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Thursday 091720

Authorities spent most of the early morning hours today dealing with a crash on I-84 that involved three semi-trucks.  The accident near Bliss blocked eastbound traffic.  The crash caused all three trucks to erupt into flames.  At least one person has died in the crash.  At this hour crews remain at the scene clearing the large amount of wreckage.  A detour is sending freeway traffic onto US 26.

The Badger fire continues to burn.  At last check it is 0-percent contained and has burned over 28-thousand acres.  Today crews are bracing for a winds over 25 miles per hour.  That along with the very dry conditions the fire is expected to grow.  Kelsey Brizendine is with the BLM. (KELSEY) Yesterday, those fighting the fire, sent a request to much of southern Idaho departments to provide up to 25 structure type engines to help battle the blaze and to protect the homes in the Rock Creek area. (KELSEY)  Officials are asking people to stay away from the fire for everyone’s safety.  (KELSEY) 

The DEQ has extended their air pollution forecast for most of Southern Idaho through tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. The air quality is currently in the unhealthy category with the smoke hanging very low in the air.  All outdoor open burning is prohibited. 

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Minidoka County School District 498 thousand 879 dollars through the School Violence Prevention Program.  In the gem state, the program awarded nearly 1-million to Idaho Schools.  The program provides most of the money for school safety measures in and around schools and the grounds. 

Traffic was backed up on I-84 yesterday after a semi-truck failed to slow down for traffic in a construction zone.  Idaho State Police say the accident near Burley in Jerome County sent three to the hospital.  The semi collided with two other vehicles.  Traffic was backed up for several hours while authorities investigated and cleared the scene of the wreckage.

Two more hearings have been set for Chad Daybell, the husband of Lori Vallow.  Daybell has filed a moton to dismiss the charges against him.  That hearing will take place on October 29th.  Another motion asks for a change of venue.  That hearing set for November 24th.  The trial is set for January 11 of 2021.  Two missing children were found dead on his property in Eastern Idaho.  Neither Daybell nor Vallow have been officially charged with killing the two children.


Boise State looks to save $1.8 million by enforcing cost-saving measures.  BSU is implementing furloughs and compensation reductions for all staff with an annual salary of more than $40,000. Those coaches and employees earning over $100,000 will face annual salary decreases ranging between 8-15%.  The furloughs for the affected staff ranges from eight to 12 weeks and some staff members will be reassigned to other places on campus.

Mary Marshall and Madison Kenyon, Two Idaho State University athletes are appealing a federal court decision, that halts the enforcement of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, Idaho’s newly enacted law.  On Wednesday, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Right now transgender athletes wanting to participate in sports that match their gender identity can do so this fall at the college and secondary school level in the Gem State.

The College of Southern Idaho women’s basketball team will feature new, but familiar faces on their staff.  Reginald Larry played for the Golden Eagles from 2004-06.. He then transferred to Boise State and went onto play professionally overseas for about 12 years.  Jane Nelson played for CSI from 2016 to 2018. 


Today:  Plenty of sunshine. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 93F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy early with increasing clouds overnight. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low near 60F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Smoky skies from fires in Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington. Mostly cloudy skies with some isolated PM rain showers and thunderstorms. Not quite as warm. High: 80. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 68. Low: 47.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 78. Low: 50.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 78. Low: 51.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 80.


September 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Mount Olive, Alabama, was Hank Williams (born Hiram King Williams). The American singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked #1. During his last years Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life. Williams died aged 29 on January 1, 1953.

Born on this day was American musician, singer and songwriter Steve Sanders. He was best known as being the replacement for William Lee Golden, the baritone in The Oak Ridge Boys. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 10th 1998.

George Jones released "Why Baby Why" on Starday Records. It became Jones' first chart single, following several unsuccessful singles released during the prior year when it peaked at #4 on the Billboard country charts.

Johnny Cash made his first appearance on UK television when he appeared on Boy Meets Girl. Cash appeared solo, as his backing group the Tennessee Two who, under UK Musicicans Union rules, were not allowed to accompany Cash.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

Faron Young who has international success with "It's Four in the Morning" - was charged with assault for spanking a girl in the audience at a concert in Clarksburg, West Virginia after claiming she spat on him. Young appeared before a Wood County, West Virginia justice of the peace and was fined $24, plus $11 in court costs. It was the first in a string of incidents involving Young, whose increasingly bizarre behavior would begin overshadowing his success.

Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers. Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba's three-minute performance that night.

Rascal Flatts received the 2,480th star in the category of recording of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Country music star George Hamilton IV died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77. The singer and guitarist, who began performing as a teenager in the 1950s, had suffered a major heart attack a few days earlier. After an early foray into pop, Hamilton became a country stalwart, scoring 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s. He was inducted into Nashville's Grand Old Opry in 1960 and continued to work until shortly before he was taken ill.

Wednesday 091620

The Badger Fire burning in the South Hills has so far, consumed over 27-thousand acres.  94 personnel are working to gain containment.  The Warr Cabin, a historic structure, was destroyed in the path of the blaze.  The cabin sat on land 20 miles west of Oakley Reservoir.

The South Central Public Health district in Twin Falls said two children have confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19.  The health district said both Children were hospitalized.

The city of Twin Falls announced yesterday they will be updating 22 curb ramps along Addison Avenue West and Blue Lakes Boulevard starting today.  The ramps will be in compliance with current ADA standards.  Construction is expected to be completed by November 30th.

A committee helping oversee Idaho’s $1.25 billion share of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package yesterday, approved spending $150 million to help educate students.  The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee followed Republican Gov. Brad Little’s request from last week and unanimously approved spending $100 million to replace a similar amount cut by Little in 2020 due to pandemic-related budgetary concerns.

Idaho’s death by suicide rate this year is similar to figures from 2019 and less than numbers from 2018 despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of Aug. 31, 248 people in Idaho have died by suicide. By the same time last year, 240 people in the state had died by suicide. In Aug. 2018, the state reported 280 deaths by suicide.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said yesterday that the state appears to have avoided a tough wildfire season so far with a combination of quick responses by state and federal firefighters and good luck with weather.  The governor said an early plan forced by the coronavirus pandemic to quickly attack all wildfires appears to have paid off. Avoiding large wildfires meant avoiding large accumulations of firefighters where the virus could spread.


In sports from around the gem state, yesterday the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district board of trustees said the High School Mascot will no longer be the Indians.  The decision followed about two hours of public testimony from both opponents and proponents of the measure.  In the end, the board voted 5 to 1 in favor of eliminating the mascot at the end of the school year in June of 2021.

Minico is no longer traveling to Sandpoint High School because of poor air quality in northern Idaho.  Now the Spartans will go to Wood River tomorrow instead.

The Buhl Indians head football coach announced his resignation.  Seth Blick, and offensive coordinator Mitch Oparnico are stepping down effective immediately.  The seniors were scheduled to meet last week prior to practice about changes, but the practice was canceled.  Most of the coaching staff resigned the following day.  Fred Bartlett the current assistant coach will be the interim head coach. 

In volleyball from yesterday Burley downed Canyon Ridge 3 to 2.  Twin Falls defeated Mountain home 3 to 1.  Gooding said no to Filer with a score of 3 to 1.  It was Kimberly 3 Buhl 0 and Castleford 3 Wendell 0.  One other score Lighthouse 3 Raft River 0.  In Boys soccer Twin Falls downed Mountain home 7 to 0.


Today:  Sunshine. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 91F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 56F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 58.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Not quite as warm. High: 80. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with some isolated rain shower and thunderstorms. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 68. Low: 47.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 78. Low: 50.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 78.

September 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was David Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit "Let Your Love Flow" in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.

Born on this day in Monroe, Louisiana was Michael Rhodes bass player, known for his session work. Rhodes has worked with Rodney Crowell, Wynonna Judd, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams, Jr., Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, and Kenny Chesney.

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.

John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country), and "Sweet Surrender" (#13 pop, #1 AC). In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.

Dolly Parton released her fourteenth solo studio Love Is Like a Butterfly. The title track was the third consecutive single to reach #1 on the U.S. country charts for Parton. For the few years before her pop chart success, "Butterfly" was considered Parton's signature song and was used as the theme song for her 1976 syndicated music series Dolly!

Sheb Wooley the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" died in Nashville, Tennessee. 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.

A total of 30 artists gather to record "Forever Country", a single released in honor of the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. The track featured Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and others. The song debuted at #1 the week of October 8, the third song to do so since its inception in 2012.

Tuesday 091520

Fire crews in Jerome spent much of the night battling a structure fire.  The rural fire department responded to the blaze early this morning 2 miles west and a mile and a half north of the city.  Eventually the Jerome city fire department responded to the scene to assist the rural crew.  Details of the fire have not been released.

The Twin Falls fire department battled a fire that caused about 100-thousand dollars’ worth of damage to a Twin Falls Duplex.  The blaze was reported at about 6:40 am in the 1100 block of North College Road West.  The fire was believed to have started in the back of the home before it began burning into the homes attic.

Well over 10-thouand acres of land have burned parts of the Sawtooth National Forest in Cassia County as of this morning.   The Badger Fire is burning in the South Hills about 8 miles southeast of the Magic Mountain Ski Area. 

The Twin Falls County Coroner has identified the person who died in a head-on collision near Rogerson last Wednesday.  35 year old Eric Eugene Sullivan of Wendover Nevada was trapped in the vehicle when it collided head on with a semi-truck.  Both vehicles erupted into flames that caused a wildfire to burn about 100 acres.  The victim was positively identified using dental records.

Wildlife officials can continue setting up checkpoint stations to stop all vehicles to enforce hunting and fishing regulations, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.  Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye dismissed Steve Tanner’s lawsuit seeking to ban the roadblocks claiming his fourth amendment rights were violated.

The trial of Gilberto Rodriguez who is charged with the first degree murder of 14 year old Regina Krieger is moving forward.  The trial is set for January of next year.  Krieger who disappeared from her basement bedroom was discovered dead on the river bank of the Snake River.

The DEQ has extended the air pollution warning for Southern Idaho residents through Tomorrow.  People sensitive to the smoke are being told to stay indoors.


There is quite the list of games planned for area high schools today.  For both Boys and Girls Soccer, Burley visits Canyon Ridge and Jerome travels to Minico and Twin Falls is in Mountain Home. 

As for Volleyball, Kimberly is in Buhl, Burley will be at Canyon Ridge, The Sun Valley Community School travels to Camas County.  Hagerman is in Carey, Castleford in Wendell and Valley travels to Declo.  Dietrich is at Hansen, Filer at Gooding, Oakley at Glenns Ferry and Minico in Jerome.  Raft River will be at Lighthouse Christian and Murtaugh travels to Shoshone.  Finally, Twin Falls meets up in Mountain Home. 


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 91F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 54F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 54.

THURSDAY: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 58.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with some isolated PM rain showers and thunderstorms. Not quite as warm. High: 79. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and breezy. High: 68. Low: 48.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71. Low: 46.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 79.

September 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Maynardville, Tennessee, was Roy Acuff, who became synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. He died in Nashville on November 23, 1992 of congestive heart failure.

Patsy Cline married her second husband Charlie Dick. The pair met in 1956 while Cline was performing with a local Virginia band. Following Cline's death in 1963, Dick married country artist Jamey Ryan in 1965.

Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams was released in the US, the singer, songwriters seventh studio. Contrary to what the title might suggest, only the first four out of the twelve tracks on the album were written by Williams himself, with most of the others being versions of Cash's self-penned songs.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Rhinestone Cowboy, the singer, guitarists 30th album. Campbell had heard the song (written by Larry Weiss) on the radio during a tour of Australia and once back in the US decided to record a version.

Dolly Parton released hersixteenth solo studio Dolly. The album's first single, "The Seeker", peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day was Andy Gibson American country music singer. He co-wrote "Don't You Wanna Stay", a duet between Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson which reached #1 on the country music charts in 2011.

Miranda Lambert signed with Epic Records. She gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene.

Garth Brooks' song, "More Than a Memory" became the first song to debut at #1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart, since the start of the magazine's all encompassing country chart in 1958. It was released as his 51st single and first single from his 2007 compilation The Ultimate Hits.

Monday 091420

With all the smoke in the air from regional wildfires, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution forecast and caution to area residents.  Officials say the air is unhealthy and that burning restrictions are in place. 

The fires have sent crews from around the country to battle the blazes in the west including some from Southern Idaho.  More than 23-hundred firefighters are battling the Creek Fire near Fresno California.  That fire is more than 200-thousand acres and has destroyed hundreds of structures.  At last check it’s only 8-percent contained.

The McDonald restaurant owner in Boise, Meridian and Nampa has paid a 50-thousand dollar fine after an investigation by the department of Labor.  It was determined that the employer violated child labor requirements at 11 locations by allowing 14 and 15 year olds to work more than 3 hours during school days and more than 8 hours a day on non-school days. 

