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Monday 092319

The Nampa school district has distributed computers to students a month after a department-wide cyberattack wiped out the district’s network.  Officials finished giving out re-imaged laptops to middle school students after high school students were equipped with unaffected devices last week.  The cyberattack on Aug. 21 came just two days after the school year began, disabling the district’s entire computer network.  The district has not been able to determine the source of the attack or how much the recovery will cost.

One person has been killed after an Amtrak train heading to Seattle crashed into a truck parked on the tracks in the town of Athol, Idaho.  Officials for Amtrak say none of the 234 passengers or crew members on the train were injured in the crash.  But an official for the Idaho State Police says the driver of the truck was killed.

Authorities say a small plane believed to have two people aboard crashed in northwestern Nevada and that there were “no known survivors.”  Officials said searchers found wreckage Thursday in mountains south of Pyramid Lake after the plane crashed leaving Reno for Nampa.

Hagerman High School unveiled a new food science lab celebrating a home for an innovative academic program.  The school is offering an ag and food science class, fusing ag production and food preparation. It’s the first class of its kind in Idaho.  The goal is to provide graduates with the skills they need to work in the Magic Valley’s food manufacturing sector.

The Idaho Supreme Court is expected to decide next year whether prison officials must reveal the past source of their execution drugs. Similar debates are raging in courthouses and statehouses across the United States, but it’s not yet clear if rulings elsewhere including a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said there is no First Amendment right to the information, will impact the Idaho fight.

The population of Idaho’s death row has been slowly shrinking, in part because some previously condemned inmates have won appeals, been resentenced to life in prison or died of natural causes. More than 40 people have been sentenced to death in Idaho since the 1970s, but only three people have been executed during that span.  Today only 8 people 7 men and 1 woman, remain.


The Washington Huskies took the win from BYU over the weekend with 45 to 19.  The Huskies forced three BYU turnovers and scored a pair of touchdowns off those defensive plays.

Will McElvain passed 17 yards to Isaiah Weston for the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and lifted Northern Iowa to a 13-6 victory over Idaho State on Saturday.  Austin Evans and Bryce Flater picked off passes later in the quarter to thwart the Bengals. 

Mason Petrino threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Idaho defeated Eastern Washington 35-27 on Saturday.  Aundre Carter also rushed for two touchdowns, capping long first-quarter drives between these Big Sky Conference rivals in a game that doesn’t count in the league standings.

It might be too early to start making plans to travel to Dallas on Dec. 27 to watch the Cotton Bowl, but the 4-0 Boise State Broncos are now in the driver's seat for the opportunity to play in a New Year's 6 bowl.  Boise State is now ranked 16th.  To get the chance to play in the Cotton Bowl, Boise State just needs to win out and win the Mountain West Conference championship.


Today:  Partly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low near 55F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 74F. Low 47.  Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 70. Low: 43.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies with an isolated shower possible. High: 67. Low: 41.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny with a slight chance of a shower. High: 63.

September 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Albany, Georgia, was Ray Charles who helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. His version of the Don Gibson song, "I Can't Stop Loving You" topped the Pop chart for five weeks. Charles died on June 10, 2004 due to acute liver disease at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first recordings in Dallas, Texas, produced by Don Law and Art Satherley of the American Record Corporation. Wills' later recording of "Ida Red" served as a model for Chuck Berry's decades later version of the same song - "Maybellene"

Born on this day, was Pat Alger, songwriter, singer and guitarist who in 1991, was voted Songwriter of the Year by the Nashville Songwriter's Association International. He wrote hits for Garth Brooks like "Unanswered Prayers", "What She's Doing Now", "The Thunder Rolls" and "That Summer." He also wrote hits for Hal Ketchum, "Small Town Saturday Night," and for Trisha Yearwood, "Like We Never Had A Broken Heart."

Hank Williams recorded "Kaw-Liga", "Your Cheatin' Heart", and "Take These Chains from My Heart", in what became the musicians last ever recording session.

