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Wednesday 121119

A Kimberly Police officer was injured when a car failed to yield at an intersection.  20 year old Hope Johnson of twin Falls was at the stop sign southbound on 34-hundred north when she pulled into the path of Tyson Damron who was eastbound on U.S. 30 in a patrol vehicle.  Damron was taken to St. Luke’s for his injuries. 

A biennial state survey of Idaho youth shows fewer teens say they are being bullied, smoking cigarettes or having sex, but the number of kids who have seriously considered suicide remains at a 10-year high.  The State Department of Education released the 2019 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  Nearly 40% of students reported they feel sad or hopeless. About 22% of students reported that they had seriously considered suicide — that’s the same rate as reported in 2017 and the highest in the past decade.

Those reviewing Idaho child protection cases say they are not getting access to all the documents required to do their work.  Lawmakers last year created citizen review panels in each of the state’s seven health districts to review all child protection cases.  The legislation followed studies by the state Office of Performance Evaluations showing significant problems in the child protection system.  Department of Health and Welfare said they are bound by confidential agreements and some information can’t be released. 

Steve Groene, the father of a northern Idaho family whose children fell prey to a serial murderer in 2005, has died of cancer. He was 62.  Groene and his family were thrust into the public eye in 2005 when serial murderer and pedophile Joseph Edward Duncan III broke into the family’s home, killing 13-year-old Slade Groene, his mother Brenda Groene and her boyfriend Mark McKenzie before kidnapping the two youngest children.  Duncan kept the two children for weeks in the Montana wilderness before he killed 9-year-old Dylan Groene. Duncan was later captured in Coeur d’Alene, and Steve Groene’s 8-year-old daughter Shasta was rescued.   Duncan was sentenced to death in federal court for the crimes. He remains in a federal prison in Indiana.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to Girls basketball where the Sho-Ban’s Chiefs pulled away from the Murtaugh Red Devils 53 to 42.  Mountain Home took the win from Wood River 49 to 41.  It was Filer 54 over Ridgeview 24.  Kimberly won the game over American Falls 40 to 33.  Hansen over Richfield 56 to 34 and Valley outlasted Dietrich 53 to 32.

In Boys Basketball, Idaho Falls downed Twin Falls 69 to 58.  Minico drove past Jerome 63 to 41 and Wendell defeated Hagerman 50 to 19.  It was Richfield 53 over Castleford 48.  Butte County downed Carey 62 to 55 and Raft River 51 over Aberdeen 35.  Oakley outlasted Lighthouse Christian 61 to 42. 

WEATHER

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; West Central Mountains

...SNOW IN THE IDAHO MOUNTAINS THIS EVENING INTO THURSDAY MORNING... .Although a weak system will bring light snow to the area today, a much stronger Pacific storm will bring moderate to heavy snow to the mountains of west-central Idaho this evening through Thursday morning. Snow levels will start around 4500 feet this evening, rising to between 5000 and 5500 feet Thursday afternoon. Rising snow levels and temperatures will limit further accumulation in mountain valleys Thursday afternoon while sites above 5500 feet will see accumulating snow into Thursday night. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in mountain valleys above 4500 feet with up to 7 inches over the mountains. Snow will continue into Thursday night with little additional accumulation below 5500 feet.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains and Boise Mountains zones.

* WHEN...From 8 PM Wednesday to 11 AM MST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

Winter Storm Watch

Areas Affected: Frank Church Wilderness; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible below 7500 feet and 10 to 18 inches above 7500 feet including ridge tops and passes.

* WHERE...Areas from Sun Valley north to Stanley, and surrounding higher elevation areas.

* WHEN...From late Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Today:  Snow will taper off and end this morning but skies will remain cloudy this afternoon. High 44F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional rain late. Low 38F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow:  Rain likely. High 46F.  Low 34F Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

FRIDAY: Breezy conditions with some scattered rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 26.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. High: 36. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Partly sunny to partly cloudy skies. High: 33. Low: 23.

TUESDAY: Increasing clouds through the day. High: 34.

December 11th: On this day

1935
Born on this day, was Tom Brumley, American steel guitarist who played with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s, contributing to the group's "Bakersfield sound", and later spent a decade with Rick Nelson. Brumley died on February 3, 2009.

1944
Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Brenda Lee. At 4 ft. 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname 'Little Miss Dynamite' in 1957 after recording the song "Dynamite"; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following. In 1997, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1946
After signing a deal with Sterling Records, during his first recording session, Hank Williams recorded the songs "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul", "Calling You", "Never Again", and "When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels."

1949
American old-time fiddler and an early-recorded country musician Fiddlin' John Carson died aged 81. He wrote more than 150 songs in his life but only nine were ever copyrighted which led to several copyright issues with both Okeh Records and other musicians during his active career.

1977
Willie Nelson recorded tracks for his forthcoming album Stardust. Produced by Booker T. Jones, all the songs on the album consist entirely of pop standards that Nelson picked from among his favorites. Executives of Columbia Records were not convinced that the album would sell well, because the project was a radical departure from his earlier success in the outlaw movement. When released, Stardust was on Billboard's Country Album charts for ten years - from its release until 1988.

2006
Oprah Winfrey held an iTunes concert featuring Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Tony Bennett. Carrie Underwood performed "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

Tuesday 121019

One person suffered smoke inhalation and three people are without a home after a fire Sunday afternoon east of Heyburn.  The kitchen fire destroyed the doublewide trailer at 377 South 200 West.  The fire was under control in about 20 minutes.  Red Cross is assisting with the family.

A lawsuit brought by Idaho legislative leaders seeking to force the treasurer out of her first-floor office in the Statehouse can move forward, a judge ruled.  Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill sued in June after Idaho Treasurer Julie Ellsworth refused to move out of her office.  Ellsworth, citing the Idaho Constitution, responded by requesting the lawsuit be dismissed.

In New York it’s a Crystal Ball.  In Boise it’s a giant potato and in Rupert this year look for a giant sugar beet will fall on the Rupert Square.  The 22 feet tall beet will be on a stand on the square and is made of steel weighing around 15-hundred pounds.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office is filing a lawsuit against the state prison system, claiming that the Idaho Department of Correction is unfairly "warehousing" its inmates in the county jail.  Sheriff Steve Bartlett said that the move forces Ada County taxpayers to foot the bill for inmates that have been sentenced to prison, but remain held at the jail facility, which is designed to hold lower-level offenders and those waiting for trial or sentencing.  Currently the Ada County Jail has a population of 1,059 inmates. A total of 354 of those people, or 33 percent, should be in IDOC custody instead.

The Idaho National Laboratory's third supercomputer arrived in their facility recently to enable researchers to faster simulate new fuels and reactor designs, officials said.  The $19.2 million supercomputer includes about 100,000 processors and is named Sawtooth after the Idaho mountain range. The system, ranked 37th on the 2019 Top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world, is expected to calculate mathematical equations at about six times the speed of the current systems, officials said.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first to High School Boys Basketball where Canyon Ridge downed Buhl 62 to 52.  It was Hansen 67 over Hagerman 49.

In Girls Basketball it was Gooding 45 over Wendell 37 and Castleford defeated Twin Falls Christian Academy 45 to 17. 

Twin Falls Lady Boxer Kendra Reeves is moving forward to making Team USA as she won her bout 5 to 0.  She now will face Morelle McCane from Cleveland tomorrow. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy. High 44F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 29F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 29.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 32.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with some scattered rain and snow showers. Breezy weather expected. High: 42. Low: 26.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 37. Low: 21.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 33. Low: 20.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 33.

December 10th: On this day

1927
The phrase 'Grand Ole Opry' was first uttered on-air. That night Barn Dance followed the NBC Red Network's Music Appreciation Hour, a program of classical music and selections from Grand Opera presented by classical conductor Walter Damrosch. That night, Damrosch remarked that "there is no place in the classics for realism," In response, Opry presenter George Hay said: "Friends, the program which just came to a close was devoted to the classics. Doctor Damrosch told us that there is no place in the classics for realism. However, from here on out for the next three hours, we will present nothing but realism. It will be down to earth for the 'earthy'."

1949
Billboard launched a "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" chart - the first chart ever to track a song's popularity by radio airplay. The first #1 song on the new chart was "Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

1951
Born on this day in Sabinal, Texas, was Johnny Rodriguez who became the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds. He had the 1973 US #1 County hit "You Always Come Back to Hurting Me."

1970
Born on this day in Redding, California, was Kevin Sharp country music artist and author who made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R&B artist Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows", a cover which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. Sharp died on 19th April 2014 after a long-running and high-profile battle with cancer.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

1996
Faron Young, American singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s shot himself after apparently being depressed that the music industry had turned its back on him. He died in Nashville the following day. His hits included "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young." His ashes were spread by his family over Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville at Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's home while the Cashes were away.

Monday 120919

The Twin Falls Archway project is moving forward.  On Friday, the city held a groundbreaking ceremony for the structure that will be built across Shoshone street starting on the park side.  The archway will have reader boards for critical city information as well as city and community activities.

Public Charter Schools accounted for nearly half of Idaho’s overall enrollment growth from last fall, yet several appear to be experiencing decreased funding after posting some of the state’s steepest enrollment declines.  Locally, Jerome’s heritage academy lost 41 children which is a 24 percent decline. 

Say it’s not so.  It’s early December but one Christmas tree lot said they have run out of trees.  Kunzler’s Christmas trees in Burley prefer to sell Noble trees but this year due to the shortage there are no trees to sell.  According to the National Christmas tree association, two major tree producing states North Carolina and Oregon have fewer trees to offer this year.

Idaho State police troopers arrested two men in Eastern Idaho after discovering more than 18 pounds of meth hidden in their car.  48 year old Fredrick Norton and 39 year old Heath Dunn were taken into custody after their vehicle ran a stop sign.  In addition to the Meth, over ten-thousand dollars was located in the vehicle.

A man and his former wife have been sentenced in eastern Idaho after pleading guilty to child sex crimes.  50 year old Lance Parry, was sentenced to 56 years in prison and must serve at least 16 before he is eligible for parole. 41 year old Jessica Parry received a 25-year-sentence and must serve at least 10.  The two pleaded guilty to one count of lewd conduct and one count of Sexual Battery with a child under 16.

The Museum of Idaho has received a half million dollar donation to be used for create a permanent exhibit telling the history of eastern Idaho.  Westmark Credit Union made the donation Friday at the Museum in Idaho Falls.

SPORTS

In sports from around the gem state over the weekend, Boise state defeated Hawaii with a score of 31 to 10.  Jaylon Henderson started the season third string on the quarterback depth chart. He finished the year by hoisting the Mountain West championship trophy after being selected the game MVP.  The bowl games are up next.

Justinian Jessup set career highs with 27 points and seven 3-pointers, including his 254th career 3-pointer, and Boise State beat Colorado State 75-64 on Saturday night for its first Mountain West Conference win.  Boise State plays at Tulsa on Tuesday and Colorado State plays San Diego State at home on Tuesday.

In high school action, first to boys’ basketball Carey took the win in 3 overtimes 84 to 80.  Valley defeated Challis 46 to 24 while Oakley downed Dietrich 66 to 46.  Burley defeated Kuna 65 to 48 and Snake River beat Kuna 65 to 48.  Raft River defeated Richfield 62 to 44 and Snake River won over Filer 54 to 43.  Hagerman defeated Horseshoe Bend 45 to 36 and Minico 54 over Bishop Kelly 48.  Salmon River Defeated Castleford 51 to 40. 

In Girls High School basketball, It was Valley 48 Challis 18 and Carey took it from Mackay 46 to 32.  Oakley defeated Shoshone 44 to 22 and Sugar-Salem 55 over Kimberly 18.  Parma outlasted Gooding 64 to 23 and Century won over Minico 56 to 35. 

