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FRIDAY 051019

The judge in the murder case of Regina Krieger says a witness in the case appears credible. Cody Thompson testified in April that he was there on the 1995 night that Gilberto Flores Rodriguez went to the teen’s bedroom and came out with a body wrapped in bedding. Rodriguez will be arraigned May 20.

An 81 year old Twin Falls woman was transported by air ambulance to Pocatello yesterday after she lost control of her vehicle. Rosezetta Crooks was attempting to pass a pickup pulling a trailer that was turning into a driveway near Eden when her car made contact with the trailer. Her car continued eastbound into a field and hit a wheel line.

A flood advisory has been issued for the Big Wood River in Hailey. Warm temperatures have increased snowmelt and higher flows. At last check the water was measured at 3.9 feet. Bank full stage is 3.7 and flood stage is 5 feet.

Today is the deadline to keep alive thousands of administrative rules the House of Representatives killed with a bill that would have reauthorized them. State agencies are racing to beat the deadline. Gov. Brad Little directed state agencies to submit temporary and pending rules by today to be vetted by the Division of Financial Management before publication in a special Idaho Administrative Bulletin on June 19. 82-hundred pages of rules were chopped.

An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to trying to influence a victim of his brother’s investment scheme. David Emerson Smith, of Pocatello pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Smith’s brother, Darrell Smith, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft in connection with the investment of clients’ money into an ethanol plant.

Authorities have identified a northern Idaho man struck and killed by a train as 42-year-old Michael E. Hart of Post Falls. Video from the train shows Hart lying on the tracks early Tuesday morning when he was struck.


In sports from around Idaho, a pitcher from Meridians Mountain View Baseball team was seriously injured while he was pitching at a game Wednesday. Riley Harrison was able to stand up on his own after being hit in the head but was later admitted to the ICU at St. Alphonsus and at last check remains hospitalized. Harrison pitched the first three innings of Wednesday’s game and appeared well on his way to a victory with a 5-1 Mountain View lead as he stepped to the mound in the bottom of the fourth. But Harrison’s first pitch smacked off the bat of Rocky Mountain’s Russell Wartchow and into Harrison’s head in a split second. He lay motionless on his back on the mound for a few seconds as coaches and trainers ran to his aid.


Today: Lots of sunshine and warmer, slight breeze. Winds: East 10-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 70 Mountains: 66

Tonight: Clear skies and cool. Winds: Light and variable. Lows - Valleys: 42 Mountains: 39
Tomorrow: Sunny skies and warm - High: 76 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny skies, nice and warm - High: 80 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 44

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm - High: 82 Low: 49 Mountains - High: 78 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm - High: 80 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 77 Low: 46

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with scattered showers and storms - High: 78 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 46

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with scattered showers and storms - High: 70 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 42

May 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Nickelsville, Virginia, was Maybelle Carter, country musician. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the
Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. She died on Oct 23rd 1978 aged 69.

Born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was Jeff Wood, country music artist. He penned "Cowboy Love", a Top 5 hit for John Michael Montgomery in 1996.

Decca records released "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn. The autobiographical song became Lynn's signature song, one of the genre's most widely-known songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life. In addition to reaching #1 on the Country charts, "Coal Miner's Daughter" also became Lynn's first single to chart on the
Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #83.

The final edition of
Dolly the television variety show hosted by Dolly Parton aired on ABC. Guest stars featured in the series had included Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Tyne Daly, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Tom Selleck, the Neville Brothers, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Dudley Moore, and Oprah Winfrey

Police in Hewitt, Texas found Willie Nelson asleep on the back seat of his Mercedes where he had parked at the side of a road. After waking the singer and searching him, he was arrested on drug charges. The country singer was taken to the McLennan County Jail in Waco. After posting bail, he told reporters he had been returning to Austin from a poker game in Hillsboro, about 140 miles northeast of Austin."I played all night long and I was driving back to Austin. It was foggy and the weather was bad, so I pulled over on the side of the road to sleep, and the policemen found me there in the back seat. They found a roach in the ashtray," Nelson said.

Winners at the
Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Clint Black, Tanya Tucker and Jeff Foxworthy included: Pioneer Award - Loretta Lynn, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Alan Jackson, Top Vocal Group - The Mavericks, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Tim McGraw, Song of the Year went to John Michael Montgomery for "I Swear" and Country Music Video of the Year was Garth Brooks "The Red Strokes."

