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Wednesday 021920

School is scheduled to be back in session for North Valley Academy in Gooding Tomorrow.  The school officials decided to suspend classes after 18 percent of the students was out sick including several staff members.  While the students were out, the school was cleaned and disinfected.

From one quarantine to another.  Tim Pond of Buhl who had been quarantined on the Princess Cruise Ship because of the coronavirus outbreak now has been moved to a quarantined room at the Travis Air Force Base Inn.  He has spent the last two weeks under quarantine in Tokyo Bay with 4-thousand other people.

A Train collided with 64 pronghorn sheep killing 45 on impact earlier this month causing fish and game staff to continue their search for animals that were hung up in fences.  The incident happened near Hamer in Eastern Idaho.

A police presence was at the Mount Harrison High school in Heyburn yesterday after rumors of threats were posted to social media. While the threats were reported last week, an investigation showed no threats had actually been made.  District Superintendent Ken Cox said he requested the police were on scene to make sure students felt safe.

Employers couldn’t dismiss an applicant just because of their criminal history under a bill that has been approved by the Senate Judiciary and Rules committee.  Sponsors say the Fair Chance Employment act is meant to help formerly incarcerated people return to the workforce. 

Today is a sad day for Lee Family Broadcasting.  Al Lee, the man who started in the radio business with the purchase of KART in Jerome, passed away Friday.  He was 91 years old.  A memorial service will be held this morning at 11 am at the LDS church on B street in Jerome.


In local sports, first to the hardwood as the High School boys are working their way through district playoffs.  It was Hansen overpowering Camas County 64 to 60.  It was Carey cruising past Richfield 70 to 49.  Hansen will play Carey at 7:30 tonight.  Lighthouse Christian defeated the Sun Valley Community School 86 to 30.  Dietrich defeated Murtaugh 56 to 41.  Lighthouse will now play Dietrich 6pm tonight. 

Declo said no to Wendell 55 to 39 and Gooding outlasted Buhl 56 to 53.  Kimberly downed Filer 55 to 44.  Gooding will now play Filer on Monday. 

In the great basin district tournament Century closed out Jerome’s season taking the game 67 to 48 and Mountain Home outlasted Canyon Ridge 59 to 43. 


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 39F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 17F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 42F Low: 20. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 46. Low: 25.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 49. Low: 31.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a late chance of rain and snow showers. The better chance of precipitation is late Sunday night into Monday morning. Breezy weather is also expected later in the day. High: 50. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 40. Low: 26.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 42.

February 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Corinth, Mississippi was Bobby Emmons who as a songwriter wrote hits for George Strait ("So Much Like My Dad"), Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach, Texas," "Women Do Know How to Carry On" and "Wurlitzer Prize") and Tanya Tucker ("Love Me Like You Used To"). Emmons who was a member of Bill Black's Combo from 1960-63 died on February 23rd 2015.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the country singles chart with Waitin' in Your Welfare Line. The single was Owens' tenth #1 on the US country music chart and the track spent seven weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the country chart.

Country music winners at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Emmylou Harris for Elite Hotel, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "(I'm a) Stand By My Woman Man", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - Amazing Rhythm Aces for "The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)", and Best Country Song - Larry Gatlin (songwriter) for "Broken Lady."

Elvis Presley was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue". Written by Mark James, (who also penned Elvis' "Suspicious Minds"), the song became Presley's last #1 hit in his lifetime,

Alabama were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Mountain Music, released in 1982, it is the award-winning third studio album by the country music group.

Willie Nelson's American western drama movie Red Headed Stranger premiered in Austin. The film studio had wanted Robert Redford to play the Red Headed Stranger a role Nelson had envisioned for himself. It took two years, but Redford finally turned the part down.

Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song "Ring of Fire" to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."

Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country singles chart with Drink a Beer. Bryan has described Drink a Beer as "the coolest sad song ever" and noted that he connects with the story after having lost both of his siblings.

Tuesday 021820

A woman told authorities that she believed she saw the missing Idaho teen at a concert in Tennessee on December 22nd.  Sarah Elrod-Ausbrook said she met the girl as Amy at a Trace Atkins concert.  She said the girl said she was from out west.  Then a man and woman who she was with said she was from Knoxville Tennessee. 

A house fire in Buhl Sunday night has left a family without a home and claimed the lives of three of their pets.  The fire in the 900 block of Poplar Street started from an outlet in the living room.  The fire damaged the living room, upstairs and attic areas. 

An Idaho Transportation Department worker died as he worked along U.S. Highway 20 in southeast Idaho.  56 year old Mark Reinke, was killed when his backhoe was struck from behind by a semi-tractor about 5 miles outside of Arco.  Reinke began working for the Idaho Transportation Department last summer. He is the 40th employee to die on the job since 1960.

Don’t look for construction zone signs near Exit 168 along I-84 near Jerome any time soon.  The Idaho transportation department funded interchange project will not happen this year officials say.  The final design should be completed later this year.  Officials say there some questions that needed much more additional study and review.

Dairy gold, the Northwest’s largest dairy said it will spend $67 million to expand its Boise plant to produce lactose free milk.  Dairygold said this is the largest investment they have made in nearly 15 years.  The company has processed milk in Idaho since 1930 and has plants in Boise, Caldwell and Jerome. 


In sports, Jared Phay will not be rejoining the Idaho State University team after being placed on administrative leave last week.  Phay, who was at one time coach for the CSI Golden Eagles, was the associate head coach for ISU’s Men’s Basketball Team.  Several sources say he left because of coaching differences between him and Ryan Looney the Head Coach for ISU.  Phay is not under investigation officials say.

Matt Hauser knocked down 6 of 10 3-point attempts and posted 24 points to spark Portland State past Idaho, 90-69 on Monday night.  Idaho returns home to host Northern Arizona Thursday.

As Boys High School basketball moves into district play, here are some scores from last night.  Filer downed Gooding 48 to 33.  Kimberly said no to Buhl 81 to 36 and Valley outlasted Raft River 48 to 36.  Shoshone said no to Glenns Ferry 65 to 34 and Hansen defeated Hagerman 61 to 52.  It was the Sun Valley Community School defeating Castleford 61 to 38.


Today:  Sunny. High 39F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 19F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow  Sunny skies. High 39F. Low:18 Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Increasing clouds through the day. High: 40. Low: 21.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 46. Low: 26.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 50. Low: 32.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers late in the evening. High: 50. Low: 29.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 40.

February 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski who became better known as Pee Wee King. The American country music songwriter is best known for co-writing "The Tennessee Waltz", which was a hit for both Cowboy Copas, Patti Page and Petula Clark. He died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, aged 86 on March 7, 2000.

Born on this day in Lakehurst, New Jersey, was Juice Newton pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations and scored the 1981 Country #1 single "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)."

George Jones released his debut single "No Money in This Deal" on Starday Records. The song became the first recording to be of a little over 900 that Jones would record during his 61-year career.

Born on this day, was Raine Maida, Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Maida began a solo career in 2006, releasing his first solo album The Hunters Lullaby in 2007. He also self-produced Our Lady Peace's seventh studio album, Burn Burn, in 2009.

Born on this day in Woodhaven, Michigan was songwriter and musician Trevor Rosen from Old Dominion who scored the #1 Country hits "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" and "Written in the Sand".

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner performed together for the first time since their 1974 breakup, while taping an episode of Dolly! at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fourth studio album and major label debut Wide Open Spaces. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.

Country singer Johnny Paycheck died at the age of 64. He had been in a nursing home, suffering from emphysema and asthma. During his career, Paycheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles, the biggest of which was the working man's anthem, "Take This Job and Shove It".

Carrie Underwood kicked off The Carnival Ride Tour in Wachovia Arena, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The singers first headlined tour was in support of her second album, Carnival Ride

Monday 021720

One of Idaho’s death row inmates is nearing the end of his legal appeals, and that could prompt prison officials to prepare for his execution before the end of the year. 64 year old Gerald Pizzuto is one of eight people on Idaho’s death row. He was sent there in 1986 after his murder conviction for the 1985 beating deaths of 58 year old Berta Herndon and her nephew 37 year old Del Herndon.

Business owners in Idaho have reached a settlement agreement after they were accused of selling fake fishing trips in Alaska and leaving people stranded, a newspaper reported.  Access Life’s Adventures and its owners Craig Fletcher and Crystal Fletcher have agreed to pay more than $100,000 in refunds to 25 customers.

Idaho has been awarded a grant to study how elk herds move through a northern Idaho migration corridor also used by grizzly bears and wolverines.  The grant, announced by the U.S. Department of the Interior is part of $3.2 million in funding for big game rangeland studies in 11 western states.

A traffic accident just after 1 pm Friday has claimed the life of a Gooding woman.  Police say the accident happened on State Highway 46 just south of Gooding.  47 year old Cynthia Thomas was northbound when she collided head on with another car driven by 54 year old Robert Morrison.  He was transported by ground ambulance while his passenger 48 year old Suzanne Morrison was sent by air ambulance to Boise for treatment.  The road was completely blocked for three hours.