In CSI Mens Basketball CSI took it from Central Florida in overtime 98 to 93 and the women took their game with a score of 82 over Edmonds College 62. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 41F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 27F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a slight chance of isolated rain/snow. Patchy a.m. fog.   Winds: S 6 mph   High: 39 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain, and partly cloudy in the Wood River Valley.  High: 40 Low: 28

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a.m. rain in the Magic Valley followed by a chance of p.m. rain. Mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with p.m. snow.   High: 44 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow mix, and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance of snow.   High: 44 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow mix, and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance of snow.   High: 40 Low: 26

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a slight chance of snow in both regions.  High: 36 Mountains: 27

Top of Form

December 9th: On this day

1932
Born on this day in Boone County, West Virginia, was Billy "Edd" Wheeler, American songwriter, performer, and writer. He has written songs performed by over 90 different artists including Judy Collins, Jefferson Airplane, Bobby Darin, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Hazel Dickens, and Elvis Presley. With Roger Bowling he co-wote "Coward of the County" a hit for Kenny Rogers.

1935
Born on this day, in Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana, was David Houston, country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, scoring 7 hits including the 1970 US #1 hit Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady). Houston died on November 30, 1993.

1955
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.

1956
Born on this day in Kokomo, Indiana, was Sylvia Jane Kirby, country music singer and songwriter. More commonly known by the singular name Sylvia, she enjoyed crossover music success with the song "Nobody" in 1982.

1968
During recording sessions at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Merle Haggard recorded "Hungry Eyes" which was featured on his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard and when released as a single became a Country #1 and one of the most famous of his career.

1970
Born on this day in Humble, Texas, was David Kersh country music singer who made his debut in 1996. His #3 single "Another You" was written by a then-unknown Brad Paisley.

1995
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with his version of "Tall, Tall Trees". Written by George Jones and Roger Miller, both singers recorded their own versions: Jones on his 1958 album Long Live King George, and Miller on his 1970 cover album A Trip in the Country.

2005
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married at their home in Oklahoma. It was Brooks' second marriage, and Yearwood's third. Brooks proposed marriage in front of 7,000 fans in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005.

2005
The cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain opened in theaters across the US. The soundtrack featured Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Merle Haggard's "I'm Always On A Mountain When I Fall", as well as tracks by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt.

FRIDAY 120619

An early morning fire on Wednesday has displaced a Buhl family.  Crews were called to the home along the 4300 block of North 1325 East where they found a light ballast in the kitchen smoldering, insulation and sheetrock burning.  Damage was contained to the attic and kitchen area. 

Two Idaho Department of Corrections inmates who walked away from the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center early Wednesday evening are back in custody.  Kesha Kandler and Whitney Wickwire went missing just after 5:30 p.m.  The Ada County Sheriff’s Office found the women at about 9 p.m.

Idaho is the least-regulated state in the U.S., Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday.  The Republican governor said he’s cut or simplified 75% of Idaho’s administrative rules this year and leapfrogged ahead of South Dakota as the least-regulated state.  Little said he’s eliminated more than 30,000 restrictions and some 1,800 pages of regulations.

Solar power users could be seeing significant changes to their future power bills, depending on how the Public Utilities Commission rules on a solar power compensation settlement.  Whatever the homeowners with the units use, stays in their homes, and everything else goes back on the grid. Idaho Power pays them for generating power back to the grid at the same rate the homeowners pay for their power bills. If the proposed changes are approved, over time, that amount received back would be cut in half.

The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to transfer the title of some irrigation land to the A and B Irrigation district.  The Irrigation District covers 82,000 acres and stretches across Jerome and Minidoka counties.   An official said the district will still operate the same as it always has for the last 50 years we will just have the ownership of the facilities.

A Garden City man has been arrested on a charge of felony aggravated assault after police say he fired a gun during a domestic violence incident Wednesday afternoon.  The man, identified as 60-year-old Dwight J. Murphy, fired a shot from a gun just as officers arrived in Garden City.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first for CSI Men’s Basketball, North Idaho Took the eagles 72 to 70 last night.  CSI fell 8 and 4 for the year and will host Northeastern Junior College today.

In girls high school basketball, Jerome downed Wood River 72 to 47.  It was Twin Falls 34 Pocatello 26.  Burley defeated Minico 53 to 24 and Mountain Home outlasted Canyon Ridge last night 69 to 43.  Elsewhere Filer defeated Buhl 50 to 29.  It was Kimberly 61 Gooding 44.  American Falls 37 Declo 31 and Glenns Ferry 32 over Valley 27.  Raft River defeated Shoshone 67 to 15 and Hansen outlasted Lighthouse Christian 47 to 46.

One Boys High School Basketball game to report.  Camas County won over Twin Falls Christian Academy 62 to 31.

WEATHER

Today:  Areas of freezing fog early. Partly cloudy. High 46F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low around 30F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of afternoon and evening rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers and breezy. High: 42. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 39. Low: 23.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 38. Low: 23.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 38. Low: 25.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 39.

December 6th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Monroe City, Missouri, was Helen Cornelius, country singer-songwriter and actress, best remembered for a series of hit duets with Jim Ed Brown, many of which reached the US country singles top ten during the late 1970s and early '80s, including the 1976 #1 hit "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You".

1960
"Wings of a Dove" by Ferlin Husky was at #1 on the Country charts, his third and final chart topper. Written by Bob Ferguson, in 1987, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awarded Ferguson with the "million air" plays for the "Wings of a Dove."

1976
Willie Nelson was at #1 with The Troublemaker. The gospel album was recorded in 1973, but Nelson's label Atlantic Records refused to release the record at the time. After Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records, that gave him total creative control, the album was released in Sept 1976.

1984
The Supergroup of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson recorded the Jimmy Webb song "Highwayman" at Nashville's Moman Studios.

1986
George Strait was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You." Kenny Chesney later recorded a version of the song as a B-side for his "Never Wanted Nothing More" in 2007.

1988
Recording sessions began for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2 with Johnny Cash, John Denver, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Chris Hillman and others.

2002
"These Days" by Rascal Flatts was at #1 on the US Country charts. The track which was lifted from their album Melt became the group's first #1 hit.

2013
Chris Ferrell, the Nashville bar owner who shot and killed country singer Wayne Mills on Nov 23, turned himself in to police after learning that a grand jury had indicted him on second-degree murder charges. The shooting happened after two men, who who were reported to be friends, began arguing, reportedly because Mills was smoking a cigarette in a non-smoking area of the Pit and Barrel bar. No one witnessed the shooting itself, but several people outside heard the arguing and the gunshot. An autopsy revealed Mills was shot in the back of the head.

2015
Songwriter Don Chapel died. During his career he wrote hits for George Jones, Conway Twitty, his ex-wife Tammy Wynette, and others.

Thursday 120519

The Idaho House democratic leader has announced his resignation.  District 19 Representative Mat Erpelding posted a letter of resignation on his campaign website.  His last day is Friday.  He has taken a job with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Wendell has appointed a new mayor after Former Mayor Lori Swainston resigned as of October 31.  Don Dunn who served on the Wendell City Council for eight Years was appointed by the city council to serve as mayor for the remaining two years of the term.  He has served as council president.

Katherine Stanfield sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of killing a 2-year-old child will get a hearing that could lead to a new trial.  The Idaho Supreme Court ruled a lower court wrongly rejected a request for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance from her attorney.  Stanfield ran a day care center and was convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 following the 2009 death of a boy.

More than 45,000 Idaho residents have signed up for Medicaid under expanded coverage according to numbers released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.   That’s about half of the 91,000 people the agency estimates are eligible to sign up under the expansion.

An 18-year-old who hit and killed a child with his pickup truck in July has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter.  Conner Brant of Boise was charged with the misdemeanor crime in November, four months after the death of 7-year-old Eduard Prokopchuk of Nampa.  Brant's pickup struck Prokopchuk at 33 mph, flinging him off his bicycle. The 7-year-old was taken to a local hospital by paramedics, but he died from his injuries the day after the crash. 

