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Thursday 072618

BLM crews are fighting a fire 12 miles North West of Murphy Hot Springs that has burnt an estimated 40,000 acres.  What's being called the Bruneau Fire was reported at approximately 5:40 p.m. Tuesday evening, and was the result of a lightning strike.

A young man is in critical condition after being pulled from Dierkes Lake Tuesday night after he disappeared under the water for several minutes.  Fernando Estrada was air lifted to Saint Alphonsus in Boise.  The Twin Falls Sheriff’s office was notified around 8:40 p.m. that a young man had gone under the water in the swimming area of the lake and couldn’t be found..

Officials say about 25 unclaimed cremains in the Canyon County Coroner's Office will have a new resting place.  The cremains will be stored inside crypt space donated by Cloverdale Funeral Home.  The remains have been stored at the coroner's office because family members of the deceased have not come to retrieve them.

A wildfire near the small community of Pollock has grown to 4 square miles, and some area residents have been told to be ready to evacuate.  The wildfire on Wednesday is burning in timber and grass in rugged terrain about 10 miles south of Riggins on the west side of U.S. Route 95.  About 300 firefighters are fighting the blaze that started at about noon on Monday.

A Lewiston man has pleaded guilty in the murder of his ex-wife and his daughter.  73-year-old Richard Carlin also admitted at a Tuesday hearing to stabbing his grandson, Jonathon Spaeth, who survived the attack.  The females were found dead and naked on the floor.  He is facing a 19 year fixed sentence.

A 75-pound tortoise named Twister who went missing from a reptile rescue facility in southwestern Idaho has returned. Employees with Reptile Adventures in Nampa say Twister showed up in a yard on Wednesday after disappearing from the same yard on Monday.

Authorities say a 530-pound male grizzly bear that killed a calf in eastern Idaho has been captured and relocated to a remote area. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services on Friday investigated the death of the domestic calf near Kilgore and determined a grizzly bear killed it.

In local sports, it could be an interesting season for Boise State Football.  For the first time ever the Broncos are the unanimous favorite to win the Mountain Division.  BSU captured all 22 first-place votes, beating out Wyoming and Colorado.

In legion baseball it’s the Twin Falls Blackhawks 9, Pocatello Razorbacks 4.  The Blackhawks will face the Idaho Falls Knights in todays semifinal game, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Elsewhere it was the Burley Green Sox 3, Malad Dragons 2 in 8 innings.  If the Green Sox with a 25-13 season hold on against Idaho Falls, they will advance to the semifinals. A loss would drop them to an elimination game.

Elsewhere it was Idaho Falls Knights 6, Wood River Wranglers 5.  Wood River will play a loser-out game against Malad this morning.

And it was Upper Valley 7, Twin Falls Cowboys 6.  Twin Falls will play an elimination game against Pocatello at 9 a.m. today.

If you follow wrestling, the name Chris Bono shurley rings a bell with you.  He’s one of the biggest names in college wrestling and he is in Jerome through tomorrow.  Bono, the University of Wisconsin head coach will work with area kids at a camp at the Jerome High School.  That camp is open to all of the Magic Valley.  Registration begins each day at 8 am.  

Today:  Lots of sunshine. High 98F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 65F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 97F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Low 62 (Mountains: 52)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 90)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 94 (Mountains: 89)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 98 (Mountains: 92)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 97 (Mountains: 90)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 93 (Mountains: 88)

July 26th: On this day


Born on this day in Lundale, West Virginia, was Jim Foglesong country music producer and executive from the 1950s until the 1990s, based in Nashville He signed many artists, among them Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Con Hunley, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, and Kevin Morris. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.


Born on this day in in Windsor, Connecticut was guitarist Al Anderson who has penned hits for George Strait - "Love's Gonna Make It Alright," Diamond Rio's "Unbelievable," LeAnn Rimes' "Big Deal" and The Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down. "


Johnny Cash released the single, "A Boy Named Sue", a song written by Shel Silverstein. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969. The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue.


Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with “It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer”, his ninth #1 on the country chart. The single stayed at the top for three weeks and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.


Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood were at #1 on the US Country music charts with “Bar Room Buddies”. The song was featured in the film Bronco Billy (starring Clint Eastwood).


Shania Twain's Come On Over was certified for shipments of 12 million copies, passing her own The Woman In Me as the best-selling country album ever by a female artist.