Gov. Brad Little has restored $99 million in K-12 education funding he cut earlier this year amid budget shortfall concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Republican governor also announced that another $50 million will be made available to parents so they’re less likely to leave the workforce or dip into household money while their children learn during the challenges posed by the pandemic.

In Jerome yesterday afternoon a man and two daughters were injured after their ATV was struck by a pickup.  The accident happened at the intersection of South Cedar and West Avenue E just after 5 pm.  The Driver of the ATV, 36 year old Santana Contreras was seriously injured officials say. His daughters had minor injuries. 

Motorists who travel over the Perrine Bridge should expect delays all this week.  The Idaho Transportation Department will perform their routine inspections and will be blocking one lane of traffic throughout the day.  One Northbound lane will be closed today and tomorrow from 8:15 to 3 while one Southbound lane will be closed Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 am.


In local sports, first to 4-A action, where Burley defeated Wood River 27 to 8.  Canyon Ridge lost to Twin Falls 41 to 14.  Jerome took the win from Shelley 19 to 14.  Minico won their game over Mountain Home 27 to 15.  In 3-A action, Gooding took the win over Nampa Christian 34 to 12.  Kimberly shut out Declo 38 to 0.  Ririe took Valley 49 t0 26 and Cole Valley Christian won the game against Wendell 58 to 0.  In 1-A D -1 it was Lighthouse Christian over North Gem 34 to 12, Rockland over Murtaugh 58 to 10 and Oakley sacked Challis 78 to 0.  In 1-A D-2 action Hansen won their game over Hagerman 60 to 28.



Today:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 92F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low near 55F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies. High: 84. Low: 55.

WEDNESDAY: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 54.

THURSDAY: Smoky skies from fires in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Aside from that, sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 56.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. A little bit breezy and not quite as warm. High: 80. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower and/or a thunderstorm. Cooler and a little bit breezy. High: 70. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and pleasant. High: 71.


September 14th: On this day

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

Tulsa honored American Western swing fiddler Johnnie Lee Wills with a street named after him. Johnnie Lee Wills Lane is directly in front of the Expo Square Pavilion at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Wills, who died in 1984 was the younger brother of Bob Wills and had also played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys.

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

Property from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash raised $1.24 million on the first day of a three-day auction at Sotheby's in New York City. Items sold included a custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar for $131,200 and an autographed photo of Elvis Presely to June Cash sold for $18,000, a striped prisoner's jacket from Folsom Prison made $6,000.

Carrie Underwood released "Cowboy Casanova" as the lead single from her third studio album, Play On. The song became the fastest climbing single in Underwood's career and also the fastest-climbing single of 2009 in the country music genre. Additionally, the song gave Underwood the most Top 10 hits on the country chart this decade - 10 top 10 singles followed by Faith Hill and Martina McBride each with nine.

Rascal Flatts released "I Like the Sound of That" the final single from their album Rewind and becoming the trio's thirteenth #1 hit, and their first since "Banjo" in 2012.

A public memorial service for Troy Gentry was held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, Troy was killed in a helicopter crash in in Medford, New Jersey on September 8 of this year.

Carrie Underwood released her sixth studio album Cry Pretty. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, making Underwood the first woman to hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with four country albums. It also debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart, becoming her seventh consecutive #1 album on that chart.

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A Paul woman died from her injuries following a two car pileup Wednesday.  Idaho State Police say 39 year old Sonia Vega was driving south on 500 west when a juvenile driver failed to stop at a stop sign.  The juvenile driver and two juvenile passengers were taken for medical treatment at a nearby hospital.  Vega died at the scene.

Idaho officials seized 34 venomous snakes from the home of a 25-year-old man in Boise.  A city code in Boise bans ownership of nearly all venomous snakes except those native to North America.  Charges are pending.

Lori Vallow Daybell plead not guilty yesterday to two felony counts of conspiracy to alter or destroy evidence in connection to the deaths of her two children.  The bodies were discovered on property owned by her husband Chad Daybell.  She is being held on a million dollar bond.  A jury trial scheduled for April of next year.

A fiery head on crash near Rogerson Wednesday evening has claimed the life of one person.  Police say a motorist in a passenger car was southbound on Highway 93 passing a semi-truck when the car struck a northbound semi.  Both vehicles were fully engulfed in flames sparking a wildfire.  The truck was driven by 53 year old Salvador Ramirez-Ruiz of Jerome.  The driver of the passenger vehicle has yet to be identified.  The road was blocked for about five hours.

