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MONDAY 031819

Authorities continue to investigate two separate accidents that occurred over the weekend.  On Saturday morning around 6:30, 26 year old Jessie Otton of Twin Falls was northbound on State Highway 46 when she collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 21 year old Daniel Ortez of Wendell.  Police say Ortiz fell asleep at the wheel.  Otton died at the  scene Then on Sunday just before 1 am in the morning a car was traveling the wrong way on the freeway near the Wendell exit.  The unknown driver crashed with a car near the Tuttle Exit just after 1.  The driver and his passenger fled the scene on foot. 

The parents of a 3-year-old child who died a few days after a mass stabbing at a Boise apartment complex last June, don’t want to see the man charged in the violent crime be allowed to change his name before he’s tried in the case.  31 year old Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. who is charged with first-degree murder and eight counts of felony aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing and slashing of eight others, is seeking to change his name to “Eternal Love.”   In their motion the parents said that  Kinner has not raised any “meaningful reason” for seeking a name change, according to their motion.

The House has voted along party lines to lower the legal age to 18 to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Idaho cities.  In 2016, Idaho passed a constitutional carry bill that allows someone 18 or older to, without a permit, conceal-carry firearms anywhere in the state. That came with an exception that 18- to 20-year-olds could not carry a concealed handgun within city limits.  Under the proposed law, that exception would go away.

At tonight’s Twin Falls city council meeting a request has been made to enter into contract with Teton Communications for a trunked 2-way radio system that would cost 670-thousand 720 dollars.  The system will provide a new radio system for the City’s Police and Fire departments.

Another Item on the City Council agenda is to approve an increase in Building height for a Hotel near the canyon rim.  If approved the structure could be up to 60 feet tall.  The property is located at 2151 Fillmore Street.

Officials with the Bureau of Reclamation say the Upper Snake Reservoir System is setting at 86-percent full.  They plan to release more water today from the Palisades, American Falls and Minidoka Dams.  More discharge is expected from the same reservoirs in the middle of the week, officials say.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 59F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 32F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High near 60F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny  High: 59 Low: 34   Mountains: 54 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 58 Low: 36   Mountains: 51 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.

High: 60 Low: 37  Mountains: 50 Low: 32

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 58 Low: 37   Mountains: 49 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 54 Mountains: 48

SPORTS

In sports from the area, CSI splits a doubleheader with Snow College over the weekend.  In the first game the Badgers beat the eagles 13 to 3.  In the next game the eagles toppled snow 14 to 5.

From the Century Link Arena in Boise over the weekend, Montana beat Eastern Washington for second straight Big Sky Conference win.  Now Montana awaits its seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

March 18th: On this day

1938

Born on this day in Sledge, Mississippi, was Charley Pride who has had thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the 1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. Pride became the first Black country musician to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Over the past thirty years, Pride has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hit singles, with over 70 million albums sold.

1943

Born on this day, was Dennis Linde, best known for writing the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, "Burning Love". Linde wrote numerous hit songs for mainly country music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy Drusky in 1970. In 2000, his song for the Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl", stirred some controversy for its take on spousal abuse. Linde also wrote tunes that were recorded by Tanya Tucker, Gary Morris, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on December 22, 2006 aged 63.

1965

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles charts with "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" which became one of Owens' signature songs and showcases of the Bakersfield sound in the genre. Owens got the idea for the song after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

1971

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the Country album charts with Rose Garden. It remained at the top of the charts for 14 weeks, the longest run at the top of that chart for any country female vocalist until Shania Twain's The Woman in Me) album in 1995.

1980

Taken from the soundtrack to The Electric Horseman, Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was first recorded on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws.

1990

Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

2008

Taylor Swift the eponymous debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US country chart. The album was released on October 24, 2006 when Swift was just 16 years old, by Big Machine Records. Swift wrote songs for the album during her freshman year of high school.

2010

On her Fearless US tour, Taylor Swift played the first of two nights at the Wachovia Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FRIDAY 031519

Jeremy Presnell, the Jerome City Fire Chief is on Paid Administrative leave.  According to City Administrator Mike Williams Presnell was placed on leave  March 6th.  Mike Harrison the Assistant Chief, is leading the department.  No word on why the action was taken or when or if he will return.

The Shoshone Falls Grade in Twin Falls is open.  Earlier this week it was closed due to the mist from the falls freezing on the steep roadway.  Several vehicles had become stranded at the bottom of the grade.

