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Monday 072020

Nearly 25,000 people returned to work in June as Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%, according to the Idaho department of labor.  The Labor Department says that for June, the number of unemployed Idahoans dropped to about 50,000. The agency also said that the number of workers with jobs rose to about 842,000, a nearly 5% increase from May.

An initial surge of coronavirus infections after young adults ignored social distancing and didn’t wear face coverings when the state started reopening is now playing out among older generations who subsequently became infected and are being hospitalized.  At last check there were 153 patients hospitalized with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

By the numbers, Idaho health officials reported 571 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the state total to 14,873 cases and 119 deaths respectively. To-date 4,149 people are considered recovered from the virus.

School districts are working hard to plan the fall return of students.  Many will return to the classrooms but others will avoid the COVID 19 exposure by attending a Virtual Schoolhouse.  Twin Falls revealed a draft plan for reopening school on August 19th that included home schooling.  Jerome and Cassia counties are working on a similar plan.  Students will need a learning space in the home and reliable internet along with a school provided laptop and scanning device for printed documents. 

A wildfire is burning in heavy brush and grass about 7 miles of Davis Mountain on the west side of the Dempsey Meadow drainage.  The Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management estimated the fire was about 6 acres and should be under control about 6 p.m. tonight.

A judge has lowered Lori Vallow-Daybell's bond for three misdemeanor charges to $150,000, from the original bond of $1 million. She pleaded guilty to charges of resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. Vallow-Daybell still faces felony charges of destroying, altering or concealing evidence in Fremont County. The bond for those charges remains at $1 million.


Colleges in Idaho continue to plan for what this season’s sports schedule is going to look like.  The Cascade Collegiate Conference Council of Presidents announced that the upcoming fall 2020 sports schedule will be moved to Spring 2020.  As a result of the decision, College of Idaho's men and women soccer, cross country, golf and volleyball programs will be transitioned to the spring season.

Fall sports at Northwest Nazarene have officially been postponed to the spring.  The Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced that it is suspending all intercollegiate athletic competition through Nov. 30, citing the health and safety of student-athletes due to COVID-19. Over the next few months, league officials said they will monitor developments related to the pandemic. On Oct. 15 they will then provide an update about competition scheduled after Nov. 30.


Today:  Sunny. High 94F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 95. Low: 66.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 94. Low: 64.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 92. Low: 61.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 91. Low: 61.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 92. Low: 62.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 91.

July 20th: On this day

Born on this day near Mexia east of Waco, Texas, was Cindy Walker the prolific American songwriter, singer who wrote hits such as "Distant Drums", "Bubbles in My Beer", "Cherokee Maiden" and "You Don't Know Me". Walker who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2011 also had the 1944 hit with "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again".

Born on this day in Humboldt, Tennessee, was T. G. Sheppard, (born Billy Neal Browder), country music singer, who had 15 #1 hits during the 1970s and 1980s. Sheppard owned a small chain of now-defunct restaurants under the name of "T.G.'s North of the Border Cafe and Cantina," in Gatlinburg and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California was singer-songwriter Kim Carnes. Successes as a songwriter include co-writing the #1 duet "The Heart Won't Lie" with Donna Weiss, recorded by Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, and co-writing the songs for Kenny Rogers' 1980 concept album Gideon.

Born on this day in Del Rio, Texas, was Radney Foster, singer-songwriter and music producer. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the country charts with "Folsom Prison Blues" Cash had performed the song at Folsom Prison itself on January 13, 1968 and this version was eventually released on the At Folsom Prison album.

Born on this day in Orem, Utah, was Julianne Hough, professional ballroom dancer, (she is a two-time professional champion of ABC's Dancing with the Stars), country music singer, and actress. Her 2008 self-titled debut album debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

For the first time in her career, Reba McEntire received a double-platinum album, marking two million units shipped of For My Broken Heart. It was the first album recorded after an airplane crash which killed most of the members of her touring band.

Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country album chart with Welcome to the Fishbowl. The album's title came from a conversation Chesney had with his football-playing friends. Chesney told USA Today that when one said, "I didn't realize your life was like this," he replied, "Hey, man, welcome to the fishbowl."

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton announced that they were divorcing after four years of marriage.

Friday 071720

Crews from the Twin Falls fire department battled a structure fire yesterday morning that left one person homeless.  The fire reported just after 11am in the 400 block of Diamond Avenue was caused by an overheated exhaust fan in the bathroom.  When crews arrived they reported flames shooting from the roof.

Idaho Schools will have the opportunity to receive two streams of federal funding designed to help them navigate the pandemic and begin the next school year with the tools and resources necessary to deliver blended learning. Schools will be offered $30 million from the governor’s Idaho Rebounds Coronavirus Relief Fund and $3.8 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

A lawsuit filed against Republican Gov. Brad Little and other state officials could upend plans for distributing $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money the state received from the U.S. government.  Bonner County contends that Treasury Department guidelines require the state to simply distribute the rescue money to cities and counties based on population.

South Central Public Health is seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases contracted in public areas.  The district says the trend is in Cassia, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.  While the health board decided not to issue a mandate for the public to wear masks it is highly encouraged. However, a new study shows Idahoans are some of the least likely to wear a mask while in public.

Several federal Migrant and Seasonal head Start centers shut down this week because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.  Those who have closed include Burley, Mountain Home, Weiser and Caldwell.  All had children or workers test positive for COVID-19.

The Trump administration has issued a directive that will make it hard for the gem state to keep track of how many COVID-19 Patients are hospitalized around the state and how many beds and ventilators are available.  Health and Welfare’s most recent data showed 153 hospitalized in Idaho with COVID-19 on July 13.


In sports from around Idaho, guidelines were issued yesterday to start the sports programs for the upcoming school year.  Every school that hosts must have a plan in place for fans and teams. Also, be able to handle positive COVID-19 cases involving a coach or player.  If a school has to close, there will not be practice, training or competition in that school or the district.

For the fifth time, Boise State features a football player on a national watch list.  Khalil Shakir finds himself on the Fred Biletnikoff Award Watch List.  The award honors the best receiver in the country.  Last year he earned all-Mountain West honorable mention honors, leading the Broncos with 63 receptions and ranked eighth in the conference with 872 receiving yards.

College football.  With COVID-19 it’s still on shaky ground as Boise State announced requirements for entering Albertson’s Stadium.  Facial coverings will be required and there will be a no-bag policy except for diaper bags and medical items.  The tailgate zone will be open for individual tailgate tent sales only, but the general public fan zone will be closed.


Today:  Sunshine. High 97F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low around 65F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and breezy. High: 90. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 91. Low: 59.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 93. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hotter. High: 95. Low: 64.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. High: 96. Low: 65.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 96.

July 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia was Woodrow Wilson Sovine better known as Red Sovine, the country music singer associated with truck driving songs. The most famous example is his 1976 #1 hit "Teddy Bear". He was killed on April 4, 1980 after he suffered a heart attack while driving his Ford van in Nashville, which caused him to crash.

Johnny Cash recorded his final session for Sun Records, recording two tracks; "Down The Street To 301" and "I Forgot To Remember To Forget."

Born on this day in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, was Craig Morgan country music singer, songwriter. A veteran of the United States Army, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 releasing his self-titled debut album. In 2005 he scored "That's What I Love About Sunday," which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts.

Guitarist and fiddle player Don Rich, a member of Buck Owens' backing band, The Buckaroos, was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Route 99 north of Bakersfield, California, he was 32.

A Russian language version of Conway Twitty's 1970 hit, "Hello Darlin'" was broadcast to a worldwide audience as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The song, which in Russian was called "Privet Radost," was seen as a "gesture of goodwill" from the Apollo crew to the Soviet Union's Soyuz crew. Twitty had worked with a language professor from the University of Oklahoma to record the phonetic Russian version of the song.

Born on this day, Luke Bryan, country singer, songwriter who began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Had the #1 singles "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby".

Tim McGraw released "My Next Thirty Years" as the fifth single from McGraw's A Place in the Sun album. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

Dolly Parton kicked off her Better Day World Tour at the Thompson–Boling Arena in Knoxville. With nearly 275,000 tickets sold, the 49 date tour which saw Parton playing in the US, Europe and Australia grossed $34m.

Alan Jackson released his twentieth studio album Angels and Alcohol via Alan's Country Records and EMI Nashville. This became Jackson's eleventh Country #1 album.

Thursday 071620

While healthcare leaders from the five largest medical care providers pleaded for a statewide mask mandate this week the South Central Public Health District voted yesterday to not mandate masks.  But district officials say they strongly encourage the use.  Meanwhile, Governor Little has said he has no plans for a state wide mask mandate at this time.

Many Idaho parents who want their children to attend school online during the coronavirus pandemic can get computer equipment and even lunches provided by their school district. But they will need to supply plenty of one commodity on their own: time.  Parents should expect to spend about four hours a day guiding grade school students and older students will need about two hours of daily parental involvement.

The Magic Valley Arts council announced yesterday they are canceling the annual Art in the Park festivities this year due to COVID-19.  This would have been the 61st consecutive year for Art in the Park and the second year for Arts and Eats. They are planning an online event for the children.

U.S. fuel demand recently hit its highest level since March at 8.7 million barrels per day, but most Americans didn’t feel it at the pump.  According to AAA, falling fuel supplies weren’t enough to seriously impact gas prices this week.  The national average went up by just two cents to $2.20 per gallon, while Idaho gas prices have held at $2.35 since the beginning of July.  Both are significant savings from a year ago.

The Magic Valley Regional Airport will again offer three flights daily to the Salt Lake City International Airport, and two flights daily on Saturdays, beginning August 1.  The additional flight is part of Delta’s plan to meet the recovering demand, and to return to normal flight schedules.

Some Heyburn residents are organizing an effort to recall the town’s mayor. Some say Mayor Mark Rosa has created a bully culture at the city offices.  They say he has refused to listen to citizens and overstepped his financial authority.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put on hold a district court order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot.  The governor filed the appeal after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his request to stay the order until the appeals court ruled on the merits of the case.


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

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

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 93. Low: 64.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 92. Low: 61.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 91. Low: 59.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 93. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hotter. High: 96. Low: 62.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 95.

July 16th: On this day

Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Blue Yodel No. 9" with an uncredited Louis Armstrong on trumpet and his wife Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano. The song was later selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Sonny James was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Running Bear." Johnny Preston first sang the song in 1959 with background vocals by The Big Bopper and George Jones, who did the "Indian chanting" of "UGO UGO" during the three verses, as well as the "Indian war cries".

Alabama released "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" which went to #1 on the Country charts. The track was the fourteenth in a string of 21 consecutive #1 singles in as many releases, a string that spanned from 1980 through 1987.

Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood has over 3,000 people on its payroll, making it the largest employer in the community. In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "The Dance". The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song.

Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All became the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9 million copies. The album featured four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart".

American country music singer Kitty Wells died in Madison, Tennessee, from complications of a stroke. She was 92. Her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s.

David Traywick the brother of country singer Randy Travis was arrested at his Marshville home along with his wife, Jessica, and two other women after officials said they found a meth lab inside his North Carolina home. In September 2012, Traywick was arrested for cooking meth in a makeshift lab near his home.

American country music singer Bonnie Brown died aged 77. She was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". In 1965, the Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wednesday 071520

Idaho lawmakers are asking for 1-point 24 million dollars for technology upgrades in order to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.  Governor Brad Little’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee will review the request today.  If approved the money would come from the federal CARES program.

Nathan Michael West, a 23 year old Kimberly man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a witness and a Twin Falls County deputy prosecutor.  West admitted that in August of last year he sent a threatening letter to a Twin Falls deputy prosecutor.  He will be sentenced in U.S. Court on October 7th.

Fire gutted an abandoned church near Third avenue east and locust street in Twin Falls yesterday afternoon.  Crews from the Twin Falls fire department and the Rock Creek fire district responded to the blaze and were able to contain the fire to just the one building.  No cause has yet to be determined.

Healthcare leaders pleaded for a statewide mask mandate yesterday, saying it’s the best way to slow a rapid increase in coronavirus cases.  The officials from the five largest medical care providers in southwestern Idaho also urged residents to push local and state leaders for mandates. Gov. Brad Little has so far been unswayed, though he has encouraged residents to wear masks.

21 year old Matthew S. Kelly was charged with five felonies after he allegedly fled from authorities and shot a police officer twice after being pulled over on a stolen motorcycle.  The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. Monday after a deputy pulled over a man he believed was driving a stolen yellow motorcycle near the rural town of Star.

U.S. officials say the nose landing gear on some aircraft built in Idaho and flown all over the world could fail and cause the 10-seat aircraft to overturn on landings or takeoffs.  The Federal Aviation Administration said owners of the $2.3 million Kodiak 100 airplanes built in Sandpoint will have to do an inspection beginning in mid-August.


Today:  Sunny. High 88F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 92. Low: 62.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 92. Low: 63.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 91. Low: 61.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 89. Low: 59.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 90. Low: 61

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 92.

July 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Jefferson Township in Adams County, Ohio was Cowboy Copas (Lloyd Estel Copas), who had the 1960 #1 hit "Alabam". The American country music singer was popular from the 1940s until his death in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins on March 5, 1963.

Born on this day in Tucson, Arizona, was Linda Ronstadt, singer,who has won eleven Grammy Awards and two Academy of Country Music awards. Ronstadt has collaborated with many Country artists including both Gram Parsons and Dolly Parton. Her first Country #1 was in 1975 with her version of the Everly Brothers hit, "When Will I Be Loved."

Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" became an international smash hit, debuting on the UK charts and quickly rising to #1. The song's 11-week run in pole position stood as one of the longest runs for many years on the UK charts.

Born on this day in Red Bay, Alabama, was Mac McAnally, country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. His ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesney's #1 cover of his 1990 single "Down the Road". He is also a member of Jimmy Buffett's backing band, The Coral Reefer Band.

Born on this day was American country music artist Elbert West. Initially a session songwriter in Nashville, West saw his first chart success in the 1990s as a co-writer on singles for country singer Tracy Lawrence, including the #1's "Sticks and Stones" and "Can't Break It to My Heart". West co-wrote album tracks for other artists, including tracks for Tim McGraw and John Michael Montgomery. West died on May 18, 2015.

Johnny Cash made his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It also turned out to be his last ever public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, he performed "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring Of Fire", "Understand Your Man" in Hiltons, Virginia.

American country music singer and songwriter, Hank Cochran died aged 74. Starting during the 1960s, Cochran was a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, ("I Fall to Pieces."), Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, George Strait and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, scoring seven times on the Billboard country music charts, with his greatest solo success being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl".

It was reported that Randy Travis was awake and alert after undergoing brain surgery, that his heart was pumping without the assistance of machines, and that he was on the road to recovery. (Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection on July 7th of this year). He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013 and entered a physical therapy facility.

Tuesday 071420

Idaho State police say a Juvenile driver was killed along Highway 46 just north of Gooding last night.  Authorities say the driver was northbound when they lost control of the vehicle.  The victim was ejected when it rolled and died at the scene. 

Ten-thousand Idahoans registered for return to work bonuses yesterday on the first day they were offered.  Idaho set aside $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to cover the bonuses. One-time cash bonuses of up to $1,500 for full-time work and up to $750 for part-time work and will be provided to the worker after return to the workplace. 

A nurse practitioner on the St. Luke’s Children’s team in Caldwell has died from complications with COVID-19.  An official for the hospital said 45 year old Samantha Hickey is the youngest person to die from the coronavirus in the gem state. 

A Eagle police officer is in critical condition after he was shot twice while searching for a stolen motorcycle yesterday morning.  The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. after the officer attempted to pull over a man he believed was driving the stolen motorcycle near the rural town of Star.  The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Mathew Kelly who surrendered to officers.

As school district officials wrestle with how to safely bring students back to school this fall, two districts say they will use a color code to determine the status on a daily bases.  In Jerome officials say a green day is normal, yellow means students in school with tighter restrictions, Orange means only half the students in school at any one time while red means students are at home using distance learning.   The Twin Falls district is considering a similar plan.

Twin Falls city council members say they will take part in a state program that could mean residents will receive about 3-point 5 million dollars in property tax relief next year.  But, at the same time, city leaders are being cautious saying they may decline later on.  Earlier, Governor Brad Little announced the program that diverts up to 200-million dollars in federal aid to participating cities and counties to provide salaries for public safety personnel.  The legality of the program has come up for question but this Friday is the deadline to opt in. 

July 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Christian County, Missouri, was Slim Wilson, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and radio and TV personality who was a cornerstone of country music in the Ozarks for more than 50 years. He died on July 15, 1990.

Born on this day in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, was singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress and many Country artists have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Born on this day in Sparta, North Carolina, was Del Reeves, singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of the Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking At The World Through A Windshield". Reeves died on January 1st 2007.

Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Rory Bourke, songwriter. His songwriting career took off in the early 1970s and he soon racked up tracks recorded by Charlie Rich, Elvis Presley, Billy Crash Craddock, Lynn Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, and many others. His most successful song was "The Most Beautiful Girl", co-written with Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson, Rourke's other hit songs include "A Little Good News," (Anne Murray), "You Look So Good in Love" (George Strait), "I Know a Heartache When I See One" (Jennifer Warnes), and "Come Next Monday" (K.T. Oslin).

Elvis Presley started a two week run at #1 on the Country charts with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". In this year Elvis also scored 3 more #1's with "I Forgot To Remember To Forget", "Heartbreak Hotel", and "Don't Be Cruel", giving Elvis 26 weeks at the top of the charts in 1956.

Billboard increased the number of positions for its Hot Country Singles chart to 100 (up from 75), which it would keep until January 1990. The expansion came at a time when the number of #1 songs in a given year continued to increase; for the first time in history, there are at least 35 #1 songs in one year.

Born on this day in Enterprise, Alabama, was Jamey Johnson, country music artist. His second album, That Lonesome Song produced two singles, the Top 10 hit "In Color" and "High Cost of Living."

Monday 071320

Prosecutors in Cassia County are claiming that a 25 year old Burley murder case shouldn’t be moved to Ada County because of pretrial publicity.  Gilberto Floes Rodriguez has been charged with the murder of Burley Teen Regina Krieger.  She was 14 in 1995 when she was found dead on a Snake River Bank.  Keith Roark, the defendant’s council has requested to move the trial to Ada County.

Wake Boarders met at the Rivers edge golf course in Burley over the weekend to participate in the 22nd Wake in the Snake competition.  The event is designed for all ages and abilities.

Saturday marked the first build day for the area’s Habitat for Humanity.  In this case it’s a rebuild for a family of three.  Volunteers will work alongside the new homeowner Sherry Nelson over the next couple of weeks to give her and her two children a place to call home.

Several cities in Idaho are mandating that masks must be worn in their communities.  As the state continues to fight the further spread of the coronavirus, Boise, Driggs, Hailey, Ketchum, McCall, Moscow and Victor say residents face fines and misdemeanor charges if they are caught not wearing a face covering.  The new laws have launched several protests with people claiming their personal rights are being violated.

With the signing of the United States-Mexico and Canada trade deal more than week ago, and some are already wondering if it will add relief to the agricultural producers who have been hurt by Covid-19.  Before Covid-19 the total farm-gate receipts for Idaho dairy operations in 2019 was $2.8 billion, with a good portion of Idaho’s dairy exports going to Mexico and some to Canada. With the USMCA now in effect U.S. dairy exports are projected to increase by more than $314 million a year. 

Several people were injured when a tree fell on them along the Boise River Saturday.  Boise fire officials say the incident happened near the Baybrook Bridge when the tree holding a swing fell landing on 10 people.  Two men were critically injured while a woman and a teen suffered minor to moderate injuries. 


Today:  sunshine. High 84F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High around 85F.  Low 56. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny , with breezy conditions High: 86 Low: 59

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms 89 Low: 60

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot High: 89 Low: 58

SATURDAY: Sunny High: 92 Low: 60

July 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Corpus Christi, Texas, was Louise Mandrell country music singer. She is the younger sister of country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. She scored the early 1970s hits "Treat Him Right", "Show Me" and "The Midnight Oil."

Born on this day in Van Wert, Ohio, was Brent Mason, one of the most recorded guitarists in history. He is a Grammy Award winner, a 12-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Award and a two-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year. He was discovered by guitarist Chet Atkins and has since worked with many artists including; George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, and Blake Shelton. Mason also co-wrote McBride & the Ride's "Hurry Sundown".

Born on this day in Manhattan, New York City, Victoria Shaw, country music artist. As well as releasing four studio albums, she has co-written four #1 singles for other country music artists, including John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me", which won the 1993 Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. She co-wrote "The River" with Garth Brooks on his Ropin' the Wind album. With Paul Worley, she also co-produced the debut album of Lady Antebellum.

Born on this day was Neil Thrasher, country music singer and songwriter. Between 1995 and 1997, he and Kelly Shiver comprised the duo Thrasher Shiver. Thrasher has written several singles for other artists, such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gentry. Thrasher received an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2004.

Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the country album chart with If You Love Me, Let Me Know. The title track ranks as Newton-John's highest charting single on the country charts, reaching #2, although she would have many more top 10 hits to come. The album spent eight weeks at the top of the charts.

Alabama released "Jukebox in My Mind" the second single from their album Pass It On Down which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the groups twenty-eighth #1 Country hit.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Don't Rock the Jukebox" the lead single from the album of the same name, The song also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992.

Alan Jackson released "Love's Got a Hold on You" as the final single from his second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox. It became his fifth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.