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Tuesday 061218

Will nuclear waste from Hanford Washington be brought to the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls?  Not if a group who rallied against the shipment have their way.  Twin Falls City Councilman Chris Talkington said the proposal to import roughly 34-thousand gallons of deadly radioactive waste may never be removed.  Protestors believe the shipments can violate the 1995 Idaho Nuclear Waste Settlement agreement.

During training at the Lincoln County’s gun range over the past weekend one person was injured from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Sheriff Rene Rodriguez said the student refused to ride in an ambulance. 

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Idaho researcher studying biofuels. The grant is part of a $115 million project involving 60 people in 17 institutions, aimed at creating a new generation of sustainable and cost-effective bio products.

The body of an Idaho man who had been missing for more than five days has been found. The body of Shayne Upshaw, of McCall, was found around 6:30 p.m. Friday in an area south of Payette Lake. Family members reported Upshaw missing on Wednesday. Upshaw's family said no one had seen him in more than five days. Authorities say a note also was found that indicated Upshaw may have intended to harm himself.

Two bounty hunters were arrested in Caldwell for impersonating police, though a lawyer representing one of the men says that they were just doing their jobs. Caldwell police arrested Kevin Ratigan and David Manery for chasing down a man on behalf of Viper Bail Bonds in Nampa.

Officials in northern Idaho say a body has been pulled from the Coeur d'Alene River. The Shoshone County Sheriff's office says the remains have not yet been identified, but the body is being sent to a medical examiner for further investigation.

In local sports, CSI Baseball features not just one All–American, but two.  Sophomore pitcher Dylan Steen earned third–team honors, while freshman outfielder Hayden Leatham picked up honorable mention recognition.  Region 18 Coach of the Year Boomer Walker attributes the recognition to the team's success.

Canyon Ridge High School has two new head coaches next year.  For baseball, Chris Waitley will replace Dave Slotten who's stepping down after many years with the program. Heather Webb replaces Michelle Glass as the volleyball coach. Glass moved to Iowa to pursue a junior college coaching position. Webb has coached at Wendell and more recently Jerome High School.

Today:  Sunny skies.  WINDS: NE 5-10 mph  HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 72)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 50F. SW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mostly sunny.  WINDS: SE 5-10 mph  HIGH: 92 (Mountains: 83)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.

WINDS: SW 5-10 mph

LOW: 58 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 77 (Mountains: 73)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 79 (Mountains: 70)

SATURDAY: Chance isolated t-storms.

HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 70)

SUNDAY: Chance AM showers.

HIGH: 73 (Mountains: 68)

MONDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 74 (Mountains: 70)

June 12th: On this day


Born on this day, was Chips Moman, American record producer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a record producer, Moman is known for recording Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Tammy Wynette and Ronnie Milsap.


Born on this day in Kirksville, Indiana, was Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer. Brown's signature instrument is the "guit-steel" double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar. In 1996 he won the CMA Country Music Video of the Year for his video, "My Wife Thinks You're Dead," which featured 6-foot-7-inch Gwendolyn Gillingham.



Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol' Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.


Johnny Bond died aged 63. Best known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.", one of his seven top ten hits on the Billboard country charts. In 1965 at the age of 50, he scored the biggest hit of his career with the comic "Ten Little Bottles", which spent four weeks at #2. Bond's other hits include "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" (1947), "Oklahoma Waltz" (1948), "Love Song in 32 Bars" (1950), "Sick Sober and Sorry" (1951) and "Hot Rod Lincoln" (1960).


Born on this day, was Chris Young, country music artist who in 2006 was declared the winner of the television program Nashville Star, a singing competition which aired on the USA Network. His self-titled debut album produced two singles: "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me". From his second album, "Voices", "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)", and "The Man I Want to Be"; reached #1 on the country singles chart. He scored another #1 with "Tomorrow" off his Neon album and in February 2012 he had his fifth straight #1 with "You".


Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "I Told You So", taken from his 1988 album Always & Forever. Carrie Underwood released a cover version of the song on her 2007 album Carnival Ride.

Monday 061118

Idaho is the most tolerant state in America when it comes to allowing weapons in schools.  Researchers looked at school security personnel who carry weapons; School employees who carry weapons, concealed carry permit holders and school districts that give individuals permission to carry weapons.  Idaho qualified in every category.  Some states didn’t qualify in any.

Idaho Milk Products in Jerome announced plans to expand their facility.  They say they will expand by a third to accommodate an additional million pounds per day of locally sourced milk.

A former Idaho school district employee has been ordered to spend months at a treatment facility after pleading guilty to charges connected to the possession of child pornography. The judge told 55-year-old Charles Gonzales that if he doesn't successfully complete the treatment program, he may be ordered to serve up to 10 years in prison.

A record number of people visited Yellowstone National Park in May. The National Park Service said Friday the park got almost 447,000 visits in May, up 6 percent compared with May last year. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite are among the busiest national parks in the western U.S. Each park gets roughly 4 million to 6 million visits a year.

Two more federal prosecutors will soon begin working on violent crimes and opioid-related cases in Idaho. The two additional appointments are part of the 311 assistant U.S. attorneys that the U.S. Department of Justice is adding nationwide.

The leader of Yellowstone National Park says he's being forced out as a "punitive action" after disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain. Superintendent Dan Wenk announced last week that he intended to retire next year after being offered a transfer he didn't want. He said that the head of the National Park Service told him that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that Wenk will be gone by then. 

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.  Two Idaho State Police detectives in an unmarked police car happened to be traveling through Weiser when they spotted a man assaulting a woman with a knife.  Nearby police were called to assist and 27 year old Joshua Lincoln was arrested.  The woman is in stable condition at last check.  

In local Sports, Minico graduate Drake Miller signed with Lamar Community College in Colorado. Miller earned the Great Basin Conference Baseball Player of the Year honors this spring.  He posted a 10–1 record with an ERA of 0.507, giving up a total of five earned runs in his 11 starts.

Former Burley Bobcat Jackson Hill is going to Southwestern Oregon Community College. Listed at 6'5", he averaged 8.5 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior, all while leading the Bobcats to the state championship game.

MONDAY: Sunny skies a little warmer.

Winds: SW 5-15 mph

High: 68 (Mountains: 63)


MONDAY NIGHY: Mostly clear and cool

Winds: West to South 5-10 mph

Low: 40 (Mountains: 35)


TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 79 (Mountains: 73)


WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and hot

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)


THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 74)


FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 77 (Mountains: 70)


SATURDAY: Mostly sunny - isolated storm?

High: 75 (Mountains: 70)


SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 77 (Mountains: 69)

June 11th: On this day


25 year-old Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores.


Buck Owens had the #1 country album with I've Got A Tiger By The Tail. Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."


Born on this day, was Texas country music singer-songwriter Bruce Robison who has written several songs which have become hits for other artists including: "Travelin' Soldier," the Dixie Chicks, (reached #1 on the Country charts); "Angry All the Time," (recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2001, also reached #1 on the country charts); and "Wrapped," (recorded in 2006 by George Strait, also reached #1).


True Grit the American western film directed by Henry Hathaway, starring John Wayne and Glen Campbell was released. The film gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'.


Willie Nelson's remake of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" was at #1 on Billboard country singles chart. Nelson won a Grammy award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song.


Reba McEntire was at #1 on the country chart with Reba the singer’s fifteenth studio album, the title signifying that she had become so well known that she could be identified by first name alone, but also signaling an entirely different style to her music. Gone were the steel guitars and fiddles of My Kind of Country and Have I Got a Deal for You, to be replaced by a highly produced and orchestrated sound. Two of its tracks, “I Know How He Feels” and “New Fool at an Old Game”, reached #1 on the Billboard country singles charts.



Country Music magazine announced that it would cease publication, effective with the August - September 2003 issue. The final issue's cover artist was Martina McBride, as part of a salute to women in country music. The magazine's sister publication, Country Weekly, which had largely taken over the market for country music-related journalism, picked up part of the slack left by the closure of Country Music, both of which were published by American Media Inc.


Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard made their way back to the top of the charts. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard 200. The album's title is a reference to Nelson and Haggard's heroes — jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and one of country's first stars, Jimmie Rodgers.


The Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown died from lung cancer at the age of 81. Brown was a country music singer and TV and radio host who first found fame as a member of The Browns, a country music group he started with his two sisters in the 1950s. Later, he managed a successful solo career for decades, which included hits like "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," and TV successes like You Can Be a Star. He is perhaps best known as the voice of Grand Ole Opry radio's Country Music Greats Radio Show, which he hosted for more than a decade.


Country singer Randy Howard was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65. According to Tennessee authorities, the bounty hunter arrived at Howard's home to take him into custody after a missed court appearance, when Howard opened fire. The bounty hunter shot back, killing Howard. The warrant for Howard's arrest was initially issued for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and driving on a revoked license.

Friday 060818

Idaho Power has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contending the agency failed to act on a request by the state of Idaho to modify water temperature standards below a hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border. The lawsuit seeks to force the agency to take action on a 2012 request by Idaho allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex.

Those who are considering selling illegal fireworks this year should listen up.  The Boise Fire Department says it will seek restitution from the vendors and the users if illegal aerial fireworks spark a blaze in the city. The department intends to work with police to investigate should a fire begin and part of that process will include determining where the fireworks originated.  No word if other fire departments in the gem state are considering such action.

The leader of Yellowstone National Park says he's being forced out as a "punitive action" after disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain. Superintendent Dan Wenk announced last week that he intended to retire next year after being offered a transfer he didn't want. He said that the head of the National Park Service told him that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that Wenk will be gone by then.

Key legislative leaders say they will urge Gov. Butch Otter to call a special session to resolve a longstanding water battle.  Members on the Natural Resources Interim Committee unanimously agreed that the ongoing legal challenges surrounding a Treasure Valley water dispute are serious enough to call lawmakers back to Boise to help settle the tensions in the Boise River system reservoirs - which spans from Boise to Parma.

The flood advisory from the National Weather Service continues for some areas in Southern Idaho.  That includes the Big Lost River, Big Wood and snake rivers in Blaine County.  While a significant cooldown is expected on Sunday, which will reduce snowmelt, more rain and possibly higher elevation snow could add to the already swollen rivers.

Wednesday afternoon, two Idaho State Police detectives in an unmarked police car happened to be traveling through Weiser when they spotted a man assaulting a woman with a knife.  Nearby police were called to assist and 27 year old Joshua Lincoln was arrested.  The woman is in stable condition at last check.  

In local sports, this weekend is the College national finals rodeo in Casper Wyoming.  Some of the best will be on hand from southern Idaho.  Declo’s Kambrie Clark in Barrel Racing and Gooding’s Cole Millican along with Buhl’s Sydney Porter will compete in Team roping representing Idaho State University.  Gooding High School graduate Wyatt Williams will be there competing in Tie down Roping.  The rodeo begins tomorrow.

In Legion Baseball the Twin Falls Cowboys trounced the Boise Senators 5 to 4 and the Burley Green Sox shut out the Jerome Cyclones 6 to zip.

Today:  Mostly sunny skies and warm  Winds: SW 5-10 mph  High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

Tonight:  Scattered thunderstorms early, then becoming clear after midnight. Low 56F. SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 87F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, gusty winds, isolated shower/storm.

Winds: West 15-25 mph.

Low: 41 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Much cooler, windy and mostly sunny

High: 61 (Mountains: 57)

MONDAY: Sunny and nice

High: 74 (Mountains: 67)

TUESDAY: Sunny and warmer

High: 79 (Mountains: 75)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and warm

High: 89 (Mountains: 82)

THURSDAY: Sunny and warm

High: 89 (Mountains: 82)

June 8th: On this day


"Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash made its debut at #28 on the singles charts. It went on to become his first #1 hit since the 1959 "Don't Take Your Guns To Town."


Alton Delmore from The Delmore Brothers died. The Delmore Brothers were country music pioneers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930's had a profound impact on the history of country music and American popular music.


Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the country charts with "Singing My Song" who she co-wrote with Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton. "Singing My Song" was Tammy Wynette's fifth #1 on the country charts as a solo artist and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the charts.



Dolly Parton was at at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "I Will Always Love You". It was the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene.


The novelty song "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Country chart. The song tells of a man who works at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, building Cadillacs and knowing that he will never be able to afford one. He and a co-worker decide to steal a Cadillac, using their assembly line jobs to obtain the parts via salami slicing. He takes the small parts home hidden in his large lunchbox; larger parts are smuggled out in his co-worker's motor home.


Born on this day in Vista, California, was Sara Watkins, fidle player, with Nickel Creek, the bluegrass act. Watkins gained two Grammy nominations before she turned 20.


Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" was ranked #1 in CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs Of Country Music. Ex-husband George Jones was placed at #2, with "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Followed by “Crazy”, Patsy Cline, “Ring of Fire”, Johnny Cash, “Your Cheatin' Heart”, Hank Williams, “Friends in Low Places”, Friends in Low Places, “I Fall to Pieces”, Patsy Cline, “Galveston”, Glen Campbell, “Behind Closed Doors”, Behind Closed Doors and “Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson.


George Strait was named the top country music artist of the past 25 years by Billboard magazine. Strait holds the record for most #1 albums, gold albums, platinum albums, and multi-platinum in the history of country music.


Dolly Parton hand-delivered the millionth book from her UK Imagination Library reading initiative to a Liverpool child. The singer-songwriter gave a Braille copy of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit to five-year-old Dylan Manifold while in the city to perform. It was the first book for blind and partially-sighted children the project had supplied in the UK. The Imagination Library, which runs in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, sees sponsors pay for pre-school children to receive a book every month. It originally launched in Parton's home county of Sevier, Tennessee in 1996.

June 9th: On this day


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol' Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis Presley.


Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "She Believes In Me". The song became one of his biggest crossover hits in the late spring of 1979, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.


George Strait started a five-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Love Without End, Amen", the lead-off single from his #1 album, Livin' It Up.



Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US country chart with her debut album Some Hearts. It is the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history and album contains the #1 singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted", and "Before He Cheats".


George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, along with The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" and The Stanley Brothers' "Rank Stranger".


A survey showed that 42 percent of the US population were country music fans, (which breaks down to 95 million music fans). The survey also found that country fans are more likely to go dancing, go out on the town with friends, entertain at home and dine out. In fact country fans spent $16 billion dining out with friends and family in 2010!











June 10th: On this day


Four months following her death, Decca Records released The Patsy Cline Story, a double album compilation consisting of Patsy Cline's best-known songs between 1961 and 1963.


Johnny Cash was presented with the United Nations Humanitarian Award at the annual United Nations Citation Dinner in New York City.


Born on this day, in Sumter, South Carolina. was Lee Brice, country music singer signed to Curb Records. His highest-charting single "A Woman Like You", reached #1 in April 2012. He also scored Billboard's Top Country Song of 2010 with "Love Like Crazy", the title track to his 2010 debut album; the song spent 56 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at # 3 and setting a record for the longest run in the chart's history.


Dwight Yoakam scored his second consecutive #1 album with Hillbilly Deluxe. Four of its tracks would find their way into the Top 40 of the Hot Country Singles chart in 1987 and 1988, all topping out in the lower half of the Top Ten. Chronologically, they were "Little Sister", "Little Ways" "Please, Please Baby" and "Always Late with Your Kisses".


Former Oak Ridge Boys singer and guitarist, Steve Sanders died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in an apparent suicide in Cape Coral, Florida. Sanders sang lead vocals on such hits as "Gonna Take A Lot Of River" and "Bridges And Walls". He was 45.


Ray Charles died due to acute liver disease at his home in Los Angeles, California. Charles helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960's. 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.


Just two weeks after winning American Idol, Carrie Underwood made her Grand Ole Opry debut, singing the Roy Orbison classic "Crying".


Wynonna Judd married musician Cactus Moser, best known as the drummer for Highway 101 at her home in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.


Emmylou Harris was praised by Barack Obama as she received the 2015 Polar Music Prize. The US president sent congratulations adding: "Music brings people together in an increasingly interconnected world." Harris, from Birmingham, Alabama, has recorded more than 25 albums over four decades and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Thursday 060718

Sun Valley Resort says an investigation into a fire that partially destroyed one of its lodges determined where the fire started but failed to determine what caused it. The April 18 fire at the Warm Springs Lodge in Ketchum started next to an exterior wall and spread to the roof.

No prison time for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl prison time after he abandoned his post in Afghanistan.  Army Gen. Robert Abrams approved the court-martial sentencing handed down last November. Bergdahl was reduced in rank from sergeant to private and ordered to forfeit $1,000 a month in pay for 10 months. He was also given a dishonorable discharge.

Some of the wild horses rounded up in southern Idaho after a giant wildfire burned up forage will be returned to the area this month. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says 26 wild horses will be released into the Sands Basin Herd Management Area about 40 miles west of Boise on June 13.

You may want to check how many deductions you have with your employer since Idaho’s state tax law has changed.  One Twin Falls CPA said Idaho changing state tax laws will mirror federal tax changes.  The fear is Idahoans are not withholding enough from their paychecks to cover the new tax difference.

A Blanchard man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for shooting two Bonner County sheriff's deputies. Deputies Michael Gagnon and Justin Penn survived the brief gunbattle with 32-year-old Adam Deacon Foster. Foster says he thought the deputies were assailants, not law officers.

48 year old Steven Walter Hendrix of Burley is facing charges on child enticement and possession of a controlled substance.  A Rupert Police officer posed as a 15-year-old girl online.  Police say Hendrix also stated he wanted to performed sexual acts.  Upon searching his vehicle, authorities found a "crystal" substance, which later turned out to test positive for meth.

Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers from the federal government.  Officials say a state-run program will be more responsive and have local experts better acquainted with Idaho making decisions.

Today:  Sun and clouds, isolated showers and storms Winds: NE 5-10 mph High: 83 (Mountains: 73)

Tonight: Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 59F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 87F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy

High: 83 (Mountains: 74)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy

High: 62 (Mountains: 55)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 74 (Mountains: 64)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 80 (Mountains: 72)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 78)

June 7th: On this day


Born on this day in Morrisville, Missouri Winford was Wynn Stewart, the country music performer who was one of the progenitors of the Bakersfield sound and an inspiration to such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Stewart scored the 1967 #1 hit “It's Such a Pretty World Today”. Stewart suddenly died of a heart attack on July 17, 1985.


Born on this day in Pontypridd, South Wales, UK, was Tom Jones, singer who scored the 1977 US #1 Country hit “Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow”. Jones is famous for his version of “Green, Green Grass of Home” which was a world-wide hit in 1966.


Born on this day in Cooper City, Florida, was Larry Boone, American country music artist. His highest-charting single, "Don't Give Candy to a Stranger", reached #10 in 1988. Boone has also co-written several singles for other country music artists, including a #1 single for Kathy Mattea, "(Burnin' Old Memories)", and Top Ten hits for Don Williams, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino and Lonestar.


The Johnny Cash Show premiered on ABC TV; from the Grand Ole Opry with special guest Bob Dylan and the regular cast, Tennessee Three, June Carter and Carter Family, Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins, stepping in for Luther Perkins, (who has just died accidentally in house fire). Bob Wootton became a permanent replacement in Cash's band, and a mainstay for the next three decades.


Toby Keith was at #1 on the country charts with Honkytonk University. "As Good as I Once Was" was the album's biggest hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for six weeks. Due to the closure of DreamWorks shortly afterwards, however, "Big Blue Note" was released on Keith's Show Dog Nashville label, going on to peak at #5.


