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Friday 091319

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said the state will not sign onto a tentative settlement with the Sackler family who owns OxyContin maker Prudue Pharma.  On Wednesday 20 states reached an agreement. One of the next steps for Purdue Pharma is a bankruptcy filing, which could end lawsuits filed against the company.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said they will take comments through October 12th over a waiver that would require patients to get a referral before they can get family planning services.  The comments are required when the state wants to deviate from standard Medicaid rules.  Voters have approved expanding Medicaid in Idaho while lawmakers are trying to add their own twist to the plan. 

46 year old Matthew Park has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated driving under the influence and vehicular Manslaughter.   Three young girls ages three five and six, died in a car crash in Blaine County.  He could spend 15 years in prison and pay a $20-thousand dollar fine.  A trial is expected to begin in February of 2020.

Barges loaded with a wide variety of commodities will remain in a holding pattern for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River.  Officials say the locks will reopen September 30th allowing traffic to begin traveling again to the ocean from the gem state.

The Idaho National Laboratory will work with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored and used to power everything from industrial to personal vehicles.  The lab near Idaho Falls is the U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab.  The revamp is part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 

The remains of 23 year old Austin Forrest Pevo may have been located.  The Shoshone Bannock tribes announced this week this could mean closure for the family of the Fort Hall man who has been missing for more than a year.   Family members suspect foul play but officials have not released any details.


In sports from around the area, first to boys soccer where Kimberly shut out Declo 2 to 0.  Gooding defeated Filer 6 to 1.  The Sun Valley Community School downed Wendell 4 to 1. 

In Girls Soccer, the Sun Valley Community School 4 Wendell 1.   Buhl took the win over Bliss 2 to 1.  Filer defeated Gooding 2 to 0.

In Volleyball, Twin Falls Downed Wood River 3 to 2.  Buhl defeated American Falls 3 to 1.   Hansen defeated Dietrich 3 to 0.  It was Sugar Salem 3 Filer 0.  Lighthouse Christian 3 Carey 0 and Valley 3 Glenns Ferry 0.  Raft River defeated Oakley 3 to 2. 


Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 82F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 52F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 84. Low: 52.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and not as warm. High: 77. Low: 49.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies, cooler, breezy with isolated showers possible. High: 63. Low: 42.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies, breezy and cool with a slight chance of showers. High: 65. Low: 43.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower, and cool. High: 65.

September 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Rosine, Kentucky, was Bill Monroe, American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys", named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. He is often referred to as 'The Father of Bluegrass'. Monroe died on Sept 9th 1996.

Born on this day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was David Mansfield, violinist, mandolin player, guitarist, pedal steel guitar player, and composer. Mansfield has worked with many artists including, Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Sam Phillips, and Dwight Yoakam.

Buck Owens had the #1 country album "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

Born on this day was Joe Don Rooney, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1's.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

Banjo player Earl Scruggs was honored at Turner Field in Atlanta as part of the pre-game show for an Atlanta Braves home game. Organizers set a world record for the most banjo players (239) playing one tune together, playing Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".

Taylor Swift became the first country music artist to win an MTV Music Video award at the 2009 event, winning a Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me." Hip-hop artist and producer Kanye West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech, saying that another video should have won. This resulted in a media stir for several days; eventually, West apologizes - first on his blog, and then by personally contacting Swift.

Thursday 091219

Three out of state truck drivers have struck a deal with Ada County prosecutors over transporting Hemp through the gem state.  They originally faced felony marijuana trafficking charges.  Now it’s likely they will plead to misdemeanors, serve no more jail time and remain on unsupervised probation.  They were transporting hemp from Oregon to Colorado.  In both states it’s legal to transport the product but not in Idaho. 

Public health officials have confirmed there are two people in Idaho who have developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the two patients, one a minor and the other a young adult, were hospitalized for a time but are now recovering at home.

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury is one of two police chiefs in Idaho that has signed a letter from a national Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.  The letter asks the immigrant communities across the country to have no fear in reporting crimes or ask for help in case of emergencies.  

