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Thursday 050219

One man is dead after the pickup he was in, was struck by a train.  The accident, in Lincoln County, was reported just before 7 pm Tuesday at the railroad crossing near West Pole Line road and Arkoosh Road along the Gooding-Lincoln County Line.  The name or age of the deceased was not released. 

A truckload of what Idaho State Police thought at first was marijuana but was industrial hemp still sits in Boise.  A judge has ruled the material will not be returned to Big Sky Scientific of Colorado.  Test results were released Friday from the 7-thousand pound load confiscated in January.  Even though the U.S. Farm Bill legalized growth and sale, in Idaho, hemp remains illegal and carries the same penalties as marijuana. 

Today is Idaho Gives day where Idahoans are encouraged to donate.  More than 40 area nonprofits are registered to participate.  Last year over 111-thousand dollars was raised locally out of nearly the 1-point five million statewide.  Some downtown Twin Falls Businesses will be providing more information about some of the non-profits.

An Idaho woman under investigation in the death of her husband has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement.  64-year-old Lori Isenberg was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to three counts of wire fraud in January.  Isenberg is also being investigated for the suspicious February 2018 boating death of her husband, Larry Isenberg.

The Jerome County Commissioners have said they will join a federal opioid Lawsuit.  Several entities including Boise and Bannock County is being represented by Mooney Wieland.  The lawsuit will bring several claims against manufacturers and distributors who they claim put misleading information in promotional material. 

Former Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez entered a not guilty plea in court this week.  He has been charged with lewd conduct and sexual abuse of a minor and felony rape.  If found guilty he faces life in prison.  Trial is set for August 6th

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


In sports from around the region, the question is, where will Boise State Bronco Fans get their fix when it comes to watching the football games next year?  That’s a question that is in negotiations right now.  Boise State has been a staple on ESPN in the 2000’s.  Now that the TV contract expires next year some are saying the school may gamble and take the games to streaming on the internet.  Each mountain west school is paid 1-point 8 mil.  Double that for BSU for its home games – a deal worked out when the Bronco’s said no to a move to the Big East seven years ago. 

CSI Men’s Basketball coach Jared Phay is moving on.  The college said yesterday Phay is taking a position at Idaho State University as the Associate Head Coach where he will work with newly hired head coach Ryan Looney.  Phay has been at CSI for five seasons and made three trips to the NJCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament.

On the Baseball diamonds from yesterday some High School Scores to report.  Melba said no to Glenns Ferry 6 to 4.  Kimberly downed Buhl 11 to 1 and Gooding outlasted Filer 5 to 3.

In girls Softball it was Melba 11 Glenns Ferry 1.  In a double header Declo took both game wins from American Falls 10 to 9 and 13 to 2.  Gooding outlasted Buhl 12 to 4 and it was Filer 8 Kimberly 7.


Today: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 63 Mountains: 55

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 37F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Nice and warm with sunshine. Winds: West 3-8 mph. Valleys - High: 70 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 34

SATURDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 75 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 38

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. Valleys - High: 78 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 70 Low: 39

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers or isolated storm - High: 75 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 68 Low: 37

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, isolated chance of a shower - High: 70 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 63 Low: 37

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds - High: 66 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 37

May 2nd: On this day

Born on this day in Seminole, Texas, was Larry Gatlin, singer, songwriter best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music's most successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s. Gatlin scored a total of 33 Top 40 singles. Their biggest hits together include, "Broken Lady", "All the Gold in California", "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)."

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston", which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is now considered as the official anthem of Galveston Island and the City of Galveston, Texas.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "It's All in the Movies." The title track became Merle Haggard's twenty-second #1 single on the Country chart.

Winners at the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Dennis Weaver at The Palladium, Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Kenny Rogers, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Barbara Mandrell, Top Vocal Group - Oak Ridge Boys and Waylon Jennings, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Christy Lane, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Conlee and Single Record of the Year went to Don Williams for "Tulsa Time."

Clint Black signed with RCA Records who released his first album, Killin' Time, in 1989, which produced four straight #1 singles on the US Country charts; "A Better Man", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.