George Strait ended his touring career in style with his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a US stadium when 104,793 fans packed the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to see the singer on the final date of his farewell tour Cowboy Rides Away.

Wednesday 060618

No injuries were reported when a school bus carrying 12 students to Xavier Charter School was rear-ended.  The crash happened around 7:30 am yesterday near 7th Avenue and Shoshone Street in Twin Falls.  Police suspect one car hit another car pushing it into the back of the school bus. 

37 year old Michael Thompson of Heyburn has been arrested over items that had been stolen from Stokes Market in 2016.  The Burley store employee, who police said stole thousands of dollars in tools and other items from the store, is charged with grand theft and burglary.  Over 88-hundred dollars in merchandise has been recovered.

A disturbing picture has surfaced from the Canyon Ridge High School graduation.  While seniors walked across the state, an image of someone holding an umbrella to simulate a gun is clearly visible.  If you have info about the incident you are asked to contact either the CSI security or the Twin Falls School District.

39 year old Phillip Cabrera of Caldwell has been sentenced to spend life in prison.  The man broke into his estranged wife’s home and fatally shot another man.  Cabrera believed his wife was cheating on him.

A 27-year-old southwestern Idaho man died after being struck by a train near Weiser. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Jorge Perez of Nampa on Sunday was walking on the railroad tracks back to where he was camped when he was hit by the train.

The widow of a northern Idaho man killed by Bonner County sheriff's deputies last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department.  Robin Andrews filed the lawsuit Monday after her husband Craig A. Johnson died in September 2017.  Deputies had opened fire on Johnson while attempting to serve him a felony arrest warrant at the couple's cabin.

A DNA study of sage grouse has revealed a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West is similar to regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range.  Officials in 2015 opted not to list the chicken-sized, ground-dwelling bird as needing federal protections, but they are scheduled to review that decision in 2020.

In  local sports, checking the American Legion baseball scores.  Twin Falls "AA" Cowboys 5, Blackfoot 0: in the second game, Twin Falls "AA" Cowboys 6, Blackfoot 1: Minico "AA" Storm 5, Twin Falls Blackhawks 3:

Today:  Partly sunny.  Winds: NE 5-10  High: 86 (Mountains: 78)

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 56F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible.  High: 83 (Mountains: 75)Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 86 (Mountains: 76)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 86 (Mountains: 79)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 63 (Mountains: 61)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 72 (Mountains: 65)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 75 (Mountains: 73)

June 6th: On this day


Born on this day in Springhill, Webster Parish, Louisiana, was Joe Stampley, singer who had the 1973 US #1 hit with “Soul Dog” and the 1975 US #1 county hit with “Roll On Big Mama.”


Born on this day, was Curtis Wright, American country music artist. He made his debut in 1989 with the single "She's Got a Man on her Mind". By 1994, he and frequent songwriting partner Robert Ellis Orrall had formed a duo known as Orrall & Wright who wrote Ronnie Milsap's #1 single "A Woman in Love".


Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.


Born on this day in Surrey, British Columbia, was Canadian country music singer/songwriter and actress, Lisa Brokop, who has charted more than twenty singles on the country music charts in her native Canada.


RCA Records released "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, the second single from Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene. Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time.


Born on this day in Mount Clemens, Michigan, was Matthew Shafer known as Uncle Kracker who scored the US #6 Country single "Smile" in 2009 which was taken from his album Happy Hour.


The movie Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, opened in American theaters. The movie, which showcased Mickey Gilley's nightclub, was a huge success at the box office and its soundtrack included several major hits.


Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included "What Hurts the Most".


Winners at the CMT Music Awards included; Video of the Year - "Good Girl", Carrie Underwood, Male Video of the Year - "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan, Female Video of the Year - "Over You", Miranda Lambert, Group Video of the Year - "We Owned the Night", Lady Antebellum, Duo Video of the Year - "I Got You", Thompson Square, USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "The Trouble with Girls", Scotty McCreery and Collaborative Video of the Year went to "Remind Me", Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.


Tuesday 060518

Joshua Erik Molina, The man charged with the first degree murder of his girlfriend's child was in court yesterday morning in Twin Falls.  He was scheduled for an arraignment hearing for the four counts of injury to a child and one charge of first degree murder.  A grand jury is currently working on an indictment that if found guilty of First degree murder, Molina could face life in prison or the death penalty.  He will be back in court on July 30th to enter his plea. 

More than 30 percent of Idaho's registered voters participated in this year's primary election, marking the highest turnout in 16 years. Nearly 18,000 people registered to vote on the day of the election.

Hayden De Casas was in court Friday on charges of altering, damaging or destroying computers and criminal possession of a financial transaction card.  He was arrested when he tried to use drink tokens that were stolen during the burglary at the Cove Bar in April.

Veterinarian Doctor Terry Zech will fill former Lincoln County Commissioner Cresley McConnell’s seat until January according to Idaho Governor Butch Otter.  He was sworn in yesterday morning at 9:30 in the commissioner’s room at the courthouse in Shoshone. 

Martin Schimpf, A longtime faculty member has been selected as interim president at Boise State University.  The Idaho State Board of Education named him to lead the school when President Bob Kustra retires on June 30.

43 year old John Rynhart an Ada County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on investigation of drunk driving after he crashed into another vehicle in Meridian while off duty.  The sheriff's office says he has been placed on administrative leave. The office says Rynhart was driving a personal vehicle Saturday night when he hit a Honda Civic stopped at a traffic light. The car was driven by a 16-year-old girl. She and her two young passengers were not injured.

Idaho hay stocks are bucking the national trend but dairy producers may still have trouble finding quality hay.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Idaho had 660,000 tons of hay stored on farms on May 1, up from 510,000 tons last year. Idaho is one of the few western states that saw an uptick in hay stocks compared to 2017.  Nationwide, hay stocks are down 36 percent to a total of 15.7 million tons.

Today: Mostly sunny skies Winds: West 5-15 mph High: 82 (Mountains: 75)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 58F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 83F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.


Winds: South 5-10 mph

Low: 55 (Mountains: 51)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny - Isolated afternoon Storms

High: 85 (Mountains: 77)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 87 (Mountains: 80)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 89 (Mountains: 82)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 70 (Mountains: 68)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 72 (Mountains: 70)

In sports – in legion baseball from yesterday, Twin Falls AA Cowboys 7, Pocatello 3

Twin Falls AA Cowboys 2, Pocatello 0

SATURDAY:  Minico 10, Pocatello 0 and in a second game, Minico 9, Pocatello 5:

Idaho Falls Rangers 15, Burley 5

June 5th: On this day


Born on this day, was Don Reid, 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”.


Born on this day in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was Gail Davies singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in the history of country music. She is also the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the younger sister of songwriter Ron Davies. During the 1970s and 1980s she scored numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits becoming one of country music's most influential artists.


Born on this day in Columbia, Missouri, was Brett James, singer, songwriter and record producer. As a solo artist in 1995, James charted three singles and released a self-titled debut album that year. Since the early 2000s, James has become known primarily as a songwriter for other country and pop music artists. Among his compositions is Carrie Underwood's 2006 #1 hit "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.


Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK #1 single "It's Only Make Believe". Until 2000, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 45 #1's. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.



Gretchen Wilson was at #1 on the country charts with One of the Boys, her third album. The album produced three chart singles for Wilson on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Come to Bed" (a duet with John Rich of Big & Rich), followed by the title track and "You Don't Have to Go Home", the first single of Wilson's career to miss Top 40 on the country charts.


Don Bowman died aged 75. He was the original host of radio's American Country Countdown and writer of Waylon Jennings-Willie Nelson duet "Just to Satisfy You."


A limited-edition Forever stamp honoring Johnny Cash went on sale. The stamp featured a promotional picture of Cash taken around the 1963 release of Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.