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Tuesday 112619

The national weather service is warning that a powerful winter storm will move across western Magic Valley starting tonight and continuing into tomorrow.  Up to 10 inches are expected in the mountain areas and four to 8 inches in the lower elevations.  Most of Magic Valley will get less than 2 inches. 

An Idaho government study group has concluded that expanding access to broadband services in rural areas should be a top priority for the state.  Brad Little created the broadband task force by executive order earlier this year and backed its findings.  The 39-member group encourages the state to focus on a broadband pilot project in north central Idaho, which it identifies as the largest underserved area in the state.  The group also recommends updating the state broadband plan and forming a state broadband office.

So far about 42-thousand Idaho residents have signed up for Medicaid under expanded coverage in the first three weeks it has been offered.  Health and Welfare estimates that about 91-thousand people are eligible. Voters approved the expansion with an initiative that passed with 61-percent of the vote.

17 year old Mayson Martinez from Filer died in a car accident Saturday evening.  Martinez was traveling on I-84 near Mountain Home when his car rolled throwing him from the vehicle.  He was airlifted to St. Al’s in Boise where he died.  A 16 year old passenger in the vehicle was injured.

The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon.  A U.S. District Court judge signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho Conservation League involving the water diversions in the Sawtooth Valley.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that it would be sending requests to states asking them to share driver’s license records, following a Trump administration executive order to expand the use of federal, state and local administrative records.  The U.S. Census Bureau said Idaho would not be sharing state driver’s license records with the bureau.  At least 13 states had refused to share the driver’s license data.


In sports closer to home, Oakley Senior Chandler Jones has been named the offensive player of the year for the Snake River Conference.  He lead his team to a third place finish at state and finished the season with 19-hundred 22 yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 58-percent of his passes.  In addition, he rushed for 873 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

In Mens basketball from CSI, the eagles downed Treasure Valley last night with  a 97 to 61 score.  Friday marks the beginning of the ICCU tournament at 5:30 followed by a game with South Plains College on Saturday.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Snow showers. Low 28F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with scattered snow showers. Total snow accumulations ranging from a dusting to 6”. Windy. High: 37. Low: 23.

(Thanksgiving): Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers. High: 37. Low: 23.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with scattered snow showers. High: 26. Low: 11.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of AM snow showers. Cold. High: 20. Low: 6.

SUNDAY:  Developing cloud cover through the day with a slight chance of PM snow showers. Cold and breezy. High: 22. Low: 11.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Accumulating snow is possible. High: 29.

November 26th: On this day

Johnny Cash, made his debut on the US country chart when "Cry! Cry! Cry!" made it to #14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with "I Walk the Line" and "There You Go" both hitting #1.

Born on this day in Dotson, Texas was singer Linda Davis who scored three minor country singles as one half of the duo Skip & Linda. As a solo artist Davis has recorded five studio albums, her highest chart entry was "Does He Love You", her 1993 duet with Reba McEntire, which reached #1 on the Billboard country charts and won both singers the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Davis is the wife of the country singer Lang Scott and the mother of Hillary Scott, the co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum.

Born on this day in Rogers, Arkansas, was Joe Nichols, country music artist. Nichols has released seven studio albums which have produced fourteen Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the #1 singles "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Gimmie That Girl" as well as five other Top Ten entries.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US Country chart with his fourth studio album The Chase. The album featured his version of the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken", and "Night Rider's Lament" the classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.

Curb Records released Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors, the singers eighth album and the first to feature his band The Dancehall Doctors. Two songs from the album featured in the movie Black Cloud, which starred McGraw.

Glen Campbell issued an public apology to his family and fans after being arrested on charges of driving drunk and kicking a police officer."Yesterday, I was arrested and put in jail," he said in a statement issued through his publicist. "Even at my age, I learned a valuable lesson. I apologize to my wife, my family, my friends and my fans."

Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while travelling from Los Angeles to Texas. He was released after paying bail of $2,500. Prosecutor Kit Bramblett supported not sentencing Nelson to jail due to the amount of marijuana being small, but suggested instead a $100 fine and told Nelson that he would have him sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court.

American country and bluegrass artists Chris Stapleton was at No.1 on the US album chart with Traveller. The album was later named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.

Monday 112519

A Friday night plane crash near the Jackpot airport has claimed the life of two people.  Killed were Mike and Robin Quinn from Ririe.  A facebook post by the couple’s daughter identified the victims.  The FAA and the NTSA will investigate the crash scene.

Former Lincoln county sheriff Rene Rodriguez has been found guilty of six counts ranging from sexual abuse of a minor, lewd conduct with a minor and rape.  Sentencing is set for March 20th.  He faces life in prison. 

Twin Falls attorney Nicole Cannon has been charged with driving while under the influence.  The 49 year old appeared before Judge Ted Israel in Twin Falls.  She was stopped in the 1800 block of Pole line road.  A test indicated a .251 and .232.  That’s three times the legal .08 level.  Cannon was a Magistrate Judge in Twin Falls County from 2011 to 2012. She resigned after being charged with driving under the influence in Ada County.

Brandon Curtiss, a former leader of the 3-percent militia group has pleaded guilty to grand theft after he cheated 19 clients from his former property management company out of about $100-thousand dollars. That, according to prosecutors.  The 45 year old pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.  That will bar him from possessing firearms.

The Fall 2019 reading scores for statewide schools have been released.  42.3 percent of kindergartners scored at grade level while 64 percent of third graders scored at grade levels.  There were no southern Idaho schools in the top five.  Meanwhile Jerome, Shoshone and Wendell all were at the bottom of the list. 

The Twin Falls city council will discuss being a sister city with Obihiro City in Japan at tonight’s city council meeting.  According to information on the Council’s agenda the tradition began after World War II with the hope that forming a closer bond to foreign neighbors would prevent future conflict.  Now the relationships, according to tonight’s agenda will be for tourism expansion, business partnerships and economic investment. 


In sports closer to home from the weekend, first to Girls High School Basketball, Twin Falls defeated Ridgevue 52 to 20.  It was Snake River 46 Buhl 26 and Preston defeated Canyon Ridge75 to 38.  Blackfoot defeated Burley 55 to 43. 

To the CSI games first for the women, they beat North Idaho College 74 to 62.  The men won their game over Central Wyoming College 77 to 68. 

Idaho took the win from Walla Walla University 100 to 50 Saturday night. 

In college football, Idaho took Northern Arizona 60 to 53 in an overtime game and Weber State won their game and a share of the Big Sky Conference title with a 38 to 10 win over Idaho State.


Today:  Snow along with gusty winds this morning. Then becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. High 39F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low near 25F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. snow in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible in the Magic Valley and new snow accumulation of 3-5 inches possible in the Wood River Valley.   High: 35 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with a chance of snow showers in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible in the Magic Valley and new snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible in the Wood River Valley.   High: 36 Low: 24

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 31 Low: 18

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 23 Low: 9

SATURDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a slight chance of snow showers.   High: 22 Low: 6

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 24

November 25th: On this day

Born on this day, was songwriter and keyboardist, Bobby Wood who wrote Crystal Gayle's "Half The Way" and Ronnie Milsap's "He Got You" as well as recording with Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette.

Born on this day in Newmarket, Ontario, was Steven Lee Olsen, Canadian country music artist who has written songs for American singers Craig Morgan, The Judds, and Melissa Lawson.

Garth Brooks released his seventh studio album, Sevens which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and on the Top Country Albums chart. The album also topped the Country album charts in Britain for several months and crossed over into the mainstream pop charts. His duet with Trisha Yearwood, "In Another's Eyes", won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the Grammy Awards of 1998. Sevens was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy the following year.

Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with 'extreme' drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" repeatedly.

