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Blaine County authorities say 21 year old Mario Patlan-Baeza is back in custody after failing to return after his work day release.  Patlan Baeza is serving a sentence for Burglary and possession of a controlled substance.  He filed to check back in after his work day ended on July 27th.  Authorities found him at a residence Wednesday morning.

Commissioners in Twin Falls County talked to a small group of people at a meeting in Kimberly about a possible trail placement near the Hansen Bridge.  Officials are hoping to connect it with the Twin Falls city trail.  Commissioners said there are talks of a trail that could even loop Jerome and Twin Falls, connecting them all together.

The remains of a Yellowstone National Park seasonal worker from China have been returned to his family four years after he was swept down a river.  "Isaac" Xiang was swimming in the Yellowstone River on July 23, 2015, when he was pulled away from the shore by the current. The remains of Xiang were found by park staff in February 2018 near where he was last seen but not positively identified until this past June by forensics experts.

Authorities from Fremont County say a 9-year-old Idaho girl is fighting for her life after she fell out of a tree and was impaled in the head by a steel bar.  Shaylyn Bergeson was playing in her backyard near Rexburg when she fell.  She was airlifted to a Utah hospital for treatment.

The U.S. Forest Service says its changing sage grouse protection plans in five Western states including Idaho to conserve habitat for the at-risk bird while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods.  The plans will be made public today.  The Forest Service says the plan allows for greater flexibility and local control while conservationists say the plan guts protections for sage grouse created under the Obama administration in 2015.

Idaho’s economy is strong, but more work is needed to shore up the state’s transportation infrastructure and education and health care systems, according to Idaho Gov. Brad Little.  The governor hit familiar themes in his speech to about 400 business people in Boise.


In sports from around the area, add another name to the Idaho High School Activites Association Hall Of Fame.  Larry Messick was inducted earlier this week.  Messick spent 40 years in education and 38 coaching.  He first started off at Dietrich High School, and then moved to Shoshone High School in 1975.  He coached football for four years, volleyball for 31 and 38 as the head coach of the boys basketball team. In the springtime, he coached track something he did for 35 years.  He was also an athletic director.  His basketball teams won two state championships and his volleyball squads claimed four titles.  Messick retired in 2013.

Burley has advanced to Saturdays State Championship game in Legion Baseball.  The green Sox won their game over Malad 5 to 3.  Tonight they will play Emmett at 7.  As of right now, the Burley team is the only undefeated team in the state playoffs being held in Burley. 


Today:  Plenty of sunshine. High 97F. E winds shifting to SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 64F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 63.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 88. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and hot. High: 90. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of afternoon/evening showers and storms. High: 90. Low 58.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 63.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 59.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 62.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 58.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies. High: 92. Low: 61.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 87. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with seasonable temperatures. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy and comfortable. High: 84.

August 2nd: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A nationwide manhunt is underway by the U.S. Marshals service for 27 year old Samiir Blade Afraid of Bear of Fort Hall.  He is a suspect in multiple criminal incidents in East Idaho and has failed to appear in court after being charged with numerous felonies including burglary, robbery and aggravated battery.

Starting next Monday, the busy intersection of Eastland Drive and Falls Avenue will be closed for eight weeks while crews rebuild the road.  After the first four weeks, the north and south lanes of Eastland Drive will be open to drivers, but motorists cannot turn onto Falls Avenue. During the time of construction, the city encourages motorists to use Locust Street, Madrona Street or Filer Avenue as a detour around the project.

Boise State University potentially offering state scholarship money to students brought to the United States illegally as children could be the subject of legislation next year.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder of Boise responded that offering the scholarships would likely require legislative action.  The students are “Dreamers” currently safeguarded by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

An Idaho man charged in the murder of his landlady nearly two years ago has entered a modified guilty plea in the case.  Forty-one-year-old Scott Riggs made the Alford plea acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him without admitting guilt.  In exchange, Elmore County prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge from first-degree to second-degree murder.  Prosecutors said Riggs stabbed and killed 71-year-old Paula Ferbrache in 2017; her body was found in the trunk of her car outside of Mountain Home.

