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Thursday 021320

Legislation aimed at reducing property taxes drew so many people wanting to speak that a House panel ran out of time and delayed voting.  Round one of testimony was heard Tuesday and a second round of hearings conducted yesterday.  House Majority Leader Mike Moyle sponsored the bill and said the one-year; statewide freeze on property taxes is needed to start a conversation because people are being forced out of their homes.

Two men who combined spent nearly 40 years in Idaho prisons for crimes they didn’t commit testified in favor of legislation that would compensate the wrongly convicted.  Christopher Tapp and Charles Fain told lawmakers they left prison with no resources after DNA evidence proved their innocence. Both had been convicted of murder.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first circuit in the nation to order a state to pay for an inmate’s gender confirmation surgery, ruling that a three-judge panel decision will stand.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.  Audree Edmo who was born male wants the surgery in order to be a female.

Tawna Day Huttanus, a former Jerome elementary teacher was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison following an April 2019 stabbing.  Huttanus pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery and one count of domestic violence — traumatic injury in the presence of a child.   The court placed her on a rider program and retained jurisdiction for a year.

The director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture will have authority to set regulatory fees paid by elk hunting ranches under legislation sent to the Senate.  The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee approved the bill backed by elk hunting ranches.  Elk at fenced hunting ranches are managed similarly to livestock by the Agriculture Department.

A Utah county agreed to pay more than $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two Idaho State University football players who said they were falsely arrested during a bank robbery investigation.  Nehemiah McFarlin and Atoatasi Fox will receive $5,100 each.  The lawsuit accused Box Elder County, Oneida County in Idaho and the Utah Highway Patrol of false arrest, excessive force and illegal search and seizure.


In sports from around southern Idaho, first to the Girls High School district playoffs where last night Filer took the win from Kimberly.  The victory means the wildcats secured the district title and will be moving on to state playoffs and Kimberly will be the second seed to the state tournament. 

Lighthouse won their game over Carey 46 to 40.  Lighthouse will now take the Number 1 seed to state.  Camas County overpowered Hansen 38 to 27.  The Mushers will face the Panthers in the second place game at Shoshone High School tonight at 7 p.m.

Tonight the Jerome lady tigers will play Preston Tonight for the district’s third state position.  That game can be heard on KART 1400 AM.

In boys high school basketball, Preston took the win from Burley 60 to 33.  Mountain Home won their game over Wood River 48 to 46.  It was a crosstown rival as Twin Falls overpowered Canyon Ridge 55 to 45.  Minico said no to Century 59 to 44 and Raft ‘River outlasted Glenns Ferry 55 to 51.  Oakley took the win over Valley 53 to 46. 


Today: sunshine. High near 50F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly sunny skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 27.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. This chance will increase Saturday night onward. High: 44. Low: 35.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with rain and snow showers likely. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 44. Low: 28.

MONDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers and breezy. High: 49. Low: 24.

TUESDAY:   Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. High: 39. Low: 22.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny skies. High: 43.

February 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Bristol, Tennessee, was Ernest Jennings Ford better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. The television host scored an unexpected hit in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons". Ford died on October 17, 1991 exactly 36 years after "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born on this day in Shellman, Georgia, was Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" as well as "Raining In My Heart", which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Many other artists have recorded their songs including Charley Pride, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, Red Foley. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

Hank Williams recorded "My Love for You (Has Turned to Hate)" in Nashville with Fred Rose producing and featuring Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Dale "Smokey" Lohman (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (electric guitar), and Louis Innis (bass). The track became his third single released on Sterling Records in April 1947.

Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy", both of which reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

Alabama released "If I Had You" the second single from the album Southern Star which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the twenty-fifth #1 single for the group.

American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Jennings was the bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets and released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. He scored the 1980 US #21 single "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard", and was also the narrator on the television series. Jennings was also a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in this year, he and his musical partner Lester Flatt were ranked #24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

Country music winners at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards included; Gretchen Wilson who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Redneck Woman", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Tim McGraw for "Live Like You Were Dying" and Best Country Performance by Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Top of the World."

A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song "Living in the Promiseland". The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones' driver's license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.

Two men in a small pickup truck were killed after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.

Country music winners at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - "The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert, Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "'Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song - "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum.

President Barack Obama awarded Country singer Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. Tilis is known for his hits "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".

Wednesday 021220

With $260 million in federal money at stake, lawmakers on a Senate panel voted to create an interim committee to review and recommend new math, science and English standards for Idaho’s 300,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.  The House Education Committee last week rejected the current standards.  The Common Core standards are benchmarks.  They allow states to compare how their students are doing with students in other states.

Police in Twin Falls continue to search for the man who robbed the Oasis Stop and Go on Washington Street south early Monday morning.  Authorities say one male entered the store shortly after 2 am.  Meanwhile no updates on the Bank Robbery at the D.L. Evans bank in Burley.  A man walked into the bank and demanded money Monday morning.  Call the Police if you can assist in either investigation.

Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho headed to the full Senate.   The Senate Resources and Environment Committee approved the measure.  Fish and Game officials say resident hunters have asked for, to help with overcrowding in the field.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little may soon introduce a five-year teacher pay plan providing more than $225 million in additional state support to boost teacher salaries.  The plan proposed increasing state funding to establish $40,000 annual pay for beginning teachers, $50,000 for mid-level teachers and $60,000 for veteran educators.

Legislation for a constitutional amendment introduced Monday could end up reducing some property taxes by removing exemptions for others.  Specifically, the constitutional amendment would require any new revenue be used to reduce levy rates on all properties in the district.

The budget for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Medicaid will surpass $3 billion for the first time with more than $2 billion of that coming from the federal government.  Division officials say that about 320,000 of Idaho’s 1.75 million residents are receiving some type of help through Medicaid, food stamps or child care assistance.


In sports from around the gem state, Lyzan Gillette led Oakley with 14 points, but Raft River pulled away to win 38-23 and capture their first district championship since the 2014/2015 season. 

Valley beat Glenns Ferry 48-14 in a loser-out game.  Elsewhere it was Kimberly 39 over Gooding 37.  The Bulldogs will face Filer tonight  at 7.  Hansen said no to Murtaugh 53 to 37.  Camas County outlasted Castleford 46 to 23 and Preston downed Twin Falls 48 to 37.

The Jerome Tigers stayed alive in the Great Basin Tournament last night winning the other tigers from Mountain Home 55 to 39.  They will play Preston Tomorrow for the district’s third state position. 

As for the Boys, Wendell took the win from Buhl 55 to 52.  Kimberly outlasted Filer 69 to 55 and Gooding said no way to Declo 49 to 45. 

On the wrestling mats, Sugar salem took the win from Kimberly 42 to 41.  Buhl then outlasted Sugar Salem 52 to 36 and Buhl won over Valley 65 to 17.  Buhl also took the win from Wood River 65 to 18 and Kimberly said not today to Valley 52 to 27. 

In college hoops, Justinian Jessup scored 18 points, including the Broncos’ first 4-point play of the season, and Boise State beat Air Force 74-57 last night to win its 11th consecutive home game.

Tomorrow night, Montana State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to nine games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Montana State lost 74-49 at Eastern Washington in its most recent game.  Game time 7 pm Max Worthington Arena in Bozeman.

Idaho seeks revenge on Eastern Washington after dropping the first matchup in Moscow. The teams last went at it on Jan. 16, when the Eagles outshot Idaho 49.1 percent to 45.9 percent and hit eight more 3-pointers en route to the 78-75 victory.  That game tomorrow at 8:45 in Cheney Washington.


Today:  sunshine. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 27F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. High: 47. Low: 29.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated PM rain and snow showers. Breezy weather is expected as well. High: 42. Low: 26.

SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. High: 43. Low: 33.

SUNDAY: Mainly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers. Windy weather is expected as well. High: 43. Low: 28.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow showers. Breezy. High: 40. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow showers. High: 40.

February 12th: On this day

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.

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."

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.

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."

Toby Keith released his debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" and the first single from his self-titled debut album. The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Song chart. The track has received more than three million spins on country radio, making it the most-played country song of the 1990s.

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.

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."

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.

Country music singer Daryle Singletary died age 46. Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times in the 90's, reaching #2 with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and #4 with "Too Much Fun".

Tuesday 021120

Authorities in Cassia County are continuing their investigation into a bank robbery at the D.L. Evans bank on Overland in Burley.  The incident happened yesterday.  Both Dworshak and White Pine Elementary announced they would be keeping students in the building while authorities investigated the incident.

Two attempts to introduce bills to repeal Idaho grocery taxes on food failed yesterday and another was withdrawn, leaving only one grocery tax relief bill pending in the Legislature.  Both would have repealed the state’s 6% sales tax on food bought in grocery stores. Under the one surviving bill, the state’s grocery tax credit that can be deducted from taxes for Idaho residents would jump by $15 for senior citizens and $35 for everyone else, to a maximum of $135.

Home prices in southern Idaho continue to increase. Agents say that the average sales price of a home rose 5.7 percent in 2019.  Jerome County say a 7.7 percent increase.  Starter homes that cost $140-thousand a few years ago is now selling for $200-thousand. 

Police say they have found a cell phone belonging to 17 year old Tylee Ryan who was last seen in September.  It appears the phone was found in Hawaii with her Mother Lori Vallow who has been considered a person of interest in the case.  On Oct. 25, more than a month after the 17-year-old disappeared, a text was sent from her phone to a worried friend: "hi. miss you guys too… luv ya."

Idaho residents are buying less beer and more liquor, according to the state Liquor Division.  Director Jeff Anderson told the legislature’s budget-writing committee that the Liquor Division returned a record dividend of more than $83 million in fiscal year 2019. That’s about $6.8 million more than the previous year.  Idaho resident purchases are following a national trend.

The wife of a Pocatello resident has contracted the coronavirus.  Rebecca Frasure and her husband Kent were on the cruise ship Diamond Princess that’s currently under quarantine in Japan.  Kent has not tested positive for coronavirus but remains on the quarantined cruise ship with more than 3,700 passengers and crew. 


As high school girls district playoffs continue, more teams moved toward the state tournament action that starts next week.  Raft River is one of those teams as they defeated Oakley last night 38 to 23.  Elsewhere, Kimberly downed Gooding 39 to 37.  Now the bulldogs will play Filer tomorrow at 7.

Declo said no to Wendell 49 to 20.

As for the Boys, Camas County outlasted Murtaugh 54 to 38.  Carey defeated Glenns Ferry 62 to 48 and Hansen took the game win from Richfield 58 to 50.  It was Wendell 53 over Castleford 36 and Wood River took it from Gooding 57 to 32. 

Tonight, Boise State looks to extend Air Force’s conference losing streak to seven games. Air Force’s last MWC win came against the Boise State Broncos 85-78 on Jan. 15. Boise State lost 70-61 on the road to Utah State in its most recent game.  Game time is 7 pm at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.


Today:  Sunshine. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 27F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 43F Low 28F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 45 Low: 29

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 27

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 43 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 44 Low: 30

WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 42

February 11th: On this day

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.

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.

After making an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts TV show performing "Walkin' After Midnight" (and winning the contest), Decca Records rush-released the song as a single. It became Cline's first major hit single, reaching #1 on the Billboard country music chart and #12 on its pop chart.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

American songwriter Kim Williams who wrote hits for Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and many others died. Williams was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1994, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award (for "Three Wooden Crosses") in 2003, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

Monday 021020

Hagerman school superintendent Mark Kress has tendered his resignation to the district after being named the Snake River School District’s new superintendent. Kress was in his fourth year as superintendent of  the Hagerman district.

Former Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Paulette Jordan said she’s challenging two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.  Jordan in 2018 became the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho but lost in the general election to Republican Brad Little.  The 40-year-old Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said Friday that his agency is starting a voluntary trail pass program as part of a long-range goal to raise awareness and eventually money for non-motorized trail maintenance.  David Langhorst told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that interest in the 900-mile  Idaho Centennial Trail has been growing.

An official with Idaho’s public health districts said Friday that 63.5% of adults in the state are overweight, a 10% increase over the last two decades.  Russell Duke also told the Legislature’s budget-setting committee that 30% of third graders are overweight and risk early problems with diabetes and high blood pressure.  Duke said 250,000 adults in Idaho smoke, and that vaping has overtaken smoking among young people.

Details continue to emerge about the disappearance of 7 year old JJ Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan of Rexburg.  Police were contacted by the LIFE academy in Gilbert Arizona in early December where JJ was a student.  The school received an e-mail dated September 5th from Lori Vallow saying she had been offered a job out of state and Joshua would not be returning. 

Authorities continue to investigate a rape and attempted strangulation in Rupert.  Police say 46 year old Clifford Saunders of North Dakota was arrested.  He is charged with two counts of rape, attempted Strangulation, forcible penetration, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. 


In sports from around Idaho, first to the Girls High School district playoffs as they work their way to the State tournament.  The Jerome Tigers ended their season this weekend losing to the Century Diamondbacks 53 to 38.  Elsewhere in tournament action, it was Burley 44 Preston 30.  Mountain Home 59 over Minico 48. 

From the District tournament games in Shoshone, Carey defeated Camas County 63 to 54.  Lighthouse Christian downed Hansen 56 to 43 and Murtaugh said no to Dietrich 38 to 23.  Castleford outlasted Richfield 37 to 27.

In Boys High School Regular play.  Dietrich said no to Raft River 65 to 50. 

From the ChallisInvitational Wrestling tournament, Ririe in first followed by Minico Emmett and Declo. 

In College Basketball, first for CSI where Snow College defeated CSI 80-75. CSI dropped to 14-13 overall and 3-6 in conference play.  For the Men.  As far as the women CSI Toppled Snow College 61 to 50.

In College Softball action, Florida northwestern said no to CSI 7 TO 5 and It was Central Florida defeating the Eagles 6 to 5. 

Sayeed Pridgett posted 19 points and nine rebounds as Montana defeated Idaho 82-71 and Bryce Fowler scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Sacramento State held off Idaho State late to earn a 63-59 win.  Both those games on Saturday night.


Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 40F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 24F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow  Mostly sunny.   Winds: W 5-15 mph   High: 42 Low: 27

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny in the Magic Valley, with a slight chance of p.m. snow showers toward the mountains.   High: 41 Low: 27

THURSDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of p.m. rain/snow showers.  High: 44 Low: 29

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain/snow showers. High: 42 Low: 28

SATURDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of p.m. rain/snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 43

February 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Gallipolis, Ohio, was Lionel Cartwright, country music artist. Between 1988 and 1992, Cartwright charted twelve singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the 1991 #1 "Leap of Faith". He also charted in the Top Ten on the same chart with "Give Me His Last Chance", "I Watched It All (On My Radio)" and "My Heart Is Set on You".

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his seventh album By the Time I Get to Phoenix. The title track which was written by Jimmy Webb was originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965. Campbell's version reached #2 on the US Country charts in 1968, and won two Grammy Awards, for Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance.

Born on this day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was Dude Mowrey country music artist. His song "Cowboys Don't Cry", was later a Top 40 hit when Daron Norwood recorded it for his debut album three years after Mowrey's version.

Reba McEntire released her tenth studio album Whoever's in New England her first #1 album on the Billboard country albums chart. The album produced two singles that were #1 country hits: "Whoever's in New England", and "Little Rock." It was the singer's first platinum record, and was later named the 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Country Music Association in autumn 1986.

"How Do I Live," written by Diane Warren and performed by Trisha Yearwood in the movie Con Air, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Originally recorded by LeAnn Rimes in 1997, her version of "How Do I Live" spent 34 weeks on the UK singles chart, ending up as the 6th best selling UK single of 1998.

The Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "How Long". It was the band's fifth Grammy Award.

Country music winners at this years Grammy Awards included; Best Country Solo Performance - "Blown Away", Carrie Underwood, Best Country Duo/Group Performance - "Pontoon", Little Big Town, Best Country Song - "Blown Away", Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (performed by Carrie Underwood), Best Country Album - Uncaged, Zac Brown Band, Best Bluegrass Album - Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers.

Winers at the Grammy Awards included: Album of the Year – Golden Hour (Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Solo Performance – "Butterflies" (Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "Tequila" (Dan + Shay), Best Country Song – "Space Cowboy" (Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves), Best Country Album – Golden Hour (Kacey Musgraves), Best Bluegrass Album – The Travelin' McCourys (The Travelin' McCourys), Best Americana Album – By the Way, I Forgive You (Brandi Carlile).

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A House panel rejected math, science and English standards used to make sure Idaho’s 300,000 students are meeting specific criteria.  The House Education Committee voted 10-5 to reject the standards put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education as part of its rules package.  If the Senate also rejects the standards, the Board of Education would create temporary rules to take before lawmakers next year.

Idaho’s wine industry won’t have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that headed to the governor’s desk.  The Senate voted 32-3 to approve the measure the state’s wine industry says would save it tens of thousands of dollars. The measure has already cleared the House.

Idaho trout farm Riverence Holdings has announced the acquisition of its larger competitor Clear Springs Foods and now controls the majority of the market share in the state.  Clear Springs Foods has been producing rainbow trout along the Snake River in southern Idaho for more than 50 years, company officials said.

Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under proposed legislation.  The legislation would also prevent punitive damages against a governmental entity or its employees. Punitive damages are a punishment intended to deter similar behavior in the future.

An Idaho lawmaker wants his colleagues to take a closer look at ways to improve air travel across the state.  Currently no airports in Idaho — including the largest, in Boise — offer direct commercial flights to any other Idaho city.  The resolution could come up for a Senate vote possibly today. If it passes, it will go to the House for further action.

52 year old Gunnar Ericsson of Boise was sentenced to 85 years in prison after he was convicted of making and distributing child pornography.  Ericsson must serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.  A jury found Ericsson guilty in November of seven felonies including sexual exploitation of a child and sexual abuse of a minor.


In sports from around the region, first to Girls District playoffs.  Bailey Black posted a game-high 20 points, but the Spartans couldn't pull off the upset over Burley with a final score of 50 to 41.  Meanwhile, Jerome is moving forward with their defeat of Twin Falls 47 to 40. They now head to Century to face a Diamondbacks team that hasn't lost to an Idaho opponent. The semi-final contest is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. That game can be heard on KART 1400 AM.  Twin Falls hosts Pocatello, also at 7 p.m. 

Oakley downed Valley 34 to 31 and Glenns Ferry outlasted Shoshone 34 to 24.  Dietrich took the win from Hagerman 48 to 27.

In Boys Basketball, Lighthouse took the win from Murtaugh 49 to 25 and the Sun Valley Community School said no to the Twin Falls Christian academy with 70 to 58.  It took an overtime game for Butte County to defeat Carey 54 to 51. 

On the wrestling mats, Kimberly took their first matchup against Parma 47 to 33 but lost in the second against Weiser 60 to 20.  Then Fruitland took the win from Kimberly 57 to 20. 

As far as college basketball action, Cameron Shelton scored 24 points and Bernie Andre added 20 points and seven rebounds as Northern Arizona defeated Idaho State 88-87 in overtime last night and Borja Fernandez came off the bench to score 18 points to carry Montana State to a 72-50 win over Idaho.

Sacramento State looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to eight games. Sacramento State’s last Big Sky win came against the Portland State Vikings 66-55 on Jan. 23. Idaho State has dropped its last seven games against conference opponents.  That game tomorrow at 7 pm at Holt Arena in Pocatello. 

Montana goes for the season sweep over Idaho after winning the previous matchup in Missoula. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Grizzlies shot 43.1 percent from the field on their way to the 67-63 victory.  Montana will travel to the Kibbie  Dome in Moscow tomorrow with game time set for 7:30. 


Today:  Overcast skies and windy. High near 50F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 41F. Low: 26.Winds WNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

SUNDAY: Isolated AM rain and snow showers, followed by decreasing clouds. High: 39. Low: 23.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 38. Low: 24.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 41. Low: 25.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers and breezy. High: 38. Low: 23.

THURSDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High: 36.


Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Shoshone, Lava Beds



* WHAT...West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.


* WHERE...Eastern Magic Valley, including the Shoshone, Burley, and Interstate 84.


* WHEN...Until 7 PM MST this evening.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds can make travel difficult for high profile vehicles. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Raft River Region; Southern Hills, Albion Mountains



* WHAT...West winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.


* WHERE...Southern-central highlands, including Almo, Albion, Malta, Rockland, Holbrook, and Interstate 84 from Idahome to the Utah state line.


* WHEN...Until 7 PM MST this evening.


* IMPACTS...Gusty cross winds can make travel difficult for high profile vehicles. Areas of blowing and drifting snow may create localized road hazards.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Southern Twin Falls County; Western Magic Valley



* WHAT...West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.


* WHERE...Western Magic Valley and Southern Twin Falls County.


* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

February 7th: On this day

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.

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.

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."

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).

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).

Hank Williams Jr. released "Texas Women" as the first single from the album Rowdy which became his third #1 on the country chart, the first since "Eleven Roses" in 1972.

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").

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.

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As the search for 7 year old J.J. Vallow and 17 year old Tylee Ryan continues new surveillance video of a Rexburg Storage unit reveals a packed room of the Children’s belongings.  Self-Storage plus says Lori Vallow began renting the unit on October 1st of last year.  The children went missing in September.  The footage shows Lori and another man making several trips to and from the unity at one point carrying a heavy tote. 

Meanwhile the grandparents of the boy have asked a judge to grant them temporary guardianship of both children.  The mother has refused to tell authorities where the children are and missed a ordered deadline to bring the two to the Idaho Department of Health and welfare. 

A pair of hunters from Utah who had been missing in the back country of northeast Nevada since Saturday have been found safe near the Idaho line.  A search and rescue team found 38-year-old Chad Strain and 44-year-old Lee Peters in their stranded vehicle Monday after hearing them yelling and shooting a gun to draw attention about 13 miles southeast of Jackpot.

A panel of lawmakers removed standards for initial teacher certification.   The House Education Committee voted to cut out the rules put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education.   Republican Rep. Gary Marshall said removing the overly burdensome rules would lead to more creativity and result in certifying more teachers for Idaho classrooms.

The future is clearer for a test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships following an agreement signed this week.  Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the deal involving the Energy Department’s Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory.  The agreement makes clear that spent fuel from the reactor can be kept in a cooling canal at the site past 2023, but must eventually go into dry storage and shipped out of state.

Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways passed the House and is headed to the governor’s desk.  Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after such things as tanker trunk crashes is standard cleanup practice.  But removing that water could be violating the state’s strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored.


In sports from around Idaho, first to this weeks high school basketball media poll where we find the Filer Wildcat girls breaking into the 3A rankings taking fifth.  Carey and Lighthouse Christian remain 1st and 5th respectively in the 1A Division 2. 

For the Boys Minico isin third place in the class 4a Rankings.  Kimberly is second in 3A and Valley bumped up to 4th from 5th in the 1A Division 1.  Lightouse remains in second place in the 1A Division 2.

From last night on the hardwood in boys prep basketball, Burley topped Pocatello 58 to 50.  Camas County dumped Hansen 60 to 48 and it was Canyon Ridge over Wood River 62 to 48.  Dietrich took Valley 62 to 44 and Oakley said no to Raft River 67 to 37.  Preston dumped Minico 78 to 51 and Rockland took the game win from Castleford 52 to 37.  Shoshone said no way to Glenns Ferry 43 to 37 and Twin Falls said no to Jerome in a squeaker 53 to a 52.

The girls are in Districts and Gooding Won their consolation game against Buhl 50 to 37.  In a semi-final game, Filer took Kimberly 62 to 30.

To a couple of college games tonight, Montana State looks for its fourth straight win over Idaho at Max Worthington Arena. The last victory for the Vandals at Montana State was an 80-71 win on Feb. 5, 2015.  Game time 7 tonight in Bozeman.

Northern Arizona looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to seven games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Northern Arizona fell 77-66 at home to Eastern Washington on Monday.  That game in Pocatello tonight starting at 7 in Holt Arena.


Today:  Overcast skies and windy. High 46F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with gusty winds. Low 43F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Decreasing cloudiness and windy. High around 50F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

SATURDAY:  Partly sunny skies with a chance of PM rain and snow showers. Breezy. High: 40. Low: 27.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High: 39. Low: 25.

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies. High:40 . Low: 27.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated snow and rain showers. High:39 . Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow and rain showers. Breezy weather is expected as well.

Wind Advisory

Areas Affected: Eastern Magic Valley; Lower Snake River Plain; Shoshone, Lava Beds



* WHAT...West winds 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.


* WHERE...Eastern Magic Valley and Lower Snake River Plain, including the Shoshone, Burley, and Pocatello areas.


* WHEN...From noon today to 3 PM MST Friday.


* IMPACTS...Gusty winds may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

February 6th: On this day

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."

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.

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.

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.

Carrie Underwood released "Wasted", the sixth single from her debut album of the same name. It become Carrie's fourth consecutive #1 country single and fifth overall #1 single on the US Country charts.

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.

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.

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.