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Wednesday 062018

A Bingham County Sheriff’s Deputy was cited early Sunday morning after allegedly crashing into two parked cars and damaging a residence in Blackfoot.  Two people woke up to a holde in their bedroom about 2:30 am.  25 year old Chelsee Allen was cited for excessive driving under the influence.    

ISP has identified the driver who died in a crash near Eden Monday.  57 Year old Tony Dryden of Rupert was westbound when he crashed into a semi-truck who was stopped in the road turning into a gravel lot. 

Authorities are concerned with the amount of crashes that are occurring in road construction zones.  They are asking drivers to pay attention to your speed and to give enough time to react to avoid a collision.

Residents in Twin Falls could end up paying an additional 30-dollars a year for water, wastewater and sanitation services but good news the property tax rate are likely to go down.  Next year’s budget is 3-point 1 million dollars less than the last budget.  That information was presented to the City council at this week’s meeting.

Idaho officials say they're as prepared as they can be for the approaching wildfire season with fire crews and air resources strategically placed, more ranchers signing up to help fight fires and two state-owned drones that can be deployed.

More than 300 research engineers and other workers currently are in temporary trailers in the Micron Technologies Boise parking lot. But the company is spending $32 million to construct a three-story office building on the campus's south end to house the workers and 900 more. Construction on the building began in February, and a company official says the building should be ready for trailer tenants by the end of the year.

An unprecedented amount of money from independent allies helped boost contenders in Idaho's primary election. According to disclosure reports, more than $1.2 million was spent on so-called independent expenditures by wealthy donors in the final weeks leading up to May 15.

A growing prison population has some Idaho lawmakers giving a second look at recommendations made by policy experts three years ago, including reclassifying some felonies as misdemeanors and increasing efforts to prevent people from going to prison in the first place.

In local sports from the legion baseball stoker tournament in Las Vegas it was SN Baseball 9 Twin Falls Cowboys 5 and Grand Junction 4 Cowboys 3.

Keegan Duncan the Declo High School running back has reportedly said he is committing to the Boise State University football program.  He has been quoted as saying that Boise State offered him a full-ride scholarship.  It was one of several Division 1 offers that he received. 

Today:  Sunny. High 83F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 59F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 57 (Mountains: 50)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 82 (Mountains: 77)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 76 (Mountains: 72)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 74)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 91 (Mountains: 80)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 90 (Mountains: 81)

June 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Timbo, Arkansas, was Jimmy Driftwood who was a prolific songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" (which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Song of the Year), and "Tennessee Stud". Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Homer and Jethro all covered his songs. He died of a heart attack on July 12, 1998 in Fayetteville, Arkansas aged 91.

Born on this day near Mena, Arkansas was David Luke Myrick who became known professionally as T. Texas Tyler, best known for his 1948 hit, "The Deck of Cards".

Born on this day in Greenville, Mississippi, was Ben Peters, country music songwriter who wrote many #1 songs. Charley Pride recorded 40 of his songs and 4 of them went to #1 on the American country charts. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Peters was briefly a recording artist himself; his only charting hit was “San Francisco is a Lonely Town”, which hit #46 on the country charts in 1969. He died in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 25, 2005.

Born on this day in Springhill, Nova Scotia, was Anne Murray, the Canadian singer whose albums have sold over 54 million copies. Murray became the first Canadian female solo singer to reach #1 on the US charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird". She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win "Album of the Year" at the Country Music Association Awards for her 1984 album A Little Good News.

Born on this day in Tuskegee, Alabama, was Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter and one time member of the Commodores. Kenny Rogers scored the 1980 crossover country hit with the Richie written and produced track “Lady”. Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee in 2012 which features 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett. The album returned him to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, his first #1 album there for more than 25 years.

Born on this day, Dan Tyminski, American bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist with Alison Krauss and Union Station who has also released the solo albums Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000) and Wheels (2008).

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

The Academy of Country Music presented the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and songwriter Harlan Howard at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Buck Owens received the Jim Reeves International Award.

Tuesday 061918

One person died after colliding with the back of semi-truck south of Eden yesterday morning.  Idaho State Police said the male driver rear-ended the gravel loader that was heading to the nearby gravel pit along Frontage Road. The male died at the scene.  The crash occurred next to Interstate 84, where a section of the highway is under construction.

A crash involving a semitrailer hauling hazardous materials and a delivery truck blocked westbound traffic on Interstate 84 near Hazelton around 2 pm yesterday.  The crash was reported at milepost 193.  Less than an hour later two more multiple car pileups occurred on the freeway near milepost 187 in the eastbound lane. 

Authorities say four people are dead after seven vehicles collided in a chain reaction crash near Boise on Saturday. The Mountain Home Air Force Base announced that airmen stationed at the base are believed to be some of the victims. Police say the crash happened on Interstate 84 late Saturday night when a semi-truck and a sport utility vehicle slowed for construction traffic, and a second commercial truck struck the vehicles from behind.

Some Idaho officials discarded email invitations to visit the White House because they thought they were spam.  All 132 county commissioners and 105 state legislators in Idaho recently received invitations to meet with senior Trump administration officials.

Officials say the impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn't disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison. Park superintendent Dan Wenk had hoped to see the project through but that he was being forced out of his job.

A three-year project to get a better understanding of the distribution of nearly 30 bumblebee species in the Pacific Northwest and why some appear to be declining is, well, buzzing. The Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas aims to accumulate detailed information about bumblebees.

The Canyon County sheriff says the only suspect in the killing of two women and a 14-year-old girl last year will likely never be brought to justice because he's probably dead.  County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said 60-year-old Mike Bullinger likely killed himself, died from exposure to elements or was killed by an animal attack in a remote area of Wyoming.

Today:  Clouds and limited sunshine, scattered showers and t-storms possible in the afternoon. High near 75F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Showers ending, variably cloudy skies. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 83F. Winds light and variable.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot.

Winds SW 5-10 mph

High: 89 (Mountains: 78)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and warm

High: 82 (Mountains: 78)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 77 (Mountains: 73)

SUNDAY: Warm & mostly sunny

High: 83 (Mountains: 77)

MONDAY: Hot, mostly sunny

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)


June 19th: On this day


Born on this day in Overton County, Tennessee, was Lester Flatt, bluegrass musician best known for his work in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys. He was also known as "Flatt and Scruggs," with banjo picker Earl Scruggs who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", which was used as the theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He also released many solo and collaboration works and hed been a member of Bill Monroe's band during the 1940s. He died on May 11th 1979.


"I Don't Hurt Anymore" by Hank Snow began a 20 week run at #1 on the Country Best Seller list. Also on the chart, "One by One" by Red Foley and Kitty Wells began a 21 week run at #2 on same chart, managing a single week at #1 later in the year.


Born on this day, in Newnan, Georgia, was Doug Stone, country music artist who had the 1991 US #1 Country hit “In A Different Light.” Stone made his acting debut in the film Gordy.


Born on this day in Nacogdoches, Texas, was Jim Collins, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1985 and 1998, Collins released three studio albums. As a songwriter, Collins has had more than fifty of his songs cut, including singles by Kenny Chesney ("She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy", "The Good Stuff", "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven"), Chad Brock ("Yes!"), Jason Aldean ("Big Green Tractor"), and Gretchen Wilson ("I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today"). "The Good Stuff" was Billboard's #1 country single of 2002.


Lonestar released their fourth album I'm Already There. Serving as singles from this album were the title track (which spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts), "Not a Day Goes By" (#3 on Hot Country Songs), "With Me" (#10), and "Unusually Unusual" (#12).


Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin performed for president George W. Bush along with 6,000 guests at the President's Dinner at the Washington Convention Center.


Loretta Lynn joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Anne Murray also received the Hitmaker Award.


Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. who became known professionally as Slim Whitman died at the age of ninety. The American country music singer and songwriter, known for his yodelling abilities sold in excess of 120 million albums. His 1955 hit single "Rose Marie" held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at #1 on the UK charts until Bryan Adams broke the record in 1991. Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence: "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman”.

Monday 6/18/18

The final numbers are in and the price tag for the Idaho Gubernatorial Primary came in at more than 11-point 4 million dollars.  The five major Republican and Democratic candidates raised an additional $1 million during a filing period that ended May 25 — 10 days after the party primaries. That’s on top of the $10.4 million the candidates raised through late April.

Repairs continue at the King Fine Arts Center in Burley after the sprinkler system ruptured.  The incident happened about four hours before senior class graduated several weeks ago.  Officials are adding up the total cost for repairs.

Kristin Collum, Idaho's Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor has announced she will step down from her tech job to campaign full-time.  She has worked for Sensus, for more than 20 years.  The last time Idahoans voted in a Democrat to the lieutenant governor seat was in 1976.  The position pays roughly $43,000 a year.

The Idaho Supreme Court has been asked to postpone arguments surrounding a lengthy water battle after parties on both sides of the case say they are close to a settlement.  The case has become a high-profile issue for the state because the pending settlement may require Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to tweak the law needed to finalize the agreement.

A 35 year old Nampa woman who beat her 9-year-old son with a wooden spoon until it broke and grabbed his throat until he lost consciousness has been sentenced to five years in prison. The woman received the sentence last week for felony injury to a child.

Idaho resident hunters can now apply for the state's one grizzly bear hunting tag.  The Idaho Fish and Game says applicants have to pay a nonrefundable $16.75 application fee.  Hunters must also prepay the cost of the tag that is about $200.  Tag fees will be refunded to unsuccessful applicants.

James Shaff of Twin Falls is facing charges of lewd conduct with a minor.  Police have charged him with having sexual conduct with multiple minors on multiple occasions throughout May.

26 year old Kristoffer Moreno was arraigned last week on one count of rape.  The former Papa Kelsey’s employee is accused of having sex with a teenage girl inside the restaurant while he worked there.  Every employee was fired after the customer reported the incident to the Papa Kelsey’s owner because no employee would admit to it, the girl told police.

In local sports, Burley Legion Baseball celebrated its tenth year of the Donnelley's Wood Bat Tournament.   In the Saturday afternoon title game it was Burley over Minico 3 to 1.  Other scores were Nampa Braves 3, Twin Falls Blackhawks 1.  Twin Falls Blackhawks 4, Spring Creek 3.

Boise State and Nike have agreed to a six–year partnership. The deal worth more than $2 million dollars per year, runs through the 2024–25 season.  According to the university's athletic department, the deal almost doubles what the Broncos received in the previous contract with Nike.  The agreement is pending approval from the Idaho State Board of Education.

Dozens of the best baseball players in Idaho converged at CSI Sunday afternoon.  This past weekend marked the annual Idaho Baseball Showcase Invite. The College of Southern Idaho played host to high school athletes from freshmen to recent graduates.

Today:  Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High near 65F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Considerable clouds this evening. Some decrease in clouds late. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 52F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 72F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

WINDS: S 5-10 mph

LOW: 52 (Mountains: 46)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 79 (Mountains: 71)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 89 (Mountains: 78)

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy.

HIGH: 81 (Mountains: 76)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 81 (Mountains: 74)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 85 (Mountains: 78)

June 18th: On this day


Faron Young's signature hit, "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," peaked at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song idea came to Joe Allison while watching a gangster movie starring John Derek. Allison explained, "All through this picture he said, 'I want to die young and leave a good-looking corpse.'


Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The album features session drummer Hal Blaine who has played on 50 #1 hits and worked with numerous artists including Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.


Born on this day in Ada, Oklahoma, was Blake Shelton, country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin" released from his self-titled debut album, which went on to spend five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts. Shelton is married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, whom he met at the CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert.


Rhinestone starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone, premiered at Nashville's Roy Acuff Theater. The Dolly Parton-composed soundtrack produced two Top Ten country singles: "God Won't Get You" and the chart-topping "Tennessee Homesick Blues". Parton stated in her memoirs, My Life and Other Unfinished Business, that she regards the soundtrack album as some of her best work.


George Strait was at #1 on the Country chart with Carrying Your Love With Me. The album produced four singles for Strait on the Billboard country charts. "One Night at a Time", the title track, and "Round About Way."


Chad Brock was at #1 on the Country chart with "Yes!" the second single from his album of the same name. The track enjoyed three weeks at the top of the chart.


It was reported that Country singer Johnny Rodriguez had been arrested on drugs charges after police stopped the singer west of Oklahoma City on a complaint of speeding. Officers then found what they believed to be bags of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of beer in Rodriguez's pickup truck. He was released

Friday 061518

Four people were injured after their car rolled 10 miles east of Heyburn around 2 yesterday morning.  Idaho State Police say all the occupants were from Utah.  One person was ejected and taken by air ambulance to Pocatello for treatment while the others were taken by ground ambulance to the Burley hospital.  The driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road near the 86/84 Connector.

Rupert’s Operation Facelift has been stamped as a success.  More than 500 volunteers helped clean up and paint around Neptune Park.  The program has been run for the city for over a decade.

Michael Heartsill is facing 50 felony counts for alleged sexual exploitation of a child.  He was in a Twin Falls courtroom this week after his arrest on May 23.  It was alleged he downloaded child pornography.  He is being held on a 500-thousand dollar bond.

The BLM has released 26 wild horses into the Sands Basin Heard Management area near the Oregon/Idaho Border.  This will mark the first time BLM managed wild horses will roam in the area in three years following a 2015 wildfire.

An Idaho judge under investigation for the past eight months has since announced he will retire next month.  3rd District Magistrate Judge F. Randall Kline submitted his notice of retirement to the Idaho Supreme Court on Friday.

Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls discrepancies involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014. Houston-based Alta Mesa has been asked to account for apparent discrepancies between what was produced and what was sold at specific wells.

 Authorities say a North Las Vegas man died during a rafting incident in the central Idaho wilderness.  53-year-old David Glenn died Saturday afternoon in an incident on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Yellowstone National Park administrators are telling visitors to honk their horn and drive away if a bear approaches and touches their vehicle.  Bears that get accustomed to people and view humans as a food source can become a public safety threat and are sometimes killed as a precaution.

June 15th: On this day


Born on this day in Littlefield, Texas, was Waylon Jennings, singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings, who once worked as a DJ, played bass with Buddy Holly, Jennings unintentionally missing flying with Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens on the flight on which they died. In 1976 he released the album Wanted! The Outlaws with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, which became the first platinum country music album, and he was also a member of the country supergroup The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. Jennings, who died on 13th February 13, 2002, was also the narrator for the TV show the Dukes of Hazzard.


Born on this day in Miami, Florida, was Terri Gibbs, country music artist who was born blind. Between 1980 and 1990, she recorded seven studio albums, including four for MCA Records and one for Warner Bros. Records. She also charted thirteen singles on the Billboard country singles charts in that timespan, including her debut single "Somebody's Knockin'", which reached #8 on the country charts.


Buck Owens scored his first #1 single with "Act Naturally". The song has been covered by many other artists, including Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, and The Beatles. In 1989, Owens and Ringo Starr teamed up for a brand-new version, also creating a lighthearted music video for it, with them playing bumbling versions of themselves playing cowboys in a western being filmed.


Ricky Skaggs was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Country Boy" a song written by Tony Colton, Albert Lee, and Ray Smith of the British band Heads Hands & Feet. The song was Ricky Skaggs' ninth #1 country music hit.


Ty Herndon was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to an under cover policeman. The undercover officer reported that Herndon approached and asked the officer to accompany him to a wooded area of a park where Herndon sat on a log, exposed himself and began masturbating. The incident took place just before he was about to perform before a convention of Texas police chiefs at the Fort Worth Hotel. He was freed on $500 bond.


Tennessee governor Don Sundquist made this day - "Lynn Anderson Day" throughout the state. The Grammy Award winning star has charted 11 #1 Country hits and was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award in 1974


Jason Aldean was at #1 on the Country charts with his second album Relentless. The set produced three chart singles for Aldean on the Hot Country Songs charts. The lead-off single "Johnny Cash" (originally recorded by Tracy Byrd on his 2004 album Greatest Hits) and "Laughed Until We Cried" and the title track.



June 16th: On this day


Born on this day in Greensboro, North Carolina, was Billy "Crash" Craddock. He first gained popularity in Australia in the 1950s with a string of rockabilly hits, including the Australian #1 hit "Boom Boom Baby". Switching to country music, he gained popularity in US in the 1970s with a string of top ten country hits, several of which were #1 hits, including "Broken Down in Tiny Pieces", "Rub It In", and "Ruby Baby". Craddock is known to fans as "Mr. Country Rock" for his uptempo rock-influenced style of country music.


Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lucille'. It was the American Country music singer's first of two UK #1's.


Hillbilly Deluxe by Dwight Yoakam was at #1 on the Country chart. It was Yoakam's second consecutive #1 album on the Billboard Country Albums chart and four tracks were released as singles with each becoming Top 10 hits in 1987 and 1988.



Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits "A Better Man", "Nothing's News", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.


Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Grown Men Don't Cry", the first single from McGraw's Set This Circus Down album.


Based on a True Story… by Blake Shelton was at #1 on the Country chart. This his eighth studio album became the ninth best-selling Country album of the year.











June 17th: On this day


Born on this day, was Clyde Julian Foley, better known as Red Foley, the American singer, radio and TV personality became one of the biggest country music stars after World War II, selling over 25 million records. Foley also hosted the first popular country music series on network television, The Ozark Jubilee, from 1955 to 1960. Foley died on September 19, 1968. Hank Williams, Jr. who had been with him the day he died, later wrote and record (as Luke the Drifter, Jr.) "I Was With Red Foley (The Night He Passed Away)".


Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Russell Smith, country music singer-songwriter. Formerly the lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Smith penned #1 songs for Randy Travis ("Look Heart, No Hands"), T. Graham Brown ("Don't Go to Strangers"), Don Williams ("Heartbeat in the Darkness"), and Ricky Van Shelton ("Keep It Between the Lines").


Born on this day in Germantown, Tennessee was Rivers Rutherford, country music songwriter. He has written several #1 country hits, including "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" by Brooks & Dunn, "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" by Montgomery Gentry, and "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, and released a solo album called Just Another Coaster.


Emmylou Harris was at #1 on the Billboard country charts with her version of Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles Of Wine."


Garth Brooks signed with Capital Records. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at #2 in the US country album chart and Brooks went on to brake records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s.


Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his breakthrough hit "Achy Breaky Heart". Written by Don Von Tress it was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart" and recorded by The Marcy Brothers in 1991, its name was later changed to "Achy Breaky Heart" In the US it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first Country single to be certified Platinum since Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983.


Dixie Chick Martie Erwin married pharmaceutical representative Ted Seidel. The couple divorced in November 1999.

Thursday 061418

We are only into the 100 deadliest days on Idaho Roads by 16 days and Idaho State Police there have already been 9 fatal accidents.  In 2017, there were 90 fatalities.  Police fear we may exceed that number.  They remind everyone to buckle up and drive defensively. 

What would a Twin Falls Community Recreation Center look like?  That’s what the city wants to know.  On Tuesday, June 19th, the feasibility study kicks off.  There will be an open house at the council chambers with photos of different spaces and ideas of what people might be interested in seeing.

Commissioners in Lincoln County will hold a public hearing on a proposed animal ordnance.  This comes about after residents complained about dogs chasing and injuring livestock.  Talking to owners of pets isn’t working so this would give police authority to issue citations. 

Health officials confirm a Mountain Home child was infected with the plague this week, the first human diagnosis in the state since 1992. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotics. Central District Health Department epidemiologist Sarah Correll says the disease is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea.

A new superintendent has been named for Yellowstone National Park after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration. The Department of Interior announced yesterday that Cameron Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who had been superintendent since 2011. Wenk planned to retire next March but was told he needed to be gone by August following disagreements with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the park's bison herds.

The jury trial for 41 year old Vernon Massey of Twin Falls accused of dragging a woman alongside his truck and then running her over has been delayed.  His trial will now begin August 28.  The woman said that when she approached the driver’s side door of Massey’s truck, he grabbed her shirt and pulled her up into the open window. He reportedly started to drive down the road while still holding onto her shirt.

36 year old Kory Prescott of Pocatello man accused of causing at least one severe brain injury to his 3-month-old daughter in April faces up to a decade in prison if convicted.  He has been charged with one count of felony injury to a child for allegedly grabbing his infant daughter above the waist and slamming her onto her back on a bed, according to Pocatello Police Department records.

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 76F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 52F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Overcast. High 72F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

WINDS: SE 5-10 mph
LOW: 49 (Mountains: 47)

SATURDAY: Few t-storms.
HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 66)

SUNDAY: Few t-storms.
HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 66)

MONDAY: Chance of storms.
HIGH: 71 (Mountains: 67)

TUESDAY: Isolated AM shower.
HIGH: 77 (Mountains: 70)

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy.
HIGH: 82 (Mountains: 74)

June 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Paducah, Kentucky, was Chad Cromwell, drummer who has recorded and toured with may acts including, Neil Young, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell, and Marty Stuart.

Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville. During her two month hospital stay, her song "I Fall to Pieces" gave the singer her first Country #1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.

Special guests on the second edition of The Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Blocker, Joey Scarbury, The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers.

John Carter-Cash married Mary Ann Joska at a ceremony in Hendersonville. Johnny Cash arrived in an uncharacteristic white suit for the ceremony. Guests included long-time friend Waylon Jennings.

Both LeAnne’s Rimes’ and Trisha Yearwood’s versions of “How Do I Live” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100. LeAnn Rimes' version peaked at #2 and spent a record-breaking 69 weeks on the chart, more than any other song in history until Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" in 2009. Yearwood's version climbed all the way to #2 on the country charts.

Merle Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate by California State University, Bakersfield. The doctor of fine arts honor, the first in CSUB's history, was conferred during School of Arts & Humanities commencement ceremonies.

Wednesday 061318

The Twin Falls sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation where a woman reported she was assaulted at knifepoint last week.  The incident occurred at Rock Creek Park.  The sheriff’s office has posted an image on the web of the alleged suspect described as 6-2 long light colored hair and blue eyes.  Call the police if you can help identify the suspect.

Idaho officials are considering spending $500 million on a prison expansion and a new state prison to ease inmate overcrowding. State Board of Correction officials have said that the expansion is needed because all of Idaho's prisons are above capacity, county jails are packed and hundreds of Idaho inmates are being held temporarily at a private jail in Texas.

Idaho police say a 24-year-old Boise man has died after a fistfight outside the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Pedro A. Fernandez-Ramirez as at an event at the center when the fight occurred early Saturday. Police broke up the fight and Fernandez-Ramirez was taken to a regional hospital where he died of his injuries.

An Arizona man has become the final person sentenced for participating in the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon.  Blaine Cooper of Humboldt was sentenced Tuesday to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy nearly two years ago.

Police in  Pocatello say that  an attempted abduction last week didn’t happen after the brother of the 3 year old girl who was nearly taken, screamed, causing the man to run.  The incident happened at Raymond Park.

A stop-work order has been declared for some work at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s site in Eastern Idaho after a cleanup employee was injured this week.  A worker was performing cleanup activities when he felt a prick in the forearm.  The employee found a puncture wound that had penetrated the protective equipment. Medical attention was provided.

Warm weather and the onset of summer in the Treasure Valley means pool days, barbecues, camping - and the return of warnings about West Nile Virus.  Officials in Canyon County said the mosquitoes collected near Parma have tested positive for the virus, the first such positive reading this year.

In local sports, Legion Baseball, the Twin Falls Cowboys outlasted the East Idaho Rockies 8 to 6 in Rexburg in the First game of a double header.  The second game the Cowboys defeated the Rockies 8 to 5. 

The Twin Falls Blackhawks beat Kimberly 16 to 2.  Twin Falls will host Wendell in a doubleheader today.

The CSI softball team has two All-Americans.  Freshman Tristin Evans and Sophmore Melanie Groenewegen.  For Evans, a first-team All-American, she belted a team-best 24 home runs and drove in 71, all while producing a .485 batting average.

Groenewegen, a second-team selection smacked 17 home runs and produced 82 RBI's. She recorded an impressive .518 batting average.

Today:  Sunny. High 93F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A clear sky. Low 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 78F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.

WINDS: SW 5-15 mph

LOW: 52 (Mountains: 46)

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Isolated PM storms.

HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 67)

SATURDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 74 (Mountains: 68)

SUNDAY: Scattered storms.

HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 68)

MONDAY: Isolated storms.

HIGH: 74 (Mountains: 69)

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy.

HIGH: 82 (Mountains: 73)

June 13th: On this day


Born on this day in Hazard, Kentucky, was Mary Lou Turner, country music artist. Between 1976 and 1977, she recorded two duet albums with Bill Anderson, and charted four duets with him. One of their duets, "Sometimes", reached #1 in 1976.


Born on this day in Turkey, Texas, was American country music singer-songwriter Joe Barnhill who along with Wayne Perry wrote "Not a Moment Too Soon," a #1 hit for Tim McGraw in 1994.


Dolly Parton recorded "I Will Always Love You" which was released as the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Parton wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. Singer Whitney Houston recorded a hugely successful version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.


Born on this day in Youngsville, North Carolina, was Jason Michael Carroll, American country music artist. His debut album Waitin' in the Country produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Alyssa Lies", "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead".


Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It is the first multi-week chart-topping song since "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" by Ronnie Milsap spent two weeks atop the chart in September 1985.


Jimmy Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman died at the age of 81. Dean who had the 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John", became a national television personality in the late 50’s with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and was also famous as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand.