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MONDAY 020320

Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said he won’t seek re-election.  Hill has served in the Idaho Senate for 19 years, more than half of that as Senate president pro tempore. He served under four governors.

A report has revealed that Idaho saw its worst suicide rate in 2018.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirmed 418 people died by suicide in 2018, a rate of 23.8 for every 100,000 people.  Idaho had the fifth highest suicide rate in the country in 2017.

A former Idaho high school teacher and basketball coach was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of a student.  32 year old Jeff Ranstrom, pleaded guilty to sexual battery by lewd and lascivious conduct of a child. He was sentenced to four years fixed, meaning he could be eligible for parole after four of the 15 years are served.

Bond elections that fail won’t be allowed before voters again for a minimum of 11 months under legislation that passed the House and is headed for the Senate.  The House voted 48-21 to approve the measure that backers say is needed because taxing districts should only get one shot a year at asking voters to approve bonds.

Idaho residents in rural areas would have easier access to healthcare under proposed legislation that moved to the full House.  The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the legislation that deletes a requirement that two-way audio and visual be used.

A former political figure in Idaho has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child pornography in a plea deal dismissing 12 other charges.  76 year old Martin Peterson entered guilty pleas to two counts of willfully possessing or accessing child sexually exploitative material.  Peterson worked as budget director under former Govs. John Evans and Cecil Andrus, and served on the staff of Democratic Sen. Frank Church.

A Idaho Falls man who owned more than 2,000 images of child pornography was sentenced to retained jurisdiction. 34 year old Samuel Gale, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child sexually exploitative material.


In local sports first a check with Boys High School varsity basketball.  Valley defeated Oakley 46 to 36.  Dietrich squeaked past Hansen 63 to 62.  Kimberly said no to Sugar Salem 69 to 53 and Camas County overpowered Glenns Ferry 67 to 57 and Raft River said no way to Murtaugh 55 to 38.

In Girls basketball, there’ one game to report.  Camas County defeated Murtaugh 49 to 41.  

From the wrestling mats and the Red Halverson invite in Minico Kuna took top honors with 240 points.  Locally Jerome came in 6th place with 138.5.  Declo 10th place.  Twin Falls 14th and Burley 21st.  Gabriel Taboa from Jerome was one of the top finishers along with Kase Mauger from Twin Falls, Derek Matthews and Dawson Osterhout both from Declo.

In college softball from CSI Phoenix College defeated CSI 12 to 10 and in College Baseball, CSI lost both games to Cochise 9 to 5 and 8 to 7.

From the CSI basketball court, the Eagle women took the victory over Salt Lake Saturday 66 to 52.  The men lost their game 91 to 84. 

Derrick Alston scored 24 points, Justinian Jessup tied the Mountain West Conference record for 3-pointers made in a career, and Boise State beat Nevada 73-64 on Saturday night.  Meanwhile Cameron Oluyitan hit five straight free throws and dunked in the final 34 seconds as Southern Utah held off a late rally from Idaho State to earn an 80-75 victory on Saturday night.  Idaho State hosts Northern Arizona Thursday.

Cameron Shelton had a career-high 29 points as Northern Arizona beat Idaho 77-72 on Saturday.   Idaho matches up against Sacramento State on the road tonight.  Game time is 8:05 in Sacramento California. 


Today:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 33F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 13F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny. High 31F Low 23. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain/snow showers. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch is possible. High: 38 Low: 35

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers.  High: 49 Low: 39

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers. High: 50 Low: 33

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow showers. High: 46 Low: 29

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow showers. High: 42


Winter Weather Advisory REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS EVENING.  Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches today with localized higher amounts, as well as areas of blowing and drifting snow. Winds may gust as high 45 MPH with localized whiteout conditions.