Jimmy Wakely, actor and country Western music vocalist, and one of the last singing cowboys died. During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, he released records, appeared in several B-Western movies, appeared on radio and television and even had his own series of comic books. His duet singles with Margaret Whiting from 1949-51 produced a string of hits, including 1949's #1 hit on the US country charts and pop music charts, "Slippin' Around."

Johnny Cash released A Concert: Behind Prison Walls his 54th overal album and a live album recorded in the Tenessee Prison 1976. The album features Cash with his backing band the Tennessee Three, but also features performances by Linda Ronstadt, Roy Clark, and Foster Brooks. The album was not released until this year.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame, along with Stevie Nicks and Buck Owens.

Friday 092019

A federal work safety agency has cited four Idaho Dollar Tree stores for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe conditions for poorly stacked boxes and blocked exits.  The discount variety store company faces nearly $900,000 in proposed penalties. In the citation, OSHA contends that Dollar Tree stores in Boise, Caldwell, Nampa and Meridian were unsafe because of unstable and poorly stacked boxes in the stockroom, along with blocked aisles and exit routes.

A cat has tested positive for rabies for the first time in Idaho in 27 years.  The cat in, Owyhee county, was being aggressive according to an official with the Idaho Department of Health and welfare.  It bit its owner.  It tested positive for a strain of rabies normally associated with Bats.  The state Veterinarian said rabies is fatal virtually 100-percent of the time.

James Dunkle, a Idaho Falls man has received the maximum sentence after he acknowledged abusing a 1-year-old boy.  He was sentenced up to 30 years imprisonment.  Officials say the boy’s injuries included a collapsed lung, broken bones, bleeding in his brain and multiple bruises.

27 year old Edith Ruelas of Jerome faces a felony methamphetamine trafficking charge after police pulled over the vehicle she was in. Authorities stopped the vehicle in Twin Falls County for speeding.  The deputy smelled marijuana, and detained both Ruelas and the driver.  A search revealed six packages of meth.  Bond was set at $250-thousand.

Isiah Bell, a 24 year old Mountain Home man has been charged with 12 counts of raping a 14 year old girl.  Bell is a convicted sex offender, stemming from a 2015 conviction in Bannock County for lewd conduct with a child under 16. Bell was also charged with forcible rape in 2015, also in Bannock County, but the charge was dismissed by prosecutors before trial.  Court records indicate he was sentenced to prison for the lewd conduct and a separate burglary conviction.


In sports closer to home, Despite the University of Idaho owning the series against Eastern Washington, 15-7, the Vandals will be underdogs once again when they host the 11th ranked Eagles on Saturday.  Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. mountain time.

The Idaho Bengals can laugh about their 31-0 loss to Utah because they know it is not a true indicator of their identity as an FCS team.  Their first test comes this week as the Bengals face fellow FCS school Northern Iowa as part of the Big Sky/Missouri Valley Challenge. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools since 1992.  The Bengals now 1-1, will take the trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa for their match-up against the Panthers on Saturday.  Kick-off slated for 3 p.m.

In high school volleyball from yesterday, Filer defeated Kimberly 3 to 0,  It was Gooding 3 Declo 0.  Wood River won over Mountain Home 3 to zip.  Lighthouse Christian 3 Hagerman 0.  Castleford 3 Sun Valley Community School 0.  Murgaugh defeated Hansen 3 to 0.   It was Raft River 3, Glenns Ferry 0

In Girls soccer, it was Wendell 4, Buhl 2. The Sun Valley Community school 4 Declo 0.  Kimberly 7 Filer 0.  Gooding defeated Bliss 6 to 0.

In Boys soccer it was Gooding 5, Bliss 3.  Wendell 2, Buhl 1.  The Sun Valley Community School defeated Declo 5 to 0.  Filer downed Kimberly 3 to 0. 


Today:  Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 60F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 43F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 64. Low: 42.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 72. Low: 45.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny with an isolated shower possible. High: 66. Low: 43.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 71. Low: 45.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 73. Low: 45.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of a shower. High: 70.

September 20th: On this day

Touring North America, Johnny Cash appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Cass Elliot, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, The Staple Singers and Tommy Cash. Jack Elliot performed "If I Were A Carpenter" then he and Cash dueted on "Take Me Home."

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the US Country album charts with You're My Man her fourth studio album for Columbia Records. The album stayed at #1 for a total of seven weeks.

Jerry Reed was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Written by Tim DuBois the song is a satire on divorce, and became Reed's third and final #1 country hit, and one of his signature tunes.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with his seventh studio album, High Mileage. It produced four hit singles on the Hot Country Songs charts for Jackson: "I'll Go on Loving You", "Right on the Money", "Gone Crazy", and "Little Man".

The Farm Aid 2008, benefit concert took place at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Nation Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels, Danielle Evin, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat, Will Dailey, One Flew South, and The Elms.

Thursday 091919

Police and rescue workers spent much of the day dealing with several crashes that blocked a portion of I-84 near Eden yesterday.  Authorities say multiple vehicles including a triple trailer semi, a tanker, a pickup pulling a horse trailer were involved in the crashes.  One person was sent by air ambulance to Boise and two were transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s for treatment.  Police continue to look for the semi that was hauling a tanker trailer that left the scene.  Authorities say the truck made an improper lane change which caused the crash.

The longtime owner of Claude Brown’s Home Furnishings has passed away.  98 year old Doug Brown was the son of Claude Brown who opened the business 100 years ago.  His funeral is set for Saturday morning at 11 am.

Police say a man crossing a busy Pocatello Street Tuesday night died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle.  The man was using a walker and was carried for over 150 feet on the hood before the vehicle stopped. 

Federal officials have approved turning loose a non-native insect to feed on an invasive thistle that sprouts in everything from rangelands to vineyards to wilderness areas, mainly in the Western U.S.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will permit the use of the weevil native to Europe and western Asia to control yellow star thistle.

Los Angeles county board of supervisors will join in an effort that would reverse a court decision that restricts efforts to bar homeless people from sleeping on sidewalks in western states.  If the Supreme Court takes the case, Boise’s pending request for a review will be included in that.  Some say the cities are trying to ban homelessness while others say there are so many people we are in an emergency. 

Alta Mesa the Texas Company that made Idaho a natural gas and oil producing state has filed for bankruptcy.  The company is facing a federal lawsuit from some who are upset about their royalty payments.  The filing means the federal lawsuit in Idaho is now on hold.


In local sports, first to volleyball from last night where Burley took Twin Falls 3 to 1.  Filer downed Gooding 3 to 1.  Same score for Wood River downing Canyon Ridge – 3 to 1.  Wood River then took Preston 3 to 2.  It was Preston shutting out Canyon Ridge 3 to 0.  Wendell shut out Glenns Ferry 3 to 0.  Buhl defeated Kimberly 3 to 2.  Castleford said no to Hansen 3 to 0 and Murtaugh did the same thing to Dietrich 3 to 0.  Camas County defeated the Sun  Valley Community School 3 to 0 and Valley defeated Raft River 3 to 1.

In Boys Soccer, Gooding slammed Wendell 4 to 0.  It was the Sun Valley Community School 2 Buhl 1.  Bliss shut out Kimberly 3 to 0.  Declo 3 Filer 2.

In Girls Soccer the Sun Valley Community School said no to buhl 11 to 0 and Kimberly overpowered Bliss 8 to 1.  Declo blanked Filer 2 to 0 and Gooding won over Wendell 5 to 2. 


Today:  Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 56F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 47F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Chance of showers and storms with mostly cloudy skies. High: 60. Low: 40.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 65. Low: 42.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 72. Low: 45.

MONDAY:  Isolated showers possible with partly cloudy skies. High: 68. Low: 44.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and tranquil. High: 72. Low: 45.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny and nice! High: 74.

September 19th: On this day

Born on this day was Helen Carter, American country music singer. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family. She died on June 2nd 1998 aged 70.