City Council President Lauren McLean will be Boise's next mayor.  McLean got 65% of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election, while incumbent mayor Dave Bieter got 35%.

SPORTS

In college hoops, from around Idaho, Tony Miller scored a career-high 18 points and Noah Williams finished with 12 to lead Washington State to a 78-65 victory over Idaho last night.  Miller, who averaged 3.2 points per game entering the night, was 6-of-7 shooting, made 6-of-8 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals.

Tomorrow, Idaho State will take on Pepperdine at the Firestone fieldhouse in Malibu California.  Idaho has three wins and three losses for the season while Pepperdine has 3 wins and 6 losses.  Game time will be 7 pm mountain time. 

In boys high school basketball, Jace Whiting posted a game-high 31 points and eight assists as Burley easily took the game against Canyon Ridge.  Elsewhere, Twin Falls defeated Ridgevue 51 to 38.  In an overtime game Kimberly won over Wood River 70 to 59.  Buhl defeated Jerome 51 to 44.   Valley took the win from Gooding 57 to 37.  It was Raft River 53 Hansen 35 and Shoshone won over Murtaugh 38 to 25. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy. High 41F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low around 30F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with areas of fog. High: 43. Low: 31.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 32.

SUNDAY: A chance of rain and snow showers under mostly cloudy skies and breezy conditions. High: 42. Low: 27.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 40. Low: 23.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 38. Low: 23.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 39.

December 5th: On this day

1963
Born on this day, was Ty England, American country music singer and guitarist. Initially a member of Garth Brooks' band, England began his solo career in 1995, recording a self-titled debut album on RCA Records. A second album, Two Ways to Fall, followed in 1996. England has also charted six singles on the country charts. His highest-charting single was his debut single, "Should've Asked Her Faster", a #3 hit in late 1995.

1967
Born on this day in La Mirada, California, was Gary Allan, American country music artist who had the 2001 album Alright Guy which contained the singles "The One," "Man of Me," and "Man to Man," the latter of which became his first Billboard #1 hit.

1969
Johnny Cash appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was recorded and released as an album in 2002 (making it his 86th overal album release).

1978
The Charlie Daniels Band recorded "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" at Nashville's Woodland Sound Studios. The track was later released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections and the song was the band's biggest pop hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also featured in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

1978
Born on this day, was David Hodges, songwriter, producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Once a member of the band Evanescence, he has since worked with both Carrie Underwood (he co-wrote "What Can I Say"), and Reba McEntire, ("Because of You").

2000
The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Among the artists featured: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, The Whites, Gillian Welch, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, The Cox Family and Norman Blake. The film written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers starred George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman.

2010
A gala held in Washington, D.C. honored Merle Haggard with musical performances by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.

Wednesday 112719

Gas prices are stable as travelers hit the road this holiday season.  According to triple A, gas prices are about the same as they were last year.  The current price of $2.97 is two cents lower than it was last year.  Today’s national average is $2.59.

Brigham Young University Idaho will now accept Medicaid as health insurance.  That move reverses a heavily criticized decision.  The university announced plans earlier this month to stop accepting Medicaid as coverage forcing students to buy a university-backed plan costing at least $81 a month for single students and up to $678 a month for a family.

Authorities at the Juvenile Corrections Center – Saint Anthony say an 18 year old resident has died of apparent natural causes. An autopsy is planned to confirm the cause of death.

An Idaho man has filed documents to keep alive his federal court challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s ballot initiative process.  Ryan Isbelle filed the amended complaint in U.S. District Court.  Isbelle contends the state’s initiative rules violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause because they give more weight to voters in some districts.  He said he’s collecting signatures for an active ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.