29 year old Jacob Coomer of Southside Tennessee who was being escorted to Twin Falls County ran from sheriff deputies at the Boise Airport yesterday.  He was handcuffed at the time and was quickly caught with help from the Boise Police Department.

Authorities in Jerome are searching for those involved in vandalizing the newly installed gate at the cemetery.  A Post to city employee Walt Appell’s facebook page indicates the vehicle was damaged judging from the amount of parts left behind after destroying one of the gates.  Call the police if you can assist in the investigation.

Idahoans have more than 5 million dollars in unclaimed tax refunds.  That’s the portion of 1-point 4 billion dollars and 1.2 million taxpayers that did not file a 2015 form 1040 tax return.  To collect, you must file no later than Monday April 15th.

Eden residents should know sometime today if they need to keep boiling their water.  Officials there are waiting for the second round of test results to confirm the water is safe to drink.

A recount in Canyon county has been planned.  Officials say this will be for the Vallivue school district’s $65.3 million bond that barely received approval.  Unofficial results showed that the bond received 66.71 percent of the vote.  They needed 66-point 67 percent for a super-majority in favor.  The recount is sent to take place next week.

SPORTS

In sports from the big sky conference at the centurylink arena in Boise a spot in the Big Sky championship game is up for grabs as Southern Utah and Eastern Washington are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece.  Southern Utah will play Eastern Washington tonight at 7.

Mason Peatling had 28 points plus 14 rebounds as Eastern Washington got past Montana State 90-84 in the quarterfinals last night. Cody Benzel added 22 points for the Eagles.

Cameron Oluyitan scored 18 points as Southern Utah beat Northern Colorado 83-64. Jacob Calloway added 17 points for the Thunderbirds, while Dre Marin chipped in 15.

Jerrick Harding had 23 points as Weber State topped Portland State 81-71. Cody John had 17 points for Weber State. Brekkott Chapman added 12 points and eight rebounds. Michal Kozak had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Weber State.

Michael Oguine scored 19 points as Montana topped Sacramento State 79-73. Ahmaad Rorie added 17 points for the Grizzlies, while Sayeed Pridgett chipped in 16.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy skies. High 43F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low near 25F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies.  Magic Valley: High: 53 Low: 29 (Wood River Valley: High: 45 Low: 22)

  1. PATRICK’S DAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. Magic Valley: High: 56 Low: 31 (Wood River Valley: High: 48 Low: 25)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 57 Low: 32 (Wood River Valley: High: 50 Low: 26)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and mild. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.

Magic Valley: High: 60 Low: 34 (Wood River Valley: High: 52 Low: 28)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and mild WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 61 (Wood River Valley: High: 53)

March 15th: On this day

1927
Born on this day in Maynardville, Tennessee was Carl Smith, better known as "Mister Country". Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row. Smith died on January 16, 2010.

1966
At this years Grammy Awards at Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, Roger Miller won six Awards, five of them related to his hit "King of the Road". The Best New Country & Western Artist went to The Statler Brothers.

1968
The Byrds’ record label, Columbia Records, had arranged for the group to be allowed to perform at the Ryman Auditorium, however, when the band took the stage the audience's response was immediately hostile, resulting in derisive heckling, booing and mocking calls of "tweet, tweet." The Byrds further outraged the Opry establishment by breaking with accepted protocol when they performed Parsons' song "Hickory Wind" instead of the Merle Haggard song "Life in Prison", as had been announced by Tompall Glaser.

1970
Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country chart with "The Fightin' Side of Me." It was released in December 1969 as the first single and title track from the album The Fightin' Side of Me. The song became one of the most famous of his career.

1972
Country music winners at the 14th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Sammi Smith for "Help Me Make It Through the Night", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male Jerry Reed for "When You're Hot, You're Hot", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty for "After the Fire Is Gone", Best Country Instrumental Performance Chet Atkins for "Snowbird" and Best Country Song, Kris Kristofferson (songwriter) for "Help Me Make It Through the Night" performed by Sammi Smith.

1982
Alabama were at #1 on the Country album chart with Mountain Music, their award-winning third studio album. A crossover success, it ranked well as an album on both country and pop charts and launched singles that were successful in several markets. This was Alabama's most successful non-compilation album.

2008
When appearing at the Grand Ole Opry Randy Travis surprised Carrie Underwood on the stage of the Opry with an invitation to become the next member.

2011
Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the Country chart with Need You Now, their second studio album. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.Bottom of Form

THURSDAY 031419

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke says he doesn't have enough votes to pass either a basic Medicaid expansion bill or a Medicaid expansion bill that includes work requirements, and it could be weeks before a compromise is found.  Voters authorized Medicaid expansion in November through an initiative called Proposition 2 after years of inaction by the Legislature.

Tom Bowman is the interim Fire Chief for the Ketchum Fire Department.  He has more than 30 years of public service in Blaine County.  Bowman has been a former county planning and zoning commissioner and served as a volunteer for the fire department since 1984. 

A bill to determine why so many Idaho women die while pregnant or from childbirth-related complications is headed to the governor’s desk.  Idaho’s maternal death rate is slightly higher than the national average.  If Gov. Brad Little signs the bill into law, the panel will be expected to gather data about maternal deaths and make recommendations about how to reduce such deaths.

Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake parks are closed to vehicles beyond the ticket booth because of the wind blowing a mist from the falls onto the roadway that freezes.  Pedestrians are asked to avoid the area as well.

Three men have been arrested in north-central Idaho on suspicion of cashing phony lottery tickets.  Lucas S. Chane and John W. Day of Spokane, Washington and Rodney K. Olson of Post Falls, Idaho, were arrested and charged with felony possession of counterfeit state lottery tickets after police received reports that some men were cashing in fake tickets at two Lewiston businesses.

Idaho State Police has identified the man accused of causing a string of crashes in Meridian and Boise Tuesday morning.  Twenty-year-old Daniel C. Edison of Nampa has been cited for DUI, and more charges are pending, according to police.  Edison, who was injured in the final wreck, remains at Saint Alphonsus.  Edison is currently listed in fair condition.  He is responsible for a series of hit and runs ending up in a multiple-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Cole and Emerald at 7:02 a.m.

SPORTS

In sports closer to home, Tyler Hall had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Montana State narrowly beat Idaho 75-71 in the first round of the Big Sky Conference tournament.  Another game from yesterday, Andre Adams matched his career high with 23 points as Southern Utah topped Idaho State 94-80 in the first round of the tournament.

In one other game from the tournament in Boise, Marcus Graves hit a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and four steals to help Sacramento State beat Northern Arizona 72-60.

WEATHER

Today:  Windy and becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High near 40F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Gusty winds diminishing after midnight. Low near 25F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. Winds: East 3-8 mph. Valleys - High: 47 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 17

SATURDAY: Sunny skies. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 54 Low: 31 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 24

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 24

TUESDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 53 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 28

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March 14th: On this day

1945
Born on this day, was Michael Martin Murphey, singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy nominee, Murphey has six gold albums, including Cowboy Songs, the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs by Marty Robbins in 1959. Known for the hit singles "Wildfire", "Carolina in the Pines", "What's Forever For", "A Long Line of Love", "What She Wants", and "Don't Count the Rainy Days". Murphey is also the author of New Mexico's state ballad, "The Land of Enchantment".

1972
California governor Ronald Reagan granted Country singer Merle Haggard a full pardon for all his past crimes. Haggard was arrested for attempting to rob a Bakersfield tavern in 1957 and was sent to the San Quentin state prison for three years.

1981
The final showing of Live From The Grand Ole Opry on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was aired. The show actually went beyond the televised segment, but the show was ended with a clip of Marty Robbins singing "El Paso" (a song he used to close out his Opry segment at midnight) from the year before.

1992
The fifth Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas. 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: Arlo Guthrie, Kentucky Headhunters, Texas Tornadoes, Bandaloo Doctors, Bonnie Raitt, Little Village, Tracy Chapman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Highwaymen, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Van Shelton, and Willie Nelson.

2003
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines issued an apology after she made a comment about United States President George W. Bush regarding the current situation in Iraq: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American."

2013
American country musician Jack Greene died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83 in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicknamed the "Jolly Greene Giant" due to his height and deep voice, Greene was a long time member of the Grand Ole Opry. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Greene is best known for his 1966 hit, "There Goes My Everything". The song dominated the Country music charts for nearly two months in 1967 and earned Greene "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Single of the Year", "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year." Greene had a total of #1 country hits.

2015
Eric Church was granted a temporary restraining order that allowed for the seizure of counterfeit merchandise on sale outside his shows. These included any bootleg T-shirts and other Church-related memorabilia. The specifics of the restraining order targeted fake merch sold within a five-mile radius of the tour's venues within a 24-hour period of the performance.Bottom of Form

WEDNESDAY 031319

No! That’s what voters told school districts with the three largest school bonds.  Cassia County, Filer and Minidoka County all were defeated.  Jerome’s 2-year 800-thousand dollar annual levy passed as did the Twin Falls 2-year 5-million dollar annual supplemental levy.  Murtaugh voters also sed yes to a 2-million dollar bond for an athletic complex and Gooding, Camas County and Hansen districts all passed their levies.

If you are in the City of Eden, boil your water.  This is the warning from the  city hall after a generator failed around 3 pm yesterday afternoon.  The DEQ will be monitoring the situation.

The price per vehicle visiting the Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake Park will be going up.  The Twin Falls City Council approved the increase in cost from $3 to $5 with a 5 to 0 vote.  Park maintance and road repair highlight what the increase will pay for.

Officials in Ketchum are asking building owners to remove snow from roofs and overhanging icicles.  The Mayor said it’s a safety issue.  The extra snow could cause flooding issues and the overhang could fall on an unsuspecting individual.

The House Education Committee killed a teacher pipeline bill sponsored by Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, Monday morning.  It would have created a grow-your-own program to encourage paraprofessionals or classified staff members to earn a teaching certificate.

Could a five story apartment complex overseeing the center of downtown Twin Falls be built in the near future?  That’s what a Ketchum-Based developer wants to construct.  Each apartment would include 18-hundred squre feet of living space, elevator and rooftop access, a deck and two parking spaces.  Each apartment will cost $650-thousand.  In all the building will be $6.5 million.

The Idaho Senate overwhelmingly approved the proposed 2020 budget for Medicaid expansion in a 31-3 vote on Monday.  The measure now moves on to the House where the vote is expected to be much closer.  The budget authorizes $2.83 billion in total funding for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Medicaid Division.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area Portland State is set to take on Weber State in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Jan. 31, when the Vikings shot 43.9 percent from the field en route to a 76-75 victory. Big Sky Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, CenturyLink Arena, Boise tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

WEATHER

Today:  Strong gusty winds, mix of sun and clouds and chilly - chance of isolated snow showers. Winds: West 20-30 mph Gust 40-50 mph. Highs - Valleys: 40 Mountains: 33

Tonight:  Periods of rain and snow and windy this evening. Mostly clear and windy overnight. Low 27F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy and windy. High near 40F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 47 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 19

SATURDAY: Sunny and warmer. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 54 Low: 30 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 23

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 24

TUESDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 53 Low: 26

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March 13th: On this day

1930
Born on this day in West Plains, Missouri, was Jan Howard country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. Howard's biggest hit and signature song is the 1966 country hit "Evil on Your Mind", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts.

1963
Born on this day in Doniphan, Missouri, was Billy Yates, singer, songwriter. Yates co-wrote George Jones' singles "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" and "Choices".

1972
Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Dick Clark from Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Freddie Hart, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Barbara Mandell, Top Television Personality of the Year - Glen Campbell and Song of the Year - Freddie Hart "Easy Lovin'".

1975
George Jones and Tammy Wynette divoced after 6 years of marrage. The couple had married in 1969.

1980
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", the title of a song from the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, (starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack). Written by Sharon Vaughn, it become his fifth #1.

1987
George Strait was at #1 on the country chart with Ocean Front Property, his seventh studio album and Strait's first to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. It was ranked #5 on CMT's list of 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music in 2006.

2005
Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Feels Like Today, which as now sold over 5m copies in the US alone.

2012
Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US County chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from the album; "Just a Kiss", "We Owned the Night", "Dancin' Away with My Heart" and "Wanted You More".

2015
A Woodstock woman took out legal action suing Willie Nelson saying the lyrics of a song on his Heroes album were “substantially and strikingly similar” to one written by her and her partner. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta by Ashley Wilson and the estate of Mark Reynolds contended Nelson’s 2012 “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” was written by Wilson and Reynolds in 1990 and was performed by Reynolds in the 1990s and played on Georgia radio. The lawsuit accused Nelson, his four listed co-authors and record companies of copyright infringement with their version of the cannabis-loving song.Bottom of Form

TUESDAY 031219

A 5-year old boy was flown to St. Alphonsus in Boise after a snowmobile crash Sunday afternoon.  35 year year old Jesus Gilberto Munoz Jimenez of Bellevue said he was riding a snowmobile with the boy when the child accidently grabbed onto the throttle launching the snowmobile airborne from a snowbank.  The crash happened along Croy Creek Road west of Hailey. 

An ISP officer was injured late yesterday morning during a high speed chase that resulted in Interstate 15 being temporarily shut down near Inkom.  Unconfirmed reports say the trooper suffered a broken hand.  The suspect was arrested without incident. 

Opponents of a bill that would make it far more difficult to get a voter initiative on the Idaho ballot packed a Statehouse auditorium Monday, but only a few got a chance to speak to a state Senate panel.  The legislation would require those seeking ballot initiatives to get signatures from 10 percent of registered voters in 32 of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. The current rules require signatures from 6 percent of voters in 18 districts.

Today is Election Day with 9 Magic Valley school districts hoping patrons will approve millions of dollars in funding.  Cassia County hopes to pass a $56.7 million bond that would increase taxes $144 for every $100-thousand of taxable value.  Minidoka county schools say they need $21-million.  Twin Falls is asking for a two year $5-million dollar annual supplemental levy.  Filer is asking for $9.9 million, Murtaugh 2-million and Jerome is presenting a request for a two year $800-thousand  dollar annual levy.  Gooding, Camas and Hansen all have 2 year levy requests.  $650-thousand for Gooding, 300-thousand in Camas and $290-thousasnd in Hansen.  Polls will be open from 8 am to 8 pm.

The truck that crashed on Friday evening that caused I-90 to close for several hours was carrying missiles.  A semi-truck carrying 16 missiles weighing 2,000 pounds each crashed on I-90 near the Huetter rest area.  The driver accidentally drove into the hazmat containment area of the port of entry instead of the interstate on ramp. 

An Idaho man sentenced to probation in a traffic crash that killed a pedestrian has been arrested on a suspected probation violation.  43-year-old Adam Poulson of Eagle was arrested Friday. He’s accused of attempting to tamper with an ankle bracket that monitors blood alcohol content.

SPORTS

In sports from around  Idaho, For the first time in three years, the College of Southern Idaho Men's Basketball team will miss the NJCAA national tournament. This, after finishing second in the nation last March.  The NJCAA held its Selection Show yesterday morning and the announcers named off all 24 available seeds. Some argue there should be 32 teams, especially since the top eight seeds get first round byes and not even No. 16 Snow College who won the Region 18 tournament will go, since they fell to Arizona Western in the district playoff game.

Idaho is set to take on Montana State in the first round of the Big Sky tournament. In the regular season, Montana State won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played on Feb. 9, when the Bobcats outshot Idaho 54 percent to 50.9 percent and hit 22 more foul shots on the way to the 14-point victory. The Big Sky Conference Tourney First Round, CenturyLink Arena tomorrow in Boise, game time 1:30 p.m.

Idaho State and Southern Utah are prepared to match up in the first round of the Big Sky tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last went at it on Feb. 9, when the Thunderbirds shot 50 percent from the field while limiting Idaho State to just 41.9 percent en route to a 78-72 victory.  That game also at the CenturyLink Arena inBoise tomorrow with game time at 11 a.m.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny this morning then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. Chance of rain and snow in the valleys, with mountain snow showers. Winds: E-NNW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 51 Mountains: 36

Tonight:  Windy. A mixture of rain and snow this evening. Then clearing overnight. Low 27F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 41F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 42 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 39 Low: 15

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 28 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 20

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Valleys - High: 51 Low: 30 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 22

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 24

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 26

March 12th: On this day

1938
Born on this day, was Lew DeWitt, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 1984 US Country #1 hit "Elizabeth". DeWitt who had suffered from from Crohn's disease died on 15th August 1990.

1969
Country music winners at the 11th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Jeannie C. Riley for "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Johnny Cash for "Folsom Prison Blues", Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental - Flatt & Scruggs for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", and Best Country Song - Bobby Russell (songwriter) for "Little Green Apples" performed by Roger Miller / O.C. Smith.

1975
The divorce of George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalized. Wynette took custody of their only child, Tamala and kept their home on Franklin Road in Nashville. Three of their duets (“We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You”) ended up as #1 hits, two of which were recorded after their divorce in 1974.

1991
Alan Jackson scored his first #1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with "I'd Love You All Over Again.” The song was written by Alan for his wife, Denise in a hotel room in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on a rainy evening.

2006
After having successful test runs in outside cities, Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical of the Johnny Cash oeuvre, debuted on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, but closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April 30 of this year.

MONDAY 031119

Authorities say a Chubbuck man is facing up to 10 years in prison after they say they found a child in the man’s home living in disturbing conditions.  46 year old Donald Maberry has been charged with felony injury to a child.  Police say the home had no water, sewer services or electricity and some of the windows were broken making the temperature inside the same as outside. 

What started out as a dollar a car could possibly rise to $5 if the Twin Falls Parks and Recreation convince the city council to pass their request to raise the entrance fee to the Shoshone Falls Park at tonight’s meeting.  The Park sees over 100-thousand visitors and the parks department said there is some maintenance needs for the roads and parking lots.

Dairymen are seeing better numbers for milk production. Dairy cows are expected to produce one and a half percent more milk than they did in the year 2018.  Rick Naerbout of the Idaho Dairymen's Association said it's good news that dairy farmers are expanding but that it also highlights the overproduction the industry is grappling with.  

Idaho's individual income tax returns came in higher than expected in February, marking the first time that's happened since the start of the fiscal year.  State tax officials have said that individual tax receipts will likely catch up with expectations, as April 15 nears and Idaho residents file tax returns along with checks for what they still owe.

Construction continues in Rupert’s town square.  Officials say the second and third stage will include the extension of all corners around the square.  Sidewalks will also be widened.  Phase three adds a clock in front of the Wilson Theater.  Construction is expected to be completed by mid-June.

A Nampa man is behind bars after sparking a bomb scare in a Nampa Neighborhood.  22 year old Grant Charles Stevenson faces a felony charge of terrorism and misdemeanor second degree stalking.  A terrorism conviction carries a possible life sentence.

SPORTS

In sports from around the region, the 43rd annual CSI intercollegiate rodeo is in the history books.  The two day rodeo at the CSI expo center saw several wins for CSI.  The college took top honors in The bareback riding with Bronc Marriott picking up 146 points.  Russell Kay won the Saddle Bronc buckle with 124 points.  The men’s team ranks first in the National standings and the Women’s team fifth.

Four brothers who grew up in Nampa are building a youth sports complex in their hometown.  The $3 million center in Nampa, to be called Mettle Sports, will open later this year.  Klint and Kim Keller own dental offices in Nampa. Troy Keller is an attorney in Salt Lake City. Brett Keller is CEO of Priceline.com.  The 33,000-square-foot complex will feature four full-sized basketball courts, a dance studio, and a speed and agility center.

Kelvin Jones scored seven points in the final three minutes to lift Idaho State past Idaho, 70-68, in the Big Sky Conference regular season finale Saturday night.  Idaho State advances to the Big Sky Conference Tournament as the No. 10 seed and will play a first-round game Wednesday. Idaho is the No. 11 seed and will also play Wednesday.

Derrick Alston scored 22 points, Zach Haney added 20 points and Boise State defeated Air Force 80-52 on Saturday.  The Broncos took a 45-24 halftime lead by shooting 57 percent from the floor and making 7 of 16 3-pointers.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and slightly breezy in the Wood River Valley.   Winds: Light and variable. Mountains: NW 7-13 mph, gust up to 21 mph  High: 45 Mountains: 38.

Tonight:  Clear skies.   Winds: Light and variable. Mountains: SW 5-15 mph, gust up to 22 mph  Low: 27 Mountains: 14

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon.  Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph, becoming W and increasing to 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.  Chance of p.m. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 48 Low: 27   Mountains: 37 Low: 19

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley.  High: 40 Low: 25   Mountains: 34 Low: 13

THURSDAY: Sunny  High: 44 Low: 26   Mountains: 35 Low: 17

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 49 Low: 29   Mountains: 40 Low: 22

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 51 Low: 32  Mountains: 42 Low: 23

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 56 Mountains: 46

March 11th: On this day

1911
Born on this day in Comanche County, Texas, was Cowboy Slim Rinehart. He was among the first of the "Singing cowboys" of the 1930s and 40s (whose ranks included Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers among others). He died on October 28, 1948 in Michigan in a car accident. Rinehart was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in October 1996, in recognition of his being a pioneer of the Texas music scene.

1955
Born on this day, was Jimmy Fortune, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits ‘Elizabeth’ and “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine”.

1970
Country music winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash, Best Albums Notes went to Johnny Cash (for Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline) and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female went to Tammy Wynette for “Stand By Your Man.”

1980
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music charts with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman. The song gave Nelson his fifth #1 on the country chart.

1990
Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with RVS III. Hit singles released from the album were "Statue of a Fool" (#2), "I've Cried My Last Tear for You"(#1), "I Meant Every Word He Said" (#2), and "Life's Little Ups and Downs" (#4).

2015
Emmylou Harris was named as one of the two 2015 Laureates to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize for music," each year recognizes one Laureate from contemporary music and one from the classical world.