Some changes have been ordered for Murtaugh school district students.  Last night the district said that in addition to two last week, four additional students have tested positive for the coronavirus this week.  Because of that, the district will not allow any fans at the football game tonight and classes at the Junior/Senior High School will be held online only.  Elementary students will be allowed in their classrooms. 

Elko County authorities confirm that a woman faces attempted murder after she attempted to shoot her ex-boyfriend in Wells Nevada.  Sabrina Yeager allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun at a vehicle occupied by her ex-boyfriend.  There were no injuries and Yeager fled the scene.


In local sports from yesterday, from girls’ soccer, Canyon Ridge shuts out Sugar Salem 5 to 0 and Minico took the win From Twin Falls 3 to 0. 

On the football field tonight Wood River will play Burley.  Elsewhere Jerome tigers take on Shelley.  Canyon Ridge plays Twin Falls, Filer is in American Falls, The Gooding Senators play Nampa Christian.  Kimberly plays Declo.  Wendell plays Cole Valley, Valley plays Ririe.  Carey is in Richfield.  Hagerman is in Hansen.


Today:  Sunny. High around 85F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 51F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 53.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 90. Low: 57.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies, warm and a little bit breezy. High: 89. Low: 55.

TUESDAY: Decreasing clouds through the day and not quite as warm. High: 85. Low: 54.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 51.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 82.

September 11th: On this day

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

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton released the album Together Always. The album contains their hit "Lost Forever in Your Kiss", in addition to the humorous "Ten Four — Over and Out", which exploited the C.B. radio craze a few years before it became a major phenomenon in the US. The album peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP's chart.

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

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

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

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

Kenny Chesney released his eleventh studio album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates which became his fifth US #1 on the Billboard chart. The album's singles "Never Wanted Nothing More", "Better as a Memory" and "Don't Blink" all reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Thursday 091020

An early morning report of a missing child at the Ketchum police department has led to two felony arrests.  Just before 3 am yesterday police say 38 year old Kristen Zalak and 52 year old Harold Lamont Thomas reported Zalak’s eleven year old son and his service dog were missing.  Turns out the car the couple was in was reported stolen and inside illegal substances were found. The missing child was later located and is safe.

With all the wildfires in the west, some are question if they should have fire shelters near them at all times.  “They are for an extreme emergency, never to be considered as an alternative to safe firefighting,” National Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said. Still, the shelters have saved more than 300 firefighters since they began being used in the 1960s and became required in firefighting equipment in the late 1970s.

A Chinese couple has been prevented by coronavirus health restrictions from traveling to the U.S. to take custody of their newborn child, who remains with her surrogate mother in Idaho.  Emily Chrislip gave birth to the healthy girl at a Boise hospital May 18, but her biological parents in Beijing have waited months for their first embrace with the infant.  After a public health emergency was declared in the U.S. because of the coronavirus, travel restrictions to and from China took effect Feb. 2.

A car crash near Hollister along Highway 93 last night started a brush fire when the vehicles erupted in flames.  The accident near Milepost 14 blocked at least one lane of the highway for most of the night.  There are unconfirmed reports that two people died at the scene. 

Tours of a B-25 bomber are underway at the Magic Valley Regional Airport this week.  The bomber saw combat action in World War II and yesterday veterans were honored with a ceremony in front of the aircraft.  Ground tours are available Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management is now conducting a point prescribed fire in the Raft River Valley.  Burning began on Monday southeast of Malta and will continue through Sept. 30.


In sports from around the area, first to Girls soccer where Buhl took the win over Declo yesterday 6 to 0.  Kimberly downed Bliss 7 to 0 and it was Wendell overpowering Filer 5 to 1. 

To Volleyball, it was Gooding squeaking past Canyon Ridge 3 to 2. 


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 79F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 48F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies, breezy and warmer. High: 83. Low: 50.

SATURDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 85. Low: 51.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 55.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies, warm and a little bit breezy. High: 89. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and a little bit cooler. High: 78. Low: 52.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and mild. High: 75


September 10th: On this day

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

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

Dolly Parton released her twelfth solo studio album Bubbling Over. The album's only single, "Traveling Man", peaked at #20 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

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

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

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

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

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