* WHERE...The eastern Magic Valley, Raft River region, Snake Plain, Arco Desert, Upper Snake Highlands, and Teton Valley, including but not limited to Burley, Oakley, Albion, Sweetzer Summit, Holbrook, Rockland, American Falls, Aberdeen, Pocatello, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Tom Cat Summit, Craters of the Moon, Telegraph Hill, Mud Lake, Dubois, Monida Pass, Idaho Falls, Roberts, Rigby, Rexburg, Ashton, Island Park, Raynolds Pass, Targhee Pass, and Driggs.


* WHEN...Through 8 PM this evening.


* IMPACTS...Travel will remain difficult in some areas due to a combination of snow and blowing and drifting. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes today.


Wind Advisory  Southern Twin Falls County; Southwest Highlands; Upper Treasure Valley; Western Magic Valley...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...


* WHAT...Northwest winds around 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.


* WHERE...Portions of south central and southwest Idaho.


* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Blowing and drifting snow may reduce visibility.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.


Winter Weather Advisory Southern Twin Falls County; Western Magic Valley...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM MST THIS MORNING...


* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds of 30 mph gusting as high as 45 mph.


* WHERE...Western Magic Valley from Twin Falls and Jerome eastward.


* WHEN...Until 10 AM MST this morning.


* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing and drifting snow could reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday morning commute. Gusty winds will also make travel difficult for high profile vehicles, especially on north- south roads.

February 3rd: On this day

J. P. Richardson Jr, better known as The Big Bopper was killed in a plane crash in Iowa along with fellow musicians Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. His best known compositions include "Chantilly Lace" and "White Lightning", the latter of which became George Jones' first #1 hit in 1959.

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Matraca Berg, country music singer and songwriter. Besides recording her own material, Berg has written hits for T.G. Sheppard, Karen Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter and others. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Dolly Parton released her third studio album In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad). The album's only single the title track released in October 1968 peaked at #25 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day was Jessica Harp, American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as The Wreckers, a duo that topped the country charts in 2006 with the Grammy nominated "Leave the Pieces." After The Wreckers disbanded, Harp began a solo career with her single, "Boy Like Me," debuted in March 2009 and was a Top 30 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

"Nobody's Home" by Clint Black became the first song to stay for three weeks at #1 since Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" in 1987.

Liberty Records released "Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks, lifted from his third album Ropin' the Wind, which peaked at #3 on the US country charts.

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country album chart with there fifth studio album Fly which went on to win them a Grammy for Best Country Album. The tracks "Ready to Run", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", "Goodbye Earl", "Cold Day in July", "Heartbreak Town", "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" were all released as singles.

Taylor Swift released "Picture to Burn" as the fourth single from her self-titled debut studio album. The track peaked at #3 on the US Hot Country Songs charts.

Darius Rucker was awarded a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", which was his first single off his studio album Learn to Live. Rucker became the first solo African American artist to reach the top of the country charts since Charley Pride's "Night Games" in 1983.

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The proposed legislation to end daylight savings time in Idaho is moving forward to the full house.  Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t observe changing clocks in the spring and fall. 

Lawmakers have approved a new administrative rule for Idaho’s prison system designed to ensure secrecy surrounding the source of the state’s lethal injection drugs.  It’s not yet clear if the rule will interfere with an ongoing lawsuit filed to gain the info two years ago.

Voters can wait until the last minute to choose a political party to participate in the Idaho Democratic or Republican presidential primaries in March under proposed legislation.  The House State Affairs Committee cleared the way for a hearing on the measure.

A local man who threatened Connections Credit Union employees with fake explosives was sentenced to 12 years in prison this week.  23 year old Travis Lofthouse of Idaho Falls, told the credit union’s branch manager he had a bomb in his backpack and demanded she fill a bag with money.  Turns out there was no bomb. 

Nampa's Karcher Mall Idaho's first indoor shopping mall won't be an indoor mall anymore.  Karcher Mall opened in 1965.  The new owners plan to transform it into an open-air shopping center with apartments, retail stores and restaurants. The $11-million renovation is expected to be complete later this year.

Voters in the Jerome school district may be asked to decide a 26 million dollar bond in May.  The school board of trustees is looking at plans that would fund a new 28 classroom new school.

Republican Gov. Brad Little has filled a vacancy in the Idaho House of Representatives following a former lawmaker’s expulsion.  Little appointed Tim Remington of Coeur d’Alene to fill the seat left vacant when Republican John Green was expelled from the House two weeks ago. 


Jonah Radebaugh tossed in 22 points and Trent Harris scored 21 on seven 3-pointers to propel Northern Colorado to an 83-67 victory over Idaho State last night. Tomorrow night, Southern Utah looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to six games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Southern Utah lost 75-65 loss at home against Weber State in its most recent game.  Game time 7 pm in Cedar City Utah Tomorrow night.

Nevada looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Boise State. Nevada has won by an average of 11 points in its last eight wins over the Broncos. Boise State’s last win in the series came on March 2, 2016, a 76-57 win.  The game will be at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise tomorrow at 8 pm.

Northern Arizona looks for its fifth straight conference win against Idaho. Northern Arizona’s last Big Sky loss came against the Idaho State Bengals 71-67 on Jan. 11. Idaho has dropped its last five games against conference opponents.  Game time tomorrow at 2 in Flagstaff Arizona.

In varsity High school basketball from yesterday, first to the girls where Twin Falls defeated Minico 50 to 40.  Burley said no to Mountain Home 51 to 36 and Carey outlasted Castleford 33 to 22.  Camas County took the game from Richfield 54 to 22 and Declo said no way to Valley 64 to 38.  It was Gooding 50 over Canyon Ridge 40 and Buhl won over Wood River 53 to 45 and Lighthouse Christian won their game over Murtaugh 50 to 47.

In Boys High School Basketball, Camas County defeated Richfield 69 to 58 and Oakley took the win from Wilder 60 to 42.  The Sun Valley Community School won over Hagerman 48 to 40 and Carey took the win from Castleford 53 to 25. 

In College hoops CSI took the win over Colorado Northwestern community college 105 to 75.  The CSI women also defeated Colorado 97 to 63.

Tonight The Jerome Tigers are at home to play the Wood River wolverines.  Game time 7 pm and broadcast on KART – 1400 am. 


Today:  Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 48F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low near 30F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 55. Low: 34.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM Snow showers. Breezy and turning colder. High: 46. Low: 24

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of morning snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 35. Low: 20.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 33. Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected. High: 41. Low: 33.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is possible as well. High: 46.

January 31st: On this day

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart with It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad). The title track was the lead off single which also reached #1 and gave Haggard his thirteenth #1 on the country chart.

Winners at this years American Music Awards included: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles. Johnny Cash became the first country artist to win the Award of Merit.

Born on this day, was Tyler Hubbard, Country pop artist who is one half of the platinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line who scored the 2012 Country #1 album Here's to the Good Times. He shared the New Artist of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2013.

The Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line received five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress.

Taylor Swift became the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her album Fearless. Swift also won three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("White Horse"), and Best Country Song ("White Horse").

Randy Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 incident (when he was found lying in the road, unclothed and smelling of alcohol). He received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

Dolly Parton released het forty-fourth solo studio album Blue Smoke. The album logged her best debut rank on Top Country Albums in 23 years, entering at #2. The album also includes a new recording of "From Here to the Moon and Back" with Willie Nelson, which was also on Nelson's 2013 album, To All the Girls...

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Restrictions on using drones for surveillance on individuals and private property would be increased to include commercial and industrial property under proposed legislation.  The legislation allows law enforcement agencies and fire departments to use drones without a warrant.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is requesting to spend $408,000 to count wolves.  The Legislature’s budget-setting committee was told that the expense would become part of the agency’s annual budget to keep a running tally of the number of wolves in the state.

A judge has told Big Sky Scientific of Colorado they must forfeit the 6,701 pounds of industrial hemp, once valued at 1-point 3 million dollars, that the Idaho State Police seized a year ago.  The trucker, who was arrested near Mountain Home, was driving the product from Oregon to Colorado.  Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, under federal law, hemp is legal for interstate transport. Any substance containing any THC at all, however, is considered marijuana and illegal in Idaho.

