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Tuesday 12/5/17

The Twin Falls Salmon Track fire department is investigating a fire that claimed one person in a RV yesterday afternoon.  The incident was reported just before 1 pm at 3344 highway 93.  There were people living in a trailer next to the RV.  The unit was fully involved in flames by the time the fire department arrived. 

The Idaho State Board of Education is considering a proposal designed to boost the number of medical residencies throughout the year.  Board members will meet today to vote on a plan that calls for an additional 5-point two million dollars in state funding to increase residency programs in rural areas facing physician shortages. 

Three top gubernatorial candidates with widely different backgrounds share similar views on managing Idaho's wildlife conservation and access to public lands. Republican gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist joined Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff on Saturday to talk wildlife policy.

As an increasing number of agricultural produces in southern Idaho turn to the H-2A foreign guest worker program, housing authorities are scrambling to find enough units to house those workers. Under the H-2A program, foreign guest workers stay in the United States for up to 10 months. Many farmers who use H-2A workers are renting units at one Caldwell housing complex for the entire year because they fear otherwise they might lose the space.

Barbara McQueen, the widow of Hollywood film legend Steve McQueen has opened a new pop-up shop in Boise, featuring everything from antique furniture to photos of McQueen and paintings he collected over the years.  The two were married for less than a year, but were together for a few years prior.

Yellowstone National Park's superintendent is set to receive an honorary doctorate degree in letters from Montana State University. Dan Wenk, who has been the park's superintendent since 2011, manages more than 2.2 million acres, millions of visitors and a staff of about 800. MSU says he supports land-grant universities and has deepened the relationship between Yellowstone's research unit and faculty and students. Wenk will receive the degree during MSU's fall commencement.

Today:  Sunny. High near 35F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky and cold. Low 19F. (Mountains: 7)Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 36F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 36)

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 40)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 37)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 37)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 38)

November 5th: On this day

1911

Born on this day in Cincinnati, Ohio, was Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies & The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for 9 years before moving to TV from 1951 - 1957. Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998, he was residing in Apple Valley, California.

1936

Born on this day, was Billy Sherrill, record producer and arranger who is most famous for his association with a number of country artists, most notably Tammy Wynette. Sherrill and business partner Glenn Sutton are regarded as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound, a smooth amalgamation of pop and country music that was hugely popular during the late 1960s and throughout the '70s. Sherrill died on 4 Aug 2015 after a short illness at the age of 78.

1946

Born on this day in Winter Haven, Florida, was Gram Parsons, singer, songwriter. He was a member of The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and released the 1973 solo album Grievous Angel. Parsons died on 19th September 1973 from a heroin overdose aged 26.

1960

Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck. He had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

1996

Unchained was released, the second album in Johnny Cash's American Recording series, backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Unchained contained songs by Tom Petty ("Southern Accents"), Soundgarden ("Rusty Cage") and Beck ("Rowboat"), The album also included a cover of the classic 1962 Hank Snow song, "I've Been Everywhere", written by Geoff Mack.

2002

American IV: The Man Comes Around was released in the US, the fourth album in the American series by Johnny Cash, (and his 87th overall). The album won Album of the Year at the 2003 CMA Awards and the video for "Hurt", (a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails), was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In February 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won another Grammy Award for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for "Give My Love To Rose," a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. The music video for "Hurt" also won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video at the 2004 Awards.

2003

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett, and written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.

George Strait Named 2018 Texan of the Year

George Strait has been named the 2018 Texan of the Year for his efforts to aid Hurricane Harvey victims. To date, Strait’s charity initiatives have raised more than $50 million to support those affected by the storm.

The Texas Legislative Conference will present the award to Strait during a reception on March 22 in New Braunfels. The nonpartisan organization is a forum of Texas politicians and business leaders who meet annually to focus on public policy issues.

Eddie Montgomery Plots Montgomery Gentry’s 2018 Tour

Eddie Montgomery will return to the stage as Montgomery Gentry in 2018 for 25 performances supporting the new album Here’s To You (out Feb. 2).

The tour marks the first Montgomery Gentry shows since the death of his longtime band mate Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8. Gentry was 50. The first show is set for January 19th

 

Garth Brooks Scores First No. 1 Single in More Than 10 Years With “Ask Me How I Know”

Garth Brooks scored his first No. 1 single in more than 10 years as “Ask Me How I Know” ascended to the top of both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts. Garth’s previous No. 1 single was 2007’s “More Than a Memory.”

“Ask Me How I Know,” which was penned by Mitch Rossell, is Garth’s 20th career No. 1. This feat also marks a full-circle moment for Garth, as this week is the 28th anniversary of his first No. 1, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” on Dec. 9, 1989.

“I’m so proud of the Pearl Records team for working so hard for this number one,” said Garth. “Congrats to Mitch Rossell on his first cut—so happy for you, pal! And to country radio, four decades later, thanks for still believing. I’m humbled and very grateful.”

Monday 12/04/17

Two people were taken into custody early Saturday morning after ISP say they were being shot at while attempting to arrest the two on drug trafficking.  The two Mexican nationals were believed to be Twin Falls residents.  About 75-thousand dollars in drugs were seized. 

Jerome county commissioners are expected to sign a letter today that would ask the Idaho Department of Lands to put a restriction on shooting along the north side of the canyon rim.  Some say those who shoot are endangering those who live in the area and are not cleaning up the mess.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Pocatello man accused of threatening a Utah teen with a nude photo she gave him.  20-year-old Michael Brent Powell was charged after the victim said she received a Facebook message threatening to send a nude selfie of her to her parents unless she shared more photos.

The Twin Falls Board of Commissioners is considering updating the dress code and personal appearance policy.  This proposal focused specifically on modernizing the dress code to accept a casual look and wear denim.

Jerome city workers hope to wrap up a water main repair.  Last week a rupture was reported between 8th and 10th streets on North Tiger Drive.  A 14 inch water main line broke causing the road closure. 

Patients who are attempting to get treatment behind Dutch Bros on Pole Line say they are having a hard time getting in and out of the facility.  Some say it’s almost impossible some mornings to get into dialysis.  Dutch Bros say they are keeping an open communication with the city and DaVita. 

Camas County officials have changed land-use rules, clearing the way for actor Bruce Willis to finishing building a private airport.  Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county zoning ordinance.

A former Home Depot assistant supervisor in Idaho has sued the company, alleging sex and pregnancy discrimination. The lawsuit alleges the company violated federal law by refusing to allow the woman breaks to pump breast milk and store it for her newborn child while working in Nampa.

An eastern Idaho man parked in his pickup on railroad tracks died when a train struck the vehicle. Idaho State Police say 45-year-old Samuel Laxton of Pocatello died in the collision at about 8:30 p.m. Friday southeast of Pocatello.

 

Today:  Sunny. High near 35F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. LOW: 18 (Mountains: 10)

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 36F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 36)

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 37)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 39)

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December 4th: On this day

1944
Born on this day, was Chris Hillman, one of the original members of The Byrds which in 1965 included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. Along with frequent collaborator Gram Parsons, Hillman was a key figure in the development of country rock, virtually defining the genre through his seminal work in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers and later became the leader of the country rock act Desert Rose Band who had the 1988 US Country #1 hit “He's Back and I'm Blue.”

1944
Eddy Arnold held his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville, where he recorded his first hit, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years," which went on to become a #5 hit.

1956
The Million Dollar Quartet legend was born when a Memphis newspaper photographed Johnny Cash and Elvis Presely who had dropped in on a Carl Perkins session (for "Matchbox") at Sun Studios, with Jerry Lee Lewis as piano sideman.

1971
George Strait married his high school sweetheart, Normain in Mexico. In this same year he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a part of the 25th Infantry Division.

1982
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included B.J. Thomas who performed "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and then with Glen Campbell played "Hang On Baby (Ease My Mind)" and "Amazing Grace".

1991
The Judds performed the final show of their farewell tour at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Naomi Judd later retired, suffering from a potentially fatal strain of hepatitis, leaving Wynonna to pursue a solo career.

