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Tuesday 123119

Christopher Tapp the man who was jailed for a killing he didn’t commit has sent Idaho Falls a notice that he intends to sue the Police Department.  Tapp said he will seek damages for his unjust conviction and imprisonment for more than 20 years.  Tapp was convicted of raping and killing Angie Dodge in 1996.  In May, police said they found a match for the suspect’s DNA and arrested Brian Dripps, who told officers he acted alone and did not know Tapp.

Idaho is one of only three states that do not allow the cultivation of Hemp despite the federal government making it legal to grow.  That does not sit well with state Rep. Dorothy Moon, of Stanley, or Rep. Caroline Troy, of Genesee.  Both say they will forward another conformity bill this legislative session.  Governor Brad Little took executive action to allow the transportation to solve that portion of the problem temporarily. 

Kathleen Schweikert a 60 year old Mountain Home woman is facing 58 counts of animal cruelty after authorities rescued 58 animals from her 600 square foot home.  Most were Papillion toy dogs.  She has been cited for having unlicensed dogs, operating without a commercial kennel license and exceeding the limits on the number of animals set by city ordinance.

Police in Idaho say they’ve made no progress despite receiving hundreds of tips about two missing children whose parents aren’t cooperating with authorities.  The Rexburg Police Department has eight officers who are following leads that have come in from across the country in their search to find 7 year old Joshua Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan.  The children haven’t been seen since September.  Rexburg police say the parents, Chad and Lori Daybell, are named as persons of interest because they never reported the kids missing and aren’t cooperating with the investigation.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement to allow Idaho Power to buy 120 megawatts of energy from Jackpot Solar.  Idaho Power will own all renewable energy credits associated with the energy produced by Jackpot Solar.

SPORTS

Cody John scored 18 points, Michal Kozak added 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds and Weber State held off a late Idaho run to win 69-68 on Monday night.  Weber State plays Northern Arizona on the road on Saturday. Idaho matches up against Portland State at home on Thursday.

Chier Maker scored a career-high 24 points, and Tarik Cool added 22 as Idaho State beat Eastern Washington 75-69 last night.  Idaho State faces Sacramento State on the road on Saturday. Eastern Washington matches up against Portland State at home on Saturday.

Boise State looks for its fifth straight win over Wyoming at Taco Bell Arena. The last victory for the Cowboys at Boise State was a 52-50 win on Jan. 11, 2014.  Game time is set for 8 pm. 

WEATHER

Today:  Considerable cloudiness. High 33F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Snow showers in the evening will give way to a mixture of rain and snow overnight. Low around 30F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tomorrow:  Windy. A steady rain in the morning, with showers continuing in the afternoon. High 41F.  Low 30.  Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy.  High: 36 Low: 27

FRIDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers.  High: 39 Low: 29

SATURDAY:   Mix of sun and clouds. Breezy.  High: 38 Low: 24

SUNDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow and rain showers. High: 34

December 31st: On this day

1943
Born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico, was John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver recorded and released over 300 songs, earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso". Denver was killed on October 12, 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.

1952
Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia but due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. When they arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams complained of feeling unwell and saw a doctor. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, and at around midnight in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead.

1954
Born on this day in Aylmer, Quebec, was Charlie Major Canadian country music artist. He was blinded in one eye as a result of a pellet gun accident when he was 12. Through the 1990s, he won the Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year for two years in a row.

1977
Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" spent its fifth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It would be the last song to spend that long atop the chart until 1990's "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait.

1995
The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.

2002
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.

Monday 123019

Idaho’s largest teachers union named an educator from the Boise School District as its new president.  Layne McInelly will lead the Idaho Education Association after serving as the union’s vice president for the past five years.  Former President Kari Overall resigned earlier this week for personal reasons, the association said in an email.

Idaho’s unemployment rate held steady at 2.9% in November.  The Idaho Department of Labor says it’s the fifth straight month at 2.9%. The agency also says Idaho’s unemployment rate has been at or under 3% for two years.  About 860,000 Idahoans are employed while about 26,000 are looking for work.