The Dixie Chicks appeared naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, with words such as "boycott," "traitors" and "free speech" superimposed on their bodies. The feature related to the controversy that came from an anti-Bush comment by band member Natalie Maines.

Former first lady Laura Bush was among those eulogizing George Jones at his funeral. Other speakers were Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, news personality Bob Schieffer, and country singers Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna and Brad Paisley all provided musical tributes. The service was broadcast live on CMT, GAC, RFD-TV, The Nashville Network as well as WSM 650AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, broadcast the event on the radio.


The preliminary hearing for Gilberto Flores Rodriguez, charged with first degree murder of Regina Krieger in 1995 has been set for May 8th in the Cassia County Magistrate Court.  A witness claims the 14 year old girl was killed in her basement bedroom.  Her body was found on the Snake River Bank with a stab wound. 

Idaho county authorities say they believe 34 year old Keawe Pestana of Boise drowned in the Salmon River east of Riggins on Saturday.  The man had jumped in to try and rescue three children and an adult from a capsized canoe.  They survived wearing life jackets.  It’s believed the man was pulled under the current.

There is an increase in the amount of discarded used hypodermic needles in the gem state.  Authorities say the needles are tossed by drug addicts because the syringe would still contain some drug and is tossed to destroy evidence.  Officials are warning residents to not touch anything suspicious when cleaning up public spaces and to notify authorities if the needles are found.

Twin Falls Prosecutor Grant Loebs said the 7 week old twin infants who died last fall likely suffocated after their sleeping mother rolled on top of them in bed.  Loebs said the deaths were accidental and no charges would be filed.  Two people who lived at the home were convicted of possession of meth and the babies had a small amount of meth in their systems but that wasn’t the cause of death.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has ordered an Idaho woman to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children.  The judge hopes the action will deter Jennifer Fanopoulos from using drugs or alcohol.  She was also sentenced to three years of probation.

Penne Main has been named as the new president and CEO of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.  Today is the first day on the job for Main who said she has lived in the Mini-Cassia area for 23 years and is looking forward to serving in this capacity.  She replaces Sarah Seymour. 


In sports from around the area, in Ice Hockey, the Idaho Steelheads were home but fell to the Tulsa Oilers 1 to 0.  Tulsa now leads the series 3 to 0 in the Mountain Division Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

Former Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien’s future in the sport depends on what Denver sees in him over the next few months.  As an undrafted free agent, Rypien received a six figure guarantee from the Denver Broncos.  That means he will be paid somewhere between a 100-thousand and 140-thousand dollars.  More to come on that one.

In high school baseball from last night, Wendell defeated Glenns Ferry 11 to 7 and in Girls Softball Notus said no to Glenns Ferry 14 to 4. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High 52F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 32F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 59F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.  Low: 39

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. Mild. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies. Mild.

Magic Valley: High: 69 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 63 Low: 35)

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

Magic Valley: High: 75 Low: 45 (Wood River Valley: High: 68 Low: 38)

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

Magic Valley: High: 74 Low: 47 (Wood River Valley: High: 69 Low: 40)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Warm.  Magic Valley: High: 71 (Wood River Valley: High: 66)

May 1st: On this day

Born on this day near outside Hackleburg, Alabama, was James Loden who became known as Sonny James, best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James has had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including a five-year streak of 16 straight among his 23 #1 hits. James died on 22 Feb 2016 aged 87.

Born on this day in Lafayette, Tennessee, was Rita Coolidge, singer and songwriter. She met Kris Kristofferson at Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee and he got off in Memphis with her rather than go on to his originally intended stop in Nashville; the two married in 1973. With him, she recorded several duet albums and earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for "From the Bottle to the Bottom", and in 1976 for "Lover Please".

Johnny Cash released his classic song, "I Walk the Line", which became his first #1 Billboard country hit and remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, selling over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backwards playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.

Born on this day in Delhi, Louisiana, was Tim McGraw country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard albums charts, as well as twenty-one singles hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw.

Bob Dylan recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of "Girl From The North Country." In this primetime show, Cash enjoyed booking contemporary performers as guests; Neil Young, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (who appeared a record four times on his show), James Taylor, Ray Charles and Eric Clapton were all booked to appear on forthcoming shows.

