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Friday 080318

More BLM land is closed due to the Sharps fire near Bellevue.  BLM officials say the temporary closure affects 128-thousand acres of land east of Highway 75, south of East Fork Road and south of the Sawtooth National Boundary, west of Fish Creek road and north of U.S. Highway 20.

Meanwhile the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has told resident north and east of the Buttercup road and Myrtle Street to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.  The Sharps fire, 6 miles east of Bellevue has grown to over 54-thousand acres.  The sheriff’s office has identified a suspect and charges are pending. 

A woman who huffed compressed gas before causing a four-car pileup that killed another motorist has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. 52-year-old Shelley Wilson of Meridian received the sentence Monday in 4th District Court and must serve five years before becoming eligible for parole.

Not Guilty of rape.  That’s the decision of a jury in the trial of Twin Falls teacher Jason Benjamin.  The then 39 year old had been accused of having sex with a 17 year old girl.  A video played during the trial had Benjamin saying he had sex with the girl and he knew she was 17.  Prosecuting attorney Grant Loebs said the outcome was staggering. 

Federal and state officials say some suction dredge miners seeking gold on the South Fork of the Clearwater River aren't adhering to state and federal rules. The Idaho Department of Water Resources is considering issuing notices of violations to at least two of the miners. Tim Luke, the water compliance bureau chief for the agency, says some miners are not following terms stated in permits issued by the department.

One person is dead following a head on collision that involved a semi-truck and a passenger car.  72 year old William Selelyo of Twin Falls was northbound on highway 93 5 miles north of the Nevada border when he crossed over the center line and struck the truck.  Selelyo died at the scene.  Northbound traffic was blocked for about 5 hours Wednesday afternoon.


In local sports, the Burley Green Sox continue to win in the state tournament in Lewiston.  They took out the Upper Valley Cougars with a 13-5 score in the American Legion Single A State Tournament.  This will send the green sox to the quarterfinals of their first state tournament since 2012.  With a 30 to 14 season they will face the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen on tonight at 8 pm.


Today:  Sunny skies. Breezy.  Winds: NW 10-20 mph  High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

Tonight:  Clear skies.  Winds: SW 5-10 mph  Low: 57 (Mountains: 49)

Tomorrow: Sunny skies.  Winds: NW 5-15 mph  High: 86 (Mountains: 79)

SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: W 5-15 mph.

Low: 55 (Mountains: 49)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 85 (Mountains: 80)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

TUESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 95 (Mountains: 88)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 97 (Mountains: 91)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 98 (Mountains: 92)


August 3rd: On this day


Born on this day in Gleason in northwest Tennessee, was Gordon Stoker. He was a member of the world-famous Jordanaires and was heard on records by artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves. The Jordanaires were the background group on the majority of Presley’s records and also appeared on classic records such as Cline’s “Crazy,” Reeves’ “Four Walls,” and Loretts Lynn’s “Coal Miners’ Daughter”. He died on March 27th 2013.


Ralph Peer, a representative of the Victor Talking Machine Company held auditions for local musicians in Bristol, Tennessee which saw Jimmie Rodgers auditioning for Peer in an empty warehouse. The following day Rodgers completed his first session for Victor, recording two songs: "The Soldier's Sweetheart" and "Sleep, Baby, Sleep". For the test recordings, Rodgers received $100.


Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Randy Scruggs, (the middle son of Earl Scruggs). Scruggs has worked with many artists, including The Talbot Brothers, Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Emmylou Harris. He has won a Grammy Award and was twice named "Musician of the Year" at the Country Music Association Awards.


Billy "Crash" Craddock's signature song, "Rub It In," was at #1 on the Billboard country chart. The song was written and originally recorded by Layng Martine, Jr., and credited as Layng Martine. His version, released on the Barnaby Records label, was produced by Ray Stevens.


Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Prior to her death at the age of 30 in a private plane crash, she was at the height of her career. She is considered to be one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century. Some of the more notable hits she had during her lifetime began in 1957 with Donn Hecht's "Walkin' After Midnight", Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces", Hank Cochran's "She's Got You", Willie Nelson's "Crazy", and ended in 1963 with Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams".


Taylor Swift's "Fifteen" received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Female Video pitting her against Beyonce, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.


August 4th: On this day


Born on this day in Oswego, Kansas, was Carson Robison, country music singer and songwriter. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances. He was also known as Charles Robison and sometimes composed under the pseudonym Carlos B. McAfee. He died on March 24, 1957.


Jimmie Rodgers recorded for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee, singing "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" and "The Soldier's Sweetheart" during an afternoon session with producer Ralph Peer at a furniture store at 408 State Street. Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as The Singing Brakeman, The Blue Yodeler, as well as The Father of Country Music.


Johnny Cash completed recoding sessions for his debut album, Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar. The album contained four of his hit singles: "I Walk the Line," "Cry! Cry! Cry!," "So Doggone Lonesome," and "Folsom Prison Blues." This was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label.


Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State 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."


The Judds made their first appearance at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Mama He's Crazy", The Judds' second country hit and the first of fourteen #1 country hits.


Country music duo Brooks & Dunn were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Boot Scootin' Boogie". Before its release, the band Asleep at the Wheel recorded it on their 1990 album Keepin' Me Up Nights. Brooks & Dunn's version was included on the album Brand New Man.


Influential country producer Billy Sherrill, who worked with artists like George Jones, Charlie Rich, and Tammy Wynette and is known for pioneering the “countrypolitan” sound, died after a short illness at the age of 78. Sherrill also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Stand by Your Man" (written with Tammy Wynette).

August 5th: On this day


Born on this day, was Vern Gosdin, nicknamed "The Voice" by his peers. He had 19 top-ten solo hits on the Country music charts from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, including three #1’s: "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)", "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "I'm Still Crazy". Gosdin died on 28th April 2009.


Born on this day in Lakeland, Florida, was Bobby Braddock, country music songwriter and record producer. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock has contributed numerous hit songs during more than 40 years in the industry, including 13 #1 hit singles, one of which is "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" which he co-wrote with Curly Putman.


Born on this day in Orange County, California, was Sammi Smith, country music singer and songwriter best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. She became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during the 1970s. She died on February 12, 2005.


The self-titled debut album by Patsy Cline was released, which would be one of three studio albums Cline would record during her lifetime. The album produced two singles, "Walkin' After Midnight," and "I Don't Wanta."


Born on this day in Seattle, Washington, was Mark O'Connor, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher. He was named Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association six years in a row (from 1991 to 1996).


Born on this day in Columbus, Georgia, was Tim Wilson, stand-up comedian and country music artist. He scored the 1993 hit "Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life." Wilson died of a heart attack on February 26, 2014.


American country guitarist Luther Perkins died at the age of 40 as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation. Perkins fell asleep at home in his den with a cigarette in his hand. He was dragged from the fire unconscious with severe second and third degree burns. Perkins never regained consciousness. He worked with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and featured on the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.


Born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was Terri Clark, Canadian country music singer, songwriter, who has scored over twenty singles, including six #1’s. "If I Were You", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Emotional Girl" and "In My Next Life" which all topped the country charts in Canada.


Kenny Rogers recorded "Lucille" in an afternoon session at Nashville's American Studio. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year.


Johnny Cash was among 12 other recipients of the Golden Boot Award. Presented by the Motion Picture and Television Fund to actors and other entertainers who had left their mark on the western genre. Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Robert Mitchum, Casey Tibbs and Vera Miles were among the other recipients.


Mindy McCready was arrested and charged with one count of prescription drug fraud. Police said McCready submitted a fraudulent prescription to a Brentwood, Tennessee, pharmacy for oxycontin, an addictive painkiller. Bond was set at $10,000.


American songwriter and musician Richard Fagan died aged 69. He had six top ten singles and 18 charted singles on the Billboard Country charts. His songs have been recorded by Neil Diamond, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Ricochet, Hank Williams, Jr., George Jones, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, The Crickets, and many others. He wrote two of John Michael Montgomery's singles: "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)".

Thursday 080218

State and federal officials have placed stage 1 fire restrictions on all lands within southwest Idaho effective at midnight tomorrow.  Fire restrictions limit many activities in the outdoors to decrease any chance of preventable fires. 

Twin Falls police say after their investigation into the reported kidnapping on Tuesday, evidence proves it did not happen.  An adult female told officers she was abducted in the area of 6th Ave W and Shoshone St S by two adult males in a full sized van.  They located the owners of the vehicle and determined it and the owners had not been involved in the incident. 

The Blaine county sheriff’s office is looking for those who are responsible for the Sharps fire near Bellevue.  Officials say it started with an exploding target.  The blaze has destroyed 40-thousand acres and is only 21 percent contained. 

Rodger Powell of Sandy Utah and Jeff Owen Smith of Eagle were found guilty following the September 2016 beating of a teenage boy hunting in the Sublett area.  Sentencing is set for November 13th.  The boy reportedly said that the men called him a stupid poacher when he stopped to spot a deer.

The federal government has put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees in an effort to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking to halt the plan. The plan called for removal of juniper trees from about 1,100 square miles in Idaho's Owyhee County.

Glacier National Park officials say an Idaho teenager fell to his death while exploring a culvert beneath a steep mountain roadway. Park officials say Spencer Flerchinger of Kamiah slipped into the creek near Going-to-the-Sun Road on Tuesday and was swept over a cliff with a 100-foot drop.

An eastern Idaho mother has pleaded not guilty to a charge related to her husband's sexual abuse case. Sarah Kester's daughters have accused their father of sexually abusing those 17 years ago when they were children. The Caldwell mother is accused of failing to report the alleged sexual abuse.

Three Idaho wildfires burning in timber and grass have grown as firefighters deal with rugged terrain, high temperatures and gusty winds. A wildfire about 6 miles east of Bellevue on Wednesday grew to 60 square miles.

In local sports the Burley Green Sox won the opener for the American Legion Single A state tournament with a 4-0 win over the Rocky Mountain Avalanche.  This is the first time Burley is playing at a state tournament since 2012.  Today, Burley will play at 7 pm. At the tournament continues in Lewiston. 

The investigation continues into the controversial handling of a 2013 sexual assault complaint at the University of Idaho.  The overall feeling is that leaders and Athletic Director Rob Spear simply made mistakes.  The incident involves a football player.  This is the final year for School President Chuck Staben because the state board has decided not to renew his contract.  The next scheduled meeting with the state board of education is August 15th. 

Today:  Mainly sunny. High 96F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky but smokey. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 89F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Smoky clear.

Winds: SW 5-15 mph

Low 54 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Sunny, not as hot

High: 86 (Mountains: 81)

SUNDAY: Sunny, not as hot

High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

MONDAY: Sunny and hotter

High: 93 (Mountains: 88)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 96 (Mountains: 90)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 90)

August 2nd: On this day


Born on this day, was Hank Cochran, American country music singer and songwriter. Starting during the 1960s, Cochran was a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, ("I Fall to Pieces."), Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard, George Strait and others. Cochran was also a recording artist between 1962 and 1980, scoring seven times on the Billboard country music charts, with his greatest solo success being "Sally Was a Good Old Girl". He died on July 15, 2010 aged 74.


After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves' death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstrom. Thousands of people traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves' final resting place near Carthage, Texas.


Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, Merle Haggard, Merrilee Rush and Carl Perkins. Merle played "The Fugitive/The Highway Is My Home" and a version of Jimmie Rodgers' "No Hard Times," then joined Cash for a duet on "Sing Me Back Home."


George Strait was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her". The track was written by Dean Dillon, whose version peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1980.


Brooks & Dunn were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Red Dirt Road", the title tack from the album of the same name.


Faith Hill released Fireflies, her sixth album. Singles from the album include, in order of release: "Mississippi Girl", "Like We Never Loved at All", "The Lucky One", "Sunshine and Summertime" and "Stealing Kisses".