Idaho’s prisons are overcrowded and dilapidated, the inmate population is rapidly growing and taxpayers could save millions by building a prison, state auditors told a panel of lawmakers.  Idaho has long been known as a state with relatively low crime rates and relatively high incarceration rates. But the report found that much of the population growth is from former prisoners who are having their parole revoked.

Reports from Kauai Hawaii now say Lorie Vallow and Chad Daybell have checked out of the resort they were staying in when authorities found them.  The two are not saying where their children who have been missing for several months are at.

Tis the season for tax return processing and warnings have been made to be careful who you give your information to.  Many residents fall prey to phone calls that sound official asking for personal info.  Ask questions if you are unsure and don’t release info if you are not sure. 


Derrick Alston Jr. scored 27 points, Justinian Jessup added 21 — with the pair combining for 11 3-pointers — and Boise State won its ninth straight home game, routing San Jose State 99-71 last night.

From around the valley first to Boys varsity Basketball, Jerome picked up a road conference win by defeating Canyon Ridge last night 54 to 51.  Century outlasted Burley 61 to 47.  It was Valley 53 over Wendell 43 and Glenns Ferry outlasted Raft River 49 to 45.  It was Minico 49 Pocatello 34.

In girls’ basketball, ShoBan Defeated Hagerman 77 to 43 and Filer outlasted Gooding 65 to 44


Today:  Cloudy. High 42F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 50. Low: 34.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 54. Low: 35.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated evening/overnight snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 49. Low: 25.

MONDAY: A chance of snow and rain showers followed by decreasing clouds. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 34. Low: 20.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 33. Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is possible as well. High: 40.

January 30th: On this day

Born on this day in Pell City, Alabama, was Jeanne Pruett, Country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best-known for her 1973 chart-topping hit, "Satin Sheets."

Born on this day in Wellston, Oklahoma, was Norma Jean, country music singer who was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961-1967. She had 13 country singles in Billboard's Country Top 40 between 1963 and 1968, recorded twenty albums for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1973, and received two Grammy nominations.

Decca Records released "I Fall to Pieces" by Patsy Cline. Taken from her 1961 studio album, Patsy Cline Showcase. "I Fall to Pieces" was Cline's first #1 hit on the Country charts, and her second hit single to cross over onto the Pop charts. It was the first of a string of songs that would be written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard.

Born on this day in Austinburg, Ohio, Tammy Cochran, American country music artist. Her self titled debut album released in 2001 was followed a year later by Life Happened. These two albums produced a total of six chart singles of which the highest-charting was "Angels in Waiting" at #9.

Kenny Rogers won four American Music Awards, including Favorite Country Single, for "Coward Of The County" and Country Album, for The Gambler. Other winners include: Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers and The Eagles.

Clint Black, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker performed at the halftime show (billed as Rockin' Country Sunday) at Super Bowl XXVIII. The finale featured a special appearance by Naomi Judd, who joined Wynonna in performing The Judds' single "Love Can Build a Bridge" (their first major appearance together since their Farewell Tour of 1991).

Faith Hill performed the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

Bluegrass guitarist, Don Pavel died aged 60. He began partnering with Warren Nelson in the mid-1970s and helped found the Lost Nation String Band and the Big Top Chautauqua Blue Canvas Orchestra.

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Authorities have given the parents of two missing Idaho Children until tomorrow to bring them to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or face legal action.  Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are currently in Hawaii.  7 year old Joshua Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September and the parents are refusing to talk to police.

Lawmakers who oversee appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service on Monday sent a letter requesting the agency revoke its decision allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.  The Forest Service in February 2018 decided to deny Midas Gold’s request to participate as what is called a non-federal representative in writing the assessment.

Idaho State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a woman at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.  Authorities say the inmate died Friday night.  Rescue workers were notified following a call to 911 at 6:44 pm Friday.

A Colorado judge has sentenced Southern Idaho resident Krystal Lee to serve a maximum of three years in prison and one year of Parole for tampering with evidence in the murder of Kelsey Berreth.  In November, Patrick Frazee was convicted and sentenced to 156 years in prison. On Monday, Frazee's attorneys filed paperwork to appeal the case.  Lee pleaded guilty to destroying Berreth’s cell phone and cleaning up the apartment after the murder. 

Starting Monday Falls Avenue will be closed to thru traffic from Grandview Drive to North College Road.   Contractors for the city of Twin Falls will install new irrigation line that will serve homes in the new Perrine Point Subdivision.  Crews expect to wrap up the project by Wednesday February 5th

The 25th annual 8 day long sled dog race through Wyoming and Idaho begins this Friday.  It starts and ends near Jackson Wyoming and will run through Driggs.  Up for grabs is $165-thousand dollars in Prize money.


In sports around the area, first to girls high school varsity basketball, Lighthouse Christian took the win over Camas County 62 to 51.  Oakley said no to Valley 38 to 27 and in a game that went into overtime, it was Richfield 51 to Hagerman 44.  Murtaugh defeated Dietrich 61 to 40.  In a crosstown rival it was Twin Falls 47 over Canyon Ridge 37.  Mountain Home defeated Wood River 49 to 31.  Kimberly 57 over Declo 48 and Raft River outlasted Glenns Ferry 57 to 31.  Preston took the win from Minico 55 to 42.

In Boys High School Basketball, Kimberly defeated Filer 63 to 41.  Carey outlasted Sun Valley Community School 53 to 34.  Dietrich 62 Murtaugh 52 and Lighthouse Christian won the game over Camas County 69 to 46.  Raft River won the game over Aberdeen 52 to 45 and Grace defeated Oakley 55 to 47.


Today:  Mostly cloudy skies. High 43F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies with late-night snow showers. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 33.

FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies. High: 50. Low: 37.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies with above average temperatures. High: 56. Low: 36.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. Breezy weather will develop as well. High: 54. Low: 27.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy conditions are expected as well. High: 35. Low: 21.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 33.

January 29th: On this day

Patsy Cline released her third EP which featured four new songs from her recording sessions under Decca Records the previous year. "Crazy", "Foolin' 'Round","Who Can I Count on", and "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)."

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour premiered on CBS, for what would be a three-year run. Guests for the first episode were singer, Bobbie Gentry, songwriter John Hartford, ("Gentle On My Mind"), The Smothers Brothers and comedian Pat Paulsen.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US Country charts with the Tommy Collins penned song "Carolyn", the singers eleventh chart topper.

Emmylou Harris released Luxury Liner which became her second successive #1 country album on the Billboard Music Charts.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Statler Brothers who performed "Sunflower", "Sweet Baby James" and "Child of the Fifties" and then with Glen Campbell played "Faithless Love."

Rascal Flatts played their first ever gig outside the US when they appeared at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, London, England.

Mindy McCready appeared on the Today show, to address suspicions that she was in some way involved with her boyfriend David Wilson's death. Although she confirmed that the couple fought the night David died, she added that rumors he was planning to leave her - or that he was having an affair - were untrue.

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Police in Hawaii and the FBI are now part of the search for two missing Rexburg children.  Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are the parents of missing 17 year old Tylee Ryan and 7 year old Joshua Vallow.  The parents have been at the Kauai beach resort.  Their rental car was seized but the couple was not arrested. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare yesterday asked for an additional $70 million from the general fund and $300 million overall that includes federal money for an 8.7% increase in next year’s budget.  Director Dave Jeppesen told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that the large increase is due to Medicaid expansion that went into effect Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, the number of Idaho residents who have signed up for Medicaid under the state’s voter-approved expanded coverage has passed 60,000.  If the anticipated 91,000 people do eventually sign up, it would cost Idaho about $400 million, with the federal government paying 90%.

Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming they say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife.  The groups contend the Forest Service’s approval of the pipeline project in November violated the Endangered Species Act.  About 26 miles of the pipeline crosses private land and about 4 miles crosses state land.

