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Wednesday 052919

Twin Falls police are investigating an accident Monday night where two pedestrians were struck while crossing a street.  18 year old Lily Clifton and 19 year old Brandyn Dudley were crossing Filer Avenue East when they were struck by a car driven by 19 year old Kara Smith. She said her vision was obstructed because of a damaged windshield, and heavy rain.  No one was seriously injured.

A 58-year old Wendell man is being held at the Blaine County detention center on charges of speeding and driving while under the influence.  Sunday Night police spotted a car that was driven by Salvador Gomez-Cruz speeding on Highway 75 near Highway 20.  Gomez-Cruz was arrested for Open Container of Alcohol, speeding and DUI.  He has been convicted twice before for DUI in 10 years police say.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game won’t recognize as a state record a trophy bighorn sheep killed in Hells Canyon by a Nez Perce Tribe member the agency says was taken outside its hunting regulations.  But the Boone and Crockett Club not only recognize the Rocky Mountain bighorn killed by Gary Sublett in 2016, it has invited him to its annual awards ceremony this summer in Missouri.

The national weather service has confirmed a tornado touched down Monday afternoon east of Mountain Home.  The service issued a Tornado Warning earlier in the afternoon.  There have been no reports of damage. 

A federal report shows Yellowstone National Park brought about $647 million to the area's economy last year.  The report from the National Park Service indicates the 4.1 million visitors to the park in 2018 spent nearly $513 million in neighboring communities, supporting nearly 7,100 jobs in the area.

An 18 year old northern Idaho Youth was killed in a car accident over the weekend.  Authorities say Colten Holzheu of Pinehurst was ejected from a car that struck a guardrail.  It’s believed the driver, 18 year old Ryan Rodriguez, became districted by fireworks that ignited in the vehicle.


In sports from around the Gem State, the blue will be on display for all to see June 5th.  We’re talking about the famous Blue football field at Boise State University.  The field has been replaced 5 times since the 1986 season with the last one in 2010.  The new field that was replaced weeks ago will be open for people to walk on and check out.  The event and parking will be free, please access the stadium through the Noble Hall of Fame.

Major League Baseball’s Bill Buckner past away in his Boise home Monday.   Buckner, who played in 2,517 games from 1969 to 1990 for five teams, enjoyed post-retirement life in Boise, where he was a fixture in the local sports scene, even serving as the Boise Hawks’ hitting coach in 2012 and 2013.  Buckner died after a long battle with Lewy body dementia.  The disease causes Alzheimer’s-like symptoms along with movement and other problems.  Bill Buckner was 69. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 49F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers & t’storms. Winds: ESE 3-8 mph. High: 74 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 45

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 72 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 46

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds, scattered afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 77 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 47

SUNDAY: Partly sunny, isolated afternoon showers and storms. High: 79 Low: 53 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 49

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 79 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 48

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 81 Low: 55 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 46

May 29th: On this day

At the 4th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles and New York Jimmy Dean won Best Country & Western Recording for “Big Bad John.”

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the US Country charts with “Distant Drums.” This was Reeves’ only UK #1 hit albeit posthumously  in 1966, some two years after his death in a plane crash on 31 July 1964. The song remained in the UK charts for 45 weeks.

Freddy Fender was at #1 on the US country chart with Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album included the #1 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

Chris Young held the #1 position on the country singles chart with "The Man I Want to Be". Written by Brett James and Tim Nichols, it was the third single from his second studio album, also titled The Man I Want to Be.

Country singer John Rich was charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former Nashville Star contestant. Rich turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network. The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.

Doc Watson, American guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music died aged 89. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. The first song he learned to play on the guitar was "When Roses Bloom in Dixieland", first recorded by the Carter Family in 1930. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle's death in 1985 in an accident on the family farm.

TUESDAY 052819

Many southern Idaho residents placed flags and memorial items and tokens remembering those family members and loved ones over the Memorial Day weekend.  The day is also a time to remember the fallen solders who laid down their lives for the country, for which the holiday is dedicated.  Nearly every cemetery had a time that was set aside to do just that yesterday.

Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little is taking public comments through June 11 on his plan to cut or simplify regulations in what he says are a third of all chapters in the state’s administrative rules book.  The Idaho Legislature’s failure to renew administrative rules before it adjourned in April means all state administrative rules expire at midnight on June 30.  Little has made clear his desire to cut regulations in Idaho, issuing an executive order in January requiring state agencies cut two rules for every new one.

Idaho’s former chief of prisons has been named the Kansas new secretary of corrections.  Jefferey Zmuda is currently the deputy director of the Idaho Department of Correction.  He will start his new duty’s July 1st. 

Republican Gov. Brad Little has appointed Megan Kiska to a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.  Kiska replaces former Rep. Tom Dayley, a Republican from Boise.

Authorities have identified the man killed after a vehicle hit him in the middle of Shoshone street in Twin Falls Saturday evening.  56 year old Frankie Godwin of Twin Falls died at the scene.

The attorney for 20-year-old Kaytlyn Ann Graefe charged in a deadly crash south of Bellevue in August of last year has asked for the trial to be held elsewhere and for the charges to be tried separately.  Graefe of Shoshone is charged with vehicular manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Family members of 50 year old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City are in mourning.  He was shot while traveling near the Idaho Border in Utah.  45 year old Jonathan Llana was arrested Friday after a two-day manhunt.  He has been charged with murder and attempted murder of Gwyther’s passenger.  Dennis Gwyther was a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights according to his husband Matt.


In local sports, the Shrine All Star football game for 2019 is in the  history books and the north took both games.  As for the 8-man team it was a 42-to 14 win.  For the 11 man game, a 35 yard Hail Mary touchdown on the last play of the game gave the North a 20 to 14 win.  Both games were yesterday afternoon at the Twin Falls High School Bruin Field.

The date for the next Idaho Potato Bowl has been announced.  The game is scheduled for 1:30 pm Friday January 3 2020 at Albertsons Stadium.  The game will air on ESPN and is the only bowl game on the ESPN schedule that day. 


Today:  Rain showers in the morning with thunderstorms developing for the afternoon. High 66F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight:  Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Thunder possible. Low 49F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers & t’storms. Winds: ENE 5-10 mph. High: 72 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 66 Low: 42

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 73 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 44

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 72 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 46

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 74 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 45

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of afternoon showers & t’storms. High: 77 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 46

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, nice. High: 76 Low: 52 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 46

May 28th: On this day


Born on this day in Letcher County, Kentucky, was Gary Stewart, country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his southern rock influenced, outlaw country sound. During the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the "king of honkytonk." His biggest hit was the 1975 US #1 Country hit "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)." Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 16, 2003 a few weeks after his wife had died from pneumonia.


Born on this day in Big Pond, Cape Breton County, was Rita MacNeil, Canadian country and folk singer. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover Top 40 hit in 1987 and was covered by Anne Murray. In 1990, she was the bestselling country artist in Canada, outselling even Garth Brooks and Clint Black. She was also the only female singer ever to have three separate albums chart in the same year in Australia.


Born on this day in Milwaukee, was Leland Sklar, bass guitarist and film score composer who has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician, including albums by Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Clint Black.


Born on this day in Warren, Ohio, Jerry Douglas, lap steel player and record producer who has worked with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Clint Black and others. Douglas has received thirteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times,


Born on this day in Lynchburg, Virginia, was Phil Vassar, country music singer, songwriter who has co-written singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw ("For a Little While", "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"). In 1999, he was named by American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers as Country Songwriter of the Year.


Kathy Mattea was at #1 on the Country chart with "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses." The song is about a truck driver called Charlie who is retiring after 30 years to spend the rest of his time with his wife.


Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits "A Better Man", "Nothing's News", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.


Guitarist and songwriter Slim Bryant, the last surviving singer to have made a recording with Country legend Jimmie Rodgers, died at the age of 101. They recorded Bryant's song "Mother, the Queen of My Heart" in 1932. He also recorded nine other songs with Rodgers.

FRIDAY 052419

Authorities in Southern Idaho took to the air with helicopers as they continued their search for a man suspected in the shooting death of a motorist along Interstate 84 in Northern Utah.  45 year old Jonathan Llama (Jana) crashed his vehicle into a canal near the 84-86 junction in Cassia County after being pursued by police.  He ran from authorities triggering law enforcement to post signs on reader boards warning motorists not to pick up hitch hikers and to call 911 if they spotted suspicious activity. 

A U.S. District Judge sentenced 32 year old Jesus Javier Malagon to 29 years and seven months for shooting at a Shoshone Police officer.  Malagon was stopped in January of 2018 where he was found with a large quantity of Marijuana, Paraphernalia and two loaded handguns.  He fled the scene at a high rate of speed and crashing his vehicle.  When the officer approached, Malagon fired his gun.  The officer was not hurt, retuned fire striking Malagon multiple times. 

