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Tuesday 082118

No serious injuries were reported Sunday afternoon when a car crashed into a home at 2189 East 3600 North in Twin Falls.  Deputies say 28 year old Brianne Hine of Twin Falls was driving when she lost control of her vehicle.  She was transported by the sheriff’s office to St. Luke’s with minor injuries.  It’s believed alcohol was a factor in the accident.

43 year old Vincent Gauthier of Buhl died after the motorcycle he was riding crashed.  Gauther authorities say, failed to negotiate a curve and was ejected while traveling west on 900 south near 2027 east in Jerome County Sunday afternoon. 

Idaho State Police say a chase that began in Ada County Saturday afternoon lasted several hours and reached speeds of over 120 miles per hour, crossed into three counties, Elmore, Gooding and Jerome.  30 year old Zachary Barker of Nampa was booked into the Gooding County Jail. 

A Boil Water order is in effect in Richfield.  Low pressure in the  system, was noted early Yesterday.  The order was issued because backflow could cause disease. 

Many Idaho schools are looking at security upgrades for the upcoming school year.  Idaho Superintendent Sherri Ybarra is preparing to pitch a $21 million dollar school safety initiative to the legislature in January.  This could mean $25,500 to every school in the state for security. 

A small commercial nuclear reactor could be coming to Idaho.  A Utah energy cooperative wants to build that and officials say if approved, it could be a game-changer for energy customers.  The project could be finished in 2026.

St. Alphonsus Health System in Boise said a former executive who left two months ago is returning to be the newest CEO.  Odette Bolana accepted a position in Florida.  Bolana replaces Rodney Reider who suddenly departed earlier this month.  Details surrounding his resignation remain unclear. 

42 year old Vernon Massey who was accused of dragging a woman alongside his truck and then running her over pleaded guilty to the charges.  Yesterday he entered an Alford plea eight days before a jury trial was set to begin. 

Today:  Sunny and patchy smoke. Winds: NNE 5-15 High: 84 (Mountains: 78)

Tonight:  Some clouds. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 56F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 85F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 88 (Mountains: 83)

FRIDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

SATURDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 88 (Mountains: 84)

SUNDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 88 (Mountains: 82)

MONDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 82 (Mountains: 77)

August 21st: On this day


Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Kenny Rogers, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the US alone. He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.


Born on this day in Dubberly in south Webster Parish near Minden, Louisiana, was James Burton, guitarist. Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Vince Gill. James Burton is also known as the "Master of the Telecaster."


Born on this day, was Harold Reid, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits "Elizabeth" and "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine."


American Western swing singer Spade Cooley was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury. Cooley had suspected his second wife, Ella Mae Cooley of repeatedly being unfaithful, (she had an affair with Roy Rogers), and he murdered her at their home in front of their 14-year-old daughter. It was said that after he had beaten her to death he crushed a lighted cigarette against her skin to see whether she was dead. Cooley had scored over 6 top 10 Country hits in the 1940's.


Born on this day, was Kacey Musgraves, American country music artist. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. She signed with Mercury Records in 2012 and released her solo debut single "Merry Go 'Round” which is included on her album Same Trailer Different Park.


Capitol records released "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks. Written by Brooks and Kent Blazy, it was released on his self-titled 1989 debut album Garth Brooks and also appears on The Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live. This was his first #1 single on the Billboard Country Singles chart.


Keith Urban made history when his new single "Once in a Lifetime" debuted at #17, setting a new record for the highest-debuting country single in the 62-year history of Billboard's country charts. The record was formerly held by Garth Brooks' "Good Ride Cowboy" and Eddie Rabbitt's "Every Which Way But Loose", both of which debuted at #18.


Drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. He worked with Elvis Presley (‘Little Sister’), Patsy Cline (‘Crazy’), Roy Orbison (‘Pretty Woman’), Johnny Cash (‘Ring Of Fire’), Tammy Wynette (‘Stand By Your Man’). Harman was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry and can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.


Al Dexter, George Jones and Ray Winkler were all inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, located in Carthage, Texas.

Monday 082018

The Mormon Church is hoping people refer to them a bit different.  Late last week the Church president issued a new style guide for the media.  Instead of LDS or Mormons, their preference is now to be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

The Idaho State Department of Education has issued a list detailing the 29 lowest performing schools and the top high schools as part of a new accountability plan.  Locally, on the lowest list, the Gooding Middle School, Heritage Academy in Jerome, High Desert in Shoshone, the Magic Valley Alternative school in Twin Falls, the Shoshone Middle School, Bridge Academy in Twin Falls and the Wendell Middle school.  Top schools include Hagerman, Valley and the Kimberly High schools. 

A Kimberly Day Care has lost their license after a toddler boy was found around 10:30 pm sleeping outside on a blanket.  Police say the boy was under the care of Sunset Child Care, a 24 hour child care service.  The investigation continues and charges may be filed, authorities say. 

61 year old Jeffrey Darrell Beasley of Blackfoot was sentenced to at least four years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls.  The two said they were molested between April 2016 and April 2017.  Beasley admitted to the abuse but said he believed the children were fine because he gave them candy and money.

The Trump administration wants to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.  The government is suggesting cutting down small trees clearing underbrush and setting controlled fires to reduce fire frequency and severity.

Authorities say a 34 year old Boise man is facing a felony charge after leaving a 3 year old girl in a locked vehicle on a hot day.  Christopher Leis on Friday has been charged with injury to a child.

First Federal Bank recently handed out 70-thousand dollars to 14 local organizations through its charity foundation.  40 groups applied for the money. 

59 year old Kyle Smith of Pocatello was arrested late last week after he sprayed two people with Bear Spray.  One person had to be sent to the local hospital for treatment.  If found guilty, Smith could be sentenced to two years in jail and a 3-thousand dollar fine. 

Today: Mix of sunshine and clouds, smoky with a chance of isolated storms and breezy. Winds: WNW 10-20 mph. High 87 (Mountains: 83)

Tonight: Mostly clear skies, patchy smoke and breezy. Winds: SSE 10-15 mph Low 54 (Mountains: 47).

Tomorrow;  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 89F. SSE winds shifting to W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds and smoke, chance of an isolated evening storms. Low: 57 (Mountains: 48)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

THURSDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 85 (Mountains: 83)

FRIDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

SATURDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

SUNDAY: Sunny, patchy smoke. High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

August 20th: On this day


Born on this day in Galloway, Texas was American country music singer-songwriter James Travis Reeves who became known as Jim Reeves, (Gentleman Jim). With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Reeves who scored over ten Country music #1’s died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 aged 40. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.


Born on this day was 'Sneaky' Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds' Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons and also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell. He died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72.


Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas was Justin Tubb, the oldest son of legendary country singer Ernest Tubb. He scored two duets with Goldie Hill, ("Looking Back to See" and "Sure Fire Kisses"). A year later, at the age of 20, he was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He penned many hit songs for other performers, including "Keeping Up with the Joneses", "Love Is No Excuse", and "Lonesome 7-7203", a hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins.


Born on this day in in Amarillo, Texas was country singer Aaron Watson. In February 2015, Watson made history when he released The Underdog making him the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with a self-released and independently distributed and promoted album.


The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father's name to endorse a US presidential candidate ‘appalling’. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks ‘presumptuous’. ‘Even I would not presume to say publicly what I 'know' he thought or felt,’ she added.


Singer, songwriter Will Hoge was involved in a scooter accident on after leaving a studio session for what would be his next album, The Wreckage. He was traveling north on Main Street in East Nashville when a van traveling southbound failed to yield while turning, Hoge's motor scooter collided with the passenger side of the van. He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. Hoge has since made a full recovery.

Friday 081718

Roads closed because of the Sharps fire in Blaine County have started to be re-opened.  The Blaze from an exploding target six miles east of Bellevue consumed more than 60-thousand acres is 88-percent contained.  Officials say the Canyon and Cove Creek Roads remain closed but the rest have been re-opened and are safe for the public to travel.

Timmy Kinner was arraigned in court earlier this week.  He is facing 13 felony charges including first degree murder following the stabbing death of an 3 year old child at an apartment complex in the Boise area.  He is scheduled to be in court August 28th to enter a plea.

Traffic along Highway 93 was slowed Thursday morning after a three car pileup.  The accident near the intersection of I-84 and Highway 93 was a chain reaction.  A car was stopped at the traffic signal when a vehicle behind, struck that vehicle.  Then a third vehicle struck that car.  Two people were transported for medical treatment.  Two lanes were closed for about an hour. 

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear was fired yesterday by the state board of education which ends four months of speculation about his future.  An investigation concluded that Spear’s handling of a sexual assault accusation against a football player in 2013 was inadequate.

The old Hancock fabrics building behind Costco will soon become a 24 hour Planet Fitness gym.  The business has more than 15-hundred locations nationwide. 

A lawsuit is working its way through the Supreme Court seeking refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there.  Now, cities around the gem state are watching the case for possible impact.  The Hayden mayor said the city has done nothing different from other cities across that state.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter said he has appointed Eagle resident C. Scott Grow to fill the term of former District 14 State Senator Marv Hagedorn.  Grow will complete the remainder of Hagedorn’s term which ends in December.  His appointment is effective immediately. 

In local and state sports, Boise State University has been given thumbs up from the state Board Of Education to purchase property for a new baseball Stadium.  The approval includes using eminent domain if necessary.  The school wants to purchase property that currently has an eight unit apartment complex, a four unit apartment complex and a church parking lot.  The owners of the eight unit apartment complex have agreed to sell, but the other property owners have said no.  The university already owns surrounding property.

Today:  Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 64F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High near 87F. SSE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 58 (Mountains: 54)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

MONDAY: Partly cloudy.

High: 94 (Mountains: 85)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 92 (Mountains: 87)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 91 (Mountains: 84)

August 17th: On this day


Born on this day was American country singer and harmonica player Wayne Raney. His longtime musical associate was Lonnie Glosson and the two men established a harmonica mail order business which sold millions of harmonicas and played a major role in turning the harmonica into a widely popular instrument. His 1949 single, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me", was a #1 country hit. He died on January 23, 1993.


Hank Williams was arrested in Alexander City, Alabama for public drunkeness. The famous and much used photo of Hank Williams shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail later in the day.


Born on this day in Long Beach, California, was Kevin Welch, country music artist who has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.


Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Maria McKee, singer and songwriter who is best known for her work with Lone Justice and her 1990 UK solo chart-topping hit, "Show Me Heaven". Many country atrists have covered her songs including The Dixie Chicks, "Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?)", and Dwight Yoakam who with Maria McKee recorded "Bury Me" on his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.


Highwayman featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart.


George Strait's "You Know Me Better Than That" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, the second single from his 1991 album Chill of an Early Fall.


Uncle Kracker was arrested and charged with second-degree forcible sex after a 26-year-old woman claimed he committed a sexual act against her at a nightclub in Raleigh, N.C. The 33-year-old singer and rapper, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, was booked into the Wake County Jail after being arrested at a hotel in a Raleigh suburb. Bond was set at $5 million. His duet "When the Sun Goes Down," with Kenny Chesney, spent five weeks at the top of Billboard's country chart in 2004.


Linda Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Plácido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards a ceremony later televised in the US on ABC.


Johnny Cash's childhood home was opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home had been refurbished and featured the family's piano as well as other period items.


August 18th: On this day


Born on this day in North Little Rock, Arkansas, was Allen Reynolds, producer. Best known for producing virtually every album by Garth Brooks, he also produced Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".


Don Gibson scored his second Country #1 hit with "Blue Blue Day" which remained on the Country charts for a total of six months.


Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn were at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man", the lead single, and the title track, of their 1973 album was also the duo's third single.


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol' Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.


Regal, Minnesota had the honour of being the smallest place Johnny Cash had ever played. The farm town, consisting of two bars, a church and a baseball field, only had a population of around 45 people, although a crowd approaching 5000 people, mostly from out of town, attended the show, billed as Cornstalk ‘89.


Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.


Wynonna Judd's husband Scott "Cactus" Moser, who played drums in both her road band and Highway 101, was involved in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota which resulted in the amputation of a leg.

August 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Lafayette, Louisiana, was Eddy Raven, who is known for his Cajun-influenced country music. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the #1 hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "Joe Knows How to Live", "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys", as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Lee Ann Womack, country singer, songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.

Born on this day in Greensboro, North Carolina, was Mark McGuinn, He made his debut in 2001 with the single "Mrs. Steven Rudy", a Top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Clay Walker, Jr. country music artist. His 1993 debut single "What's It to You," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die." Both singles were included on Walker's self-titled debut album, also released in 1993.

Born on this day in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was Rissi Palmer who debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987.

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers, A Tribute was released. The album which was masterminded by Bob Dylan on his Egyptian record label, features, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Garcia.

Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime" became the highest-ever debuting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart during the Broadcast Data Systems-era, ranking at #17 in its first week. "Lifetime" breaks the 10-month-old BDS-era standard set by "Good Ride Cowboy" by Garth Brooks.

Thursday 081518

The road construction along Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive has a setback.  The 2-million dollar project called for widening a section to five lanes and the use of a recycled road base.  Unfortunately the base failed the compaction test and now will need to be redone at a cost of about 150-thousand dollars.

Filer fire crews spent much of Tuesday battling a large haystack fire west of town.  The smoke caused Highway 30 to be closed in the area of the fire.  Fire also damaged a semi-truck parked nearby.  The cause of the fire is unknown. 

27 year old Matthew Bryant Barnedt of Twin Falls has been accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 3 years old.  Police say the abuse happened in February and March and that he viewed child porn this week.  He is being held on a 500-thousand dollar bond. 

Intermountain Gas customers may soon be paying less.  The utility has filed its annual price adjustment which if approved will lower prices by about 10-point 2 percent.  Residential customers could see about a 4-dollar savings while commercial customers could save nearly 22-dollars a month.

Authorities say an eastern Idaho man pursued by police following a fatal shooting at a trailer park killed himself after being surrounded by law enforcement officers.  The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office say 20-year-old Pedro Zamora died between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday following a five-hour standoff with authorities.

The Idaho Conservation League has filed a federal lawsuit contending a suction dredge miner in north-central Idaho is ignoring environmental laws and encouraging lawless suction dredge mining by other gold seekers.  The lawsuit asks a judge to impose civil penalties for previous Clean Water Act violations and prohibit Shannon Poe of Concord California from operating a suction dredge in Idaho unless he complies with the law.

On August 28th, patrons from the Richfield School District will be asked to pass a 4-million dollar bond levy.  Officials from the district say they would use the money to install a new HVAC system, build a new agricultural building and a new gym.  If approved taxpayers would pay an additional 258 dollars and 72 cents for every 100-thousand dollars in property valuation.  If approved, the district can qualify for the Board Levy Equalization program. 

Today:  Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated PM storms. Winds: Light and variable. High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

Tonight:  Isolated evening storms, patchy clouds and smoke. Winds: Light and variable. Low 63 (Mountains: 55)

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear with smoky haze. Winds:South 5-15 mph. Low 57 (Mountains: 51)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny & not as hot. High: 88 (Mountains: 81)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 90 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 94 (Mountains: 87)

TUESDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 96 (Mountains: 87)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

August 16th: On this day


Born on this day in Corsicana, Texas, was Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer and songwriter. Shaver's 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a classic in the outlaw country genre. Shaver's 2007 album country gospel style Everybody's Brother was Grammy nominated. Many of the songs are duets with artists such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Tanya Tucker.


Patsy Cline recorded "Crazy". The ballad composed by Willie Nelson became one of her signature tunes and gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.


Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. The song is Haggard's tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man.


Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, (who performed “Son Of A Hickory Holler's Tramp” with Cash), Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, (who performed “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”), Melanie and Grandpa Jones.


Born on this day in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was Emily Robinson, singer-songwriter, with the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".


Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden; he had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.


Born on this day in Coffeeville, Alabama, was Ashton Shepherd, country music singer-songwriter. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Takin' Off This Pain" and the title track.

Wednesday 081518

An adult and a Juvenile have been identified as suspects by Gooding Police following a recent vandalism at East Park.  Public works employees discovered obscene works spray painted on buildings and equipment at the park. 

The city of Twin Falls is adding a left turn signal to lights on Blue Lakes North and Heyburn.  The new light will allow for a better flow of traffic and is something the city is looking at doing at other intersections. 

The Gooding County Fair is happening this week with a new event.  The xtreme bull riding event is set to kick off today.  It’s also family day where the admission price is lower and rides are only a dollar each. The parade through Gooding starts this afternoon at 5:30.  The rodeo is Thursday through Saturday. 

