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Thursday 110520

The flu season has arrived in Magic Valley.  Local health district officials say two people have died with flu and COVID-19 complications.  A Blaine County man older than 60 and a Twin Falls woman older than 80 are the first two deaths reported with combined complications.

Idaho education officials say so many people have applied for federal emergency money intended to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic that they’ll stop taking new applications after tomorrow.   The Strong Families, Strong Students program will provide up to $1,500 per child with a per-family maximum of $3,500 to about 30,000 kids who need assistance purchasing educational materials, computers or other services. So far, the state has received more than 31,000 applications for nearly 79,000 students seeking the funds.

Fish and Game officials are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the killing of two cow elk north of Carey in the area of Road Canyon.  The two elk, one fully intact and the other partially processed had been left to rot.  Officials believe the incident occurred between last Friday and Sunday.  Call the fish and game if you can help in the investigation.

Police in Jerome arrested 34 year old Candace Wright of Twin Falls after the woman led them on a short car chase Tuesday.  The woman had previous warrants for her arrest.  Police say the chase proceeded down Highway 93 just north of the Perrine Bridge.

Former Twin Falls Judge G.  Richard Bevan has been named as the Chief Justice for the Idaho Supreme Court.  He will replace Roger Burdick, another Twin Falls native who will step down on December 31st.  He will remain on the court as Vice Chief Justice.

The rock creek fire department spent several hours late last night and early this morning battling a corn dryer fire.  According to information posted to Facebook the fire was on the west side of Kimberly.  They received assistance from the Twin Falls Fire Department.

SPORTS

There will be six football games for the Big Sky Conference this spring.  That was announced yesterday morning.  Play will begin on February 27th with two conference-wide bye weeks on March 20th and April 17th.  That time will be reserved to be able to reschedule games in the event of COVID cancellations.

Idaho state opens with two rivalry games at home as the Bengals host Weber state on February 27th and March 6th.  Like ISU, Northern Arizona and Idaho, the other two conference teams that play in a dome, have two of their first three games at home, as do Cal Poly and UC Davis.

The conference will play with 12 teams in the spring after Sacramento State opted out.

Big Sky teams will not be allowed to play non-conference games in the spring. Idaho State was originally scheduled to play New Mexico, Fresno State and Northern Iowa before the fall season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 72. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. East northeast wind 5 to 13 mph.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 9 to 13 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  A 40 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Rain likely before midnight, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Sunday:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Monday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Veterans Day:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 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.

2014
At the 48th annual CMA Awards Vince Gill received the Irving Waugh award for excellence in country music. This was only the fourth time the award had been granted since its inception in 1983. The previous country music artist to receive the award was Johnny Cash.

Wednesday 110420

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch has been reelected to Congress, defeating Democrat challenger Paulette Jordan.  U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, a Republican, has retained his seat for a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Rudy Soto.  U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson won a 12th term representing Idaho residents in the eastern-most half of the state. Simpson defeated Democrat Aaron Swisher.

Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney yesterday told voters to ignore suspicious robo calls telling them to “stay home, stay safe.” Denney says the calls are not from any official office though they appear to come from a local area code.  Polls remained open until 8 pm.  There were no reports of any disruptions

The secretary of state’s office says it appears that about 80% and possibly up to 82% of registered voters cast a ballot for the election. Chad Houck, chief deputy in the office, said that would be a record high turnout. It also means that about 800,000 residents voted.

We have lots of election information to give you.  Starting in District 24 where Lee Heider remains in the senate.  Lance Clow will be the state representative.  In District 26 Democrat Michelle Stennett retained her senate seat.  Sally Toone, also a democrat returns as a legislator. 

In Twin Falls County Brent Reinke will remain as a county commissioner.   The 605-thousand Rock Creek Fire district levy was passed. 

In Heyburn voters recalled Mayor Mark Rosa and in Lincoln County the Courthouse 3 point 8 million dollar bond failed to pass.

Joann Rutler won a position on the Lincoln County commission. 

Cassia County School Students enrolled in a Dual Credit Government class were busy yesterday.  They conducted an exit poll. Burley High school government teacher Craig Mills said this was one way students could be involved in the election process. 

SPORTS

The state high school football playoffs continue this week.  Tomorrow the Kimberly Bulldogs will host Snake River at 7.  The last time Kimberly met this team for the season opener in August they won 30 to 26. 

On Friday Oakley Travels to Butte County.  Carey heads to Garden Valley.  Gooding battles South Fremont at Madison High School.  Declo will host Melba and Dietrich hosts North Gem.  Lighthouse Christian from Twin Falls will travel to Notus in an 8-man game.

On Saturday Raft River will host Kamiah.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday:  A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Saturday Night:  Rain showers likely before 8pm, then rain and snow showers likely between 8pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Sunday:  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Monday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

 

November 4th: On this day

1930
Henry Horton was re-elected to a third term as governor of Tennessee, USA. Immediately, Nashville residents began withdrawing money from Caldwell-affiliated banks en masse, because Horton and the Caldwell Bank had both been involved in a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids. The story of the scandal would inspire the song "The Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train" by Uncle Dave Macon.

1940
Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Delbert McClinton, singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country chart. Emmylou Harris had a #1 country hit in 1978 with McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine."

1953
Born on this day in Hamilton, Ohio was singer, songwriter Van Stephenson. He scored three US Billboard Hot 100 hits in the 1980s as a solo artist, and later became vocalist in the country music band BlackHawk. Stephenson died of cancer on April 8, 2001.

1975
American Country singer, Audrey Williams, (the first wife of Hank Williams) died from heart failure related to her years of alcohol and drug use at the age of 52, outliving Hank, Sr. by 22 years.

1997
Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.

2003
Dolly Parton was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Country Awards. She has earned over 35 BMI Pop and Country Awards throughout her prolific songwriting career.

2004
Loretta Lynn was honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards. During her career, Lynn has written over 160 songs and released 60 albums, and has sold over 45 million records worldwide.

2008
Brad Paisley released his sixth studio album Play: The Guitar Album which is largely an album of instrumentals, though Paisley sings five duets with other vocalists, including B.B. King, Buck Owens, and Keith Urban. Play: The Guitar Album became his fourth Country #1 and "Start a Band" (a duet with Keith Urban), released as a single became Paisley's ninth consecutive #1 country hit.

2019
Willard Cox, the patriarch of the family bluegrass band the Cox Family, died age 82. The band's legacy includes collaborations with Alison Krauss and some of the music from O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Tuesday 110320

Idaho voters will decide today whether to change the state Constitution to permanently set the number of legislative districts at 35. The amendment received widespread bipartisan support among state lawmakers when it was pitched in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

Democrat and former state lawmaker Paulette Jordan is challenging longtime Idaho politician U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican, for his seat. Risch served as a state lawmaker, lieutenant governor and governor before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, a Republican, is running for a second term against Democratic challenger Rudy Soto, a U.S. Army National Guard veteran, who is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes who campaigned on a goal of affordable health care.

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson is aiming for a 12th term representing Idaho residents in the eastern-most half of the state. Simpson, a Republican, is heavily favored to win in what remains one of the most conservative states in the U.S. He’s facing challenger Aaron Swisher.

The number of voting locations across Idaho for today’s election is down about 15% from usual due to the coronavirus, but a huge surge in early voting has more than compensated.  Nearly 500,000 of the state’s one million registered voters had already cast a ballot at last check.

A semi-truck fire caused a small wildfire near Raft River on I-86 yesterday afternoon.  The semi was pulling two trailers loaded with straw.  No reported injuries.

Last night a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a Union Pacific train near the Pocatello airport.  The person was on the tracks near a convenience store.  Authorities say it appears the victim was a male.

The Twin Falls city council voted yesterday to vote on a mask mandate next week.  The council voted 5 to 2 to have staff draft a mask mandate.  Mayor Suzanne Hawkins and Councilwoman Nikki Boyd voted against the motion.

SPORTS

A lighthouse Christian volleyball player has been named the Snake River All-Conference Volleyball player.  Kynlee Thornton is the Player of the Year.  The teams Coach, Tobie Helman is coach of the year.

Meanwhile a Twin Falls Girls Soccer Team member has been named the Great Basin Player of the year.  Elisabeth Plouy joins her coach in receiving honors. Katie Kauffman was named Coach of the year. 

A few football bowl games won’t be happening this year because of coronavirus concerns but the 24th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been scheduled.  It’s set for 1:30 pm on December 22 at Boise State University’s stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN.  Meanwhile, The  BSU Broncos are hoping to keep their winning  ways with a goal of playing in a bowl game in a couple of months. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 71. South wind around 6 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Friday:  A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.

Friday Night:  A chance of rain showers before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Saturday:  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night:  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.

November 3rd: On this day

1953
"I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" by The Davis Sisters was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Cecil Null, it was the first hit for the duo of Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack (Jack was killed in an automobile accident the week the record was released). The song was a blockbuster hit, and the only #1 country song by a female duet until the rise of The Judds some thirty years later.

1962
Billboard renamed its Hot C&W Sides chart "Hot Country Singles," a name it will keep for the next 27 years. The chart length remained 30 positions.

1965
Johnny Wright was at #1 on the Country chart with "Hello Vietnam." The single, with backing vocals from his wife, Kitty Wells, was later used as the opening theme in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket.

1973
Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the country album chart with his fourth studio release, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The album cover pictures Kristofferson and his soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge. The track "Why Me" from the album reached #1 on the Country singles charts. The Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge album Full Moon went to #1 on the Country chart the following week.

1980
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)". The theme to the CBS comedy adventure television series, The Dukes of Hazzard, spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard country singles charts and became his biggest hit.

2008
After being diagnosed with lung Cancer in May of 2008, Merle Haggard had surgery to remove part of the upper lobe of his right lung that had a lemon-size tumor growing on it.

2009
Carrie Underwood released her third album Play On, her second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and her third to debut atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album featured her #1 single "Cowboy Casanova".

2011
Keith Urban announced that he would undergo throat surgery to remove a polyp in his vocal cords. He canceled or postponed all public appearances until 2012.

Monday 110220

Fire investigators are continuing their investigation today into a house fire that severely damaged a Jerome home Saturday morning.  The home, in the 300 block of 4th avenue east suffered heavy water and fire damage according to Fire chief Mike Harrison.  When crews arrived they found a bed room the attic and basement on fire.  Jerome and Wendell fire crews spent nearly an hour controlling the blaze.

The office of Idaho’s Attorney General has joined an investigation into the Dec. 2018 death of an inmate at a county jail.  40 year old Lance Quick, died of dehydration and starvation while incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail. Quick was the son of former Bannock County coroner Kim Quick.

A Roman Catholic priest who possessed more than 2,500 images of what investigators called the most disturbing child pornography they had ever seen has died in prison.  75 year old Father W. Thomas Faucher was about two years into a 25-year prison sentence without parole.

Four brothers dairy in Shoshone and its owner have agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor after it allowed manure to flow into a canal during record floods of 2017.  As part of plea agreements the dairy faces a fine of $95,000 and the owner Andrew Fitzgerald to pay a fine of $35-thouand.  They must seek coverage under the EPA’s CAFO National Pollution Discharge Elimination System for Idaho.

Steven Pankey A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate and Twin Falls County Sheriff hopeful, charged with kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Jonelle Mathews who disappeared after a holiday concert over 30 years ago made his first court appearance.  He is being held without bond. 

Boise police are continuing their investigation today into the shooting death of a man near the Boise Town Square Mall.   Police found the victim just after midnight Friday.  A news release said the motive for the shooting was unclear.

SPORTS

The Boise State Bronco Football team moved up four spots to Number 21 in the AP top 25 after Saturday night’s 49 to 30 wins over Air Force.  This Friday night the Broncos are at home as they host BYU.  The Cougars are at Number 9 in the Poll with a 7 to 0 record.  Kickoff is set for 7:45 pm.

After the Friday night High School Football Games Kimberly picked up a win to move forward in the state tournament.  The Bulldogs took Kellogg 69 to 12.  Kimberly will host Snake River, a team Kimberly beat earlier this season.

Jerome finished their season on Friday after losing to Moscow.  The score: 45 to 7.  The Tigers ended their season with a 7 to 3 record.

The Twin Falls Bruins traveled to Skyline where they ended up losing the game and ending their season.  The score was 49 to 0.  They finished their year with 3 wins and 6 losses. 

Minico ended their season on Friday as well losing to Emmett 35 to 0.  The Spartans finish the season 4 wins and 4 losses.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 67. East northeast wind around 7 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 68. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 39.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 71.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Saturday:  A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Sunday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

November 2nd: On this day

1926
Born on this day in Copeville, Texas, was Charlie Walker country musician, Walker worked as a disc jockey in the early 1950s before signing with Decca Records. His first hit, "Only You, Only You" was co-written with Jack Newman and reached #9 on the country chart in 1956. Walker later reached #2 with a Harlan Howard song, "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down". He died on September 12, 2008.

1961
Born on this day in Edmonton, Alberta, was k.d. lang, Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter who won a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for "Crying" (shared with Roy Orbison) and in 1990 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Absolute Torch and Twang."

1983
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Islands In The Stream". Written by the Bee Gees it was the first single from Rogers' album Eyes That See in the Dark and the second pop #1 for both Rogers and Parton (Rogers having been there with 1980's "Lady" and Parton with 1981's "9 to 5").

2007
The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival was held in Starkville, Mississippi. Starkville, where Cash was arrested over 40 years earlier and held overnight at the city jail on May 11, 1965, inspired Cash to write the song "Starkville City Jail". The festival, where he was offered a symbolic posthumous pardon, honored Cash's life and music, and was expected to become an annual event.

2013
Betsy Smittle died aged 60. Smittle was Garth Brooks' half-sister and a longtime member of his band and released a solo album of her own, titled Rough Around the Edges.

2015
American country singer Tommy Overstreet died aged 78. He had five top five hit singles in the Billboard country charts and 11 top 10 singles. His highest charting hit was 1972's "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')," which went to #2.

2018
Pistol Annies released their third studio album Interstate Gospel which went to #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. It was nominated for Best Country Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards, their very first Grammy nomination.

Friday 103020

A couple charged with conspiring to hide the bodies of two missing children in a case connected to the parents’ doomsday beliefs and the mysterious deaths of their previous spouses will stand trial together.  Prosecutors say the Chad and Lori Daybell conspired to hide or destroy the bodies of Lori’s children, 7-year-old “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Investigators found their remains buried on Chad Daybell’s rural Idaho property on June 9.

Twin Falls police say two people are missing.  Emily and Bryan Plott have not been seen for a week and family members say this is out of character for the two.  According to Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Emily disappeared on October 22 and her husband Bryan was reported missing October 23rd.

Twin Falls Police secured a neighborhood yesterday afternoon after they received a report of a man shooting a gun.  Police responded with an armored vehicle blocking Adams Street near Filer Avenue for over an hour before the man was taken into custody.  Authorities say he was shooting cans in his back yard with a 22-calibar gun.

Steven Pankey, a former Twin Falls County Sheriff candidate and who also made a run for being Idaho’s governor is in custody in Colorado.  He was arrested earlier this month in Meridian Idaho in connection to the 1984 murder of Jonelle Matthews.  He will make his first appearance this morning in a Colorado courtroom. 

Idaho will dedicate another $4.7 million in federal coronavirus aid funds to upgrade state government computer networks and security.  The funds will upgrade equipment and services overseen by the state’s Office of Information Technology Services.

A small return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.   Officials want to know why only 27 of 660,000 juvenile fish raised in the hatchery and released in central Idaho in 2018 survived the two-year, 1,800-mile roundtrip to the ocean and back to return as adults.  They were hoping for 800.

SPORTS

State high school football games are underway with a couple of them played yesterday.  In 1A district 2 action Carey took Rockland 88 to 12.  In 1A District 1 Lighthouse Christian took Murtaugh 46 to 30.  Lighthouse will now play Notus.

Tonight Twin Falls is at Skyline to play Madison.  Minico plays Emmett and Moscow travels to Jerome to take on the Tigers.  That game on 1400 am KART.  Castleford is in Horseshoe Bend, Timberline in Dietrich and Hansen at Watersprings.

4A State Volleyball Tournament at Kimberly HS

Match 2 – Burley vs Nampa, 10:30 a.m.

Match 3 – Twin Falls vs Bonneville, 1 p.m.

3A State Volleyball Tournament at Twin Falls HS

Match 1- Filer vs Parma, 8 a.m.

Match 3 – Kimberly vs Kellogg, 1 p.m.

2A State Volleyball Tournament at Buhl HS

Match 2 – Valley vs West Side 10:30 a.m.

IADI State Volleyball Tournament at Burley H S

Match 1 – Lighthouse Christian vs Troy, 8 a.m.

Match 3 – Oakley vs Wallace, 1 p.m.

IADII State Volleyball Tournament at Jerome HS

Match 2 – Castleford vs Clark Fork, 10:30 a.m.

Match 3 – Sun Valley Community School vs Horseshoe Bend, 1 p.m.

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 71. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 56. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 29. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 64. East northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 34.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 39.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

 

 

 

October 30th: On this day

1908
Born on this day Beaudry, Arkansas, was Patsy Montana country music singer, songwriter and actress. Montana was the first female country performer to have a million-selling single with her signature song "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart", and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She died on 3 May 1996 aged 87.

1950
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "I'm Movin' On". It stayed at the top of the charts for a record breaking 21 weeks, and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career

1954
Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Jeannie Kendall, singer from the duo The Kendalls who released 16 albums including the #1 hits "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," "Sweet Desire" and "Thank God for the Radio".

1954
Born on this day in Arabi, Georgia, was T. Graham Brown, country music artist who has recorded over a dozen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Three of these singles - "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" from 1986, and "Darlene" from 1988, reached #1.

1971
Dolly Parton released "Coat of Many Colors" as a single which peaked at #4 on the Country charts. Parton explained in her 1994 memoir, My Life and Other Unfinished Business she composed the song in 1969, while traveling with Porter Wagoner on a tour bus but because she had no paper, as the song came to her, she wrote it on the back of a dry cleaning receipt from one of Wagoner's suits; when the song became a hit, Wagoner had the receipt framed.

1982
Hank Williams, Jr. had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

2006
A music memorabilia collector and a former custodian at Sony/ATV Music Publishing were arrested for stealing Hank Williams' notebook. Stephen Shutts said he had purchased the 59-year-old notebook of lyrics at a garage sale and later sold it. Francine Boykin told police she had found the notebook in the trash while working in the Sony/ATV building. Although Shutts' attorney said the notebook was being kept in a safe place, it had not been returned to Sony/ATV.

2016
Curly Putman died aged 85. His biggest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Elvis Presley, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones. He also co-wrote "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Bobby Braddock.

Thursday 102920

Idaho State Police say a Twin Falls resident was killed in a one car rollover along I-84 a mile east of Bliss.  40 year old Jesse Rubio was traveling eastbound when she lost control and rolled.  32 year old Johnny Rubio was a passenger.  He was transported by air ambulance for medical treatment in Boise.

The College of Southern Idaho Board of trustees has approved a resolution calling on Magic Valley leaders to mandate masks.  The decision to issue the request follows a special board meeting conducted yesterday morning.  In a New York Times report, Twin Falls ranks 19th on the list of communities with the worst current outbreaks. State health officials say the latest numbers show 862 new confirmed and probable cases of the COVID-19 in Idaho, bringing the statewide total to 61,785.

The center for biological diversity is saying the Trump administration is violating the Endangered Species Act by expanding hunting and fishing by 3,600 square miles on the national wildlife refuge system.  Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the expansion in August, saying it increases public hunting to 430 refuges and those open to fishing to 360. The conservative group is expected to file a lawsuit against the federal government.

The Idaho Attorney General’s office says it’s legal to wear t-shirts or buttons supporting candidate or issues to the polls as long as there is no overt campaigning done by that person.  The opinion issued by the A-G yesterday.

Chad Daybell is set to appear in court today with his attorney to oppose a motion that he and his wife Lori’s trials should be combined.  Mark Wood, Lori’s attorney, said the cases should be joined because the charges allege they participated in the same act.  The two are in court after remains of two children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, were found on Daybell’s Rexburg property. 

 

SPORTS

The last high school football rankings of the season have been released as the district and state playoffs begin this week.  Locally, Jerome received two votes in the Class 4-A.  Kimberly is ranked 3rd and Gooding 4th in Class 3A.  Declo is 4th in Class 2A.  Raft River is ranked 2nd, Oakley 3rd and Lighthouse Christian 5th in Class 1A.  In class 1A division 2 Carey is ranked number 1 and Dietrich number 2. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 69. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 64.

October 29th: On this day

1936
Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with "The Prisoned Cowboy" on one side and "Lonesome Blue Yodel" on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

1952
Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)." Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.

1967
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Don't Wanna Play House". Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette's first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

1977
Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album's cover was the first to show the distinctive "Dolly" signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton's de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.

1996
Alan Jackson released his sixth studio album Everything I Love which went to #1 on the Country charts. The album produced the #1 hits "Little Bitty" and "There Goes."

2002
Rascal Flatts released their second studio album Melt which became their first US #1 Country album. The lead-off single "These Days" was the group's first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

2007
Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.