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Friday 101218

The water in the Reservoirs is currently setting at 45-percent full as the irrigation season winds down.  That’s good news on several fronts.  With that amount of water more will be released to recharge the aquifer.  Projections are that next year irrigation deliveries will be normal. 

The snow has arrived at Pomerelle Ski Resort.  Earlier this week 13 inches of snow was reported on the top and 8 inches at the base.  Good news for skiers!

23 year old Fredie Gomez-Hernandez has pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault.  The Owner of Pizza Planet in Buhl told police Gomez-Hernandez began ordering pizza in Spanish.  When he told him he didn’t understand Spanish, he was chased with a double bladed knife.  He faces five years in prison.

23 year old Vincent Toreph has plead guilty of raping a 16 year old girl.  The 16 year old victim told police they had sex twice after she told him no.

A ballot initiative seeking to legalize historical horse racing devices in Idaho is drawing the most money.  Campaign finance reports show the Committee in support of Proposition 1 raised about $2 million.  Reports show those against Prop 1 raised $2.7 million. In the governor's race, Republican Brad Little reported raising about $750,000. Democrat Paulette Jordan raised about $475,000.  Idahoans for Healthcare raised $512,000 for an initiative to expand Medicaid. A group opposing the expansion raised about $30,000.

The charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident and DUI have been made against 54 year old Bennett Quelhorst by the Jerome County Sheriff’s office.  This after 27 year old Juan Chavez was found in the road near the Jerome Golf Course.  Chavez was severely injured after he was thrown from his motorcycle.  He lost one of his legs due to the injury.  The accident happened in June.  The Gooding County Sheriff’s office discovered Quellhorst had shot himself when they conducted a welfare check.  He survived that turning himself into authorities without incident.

In sports, first to Boys soccer it was a tie score.  Twin Falls 1 Preston 1.  Wood River 1 Jerome 0. 

In Girls Soccer, Wood River outlasted Jerome 1 to 0. 

In volleyball Carey 3 Lighthouse Christian 1.  Canyon Ridge 3 Jerome 0.  Same for Filer beating Kimberly 3 to 0.  Buhl outlasted Declo 3 to 2.  Hagerman beat Glenns Ferry 3 to 0.  Murtaugh 3 raft River 1 and The Sun Valley Community School 3 Richfield 0. 


Today:  Sunny skies.  Winds: NW 5-10 mph  High: 60 (Mountains: 54)

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 38F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High near 60F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: NW 5-15 mph.

Low: 28 (Mountains: 24)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 48 (Mountains: 46)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 56 (Mountains: 51)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 61 (Mountains: 58)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 64 (Mountains: 61)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 65 (Mountains: 62)

October 12th: On this day


Born on this day in Lexington, North Carolina, was Terry McMillan, country musician who played harmonica and percussion. He became a very in-demand session musician working with, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, and Dixie Chicks. He died at the age of 53 on 2 Feb 2007.


The Chrysler Corporation introduced high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and mounted under the instrument panel. The seven-inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. A set of 35 classical recordings were available that provided between 45 and 60 minutes of uninterrupted music. The players would be discontinued in 1961.


Born on this day in York, Pennsylvania, was Martie Maguire, singer-songwriter, violin and gutar with the Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".


Born on this day in Mineral Wells, Texas, was Shane McAnally singer, songwriter and producer. McAnally has written a string of American Country Music hits including Kenny Chesney's singles "Somewhere with You" and "Come Over", Jake Owen's 2011 single "Alone with You", Luke Bryan's single "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", The Band Perry's single "Better Dig Two", Lady Antebellum's single "Downtown" and Miranda Lambert's single "Mama's Broken Heart".


Alabama was named instrumental group and vocal group of the year, at the 15th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Entertainer of the Year (for that year), Barbara Mandrell.


Capital Nashville released "Somewhere Other Than the Night", by Garth Brooks which became a US #1 hit. It was the second single released from his album, The Chase and his fifteenth overall.


