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MONDAY 052019

Are you planning on traveling this Memorial Day weekend?  If so, you’re not alone.  You’ll be among some 230-thousand Idahoans who will take a vacation to kick off the summer travel season.  Overall travel will jump 3.6 percent to nearly 43-million according to Triple A.

A 17-year old alleged accomplice to a Pocatello murder in March will most likely be charged as an adult.  87 year old Arlyne Koehler was killed in her Pocatello home March 18th or 19th.  Police say the 17-year-old and Dustin Garrett Alfaro, 18, of Marysville, California, stabbed Koehler to death.

A federal grand jury in Boise Tuesday indicted ten alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang on federal racketeering charges, after finding they’d engaged in drug dealing, money laundering and extortion for almost 20 years.  Those indicted are alleged members of the Aryan Knights, a white supremacist gang founded in Idaho prison in the 1990s.

Tickets for Garth Brooks’ Boise concert sold out in less than an hour Friday.  Tickets went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and just before 11 a.m. the company representing Brooks said the tickets were gone. 

A California-based investment group is planning to spend more than $30 million to redevelop an Idaho mall, adding multifamily housing and a hotel to the site.  Karcher Mall was purchased in Nampa earlier this month after the property had been on the market for three years.

Two brothers have been charged for lewd conduct with a minor after they both admitted to raping an underage girl.  A police report describes how multiple witnesses saw Bryce and Tristton Brumfield, ages 25 and 22 respectively, having sex with the 15-year-old victim.

The city of Hazelton has lifted a boil advisory after a test results have returned negative.  The city had two consecutive days of tests come back clear of contaminants.  The city is upgrading its water system and boil advisories could be as possibility during the upgrade process.


In local sports, Brady Trenkle is set to replace Ty Shippen as the athletic director and boys basketball coast at Minico High School.  The hiring committee made that recommendation last week.  Brady is the son of legendary College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball coach Fred Trenkle.  Brady has been an assistant coach of the Men’s Basketball program at Youngstown State University in Ohio. 

In tennis, the Twin Falls Bruin’s doubles team of Tyler Bowman and Brandon Mix won the third place match at the 4A state tennis tournament.

Ladies, if you are looking for a golf tournament this weekend, the Clear Lakes Ladies Golf Association will host a two lady best ball tournament at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.  The event at the Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl.


Today:  Cloudy this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High around 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain overnight. Low 43F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tomorrow:  Rain ending early. Remaining cloudy. High 54F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

WEDNESDAY: P.M. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain showers with a chance of rain/snow in the Wood River Valley.  High: 55 Low: 40  Mountains: 51 Low: 36

THURSDAY: Chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley with a chance of p.m. thunderstorms. Chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. thunderstorms.   High: 58 Low: 41  Mountains: 52 Low: 37

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 64 Low: 43

SATURDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 67 Low: 45  Mountains: 59 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 67 Mountains: 59.

May 20th: On this day


George Jones married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion, the couple divorced slightly more than a year later.


Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country album charts with The Country Way. Pride went on to score thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.


Freddy Fender was at #1 on the Country music album chart with his first album Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album includes the #1 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."


The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the US country album chart with Deliver, their tenth studio release. The album included two hit singles: "Ozark Mountain Jubilee" and "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes", the latter of which reached #1 on Hot Country Songs.


Born on this day, was Jon Pardi, American country music singer/songwriter who in April 2012 released his debut single, "Missin' You Crazy." His second single, released in April 2013 became his first Top 20 hit on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart.


Clint Black was at #1 on the country chart with his debut album Killin' Time. The album with the success of its first four singles, ("A Better Man", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and "Killin' Time"), was a huge hit upon release, and established Black as one of the biggest new stars in country music.


Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me" started a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It was her second #1 country single from her album Breathe and her 8th #1 country single overall.


Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with "A Little Bit Stronger" the lead-off single from her album Stronger. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong and released as the second single from the film's soundtrack album.