A Man who organizers say was at the forefront of revitalizing the Historic Wilson Theater and downtown Rupert was laid to rest over the weekend.  82 year old Robert Franklin Orr donated close to a million dollars to the theater’s restoration and to the Fremont plaza community space next to the Theater.  Memorial services were held in Utah on Friday and a service was at the Wilson Theater in Rupert Saturday afternoon.

Opponents including Elko County officials are saying a new red flag law set to go into effect January 1st in Nevada is unconstitutional.  The new law would allow one person to fill out a statement about another person and based on that statement a judge can issue an order that the other person’s guns must be taken away.  Elko county commissioners have approved a sanctuary county resolution that says in part that directs the sheriff not to enforce any constitutional firearm laws and that no funds or resources enforcing the law will be allowed.  Nevada is one of 18 states where the red flag laws have been passed. 

24 year old Kristopher Charlton of Heyburn has been charged with five felony counts of child sexually exploitative material after authorities found files on his phone of children as young as four.  Court records say a person reported that she found Child Porn on his phone. 

SPORTS

Weber State looks to extend Idaho’s conference losing streak to five games. Idaho’s last Big Sky win came against the Sacramento State Hornets 94-90 on March 2. Weber State lost 79-77 loss at home to Eastern Washington in its most recent game.  Idaho will play Weber State tonight at 7 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Austin Smellie had a career-high 21 points as Idaho State edged past Idaho 62-60 on Saturday night. Eastern Washington looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho State. Eastern Washington has won by an average of 13 points in its last five wins over the Bengals. Idaho State’s last win in the series came on March 3, 2016, a 75-71 win.  Eastern Washington will meet Idaho State at Holt Arena in Pocatello tonight at 7. 

Abu Kigab scored a career-high 33 points with a career-high 11 rebounds and Boise State beat Cal State Northridge 103-72 on Saturday.  Boise State used a 14-3 run for a 23-13 lead. The Matadors responded with a 12-2 outburst to tie it at 25-all. The Broncos then outscored Cal State Northridge 22-8 and went to halftime with a 50-34 advantage.

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 28F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low around 20F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow: (NEW YEAR’S EVE): Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance for late p.m. snow. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.  High: 32 Low: 24

WEDNESDAY (NEW YEAR’S DAY): Cloudy in the Magic Valley with a chance of early a.m. snow showers followed by a chance of p.m. rain/snow mix. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches is possible in the Magic Valley, and largely dependent on how warm temperatures are. New snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is possible in the Wood River Valley.  High: 41 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 37 Low: 28

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 29

SATURDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley.  High: 35 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of snow.  High: 31

December 30th: On this day

1917
Born on this day in Lamar, Colorado, was Wesley Tuttle the country music singer. He was raised in California and took up music when he was four years old, relearning to play the guitar and ukulele after losing all but the thumb and one finger on his left hand. He contributed the yodeling to the "Silly Song" in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and later backed Tex Ritter on guitar. Tuttle died on September 29, 2003.

1931
Born on this day in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, was Skeeter Davis one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Davis died on Sept 19 2004.

1937
Born on this day in New York City, was John Hartford, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang. Hartford died on June 4 2001.

1944
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. According to the Opry, drums and horns were not considered to be part of country music. Wills' band at the time consisted of two fiddlers, two bass fiddles, two electric guitars, an amplified electric steel guitar, and a trumpet, as well as drums, with which the drummer played in the Dixieland style.

1952
Hank Williams loaded up his '52 Cadillac with his guitar, stage suits and other things he would need for this short tour that would take him up through West Virginia and Ohio. At around 11:30am Charles Carr, a 19 year old college freshman Hank had hired to drive him, left his mothers boarding house on N. McDonough St. in Montgomery, Alabama. Hank was wearing dark blue pants, a white button up shirt, a tie and a navy blue overcoat. It was unseasonably cold over the south that day as a snow storm covered the entire southeastern united states.

1962
Singer Brenda Lee was hurt when she attempted to rescue her poodle, Cee Cee from her burning house in Nashville. Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000 was destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing. Cee Cee later died of smoke inhalation.

1973
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

2010
Trace Adkins sang the national anthem and Ashton Shepherd performed "God Bless America" at the Music City Bowl at Nashville's LP Field.

