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Tuesday 102020

Idaho state officials estimate hundreds of more residents have died than in a normal year, even without counting fatalities that are attributed to the coronavirus.  The state estimates 861 more Idaho residents died between January and September this year than died on average during those months in the past three years.  Officials said 447 of those deaths were attributed directly to COVID-19.

Idaho State Police are warning motorists not to use the median or emergency cross-over at the I-84-86 interchange or face hefty fines.  Police say they are increasing patrols near the site east of Burley because there have been many who ignore the signs putting them at risk when re-entering fast moving traffic.  The detour will be in place for about a week as transportation workers remove the eastbound bridge.

Idaho officials on Monday approved a contract with Florida-based vendor ClassWallet to distribute $50 million in federal coronavirus emergency money to low-income families to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic.  The program will provide up to $1,500 per child with a maximum of $3,500 per family and help about 30,000 kids. The program starts tomorrow, and families can apply through Dec. 8.

A planned "sick-out" by teachers who are unsatisfied with the West Ada School District's response to the coronavirus pandemic will continue again today.  More than 500 teachers have called in sick.  The teachers are wanting full time on line learning during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 A third Idaho inmate died of COVID-19 Saturday after being hospitalized in Arizona.  The Idaho Department of Correction said, the man was transported from Eloy to Casa Grande, Arizona, on Oct.1, for treatment of COVID-like symptoms.  The man was one of 438 men under IDOC jurisdiction who are incarcerated in Arizona due to a shortage of correctional beds in Idaho.

SPORTS

The Boise State Bronco’s kick off their eight game season hosting Utah state this Saturday.  If you want to go, you will have to send your cut-out.  For 50-dollars a likeness of you will  be placed in the stadium.  Boise State is only playing seven conference opponents this season. The Broncos will play the BYU Cougars on Friday, Nov. 6, instead of playing a conference team.  The mountain West Conference Championship Game will be played on Saturday December 12 at the home field of the team with the highest win percentage of the year in-conference games only.

As high school volleyball goes in to district finals here are some of the finals from yesterday.  Minico took Canyon Ridge 3 to 2.  Dietrich shut out Camas County 3 to 0.  It was Castleford 3 Richfield 0.  Sun Valley Community School 3 Hagerman 0 and Carey 3 Hansen 0.

In D-1 play, Oakley took Raft River 3 to 0 and Lighthouse Christian took the game from Murtaugh 3 to 2.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West southwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. West wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 14 to 17 mph.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 45. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Saturday:  A chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers between noon and 3pm, then a chance of snow showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

October 20th: On this day

1908
Born on this day in Kellyville, Texas was Stuart Hamblen who was one of American radio's first singing cowboys wrote "This Ole House", which has been covered by many artists including Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Dean, Boxcar Willie, Bill Black, and UK singer Shakin' Stevens. Hamblen died in Santa Monica, California on March 8th 1989 of brain cancer.

1913
Born on this day in Henderson County, Kentucky, was Grandpa Jones an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jones died on 19 Feb 1998 aged 84.

1937
Born on this day in Maud, Oklahoma was Wanda Lavonne Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the Queen (or First Lady) of Rockabilly. Jackson moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine", "A Woman Lives for Love" and "Fancy Satin Pillows".

1971
Born on this day was Jimi Westbrook from Little Big Town. All of their albums have accounted for over 20 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the No. 1 singles "Pontoon", "Girl Crush", and "Better Man."

1983
Merle Travis died a heart attack. The American country and Western singer, songwriter who was best known for his hit "Sixteen Tons", often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners in the lyrics. Travis was was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

1991
Clint Black married actress, singer Lisa Hartman who played a major role in the primetime soap Knots Landing, as rock singer Ciji Dunne.

1999
Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville suffering from pneumonia, the second time this year. Doctors suspected that the medication Cash was taking for Shy-Drager's Syndrome has made him more susceptible to infection.

2006
Flicka, an adaptation of the 1941 children's novel, opened in US movie theaters. Tim McGraw played the leading adult male role as Wyoming rancher Rob McGlaughlin.

2009
Tim McGraw released Southern Voice, which was led by the single "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You".

Monday 101920

The State Fire Marshall is on scene this morning after two Jerome homes were destroyed by fire yesterday morning.  When fire crews from Jerome arrived on scene at the corner of Rainer and Glacier Drive just after 9 am one home an RV and several cars were on fire.  The fire spread to another home to the east of the first home damaging much of the second structure.  The Jerome city crew was assisted by the Jerome rural department along with Twin Falls and Wendell.  One person was treated for a minor injury.  10 people are being assisted by the Red Cross.  At this time the cause has not been official determined. 

Three people were killed yesterday after a two vehicle crash sent both cars into a canal near Holmes Avenue in Idaho Falls.  Police say the accident happened just after 3 pm.  Two women who were ejected died.  One at the Hospital and one at the scene.  One man was found inside one of the submerged vehicles.  Police say 19 year old Omar Arias of Idaho Falls failed to yield for a stop sign at the intersection.

This evening crews are scheduled to set up a crane at 160 Main Avenue in Twin Falls to begin the process of demolishing the old Youth Ranch Building.  In its place a six story structure of retail and apartments is set to be built.

COVID 19 numbers continue to climb in the gem state.  As of yesterday afternoon, 221 patients are in the hospital.  55 in intensive care.  512 new cases were reported yesterday surpassing 47-thousand in the gem state.

Students in the west Ada school district won’t be in class today due to a teacher shortage.  Officials with the district said that of the 2-thousand 145 classroom teachers, 652 have called in sick leaving the district with 500 unfilled positions.  Last week the West End Education Association warned that teachers would perform a sickout demonstration if the district did not revert to full remote learning. 

One person died in a one vehicle crash yesterday on Friends road just south of Greenleaf near Nampa.  The car went off the right shoulder of the intersection, over-corrected and rolled.  One person was ejected.  Both were taken to the hospital where the driver 31 year old Scotty Abbott of Nampa succumb to his injuries.

SPORTS

In High school  football from over the weekend, Jerome took the win from Burley 64 to 43.  Camas County defeated Hagerman 70 to 12.  Castleford downed Rockland 28 to 16.  It was Declo 50 Filer 0.  Kimberly defeated Buhl56 to 0.  Minico downed Canyon Ridge 27 to 7.  Murtaugh defeated Glenns Ferry 48 to 14.  Oakley 50 Lighthouse Christian 18.  Twin Falls defeated Mountain Home 51 to 6 and it was Valley 50 Wendell 14.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West southwest wind 11 to 18 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 6 to 16 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West southwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 46.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night:  A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

October 19th: On this day

1889
Born on this day in Bristol, England, was Art Satherley, record producer and A&R man who joined Columbia Records in 1930 and subsequently became one of the most successful country music promoters in the genre's early history. Among those he produced were Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins and Roy Acuff. Satherley died on 10 Feb 1986.

1945
Born on this day in Anson, Texas, was Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, country music and gospel singer who is best known for her 1968 country #1 and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA". In 1980, she published her autobiography, From Harper Valley to the Mountain Top.

1968
Born on this day was Rodney Scott Carrington, an American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest-hits package.

1976
Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Cyndi Thomson, her debut 2001 single, "What I Really Meant to Say", became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1997
Six airplanes rocked their wings in a salute to John Denver before a memorial service. Taped recordings of four of his songs were played during the funeral service at Faith Presbyterian Church, attended by about 2,000 people in the Denver suburb.

1998
Alan Jackson released "Right on the Money" which became his sixteenth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It was the second single from his album High Mileage.

2006
Keith Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California. He later issued a statement saying: "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid that I have."

2011
Brad Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode Bass to Mouth.

Friday 101620

The South Central Public Health District is warning area residents in Three Idaho Counties they are headed toward Critical or Red levels in the fight against COVID-19.  Yesterday, the department said they are noting positivity rate surges in Twin Falls, Cassia and Minidoka counties.  Officials say if this continues by Thursday of next week we will reach critical risk levels.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said he understands that coronavirus cases are rising fast and hospitals are seeing an influx of patients.  Still, he said, personal responsibility, not a statewide mandate, remains the best way to reduce the burden on hospitals and slow the spread of COVID-19.  Little said Idaho will remain in Stage four of his four step re-opening plan.  In the latest numbers this morning, Health officials confirm 718 new and probable cases of the COVID-19 in Idaho, bringing the statewide total to 50,610.

Earlier this week the Hailey City council voted unanimously to pass a public health order strengthening mask requirements, limit group size and require 6 foot physical distances between people within businesses.  Businesses are prohibited from serving people who don’t follow the guidelines.

For the first time in history more than a million people are registered to vote in Idaho.   In Ada and Canyon the state’s two largest counties it appears that more voters are going to vote absentee than ever before in a presidential election.

Unemployment numbers continue to fall in Idaho.  The department paid out $6.3 million in claims during the week ending Oct. 10, down from $7.1 million for week ending Oct 3.  As of yesterday, the total number of unemployment benefits paid out to Idahoans due to coronavirus has totaled to $889.5 million.

The Idaho Water Resource Board said they plan to build an embankment that will prevent water from affecting a BLM road at a recharge site near Eden.  The embankment will stand 14 feet tall and be built on the north end of the Milepost 31 recharge basin to prevent the water from flooding a dirt road and livestock fence.

SPORTS

In local sports first from the Great Basin 7 conference district soccer tournament – for the boys Jerome Defeated Canyon Ridge 2 to 1.  Twin Falls shut out Burley 1 to 0.  For the Girls Twin Falls Shut out Canyon Ridge 4 to 0 and Jerome defeated Mountain Home 1 to 0.

There’s one football game to report from yesterday.  Gooding Defeated Marsh Valley 36 to 6.

On tonight’s football schedule there are several canceled games.  Richfield at Hansen, Minico at Wood River and Carey at Castleford. 

As far as those teams with a game tonight, Kimberly will be at Buhl, Jerome at Burley, Hagerman at Camas County, Minico at Canyon Ride, Rockland at Castleford, Filer meets in Declo, Murtaugh at Glenns Ferry, Oakley at Lighthouse Christian, Raft River at Butte county, Mountain Home meets in Twin Falls and Wendell travels to Valley.

 

WEATHER

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

 

October 16th: On this day

1918
Born on this day, was Stoney Cooper, an American country star and member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was a master of the fiddle and the guitar. Cooper died on March 22 1977 aged 58.

1950
Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

1961
Decca records released "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the chart for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

1976
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country music charts with "You and Me" the singers sixteenth and final #1 country hit as a solo artist. The single stayed at #1 for two weeks and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.

1981
Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US country album chart with Step by Step, his seventh studio album. The album continued the crossover success established in the singer's two previous albums. Three singles were produced including the title track, which went to #1 on country charts and reached the top 5 on both the Adult Contemporary and Billboard 100 charts.

1992
Taking part at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Madison Square Garden, New York Ciry, Johnny Cash and June Carter performed "It Ain't Me, Babe," which was subsequently included on a 2 CD live recording.

2015
Record producer and guitarist John Jennings died of kidney cancer aged 62. He was best known for his work with Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as working with Indigo Girls, the Rankin Family, Cheryl Wheeler, Iris DeMent, and George Jones.

2016
Randy Travis attended his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame where he performed a rendition of "Amazing Grace." Travis had recovered his voice after about three years of rehabilitation and therapy.

Thursday101520

The Bellevue City Marshall has been arrested on charges of delivery of a controlled substance.  36 year old William R. Scaggs of Camas County was taken into custody Tuesday evening.  Authorities say Scaggs recently delivered marijuana while on duty as the Bellevue City Marshall. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the state of Idaho’s bid to overturn a case involving a transgender inmate who sued state officials to obtain sex reassignment surgery.  The Court had ruled in May that it would not block a lower court’s ruling requiring Idaho to pay for Adree Edmo’s surgery.  Edmo received her surgery in June and was transferred to a women’s prison shortly thereafter, becoming the first transgender inmate in the country to do so through a court order,

Earlier this week, Kristine Svinicki told an Idaho governor’s advisory group that non-traditional nuclear energy backers could be drawn to the idea that nuclear power as a clean energy source could be boosted by emphasizing how it would help humanity.  Revamping the nation’s nuclear power is part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by generating carbon-free electricity with nuclear power.