Taylor Swift won eight awards at this year's Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas. Swift won categories that included top female artist, top digital songs artist and top country artist.

FRIDAY 051719

During lunchtime, yesterday police located a BB gun at Canyon Ridge High School inside a car in the parking lot.  The action did not cause the school to be placed on lockdown officials say.  Originally police were responding to a call that a reckless driver may have had a handgun. 

A Challis woman died in a single vehicle crash near Carey Tuesday.  Authorities say 80-year-old Lawana Knox lost control when her vehicle went off the shoulder.  The vehicle went down an embankment and collided with lava rock.  Knox was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise where she died of her injuries. 

Federal officials say an effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.  The current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.  Researchers conducted hundreds of tests and sent four prototypes into the field in 2018. But they ultimately rejected them because of production problems, weight or bulk.

The federal government could decide by the end of May whether it will accept Idaho’s voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Federal officials have 90 days to make a decision regarding the amendment, or to provide a list of questions that need to be answered before they can act.

The flurry of legal actions against the company that makes OxyContin is intensifying.  The Idaho Attorney General’s Office sent notices that it intends to take legal action against them.  45 states are now taking legal action against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, asserting that the company downplayed the addiction risks of its powerful prescription drug.

More than 20 years after a teenager was stabbed to death inside her Idaho Falls apartment, police say they have finally tracked down her killer.  53 year old Brian Leigh Dripps was arrested Wednesday in Canyon County after DNA linked him to the 1996 slaying of Angie Dodge who was just 18 when she was attacked and killed inside her own apartment June 13, 1996.


In sports closer to home, High School Boys Baseball, the Twin Falls Bruins fell to the consolation bracket in the Class 4A tournament at Vallivue yesterday losing to Idaho Falls 2 to 1.  The game took 10 innings to complete. 

In another tournament game, Lakeland defeated Minico 12 to 2 in Five innings.


Today:  Raw day, rain winds and cold. Winds: West 15-25 Gust 30 mph - Highs - Valleys: 53 Mountains: 52 Chance of rain 70%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:   Breezy evening rain showers and clearing overnight, cold. Winds: West 15-25 mph. Lows - Valleys: 38 Mountains: 35. Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow: Slight breeze with partly to mostly sunny skies and cool. Winds: West 10-15 mph - High: 63 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 57 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 38

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 55 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 59 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 34

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 59 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a rain shower – High: 57 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

May 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California was guitarist Pat Flynn. He joined the progressive New Grass Revival in 1981, eventually becoming a studio musician and playing on hits by Randy Travis, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea, George Strait and Conway Twitty, among others. Pat wrote and performed on Garth Brooks' hit single "Do What You Gotta Do".

Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded "Gentle On My Mind," a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell. The song went on to win won four Grammy Awards the following year and became the theme to the television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

B.J. Thomas was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song". The song which became Thomas' second #1 single is also the longest-titled #1 song (not including the Stars On 45 Medley) to date.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country album chart with Somewhere Over the Rainbow which featured 1940's pop standards arranged by Nelson. The album's acoustic jazz instrumentation was also meant to play tribute to one of his heroes, Belgian gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, who influenced Nelson's playing.

Johnny Cash started four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin's living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. This was the start of sessions for his forthcoming American Recordings album.

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Country chart with "Buy Me a Rose" released as the third single from his album She Rides Wild Horses. Upon reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts, the song made Rogers (who was 61 years old at the time) the oldest country singer to have a #1 hit.

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, it was also named as the #1 country song of 2004 by Billboard. Video of The Year went to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby" and Gretchen Wilson won Top New Artist and Top Female Vocalist. Entertainer of The Year went to Kenny Chesney.

Charlie McCoy, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell were all inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Grammy Award winning country musician, songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.


Seventeen rural school districts in Idaho will decide school bond issues and levies next Tuesday, May 21st.  All told, the districts are requesting $53.9 million dollars.  Minidoka County has the largest request locally asking for 21-million dollars.  The money would go toward a long list of projects.  Hagerman is asking for a Two-year $400-thouand dollar supplemental levy.