The Twin Falls City Council heard from supporters again this week asking they consider a resolution that would condemn separating immigrant from their parents.  One member on the council said it’s not in their jurisdiction and wasn’t what they were elected to do. 

In a district courtroom this week a Jury trial has been set for 22 year old Denis Lopez-Serrano who is charged with the April 28th murder of 42 year old Rafael Gill Vargas of Minidoka County.  The former Nampa man is also charged with attempted murder and two counts of First Degree kidnapping. 

Authorities say a fatal plane crash in eastern Oregon killed two people including a retired Idaho doctor.  77-year-old William J. Watts and 70-year-old Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen were identified as the two passengers killed when a small passenger airplane nosedived into a hay field in Baker City on Saturday.  Nelsen was a neurologist at St. Als before retiring a year ago.

A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.  The 27-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife left Idaho Falls at 7 a.m. Saturday to explore the caves. Their family called authorities when they didn't return.

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several mineral rights owners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state's decision.  The ruling could have significant ramifications for a state-approved process intended to prevent a minority of mineral rights owners from stopping natural gas and oil production.

Today:  Sunny. High 93F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 96F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds, hazy, isolated evening storms. Winds: Light & Variable. Low 62 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 90 (Mountains: 85)

SATURDAY: Sunny & not as hot. High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 90 (Mountains: 86)

August 15th: On this day


Born on this day in Boaz, Alabama, was Rose Maddox country singer-songwriter and fiddle player, who was the lead singer with the Maddox Brothers and Rose before a successful solo career. Dolly Parton credits Maddox as an early influence. Maddox died on April 15th 1998.


Born on this day, was Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, "Jingle Bell Rock". He died on June 19, 1997 of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana, he was 63.


Born on this day, was Don Rich, country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of the Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich died on July 17, 1974.


Born on this day in Elk City, Oklahoma, was Jimmy Webb, songwriter. His country hits include "Highwayman," by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson; and "Wichita Lineman" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," by Glen Campbell. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 to 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.


Born on this day in Woodside, California, was Paul Jefferson, country music artist who has had his songs recorded by Keith Urban, Little Texas and Buddy Jewell, among others. He also co-wrote Aaron Tippin's #1 song "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You."


114 people were arrested at Kenny Chesney's concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, near Boston and another 228 were taken into protective custody at the New England Country Music Festival. Most of the offenses involved underage drinking.

Tuesday 081418

The Rabbit Fire has burned more than 10-thousand acres in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  The lightning caused blaze is zero percent contained.  Firefighters have been able to save a ranch from being burned down.

The Minidoka school district announced earlier this month that they will no longer be able to offer free breakfast for all students.  This after the Federal School Lunch Program changed the formula it uses to determine eligibility. 

 Authorities say a man is dead after being shot by an armed security guard inside a Coeur d'Alene credit union, in what appears to have been a botched robbery attempt. A man in dark clothing and a full-face-shield motorcycle helmet walked into Global Credit Union's Coeur d'Alene branch about 1 p.m. Saturday, waving a gun. The credit union says the man opened fire upon entering.

Idaho judges are studying a law that provides sentencing guidelines to see if it is contributing to the state's rapidly growing prison population. Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon serves on the Idaho Supreme Courts' Felony Sentencing Working Group. The law, which dates back to 1977, contains outdated thinking about how to deter crime.

Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important tool for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.

An effort is underway to install two new weather stations before winter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton National Park Foundation is working to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1 to install the new weather stations. One would measure wind, the other snowfall.

Today:  Mostly sunny and mostly clear. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 94F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds, hazy, isolated evening storms. Winds: Light & Variable. Low 62 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 90 (Mountains: 85)

SATURDAY: Sunny & not as hot. High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 90 (Mountains: 86)

August 14th: On this day


Born on this day in Elkhart, Indiana was Connie Smith the country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. Her first #1 hit was with her debut single “Once A Day” released in 1964. Smith won Billboards Most Promising Female Country Artist in 1964.


"Almost Persuaded" by David Houston was at #1 on the Country chart. The song spent nine weeks at #1 and has since gone on to become a country standard. For 46 years and two months, no #1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012.


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.


Garth Brooks' The Hits became the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units. In June 1995, the master copy of the album was buried under Garth’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Alison Krauss & Union Station released the album New Favorite which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or group.


Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick performed for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego.