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Tuesday 121818

Two people were killed Sunday night, following a crash 14 miles north of Jackpot Nevada on Highway 93 in Twin Falls County.  A semi-truck was southbound when a car driven by 43 year old Samuel Gutierrez Marin of Jerome collided head on with the truck when it pulled into the northbound lane to pass.  Marin and his Passenger 46 year old German Nava Zamora of Twin Falls died at the scene.

 Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a pickup truck in Boise.  The Ada County Sheriff's office says the truck had just pulled out of a driveway and was moving slowly down the street at around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when the girl started running alongside it.  The driver didn't see the girl and the truck hit her.

28 year old Douglas Jacob Blood of Pocatello who faces up to life in prison for allegedly kidnapping a woman before a five-hour police standoff last month has been charged with three additional felony counts of domestic Battery.  The first incident occurred in July 2016.

28 year old Haley Dawn Miller, one of two women arrested after police found meth in a home where 7-week-old twins died is pleading guilty to a felony drug charge.  She signed a plea agreement late last week. Miller and 32-year-old Sylvia Tapia, both of Twin Falls, were arrested in Utah after police found drugs in the home they shared with a roommate's two infant boys died. Police said they found more than 500 grams of meth in a safe in the women’s room after Tapia called the police and said she did not want officers to search the safe.

Lamb Weston is asking for a tax exemption for its Twin Falls Plant.  They say they would like to spend more than 6-million dollars in improvements that will modernize the equipment layout and make it safer. 

A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.  Barring any appeals, under the ruling Adree Edmo would become the first Idaho inmate to receive gender confirmation surgery while in Idaho Department of Correction custody.

A 35-year veteran of Idaho Fish and Game has been named its new director.  59-year-old Ed Schriever will start on Jan. 13.


In local sports, first in Boys High School Basketball, it was Canyon Ridge over Buhl in a squeaker 52 to 49.  Twin Falls beat Jerome 62 to 38 and it was Valley overpowering Glenns Ferry 64 to 41. 

On the Girls side it was Hagerman outlasting Wendell 39 to 17 and Shoshone outlasted Lighthouse Christian 45 to 22.  Elsewhere it was Hansen over Castleford 51 to 27.


Today:  Scattered rain and mountain rain and snow in the afternoon. Winds: SSE 5-15 mph High: 43 (Mountains: 35)

Tonight:  Rain showers this evening with clearing overnight. Low 36F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  A few clouds from time to time. High 44F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and still mild. High: 44 Low: 31 (Mountains: 39 Low: 22)

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, mild. High: 41 Low: 24 (Mountains: 34 Low: 11)

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds, colder. Chance of scattered mountain snow showers. High: 36 Low: 22 (Mountains: 28 Low: 13)

SUNDAY: Possible snow showers. High: 37 Low: 24 (Mountains: 30 Low: 19)

CHRISTMAS EVE: Possible snow showers. High: 38 Low: 24 (Mountains: 32 Low: 16)

December 18th: On this day

Born on this day, was James Carter, an American amateur singer and several times an inmate of the Mississippi prison system. He was paid $20,000, and credited, for a four-decade-old lead-vocalist performance used on the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Folk music historian Alan Lomax had recoded the imates (including Carter), in 1959, singing and chopping logs in time to music. Carter died on November 26, 2003 aged 77.

Born on this day in Lake, Mississippi, was Randy Houser, who reached #1 with "How Country Feels", the title track to his third album, and with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" in 2013. He co-wrote the singles "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" by Trace Adkins, "Back That Thing Up" by Justin Moore, and "My Cowboy" by country-pop artist Jessie James.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with I've Always Been Crazy. Three singles from the album hit the country charts' top ten: the title reached #1 and "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" peaked at #5, as did "Girl I Can Tell (You're Trying to Work It Out)". "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" was Jennings' personal statement on the state of the outlaw movement, written after having been detained by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1977 for possession of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute. Jennings was never convicted of the crime due to critical faults in the legal process against him.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Jerry Reed who performed "East Bound and Down" and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" and then with Glen Campbell played "Amos Moses", "A Thing Called Love" and "Mule Skinner Blues".

Reba McEntire won a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy series, for her work in the WB's Reba. Among her competition for the prize was: Will And Grace star Debra Messing and Sex In The City actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

American singer and songwriter Larry Henley died in Nashville, Tennessee at age 77. He was best known for co-writing (with Jeff Silbar) the 1989 hit record "Wind Beneath My Wings." He co-wrote with Red Lane "'Til I Get It Right" for Tammy Wynette, later covered by Barbra Streisand and Kenny Rogers. Other #1 country hits were his songs "Is It Still Over?" (Randy Travis), "Lizzie and the Rainman" (Tanya Tucker), and "He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen)" (Janie Fricke). Other songs included "Shotgun rider" for Delbert McClinton; "You're Welcome to Tonight" by Lynn Anderson and Gary Morris; and "The World Needs a Melody" by The Carter Family with Johnny Cash.

Gordie Tapp died aged 94. The Canadian entertainer was best known as a radio and television presenter, comedian and longtime cast member of the television series Hee Haw. Tapp was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990.

Monday 121718

Idaho’s unemployment rate is an entire percent lower than the national average at 2-point 7 percent.  Idaho Department of Labor said in a recent survey that there are still jobs to be filled.  Many of them driving truck.  The latest shows overall there were 125 job openings and over the past three months 303 available.

Idaho state board of Correction has extended it’s 46 million dollar contract with Corizon Health for inmate health care for another two years.  They also voted to put it out to bid at the end of the two-year extension.  The state has seen several lawsuits and court orders over prison health.

The Health advisory has been lifted for Mormon Reservoir located in Southern Idaho.  Earlier the advisory had been issued because of Alga Blooms.  Officials still suggest you don’t drink any water from the reservoir.

If Idaho lawmakers change the state’s public school funding formula they should look at a new set of rules or laws to ensure student enrollment is calculated correctly.  According to Idaho Education News said in a recent online post that the way the state currently counts and reports enrollment doesn’t differentiate between full time and fractional enrollment.  Numbers statewide show enrollment in Idaho schools is up over 39-hundred students or 1-point 3 percent.

The House Education committee will have a new leader next year.  Earlier it was announced that Twin Falls Republican Representative Lance Clow will chair the committee.  He replaces Julie VanOrden who was defeated in the May primary.

Health district officials say they have confirmed several students in the Blaine County School District have been diagnosed with whooping cough.  The Public health district says they have pertussis immunizations available.  Contact their office near you for more information. 


In local sports from over the weekend, Kuna won the Wiley Dobbs Wrestling invitational, Jerome came in second and Minico third. 

In Boys High School Basketball, Raft River Defeated Dietrich 80 to 74.  It was Minico 52 Mountain Home 45 and Wendell Outlasted Richfield 45 to 11. 

In Girls Basketball, Snake River 39 over Kimberly 33 and Sugar-Salem 62 over Filer 46.  Richfield 28 over Wendell 26 and Shoshone beat Oakley 39 to 21. Hansen beat Raft River 64 to 38 and Glenns Ferry 38 over Idaho city 23. 


Today:  Mostly cloudy. Likely rain showers in the Magic Valley and snow showers in the Wood River Valley before noon. High: 41 (Mountains: 38)

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional showers overnight. Low 32F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow in the Magic Valley before noon, followed by a chance of rain. Snow showers likely in the Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation up to 1 ½ inches possible. High: 42 (Mountains: 35) Chance of rain 70%.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely in the Magic Valley before midnight, and snow in the Wood River Valley. Low: 36 (Mountains: 25)

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in Wood River Valley. High: 44 Low: 28 (Mountains: 38 Low: 19)

THURSDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. Slight chance of snow showers in Wood River Valley. High: 43 Low: 28 (Mountains: 39 Low: 22)

FRIDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. High: 39 Low: 26 (Mountains: 35 Low: 14)

SATURDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. High: 35 Low: 24 (Mountains: 31 Low: 15)

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 36 (Mountains: 31)

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December 17th: On this day

Born on this day, was Spade Cooley, American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, and television personality. His career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans. Cooley died on November 23, 1969.

Born on this day in Atlanta in Cass County, Texas, was Nat Stuckey country singer. He recorded for various labels between 1966 and 1978, charting in the top 10 of Hot Country Songs with "Sweet Thang", "Plastic Saddle", "Sweet Thang and Cisco" and "Take Time to Love Her." He died on Aug 24th 1988.

Born on this day, was Tracy Byrd, country music singer, songwriter, who broke through on the country music scene with his 1993 single "Holdin' Heaven", which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Although he did not land a second #1 until 2002's "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo", Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. He has also released nine studio albums and two greatest-hits albums.

Joe Diffie started a four week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Pickup Man".

Wynonna Judd who was arrested for drunk driving near Nashville, Tennessee, lost her driver's license for one year and was orderd to perform 200 hours of community service. Judd, was pulled over on Nov 13 for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175 - more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Paramedics were called to country singer Mindy McCready's Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists.

Glen Campbell’s Malibu Mansion sold for $4.45m. The singers home which has about 6,500 square feet of living space for just four bedrooms, featured travertine floors and African mahogany cabinetry, and a theater room, billiard room, office, 8-person spa, outdoor dining area with full kitchen, ocean views, and proximity to Point Dume.

Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the financially beleaguered Nashville Symphony, that, two years ago, gave Taylor its prestigious Harmony Award. Taylor was no stranger to supporting music institutions in Nashville, she had also recently given a $4 million donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Benny Birchfield, the widower of country music singer Jean Shepard, was injured following an attack at his home in Hendersonville, Tenn, where two others died. One of the victims was Icie Hawkins, granddaughter of Shepard and Hawkshaw Hawkins.Bottom of Form

Friday 121418

Mountain Home School District officials closed Hacker Middle School and Bennett Mountain High School yesterday due to threats made to the High school.  In a Facebook post the superintendent of the school said they had received an email saying there was a potential act of violence scheduled to happen.

34 year old Melissa Whiteley a former employee at Kuna Middle School has been sentenced to at least five days in Jail.  She plead guilty to disseminating harmful material to a minor.  She was accused of texting nude photos to a 13 year old boy. 

State lawmakers lent their support to a potentially historic request to transfer water from the Treasure Valley to Elmore County on the final day of public testimony.  If the application is approved, Elmore County could draw water from Anderson Ranch Dam on the South Fork Boise River.

The Chobani Foundation said yesterday that four Magic Valley groups will receive a total 100-thousand dollars in grant money.  Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services will get 20-thousand.  Junior Achievement $21-500.  CSI workforce training 28 thousand 5 hundred and Jannus 30-thousand.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will hold his 108th and final “Capital for a Day” event on Dec. 20 in his hometown of Star.  Otter during his 12 years as governor has held the events at various towns across the state as a way to discuss government issues and public policy with residents living outside of Boise.

Triple-A says 567-thousand Idahoans are expected to travel this holiday season.  That number is up thanks in part to lower pump prices and a strong economy.

Idaho’s U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo applauded the Trump Administration’s move to relieve Idaho’s farmers and ranchers of the regulatory burden created by Waters of the United States.  The lawmakers said it was an overreaching Obama Administration rule that defined all bodies of water, including ephemeral streams created by rainfall, as subject to federal government regulation.


In local sports, first to Boys High School Basketball, it was Twin Falls 64 to Burley 40.  Buhl beat Declo 54 to 50 and Camas County outlasted Richfield 54 to 27. 

Turning to Girls basketball it was Dietrich 57 to Hansen 50.  Gooding toppled Filer 59 to 51 and Declo outlasted Wendell 53 to 23.  Valley outlasted Oakley 40 to 27.  Camas County beat Richfield 46 to 37.  It was Shoshone 40 to Hagerman’s 35 and Carey beat Castleford 51 to 30.



Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 38F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight, slight chance of snow showers mostly in the mountains Low near 30F. E winds shifting to S at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds. Winds: East 5-10 mph High: 39 (Mountains: 35)

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds, chance of mountain snow showers. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Low: 24 (Mountains: 17)

SUNDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 42 Low: 25 (Mountains: 39 Low: 23)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 40 Low: 25 (Mountains: 37 Low: 18)

TUESDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 41 Low: 26 (Mountains: 36 Low: 24)

WEDNESDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of mountain snow. High: 44 Low: 26 (Mountains: 38 Low: 23)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 43 Low: 28 (Mountains: 39 Low: 20)

December 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Smith County, Tennessee was DeFord Bailey, country music star from the 1920s until 1941. Bailey was both the first performer to be introduced as playing on the Grand Ole Opry and also the first African-American performer on the show. He played several instruments but is best known for his harmonica tunes. He died on July 2nd 1982 aged 82.

Born on this day in Colt Arkansas, was Charlie Rich, singer and musician. In the latter part of his life, Rich who acquired the nickname The Silver Fox is best remembered for his 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". After "The Most Beautiful Girl", #1 hits came quickly, as five songs topped the country charts in 1974. Rich died in his sleep on July 25, 1995 aged 62.

Billy Swan scored his only #1 country single with "I Can Help". The song was also a hit in the UK and Australia as well as Norway where it charted for 37 weeks on the Norwegian charts, making it the 4th best-performing single of all time in that country.

Double Live, the tenth album by Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart. As its name implies, it is a two-disc live album recorded during Brooks' second world tour in 1998. It became the best-selling live album in the US since Eric Clapton's Unplugged in 1992.

Singer Billie Jo Spears died of cancer aged 73. The US country music singer reached the top-10 of the Country music charts five times between 1969 and 1977, her biggest hit being the 1975 "Blanket on the Ground." One of Spears' first singles was "Harper Valley PTA" but her single release of the song was beaten off the presses by the version by Jeannie C. Riley which went on to top the charts.

Dwight Yoakam was involved in a mid-air scare after the plane he was travelling in began to billow smoke. The musician was travelling aboard a twin-engine Hawker 800 jet after performing at a birthday party in Canada's Northwest Territories when the plane's pilot reported an engine fire to air traffic control at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and requested emergency services be placed on stand-by. The plane eventually landed safely and the fire crew discovered the engine was smoking, but not on fire.

Thursday 121318

A 70-year-old driver involved in a fatal crash with a bicyclist has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.  70-year-old Mary A. Curtis of Eagle could face a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.  She is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 19.

Kimberly resident Luke Michelson and his non-profit Sleep in Heavenly Peace won upwards to 60-thousand dollars from CNN’s Hero of the year.  He was a top ten finalist.

64 year old Terry Wayne shearer of Twin Falls has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two children at different points in 2017 and 2018.  Prosecutors are recommending Shearer be sentenced to 13 years in prison with five fixed. 

The Twin Falls School Board approved a recommendation to increase this year’s supplemental levy from 4 to 5-million.  If approved, residents would see about $18 a year increase on $100,000 of Taxable value. 

24-year old Jose Vazquez Valenzuela has been charged with felony first-degree arson and grand theft after he allegedly started a fire in the bathroom of a cassia county agricultural chemical company and then stole a car from the parking lot.  His preliminary hearing has been set for Friday December 21st.

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief.  He named Alex Adams as the next administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management.  Adams is currently the executive director of the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

There’s a new ambulance in Ada County that will help workers navigate in dangerous situations.  It’s a bulletproof and will accompany SWAT teams in the field so paramedics can render aid in a dangerous situation.  Cost was $312-thousand dollars.

Federal officials are offering a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for an illegal timber harvest on federal land in northern Idaho.  The illegal harvest occurred the week of Nov. 11 near the West Fork of Pine Creek.  It’s believed the trees ended up as commercial firewood.  Cutting down live trees without authorization is considered timber theft with penalties that include triple the price of the timber harvested.


In local sports, first it’s boys high school basketball where Hagerman defeated Hansen in a close score 46 to 44.  Wendell outlasted Shoshone 52 to 44.  It was Oakley 57 Glenns Ferry 48 and Lighthouse Christian 86 over Richfield 25. 

In some Girls High School Basketball games, Century outlasted Minico 65 to 39 and Kimberly beat Buhl 64 to 40.  Elsewhere it was Lighthouse Christian 37 over Richfield 28. 


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 36F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 21F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 38F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Few snow showers. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Low: 24 (Mountains: 17)

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 38 Low: 25 (Mountains: 35 Low: 16)

SUNDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 38 Low: 27 (Mountains: 37 Low: 20)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 39 Low: 26 (Mountains: 38 Low: 21)

TUESDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 40 Low: 27 (Mountains: 36 Low: 22)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 41 Low: 26 (Mountains: 38 Low: 20)

December 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Lamar, Colorado, was Wesley Tuttle, country music singer. He relearned to play the guitar and ukulele after losing all but the thumb and one finger on his left hand. He contributed the yodeling to the "Silly Song" in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and later backed Tex Ritter on guitar. He married actress Marilyn Myers in 1946 and acted with her in several Western films, in addition to recording the duet "Never" with her. Tuttle died on September 29, 2003.

After on-going back problems, Hank Williams underwent a "spine fusion" operation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

Born on this day in Orlando, Florida, was John Anderson, country music artist who has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five #1’s, "Wild and Blue", "Swingin'", "Black Sheep", "Straight Tequila Night", and "Money in the Bank". He has also recorded twenty-two studio albums on several labels.

"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" by Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts. The song has since become one of his signature tunes and became his eighth country #1 hit. Both George Jones and Alan Jackson have covered the song.

Country singer Johnny Paycheck was arrested on a sex charge only minutes after giving a free concert for 1,200 inmates at the Missouri State Penitentiary. He was charged with having sex with a 12 year-old girl and later released on $10,000 bond.

Born on this day in Reading, Pennsylvania, was Taylor Alison Swift, singer, songwriter, musicican, named by Billboard as most financially successful music artist of 2011, with net earnings of more than $35 million. Her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’ released in June 2006, peaked at #6 on the US Country chart. Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in country music and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.

"If I Die Young" by The Band Perry was at #1 on the Country chart, their first #1 hit. The song has sold over 2 million copies, the eleventh country song to do so, and only the fourth time that a band reached this plateau, following Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts.

Wednesday 121218

Twin Falls resident Tod Weber will spend at least 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping a 15 year old boy.  The 52 year old apparently met the boy on Craigslist.  He was sentenced to serve up to 20 years earlier this week.

As the Medicaid expansion lawsuit continues to work its way through the Idaho Supreme court, some Idaho’s doctors and a couple of moms are jumping in.  Both families are below the poverty level so they don’t qualify for Affordable Care act subsidies.  The doctors say they are seeking answers for helping uninsured patients and that much time is spent seeking workarounds.  Idaho citizens passed Proposition 2 in November expanding Medicaid.  The lawsuit is challenging that in court.

A state panel has voted to slightly raise the housing stipend for Idaho’s governor as Idaho continues to be one of a handful of states without a governor’s mansion.  The panel voted 3-2 along party lines to raise the stipend from $4,500 to $4,551 a month. That’s $54,612 a year.  Gov.-elect Brad Little is scheduled to have a salary of $138,302 when he takes office in January.

Area resident Brian Trappen  is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and one count of video vourism.  On June 3, Trappen was traveling the wrong way on the freeway near Jerome when he was involved in a six car pileup killing two people.  His blood alcohol level was .073 at the time of the crash.  Prelim set for December 20th.  He also faces felony video voyeurism after a video was found on his phone during the crash investigation.  The video was of a woman tanning at Trappen’s Father’s company and it appeared the video device was hidden.  The woman was unaware she was being videoed. 

22 year old Luis Gabriel Ponce who pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Burley businessman Christopher Fassett of Burley had his sentence hearing reset this week.  Attorneys say they didn’t have enough time to review reports before the hearing.  The new date was set for January 4th at 11 am. 

Idaho is on track to have roughly $63 million less in tax revenue than budget forecasters predicted, with general fund revenue collections for the month of November coming in nearly $16 million lower than expected.  It’s an unusual situation that state officials hope will come down to a matter of timing rather than an actual shortfall — the state’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, and individual income tax receipts often get a bump on tax day in April.


In local sports, first to boys’ High School basketball, it was Minico 73 Highland 60.  Twin Falls 56 to Mountain Home 53.  Canyon Ridge beat Jerome 56 to 50.  Century won over Burley 51 to 37 and it was Kimberly 74 Gooding 41.  Filer 73, American Falls 49 and Declo beat Valley 49 to 42.  Raft River trampled over Aberdeen 60 to 36.  Shoshone won over Carey 51 to 44 and Camas County outlasted Jackpot 57 to 52. 

There is one Girls High School Basketball game to report.  Buhl 58 over Wendell 29.


WEDNESDAY: Morning snow, slick morning commute, winds increasing and very gusty and afternoon sunshine. Winds: West 15-30 Gust 40 mph mph High: 35 (Mountains: 32)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Low: 18 (Mountains: 9)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Winds: ESE 5-10 mph. High: 34 (Mountains: 31)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Low: 18 (Mountains: 12)

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 37 Low: 23 (Mountains: 33 Low: 14)

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 22 (Mountains: 34 Low: 18)

SUNDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 25 (Mountains: 35 Low: 22)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 39 Low: 24 (Mountains: 37 Low: 18)

TUESDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 38 Low: 25 (Mountains: 36 Low: 16)

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December 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Caruthersville, Missouri, was Reggie Young, lead guitarist in the American Sound Studios Band (aka The Memphis Boys), and is a leading session musician. He played on various recordings with artists such as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, and George Strait.

Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory, Armory, Mississippi.

Merle Haggard released the single "The Fugitive" (later titled "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" on the album), which became Haggard's first #1 hit on the country chart. Although not written by Haggard, the song became one of the most closely associated with the early part of his career, as it drew upon his then still-relatively recent prison term for burglary.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hank Williams III, musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist who scored the 2008 #2 album Damn Right, Rebel Proud.

Born on this day in Bray, Oklahoma, was Katrina Elam, country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Universal South Records in 2004, she released her self-titled debut album that year. Carrie Underwood has recorded her “Flat on the Floor", and she co-wrote the track "Change" on Underwood's 2009 album Play On. Reba McEntire covered "I Want a Cowboy" on her 2009 album Keep On Loving You, and Elam also co-wrote "Easy", Rascal Flatts' collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield.

Waylon Jennings underwent triple bypass surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital. The singer later said he had quit smoking five or six packs a day after being a smoker for 40 years.

Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Faith Hill was at #1 on the Billboard Country charts with "Let Me Let Go". The third single from Faith Hill's album Faith, features background vocals by country artist Vince Gill.

Husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill closed their Soul2Soul 2000 Tour at the D Waterhouse Centre, Orlando. The tour grossed nearly $50 million and was witnessed by close to 950,000 people.

Singer-songwriter Carlene Carter was freed on $5,000 bond after being arrested near Nashville on two charges of identity theft. Carter, was accused of using the identity of a former boyfriend to fill two prescriptions for Zoloft, an anti-depressant. He former boyfriend Francis Reidy had been killed in an automobile accident a few weeks before Carter allegedly attempted to fill the prescription.

Tuesday 121118

A Friday Night pipe break at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind has caused the school to cancel some classes for the week.  The break flooded six classrooms.  For the rest of the school classes are continuing as normal.

Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.  The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public last week said the Project that employs 650 workers will end next year.

The city of Twin Falls has asked the Idaho Transportation Department to consider potential improvements at the intersections where Blue Lakes Boulevard North crosses Fillmore Street and Bridgeview Boulevard.  The city cited long lines and driver inattention at the intersections. 

Jim  Junior Nice, who was found guilty of murdering his three children in 2005 died in an apparent prison suicide Sunday.  He was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m.  He was serving three life sentences.  He claimed he didn’t want the children to suffer through a divorce.

Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have “credible allegations” of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s.  One of the names on the list is Segundo Llorente, who served in Pocatello from 1982 to 1984. He also served in Lewiston from 1984 to 1989. He died in 1989.

The twin brothers who caused the lockdown of a Pocatello area neighborhood have been arrested, authorities said.  Dylan and Daniel Hanson of Montana were taken into custody by Fremont County sheriff's deputies in Ashton on Sunday night. The 20-year-old twins were caught with a car they had stolen as well as items they had taken from a house they had burglarized.

Idaho wildlife officials have approved an agreement with conservation groups and sport anglers to keep most steelhead fishing areas open.  The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to support the deal on Friday, the same day Idaho steelhead seasons were scheduled to expire.


In a look at local and state sports, A University of Idaho football player was arrested Saturday on a rape charge, according to the Latah County Sheriff.  Freshman defensive back Kyree Curington of New Orleans was booked with a bail of $75,000.  School officials say he has been suspended indefinitely from the football team while the university investigates an alleged incident on campus as it relates to the Student Code of Conduct.

In local games, the CSI Women won their basketball game over Treasure Valley 103 to 70 and have won seven straight games. 

In High School Basketball Twin Falls Girls beat Wood River in overtime 37 to 35. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High near 35F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy this evening then becoming windy with periods of Snow showers develop after midnight. Low 28F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph, becoming SSW and increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 36F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Winds: South 5-10 mph Low: 26 (Mountains: 19)

WEDNESDAY: Snow showers, mostly morning then windy. Winds: West 15-25 mph High: 36 (Mountains: 34)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 17 (Mountains: 10)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 34 Low: 19 (Mountains: 30 Low: 14)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 37 Low: 23 (Mountains: 34 Low: 15)

SATURDAY: Sunshine and clouds. High: 36 Low: 22 (Mountains: 31 Low: 18)

SUNDAY: Clouds and sun, chance of snow showers. High: 36 Low: 25 (Mountains: 35 Low: 18)

MONDAY: Chance of rain and snow, mountain snow showers. High: 37 Low: 26 (Mountains: 31 Low: 20)

December 11th: On this day

Born on this day, was Tom Brumley, American steel guitarist who played with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s, contributing to the group's "Bakersfield sound", and later spent a decade with Rick Nelson. Brumley died on February 3, 2009.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Brenda Lee. At 4 ft. 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname 'Little Miss Dynamite' in 1957 after recording the song "Dynamite"; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following. In 1997, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After signing a deal with Sterling Records, during his first recording session, Hank Williams recorded the songs "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul", "Calling You", "Never Again", and "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels."

American old-time fiddler and an early-recorded country musician Fiddlin' John Carson died aged 81. He wrote more than 150 songs in his life but only nine were ever copyrighted which led to several copyright issues with both Okeh Records and other musicians during his active career.

Willie Nelson recorded tracks for his forthcoming album Stardust. Produced by Booker T. Jones, all the songs on the album consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. When released, Stardust was on Billboard's Country Album charts for ten years - from its release until 1988.

Oprah Winfrey held an iTunes concert featuring Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Tony Bennett. Carrie Underwood performed "Jesus, Take the Wheel."