Tuesday afternoon a sudden dust storm near Hazelton along Interstate 84, a  multi-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Jerome man.  52-year-old Douglas Megargle died at the scene.  Four trucks a Pickup and a passenger car were involved in the crash.  The westbound lanes were closed for about five hours.

A Challis man has been ordered to pay $2-thousand dollars in restitution after damaging an archaeological site in Challis.  38-year-old Alan Thorkelson pleaded guilty to digging at a Shoshone Bannock tribal cultural site without authorization. 

Investigators from the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Department say no charges will be filed following the death of 38 year old Thomas Rettew.  He died while in custody in the Cassia County Jail in January from acute meth toxicity.  Detention staff they were told he was detoxing from drugs.  He wasn’t checked on for 95 minutes – while jail policy says detoxing inmates should be checked on every 15 minutes. 

A federal judge has ordered the Oneida County School District to pay two disabled students a combined 1-point 2 million dollars for physical and emotional suffering.  The families chronicled highly disturbing treatment of the two children at Malad Elementary school.

The9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments today in a lawsuit brought by Adree Edmo a transgender inmate who wants the Idaho Department of Correction to provide female gender confirmation surgery.  A federal judge ordered the state to pay.  The state filed the appeal.


Today:  Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Chilly, breezy with occasional rain showers. Winds: West 10-20 mph - High: 55 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 35

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, cool, chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 62 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 59 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 60 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 38

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 60 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 35

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 57 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

May 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Santa Monica, California, was Scott Reeves. He appeared as an actor in the TV series The Young And The Restless, and later formed Blue County with Aaron Benward, who had a hit with "Good Little Girls" in 2004. He also co-wrote Toby Keith's hit "Made In America".

Roger Miller recorded a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. His version peaked at #12 on the Country charts in August of this year.

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Rick Trevino, a Mexican American country music artist who scored the 1997 US #1 Country hit "Running Out of Reasons to Run."

Alabama were at #1 on the country album chart with 40-Hour Week, their ninth studio album which included three songs that topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Two of the #1 tracks: "There's No Way" and the title track, became milestones in Alabama's recording career when "There's No Way" became Alabama's 16th consecutive #1 single. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James' 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, in August of this year, "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" topped the chart, becoming Alabama's 17th-straight chart topper, allowing them to surpass James' record.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country chart with his version of "Please Remember Me" a song co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, his version was released as a single that year.

Kenny Chesney performed "There Goes My Life" and "Back Where I Come From" for president George W. Bush at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard in the East Wing of the White House.

Keith Urban performed "Little Bit Of Everything" during the season finale of Fox TV's American Idol. Urban and contestant Kree Harrison later perform Urban's hit "Where The Blacktop Ends" with Blink-182's Travis Barker on drums and Randy Jackson on bass.

American singer-songwriter Emilio Navaira died of a heart attack aged 53. He was called the "Garth Brooks of Tejano" with his style of Tex-Mex music. Navaira charted six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.


The pilot of an airplane that crash at the Jerome airport yesterday morning refused medical treatment.  Officials say the 1952 antique fixed wing aircraft had one person on board when it left the runway on takeoff and belly flopped through a fence.  Rescue workers on scene say the adult male pilot was identified as 70 year old John O’Connor.  The plane sustained significant damage to the landing gear, propeller and wings.  The FAA is investigating

The investigation continues into the school threat targeting the Twin Falls High school.  Friday, the district closed the school and placed the nearby Sawtooth elementary on Soft Lockdown because of what they said was a threat on social media.  Later it was determined the threat was a hoax.  Now Police are involved and charges could be filed.

The city of Jerome has a new fire chief.  Mike Harrison will replace Jeremy Presnell who resigned in April to pursue other professional opportunities.  Harrison has been with the city since 2008.