The latest Magic Valley un-employment numbers are in and they have dipped slightly.  They are now at 2.4-percent.  The area’s labor force grew 1-point 6 percent over the year, lower than the state growth of 2-percent.  It’s been 30 consecutive months where the number has been 3-percent or lower.

Triple A said Idaho’s Gas price is a good news bad news kind of thing.  Prices in the state are just 3 cents higher than this time last year but 90 cents higher than March.  They are currently the highest they have been in five years.  Nearly 230-thousand Idahoans will travel 50 miles or more from home this weekend. 

Idaho State police issued a statement after a petition circulated from residents concerned about the Hemp controversy.  ISP says arrests of two defendants occurred prior to the passage of the 2018 farm bill.  They added that the bill’s intent of allowing the interstate transportation of hemp will only be realized once there is a regulatory system in place.  That’s something that hasn’t been developed in any state. 


In sports from around the area, Boise State has reached a new naming-rights deal for its basketball arena that will change the name of what has been called Taco Bell Arena, the school announced Wednesday.  The new name: ExtraMile Arena.  ExtraMile Convenience Stores is a joint venture between Chevron USA Inc. and Jacksons Food Stores Inc.  The 15-year, $8.4 million deal takes effect for the upcoming basketball season. The deal requires State Board of Education approval. The board meets June 19-20 in Coeur d’Alene.  Boise State’s previous deal with a local Taco Bell franchisee was worth $4 million over 15 years. The University of Idaho received $10 million for 35 years from Idaho Central Credit Union for its soon-to-be-built arena.

Idaho State Football player Atoatasi Fox suing a Oneida County in Idaho and Box Elder County in Utah for illegal detainment and arrest has reached a partial settlement.  Fox and teammate Nehemiah McFarlin were arrested in Utah in December of 2016 after a resident there; reported McFarlin’s vehicle matched the description of one involved in a bank robbery in Malad.  Another man was arrested on suspicion of the robbery three weeks later.  Lawyers for the two counties say it was an unfortunate case of mistaken identity.  A Nuisance value only settlement was reached with Oneida County for Fox. 


Today:  Cloudy this morning. A few showers developing during the afternoon. High 58F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight:  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Mostly cloudy skies. Low 46F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Cool   High: 61

Tomorrow Night:  Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms before midnight, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Chilly. Winds: ESE 3-8 mph.  Low: 45

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms.  Magic Valley: High: 69 Low: 44 (Wood River Valley: High: 62 Low: 40)

MEMORIAL DAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon.  Magic Valley: High: 65 Low: 46 (Wood River Valley: High: 61 Low: 41)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms.  Magic Valley: High: 67 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 63 Low: 41)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.  Magic Valley: High: 71 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 67 Low: 42)

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.  Magic Valley: High: 73 (Wood River Valley: High: 68)

May 24th: On this day

Born on this day, was Clint Ballard, Jr., American songwriter who wrote two Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits. The first was "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in 1965, the second was the 1975 hit, "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt.

Jimmie Rodgers made his last recordings in New York City in which he recorded "Mississippi Delta Blues" and "Years Ago". After years of fighting tuberculosis, Rodgers was so weakened during the sessions that he needed to rest on a bed between songs. Rodgers died two days later from a pulmonary hemorrhage while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old.

Born on this day, was Mike Reid who is a retired professional American football linebacker, as well as a country music artist who played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He scored the 1991 US Country #1 hit “Walk Of Faith.”

Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin. She won a Grammy in 1985 for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me", and has received twelve other Grammy nominations. She has had 11 #1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records.
The United States Postal Service issued a 13-cent commemorative stamp honoring Jimmie Rodgers. The Rodgers stamp, designed by artist Jim Sharpe, became the first in the Postal Service's long-running Performing Arts series.

Born on this day in Westerly, Rhode Island, was Billy Gilman, singer. In 2000, at the age of 11, he debuted with the single "One Voice," a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country music charts and became the youngest singer to score a Top 20 hit on the country music charts. He was also given an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Oklahoma born Carrie Underwood became the fourth-season winner of American Idol. Although her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the 22-year-old Underwood's influences and music are predominantly country. Late in the year, she entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the first time with "Jesus Take the Wheel."

Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of Rosanne Cash and three other daughters, died at the age of 71 from complications from surgery to remove lung cancer. It was her daughter Rosanne's 50th birthday. During their courtship, Cash and Liberto wrote each other over 10,000 pages of love letters, forming the basis of her autobiography, titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, which was published in 2007.


Twin Falls Deputy sheriff Christopher Givens has been cleared of any wrongdoing after his service weapon accidently discharged at the County jail in December.  Officials say the gun became caught on his jacket and  went off striking him in the leg.  No inmates were injured.

A crash south of Hagerman yesterday morning has claimed a life.  Police say 25 Jacob Johnson of Twin Falls lost control of his vehicle on 1200 east near Quail Run Lane.  His pickup struck a tree, jumped a canal and came to rest on private property.  The accident happened about 2 am.  Johnson was sent by air ambulance to Boise while his passenger died at the scene. 

Authorities in eastern Idaho say a 14-year-old boy building a homemade gun or cannon with a friend died following an explosion.  Carson Eva of Ammon died Monday after a piece of wood from the explosion became impaled in his chest.  Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bryan Lovell said the boys were working on a backyard project.

Federal officials are taking public comments on a plan to build a 16.5-mile powerline at an eastern Idaho nuclear site as part of a cybersecurity effort to bolster protections for the nation’s electric grid.  Officials say the proposed 138-kilovolt powerline will make it easier to conduct experiments at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Power Grid Test Bed.

U.S. District Judge David Nye has reduced a $1.8 million award given to a former Idaho Department of Correction employee because it exceeds the maximum amount allowed under federal law.  The judge dropped the award amount granted Cynthia Fuller to $300,000.  Fuller sued the state in 2013, saying Idaho Department of Correction administrators created a hostile work environment and caused her emotional distress after she reported that a co-worker with whom she had recently tried to end a relationship had raped her three times over a two-week period.

The Idaho Board of Correction has tightened and clarified some restrictions on what documents can be released under the Idaho Public Records Act.  The new rules make the following things exempt: Security camera locations, Inmate visitor information and telephone logs, Inmate electronic messages, Inmate trust accounts information and Offender GPS records.  The ACLU is fighting back. 


In local sports, the district four Shrine Football Games are just around the corner.  This year they're going back to the two game format, unlike last year when they had to combine 8 man and 11 man rosters.  Twin Falls High School plays hosts to the 42nd annual event on Monday. The eight-man game begins at 3:30, while the 11-man game should start at six.  Both games can be heard on 1400-am KART.

The Magic Valley Junior Golf Foundation scholarship tournament is coming up on Saturday.  This event is held at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls.  Look for PGA golfer Troy Merritt, who greets the participants and plays in the tourney with his family.  Last year more than 140 golfers played for scholarships and later in the summer, the foundation issued $22,000 in college scholarships to eight Class of 2018 high school graduates.  The shotgun start is at 1:30.

Burley High School has hired a new athletic director to replace Gordon Kerbs, who's retiring after 12 years as the AD and 34 in education.  Randy Winn will take over the position starting August 1.  Winn is the District IV Basketball Referee Commissioner and still plans to officiate at the high school level.


Today:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 59F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Considerable cloudiness. Low 46F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, scattered afternoon rain and storms, warmer. Winds: SW 5-15 mph – High: 65 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 39

SATURDAY: Scattered rain and t’storm. – High: 66 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Scattered rain and t’storms. – High: 72 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 41

MEMORIAL DAY (MONDAY): Occasional rain and scatted thunderstorms – High: 68 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 40

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds, warmer, scattered afternoon rain and storms. - High: 71 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 64 Low: 41

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, warm. - High: 73 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 66 Low: 43

May 23rd: On this day


Born on this day in Crimora, Virginia was Mac Wiseman, who worked as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as well as releasing his own solo bluegrass records for the Dot label. Wiseman also serves as a founding member of the Country Music Association and joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.


Born on this day in Buffalo, New York, was Misty Morgan who with her husband Jack Blanchard had hits in 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a #1 hit.


Born on this day in Riverside, California, was Judy Rodman, Country Music Singer. In the mid-80s, she scored the US Country #1 hit "Until I Met You." She also won the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Female Vocalist" award in 1985.


Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, "Jose Cuervo" in 1983.