College students at Brigham Young University Idaho in Rexburg who intentionally expose themselves to the coronavirus face being permanently dismissed school officials say.  A memo issued by the school condemns the behavior.  The students may be planning to sell their plasma.

40 year old Amanda Yarbrough of Twin Falls is in an Ogden Utah jail after a traffic stop that turned violent.  Yarbrough was charged with biting an officer on the arm.  She is also charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

Residents in Bliss will be able to have access to broadband internet after 2 towers were installed in the area.  Thanks to the CARES act fund more than 40-thousand Idahoans will have access to high speed internet for the first time. 

SPORTS

The Sun Valley Community school girls soccer team is headed to state after defeating Kimberly 2 to 1 in the High Desert conference.  In the past 12 years they have been undefeated in district tournaments.

Elsewhere in district playoffs, for the Girls, Buhl took the game over Wendell 1 to 0.  Buhl will play at Kimberly on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the winner earning a trip to state.

For the Boys the Sun Valley Community School shut out Gooding 1 to 0 and Buhl defeated Kimberly 1 to 0.  The looser out game sends the Buhl Indians to a 1 pm game Saturday at Canyon Ridge.

 

WEATHER

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. South southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. South southwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

 

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy.

 

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

 

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

 

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

 

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

 

October 15th: On this day

1943
Born on this day, was American drummer and session musician Larrie Londin. He played on more hit records during his career than any other drummer, with the possible exception of the legendary session drummer Hal Blaine. Londin moved to Nashville in 1969, and grew to be regarded as Nashville's top session drummer and played with a wide range of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Merle Haggard, Hank Snow, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, KT Oslin, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Chet Atkins, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. He died on August 24, 1992.

1960
Loretta Lynn made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. In a press conference she said, "I've played in a million places, but the Grand Ole Opry is different." Lynn has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry for over years, since joining on September 25, 1962.

1965
Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Dean Miller, country music artist, (the son of Roger Miller). He has scored four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts as well as writing singles for Trace Adkins and Terri Clark.

1969
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with At San Quentin, which was a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison the follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed At Folsom Prison. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue".

1969
Born on this day was Kimberly Roads from Little Big Town. All of their albums have accounted for over 20 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the No. 1 singles "Pontoon", "Girl Crush", and "Better Man."

1973
Dolly Parton released "Jolene" as the first single and title track from her album of the same name. According to Parton, the song which peaked at #1 on the Country charts was inspired by a red-headed bank clerk who flirted with her husband Carl Dean at his local bank branch around the time they were newly married. "Jolene" is the song most recorded by other artists of all the songs Parton has written.

1983
George Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado. The ceremony took place at the home of Jones' sister, Helen Scroggins, in Woodville, Texas. The country legend, who had a highly publicized battle with drugs and alcohol, relied on his fourth wife to finally help him get sober.

1997
A federal aviation official told the Associated Press that John Denver flew to his death with an invalid license because he had twice been arrested on drunk driving charges, The Federal Aviation Administration had pulled Denver's medical certificate - which is required to fly with a pilot's license - on June 13, 1996.

2002
Faith Hill released Cry, her fifth studio album which has gone on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide. Hill has publicly stated that, of all the albums she has recorded, Cry is her favorite.

2009
Garth Brooks announced that he was coming out of retirement to play concerts in Las Vegas. The concerts would be held approximately fifteen weekends per year until the year 2014. His first set of concerts has already sold out.

Wednesday 101420

A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate and Twin Falls Sheriff Hopeful was indicted yesterday in the murder of Jonelle Matthews, a 12-year-old Colorado girl whose disappearance after a holiday concert in 1984 was a mystery for decades.  Her former neighbor Steve D. Pankey was charged with murder, kidnapping and other counts. He was arrested Monday at his Meridian home and being held without bail as he awaited extradition to Colorado, officials said.  Jonelle died from a single gunshot wound to her forehead, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. Her remains went undiscovered until 2019.  Pankey has said he is being framed in the case.

Construction of a six story building on Main Avenue in Twin Falls is underway as crews set up a crane on Hansen Street.  The crane will be used to lower steel beams into the project area. Sidewalks around 160 Main Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project for overhead safety.  Retail and apartments are planned.