A police pursuit that began in Filer ended Friday afternoon that left both a Filer and Twin Falls Sheriff Vehicle damaged.  Police were able to take the driver in after pinning him in his vehicle at the corner of Addison and Washington Street in Twin Falls.

The North Valley Academy in Gooding is closed through Wednesday.  School officials say on the schools website they closed the facility because there were so many teachers and students who had become ill.


In sports from around Idaho, from Saturday girls high school basketball, the Declo defeated Orofino 52 to 34 which sends the Hornets to the state tournament.  Declo will begin that journey Thursday against Ririe at 8 pm in Kuna.

In boy’s high school varsity basketball from over the weekend, Murtaugh squeaked past Glenns Ferry 58 to 57.  Camas County downed Richfield 72 to 42 and Lighthouse overpowered Dietrich 65 to 44.

On the wrestling mats, Nampa Christian overpowered Filer 34 to 33.  Then it was Filer defeating Glenns Ferry and Buhl over Kimberly.

Former Golden Eagle Coach Jared Phay is on administrative leave.  Phay is currently associate head coach with the Idaho State University Men’s Basketball program.  No word on any reason.

Malachi Flynn scored 22 points, Yanni Wetzell added 14 and No. 4 San Diego State beat Boise State 72-55 yesterday to remain undefeated and Sayeed Pridgett had 24 points and 11 rebounds as Montana beat Idaho State 78-63 on Saturday night. Idaho State faces Northern Colorado at home next Saturday.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 38F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 21F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny.  High: 38 Low: 18 Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 39 Low: 19

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 41 Low: 22

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 45 Low: 27

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 49 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 51

February 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Johnny Bush, country music singer, songwriter, and drummer. Bush, nicknamed the "Country Caruso," is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of "Whiskey River," a top-ten hit for himself and Willie Nelson's signature song.

Born on this day in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was Buck Trent, country music instrumentalist who invented the electric banjo. He was a member of Porter Wagoner's "Wagon Masters" from 1962 to 1973.

"The Tennessee Waltz" was declared the state song of Tennessee. Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King the song was first released in 1947 by Cowboy Copas. The song also became a multimillion seller in 1950 by Patti Page.

After having spent three days recording tracks for his forthcoming Nashville Skyline album, Bob Dylan was joined by Johnny Cash, and the pair recorded "Girl From The North Country" together, which was also included on the album. The song was written following his first trip to England in December, 1962. It has been a matter of debate as to which, if any, of Dylan's former girflriends inspired the song: Echo Helstrom, Bonnie Beecher or Suze Rotolo.

Born on this day in Dallas, Texas was country music singer, songwriter, Jon Randall. He co-wrote the song "Whiskey Lullaby", which became a Top 5 hit when Brad Paisley recorded it as a duet with Alison Krauss.

Born on this day in Lawton, Oklahoma, was Bryan White country singer, songwriter. His fourth album, 1999's How Lucky I Am, produced 2 Top 40 hits with singles, "You're Still Beautiful To Me," and, "God Gave Me You." White has charted seventeen singles on the Billboard country charts, of which six reached #1.

Dolly Parton released her fifteenth solo studio album The Bargain Store. The Parton-penned title track, one of her best-known compositions, she used worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store as a metaphor for a woman damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations' playlists when programmers mistook the line "you can easily afford the price" as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution. Despite the decrease in airplay, the song nonetheless topped the U.S. country singles charts in April 1975.

The Nashville Network premiered a group of television specials called The George Jones Show, with Jones as host. The program featured informal chats with Jones holding court with country's biggest stars old and new. Guests included Loretta Lynn, Trace Adkins, Johnny Paycheck, Lorrie Morgan, Merle Haggard, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Patty Loveless and Waylon Jennings, among others.

Brad Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. He was 28 years old when he accepted the invitation, becoming the youngest member ever to join.

Hank Williams, Jr. filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Mary Jane, whom he married in 1990.

Mindy McCready was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on her front porch after neighbors called the Sheriff's Office of Cleburne County, Arkansas. The front porch was the same place where David Wilson, her former boyfriend and the father of her youngest son, had fatally shot himself one month prior, she was 37 years old. McCready's first four studio albums yielded twelve singles on the Billboard country singles charts.

Friday 021420

Some Lincoln county residents have begun the process for a recall of two commissioners.  The county clerk has received the initial paperwork for the recall of Roy Hubert and Richard Ellis. The two commissioners voted to build a new courthouse at a different location rather than repair the current facility.

The Filer School district has named the new school superintendent.  Kelli Schroeder will take over for retiring John Graham in July.  Schroeder has been the principal at Bickel Elementary in Twin Falls since 2002.

Idaho Falls Representative Barbara Ehardt wants to ban transgender women athletes from participating in sports that align with their gender identity.  It could add significant complications for state colleges and universities that are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA requires its members to allow transgender athletes to participate in sports that align with their gender identity.

With the sale of 157 acres of land just off Exit 95 near Mountain Home, by the Shoshone Bannock Indian tribe, the rumors of a possible casino is swirling.  Nothing is confirmed and the tribe said it’s common to purchase land outside of reservations.

A panel of Idaho lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday banning affirmative action for state agencies, state contracting and public education.  The bill would prevent discrimination by banning schools, state and local governments from giving discriminatory or preferential treatment to potential employees based on their race, sex, ethnicity or national origin.

Twin Falls is making sure students at South Hills Middle School are safe on their way to school and when they're going back home.   The city is installing two new pedestrian beacons by Harrison Street South and Orchard Drive.  In addition, the city is also extending sidewalks.  


The last two state champions played for a district title on Thursday night. In the 4A girls basketball district championship, Burley traveled to Century.  The Diamondbacks cruised to the 52-31 victory.  Preston eliminated Jerome from postseason contention after a nail-biter of a game, 66-60 And Butte County dominated Valley, 55-28 in American Falls for the state play-in spot.

As for the boys here are some finals from last night.  Murtaugh downed Glenns Ferry 58 to 57.  Camas County said no way to Richfield 72 to 42 and Lighthouse defeated Dietrich 65 to 44. 

On the wrestling mats, Twin Falls closed out the regular season winning Canyon Ridge last night.  Other winners include Nampa Christian over Filer, Filer over Glenns Ferry and Buhl over Kimberly.  Wendell overpowered Gooding then Gooding overpowered Wood River.  Wendell defeated Wood River.

In college hoops action, The College of Southern Idaho Men took the win from Colorado Northwestern 110 to 83.  The women won their game over Colorado 92 to 42.

Travon Allen scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Idaho upset Eastern Washington 74-71 last night.  Idaho plays at Portland State on Monday.

Amin Adamu scored 20 points and hit five of six from the free throw line in the final 20 seconds as Montana State held on to beat Idaho State 73-69 last night.  Idaho State plays Montana on the road tomorrow.


Today:  Wind increasing. A mix of clouds and sun. High 43F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 29F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mainly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers, generally during the evening hours. The chance of precipitation will increase Saturday night into Sunday morning. High: 44. Low: 35.

SUNDAY: Rain and snow showers are likely. Staying as generally rain showers throughout the bigger cities/towns of the region, and the snow level is likely to rise above 5,000 feet through the day. Areas that see all snow (meaning higher elevations) could see over 8”. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 44. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 39. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 39. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 43. Low: 23.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 43.

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February 14th: On this day

Born on this day in La Fayette, Alabama, was Razzy Bailey American country music artist, who scored the 1980 #1 single "Loving Up a Storm". Bailey has had three double sided #1's in succession on the Country charts, a feat never accomplished by any other artist.

The #1 best selling Country record "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" by Red Foley became the first Country hit cross over record on the Pop Best Seller chart.

George Jones was on the Country charts with "Why Baby Why", Jones' first chart single, (which peaked at #4), following several unsuccessful singles released during the prior year on Starday Records.

Dolly Parton released her eighteenth solo studio album New Harvest...First Gathering. The album is significant for being Parton's first self-produced album, as well as her first effort aimed specifically at the pop charts.

Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Here You Come Again her nineteenth solo studio album. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single, which scored her a #3 on the US pop singles charts.

Taken from the soundtrack to the film of the same name, "Every Which Way But Loose" by Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the Country chart. Released just weeks before the film premiered nationwide, the title track immediately broke in popularity. In fact, the song debuted at #18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the highest debut since the inception of the 100-position chart in July 1973. The record was later tied by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" in 2005.

Hal Ketchum married Gina Pacconi at the Grace Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Guests include Delbert McClinton and songwriters Jim Lauderdale and Kim Richey.