The Trump administration said that it is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in a move that critics contend is deferring management to states and could harm wildlife. Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge in southern Idaho faces two significant changes: opening a season for hunting elk with bows and arrows and extending boating season by a month.

Jason Lee Verwer, an Idaho driver who struck and killed a young couple as they strolled down a Fruitland sidewalk last year has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.  He faces up to 10 years in prison for each count when he is sentenced in January.  Prosecutors said Verwer was driving about 62 miles an hour when he intentionally struck 23-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson from behind.  No motive was given.

Search crews are looking for a Lewiston area teen who has been missing since he fell down a waterfall at a popular hiking spot on Sunday.  The 16-year-old Deary High School student was hiking with a small group of friends near Elk Creek when he apparently slipped and went over the edge of the waterfall into a 23-foot deep pool of water.


In sports from around Idaho, first to BSU football.  The Boise State Broncos will be at home this week as they welcome Portland State.  The Saturday Night game will be the second of three-straight home games for the Broncos who are currently 2 and 0 for the season.  They won the game against Marshall 14 to 7 at Albertsons Stadium last weekend.  The team will open conference play next week against Air Force.

The College of Southern Idaho Volleyball team is back on a winning streak with a 3 to 0 win over Treasure Valley.  The Eagles are now 7 and 6 for the year.  Tomorrow they travel to Nevada for the Summer Nevada Tournament. 


Today:  Sunny. High 74F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 49F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 79. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 83. Low: 51.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cooler. High: 76. Low: 47.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies, breezy and cooler. High: 65. Low: 43.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower, breezy and cool. High: 64.

September 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Saratoga, Texas, was George Jones the country music singer who has scored more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists. Jones who married Tammy Wynette in 1969, and has had 15 US #1 country hits, is celebrated by some of his fans as the hard-drinkin', fast-livin' spiritual-son of his idol, Hank Williams. Jones missed so many engagements that he gained the nickname of "No-Show Jones." Jones died on 26th April 2013 aged 81.

Born on this day, was Jennifer Nettles, American Grammy winning country music artist, lead vocalist with the duo Sugarland who scored the 2009 US #1 album Live on the Inside'.

The Farm Aid 99' benefit concert took place at the Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, Virginia. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

Johnny Cash, US singer songwriter died of respiratory failure aged 71. Widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, he was known as The Man in Black. Cash traditionally started all his concerts by saying, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black." Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60's - early 70's.

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing documentary film produced and directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film followed the Dixie Chicks over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London, England.

Lynn Anderson was arrested and charged with a DUI in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the singer's third offense since 2004.

Wednesday 091119        

Fire ripped through an unoccupied home near Heyburn Sunday.  Fire officials say it appears it started in a ceiling light fixture.  When crews arrived at the home at 300 west and 500 south, flames were visible from the attic area.  The dwelling was severely damaged.

The Twin Falls School Board trustees approved an emergency levy Monday evening worth $659-thousand 202 dollars to pay for expenses in the current budget.  The board decided to implement the levy because of the districts growth of about 120 students. 

Steven John Criss a 66 year old Twin Falls man, facing 25 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, entered a not guilty plea this week.  Cricket Wireless contacted police after finding images with children less than 18 years of age on a phone that Criss had.  They were in the process of transferring files to his new phone.  A further search found a Google cloud account where 38-thousand photographs and 22-hundred videos of child pornography.  His trial is set for February 11th and remains in custody on a 100-thousand dollar bond.

Some Twin Falls City Council members are considering a vote to ban smoking at some city parks and trails.  Some including councilwoman Suzanne Hawkins and Recreation director Wendy Davis said enforcement would be difficult.  Councilman Greg Lanting said the golf course would suffer from a ban.  Other members including the mayor are for the ban. 

Idaho governor Brad Little has ordered all U.S. and State flags in Idaho be flown at half-staff this Saturday in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant first class Dustin B Ard who died August 29th during combat operations in Afghanistan. 

A critical navigation lock at the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River has shut down because of cracks in concrete.  This means barges transporting millions of tons of wheat and other goods to the Pacific Ocean for export are at a standstill.  It remains unclear when repairs would be done.


In sports from around Magic Valley, first to High School Volleyball where Twin Falls defeated Canyon Ridge 3 to 0.  In fact it was a bunch of shutouts yesterday.  Gooding 3 Kimberly 0.  Castleford 3 Dietrich 0.  Lighthouse Christian 3 Sun Valley Community School 0.  Filer 3 Buhl 0.  Valley 3 Oakley 0.  Mountain Home took Wood River 3 to 1.  Hansen overpowered Wendell 3 to 1.  Burley 3 Minico 1, Rockland 2 Murtaugh 1.  Carey shutout Murtaugh 2 to 0.  Shoshone over Raft River 3 to 1. 

In Girls Soccer, Kimberly said no to Buhl 3 to 0.  The Sun Valley Community School downed Gooding 6 to 0.  And Boys soccer finds the Sun Valley Community School defeating Gooding 4 to 0.  Bliss said no to Filer 2 to 1 and Buhl defeated Kimberly 4 to 2.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 69F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 47F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 74F. Winds light and variable.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 72. Low: 46.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 79. Low: 49.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 82. Low: 49.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cooler. High: 74. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower and cooler. High: 68.

September 11th: On this day

Born on this day, was Jimmie Davis, singer, songwriter, who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944-1948 and 1960-1964). Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Davis died on November 5, 2000.

Born on this day, was Blake Chancey American record producer and music business executive, (the son of record producer and label executive Ron Chancey, who signed George Strait and Jimmy Buffett, and produced the Oak Ridge Boys). Chancey worked with and developed Dixie Chicks, Ricochet, Montgomery Gentry, as well as overseeing the A&R of many other artists on the roster. He went on to produce Waylon Jennings, Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Big Town and Mary Chapin Carpenter and many other Sony artists.

Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, was Charles Kelley, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit "I Run To You." The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now." Lady Antebellum was also awarded the Best Country Album award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Barbara Mandrell was seriously injured in a car accident. She suffered multiple injuries and severe concussion that caused temporary memory loss, confusion, and speech difficulties. She took an 18-month sabbatical from performing to recover.

Merle Haggard married Theresa Ann Lane, the couple have two They have two children, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard has been married five times.

Filmmaker and music video director Carolyn Mayer Beug, was one of the passengers who died when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center. Also on the plane with her was her mother, Mary Alice Wahlstrom. Beug had directed several music videos for country singer Dwight Yoakam.

TUESDAY 091019

A base jumping accident has claimed the life of a 38 year old California man.  Officials say the accident happened just after noon yesterday.  The victim jumped off the Perrine Bridge.  He struck the water with a partially deployed chute.  Nearby Kayakers pulled the man to shore and began CPR.  The male was jumping with his wife who made a safe landing.

Pump failure and power outage is being blamed for a failure at the sewer treatment facility in Mountain Home Sunday.  Raw sewage bubbled out of several manholes flooding one resident’s farm and shop.  The city was able to stop the sewage from overflowing within 20 minutes of being notified. 

The 9th Circuit Court has declined to weigh in on Idaho’s hemp debate.  Idaho is one of just a handful of states where hemp containing THC is still illegal in any form.  Meanwhile, more than a million dollars’ worth of hemp seized in a January traffic stop remains in Police custody.  An Oregon truck driver was arrested.  At first police believed they had stumbled on the biggest bust in Idaho’s history. 

An e-scooter crash in downtown Boise has left a 28 year old man with his jaw completely wired shut and in serious condition.  The accident Sunday sent Jacob Holbnrook to a hospital in Salt Lake City.  He tried to avoid an oncoming car when he crashed into a curb.  The crash fractured both sides of his jaw.  He now hopes his story can raise awareness of the risks involved with riding one of the devices. 

Mark Lankford who has already been convicted twice of the 1983 beating deaths of U.S. Marine Captain Robert Bravence and his wife Cheryl in Lewiston will stand trial again on the double murder.  In both previous convictions they have been overturned on appeal.  The jury selection is underway and the trial is being moved to Canyon County in an effort to find jurors who are unfamiliar with the case.  Mark’s brother, Bryan is serving a life sentence.  The two were charged with the robbery that resulted in the death of the Bravence’s.