Garth Brooks released The Limited Series, his second box set to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. The set contained his previous two studio albums, Sevens and Scarecrow; plus his Double Live album; The Lost Sessions, a new album of previously unreleased material; and an All Access DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage of his concerts. The Limited Series is Brooks' first box set to be released under his label, Pearl Records; he had left his longtime label, Capitol Records, earlier in the year.

Friday 112219

Twin Falls commissioners are moving on with plans that would move the Snake River Youth Detention facility to the third floor of the county west building.  Officials say the remodel would allow the county to move the youth court system to the facility to go along with several other youth services already there.  It would also help ease some of the pressure felt in the downtown jail commissioners say.

Idaho Fish and Game are looking for who is responsible for dumping 154 snow geese, Canada geese and mallards in piles along Idaho highway 46 just north of the Gooding and Camas County Line.  The birds were dumped before November 15th. It appears they were poached and fish and game is asking anyone who can help in their investigation to call their office.

A request for a new trial from 63-year-old Mark Lankford who was convicted three times in the killing of a Texas couple in 1983 was denied by Nez Perce County Judge Jay Gaskill.  Lankford requested the new trial after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder Sept. 20 in the death of Cheryl and Robert Bravence in the Idaho County backcountry in June 1983.  Lankford was sentenced to two life sentences without parole Oct. 25 after being incarcerated for more than 35 years.

Doug Manchester a San Diego businessman with ties to Idaho is under the White House scrutiny after allegations he may have been part of a federal "pay-to-play" scheme.  Manchester is the founder of Manchester Financial Group, which previously owned the Whitetail Club and Shore Lodge in McCall.  He was in the running to become U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas until recent allegations about possible illegal activity put a halt to that. 

The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting the Trout Springs Jackpot Prescribed Burn in Owyhee County between late November and January.  The Prescribed Burn is located on Juniper Mountain, 36 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon. The planned prescribed fire will target 137 acres of downed juniper trees. 

69 year old Arthur Francis Callery of Shoshone is facing a felony charge of possession of Meth following a traffic stop in Blaine County late Tuesday.  He was stopped for speeding on U.S. Highway 20 west of Picabo when the drug dog alerted on the vehicle. 


In girls High School Basketball from last night Buhl defeated Canyon Ridge 39 to 32.  Jerome downed Pocatello 49 to 35.  Buhl beat Canyon Ridge 39 to 32.  Lighthouse Christian took Castleford 68 to 30.  It was Declo 54 Valley 39.  Murtaugh defeated Shoshone 47 to 24.  It was Oakley defeating Dietrich 45 to 44 and Camas County handed Wendell a loss with 56 to 38.  Hagerman Defeated Twin Falls Christian 41 to 10 and Highland defeated Minico 58 to 29. 


Today:  Sunshine. High near 50F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low near 25F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 26.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy High: 50. Low: 27.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of snow and rain showers. Windy and colder. High: 37. Low: 18.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers and breezy. High: 35. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers. High: 32. Low: 18.

THURSDAY (Thanksgiving):  Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers. High: 29.

November 22nd: On this day

Born on this day was record producer and guitarist John Jennings. 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. Jennings died of kidney cancer on October 16, 2015 aged 62.

Little Jimmy Dickens was at #1 on the Country chart with the novelty song, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose." Neal Merritt, who wrote the song, said it was inspired by one of the many comic putdowns uttered by host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

John Denver was at #1 on the US Country chart with Windsong his ninth album which contained the songs "I'm Sorry" and "Calypso," which comprised a two-sided hit for Denver in the fall of 1975.

Filmed in and around Memphis, Johnny Cash's 1982 Christmas TV Special A Merry Memphis Christmas was recorded. The show included guest appearances by June Carter-Cash, Rosanne Cash, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbitt, the gospel group Mighty Clouds Of Joy and Jack Clements.

Toby Keith released "How Do You Like Me Now?!", the second single from the album How Do You Like Me Now?!. The song spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart.

Tim McGraw made his first appearance on the American late-night live television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Taylor Swift won five trophies, including Artist of the Year, during the American Music Awards, telecast on ABC from Los Angeles.

Keith Urban successfully underwent surgery for the removal of a vocal cord growth called a polyp. As a result of the surgery, Urban was told not to speak for the next three weeks.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Red. At the 56th Grammy Awards, Red was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year, marking Swift's second nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammys, following her 2010 victory with Fearless. Making Swift the third woman behind Barbra Streisand and Bonnie Raitt to receive an Album of the Year nomination after already winning before. It also made her the youngest artist at 23 to be nominated twice.

Thursday 112119

The trial for former Lincoln county sheriff Rene Rodriguez is underway in Hailey.  The 41 year old was indicted by a grand jury on seven felony counts of sexual abusing an underage girl between 2005 and 2014.  Court records it began when the child was 9 years old.  The trial is expected to last four days with the prosecution set to call seven witnesses.

Hundreds of trustees from around the state set lobbying priorities for the Idaho School Boards Association wrapping up their annual conference.  Three resolutions did not pass. One, a proposed cap on charter school facilities, was among the most heavily debated resolutions of the day.  The resolution, proposed limiting the number of charter schools to one per 25,000 school district residents.

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that FMC corporation, a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land near Pocatello must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually.  For 50 years the plant turned phosphate into fertilizer.  They produced 22 million tons of waste on the Shoshone Bannock tribes Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  They closed in 2001.

CSI has received a 1-point 1 million dollar grant to help address a statewide teacher shortage through an alternative certification program.  The program is designed for teachers without a certificate or hoping to change their certificate, and for career changers or paraprofessionals who want to become fully accredited teachers.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a new data center in Pocatello.  The expansion adds 140-thousand square feet to the FBI facility.  The center provides telecommunications and database support for agency field services throughout the country.

The person that was shot after pulling a knife on police Tuesday night in Preston has died.  Police were called to the Stokes grocery store about 8:30 p.m. When they arrived they found a man who brandished the knife.  They shot him with a Taser.  That failed to stop him so they shot him with a gun. 


In local girls high school basketball, Lighthouse Christian took the win from Richfield yesterday 57 to 20. 

On the college level, It was the Men of Boise State winning their game against BYU in Overtime 72 to 68. 

On the schedule tomorrow, Idaho State travels to California to take on Santa Clara College.  That game is 8 pm from the Leavey center in Santa Clara California. 


Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 46F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 26F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 24.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 25.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 48. Low: 25.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers and breezy. High: 38. Low: 19.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow showers, especially for the morning. High: 36. Low: 20.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy with snow showers. Breezy and chilly. High: 32.

November 21st: On this day

Born on this day in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, was Jean Shepard, honky tonk singer, songwriter, who has scored the hits "Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)," "A Satisfied Mind" and a Ferlin Husky duet, "A Dear John Letter." In 2005, Shepard celebrated 50 years as a member of the Opry and is the longest-living female member of the Opry to date. She died on September 25, 2016 aged 82.

Born on this day near Magna, Utah, was Kelsi Osborn. With sisters Kristyn and Kassidy, she formed SHeDAISY, whose 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, wom them a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for top new duet or group. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs", "I Will But", "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing".

Merle Haggard released the single "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" as the first single from the album Chill Factor. "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" was the last of Merle Haggard's thirty-four #1 singles as a solo artist.

Alabama were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with a song written by Roger Murrah and Randy VanWarme "I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)."

Garth Brooks released his sixth studio album Fresh Horses which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The album had a worldwide radio ban until it was available to buy. Only the two singles issued ("She's Every Woman" and "The Fever") were allowed to be played before this date, the latter of which was a new country-rock version of an old Aerosmith song).

Rodney Atkins was arrested in Tennessee for domestic violence after his wife, Tammy Jo, accused him of trying to smother her with a pillow. She called police after the couple had a heated alcohol-fueled row, which resulted in the singer being taken into custody and booked onto a nearby jail. He was later released upon posting $2,500 bail. Shortly after the incident, Atkins filed a petition to divorce Tammy, who appeared in his "Farmer's Daughter" video.

Wednesday 112019

Twin Falls city council members continue to look at the possibility of banning smoking on most public property. Earlier this week the council supported adding restrictions on smoking although failed to reach a consensus.  They asked staff to create an ordinance that would ban smoking except the golf course.  Police Chief Craig Kingbury said they have received zero calls this year about smoking violations.  He said if it was an ordnance it would be enforced but would be a low priority.

The south central public health district is urging smokers to quit tobacco for a day.  It’s the Great American Smoke out tomorrow.  Smoking accounts for nearly one in three cancer deaths in the United States, and increases the risk of more than 13 types of cancer.

21 year old Enrique Vielmas appeared before District Judge Barry Wood in Twin Falls for a pre-trial hearing yesterday morning.  Instead he entered a guilty plea to multiple felonies involving a shooting and burglary.  He was charged with the theft of a thousand dollars from a home on Diamond Avenue.  He was also charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm into a home.

With the stroke of a pen, Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued an executive order that will change Idaho’s rules on the interstate transportation of hemp to be in accordance with federal law.  The governor said it’s a stopgap measure until the Idaho Legislature enacts a more permanent solution.  Under the 2018 Farm Bill, states can now harvest, sell and transport hemp. 

Brian Trappen of Twin Falls has been sentenced to at least 8 years in prison for killing two people in a crash involving 6 vehicles on I-84 in Jerome County.  He drove the wrong way on the interstate while under the influence of Alcohol and Drugs last June. 

Higher education budgets will be subject to the state spending reductions that Gov. Brad Little’s staff outlined.  Colleges will need to plan for a 1 percent reduction to the current 2019-20 budget and a 2 percent base reduction to the upcoming 2020-21 budget. The K-12 public school budgets will be protected and exempt from cuts.


In sports from around the area first to girls high school basketball from yesterday.  Declo downed Raft River 60 to 56.  It was Century 75 Canyon Ridge 27.  Castleford defeated Hagerman 43 to 28 and it was Camas County 46 Richfield 38.  Hansen overpowered Shoshone 44 to 19 and Jerome said no to Minico with a score of 61 to 54.  Snake River outlasted Kimberly 55 to 39 and it was Murtaugh 42 North Gem 19.  Nampa Christian defeated Filer 44 to 33 and Valley ran past Dietrich 54 to 34.  Burley Defeated Mountain Home 58 to 46. 

In college Basketball CSI’s Mike Hood is the Scenic West Athletic Conference player of the week.  He finished two games with an average of 24 points and shot 53-percent from the field. 



Today:  Generally cloudy. High near 45F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Overcast. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers, especially in the South Hills of Twin Falls and Cassia Counties. High: 42. Low: 22.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 45. Low: 23.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. High: 45. Low: 24.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of evening rain and snow showers. High: 46. Low: 25.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies isolated rain and snow showers. Quite a bit colder with breezy conditions. High: 39. Low: 19.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Staying chilly. High: 37.

November 20th: On this day

Bartenders in Hammond, Indiana requesed that disc jockeys at WJOB radio stop playing Ferlin Husky's "The Drunken Driver," about an intoxicated driver who causes a crash that kills two children; the song "is hurting business," the union claimed.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country album chart with The Fightin' Side of Me which was recorded live in Philadelphia, on Valentine's Day 1970.

Loretta Lynn released "Rated "X"" which became Lynn's sixth #1 country single as a solo artist. The song dealt with the stigma faced by divorced women during the early '70s, and was regarded as somewhat controversial at the time, due to its frank language.

Born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, was Dierks Bentley country music artist who has scored eighteen singles on the country singles charts, of which nine have reached #1. His debut single "What Was I Thinkin'", as well as "Come a Little Closer", "Settle for a Slowdown", "Every Mile a Memory", "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)", "Feel That Fire", "Sideways", "Am I the Only One", and "Home".

Born on this day was Josh Turner singer and actor who scored the 2006 US Country #1 album Your Man. Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the #1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another #1 "All Over Me".

Faith Hill was at #1 on the US Country chart with Breathe her fourth studio album. It won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and Breathe is one of the most successful country/pop albums to date. It has shipped over eight million copies in the US and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, a first for the country artist.

Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas by The Robertsons from the cast of A&E reality television series Duck Dynastywas at #1 on the US Country chart. The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons. Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.

Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton were among those presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Presenting the award to Loretta, President Barack Obama said "Over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music."

Ty Herndon came out as a homosexual in an interview with People. He was the second major country artist to do so, following Chely Wright in 2010.

Tuesday 111919

Patrick Frazee has been found guilty of murder.  The Colorado man was sentenced yesterday afternoon to life in prison without parole plus 156 years.  He was found guilty for the murder of Kelsey Berreth even though her body has ever been found.  District attorney Dan May said justice was possible because of Krystal Lee’s testimony.  Lee, a former nurse from St. Luke’s testified in the trial that she helped clean up a bloody mess in Berreth’s home.

Twin Falls resident Eugenia Monica Wadsworth is facing misdemeanor driving under the influence following a weekend crash in Gooding that sent two people to the hospital.  Court records indicate this is the 31 year olds second DUI.  She was also cited for driving without privileges.

The Blaine county sheriff’s office say a Hailey man died Sunday evening following a car crash on State Highway 75 north of Hailey.  50 year old Jeffrey Browne was found unresponsive when deputies arrived at the scene of the single vehicle accident south of Cottonwood Creek Circle.

Federal authorities saying a lawsuit wanting to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming should be dismissed.  The lawsuit filed in June claim the federal agencies are violating environmental laws because black bear hunters have killed at least eight protected grizzly bears since 1995.

According to triple A 55 point 3 million travelers are expected to roam far from home for Thanksgiving this year.  That’s the most since 2005 and nearly a million and a half more than last year.  296-thousand Idahoans are expected to take a trip.  That’s an increase of three percent.

Riley Alexander, a 22 year old Boise woman is facing felony charges after being accused of using heroin in a car while her young daughter was in the backseat.  She was arrested last week on felony charges of injury to a child and drug possession.  She was setting in the vehicle in a parking lot of a Nampa McDonalds.  According to court documents she admitted that she had heroin in the car and that she was an addict. 


Today:  Rain showers this morning with overcast skies during the afternoon hours. High 52F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 34F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers possible. Quite a bit cooler High: 42. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Decreasing clouds through the day. High: 40. Low: 20.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 44. Low: 21.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 44. Low: 23.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 21.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy and colder. High: 38.

November 19th: On this day

Born on this day was Canadian country-folk artist Ron Hynes, best known for the songs "Sonny's Dream" and "Cryer's Paradise". Hynes died of cancer on November 19, 2015 aged 64.

Jeannie C. Riley was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Harper Valley PTA. The title track "Harper Valley PTA" became a hit for Riley and went to #1 on both the Billboard Pop and Country singles charts, a feat not repeated until 1981 when Dolly Parton released "9 to 5".

Born on this day in Savannah, Georgia, was Billy Currington country music singer, songwriter. Hits include "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right", "Good Directions", "People Are Crazy", "That's How Country Boys Roll", "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer", and "Let Me Down Easy". He has also charted as a duet partner on Shania Twain's single "Party For Two."

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country charts with his seventh studio album Kenny. It included the singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life" and went on to enjoy 25 weeks on the album chart.

Mary Chapin Carpenters was at #1 on the country singles chart with "Shut Up And Kiss Me". The song won Carpenter a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Country Weekly's Readers named Shania Twain the Most Beautiful Woman in Country Music. Also featured in the list were fellow Canadian, and country traditionalist, Terri Clark, Reba McEntire and Lauren Alaina.