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Tuesday 072820

It’s business as normal for the media covering the Chad Daybell and his wife Lori Daybell’s trial.  The judge denied the state’s motion to bar cameras from the hearings after hearing arguments from all side’s yesterday.

Why have about 20 Idahoans received unsolicited packages of seeds that were shipped from China?  That’s what the Idaho State Department of Agriculture wants to know.  In fact, officials from other states have reported similar shipments.  Officials didn’t release what kind of seeds were found in the packages but recommends anyone receiving a shipment that they don’t open or plant the seeds and to contact the ag department.

Two small wildfires broke out yesterday in the Boise National Forest.  The first called the Warm fire was lightning caused.  About 15 acres burned three miles southwest of the Bull Trout Lake area near Idaho City.  Another called the Golden fire has scorched about 10 acres about five miles east of Pioneerville. 

The $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Thursday contains several items related to Idaho National Laboratory.  The bill contains funding for security, cleanup and waste disposal at the U.S. Department of Energy desert site west of Idaho Falls and for the Spent Fuel Handling Recapitalization Project at the site’s Naval Reactors Facility.

When teachers and students return to the Schools in Twin Falls they will be expected to wear face masks.  How often they are in school will depend on how severe COVID-19 is that particular day.  The decision on how students will return to the classroom was finalized at last night’s school board meeting. 

Idaho State Police used bean bag rounds to subdue a suspect that refused to obey their commands during a traffic stop along I-84 near Nampa yesterday.  A traffic complaint to police indicated the driver was swerving into several lanes and had struck several vehicles.  No severe injuries were reported but the suspect was transported to the hospital for preexisting medical issues.

Good news.  The transportation department says traffic will be able to get through a previously closed section of Highway 95 near Riggins as crews continue to cleanup a major rockslide that occurred several weeks ago.  Officials say a temporary gravel road has been built at the base of the slide.


Today:  Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High around 90F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 60F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High: 93. Low: 63.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies to partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 66.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies to partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 98. Low: 67.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies to partly cloudy and hot. High: 94. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 64.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 94.

July 28th: On this day

Born on this day was American country and adult contemporary artist Ray Vega, who performed with his brother, Robert, as The Vega Brothers.

With his #1 hit "Angel in Disguise," Earl Thomas Conley became the first artist in any genre to have four chart-topping songs from the same album. The album in question is Don't Make it Easy For Me, and in addition to "Angel in Disguise" and the title track, Conley also hit with 1983's "Your Love's on the Line" and "Holding Her and Loving You." The feat was part of Conley's impressive 1980s streak, where he enjoyed 16 #1's hits through 1989.

Alabama released "High Cotton" the third single from the album Southern Star which went to #1 on the Country charts. It became the groups twenty-sixth #1 Country hit.

Monument Records released "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks. The title song on the band's 1998 album it hit #1 on the US Country singles chart, spending four weeks there in November 1998.

American singer Anita Carter died aged 66. Carter played upright bass with her sisters Helen Carter and June Carter Cash as The Carter Sisters. The trio joined the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1950 and opened shows for Elvis Presley, and joined The Johnny Cash Show in 1971. She scored two Top Ten hits in 1951 with "Down The Trail of Achin' Hearts" with Hank Snow and "Blue Bird Island" and she reached the Top Ten again in 1968 with "I Got You" with Waylon Jennings.

During a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw show in Lafayette, Louisiana, at the end of Tim McGraw's set, a female fan reached out and grabbed McGraw's nether regions. When Hill and McGraw returned for the encore, Hill blasted the fan, waving her finger and saying into the microphone: "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend. You don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [privates], you understand me? That's very disrespectful!" The incident attracted considerable media attention.

Toby Keith topped Forbes magazine's list of country music's top-paid artists for 2014 with estimated earnings of $65 million. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan also landed in the Top 5 of the "Country Cash Kings" list, but Keith eclipsed them all thanks to his numerous endeavors which include a restaurant chain, his own Wild Shot mescal, and a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Ford.

Monday 072720

Idaho’s new GOP chairman is hoping to unite republicans by focusing more on what they have in common and less on their differences.  Recently selected state GOP Chairman Tom Luna served two terms as state superintendent that culminated in an education reform package passed by lawmakers in 2011 but repealed by voters in 2012.

BLM crews continue to work the Lucky Fire burning near Lucky Peak Reservoir near Boise.  Control is expected this evening around 8 pm.  About 150 acres has burned since it was discovered on Saturday.

Governor Brad Little's Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee approved an additional $40 million to increase and improve COVID-19 testing in Idaho and an additional $10 million to equip schools with supplies needed to open safely.  Between direct federal support for schools and the Governor’s actions through the Cares Act, a total of $122.2 million has been committed to K-12 public education for the next school year.

The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and have put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that.  The Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho, the Energy Department and NASA will evaluate the ideas for developing the reactor.

A federal judge in Idaho has held a pair of outdoor court proceedings to safely swear in new U.S. citizens from more than a dozen countries who otherwise would have had to wait months to become citizens because of the coronavirus pandemic.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale administered the oath of citizenship to 37 people outside the James D. McClure U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Boise. Twenty more new citizens took the oath outdoors in Boise last week.

First it was toilet paper.  Now it’s coins.  Businesses are asking residents to cash in their coins.  The Federal Reserve has been limiting the coins banks can order but bankers say the limitations are supposed to be lifted soon.  In the meantime, if you have a large collection, businesses hope you will bring them in soon.


Will a Boise State Bronco football team member be named the Maxwell Collegiate player of the year?  Who knows, but one thing is for sure Quaterback Hank Bachmeier and Running Back George Holani are on the short list.  Bachmeier threw for nearly 19-hundred yards and nine touchdowns. Holani rushed for a little more than 1-thousand yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Big Sky Conference is pushing back competition for its fall Olympic sports.  September 18 will serve as the first date of competition for soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country, as well as the non-championship seasons for men’s and women’s tennis and softball.  Men’s and women’s golf begins September 14.


Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 98F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies. Low 67F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, generally during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 90. Low: 60.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 94. Low: 63.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 96. Low: 64.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 96. Low: 63.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 62.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 92.

July 27th: On this day

Born on this day near Knoxville, Tennessee, was Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, American entertainer who gained fame on radio and television as Homer of the country music comedy duo Homer and Jethro with Kenneth C. Burns for 35 years beginning in 1936. The pair recorded more than 50 albums during their career and won a Grammy for the best comedy performance in 1959 for "The Battle of Kookamonga," a parody of Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans." Haynes, who owned Fender Stratocaster serial number 0001, died on August 8, 1971 of a heart attack in Hammond, Indiana.

Born on this day in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, was Bobbie Gentry, singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe" in 1967. The track spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over three million copies all over the world. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Hank Thompson was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Wild Side Of Life". Spending 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard country charts, the song solidified Thompson's status as a country music superstar and inspired the answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country charts with, The Dance. The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.

"I Hope You Dance" by country singer Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert was at #1 on the Country chart. Considered to be Womack's signature song, "I Hope You Dance" won the 2001 CMA, ACM, NSAI, ASCAP and BMI awards for Song of the Year. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Song of the Year.

Country music singer and songwriter Lawton Williams died age 85. His major label debut, in 1951 on Coral, was "Everlastin' Love"/"Lovin' Overtime." He became in demand as a songwriter, Hank Locklin recorded his "Geisha Girl" and "Color Of The Blues", co-written with George Jones, was a country #10 for Jones.

Kenny Chesney released his eighteenth studio album Songs for the Saints his 12th Country #1 album and his first release for Warner Bros. Nashville. According to Chesney, the album was inspired by "the rebuilding process" after Hurricane Irma, which destroyed a house that he owned in Saint John, US Virgin Islands. Proceeds from the album were donated to Hurricane Irma disaster relief funds.

Friday 072420

Gov. Brad Little said yesterday that there are too many coronavirus infections, and Idaho will remain in the fourth and final stage of his plan to reopen during the pandemic for at least another two weeks.  The state’s seven health districts and local officials will continue evaluating conditions in their areas and decide on restrictions with Little’s oversight.

Fire crews spent the night near Declo battling a blaze just north of the I-84-86 junction.  The fire reported just before 6 pm was burning about 400 acres.  Containment is expected by 11 this morning and control by 6 tonight.

Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter said that 37 jail inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.  There were 300 tests requested and so far 50 have results returned.  Carter anticipates the numbers will go up as more test results return. So far, none of the jail staff have tested positive for the virus. He said the first positive case was traced to an inmate who’s been at the facility since May.

Jerome police say there is an uptick in graffiti this year.  Police chief Dan Hall said 12 graffiti vandalism’s were reported last year.  This year so far, there have been 42.  A $500 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information that would lead to an arrest and prosecution of those involved.

Environmental groups in Idaho reacted with mixed responses yesterday to a Trump administration plan to create critical habitat for a small, flowering plant found only in southwestern Idaho that was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2016.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protecting about 65 square miles for slickspot peppergrass. That’s about 30 square miles less than the agency proposed in 2014.

The Lincoln County fair in Shoshone continues through this weekend.  Because of COVID-19 many were concerned that it could get canceled but leaders say they are doing their best to operate it as normal as possible while making sure people remain safe.  Events are scheduled through this Sunday.


Consider this.  There are 28 spots on the preseason all-mountain west teams.  Boise state didn’t do too bad.  They picked up 8 of them.  That’s pretty good in a 12 team conference.  The league was quarterback-heavy last year, but in looking at this season it appears some of the new guys can rise to the top.  Some to watch would include Bronco’s Hanck Bachmeier at quarterback.  Others would be wide receiver Khalil Shakir and left tackle John Ojukwu.

The Big Sky preseason polls are out and they’re not too favorable towards the Vandals, with Idaho slated to finish eighth in the media poll and ninth in the coaches poll. Two of the Vandals’ non-conference games have been canceled this year, their home opener against Western Oregon and an away game at Washington State. Tentatively, the season opener is slated for September 12 at Temple.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 91F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 62F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mainly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 61.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 93. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening rain shower and/or thunderstorm. High: 93. Low: 62.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 95. Low: 65.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. It will be a little bit breezy as well. High: 94.

July 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Troy, Tennessee was country music singer and songwriter Lawton Williams. His major label debut, in 1951 on Coral, was "Everlastin' Love"/"Lovin' Overtime." He became in demand as a songwriter, Hank Locklin recorded his "Geisha Girl" and "Color Of The Blues", co-written with George Jones, was a country #10 for Jones. Williams died on July 27, 2007 age 85.

American country music singer Roy Acuff announced his intention to run for governor of Tennessee. Running as the Republican candidate, he later lost to Democratic candidate Gordon Browning in the November election.

Born on this day was Pam Tillis country music singer-songwriter and actress, (she is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis). Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, she scored the 1991 hit "Don't Tell Me What to Do", and has since charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, including her only #1 single, 1995's "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)".

Johnny Cash started recoding session for his third album The Fabulous Johnny Cash which was released in November 1958 by the Columbia label, after Cash's departure from Sun Records.

Born on this day, was Jerrod Niemann country music singer, songwriter, who charted with the single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)". He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun".

The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified platinum. The double album featured Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band and others. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.

Johnny Cash picked up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" from his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. The video, featuring images from Cash's life and directed by Mark Romanek, was also named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME.

Thursday 072320

Officials in Cassia County are looking for several hundred head of cattle that was reported stolen from a southern Idaho ranch.  The MGM Calf Ranch in Declo said the animals were taken between January and July of this year. 

The community of Murtaugh won’t be expanding their area of impact much at least for now.  Several years of meetings resulted in only one adjustment being approved by the Twin Falls county commissioners this week.  That was removal of land from the northeastern limit of the area of impact.  Three other requests were denied. 

Jerome has jumped on the bandwagon to ask everyone to wear masks during the COVID 19 pandemic.  In a news release, the city council is asking all to do the three “W”s.  Wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. 

After the lowest gasoline demand in April since 1968 Triple A says that continued COVID-19 uncertainty and abundant gasoline stocks throughout the spring and early summer may keep pump prices from returning to where they were at the beginning of the year.  Experts estimate that U.S. fuel demand is at least 15 percent lower than expected this time of year.  Today, the price for a gallon of gasoline in Idaho is $2.35, 57 cents less than a year ago. 

A lightening caused fire 16 miles southwest of Grandview has burned about 2000 acres.  Crews say they hope to gain containment at 11 this morning and control by 8pm tomorrow.

Idaho Falls police ended up in what can only be described as a wild chase through several neighborhoods yesterday morning.  A newspaper delivery person reported someone pointed a gun at her.  That led authorities to chase the vehicle that they later found had crashed into gate.  While they were continuing their search a resident reported there was an unidentified man in their living room.  24 year old Dakota Clifford was taken into custody.  He faces multiple felony charges to add to his three outstanding warrants.


It started when Idaho became the first state in the nation to prevent transgender girls and women from competing in female sports.  That brought on a lawsuit that is now being presented this week in U.S. District court.  The judge is considering three motions, first to dismiss the case.  Secondly, whether to allow ISU athletes, Madison Kenyon and Filer High School graduate Mary Marshall to get involved.  And thirdly, if Lindsay Hecox, an incoming sophomore at Boise State and transgender runner, be allowed to try out for the Broncos cross country team.

Six CSI basketball players are invited to the All American Junior College showcase this summer in Atlanta.  Chayce Polynice, Deng Dut, Maurice Barnett, Marcellious Lockett, Stevie Smith and transfer Tsotne Tsartsidze will represent the college August 15 and 16. The showcase features the country’s best junior college players entering their sophomore year or academic qualifiers.

In double A legion baseball from yesterday, Pocatello took both of their games over Twin Falls, 4 to 1 and 10 to 3.  It was a split for South Freemont and Minico.  In the first game South Fremont won 8 to 6 then Minico won the second game 2 to 1. 


Today:  Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. ESE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 61F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated PM rain showers and thunderstorms. High: 88. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 89. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 61.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 93. Low: 63.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of afternoon/evening rain showers and/or thunderstorms. High: 93. Low: 62.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 93.

July 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Decatur, IL, was Judy Martin, country music singer, performing from the early 30's to the late 40's on the WLS-AM's National Barn Dance in Chicago. She was the second wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Red Foley. On November 17, 1951 Foley died at her Nashville home from an overdose of sleeping pills aged 34.

Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was Alison Maria Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas the American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins was released. An adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name, the film starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The film version presented some difficulties for Universal, particularly with advertising. In 1982, the word "whorehouse" was considered obscene in parts of the US, resulting in the film being renamed The Best Little Cathouse in Texas in some print ads.

Born on this day in Jackson Mississippi, was Neil Perry, singer, mandolin, accordion, drums, and Piano in The Band Perry who scored the 2013 #1 Country album If I Die Young.

Born on this day in League City, Texas, was Danielle Bradbery, American country singer. Her debut studio album, Danielle Bradbery, released in 2013, featuring the top 20 country hit "The Heart of Dixie". She won season four of NBC's The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest contestant to come in first place.

Deana Carter won Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards for "Strawberry Wine." Vice Gill won Songwriter - Artist of the Year for the third time and Mark D. Sanders won the award for best Songwriter.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards appeared onstage with Willie Nelson at a concert in Westport, Connecticut.

Wednesday 072220

The Idaho Land Board may be getting into the business of prisons.  Yesterday, the five members that include Idaho Governor Brad Little said they are looking at investing upwards to $130-million to build a prison they would lease to the state.  Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said it could be a steady stream of income for the state board.

Idaho State Police have identified a man injured during a shootout in northern Idaho as a participant in a 41-day armed occupation in 2016 at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.  52 year old Sean L. Anderson, of Riggins was identified following a pursuit and shootout Saturday that followed an attempted traffic stop for an apparent equipment violation.

A prosecutor in the trial of Lori Vallow is asking that video coverage of her preliminary hearing not to be allowed.  Special prosecutor said the livestream makes it more difficult to pick an un-biased jury.  Audio and a transcript would be available Wood said in his request. Vallow faces a number of charges relating to the disappearance and discovery of her deceased children found buried in the backyard of her husband’s home in Rexburg.

Firefighters hope to contain a wildfire by 6 pm this evening that is burning along the Snake River Canyon near Pillar Falls.  The fire was reported late Monday and is believed to be human caused. 

The South Central Public Health District has confirmed Minidoka County’s first death related to COVID-19.  In a news release, the district said the individual was female and over the age of 70.  She was hospitalized and had complicating health factors.

Overnight, it was largely peaceful as protesters in Boise gathered at city hall, Boise State University and a nearby park.  As the protesters gathered it became clear that this was not as large as the June 30th event or the massive Black Lives Matter vigil that occurred at the capitol building.  Two groups totaling about 500 clashed over black lives matter while another 300 were at the nearby Cecil Andrus Park.  Many were waving TRUMP 2020 Flags.


The Gooding Senators Pony League baseball team is the champion of the Magic Valley League.  This, after beating Wendell in the championship game.  The Senators lost their first two games of the season before finishing off with five straight wins and a title.  This is the second consecutive league title for the senators. 

In a preseason poll, Boise State was picked to win the Mountain division again for the 10th time since entering the Mountain West Conference..  BSU is the defending Mountain West champion and seeks its fourth straight berth to the conference championship.  The Broncos received all but one of the 21 votes.  Air Force is slated to finish third, Utah State fourth, Colorado State is picked to go fifth and New Mexico rounds out the predicted finish.


Today:  Cloudy early with scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 88F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies this evening will become partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 61F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and/or a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 91. Low: 60.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89. Low: 60.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 61.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 62.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 92. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 93.

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July 22nd: On this day

Born on this day in Gilmer, Texas, was Don Henley singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh, while living at the home of fellow Texan Kenny Rogers; the album was produced by Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.

Patsy Cline was brought onstage at the Grand Ole Opry in a wheelchair to tell her fans that she would be back singing soon. Cline had been seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville the previous month.

Hank Snow, with producer Chet Atkins, recorded "In The Misty Moonlight", "I Saw A Man" and other tracks, at RCA Victor Studio, Tennessee. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.

Jack Benny, who was Loretta Lynn's second child and eldest son, died at the of age 34 while trying to ford the Duck River at the family's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Born on this day country music singer, songwriter, and record producer Nicolle Galyon. She has written songs for Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, and many others.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with "Don't Rock the Jukebox", released as the lead single from the album of the same name, Don't Rock the Jukebox. It was his second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Country music songwriter and record producer Bob Ferguson died of cancer age 73. He worked for nearly 30 years at RCA's Studio B in Nashville producing hundreds of albums for artists such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, and Porter Wagoner. Ferguson is also best known for writing the bestselling songs "On the Wings of a Dove" and "The Carroll County Accident."

Brad Paisley released his third studio album Mud on the Tires which became his first US #1 Country album. It produced four hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks as well as the #1 title track.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways. Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.

Tuesday 072120

Taxes for Twin Falls residents are projected to fall to an eight year low.  On twitter this morning city spokesman Josh Palmer posted the tax rate for 2020 was 7-dollars 13 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value.  For Fiscal year 2021 the rate is projected to be $6-92.  Palmer said the rate is one of the lowest in Idaho.

Lawmakers concerned that Republican Gov. Brad Little has too much power following his emergency declaration because of the coronavirus pandemic considered yesterday ways to reconvene after the regular legislative session has ended.  Draft legislation would require the governor to call the part-time Legislature back into session whenever he makes an emergency declaration. The working group didn’t make any policy votes, but instead considered potential legislation for the 2021 Legislature.

As the COVID 19 pandemic marches on, a recent report compiled for the White House coronavirus task force lists 18 states including Idaho that are considered red zones.  That means those state were seeing more than 100 new cases per 100-thousand people.  Over the last few weeks, Idaho has reported anywhere between 300 and 700 new cases per day. 

For weeks, groups across Idaho have had today marked on their calendar for a protest and rally at Boise City Hall. Now, city officials and some organizations, which were supposed to show up at the rally, are asking people to stay away.  Todays planned protests will focus on Black Lives Matter, much like the June 30 rally that organizers said turned into chaos.  Instead, they will gather at another location that will be announced to their supporters sometime today.

In a news release from Governor Brad Little, Fifty-four cities and 28 counties submitted letters of intent to participate in Governor Brad Little's plan that leverages federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries and gives cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers.  Under the plan, Idaho property taxpayers could see up to a 20-percent one-time reduction in their property taxes this year.

Idaho State Police continue to investigate an officer shooting in Idaho County.  Police say early Saturday, a driver fled from a traffic stop.  Shots were fired.  52 year old Sean Anderson is being treated for gunshot wounds.


The Mountain West Conference postponed its 2020 Football Virtual Media Days event until further notice. The event was slated for July 27-29.  Still, the conference will release its 2020 football predicted order of finish, all-conference teams and individual awards this week.  Today it’s expected that officials will release the Mountain and West Division predicted order of finish. Then tomorrow look for the Preseason All-Mountain West Team list, followed by Thursday the Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Preseason Players of the Year.  According to the Associated Press, several MW teams scheduled PAC-12 opponents, only to see those games canceled as a result of COVID-19.


Today:  sunshine. High 97F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight  A few passing clouds. Low 66F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 91. Low: 61.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and/or a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Breezy. High: 91. Low: 61.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 89. Low: 60.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 90. Low: 61.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 62.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91.

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July 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Copper Creek, Virginia, was Country music musician, singer and songwriter Sara Carter, lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. Carter was inducted as part of the Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Famein 1970 along with Bill Monroe. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. Carter died on Jan 8th 1979 aged 80.

Born on this day in Calgary, Alberta, was Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt who made his mark on the country music charts with the single "My Heart Has a History," propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US since Hank Snow.

Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer's second studio album. The album contained Pruett's first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.

The Rascal Flatts video, "I Melt," came under fire by conservative groups because it contained brief scenes of nudity, (guitarist Joe Don Rooney's bare buttocks, and model Christina Auria taking a shower in the nude). Groups called for the video to be banned from airplay on CMT and Great American Country. Eventually, Rascal Flatts released an edited version of the video, which aired during daytime hours on the two country music-oriented networks.

Mindy McCready was arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after getting into a drunken, violent fight with her mother. The singer was also charged with violating her probation.

Carrie Underwood released "Just a Dream" the fourth single from her second studio album, Carnival Ride. The song became Underwood's sixth straight #1 country single, as well as her seventh #1 single overall. The song was nominated for 2010 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Brad Paisley performed at the White House in celebration of country music. "Country Music at the White House " was streamed live on the White House web-site as well as a special on Great American Country.

Wynonna Judd, along with her daughter and tour manager were involved in a head-on collision in Salt Lake City, Utah, on their way to a sushi restaurant. The three of them were taken to a hospital where their injuries were treated, and all three were released at midnight that evening.

Pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee. He was widely regarded as the world's foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles.