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Tuesday 082019

A Utah man who was missing for nearly a week in the wilderness near the Idaho Montana border survived on berries and bugs.  25 year old Kaden Laga of Orem said he was on horseback when his horse went lame.  His cell phone wouldn’t work.  Grasshoppers and ants became his survival diet.  Friday, he wondered into a search camp.

Yesterday marked the start for several school districts in southern Idaho and new to the Twin Falls district is something called collaboration Monday.  For students it means a shorter day by one hour.  For Teachers a time set aside where they can collaborate with other teachers on lessons and improve education overall.  

The Twin Falls City Council said they will not ask voters for new fire stations and improvements to the department as the county is seeking money for new jails.  Earlier this year, voters said no to a 36-million dollar bond for the department. 

Blaine County sheriff officials say they were transporting 42 year old Sky T.G. Thompson to Ada County over the weekend when the Reno man began kicking the window of the deputies car and hitting his head on the glass demanding he be let out.  He was able to bend the Tahoe’s door frame with damages exceeding a thousand dollars.  He was in custody on an Ada County warrant but now faces a felony charge of malicious injury to property. 

A Saturday night accident sent several to the hospital, one in serious condition, and a Kimberly woman facing charges of aggravated DUI and carrying a concealed weapon.  Tera Cook was involved in a vehicle crash on Pole Line Road just before 11:30 pm. 

Boise’s mayor Dave Bieter says he’s postponing the city’s proposal for a new main library by giving up efforts on the ballot in November.  He said Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane has refused to host a special election for the non-binding vote.  The mayor also said the most recent cost estimates suggests the library would cost the city $104 million.


Today:  Sunny. High 97F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Increasing clouds and hot. High: 94. Low: 60.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Becoming partly sunny and hot. High: 90. Low: 54.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Decreasing clouds through the day, breezy and not as hot. High: 85. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: After a slight chance of an AM shower, decreasing clouds, breezy and not as warm. High: 81. Low: 47.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with seasonable temperatures. High: 83. Low: 52.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy and hot. High: 90. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy and warm. High: 87. Low: 52.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny, breezy and not quite as warm. High: 87. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunshine filled skies, not as warm and breezy. High: 82. Low: 49.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny with near average temperatures. High: 86.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and warm. High: 84.

August 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Galloway, Texas was American country music singer-songwriter James Travis Reeves who became known as Jim Reeves, (Gentleman Jim). With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Reeves who scored over ten Country music #1's died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 aged 40. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.

Born on this day was 'Sneaky' Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds' Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons and also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell. He died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72.

Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas was Justin Tubb, the oldest son of legendary country singer Ernest Tubb. He scored two duets with Goldie Hill, ("Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses"). A year later, at the age of 20, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He penned many hit songs for other performers, including "Keeping Up with the Joneses", "Love Is No Excuse", and "Lonesome 7-7203", a hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins.

Born on this day in in Amarillo, Texas was country singer Aaron Watson. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog making him the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album.

The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father's name to endorse a US presidential candidate 'appalling'. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks 'presumptuous'. 'Even I would not presume to say publicly what I 'know' he thought or felt,' she added.

Singer, songwriter Will Hoge was involved in a scooter accident on after leaving a studio session for what would be his next album, The Wreckage. He was traveling north on Main Street in East Nashville when a van traveling southbound failed to yield while turning, Hoge's motor scooter collided with the passenger side of the van. He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. Hoge has since made a full recovery.Bottom of Form

Monday 081919

An early morning semi-truck rollover west of Jerome near mile marker 159, along I-84 slowed traffic in both the East and West Bound lanes for a time.  The accident, reported about 1:45 am, caused a load of potatoes to scatter and trapped the driver inside the cab.  He was not injured.  Crews remain on scene for cleanup at this hour. 

At tonight’s Twin Falls City Council meeting there will be continuing discussion about the proposed new Fire station facilities.  In May, voters turned down the city’s proposed fire bond.  Now, officials with the department would like residents to vote again.  Three options will be presented with a cost of 16 to 36 million dollars.  