Friday 122719

An accident yesterday morning near the Si-Ellen dairy in Jerome County has left one man dead.  Just before 9 am authorities were called to the scene where they found the victim.  60 year old Arturo Esteban Guadarrama died after being run over by a feed.  Authorities are searching for the driver who fled the scene. 

26 year old Carolina Rodriguez of Paul was handed a suspended 10 year prison sentence and will spend 30 days in jail.  She will not be allowed to drive for a lifetime after she was charged with felony injury to a child following a crash in September on Highway 27 north of Burley.  Two children inside her vehicle were not restrained.  One was ejected and died.  The other one was sent to the hospital for treatment.

A Castleford man scheduled to have heart surgery yesterday decided to get married in his Utah hospital room on Christmas Day.  56-year-old Curt Harkins and his fiancé Renee Hall decided to tie the knot ahead of his procedure.  Harkins received a heart pump during his surgery that is designed to keep the organ functioning until he can receive a heart transplant.

The parents named as persons of interest in their children’s disappearance in Idaho has issued a statement through an attorney, saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing “allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor.”  Rexburg police say the parents, Chad and Lori Daybell, never reported the kids missing, have repeatedly lied about where their children are — initially saying the boy was in Arizona — and aren’t cooperating with the investigation.

A Coeur d’Alene man who pulled a gun during a bar fight last winter has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces a prison sentence of 10 years to life.  Scott M. White shot and killed Michael “Topher” Clark on Feb. 24 in the parking lot of The Tipsy Pine, a bar in Hayden.  The 45 year old Clark gained notoriety for his role in a Canadian marijuana smuggling ring that inspired the move Kid Cannabis. 

SPORTS

The Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise has named the All State football Team.  It’s an annual tradition for the paper.  Corey Holloway of Lighthouse Christian School is the Coach of the Year. His Lions finished the year with a championship and undefeated record after knocking off the two-time defending state champion, Carey.  Panther Senior Carson Simpson is the 1A D-I Player of the Year. He ran for 1,826 yards and 38 touchdowns, adding 302 yards and four TD's receiving to score a program-record 298 points. He scored seven touchdowns against Garden Valley in the state semi-final.

In Boys High School Basketball, Wendell outlasted Carey 59 to 52.

For state colleges, the basketball conference play starts this weekend.  Idaho will play Idaho State at the Holt Arena tomorrow at 7 pm.  Cal State Northridge will visit Boise State at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.  Game time 4 pm tomorrow.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy skies. High 28F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. Low 22F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Cold.  Winds: WNW 5-10 mph.  High: 27

TOMORROW NIGHT:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers.  Winds: SW 3-8 mph.  Low: 18

SUNDAY:   Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers. Cold.  High: 29 Low: 19

MONDAY,  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers, mainly during the morning. High: 29 Low: 19

TUESDAY (NEW YEAR’S EVE):  Mix of sun and clouds. Chilly. High: 31 Low: 25

WEDNESDAY NEW YEAR’S DAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers.   High: 35 Low: 24

THURSDAY, Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the Magic Valley.  High: 34

 

December 27th: On this day

1948
Born on this day in Oneida, Kentucky, was Les Taylor, country music artist who was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of country-pop band Exile. He performed with the group until 1989, when he left to pursue a solo career. As a songwriter, Taylor has had his songs recorded by Travis Tritt and Shelby Lynne. He also co-wrote Janie Fricke's #1 single, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy."

1962
Born on this day, in Pecos, Texas, was Jeff Bryant, drummer. He has contributed to several hits with Ricochet who won the Academy of Country Music's top vocal group honor in 1996 and 1998. He was forced to leave the group in 1999, suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

1967
Born on this day in Midland, Texas, songwriter Jim Beavers who wrote Tim McGraw's "Felt Good On My Lips," Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" and Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance."

1968
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Wichita Lineman". It has been referred to as "the first existential country song".

1986
Hank Williams Jr.'s remake of "Mind Your Own Business" was at the top of the Billboard country chart. The song which was first recorded by Hank Williams in 1949, also featured Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Reba McEntire.

1989
Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country music singles chart with "A Woman in Love", a song written by Curtis Wright and Doug Millett. It was released as the third single from the album Stranger Things Have Happened and was his last song to reach #1 on the US country singles chart.

2003
Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country charts with "There Goes My Life", written by Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, the song spent 20 weeks on the chart.

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

Thursday 122619

You will probably see more Idaho State Police troopers this holiday season as increased patrols are in force.  Authorities will be looking for impaired and other unsafe drivers on the roadways.  The patrols will continue through New Year’s Day and include troopers in all six ISP Districts.

The recent deaths of two women in Idaho are the first flu-related deaths of the season.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare did not release the dates of their deaths, but said both women were older than 70.  64 people died of flu-related causes from 2014 to 2019, with a majority of those over the age of 70.

Republican Gov. Brad Little has appointed Democrat Lauren Necochea to fill an Idaho House of Representatives seat.  Necochea directs the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy and Idaho Voices for Children.  Necochea replaces Mat Erpelding, the former House minority leader who resigned to take a job with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The process to choose a new Twin Falls Mayor has been made official.  Now, after voters choose the city council every two years members will vote among themselves to decide who will be mayor.  It’s a process that has been done for some time but now the process has been adopted.

Authorities say 43 year old Joshua Alan Smith of Rupert has been charged with felony aggravated battery with the use of a deadly weapon.  Reports show the man tried to rape a woman, punched her in the face twice then hit her with his truck in a parking lot causing her to have a seizure.  The woman was taken to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment where she has since been released. 

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has upheld a lower court decision regarding ownership of a launch on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  The ruling says the Eastside Highway District does not own a park boat launch in Coeur d’Alene’s Boothe Park.  The case has kept alive a debate over who can access the boat launch and whether the district and the public are allowed lake access at the park.

SPORTS

Don’t look for Boise State redshirt junior offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland at Boise State.  He announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.  Cleveland has started in 40 games since he arrived at Boise State in 2017.  The junior has already signed with an agent - Ron Slavin, who is the same agent that represents a number of former Boise State football players, including 2018 first-round NFL Draft pick Leighton Vander Esch.   He is the sixth Boise State player under coach Bryan Harsin to enter the NFL Draft early.

As for Boise State Bronco Basketball Derrick Alston Jr. had a season-high 32 points as BSU topped Portland 85-69 in the Diamond Head Classic.   Alston was 10 of 18 from the floor, including four made 3-pointers, and he also had six assists. 

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 30F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low around 20F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mix of sun and clouds. WINDS WSW 3-8 mph. Magic Valley: High: 29

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Cold.  Winds: West 5-10 mph. Magic Valley: Low: 16

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Cold. Magic Valley: High: 28 Low: 16

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Cold.  Magic Valley: High: 29 Low: 18

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers, mainly during the morning. Chilly. Magic Valley: High: 31 Low: 20

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers, mainly during the afternoon and evening.  Magic Valley: High: 33 Low: 25

WEDNESDAY NEW YEAR’S DAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Magic Valley: High: 36

December 26th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Puryear, Tennessee, was Rattlesnake Annie, country singer and songwriter. She earned her nickname as a child from her respect of snakes. She recorded her debut album, Rattlesnakes and Rusty Water, on her own label, Rattlesnake Records. At the time, it was unusual for a woman to play guitar in public, and it was also rare for a woman to produce her own songs.

1958
Johnny Cash topped a country and western concert at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; also appearing on the same bill were Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers.

1968
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Wichita Lineman". Jimmy Webb's inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then "put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand" as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

1982
Roger Bowling, Nashville based songwriter died. His best known songs included "Lucille" (co-written with Hal Bynum), and "Coward of the County" (co-written with Billy Ed Wheeler), both recorded by Kenny Rogers, and "Blanket on the Ground", "What I've Got In Mind", and "57 Chevrolet", which were recorded by Billie Jo Spears.

1984
American country music singer Sheila Andrews died. She recorded three studio albums in her career and released several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs including "It Don't Get Better Than This", her highest charting single.

1996
Johnny Cash was hailed on CBS-TV's The Kennedy Center Honors, featuring Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Lyle Lovett.

2000
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with "My Next Thirty Years", the fifth and final single from McGraw's A Place in the Sun album.