Faith Hill released her debut album, Take Me as I Am. Four singles were released from the album. The first two, "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart" (a cover of the 1967 song by Erma Franklin), reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


The Farm Aid 96' benefit concert took place at the Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Hootie and the Blowfish, Marshall Chapman, Beach Boys, Son Volt, Robert Earl Keen, Martina McBride, John Conlee, Jewel, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.


John Denver was killed at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California. The crash badly disfigured Denver's head and body, making identification by dental records impossible, records of his fingerprints were used to confirm that the pilot was indeed the singer. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s earning twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", and "Sunshine on My Shoulders".

October 13th: On this day


Born on this day in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was Lacy J. Dalton country singer and songwriter known for her gritty, powerful vocals. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy," "Crazy Blue Eyes" and "16th Avenue."


Billboard discontinued the "C&W Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played C&W by Jockeys" charts. Starting with the October 20 issue, there is one all-encompassing "Hot C&W Sides" chart. The new chart has 30 positions, and "City Lights" by Ray Price was the first #1 song.


Born on this day in Ogden, Utah, was Marie Osmond singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family The Osmonds. She scored a US #1 hit in 1973 with her version of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses."


Born on this day in Valdosta, Georgia, was Rhett Akins, Country singer, songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit "Don't Get Me Started." Akins has written singles for other country music singers, primarily as one-third of the songwriting team The Peach Pickers alongside Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.


Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts, and became Parton's third top-forty pop hit.


Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The presentation was made by Kenny Rogers.


Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

October 14th: On this day


Born on this day in Iron City, Tennessee, was Melba Montgomery, country music singer best known for duet hit recordings in the 1960s with country music singer George Jones and her 1974 US #1 hit "No Charge." Melba has written songs for such artists as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, and Terri Clark.


The Everly Brothers were at #1 on the country singles chart with "Wake Up Little Susie." Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant the song was banned in such places as Boston, although the song does not state that Susie and her boyfriend had sexual relations. Indeed, it strongly implies that they did not!


The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame added Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), Jack Clement ("Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"), Harlan Howard ("Busted"), Roger Miller, Ed and Steve Nelson ("Bouquet Of Roses") and Willie Nelson.


Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Natalie Maines, singer-songwriter and lead vocalist the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".


The movie Songwriter directed by Alan Rudolph, and starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson was released. The film a satirical comedy, is loosely based on Willie Nelson's own life and and finances, (his song "Night Life", for example, which he sold in 1961 for $150, went on to be recorded by over 70 artists and sold more than 30 million copies).


Freddy Fender the Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician died aged 69. Best known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados, He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".


Thursday 10/11/18

Idaho officials have sent another 150 male inmates to be housed in Texas due to overcrowding in Idaho.  That brings the total to 700 inmates that are now housed out of state. The state pays about $70 per inmate per day.

A meridian high school teacher who had sex with a student has been sentenced to 120 days in jail and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.  26-year-old Rebecca Mason-Cales had initially pleaded not guilty to six counts of battery against a minor child aged 16 or 17, but in August she entered a revised guilty plea of guilty to one count.  The teen says although by law he is a victim, he insists that his interactions were all consensual.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has completed its second big wild horse roundup in northern Nevada in recent weeks, removing 887 mustangs from the range in Elko County.  The horses were gathered Sept. 19-Oct. 2 where their numbers were eight times what it considers the appropriate management level.

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Farhana Hibbert to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.  Hibbert previously owned IDAHO Unido, the state’s bilingual English/Spanish newspaper.

The 2018 Trailing of the Sheep Festival is underway in the Wood River Valley.  Thousands of sheep will pass through the streets of Ketchum with a parade at noon on Sunday.

The south-Central Public Health District and the Idaho DEQ have lifted the public health advisory for Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir after recent testing showed micro-toxins are not at a safe level in the water.  Meanwhile the advisory for Mormon Reservoir remains in place because of a Algi Bloom. 

Authorities have arrested a third suspect in connection with a stun-Gun attack on a woman southeast of Burley.  23-year old Ricardo Parga-Cistillo of Heyburn is charged with aggravated battery.  A woman said six people entered a home and attacked her September 26th

In local sports, first to boys’ soccer, Bliss outlasted the Sun Valley Community School 1 to 0 sending Bliss to the state playoffs. 

In volleyball action Kimberly shut out Declo 3 to 0.  Same score with Shoshone outlasting Wendell and Valley beating Dietrich.  That 3 to zero score carried on with Carey outlasting the Sun Valley Community School. 

October 11th: On this day


Born on this day near McMinnville, Tennessee, was Dottie West, country music singer and songwriter. Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. She died in hospital on September 4, 1991 after being involved in a car crash a few days earlier when she was on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.


Born on this day, was Gene Watson, country singer, best known for his signature song "Farewell Party" and the 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon," and his 1982 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind." Watson has scored six Country #1’s, 23 top tens and over 75 charted singles.


Born on this day in Northfield, Minnesota, was Paulette Carlson, country singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s as the founder and lead vocalist for the country band Highway 101. With Highway 101, she charted four #1 hit singles, and seven Top 10 hits.


Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.


Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar was released in the US. The singer’s debut album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." This was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label.


Born on this day was Josh Kear American songwriter. His credits include Lady Antebellum's #1 "Need You Now", for which Kear won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Country Song at the 53rd Grammy Awards and Carrie Underwood's #1 "Before He Cheats." Kear was award "Songwriter of the Year" at the 2013 ASCAP Country Music Awards, where he was also awarded "Song of the Year", along with Chris Tompkins, for Luke Bryan's "Drunk on You".


American Western swing musician Tex Williams died. Williams is best known for his talking blues style and had the 1947 novelty hit with "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" which he co-wrote with Merle Travis.


Benjamin David Hodges was freed on $5,000 bond after police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, arrested him for shooting out the window of a tour bus used by Pat Green's band. He was charged with shooting a gun into an occupied vehicle, while the bus was parked on the street which shattered the driver's side window.


Billboard changed its Hot Country Songs from an airplay-only chart to one that reflected both airplay and music downloads. As a result of the new methodology, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" – which had previously peaked at #13 – rebounded back up the chart and became the first #1 single under the new methodology. In the process, the song became the first to top both the country and Billboard Hot 100 charts since "Amazed" by Lonestar in March 2000 and – with nine weeks at #1 – was the longest running chart-topper on the country chart since "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston in 1966.


Today:  Partly cloudy.  Winds: SW 5-10 mph  High: 53 (Mountains: 49)

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 35F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 60F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 38 (Mountains: 33)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 59 (Mountains: 55)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 50 (Mountains: 49)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 58 (Mountains: 55)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 61 (Mountains: 60)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 65 (Mountains: 63)

Wednesday 101018

The South Central Public Health District said residents should check ground beef products packaged between July 26th and September 7 for possible salmonella contamination.  57 people from 16 states have already been infected with the disease – 1 from Idaho.  Products are labeled with EST 267 inside the USDA mark of Inspection.

33 year old Joshua Molina may face the death penalty after the death of a baby last year in Twin Falls.  The Jerome man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s baby.  The court has pushed the deadline to decide to October 26th.

There’s a sea of orange at the Jerome High school today.  The school asked students to wear orange in support of Ana Lopez-Rodriguez, a student who was diagnosed with leukemia just as school got started this year.  The student Government will also be walking around the school for donations.

Bumpin Bernie’s, a bar located in Downtown Twin Falls may have to close the same hours as similar establishments.  They have been operating till 3 am but Police document a history of high call volumes for fights and disturbances.  Now, city officials are considering forcing them to close at 1 am. 

The former office building that until recently was used by the Twin Falls building department could be sold and repurposed as a Dance and exercise studio upstairs and a paleontology research lab in the basement.  A purchase agreement is headed to the council later this month for final approval.  Final price - $120-thousand dollars.

A longtime Republican Idaho lawmaker who lost to a political newcomer in May's primary is among six candidates mounting write-in campaigns. Rep. Tom Loertscher of Iona filed paperwork with the Idaho Secretary of State's office Tuesday to run as an independent in eastern Idaho's District 32 in the November general election.

Two northern Idaho newspaper carriers say they were shot at while delivering papers. Donna Correll and her husband said that someone shot at their vehicle while they were driving on their usual paper route outside of Lapwai. The couple was not hurt in the incident.

In local sports, first to boys soccer, the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks  is going to state with a 2 to 1 victory over Wood River.  Elsewhere it was Century 2 Twin Falls 1.  Jerome 6 Burley 0 and Preston took Mountain Home in Overtime 3 to 2. 

In Girls Soccer, The Twin Falls High School Soccer  Team is going to state with a 2 to 0 win over Wood River.   It was Dietrich 3 Murtaugh 2.  Burley 3 Preston 0.  Wood River beat Canyon Ridge 3 to 1.  Twin Falls Outlasted Mountain Home 3 to 0.  Gooding 3 Buhl 0.  Filer over Lighthouse Christian 3 to 0.  Wendell outlasted Raft River 3 to 2 and it was Hagerman 3 Richfield 0.  Oakley 3 Glenns Ferry 0 and Hansen beat Castleford 3 to 1.  Twin Falls Christian Academy 3 over Jackpot 0.

Today:  Periods of rain. High 51F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight:  Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Low around 37F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly Sunny. High 51F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 34 (Mountains: 29)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 60 (Mountains: 55)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 58 (Mountains: 54)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 52 (Mountains: 49)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 58 (Mountains: 55)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 60 (Mountains: 58)

October 10th: On this day


Born on this day, was Tony Arata, singer-songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, ("The Dance"), Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Glaser, Reba McEntir, Hal Ketchum, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Emmylou Harris.


Born on this day in Seminole, Texas, was Tanya Tucker, female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13 and hit songs such as 1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?", "Blood Red and Goin' Down," 1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman," and 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend". Tucker starred in her own reality show, Tuckerville, on The Learning Channel in 2005. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.


Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country music album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me. The title track (like the song "Okie from Muskogee") became a success and gave Haggard a #1 hit single.


The American musical drama television series Nashville premiered on ABC, reaching 8.93 million viewers. The series featured Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, a legendary country music superstar, whose stardom begins fading, and Hayden Panettiere as rising teen star Juliette Barnes.


Cal Smith died aged 81. Best known for his 1974 hit "Country Bumpkin", which received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.


Taylor Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year 2014, making her the first artist to receive the award twice. The award is given to the female artist who "has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation" over the last year.

Tuesday 100918

Authorities say a suspicious letter mailed to Sen. Mike Crapo's Lewiston office on Friday didn't contain any hazardous materials. The letter had indications on the envelope that caused staff to believe it could possibly contain dangerous materials.

Who is responsible for the explosion that destroyed a mailbox Friday a mile north of Shoshone?  That’s what authorities want to know.  The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to a 10:40 p.m. call and found the mailbox still on fire at a home on West Huyser Drive.

Two people are missing in Idaho's largest county. Officials from Idaho County are looking for a 76-year-old Idaho woman who was reported missing from a hunting camp and a 27-year-old Maryland man who got separated from a video crew.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the area could be spoiled. Zinke signed the mineral ban that extends a temporary ban imposed in 2016.

Domestic violence victims in rural communities face unique challenges. Idaho Legal Aid Service, Inc. was awarded a federal grant of $480,014 last month from the Office on Violence against Women's to help victims in those rural communities.

Robert Stuart Middle School in Twin Falls recently received a $27,400 grant from the Dart Foundation, a private family foundation that serves communities nationwide.  The money will be used for technology upgrades for the STEM classroom, including computers, several sets of robotics kits and 3D printers.

A defense attorney says a man charged with first-degree murder in northern Idaho shouldn't face the death penalty due to his young age.  Attorney R. Keith Roark filed a motion on behalf of Jacob Coleman.  Coleman was 19 when authorities say he stabbed to death 22-year-old cab driver Gagandeep Singh in Kootenai in August 2017.

A safety team is recommending improvements in communication tactics and training after a state wildlife helicopter crash that that severely burned two volunteer firefighters trying to rescue the crash victims.  The team reviewing the Aug. 18 Sheep Creek Fire north of Battle Mountain said the rescue was hampered by the complexity of the response to the incident.

In local sports, first to boys soccer, it  was Bliss 1 Buhl 0 and the Sun Valley Community School outlasted Filer 4 to 0. 

In Girls Soccer it was Kimberly 3 Wendell 2 and the Sun Valley School 5 Declo 0.

In Volleyball, Declo outlasted Oakley 3 to 0.  It was the same score with Shoshone outlasting Valley 3 to 0.  


Today:  Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain for the afternoon. High 49F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tonight:  Steady light rain this evening. Showers continuing overnight. Low 39F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Considerable cloudiness. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 51F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 36 (Mountains: 31)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 55 (Mountains: 49)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 61 (Mountains: 54)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 57 (Mountains: 53)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 57 (Mountains: 52)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 63 (Mountains: 55)

October 9th: On this day


Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.


Johnny Cash played the first night of a week long tour appearing with Elvis Presley, Floyd Cramer, Jimmy Newman and Porter Wagoner at the Cheery Springs Dance Hall, Cherryspring.


Born on this day in Austin, Texas, was Tommy Shane Steiner, country music artist. He made his debut in 2001 with the single "What If She's an Angel", which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.


Elvis and Priscilla Presley were granted a divorce after six and half years of marriage. She was given property along with $725,000 and an additional $4,200 a month for the support of their five-year old daughter, Lisa Marie. The settlement also included half the proceeds from the sale of an L.A. home and five percent of the total outstanding stock in two publishing companies. The couple emerged from a Santa Monica, California courthouse arm in arm, kiss and depart separately.


Johnny Cash hosted the 12th annual Country Music Association Awards Show, broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on the CBS-TV network. Dolly Parton won Entertainer Of The Year and Grandpa Jones was inducted into the Hall Of Fame.


Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.


Born on this day in Raleigh, North Carolina, was Scotty McCreery who won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, includes the top 20 country songs, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls".

Monday 100818

The city of Twin Falls has narrowed the search for the City Attorney.  It’s now down to three.  Eric Krening, Shayne Nope and Aaron Pinon were selected from a group of seven. 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been renamed.  They are now the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square stripping off the name “Mormon”.  The tabernacle has been home to the choir for 150 years.

Meanwhile the LDS church has joined lawmakers, the Governor and advocates to back a deal that would legalize medical marijuana.  Residents are preparing to vote in November on a Medical Marijuana ballot initiative. 

If you purchased an Idaho Driver’s License in the last month you should check it for errors.  This, after a software glitch that caused 250 licenses around the state to have misprinted information.  The licenses have wrong first and middle names.  No other information is incorrect.  The DMV will print a new one at no charge if yours is incorrect.

22 year old Julio Cesar Pulido has been charged with three felony counts of fraud.  The Filer man is accused of stealing another man’s identity to purchase two cars in Burley.

22 year old Daniel Tyler Ward of Twin Falls has been accused of possessing nude photos of a 16 year old girl.  A search of Ward’s Phone and computer turned up three nude photos of the 16 year old as well as text messages which she told Ward she was 16.

Officials with the Canyon County Jail say it’s the first in Idaho to implement an Iris Biometric Identification recognition system when booking inmates into custody.  It’s a process that is more accurate and faster than fingerprinting.  Inmates are still fingerprinted and photographed.  The system was implemented on August 2nd.