Wednesday 080118 A one vehicle rollover has sent a Jerome man to the hospital. Idaho State Police say 30 year old Kyle Wilkinson was westbound on I-84 in a 2002 Dodge Dakota just before 9 pm Monday when he lost control. The vehicle rolled catching fire.

Fire department crews from Twin Falls and Rock Creek fire were called to 2412 Addison Avenue East just after 11 Monday night. The blaze damaged parts of the attic. It was started outside by burning cigarettes.

Washington Street in Twin Falls is open after a week-long repair from a waterline break. The rupture on Tuesday is being blamed because the bed the pipe was placed on was not properly installed.

33 year old Joshua Molina of Jerome has pleaded not guilty to abusing and killing his girlfriend’s infant daughter. Molina was arrested in March, five months after 20 month old Lyryk Alom died. Police reports suggest he may have abused the child. Amanda Dunlap, the child’s mother has been charged with first degree murder.

A judge will need to decide if 75 year old Melvin Hanks of Paul has spent enough time in jail for the kidnapping and rape of a woman in 1984. His attorney said Hanks was sentenced to serve a maximum of 30 years which means he should have been released 4 years ago.

More firefighters are being called in to fight a fast-growing central Idaho wildfire that has been classified as one of the top priorities in the region. The Sharps fire about 6 miles east of Bellevue on Tuesday nearly doubled in size to 54 square miles and started burning into the Sawtooth National Forest.

For the first time in state history more women have applied for the Idaho Supreme Court than men. Six women and five men applied for the open spot on the bench, including three women who have been finalists for previous positions on the high court.

The federal government has taken over regulating underground injection wells in Idaho needed by the state's oil and natural gas industry to economically dispose of wastewater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a final rule transferring a portion of the state's Underground Injection Control program.



Today: Hot, smoky, sun and clouds - isolated storms. Winds: Light and variable mph High: 99 (Mountains: 93)

Tonight: Evening isolated storms, smoke patchy clouds. Winds: Light and variable Low 66 (Mountains: 56)

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, slight breezy and smoke, not as hot Winds: WSW 10-15 mph High: 94 (Mountains: 89).

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear and smoky. Winds: South 5-15 mph Low 60 (Mountains: 52)

FRIDAY: Sunny, not as hot High: 90 (Mountains: 84)

SATURDAY: Sunny, not as hot High: 88 (Mountains: 82)

SUNDAY: Sunny, not as hot High: 87 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny and hotter High: 92 (Mountains: 87)

TUESDAY: Sunny and hot High: 95 (Mountains: 88)


August 1st: On this day

1929 Born on this day was American bluegrass fiddler Mack Magaha, best known as a member of Porter Wagoner's band, and a long-time backup player in the pioneering bluegrass band, Reno and Smiley. He wrote "I know You're Married But I Love You Still" which was recorded by Reno & Smiley and later covered by artists such as Bill Anderson, Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless and Travis Tritt. He died on August 15, 2003.

1955 Johnny Cash was part of a 5-date Webb Pierce package tour with Elvis Presley and Wanda Jackson, which played the opeening night at the Mississippi- Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, Mississippi.

1966 During recording sessions, Merle Haggard recorded "The Fugitive" (later titled "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive"), at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. The song which was written by Liz Anderson and Casey Anderson, (parents of country star Lynn Anderson), became one of the most closely associated with the early part of his career.

1984 Hank Williams Jr. shot the video to "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." Directed by John Goodhue the video features artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Cheech and Chong, and several other celebrities in a party thrown by Hank Williams, Jr. At the end of the video, a ghost Cadillac flies into the night sky, referencing the fact that his father, Hank Williams, Sr., died while riding in a Cadillac. The video was the first video to ever win the CMA Music Video of the Year Award.

1990 After Dottie West's financial problems had mounted, her bank foreclosed her mansion outside of Nashville, and sent West an eviction notice. The singer owed the IRS $1.3 million and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; she later switched to Chapter 7, which allowed her to liquidate her assets.

1998 Garth Brooks reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with a Bob Dylan song, "To Make You Feel My Love". The song that appeared on Dylan’s 1997 album Time Out of Mind has also been covered by Billy Joel, and British singer Adele.

Tuesday 073118

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the shooting near the Jerome Country club Saturday.  49 year old Jake Roberts is listed in critical but stable condition after being air lifted to a Boise Hospital.  69 year old Kenneth Koellermeier is facing Aggravated battery charges.

A fast moving wild fire near Bellevue has scorched over 20-thousand acres and has displaced several residents in its path.  Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the Little Wood Recreation area campground and residences on the Little Wood Reservoir road, Fish Creek Road and Flat Top road.  Muldoon road is closed to Hunt Road from the EE-DA-Ho ranch.

Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates hacked the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games and collectively transferred nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts.  The problem was discovered earlier this month, and the improper conduct involved no taxpayer dollars. JPay, the maker of the tablets used in prisons nationwide, said the company is continually working to prevent any attempts at misuse.

Timmy Kinner, who is accused of killing a 3 year old child and wounding eight others in a mass stabbing in a Boise Apartment complex asked to talk to police last Friday. Public defenders stopped the interview.  Kinner has asked to represent himself but has three public defenders. 

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer. Wasden's office filed the complaint Wednesday against Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre. She has said she paid back the credit card charges under question.

A recent inspection of a small stream and stretch of river in Twin Falls found several noxious weeds and invasive species. The invasive species are classified as animals or plants that are not native to an area. The invasive species outgrow and out-compete native species and dominate an ecosystem because these new species don't have a natural predator. Aquatic noxious weeds can build up and stop the flow of streams and damage pipes, which can cost millions of dollars.

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington state may resume in September, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles. The U.S. Department of Energy says it will implement extra safety measures for workers.

In local sports, 22-thousand dollars in the form of college scholarships has recently been given by the Magic Valley Junior Golf Foundation.  The group said the funding went to eight class of 2018 graduates.  Over the past four years, the foundation has given a total of 73-thousand 500 dollars. 

Former Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has been injured two days into his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.  On Saturday, Wilson injured his shoulder with a reported torn labrum.  Right now, doctors are determining how severe the injury is and if surgery will be necessary.  This is the second time he has had that injury.


July 31st: On this day


Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas was Bonnie Brown. The American country music singer was a member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit with their folk-pop single "The Three Bells". Brown died on July 16, 2016 aged 77.


Born on this day in Ocala, Florida, was Chad Brock, Country music singer, songwriter and DJ who scored the 2000 US #1 Country hit “Yes!”


A private aircraft piloted by Jim Reeves crashed during a thunderstorm near Nashville, Tennessee. Both Reeves and business partner Dean Manuel were killed in the crash; their bodies are found two days later following a massive search for the two missing men. Reeves became known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music) and his songs continued to chart for years after his death.


Alabama were at #1 on the Country charts with “Feels So Right” the title track from their second studio album which was their first #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


Garth Brooks scored his ninth #1 Country single with “The River”, the fifth and final single from his album Ropin' the Wind.


The Black Crowes filed a lawsuit against Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation, alleging that her song "Work Hard, Play Harder" copied the Crowes song "Jealous Again".


Brad Paisley performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the inaugural Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour Event in Lewisburg, W.Va. An estimated 60,000 people attended the outdoor event to watch Underwood and Paisley perform in the pouring rain.

Today:  Sunny. High 98F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Generally clear skies. Low 64F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 101F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow NIGHT: Mostly clear.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 68 (Mountains: 60)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 94 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

SATURDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 87 (Mountains: 82)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 89 (Mountains: 83)

MONDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

Monday 073018

Breaking news from Bellevue this morning.  The Blaine County Sheriff has ordered the immediate mandatory evacuation of the Little Wood Recreation Area campground and all residences on Little Wood Reservoir road and Flat Top Road north of the reservoir.  Authorities say take your valuable documents pets and medications and leave immediately.  A fire six miles east of Bellevue has burned over 3-thousand acres.  There is no estimated control or containment time. 

Meanwhile the lightning caused Goose Creek Fire near Jackpot Nevada has burned over 100-thousand acres.  That fire broke out Thursday evening.  306 personnel are working on the fire that’s 15-percent contained. 

Deputies from Jerome County are continuing their investigation into a reported shooting on Yingst road near the Jerome Country club.  Authorities were notified of a man shot Saturday just after 8 pm.  Details remain sketchy at this time.

A crash Friday evening on I-84 Near Burley claimed the life of one person.  The three vehicle crash involved seven people near exit 217 east of Burley.  54 year old Woody Clifford of Idaho Falls died at the scene.  It started when a truck was stopped because of traffic on the eastbound lane.  Clifford was driving a Jeep and failed to stop.  A third vehicle crashed into Cliffords jeep that erupted into flames.

Don’t go in the water!  The Idaho DEQ has issued an advisory for Mormon and Salmon Falls Creek reservoirs due to the return of algae bloom.  Officials say children and pets are particularly susceptible.  Toxins produced from the bloom may cause liver damage and neurological problems to the point of death. 

A water line that broke last Tuesday evening near Washington Street and South Park Avenue in Twin Falls should be back in operation by the end of this week.  The 30 inch main didn’t have services on it officials say, so no one is out of service.  It was installed about 7 years ago and was not installed properly.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has charged a former candidate for state treasurer with seven felony counts of misuse of public money by a public officer. Wasden's office filed the complaint Wednesday against Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre. She has said she paid back the credit card charges under question.

Today:  Hazy, sunny and hot. High 98F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 64F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High near 100F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Mostly clear and smoky haze

Winds: ESE5-15 mph

Low 66 (Mountains: 56)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, isolated pm storms.

High: 96 (Mountains: 91)

THURSDAY: Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot.

High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot.

High: 90 (Mountains: 88)

SATURDAY: Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot.

High: 91 (Mountains: 87)

SUNDAY: Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot.

High: 93 (Mountains: 87)

In local sports, Legion Baseball, the Burley Green Sox have advanced to the A Idaho State Legion Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2012.  They won the consolation bracket at Hillcrest High School on Friday. Now the team travels to Lewiston.  Burley is state bound, after a three day district tournament, in which they played five games just to advance.  The game against the Twin Falls Blackhawks, Canyon Ridge's team, lasted 14 innings... Burley won 7–6.

It’s over for the Twin Falls Cowboys. One day after a state-opening 20-2 loss to the Boise Gems, the Cowboys fell to the Boise Senators 2-0. Twin Falls finished its season with 26-20 record.

July 30th: On this day


Johnny Cash recorded his first version of "Folsom Prison Blues" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).


Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Neal McCoy, country music singer. His 1993 singles "No Doubt About It" and "Wink" from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It both topped the US Country charts.


Johnny Cash started recoding session for his fourth album Greatest! Six out of the twelve songs featured on the album became singles, with "Get Rhythm" topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one.


Born on this day in California was Banjo player Ron Block. He joined Alison Krauss + Union Station in 1991, performing on "When You Say Nothing At All," plus The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and Vince Gill's "High Lonesome Sound."


Born on this day, was Gordie Sampson, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer from Big Pond, Nova Scotia. He has written songs for Carrie Underwood ("Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Just A Dream", "Get Out Of This Town"), Martina McBride ("If I Had Your Name", "You're Not Leavin Me"), LeAnn Rimes ("Long Night", "Save Myself"), and George Canyon ("My Name").


George Jones was at #1 on the Country chart with "I Always Get Lucky With You", a song written by Merle Haggard. The track gave Jones his ninth and final chart topper.


Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as their Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of 4 million copies.


Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.


Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis.


American country music singer, Lynn Anderson, died aged 67. The multi-award-winning singer scored the 1970 US #3 & 1971 UK #3 single "Rose Garden", and charted 12 #1's, 18 Top 10, and more than 50 Top 40 hits. Anderson was the first female country artist to win the American Music Award (in 1974), as well as the first to headline and sellout Madison Square Garden that same year.

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.