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Wednesday 040319

One man is dead and a portion of Addison Avenue West was closed for about 4 hours yesterday afternoon.  Police say they were attempting to serve a warrant for excessive DUI and open container to a man who ended up leading them on a short pursuit.  The vehicle stopped in the middle of Addison Avenue near Washington Street.  Authorities report shots were fired and 61 year old Rodney Dean Bodley died at the scene.  It’s not believed police fired their weapons.  The critical task force led by the Rupert Police department is investigating.  An autopsy has been ordered.

Following a public outcry, a Senate committee yesterday approved a measure on ballot initiatives softening requirements of another ballot initiative bill that had already cleared the Senate and House.  Critics say lawmakers, upset that voters last year chose to expanded Medicaid in Idaho, are trying to make it harder for people to participate in the initiative process.

The Twin Falls city council will continue to discuss a proposal to make public parks in Twin Falls, smoke free.  The American Cancer society had presented the proposal that would have extended to businesses, but that idea died. 

An amended version of a bill to create a panel of lawmakers that will monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty is headed to the governor’s desk.  The legislation easily passed with only Democrats voting against.  Under the bill, the panel will include 10 lawmakers, but additional members can be added to subcommittees if needed to look at particular issues.

Officials said a teen missing from Twin Falls County for almost five months was found earlier this week by the Jerome Police Department.  Jessie Kristine Clark was last seen Nov. 5.  Officials say it doesn’t appear foul play was involved in the girl’s disappearance. 

The Better Business Bureau said their scam tracker is seeing an increase of phony social security calls hitting the Gem State.   The BBB say they have been seeing scammers call someone and ask for their social security number, claiming that there is fraud on their account or that their social security number has expired or will be revoked.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, mainly during the morning. Breezy. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  Winds: West 5-15 mph  Magic Valley: High: 58 (Wood River Valley: High: 48) Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Winds: South 3-8 mph  Magic Valley: Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: Low: 32) Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers during the afternoon, then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers during the night. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, mainly during the afternoon, then mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers during the night.  Magic Valley: High: 62 Low: 40 (Wood River Valley: High: 50 Low: 35)

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers during the day, then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers during the night. Mild. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers during the day, then mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers during the night.  Magic Valley: High: 66 Low: 40 (Wood River Valley: High: 52 Low: 34)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, mainly during the morning. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers, mainly during the morning.  Magic Valley: High: 59 Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: High: 49 Low: 32)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  Magic Valley: High: 60 Low: 39 (Wood River Valley: High: 50 Low: 33)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  Magic Valley: High: 63 (Wood River Valley: High: 52)

April 3rd: On this day

1928
Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Don Gibson, songwriter and country musician who was nicknamed 'The Sad Poet' because he frequently wrote songs that told of loneliness and lost love. Gibson, who made his first recodings in 1948, penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams", Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", (which has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962) Gibson enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970s. He died from natural causes on November 17, 2003.

1942
Born on this day in in Valdosta, Georgia was pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965. His first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with "Burned Like a Rocket."

1948
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys appeared for the inaugural broadcast of the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH, broadcasting from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. During its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country and western music.

1971
Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty were at #1 on the US country singles chart with After the Fire Is Gone". The duet written by L.E. White was the only single released from the LP, We Only Make Believe. "After the Fire Is Gone" was the first chart topper for Lynn and Twitty as a duo.

1981
Hank Williams Jr. was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Texas Women", his third #1 on the country chart.

1991
Clint Black was at #1 on the US country singles chart with "Loving Blind" the second single from his album Put Yourself in My Shoes. It was his seventh single overall and became his fifth single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

2005
Miranda Lambert was at #1 on the US country chart with Kerosene, her first studio album. After placing third in the television competition, Nashville Star in 2003, Lambert signed with Epic Nashville in 2004. The album spawned four Top 40 Billboard Country Chart singles, however only the title track was a major hit, peaking at #15.

2011
Winners at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton included: Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift, Top Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum, Top New Solo Vocalist - Eric Church, Top New Vocal Duo or Group - The Band Perry, Single Record of the Year, Song of the year and Video of the year went to Miranda Lambert for "The House That Built Me" and Vocal Event of the Year went to Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson for "As She's Walking Away."