Mindy McCready was arrested by Williamson County deputies and charged with violating her probation when she arrived on an afternoon flight at the Nashville International Airport. McCready was serving a three-year probation after pleading guilty in 2004 to fraudulently obtaining OxyContin at a Brentwood pharmacy and for resisting arrest.

Wednesday 072518

Members of the Twin Falls City Council had an agenda about the 2019 budget when they met this week but public comment changed those plans.  Last week the council voted no to a resolution regarding the separation of children from their families at the Mexican border.  Some community members had hoped to change the council’s minds.  In the end, the council said they would not change their decision.

On Monday, the Lincoln County Commissioners conducted the second public hearing about a proposed animal ordnance that would cite pet owners if their dogs cause problems.  In the end, commissioners didn’t pass a resolution saying a code enforcer would need to be hired and they may not have the budget for that. 

Yellowstone National Park's fire danger has reached a high ranking for the first time this year following several of weeks of sunny weather and curing vegetation.  The high ranking comes days after lightning sparked the first wildfire of the season near Yellowstone.  Despite the high fire danger, Yellowstone has not placed special restrictions on campfires.

A study examining the potential costs and savings of Medicaid expansion in Idaho shows there could be big savings for state and local taxpayers, should voters approve the expansion in November. The state-commissioned study concludes 90 percent of the costs of Medicaid expansion will be covered by the federal government.

Fire lookout towers first appeared on U.S. mountaintops a century ago, and they still play a key role in battling wildfires in some parts of the country. The number of fire lookouts peaked in the 1940s with as many as 5,000. But only about 400 working lookouts remain, mostly in the West. Officials say they continue to spot the majority of forest wildfires in areas they cover.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has selected who will argue for and against two ballot initiatives in the state's taxpayer-funded voter guide. The state's election office had invited proponents and opponents of the measures to submit their arguments for review by last week.

Federal officials say target shooters illegally using exploding targets on public land have started five wildfires in eastern Idaho and officials will pursue recovering the costs of fighting the fires from those responsible. The BLM  has identified those responsible for one of the fires and has potentially identified those responsible for two of the other fires.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies, hot, isolated storms south.
Winds: West 5-10 mph
High: 97 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.
Winds: SW 5-10 mph
Low 62 (Mountains: 54)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot.
Winds: West 5-10 mph
High: 96 (Mountains: 88)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear.
Low 60 (Mountains: 53)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 96 (Mountains: 88)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot
High: 98 (Mountains: 91)

July 25th: On this day


During his first recording session at Jim Beck's Studio on 1101 Ross Avenue in Dallas, Lefty Frizzell recorded "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," "I Love You A Thousand Ways" and "Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday)." Beck is credited with discovering Frizzell which led to his first major recording contract.


Born on this day in Norwich, Connecticut was drummer Rich Redmond. He worked with Rushlow, and later became a member of Jason Aldean's band, playing on "Big Green Tractor," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "She's Country"


Sonny James was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Bright Lights, Big City", James' fifteenth #1 hit in a row in the country chart.


"Set 'Em Up Joe" by country music artist Vern Gosdin was at #1 on the Country chart. The song was a tribute song to Ernest Tubb and was Vern Gosdin's second #1 on the country chart.


Charlie Rich, singer and musician, died in his sleep aged 62. Rich who acquired the nickname The Silver Fox is best remembered for his 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". Rich's destructive personal behavior famously culminated at the CMA awards ceremony for 1975, when he presented the award for Entertainer of the Year, while visibly intoxicated. Instead of reading the name of the winner, who happened to be John Denver, he set fire to the envelope with a cigarette lighter.


Refering to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines’ comment about United States President George W. Bush and the current situation in Iraq: Merle Haggard, who had released a song critical of US media coverage of the Iraq War, issued a press statement saying: “I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching.”


"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by the Eli Young Band was at #1 on the Country singles chart. Written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay and originally recorded by Hoge on his seventh studio album, The Wreckage.

Tuesday 072418

Authorities have concluded their search for 83 year old Gloria Schiffler who had been missing since Saturday.  Her body was found just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon in a canal.  The woman is believed to have left her home near Pebble Ponds in Filer between 5:30 and 6 pm.  200 people volunteered in the search.

A Nevada woman has died after her vehicle rolled.  30 year old Brittani Gibson lost control in the eastbound lane of I-84 west of Mountain Home Saturday evening.  Police say she was ejected when the vehicle rolled.   Two of the three juveniles that were riding with her at the time were also ejected. 

If you’re a Jerome resident with children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, you should listen up.  Starting this fall parents can choose to utilize the services of the YMCA.  Up to 50 children will be able to go to the Jerome YMCA from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday when school is in session.  The program will be at the Jefferson Elementary school.

Authorities in Pocatello say an alleged drunk driver struck a car in the parking lot of a Pocatello McDonalds.  Then 48 year old Bart Anderson went through the drive thru to purchase a meal and was eating it when police arrived and arrested him.  He is also a suspect in a hit and run that  occurred in Chubbuck that occurred earlier on Sunday.

Ammon Bundy, a constitutional rights defender to his allies and domestic terrorist to his critics has gone public, saying the LDS church, of which is a devout member, has been infiltrated with socialists, globalists and environmentalists.  In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management descended on his father’s desert ranch in Nevada to impound his cattle. Cliven Bundy, Ammon’s father, for years had refused to pay fees for grazing cattle on federal land, which includes the habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

Idaho ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of women judges on the state's courts.  Idaho ranked next-to-last for women judges at 17 percent. Arkansas came in last at 15 percent.

Some Idaho residents may have to wait until next year to get the new shingles vaccine. The vaccine, Shingrix, has been on high demand nationwide since it was released in February.

In local Sports, Burley native Troy Merritt shot a 5–under 67 on Monday to win the rain–delayed Barbasol Championship by one stroke.  This marks his second career PGA Tour victory and earned him a spot in next month's PGA Championship. Merritt led or shared the lead after each round.  He was one of four players tied for the lead at 18 under when the round began. He made five birdies, including an eagle–2 on the par–4 eighth hole, to stay in contention.

An NBA player is lending a helping hand to area youth. Kyle Collinsworth is holding camps in Jerome and Burley this week.  The free agent most recently played for the Dallas Mavericks and appeared in 32 games last season.  The Jerome camp wraps up today, but kids can still register for half price. The Burley camp will be held at the Oregon Trail Recreation District on Wednesday and Thursday.

Today:  Mostly sunny and hot, Isolated storms   Winds: Light & Variable   High: 97 (Mountains: 90)

Tonight:  Mostly clear and warm   Winds: South 5-10 mph  Low 66 (Mountains: 56)

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 99F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: South 5-10 mph

Low 62 (Mountains: 54)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 88)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 88)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 98 (Mountains: 91)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 98 (Mountains: 92)



July 24th: On this day


American country music singer Roy Acuff announced his intention to run for governor of Tennessee. Running as the Republican candidate, he later lost to Democratic candidate Gordon Browning in the November election.


Born on this day was Pam Tillis country music singer-songwriter and actress, (she is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis). Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, she scored the 1991 hit "Don't Tell Me What to Do", and has since charted more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, including her only #1 single, 1995's "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)".


Johnny Cash started recoding session for his third album The Fabulous Johnny Cash which was released in November 1958 by the Columbia label, after Cash's departure from Sun Records.


Born on this day, was Jerrod Niemann country music singer, songwriter, who charted with the single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)". He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun".


The Urban Cowboy soundtrack was certified platinum. The double album featured Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band and others. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.


Johnny Cash picked up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" from his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. The video, featuring images from Cash's life and directed by Mark Romanek, was also named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video of all time by NME.


"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line was at #1 on the Country chart. "Cruise" became the best-selling country digital song of all time in the United States as of January 2014. On August 24, 2013, it logged its 24th week at #1, the longest run at #1 in the chart's 69-year history (the previous record was 21 weeks held jointly by three songs, the last of which was Webb Pierce's "In the Jailhouse Now").

Monday 072318

A drone flying over the Minidoka Memorial hospital could have caused a serious accident if it wasn’t for the quick eye of the medical helicopter pilot who was attempting to land.  The incident was reported on July 4th.  Police quickly located the drone operator and told them to land immediately.  The helicopter was transporting a patient involved in a crash.

Xavier Charter School’s board of trustees said yes to allow a school employee to carry a concealed firearm on campus.  Officials say this isn’t a Second Amendment rights issue but a way to keep children safe.

Twin Falls County Commissioners have agreed with county staff over a dispute regarding a cellphone tower east of Twin Falls.  The 106 foot tower construction can continue.  Resident expressed concern about property values.

A Nampa man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing two people at a Boise nightclub.  26-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia was convicted for stabbing two men at China Blue, a club in downtown Boise, last January.

Idaho's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month at 2.9 percent. The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday says it's the 10th consecutive month Idaho's unemployment rate has been at or below 3 percent.

A popular recreation pond in Boise has closed due to toxin-producing blue-green algae. Boise Parks and Recreation closed Pond No. 1 at Esther Simplot park on Thursday.

A Burley man who beat a woman and forced the woman's toddler son to help stab her with a knife on Thanksgiving has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. David James Gifford must serve three years before becoming eligible for parole.

Authorities have suspended a southwestern Idaho day care's state license after workers left a 3-year-old behind at a local park. Little Angels operator said staff didn't realize that the child was missing until an employee saw a social media post from Nampa police about the girl found alone at the park

A judge has sentenced an Idaho man to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a 2014 standoff near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy.  51-year-old Todd Engel was sentenced after he was found guilty last year of obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion.

83 year old Gloria Schiffler has been missing from her Filer home for over 24 hours. She left her home near Pebble Ponds Golf Course north of Filer on July 21, between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.


Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue are leading the search.  The response from our partnering agencies and volunteers from the community has been overwhelming.  We are grateful for each and every person who has helped search and brought food, water, and supplies.


Over 200 volunteers, Fish and Game, ISP, Filer Police, Filer Fire Department, Twin Falls Canal Company, Air St. Luke’s, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Canine Unit, Roger Vincent, and George Parker with CropSet Aviation have participated in the search.  Several other agencies have offered their services are on standby.


Deputies will be in the area intermittently throughout the night, and a plan will be set for Monday.


In local sports, Breck Ward from Jerome has picked up the top honors at the National high School Finals Rodeo in Team Roping.  Wards partner and the person he is sharing the honors with was Trae Smith from Georgetown.  They scored a 5.99 holding off teams from New Mexico and Utah.

Mountain bikers hit the trails at Pomerelle this weekend to take part in the 20th annual Pomerelle Pounder.  90 racers participated this year, marking a normal turnout.

Two local AA legion baseball teams are left from the area and only one will continue their season after Saturday.  Both the Twin Falls Cowboys and Minico Storm suffered ups and downs at the AA legion baseball district tournament held in Rupert. They needed to survive past Friday in order to play for a chance to represent Area C as the third and final seed at state.  Minico lost to Twin Falls on Thursday, but beat Blackfoot. Twin Falls fell to Idaho Falls and then came back to beat Eastern Idaho.  On Saturday, the Cowboys took an early lead and run–ruled Minico 13–3 in six innings.   The state tournament begins Friday, hosted by the Nampa Chiefs.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 97F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 68F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 99F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 67 (Mountains: 59)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 97 (Mountains: 89)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 95 (Mountains: 88)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 95 (Mountains: 86)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 94 (Mountains: 85)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

July 23rd: On this day


Born on this day in Decatur, IL, was Judy Martin, country music singer, performing from the early 30's to the late 40's on the WLS-AM's National Barn Dance in Chicago. She was the second wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Red Foley. On November 17, 1951 Foley died at her Nashville home from an overdose of sleeping pills aged 34.


Born on this day in Decatur, Illinois, was Alison Maria Krauss, bluegrass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She released her first solo album in 1987 and then was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Krauss recorded Raising Sand with Robert Plant in 2007 which was nominated for and won 5 Grammys at the 51st Grammy Awards.


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas the American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins was released. An adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name, the film starred Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The film version presented some difficulties for Universal, particularly with advertising. In 1982, the word "whorehouse" was considered obscene in parts of the US, resulting in the film being renamed The Best Little Cathouse in Texas in some print ads.


Born on this day in Jackson Mississippi, was Neil Perry, singer, mandolin, accordion, drums, and Piano in The Band Perry who scored the 2013 #1 Country album If I Die Young.


Born on this day in League City, Texas, was Danielle Bradbery, American country singer. Her debut studio album, Danielle Bradbery, released in 2013, featuring the top 20 country hit "The Heart of Dixie". She won season four of NBC's The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest contestant to come in first place.


Deana Carter won Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards for "Strawberry Wine." Vice Gill won Songwriter - Artist of the Year for the third time and Mark D. Sanders won the award for best Songwriter.


Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards appeared onstage with Willie Nelson at a concert in Westport, Connecticut.

Friday 072018

The Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest has closed the area in and around Mill Flat Campground in Cassia County due to a fire.  BLM crews say the fire 24 miles southeast of the Interstate 84/Interstate 86 interchange, is estimated at 1,500 acres.

The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization has officially merged with Southern Idaho Rural Development to bring more economic development throughout the Magic Valley.  Because of the constant overlap it was beneficial to more businesses for them to become one.

A man suspected in a series of burglaries and thefts and wanted in nine states including Idaho has been arrested by police in Maine.  55-year-old Joseph Hodge of Jacksonville, Florida has multiple warrants for theft-related offenses.

Authorities say an Idaho mother told deputies her religious beliefs prompted her to pray for her husband instead of tell police about his alleged sexual abuse of their daughters. Sarah Kester and her husband, Lester Kester Jr. are affiliated with the Followers of Christ Church. Sarah was arrested and charged with one count of injury to a child. Lester was charged with four counts of lewd conduct with a minor.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sara D. Schaeffer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony third-degree arson in connection with the fire near Lucky Peak Reservoir on Sunday.  The fire burned one square mile.

Federal officials say they killed three wolves after attacks on livestock, an action blasted by an environmental group. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's said it killed the wolves earlier this month near Stanley at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after confirming wolves killed six sheep.

A Nevada correctional officer suspected of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend has been found dead in Idaho. 41-year-old Christopher Gerard Caggiano died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found inside his car in Lava Hot Springs.

The water level in the eastern snake plain aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet over last year.  It's the single largest increase in the water volume in more than 80 years.  Officials say two good winters, good carryover this year and a commitment by groundwater users to reduce consumptive use all played a part in increasing water levels in the aquifer.

In local sports, legion baseball it was the Twin Falls Cowboys 8 Minico Storm 5 in Rupert.  It was the Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels 14, Jerome Cyclones 3 in 5 innings and East Idaho Rockies 20, Cyclones 4 in 5 innings. 

Today:  Sunny and hot Winds: Light & Variable High: 96 (Mountains: 89)

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Sunny skies. High 98F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds

Winds: WSW 5-10 mph

Low 63 (Mountains: 52)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 92 (Mountains: 86)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 88)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 98 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 100 (Mountains: 92)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 97 (Mountains: 89)

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."


Country musician, songwriter, and record producer Wayne Carson died aged 72. He wrote "Always on My Mind" (with Mark James and Johnny Christopher), which was first recored by Gwen McCrae (as "You Were Always On My Mind") and then Brenda Lee in 1972. Over 300 recordings have been made of the song, including; Elvis Presley in 1972; John Wesley Ryles in 1979; Willie Nelson's Grammy Award winning version in 1982; and Loretta Lynn in 2016. July 21st: On this day


Born on this day in Copper Creek, Virginia, was Country music musician, singer and songwriter Sara Carter, lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. Carter was inducted as part of the Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Famein 1970 along with Bill Monroe. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. Carter died on Jan 8th 1979 aged 80.


Born on this day, was Sidney Cox, banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals with The Cox Family, who were featuted on the soundtrack to the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Born on this day in Calgary, Alberta, was Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt who made his mark on the country music charts with the single "My Heart Has a History," propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach to the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the US since Hank Snow.


Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer’s second studio album. The album contained Pruett's first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.


The Rascal Flatts video, "I Melt," came under fire by conservative groups because it contained brief scenes of nudity, (guitarist Joe Don Rooney's bare buttocks, and model Christina Auria taking a shower in the nude). Groups called for the video to be banned from airplay on CMT and Great American Country. Eventually, Rascal Flatts released an edited version of the video, which aired during daytime hours on the two country music-oriented networks.


Mindy McCready was arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after getting into a drunken, violent fight with her mother. The singer was also charged with violating her probation.


Brad Paisley performed at the White House in celebration of country music. "Country Music at the White House " was streamed live on the White House web-site as well as a special on Great American Country.


Wynonna Judd, along with her daughter and tour manager were involved in a head-on collision in Salt Lake City, Utah, on their way to a sushi restaurant. The three of them were taken to a hospital where their injuries were treated, and all three were released at midnight that evening.


Pedal steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee. He was widely regarded as the world's foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day and was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980. He recorded with artists including Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and Ray Charles.

July 22nd: On this day


Born on this day in Gilmer, Texas, was Don Henley singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh, while living at the home of fellow Texan Kenny Rogers; the album was produced by Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.


Patsy Cline was brought onstage at the Grand Ole Opry in a wheelchair to tell her fans that she would be back singing soon. Cline had been seriously injured in a car accident outside the Madison High School in Nashville the previous month.


Hank Snow, with producer Chet Atkins, recorded “In The Misty Moonlight”, “I Saw A Man” and other tracks, at RCA Victor Studio, Tennessee. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.


Born on this day was Sonya Isaacs, American country singer. Isaacs is married to singer-songwriter Jimmy Yeary, with whom she co-wrote Martina McBride's 2011 #4 single "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".


Jack Benny, who was Loretta Lynn's second child and eldest son, died at the of age 34 while trying to ford the Duck River at the family's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.


Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with "Don't Rock the Jukebox", released as the lead single from the album of the same name, Don't Rock the Jukebox. It was his second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.


Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways. Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.


American country music singer Daron Norwood was found dead in his Hereford, Texas apartment by his landlord. On November 5, 1995, Norwood announced he was to quit his career as a country singer because of his addiction to alcohol. He told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal that during that time period, he was taking 20 to 25 shots of Jack Daniels a night.

Thursday 071918

Traps just south of Hagerman have collected several Mosquitos that are known to carry the West Nile virus.  Health officials are also investigating a possible human case which would be the first this year.  The patient has not yet required hospitalization.

  Crews and aircraft are fighting three lightning-caused wildfires in Southern Idaho burning in grass and brush.  The largest of the fires ballooned to 47 square miles yesterday and is about 26 miles southwest of Castleford.  Another 14-square-mile fire is burning about 8 miles north of Gooding and is threatening structures, but no evacuations have been ordered.  The fire closed a portion of highway 46 on Tuesday.

61 year old Bruce Smith of Ketchum has been accused of brandishing a hatchet at a motorcyclist because he was upset about the speed and noise of the motorcycle.  The motorcyclist, Tyler Moore of Boise, said Smith was holding the hatchet over his head and swinging it in a downward motion. Smith was arraigned on one count of possession of a weapon with the intent to assault. Moore was also arrested on one count of misdemeanor assault.

A new study says visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of air pollution.  Researchers looked at more than two decades of data on ozone pollution at 33 parks - from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon.  Visitor numbers dropped almost 2 percent when ozone levels went up even slightly and at least 8 percent in some months with bad air quality.

Authorities say they're investigating after finding four dead horses in a pasture with an empty water trough.  The Payette County Sheriff's Office says it responded to an animal neglect call on Sunday and found the dead horses.

Chip Sealing.  It happens every summer and every summer there are a lot of windshield damage.  When asked who is responsible, officials say once the chips are on the road, it’s out of their hands, suggesting you reach out to your insurance agents.  The best solution to avoiding damage is to simply slow down and give plenty of room to nearby vehicles. 

In local Sports, Filer has a new athletic director.  Trudy Weaver will replace Zach Dong to lead the Wildcats.  Weaver was most reciently the Gooding districts Athletic director but stepped down in the spring of 2017.  She has spent the past year as an assistant principal in Filer.  Dong is moving on to head the boys basketball coaching position in Pendleton.  He spent 10 years in Filer and was hired as the school’s Athletic Director in 2016.

Today:  Sunny. High near 100F. E winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 65F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 96F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy

Winds: Light & Variable

Low 63 (Mountains: 54)

SATURDAY: Partly sunny chance of isolated storm

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 88)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 99 (Mountains: 90)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 100 (Mountains: 91)

July 19th: On this day


Born on this day in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was George Hamilton IV, country musician. Hamilton's breakthrough hit was the 1961 song "Before this Day Ends". His biggest hit came two years later with "Abilene", another song penned by Loudermilk and Bob Gibson. The song spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's country singles chart. Hamilton died on Sept 17th 2014 after he suffered a major heart attack.


Born on this day in Okemah, Oklahoma, was Billy Parker country music disc jockey and singer. He was named Disc Jockey of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1974 and by the Academy of Country Music in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1984. Between 1976 and 1989, Parker charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Bernie Leadon, musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Prior to the Eagles, he was a member of two pioneering and highly influential country rock bands, Dillard & Clark and the Flying Burrito Brothers.


Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Ed Ames, Roy Clark, The Monkees and Joni Mitchell. Cash introduced The Monkees by playing the first verse of their hit “Last Train To Clarksville” with The Monkees on backing vocals, The Monkees then performed a version of the Johnny Cash song “Everybody Loves a Nut”, with Cash.


Lefty Frizzell the American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s died. He became a major influence on Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, John Fogerty and Roy Orbison, (who as a part of the Traveling Wilburys chose the name "Lefty Wilbury" to honor his musical hero).


Wynonna was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "I Saw the Light" the second single from Wynonna's self-titled debut album, it was also that album's second #1 hit.


Country music duo Big & Rich were at #1 on the US singles chart with "Lost in This Moment." Prior to its release, the duo's highest-charting single was "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", which reached #11.