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FRIDAY 122019

Officials say the pilot and a passenger of a plane that crashed soon after takeoff from a small South Dakota airport on Thanksgiving had spent three hours clearing snow and ice from the aircraft.  The crash killed nine of the 12 members of the Hansen family from Idaho Falls.  They had flown to the location for an annual pheasant-hunting trip.  Officials say the weather should have convinced the pilot from taking off. 

Montanna Reed, a 22 year old Twin Falls woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the murder of a teenage hitchhiker in 2017.  18 year old Hunter Smith’s body was found in the desert of eastern Owyhee County by hunters.  Two other men involved in the murder have already been sentenced in the case.  Reed will be eligible for parole after five years and will receive credit for two years she has served. 

There have been two more mountain Lion attacks on dogs in the Wood River Valley.  That bring to four the amount of attacks in the past week.  Officials remind residents with dogs not to leave their pets anywhere outside unsupervised and for any extended time.

Nelson-Jameson, a Wisconsin based company say they plan to move their operation currently in Twin Falls to a facility they are constructing on 19 acres of property on the south end of Jerome.  The new 29-thousand square foot distribution warehouse will be near the railroad tracks.  Upwards to 15 people will work at the facility.

A pickup rolled into a field northeast of Hansen Wednesday night after it was struck by a semi-truck sending the driver to the hospital.  20 year old Fredy Lagunas driving a pickup failed to stop at the stop sign and was hit by a 1999 Peter built truck traveling west on Idaho 50.

SPORTS

In sports from around Idaho, first to CSI Basketball where the women eagles took the win from Dawson Community College yesterday 70 to 60.  CSI will continue play in the Las Vegas Tournament today.

On the High School Level first to Girls Basketball, where Camas County downed Tri-Valley 49 to 40.  Twin Falls overpowered Canyon Ridge 58 to 17 and Hansen defeated Dietrich 40 to 24.  Shoshone said no  to Hagerman 51 to 33, Raft River defeated Castleford 55 to 25, Declo took the win from Wendell 55 to 23 and it was Filer 45 Gooding 41. Rigby defeated Minico 56 to 29.

In Boys High school Basketball, Lighthouse Christian 50 Declo 48.  Carey overpowered Victory Charter 60 to 54.  Jerome took the win from Buhl 65 to 34.  It was the Sun Valley Community School 55 over Twin Falls Christian Academy 40.  Camas County 49 over Tri-Valley 32.  Kuna overpowered Canyon Ridge 64 to 50 and Capital took it from Wood River 33 to 32.

One of Idaho's top football recruits signed with Eastern Washington University on Wednesday.  Gooding quarterback Shane Jennings made it official in front of the entire student body.  Ranked Idaho's fourth top prospect from the class of 2020 by 24/7 Sports, Jennings broke seven school records over the course of his career, after capping off a stellar senior campaign.

Tomorrow for college basketball, Idaho State takes it on the road to play Pacific in Stockton California.  Game time is 8 pm while Idaho is on the road to play South Dakota State.  Game Time is 11 am.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy. Low 27F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 41 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Some developing sunshine late. High: 43. Low: 29.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 40. Low: 25.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 37. Low: 23.

WEDESDAY (Christmas): Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 34. Low: 24.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 34.

December 20th: On this day

1950
Born on this day in Walden, New York was A. J. Masters. The American country music singer charted eight singles on Hot Country Songs between 1985 and 1987, also writing singles for John Berry, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hanson. Masters died aged 64 on January 12, 2015.

1970
Loretta Lynn was at #1 on the Country chart with "Coal Miner's Daughter." The song became Lynn's signature song, one of the most widely known Country songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life. It also became Lynn's first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

1974
John Denver was at #1 on the US Country chart with his eighth studio album Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" and "Back Home Again". In addition, the studio versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sweet Surrender" appear on this album. On the cover, John is shown with his then-wife Ann Martell.

1982
British record producer Don Law died in La Marque, Texas. A longtime Columbia executive, he migrated to the United States in 1924, eventually landing in Dallas, Texas, where he worked as a bookkeeper for Brunswick Records. He oversaw such hits as Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John," Lefty Frizzell's "Saginaw, Michigan," Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire" and Ray Price's "For The Good Times".

1983
Johnny Cash checked into the Betty Ford Center to prevent an addiction to painkillers administered during a recent hospital stay. Actress Elizabeth Taylor was also staying at the clinic for treatment.

1985
Johnny Paycheck was arrested for shooting a man at the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio, after he fired a .22 pistol, the bullet grazing a man's head. Paycheck claimed the act was self-defense. After several years spent fighting the sentence, he began serving his sentence in 1989 spending 22 months in prison before being pardoned by Ohio Governor Richard Celeste.

1999
Hank Snow died at his Rainbow Ranch in Madison, Tennessee. The Candian singer scored more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980, including "I'm Moving On", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", and "Hello Love". Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, have all covered his songs.

2010
Reba McEntire scored her 35th Billboard #1 single with "Turn On the Radio". The single was McEntire's 60th Top 10 single on the country charts, making her the first female country artist in history to achieve that many top 10 hits.

THURSDAY 121919

Property tax relief and redistricting will be high on the list of priorities in the 2020 legislative session, Idaho House Republicans say.  House speaker Scott Bedke said growth isn’t paying for growth so the cost of local government is shifting to people who were originally there. 

The Interior Department in Idaho and Wyoming are appealing a court ruling that halted a Trump administration plan to ease land-use restrictions in seven Western states that protect struggling sage grouse.  The notices say the agency and states will seek a review by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of an October ruling temporarily preventing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from carrying out the plan.

A 8 year old girl was severely burned over the weekend in Mountain Home after she reached over a candle on a countertop.  The flames engulfed her sequined shirt.  Aaliyah Shepard is facing many surgeries.  She is currently at the University of Utah burn center in Salt Lake City.  She is expected to be in intensive care for at least a month.

Three people have been accused of stealing packages at various homes in Idaho Falls.  Using doorbell video police are piecing together what happened.  Two of the three were found inside a hotel with some of the items that were taken.  More was found inside a stolen vehicle.  31 year old Tony Cone and 30 year old Mario Deluca were arrested.  The search for 25 year old Danielle Downey continues.

A 76-year-old Garden City man has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for using the mail to stalk multiple victims.  Frank Abbott Sweeney was accused of sending "harassing and unwanted" postcards to a total of six victims in 2015.  Officials said the postcards contained strong racial epithets, derogatory language, and insults to the victims.

56 year old David L. Randall of Boise has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 56-year-old woman.  Police say they were called to a home on Monday afternoon, where they found the woman’s body. Police said evidence at the scene indicated the death was suspicious, but no details have been released.

SPORTS

It was national signing day throughout the country for High School Seniors heading off to College.  In Rupert, Minico High school senior Greyson Harwood signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Idaho in Moscow.  In Twin Falls Senior McKenna Todd put the ink down to play for Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario and in Gooding Quarterback Shane Jennings is headed to play football for Eastern Washington University.

Some boys basketball from last night found Gooding defeating American Falls 56 to 30.  Murtaugh defeated Hansen 60 to 56.  Oakley took the win from Glenns Ferry 56 to 51.  It was Shoshone over Wendell 62 to 54. 

In Girls High School Basketball action, Hansen took the win from Murtaugh 42 to 38.  Lighthouse won the game with Richfield 58 over 25.  Kimberly said no to Buhl 43 to 32 and Valley won the game with Oakley 34 to 30.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Considerable cloudiness. High 38F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness. Low 26F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers, especially during the morning hours. Total snow accumulations from Tuesday evening until the end of this event will likely be under 3 for the valleys and under 4 for the mountains for the majority of the area. High: 42. Low: 29.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 41. Low: 30.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 43. Low: 29.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies. High: 40. Low: 26.

TUESDAY:   Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 37. Low: 23.

WEDNESDAY (Christmas):  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 34.

December 19th: On this day

1908
Born on this day in Wakefield, Kentucky southeast of Louisville, was Bill Carlisle, country music singer, songwriter, comedian and guitarist popular in the late 1940s and 1950s but who influenced the genre for more than 50 years. Carlisle was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in September 2002. He died on March 17th 2003.

1920
Born on this day in Bolt, West Virginia, was Little James Dickens, famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4'11" (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He scored the 1965 #1 "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He died on Jan 2nd 2015 at the age of 94.

1945
Born on this day, was John McEuen, multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano), and one of the earliest members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as well as a solo perfomer who has also worked with various artists including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Alison Krauss.

1947
Born on this day in South Whitley, Indiana, was Janie Fricke, country music singer, best remembered for a series of country music hits in the early to mid 1980s. She won the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1982 and 1983.

1980
The film Nine to Five, with Dolly Parton in one of the leading roles opened across America grossing over $3.9 million in its opening weekend. The movie's theme song, "9 to 5", became one of Parton's biggest hits of the decade and went to #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

1984
Born on this day was Canadian country music artist Codie Prevost. He is a three-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) nominee and a five time Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year winner.

1988
Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville where he underwent open heart surgery. Following the double bypass operation he was hit with a serious bout of pneumonia and put on a life support system.

2006
The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a citizen-led resolution to rename a portion of 7th Standard Road in Oildale as Merle Haggard Drive, which will stretch from North Chester Avenue west to US Route 99.

2016
Songwriter Andrew Dorff, died at the age of 40. Dorff's songs include Martina McBride's "Ride," Blake Shelton's "My Eyes" and "Neon Light," Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red," Old Dominion's "Shut Me Up," Gary Allan's "Kiss Me When I'm Down" and William Michael Morgan's "Missing."

Wednesday 121819

Caldwell resident Larry Ray Halbert will spend at least 15 years in prison following a vehicle crash that claimed the life of Cheryl Ann Miller of Dietrich in 2017.  Halbert was convicted of vehicular manslaughter.  This was his eight DUI conviction.  He also lost his driver’s license for the rest of his life.

Starting July 6th, there will be a direct flight from Boise to Atlanta.  According to Delta Air lines flights will leave at 12:40 pm and arrive in Atlanta just before 7 pm.  This is the first direct flight in many years between Boise and the east coast.

Universities in Washington state and Idaho fear there may soon be fewer students to fill their classes due to a national decrease in births during the Great Recession.  Birthrates have dropped about 9 percent since 2007.  The University of Idaho hopes to attract older adults, including people who never attended college or want to enhance their job skills or switch careers.

Brian Pike the Twin Falls Deputy City Manager said he’s retiring on January 17th.  Pike has worked for the city for 25 years starting as a Police officer.

A portion of a lawsuit brought by an Idaho family against the U.S. government after a boy and his dog tripped a cyanide-spraying, predator-killing trap near their home has been dismissed.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill dismissed all personal injury claims related to cyanide exposure to Mark and Theresa Mansfield and their son.  Canyon Mansfield was playing with his dog in March 2017 near his home when the then-14-year-old triggered the trap that the U.S. Department of Agriculture placed to kill coyotes. The dog named Casey died.

One dog was killed and another injured in separate mountain lion attacks near Ketchum.  Idaho Fish and Game said one attack happened Saturday night west of Ketchum.  The Australian Shepherd is being treated by a veterinarian.  A second attack happened in Gimlet south of Ketchum where a German shorthair was killed.  Fish and game is looking for the mountain lion in order to euthanize it.  The state agency is urging dog owners not to leave pets outside.

SPORTS

In high school basketball first to the boys where valley had three players score 10 points to help take the win over Declo last night 52 to 45.  Elsewhere Burley won over Century 52 to 49.  Canyon Ridge took the win from Jerome 68 to 63.  Twin Falls Won their game over Mountain Home 43 to 38.  Kimberly defeated Gooding 72 to 31.  Carey downed Camas County 64 to 45.  It was Dietrich over Hagerman 68 to 47 and it was Castleford defeating the Sun Valley Community School 52 to 38.

On the girls side, Twin Falls took the win from Wood River 63 to 31.  Burley won their game over Canyon Ridge 77 to 55.  Filer downed Declo 42 to 39.   Buhl won over Wendell 45 to 22.  It was Raft River 61 Glenns Ferry 32 and Hagerman defeated Dietrich 44 to 40.  Carey defeated Camas 41 to 36.

WEATHER

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 33F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 18F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow and rain showers, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 37. Low: 28.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 28.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 41. Low: 30.

SUNDAY:   Mostly cloudy skies. High: 43. Low: 30.\

MONDAY:   Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 39. Low: 27.

TUESDAY:   Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 37.

Top of Form

December 18th: On this day

1964
Born on this day was American country music artist Cledus T. Judd. Known primarily for his parodies of popular country music songs, he has been called the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music. His highest chart peak is the #48 "I Love NASCAR", a parody of Toby Keith's 2003 single "I Love This Bar".

1970
Born on this day Cowboy Troy, American musician who performs country rap (also referred to as "Hick-Hop"). He is a member of the MuzikMafia, an aggregation of country music singer-songwriters whose membership also includes Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and James Otto. He scored the 2005 Country #2 album Loco Motive.

1975
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.

1978
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.

1982
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".

2003
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.

2014
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).

2016
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 121619

For the first time in at least four decades, Idaho is freezing college and university tuition.  The one-year freeze will go into effect next school year — and it covers in-state undergraduate students at Idaho’s four-year institutions.

The flu season in Idaho is off and running and health officials are declaring the illness is now widespread in 23 states including Idaho.  There has been no flu related death in the gem state.

A treasure valley community reentry center resident has walked away from his job in Boise.  Officials are searching for Jackie Keierleber who was last seen walking north on Five Mile Road between Fairview and Ustick.  He has been convicted for DUI and Grand Theft.  He was scheduled to be discharged in 2027.

Twin Falls City Councilman Chris Talkington is retiring at the end of this year.  Over his 28 years of service, he has attended 14-hundred public meetings.  In the future Talkington would like to see Idaho pull away from being at the bottom of the wage scale which right now is 49 out of 50.

Jerome County commissioners have granted Agropur a tax exemption on the roughly 15-point four million dollar Jerome Cheese plant expansion and the new equipment.  It’s estimated that will save the company about $300,000.  Next year they will receive a 50 percent exemption and a 25 percent exemption for the next year.

Law makers are returning to Boise next month and at a recent town hall meeting local members of the legislature said Gender, guns and vaping are on their minds.  Gun carry laws will also be brought up by one local member. 

The Idaho Press Club and four Boise-area journalists have won a lawsuit they filed against Ada County officials under Idaho Public Records Act.  All of the documents requested by the journalists, with the exception of just a few, must be turned over to them and the judge ordered Ada County to pay the Idaho Press Club’s attorneys fees.

SPORTS In Idaho sports from over the weekend, first to High School Boys Basketball where Dietrich defeated Tri-Valley 59 to 37.  Richfield downed North Star Charter 64 to 54.  Oakley downed Murtaugh 46 to 27.  Oakley took it from Wendell 41 to 30.  Ambrose defeated Valley 60 to 28 and Caldwell defeated Jerome 72 to 65.

In Girls High School basketball, Rockland took the game win from Oakley 35 to 25.  Greenleaf Friends won the game over Glenns Ferry 43 to 35 and Minico took the win from Mountain Home 60 to 49 and it was Filer 60 Snake River 37.  Raft River 57 over Hansen 48.

In Women’s basketball the College of southern Idaho eagles took the victory from Tohono O’odham 67 to 48. 

Elsewhere Trevon Allen scored six of his game-high 23 points in overtime as Idaho outlasted CSU Bakersfield, 76-70 on Saturday night.  The Vandals’ six-point lead in overtime was the biggest either team enjoyed.

Derrick Alston made 6 of 7 shots from the arc and 11 of 12 overall to score 31 points and lead Boise State to a 100-57 victory over Alabama State on Saturday.  The Broncos made 15 of 29 3-point attempts for 52% and shot 59% overall.

WEATHER

Today:  Plenty of sunshine. High 32F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 12F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 30 Low: 11

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 34 Low: 18

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. snow in both regions.   High: 38 Low: 28

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a chance of snow showers in both regions.   High: 41 Low: 28

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley where there’s a slight chance of snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 28

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley where there’s a slight chance of snow showers.  High: 42 Mountains: 36

December 16th: On this day

1937
Born on this day in Spalding, Nebraska,was Jim Glaser, country music artist who has charted several singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 hit "You're Gettin' to Me Again".

1963
Born on this day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Jeff Carson, country music artist who was originally a session musician in Branson, Missouri and later a demo singer. He has charted fourteen singles on the Billboard country charts, including the #1 hit "Not on Your Love." He retired from music in 2009 and became a police officer.

1976
Born on this day was songwriter Andrew Dorff. He wrote the hits included Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day" and Hunter Hayes "Somebody's Heartbreak." Dorff's other major cuts were Martina McBride's "Ride," Blake Shelton's "My Eyes" and "Neon Light," Ronnie Dunn's "Bleed Red," Old Dominion's "Shut Me Up," Gary Allan's "Kiss Me When I'm Down" and William Michael Morgan's "Missing." Dorff died on December 19, 2016.

1978
American country music singer-songwriter Jenny Lou Carson died aged 63. She was the first woman to write a #1 country music hit ("You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often"), and from 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music. She became an expert sharpshooter and learned to spin a rope and manipulate a bullwhip. She toured the state of Texas putting on her cowgirl show and singing with her partner Texas Tommy.

1982
Born on this day was American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Frankie Ballard. His third single, "Helluva Life", became his first Top 20 hit in December 2013.

2003
Singer songwriter Gary Stewart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Stewart's friends later told reporters that he was extremely despondent after the death of his wife the previous month. Stewart had scored the 1975 US #1 Country hit "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)."

2010
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood played the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the shows raised over $3.5 million for flood relief.

2013
Country music giant Ray Price died aged 87 at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas. Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams.

Friday 121319

Twin Falls sheriff deputies are asking for your help to identify a male subject and a vehicle that could be part of recent home burglaries.  One resident was able to grab some pictures after hearing noises in her home.  They have been posted on the Twin Falls County sheriff’s face book page.  There have been several home burglaries throughout the county in the last month, most believed to have taken place during the daytime while no one is home. Guns and jewelry seem to be the targeted items.

The falling Idaho Gas price may be short lived with further cuts to crude oil production.  Triple A said currently the average price in Idaho is 2-87 which is 13 cents less than a month ago and five cents more than a year ago.

Health and environmental quality officials in Idaho have removed the public health advisories for Mormon and Thorn Creek reservoirs.  They were the last two in the valley that were still under advisories because of the summer’s Agal Blooms.

A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities including one in Idaho.   Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Monty Prow said he was surprised to learn the St. Anthony facility had a high rate of victimization. “If the kids don’t feel safe, they won’t move to the treatment aspects of what we’re trying to offer,” Prow said.

Idaho State Police troopers are asking for your help investigating a four-vehicle crash on I-84 near Nampa.  Investigators say a semi-truck hit a Toyota Carolla while changing lanes, and didn't stop. The Corolla crashed into another car, spun, and then hit a third car. Two of the drivers were sent to the hospital for treatment.

Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years.  The Bureau of Land Management estimates there are 88,000 animals on U.S. rangeland and nearly 47,000 in government holding pens and pastures. They agency contends the range can sustain only 27,000 but critics say there's no scientific basis for that conclusion.

SPORTS

In local sports first to boys high school basketball, where Wood River defeated Jerome 54 to 46.  Kimberly downed American Falls 70 to 20. Camas County outlasted Mackay 78 to 64 and Richfield said no to Hagerman 58 to 34.  Valley defeated Carey 48 to 36 and it was Burley 67 Twin Falls 43.  Lighthouse Christian took the win from Hansen 78 to 42. 

In Girls Basketball, Lighthouse Christian defeated Dietrich 53 to 35.  Wendell said no to Hagerman 51 to 29 and it was Glenns Ferry 28 Shoshone 25.  Mackay overpowered Camas Country 49 to 43 and Filer took the win from Kimberly 54 to 40.  It was Wood River 61 Canyon Ridge 54.

On the College level, the CSI Men lost their basketball matchup against Central Wyoming with Wyoming 84 to CSI’s 79.  The ladies from CSI took their game with Central Wyoming 79 to 49.

Twin Falls’ Kendra Reeves saw her quest to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in boxing come to a close on Thursday.  Reeves lost to Brooklyn, New York’s Melody Popravak in the 165-pound division of the United States Olympic Team trials in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy with rain and snow. High 42F. SW winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow. Low 32F. ENE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers, especially during the morning. Breezy and colder. High: 37. Low: 23.

SUNDAY:  Breezy conditions with mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain and snow showers, especially during the afternoon and evening. High: 33. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 20.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 32. Low: 20.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 35. Low: 22.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow and rain showers. High: 37.

December 13th: On this day

1917
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.

1951
After on-going back problems, Hank Williams underwent a "spine fusion" operation at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

1954
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.

1972
"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.

1981
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.

1989
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.

2010
"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.

Thursday 121219

Lisa Marie, a 56 year old Boise woman who has many times run for elected office in Idaho was booked into jail earlier this week on an outstanding warrant for petit theft, contempt of court and misdemeanor failure to appear.  Her most recent political challenge was running in the 2018 republican gubernatorial primary against Governor Brad Little.  She received about 3,397 votes or 1.7-percent of the total.

Hailey Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down 33 year old Olivia Barkes Phelps.  The arrest warrant is for felony custodial interference.  She has 9 year old Logan Barkes with her at last check.  Police say she has ties to the Wood River Valley and Southern Idaho region.

The Western Governors association says state’s need to work together to stop the spread of invasive species.  Invasive species are costing the U.S. $120 billion every year and pose a significant threat to range lands in the West and water systems infrastructure such as hydroelectric dams.

Jonathan Parker the former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party was sentenced to 14 days in jail and five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to stalking his estranged wife and entering the home of a female colleague. The 40 year old entered an Alford plea that allows a defendant to plead guilty without admitting a criminal act, authorities said.

Seventeen head of cattle died when a livestock truck crashed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Gannett Road in Southern Blaine County.  The driver failed to stop at a stop sign.  He lost control and the vehicle rolled.  The truck was severely damaged authorities say.

Idaho prison officials have changed their administrative rules to ensure secrecy surrounding the source of the state’s lethal injection drugs.  The rule doesn’t include allowances for court orders. That could complicate an appeal in a lawsuit against the department from a University of Idaho professor who is seeking access to lethal injection records. A state judge has ordered the state to turn over the documents, but prison officials have appealed and the state Supreme Court is expected to hear the case next year.

SPORTS

In High School sports, first to Girls Basketball, where Twin Falls handed Jerome their first loss.  The bruins took the game 57 to 52.  Elsewhere, Preston defeated Minico 43 to 24.  Declo downed Buhl 42 to 35.  Raft River 46 over Richfield 26. 

In boys’ basketball, Wood River defeated Buhl 60 to 48.  Nampa Christian took it from Filer 61 to 32 and Dietrich won their game with Raft River 65 to 61 and Murtaugh over Hansen 58 to 42. 

Twin Falls Boxer Kendra Reeves has dropped down to the Challenger’s Bracket after losing her bout yesterday with a 4 to 1 decision.  She is hoping to make Team USA for the Olympics.  Now she must win her next bout to stay alive in the competition. 

WEATHER

Today:  A steady rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. High 46F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tonight:   Showers this evening becoming less numerous overnight. Low 38F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers. Breezy with seasonable temperatures. High: 42. Low: 28.

SATURDAY:  Breezy conditions with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain and snow showers. High: 37. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 33. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 35. Low: 22.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 34. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow and rain showers. High: 36.

December 12th: On this day

1936
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.

1955
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory, Armory, Mississippi.

1966
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.

1972
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.

1988
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.

1996
Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998
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.

2000
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.

2002
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.