President Donald Trump took to twitter Friday to throw his support behind Idaho Senator Jim Risch.  Trump said Senator Risch is an incredible supporter of the Republican’s agenda and will continue to fight for the second amendment. 

The Filer and Shoshone school district’s hope patrons will approve bonds Tuesday August 27th.  In Filer, the school hopes to pass a 8-point 55 million dollar general obligation bond that will help remodel and furnish classroom spaces.  In Shoshone district officials hope to pass a 6-point 83 million dollar general obligation bond. 

Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area.  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it approved the Caldwell Canyon Mine project in Caribou County about 13 miles northeast of Soda Springs.  Bayer acquired agricultural giant Monsanto, which previously mined the area, for $63 billion last year.

And the winner is LeAnn Gelskey.  She is a librarian in Hailey and was recently named the librarian of the year by the Idaho Library association.    Gelskey has worked to modernize the library and launched the little free library book houses project, throughout the cities since 2001.


Yesterday morning, the Boise State Football Team gathered to mark the end of fall camp.  The Bronco’s have gathered at Table Rock just outside of Boise to climb the 3 and a half mile of trail to stand on top of one of the most famous Boise landmarks.  Table Rock sits 2-thousand feet above the city.  The bronco’s open the 2019 season at Florida State in Jacksonville on August 30th.

Washington State University has announced a partnership with HBO for the Hard Knocks Style show.   The show gives viewers a look at what it takes to make the NFL.  The Cougars will appear on the program that has won 18 sports Emmy awards.  The Devils Digest report says ASU, WSU, Penn State and Alabama are four schools currently targeted for the program.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High near 95F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low near 60F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley and sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 92 Low: 59  Mountains: 86 Low: 55

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley and sunny in the Wood River Valley.   High: 95 Low: 61  Mountains: 88 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.   High: 91 Low: 59  Mountains: 84 Low: 53

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 92 Low: 60  Mountains: 85 Low: 55

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 90 Low: 58  Mountains: 84 Low: 54

SUNDAY: Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 90 Mountains: 83

August 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Lafayette, Louisiana, was Eddy Raven, who is known for his Cajun-influenced country music. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the #1 hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "Joe Knows How to Live", "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys", as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.

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.

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Lee Ann Womack, country singer, songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.

Born on this day in Greensboro, North Carolina, was Mark McGuinn, He made his debut in 2001 with the single "Mrs. Steven Rudy", a Top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Clay Walker, Jr. country music artist. His 1993 debut single "What's It to You," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die." Both singles were included on Walker's self-titled debut album, also released in 1993.

Born on this day in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was Rissi Palmer who debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987.

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers, A Tribute was released. The album which was masterminded by Bob Dylan on his Egyptian record label, features, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Garcia.

Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime" became the highest-ever debuting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart during the Broadcast Data Systems-era, ranking at #17 in its first week. "Lifetime" breaks the 10-month-old BDS-era standard set by "Good Ride Cowboy" by Garth Brooks.

Friday 081619

The U.S. Forest service is moving ahead with construction of a 4 and a half mile trail connecting the city of Stanley and Redfish Lake.  Owners of the property that part of the trail will use filed a federal lawsuit to stop the project but the federal government has an earlier agreement to be able to improve the path.  Idaho U.S. representative Mike Simpson was on hand this week to cut the ribbon on the new construction. 

Authorities briefly detained a wanted fugitive in Chubbuck yesterday morning but Samiir Blade Afraid of Bear was able to escape from a police car by kicking out one of the windows.  He is wanted on several outstanding warrants for felonies including burglary, robbery and aggravated battery at a convenience store.  Yesterday afternoon, police were able to re-capture the suspect.

Traffic on the Perrine Bridge will be reduced to one lane each way Sunday as the ITD crews place platforms underneath the bridge for upcoming special inspections.  Work will occur from 6:30 am to 3 pm. 

Authorities in Madison County said a 6 year old boy accidently drowned in an above ground swimming pool.  The incident was reported around 8:30 Tuesday.  The boy was being watched by an older juvenile at the time.

Boise city officials say the Ada County Landfill can’t dump water that soaked through the region’s trash into the Boise wastewater treatment system.  The city turned down Ada County’s request to dispose up to 4 million gallons of water collected from the landfill earlier this summer. The liquid was rejected because city officials say it could disrupt the water treatment process.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Native American tribal courts can ask the federal courts to enforce rulings against non-tribal members. The question arose in a case between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a couple that live on the reservation but who aren’t tribal members.  They built a boat garage on the St. Joe’s River, which the tribe says is tribe property. Tribal officials told the couple they needed a permit for the structure.  The Tribe sued in 2016 and a tribal court fined the couple nearly $4,000 and said the garage could be dismantled.


Today:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Increasing clouds through the afternoon and evening and staying breezy. High: 86. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Hot and mostly sunny. High: 91. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 86. Low: 52.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and warm. High: 87. Low: 53.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88. Low: 53.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Hot with sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 55.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and hot. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.

August 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Corsicana, Texas, was Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer and songwriter. Shaver's 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a classic in the outlaw country genre. Shaver's 2007 album country gospel style Everybody's Brother was Grammy nominated. Many of the songs are duets with artists such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Tanya Tucker.

Patsy Cline recorded "Crazy". The ballad composed by Willie Nelson became one of her signature tunes and gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.

Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. The song is Haggard's tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, (who performed ‘Son Of A Hickory Holler's Tramp’ with Cash), Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, (who performed ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’), Melanie and Grandpa Jones.

Born on this day in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was Emily Robinson, singer-songwriter, with 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".

Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden; he had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Born on this day in Coffeeville, Alabama, was Ashton Shepherd, country music singer-songwriter. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Takin' Off This Pain" and the title track.

Thursday 081419

The Fairfield man who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in Blaine County had blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.  46 year old Matthew Richard Park was driving a pickup that rear ended a car with three young girls driven by a Mountain Home man.  The three girls were killed; both adults in the car were seriously injured.  The accident happened near a bridge construction project on U.S. Highway 20.

34 year old Lex Bennett Godwin of Pocatello will spend his life in jail after being sentenced to 100 years in federal prison.  Godwin was found guilty of producing, transporting and possessing child pornography.  He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit electronic devices used to commit the offenses. 

Gas prices continue to tumble after Memorial Day.  Today, the Idaho average is $2-dollars 87 cents which is eight cents less than a month ago and 35 cents less than a year ago.  Idaho currently is 8th in the country for the highest gas prices.

The building across from the Twin Falls Commons and city hall will soon be torn down.  The building last housed the Idaho Youth Ranch and before that the Idaho Department store will be destroyed and developers say a 6 story building will be constructed in its place.  Planned are 42 new apartments, office space and retail establishments. 

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has reached a deal with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build a new headquarters in Boise.  Fish and Game in a news release on Tuesday says construction of the 70,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be finished by 2022.  Fish and Game will lease the new building for 25 years.  The lease would cost up to $1.2 annually.

A pickup belonging to 48 year old Craig Barnett, a missing Jerome man has been found in Twin Falls County.  His teal 1977 Ford F-150 pickup was found by a rancher in Sawtooth National Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Federal officials plan to create an environmental study that will look at raising one of three Boise River dams to capture more water for irrigation and flood control.  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is taking comments through Sept. 9 and holding three meetings involving the proposed project to raise Anderson Ranch Dam by 6 feet.


Football fans get ready for the 12th annual rocky mountain rumble set for the end of this month.  On August 30th and 31st, The Holt Arena again welcome some of the top teams from Idaho Utah, California and Canada.  One local team is on the schedule.  On Friday, Minico will Play Tooele Utah at 5:30.  Then Skyline takes on Orem Utah at 8:15.  On Saturday, Hillcrest plays Raymond Alberta at 10.  Blackfoot takes on Lakeland at 1.  Century plays Lehi Utah at 4 and Highland will play East Utah at 7. 


Today:  Sunny. High near 90F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low near 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 83. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 48.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm and sunny. High: 86. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 80. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 84. Low: 51.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Near average temperatures and mostly sunny. High: 89. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 86. Low: 54.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm with sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 54.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and warm. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.

August 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Boaz, Alabama, was Rose Maddox country singer-songwriter and fiddle player, who was the lead singer with the Maddox Brothers and Rose before a successful solo career. Dolly Parton credits Maddox as an early influence. Maddox died on April 15th 1998.

Born on this day, was Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, "Jingle Bell Rock". He died on June 19, 1997 of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana, he was 63.

Born on this day, was Don Rich, country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of the Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich died on July 17, 1974.

Born on this day in Elk City, Oklahoma, was Jimmy Webb, songwriter. His country hits include "Highwayman," by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson; and "Wichita Lineman" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," by Glen Campbell. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 to 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Born on this day in Woodside, California, was Paul Jefferson, country music artist who has had his songs recorded by Keith Urban, Little Texas and Buddy Jewell, among others. He also co-wrote Aaron Tippin's #1 song "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You."

114 people were arrested at Kenny Chesney's concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, near Boston and another 228 were taken into protective custody at the New England Country Music Festival. Most of the offenses involved underage drinking.

Wednesday 081419

The Twin Falls City council will meet at noon today to consider the adoption of the 2020 preliminary budget and to set Monday for the public hearing to adopt the final budget.  The meeting will be at the council chambers in Twin Falls.

Chobani’s new Innovation and Community Center is open.  The 71-thousand square foot 21-million dollar addition will give the greek yogurt scientists more room and tools to develop yogurt flavors with a state of the art workspace. 

32 year old Marcos Omar Oceguera of Jerome was booked into the Jerome jail Monday and arraigned yesterday on three sex related charges.  He has been accused of Lewd conduct with a child under 16, Rape and transfer of the aids virus. 

Earlier this week 21 year old Alex James Chappell was sentenced for stabbing another man in the back.  The incident happened in February when he broke into the victim’s home.  He will serve a minimum of 8 years in prison and faces 15.  He also will be required to pay the victims medical bills. 

Voters in Twin Falls will be asked for money to expand the county jail facilities.  Commissioners approved asking the voters to pass a 25-million dollar bond issue in November.  The proposal would cost property owners $25-95 per $100-thousand of assessed property value over 20 years. 

Early voting is underway for several issues that residents can cast their ballots on.  Voters in the Filer School District will decide on a 8-point 5 million dollar general obligation bond.  Jerome and Lincoln county residents living within the Shoshone School District will also decide on a 6.83 million dollar bond.  Election Day is August 27th.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation into the Saturday morning burglary of the Bear Claw Trading post.  The amount of loss is still undetermined.  Money and Jewelry was taken from the business.  Call 324-1911 if you can help in the investigation. 

SPORTS The baseball season ended yesterday for the Burley Green Sox as the Legion Baseball team lost to the Layton Lancers in Cody Wyoming with a 5 to 4 score.  The loss eliminates the Burley team from the Northwest Class A regional Tournament. Layton went on to beat Wasilla Alaska in the championship game that followed. 

The Boise State Women’s Soccer team is back at the winning thing.  The Broncos are picked to win the 2019 Mountain West Conference.  The coaches in the Conference voted the Broncos as the 2019 champions in it’s annual preseason poll narrowly edging San Jose State.  The Broncos return 21 players this season, including two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Raimee Sherle, who finished tied for most goals scored in the NCAA last season with 20.


Today:  Sunny. High 92F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening shower. High: 85. Low: 55.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Not as warm and sunny. High: 84. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable. High: 82. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 81. Low: 52.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Near average temperatures and mostly sunny. High: 87. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 83. Low: 52.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm with mostly sunny skies. High: 86. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 84. Low: 51.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 84.

August 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Elkhart, Indiana was Connie Smith the country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. Her first #1 hit was with her debut single ‘Once A Day’ released in 1964. Smith won Billboards Most Promising Female Country Artist in 1964.

"Almost Persuaded" by David Houston was at #1 on the Country chart. The song spent nine weeks at #1 and has since gone on to become a country standard. For 46 years and two months, no #1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

Garth Brooks' The Hits became the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units. In June 1995, the master copy of the album was buried under Garth’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Alison Krauss & Union Station released the album New Favorite which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or group.

Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick performed for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego.

Tuesday 081319

Three small children were killed in a traffic accident in Blaine county early Saturday morning.  Deputies say the collision was at the site of a temporary traffic signal at a bridge construction project south of Bellevue.  A pickup driven by 46 year old Mathew Park of Fairfield collided with a small car driven by 26 year old Sommchai Ray Lee Lurak of Mountain Home.  Three female children ages 3, 5 and 6 died.  Lurak along with a female passenger in the car was air lifted to Boise.  Both are in critical condition.  Park was un-injured.  He has charged with DUI and three counts of Vehicular manslaughter.

The cancelled fundraiser for the Canyon Ridge Baseball team that’s prize was a AR-15 rifle is back on.  This time organized by Patriot Defense of Twin Falls.  The original gun raffle was organized by the schools head coach. 

Tomorrow, it’s a full day of activity for the Gooding County Fair and Rodeo with a parade starting at 5:30 pm.  The extreme bull’s event is tomorrow night with the rodeo Thursday through Saturday. 

Weed experts in Cassia and Twin Falls are concerned about an invasive noxious weed that looks like the smothering Kudzu vine found in the south.  The white bryony has been located in the two counties and if left unattended will pose a major destructive problem as it can crawl up to 50 feet in a short amount of time.  It’s killed by digging up the root system.

Idaho’s sage-grouse numbers have dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015.  Officials say there are between 200,000 and 500,000 sage grouse, most of them in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Colorado.

Idaho officials say one lane is open to traffic on a section of Highway 95 that had been closed because of a large mudslide.  The area is open south of White Bird to New Meadows and a pilot car is leading traffic through the one lane.

SPORTS The Burley Green Sox have one more game in the State A Legion Baseball Tournament.  Their sunday game didn’t go quite the way they had hoped.  They lost to Wasilla Alaska 9 to 6.  Then yesterday it was a looser out game as they played Cheyenne Wyoming winning that one 4 to 3.  Now starting at noon today they take on the team from Layton Utah in another looser out game. The winner faces Alaska right afterwards for the regional championship.

Casey Knaup of Canyon Ridge will be moving on as he commits to the Feather River Community College in Quincy California.  The Junior college is in the top 25.  Knaup made the third team all-conference list for the Great Basin Ten as a catcher last season. 


Today:  Mostly sunny. High 89F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 57F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 91. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies, breezy and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 83. Low: 50.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and cooler. High: 83. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and not as warm. High: 77. Low: 47.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable. High: 80. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 76. Low: 48.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Comfortable with sunny skies. High: 80. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and nice. High: 76. Low: 50.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny conditions and comfortable. High: 80.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 74.

August 13th: On this day

Hank Williams was at #1 on Billboard's country chart with "Hey, Good Lookin'". His version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists including, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford, The Mavericks and Jimmy Buffett.

Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Andy Griggs country music artist who scored "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and "She's More", both of which peaked at #2 on the Country music charts. He also charted "Grow Young With You," a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.

John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Be My Baby Tonight", the third single from Montgomery's 1994 album Kickin' It Up.

Seven people were killed and more than 45 people injured when an outdoor stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair due to high winds at a concert featuring Sugarland. Neither the duo or their opening act, Sara Bareilles, were onstage at the time of the collapse.

The Farm Aid 2011, benefit concert took place at the Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. 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: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Francis, Ray Price, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hearts of Darkness, John Trudell, The Blackwood Quartet.

Tompall Glaser, who recorded as a solo artist and with his brothers Chuck and Jim in the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers died in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 79, after a long illness. He scored the 1975 solo hit with Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws.