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Thursday 041119

The man charged with killing 23 year old Charlie McBride of Challis reportedly told the investigating officers that he helped bury the body but that a woman killed him.  36 year old Ben Savage according to police called the Sheriff saying he was working when he heard a bang.  He said he saw a woman near a woodpile where the body was found.

Police were called to the Twin Falls Airport Tuesday Morning after TSA officials reported a passenger had tried to get on an airplane with a loaded firearm in his carry-on luggage.  The TSA found the gun during a screening just before 6 am.  Police confiscated the weapon and the passenger may face charges.  After the interview, the passenger boarded the plane.

The Idaho Constitutional Defense Council will meet next week to decide whether to comply with a federal court order to pay legal fees in a lawsuit over the rights of same-sex parents.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the state to pay more than $277,000 in legal fees to attorneys for Adela Ayala, an Idaho woman who sued because the state refused to put her name on the birth certificate of a child she had with her same-sex partner.

Should there be angled parking on the downtown’s Second Avenues to make them more pedestrian-Friendly?  That’s what the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency wants the state to allow.  But first the state transportation department is asking for data.  The city URA will spend over 20-thousand dollars to analyze ways to make the road safer while still functioning as a truck route.

A dead body was found Tuesday night west of Pocatello according to the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office.  Officials have identified the man as 22 year old Ariel Arellano of Pocatello.  A jogger found the body around 8:30 p.m. Arellano was reported missing by his family on Monday. 

Two people are dead after a trench collapsed in Payette county.  The men were working for a private company installing irrigation pipes yesterday morning when the trench they were in collapsed.

A 38 year old man was injured in a stabbing in Jerome County Tuesday night.  At last check the victim was in stable condition and may require surgery.  The investigation is ongoing.  No arrests have been made. 

SPORTS

In local sports, shooting and point guard Josie Schmitz has signed her letter of intent.  The Kimberly High School Athlete committed to Lower Columbia College.  The Junior College is located in Longview, Washington. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mix of clouds and sunshine less wind but still breezy, chance of a shower in the afternoon. Winds: West 10-20 mph. Highs - Valleys: 53 Mountains: 45 Winds WNW at 25 to 40 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Windy this evening. Low 37F. W winds at 25 to 40 mph, decreasing to 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy in the morning followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds during the afternoon. High 52F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 35

SUNDAY: Rain showers in the valleys with rain/snow mix in the mountains. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 31

MONDAY: Few rain showers with mountain snow showers possible. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 29

TUESDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 30

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 59 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 34

April 11th: On this day

1953
Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" was at #1 in the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones who she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him whilst sat in the passenger seat. The song was record during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952 and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.

1957
Born on this day in Troutman, North Carolina, was country singer, songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Since 1986 he has released nineteen studio albums and artists who have recorded his material include George Strait, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless.

1964
Born on this day, in Greenville, Mississippi, was Steve Azar, country music singer, songwriter who scored the 2002 US Country #2 "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)", which was the lead-off single from his second studio album, Waitin' on Joe.

1978
Born on this day in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada, was country music singer, songwriter Tara Lyn Hart. Hart's self-titled debut album released in 1999 featured the #6 Canadian country singles chart hit "Stuff That Matters."

1987
K.T. Oslin was at #1 on the Country chart with her debut album 80's Ladies. "Wall of Tears," the title track, "Do Ya'" and "I'll Always Come Back" were all released as singles from the album.

2005
Trace Adkins was at #1 on the country chart with Songs About Me, his seventh album and his highest-selling album to date. Singles from this album include the title track, "Arlington", and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which respectively reached #2, #16, and #2 on the Billboard country charts.

2014
Singer and prolific songwriter Jesse Winchester died at his home in Charlottesville, Va., at age 69 following a battle with cancer. His music blended folk, country and blues. Jesse�s songs were covered by a variety of artists from several fields over the years. One of his most famous songs, �A Showman�s Life,� has been recorded by George Strait, Gary Allan and other artists. Jesse also wrote the last major hit for the Everly Brothers, �Bowling Green.� Michael Martin Murphey enjoyed a Top 5 country hit in 1986 with Jesse�s song, �I�m Gonna Miss You, Girl.Bottom of Form

 

Wednesday 041019

Idaho has approved Medicaid expansion for an estimated 90,000 low-income residents.  Yesterday Governor Little signed into law a bill expanding Medicaid to people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The compromise bill that emerged from the House and Senate seeks a federal waiver for a work requirement that would kick people off Medicaid for failing to meet those requirements.

Four men including a volunteer for children’s ministries at a Boise Church were arrested in Twin Falls following an investigation between Twin Falls police and Homeland Security working to catch sexual predators online.  Police say the four attempted to meet with officers posing as underage teen girls. 

40 year old Rene Rodriguez has submitted his letter of resignation as the Lincoln County Sheriff.  Rodriguez was booked into the Blaine County Jail on seven felonies spanning from 2005 to 2014.  He is facing four counts of lewd conduct with a child and two counts of rape.  Undersheriff Steve Phillips will continue to be the Interim sheriff. 

Two homes near Ketchum were badly damaged in an avalanche that occurred on Monday.  A Second avalanche occurred on Warm Springs road later that evening.  The area is closed.  The weather service says the avalanche warning is in effect through this morning.

Health officials are warning of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Idaho, including southern Idaho.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said they are investigating the virus that has infected 12 people since Jan. 1, 2019. In 2018, only eight people were reported with the virus.

Legislation to create a panel of lawmakers that will monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  About 62 percent, or 51,000 square miles, of the state is managed by the federal government. The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service approve grazing permits, logging contracts and mining operations.

WEATHER

Today:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly to partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow showers, mainly during the morning. Windy and chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Breezy and chilly.  Winds: Magic Valley: West 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: NNW 10-20 mph.  Magic Valley: High: 52 (Wood River Valley: High: 46)

Tonight:  MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. Windy and chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies. A little breezy and chilly.  Winds: Magic Valley: West 15-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: NW 5-15 mph.  Magic Valley: Low: 34 (Wood River Valley: Low: 26)  

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly.

Magic Valley: High: 52 Low: 35 (Wood River Valley: High: 44 Low: 27)

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly.  Magic Valley: High: 53 Low: 32 (Wood River Valley: High: 45 Low: 27)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sun and clouds. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sun and clouds.

Magic Valley: High: 57 Low: 38 (Wood River Valley: High: 48 Low: 32)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers, mainly during the morning.

Magic Valley: High: 55 Low: 35 (Wood River Valley: High: 47 Low: 30)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers, mainly during the afternoon.

Magic Valley: High: 55 (Wood River Valley: High: 47)

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April 10th: On this day

1921
Born on this day in Erick, Oklahoma, was Sheb Wooley, the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater". He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on September 16th 2003.

1981
Born on this day, was Laura Bell Bundy, American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway, television and film roles. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, "Giddy On Up," in early 2010.

1989
Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by George Strait, K.T. Oslin and Patrick Duffy included: Pioneer Award - Buck Owens, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - K.T. Oslin, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - George Strait, Top Vocal Group - Highway 101 and Song of the Year went to Kathy Mattea for "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses."

1993
Reba McEntire and Vince Gill held the pole position on the Billboard country singles chart with "The Heart Won't Lie." The second single released from Reba's album, It's Your Call was originally planned to be a duet with Kenny Rogers, but when Rogers proved to be unavailable McEntire decided to record the song not as a duet and Vince Gill was added later.

2003
Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972, and later became a music business executive.

2006
CMT honored Hank Williams Jr. with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards.

2007
The former home of Johnny Cash burnt to the ground. Cash and his wife June Carter used the base in Tennessee to write many of their songs, and to entertain fans and US presidents. Part of Cash's famous late-period video "Hurt" was shot inside the house, 20 miles north-east of 'country music capital' Nashville. After the couple's deaths in 2003, the home in Henderson was bought by Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was preparing to refurbish the property when fire struck - within a few hours, only the stone chimneys remained of the building. More on Johnny Cash

2011
American reality-documentary television series The Judds debuted on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series followed the daily life of mother-daughter Grammy Award winning Wynonna and Naomi Judd while they rehearse and get ready for their latest tour.

2014
Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Brooklyn. Due to illness, Ronstadt was unable to attend. Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and Carrie Underwood paid tribute to Ronstadt during the ceremony.Bottom of Form

TUESDAY 040919             

The latest southern Idaho weather pattern has generated a few warnings from the area meteorologists.  There is a flood advisory for snowmelt in Central Blaine County through tomorrow afternoon.  There’s also an avalanche warning in Blaine and Custer, Camas and Elmore Counties.  For most of Southern Idaho a Wind Advisory with gusts expected up to 45 miles per hour has been issued over the next couple of days. 

Where is the best tasting city water?  The annual Idaho Rural Water Spring Conference picked Gooding placing them in third place.  The first place winner will travel to Washington DC to compete for a national award.  The water is judged on taste, smell and clarity. 

Even though the Lawmakers in Boise were told by the Governor he will veto the second bill on Idaho’s Ballot initiatives legislation, a house committee introduced four new bills on the subject yesterday.  Lawmakers say the bills are an attempt to break up the two previous ballot initiative bills to see what’s acceptable to a majority of lawmakers and the Governor.

Legislation involving transporting hemp through Idaho is heading to the full Senate.  The bill to the Senate committee has significant changes.  One of those includes adding foreign countries.  The legislation also had an updated fiscal note that includes $100,000 for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to coordinate efforts with Idaho State Police and others.

Public libraries will have to filter access on their internet services so that obscene and pornographic material can’t be accessed.  Republican Gov. Brad Little signed into law legislation intended to prevent minors from using personal laptops, tablets, smartphones or other devices to access pornographic sites.

An Idaho driver charged with veering onto a sidewalk and killing two newlyweds will change his plea to guilty of second degree murder, according to Payette County prosecutors.  38 year old Jason Verwer, of Fruitland, is charged with the deaths of Matthew Parkinson and Amelia Parkinson, on Jan. 24, 2017, in Fruitland.  Second-degree murder carries penalties of 10 years to life in prison and a $15,000 fine.

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy and windy with rain this morning...then becoming partly cloudy.  High 52F. Winds WNW at 25 to 40 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight:  Windy and becoming cloudy late. Low 36F. Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tomorrow: Chance of morning rain and possible snow, windy, cool with sun and clouds. Winds: WSW 25 to 35 Gust 50 mph. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Clouds and sunshine chance of scattered rain and even snow showers. Valleys - High: 51 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 26

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of rain showers. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 27

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds chance of rain showers. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 28

MONDAY: Clouds and sunshine chance of rain showers. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 30

April 9th: On this day

1932
Born on this day, was "the King of Rockabilly", Carl Perkins, American musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and is known for his song "Blue Suede Shoes". Perkins' songs were recorded by many artists including: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash. He died on January 19, 1998.

1941
Born on this day in Knox City, Texas, was singer Kay Adams. In the 1960s, Adams arrived on the country scene with the songs "Six Days a Waiting," "Old Heart Get Ready," "Anymore," "Honky Tonk Heartache" and "She Didn't Color Daddy." At the inaugural Academy of Country Music Awards , in 1965, Adams was named Top New Female Vocalist.

1942
Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio, was Margo Smith, singer who in the 1970's scored two US #1 Country hits, "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" and "It Only Hurts for a Little While." She is also considered a "world class yodeler".

1953
Born on this day in Greenwich, New York, was Hal Ketchum, country singer, songwriter. His 1991 album Past the Point of Rescue is his most commercially successful, having been certified gold and between 1991 and 2006, Ketchum scored seventeen entries on the Hot Country Songs charts.

1969
Bob Dylan released his ninth studio album Nashville Skyline, which embraced country music. Twenty seven minutes long and with liner notes by Johnny Cash, (who also appeared on the record), at the time of release it was dismissed by some critics as lightweight, but included "Lay, Lady, Lay", a major hit single for Dylan.

1997
Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the 'Queen Mother of Nashville' she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel". She worked with Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Tillotson, and Blake Shelton. She was the mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.

1998
A public tribute memorial service for Tammy Wynette was held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featuring performances by Randy Travis, Lorrie Morgan, Rudy Gatlin, The Judds, and Dolly Parton who performed "I Will Always Love You."

2007
Country singer Tanya Tucker was sued by her manicurist for $300,000 over claims the star's dog attacked and injured her. Danielle Hobbs stated in court papers that she was bitten by Bella at the singer's Nashville home and also claimed that the alleged attack, had left her with painful and disfiguring scars on her leg. She stated that Tucker's assistant told her the dogs were "just babies" and said "they will not hurt you".

2009
Singer Doug Stone, who charted four #1 country hits in the '90s, was arrested in Panama City, Florida, for domestic violence against his 21-year-old son, Dustin Brooks, (who played in Stone's road band in the 2000s). They reportedly engaged in a heated dispute over his son's car and Stone's drinking.

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Monday 040819

Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez is scheduled to stand before a Blaine County judge today on charges of sexual abuse of a child under 16, lewd conduct with a minor child and rape.  Today also marks his second 30 day unpaid leave as the Lincoln County Sheriff. 

The Twin Falls School District is mourning the loss of Daniel Creek who died after crashing his car into a power pole Friday near Hollister.  Creek retired as a teacher of the district in 2011.  He taught U.S. History and Drivers Ed in addition to coaching baseball and softball. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill that would have dramatically toughened the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot, and says he plans to veto a second bill intended to soften the first.  Little said the result would be a federal judge defining Idaho’s initiative process, and he can’t let that happen.

A House committee has approved allowing people to transport hemp through the state after getting a permit from the Idaho Department of Agriculture.  The legislation would treat the transportation of hemp similarly to how the state treats livestock, with out-of-state carriers required to get a permit and then comply with State Police checkpoints.

Legislation to clarify and broaden the definition of abuse involving child victims sustaining head injuries has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  The change removes the term “subdural hematoma” to determine abuse and replaces it with head and brain injuries.

Legislation to limit how much the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has to pay ranchers and farmers for damage to crops caused by elk, deer and other big game has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  Little last week signed the bill that would cap the amount paid for any single claim at 10 percent of the money in the Expendable Big Game Depredation Trust Account.

Legislation to protect authors, journalists and speakers in Idaho from defamation judgments originating in courts in other countries has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  Little signed the legislation backers say is needed to protect Idaho residents’ freedom of speech, the rule of law and due process. 

SPORTS

In local sports, The CSI Golden Eagles, currently ranked number 1 in the nation for home runs took the latest win over Nevada 21 to 4.

Elsewhere on the diamond, in High School Softball, Burley defeated Hillcrest 12 to 1.  In the second game of a double header burley 8 Hillcrest 6. 

In the 12th annual Lady Dawg Spring softball Classic, it was Filer 19 over Shelley 4, Filer 23 over South Fremont 2.  Kimberly downed Wood River 10 to 0 and Teton took the win from Kimberly 15 to 14.  South Fremont 22 over Buhl 9 and Buhl defeated Teton 22 to 5. 

In Baseball it was Wendell 4 Horseshoe Bend 0 in the first game of a double header.  In the second Horseshoe Bend turned it around 14 to 5 over Wendell. 

In the Buhl Mid Season Classic, Teton defeated American Falls 14 to 3.  Kimberly took it from Teton 13 to 3 and Kimberly said no to New Plymouth 11 to 1.  New Plymouth defeated Filer 11 to 7 and Bear Lake 1 Filer 0.

WEATHER

TODAY: Chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in both Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  Winds: SW 5-8 mph  High: 68 Mountains: 51

TONIGHT: Cloudy with a chance of rain showers and an isolated thunderstorm in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  Winds: SW 7-9 mph  Low: 45 Mountains: 38

TOMORROW: Rain showers  High: 56 Low: 35  Mountains: 48 Low: 30

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain/snow in the Magic Valley, and snow in the Wood River Valley.  High: 52 Low: 34  Mountains: 43 Low: 28

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow in Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 52 Low: 33  Mountains: 44 Low: 30

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain/snow in Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 54 Low: 33  Mountains: 42 Low: 30

SATURDAY: Partly sunny.  High: 56 Mountains: 47

April 8th: On this day

1946
Al Dexter and His Troopers were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with �Guitar Polka�. The track spent a total of 16 weeks on Billboard's list as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Record" in 1946. Dexter owned a bar in the 1930s and helped popularize the style of country music known as 'honky tonk', when he recorded "Honky Tonk Blues" at his first recording session in 1936.

1960
Born on this day in Mount Kisco, New York, was John Schneider III, actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard, and as Jonathan Kent on Smallville, a 2001 television adaptation of Superman. Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums which gave him hits such as: "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.

1979
Anne Murray was spending her third week atop of the country charts with "I Just Fall in Love Again". Written by Larry Herbstritt, with co-writers Steve Dorff, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. The song was originally recorded by The Carpenters and later covered by Dusty Springfield, whose version inspired Anne Murray to record her own cover.

1982
The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the Country singles chart with �Bobbie Sue�, the title track of their seventh album became the Oaks' sixth #1 single.

1990
Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

2007
Tim McGraw was at #1 on the US album chart with Let It Go his fourth #1 album. The album produced seven Top 20 US country hits. The first single from the album, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" (written by Big Kenny of Big & Rich), reached the top of the country charts in early 2007, giving McGraw his first #1 hit since "Back When" in late 2004.

THURSDAY 040419

The Twin Falls Fire Department is asking city residents to approve a 36 million dollar Fire and Rescue Facilities bond.  It will be presented to voters on May 21st.  The money would be used to rebuild three fire stations and relocate two.  The 20 year bond would increase taxes by just over 70 dollars on a home valued at 190-thousand dollars.

The LDS Church has repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion.  The surprise announcement by the Mormon Church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnation from LGBTQ members.

The Idaho Legislature’s budget-writing committee has signed off on a plan to spend nearly $2 million to buy back a building the state sold just two years ago for half a million less.  The building, a former bank across the street from the Statehouse in Boise, was sold for $1.48 million during a December 2016 auction to a partnership of the Simplot family. If the state moves forward, the Simplot family partnership will make a $480,000 profit on the deal.

Legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  This could help irrigators and a federally protected snail.  An artesian well is one where natural pressure produces a constant flow of water without the need for pumps.

Idaho drivers who ignore school bus stop signs are facing increased fines and the prospect of camera-equipped school buses to help police catch violators.  Gov. Brad Little last week signed into law the legislation that boosts the fine for a first-time offense from $100 to $200.  Fines escalate to $600 for a third offense within five years of two previous offenses.

Legislation making sure Idaho public schools are available for voting during elections has been signed into law by Gov. Little.  The legislation backers say is needed to make sure voters have someplace to vote and that lines aren’t overly long, leading to voter suppression.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, there’s a newly formed Idaho Football Alliance and the Magic Valley Bulldawgs have joined on.  The league features teams from the Southern Idaho area, along with Boise, Ogden and Idaho Falls.  The Bulldawgs travel to Ogden this week for a game on Saturday. They play their home games at Jerome High School and the first one is slated for April 20 against the Boise Guardians, starting at 6:30.

Gooding Senators Football Coach Cameron Andersen has announced that the Southern Idaho Showcase camp is returning for another year at the Gooding High School.  The camp is expected to attract more than 300 athletes.  Of the 121 seniors that attended the last one, 48 signed their national letter of intent. 

From the baseball fields yesterday, Twin Falls won their double header with Wood River 10 to 0 in the first game and 12 to 1 in the second.  Glenns Ferry defeated Horseshoe Band 7 to 3 and in a softball game in Glenns Ferry, the Pilots defeated Horseshoe band 6 to 5. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible t’storms. Winds: WSW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 60 Mountains: 50  Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight: Scattered rain showers and possible t’storms. Winds: West 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 38 Mountains: 33  Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Clouds and sunshine, possible shower or two. Winds: West 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Clouds and some sunshine, possible shower or two. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 37

MONDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 64 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 53 Low: 36

TUESDAY: Likely rain showers. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 29

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 28

THURSDAY: Clouds and sunshine. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 29

April 5th: On this day

1931
Born on this day, was Jack Henderson Clement, (nicknamed 'Cowboy' Jack Clement). Clement worked with future stars such as Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, but most importantly, he discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis. Clement wrote the song "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" that became a crossover hit for Johnny Cash. He died on August 8, 2013 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee after suffering from liver cancer.

1940
Born on this day in Dyess, Arkansas, was Tommy Cash, singer-songwriter and younger brother of Johnny Cash. While in the army, he was a disc jockey for the American Forces Radio Network and then played with Hank Williams, Jr., and later gained a record deal from Musicor Records in 1965. A year later, he joined United Artists Records and just missed the Country Top 40 in 1968 with �The Sounds of Goodbye.�

1972
Born on this day in San Antonio, Texas, was Pat Green who scored the 2003 #3 hit "Wave on Wave" from his gold-certified album of the same name.

1972
Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the US Country chart with, "My Hang-Up Is You", Hart's second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

1974
Johnny Cash released Ragged Old Flag, his 46th album. The album addresses several political as well as ethical issues, not unlike many of Cash's other releases. The title track, and simultaneously the only single from the album, is a spoken word tribute to patriotism amid the Watergate scandal.

2000
Toby Keith was at #1 on the US chart with "How Do You Like Me Now?!", the second single released from the album How Do You Like Me Now?! The song spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart.

2009
Winners at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards included: Entertainer of the Year and Top Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood, Top Male Vocalist - Brad Paisley, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Top Vocal Duo - Sugarland, Top New Artist - Julianne Hough, Top New Male Artist - Jake Owen, Top Album of the Year went to Taylor Swift for Fearless and Vocal Event of the Year went to Brad Paisley and Keith Urban for "Start a Band."

THURSDAY 040419

A House committee yesterday voted to send a compromise Idaho Medicaid expansion bill with mandatory work requirements to the full House for amending.  The legislation is an attempt to reach a compromise that can clear both chambers and get Republican Gov. Brad Little’s signature.  It’s not clear how the House might amend the bill.

Legislation lowering from 21 to 18 the age limit for carrying a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training has been signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little.  Little signed the law backers say is needed to align gun laws in urban areas with rural areas where those 18 and older can already carry a concealed handgun.

Gov. Brad Little will consider two pieces of legislation that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot.  The ballot initiatives bills have become some of the most contentious legislation this session. They are seen as a reaction by lawmakers to the Medicaid expansion passed by voters in November with 61% of the vote following years of inaction by the Legislature.

Idaho state fire investigators say a teen girl who was badly injured in a home explosion said she smelled gas the day before the explosion, but the adult disregarded the warning and instead blamed the smell on dirty laundry.  Sixty-nine-year-old Jonathan Robinson Field Jr. was killed in the explosion that leveled the McCall home.  The 15-year-old girl remains hospitalized.  Investigators believe a load of snow fell on the regulator that operated the home’s propane tank, disabling the devices and putting enough pressure on the connections that a connecting pipe inside the wall of the home fractured and began to leak.

The Lincoln County Commissioners are seeking input from their residents on what plans should be done to the county courthouse.  Commissioners say there are three options. Renovate the current building and build an annex, build a new courthouse somewhere else, or demolish the current building and build on top of the same land. All options have a $5 to $6 million price tag.

WEATHER

Today:  Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 64F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Rain showers develop with rain and snow in the mountains. Low 42F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Breezy, am rain showers and mostly cloudy, some sunshine. Winds: WSW 10-20 mph. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Morning rain showers with afternoon sunshine. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a few isolated rain showers. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 35

MONDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 31

TUESDAY: Likely rain showers. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 28

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain showers. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low:

April 4th: On this day

1938
Born on this day in Scottsville, Kentucky, was Norro Wilson, country music singer, songwriter and producer. Wilson has written numerous hits including songs for Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and has also produced artists, including Joe Stampley, Margo Smith, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain.

1944
Born on this day in Walden, near Beaumont, Texas, was Bob McDill, songwriter who has written numerous songs for country music artists, including 31 #1 hits for artists including Anne Murray, Don Williams, Waylon Jennings, and Mickey Gilley.

1971
Born on this day in Saltville, Virginia, was Clay Davidson country music artist who released his debut album Unconditional in 2000. Its title track was a top 5 hit for him on the Billboard country charts, and the album produced two more Top 30 hits.

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

1995
The Road Goes on Forever by American country supergroup The Highwaymen was released, featuring the line-up of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. The album open�s with the Steve Earle song "The Devil's Right Hand".

1996
Shania Twain was at #1 on the US country chart with The Woman in Me, her second studio album and her first with the majority of the songs co-written by her. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.

2006
Hank Williams Jr. surrendered to police on a warrant issued in an alleged assault on a hotel waitress last month. Holly Hornbeak, 19, told police she was waiting tables at the Peabody Hotel's lobby bar when the country superstar asked to kiss her and lifted her off the ground in a chokehold. The country singer cut short a hunting trip to return to Memphis and surrender to the sheriff's department. All charges were later dropped citing lack of evidence.

2008
The Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas hosted the Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey. The exhibit was on loan from the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and ran until October 5, 2008.Bottom of Form