The 23 year old Idaho Falls man who was accidently shot while target shooting at the old National Guard Training range has died of his injuries.  Michael Ephram died after a bullet struck him in the head.  Two different groups were target shooting in different areas a few hundred feet apart.  The person responsible for firing the rounds is cooperating with authorities. 

The principal of Star Middle school and his wife have been accused of withholding food from two children.  Tony and Pamela Nelson was also accused of hitting the children hard enough to leave bruises.  A Grand Jury indicted the two on multiple counts of felony injury to a child.  They could face up to ten years in prison for each count if convicted. 

The Twin Falls School district school board has decided to release students an hour early on Mondays next school year.  The decision was made earlier this week.  The district said they will call it Collaboration Monday where they will work to improve classroom instruction.


WEDNESDAY: Clouds and sunshine, breezy, chance of isolated pm rain and storms. Winds: South 10-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 78 Mountains: 70

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Evening shower, otherwise mostly cloudy. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 52 Mountains: 43

THURSDAY: Breezy, scattered rain and thunderstorms. Winds: SSE 10-15 mph - High: 70 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 37

FRIDAY: Chilly, breezy with occasional rain showers - High: 55 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 35

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, cool, chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 62 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 60 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 35

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 54 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 37

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 36

May 15th: On this day

Born on this day near Henderson, Tennessee, was Richard Edward Arnold, who became known as Eddy Arnold. So-called Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and has sold more than 85 million records. He co-wrote with Cindy Walker the country and pop standard "You Don't Know Me" which became a hit for Ray Charles in 1962. He died in a nursing home in Nashville, on May 8, 2008, exactly one week before his 90th birthday.

Born on this day in Crossett, Arkansas, was K.T. Oslin, country music singer and songwriter who is known for a series of top-ten country hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s, four of which topped the chart including her 1990 hit “Come Next Monday.”

At the 5th Annual Grammy Awards held Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, Burl Ives won Best Country & Western Recording for "Funny Way of Laughin'."

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

Born on this day in Springfield, Massachusetts, was Ashley Gearing, country music artist who made her chart debut in 2003 with the song "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?", which peaked at #36 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Eleven years old at the time, she became the youngest solo artist to enter the country charts, breaking a record held by Brenda Lee.

Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. As a member of the Carter Family, she had hits with Johnny Cash, including Grammy Award winning song, "Jackson", "Ring Of Fire", (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and "If I Were A Carpenter."

Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts married Allison Alderson, a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA 2002. DeMarcus met her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, "These Days".

Winners at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Top Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood, Top Vocal Duo - Brooks & Dunn, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Top Male Vocalist - Brad Paisley, Top New Female Vocalist - Miranda Lambert and Album of the Year went to Carrie Underwood for Some Hearts.

People Magazine reported Canadian singer Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, had separated after 14 years of marriage. The couple were married on December 28, 1993, after Twain met Lange at Nashville's Fan Fair earlier in the year.

Lyle Lovett was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Houston at its general commencement ceremony.Bottom of Form

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An immigrant from the Republic of the Congo died Sunday afternoon when he attempted to swim from the South to the North Shore of Dierkes Lake.  20 year old Erinest Nsabimana’s body was recovered around 7 pm.  His family watching from the shore of the lake near Shoshone Falls called authorities around 5:45 p.m.

A Washington State family is hoping someone will step forward to give more information about an accident that happened in November of 2018 along Interstate 84 near Bliss.  A toolbox fell from the back of a truck and Rod Goodman’s car crashed into it.  He has had 22 surgeries, both of his arteries and legs were severed.  No one has stepped forward to identify the truck that lost the tools.

The department of Motor Vehicle license locations in Twin Falls County will be closed later this week for all day training.  In Buhl, the office will be closed tomorrow, while the office on Addison Avenue will be closed Thursday. 

Some employers are struggling to find summer workers under the new visa rules.  In recent years visas for non-agricultural workers who returned to their former employer didn’t count among the total number of visas issued every year. Companies used that exemption to hire the same foreign workers year after year. Now they can’t unless they meet the requirements for new H-2B visas.

Weather forecasters are warning some Blaine County residents to take necessary precaution for Flooding as the waters in the Big Wood River in Hailey continue to rise.  Warm Temperatures combined with moderate rainfall expected later this week will push the River past the flood stage which is 5 feet.  Forecasters predict minor flooding with the waters expected to reach 5-point 9 feet. 

Three children, ages 9, 12 and 13 caused at least $80-thousand dollars in damage to a home in Pocatello.  The homeowners were on vacation in Utah when the children broke into the home destroying furniture, dishes, and appliances.  In two instances the children tried to burn the home down but the fires quickly extinguished themselves.  Two of the children confessed at the urging of their parents.  They have been charged with second degree arson and malicious destruction of property. 


In local sports, Avery Rambur from Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls has signed to play baseball at the College of Idaho.  In addition to Baseball, Rambur also played Football and Basketball for the Riverhawks. 

As the State Baseball and Softball tournaments gear up this week, here’s a look as some of the local games that are on tap.  On Thursday it’s 4-A Baseball action at Vallivue High School in Caldwell where Minico will play Lakeland at 1.  Twin Falls takes on Idaho Falls at 4 and Burley will play Bishop Kelly at 7.  In Idaho Falls Kimberly will meet with Weiser at 4 and in Orofino Declo takes on Malad at 10 am.


Today:  Sunshine, few clouds and warm. Chance of isolated afternoon rain/storms Winds: SW 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 80 Mountains: 76

Tonight :  Mild, mostly to partly cloudy. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 51 Mountains: 46

Tomorrow:  Sun and clouds, isolated showers and storms. Winds: South 5-10 mph - High: 78 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 72 Low: 48

THURSDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 73 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 40

FRIDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 57 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 37

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 63 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 59 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 62 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 58 Low: 34

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 58 Low: Mountains - High: 56

May 14th: On this day

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the country charts with "Hungry Eyes" one of the most famous of his career. "Hungry Eyes" is a tribute to Oklahomans and others who lived in labor camps during the Great Depression, the time period in which this song is set.

Johnny Cash appeared on the UK TV David Frost Show, where he talked about his career as well as performing "Man In Black" and "If I Were A Carpenter.'

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country chart with "Grandma Harp” which was released as the second single from the album Let Me Tell You About a Song. "Grandma Harp" would become Merle Haggard's 12th #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, “Always on My Mind”, a song originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972. Over 300 artists have recored the song, including Elvis Presely who scored a hit with his version in 1972. Nelson won a Grammy Award for his version of the song.

Winners at the 19th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Mac Davis, Crystal Gayle and Charlie Pride included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Janie Fricke, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Lee Greenwood, Top Vocal Group - Exile, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Gus Hardin, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Jim Glaser, Top Vocal Duet of the Year - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton and Album of the Year went to Alabama for Alabama.

Born on this day, was American country music singer and songwriter Dustin Lynch who scored the 2012 Country #2 hit "Cowboys and Angels."

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris were at #1 on the country album chart with Trio, which went on to sell over sold over 4 million copies and received several Grammy nominations.

Just six weeks after breaking his wrist in a cross-country motorbike race, Craig Morgan was involved in another accident, breaking his right leg during a competition in Vanleer, Tennessee. He was forced to perform from a wheelchair or on crutches for the following few weeks.

Country singer Blake Shelton married Maranda Lambert at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas. 550 people were in attendance, including many celebrities, such as Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley, and the Bellamy Brothers.Bottom of Form

MONDAY 051319

The state department of education has released a list of 29 schools that have been identified as the lowest performing schools.  7 of those schools are in the Magic Valley area.  Gooding Middle School, Heritage Academy in Jerome, High Desert and the middle school in Shoshone, the Alternative high school and Bridge Academy in Twin Falls and the Wendell middle school.  Each school will remain on the list for three years and is eligible for extra support designed to turn the schools around.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says one of its contractors fell for an email phishing scheme, and personal information belonging to more than 2,000 clients might have been revealed.  The agency says that clients will receive a notification in the mail.