In local sports, congratulations in order for Lindsey Anderson, the CSI cross country and long distance track coach finished the Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:36:51. Her mark gives her an A qualifying time for the Olympic trials, slated for Atlanta, Georgia in 2020.

In Hansen those attending the Friday football game were donating their admission to honor Monsoradt Orozco, a Murtaugh high school senior who was recently killed.  It was senior night for the huskies to accompany their last home game of the season.

Today:  Sunny. High 59F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 38F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High 53F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.


Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 38 (Mountains: 32)

WEDNESDAY: Chance of showers.

High: 52 (Mountains: 46)

THURSDAY: Chance of showers.

High: 53 (Mountains: 50)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 58 (Mountains: 55)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 63 (Mountains: 59)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 68 (Mountains: 60)

October 8th: On this day


Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Haywire Mac, (Harry McClintock), an American singer and poet, best known for his song "Big Rock Candy Mountain", which was featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? The song reached #1 on Billboard's "Hillbilly Hits" chart in 1939. Having worked as a cowboy himself, McClintock was one of the few "country" singers who had an authentic background from which to draw. McClintock died on April 24, 1957.



Born on this day in Eugene, Oregon, was Susan Raye, country music singer. She enjoyed great popularity during the early and mid 1970's and chalked up seven top 10 and nineteen top 40 country hits. Raye was a protegee of country music singer Buck Owens. Owens and Raye recorded a number of hit albums and singles together.


Sonny James was at #1 on the Country charts with his version of "Since I Met You Baby", James' third cover song released during 1969, (the other two being "Only the Lonely" and "Running Bear"). Supposedly recorded live (the song's introduction and fade out features a cheering audience), the audience was added to the studio recording.


Although her pop career was on the decline, Anne Murray won the Country Music Association's Album of the Year Award for A Little Good News. She was the first woman to ever be given that distinction.


Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country charts with “I Like It, I Love It”, released as the first single from the album All I Want. The song was McGraw's ninth single overall, and his third #1 hit.


Rascal Flatts were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by American country music singer Little Jimmy Dickens, (famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11", and his rhinestone-studded outfits).

Friday 100518

A Twin Falls man was killed Tuesday Evening just north of Wells Nevada when his pickup was struck by a Jeep.  The accident on U.S. Highway 93 claimed the life of 49 year old Jimmy Padilla.  The other driver from Glendale Arizona suffered minor injuries.

28 year old Brandi Olsen of Kimberly was arraigned on one count of injury to a child.  The charge stem from an incident where a toddler under her care was found sleeping on the sidewalk late at night.  A Passerby notified 911 at 10:20 pm.

A new mental health program to assist students was recently started in the Cassia County School District.  Students can go to their counselor and ask for help from a professional.  There is no paperwork involved and the students won’t have to wait for an appointment.

Sheephearders are heading to the Wood River Valley to celebrate the trailing of the sheep.  Expect thousands of sheep to be on the streets of Ketchum, Hailey, Sun Valley and Bellevue.  Festivities get underway October 10th.  The festival is celebrating 22 years of sheepherding. 

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said he will visit Montana where he is expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on public lands near Yellowstone’s park.  If approved it would block new claims for gold, silver and other minerals on 30-thousand acres for 20 years.

A southwestern Idaho woman authorities say bit off part of her boyfriend's ear during a dispute has been taken into custody. Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Mae Johnson of Caldwell was being held in the Canyon County Jail on a felony count of mayhem and for a parole violation.

Texas billionaire brothers have put up gates and no trespassing signs on a Forest Service road outside of Boise. Dan and Farris Wilks' company is listed as owners.  Now the question is whether they are allowed to put gates and no Trespassing signs on a public road.

In local sports, first to Volleyball, Lighthouse Christian closed out the Sawtooth Conference with a win over the Hansen Huskies 3 to 0.  Twin Falls shut out Preston 3 to 0.  Wood River 3 Jerome 0.  It was Pocatello over Minico 3 to 2.  Filer over Declo 3 to 0.  Same for Shoshone over Oakley 3 to 0.  Raft River 3 Glenns Ferry 0.  In a back to back sweep, Hagerman outlasted Camas County 3 to 0 and Hagerman over Valley 2 to 0 and it was Carey 3 Dietrich 0.