Shel Silverstein, American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books died of a massive heart attack aged 68. He wrote Tompall Glaser's highest-charting solo single "Put Another Log on the Fire", "One's on the Way" (a hit for Loretta Lynn), and wrote one of Johnny Cash's best known whimsical hits, "A Boy Named Sue." Other songs co-written by Silverstein include "The Taker" by Waylon Jennings and hits for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.

Trisha Yearwood announced she was leaving MCA Records where she had been for 16 years and selling over 12 million albums. She announced she was signing with Big Machine Records. Yearwood and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta met in her intern days at MTM records. Trisha's last top 10 hit with MCA was "I Would've Loved You Anyway" in 2001.

The winner of the fourth season of
American Idol, in 2005, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, being introduced by Garth Brooks. She performed "Last Name," "All-American Girl" and "Jesus, Take The Wheel."


THURSDAY 050919          

Twin Falls resident Brian McFadden was sentenced earlier this week for insurance fraud according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.  The judge sentenced the 42 year old to serve up to 5 years but suspended the sentence and ordered four years of probation instead.  The incident stems from the purchase of an insurance policy in 2017.  Four days later McFadden filed claim stating he had been in a collision the next day.  Turns out the accident happened before the policy was purchased. 

If you travel the Idaho roads this summer, you’ll probably encounter road construction somewhere along the way.  The State Transportation department will have 16 different projects underway, just in southern Idaho.  One of the bigger projects is the Interstate 84, Interstate 86 Salt Lake City interchange.

Garth Brooks will be in Boise July 20th.  The country superstar will play a concert at Albertsons stadium.  The show will be Brooks' first concert in Boise in more than two decades, as well as first ever major concert event to be held at Boise State's Albertsons Stadium.

Idaho’s tax revenue collections came in higher than expected in April, but the state is still falling short of the forecast for the fiscal year.  General fund revenue collections came in about $36 million higher than expected in April. If tax collections meet the forecast for June, the state will end the fiscal year with about 1 percent less in revenue than it collected last year.

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering reducing the 15-year sentence of a northern Idaho man who threw a punch that killed another man.  Defense attorneys for 23-year-old Tyler Finlay said a pre-sentence report for his sentencing hearing contained inaccuracies.  Finlay in November 2017 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the June 2017 death of 29-year-old Jeffrey Marfice.

A planned trail connecting the tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley is being challenged in federal court by the owners of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch.  The lawsuit contends the plan for the 4.4-mile trail for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders and snowmobilers has “numerous flaws and illegalities,” including failing to do a study on the environmental impacts of the trail.


In local sports, in High School Boys Baseball, Canyon Ridge is out of district play after losing to Pocatello yesterday 11 to 1.    Elsewhere in 4th district action it was Burley 3 Century 1. 

In girls high school softball, Mountain Home slipped past Burley 8 to 7 and Twin Falls downed Canyon Ridge 10 to 3.


Today:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.  Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: East 10-20 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: East 5-15 mph.  Magic Valley: High: 64 (Wood River Valley: High: 58)

Tonight:  Mostly clear with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly clear with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Chilly.  Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: East 5-15 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: NE 5-15 mph.  Magic Valley: Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: Low: 34)

Tomorrow:  Sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 71 Low: 42 (Wood River Valley: High: 66 Low: 38)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 76 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 72 Low: 43)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies. Warm.

Magic Valley: High: 80 Low: 50 (Wood River Valley: High: 75 Low: 45)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm.

Magic Valley: High: 81 Low: 51 (Wood River Valley: High: 75 Low: 45)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers. Warm.

Magic Valley: High: 79 (Wood River Valley: High: 74)

May 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, was Hank Snow, (Clarence Eugene Snow), who scored more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980, including "I'm Moving On", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", and "Hello Love". He is a member of both the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame. Snow died on December 20, 1999.

Born on this day in Hodgenville, Kentucky, was Bobby Lewis, country music singer-songwriter. Between 1963 and 1985, Lewis released ten albums and charted more than twenty-five songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. His biggest hit, "How Long Has It Been," peaked at #6 in 1966.

Born on this day in Macon, Georgia was Country singer Randy Howard who was part of the Outlaw Country movement that spawned Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and more. His released his debut album, Now and Then, in 1976. He was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at the age of 65 on June 11 2015.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde”. Written by Haggard and Bonnie Owens It was released as the first single and title track from the album The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde. The song was Haggard's fourth 1# and spent two weeks at #1 and a total of 14 weeks on the country chart.

Merle Haggard had the #1 country single with "Things Aren't Funny Anymore", Haggard's seventeenth #1 on the country charts spent ten weeks on the country chart.

Winners at the 18th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Jerry Reed, John Schneider and Tammy Wynette included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Slyvia, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Ronnie Milsap, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Karen Brooks, op Vocal Duet of the Year - David Frizzell and Shelly West and Album of the Year went to Willie Nelson for Always On My Mind.

Keith Whitley, the country music singer who charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive #1’s was found dead fully clothed face down on his bed. The cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning). At the time of his death, he had just finished work on his fourth and final studio album, I Wonder Do You Think of Me. The album was released three months after his death, and produced two more #1 hits, with the title track and "It Ain't Nothin'."

Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger in a ceremony on the island of St. John. They had met in January of thie year at a tsunami relief benefit concert. On September 15 of that same year, after only four months of marriage, the couple announced their plans for an annulment.

Members of Alabama sued their drummer Mark Herndon for $202,670 in money allegedly overpaid to him three years earlier after the band's farewell tour. Since 1982, Herndon had been a paid employee of Wild Country Inc. according to the court papers. In December 2002, a new contract was signed which provided that Herndon would be paid an annual salary of $100,000 and receive a 22.725 percent share of net Live Performance revenue actually received by the group.

American country musician associated with Western swing Johnny Gimble died at his home in Dripping Springs, Texas. Gimble was considered one of the most important fiddlers in the genre and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 in the early influences category as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.


A one-vehicle rollover Monday evening has sent a Twin Falls woman to St. Alphonsus in Boise with serious injuries.  32 year old Thalia D. Stewart was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled multiple times south of the Timmerman junction in Blaine County.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Lincoln county commissioners have decided to remodel the court house and build an annex.  About 500 people filled out a survey and about 65 percent suggested the building should be saved.  Next, there will be a bond council put in place and bids will be accepted. 

A U.S. Senate candidate says she will have her fundraising campaign launch at her home in Boise on Saturday.  Nancy Harris says the event is set to start at 4 p.m. as she prepares to challenge Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

A judge has declared a mistrial in a prison riot case amid allegations the Idaho Department of Correction withheld some evidence and may have altered a report.  It came in a case against seven defendants accused of participating in the January 2018 riot. Fourteen inmates were charged, and several accepted plea deals.  Attorneys said it was clear that prison officials failed to turn over all the documents they had on the case.

A group of 134 sex offenders have asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to revive their lawsuit against the state of Idaho because they say they were denied their constitutional rights when they were forced to register as sex offenders.  Some plaintiffs said rules requiring them to stay at least 500 feet from schools prevented them from exercising their religion because their preferred churches were near a school. Others said they were convicted of misdemeanors or lesser sex offenses but years later were forced to register as sex offenders when lawmakers decided to reclassify the crimes as felonies.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office says several human bones have been found along the Snake River south of Lewiston.  The county’s Search and Rescue group found a skull and other bones along the river on Sunday.


In local sports, first to high school baseball where Declo defeated Wendell 10 to 6.  Filer downed Gooding 6 to 0 in 3A District Playoffs.  Filer will now play in state on Saturday in Pocatello.

For the High School Girls Softball games, in 3-A district games, Filer said no to Kimberly 14 to 5 and Gooding beat Filer 9 to 3.  Filer will now play in a state game on Saturday at 1 pm in Pocatello. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun, with gusty winds developing this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Few evening rain or t’storms and variably cloudy skies. Winds: ENE 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 42 Mountains: 34

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy, chance of an isolated PM shower or storm. Winds: ENE 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 64 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 59 Low: 34

FRIDAY: Lots of sunshine and warmer - High: 71 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warm - High: 77 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny skies, nice and warm - High: 80 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 45

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warm - High: 83 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 75 Low: 45

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a shower or thunderstorm - High: 78 Low: 50 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 45

May 8th: On this day


Born on this day in Buffalo, New York, was Jack Blanchard who with his wife, Misty Morgan had hits in 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a #1 hit.


Born on this day in Greenwood, South Carolina, was Keith Harling, country music artist. He made his debut in 1998 with the album Write It in Stone which produced four hit singles including "Papa Bear".


Johnny Cash received an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from San Diego's National University. San Diego mayor Pete Wilson also declared this day “Johnny Cash Day”.


Mindy McCready's boyfriend William "Billy" McKnight, an aspiring country singer, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into the singers home and assaulting her. She was treated at a hospital and he later pleaded not guilty, and then pleads guilty to assault after the charges are reduced and spends 30 days in jail.


American singer, songwriter Eddy Arnold died in a nursing home in Nashville, exactly one week before his 90th birthday. So-called “Nashville sound” innovator of the late 1950s, Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and has sold more than 85 million records. He co-wrote with Cindy Walker the country and pop standard "You Don't Know Me" which became a hit for Ray Charles in 1962.


Dolly Parton gave the commencement speech at the commencement ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee, for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Arts and Sciences. During the ceremony she received an honorary degree, a doctorate of humane and musical letters, from the university. It was only the second honorary degree given by the university.


Why Not? with Shania Twain premiered on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The American reality television series starring Shania Twain shed light on the journey of the singer, who by the age of 22, had survived a childhood of poverty and the loss of both her parents in an accident as well as her personal tragedies and how she's now dealing with them.

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A Carey Teen is dead after the vehicle he was driving rolled over on U.S. Highway 20 east of Picabo.  19 year old Dakota Pettit was ejected from his Jeep that came to rest on its roof after rolling 1 and half times.

The water supply in the Upper Snake Reservoir system is currently 78-percent full.  Officials say April precipitation was above normal and was accompanied by below normal temperatures.  It’s all adding up to be a very good water year for area farmers and ranchers.

A Burley woman has been hospitalized after being struck by a car in Pocatello early Saturday Morning.  24 year old Krista McMurray of Burley and 26 year old Britni Scott of Pocatello are in critical condition at the Portneuf Medical center.  The two were struck while walking across an intersection near Idaho State University.  30 year old Andrew Poisel of Pocatello has been charged with aggravated Drunk Driving. 

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 just outside of Bliss were closed for over 3 hours yesterday afternoon after a cement truck overturned.  39 year old Nathanael Watson of Jerome lost control of the truck on a bridge blocking both lanes of travel.  He was not injured.

Idaho State Police say an Eden man was taken to St. Alphonsus in Boise after being pinned by a trailer at 3900 North near 3700 East in Twin Falls County yesterday morning just before 10.  Robert Morris was westbound in a pickup when he thought his trailer had become loose.  When he stopped he was partially in the lane of travel.  Another pickup struck the trailer that caused Morris to be pinned.  The accident closed the road for about two hours. 

Early voting for May began yesterday.  Twin Falls county voters can cast their ballots between 8 am and 5 pm at the County West Building through May 17th.  Friday is the last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

The only person convicted in connection to a 2013 triple homicide at a pit bull ranch and marijuana growing operation in Oneida County could be out of prison in less than four years.  39 year old Severo Luera, of Garland, Utah, to a unified sentence of 16 years in prison with the possibility of being eligible for parole after eight years.  He has been incarcerated since Feburay 2015 and received credit for the four years meaning he’ll be eligible for parole in less than four years.


In local sports, to the Baseball Diamonds yesterday in High School Play, Glenns Ferry shut out Rimrock 10 to 0.  It was Twin Falls 10 Canyon Ridge 1.  Minico Defeated Burley 10 to 0 and Century said no to Wood River 6 to 2.  Pocatello squeaked past Preston 3 to 2. 

In girls softball, Declo said no to Wendell in both games of a double header 16 to 1 and 15 to 1.  Going into tournament action number 1 seed Twin Falls fell to number 3 seed Pocatello 4 to 1.  Jerome won over Mountain Home 16 to 13.  It was Canyon Ridge 11 Wood River 0 and Burley won over Preston 8 to 5. 

CSI Freshman Brayden Parker is headed to Pocatello to play basketball for Idaho State University this fall.  At first he had signed with the Bengals in high school but then went to CSI for a year.  Parker will be joining CSI head coach Jared Phay who also is headed to Pocatello to be an assistant coach there. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun, with gusty winds developing this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Chance of evening showers and storms. Winds: NW 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 42 Mountains: 38

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and nice. Winds: Light and variable. Valleys - High: 67 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 37

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies - High: 66 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Lots of sunshine and warmer - High: 73 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warm - High: 77 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 73 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny skies, nice and warm - High: 80 Low: 51 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 45

MONDAY: Sunny skies and warm - High: 82 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 76 Low: 39

May 7th: On this day

Johnny Cash kicked off his first ever UK tour at the Empire in Liverpool, with The Statler Brothers opening the show, followed by June Carter.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “Behind Closed Doors”. The single became Rich's first #1 hit on the country charts, and also became a crossover hit on the pop charts. "Behind Closed Doors" earned awards for Song of the Year and Single of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and Rich also received a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 2003, it ranked #9 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country chart with second album Always & Forever. The singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", from the album all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Clint Black was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "A Good Run Of Bad Luck", the fourth single from his 1993 album No Time to Kill.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack was certified for shipments of 6 million. The soundtrack features: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, The Soggy Bottom Boys, The Whites, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, and The Cox Family.

Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia awarded and presented Dwight Yoakam with an honorary doctorate degree. Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Nashville in 1977.

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At tonight’s Twin Falls City Council meeting, the Twin Falls Police Department is asking the Operations Building be renamed the “Craig T. Bracken Public Safety Operations Building.”  On May 8th, 1939 officer Bracken was killed in a shootout while attempting to arrest two convicted felons who had stolen a vehicle and robbed a service station. 

Owners of Box Canyon Dairy in Wendell have filed a lawsuit against its former bookkeeper claiming 34 year old Stephanie Diane Wells embezzled more than 700-thousand dollars.  Wells faces 19 felony counts of grand theft.  In court documents, the money was used to pay off credit card debts. 

More Idaho High School Seniors are planning on enrolling in college or a career technical program come this fall.  That’s what a couple of key early indicators tracked by the Idaho State Board of Education suggest.  More than 93-hundred Idaho Seniors have completed their Federal Student Aid which is 2-percent more than this time last year.  Then nearly 11-thousand seniors have applied to college in Idaho an increase of 28-hundred students.

The man injured when a tree fell on him in Jerome last Thursday passed away Sunday.  The Twin Falls Coroner’s office says 74 year old Hubert Johnson from Gooding County died.  The victim was helping to remove trees behind the Clover Creek apartment complex in the 1200 block of South Davis in Jerome when the accident occurred. 

Idaho State Controller Brandon Wolfe said a new upgrade to the open data transparency website will make it easier for people to get a look at the state’s financial information.  The upgrade which will go live on June 1 will include improved research tools.  Woolf said he felt this will open the books to all to read. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace the Twin Falls based group that builds beds for children to make sure no child sleeps on the floor hopes to break a Guinness World Record.  The hope is for over 6-thousand volunteers nationwide to build more than 25-hundred beds on June 15th.  In Twin Falls they will be at the Twin Falls Visitors center parking lot to build possibly 100 beds that day. 


In sports from around the area, the baseball and softball coaches polls are out.  For High School Baseball, Minico tops the 4A category while Twin Falls comes in at 5 on the list.  Kimberly is number 3 in 3A and coaches say one of the teams to watch is Filer.

As far as Girls High School Softball, Twin Falls is tied for number one with Ridgeview for four –A.  Gooding is number 2 and Filer is 4 in 3-A.  Declo is in 5th place for 2-A play.

One baseball score to report from the weekend.  Declo defeated Wendell Friday 4 to 3. 


Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 76F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 51F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and an isolated thunderstorm in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. Breezy in the Magic Valley.   High: 68 Low: 45  Mountains: 63 Low: 40

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 68 Low: 44   Mountains: 60 Low: 39

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

High: 68 Low: 42  Mountains: 59 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Sunny.   High: 73 Low: 45  Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 75 Low: 48  Mountains: 70 Low: 42

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 77 Mountains: 71


May 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Taylorsville, Kentucky, was Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues singer. Carlisle was a yodeler and was a pioneer in the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. He died on April 5th 1983.

Born on this day in Amarillo, Texas, was Jimmie Dale Gilmore, country singer, songwriter. In 1994, Gilmore teamed up with Willie Nelson to contribute "Crazy" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Marty Robbins was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife", his fourteenth #1 hit on the country chart. The song won Robbins a Grammy Award for Best Country Song the following year.

Merle Haggard appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in the US.

Bob Kingsley took over hosting American Country Countdown, a stint that would last for 27 years. He had been a producer of the radio countdown show since 1974.

Winners at the 20th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Glen Campbell, Janie Frickie and Loretta Lynn included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Nicolette Larson, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill and Single Record of the Year went to Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson for "To All The Girls I've Loved Before."

Canadian singer Shania Twain scored her third #1 country hit with "You Win My Love", the fifth single released from her 1995 album The Woman in Me. The song was written solely by producer Mutt Lange, making it one of the very few Shania songs which she did not co-write.

After the controversy regading Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.

Mindy McCready was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. The 29-year-old singer was already on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in 2004.

Luke Bryan topped a list of the biggest grossing Country Music tours in 2014 published in the Nashville Business Journal with over 1.2m tickets sold, grossing $62.8m. George Strait came in second with $61.8m, and Jason Aldean third with $52.5m.Bottom of Form

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An elderly Jerome man was taken by air ambulance yesterday morning after a tree fell on him.  Authorities on scene say the man was cutting down small trees in the 1200 block of South Davis in Jerome.  Crew’s performed CPR and the man regained a pulse before being transported by helicopter.

Jeremy Presnell the Jerome Fire Chief, turned in his resignation this week.  According to a news release from the city, Presnell is pursuing other professional opportunities.  He had been on leave since March 6th and his last day was Tuesday.  Deputy Chief Mike Harrison will serve as acting fire chief.

A suspect in a Seattle Robbery was arrested in Twin Falls.  Dewaine Earl Stewart is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. He is suspected of robbing a Seattle Fast Food Restaurant on February 28th

The Cassia County School District is changing the math curriculum.  Tim Gunderson with the district said the new program will be for the 7th to 12th grade.  The last change happened in 2004.  Much of the textbooks became outdated and irreparable officials say.

Jerome will be home to a couple of new fast food restaurants.  Jack in the Box and Carl’s Jr. are building facilities in front of Walmart in the 2700 block of South Lincoln. 

There were some tense moments for police in Idaho Falls Wednesday Evening. An Idaho State Police trooper was almost hit head on by a van traveling west of Idaho Falls.  Police say the van had been reported stolen and as they pursued the vehicle speeds reached 125 MPH.  After tire spikes were deployed, the driver ran into a nearby home.  28 year old Craig Stern of North Dakota has been charged with Eluding, DUI, Providing false information, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful entry. 

The College of Southern Idaho announced they will have two commencement ceremonies this year to accommodate the number of people who wish attend.  The ceremonies are set for Friday May 10th.  The first one at 10 am and the second one at 4 pm. 


As the Boise State Broncos work through their television contract for next year, good news fans: the games against UNLV on October 5 San Jose Steate on November 2, Utah State on November 23 and Colorado State on November 29 will air on the CBS Sports Network.  Broadcast details have yet to be released for the Florida State game on August 31 and BYU October 1.

In Murtaugh, Jenna Benites has signed a letter of intent with Columbia Basin Community College.  Benites is believed to be the first ever girls basketball player to sign with a college program, according to school officials.  Columbia Basin is part of the NWAC.  Columbia Basin’s coaches made the trip down to Murtaugh from the Tri-Cities.


Today:  Plenty of sunshine. High near 70F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 41F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Warm with sunny skies. Winds: Light & Variable. Valleys - High: 75 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 37

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 76 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers or isolated storm - High: 72 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 42

TUESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 68 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 65 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 35

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies - High: 67 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 33

May 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Spencer, Wisconsin, was Dave Dudley, country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s including the 1963, hit "Six Days on the Road". He died on December 22, 2003.

Kitty Wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life", and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first #1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

Born on this day in Modesto, California, was Shane Minor country music artist. He has written hits for other artists, including the #1 singles "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, and "Live a Little" by Kenny Chesney.

Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Brad Martin his debut 2002 album Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel, produced the #15 single "Before I Knew Better".

Born on this day in Granite Falls, North Carolina, was Eric Church, Country singer, songwriter. His debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

Winners at the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Charley Pride, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Wynonna, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Little Texas, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Michael Montgomery and Album of the Year went to Alan Jackson for A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love).

Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drunk driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond. Anderson was taken to court later this year where all her previous charges were dropped, as long as she didn't commit any more offenses.

Chely Wright becomes the first major country artist to come out as homosexual. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".