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Due to an error with the Twin Falls county Assessor’s office, the urban Renewal Agency’s budget will be $10-thousand dollars less than the projections.  Apparently, some years ago, the Assessor’s office incorrectly made a change benefiting taxpayers and over time cost the URA several thousand dollars each year the mistake occurred.

Lawmakers in Boise have unveiled plans to provide residents relief on two tax fronts.  That being Grocery and property taxes. If approved a family of four could get the first $750 of groceries a month tax free.  Another proposal would hard cap property tax growth to 3-percent.  The other idea is to freeze property tax growth for one year.

A student was injured earlier this week while walking in the Canyon Ridge School parking lot.  The student was struck by a car just after school was let out Wednesday.  The student was treated for the injuries and police say charges are pending.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order increasing paid leave for parents in the executive branch to eight weeks.  Right now, state employees can take up to 12 weeks under federal law but are only paid for as long as their vacation and sick pay lasts.

Idaho County officials say human remains found along the Salmon River earlier this month may belong to a Boise man who disappeared on a fishing trip in 2017.  Officials believe the bones are likely that of 54-year-old John Randall French, who drove into the river three years ago.

Some areas in Idaho would be declared wolf-free zones, and other areas where the animals have killed livestock would have increased wolf-killing opportunities under proposed legislation.  Republican Sen. Bert Brackett, a rancher in the area designated for wolf-free zones said Wolf numbers have continued to increase, livestock depredation remains unacceptably high.

An Idaho man who illegally guided bear and moose hunts in Alaska was fined $20,000 and ordered never to hunt in the state again.  52 year old Paul Silvis of Nampa was also ordered to serve six months of home confinement, to be followed by five years of supervised release.  Silvis pleaded guilty to two felony violations of the Lacey Act, the law that bans illegal wildlife trafficking.  Silvis received about $121,500 by illegally selling and providing guide services.


In sports from the area, first to Boys high school basketball, it was Camas County 71 over Hansen 61.  Burley defeated Twin Falls 45 to 43 while Wood River defeated Century 66 to 61.  Minico took the win from Canyon Ridge 64 to 43 and Filer outlasted Buhl 42 to 34.  Murtaugh claimed the win over Castleford 56 to 35 while Lighthouse Christian defeated Hagerman 75 to 14.  Dietrich downed the Sun Valley Community School 85 to 42. 

In Girls High School basketball, Carey defeated Richfield 37 to 15.  Glenns Ferry outlasted Shoshone 37 to 33 and Murtaugh defeated Castleford 63 to 57.  Hansen took the win over Camas county 48 to 41 and it was Raft River over Oakley 50 to 45.  Kimberly overpowered Gooding 57 to 40.

In Mens College Basketball Utah State University eastern took the win over the CSI eagles 67 to 61.  For the women Utah State took the win from CSI as well 70 to 53. 

Kendal Manuel had 21 points as Montana held off Idaho State 77-74 last night in Pocatello  Tarik Cool made one of two free throws with nine seconds remaining to draw Idaho State within 75-74, then Josh Vazquez made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the win for Montana.  Idaho State faces Montana State at home tomorrow.

Boise State University filed a legal complaint against the Mountain West Conference over a TV contract.  Boise State claimed the Mountain West breached its contract with the school and “violated, nullified and significantly impaired Boise’s State’s rights” by signing the deal without the university’s approval.  The complaint filed in Idaho district court also claimed the conference is ending benefits the school negotiated as part of its 2012 deal to stay in the Mountain West, including a $1.8 million annual bonus.  The deal gave Boise State a bigger portion of the conference’s television revenue and allowed the university to negotiate home games separately.

At the Kibbie Dome in Moscow tomorrow, two senior guards will be on display as Jonah Radebaugh and Northern Colorado will take on Trevon Allen and Idaho. Game time is 3 pm tomorrow in Moscow. 


Today:  Rain and snow showers this morning. A shower or two in the afternoon - otherwise, mostly cloudy. High 44F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 47F Low 33. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with rain and snow likely, and the snow is only going to happen at the highest of elevations. Breezy weather possible during the afternoon/evening hours as well. High: 44. Low: 33.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy. High: 43. Low: 30.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 30.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 33

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 45.

January 24th: On this day

Born on this day in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, was Doug Kershaw, fiddle player, singer and songwriter who had the 1969 hit "Diggy Liggy Lo."

Born on this day in Clarkdale, Georgia, was Ray Stevens, country and pop singer-songwriter. Stevens recorded perhaps his most famous hit, "The Streak," which poked fun at the early-1970s fad of running nude in public, known as "streaking." In 1975, he released the Grammy winning "Misty," which became his biggest country hit (reaching #3 on the country charts).

Hank Williams was at #1 on the US Country charts with "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive", knocking himself from the top of the charts with his previous single "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)". Williams scored another two #1's this year with "Kaw-Liga" and "Take These Chains From My Heart".

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the US County charts with "Sing Me Back Home", his third chart topper. It was also recorded live by the Byrds on There Is a Season as well as the Grateful Dead who included the song in their live set.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", his eighth song to reach the top of the charts.

United Artists released Kenny Rogers' "Lucille". Written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, the song is about a man in a bar that meets a woman who has left her husband. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the UK singles chart in June 1977.

Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting after being caught stealing a Harry Potter DVD from a New Mexico supermarket and punching a police officer during her arrest.

Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

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A California based investment company has purchased 31.7 acres of land on the canyon edge.  Wood Investments of Costa Mesa paid $50-point 9 million dollars.  Wood Investments Patrick Wood said “These two properties, Canyon Park East and Canyon Park West shopping centers, represented a unique opportunity to acquire two, 100%-leased, institutional-quality, retail assets with a value-add opportunity.”

Authorities continue to investigate the suspicious death of a woman at her residence near Old Town Pocatello. Police said the woman’s death is suspicious but would not provide additional details about what led them to that determination.  Police closed the road where the home is located for most of Tuesday. 

Growing hemp would be legal in Idaho under proposed legislation introduced this week.  The legislation aims to align state law with federal law contained in the 2018 Farm Bill. It would change Idaho law to allow the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.

Idaho State Police say two people found dead in Garden Valley Tuesday Morning appears to be a possible murder suicide case.  Authorities responded to a home in a rural area near Garden Valley after someone reported that shots had been fired at the home.

People who were convicted of nonviolent and nonsexual felonies and have served their sentences may get a "second chance" under a bipartisan bill that is expected to be introduced sometime this session.  House Minority Leader Rep. Ilana Rubel and Sen. Dave Lent say their "Clean Slate" bill would allow felons convicted of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes to petition the courts to seal their public records - only if they serve their total sentences and do not re-offend after three years.


Taking a look at some local sports first to Girls High School Basketball where Minico took the win over Wood River 65 to 43.  Canyon Ridge over Pocatello 28 to 24.  Lighthouse Christian took the win over Dietrich 67 to 27.  Valley defeated Shoshone 53 to 31 and it was American Falls 38 over Buhl 28.

For the Boys, Kimberly defeated Jerome 69 to 51.  It was Murtaugh 66 over Richfield 51.  Oakley defeated North Gem 69 to 55 and it was Grace 76 over Raft River 38.  Malad Downed Declo 67 to 57. 



Today:  Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 46F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers after midnight. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Rain and snow showers in the morning changing to mainly rain showers in the afternoon. High 47F Low 32. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 46. Low: 33.

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies with some scattered rain showers with some snow mixed in. High: 45. Low: 32.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers with breezy conditions. High: 43. Low: 29.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 29

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 41.

January 23rd: On this day

Born on this day in Moorhead, Mississippi, was Johnny Russell country singer, songwriter, and comedian best known for his song "Act Naturally", which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. He died on July 3 2001.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was singer-songwriter Harley Allen who penned Alan Jackson's "Between The Devil And Me" and John Michael Montgomery's "The Little Girl", as well as songs for Garth Brooks, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt and George Jones. Allen died of lung cancer on March 30, 2011 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.

The theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies TV show "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" by Jerry Scoggins, who was accompanied by bluegrass musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs was at #1 on the US Country charts. During the original run of The Beverly Hillbillies, special lyrics were written and inserted into the closing theme, advertising regular sponsors such as Kellogg's cereals and Winston cigarettes.

C.W. McCall was at #1 on the Country chart with the novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.

Born on this day in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was Josh Thompson who scored a 2009 hit with "Beer On The Table," from his debut album Way Out Here.

Taylor Swift was at #1 on the country chart with Fearless. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Swift's Album of the Year win made her the youngest person ever at the age of 20 to receive that award.

Jason Aldean was at #1 on the Country album chart with his sixth studio album Old Boots, New Dirt, his second album to reach #1. Four singles were released from the album; "Burnin' It Down", (reached the top of the US Hot Country Songs chart), "Just Gettin' Started", "Tonight Looks Good on You" and "Gonna Know We Were Here".


Two local educators will receive a letter of reprimand from the Idaho Professional standards commission.  Ronald Anthony the superintendent of the Buhl School District reportedly provided false teachers of record for classes that were actually taught by paraprofessionals or teachers that were not certified in the given content area.  Richard Sobers a teacher at the Jerome Middle School engaged in what the commission called inappropriate language that was not in keeping with the actions of a Professional Idaho educator.

Idaho law enforcement officials and prosecutors on Tuesday came out in opposition to proposed legislation decriminalizing the use of illegal drugs.  The groups said that the legislation would allow a person to legally possess up to trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  One lawmaker said the legislation is intended to put the focus more on treatment and less on prosecution and punishment.

Bond elections that fail won’t be allowed before voters again for a minimum of 11 months under the proposed legislation.  Taxing districts can currently bring failed bonds back for a vote within months and up to four times a year.

Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho’s Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel.  The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take effect immediately should it pass as expected and be signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little in roughly two weeks.

A lawmaker said that Chicken Dinner Road in canyon county is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group’s request to rename it.  Residents have also said they opposed the idea of a name change.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in July asked Caldwell officials to change the name to what it said is the kinder and simpler Chicken Road.

Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House.  Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after such things as tanker trunk crashes is standard cleanup practice.  But removing that water could be violating the state’s strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored.


Checking some scores from yesterday.  First to the High School Boys games where Lighthouse Christian took the game from Castleford 70 to 18.  Valley defeated Gooding 49 to 43.  Camas County downed the Sun Valley Community school 61 to 47.  It was Burley 56 Pocatello 55 and Wood River defeated Mountain Home 50 to 43.

On the girls side, Filer defeated Kimberly 53 to 42 and Hansen took the win over Hagerman 50 to 31.  Camas County downed Twin Falls Christian academy 54 to 13.  It was Oakley 42 overe Glenns Ferry 38.  Declo 39 over Dietrich 36 and Murtaugh defeated Richfield 47 to 20.

Tonight the Jerome Tigers will host the Kimberly Bulldogs – that game at 7 on KART 1400 AM.

Montana looks for its 13th straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho State. Montana has won by an average of 12 points in its last 12 wins over the Bengals. Idaho State’s last win in the series came on Dec. 31, 2009, a 67-65 win.  That game at Holt Arena in Pocatello Tomorrow night at 7 pm.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. Low near 35F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 48F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM rain showers. High: 41. Low: 32.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers. High: 42. Low: 32.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 44. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers. High: 45. Low: 31.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated AM rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 29

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 41.

January 22nd: On this day

Born on this day, was James Preston 'J.P.' Pennington, American musician, known primarily as a co-founding member of the country-pop band Exile who scored the 1984 US Country #1 hit "Woke Up In Love."

Ozark Jubilee aired for the first time on ABC-TV, which became the first popular country music show on network TV. Hosted by Red Foley many acts including Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Merle Travis, Slim Whitman, Cowboy Copas, George Jones, George Hamilton IV, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves and Faron Young all appeared on the show. Music executive Si Siman convinced Red Foley to host the show and the deal was set over a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Glen Campbell was awarded the first gold single of his career, for "Wichita Lineman."

George Jones recorded "The Grand Tour" which became Jones' sixth #1 song. The song is widely hailed as one of the finest performances in country music history and in 2014, Rolling Stone named the song #38 on its "40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time".

Reba McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury Records. Upon its release that year, her single "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at #88

Tammy Wynette was the special guest on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show, who performed "Stand by Your Man", "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)" and "My Elusive Dreams."

Winners at this year's American Music Awards include; Randy Travis who won a trio of trophies, including favorite country single, "Deeper Than The Holler" as well as Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black who also awards.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US Country chart with Greatest Hits. All of the songs, with the exception of "Let's Make Love" (a duet with his wife, Faith Hill), were released on various albums by the singer. Up to 2008, the album had sold over six million copies in the US.

The soundtrack album O Brother, Where Art Thou? was at #1 on the US Country music album chart. The soundtrack of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, and John Goodman won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002.

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A Hit and Run sent a 17 year old pedestrian to the hospital Saturday evening.  The accident along Bannock Highway in Pocatello left Josh Ware with a broken arm and serious bruising.  Police say they arrested 33 year old Alexandrea Vargason Sunday morning.  Ware is expected to survive but will spend the next few days at the hospital.

City crews in Twin Falls say they hope to begin construction of a HAWK pedestrian signal at the corner of Caswell Avenue and Washington Street on Friday.  Traffic studies show that the light is important because of the school traffic both from the College and Canyon ridge high school.

Growing Hemp in Idaho?  Even though the Federal government has said its ok and it’s being done in 47 states, Idaho still has yet to allow it.  Some Magic Valley farmers are traveling out of state to check out how other farmers have made this crop profitable with the hope that Idaho will allow it soon.

Marijuana sales in Oregon near the Idaho State Line are 420-percent the statewide average according to a state report.  It’s common knowledge that Idaho residents are purchasing their recreational weed in Oregon because it’s illegal in Idaho.  Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in the gem state have started collecting signatures to get an initiative on the general election ballot.  Idaho borders three states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales including Oregon, Washington and Nevada.

The Air Force in Mountain Home hope to be allowed to lower supersonic flight floors to give pilots with more realistic training.  Conservation groups say the change could have a negative impact on wildlife.  No word on when a decision will be made.

The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste.  Officials say that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine. The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company’s bankruptcy deal.  Another $400-thousand is being sought for triumph and another $500-thousand for Bunker Hill.


Tension is growing between Boise state University and the Mountain West conference.  While the Mountain West announced the new TV deal saying goodbye to ESPN and hello to Fox and CBS sports, the Conference is talking about doing away with a separate contract for BSU.  That could mean an end to those special deals made with the college and may signal an end to BSU being part of the Mountain West Conference.  There’s more to come on this story for sure.

In high school basketball, first for the Girls it was Gooding saying no to Buhl 49 to 37.  Lighthouse Christian took the game over Oakley 48 to 29 and it was Burley taking the win over Jerome 57 to 49.  That game heard on KART 1400 AM.

One game to report on the boys side where Dietrich took the win from Carey 68 to 57.

Tomorrow the Jerome Tigers play Kimberly in Jerome.  The Varsity game can be heard on 1400 am KART – Starting at 7 pm.


Today:  Increasing clouds with showers arriving this afternoon. High 42F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Rain and snow tapering off this evening. Mostly cloudy overnight. Low 32F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 60%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Little to no snow accumulation expected. High: 38. Low: 30.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies. High: 40. Low: 30.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 40. Low: 30.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 42. Low: 31.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of PM rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 31.

MONDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 43.

January 21st: On this day

Born on this day, was Mac Davis, country music singer, songwriter, and actor His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced multiple #1 hits (including "Memories", "In The Ghetto", and the latently popular "A Little Less Conversation").

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Arlo Guthrie, Jose Feliciano (who performed a duet with Cash on "I Guess Things Happen That Way"), and Bobbie Gentry who performed "Fancy (Don't Let Me Down)" and a duet with Cash on "On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain."

Wanted: The Outlaws, featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, was certified double-platinum.

Dwight Yoakam was awared his first gold album, for his debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. The album featured his first three hits "Honky Tonk Man", "Guitars, Cadillacs", and "It Won't Hurt".

Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Other artists inducted on the night included: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson.

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard Country charts for the first of six weeks with "Jesus, Take The Wheel." Later this year it was reported that "Jesus, Take the Wheel" had sold more than 1 million ringtones.

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US County chart with Own the Night which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. Four singles were released from Own the Night, "Just a Kiss", "We Owned the Night", "Dancin' Away with My Heart" and "Wanted You More".

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The Idaho House of Representatives expelled one of its members after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government.  The House voted 65-0 to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. It is the first ever expulsion from the Idaho Legislature.  Green was convicted on charges stemming from helping a wealthy Texas couple hide assets to avoid paying income taxes when Green worked as an attorney. Green maintains his innocence.  He faces up to 5 years in prison.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued two executive orders that he says will cut government red tape.  Little signed an order requiring that every regulation that an agency chooses to keep be justified.  He said that going forward; about 20% of administrative rules will be reviewed annually.

A new report says that Idaho's growth in prison costs is the sixth highest in the nation -- even outpacing growth in education investment.  This comes as Idaho lawmakers try to find new ways to deal with overcrowding in jails and prisons.

Those watching the water levels in Southern Idaho say since the starting of the water year October 1 they have measured 2.31 inches at the Twin Falls airport.  That’s about 1.55 inches below average.  Not to worry though, the mountain amounts along with the reservoirs are looking much better.  Some reservoirs are at 90-percent full.  The snowpack is being called normal to a little below normal.

The Marsh Valley School District board has unknowingly violated the Idaho open meetings law for years after conducting its entire annual superintendent evaluation behind closed doors.     The board first learned it was committing a violation when it was notified by attorneys for the state Department of Education last month that approving Superintendent Marvin Hansen’s evaluation, contract extension and pay increase was against the law.

Prosecutors have charged 24 year old Christopher Bleily a former employee of a Boise group home with rape and attempted rape because they say he confessed to abusing two disabled residents.  The victims in the case were both non-verbal and disabled.


Justinian Jessup forced a turnover and scored with 1.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime as Boise State rallied from 19-points down in the second half and beat Utah State 88-83 on Saturday night. Boise State plays at Fresno State on Saturday.

Markus Golder registered 18 points as Portland State topped Idaho State 82-76 on Saturday night.  Idaho State faces Montana at home on Thursday.

Jared Samuelson scored 23 points and Kyle Owens and Kendal Manuel each added two clutch free throws in the final seconds as Montana won its 1,000th game on its home court, holding off Idaho for a 67-63 Big Sky Conference victory on Saturday night. Fittingly, it was the 200th meeting between the Grizzlies and Vandals.

In high school basketball, first for the Boys, Twin Falls defeated Idaho Falls 48 to 42. Preston toppled Burley 92 to 72 and in overtime Grace defeated Valley 52 to 46.   Fruitland said no to Buhl 48 to 36.  Carey outlasted Hansen 67 to 38. 

In girls action, Grace took the win from Valley 54 to 36 and in Overtime action highland outlasted Minico 49 to 47.  It was Murtaugh 43 Shoshone 15.  Butte County defeated Oakley 50 to 21 and Declo outlasted Malad 55 to 40. 

From the Magic Valley Classic Wrestling tournament New Plymouth took number one overall.  Some of the top finishers include Dax Blackmon from Declo and Teegan Dunn from Wendell.


Today:  Overcast. High 37F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. Low around 30F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM snow and rain showers. High: 39. Low: 28.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of AM snow and rain showers. High: 39. Low: 28.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 39. Low: 29.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies. High: 39. Low: 29.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 41. Low: 30.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 41.

January 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Tampa, Florida, was Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. who became known professionally as Slim Whitman. The American country music singer and songwriter, known for his yodelling abilities has sold in excess of 120 million albums. His 1955 hit single "Rose Marie" held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at#1 on the UK charts until Bryan Adams broke the record in 1991. Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence, stating; "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman". He died on June 19th 2013.

George Jones released his sixth studio album Country Church Time which includes multiple early gospel recordings by Jones. The album wasn't received well, and did not chart, due in large part to the lackluster sound of Starday and Mercury Records during the 1950s.

Born on this day in Danville, Kentucky, was John Michael Montgomery, country singer, songwriter who has produced more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, including two #1 country singles of the year: "I Swear" (1994) and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" (1995).

Born on this day in Jefferson, Georgia, was Brantley Gilbert who scored the 2012 Country #1 hit "Country Must Be Country Wide" and his follow-up, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", also hit #1.

Billboard magazine began basing the Hot Country Singles chart entirely on radio airplay through Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), which used a computerized system to detect actual radio spins. The number of chart positions is reduced from 100 to 75. The new system has an immediate effect on how long the year's biggest songs stay at #1:

Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood and Kim Richey were among the performers at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration. Vice president Al Gore and wife Tipper danced to the "Tennessee Waltz."

Country music producer/songwriter Larry Butler died in his sleep in Pensacola, Florida. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers, including Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

It was announced that Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," had become the best-selling digital country single in history after having over 6.6 million downloads to date. The track spent 24 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, making it the longest-running #1 since the chart's inception.

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One person died after an avalanche in the Baker Creek area Wednesday.  Authorities said 50 year old Kirk Douglas Rongen of Jerome died after being caught in the slide while riding a snowmobile.  Another snowmobiler was able to escape and locate his partner but was able to revive him.

A group of water users has appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley.  The environmental group said the Forest Service failed to complete consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries about the diversions.

Cleanup continues on Idaho highway 20 after diesel spilled from a multi-vehicle crash that left 33 people injured.  The crash involved a bus carrying INL employees Wednesday.  The crash happened after a car stopped while traveling west on the highway in an area of low visibility and the bus and stopped behind her.  A semi-truck hauling a diesel fuel tanker and was unable to stop.

Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls A member of the Idaho House of Representatives said he won’t resign following his conviction in Texas of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.  A judge released him with no bond.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch is applauding the passing of an agreement in trading between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  Risch said this will put in place the mechanism whereby dairy products are going to be able to move into Canada.

Idaho residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis can now dial 211 to reach a suicide prevention hotline.  Previously, people who called 211 seeking help for suicidal thoughts would be connected to an operator, who would then give them a separate 10-digit phone number to call.

A panel of Idaho lawmakers took testimony involving Idaho’s education standards on English and literacy for the state’s 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education. The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states.


Kim Aiken Jr. totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, and Jack Perry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game to lift Eastern Washington to a 78-75 victory over Idaho last night.

Jerrick Harding scored eight of his 28 points in overtime, Cody John finished with 21 points, and Weber State beat Idaho State 76-68 last night to snap a three-game skid.

Tonight Utah State Plays Boise State at Taco Bell Arena with the game starting at 8. Utah State knocked off Nevada by 10 at home on Saturday. Boise State lost 85-78 at Air Force on Wednesday.

Two junior guards will be on display tomorrow as Tarik Cool and Idaho State will take on Holland Woods and Portland State. Cool has scored 21 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 12.2 over his last five games. Woods is averaging 21 points and 5.4 assists over the last five games.  Game time is 8:05 at the Viking Pavilion in Portland.

Tonight in Mountain Home the Jerome Tigers Will meet the other tigers – the Mountain Home Jerome Game at 7.  Rick Haberman will have the play by play on 1400 KART.

Last night for High school girls basketball, Filer downed Nampa Christian 44 to 37.  Raft River took it from Valley 57 to 49.  Burley defeated Preston 50 to 39 and it was Murtaugh 56 over Hagerman 33.  Richfield said no to Castleford 37 to 33 and it was Shoshone 32 Oakley 29.  Kimberly defeated Buhl 53 to 36.

On the Boys side it was Richfield 66 Castleford 49.  Filer defeated American Falls 64 to 37.  Hansen said no to the Sun Valley community school 51 to 37.

Some Wrestling scores from yesterday.  Twin Falls took their matches from Minico and Mountain Home.  Then Minico won their matches with Canyon Ridge and Mountain Home took their win from Canyon Ridge.



Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big Lost Highlands, Copper Basin; Frank Church Wilderness; Sawtooth, Stanley Basin; Sun Valley Region  ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING... Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Raft River Region; Shoshone, Lava Beds; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains; Wood River Foothills.  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING... Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow.

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The National Weather Service has placed all of East Idaho under winter weather advisories in anticipation of a winter storm that was forecast to arrive late Thursday night and continue through Friday night.  The snow and 50 mph winds from the storm are expected to create hazardous driving conditions throughout the region, the weather service said.  The weather service said the area of East Idaho hardest hit by the storm will be the mountains south of Soda Springs all the way to the Utah border. The storm could dump up to 4 inches of snow on much of the rest of the region.  It’s even possible that up to 8 inches of snow could fall on some of the higher mountains of those areas depending on the severity of the storm. 

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Gusty winds diminishing during the afternoon. High 33F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 23F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a snow shower. High: 36. Low: 21.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 37. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. High: 38. Low: 26.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain or snow showers. High: 40. Low: 29.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain or snow shower. High: 39. Low: 25.

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 36.

January 17th: On this day

Red Foley became the first country performer to record in Nashville, Tennessee. During the session at WSM-AM's Studio B, he recorded "Tennessee Saturday Night", "Blues in the Heart" and "Tennessee Border".

Born on this day, at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, was Steve Earle, singer, songwriter. His song "Mustang Wine" was due to be recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, but Presley did not turn up for the recording session and was later released as a single by Carl Perkins. His gritty 1986 album Guitar Town album became an influential signpost for the alt-country movement. Earle has been married seven times, including twice to the same woman.

Eddie Rabbitt was at #1 on the US County chart with "I Love A Rainy Night." According to Rabbit, the song was 12 years in the making. Rabbitt had a collection of old tapes he kept in the basement of his home. While rummaging through the tapes one day in 1980, he heard a fragment of a song he had recorded one rainy night in the late 1960s. The song succeeded Dolly Parton's song "9 To 5" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart - the last time, to date, that pop chart featured back-to-back country singles in the #1 position.

The rise in popularity of Country music was evident at The American Music Awards, where Kenny Rogers took home three citations, Willie Nelson was given two and Alabama was named Favorite Band.

Reba McEntire became a member of the Grand Ole Opry show in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been a member ever since.

Garth Brooks was named Artist of the Decade for the '90s during the American Music Awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. He also won awards for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, for Sevens.

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson embarked on the co-headlining 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, which began in Dayton, Ohio. The 39 date tour featured the two singers sharing the same band and stage and performing each other's songs.

Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author, playwright and composer Don Harron died aged 90. Harron is perhaps best known for the comedic character Charlie Farquharson from the country music television show, Hee Haw.

Kenny Chesney announced that he had left Sony Music Nashville after 23 years and had subsequently signed with Warner Bros. Records Nashville. Chesney had recorded 20 albums, 20 of which had been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He had also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 30 of which had reached #1.