Officials at Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming are trying to determine if some of the park’s 11 glaciers are still moving or if they are now remnant glaciers or ice patches.  The park is making an effort to better understand Teton, Middle Teton, Schoolroom, Petersen and Falling Ice glaciers.


In sports closer to home, the Boise State Football team moved up two spots in the Top 25 polls earlier this week.  The Broncos are ranked number 22 in the AP poll and the USA today coach’s poll.  They’re 2 and 0 after taking the Florida State game in Florida.  They also won their home game against Marshall.  BSU will be back in action Saturday at home when they play Portland State with game time at 815 pm. 

In high school girls soccer, Twin Falls defeated Wood River 5 to 2.  Canyon Ridge shut out Burley 9 to 0.

In Boys Soccer it was Canyon Ridge 5 Burley 1.  Jerome Downed Mountain Home 8 to 3.  Wood River won over Twin Falls 3 to 0. 

One volleyball score to report.  Valley 3 Hansen 0.


Today:  Cloudy with rain this morning...then a chance of an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon. High 67F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 49F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with an isolated shower possible and breezy. High: 67. Low: 43.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 71. Low: 46.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 79. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 79. Low: 51.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and breezy. High: 79. Low: 49.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 70.

September 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was country singer Tommy Overstreet, Often known simply as "T.O." His highest charting hit was 1972's "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')," which went to #2. He died on Nov 2 2015.

Lynn Anderson recorded "Rose Garden" at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains one of the most successful country crossover recordings of all-time. The track topped the US Billboard country chart for five weeks, reached No.3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and was a major hit in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and the UK.

Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Ashley Monroe, singer-songwriter who became a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.

Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Garth Brooks released his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind, which became his first album to debut at #1 the Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. There it enjoyed four runs at #1 spending a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

Brooks & Dunn were at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Brand New Man" the duo's debut single. It was also the first single from their album, Brand New Man, and their first #1 single on the country charts.

MCA records released George Jones' "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," with a star studded line up of vocal guests: Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, T. Graham Brown, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis.

To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, ReAct Now: Music & Relief was held where various Country performers appeared at the 4-hour concert - which aired live on CMT. Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Paul McCartney, Big & Rich, Hank Williams Jr., The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland and Emmylou Harris all appeared.

MONDAY 090919

Should smoking be banned in Twin Falls city owned parks and trails?  That’s one of the items on the agenda for tonight’s City Council Meeting.  In April, the council asked the Parks and Recreation commission bring a recommendation.  Following two public meetings, the commission will recommend banning smoking. 

Seven jail inmates in Canyon County have filed tort claims claiming deputies gave them used razors to shave.  The inmates say a deputy pulled the used razors from a biohazard waste box and handed them out.  All Seven inmates tested positive for Hepatitis C following the incident. 

Consuelo Bach, a 28 year old Jerome resident has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence following a crash.  On Wednesday she ran a red light at Blue Lakes and North College Road.  She struck a Ford Pickup driven by Henry Yepez who was seriously injured. 

A former Boise mayor who resigned amid a travel and spending scandal and later served time for misusing public money says he’s running for the office again.  Brent Coles announced his campaign for mayor Friday, first apologizing for the events that led to his political downfall 16 years ago and then criticizing the current administration’s spending on efforts to renovate Boise’s main library.

It’s called high lining:  where someone tries to walk across a rope or nylon strap suspended high above the ground.  The daredevil sport has been banned at a national reserve and state park in Idaho while the activity is studied.  Officials at the state-managed City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park say the ban took effect Aug. 28 after several high lining episodes among the towering, rocky outcrops.  Most people participating in the sport wear a harness to catch them if they fall.

Human bones excavated from a 4,000-year-old burial site in western Wyoming will be returned to a Native American tribe.  The fragmentary human remains of an 8- to 9-year-old child and an adult will be returned to a tribe in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana or Idaho following consultations.  The bones were removed from a site near the U.S. Forest Service’s Dead Indian Campground in 1969 during an archaeological excavation.


 In Southern Idaho sports from over the weekend, first to 8-man High School Football, where Valley downed Genesee 72 to 30.  Pairie took the win over Raft Rivere 56 to 12.  Oakley 50 Idaho City 22.  It was Cole Valley Christian 62 Wendell 0. 

From Friday, Declo 21 over Aberdeen 6.  Lighthouse Christian 68 over Hansen 20.  Kimberly defeated American Falls 28 to 14, Carey 66 over Castleford 8.  Horshoe Bend took it from Glenns Ferry 14 to 0.  Dietrich 46 over Hagerman 12.  Preston 24 won over Jerome 24 to 14.  Mountain Home won the game in overtime over Pocatello 21 to 20.  Minico 39 over Wood River 0.  Clark Watersprings 58 over Richfield 16.  Marsh Valley defeated Filer 34 to 6.  Burley downed Buhl 36 to 9 and it was Bonneville 22 over Canyon Ridge 6.

In High School Soccer Twin Falls defeated Century 6 to 1.  American Falls 4 Buhl 1 and Jerome Defeated Wood River 1 to 0. 

In college Volleyball Miami-Dade took the win over The College of Southern Idaho Friday night 3 to 1.  Then Saturday, The College of Southern Idaho went 1-1 on its final day of play at the Starr Corporation Invitational. The finished the event 2-2 and are now (6-6) on the season.


Today:  Clouds and some sun this morning with more clouds for this afternoon. High 71F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 49F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. rain showers and thunderstorms in both regions.   High: 67 Low: 45  Mountains: 65 Low: 40

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley, with a chance of p.m. rain showers and thunderstorms in both regions. High: 65 Low: 42 Mountains: 60 Low: 38

THURSDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 71 Low: 44  Mountains: 64 Low: 40

FRIDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley. High: 81 Low: 50  Mountains: 70 Low: 43

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 77 Low: 50  Mountains: 67 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 75 Mountains: 64

September 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Freddy Weller, country music artist. His biggest solo hit as an artist was "Games People Play," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1969; "Promised Land" and "Indian Lake," both 1971, peaked at #3.

Born on this day Lodi, Wisconsin, was Tom Wopat, actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He scored a handful of hits on the country charts including the 1988 "A Little Bit Closer."

Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis Tennessee. Johnny Cash was in the audience and after the show met Elvis for the first time.

Born on this day in Alexandria, Indiana was American country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek. From 2008 to 2016, the duo Joey + Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek. She died from cancer on March 4, 2016.

Born on this day in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was Hunter Hayes, American country music singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His self-titled debut album released in 2011 included the Top 20 country single "Storm Warning" and the #1 singles "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak".

To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood were among the artists participating in Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, which aired live on cable and broadcast television stations in the United States and worldwide.

Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival, took place at Randall's Island, New York City, New York. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops, Montgomery Gentry, Jimmy Sturr, Danielle Evin, Jesse Lenat, Pauline Reese, Paula Nelson, Titty Bingo, and 40 Points.

Friday 090619

A group that got Medicaid expansion on the Idaho ballot last year says it has started another initiative to raise money for public schools by increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy.  Reclaim Idaho announced the initiative proposal to raise taxes by 3% on individuals making more than $250,000 or married couples making more than $500,000.  The plan would also raise corporate tax rates from 7.4% to 8%. The group says that will raise $170 million for K-12 public schools while reducing the need for school levies through property tax overrides.

A Jefferson County sheriff deputy shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning after officials say the man fired on law enforcement officers.  It was reported that a 53-year-old man had pointed a handgun at his wife and threatened to kill her. When the officers arrived, the woman had already fled the home and the suspect had barricaded himself inside.  Deputies negotiated with the man for seven hours. The man eventually began shooting at the law enforcement officers and deputies returned fire, killing the man.

What’s known as the 100 deadliest days of driving in Idaho ended Labor Day and police say it appears there were less fatal crashes.  Statewide numbers show 90.  Last year there were 101 fatal crashes. 

Minidoka county school district authorities say a bus crash just before 4 pm on Tuesday involved 20 students.  The driver stopped at the intersection of 200 West and 50 South but semi-trailers blocked the drivers view.  When the bus pulled forward to get a better view of traffic it was hit by a car.  One student had a bump on their head.  Some parents question why they were not notified.  The school superintendent blames that on being short staffed. 

Wild Horse adoptions in Idaho are up.  Right now BLM in Idaho I caring for 344 horses.  Last year there were 178.  If you adopt you could get $1000.

Police responding to reports of a “disorderly male” in Coeur d’Alene shot and killed a man Wednesday morning.  Police said 29-year-old Fares J. Al-Samno was shot at about 9:50 a.m. Officers and medical personnel attempted to treat his wounds but he died at the scene.  Police say when they arrived, Al-Samno allegedly charged him while holding a knife. He refused commands to drop the knife and continued to aggressively approach the officers.


The College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagle Volleyball team could be turning their season around.  Last night the number 14 ranked team took the first win as they battled Casper College in the Starr Corporation Invitational in Twin Falls.  Tonight they take on Number 4 ranked Miami Dade at 7:30. 

In high school boys soccer, Gooding won over Declo 4 to 1.  Bliss 3 Wendell 2, Sun Valley Community School took the win from Kimberly 4 to 0 and the Filer Buhl game ended with no score.

In Girls Soccer, Wendell defeated Bliss 3 to 0.  Sun Valley Community School defeated Kimberly 3 to 1.  Filer and Buhl tied it up with 1 each and Gooding shut out Declo 2 to 0. 

In high school volleyball, Lighthouse Christian won over Shoshone 2 to 0.  Lighthouse Christian defeated Carey 2 to 0 and it was Jerome 3 Canyon Ridge 2.  The Buhl Canyon Ridge was tied at 2 each.  Murtaugh took the win From Dietrich 2 to 0 and Murtaugh defeated Oakley 2 to 0.  Declo won over Valley 3 to 1. 


Today:  Rain showers this morning with some sunshine during the afternoon hours. High 84F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 56F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Increasing clouds through the day with near average temperatures. High: 84. Low: 56.

SUNDAY:  Scattered showers and storms and cooler. High: 70. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 71. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: Slight chance of showers with partly sunny skies. High: 72. Low: 47.

WEDNESDAY: A chance of PM showers and storms under partly sunny skies. High: 70. Low: 45.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Staying cool with partly cloudy skies. High: 73.d

September 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Checotah, Oklahoma, was Mel McDaniel, country music artist. His chart-making years were mainly the 1980s with his hits from that era including "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", and the #1 "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On". He died on March 31, 2011.

Whilst hanging out backstage at the Montgomery Municipal Auditorium, Hank Williams offered to go out on stage to retrieve Hardrock Gunter's guitar who had just finished his set. Hank walked onto the stage and picked it up, and played a few songs, bringing the house down!

Born on this day in Fairborn, Ohio, was Buddy Miller, country singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, who has toured as lead guitarist for Emmylou Harris's Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Mark Chesnutt, country music singer who scored the 1991 US Country #1 single with his version of "Brother Jukebox", (which Don Everley had recorded in 1977).

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Charley Pride and Ian & Sylvia. Charlie performed a medley; Tribute to Hank Williams with Johnny Cash.

Glen Campbell started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Rhinestone Cowboy', his first #1 after 13 Top 40 hits. It made #4 in the UK. Written by Larry Weiss, Campbell first heard the song on the radio and, during a tour of Australia decided to learn the song. Soon after his return to the United States, Campbell went to Al Coury's office at Capitol Records, where he was approached about "a great new song" - "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Ernest Tubb died. Nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, American singer and songwriter Tubb was one of the early pioneers of country music. His biggest hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" from 1941, marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music.

Abraham Spear was sentenced to 17 years in jail for arranging to have sex with two young girls. The banjo player from Nashville had logged onto a website and began communicating with someone he thought was the mother of two young girls. He asked the woman to send photos of the girls and in exchange, he sent back a photo of himself in his underwear, and allegedly offered to be the girls' "teacher." What he didn't know was that the girls' "mother" was actually an FBI agent.