Born on this day in Bethesda, Maryland, was Brian McComas country music artist who scored the 2003 Top Ten single "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)".


The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which aired May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row. Winners at this years show included: Keith Urban who won Top Male Vocalist, Carrie Underwood won Top New Female Vocalist and Single Record of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."


Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late American music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.


Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.


Yesterday, voters across magic valley made some decisions.  They said no to the Twin Falls fire department 36-million dollar bond and no to the Minidoka school district $21 million dollar bond request.  They said yes to the Hailey city infrastructure increase and yes to the Burley library override levy. They also agreed to the Hagerman school district supplemental levy.  Jacob Patterson is the Bliss highway district commissioner for subdistrict 3.  Mike Praegitzer retains his seat for the Jerome Highway district trustee.  Robert Vern Heath won the Jerome County Hilldale district trustee seat and Art Baily and Ron Pierce will be commissioners for the Twin Falls Highway district. 

Authorities have filed a total of 27 charges against two Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing a pair of mule deer bucks in northeast Nevada.   Elko County prosecutors recently filed the charges against Wade and Blake Asher.  Wade Asher of Burley was arrested on May 2. Blake Asher of Boise turned himself in the following day.  They are charged with multiple wildlife violations including felony charges of unlawful killing of a big game animal near Jackpot.

Gerardo Raul Chaven has requested to withdraw his guilty plea of murder.  He is the suspected shooter in the 2016 drive-by murder of 15 year old Vason Lee Widaman in Twin Falls.  The district judge will rule on the motion June 17th.  Jose Dse Daniel Alvarez was also charged with 1st degree murder.  The date for his jury trial is pending. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and a financial expert will examine how the Idaho Land Board should invest $240 million from the sale of hundreds of residential home sites as well as commercial real estate properties.  One timber company concerned about competition and some counties worried about losing property tax income have voiced concerns about that plan.

Idaho officials have accepted a land donation where the state plans to build a fourth state veterans’ home.  The Idaho Division of Veterans Services plans to build a $43 million, 64-bed veterans’ home at the site in Post Falls.


In local sports, Jeff Reinert is the New College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball Coach.  The college made the announcement yesterday afternoon.  Reinert comes to CSI from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California where he has been the head coach since 2012.  Prior to that, he was the associate head coach at Fresno State University from 2007 to 2011. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 56F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional rain late. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Some snow is also possible in the higher elevations. Chilly.  Magic Valley: High: 59 Low: 42 (Wood River Valley: High: 55 Low: 36)

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Some snow is also possible in the higher elevations. Chilly.  Magic Valley: High: 64 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 55 Low: 38)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 66 Low: 45 (Wood River Valley: High: 58 Low: 39)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 68 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 59 Low: 39)

MEMORIAL DAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 65 (Wood River Valley: High: 60)

May 22nd: On this day

Born on this day in Independence, Missouri, was Ralph Peer an American talent scout, recording engineer and record producer. He is credited with what is often called the first country music recording, Fiddlin' John Carson's disc "Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane"/"That Old Hen Cackled and The Rooster's Goin' To Crow". In August 1927, while talent hunting in the southern states, he recorded both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the same session at a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, known as the Bristol Sessions. Peer died on 19 Jan 1960.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio was bassist Dana Williams from Diamond Rio, (originally known as the Grizzly River Boys). Their 1991 single "Meet in the Middle", made them the first band ever to send a debut single to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Aaron Tippin released "Kiss This", the first single from his album People Like Us. Co-written by Aaron's wife, Thea, the single became Aaron's third and final #1 on the Billboard country charts, five years after his last chart topper.

At the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in Las Vegas, there were boos when the Dixie Chicks’ nomination for Entertainer of the Year award was announced, (after Natalie Maines' comment about George Bush), however, the broadcast's host, Vince Gill, reminded the audience that everyone was entitled to freedom of speech.

Rascal Flatts' Mayberry was at #1 on the Billboard country album charts, their fourth and final single from their 2002 album, Melt.

Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.

The Zac Brown Band were at #1 on the country chart with their fourth major-label studio album Jekyll + Hyde, making it their third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

TUESDAY 052119

One person is dead after the airplane he was piloting crashed near Givens Hot Springs in Owhyee County Sunday afternoon.  Authorities say the planes only occupant was a 77 year old man.  A witness said the plane was engulfed in flames and the pilot remained strapped in his seat.