2014
Country guitarist Arthur Smith, best known for the theme tune from the 1972 film Deliverance, died. He was one of the most influential guitar-players in country and early rock 'n' roll. He found fame with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. When the Warner Bros film studio used a cover version and renamed it "Dueling Banjos" for Deliverance, he sued them and won substantial royalties. He died at his home from natural causes at the age of 93 just 2 days after his 93rd birthday.

Tuesday 040219

The Senate has approved amendments to legislation involving Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion law that adds mandatory work and other requirements. Able-bodied Medicaid recipients who fail to meet the work requirements will pay a copay when seeking medical services under Medicaid, if approved.

The Senate voted 32-3 yesterday to approve the bill that would legalize the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3 percent or less of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana it’s high.  Backers say the state’s climate is ideal for growing hemp that could produce millions of dollars in revenue for Idaho farmers.

Legislation requiring motorists to slow down and move over when approaching tow trucks and maintenance vehicles parked along roadways with lights flashing has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.  Backers say the additions are needed because of motorists colliding with tow trucks and other non-emergency vehicles that have stopped along roadways continues to increase.

Authorities say 36 year old Ben Savage of Challis has been arrested at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport charged with killing 23 year old Charles McBride.  His burned and buried body was found a week ago up the Morgan Creek Drainage northwest of Challis.

The state’s former longtime treasurer says that in the Idaho Legislature’s attempt to justify spending millions of dollars to acquire more office space for legislators in the Capitol building falsified a budget document with his signature.  Former Treasurer Ron Crane says the Idaho Legislature changed the language in a September 2018 supplemental budget document to indicate that he supports the move. 

The Bureau of Reclamation says the Upper Snake Reservoir system is currently 84-percent full.  Officials say the snowpack is showing signs of melting with low level snow beginning to melt off. 

As families prepare to travel this spring and summer, South Central Public Health District urges parents to check their children’s immunization records and make sure they are up to date.   In addition to their weekly Wednesday immunization clinics, the Twin Falls office is holding special walk-in immunization clinics from April 15th to the 19th.

WEATHER

Today:  Occasional showers and cooler. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 54 Mountains: 46Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 42F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, chance of a shower. Winds: West 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 59 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of a shower. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 34

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers late day and at night. Valleys - High: 65 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Off and on rain showers. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds chance of a few showers. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 31

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 65 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 36

April 2nd: On this day

1938

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was singer-songwriter Warner Mack. Mack had many hits on the country charts from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, including the 1965 #1 hit "The Bridge Washed Out".

1942

Born on this day in Lawton, Oklahoma, was Leon Russell, (Claude Russell Bridges), musician and songwriter. Russell played piano with "The Wrecking Crew" the top L.A. session musicians of the 1960s, as well as working with many other artists including Willie Nelson, The Byrds, and Bob Dylan.

1947

Born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, was Emmylou Harris, singer-songwriter and musician. She has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career, winning 12 Grammy Awards. Her first Country #1 was in 1976 with her version of the Buck Owens song Together Again.

1956

Johnny Cash recorded his classic song, "I Walk the Line", which became his first #1 Billboard country hit. Released in May of this year it remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.

1961

Born on this day in Lepanto, Arkansas, was Buddy Jewell who was the first winner on the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. His self-titled Country #1 album, produced the singles "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" and "Sweet Southern Comfort".

1962

Born on this day in Quincy, Florida, was Billy Dean, Country singer, songwriter who first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. He guested on the Kenny Rogers 2000 US #1 Country hit with Alison Krauss Buy Me A Rose.

1995

Trisha Yearwood was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Thinkin' About You", a song written by Tom Shapiro and Bob Regan. It was released as the second single and title track from her album Thinkin' About You. The song became Yearwood's third #1 country hit. Lee Roy Parnell plays slide guitar on the song.

2002

Marty Stuart was arrested in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and charged with DUI. Hendersonville police said Stuart was picked up and charged with one count of DUI and one count of violation of the implied consent law. Police said a call came in to them reporting that Stuart had been seen intoxicated in a local retail store.

2014

Recordings by The Everly Brothers and Linda Ronstadt's album (Heart Like a Wheel), were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Monday 040119

A Twin Falls man died after falling from the bike he was riding crashing in front of a tractor northeast of Murtaugh Saturday afternoon.  42 year old Shae Mayner was on Murtaugh Grade when he attempted to pass the tractor.  He died at the scene. 