Forty couples are married in a mass Valentine's Day ceremony in Newport News, Virginia. American country music singer Steve Holy performed his #1 hit "Good Morning Beautiful" for the couples' first dance

Glen Campbell announced he would release his final studio album in 2011 with a farewell tour to follow. He was also is planning an acoustic-style greatest-hits album before officially retiring.

Joey Floyd, a longtime band member in Toby Keith's Easy Money Band died aged 47 years old after a long battle with cancer. Floyd played guitar, banjo and fiddle for Keith and he also introduced Keith to Willie Nelson.

Thursday 021320

Legislation aimed at reducing property taxes drew so many people wanting to speak that a House panel ran out of time and delayed voting.  Round one of testimony was heard Tuesday and a second round of hearings conducted yesterday.  House Majority Leader Mike Moyle sponsored the bill and said the one-year; statewide freeze on property taxes is needed to start a conversation because people are being forced out of their homes.

Two men who combined spent nearly 40 years in Idaho prisons for crimes they didn’t commit testified in favor of legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted.  Christopher Tapp and Charles Fain told lawmakers they left prison with no resources after DNA evidence proved their innocence. Both had been convicted of murder.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate’s gender confirmation surgery, ruling that a three-judge panel decision will stand.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.  Audree Edmo who was born male wants the surgery in order to be a female.

Tawna Day Huttanus, a former Jerome elementary teacher was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison following an April 2019 stabbing.  Huttanus pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery and one count of domestic violence — traumatic injury in the presence of a child.   The court placed her on a rider program and retained jurisdiction for a year.

The director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture will have authority to set regulatory fees paid by elk hunting ranches under legislation sent to the Senate.  The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee approved the bill backed by elk hunting ranches.  Elk at fenced hunting ranches are managed similarly to livestock by the Agriculture Department.

A Utah county agreed to pay more than $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two Idaho State University football players who said they were falsely arrested during a bank robbery investigation.  Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 each.  The lawsuit accused Box Elder County, Oneida County in Idaho and the Utah Highway Patrol of false arrest, excessive force and illegal search and seizure.


In sports from around southern Idaho, first to the Girls High School district playoffs where last night Filer took the win from Kimberly.  The victory means the wildcats secured the district title and will be moving on to state playoffs and Kimberly will be the second seed to the state tournament. 

Lighthouse won their game over Carey 46 to 40.  Lighthouse will now take the Number 1 seed to state.  Camas County overpowered Hansen 38 to 27.  The Mushers will face the Panthers in the second place game at Shoshone High School tonight at 7 p.m.

Tonight the Jerome lady tigers will play Preston Tonight for the district’s third state position.  That game can be heard on KART 1400 AM.

In boys high school basketball, Preston took the win from Burley 60 to 33.  Mountain Home won their game over Wood River 48 to 46.  It was a crosstown rival as Twin Falls overpowered Canyon Ridge 55 to 45.  Minico said no to Century 59 to 44 and Raft ‘River outlasted Glenns Ferry 55 to 51.  Oakley took the win over Valley 53 to 46. 


Today: sunshine. High near 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 27.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. This chance will increase Saturday night onward. High: 44. Low: 35.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with rain and snow showers likely. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 44. Low: 28.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers and breezy. High: 49. Low: 24.

TUESDAY:   Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 39. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 43.

February 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Bristol, Tennessee, was Ernest Jennings Ford better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. The television host scored an unexpected hit in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons". Ford died on October 17, 1991 exactly 36 years after "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born on this day in Shellman, Georgia, was Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" as well as "Raining In My Heart", which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Many other artists have recorded their songs including Charley Pride, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, Red Foley. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

Hank Williams recorded "My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)" in Nashville with Fred Rose producing and featuring Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Dale "Smokey" Lohman (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (electric guitar), and Louis Innis (bass). The track became his third single released on Sterling Records in April 1947.

Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy", both of which reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

Alabama released "If I Had You" the second single from the album Southern Star which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the twenty-fifth #1 single for the group.

American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Jennings was the bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets and released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. He scored the 1980 US #21 single "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard", and was also the narrator on the television series. Jennings was also a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in this year, he and his musical partner Lester Flatt were ranked #24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Country music winners at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards included; Gretchen Wilson who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Redneck Woman", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Tim McGraw for "Live Like You Were Dying" and Best Country Performance by Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Top of the World."

A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song "Living in the Promiseland". The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones' driver's license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.

Two men in a small pickup truck were killed after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.

Country music winners at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - "The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert, Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "'Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song - "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum.

President Barack Obama awarded Country singer Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. Tilis is known for his hits "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".

Wednesday 021220

With $260 million in federal money at stake, lawmakers on a Senate panel voted to create an interim committee to review and recommend new math, science and English standards for Idaho’s 300,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.  The House Education Committee last week rejected the current standards.  The Common Core standards are benchmarks.  They allow states to compare how their students are doing with students in other states.

Police in Twin Falls continue to search for the man who robbed the Oasis Stop and Go on Washington Street south early Monday morning.  Authorities say one male entered the store shortly after 2 am.  Meanwhile no updates on the Bank Robbery at the D.L. Evans bank in Burley.  A man walked into the bank and demanded money Monday morning.  Call the Police if you can assist in either investigation.

Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho headed to the full Senate.   The Senate Resources and Environment Committee approved the measure.  Fish and Game officials say resident hunters have asked for, to help with overcrowding in the field.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little may soon introduce a five-year teacher pay plan providing more than $225 million in additional state support to boost teacher salaries.  The plan proposed increasing state funding to establish $40,000 annual pay for beginning teachers, $50,000 for mid-level teachers and $60,000 for veteran educators.

Legislation for a constitutional amendment introduced Monday could end up reducing some property taxes by removing exemptions for others.  Specifically, the constitutional amendment would require any new revenue be used to reduce levy rates on all properties in the district.

The budget for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Medicaid will surpass $3 billion for the first time with more than $2 billion of that coming from the federal government.  Division officials say that about 320,000 of Idaho’s 1.75 million residents are receiving some type of help through Medicaid, food stamps or child care assistance.


In sports from around the gem state, Lyzan Gillette led Oakley with 14 points, but Raft River pulled away to win 38-23 and capture their first district championship since the 2014/2015 season. 

Valley beat Glenns Ferry 48-14 in a loser-out game.  Elsewhere it was Kimberly 39 over Gooding 37.  The Bulldogs will face Filer tonight  at 7.  Hansen said no to Murtaugh 53 to 37.  Camas County outlasted Castleford 46 to 23 and Preston downed Twin Falls 48 to 37.

The Jerome Tigers stayed alive in the Great Basin Tournament last night winning the other tigers from Mountain Home 55 to 39.  They will play Preston Tomorrow for the district’s third state position. 

As for the Boys, Wendell took the win from Buhl 55 to 52.  Kimberly outlasted Filer 69 to 55 and Gooding said no way to Declo 49 to 45. 

On the wrestling mats, Sugar salem took the win from Kimberly 42 to 41.  Buhl then outlasted Sugar Salem 52 to 36 and Buhl won over Valley 65 to 17.  Buhl also took the win from Wood River 65 to 18 and Kimberly said not today to Valley 52 to 27. 

In college hoops, Justinian Jessup scored 18 points, including the Broncos’ first 4-point play of the season, and Boise State beat Air Force 74-57 last night to win its 11th consecutive home game.

Tomorrow night, Montana State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to nine games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Montana State lost 74-49 at Eastern Washington in its most recent game.  Game time 7 pm Max Worthington Arena in Bozeman.

Idaho seeks revenge on Eastern Washington after dropping the first matchup in Moscow. The teams last went at it on Jan. 16, when the Eagles outshot Idaho 49.1 percent to 45.9 percent and hit eight more 3-pointers en route to the 78-75 victory.  That game tomorrow at 8:45 in Cheney Washington.


Today:  sunshine. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 27F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 29.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 26.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mainly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 43. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy. High: 40. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers. High: 40.

February 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Washington, D.C. was Stephen H. Sholes a prominent recording executive with RCA Victor. He was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, and Pee Wee King. In 1955, he signed Elvis Presley for RCA Victor.

Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Moe Bandy who had the 1974 Country top 10 album It Was Always So Easy and the 1979 Country #1 hit "I Cheated Me Right Out of You."

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs. In the early-to mid-1970s, he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Jimmy Webb who performed songs with Glen Campbell including "Saturday Night", "MacArthur Park" and "Ocean in His Eyes."

Toby Keith released his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" and the first single from his self-titled debut album. The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Song chart. The track has received more than three million spins on country radio, making it the most-played country song of the 1990s.

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.

Tom T. Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the #1 international pop crossover smash "Harper Valley PTA."

Taylor Swift's song "Mean" received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. Speak Now was also nominated for Best Country Album but lost to Lady Antebellum's Own the Night. Glenn Campbell appeared at the awards and sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" as a goodbye to live performances.

Country music singer Daryle Singletary died age 46. Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times in the 90's, reaching #2 with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and #4 with "Too Much Fun".