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Thursday 080819

The Pot Hole Fire continues to burn on public land 14 miles south of Hammett near the Saylor Creek Range.  At last check over 70-thousand acres have been scorched.  Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.  The fire was reported yesterday and grew quickly with winds, high temps and low humidity.  No structures are threatened.

Authorities in Blaine County arrested 26 year old Katherine Alexandria Brown of Ketchum early yesterday morning.  When police arrived just before 3 a.m. they say Brown was attempting to leave.  Further investigation determined a 32 year old male has visible injures from an alleged domestic altercation with the suspect.  She faces charges of Domestic Battery and excessive driving while under the influence.

Owners of Soldier Mountain Ski Resort in Fairfield hopes Craiglist can find them a new buyer.  Diane and Matt McFerran purchased the resort in 2015.  Late last year they put it up for sale for 800-thousand dollars.  So far no offers.  The McFerrans say they will run the lifts this winter as they continue to look for buyers.

After seeing the price for a new Jail, Twin Falls County Commissioners say they are considering modular units that would be located at the current home of the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center.  Juvenile detention would move into the County West Building.  Commissioner Don Hall said the County couldn’t handle a $50-million dollar price tag. 

The Cassia County Fair and Rodeo kicks off Saturday and will continue through Saturday the 17th.  Saturday it’s the Tracy Byrd Concert.  Sunday the Monster Truck show.  The parade is set for Wednesday at 10:30 am on Overland to Main and then east to the fairgrounds.  Rodeo action happens Thursday through Saturday the 15th through the 17th

A study by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has found that more elk are being killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho.  The study found that wolves accounted for 32% of adult female elk deaths and 28% of elk calf deaths.  Cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths.


The University of Idaho will have a lady at the helm of sports.  The hiring of Terry Gawlik signals the first female athletic director in the history of the school.  She comes to Moscow from the University of Wisconsin.  She has 25 years of leadership experience in intercollegiate athletics and 14 as the designated senior woman administrator.  Gawlik has been with the Badgers since 1994. She replaces Rob Spear, who was fired by the Idaho State Board of Education last August.  This, after months of investigation into alleged mishandling of sexual abuse reports at the university. Gawlik starts September 1 and her contract will include a base salary of $200,000 and could increase to $255,000 annually based on incentives.  The five year deal runs through July 31, 2024.

KC Clinton of Twin Falls has qualified for the largest amateur motocross championship event in the world.  He just returned from the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills Tennessee, the site of the 38th annual Rocky Mountain Amateur National Motocross Championship.  He placed 19th in the 85 CC 10 to 12 class and 21st in the 84 cc 10 to 12 limited. 


Today:  Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms during the evening. Low 58F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:   MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 87. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and storms. High: 81. Low: 52.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and mild. High: 84. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with an isolated PM shower or storm. High: 79. Low: 48.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Awesome weather with mostly sunny skies. High: 79. Low: 50.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower or storm. High: 75. Low: 45.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 81. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and very pleasant. High: 79. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warmer High: 87. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 83. Low: 51.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 88.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 85.

August 8th: On this day

Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Webb Pierce who became one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more #1 hits than any other country artist during the decade. His best know hit "In The Jailhouse Now," stayed on the charts for 37 weeks in 1955. Pierce died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on February 24, 1991.

Born on this day in Dover, Florida, was Mel Tillis, country music singer who scored the 1972 US #1 ‘I Ain't Never’. Tills is also known for his hits "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".

Born on this day, was Phil Balsley, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Do You Know You Are My Sunshine’.

Born on this day in Alamosa, Colorado, was Michael Johnson, pop, country and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his 1978 hit song "Bluer Than Blue" and his two #1 country hits from 1986, "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder". He also co-wrote "Cain's Blood", the debut single of 1990s country group 4 Runner.

Born on this day in Toledo, Ohio, was Jamie O'Hara, country music artist who between 1986 and 1990, with Kieran Kane comprised The O'Kanes, a duo which charted seven singles on the Billboardi Hot Country Singles charts, including the #1 single "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You".

Born on this day in Detroit, Michigan, was Todd Cerney, songwriter and musician. He composed "Good Morning Beautiful", a 2002 five-week country #1 hit for Steve Holy (co-written with Zack Lyle). In October 2009, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton reunited for the first time in 25 years to sing "Tell Me That You Love Me," a duet that Cerney co-wrote. Cerney died in Nashville, Tennessee on March 14, 2011 from melanoma, a disease with which he had first been diagnosed with in November 2010, following a brain seizure. He was 57 years old.

Born on this day in Cleveland, Tennessee, was Mark Wills, country music artist who scored the 1999 US #1 Country hit ‘Wish You Were Here.’

American Country musician Hank Williams, Jr. suffered a near fatal fall off the side of Ajax Mountain in Montana. He slipped while mountain climbing and fell nearly 500 feet, landing on a boulder. He suffered multiple skull and facial fractures and later to hide the scars and the disfigurement from the accident, Williams grew a beard and began wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat. The beard, hat, and sunglasses have since become his signature look, and he is rarely seen without them.

Jack Clement died aged 82. The songwriter and record producer is best known for his work with Johnny Cash. Clement wrote a number of highly successful songs that have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Tom Jones, Dickey Lee and Hank Snow. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973. He also produced albums by Townes Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings.

President Barack Obama announced that Loretta Lynn would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The press release read as follows: "Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men. Ms. Lynn’s numerous accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010."

American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81. He became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014. Campbell released more than 70 studio albums and sold 45 million records worldwide. His hits include: 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman', 'Galveston' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy'. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'’ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I'm a Believer’ by The Monkees.

Wednesday 080719

Twin Falls police are seeking your help in solving a July assault and theft.  The incident happened early on July 22 near Washington Street north and Heyburn Avenue.  According to facebook, a man was walking southbound when he was assaulted and his wallet was taken.  If  you can help in the investigation, call the police.

Gooding County is considering a new jail facility.  The jail is overcrowded and the sheriff’s office is in need of more room.  An architect proposed two ideas.  An 80 bed jail or a 48 bed jail.  Currently the county has a 21 bed facility and according to officials people were sleeping on the floor for quite some time.  The cost could range from 12 to 14 million dollars.

48 year old Craig Delroy Barnett of Jerome has been listed on the Idaho Missing persons clearing house website.  He has not contacted his wife for over two weeks and now the police is asking for your help in finding the man who left home on July 25th to go camping.  Call the police if you can help in the search.

24-year-old Carlos Alonzo Sandoval of Boise has been charged with killing a man who dated his mother.  He appeared in court earlier this week in the shooting death of 45 year old Antoine Jones.  He has been charged with first degree murder aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon.  He is being held without bond.

An adult film actress has pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man for $5,000 to kill the father of one her children.  Katrina Danforth pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Coeur d’Alene.  Prosecutors say she mailed half the payment to the hit man’s address in Montana in November 2018.  The person she hired for the killing was an undercover police officer.

A Caldwell man is in jail, despite pretending to be asleep when police finally caught up to him after a car chase.   38 year old Rolando Castillo is charged with felony eluding, assault on an officer, grand theft, resisting and obstructing, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and violating his parole.


Come this fall School sports game officials will be required to pass a criminal background check when they register.  They will also need to pass the same check every odd number year of continued service.  That, according to Mike Federico the assistant director with the Idaho High School Athletic Association.  He said that officials cannot have been convicted of a felony involving the use, possession or sale of a controlled substance within the past 10 years and that anyone who has been convicted of a crime involving a minor child need not to apply no matter when the incident occurred.  On another topic, Federico said that starting in 2020, five local schools are expected to move up. Canyon Ridge is going to the 5A ranks. Sun Valley Community School and Valley would bump up to the 2A status. Castleford and Murtaugh would move up to the 1A DI ranks, while Magic Valley Alternative School would drop down to 1A DI.