Tuesday 122419

The Jerome County Sheriff’s office is continuing their investigation into a shooting that injured a man’s leg.  The incident happened about 1:39 am 160 West 220 North.  When deputies arrived, the man had been transported for treatment.

The national weather service is reminding motorists that a winter storm is expected to hang around Eastern Idaho through tomorrow Morning.  New snow is expected to fall from Burley to Pocatello.  Winter weather advisories and alerts have been issued in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

One person died when two cars collided head on at 331 West road  in Jerome county early Sunday morning.  Police say 42 year old Luis Armenta of Mexico died at the scene.  22 year old Miguel Rodriguez of Jerome was taken by air ambulance to Pocatello for treatment.  Rodriguez crossed the center line police say.

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has rejected a proposal that would have slashed the incentive for the power generated from solar panels.  The commission directed Idaho Power to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the solar panel program while also voting to permanently grandfather in the 4,000 existing Idaho Power customers so that their rates will not change.

Idaho State Police say 34 year old Jenny Bodley of Burley has been charged with Driving under the influence and possession of an open container of alcohol after colliding with a semi-truck.  The accident happened on Saturday just after noon along the freeway near Hazelton.

Authorities are searching for two children tied to a suspicious death case in Idaho.  7 year old Joshua Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan have not been seen since September.  Their mother, Lori Vallow, is the second wife of Chad Daybell. Rexburg police said the parents never reported the kids missing, have repeatedly lied about where their children are and aren’t cooperating with the investigation.  Daybell’s first wife, Tammy, was found dead at home in October.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, the coaches High School Basketball polls are out for the week and some local schools are on the list.

First to the girls and 4A – it’s Century in first followed by Bonneville, Preston, Blackfoot and Jerome in 5th.  In 1 A D 2 rankings, it’s Carey at number 1 followed by Rockland, Mackay, Kentrick and Lighthouse Christian. 

On the boys side, and 4 A it’s Preston number one on the polls followed by Middleton, Pocatello, Minico and Lakeland.  3A finds Kimberly number 1 and in 1AD1 rankings Oakley is tied for fourth.  In 1AD2 Lighthouse Christian is number one and Carey number 4. 

WEATHER

Today:  Light snow this morning, tapering to a few snow showers this afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy. Low 28F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: (Christmas): Mainly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a snow shower, generally before 8 AM. High: 34. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a morning snow shower. High: 31. Low: 18.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 30. Low: 15.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 30. Low: 15.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 31. Low: 17.

MONDAY: Developing afternoon sunshine and chilly. High: 32.

December 24th: On this day

1944
Born on this day in Savannah, Georgia, was Michael Curb, musician, record company executive, and NASCAR and IRL race car owner. Founder of Curb Records whose roster has included many successful country music artists, such as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Holy, the Judds, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Rio Grand, Jim Stafford and Ray Stevens. A Republican, he served as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979-1983 under Democratic Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. He was acting governor of California while Brown spent time outside of California pursuing presidential ambitions.

1963
"Love's Gonna Live Here" by Buck Owens, was at #1 on the Country chart. Spending sixteen weeks at the top spot and a total of thirty weeks on the chart, after "Love's Gonna Live Here" finished its 16-week stay at #1, no other song would spend more than 10 weeks at #1 for 49 years. On January 12, 2013, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift would become the first song to spend at least 10 weeks at #1.

1980
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country album charts with Greatest Hits, which featured three singles that were not included on any of Rogers' studio albums: "Lady" (written and produced specifically for Rogers by Lionel Richie), "Love The World Away" (a top five country and top 20 pop hit that was featured on the soundtrack of the box-office smash Urban Cowboy) and "Long Arm of the Law". This was also Rogers' third #1 album of the year. (the other two being Kenny and Gideon).

1993
"I Don't Call Him Daddy" by Doug Supernaw was at #1 on the Country chart. Initially recorded by Kenny Rogers on his 1987 album I Prefer the Moonlight, it was released as the third single from Supernaw's debut album Red and Rio Grande.

2010
Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country charts with "Why Wait" which became the group's eleventh #1 hit.