Patsy Cline married contractor Gerald Cline. The couple divorced on July 4, 1957, the dissolution of the marriage was blamed on their considerable age difference and on the conflict between her desire to sing professionally and his desire that she adopt the conventional role of a housewife.

The Jimmy Dean Show aired for the first time on ABC-TV. An hour-long weekly series, the variety program featured country performers such as Charlie Rich, Roger Miller, Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, Red Buttons, and Johnny Cash. The Jimmy Dean Show, also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure, best known as the creator of The Muppets.

Born on this day in Monticello, Georgia, was Trisha Yearwood, country music artist. Best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective. She scored the 1997 song "How Do I Live", which was initially released on the soundtrack of the film, Con Air.

Country rock singer, songwriter, 26-year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

All I Want, the third album by Tim McGraw was released by Curb Records. The album's singles were, in order of release: "I Like It, I Love It", "Can't Be Really Gone", "All I Want Is a Life", "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It".

American country music star Red Foley died aged 58. He sold over 25 million records, and hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee.

Skeeter Davis died aged 72. She was one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, and was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Wednesday 091819

41 year old Larry Ray Halbert faces 25 years in prison for a vehicle accident that took the life of 71 year old Cheryl Miller of Dietrich in December of 2017.  Miller was northbound on Highway 93 near Shoshone when Halberts vehicle drove over the center line striking her head on.  He was charged with DUI.  He will be sentenced December 16th in Jerome County.

46 year old Edward Wooldridge was sentenced earlier this week in Jerome on a charge of Lewd Conduct with a child.  Court documents say the abuse had taken place for more than 10 years.  He could spend up to 20 years in prison on the charge.

The first of four people convicted of attacking a Boise woman and leaving her for dead in the foothills has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.  30 year old Cody Baker pleaded guilty in April to aiding and abetting aggravated battery. Prosecutors said he stomped on the head of a 20-year-old woman and held her down while she was stabbed with a knife and broken bottle during the March attack. The victim survived her injuries, but had to drag herself 2 miles to get help.

35 year old Eric Eugene Junge, a day care worker at Mickey and Minnie’s Playhouse in Mountain Home has been charged with a felony after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child at the day care center.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has suspended the day care, which means it can’t operate.

If you have old unused pesticides, here’s your chance to have the Idaho State Department of Agriculture dispose of them properly.  Since 1993, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has safely collected and disposed of over 2.3 million pounds of unusable pesticides.  They will be in Burley at the BLM Tuesday September 24th and Wednesday September 25th at the twin Falls Canal Company.

22 year old Grant Stevenson of Nampa who is accused of threatening to set of bombs and release deadly nerve gas at an apartment complex has reached a plea deal.  Both sides have agreed to a 15 year prison sentence and no more than $125-thousand dollars in restitution. 


In local sports, Lonnie Ahlquist the activities director for Canyon Ridge High School has resigned.  Ahlquist requested that he be reassigned to a classroom position at the high school.  He said he has been unable to effectively manage his stress levels and need to step away from his responsibilities to heal.  He was a math teacher prior to taking the position in 2015.

Wendell High school will receive $10-thousand dollars from Riddell’s 2019 Smarter Football Program.  The school was one of 800 who applied and only 10 schools nationwide earned the grant.  Peyton Manning, one of the brand ambassadors, congratulated the Trojans with a video announcement on Tuesday. 

Week three of the Idaho High School Football media poll is out.  Gooding is out of the top five after their loss to Weiser.  Declo is back at number five in Class 2A.  Oakley and Valley is in first and second place for the Class 1A Division 1.  Lighthouse Christian is now in first place for Division 2 after their win over Carey last week. 


Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 71F. SE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional showers. Low 48F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Overcast with rain showers at times. Thunder possible. High 58F.  low of 41.  Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

FRIDAY:  Slight chance of showers, breezy and cool. High: 61. Low: 40.

SATURDAY:   Partly cloudy skies and slightly warmer. High: 65. Low: 42.

SUNDAY:  Increasing clouds through the day, and warmer. High: 72. Low: 47.