Winners at the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride and Claude Akins at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Larry Gatlin, Band of the Year - Touring went to the Charlie Daniels Band and Single Record of the Year went to Larry Gatlin for "All The Gold in California."

Reba McEntire released Sweet Sixteen her sixteenth studio album, (the album's title derives from its being McEntire's sixteenth album). Four singles from the album entered the Billboard country charts: the #1 hits "Cathy's Clown" (a cover version of the Everly Brothers' song) and "Walk On", and the top ten hits "Til Love Comes Again" and "Little Girl". The album stayed at #1 for 16 consecutive weeks.

Charley Pride accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, in the process becoming the first black Opry regular in the show's more than 70-year history. Pride has sold over 70 million records world-wide.

Dixie Chick Emily Erwin married country singer Charlie Robison. The couple who have three children divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.

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The price of gas is going up.  Only a few months ago, the average price for a gallon was 2-dollars 29 cents.  Today, the U.S. average price for a gallon of unleaded is 2-dollars 89 cents which is 19 cents more than a month ago and 8 cents more than a year ago.  Idaho’s average has topped $3 for the first time this year due to increased demand. 

Twin Falls teacher Jason Benjamin’s teaching certificate has been revoked by the Idaho teacher ethics commission.  Benjamin admitted to police he had sex with a 17 year old former student despite a jury acquitting him in August of a felony rape charge.

Idaho and Utah are joining together to intervene on the side of the federal government after four conservation groups asked a judge to immediately halt drilling, mining and other activities to protect habitat for sage grouse.  The groups say a plan by Trump weakens protections. 

A crash between Wendell and Gooding just before 4 pm yesterday afternoon has claimed the lives of two Gooding residents.  Idaho State Police say the accident on State Highway 46 happened when a car driven by 87 year old Melvin Brooks crossed over the center line and collided head on with a truck hauling milk.  Brooks and his passenger 87 year old Nacoma Brooks died at the scene.

Lincoln county commissioners have decided on a new sheriff.  Rene King will fill the position until the next election.  Earlier commissioner Rebecca Wood said the three finalists all had their own issues.  Yesterday Wood said they did their due diligence and researched thoroughly. 

Jerome and Twin Falls County Commissioners met yesterday to continue the discussions over how to help Twin Falls gain more jail beds because of overcrowding issues.  If Twin Falls ends up pursuing a bond, the county will be several years before there will be a new building so whatever they would come up with is a temporary fix.  Currently Jerome has a contract to provide 25 beds to Twin Falls. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon with possible rain showers. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 33F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and still cool. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 69 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 36

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 74 Low: 48 Mountains - High: 71 Low: 39

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 77 Low: 47 Mountains - High: 69 Low: 38

MONDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of showers - High: 71 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 67 Low: 39

April 30th: On this day

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Johnny Horton, most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck on November 5, 1960.

Born on this day in Washington, D.C., was Terry Gregory, country music singer-songwriter. Gregory's debut album, Just Like Me, was released in 1981 by Handshake Records. Its first single, the title track, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Grande Prairie, Alberta, was Carolyn Dawn Johnson, country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright's 1999 single, "Single White Female," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Glen Campbell went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Southern Nights", (a song written by Allen Toussaint), and Campbell's second US chart topper.

Winners at the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Larry Gatlin, Tammy Wynette and Con Meredith at the Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Dolly Parton, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Jones, Top Vocal Group - Alabama, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Terri Gibbs and Top New Male Vocalist of the Year went to Johnny Lee.

Capitol Nashville released "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. The song, written by Brooks' friend, Tony Arata, was a key track on his self-titled debut album Garth Brooks and became #1 chart hit. It is considered by many to be Brooks' signature song. “The Dance” won both Song of the Year and Video of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Billboard magazine renamed the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart "Hot Country Songs." The chart's renaming was part of a major redesign of the 110-year-old magazine.

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Officials in McCall are trying to figure out how they are going to retrieve a small plane that crash landed on top of a tree. The plane’s pilot said he was trying to land at the McCall airport when the craft started to loose power.  A firefighter who is experienced in tree removal, rescued the stranded pilot.

A Texas-based oil company that injected acid into a well as part of a process to improve production will pay Idaho $8,000 in civil penalties.  State officials say Alta Mesa violated two Idaho codes.  The first involved performing a well treatment without first obtaining approval from the Idaho Department of Lands. The second violation involved the company failing to report the well treatment promptly.

The city of Twin Falls has started to deliver water to residents who are on the pressurized irrigation system.  All systems are expected to be in operation by Wednesday May 1.  Homeowners connected to city irrigation are encouraged to check their sprinkler systems for breaks and to set watering schedules to avoid overwatering.

As Idaho’s population continues to grow, the city of Meridian is outpacing previous growth estimates.  Meridian is expected to hit 150-thousand by 2029.  The total population of Treasure Valley region, which includes Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa, is expected to surpass 1 million residents in the next 20 years.

Land management officials in Idaho have put together a new online map so hikers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can know when and where to expect prescribed burns happening between April and July.  You can find it on the Southwest Idaho Interagency Prescribed Fire website. 

Authorities in Idaho continue to investigate the disappearance of a Grangeville woman.  On April 15, the one-year anniversary of Shawnta Pankey’s disappearance, her family returned to Pine Bar, along the Salmon River.  Pankey was 25-year-old when she went missing after reportedly camping with her boyfriend, Eddie Mills, in the area.  The family is still offering a $12,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead them to Pankey.


In sports closer to home, former Boise State Quarterback Brett Rypien set a number of records during his college career in Idaho and now will continue his football career as a Bronco in the NFL.  He has signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent.

University of Idaho’s Kaden Elliss has been drafted by the New Orleans Saints.  He was drafted with the 30th pick in the seventh round.

Boise State’s Alexander Mattison has been drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.  The former Broncos running back was taken by the Vikings 102nd overall in the third round and is the seventh Boise State running back to be drafted.

In local baseball from over the weekend, Wood River said no to Jerome 8 to 4.  Challis-Mackay defeated Gooding 19 to 1.  Minico shut out Wood River 10 to 0 in the first game of a double header then won the second game 13 to 7. 

Elsewhere it was Twin Falls winning both games over Preston 13 to 5 and 10 to 4.  Burley downed Jerome 4 to 3 and 11 to 0.  Glenns Ferry defeated Rockland 16 to 2 and in another double header Century won the first game over Canyon Ridge 5 to 4 then Canyon Ridge took it from Century 23 to 9. 

In girls Softball, it was Jerome 13 Burley 2 in the first game of a double header.  Jerome took the second game as well 22 to 7.   In another double header it was Canyon Ridge winning both games over Century 17 to 0 and 22 to 10.  Gooding defeated Declo 18 to 9 and Twin Falls won both their games over Preston 15 to 8 and 15 to 3. 


Today:  Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley with areas of frost expect before 9am, and slightly breezy. Partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. snow showers.   Winds: ENE 5-15 mph  High: 55 Mountains: 50

Tonight:. Mostly clear in the Magic Valley, and mostly cloudy in the Wood River Valley with a chance of snow showers prior to 7pm. Breezy.  Winds: NNE 5-14 mph, gust as high as 25 mph  Low: 33 Mountains: 30

Tomorrow: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and p.m. snow showers in the Wood River Valley. Breezy.   Winds: SW 14-17 mph, gust as high as 25 mph   High: 52 Low: 30  Mountains: 47 Low: 26

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 59 Low: 36 Mountains: 51 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 67 Low: 40  Mountains: 58 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.

High: 69 Low: 45 Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.

High: 71 Low: 46 Mountains: 64 Low: 40

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 72 Mountains: 65


April 29th: On this day

Born on this day in Abbott, Texas, was Willie Nelson, country music singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded by doctor F. D. Sims on April 30). Nelson was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms.

Born on this day in Taylortown, Texas, was Duanne Allen, singer with The Oak Ridge Boys who scored the 1978 US Country #1 “I’ll Be True To You.”

Born on this day in Thomasville, Georgia, was Stephanie Bentley, country music artist who found success as a songwriter, having penned Faith Hill's 1999 crossover single "Breathe", as well as Martina McBride's 2002 Top 5 hit "Concrete Angel".

Born on this day in Winter Park, Florida, was James Bonamy, American country music artist who scored the 1996 #2 Country hit "I Don't Think I Will".

Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was Ashley Gorley, singer, songwriter who has written hits for Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and Brad Paisley's "Then."

Dan Seals was at the top of the country charts with "Love on Arrival". The first single from his 1990 album On Arrival, the song spent three weeks at #1, making it the longest-running chart-topper of his career.

Billy Dean was one of seven double-winners at the 27th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired by NBC from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. Dean was named Top New Male Vocalist as well as winning Song of the Year for "Somewhere In My Broken Heart."

Alison Krauss & Union Station started a two-night run at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. The shows were recorded for a concert album, Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live.

Willie Nelson who was about to turn 81 this week, received his fifth-degree black belt in the martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul.Bottom of Form

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On the second day of her jury trial, former in home daycare owner Brandi Olsen was found guilty of misdemeanor injury to a child after a child was found sleeping on the sidewalk outside her daycare.  The jurors were unanimous in yesterday’s verdict.  Her sentencing date is set for June 17th.

A vehicle pursuit through Twin Falls around noon yesterday led to the arrest of a Filer man and the lockdown of Kimberly Schools.  Twin Falls deputies recognized the driver, 40 year old Jeremy Asay in a vehicle on Addison Avenue West.  The pursuit ended with a PIT maneuver near Kimberly.  He was wanted for Grand Theft.

No charges will be filed in the deaths of twin infant boys who were found dead October 12th of last year in a home on Morningside drive in Twin Falls.  Following a pathology report, Prosecuting attorney Grant Loebs said the two died from suffocation.  Although drugs were found in the home, that did not cause the deaths.  Two women were arrested for those drugs. 

The Lincoln County Commissioners are agreeing with community residents that there are no qualifying people on the local Republican party’s list of nominees to fill the vacant Lincoln County Sheriff’s position.  At a meeting earlier this week, a question and answer session community members expressed their concerns.  Former sheriff Rene Rodriguez resigned earlier after being charged with rape and sexual abuse of a child. 

The U.S. military says an Idaho soldier assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, has died in a noncombat incident in Iraq.  The Defense Department said that 20-year-old Spc. Michael T. Osorio died Tuesday in Iraq. Osorio was from Horseshoe Bend.

One person was seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car Wednesday evening.  The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office was called to 400 Golf Course Road.  The driver of the vehicle was not reportedly injured but the cyclist was taken by air ambulance to Boise.


In sports from around the area, first for baseball, where in a Double header, Filer beat Gooding 16 to 6 and 6 to 1.  Kimberly outlasted Buhl in both games 19 to 7 and 11 to 1.  Glenns Ferry Defeated Horshoe Bend 7 to 3.

In girls softball, Filer defeated Gooding in a double header 12 to 6 and 14 to 4.  Declo took both their games from Wendell 16 to 1 and 20 to 3.  Glenns Ferry defeated Horseshoe Bend 20 to 7.



Today:  Windy...isolated thunderstorms during the morning. Partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High 69F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Gusty winds diminishing after midnight. Low 41F. SW winds at 20 to 30 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 70F. Low 38  Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

SUNDAY: Sunny.   High: 56 Low: 32  Mountains: 50 Low: 31

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.   High: 63 Low: 38   Mountains: 54 Low: 33

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and a slight chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 57 Low: 38  Mountains: 49 Low: 31

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of rain and snow showers.   High: 58 Low: 39   Mountains: 51 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 65 Mountains: 58

April 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Tarrant County, Texas, was Jeff Huskins, country fiddle and keyboard player, producer, and record label founder and one time member of Little Texas who scored the 1994 US Country #1 hit �My Love�.

Born on this day in Columbus, Ohio, was Jay DeMarcus, bass guitarist, harmony vocalist, pianist and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1�s.

Johnny Lee and Lane Brody were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "The Yellow Rose". The song was set to the tune of the folk song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" and was recorded as the theme song to the NBC television series The Yellow Rose starring Cybill Shepherd.

During an episode of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, country singer Clint Black won $20,000 for charity as the project manager for the winning team on The task which was: develop a four-page advertorial for Right Guard.

US country singer George Jones, who had a string of #1 songs between the 1950s and 1990s, died aged 81. Nicknamed 'Possum', his signature song was �He Stopped Loving Her Today�, a track about love and death. He was married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair recorded several songs together in the 1970s. During his life, Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame held at their first induction ceremony at the original home of ACL, KLRU-TV�s Studio 6A. Nelson was the first artist to ever appear on the show and had been a frequent guest ever since.


All schools were open yesterday in Blaine County following an investigation into the possible threat to the Wood River Middle School. Officials determined it wasn’t a creditable threat.  In a release, the district said a note was found in a bathroom.  Officials didn’t elaborate what the note said.

The seventh president of Boise State University is Marlene Tromp.  She is the first female president in the university’s history.  For the past two years Tromp has served as the campus executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  She will be paid $425-thousand dollars a year.

Idaho officials have vacated an order forcing landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to an energy company following a ruling from a federal judge who found Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution.  Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability sued in 2017, contending the state discriminated against landowners with an order finalizing a deal that favored Alta Mesa.

A federal appeals court has overturned a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging a federal agency’s killing of wolves in Idaho.  A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge erred in January 2018 when he ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.  The groups say the Agriculture Department is violating environmental laws by killing wolves without a new environmental analysis.

One person was injured in a downtown Boise Apartment building fire Tuesday night.  When firefighters arrived heavy flames were coming from the second story.  Much of the facility has been destroyed. 

The Nampa Police Department is investigating the discovery of a dead body yesterday on Karcher road near the Amalgamated sugar beet factory in Nampa.  Authorities say the death is suspicious but wouldn’t offer further details. 

Look up and you may see Navy jets in the air.  They are flying with the national Guard this week.  Eleven F-18’s are currently at Gowen Field.  Officials say they are working to make the impact to residents minimal. 


Vivi Ortega attending the Jerome High School has just signed with Tabor College, a four year Christian school in Hillsboro Kansas.  Tabor competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.  The school’s Blue Jays are Fifth in the standings right now.

A former cowboy for the College of Southern Idaho Rodeo team was arrested this week.  20 year old Pete Bradshaw was taken into custody on a felony warrant after a female told authorities that she might have been drugged and raped.  According to court documents, a nurse discovered evidence of trauma.  Bradshaw bonded out of jail yesterday.


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 73F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low near 50F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain showers in the Wood River Valley. Breezy.

Winds: W 7-15 mph, gust as high as 35 mph  High: 68 Low: 41  Mountains: 61 Low: 34

SATURDAY: Sunny.   High: 68 Low: 40  Mountains: 59 Low: 33

SUNDAY: Sunny.   High: 63 Low: 40  Mountains: 56 Low: 32

MONDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 63 Low: 40   Mountains: 56 Low: 34

TUESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 62 Low: 39  Mountains: 53 Low: 33

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the Wood River Valley, and rain showers in the Magic Valley.   High: 58 Mountains: 53.

April 25th: On this day

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the US singles chart with "He'll Have to Go," which spent a total of 14 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts and was one of just five different titles to occupy the chart's summit during 1960.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with Rose Garden. The title track went on to top the country charts, where it stayed at the #1 position for five weeks, and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1971. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

"Every Time Two Fools Collide" by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West was at #1 on the US Country charts. Written by Jan Dyer and Jeff Tweel the duet happened after a recording session with West was running over resulting in Rogers sitting in the studio wating for his session to begin. They began talking about recording a duet, and West suggested "Every Time Two Fools Collide".

Clint Black won four trophies at the 25th annual Academy Of Country Music awards at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre: Top Male and New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, for Killin' Time, and Single Record of the Year, for "A Better Man". The show which was hosted by George Strait, Tammy Wynette, Alabama and The Judds saw Country Music Video of the Year going to Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams Sr. for "There's a Tear in My Beer."

The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their Hell Freezes Over album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, "Take It Easy". The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?"

Brad Paisley was featured on the South Park episode "Cartman Finds Love", in which he voiced himself, sang "The National Anthem", and helped Cartman sing the 90's hit song "I Swear", which was popularized in 1994 by John Michael Montgomery.