Monday 122319

Authorities have arrested and charged an Idaho man with murder involving torture in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend. 56 year old   David L. Randall of Boise was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Darla Fletcher, prosecutors said.  Fletcher broke up with Randall a month earlier, but went to his home in northwest Boise to recover some possessions she left behind, prosecutor John Dinger said.  Fletcher’s son went to the home Monday and confronted Randall about his mother’s whereabouts when he found his mother covered in blood in the home, authorities said.

A jury has found a Boise woman guilty of abusing an elderly couple she worked for as a caregiver.  53 year old Sherri L. Watring was arrested in January and charged with two counts of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adult and one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. An Ada County jury convicted her of all the charges. She faces up to 10 years in Prison.

The Twin Falls senior center continues to provide more and more meals but with the same funding.  That’s what local city council members and county commissioners were told in a meeting recently.  The center served about 61-thousand meals in 2018 and that number is estimated to be higher in 2019.  Now officials are talking with the lawmakers on how to keep the center open and running. 

Gas prices continue to fall according to Triple A of Idaho which is good news as travelers head out this holiday season.  In the Gem State, prices have dropped 18 centers since the beginning of December.  It’s expected 614-thousand Idahoans will be traveling with a record 116 million Americans 50 miles or more from home for the holidays.

The U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws by failing to adequately consider potential harm to Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a Canadian mining company’s plans to expand its search for gold in eastern Idaho.  U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the Forest Service to examine how exploratory drilling by British Columbia-based Otis Gold Corporation could affect groundwater and possibly fish.  The company’s Kilgore Project covers about 19 square miles on Forest Service land and land managed by the state of Idaho about 60 miles north of Idaho Falls.  The company says the area contains about 825,000 ounces of gold.

SPORTS

In sports from around the gem state, the Boise State broncos were the number one ranked team for 2019.  Then this weekend happened.  Jacob Eason threw for 210 yards and a touchdown as Washington hammered Boise State, 38-7 in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State dropped to 12-7 all-time in bowl games.

Douglas Wilson scored 18 points and Matt Dentlinger notched a double-double to propel South Dakota State to an 85-57 victory over Idaho on Saturday, the Jackrabbits’ eighth consecutive home victory.  Trevon Allen tied a career high with 29 points and had six rebounds for the Vandals. Damen Thacker added 10 points and three assists off the bench.

Jahlil Tripp had 21 points and 13 rebounds as Pacific won its seventh straight game, defeating Idaho State 77-66 on Saturday night. Idaho State takes on Idaho at home next Saturday.

On the High school level, first boys basketball it was Carey 79 Riverstone 71.  Nampa Christian took the game from Lighthouse Christian 59 to 50 and Wilder downed Murtaugh 46 to 31.

For the girls and the Jerry Callen Memorial Tournament in Jerome where Burley defeated Vallivue 46 to 33.  Elsewhere Kimberly defeated Canyon Ridge 45 to 43.  Murtaugh took the win from Wilder 55 to 29 and it was Skyview over Wood River 38 to 18.

For CSI, it was the College of Southern Idaho Eagle ladies taking the win from North Idaho 63 to 55.

WEATHER

Today:  Rain showers this morning with overcast skies during the afternoon hours. High 42F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain and snow this evening. Snow showers overnight. Low 33F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tomorrow:  (CHRISTMAS EVE): Cloudy with a chance of rain/snow in the Magic Valley. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible.

WEDNESDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY): Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 34 Low: 20

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 30 Low: 17

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 30 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 32 Low: 17

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 31.

December 23rd: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Buddy Harman who as a session musician played drums on over 18,000 sessions for artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and many more. He died on August 21, 2008.

1969
Merle Haggard recorded "The Fightin' Side Of Me" in Los Angeles at the Capitol Recording Studios. The following, "The Fightin' Side of Me" was nominated for Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Country Music Association.

1974
John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song", "Back Home Again" and "Sweet Surrender". In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.

1981
While Johnny Cash and his family were sitting down to enjoy their evening meal, three armed intruders broke into their Montego Bay home. Johnny and his family were all locked in a cellar and over $35,000 worth of items were stolen during the robbery. All were unharmed during the ordeal.

2003
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Loretta Lynn for her lifetime contributions to the arts.

2005
The movie Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman, opened in US theaters. The soundtrack featured Dolly Parton, Jim Lauderdale, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams and bluegrass artist Larry Sparks.