Police in Pocatello have arrested a man after a husband and wife were shot and injured while sitting in their car Tuesday afternoon.  32-year-old Steven I. Holmes has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the shooting.  Witnesses say the husband and wife were sitting in their car in an alley when a man asked for a lighter. The man fired one shot after he was asked to leave.

52 year old Jerrold Edwin Windes of Rupert has been charged with lewd conduct with a child after a Heyburn woman said she caught him in the act.  The woman came into the Heyburn Police Station on July 5 with a hand-written statement saying she saw Windes inappropriately touching a 6-year-old girl on June 27.


In local sports, first to the Idaho State A Legion Baseball tournament in Burley as the Burley Greeen Sox continue to move up.  On Tuesday they took the win from Mountain View.  Then yesterday they took the win from Moscow 4 to 3.  Moscow is the #1 seed from Northern Idaho.  That means the Green Sox remain in the winners bracket with the next game tonight starting at 7:30 as Burley takes on Malad. 

A pair of Idaho football standouts continue to rack up the preseason accolades.  Stats LLC chose Cade Coffey and Noah Johnson as part of their preseason All-America teams.  Coffey made the second-team as a punter. Johnson earned first team-honors for his work on the offensive line.  Idaho opens the 2019 campaign August 31, at Penn State.

Looking for a good Bull Riding event?  The Sun Valley PBR classic is set for this Saturday evening .  Gates open at 6:30 with the top 35 riders appearing at 7 with the competition at 8.  It’s all at the Hailey Rodeo Arena. 


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. S winds shifting to NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 65F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 93. Low: 61.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with an isolated afternoon/evening shower/storm possible. High: 87. Low: 57.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 93. Low: 62.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 89. Low 58.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 62.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 90. Low: 58.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 61.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies. High: 92. Low: 61.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 57.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with seasonable temperatures. High: 93.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy and warm. High: 87.

August 1st: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Details are being finalized by Twin Falls County Officials for the Jail Bond they want to pursue in November.  The cost of the bond would be 80-million dollars with 50-million for jail remodel and construction.  The other 30-million would be for the courthouse.

A fire just after 11 pm Monday damaged the Mini-Cassia criminal justice centers kitchen meaning that inmates will be getting mostly sandwiches, cereal and milk for a while.  No injuries were reported.  Officials say the fire was suspicious and may have been caused by spontaneous combustion of some rags. 

Six acres of land near Highway 93 at the Crossroads Point Business Center will soon be home to the University Of Idaho education and outreach Complex.  The U of I said this will be one of the nation’s largest research facility.   The discovery center will tell the local story of agriculture while the other part will assist food processing education and research.

An Idaho Falls man already serving prison time on a sexual abuse conviction has been sentenced to more time after a new victim came forward.  57-year-old Thomas Dale Roberts was sentenced Monday to up to 16 years in prison for the two new sex abuse charges. Roberts will have to serve at least four years before he will be eligible for parole.  He was convicted of sexually abusing children at a daycare.

Idaho land managers are planning two major timber sales to salvage trees that have been killed or damaged by a moth infestation.  The timber up for sale is on just over 3 square miles near the communities of Smiths Ferry, Banks and Crouch.  The money from the sale will provide public school funding. The first timber auction has an appraised value of $1.67 million. The second, $1.13 million.

Paid administrative leave among Idaho state employees over 11 months cost the state about $2 million.  Nearly 3,000 state employees were on paid administrative leave at some point between July 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019.  The most common reason for paid administrative leave is when there are allegations against someone that makes it difficult or divisive for them to still be at work or if you want them away so you can investigate their materials.


In legion baseball, the Burley Green Sox has earned the bid to host the 2019 Idaho State A Legion Baseball Championships.  Eight teams, ranging from all the corners of Idaho are hoping to earn a spot at the regional championships. They face Moscow tonight at 7:30.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High around 95F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 64F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies with an isolated shower/storm possible during the PM hours. High: 93. Low: 65.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny skies with near average temperatures. High: 93. Low: 60.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with near average temperatures. High: 93. Low: 61.

SUNDAY:  Sunny skies and warm. High: 96. Low: 62.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 62.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 93.

July 31st: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The federal government has paid $24 million to Idaho farms and dairies in an effort to help them survive financial losses caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars.  But farmers and industry leaders across the state say the payments don’t begin to cover what they have lost.  Payments ranged from $395,084 to a dairy in the Magic Valley to $2 mailed to a farmer on Bureau of Indian Affairs land in Lapwai.

Idaho families struggling with hunger just got a big boost from Dairy West. The organization, which represents Idaho and Utah dairy farmers, recently donated a new refrigerated truck to the Idaho Foodbank to increase the nonprofit’s ability to safely store milk and other perishable food products and deliver them to food pantries throughout the Gem State.

Former Idaho Republican Party chairman Jonathan Parker is being held in the Ada County jail without bail after authorities say he violated a no-contact order.  Court records say Parker is also being held on a felony charge of witness intimidation.  Parker stepped down as Idaho GOP chairman in February, and his wife filed for divorce in March.

The Idaho Fish and Game say Steelhead anglers hoping for strong returns this year on the Snake River likely will be disappointed.  Last year, the state counted about 94,700 steelhead at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. This year, regional fisheries managers are expecting 118,000 to return at least as far as Bonneville.

An e-scooter accident has sent two women to the hospital.  The electric scooters they were on fell into a hole dug for construction in downtown Boise. The two victims fell about 12 feet in an alley west of Capitol Boulevard Friday just before 7 pm. 

The Shoshone-Bannock tribe would like all Idaho Schools to abandon native American high school mascots and nicknames.  The tribe submitted a position paper to the state board of Education asking help from the legislature and the governor.  There are eight Idaho High Schools on the list including Buhl and Shoshone.


Are you a Boise State Bronco Fan and would like your name remembered near the Blue turf?  Bronco Legacy bricks are for sale and will be installed in the Larry and Marianne Williams Plaza, in front of the Allen Noble Hall of Fame.  Starting price is $130-dollars and they are expected to be installed next year.  There will be three different sizes and all can be personalized. 

Right-handed pitcher Luke Chevalier of the Boise Hawks was named the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for his performances last week.  Chevalier, who was drafted in the 26th round this year by the Colorado Rockies, gave up no earned runs in the two games he started during the week. Over the eight innings that he tossed, gave up four hits and two walks while striking out six.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 97F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High 94F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with near average temperatures. High: 92. Low: 62.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with near average temperatures. High: 91. Low: 61.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 90. Low: 60.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 94. Low: 62.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 95

July 30th: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some custodial maintenance workers say they feel their voices weren’t heard after the Cassia County School District Board voted to outsource their jobs.  The district said the move would save them 300-thousand dollars a year.  The district hopes to put together a job fair situation this week so the employee's can talk to ABM the company taking over the program, and get their applications in.

The south Central Public Health District are urging residents to take precautions after the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District collected at least one mosquito carrying the West Nile virus.  There have not been any confirmed human cases in the area this summer.  The district urges residents use insect repellent with DEET, wear loose-fitting clothes and install screens on all windows.

Technology for new automobiles is making drivers distracted.  According to Triple-A cars can now talk text, e-mail and navigate.  For senior drivers the problem is even worse.  The Triple A reminds all that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of crashes and fatalities.  Removing your eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.  Texting or talking while driving elevates the crash risk by up to four times.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Sun Valley next Monday for a private fundraiser.  The event will be held at the home of Ambassador Alan and Miranda Blinken, and will be a seated dinner which costs $2,800 a person to attend.

Chef Kurt Martin owner of the Snake River Grill has received the Idaho Small Business of the Month award.   At the presentation last week by a representative for Senator Risch, Martin was awarded a congressional record.

Jonathan Parker, the former Idaho GOP chairman has three pending criminal cases and now three new arrest warrants.  Charges include violating a no contact order, witness intimidation and a bench warrant.  Parker’s legal problems began May 30, when Boise police arrested him on a felony stalking charge at his estranged wife’s apartment complex. Since then he has been charged with misdemeanor privacy trespass and misdemeanor unlawful entry.


In sports from around the area, the Lincoln County rodeo, held last week, produced some bull riding qualifiers hoping to win at the Junior World Finals in Las Vegas.  Ben Tracy, Serling Rogers, Tater Nez, Trace Redd, Tucker Taylor, Trey McFarland, Rosin Mason, Liam Clouss, Brody Rogers and Meche Herrera all hope to head to finals on December 5th.  The next local qualifier is at the Cassia County Fair August 15th. 

Sophomore Ashlyn Hill from Burley High School represented the gem state at the National High School Finals Rodeo last week in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Hill competed against 48 other girls for the title of Rodeo Queen.  Hill won second runner up. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 94F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low 62F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mostly sunny and hot. High: 95. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 85. Low: 55.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 93. Low: 61. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 87. Low 56.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with near average temperatures. High: 91. Low: 60.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with an isolated PM shower/storm possible. High: 85. Low: 56.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 91. Low: 61.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with an isolated afternoon/evening shower/storm possible. High: 86. Low: 56.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies with near average temperatures. High: 92. Low: 62.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and hot. High: 94 WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Plentiful sunshine and warm. High: 89.

July 29th: On this day

Patsy Cline appeared at The Cimarron Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show was recorded and later released in 1997 as the album Live At The Cimarron Ballroom. The ticket price for the show was $1.50.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the US Country charts with ‘Before You Go ‘. The single was Owens' seventh release to hit #1 on the US country singles chart where it spent six weeks at the top and total of twenty weeks on the chart.

Born on this day in Sharon, Kansas, was Martina McBride, country music singer and songwriter who scored the 1996 US Country #1 single ‘Wild Angels’. McBride has been called the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country music singles charts with ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. Cash was inspired to write the song after seeing the movie Inside The Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force.

Born on this day was James Otto, country music singer, songwriter, who is a member of the MuzikMafia, a group of country musicians known for their "country music without prejudice". Otto began his career on Mercury Nashville Records in 2002, charting three minor singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and recording his debut album Days of Our Lives. He scored the 2008 US Country #1 hit ‘Just Got Started Lovin’ You.’

Singer Paul Davis (who scored 2 Country #1 hits with Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker), survived a shooting in Nashville, Tennessee. He was leaving a hotel on Music Row with a female companion when an unidentified man walked up, demanded his wallet, and shot him in the abdomen.

Reba McEntire went to #1 on the Billboard country chart with her version of the 1960's Everly Brothers hit "Cathy's Clown". It gave Reba her thirteenth #1 single and unlike the original, Reba sang the song in the third person, thus making the narrator another woman observing the storyline.

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A fire destroyed a mobile home Wednesday afternoon northwest of Jerome.  The blaze was reported a little after 3 pm 200 west and 450 north.  Five adults and 3 children were home when the fire broke out.  One firefighter was treated on scene for heat exhaustion.  No other injuries were reported.

Employees of the INL returned to work yesterday after wildfire forced two days of evacuation.  The fire that started Monday night from lightening burned about 177 square miles and threatened buildings for a time.  The fire was completely contained yesterday.

Reno officials say they are holding off considering support for Boise as the city moves through its legal fight over an overturned ordinance that largely outlawed sleeping on the streets.  Boise officials say they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.  Reno’s proposed legal brief drew criticism from homeless advocates, who claimed it was a step toward criminalizing homelessness.

Police evacuated a Jerome apartment complex near 8th and North Lincoln late Wednesday night after receiving a report at 22 year old Carlos Larios was inside one of the units.  Authorities say the suspect fled from a bond agent who was trying to apprehend him and had brandished a firearm.  He had fled from law enforcement earlier in Twin Falls.  According to the jail booking information, Larios has been charged with 1st degree kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving without privileges and failure to appear. 

The Bureau of Land Management is moping up three lightning-caused wildfires this morning.  All told, they have burned nearly 22-thousand acres.  The Lookout Point Fire is about 25 miles northwest of Murphy Hot Springs near Bruneau Canyon.  The Hot Springs fire is about 30 miles northeast of Murphy Hot Springs near Bruneau Canyon.  The third fire about 3 miles northeast of Shoshone is called the Lava Fire.  No structures have been threatened.


In sports from around the gem state, the 04 Boise Thorns Elite Soccer team is heading to the semi-finals of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.  That makes them two wins away from being named national champs!  Boise will face FC Revolution Dynamo on Saturday at 7 a.m. The winner advances to the national championship on Sunday.

Three Boise State Broncos football team members are on watchlists for preseason awards.  Head Coach Bryan Harsin represents one of 23 on the Dodd Trophy watch list.  Avery Williams is on the Paul Hornung Award Watch list for the second year and Twin Falls High School Graduate Kole Bailey is on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List.  He is a reserve offensive lineman and was previously nominated for the AFCA All State Good Hands Team earlier this month. 



Today:  Mainly cloudy. High 89F. S winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 66F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Isolated evening shower followed by decreasing clouds. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Evening shower/storm possible followed by decreasing clouds.  Winds: MAGIC VALLEY: West 5-15 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: West 5-15 mph.  Temperatures: MAGIC VALLEY: Low: 60 (WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Low: 54)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm.  Magic Valley: High: 89 Low: 58 (Wood River Valley: High: 84 Low: 53)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mainly sunny skies and warm. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm.  Magic Valley: High: 90 Low: 59 (Wood River Valley: High: 87 Low: 55)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny with near average temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm.  Magic Valley: High: 92 Low: 60 (Wood River Valley: High: 87 Low: 56)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Seasonable temperatures with partly cloudy skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warm.  Magic Valley: High: 92 Low: 60 (Wood River Valley: High: 87 Low: 56)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with near average temperatures. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and hot.  Magic Valley: High: 92 Low: 61 (Wood River Valley: High: 87 Low: 56)

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mix of sun and clouds and pleasant. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with an isolated PM shower possible.  Magic Valley: High: 92 (Wood River Valley: High: 86)

July 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Lundale, West Virginia, was Jim Foglesong country music producer and executive from the 1950s until the 1990s, based in Nashville He signed many artists, among them Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, Con Hunley, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, and Kevin Morris. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

Born on this day in in Windsor, Connecticut was guitarist Al Anderson who has penned hits for George Strait - "Love's Gonna Make It Alright," Diamond Rio's "Unbelievable," LeAnn Rimes' "Big Deal" and The Mavericks' "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down. "

Johnny Cash released the single, "A Boy Named Sue", a song written by Shel Silverstein. Cash was at the height of his popularity when he recorded the song live at California's San Quentin State Prison at a concert on February 24, 1969. The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with ‘It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer’, his ninth #1 on the country chart. The single stayed at the top for three weeks and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.

Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood were at #1 on the US Country music charts with ‘Bar Room Buddies’. The song was featured in the film Bronco Billy (starring Clint Eastwood).

Shania Twain's Come On Over was certified for shipments of 12 million copies, passing her own The Woman In Me as the best-selling country album ever by a female artist.

Mindy McCready was arrested by Williamson County deputies and charged with violating her probation when she arrived on an afternoon flight at the Nashville International Airport. McCready was serving a three-year probation after pleading guilty in 2004 to fraudulently obtaining OxyContin at a Brentwood pharmacy and for resisting arrest.