MONDAY:  Isolated showers with mostly cloudy skies. High: 71. Low: 45.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated showers. High: 73.

September 18th: On this day

Born on this day in Marietta, Georgia, was country singer Priscilla Mitchell. In the 1960s, with country singer Roy Drusky, she recorded a series of hits, their best-selling recordings being country music "cheating songs", including their biggest hit together, "Yes Mr. Peters", released in 1965, becoming #1 on the country charts.

Born on this day in Louisville, Mississippi, was Carl Jackson, country and bluegrass musician who played in Glen Campbell's band for 12 years. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled Spring Training. In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.

Johnny Lee was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Lookin' for Love". The song was part of the soundtrack to one of the year’s biggest movies, Urban Cowboy.

The seventh Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Deana Carter.

Willie Nelson and several of his band members were charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Louisiana after state police had pulled Nelson's tour bus over for a routine commercial inspection. Smelling a suspicious odor inside, police searched the bus and found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

Dwight Yoakam released the album 3 Pears. By the end of 2012, the album was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL's The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critic's "best of 2012" lists than any other artist in the country genre.

Dwight Yoakam was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards held in Nashville.

Tuesday 091719

21 year old Gramajo Reyes of Caldwell died in an early morning crash early yesterday morning when her car collided head on with another vehicle.  Idaho state police say 38 year old Weston Jones of Kimberly was southbound around 2:41 a.m. a half a mile north of the Idaho Nevada Border when he crossed the center line. 

Today is Idaho School Zone Safety day.  Governor Brad Little proclaimed the day asking traffic safety partners to spread the word to emphasize school zone enforcement.

An Idaho Falls woman was arrested after she allegedly admitted to beating, choking and biting her 2-year-old child.  28 year old Heather Hillcock took the boy to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center early yesterday morning.  Hillock was charged with felony injury to a child, punishable with up to 10 years in prison. Her bail was set at $50,000.

48 year old Todd Holbrook was injured Sunday when his vehicle caught fire after he led police on a chase across Rupert.  The 2000 Green Ford Expedition was destroyed by flames.  Authorities had tried to stop him because of a traffic violation. 

Today is Constitution day and the College of Southern Idaho is hosting a free lunch and film to observe the day.  Constitution Day celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and recognizes all who have become citizens.  The event is from noon to 2.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it’s considering a request from the U.S. Department of Energy to renew a license to store the radioactive debris from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  The core of a reactor south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, partially melted in 1979.

35 year old Eric Junge, a day care worker in Mountain Home, has been charged with a felony after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child at the day care center.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has suspended the day care.


In local sports, first to Volleyball where Shoshone shut out Glenns Ferry 3 to zip.  Then it was Carey 2 Shoshone 1 and Jackpot 3 over Twin Falls Christian Academy 0.

In Girls Soccer, Twin Falls won over Jerome 3 to 1 and Burley lost to Mountain Home 6 to 3. 

In Boys Soccer Jerome outlasted Twin Falls 1 to 0 and Wood River defeated Canyon Ridge 4 to 3.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 68F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 46F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Increasing clouds late and breezy. High: 68. Low: 43.

THURSDAY: Chance of rain and storms under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. High: 59. Low: 40.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High: 61. Low: 39.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 66. Low: 42.

SUNDAY: Increasing clouds through the day and warmer. High: 70. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Isolated AM showers, followed by decreasing clouds and breezy. High: 70.

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September 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Mount Olive, Alabama, was Hank Williams (born Hiram King Williams). The American singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked #1. During his last years Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life. Williams died aged 29 on January 1, 1953.

Born on this day was American musician, singer and songwriter Steve Sanders. He was best known as being the replacement for William Lee Golden, the baritone in The Oak Ridge Boys. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 10th 1998.

Johnny Cash made his first appearance on UK television when he appeared on Boy Meets Girl. Cash appeared solo, as his backing group the Tennessee Two who, under UK Musicicans Union rules, were not allowed to accompany Cash.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

Faron Young who has international success with "It's Four in the Morning" - was charged with assault for spanking a girl in the audience at a concert in Clarksburg, West Virginia after claiming she spat on him. Young appeared before a Wood County, West Virginia justice of the peace and was fined $24, plus $11 in court costs. It was the first in a string of incidents involving Young, whose increasingly bizarre behavior would begin overshadowing his success.

Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers. Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba's three-minute performance that night.

Born on this day, was Stephen Cochran American Country music singer and songwriter. In 2009 Stephen was named as a spokesman for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development. The VA and Cochran collaborated to produce a music video for Veterans who need help.

Country music star George Hamilton IV died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77. The singer and guitarist, who began performing as a teenager in the 1950s, had suffered a major heart attack a few days earlier. After an early foray into pop, Hamilton became a country stalwart, scoring 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s. He was inducted into Nashville's Grand Old Opry in 1960 and continued to work until shortly before he was taken ill.Bottom of Form

Monday 091619

Additional felony charges could be filed against two men who have been accused of impersonating federal agents during an attempted theft at the Twin Falls Walmart.  44 year old Aaron K. Altes and 38 year old Thomas Wildman were charged with burglary, impersonating officers and possession of a controlled substance.  Wildman also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

A panel of lawmakers formed to monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty and report back to the Legislature has created three subcommittees to examine federal lands, education, and health and welfare.  Republican Rep. Jason Monks, said the purpose of the Committee on Federalism is to find ways for the state to work more effectively with the federal government, and the breadth of that challenge is better met by forming subcommittees.

Steve Pankey a former candidate for Idaho governor says he’s under investigation in connection with the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl.  Pankey ran as a Constitution Party candidate for governor in 2014 and again as a Republican in the 2018 primary, is under investigation in the death of Jonelle Matthews, a Greeley girl who was reported missing on Dec. 20, 1984.

Search crews have recovered the body of 16-year-old Luis Diaz who went missing after falling over a waterfall on Elk Creek near Lewiston.  He was hiking with friends Sunday when he slipped and fell.

18 year old Tyler Rambo who was shot by police after a Fourth of July fireworks display has been arrested on murder and assault charges.  The warrant likely wasn’t served until this week because Rambo was recovering in the hospital from having parts of his legs amputated due to injuries from the shooting.

How much does it cost to own a vehicle in Idaho? Triple A said you would be surprised: Over 92-hundred dollars a year.  That’s the highest cost since AAA has been tracking expenses starting in 1950.  The price tag includes insurance, loans, fuel and maintenance.


Following their win over Portland state the Boise State Bronco’s are now ranked 20th in the polls.  Boise State took the win from Portland State on Saturday night 45-10.  The broncos have moved up two spots.  While the Broncos have yet to play a ranked team this season, that might change as the Bringham Young Cougars received votes in both polls after they beat the PAC-12's USC Trojans 30-27 in overtime in Provo. USC (2-1) entered the game No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.  Boise State plays BYU in Provo on Saturday, October 19. The Broncos lead the rivalry 7-2, but Boise State's two losses to the Cougars both happened at LaVell Edwards Stadium.


Today:  Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High 82F. WSW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy after midnight. Low 49F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with a chance of a.m. rain showers.   High: 65 Low: 45

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain showers.  High: 68 Low: 45

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in both regions. High: 64 Low: 43

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in both regions. High: 60 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 66 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny.  High: 72.

September 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Hampton, Arkansas, was Wood Newton, songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1978 and 1979, Newton charted the singles "Last Exit for Love", "Lock, Stock & Barrel" and "Julie (Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?)". He later became a songwriter for other artists, with his credits including Razzy Bailey's #1 single "Midnight Hauler".

Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was David Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit "Let Your Love Flow" in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.

John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country), and "Sweet Surrender" (#13 pop, #1 AC). In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.

Sheb Wooley the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" died in Nashville, Tennessee. He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide.

A total of 30 artists gather to record "Forever Country", a single released in honor of the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. The track featured Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and others. The song debuted at #1 the week of October 8, the third song to do so since its inception in 2012.