Twenty four people were taken to the hospital in Donnelly yesterday morning after a carbon monoxide leak.  Fire rescue workers were called to the home just before 6:30 A.M.  The home was being used as a vacation rental property.  The conditions of those people were not released. 

The Gooding County Prosecutor said police were justified in killing 28 year old David James Bamber Jr. October 15th.  The California man lead authorities on a high speed chase through Elmore, Twin Falls and Gooding Counties eventually crashing a stolen truck that he had hijacked moments earlier.  Bamber died at the scene. 


In sports from around the area … first to boys high school varsity basketball where Wood River outlasted Buhl 63 to 46.  Declo downed Gooding 57 to 43.  Twin Falls took the win from Mountain Home 52 to 30 and Richfield won their game against the Sun Valley Community School 61 to 56. 

In Girls basketball we have one game to report.  Castleford outlasted Shoshone 35 to 29. 

Boise State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over San Jose State. In its last five wins against the Spartans, Boise State has won by an average of 22 points. San Jose State’s last win in the series came on March 5, 2016, a 68-63 victory.  Game time tomorrow at 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Boise State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over San Jose State. In its last five wins against the Spartans, Boise State has won by an average of 22 points. San Jose State’s last win in the series came on March 5, 2016, a 68-63 victory.  Game time tomorrow at 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Cameron Oluyitan scored 15 points and led four players into double figure scoring as Southern Utah walloped Idaho, 73-45 in a Big Sky Conference battle last night.  Trevon Allen scored 12 points to lead the Vandals who now have lost five straight and eight of their last nine. Idaho plays at Northern Arizona Saturday afternoon.


Today:  Rain and snow showers this morning changing to all rain for the afternoon. High 44F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with rain and snow showers diminishing this evening. A few breaks in the clouds overnight. Low 33F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 40%.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 31.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 44. Low: 34.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 49. Low: 38.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies and warmer. High: 58. Low: 37.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 55. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 35.

January 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Pautaxant, Maryland, was Eddie Bayers, a session drummer who has worked with many artists including George Strait, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, and Dolly Parton.

Born on this day in New York City, New York, was Barbi Benton, model, actress, and singer. Best known for her years as a regular on the country variety series Hee Haw, appearing in comic sketches with other cast members. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. She was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine several times (initially credited as Barbi Klein) and in nude photo layouts.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins, and Nancy Ames.

Country singer, songwriter Al Dexter died. Born Clarence Albert Poindexter, the American country musician and songwriter helped popularize the style of honky tonk and scored seven #1 hits in the 40's. He is best known for his 1944 hit "Pistol Packin' Mama" which became the 1943 marching chorus of the New York Yankees. The 1943 movie of the same name, made by the Republic Pictures, gave Dexter close to $250,000 in royalties.

The recording took place for "We Are The World" the US equivalent of "Band Aid" at A&M Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie the all star cast included, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. The session was produced by Quincy Jones.

Country music artists Alabama, Willie Nelson and Anne Murray each won two American Music Awards, while Loretta Lynn took home a special Award of Merit. Other winners include: Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Shock'n Y'all the eighth studio album by Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album has been certified 4 x Platinum in the US for shipments in excess of 4 million units.

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The house state affairs committee has voted to do away with daylight savings time.  If signed into law Idaho residents wouldn’t have to fall back or spring ahead.

An Oregon judge has blocked the state’s child welfare officials from sending a foster child to live in a Mountain Home facility after the boys attorney pointed out a technicality.  That could impact the state’s ability to place more foster children in the gem state.  A 1975 law says facilities that take in Oregon foster children must be incorporated. Mountain Home is a limited liability company, a type of business that is not incorporated.

The amount of money in Idaho’s rainy-day fund that serves as a cushion against a potential economic downturn would increase under proposed legislation.  The Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s recommendation and voted for the House to hear the bill that would increase the Budget Stabilization Fund to 15% of general fund revenues.

