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Tuesday 021219

A fire that roared through downtown Sandpoint has destroyed numerous businesses.  The city of Sandpoint reports that the fire began at about 1 a.m. Monday along North First Avenue, the main street through downtown.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho will be tracked as a stand-alone item so that lawmakers can see how much it's costing and where the money is going.  Medicaid Division Administrator Matt Wimmer also told lawmakers that there will be decreases in the cost of some other state programs.  The federal government will pay 90-percent of the expansion. 

An elementary school teacher in Pocatello has been placed on leave after allegedly using physical force against a student.  The teacher is from Grace Elementary School.  The sheriff’s office is investigating.

19 year old Jaycson Bareal, a Boise State University freshman guard has been arrested and charged with two misdemeanors after fighting with a bar employee who asked him to leave because he’s underage.  Bereal was in a 21-and-over bar, according to a Boise police arrest report.

Idaho State Police say a snowboarder who tried to jump a road outside a ski area boundary has died.  32-year-old Shea Hemlick was snowboarding outside the boundary of Bogus Basin Ski Resort Saturday when he attempted to jump over Bogus Basin Road.  An SUV going north on the road hit Hemlick. 

A head-on truck crash in Meridian killed four people and left another hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said it happened just after 7:30 p.m. Friday when a Ford F-250 collided with a Nissan Titan that was pulling a trailer.

The former Pocatello resident whose son spent two years in a Venezuela prison has died.  A message posted on Laurie Holt's Facebook page stated that she has passed away.  Laurie's son Josh Holt was held for two years in a Venezuela prison for allegedly trying to topple that country's government — allegations he's vehemently denied.

SPORTS

In local sports, The Buhl Indians hosted the Filer Wildcats Monday night in the first round of the SCIC playoffs. The teams split the series during the regular season.  The Final Score was Filer 33 over Buhl 30. 

The Kimberly Bulldogs advanced to the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference semifinals by taking care of the Gooding Senators on Monday with a score of 59 to 28.  Tonight Buhl will play Gooding at 6:30 p.m. at the College of Southern Idaho.  That will be followed by the Filer Kimberly game at 8pm.

In the 1A DII PLAYOFFS, The Hagerman Pirates won their play-in game defeating Richfield 64 to 56 and face Camas County, the No. 2 seed tonight at Shoshone High School, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Castleford Wolves edged out the Sun Valley Community School Cutthroats 46 to 42 to win their respective play-in game and will battle No. 1 Lighthouse at Shoshone High School today at 3 p.m.

WEATHER

Today:  Morning sunshine, increasing clouds, not as cold. Winds: South up to 40 mph. Valleys - High: 38 Mountains - High: 29

Tonight:  Developing snow showers coating to an inch. Winds: SE 5-10 mph Lows - Valleys: 29 Mountains: 22

Tomorrow:  Snow showers mixing to turning to rain. Winds: SE 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 39 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 30 Low: 16

THURSDAY: Mix of rain and snow showers. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 27 Mountains - High: 32 Low: 14

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 30 Low: 10

SATURDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 16 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 8

SUNDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 29 Low: 15 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 5

MONDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 15 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 9

February 12th: On this day

1911
Born on this day in Washington, D.C. was Stephen H. Sholes a prominent recording executive with RCA Victor. He was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, and Pee Wee King. In 1955, he signed Elvis Presley for RCA Victor.

1944
Born on this day in Meridian, Mississippi, was Moe Bandy who had the 1974 Country top 10 album It Was Always So Easy and the 1979 Country #1 hit "I Cheated Me Right Out of You."

1972
Charley Pride was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs. In the early-to mid-1970s, he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.

1983
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Jimmy Webb who performed songs with Glen Campbell including "Saturday Night", "MacArthur Park" and "Ocean in His Eyes."

1999
Clint Black was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his debut album, Killin’ Time which featured the hits "A Better Man", "Nothing's News", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and the title track.

2008
Tom T. Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hall has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the #1 international pop crossover smash "Harper Valley PTA."

2012
Taylor Swift’s song "Mean" received the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. Speak Now was also nominated for Best Country Album but lost to Lady Antebellum's Own the Night. Glenn Campbell appeared at the awards and sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" as a goodbye to live performances.

MONDAY 021119

Krystal Jean Lee Kenney a 32 year old Hansen woman said Friday that she helped thwart an investigation into the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth of Colorado who authorities believe was killed by her Fiancé Patrick Frazee.  Kenney pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence saying she moved Berreth’s cellphone to impair the phone’s availability in the investigation.  The victim’s body hasn’t been found but evidence suggests she was killed at her home.

62 year old Katherine Blauer of Burley died in a two-car crash late last week. A 16 year old boy crossed over the center line near 515 east and Idaho Highway 81 striking Blauer head on.  The teen was sent to the Portneuf Medical center by air ambulance.

 Three Democrats on a House panel considering a change to the Idaho Constitution involving redistricting walked out in protest before the 10 Republicans voted unanimously to send the legislation to the full House.  Democrats on the committee said the public hadn't been given adequate notice of the hearing and left the room before the vote.  If the legislation passes, the plan would then go to the voters for approval.

Idaho's tax revenues continued to lag behind forecasts last month, coming in nearly 22 percent lower than expected.  Tax officials say the discrepancy is likely because people aren't withholding enough from their paychecks after the state's tax law changed last year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into suspicious letters mailed to several of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch’s offices in Idaho.  The FBI, along with law enforcement partners, responded to suspicious letters sent to addresses in Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello, last week.  It doesn’t appear there is no threat to the public safety. 

With Valentine’s Day Thursday officials are warning that scammers and con artists continue to swindle residents.  The Better Business Bureau is warning people to watch out when dealing with online dating sites where the person convinces victims they need money.

WEATHER

In local sports, first to the Girls High School Basketball games,  the Filer Wildcats ended their year with a 11 to 13 record with a overtime game against the Teton Redskins.  The redskins defeated the wildcats 66 to 63.  Elsewhere Murtaugh lost to the Sho-Ban Chiefs 58 to 51.  Genesee defeated Raft River 57 to 28.

As for the boys, Filer defeated Canyon Ridge 61 to 47.

The Number 11 College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles traveled to Henderson Nevada to play a double header taking on Pima Community College.  The eagles lost both games 8 to 7 for the first game.  The second game CSI lost with a score 10 to 3.  CSI will return to Henderson Nevada for the  Coyote Classic that starts Friday.

WEATHER

Today:  Morning snow and wind, accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with winds over 20 mph. Winds: WSW 10-20 mph. Highs - Valley: 34 Mountains: 26

Tonight:  Chance of evening snow showers otherwise mostly cloudy. Winds: SE 5-15 mph Lows - Valleys: 21 Mountains: 12

Tomorrow:  Morning sunshine, increasing clouds with snow showers in the mountains. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph. Valleys - High: 38 Mountains - High: 29

WEDNESDAY: Mix of rain and snow showers. Valleys - High: 38 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 22 Low: 5

THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, chance of am snow. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 26 Low: 12

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of Snow showers. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 16 Mountains - High: 30 Low: 16

SATURDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 32 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 13

SUNDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 12

February 11th: On this day

1908

Born on this day was Roba Stanley, country music singer who has been said to be the first woman to record country music, (others have pointed out that Samantha Bumgarner and Eva Davis recorded a session three months before Roba). She died on June 8, 1986.

1918

Born on this day in Chicago, Illinois, was Wesley Rose, music industry executive and record producer. Rose was a important part of the development of the country music industry. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Country Music Association.

1962

Born on this day in Kennett, Missouri, was Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter and actress. In 2013, Crow signed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville and, a few months later, released "Easy", the first single from the upcoming album, which became her first top twenty country radio hit.

1970

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond and Tammy Wynette. Ray Charles performed a version of “Ring Of Fire”, and a short version of “Walk The Line.”

1975

Willie Nelson recorded “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” which went on to become his first #1 hit as a singer. Written by songwriter Fred Rose the song was originally performed by Roy Acuff and later by Hank Williams.

1979

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his sixth studio album, The Gambler which has now sold over 35 million copies world wide.

1984

Merle Haggard reached #1 on the Billboard country chart with the Lefty Frizzell song "That's The Way Love Goes". At the Grammy Awards of 1985, "That's the Way Love Goes" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

2007

The Dixie Chicks won three awards at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the latter shared with songwriter Dan Wilson) and Album of the Year (Taking the Long Way). Carrie Underwood took the Best New Artist Award and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel"; the song also earned a Best Country Song award for songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. Also, country music pioneer Bob Wills - the longtime leader of the Texas Playboys - was a posthumous recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Wills was recognized 32 years after his death.

Thursday 020719

The Camas County School District is cancelling classes for the rest of the week because of a severe flu outbreak.  The Fairfield school has about 150 students.

Cassia County School District is hoping to see better immunization numbers.  The nurse with the district said when she started this fall the numbers indicated less than 50-percent of the students were vaccinated.  The district is encouraging parents to make sure their children are up to date.

Legislation to commend the Idaho Music Educators Association and recognize March each year as Music in Our Schools Month in Idaho is on its way to the full House.  The House Education Committee unanimously approved the resolution and recommended it pass the House.

The Nez Perce Tribe has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a water quality improvement project.  The project will include the creation of new riparian habitat, imitation beaver dams and other work in the headwaters of the lower Lapwai Creek watershed.

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a voter-approved initiative expanding Medicaid in Idaho is legal.  A majority of the five-member panel rejected arguments by the Idaho Freedom Foundation that the measure was unconstitutional because it delegated authority to the federal government and the state Department of Health and Welfare.

One person has died following a two-vehicle crash on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls.  45 year old Robert LaDeaux of Shelly collided with another car in a near head on collision just before noon Tuesday.  LaDeaux crossed over the center line.  He died at the scene of the crash. 

SPORTS

In local sports, in Girls High School Basketball, it was the battle of the top two teams in the Sawtooth Conference when Number 1 Carey took on Number 2 Murtaugh for the district title.  In a close game the Carey Panthers took the win 34 to 31.  Elsewhere, Dietrich downed Hagerman 46 to 32.

In Boys High School Basketball, Century outlasted Minico 41 to 38 and it was Twin Falls 68 over Canyon Ridge 46.  Kimberly beat Filer 58 to 57 and Declo said no to Gooding 54 to 46.  It was Buhl defeating Wendell 56 to 40 and Valley downed Oakley 65 to 44.  Glenns Ferry said no to Raft River 54 to 50 and in an overtime game Hagerman outlasted Shoshone 72 to 69. 

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High 29F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 15F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly to mostly cloudy skies and chilly. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Valleys - High: 32 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 23 Low: 9

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with snow showers possible afternoon and evening. Valleys - High: 34 Low: 26 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 15

SUNDAY: Snow showers. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 10

MONDAY: Snow showers. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 19 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 7

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds, chilly, chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 24 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 8

WEDNESDAY: Sun and clouds, chilly, chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 12

 

February 7th: On this day

1921
Born on this day in Valley Head, West Virginia, was Wilma Lee Cooper American bluegrass-based country music entertainer. Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper had success in the late 1950s and early 1960s scoring seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits on Billboard charts, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel." He died on Sept 13 2011 aged 90.

1962
Born on this day Tulsa, Oklahoma, was Garth Brooks, country singer, who had the 1991 US #1 album Ropin' The Wind which spent 70 weeks on the US chart, and the 1994 UK #13 single "The Red Strokes." Brooks is the biggest selling artist of the 90's with over 60 million sales. According to the RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time behind Elvis Presley (overall is third to the Beatles and Elvis Presley) with 128 million units sold.

1962
Patsy Cline made her debut on Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry when she performed her 1961 Top 10 hit "Crazy" (written by a little-known songwriter named Willie Nelson), as well as her 1962 hit "She’s Got You."

1971
Dolly Parton was at #1 on the Country chart with "Joshua" her first single to reach #1 on the US country charts. Parton received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Female Vocal category for the song, (losing to Lynn Anderson).

1980
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the country album charts with Greatest Hits, (the album reached #1 on both the Pop and Country charts in the US), and featured three singles that were not included on any of Rogers' studio albums: "Lady" (written and produced specifically for Rogers by Lionel Richie), "Love The World Away" (a top five country and top 20 pop hit that was featured on the soundtrack of the box-office smash Urban Cowboy) and "Long Arm of the Law". This was also Rogers’ third #1 album of the year. (the other two being Kenny and Gideon).

1989
Randy Travis was at #1 on the US country album chart with his third album Old 8 x 10, which featured the three #1 country singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over.” The album earned Travis three American Music Awards for Favorite Country Male Artist, Favorite Country Album, and Favorite Country Single ("Deeper Than the Holler").

1995
Shania Twain released her second studio album The Woman in Me, which went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year.

WEDNESDAY 020619

The Twin Falls city council has given a unanimous yes to a request to allow for heavy manufacturing on some farmland on Washington Street South.  Gem State Dairy Products LLC plans to build a food processing plant on the property.  Details though have not been released. 

The Idaho State Lottery paid out $176 million in prize money and returned $53.5 million to the state in fiscal year 2018.  They are asking for a 6-million dollar budget saying that over the next decade, the state lottery will return more than $500 million to the state.

Legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk.  The Senate voted 35-0 on Tuesday to send to Gov. Brad Little the bill that involves water rights in the Boise River system.  The lawsuits involved canal companies, irrigation districts and the state of Idaho, and concerned the storage of water in three Boise River system reservoirs during flood control operations.

32 year old Krystal Jean Lee Kenney a Twin Falls Nurse will face one charge of tampering with physical evidence possibly a cell phone that was pinged in Gooding in connection to the disappearance of Colorado Mother Kelsey Berreth.  Kenney is scheduled to appear in court Friday.  The body of Bereth has not been located but her Fiancé 32 year old Patrick Frazee has been charged murder

The Idaho agency that sells whiskey, vodka and other distilled spirits wants to relocate or remodel nine of its liquor stores.  The Legislature's budget-setting Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has been told the agency needs more warehouse employees and pallet jacks because it's selling more liquor.  The agency is seeking approval for a 6.8 percent increase in its budget to $22.8 million for fiscal year 2020.

With the possibility of another government shutdown on February 15, tax experts suggest filing your returns no later than this week.  With all the changes in 2018 because of the new tax laws, coupled with a second possible shutdown, experts say this might be the year to get a professional to help you file your taxes.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to High School Girls Basketball, it was Hagerman downing Lighthouse Christian 46 to 38.  Preston 35 over Twin Falls 35 to 26.  Mountain Home downed Jerome 44 to 36 and Dietrich 69 over Camas County 69 to 49.

As for the Boys it was Murtaugh 71 over Raft River 59 and it was the Sun Valley Community School 44 over Twin Falls Christian Academy 37.

WEATHER

Today:  Morning snow showers, coating and cold with windy conditions. Wind chills in the teens and single digits. Winds: West 15 to 25 gust oF 30 mph. Highs - Valley: 29 Mountains: 24

Tonight: Clearing, blustery and cold. Winds: West 10-20 mph. Lows - Valleys: 13 Mountains: -2

Tomorrow:  Cold and mostly sunny. Winds: West 5-10 mph. Valleys - High: 27 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 20 Low: 0

FRIDAY: Chilly, increasing clouds, chance of mountain snow showers. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 22 Low: 11

SATURDAY: Snow showers likely. Valleys - High: 35 Low: 25 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 14

SUNDAY: Snow showers likely. Valleys - High: 37 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 29 Low: 9

MONDAY: Snow showers likely. Valleys - High: 34 Low: 22 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 6

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 7

February 6th: On this day

1962
Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Richie McDonald country music singer, songwriter who from 1992 until his departure in 2007, was the lead singer of Lonestar. McDonald co-wrote several of the band's singles, and sang lead on all but one of them. Lonestar scored the 1996 US Country #1 hit “No News.”

1967
Born on this day in South Lyon, Michigan, was Anita Cockerham, country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer who made her debut on the US country charts with her first album Back to You. It produced the hit single "What If I Said", a duet with country music artist Steve Wariner, which reached #1 in 1998.

1971
The soundtrack album Little Fauss and Big Halsy was released, composed entirely of songs by country singer Johnny Cash (and is his 36th overal album). The album includes tracks written by Cash, Carl Perkins and Bob Dylan.

2005
American singer, songwriter, and manager Wyatt Merle Kilgore died. He co-wrote (with June Carter), "Ring Of Fire", which became a hit for Johnny Cash, ending Cash's three-year career slump, staying at #1 on the country chart for seven weeks in 1963. Kilgore started his career in country music as a teenage gofer for Hank Williams and ended as the manager of Hank Williams Jr.

2010
Wynonna Judd announced that she would reunite with her mother, Naomi Judd, to tour and record a studio album for the final time as The Judds by the end of 2010.

2012
Country singer Randy Travis apologized after being arrested on a charge of public intoxication outside a North Texas church. Denton County sheriff’s spokesman Tom Reedy said police in the town of Sanger had arrested Travis after spotting a vehicle parked in front of a church and finding an open bottle of wine and Travis smelling of alcohol. The singer later said he head been out celebrating after the Super Bowl.

2013
Mindy McCready was committed to rehab for substance abuse and mental health assessment on the request of her family, who said she was unstable in the wake of her boyfriends David Wilson’s death. She was released two days later.

Tuesday 020519

Big Sky Scientific has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho State Police, Ada County and an attorney after 67-hundred pounds of what the company said was Hemp but the Idaho state police claim was Marijuana was seized last week.  The truck driver carrying the load was taken into custody according to the ISP.

Southern Idaho Regional Communications Center, is now receiving fast and accurate device location data for 9-1-1 calls from iPhones with a software upgrade. Officials say knowing the exact location is the first step for live saving emergency responders.

A woman in Mackay is doing fine after breaking up a fight between her dog and a mountain lion outside her home.  At first she thought it was a fight between two dogs.   But when she pulled the two apart she discovered it was a Juvenile male Mountain Lion weighing 35 pounds.  Her husband shot the lion while she held on to it. 

An Idaho board that pays a federal agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and elk is a step closer to becoming permanent following a Senate panel’s split vote on Monday.  The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted to send legislation to the full Senate repealing a section of Idaho law that would end the five-year-run of the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board.

About 300 demonstrators gathered on the Statehouse steps encouraging Idaho lawmaker to approve paying for voter-approved Medicaid expansion without adding work or other requirements.  The crowd shouted “Do your job”.  61 percent of voters passed Medicaid expansion in November.

Legislation requiring daycare facilities and schools notify parents that they can opt out of immunizations for their children has been delayed due to concerns over how much the potential new law might cost.  Lawmakers are asking for clarification.  Idaho parents can opt out of immunizing their children under Idaho law.

A former worker at the Blaine County Detention Center has been arrested on four felony counts of sexual contact with a prison.  48 year old Jodi Petty, was arrested after it was discovered she had inappropriate relations with an inmate in December of 2018.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to Girls High School Basketball where Shoshone booked their place in the 1A Division I state tournament with a win over Valley 35 to 26.  Elsewhere, Raft River defeated Oakley 46 to 41.  Filer outlasted Kimberly 56 to 43.  File will now face Buhl in the District Title game tonight.  It was Declo over Wendell 59 to 37 with Declo heading to the state Tournament. 

In Boys High School Basketball it was Hagerman defeating Castleford 64 to 55 and Hansen upset Richfield 62 to 30. 

WEATHER

Today:  Snow in the morning, scattered in the afternoon coating to 2" and colder. Winds: West 5-15 mph. Highs - Valley: 34 Mountains: 30

Tonight:  Evening light rain followed by a mix of rain and snow overnight. Low near 30F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 90%. Snowfall around one inch.

Tomorrow:   Windy, mix of sun and clouds. Winds: West 15 to 25 mph. Valleys - High: 28 Low: 13 Mountains - High: 23 Low: 0

THURSDAY: Cold and mostly sunny. Valleys - High: 27 Low: 14 Mountains - High: 22 Low: 4

FRIDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and cold. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 20 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 8

SATURDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 23 Mountains - High: 27 Low: 7

SUNDAY: Chance of snow showers. Valleys - High: 36 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 6

MONDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and chilly. Valleys - High: 34 Low: 19 Mountains - High: 28 Low: 10

February 5th: On this day

1923
Born on this day in Keithville, Louisiana, was Claude King, singer and songwriter, best known for his million selling 1962 hit, "Wolverton Mountain". Written with Nashville veteran Merle Kilgore, the song is based on a real character, Clifton Clowers, an uncle of Kilgore's who lived on Wolverton Mountain north of Morrilton, Arkansas. King died at his home in Shreveport on March 7, 2013, at the age of ninety.

1929
Born on this day, was Hal Blaine, session drummer known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine has played on 50 #1 hits and worked with numerous artists including Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, and The Beach Boys.

1941
Born on this day in Oklahoma, was Henson Cargill country music singer best known for the 1968 #1 hit, "Skip a Rope". He died on March 24, 2007.

1962
The first days recording sessions for Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music took place at Capitol Studios in New York City. Regarded by many critics as Charles's best studio album, the albums lead single, "I Can't Stop Loving You", became a huge hit on country music radio stations and the record has now shipped over 500,000 copies in the United States alone.

1971
Born on this day in Boonville, Missouri, was Sara Evans country singer and songwriter who scored the 1999 US #1 Country hit “No Place That Far.” Her fifth #1 hit, "A Little Bit Stronger", was co-written by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

2016
A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, was named after Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which were described by biologists in the journal ZooKeys.

Friday 020119

The woman who was shot by the Idaho State Police multiple times is planning to sue and to testify against them.  22 year old Shaylee Williamson of Pocatello was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a pursuit.  She is currently incarcerated on a drug conviction for possessing heroin.

35 year old Marlin McQueen of Preston has been charged with First degree murder for his alleged role in the death of 31 year old Wilden Lovin Jr.  Bond was set at a million dollars this week.  Lovin was stabbed multiple times.  His body was found Saturday.

The Idaho Supreme Court justices are hearing the arguments surrounding Proposition 2 that expands Medicaid coverage.  Voters passed the expansion.  The Idaho Freedom foundation claims it’s unconstitutional.  The Attorney Generals office said the case should be dismissed.  Justices have appeared skeptical of arguments from both sides.

Idaho’s health and welfare services for the Developmentally Disabled as asked lawmakers for enough money to replace a van that officials say smells of urine that can’t be removed.  The Governor has recommended slightly more funding but no money for a new van.

Legislation to end years of litigation involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho cleared another hurdle on Wednesday.  Lawmakers on the Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 9-0 to send the bill presented by House Speaker Scott Bedke, of Oakley, to the full Senate for a vote.

A division of a state agency responsible for protecting children from abusive situations, handling foster care and adoptions is seeking a 7 percent budget increase to $82.3 million.  Gov. Brad Little’s recommended budget is about $220,000 more than requested by the agency for fiscal year 2020.

The city of Twin Falls has decided to begin construction in April on the Canyon Springs Grade upgrade.  Crews plan to install a mesh along the wall to catch falling rock.  They also plan to smooth out the roadway.  During construction, no one will be allowed to walk along the roadway. 

SPORTS

In area sports, first to the Season Opener for the college of southern Idaho where the CSI baseball team took the victory over Scottsdale community college 11 to 4.  In softball a couple of games for the College.  It was CSI 3 Phoenix College 1 and Central Arizona College 10 over the Eagles 7.

In Mens Basketball from CSI it was the eagles 91 over Colorado Northwestern Community College 83 and on the Womens side, CSI defeated Colorado Northwestern community 73 to 60.

In girls high school basketball, Castleford defeated Richfield 45 to 41, Mountain Home 52 over Twin Falls 40.  Oakley 27 over Glenns Ferry 22 and Valley downed Raft River 57 to 35.

In Boys Basketball, Wendell topped Hagerman 57 to 43 and it was Lighthouse Christian 47 over Watersprings 40.  One other game found Hansen defeating Castleford 28.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny increasing clouds. Winds: East 5-15 mph. Highs - Valley: 48 Mountains: 35

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies with rain showers late. Winds: East 5-15 mph. Lows - Valleys: 33 Mountains: 25

Tomorrow:  Rain showers in the valleys with snow in the mountains. Winds: ESE 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 47 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 36 Low: 26

SUNDAY: Morning snow and afternoon rain in the afternoon valleys with snow showers in the mountains. Valleys - High: 46 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 34 Low: 21

MONDAY: Mix of rain and snow showers. Valleys - High: 40 Low: 21 Mountains - High: 31 Low: 11

TUESDAY: Scattered snow showers and chilly. Valleys - High: 33 Low: 18 Mountains - High: 25 Low: 4

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and chilly. Valleys - High: 31 Low: 15 Mountains - High: 22 Low: 3

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 30 Low: 17 Mountains - High: 24 Low: 5.

February 1st: On this day

1937
Born on this day in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentuck, was singer, songwriter Don Everly. The Everly Brothers scored 4 #1 Country hits in the late 50's; "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie", "Bird Dog" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream" Their song "When Will I Be Loved" later became hits for Reba McEntire and Linda Ronstadt, respectively. The Everly Brothers were elected to Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

1964
Buck Owens' hit, "Love's Gonna Live Here," finished its 16-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. To date, it is the most recent song to spend 10 or more weeks atop the chart.

1968
Johnny Cash spent the day visiting several hospitals in Memphis including the sick and wounded at the Navy Hospital in Millington, Tennesse, many of whom had just returned home from Vietnam.

1979
Born on this day in Lancaster, South Carolina, was Julie Roberts, country music singer who made her debut in 2004 with the single "Break Down Here", a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

1979
Born on this day in Green Hill, Alabama was country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, best known for his solo career and as a former member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007.

1980
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US country album chart with his seventh studio album Kenny, which featured the hit singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life."

2009
Faith Hill performed "America, The Beautiful" before the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band playing at halftime.

2012
Lady Antebelum were at #1 on the US country album chart with there third studio album Own the Night. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Award.Bottom of Form