Fire destroyed a car in a self-service recycled auto parts facility yesterday just after noon.  The fire at Jalopy Jungle was likely caused by a damaged extension cord that caught some flammable liquids on fire inside the shop.  Damage to the shop is still be assessed Twin Falls Fire Chief Les Kenworthy said. 

Early voting has begun in Twin Falls as there are just 20 days left until the general election.  Voters can go to the County West building.  Early voting starts next Monday October 19th for Cassia, Gooding and Jerome Counties.  Early voting in starts Oct. 30th in Lincoln and Minidoka counties.

Not all are happy about the Twin Falls School District’s Decision to limit face to face classes.  The board moved to a hybrid plan where students will attend class in person part of the time and spend the rest at home on their computer.  At a recent school board meeting several spoke against the plan while others held signs that read open the school and stop the fear based control.  The district took the action after seeing spiking COVID 19 numbers.  Latest numbers show 746 new confirmed and probable cases in the last 24 hours with  4 new deaths reported yesterday. 

SPORTS

Twin Falls football coach and teacher Ben Kohring has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of using inappropriate racial language in class during the context of a lesson in September.  The comments were not targeted towards an individual officials say.  The 14-year veteran of the school district will be suspended until Monday.  He will make a public apology to his team and classes provide detailed lesson plans for the next six weeks and undergo sensitivity training. Adam Reynolds meanwhile is the interim head football coach.

Some members of the Blaine County community are upset over the districts handling of the high school athletics program this fall.  The county is the only one in Idaho to follow the stringent Harvard Global Health Institutes COVID 19 guidelines.  Currently most games have been canceled in the district.

Some big changes have been announced for the Twin Falls School District.  Sporting events are an example.  Participants will be able to designate two individuals to attend their games.  However, for some events, like the Twin Falls High School homecoming football game Friday, individuals that aren’t designated to come to the game can watch in other ways.  The district plans to livestream some games on the go bruins website.

As the Great Basin district soccer tournament continues a couple of scores to report.  For the boys Burley defeated Minico 3 to 0 and for the Girls Mountain Home took the win from Burley 4 to 1.  Today for the Boys, Buhl and Kimberly meet up while the Sun Valley Community School will play Gooding.  For the girls Sun Valley Community school plays Kimberly and Buhl and Wendell will play. 

 

WEATHER

Wind and Frost Advisory

WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 6 PM MDT

FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM MDT

THURSDAY.  For the Wind Advisory, west winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. For the Frost Advisory temperatures as low as 32 will result in frost formation.

 

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph.

 

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 52. West southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.

 

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. South southwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

 

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

 

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

 

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

 

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57

 

October 14th: On this day

1938
Born on this day in Iron City, Tennessee, was Melba Montgomery, country music singer best known for duet hit recordings in the 1960s with country music singer George Jones and her 1974 US #1 hit "No Charge." Melba has written songs for such artists as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, and Terri Clark.

1957
The Everly Brothers were at #1 on the country singles chart with "Wake Up Little Susie." Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant the song was banned in such places as Boston, although the song does not state that Susie and her boyfriend had sexual relations. Indeed, it strongly implies that they did not!

1973
The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame added Don Gibson ("I Can't Stop Loving You"), Jack Clement ("Ballad Of A Teenage Queen"), Harlan Howard ("Busted"), Roger Miller, Ed and Steve Nelson ("Bouquet Of Roses") and Willie Nelson.

1974
Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Natalie Maines, singer-songwriter and lead vocalist the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".

1984
The movie Songwriter directed by Alan Rudolph, and starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson was released. The film a satirical comedy, is loosely based on Willie Nelson's own life and and finances, (his song "Night Life", for example, which he sold in 1961 for $150, went on to be recorded by over 70 artists and sold more than 30 million copies).

1996
Alan Jackson released "Little Bitty" which became his fourteenth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The song was the lead-off single to Jackson's fifth studio album Everything I Love.

2006
Freddy Fender the Mexican-American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician died aged 69. Best known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados, He is best known for his 1975 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and the subsequent remake of his own "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".

Tuesday 101320

Idaho Inmates who had their coronavirus relief checks wrongly denied or seized because they were behind bars now have a few more days to apply to receive the money.  The IRS has extended the application deadline to Oct. 30 in response to a ruling by a federal judge who said the payments couldn’t be denied based solely on someone’s incarceration status.

The Caldwell School District has banned Ammon Bundy from district property and school sponsored events.  The “no-trespassing order” stems from a football game at Caldwell High School on October 2.  Bundy came to the game to watch his sons and refused to wear or a mask or leave the property when he was asked by school officials and police.  He was not arrested.  Bundy said he would ignore the order.

As more Idahoans decide to vote absentee or mail in their ballot this year, people still have questions about the collection and verification process.   A large number of Idaho voters have decided to vote absentee this year. Because of this, there is a delay in the signature verification. The signature on the ballot is compared to the signature of the voter's registration card.   The voter is then notified online that their ballot has been received or if there is a problem with signature verification. 

A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to bribing an FBI official to help him win lucrative construction and maintenance contracts worth more than $12 million for the Pocatello data center.  63 year old Robert Bailey entered the guilty plea, acknowledging that he paid more than $128,000 in exchange for help winning the contracts.  Bailey could face 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 16.

Gas prices dropped another two cents as nationwide demand is six percent less than this time last year.  Today, the average price for regular in Idaho is $2.37, which is nine cents less than a month ago and 41 cents less than a year ago.  The cheapest price to buy gas is in Mississippi at $1.85 a gallon according to Triple A.

A 3-year-old child was burned in a thermal feature in Yellowstone Park.  The child ran off a trail, slipped and fell into a small thermal feature, park officials said.  The child was flown to a burn unit at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls with second-degree burns to the lower body and back.

SPORTS

If you want to go to the Boise State game in a couple of weeks you will have to send your cutout in your place.  Boise State will not allow in person fans when they host Utah State but will allow cutouts of people’s face for $50. 

From the local soccer fields, first to the boys where Gooding downed Kimberly 4 to 3.  The Sun Valley Community School Buhl Game went into sudden death overtime but Sun Valley finished it off 2 to 1. 

On the girls side Kimberly defeated Buhl 5 to 0.  The Sun Valley Community School took the game from Wendell 6 to 0. 

On today’s schedule as the district tournament  continues Burley is in Minico for the  boys  and Mountain Home is in Burley for the Girls. 

 

WEATHER

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. South wind 6 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 20 mph.

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a steady temperature around 51. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Widespread frost after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 33. West wind 9 to 16 mph.

Thursday:  Widespread frost before noon. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 54. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night:  Widespread frost after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 31.

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

October 13th: On this day

1927
Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee was singer, arranger, composer, pianist, and music producer Anita Kerr. She worked on sessions as the Anita Kerr Singers with many artists as well as a producer working with artists including Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Red Foley, Hank Snow, Brenda Lee, Pat Boone, Rosemary Clooney, Roy Orbison, and Willie Nelson.

1946
Born on this day in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, was Lacy J. Dalton country singer and songwriter known for her gritty, powerful vocals. Dalton had a number of hits in the 1980s, including "Takin' It Easy," "Crazy Blue Eyes" and "16th Avenue."

1958
Billboard discontinued the "C&W Best Sellers in Stores" and "Most Played C&W by Jockeys" charts. Starting with the October 20 issue, there is one all-encompassing "Hot C&W Sides" chart. The new chart has 30 positions, and "City Lights" by Ray Price was the first #1 song.

1959
Born on this day in Ogden, Utah, was Marie Osmond singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family The Osmonds. She scored a US #1 hit in 1973 with her version of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses."

1969
Born on this day in Valdosta, Georgia, was Rhett Akins, Country singer, songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit "Don't Get Me Started." Akins has written singles for other country music singers, primarily as one-third of the songwriting team The Peach Pickers alongside Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.

1978
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the US country music album chart with Heartbreaker, her 20th solo studio album. The title song, a ballad written by Carole Bayer Sager, topped the US country charts, and became Parton's third top-forty pop hit.

1980
Johnny Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The presentation was made by Kenny Rogers.

1990
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country album chart with his second studio album, No Fences. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.