2003
Ricky Skaggs received five nominations for the annual Grammy awards, more than any other country artist, he went on to win Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal for "A Simple Life."

2010
Merle Haggard accepted the prestigious award for lifetime achievement and "outstanding contribution to American culture" from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2012
Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings released The Complete Columbia Album Collection a box set by Johnny Cash. It included 63 CDs, including 59 original albums, three bonus discs: Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar, which included recordings from Cash's pre-Columbia period with Sun Records.

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Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Marry in Mexico

Best wishes to the happy couple, Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini, who have become husband and wife. The two tied the knot on Saturday (Dec. 2) during a beachside ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

According to People magazine, the bride wore a gown by Berta and bare feet down the aisle, while her Aussie groom wore a tux by Joseph Abboud. Their David Yurman rings each had customized messages engraved inside.

Jason and Brittany Aldean Welcome a Son

Early on Friday (Dec. 1), Jason Aldean‘s wife posted an Instagram story about how much she was loving her labor-pain-numbing epidural anesthesia. And then just like that, their big — almost nine and a half pounds — baby boy Memphis arrived by early afternoon.

“So blessed today to see my little man come into the world,” Aldean posted on social media.

Blake Shelton Feels “Happy and Content” in L.A. With Girlfriend Gwen Stefani, But the Second She Is Gone, “It’s Miserable”

With a population of just more than 3,000 people, the small town of Tishomingo, Okla., is a “comfortable” spot for Blake Shelton to hang his hat when he’s not making the media rounds, attending awards shows or filming The Voice.

But since 2011—and for 13 seasons—Blake has had to call Los Angeles home for part of the year while he fulfills his duties as a coach on The Voice.

The Oklahoma crooner told Kix Brooks on American Country Countdown that as long as he’s in L.A. with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, he’s “happy and content.” The second Gwen has to leave L.A., the city of 4 million people becomes “miserable” for Blake.

Glen Campbell’s Will Reportedly Excludes 3 of His 8 Children From His $50 Million Estate

Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell, who died on August 8, specifically excluded three of his children from his will, according to the Tennessean.

According to the report, Glen, who was married four times and fathered eight children, excluded daughter Kelli and sons William Travis and Wesley Kane from his 2006 will. Glen’s fourth wife, Kim, is named as the executor.

According to the court filings, Glen’s five other children are Debra Cloyd and Dillon, Nicklaus, Shannon and Ashley Campbell.

A hearing on the will is scheduled for Jan. 18 before Davidson Probate Judge David “Randy” Kennedy.

Glen’s estate is estimated to be worth $50 million.

 

Friday 12/1/17

Idaho Power is asking customers to be prepared.  With winter weather on the way the utility is warning there may be extended power outages.  Most power outages last for less than two hours a year but that could change with a severe winter storm.

A Twin Falls 3-year old boy is recovering after swallowing a battery.  KMVT news reports the parents had their child checked after he was not acting right.  He ended up spending16 days in the hospital suffering from a burned esophagus. 

Magic Valley Dairy Farmers are producing more milk then the local processors can handle.  That means it’s being shipped long distances costing the dairyman more in overhead costs.  If a local buyer can’t be found for the milk, upwards to 10,000 cows may be sold off.

Authorities say they're looking for whoever stole an SUV containing two small children but abandoned the vehicle about four miles away at an intersection with the children safe inside.  Idaho Falls Police say a woman parked her SUV containing her 4-month-old and 2-year-old sons on Wednesday. When she came out the vehicle was gone.

A Blackfoot man accused of killing an 18-month-old boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.  Prosecutors say 22-year-old Jesus Adan Castillo struck Zachary Tendoy in the head and abdominal area causing injuries that led to the boy's death on March 25.

An Idaho physician who was found guilty of more than 60 counts of illegally dispensing opiates will serve 16 years in prison.  A federal judge Wednesday indicted Dr. Rafael Beier on 71 counts of conspiracy, drug distribution and distributing opiates to people under the age of 21, for writing illegal prescriptions from 2011-14.

A federal judge on Wednesday offered to release a rancher and states' rights figure from custody during his trial on charges involving an armed standoff that stopped a government cattle roundup three years ago in Nevada.  But Cliven Bundy refused to leave jail while others are still behind bars awaiting trial in the case.  His wife, Carol said two other sons, Mel and David Bundy, are approaching two years in federal detention.

Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 48F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 31F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 38)

MONDAY: Lingering AM Shower

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 30)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 31)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 38)

December 1st: On this day

1919

Born on this day in Dublin, Texas was Slim Willet (Winston Lee Moore), disc jockey, musician, and songwriter who had the 1952 US Country #1 “Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes”.

1954

Fred Rose an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive died. Along with Hank Williams and the "Father of Country Music", Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame when it opened in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

1964

Buck Owens recorded "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" and "Cryin' Time" during recording sessions at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

1972

Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with "She's Too Good to Be True". Written by written by Johnny Duncan, it became Pride's tenth #1 single.

1983

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the County charts with his eleventh solo studio album Eyes That See in the Dark. The album features "Islands in the Stream" written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gees, (whose title is taken from the Ernest Hemingway novel), which became a #1 hit for Rogers and Parton.

1994

George Strait was at the top of the US Country charts with his fifteenth studio album Lead On. The album includes the singles "The Big One", "You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody", "Lead On", and "Adalida", which all became top 10 hits.

2010

Lady Antebellum were up for six nominations for Need You Now in the 53rd annual Grammy awards, including Record, Song and Album of the Year, plus Best Country Song, Country Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group.

2012

Shania: Still the One by Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain started a 91 show residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 91 shows grossed $31,879,697 at the box office.

 

December 2nd: On this day

1950

Born on this day was American country music artist John Wesley Ryles. He made his debut in 1968 with the single "Kay", a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles.

1957

"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley was at #1 on the Billboard magazine country charts. The Leiber and Stoller song which was from his third motion picture of the same name featured Mike Stoller as a piano player. “Jailhouse Rock” later became the first song to debut at #1 in Great Britain.

1964

Buck Owens and his Buckaroos were at the top of the US Country charts with Together Again. The album featured the chart topping single "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owen's third #1 hit.

1965

Born on this day was American country music songwriter Casey Beathard who has co-written singles for several country music recording artists, including Top Ten singles for Gary Allan, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. In 2004 and 2008, he received Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Songwriter of the Year award for his contributions.

1975

Willie Nelson was at the top of the US Country charts with Red Headed Stranger. The album was inspired by the "Tale of the Red Headed Stranger", a song that Nelson used to play as a DJ on his program in Fort Worth, Texas.

1983

Born on this day in Washington, Michigan, was Jana Kramer actress and country music singer. She is best known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill. Kramer began a country music career in 2012 with the single "Why Ya Wanna", from her self-titled debut album.

1997

At a ceremony held in Los Angeles, Johnny Cash, along with Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Jeff Barry, were awarded the Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters.

1998

Garth Brooks and First Lady Hillary Clinton switched on the Christmas tree lights at New York's Rockefeller Center.

2002

Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album was certified double-platinum in the US. His seventh album produced five chart singles on the Billboard country music charts between 2002 and 2003 and has now sold over 4m copies in the US alone.

2004

Lynn Anderson was charged with driving while intoxicated in Denton, Texas. A driver who was following Anderson called the police after noticing that her car was weaving in and out of lanes. After failing a field sobriety test, Anderson was arrested. She was later released on bond.

2009

Taylor Swift picked up eight nominations at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, including Record and Song of the Year, for "You Belong With Me", and Album of the Year, for Fearless.

2014

Garth Brooks was at the top of the U.S. Country charts with Man Against Machine, his ninth studio album.

2016

Mark Gray died aged 64. He was a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982 and Gray's solo career includes three albums and eight Top 40 hits, of which the highest-peaking is the #6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch". Gray also co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of which became #1 hits for Alabama.

2016

Mark Gray, singer, songwriter and a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982 died aged 64. Gray's solo career included three albums and eight Top 40 hits, of which the highest-peaking was the #6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch". Gray also co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of which became #1 hits for Alabama.

December 3rd: On this day

1916

Born on this day in Elkmont, Alabama, was Rabon Delmore from The Delmore Brothers, the country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s. The Delmore Brothers, together with other brother duos such as the Louvin Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Monroe Brothers (Birch, Charlie and Bill Monroe), the McGee Brothers, and The Stanley Brothers, had a profound impact on the history of country music and American popular music. Delmore died on Dec 4th 1952.

1925

Born on this day in Cantwell, Missouri was Ferlin Husky, an early American country music singer. He had two dozen Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975 including his version of "Wings of a Dove". He died on 17th March 2011.

1944

Born on this day in Leslie County, Kentucky, was Roger Bowling, Nashville based songwriter. His best known songs included "Lucille" (co-written with Hal Bynum), and "Coward of the County" (co-written with Billy Ed Wheeler), both recorded by Kenny Rogers, and "Blanket on the Ground", "What I've Got In Mind", and "57 Chevrolet", which were recorded by Billie Jo Spears. He died on December 26, 1982 in Georgia.

1967

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Stand By Your Man”. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at #1 on CMT's list of the Top 100 Country Music Songs.

1989

Connie B. Gay renowned as a "founding father" and "major force" in country music died aged 75. He is credited for coining the country music genre, which had previously been called hillbilly music. Gay was the founding president of the Country Music Association (CMA) and co-founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

2001

American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. Member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, he played guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman", Marty Robbins' "El Paso" and Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter". During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.

2006

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Dolly Parton for her lifetime contributions to the arts. Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist.

Thursday 11/30/17

Students attending area schools are climbing.  A Times-News story indicates the Twin Falls district grew by 280 Students over the past year.  Jerome has 72 more students for the year.  There were 73 more in Cassia County and 30 in Blaine County. 

The BLM is appealing a federal court ruling preventing the sterilizing of a herd of wild horses in the southern Idaho area.  The original plan called for sterilizing the herd and replenishing it with wild horses captured elsewhere to maintain a heard of up to 200 horses.  The agency has been ordered to revise its 2015 plan.

Montana officials say a company can proceed with exploration work for a major silver and copper mine near the Idaho border.  The 300-worker Rock Creek Mine is proposed near Noxon, beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

A western Idaho man has pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 5-month-old girl who was left in a hot car.  24-year-old Haven Robb Hackworth entered the plea on Tuesday after Caldwell police and the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office arrested him in August.  Authorities say Hackworth left his girlfriend's daughter in a car in May, and Kyrae Vineyard was found unresponsive and without a pulse.

Bison managers expect between 600 and 900 of the animals at Yellowstone National Park will be culled this winter by hunting or slaughter.  Park officials estimate there are nearly 5,000 bison in the two park herds. Park biologists say the removal of 600 bison would keep the population relatively stable while the removing 900 might lead to a slight decrease.

A newly appointed state senator in eastern Idaho is in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings.  Republican Sen. Tony Potts of Idaho Falls filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March. According to his bankruptcy filing, Potts has roughly $250,000 in debts, including $16,000 in unpaid taxes.  Gov. Butch Otter appointed Potts as state senator in October after former Sen. Bart Davis, who also served as the Senate's majority leader, retired to become U.S. Attorney for Idaho.

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 44F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. Low near 30F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 49F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 41)

SUNDAY: Rain and Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 37)

MONDAY: Lingering AM Shower

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 33)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 34)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 37)

November 30th: On this day

1931
Born on this day in Hardy, Arkansas was Teddy Wilburn who was one half of the country music duo The Wilburn Brothers. In addition to being successful artists, the Wilburns formed the Wil-helm Talent Agency in the early 1960s and were instrumental in launching the careers of many country music legends, most notably Loretta Lynn. He died on November 24, 2003.

1968
Glen Campbell started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Wichita Lineman. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time ranked "Wichita Lineman" at #192.

1975
Born on this day in Fort Myers, Florida, was Mindy McCready country music singer who scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit “Guys Do It All the Time,” as well as the Top Ten hits "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)." McCready was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on her front porch on 17th Feb 2013. McCready's first four studio albums yielded twelve singles on the Billboard country singles charts.

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

1990
Heroes & Friends by Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country chart. Except for the title track, every song on this album is a duet with another artist. Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Tammy Wynette all featured on the album.

2006
Carrie Underwood made the final appearance on her Live 2006 tour at Colorado Springs, World Arena. The 61 date North America tour mainly consisted of performances and appearances at state and county fairs and festivals.

2012
Glen Campbell played the final date in Napa, California on his final "Goodbye Tour", with three of his children joining him in his backup band. Campbell played more than 120 shows in 2012. Filmmaker James Keach had followed Campbell on the farewell tour for a new documentary called I'll Be Me.

 

Wednesday 11/29/17

A former Idaho ranch hand that is not a United States citizen faces up to life in state prison after pleading no contest to killing and decapitating a northeast Nevada woman in 2016.  47-year-old Jose de Jesus Segundo-Huizar entered his plea Monday in the slaying of Carmen Magallanes-Sanchez.  Segundo-Huizar lived in Jerome..

Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state's oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.  The federal agency in a notice Monday says it will take public comments through Jan. 11 on the plan to transfer a portion of the state's Underground Injection Control program.

Idaho State Police has issued an overdose reversal drug that troopers can administer to police dogs that are in danger of inhaling harmful substances during searches. The agency has issued an injectable form of naloxone.

Expert witnesses cost a northern Idaho county nearly $600,000 during the trial of the man convicted of killing a Coeur d'Alene police officer.  Kootenai County officials say there are more invoices that still need to be tallied from the trial of Jonathan D. Renfro, so the cost could rise by thousands of dollars.

An eastern Idaho man has been sentenced to five to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor after saying he was following God's will.  7th District Judge Joel Tingey found 48-year-old Michael Mercado guilty of rape where the victim is 16 or 17 years old.

Acorn Learning Center in Twin Falls is fighting a noise complaint motion filed against them by a neighboring property manager.  The school recently moved to the new location on Eastland Road in September.  A school official said they filled out all paperwork and completed what they needed to with the city to move.  The public hearing is set for Dec. 12.

WEDNESDAY: Afternoon Sunshine

WINDS: NW 5-15 MPH

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 38)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cold

WINDS: Light

LOW: 25 (Mountains: 18)

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 39)

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 42)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 43)

SUNDAY: Scattered Rain and Snow

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 37)

MONDAY: AM Snow shower possible

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 33)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 35)

November 29th: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Rosewood, Kentucky was Merle Travis. The American country and Western singer, songwriter known for his hit "Sixteen Tons". Travis’ guitar style became known as "Travis picking", and his songs often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners in the lyrics. Travis who was was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977 died on October 20, 1983.

 

1941

Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Jody Miller, country music singer who in 1965 released an answer record to Roger Miller's hit "King of the Road", titled "Queen of the House" (which became her signature hit, peaking at #5 on the country singles chart). Miller won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song in 1966.

1959

At the 2nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Los Angeles and New York, (the first televised Grammy Award ceremony), Best Country & Western Performance went to Johnny Horton for "The Battle of New Orleans."

1961

The Grand Ole Opry went to Carnegie Hall, for a special event which benefits the Musicians' Aid Society. Patsy Cline, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Faron Young and The Jordanaires all appeared.

1971

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country chart with "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)". The first single from the album Let Me Tell You About a Song, became Haggard's tenth #1.

1981

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on both the Country and Billboard charts with "Lady". Written by Lionel Richie, it became the first record of the 1980s to chart on all four of Billboard magazine's singles charts - country, Hot 100, adult contemporary and Top Black Singles.

1994

Brooks & Dunn's 1991 album Brand New Man became the first album by a country duo to be certified quadruple-platinum. At the some time, their 1993 Hard Workin' Man album goes triple-platinum.

2013

Taylor Swift became the first solo female artist in 20 years to headline a national stadium tour through Australia, (with the last being Madonna's Girlie Show Tour in 1993), when she kicked off the Oceania leg of her Red World Tour. Swift performed to a capacity crowd of over 40,900 fans at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia, becoming the first female artist in history to sell out the stadium since it was opened in 1988.

Tuesday 11/28/17

DNA testing shows human remains are that of a Burley’s Tiffani Streling, who has been missing for more than two years.   The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement Monday; a few weeks after the remains were found.  On Nov. 8, a worker found human skeletal remains while they were preparing to dig at a site in rural Jerome County.

A man was injured in a paragliding accident near Hailey on Saturday.  The man was stuck on a mountainside with life-threatening injuries that included rib, arm and leg fractures, and "serious" internal injuries.  It took first responders about an hour to get to him.

Republican U.S. House candidate Russ Fulcher has won the endorsement of the conservative national group Club for Growth. The endorsement, tweeted by the influential conservative group Monday, is a boost for Fulcher as he attempts to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates.

A group of Idaho lawmakers working to tighten the state's campaign finance laws says political candidates should no longer be exempt from financial disclosure requirements. The legislative panel unanimously agreed Monday that elected officials and candidates should disclose sources of personal income for themselves and their spouse, including investments and property assets.

Idaho Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk is stepping down to take a job with Idaho Power after nearly two years of leading the commerce department. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced Monday that the department's chief operating officer, Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, will take the director's role when Ronk leaves on Jan. 1, 2018.

Female state legislators are calling for mandatory sexual harassment training inside the Idaho Statehouse. Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy said Monday the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations surfacing in governments and businesses around the country inspired her to write a letter to legislative leaders asking for better training to prevent inappropriate behavior.

Canyon County officials say the transition to a new electronic court filing system has gone well, but some members of the public are have trouble figuring out the new system.  Canyon County made the switch from the old iStars filing system to the new Odyssey system at the beginning of October, along with 10 other counties.

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. A shower of rain or wet snow possible. Low around 30F. SSE winds shifting to W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny. High 41F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 38)

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 41)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 42)

SUNDAY: Chance of rain and snow

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 38)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 35)

November 28th: On this day

1925
The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville. Some of the bands regularly on the show during its early days included Bill Monroe, the Possum Hunters (with Dr. Humphrey Bate), the Fruit Jar Drinkers, the Crook Brothers, the Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers, Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader, Deford Bailey, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, and the Gully Jumpers.

1930
Born on this day in Waco, Texas, A.L. was "Doodle" Owens, country music songwriter and singer He had a long songwriting partnership with Dallas Frazier, with whom he wrote "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)" (1969), "(I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again" (1969), I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me"(1970) and "Then Who Am I" (1974), all #1 country hits for Charley Pride. In the 1980s Owens wrote many songs with fellow songwriter Dennis Knutson for George Jones and other artists. Owens died on Nov 28 1999.

1964
"Once a Day," by Connie Smith, started an eight-week stay at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. To date, it is the longest-running chart topper by a solo female act and was the first debut single by a female country artist to reach #1. The song also held the record for the most weeks spent at #1 by a female country artist until it was surpassed by by Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in December 2012.

1972
Charlie Rich recorded "Behind Closed Doors" which went on to give Rich his first #1 hit on the country charts. Written by Kenny O'Dell, some radio stations banned the record initially as being too racy.

2001
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart with Scarecrow, his ninth studio album. Singles released from this album include "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" a duet with George Jones, "Wrapped Up in You", and "Squeeze Me In" a duet with Trisha Yearwood. It was the last album by Brooks before his ten-year hiatus.

Funeral & Visitation for Mel Tillis

Visitation for Mel will be held on Nov. 27 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sykes Funeral Home (424 Franklin St.) in Clarksville, Tenn. A public funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. at Mount Hermon Baptist Church (2204 Jarrell Ridge Rd.), with a private burial to follow. Out of respect for the family, attendees are asked to refrain from photographing, filming or live streaming the service.

A preceding service took place at the Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs, Fla., on Nov. 25.

Additionally, the Tillis family is planning a January public memorial service that will be open to fans and the music industry. The event will be held in Nashville with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Mel, who recorded No. 1 hits “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer” and “Coca Cola Cowboy,” was one of country music’s most versatile artists. He won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.