It’s warming up in the gem state but that could be a good thing.  An Illinois-based group that dismisses human-caused climate change told Idaho lawmakers that the warming that has occurred has had a net benefit for the state.  James Taylor of the Heartland Institute said that modest warming had increased crop production and has had other benefits.

Idaho’s wine industry wouldn’t have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that moved to the full House.  Idaho has some 60 wineries. But Idaho law doesn’t allow extra wine they produce they don’t have room for to be stored in Idaho.

24 year old Stormy Ray Adakai, of Fort Hall, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for assault after prosecutors said he severely beat a long-haul truck driver from Missouri at an eastern Idaho truck stop.  The truck driver, Amos Phillips, was sleeping inside his cab at a truck stop in Fort Hall two years ago when someone broke in, demanded money and beat Phillips with rocks in his fists. The attack left Phillips with broken bones in his face, a brain hemorrhage and other serious injuries.


In sports over the weekend, first to girls high school basketball where Filer outlasted Ridgevue 56 to 38.  Wendell said no to Shoshone 55 to 47.  Camas County outlasted Dietrich 60 to 38 and Hansen out played Raft River 51 to 46.  Declo took down Oakley 34 to 20.

In Boys hoops, Camas County 75 over Dietrich 55 and Valley said no to Declo 43 to 38. 

Amin Adamu scored 19 points and Montana State earned its second straight road by beating Idaho State 75-64 on Saturday night.  Idaho State travels to Northern Colorado Thursday.

Jonah Radebaugh recorded 12 points and 13 assists to carry Northern Colorado to a 74-53 win over Idaho on Saturday.  Idaho matches up against Southern Utah at home on Monday.

Southern Utah looks to extend Idaho’s conference losing streak to five games. Idaho’s last Big Sky win came against the Portland State Vikings 72-61 on Jan. 2. Southern Utah fell short in an 81-78 overtime game at Eastern Washington in its last outing.  Game time tonight 7:30 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow. 

In the 43rd Annual CSI Cowboy & Cowgirl Boxing Smoker Saturday night, here are some standouts.  The quickest knockout came with Fight 9 and Garrett Lloyd.  The best Cowgirl Boxer was Lexi Simper and the Best Cowboy Boxer was Collin Grover and the Judges said Fight number 7 was the best fight.  It featured Karina Stelek and Baylee Turnovec.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low near 35F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy in the Magic Valley with rain/snow showers likely after 11 a.m. Little to no new snow accumulation is expected. High: 45 Low: 32

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. snow showers.   High: 42 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy High: 47 Low: 34

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy High: 52 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Partly sunny High: 54 Low: 27

SUNDAY (GROUNDHOG DOG): Partly sunny High: 56 Mountains: 41

January 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Mishawaka, Indiana was pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons. He was widely regarded as the world's foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles. Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21, 2015.

Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle Of New Orleans" during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row. The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the lyrics are evidently intended to be comical. The song, which was written by Jimmy Driftwood, has been recorded by many artists but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.

Born on this day in Atlanta, Texas, was Tracy Lawrence, country music singer whose debut album Sticks and Stones was released in 1991, which produced his first chart single and first #1 hit in its title track.

Loretta Lynn released the single "Woman of the World" which became the singers third #1 on the country charts. The track was taken from her LP Woman of the World / To Make a Man.

Born on this day in Bracebridge, Ontario was Deric Ruttan, Canadian country music artist. In September 2007, Ruttan was awarded his first Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) for Songwriter Of The Year. His first #1 as a songwriter was with friend and collaborator Dierks Bentleys' "What Was I Thinkin.'"

Born on this day in Monticello, Kentucky, was Kevin Denney country music artist who made his debut on the country music scene with the release of his self-titled album (2001's Kevin Denney), which produced three chart singles, including "That's Just Jessie".

Monument released The Dixie Chicks' first major label album, Wide Open Spaces,their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines. At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations, winning Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble."

the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that singer John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted. The board also blamed a builder's decision to relocate the fuel tank selector handle, an absence of markings on the handle and nearby fuel gauges, as well as Denver's lack of training in his new plane which caused the crash.