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Wednesday 040120

Earthquake in Idaho.  A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit at 5:52 pm yesterday and could be felt in seven western states.  The epicenter was west of Challis next to Shake creek and Laidlow Creek.  So far no reports of any injuries.  Idaho has an earthquake of about this size every 30 or 40 years. The most recent one, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Borah Peak in 1983, killed two children in Challis and caused an estimated $12.5 million in property damage.

Camas and Adams counties reported their first cases of COVID-19 yesterday.  Health officials announced additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho putting them at more than 525 cases.  There have been nine deaths so far in the gem state as a result of the coronavirus.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed legislation that would have set up a process to compensate people convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, but suggested he would approve future legislation that didn’t put the state in court as a first step.  Idaho has several notable cases, including that of Christopher Tapp and Charles Fain. Both testified before lawmakers earlier this year about the pain of being sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

Idaho’s primary will be held on May 19th as planned but will be conducted by mail with no in person voting due to the Coronavirus.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawrence Denny made the announcement.  Denney said his office’s website has been changed to allow voters to register and request an absentee ballot.


A Boise State basketball player is throwing his hat into the ring for the NBA Draft, as Derrick Alston Jr. will enter his name, while maintaining his NCAA eligibility.  The redshirt junior could then have the option to return to BSU for his senior season.  He can be invited to participate in workouts and tryouts for NBA teams. If he does get an agent, but returns to school, then he must sever that tie.  Alston poured in 554 points this season, the 11th-most in program history

Idaho’s high school sports have been suspended until April 20 due to COVID-19.  The Idaho High School Activities Association announced yesterday that its sanctioned sports, originally suspended through April 5, have been suspended through at least April 20.


Today:   Snow showers this morning. Becoming partly cloudy later. High 44F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:   A few clouds from time to time. Gusty winds diminishing in the afternoon. High 47F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain and snow showers, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 45. Low: 25.

FRIDAY: Increasing clouds throughout the day. High: 50. Low: 31.

SATURDAY: Increasing clouds with a chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers, especially during the PM hours. High: 53. Low: 33.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 55. Low: 34.
WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 44. Low: 26.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 55. Low: 33.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies. A little bit of a breeze is expected as well. High: 56.

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April 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Sparkman, Arkansas, was Jim Ed Brown, singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius who had the 1976 US Country #1 hit "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You". Brown is currently the host of the Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville, Tennessee. He died from lung cancer at the age of 81 on June 11 2015.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (Sixteenth Avenue and Division Street) in Nashville. The Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001 located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Kip Moore, singer-songwriter, who scored the 2012 #1 Country single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck", which was taken from his debut album Up All Night.

Johnny Cash and George Jones appeared at the opening of Jones Country Music Park, Colmesneil, Texas. During the show the pair performed their new duet "I Got Stripes".

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Hillary Scott, 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.

During a North American tour, Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Small Town Southern Man", the lead single from his album Good Time and becoming Jackson's twenty-third #1 hit.

Loretta Lynn celebrated her 87th birthday (which is actually April 14) with an all-star concert held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Performers include: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Alan Jackson and George Strait. Lynn herself sand live for the first time since 2017, performing her signature song "Coal Miner's Daughter."

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Idaho State police and the Adams County Sheriff’s office are looking for a man who they say is wanted for the attempted murder of two sheriff’s deputies Sunday.  William, Bill Pearle James was last seen in the area of New Meadows.  Police were seen searching along Highway 94 after they were called to an active shooter report in the New Meadows area. 

Republican Rep. Tim Remington, the pastor of The Altar Church in Coeur d’Alene, held a service over the weekend, but it’s not clear how many attended. Remington, in a YouTube video of the service posted online by the church called it a skeleton crew.  This, despite the statewide stay at home order by Governor Brad Little to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  On Sunday, he told worshipers that the stay-at-home order violated their rights.  Remington was appointed to the House of Representatives by the governor in late January after another lawmaker was expelled after being convicted of defrauding the U.S. government.

The gem state is reporting 422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this morning.  A total of 9 people have died including a Cassia County woman.  Elmore, Jerome and Minidoka Counties reported their first confirmed cases yesterday.

Twin Falls city officials are reminding businesses that non-essential business and services must not remain in operation.  On a facebook post, said employers that do not provide essential services must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home.  Those who disobey face a misdemeanor charge. 

Gas prices are dropping dramatically as the U.S. average approaches the $2 a gallon mark.  Idaho gas prices dropped by 14 cents in the last week. 

Idaho officials are considering delaying the May primary due to the coronavirus.  Secretary of State Lawerence Denney sent a letter to Little requesting the governor issue an order delaying the May 19 primary to no earlier than June 16 and to close the more than 900 polling places. Denney said the delay will give voters time to request an absentee ballot.


Today:  A steady rain this morning. Windy with showers continuing this afternoon. High near 55F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy skies. Low 33F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered rain and snow showers, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Breezy and cooler. High: 42. Low: 24.

THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers, generally during the afternoon and evening hours. High: 45. Low: 25.

FRIDAY:  Partly sunny skies and not as cold. High: 50. Low: 33.

SATURDAY:   Partly sunny skies with some isolated valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 53. Low: 34.

SUNDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 55. Low: 34.

MONDAY:   Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers. A little bit of a breeze is expected as well. High: 56.

March 31st: On this day


Born on this day in Corsicana, Texas, was Lefty Frizzell (born William Orville Frizzell). The American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s, became an influence on later stars including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, John Fogerty and Roy Orbison, (who as a part of the Traveling Wilburys chose the name "Lefty Wilbury" to honor his musical hero). Frizzell died on July 19, 1975.


Born on this day in Maces Spring, Virginia, was singer Anita Carter, who played upright bass with her sisters Helen Carter and June Carter Cash as The Carter Sisters. The trio joined the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1950 and opened shows for Elvis Presley, and joined The Johnny Cash Show in 1971. She scored two Top Ten hits in 1951 with "Down The Trail of Achin' Hearts" with Hank Snow and "Blue Bird Island" and she reached the Top Ten again in 1968 with "I Got You" with Waylon Jennings. She died on July 29th 1999 aged 66.


Born on this day in Durham, North Carolina, was songwriter John D. Loudermilk. His hits include "Indian Reservation," by Paul Revere & The Raiders; "Abilene," by George Hamilton IV; and "Tobacco Road" (a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964). He died on September 21, 2016 aged 82.


The first 45-rpm disc, "Texarkana Baby" by country & western singer Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US. It was made of green vinyl, as part of an early attempt to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included red for classical music and yellow for children's songs.


The final Johnny Cash television music variety show hosted by Johnny Cash was aired. The Screen Gems 58-episode series ran from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC; it was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The show featured many folk-country musicians, such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Merle Haggard, James Taylor and Tammy Wynette.


Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US country charts with "Southern Nights". Written by Allen Toussaint it was the first single released from Campbell's 1977 album, Southern Nights. The lyrics of "Southern Nights" were inspired by childhood memories Toussaint had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies.


Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the country charts with "How Forever Feels." Chesney told Billboard magazine that he almost didn't get to release the song because Tim McGraw had also cut it.


Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes" became his 11th consecutive #1 hit on the Country Airplay chart, breaking the record set by Brad Paisley between 2005 and 2009 for the most consecutive #1 singles since the charts began using Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems in 1990.

Monday 033020

Some of the most restrictive language to date has been put in place for Hailey residents.  Starting today, travel outside of Blaine County is prohibited and gatherings of non-related individuals inside homes are also prohibited.  All construction projects must stop and other services involving all other trades can only work if it’s essential.  Lodging can only be offered for those providing health care.  County residents returning from out of state must self-isolate for 14 days.  Blaine County has become ground zero for Idaho’s Coronavirus outbreak. 

So far 320 cases have been reported in Idaho and there have been 6 deaths related to Covid 19.  Lincoln and Bonneville counties both announced their first case Friday evening.  Gem reported their first case Saturday. 

Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins is dispelling some rumors regarding the enforcement of the stay at home order.  He said they are not stopping cars on the road nor will there be any checkpoints.  He did say stay at home unless it’s vital for you to leave.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little ordered a 1% cut in state agency spending because of the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.  He also directed the Idaho Department of Labor to make it easier to file unemployment claims as thousands of workers have lost their jobs in recent weeks as businesses have shut down.

Governor Little has signed into law three pieces of legislation.  $400-thousand dollars to a state board to kill problem wolves in Idaho.  Visitors to Idaho 18 and over who can legally possess firearms will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training within city limits.  He also signed into law legislation making abortion a crime in Idaho if the U.S. Supreme court overturns Roe V. Wade.

A Caldwell man who reportedly fired a shot at his wife, held his neighbors at gunpoint and fired a shot at a passing vehicle was critically injured in an officer-involved shooting.  Police say officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, police said Shane Farwell began shooting at them. Officers returned fire, hitting Farwell. He was hospitalized in Boise in critical condition.


Today:  Partly cloudy this morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers this afternoon. High 56F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tonight:  Showers this evening becoming less numerous overnight. Low 47F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with showers. High around 50F  Low 31F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers.  Winds: W 5-15 mph, gust as strong as 25 mph  High: 44 Low: 26

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 48 Low: 26

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 52 Low: 32

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers.   High: 54 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 57

March 30th: On this day

Eric Weissberg was at #1 on the country music album chart with Dueling Banjos. The song "Dueling Banjos" was made famous by the 1972 film Deliverance, (starring Jon Voight andBurt Reynolds), which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without his permission.

George Jones was arrested and charged with drunken driving after he wrecked his 1981 Lincoln while driving home in Mississippi. The accident happened on a country road about 10 miles from the Alabama - Mississippi state line. Just 24 hours earlier Jones and his fiancee Nancy Ford Sepulvada were stopped near Jackson and state narcotics officers said they found a 'small amount' of white substance in his car.

Born on this day, was Justin Moore, country music singer and songwriter. Hits on the Hot Country Songs charts, include the #1 hits "Small Town USA", "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" and the top 10 hit "Backwoods".

Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana was singer and songwriter Jordan Davis who had the Airplay #1 hit "Singles You Up" from his debut album, Home State.

Born on this day, was Thomas Rhett, American country music singer, the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. His third single, "It Goes Like This", topped the Country Airplay chart and also peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs. His 2015 single "Die a Happy Man" topped the country charts for 16 weeks.

Garth Brooks was featured on the cover of Time magazine billing him inside as a "jumping-jack-flash performer who can bring 40-year-olds to tears with existential hymns about accepting life's compromises."

Clint Black was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Nothin' but The Taillights" the third single and title track from his album of the same name. This single became Black's eleventh #1 single, twenty-sixth Top Ten single, and twenty-seventh Top Twenty single.

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US country charts with her debut album Some Hearts. It is the best selling debut album by a solo female country music artist in history. The album contains the #1 singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted", and "Before He Cheats".

Phillip Sweet from American country music group Little Big Town married Rebecca Arthur, a business owner and wardrobe stylist.

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Three people have died in Idaho from the COVID-19 pandemic.  All three were men.  Two were from Blaine County and one from Canyon County.  At last check 189 cases have been confirmed in the Gem state.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital is now offering drive-up tents, for no charge screening specimen collection, to test for the corona virus. It’s taking place daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Surgery Center.  The drive-up screenings allow community members to stay inside their vehicles for registration, and sample collection... if needed. Since the virus is so contagious, this screening process is meant to protect health care workers and patients by keep those with mild symptoms from going inside the hospital.

The Twin Falls city leaders say they will not turn off water to resident’s who’s bill is past due.  The grace period will continue during the statewide stay home order from the governor.  City manager Travis Rothweiler said if customers who can’t make their payment they should contact the water department to arrange a payment plan.

Unemployment claims jumped 12-hundred percent last week in the gem state.  That’s 13-thousand 300 new claims.  On Tuesday of this week 4-thousand claims have been filed.

Blaine County commissioners are telling residents not to travel outside Blaine County for casual travel and recreation, hotel stays, shopping and other activities that are not defined as essential.  People should minimize travel to essential activities, and eliminate all non-essential travel, according to the commissioners.

The Minidoka animal shelter is overflowing with dogs and is now is asking for your help.  The Shelter is asking any person who can to donate any type of kennel to them.  Call the shelter if you can help.

An Idaho Falls man who was twice recently released from jail for separate pursuit and battery incidents led law-enforcement officers on another high-speed chase yesterday morning.  30 year old Kenneth Jensen was shot by a Bingham County sheriff's deputy after backing into a police car and brandishing a weapon.  He refused medical treatment and was taken into custody.


Today:  A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 48F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds. Low 33F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 53F. Low: 36. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some scattered valley rain and mountain rain/snow showers. High: 52. Low: 36.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 57. Low: 38.

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers and breezy. High: 59. Low: 37.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 60. Low: 38.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers. High: 60.

March 27th: On this day

Born on this day was Don Warden, American country musician and manager best known for his years on The Porter Wagoner Show and as the manager of Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Warden was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2008. He died on March 11th 2017 age 87.

Tex Williams recorded "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. The song which was co-written with Merle Travis and produced by Lee Gillette, spent 15 weeks at #1 on the country chart in 1947. The song can be heard in the opening of the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking.

Roger Miller was at #1 on the US Country charts with "King Of The Road." The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, The Proclaimers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country charts with "When My Ship Comes In", the final single released from his 1992 album The Hard Way.

Country music star Gene Autry, who sold the California Angels baseball team to Disney, was honored with a bronze statue, as Anaheim Stadium was re-opened after major renovations.

Lyle Lovett was rushed to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital after his leg was broken in 20 places when a bull trampled him. The Country star was working on his uncle's Texas ranch at the time of the accident; Lovett was injured when trying to protect his uncle, who was flipped by the bull.

Curb Records released Let It Go, the eleventh album by Tim McGraw. The album, which entered the US Billboard 200 at #1, produced seven Top 20 chart singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Shania Twain was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards.

Gordon Stoker died aged 88. He was a member of the world-famous Jordanaires and was heard on records by artists such as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves.

American country music singer and songwriter Kenny O'Dell died age 73. He was best known for writing the #1 country hits "Behind Closed Doors" (recorded by Charlie Rich, 1973) and "Mama He's Crazy" (The Judds, 1984). O'Dell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Wanda Jackson announced her retirement from performing due to health and safety concerns via a statement on her Facebook page. Jackson is known to many as the "Queen of Rockabilly" or the "First Lady of Rockabilly".

Thursday 032620

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a new extreme emergency declaration for the gem state.  He said this would allow him to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho’s Health care system.  The statewide stay at home order is in effect for 21 days.  Essential services will remain operational.

Just after 8 pm Tuesday, a low speed pursuit by Jerome city and county authorities ended with the arrest of two females.  Sheriff George Oppedyk said the investigation continues and not much info can be released.  The two occupants ages 34 and 19, jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion and were taken to the Twin Falls hospital for treatment.  Both had active arrest warrants.  No shots were fired and no law enforcement officers were injured.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a transportation funding bill citing his concern that it takes money that might be needed elsewhere at a time of economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The governor vetoed the bill that would have shifted about $18 million in sales tax money to roads from the state’s general fund.

Beware.  That’s the warning from the Better Business Bureau.  The government relief checks will give scammers an opportunity to make a quick buck off of consumers.  Scammers may try to get personal and financial information while acting as if they are gathering information for government relief checks. Know who you are talking to before giving any info out.

Now that Governor Brad Little has declared a state of emergency, any business that sells products at a major markup could find themselves in trouble with the law.  Idaho's price gouging statute prohibits selling fuel, food, drugs or water at an exorbitant or excessive price during a state of emergency. 

Jerome County commissioners have signed a disaster declaration.  That means the county can seek reimbursement from federal and state agencies.

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery near Boise is following a directive from the National Cemetery Administration.  Currently committal services and military funeral honors will not be conducted at veterans cemeteries nationwide until further notice.


Is school sports over for the year?  Let’s just say it’s not looking good.  Earlier it was announced that all of Idaho’s public schools and charter schools are out until at least April 20th.  The schedule called for spring sports to be back up and running on the sixth but that date has been postponed for at least two weeks  Then, the Idaho High School athletic association issued a mandate saying that since there isn't school going on the facilities are not available as well inside or out.  No one is allowed on school facilities anywhere in Idaho. The college spring sports season has been canceled completely.


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 46F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. High around 50F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 47. Low: 32.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated afternoon and evening rain showers. High: 52. Low: 36.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers. High: 55. Low: 36.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 60. Low: 38.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and seasonably warm. High: 63. Low: 38.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. High: 64.

March 26th: On this day

Born on this day, was Larry Butler, country music producer, songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Butler is the only Nashville producer to win the Grammy Award for Producer of the year.

Hank Williams appeared on The Kate Smith Evening Hour TV show performing "Hey Good Lookin'". He later joined in with the rest of the cast singing his own "I Saw The Light". Footage from this show was later used for the "There's A Tear In My Beer" video some 37 years later.

Born on this day in Lakeland, Florida was musician Monte Yoho. He is best known as being a member of Outlaws, working with The Bellamy Brothers and Blackhawk.

Born on this day, was Dean Dillon, country music artist who between 1982 and 1993, recorded six studio albums on various labels, and charted several singles on the Billboard country charts. Dillon has continued to write several hit songs for other artists, most notably George Strait. He is the father of country music songwriter, Jessie Jo Dillon, and the two often collaborate.

Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Charlotte Denise "Charly" McClain, country music singer, best known for series of Country hits during the 1980s Including, "Who's Cheatin' Who," "Sleeping With the Radio On," and "Radio Heart."

Born on this day in Knoxville, Tennessee, was Kenny Chesney country music singer and songwriter. Chesney has recorded 15 albums which have produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US Country chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song written by Kenny O'Dell. The album also went gold. Rich won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and he took home four Academy of Country Music awards.

George Thackston pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless endangerment arising out of the fatal accident which killed Dottie West. Thackston who was driving the car, was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation, and was also ordered to complete an alcohol treatment program.

The Woman in Me the second studio album by Shania Twain was at #1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?", a song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album.

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The deadline Gov. Brad Little has given himself for possibly vetoing two anti-transgender bills sent to him by the Legislature is 6:30 p.m. March 31.  The Republican governor is receiving pressure to veto a bill banning transgender women from sports and another preventing transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates.

As of this morning, Idaho has a total of 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19.  South Central Public Health District is reporting a total of 36 cases in Blaine County up from 21.

Church officials say a Utah man who died from the coronavirus had visited a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple the week before his diagnosis.  The temple in Bountiful, north of Salt Lake City, has closed after state health officials announced the man's death.

Police say a 43 year old Burley man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly cut a woman Monday with a kitchen knife.   Joseph A. Price is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, two counts of mayhem, battery with the intent to commit a serious felony, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and injury to a child.  The woman suffered injuries to her head, face and extensive injury to her hands. 

Authorities in north-central Idaho say a 59-year-old woman died after the pickup she was riding in got stuck in snow.  Linda Pullin, of Moscow, was riding with another woman near Spring Valley Reservoir when the pickup they were in got stuck. The other woman walked to an area where she had cell service and called her boyfriend to be picked up.

The price of gas is going down.  With the spread of Coronavirus, changes in work and travel plans and the price war in the global crude oil market the national average price for regular gas is 2-dollars 11 cents.  Some states have gas less than 2 dollars a gallon while Idaho’s price is $2.45 a gallon. 

The Idaho Humane Society has received dozens of dogs and three cats after the animals were rescued from a hoarding situation in Mountain Home.  55 toy breed Papillons were seized from a 700-square-foot home.  60 year old Kathleen Pamela Schweikert was charged with animal cruelty, owning unlicensed dogs, and operating without a kennel license. Her trial is set for May. 


For the first time in program history, two Boise State men's basketball players are named to the All-District team in the same season.  Derrick Alston Jr. and Justinian Jessup helped BSU reach 20 wins this season.  Alston scored 544 points over the course of the year, 11th most in program history, while Jessup added 512.  District 17 encompasses the 11 Mountain West schools.


Today:  Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 47F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 29F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers, generally during the afternoon and evening. High: 45. Low: 28.

FRIDAY:  Developing clouds throughout the day with breezy conditions. High: 48. Low: 33.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of valley rain and mountain rain and snow showers. High: 52. Low: 37.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers. High: 56. Low: 38.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and a little bit breezy with warmer temperatures. High: 62. Low: 40.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy skies with above average temperatures. High: 63.

March 25th: On this day

Born on this day in Seattle, Washington, was Bonnie Guitar, Country-Pop Singer. She is best remembered for her 1957 Country-Pop crossover hit "Dark Moon". She became one of the first female Country Music singers to have songs crossover from the Country charts to the Pop charts. She died on January 13th 2019 age 95.

Born on this day, Hoyt Axton, US singer, songwriter and actor who wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. Had his own hits with "When The Morning Comes" and "Flash Of Fire". Acting roles included Bionic Woman and McCloud. Axton died of a heart attack on October 26th 1999, aged 61.

Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, (the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals), who first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

Born on this day, was Ronald Dean "Ronnie" McDowell, country music artist who had the 1977 hit "The King Is Gone", a tribute to Elvis Presley, who had died not long before the single's release. McDowell has charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Two of his singles, "Older Women" and "You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation" peaked at #1 on the country charts.

Born on this day in York, Pennsylvania, was Robbie Fulks, alternative country singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums over a career spanning more than 25 years.

Johnny Cash recorded the June Carter/Merle Kilgore song "Ring Of Fire." The song was originally recorded by June's sister Anita Carter, on her 1963 album Folk Songs Old and New as "(Love's) Ring of Fire". Cash claimed he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by "Mexican trumpets". It became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash's career, staying at #1 on the charts for seven weeks.

Winners at the 9th Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Roger Miller, and Charlie Rich included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Loretta Lynn, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Charlie Rich, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Olivia Newton John, Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year - Dorsey Burnette, and Album of the Year Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors.

Linda Ronstadt released her version of the Everly Brothers 1960 hit "When Will I Be Loved" from her album Heart Like a Wheel, which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson became the last song for 12 years to spend four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. There wouldn't be another four-week #1 until "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" by Randy Travis in April 1990.

73-year-old country music singer Ray Price was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana. He was fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charges. According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson - no stranger to marijuana arrests - phoned and told him he'd just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.

Buck Owens Jr. American singer and guitarist died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He pioneered the Bakersfield sound, a reference to Bakersfield, California. He scored twenty #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts, his first being the 1963 hit "Act Naturally".

Dan Seals died aged 61. He first gained fame as the "England Dan" half of the soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music and throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts, eleven of which reached #1, including: "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), "Bop", "You Still Move Me", "I Will Be There", "Three Time Loser", and "Good Times".

During a visit to the doctor, Charlie Daniels was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and admitted to a Nashville hospital for a series of routine tests. The tests revealed that a pacemaker was needed to regulate his heart rate. Daniels had one fitted a few days later.

"Highway Don't Care" by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift featuring Keith Urban on guitar was released from McGraw's album Two Lanes of Freedom. The track became a #1 on the Billboard US Country Airplay charts.

Out Among the Stars the posthumously released studio album by Johnny Cash was released which later peaked at #1 on the Country album charts. The recordings come from lost 1980s sessions with famed countrypolitan producer Billy Sherrill which were shelved by Cash's record company, Columbia Records, and discovered by Cash's son John Carter Cash in 2012.

"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of 25 recordings to be preserved by the US Library of Congress. The song was written and first recorded by Merle Travis at the Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood, California on August 8, 1946.