29-year old Luis Alberto Velzsquez Reyes of Ketchum has been charged with felony attempted strangulation.  Sunday afternoon Ketchum police say Reyes was arrested at the Andora Villa.  In addition to strangulation, he is charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child.

Mini-Cassia residents will decide the fate of two measures on today’s election ballots.  Minidoka County is asking patrons to approve a $21 million dollar general obligation bond.  Voters said no to the same bond request in March.  Burley and Minidoka County residents will vote on a renewal of a temporary two year operating override levy with a 3-percent increase for the Burley Public Library.  If approved $277,280 levy will be assessed each year in 2019 and 2020. 

Voters in Twin Falls are deciding the fate of a $36-million dollar bond for the Fire Department.  Three new fire stations would be built along with a variety of other projects.  Polls are open from 8 am to 8 pm.

A 17 year old Jerome girl is the subject of a Amber Alert.  Police say Sandra Rios Chavez was taken from the Windy’s restaurant in Jerome Sunday evening.  She was last seen wearing a Wendy’s Uniform.  Authorities are looking for 18 year old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez who left the parking lot in a 2015 Black Audi.  The car was spotted yesterday near Surprise Arizona.  A pursuit begin and his vehicle was found abandoned shortly afterwards. 

What police believe to be an accidental shooting in the Twin Falls Sportsman’s warehouse parking lot last night sent one person to the hospital.  The injured man called 911.  The bullet entered his leg above the left knee.  The man said he was loading his gun in his car when the gun discharged.

Interstate 84 traffic between Wendell and Jerome was backed up yesterday afternoon when a semi-truck flipped on its side.  The accident sent the driver from Redmond Washington by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise.  One lane of travel was blocked for six and a half hours while crews removed the debris.  The accident happened just before 4 pm. 


It’s the Jerome Football Players taking on the Coaches in a Triathlon event this  afternoon at 4 pm.  For a five dollar bill, that will go to help football players attend the Idaho State University Camp this summer, spectators will watch a basketball and dodgeball game.  Then find out the best punt, pass and kick on the Football field.  The event at the Jerome High School.

Today, CSI will announce who will lead the Eagles mens Basketball team this fall.  Meanwhile, Malik Porter from the College Of Southern Idaho is the latest basketball player moving from CSI to Idaho State University.  Porter is following Brayden Parker and Jaxon Edelmaer.  He will enter as a junior.  He led the Scenic West Athletic Conference with 8.5 rebounds a game and scored nearly 11 points per contest.


Today:  Cloudy with rain ending for the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with light rain developing after midnight. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Occasional rain showers and a few thunderstorms. Winds: NE 5-10 mph - High: 57 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 35

THURSDAY: Clouds, some sunshine with scattered rain and possible t’storms. - High: 59 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Clouds and sunshine, possible showers and storms. – High: 64 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with possible thunderstorms. – High: 66 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 38

SUNDAY: Scattered rain showers with possible thunderstorms. – High: 65 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 58 Low: 40

MEMORIAL DAY (MONDAY): Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and thunderstorms – High: 64 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 58 Low: 34

May 21st: On this day

Buck Owens was at #1 on the country charts with "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owens's third chart topper. "My Heart Skips a Beat" spent seven non-consecutive weeks at the top with a total of twenty-six weeks on the chart. The B-side, "Together Again", also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by "My Heart Skips a Beat" from the top spot.

Taken from his album Ol' Waylon, Waylon Jennings started a six week run at #1 on the US Country charts with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)."

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the Country charts with "Just to Satisfy You" a song written by Jennings and Don Bowman in 1963. Jennings included the song in his performing repertoire, and on radio. In 1982 he recorded a duet version along with Willie Nelson, that peaked at #1 for two weeks on Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Alabama, The Judds, George Strait and Randy Travis all appeared at a Country Music Stars Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Trisha Yearwood married Robert "Bobby" Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks. The couple divorced in 1999, (she married her current husband Garth Brooks in 2005).

Winners at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Entertainer of the Year - Toby Keith, Top Male Vocalist - Kenny Chesney, Top Female Vocalist - Martina McBride, Top New Male Vocalist - Joe Nichols, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Video of the Year went to Alan Jackson for "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and Single Record of the Year was won by Kenny Chesney "The Good Stuff."

Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist was killed in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes".

Crash My Party the fourth studio album by Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country chart. Its first single, the title track, reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the album went onto sell over 2 million in sales in the United States by the summer of this year.