A federal lawsuit over abortion reporting requirements has been dismissed after lawmakers tweaked the law to remove some unconstitutionally vague language.  U.S. District Judge David Nye granted the dismissal after the Idaho Attorney General’s office and attorneys for Planned Parenthood asked to have the case closed.

The investigation continues into a house fire that took the life of an elderly man in Wendell early Friday morning.  Crews were called to the 200 block of East Main Street where Vernon Carter’s body was found in the basement.  Others in the home escaped.  The home is a total loss.

There will be another option for some students in Jerome County this fall.  Dale Layne the superintendent of the district said the high school is becoming very large.  A new yet unnamed standalone alternative school will be developed for students that are part of an alternative program. 

Officials with the Twin Falls Fire Department are continuing their investigation into a house fire that destroyed a home early Friday morning.  Fire investigators say the blaze at 1730 Manzanita Street began in the Kitchen.  When crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the dwelling.


The girls from  the Jerome High School Softball team are heading to state. That’s something that hasn’t happened since 2012.  Jerome toppled Pocatello Friday night with a score of 7 to 1.  Next, the Tigers will face Bishop Kelly on  Friday morning in Coeur d’Alene.

Meanwhile, Twin Falls, will not be going to state for the first time since 2010 after losing to  Mountain Home 10 to 9 in the 3rd place game.  The Bruins went 18-0 in the regular season against conference opponents but lost two crucial games during the district tournament.

Other scores from the diamonds over the weekend, first to Boys Baseball, Glenns Ferry defeated Wilder 10 to 0.  South Fremont downed Filer 12 to 1. 

In a couple of Softball games, Glenn’s Ferry 10 Rimrock 7 and Filer defeated Sugar Salem 14 to 4. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 83F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Low 57F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain and thunderstorms in the Wood River Valley.   High: 81 Low: 52  Mountains: 78 Low: 50

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms in the Wood River Valley.   High: 78 Low: 52  Mountains: 74 Low: 50

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and thunderstorms in both the Wood River Valley and Magic Valley.   High: 70 Low: 45  Mountains: 64 Low: 42

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of p.m. rain and thunderstorms in both the Wood River Valley and Magic Valley.   High: 61 Low: 41  Mountains: 56 Low: 37

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the Magic Valley and a chance of rain, snow, and thunderstorms in the Wood River Valley.   High: 62 Low: 41  Mountains: 55 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the Magic Valley and a chance of rain, snow, and thunderstorms in the Wood River Valley.   High: 62 Mountains: 54

May 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit “Hello Vietnam”, which was used as the opening theme in the film Full Metal Jacket. He died on Sept 27th 2011.

Born on this day in Dora, Alabama, was Terry Fell who started his record career in 1945 as a member of Billy Hughes band. During his first session for RCA in Hollywood, he recorded a song that would become a hit. Although the A-side, "Don't Drop It", was underplayed, the B-side, "Truck Drivin Man", became a classic, especially in the trucker country music scene. Many artists have covered the song including; Ricky Nelson, Boxcar Willie, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Martin, The Flying Burrito Brothers, George Hamilton IV, Glen Campbell, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Leon Russell and Toby Keith.

Born on this day in Dunedin, Florida, was Lari White, country music artist and actress. Three of her singles having reached Top Ten: "That's My Baby" and "That's How You Know (When You're In Love)" and "Now I Know."

Born on this day in Charleston, South Carolina, was Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 2008 US Country #1 hit “Don't Think I Don't Think About It.”   Rucker won the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2009. Rucker scored two US Country #1’s in 2010 with “Come Back Song”, and “This”.

American Western swing musician Bob Wills died. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in 1973 when a stroke left him comatose until his death. From the 1970's until his 2002 death, Waylon Jennings performed a song called "Bob Wills is Still the King".

Heartworn Highways the documentary film by James Szalapski was released. The film captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee and features Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included "What Hurts the Most"Bottom of Form