Today:  Considerable cloudiness. High 93F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 66F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of PM showers and/or storms. High: 86. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and storms, especially during the afternoon and evening. High: 84. Low: 52.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of morning shower. Not quite as warm. High: 83. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of an AM shower and/or storm. High: 81. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Awesome weather with mostly sunny skies. High: 82. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of an isolated afternoon/evening shower/storm. High: 79. Low: 47.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 78. Low: 51.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower/storm. High: 74. Low: 45.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and pleasant High: 82. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 78. Low: 48.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 88.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 83.

August 7th: On this day

Born on this day, was Felice Bryant, songwriter with her husband Boudleaux. They wrote the Everly Brothers hits, "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Raining In My Heart" a hit for Buddy Holly. Many other artists have recorded their songs including Charley Pride, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, and Red Foley.

Born on this day in Hugo, Oklahoma, B. J. Thomas. His 1966, album with The Triumphs I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry sold over one million copies. He is best known for his version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which was featured in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 1975 he scored the US Country #1 "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

Hank Williams made his debut on Louisiana Hayride broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, performing ‘Move It On Over," and "I want to Live and Love."

Born on this day in Crosby, Texas, was Rodney Crowell, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and producer who played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band". He was married to Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash); from 1979 to 1992 who together had the 1988 Country #1 hit ‘It's Such a Small World.’

Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann's Catholic Church in Memphis. The couple had four daughters: Rosanne (born May 24, 1955); Kathleen (born April 16, 1956); Cindy (born July 29, 1958); and Tara (born August 24, 1961). The couple divorced in late 1967. During their courtship, Cash and Liberto wrote each other over 10,000 pages of love letters, forming the basis of her autobiography, titled I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, which was published in 2007.

Born on this day in Tucson, Arizona, was Michael Peterson, country music singer, songwriter. His 1997 self-titled debut album, produced five Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including the #1 hit "From Here to Eternity".

Patsy Cline released her third studio album Sentimentally Yours, the final album Cline recorded before her death in a plane crash less than a year later. Also on this day Patsy Cline appeared on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry performing "A Church, A Courtroom, Then Goodbye", "You’re Stronger Than Me," and "So Wrong."

Born on this day Miami, Florida, was Raul Malo lead singer of country music group The Mavericks and the co-writer of many of their singles, as well as Rick Trevino's 2003 single "In My Dreams".

Marshall Grant, upright bassist and electric bassist with Johnny Cash's original backing duo, the Tennessee Two, died at the age of 83. Grant was in Jonesboro, Arkansas attending a festival to restore the childhood home of Johnny Cash when he became ill. The group became known as The Tennessee Three in 1960, with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland. Grant also served as road manager for Cash and his touring show company.

Randy Travis was arrested after being found naked, smelling apparently of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in northern Texas just before midnight. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony retaliation, after allegedly threatening to fatally shoot highway patrol troopers who responded to a concerned caller who notified authorities of "a man lying in the roadway".

Tuesday 080619               

One person died in a three car pileup Saturday morning near the U.S. 93-I-84 junction.  Police say a car was turning at the green light when it was struck by another vehicle driven by 37 year old Oscar Irbe-Salzzar of Wendell who succumb to his injuries.  Debris from both vehicles struck another vehicle.  The road was closed for five and a half hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

Tonight the Twin Falls Police Departments national night out will take place at the city park.  The Police Department, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office and other agencies will gather and demonstrate the number of tools and team resources they have at their disposal.  Idaho state police and the Twin Falls Fire Department will also be on hand to answer questions.

Southern Idaho Tourism has received a grant from the Idaho Travel Council that will be used to attract tourists.  $389,790 will be used to promote the Magic Valley.  Tourism was a 4-billion dollar industry in the state last year.

The Twin Falls City Council said they wouldn’t get involved in the abortion issue.  A proposed ordinance that would have banned abortions in the city and punished physicians did not move forward at last nights meeting on a 3 to 4 vote.  The council agreed with the city attorney who said the ordinance couldn’t override the U.S. Supreme Court decision of roe vs. wade. 

The federal government wants to build a nuclear test reactor as part of an effort to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants.  Federal officials say the test reactor is needed to speed up development of accident-tolerant fuels that will be used by a new generation of nuclear power plants.

Two people from eastern Idaho have died in an ATV crash in Island Park.  Idaho State Police say 33-year-old Brent Thueson of Idaho Falls and 28-year-old Triana Galley of Rigby died after the 2016 Polaris ATV driven by Thueson went off the road and struck a tree.  The accident happened just after midnight Sunday.


In local sports, get ready for the 4th annual Ryan Franklin memorial basketball game that’s set for Saturday night.  Lighthouse and Wendell alumni will participate.  It’s all to honor the former coach and firefighter that was killed while riding his bicycle several years ago.  Guest players also will be on the roster.  Some who played for CSI, Kentucky, Southern Utah, Montana Western, Cal Fullerton and the Treasure Valley community college.  Game time is 7 pm at the Lighthouse Christian School in Twin Falls.   Donations will be accepted which will benefit scholarships.

Boise State Bronco’s are back in the black.  Black uniforms that is.  After ditching the color in 2017 the uniforms are back.  The announcement came on a twitter announcement.


Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 99F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 66F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a PM shower or storm. High: 92. Low: 63.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening shower or storm. High: 86. Low: 57.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of afternoon and evening showers and storm. Not quite as warm. High: 87. Low: 60.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of a PM shower and/or storm. High: 84. Low: 53.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with near average temperatures. High: 88. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a chance of an afternoon/evening shower/storm. High: 83. Low: 53.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 86. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with an isolated PM shower/storm possible. High: 80. Low: 50.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 80. Low: 51.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 77. Low: 47.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 82.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 79.

August 6th: On this day

Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids performed the first-ever country concert at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

George Jones scored his first Country #1 album with I’m a People, his 24th album release spent two weeks at the top of the charts.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

Capitol Records released "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks. The first single from his second album, No Fences, the song spent four weeks at #1 on the US country singles charts. The idea for the song was born when Earl Bud Lee and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, in Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, "Don't worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook."

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with ‘Chattahoochee", the third single from his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love). The album is named for a line in the song itself. "Chattahoochee" also received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.

Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan set off on their first joint concert tour, playing minor league baseball parks, beginning with a concert at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York.

Dixie Chick Emily Robinson and country singer Charlie Robison divorced after nine years of marriage.




Monday 080519

At tonight’s Twin Falls city council meeting, the topic of abortions will be up for discussion.  Reverend Paul Thompson is asking the council to add a section to General Offences of the City Code.  Thompson in the request said there are major contradictions in Idaho code.  If approved a violation will be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of a thousand dollars and/or 6 months in Jail. 

Jerome school district Superintendent Dale Layne said he would be surprised if trustees agreed to take over Heritage Academy’s operating charter.  Layne said the charter school asked the district to consider after the fallout from a closed door Idaho charter commission meeting that sharply criticized the school. 

Meanwhile, a formal vote by the state charter commission was quick and unanimous.  They admitted it violated Idaho’s Open Meeting law.  The vote followed a one hour public comment period where several charter school advocates reprimanded the commission for breaking the law and violating their trust.  Teresa Molitor, a former board member at Heritage Academy in Jerome, said she was not surprised to listen to the recording and hear commissioners denigrate the school’s test scores.

52-year-old Kelly J. Rhinehart A former assistant high school track coach has been indicted on suspicion of five felony sex crimes.  He is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in Payette County. Rhinehart , a former coach at Fruitland High School and the founder of Roady's Truck Stops, is charged with one count of rape, one count of sexual battery of a minor, and three counts of sexual battery of a minor ages 16 or 17 by sexual contact.

The Gem State is No. 1 with the highest rate of people in prison because they violated parole or probation.  62% of people that were in prison in 2018 were incarcerated for supervision violations.  That means on any day in Idaho, 5,298 people were detained because they violated supervision with an annual cost to the state of $111 million.


In Sports from around the gem state, the Burley Green Sox won the Idaho Legion Single A state Title over the weekend as they overpowered the Idaho Falls Tigers.  On Saturday Burley entered the day as the last undefeated team in the tournament, so a win in the first game would have given them the championship, but Idaho Falls prevailed 7-5 in eight innings. Burley won the second game 18-7 to earn the title.

Zac Claus is now leading the Idaho Vandal’s Men’s Basketball program.  He was the assistant coach, but the school parted ways with Don Verlin following allegations of NCAA violations.  Claus has a deep understanding of Division I basketball.  He spent the past four years in the assistant role and 10 years with Nevada in various capacities.  Prior to that, he served as an assistant at Sacramento State and held different roles at Portland State.



Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 98F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low around 65F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.   High: 97 Low: 64   Mountains: 88 Low: 59

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 90 Low: 62  Mountains: 85 Low: 58

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a slight chance of p.m. rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 89 Low: 61  Mountains: 80 Low: 54

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 92 Low: 59  Mountains: 81 Low: 52

SATURDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 87 Low: 55  Mountains: 78 Low: 49

SUNDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 84 Mountains: 75

August 5th: On this day

Born on this day, was Vern Gosdin, nicknamed "The Voice" by his peers. He had 19 top-ten solo hits on the Country music charts from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, including three #1’s: "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)", "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "I'm Still Crazy". Gosdin died on 28th April 2009.

Born on this day in Lakeland, Florida, was Bobby Braddock, country music songwriter and record producer. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Braddock has contributed numerous hit songs during more than 40 years in the industry, including 13 #1 hit singles, one of which is "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" which he co-wrote with Curly Putman.

Born on this day in Orange County, California, was Sammi Smith, country music singer and songwriter best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. She became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during the 1970s. She died on February 12, 2005.

The self-titled debut album by Patsy Cline was released, which would be one of three studio albums Cline would record during her lifetime. The album produced two singles, "Walkin' After Midnight," and "I Don't Wanta."

Born on this day in Seattle, Washington, was Mark O'Connor, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher. He was named Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association six years in a row (from 1991 to 1996).

Born on this day in Columbus, Georgia, was Tim Wilson, stand-up comedian and country music artist. He scored the 1993 hit "Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life." Wilson died of a heart attack on February 26, 2014.

American country guitarist Luther Perkins died at the age of 40 as a result of severe burns and smoke inhalation. Perkins fell asleep at home in his den with a cigarette in his hand. He was dragged from the fire unconscious with severe second and third degree burns. Perkins never regained consciousness. He worked with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family and featured on the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

Born on this day in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was Terri Clark, Canadian country music singer, songwriter, who has scored over twenty singles, including six #1’s. "If I Were You", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Emotional Girl" and "In My Next Life" which all topped the country charts in Canada.


Kenny Rogers recorded "Lucille" in an afternoon session at Nashville's American Studio. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year.

Johnny Cash was among 12 other recipients of the Golden Boot Award. Presented by the Motion Picture and Television Fund to actors and other entertainers who had left their mark on the western genre. Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Robert Mitchum, Casey Tibbs and Vera Miles were among the other recipients.

Mindy McCready was arrested and charged with one count of prescription drug fraud. Police said McCready submitted a fraudulent prescription to a Brentwood, Tennessee, pharmacy for oxycontin, an addictive painkiller. Bond was set at $10,000.

American songwriter and musician Richard Fagan died aged 69. He had six top ten singles and 18 charted singles on the Billboard Country charts. His songs have been recorded by Neil Diamond, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Ricochet, Hank Williams, Jr., George Jones, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, The Crickets, and many others. He wrote two of John Michael Montgomery's singles: "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)".

Friday 080219

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.