In girls soccer, it was Canyon  Ridge  3 Burley 2.  Mountain Home 7 Minico 0.  And in boys soccer it was Burley 2 Minico 1, Mountain Home 2 Pocatello 0. 

Some football games to report.  Kimberly 50 Wood River 7 and Wendell 25 Buhl 20. 

October 5th: On this day

Born on this day in Coushatta, Louisiana, was Margie Singleton, country music singer and songwriter. In the 1960s, she was a popular duet and solo recording artist, working with country stars George Jones and Faron Young. Singleton had her biggest hit with Young called "Keeping Up With The Joneses" in 1964.

Born on this day in Dublin, Texas, was Johnny Duncan singer who scorded the 1977 US #1 Country hit "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better." In his career, he released fourteen studio albums, producing more than thirty chart singles, including, "She Can Put Her Shoes Under my Bed (Anytime)." Duncan died on August 14, 2006.

Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100's of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”. Written by songwriter Fred Rose and originally performed by Roy Acuff, the song taken from his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger became Nelson's first #1 hit as a singer.

Reba an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire aired for the first time. The show was set in Houston, Texas, and featured Reba McEntire as a wisecracking single mother Reba Nell Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman). The final episode aired on February 18, 2007.

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US County chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from Own the Night, "Just a Kiss", "We Owned the Night", "Dancin' Away with My Heart" and "Wanted You More".

October 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Midwest City, Oklahoma, was Tim Rushlow, country music artist. Between 1991 and 1997, Rushlow was co-lead vocalist of the country music band Little Texas. After Little Texas disbanded in 1997, Rushlow began a solo career and scored the 2000 top 10 hit "She Misses Him."

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album, which spent 20 weeks at the top of the chart was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

Country music's most successful syndicated radio countdown program to date, American Country Countdown, made its debut. The three-hour program was created by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany, and was modeled after American Top 40 (which Kasem also hosted). Comedian Don Bowman was the original host, but by 1978, he would be replaced by Bob Kingsley.

Born on this day in Atlanta, was Georgia, Ryan Tyler, country music artist made her debut in 2003 with the single "Run, Run, Run" on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry. His set list for this occasion is "Friends In Low Places," "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance."

Tim McGraw married Faith Hill and quickly became country music's most visible couple. Their friendship grew into romance during their successful Spontaneous Combustion tour that year.

The sports drama film Friday Night Lights featuring Tim McGraw as Charles Billingsley in his movie debut, had its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. McGraw attended the evening along with Faith Hill, Billy Bob Thornton, Serena Williams and David Duchovny.

Three days after Hank Williams Jr. referred to Hitler while talking about President Obama, ESPN permanently cut his opening song from “Monday Night Football,” which included the catchphrase “Are you ready for some football?”

Pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal died aged 73. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965 and his first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with "Burned Like a Rocket." Other country hits included "I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow" (1987), "Tell It Like It Is", and "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" (both 1989).

October 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Smartt Station, Tennessee, was Uncle Dave Macon also known as "The Dixie Dewdrop" who was an old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian. Known for his chin whiskers, plug hat, gold teeth, and gates-ajar collar, he gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s before becoming the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the latter half of the decade. He died on March 22nd 1952.

Born on this day in Queens, New York, was Kieran Kane, country music artist who between 1986 and 1990, with Jamie O'Hara comprised The O'Kanes, a duo which charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the #1 single "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You".

Born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, was Dale Watson, country, Texas Country singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

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

George Strait was at #1 on the US county chart with his self-titled album which produced three singles: "Go On", "Don't Make Me Come over There and Love You" and "If You Can Do Anything Else".

The 2008 self-titled debut album from Lady Antebellum was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first debut by a country group to achieve this.