The House has passed legislation involving ballot initiatives that’s described as a trailer bill to a previous bill that critics say makes the process so difficult that it violates Idaho’s Constitution.  The new bill adjusts how long signature gathers have and reduces the number of legislative districts where signatures must be collected. 

A mother who triggered an Amber Alert last week told police she was planning to inject bleach into herself and her child to rid themselves of parasites.  41-year-old Brooke A. Helmandollar has been charged with criminal mistreatment of her 10-year-old daughter and may have mental health issues.

A complicated plan to help charter schools save money on bond payments has been months in the works, according to a charter school lobbyist.  Senate Bill 1180 is moving through the Legislature. The idea is to help charter schools secure a lower interest rate on building bonds. This, in turn, would free up dollars that charters could keep in the classroom.

The Twin Falls City Council will discuss the proposed Twin Falls smoke free air ordinance tonight.  If approved, all bars will be required to be smoke free.  In fact most public buildings will need to be smoke free. 

The State Transportation Department is suggesting Idahoans get their new driver’s license sooner than later.  The STAR card was introduced last year to meet requirements made by homeland security.  So far only about 5-percent have it.  Next year you will need it to fly commercially or enter a federal building.

Officials say the Ada County coroner’s office is working to identify an adult male body found in the Boise Foothills.  27 year old Kyle Crowden went missing on Dry Creek Trail last month. 

SPORTS

In local sports from the past weekend, on the Baseball fields, Bishop Kelly Toppled Burley 13 to 3.  Canyon Ridge beat March Valley 8 to 2.  Minico beat Sandpoint 8 to 7 and Fruitland outlasted Jerome 10 to 9.  Skyview outlasted Twin Falls 2 to 1.  In Softball Mountain View beat Twin Falls 10 to 2.  Twin Falls won over Hunter 11 to 6 and Middleton 5 Twin Falls 3.  Canyon River 14 Sugar Salem 5 and Canyon Ridge outlasted Thunder Ridge 12 to 1.    La Grande won over Gooding 9 to 3.  Gooding beat Borah 11 to 6.  Bishop Manogue won their game with Jerome 18 to 3 and Jerome topped Rocky Mountain 6 to 4. 

 

WEATHER

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  Winds: WSW 3-8 mph  High: 60 Mountains: 44

MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic, and rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  Winds: WSW 5-10 mph  Low: 42 Mountains: 37

TUESDAY: Rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley followed by just rain showers for the afternoon.  High: 54 Low: 39  Mountains: 43 Low: 36

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a.m. showers in the Magic Valley, and chance of rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 57 Low: 38  Mountains: 50 Low: 33

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and p.m. rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 63 Low: 41  Mountains: 49 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 64 Low: 43  Mountains: 52 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 59 Low: 36  Mountains: 51 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 60 Mountains: 50

April 1st: On this day

1921
Born on this day in Clinton, South Carolina was Country guitarist Arthur Smith, best known for the theme tune from the 1972 film Deliverance, He was one of the most influential guitar-players in country and early rock 'n' roll. He found fame with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. When the Warner Bros film studio used a cover version and renamed it "Dueling Banjos" for Deliverance, he sued them and won substantial royalties. He died at his home from natural causes at the age of 93 just 2 days after his 93rd birthday.

1934
Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas, was Jim Ed Brown, singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius who had the 1976 US Country #1 hit “I Don't Want to Have to Marry You”. Brown is currently the host of the Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville, Tennessee. He died from lung cancer at the age of 81 on June 11 2015.

1967
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (Sixteenth Avenue and Division Street) in Nashville. The Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001 located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

1980
Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Kip Moore, singer-songwriter, who scored the 2012 #1 Country single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck", which was taken from his debut album Up All Night.

1984
Johnny Cash and George Jones appeared at the opening of Jones Country Music Park, Colmesneil, Texas. During the show the pair performed their new duet “I Got Stripes”.

1986
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hillary Scott, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

1990
During a North American tour, Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver.

2008
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Small Town Southern Man", the lead single from his album Good Time and becoming Jackson's twenty-third #1 hit.

2012
Winners at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba and Blake Shelton included: Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift, Male Vocalist of the Year - Blake Shelton, Vocal Duo of the Year - Thompson Square, Vocal Group of the Year - Lady Antebellum, Album of the Year went to Miranda Lambert for Four the Record Song of the Year - Eli Young Band with "Crazy Girl" and Video of the Year went to Toby Keith for "Red Solo Cup."

Friday 032919

Twin Falls county deputy prosecutor Michelle Agee has resigned her position following a DUI Arrest.  She was arrested on March 22 by Twin Falls Police on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence.  Agee had worked in the Prosecutors office since 2017.

50 year old Michelle Lynn DeLuna of Rupert has been charged with Felony Grand theft.  She has been accused of stealing more than 16-thousand dollars over two years from Stokes Market.  She worked as a bookkeeper for the store.  The store owner told investigators that the company also suspects that DeLuna stole another $26,000 in missing cash deposits.

The cost of gas in Idaho might be going up soon.  Of late motorists have been paying less for fuel than drivers in other states.  Tripple-A predicts that this spring the U.S. Average price will top out near 2-seventy five dollars a gallon.  Idahoans could be paying close to $3 according to Tripple – A.

Legislation requiring some Medicaid expansion recipients in Idaho to work failed in a Senate committee, upending the bill crafted to make it through both the House and Senate and get Gov. Brad Little’s signature.  The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 7-2 to hold the bill in committee, killing it.  A different Medicaid expansion bill with voluntary work requirements is still alive.

Taxpayer dollars could be used to help renovate the Idaho State Capitol building.   The House voted 60 to 9 to move forward legislation, known as House Bill 289 would allow $10.6 million to be used for remodeling the Statehouse.

A lawsuit against a man accused of fatally stabbing a 3-year-old girl — and injuring eight others — during the child’s birthday party at a Boise apartment complex is being put on hold due to concerns about the defendant’s mental health.  Fourth District Court Judge Samuel Hoagland said 31-year-old Timmy Kinner Jr.’s commitment to the prison medical ward would pose a major barrier to the case.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first to the softball fields where Bear Lake overpowered Wendell 18 to 0.

In Baseball Bear Lake defeated Wendell 4 to 3.  It was a tied up game with Twin Falls and Crescent Valley each picking up 2 points.  Canyon Ridge defeated Middleton 9 to 6  and Skyview defeated Burley 4 to 0.  It was Minico 5 Madison one and Minico Downed Skyline 6 to 1.  It was Centennial 15 Jerome 0 and then Jerome defeated Sandpoint 10 to 4.  One other game to report, Nampa defeated Wood River 6 to 5.   

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers during the afternoon. Breezy. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers, mainly during the afternoon.  Winds: West 10-20 mph  Magic Valley: High: 52 (Wood River Valley: High: 42)

Tonight:  Clearing skies with a chance of rain showers before midnight. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Clearing skies with a chance of rain and snow showers before midnight.  Winds: SW 5-15 mph  Magic Valley: Low: 32 (Wood River Valley: Low: 25)

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers during the afternoon.

Magic Valley: High: 54 (Wood River Valley: High: 44)

SATURDAY NIGHT: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly clear skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly clear skies.  Winds: Light and variable.  Magic Valley: Low: 33 (Wood River Valley: Low: 24)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny.

Magic Valley: High: 59 Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: High: 47 Low: 27)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers during the afternoon.  Magic Valley: High: 61 Low: 42 (Wood River Valley: High: 49 Low: 33)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers.  Magic Valley: High: 55 Low: 35 (Wood River Valley: High: 47 Low: 27)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  Magic Valley: High: 55 Low: 45 (Wood River Valley: High: 45 Low: 25)

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers.  Magic Valley: High: 57 (Wood River Valley: High: 47)

March 29th: On this day

1909
Born on this day near Corrigan, Polk County, Texas was Moon Mullican, country and western singer, songwriter, and pianist. He is associated with the hillbilly boogie style which greatly influenced rockabilly and in 1945, put together his own band, the Showboys. He scored the 1950 #1 hit "I'll Sail My Ship Alone." Mullican died on January 1, 1967 aged 57.

1963
Texas Ruby, of the duo Curly Fox and Texas Ruby, was killed in a trailer fire while Fox was performing in Nashville, Tennessee on the Grand Ole Opry. The singer had fallen asleep smoking in their mobile home and was killed in the resulting fire.

1969
Born on this day in Hamilton, Ohio, Brady Seals, (the cousin of Jim Seals of Seals & Crofts) and Dan Seals and Johnny Duncan. Seals made his debut in 1988 as co-lead vocalist and keyboardist in Little Texas, he later formed the band Hot Apple Pie who recorded a self-titled debut album for DreamWorks Records and charted three country singles, including the #26 hit "Hillbillies."

1970
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Country album chart with Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, his 33rd album release. The album featured "If I Were a Carpenter", the famous duet with his wife, June Carter Cash, which earned the couple a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1971.

1980
Conway Twitty was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "I'd Love To Lay You Down", his 24th Country #1.

1997
Reba McEntire was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "How Was I To Know", the second single released from her album, What If It's You.

2002
The American thriller film Panic Room directed by David Fincher was released. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is invaded by burglars, played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam.

2011
Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with her sixth album Stronger, the first studio album to be released by Evans in nearly six years. During this six-year period, Evans was involved in a high profile divorce with, her now ex-husband Craig Schelske. "A Little Bit Stronger" was released as the album's lead-off single which became a #1 hit.  Bottom of Form

Thursday 032819

Legislation intended to protect authors, journalists and speakers in Idaho from defamation judgments originating in courts in other countries are heading to the governor.  The legislation would protect Americans from judgments in foreign countries that don’t allow the same freedom of speech rights recognized in the United States.

Legislation lowering from 21 to 18 the age limit for carrying concealed handguns within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training is heading to the governor.  Backers say the change will protect law-abiding citizens from accidentally breaking the law when they travel across a county and enter city limits.

Legislation creating an Idaho Council on Federal Lands appears to be dead while another amended bill creating a Committee on Federalism remains viable.  The amendment removed the committee’s ability to hire attorneys.  However, the committee could still hire attorneys if it received approval from Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill.

Legislation to create an interim committee comprised of lawmakers from the House and Senate to study Medicaid expansion and potential savings or costs to counties is heading to the full Senate.  The proposed committee will look into the possibility of eliminating several programs used to pay medical bills for indigent county residents that could be covered if state lawmakers fund the voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Legislation to ban exploding targets on state lands in Idaho during wildfire season has failed in the House.  Backers also say the law was needed to prevent wildfires on state lands. The state manages about 2.4 million acres that produce money mainly through logging and mostly for public schools.

Boise Police seized a handgun yesterday morning after officials say a woman tried to bring it through security and onto her flight at the Boise Airport.  A TSA officer spotted the 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol in the woman's carry-on as the luggage was being screened through an X-ray scanner. The gun was loaded.  Boise Police, responded to the security checkpoint, confiscated the gun and interviewed the woman.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, former Boise State safety George Iloka has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.  The one year contract, came after the Cowboys decided against being a serious bidder for Earl Thomas.

Adam Elorrieta from the Valley School District has committed to Idaho State University.  Elorrieta is the 1A record holder in the high jump and is a 3.47 GPA student. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny with a chance of a.m. rain showers in the Magic Valley. Chance of isolated rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley. Breezy.  Winds: SSW 14-20 mph, gust as high as 25 mph  High: 58 Low: 34  Mountains: 46 Low: 30

Tonight:  Showers and thundershowers this evening will give way to steady rain overnight. Low 41F. NW winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny and breezy in the Magic Valley. Chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 55 Low: 34  Mountains: 43 Low: 27

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 54 Low: 33  Mountains: 44 Low: 27

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 58 Low: 38   Mountains: 46 Low: 30

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 58 Low: 42  Mountains: 46 Low: 33

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain/snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 56 Low: 37  Mountains: 44 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 56 Mountains: 45

March 28th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Oak Hill, West Virginia, Charlie McCoy, session musician noted for his work on a wide variety of instruments. In his career, McCoy has backed several notable musicians including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tom Astor, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins and Ween. He has also recorded thirty-seven studio albums.

1955
Born on this day outside of Kiowa, Oklahoma, Reba McEntire, country music artist and actress who has scored 35 #1 singles and released over 25 albums. Sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country", she has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide as well as starring in her television sitcom, Reba for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy.

1969
Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, Rodney Atkins. Signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the #4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".

1981
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country chart with “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground", a track from the film Honeysuckle Rose. Nelson's seventh chart topper is commonly believed to have been written about a friend of Nelsons who was a Hells Angel, who died in a motorcycle crash.

1995
Country singer, songwriter Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announced they were separating after 21 months of marriage.

1997
Deana Carter was at the top of the Billboard Country charts with "We Danced Anyway." Written by Randy Scruggs and Matraca Berg, it was released in December 1996 as the second single from her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?

2012
Pioneering banjo player Earl Scruggs, who is credited with helping create modern country music, died aged 88 of natural causes at a Nashville hospital. Scruggs rose to prominence when Bill Monroe hired him to play in the Blue Grass Boys, one of the defining groups in the bluegrass musical genre.

WEDNESDAY 032719

Authorities in central Idaho say the body of a man missing since late February has been found burned and buried in Custer County.  They say this is being considered a homicide.  23-year-old Charles McBride of Challis was last seen Feb. 25 when he was going to work. A missing person investigation led to the Morgan Creek drainage area.  The sheriff's office says they unearthed McBride's body, which had been burned.

In an effort for move toward clean energy, Idaho Power says they will buy up to 120 megawatts of solar power from a project south of Twin Falls.  They  also have a goal to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045 which means all would be coming from hydro, solar, geothermal, wind and biomass sources. 

Twin Falls County Commissioners are moving forward with a project to build additional parking for the county courthouse downtown. They are proposing to build the lot directly across the street from the jail in Twin Falls where old homes were torn down.

A House committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot.  The House State Affairs Committee voted 10-5 to send to the House the bill that has become some of the most contentious legislation of the session and that opponents say will make the Idaho initiative process impossible. 

The Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has dropped the state’s Republican lieutenant governor from the list of speakers for a women entrepreneurs’ conference.  Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin faced backlash last month after she posted on Facebook a photo of herself with members of an anti-government group with supporters of Todd Engel, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison last summer for his role in a 2014 standoff near a Nevada ranch.

Legislation that supporters say is critical to preserving a historic water agreement between two sets of water users and is intended to prevent declines in a giant Idaho aquifer relied on by farmers and cities is heading to the governor.  The House voted 67-0 on Monday to approve the bill to give the state additional authority to cut off water to groundwater pumpers ignoring the agreement.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, Idaho State will not renew the contract of men’s basketball coach Bill Evans after it expires in May.  The 70-year-old Evans spent seven seasons in Pocatello, going 71-141, including 46-83 in Big Sky play.  Evans previously spent 16 years as Southern Utah’s head coach and was an assistant at Montana for four years before being hired at Idaho State in 2012.

WEATHER

Today:  Clouds and sunshine, rain shower or storms by evening. Winds: East 3-8 mph. Highs - Valleys: 62 Mountains: 49

Tonight: Rain showers and possible thunderstorm. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 39 Mountains: 31

Tomorrow: Breezy, with scattered rain showers and cooler. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 44 Low: 28

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, few rain showers possible. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 44 Low: 26

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 25

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 29

MONDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

TUESDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 31

March 27th: On this day

1929
Born on this day was Don Warden, American country musician and manager best known for his years on The Porter Wagoner Show and as the manager of Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Warden was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2008.

1947
Tex Williams recorded "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. The song which was co-written with Merle Travis and produced by Lee Gillette, spent 15 weeks at #1 on the country chart in 1947. The song can be heard in the opening of the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking.

1965
Roger Miller was at #1 on the US Country charts with “King Of The Road.” The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, The Proclaimers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

1993
Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country charts with “When My Ship Comes In”, the final single released from his 1992 album The Hard Way.

1998
Country music star Gene Autry, who sold the California Angels baseball team to Disney, was honored with a bronze statue, as Anaheim Stadium was re-opened after major renovations.

2002
Lyle Lovett was rushed to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital after his leg was broken in 20 places when a bull trampled him. The Country star was working on his uncle's Texas ranch at the time of the accident; Lovett was injured when trying to protect his uncle, who was flipped by the bull.

2007
Curb Records released Let It Go, the eleventh album by Tim McGraw. The album, which entered the US Billboard 200 at #1, produced seven Top 20 chart singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

2011
Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards.

2013
Gordon Stoker died aged 88. 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.