texas Roadhouse restaurant – but not this year as planned.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic the plans have been put on hold for a year.  The restaurant is expected to be built on Magic Valley Mall Property near the Olive Garden.

The Buhl Animal Rescue is asking for the public’s help in order to stay open.  The Trinity Animal Rescue Center said donations are way down since the pandemic.  Maria Kosielowski said she hopes more in the community step up to help save the nonprofit facility. 

One person was injured and westbound interstate traffic between Jerome and Twin Falls was slowed for several hours yesterday afternoon after a vehicles driver lost control and rolled.  67 year old Julia Hubbel of Lakewood Colorado struck some construction barrels causing her car to flip on its top.  She was transported to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls for treatment. 

SPORTS

In legion baseball yesterday, in Rupert, the Twin Falls Cowboys took the win over the Idaho Falls Tigers 5 to 4.  Burley now plays Idaho Falls this afternoon at 4.  It was the Burley Green Sox over the Blackfoot Bronco’s 9 to 8 and the Pocatello Runnin Rebels 10 Skyline Grizzlies 5 in 9 innings. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 101F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 65F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Mainly sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 100. Low: 67.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 65.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 96. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 95. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 59.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 86.

July 30th: On this day

1952
Born on this day in Tracy, Minnesota was songwriter and music publisher Dennis Morgan. His first songwriting success was "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed", a #1 hit for Barbara Mandrell in 1978. Morgan was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation's Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

1955
Johnny Cash recorded his first version of "Folsom Prison Blues" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).

1958
Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Neal McCoy, a country music singer. His 1993 singles "No Doubt About It" and "Wink" from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It both topped the US Country charts.

1958
Johnny Cash started recording session for his fourth album Greatest! Six out of the twelve songs featured on the album became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one.

1983
George Jones was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Always Get Lucky With You", a song written by Merle Haggard. The track gave Jones his ninth and final chart-topper.

1985
Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as their Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of 4 million copies.

1986
Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.

2003
Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.

2015
American country music singer, Lynn Anderson, died aged 67. The multi-award-winning singer scored the 1970 US #3 & 1971 UK #3 single "Rose Garden", and charted 12 #1's, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974), as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year.

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Prosecutors in Utah say they plan to pursue the death penalty against a California man who is accused of shooting and killing a motorist last year.  46 year old Jonathan Llana is accused of fatally shooting Dennis Gwyther.  He was arrested near Burley following a two day manhunt in Southern Idaho in May of 2019.

123 inmates and 8 staff members at the Twin Falls County Jail have tested positive for COVID 19.  Earlier about 300 were tested.  The jail is waiting for the last batch of test results to be returned.  All the staff members with the positive results are asymptomatic officials say.

Heyburn’s city wastewater treatment plant overflowed this week releasing about 5-thousand gallons of partially treated sewage into the Snake River.  Workers say a clarifier failed.  The same problem occurred last year.

Idaho has paid for a sex change for one of the inmates at the department of correction.  Officials confirm 32 year old Adree Edmo who identified as a female but born a male, underwent the surgery and will now be transferred to the women’s correctional facility in Pocatello.  Edmo is in prison for sexually abusing a 15 year old boy.   

Organizations that advocate for schools, counties, county sheriffs and businesses said yesterday they want lawmakers called back into session to create a liability shield for protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits.  The Judiciary and Rules Working Group took no action but plan to meet again this week to consider possible legislation to be sent to Republican Gov. Brad Little.

Health district officials say they are seeing a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases in the Hispanic and Latino population.  In Southern Idaho they make up 29-percent of the population but account for just over 35-percent of the confirmed and probable cases.  Officials say food processing plants are giving excellent opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. 

SPORTS

The American Legion baseball state championship games are wrapping up.  Twin Falls took the win over Burley yesterday 18 to 8.  Burley will now play Blackfoot today at 1 p.m. in a loser-out game, Twin Falls takes on the Idaho Falls Tigers at seven in the quarterfinal.  Other scores from yesterday’s game finds Idaho Falls Tigers 9 Pocatello 2.  The Skyline Grizzlies 5 Madison 4 and Idaho Falls Bees 10 Thunder Ridge Titans 0 in five innings. 

WEATHER

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

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 64F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 99. Low: 66.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 100. Low: 68.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 96. Low: 65.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 96. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Mainly sunny skies, hot and a little bit breezy. High: 94. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and not quite as warm. High: 87.

July 29th: On this day

1961
Patsy Cline appeared at The Cimarron Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show was recorded and later released in 1997 as the album Live At The Cimarron Ballroom. The ticket price for the show was $1.50.

1965
Buck Owens was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Before You Go ". The single was Owens' seventh release to hit #1 on the US country singles chart where it spent six weeks at the top and total of twenty weeks on the chart.

1966
Born on this day in Sharon, Kansas, was Martina McBride, country music singer and songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 single "Wild Angels". McBride has been called the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range.

1968
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country music singles charts with "Folsom Prison Blues". Cash was inspired to write the song after seeing the movie Inside The Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force.

1973
Born on this day was James Otto, country music singer, songwriter, who is a member of the MuzikMafia, a group of country musicians known for their "country music without prejudice". Otto began his career on Mercury Nashville Records in 2002, charting three minor singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and recording his debut album Days of Our Lives. He scored the 2008 US Country #1 hit "Just Got Started Lovin' You."

1983
Born on this day in Waldron, Arkansas was country music singer-songwriter Ashley Mcbride. Her major label debut album Girl Going Nowhere which includes the single "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega", was released through Warner Music Nashville to critical acclaim and earned her a Grammy nom for Best Country Album.

1985
Randy Travis released his debut single, a cover of the Paul Overstreet and Don Schmitz song "On the Other Hand" which was only a minor hit. The track was re-released in April 1986 when it became a #1 hit on the Country chart.

1986
Singer Paul Davis (who scored 2 Country #1 hits with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker), survived a shooting in Nashville, Tennessee. He was leaving a hotel on Music Row with a female companion when an unidentified man walked up, demanded his wallet, and shot him in the abdomen.