Torey Adamcek who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for his role in the stabbing death of another teenager as part of a quest to become a famous serial killer, will remain behind bars.  A U.S. District Court rejected his request that his first-degree murder conviction be vacated and that he receive a new sentence.  Adamcik was 16 on September 2006 when he and then 16-year-old Brian Draper killed their friend and classmate Cassie Jo Stoddart, 17, in a house north of Pocatello.

Idaho officials are seeking public comments on a waiver to Medicaid expansion involving mental health treatment and substance abuse.  The waiver would allow Medicaid recipients to receive inpatient treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders at a freestanding psychiatric hospital.

SPORTS

Looking at the Boise State Bronco’s this weekend; Jaylon Henderson has been named one of the captains for Friday's game against Colorado State.  As far as the team goes, BSU has never lost to Colorado State in eight meetings.  This match-up also marks the first day game since Florida State for the Broncos this year. As BSU preps to host the Mountain West Championship on December 7, they hope to accomplish a major feat. None of the previous Bronco teams have gone undefeated in the Mountain West.  BSU is currently 7-0.

Congratulations are in order for some Gooding high school football teammates. Gooding's Shane Jennings is the SCIC Offensive Player of the Year, while Jared Conrad and AJ Garrell share Defensive Player of the Year honors.

In high school girls basketball, Jerome remains undefeated for the season taking the win last night from Kimberly 58 to 29.  Preston won it over Twin Falls 52 to 38.  Dietrich took the win from Glenns Ferry 46 to 29 and Minico won their game against Canyon Ridge 69 to 45.  Carey beat Shoshone 51 to 20 and Wendell overpowered Valley 38 to 34.  It was Declo 41 to Buhl’s 35.  Richfield outlasted Twin Falls Christian Academy 43 to 6.  Elsewhere burley defeated Wood River 61 to 42 and Mountain Home won the game against Pocatello 54 to 46. 

Cameron Hunter came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points to help North Dakota State pull away from Idaho in the second half for a 70-53 victory last night.

WEATHER

Today:  Light snow this morning will taper off as a few snow showers this afternoon. High 39F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 70%.

Tonight:  Mainly cloudy. Low 24F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Thanksgiving: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 18.

FRIDAY:  Slight chance of morning snow showers followed by decreasing afternoon clouds. High: 25. Low: 10.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with scattered snow showers. High: 26. Low: 11.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM snow showers. Cold and brezzy. High: 25. Low: 17.

MONDAY: After a chance of snow showers, decreasing clouds late in the day. High: 31. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies and cold. High: 35.

November 27th: On this day

1941
Born on this day, in Brooklyn, New York, was Eddie Rabbitt, singer-songwriter and musician who as a songwriter in the late 1960s, wrote such hits as "Kentucky Rain" for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap. Rabbitt also had the 1976 US #1 Country hit with "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)". He died from lung cancer at the age of 56 on 7th May 1998.

1944
Born on this day, was Sammy Creason, American session drummer who played with many artists including Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Rita Coolidge, Billy Swan, Hoyt Axton, Gene Clark, Jimmy Buffett, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Creason died on 21 December 1995.

1969
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

1982
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Rita Coolidge who performed "Something 'Bout You Baby I Like" and then with Glen Campbell played "Orange Blossom Special" and "I Believe".

1996
Sling Blade, set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, opened in American movie theaters. The picture featured Dwight Yoakam in a prominent role, along with Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Tex Ritter's son, John Ritter. The movie won Billy Bob Thornton an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

2000
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US country chart with When Somebody Loves You. His ninth studio album produced the singles: "Where I Come From", "www.memory", "When Somebody Loves You", and "It's Alright to Be a Redneck."

2001
Reba McEntire was nominated for a People's Choice Award for her acting in the TV series Reba. During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot, with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers. Reba was broadcast worldwide in over 30 different countries.

2003
During a Thanksgiving Day game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Toby Keith performed "Beer For My Horses," "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" and "How Do You Like Me Now?!"

2007
Rosanne Cash was admitted to New York's Presbyterian Hospital for brain surgery. The surgery was successful, though recovery was slow, and in March 2008 she was forced to cancel her spring tour dates for further recuperation.