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TUESDAY 032619

U.S. District court judge Edward Lodge has issued a ruling in the case of Joseph Edward Duncan III.  The judge denied Duncan’s petition to vacate his 1st degree murder sentences.  On November 3, 2008, the court sentenced Duncan to be executed following the 2005 kidnappings and murders of members of the Groene family of Coeur d'Alene. 

Timothy Stadelmeir has submitted his resignation as a coach for the Twin Falls High School’s baseball team.  Stadelmeir was arrested in February for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.  He remains employed as a teacher at the Twin Falls High School. 

The Daycare for children up to 18 months at St. Luke’s in Twin Falls said they will close the doors.  The facility at the hospital has been in business for more than 25 years.  The closure is expected by July 30th.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation to designate a roadway that crosses southern Idaho as the Idaho Medal of Honor Highway.  In Idaho U.S. Highway 20 starts near Parma and ends on Targhee Pass where it enters Montana.  The estimated cost to the state is expected to be less than $30,000.

Legislation to legalize hemp in Idaho is headed to the Senate for potential amendments that Gov. Brad Little says could be enough to get his approval.  The Senate State Affairs Committee yesterday voted unanimously to send to the full Senate the bill that has already passed the House.

North Country Smokehouse is recalling over 26-hundred pounds of ready to eat Kielbasa sausage products that may be contaminated with Metal.  Consumers are urged to return the product to the place of purchase or throw it away.  The sausages were shipped nationwide. 

Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services say they will close their doors on April 12th.  The service has served adults with disabilities for 46-years from Twin Falls to all of southern Idaho.

SPORTS

The SWAC Pitcher of the week honors goes to CSI’S Hadlie Henderson for her performances this past series. The sophomore earned two victories last weekend against Colorado Northwestern. She finished with a 1.17 ERA and six strikeouts.  Henderson is native of Blackfoot.  At 12-4 in conference play, CSI is just one game back of first place Salt Lake.  They're on the road at USU Eastern this weekend.

The eight man football classic returns.  It will be at the Middleton High School on Saturday, August 31st. In the games last season Valley defeated Prairie 60-46 and Raft River won 74-20 over Genesee, as small school football fans from throughout the state were able to get an early look at three 1AD1 playoff teams including the eventual state champion and two of the four semifinalists.    

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High 62F. SE winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 39F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers. Winds: East 3-8 mph. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

THURSDAY: Scattered rain showers with clouds and sunshine. Valleys - High: 51 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 26

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of snow and rain showers and cool. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 25

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 42 Low: 26

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 28

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds. Valleys - High: 62 Low: 31 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 23

March 26th: On this day

1942
Born on this day, was Larry Butler, country music producer, songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

1952
Hank Williams appeared on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing "Hey Good Lookin'". He later joined in with the rest of the cast singing his own "I Saw The Light". Footage from this show was later used for the "There's A Tear In My Beer" video some 37 years later.

1955
Born on this day, was Dean Dillon, country music artist who between 1982 and 1993, recorded six studio albums on various labels, and charted several singles on the Billboard country charts. Dillon has continued to write several hit songs for other artists, most notably George Strait. He is the father of country music songwriter, Jessie Jo Dillon, and the two often collaborate.

1956
Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Charlotte Denise "Charly" McClain, country music singer, best known for series of Country hits during the 1980s Including, "Who's Cheatin' Who," "Sleeping With the Radio On," and "Radio Heart."

1968
Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Kenny Chesney country music singer and songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums which have produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.

1974
Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

1992
George Thackston pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of the fatal accident which killed Dottie West. Thackston who was driving the car, was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, and was also ordered to complete an alcohol treatment program.

1996
The Woman in Me the second studio album by Shania Twain was at #1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?", a song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album. Bottom of Form

MONDAY 032519

Legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot has narrowly passed the Senate.  Senators voted 18-17 on Friday to send to the House the bill.  The bill would require those seeking ballot initiatives to get signatures from 10 percent of voters in 32 of Idaho’s 35 districts, compared to current rules that require signatures from 6 percent of voters in 18 districts. The bill would also cut the time allowed to gather the signatures from 18 months to about six months.

A piece of Medicaid expansion legislation introduced Friday is already dead, but the sponsor says it will form the basis for an interim study.  The House Health and Welfare Committee introduced and voted 10-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, which sought to help pay for Medicaid expansion in Idaho by redirecting money that counties spend to pay medical bills for uninsured residents who seek care. The bill stalled as lawmakers consider two other Medicaid expansion measures.

Idaho prison officials must release several documents on the death penalty, a judge ruled, including some that will reveal where the state obtained the lethal injection drugs used in its last execution seven years ago.  Prison officials have long said they fear they won’t be able to obtain drugs for future executions if their potential sources believe they could be exposed. Major pharmaceutical companies have refused to sell medications to states if they think they will be used for executions, forcing some states to look for more novel sources, including compounding pharmacies and drugs from other countries like India.

Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little.   The House voted 37-28 on Thursday to approve the change to make the punishment for assaulting a Idaho parks compliance enforcement officer the same as assaulting police officers, public defenders, correctional officers, firefighter and others.

SPORTS

In local sports, Boise State University met Oregon State in a NCAA Tournament game.  The game went into overtime but for Bronco fans it was a sad day as the Beavers beat the Broncos 80 to 75.  Boise State has yet to win an NCAA tournament game, now at 0-6.  But the Broncos did accomplish a lot this season, including winning Mountain West Championships and a program-best 28 games.

WEATHER

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 61F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Low 39F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   Winds: E 6 mph  High: 58 Mountains: 48

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and a chance of rain/snow mix in the Wood River Valley.  Winds: NW 5 mph  Low: 40 Mountains: 33

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers in the Magic Valley and rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 59 Low: 37  Mountains: 44 Low: 30

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley. Snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 52 Low: 34  Mountains: 42 Low: 28

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and chance of rain and snow in the Wood River Valley.   High: 52 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny  High: 54 Low: 32  Mountains: 44 Low: 26

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley, and slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 56 Mountains: 46

March 25th: On this day

1923
Born on this day in Seattle, Washington, was Bonnie Guitar, Country-Pop Singer. She is best remembered for her 1957 Country-Pop crossover hit "Dark Moon". She became one of the first female Country Music singers to have songs crossover from the Country charts to the Pop charts.

1938
Born on this day, Hoyt Axton, US singer, songwriter and actor who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. Had his own hits with "When The Morning Comes" and "Flash Of Fire". Acting roles included Bionic Woman and McCloud. Axton died of a heart attack on October 26th 1999, aged 61.

1948
Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, (the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals), who first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

1950
Born on this day, was Ronald Dean "Ronnie" McDowell, country music artist who had the 1977 hit "The King Is Gone", a tribute to Elvis Presley, who had died not long before the single's release. McDowell has charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Two of his singles, "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation" peaked at #1 on the country charts.

1963
Born on this day in York, Pennsylvania, was Robbie Fulks, alternative country singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums over a career spanning more than 25 years.

1963
Johnny Cash recorded the June Carter/Merle Kilgore song “Ring Of Fire.” The song was originally recorded by June's sister Anita Carter, on her 1963 album Folk Songs Old and New as "(Love's) Ring of Fire". Cash claimed he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by "Mexican trumpets". It became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash's career, staying at #1 on the charts for seven weeks.

1974
Winners at the 9th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roger Miller, and Charlie Rich included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Charlie Rich, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Olivia Newton John, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Dorsey Burnette, and Album of the Year Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors.

1978
"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson became the last song for 12 years to spend four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. There wouldn't be another four-week #1 until "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" by Randy Travis in April 1990.

1999
73-year-old country music singer Ray Price was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana. He was fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charges. According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson - no stranger to marijuana arrests - phoned and told him he'd just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.

2006
Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He pioneered the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts, his first being the 1963 hit “Act Naturally”.

2009
Dan Seals died aged 61. He first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

2013
During a visit to the doctor, Charlie Daniels was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to a Nashville hospital for a series of routine tests. The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate. Daniels had one fitted a few days later.

2015
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of 25 recordings to be preserved by the US Library of Congress. The song was written and first recorded by Merle Travis at the Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood, California on August 8, 1946.

FRIDAY 032219

Gas prices for Idaho drivers continue to be well below the national average.  Today, the state average dropped to 2-dollars 29 cents per gallon while the average price checked in at 2-dollars 32 cents.  The trend has now lasted for more than a month according to triple –A.

Teachers in Idaho will soon be paid more.  Earlier this week, Governor Brad Little signed into law an increase that will raise pay up to 40-thousand dollars over the course of two years.  Now teacher pay starts at 35-thousand 800 dollars a day.

Idaho Power wants to get out of using coal for electrical generation.  The company has finalized an agreement to end its participation in the coal fired plant in Nevada by 2025. 

New mobile Jail Pods will soon be part of the Twin Falls detention facility.  The county has agreed to spend 601-thousand dollars to replace three after fire damaged one of the pods last November.

41 year old Jeremy Hill was sentenced this week to 10 years and 10 months in prison for possessing Methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Court records state Idaho State Police troopers saw Hill driving a Chevrolet Blazer in February 2018 without mud flaps and attempted to pull him over. He fled at a high speed and threw meth out of his car before crashing the vehicle.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch some local areas from this afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  The watch area includes Shoshone, Richfield, Carey, Hailey, Bellevue, Picabo, Mackay, Arco, Mud Lake, the Idaho National Laboratory, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St. Anthony, Howe, and surrounding areas.  Water from melting snow could cause streams to become full and overflow.

Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.  It applies to a handful of theaters built before 1950.

WEATHER

FRIDAY: Cloudy to mostly cloudy, occasional rain showers. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 55 Mountains: 46

 

FRIDAY NIGHT: Valley rain showers with a mix of rain and snow in the mountains. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 29

 

SATURDAY: Scattered areas of rain showers and mountains rain and snow showers. Winds: Valleys - High: 53 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 28

 

SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers with mountain snow showers, cooler. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 24

 

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 28

 

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain at night. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 30

 

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 27

 

THURSDAY: Mix of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 45 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 24

March 22nd: On this day

1892

Born on this day in Spray, now part of Eden, Rockingham County, was Charlie Poole, old time banjo player and country musician and the leader of the North Carolina Ramblers, an American old-time string band that recorded many popular songs between 1925 to 1930. Poole's life ended on May 21 1931 after a 13-week drinking bender. He had been invited to Hollywood to play background music for a film. According to some reports, he was disheartened by the slump in record sales due to the Depression.

1971

Winners at the 6th Academy of Country Music Awards held at The Palladium in Hollywood hosted by Dick Clark included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Merle Haggard, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Lynn Anderson, Top Vocal Group - Kimberleys, Song of the Year - Ray Price "For the Good Times", and Top Television Personality of the Year went to Johnny Cash.

1976

Wanted! The Outlaws featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser, was at #1 on the US Country music album chart. Wanted! The Outlaws earned its place in music history by becoming the first country album to sell a million copies.

1977

Luxury Liner gave Emmylou Harris her second successive #1 country album on the Billboard Music Charts. The highest charting singles were the #6 Chuck Berry cover "(You Never Can Tell) C'est la Vie" and the #8 "Making Believe" (originally a hit for Kitty Wells). The title track was written by Gram Parsons.

1978

"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country chart. It beacame the last song for 12 years to spend four weeks at the top of the chart.

1988

The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville’s Music Row opened The Johnny Cash Exhibit. Cash opened the exhibition with one of the ‘biggest parties ever’ - the star-studded guest list included Emmylou Harris, Lynn Anderson, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Sam Phillips and Bill Monroe.

2003

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the country charts with Home, their sixth studio album. The group was promoting this album when lead singer Natalie Maines made controversial comments about US President George W. Bush. The album's third single, "Travelin' Soldier", was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart the week that Maines' comments hit the press. The following week, many stations started a still-standing boycott of the Chicks' music.

THURSDAY 032119

A House panel has approved a joint memorial intervening in a fight over water in the Salmon River in central Idaho involving irrigators and federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout.  The House Resources and Conservation Committee voted to send to the House the memorial requesting Congress, President Donald Trump and federal agencies respect Idaho’s sovereignty over water.

The Idaho Fish and Game are suspecting a mountain lion could be blamed for the deaths of two goats near Buhl earlier this week.  The wounds look like a mountain lion may have attacked the goats but there have not been any reported sightings in the area.

Don’t be looking for the circus in Gooding any time soon.  Recently the King Cole Circus left free tickets with area businesses and the schools and began selling tickets for an event that was going to be at the Shu-Fly arena in Gooding on March 30.  Problem is that there was no contract with the owners of the property. 

An Wendell man is facing four felony charges after investigators say he drove drunk, fell asleep at the wheel and was in a collision that a killed pregnant woman.  21-year-old Daniel Cruz Ortiz is charged with killing 26-year-old Jessie Otton of Twin Falls near Wendell in a head on collision.  Cruz Ortiz has not yet had the opportunity to enter a plea.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have sent a letter to the Cassia County prosecutor’s office wanting to file criminal charges against Ida-Beef in Burley for difficulties killing two cows.  The conduct appears to violate Idaho law which allows workers to be held criminally liable. 

A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is headed to the state Senate for possible changes.  The Senate State Affairs committee voted to send the bill to the full Senate for amendments.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first to High School Baseball, it was Buhl 9 Glenns Ferry 7.  Pocatello defeated Burley 8 to 7.  Pocatello outlasted Burley 18 to 2

As far as softball, Pocatello took the double header against Burley.  12 to 2 and 18 to 2.  Buhl outlasted Declo in another double header 6 to 4 and 15 to 4. 

On the tennis courts, Twin Falls beat Canyon Ridge 9 to 3. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly to partly cloudy valleys with sunshine in the Wood River Valley. Mild and isolated showers along the Idaho/Nevada border. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 58 Mountains: 54

Tonight:   Mostly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of morning showers. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 31

Tomorrow:  Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 54F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

SATURDAY: Scattered areas of rain showers and mountains rain and snow showers. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 29

SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers with mountain snow showers, cooler. Valleys - High: 51 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 25

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 28

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 30

WEDNESDAY: Chance of rain showers. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 30

March 21st: On this day

1948
Born on this day, was Paul Lavon Davis, singer and songwriter, best known for his 1977 hit "I Go Crazy", (which once held the record for the longest chart run on the Billboard Hot 100 after spending 40 weeks on the charts). His highest-charting pop hit was the #6 "'65 Love Affair." In the mid 1980s, he also had two country #1 hits as a guest vocalist on songs by Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker.

1977
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Southern Nights", a song written by Allen Toussaint and the first single released from Campbell's 1977 album, Southern Nights. The lyrics were inspired by childhood memories of Allen Toussaint, who had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies.

1981
"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" gave Willie Nelson his seventh #1 on the country chart. The song is commonly believed to have been written about a friend of Nelson's who was a Hells Angel, who died in a motorcycle crash.

1988
Winners at the 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Hank Williams Jr. included: Pioneer Award - Roger Miller, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Randy Travis, Top Vocal Group - Highway 101, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - K.T. Oslin, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Ricky Van Shelton and Song of the Year went to Randy Travis for "On The Other Hand."

1993
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country album charts with his debut album Some Gave All. It produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart." The album is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 with 17 consecutive weeks on the chart.

2007
Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country chart with their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way. With over 2 million copies sold in the US, it won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

WEDNESDAY 032019

Two semi-trucks collided yesterday morning blocking both lanes of U.S. Highway 30 between Hansen and Murtaugh.  The road was closed for about two hours. One truck pulled into the path of another attempting to turn onto East 37-hundred North.   No one was injured. 

The Twin Falls City Council gave the green light to the hotel management company to build a 60 foot four story hotel behind the Visitors Center near the Perrine Bridge.  The decision comes following a hour and a half of public testimony.  15 people in favor and 16 opposed.  Four council members said yes while two said no.

Governor Brad Little has designated this week as flood awareness week prompting the Twin Falls County of Emergency Management to warn residents they need to clean out their ditches.  Officials say not only will it allow water to flow freely it will remove fuels for possible fire issues.

The bill to legalize hemp in Idaho has passed the house with much support from Magic Valley Legislature.  Hemp is used in the manufacturing of many products.  The bill will now go to the senate.

Authorities in Kootenai County arrested a 13-year-old suspected of leading deputies on a high-speed chase at more than 100 mph.  Deputies say the driver, who had a 15-year-old passenger along, sped the SUV through a stop sign on state Highway 54 at about 1 a.m., and then continued, on the highway at high speeds as deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver finally stopped when a parent called one of them and “told them to stop for the police.”

Nurses at a hospital in north-central Idaho are trying to unionize.  Registered nurses with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston announced over the weekend that they are petitioning to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  St. Joseph Regional Medical Center was a nonprofit hospital until two years ago, when the Catholic medical care organization Ascension Health sold the medical center to RCCH Healthcare Partners, a for-profit company.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first to baseball action where the Kimberly Bulldogs defeated the Filer wildcats 16 to 0.  Pocatello downed Burley 8 to 7. 

In softball, it was a double header where Twin Falls took both wins from Mountain Home.  The first game 11 to 1 and in the second 13 to 5.  Elsewhere it was Kimberly 19 Filer 18.  Glenns Ferry defeated Wendell 25 to 10.

We have one high school tennis score to report.  Twin Falls 9 over Canyon Ridge 3. 

WEATHER

Today: A mix of clouds and sun. High 63F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 37F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow (THURSDAY):  Mostly cloudy, mostly dry and warm chance of an isolated shower. Winds: East 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, chance of a shower. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with rain and possible snow overnight. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Chance of morning snow and afternoon rain, mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 26

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 28

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 53 Low: 28

March 20th: On this day

1937
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Reed died on Aug 31st 2008.

1937
Born on this day in London, Ontario, was Tommy Hunter, Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman". Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984 and in 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

1971
Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her - especially, he has said, in the line "Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away." Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

1978
Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" at #1 on the country charts. The song was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written by him and wife Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.

1989
Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country charts with his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Originally the song was a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, first released in 1957 and was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

1991
At Reba McEntire’s request, Johnny Cash gave a speech during the service held for the eight band members and two pilots killed in an air crash on 16th March. He opened his speech by singing the song “Jim I Wore A Tie Today” and when it came time to say the name in the song, Cash replaced it with the name of each band member – “Jim, Chris, Kirk, Joey, Paula, Terry, Tony and Mike, I wore a tie today.” He ended his part of the service with the rendition of the Hank Williams recitation “Negro Funeral.”

TUESDAY 031919

One man is dead and a teenage girl was injured when a home near the golf course in McCall exploded Sunday afternoon.  The home explosion created a large crater and severely damaged two homes nearby.  The girl was rescued.

A new Medicaid expansion “sideboard” bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week and require people over 100 percent of the federal poverty level to keep private insurance was introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday.  A hearing on the bill is expected to be held tomorrow.

Idaho Democrats are introducing legislation to protect the referendum process after a bill was introduced that would make it more difficult for Idahoans to put an initiative on the ballot.  Democrats say only wealthy special interest groups would be able to gather enough signatures in the time allowed because it would be too costly for average Idahoans.

The Idaho Department of Transportation has reopened Highway 21 at Grandjean, which connects Lowman to Stanley. The stretch of highway has been closed for 25 days, because of more than 50 avalanches burying the road.  Crews have been working to remove up to 60 feet of snow off the roadway.

The search has resumed in the Boise foothills for a hiker who went missing more than a month ago.  27 year old Kyle Crowden of Mountain Home has been missing since Saturday, Feb. 9 after going for a hike on the Dry Creek Trail off of Bogus Basin Road.  Searchers found his Toyota Camry parked at the trailhead about 4.5 miles up Bogus Basin Road. The car was covered in a thick layer of snow.

A Southeast Idaho woman has mysteriously vanished and authorities are asking for the public's help in locating her.  Shari Christopherson was last seen Saturday afternoon when she left her Malad home to go to a local pharmacy, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office reported. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.  She was driving a green 2015 Jeep Renegade when she left her home on Saturday afternoon. The vehicle's license plate number is 1O23169.

SPORTS

In sports from the region, the Women’s basketball team from Idaho state is headed to the National Invitation Tournament.  They haven’t been to this event since 2013. 

Alana Floyd a member of this year’s Hagerman Girls basketball team has signed with Western Wyoming community College.  She is following in the footsteps of a former Pirate.  In 2014, Hagerman’s Larissa Knight played for Western before transferring to Northwest College and then Southern Virginia.

In baseball from yesterday, Wendell defeated Gooding 13 to 2 and Jerome won their double header with Wood River 17 to 7 in the first game and 10 to 0 in the second.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High near 60F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A mostly clear sky. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 62F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear skies and chilly. Winds: East 10-15. Lows - Valleys: 31 Mountains: 28

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies, isolated rain near Nevada/Idaho border. Winds: East 10-20 mph. Valleys - High: 62 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 28

THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and mild. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds still mild. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with rain and possible snow overnight. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 27

SUNDAY: Chance of morning rain or snow then clearing. Valleys - High: 54 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 26

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 30

March 19th: On this day

1961
Marty Robbins was at #1 with "Don't Worry" his seventh Country chart topper, (which stayed at #1 for ten weeks). "Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion after session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin didn't like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.

1972
Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the country chart with "My Hang-Up Is You", Hart's second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

2000
Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album.

2007
Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announced plans to depart the group at the end of the year, in search of a solo career.

2010
Josh Turner was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Why Don't We Just Dance", released in August 2009 as the lead-off single from his album Haywire. The song became Turner's third #1 hit.

2013
Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. Police said Coe was driving a 2011 Suburban when he ran the red light. The truck hit the SUV broadside, pushing it into a nearby parking lot. The truck flipped on its side, wrapped around a pole and spilled the radishes and corn it was hauling.