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Tuesday 021318

The Idaho Transportation department hopes to begin re-construction of the I-84 interchange south of Jerome in the fall of next year.  Officials say the design is unique that artist drawings make it look like a large round-a-bout.  Right now they are asking for the public’s input. 

The Kings of Dance, a group of 44 dancers from Russia who were scheduled to be at the College Of Southern Idaho won’t be able to make it.  The dance company’s U.S. Tour was canceled when 22 of the dancers were denied visas.  The show was scheduled for March 17th

Sonya Haines of Twin Falls was awarded the Idaho Meritorious service medal from the Idaho National Guard Saturday.  She represented the area’s United Way and was recognized for her service to the Guard over the past 3-years.

Blaine County officials have tentatively agreed to settle a wrongful termination whistleblower lawsuit.  The county reached an agreement with Landon Neet of Hailey who filed a lawsuit saying he was fired as a chief deputy coroner after telling government officials that the county corner was using him for work at his private business at taxpayer expense. 

Idaho lawmakers have introduced two alternative tax cut plans to Gov. Butch Otter's $200 million tax relief package. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee agreed yesterday to give the alternative tax proposals a full hearing later this session even though Otter's bill has already passed the House.

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a proposal requiring doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway through. Proponents of the idea say doctors can give a woman the hormone progesterone to stop an abortion after she has taken the first of two medications needed to complete the abortion.

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett a democrat from Ketchum is backing legislation that would create a new office to investigate concerns about government fraud, waste or abuse.  Similar proposals have failed to advance in Idaho's Republican-dominant Legislature.

Idaho education officials say the number of students enrolling in career and technical education courses is booming, but funding remains an issue.  Idaho Gov. Butch Otter put together a Workforce Development Task Force last January to improve funding and delivery of the state's training programs to meet Idaho's growing demand for skilled workers.

Today:  Mainly sunny. High 43F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Clear. Low 28F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Becoming windy with showers likely in the afternoon. High 48F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

THURSDAY: Morning Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 32)

FRIDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 37)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 46)

SUNDAY: Chance of Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)

February 13th: On this day

1919

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.

1920

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.

1967

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.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2005

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."

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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.

 

2012

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".

 

Traditional Country Singer Daryle Singletary Dead at 46

Singer Daryle Singletary died unexpectedly at his Lebanon, Tenn. home Monday morning (Feb. 12) at the age of 46. No cause of death has been announced.

Singletary was born March 10, 1971 in Cairo, Ga. Owning a deep, resonant voice and a hard-country repertoire, Singletary first came to public attention in the mid-1990s through his idol, Randy Travis. For a time, Travis’ then-wife and manager, Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis, also managed the young singer, and Travis co-produced his first album.

In early 1995 and then signed to Giant Records, Singletary charted his first single, “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations.” It peaked at No. 39.

His next single, “I Let Her Lie,” fared considerably better, going all the way to No. 2 and becoming Singletary’s signature song.

Over the next seven years — the last two on Audium Records — Singletary charted 12 more songs, only two of which made the Top 5, “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.”

Singletary continued to tour and record. He released the album Rockin’ the Country in 2009 and There’s Still a Little Country Left in 2015. Last year, he and bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent paired for the album American Grandstand.

Neither the music touring trade site Pollstar nor Singletary’s own site listed any upcoming dates.

“Sad day,” posted singer Craig Campbell on his website. “The greatest country voice of my time is now singing in Heaven’s band.”

One of Singletary’s final performances was on Jan. 31 at Mel Tillis’ memorial at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Monday 021218

Representative Sally Toone from Gooding has proposed to the House Education committee a loan forgiveness bill for rural teachers. Toone, a former teacher said the bill would allow up to 500 rural teachers to get a break on their student loans of up to 3-thousand dollars a year for four years.

Jayco is moving forward with the plans for build a 248-thousand square foot expansion to their Twin Falls facility.  More than 300 jobs will come with the expansion.

Two Magic Valley ranches have been quarantined because of an outbreak of equine herpes.  The outbreaks have been reported in Gooding and Jerome counties.  A third outbreak in Gem County has been reported.  Some of the animals can recover while others are euthanized. 

A quickly spreading wildfire near Kelley’s Orchard in Filer last week has officials reminding residents to be careful when burning debris or weeds on their property.  With the dry weather in the area the grass will burn and quickly get out of control.

The state department of education released numbers that show two thirds of Magic Valley public high school surpassed the statewide average for 2017 graduation rates.  The Twin Falls School Districts’ goal is 90-percent officials say.

250-male inmates from Idaho prisons will be sent temporarily to Karnes County correctional center in Karnes City Texas.  The move was due to lack of bed space in the Gem state.

An Idaho House panel has spiked a proposal calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government power.  The House State Affairs Committee killed the legislation Friday after listening to nearly six hours of public testimony.

Montana wildlife officials are recommending against holding a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after the animals lost their federal protections across a three-state region around Yellowstone National Park.  Officials say the state wants to demonstrate its commitment to the grizzly's long-term recovery.  No Idaho decision has been made.

Today:  A mix of clouds with light snow this morning and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High 34F. Winds NW 10-15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Low 21F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 40%.

Tomorrow:  MARDI GRAS: Sunny  HIGH: 39 (Mountains: 37)  Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

VALENTINES DAY: Clouds building

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Morning Snow

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 34)

FRIDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 43)

SUNDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 34)

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.

Friday 020918

A California man could spend life in prison after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm for a Twin Falls incident where shots were fired on December 6th 2016.  38 year old Eric Courtney Hunter will be sentenced May 11th.

Monday the Twin Falls city manager will recommend that the city council approve the appointment of Les Kenworthy as fire chief.  He started as a firefighter in 1977.  He was selected from 32 applicants from 17 states. 

North Valley Academy in Gooding is closed today because of so many students and employees with flu-like symptoms.  Upwards to 20 percent of the student body has been absent with many staff members as well.  The Valley school district also announced that they will be closed today as well due to the flu. 

An Idaho political action committee backed by a top Republican strategist and fundraiser has dissolved. GOP operative Carl Forti terminated Building Idaho's Future, Inc. on Feb. 5. Forti's office has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced a Democrat's bill to allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control. Currently, many Idaho insurance providers currently have a one-month or three-month limit.

State authorities say the carcasses of nearly three dozen Canada geese were found dumped near Kuna.  Idaho fish and Game officer discovered the dead geese near Swan Falls Road Monday.

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents to keep an eye out as you are doing your taxes this year.  Identity theft is ramping up so the BBB reminds all to be careful with your social security number and file your taxes early as possible.

A Nampa man who broke into his estranged wife's home and fatally shot another man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault on a law enforcement officer.  39-year-old Phillip Cabrera of Meridian pleaded guilty Wednesday as part of a deal that eliminated the death penalty.  In April Police say he broke down the front door of his estranged wife's home in and fatally shot 34-year-old Andrew L. Shepard of Caldwell.  He also pointed a gun at a police officer and fired several shots out the front door.

Today:  Partly cloudy and windy. High near 50F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 42F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

SUNDAY: Sun & clouds

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 36)

MONDAY: Sun and clouds - Chance of morning rain and snow then sunshine

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 37)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 43)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 43)

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February 9th: On this day

1914
Born on this day, was Ernest Tubb, nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, who was an American singer and songwriter and one of the early pioneers of country music. His biggest hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" from 1941, marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music. Tubb died on September 6th 1984.

1936
Born on this day in Saint John, New Brunswick, was Stompin' Tom Connors one of Canada's most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriters. He is credited with writing more than 300 songs and released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies. Connors died aged 77 in his home in Ballinafad, Ontario on March 6, 2013.

1939
Born on this day in Brooklyn, New York, was Barry Mann, songwriter, and part of a successful songwriting partnership with his wife, Cynthia Weil. The pair wrote "Here You Come Again" a hit for Dolly Parton in 1977.

1959
Mercury Records released “White Lightning” by George Jones, which became the first #1 single of his career. In his 1997 autobiography, I Lived To Tell It All, Jones mentions the fact that the recording process of "White Lightning" was extremely lengthy after he arrived for the recording session under the influence of a great deal of alcohol and it took him approximately 80 takes just to record his vocals.

1963
Born on this day, in Marietta, Georgia, was Travis Tritt, Grammy winning, country music singer who has charted more than forty times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including five #1’s: "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You with My Heart," "Foolish Pride" and "Best of Intentions." He received two Grammy Awards, both for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals: in 1992 for "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," a duet with Marty Stuart, and again in 1998 for "Same Old Train", a collaboration with Stuart and nine other artists.

1980
The Oak Ridge Boys reached the top of the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned "Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight". The song was initially covered by Emmylou Harris (in whose band Crowell had played during the late 1970s), who included it on her 1978 Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town album.

2014
On the 80th Anniversary of Bob Wills' first performance at the Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture announced plans to create a feature-length documentary about the life and music of Bob Wills. The documentary will be titled Still the King. Bob Wills: The Man. The Music.

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Dierks Bentley Launches New “Desert Son” Clothing Line

Dierks Bentley is embracing his Arizona roots with the launch of his new clothing line, Desert Son.

Dierks partnered with Flag & Anthem to create the new lifestyle collection that features vintage-washed tees, raglans, hoodies and hats.

“This has been such a fun thing to create and develop,” says Dierks. “I love clothes that are perfectly worn-in like you’ve had them a lifetime, but can also take the wear and tear that comes from an active lifestyle. I’ve learned over the last few months that there’s a real art to getting that just right. The Flag & Anthem guys have been doing it at the highest level and have helped me put together a collection that I think is totally authentic to me and one that hopefully people all over the country will dig too.”

February 10th: On this day

1960
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".

1967
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.

1972
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.

1998
"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.

2008
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.

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 020818

Fire damaged the Automotive Clinic on Blue Lakes North early yesterday.  Fire crews arrived around 4:30 am to find heavy smoke billowing from the building.  Officials say there was significant damage to the building but it was not a total loss.  Investigators say it appears to be accidental.

23 year old Nicholas Stewart of Buhl has been indicted by a Twin Falls County grand jury.  He has been charged with six felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.  The sexual contact is alleged to have happened over the course of several years when the victim was 11 to 13 years old.

Idaho's top prison official asked legislative budget writers to approve a roughly 7 percent budget increase for more beds and a better computer system.  If approved, the budget would reach $264.4 million.

The Mountain Home Air Force base was in lockdown following what turned out to be a false report of shots fired.  The lockdown started at 4 am yesterday and lasted for about 2 hours. 

An Idaho House panel has agreed to scrub some references to climate change while approving new science standards for the state's K-12 schools.  The Senate Education Committee must also vote on the standards.

Idaho House lawmakers spent several hours exchanging insults, accusations and heated remarks before ultimately advancing a sweeping $200 million tax cut plan. The proposal passed on a party-line vote yesterday.

Three Native American tribes are negotiating with the U.S. government to return 500-year-old skeletons of a young adult and child that authorities first thought was a more recent crime scene.  Anthropologists say they'll lose an opportunity to learn about how the two lived and died so long ago.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the Energy department doesn’t need to make public documents involving spent commercial nuclear fuel shipments to eastern Idaho sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus.  A lawsuit was filed in September 2015 after Andrus received heavily blacked-out documents from the federal agency.

Idaho would join 27 other states to define and regulate electric bicycles under a newly introduced bill.  If approved, cities and counties would have jurisdiction on setting speed limits for e-bikes, as well as prohibit certain e-bike categories from using bike paths or trails.

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 62F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 39F. Winds SW 15-20 MPH

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 47F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY: Chance Mountain Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 39)

MONDAY: Chance for AM showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 36)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 40)

VALENTINES DAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 39)

February 8th: On this day

1948

Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals. He first gained fame as "England Dan", one half of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, he released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached #1 including "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), and "Bop."

1960

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the country singles Billboard chart with "He'll Have To Go". Reeves recorded what became one of country music's biggest hits ever after listening to a version recorded by singer Billy Brown. The song, written by Joe and Audrey Allison, was inspired after the couple were having difficulty communicating by telephone. The first verse set the tone: "Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone/Let's pretend that we're together all alone/I'll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low/And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go."

1984

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country music chart with Eyes That See in the Dark, his 12th solo studio album and first released by RCA Records in August 1983. This album has now sold over 15 million copies world-wide.

1990

Travis Tritt released "Help Me Hold On", the second single from his 1990 debut album Country Club. It reached #1 in both the United States and Canada, thus becoming Travis Tritt's first #1 hit.

2004

Country music winners at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards included; June Carter Cash who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Keep on the Sunny Side", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Vince Gill for "Next Big Thing", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group was Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for "A Simple Life", and Best Country Song went to Jim Moose Brown & Don Rollins (songwriters) for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" performed by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett.

2006

Emmylou Harris won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for The Connection at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to You'll Think of Me by Keith Urban and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was won by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw for “Like We Never Loved At All."

2009

Former Led Zeppelin singer, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss won five trophies in the 51st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center: Album of the Year and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, for Raising Sand; Record of the Year, "Please Read The Letter"; Pop Collaboration, "Rich Woman"; and Country Collaboration, "Killing The Blues."

2015

Rosanne Cash, picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for "A Feather's Not A Bird" and best Americana album for The River and the Thread at this years Grammy Awards. Miranda Lambert won best country album for Platinum.

 

 

Alan Jackson, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff & More to Be Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018: Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Kool & The Gang (Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor), Jermaine Dupri, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis.

Three of this year’s inductees—Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson and Steve Dorff—have had a significant impact on country music.

Alan Jackson’s inclusion in the Songwriters Hall of Fame will follow his recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Alan is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who have written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Alan’s works include “Chattahoochee,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Remember When,” “Livin’ On Love,” “Drive,”  “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and more.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, a 2001 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, penned a number of hits over his 60-year career, including “City Lights,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Once a Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts of Life,” “Mama Sang a Song,” “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Give It Away” and more.

Steve Dorff’s songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and more. A few of Dorff’s songwriting credits included Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years,” George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Every Which Way But Loose.”

The group will be inducted on June 14 at the Induction & Awards Gala in New York City, joining previously honored songwriters such as Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Toby Keith and many more.

To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.

Willie Nelson Cancels February Tour Dates Because of Flu

Willie Nelson, 84, has cancelled eight February tour dates to recover from the flu, according to a press release from his rep that was published by Variety.

“He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever but his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing. Willie will resume the tour in early March. Willie Nelson says, ‘I will see you all down the road.’”

Over the last couple of years, the perpetually-touring Willie has been forced to cancel a handful of shows due to illness, including dates in November 2016, January 2017, February 2017 and August 2017.

Willie’s next scheduled performance in March is on the 5th in Greenville, S.C.

Watch Keith Urban Surprise Chris Janson With an Invitation to Join the Grand Ole Opry

During Chris Janson’s sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 5, Keith Urban surprised the “Buy Me a Boat” singer with an official invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Since making his debut in 2013, Chris has racked up close to 200 Opry performances.

Keith initially joined Chris onstage to team up for a performance of John Michael Montgomery’s hit, “Sold,” before making the surprise announcement.

“To have a sold-out show at the Ryman, Chris, that’s amazing,” said Keith. “And it’s fitting it should be at the Ryman because it is, or course, one of the many homes of the Grand Ole Opry, which I am a member . . . and I remember the feeling the night that I got invited [to join]. It’s an incredible feeling and I think it’s about time you feel that way too, Chris. I would like to invite you, Chris Janson, to become the newest member of that family at the Grand Ole Opry.”

“I do not know what to say,” said Chris. “I am 100 percent speechless. So I am going to do what I do best, and I’m going to dig way back in my repertoire and I’m going to sing you the kind of music right now that I always dreamt about and studied . . . I’m gonna play you a Haggard song right now and I cannot believe I just got invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.”

Chris’ formal Opry induction will be scheduled for later this spring.

Wednesday 020718

The Twin Falls City Council has approved requested changes for the Magic Valley Mall.  The mall asked the city to change the regulations so they would be consolidated into one document. 

The American Cancer Society is asking legislators to raise the age people can purchase tobacco products to 21.  This would include vaping and e-cigarettes.  This is an effort to fight the number one cause of death in the state…Cancer. 

Concerned citizens once again urged Idaho lawmakers not to join fellow Republican-dominated states calling for a constitutional amendment to limit federal government power.  Previous attempts to approve calling for a convention of states have failed to take hold in the Idaho Legislature. Critics have argued there's no way to control a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

A group of Idaho lawmakers say they will be studying possible changes to the state's licensing laws by creating their own committee to tackle the issue.  Some of the most heated debates during the 2017 legislative session involved tweaks to state cosmetology licensing from lawmakers who used the argument to criticize government overregulation.

Authorities in Jerome are investigating a murder today.  On Monday at around 4:45 am the body of 21 year old Jesus Alejandro Perez-Cervantes was found in the road at 200 East and 400 North.  The Jerome Sheriff’s office is asking anyone who can assist with their investigation to call 324-1911. 

Idaho fire and law enforcement agencies are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who started a fire in a vacant Burley building.  Firefighters who responded to the blaze also found an unexploded pipe bomb in the door handle of a new, unopened restaurant across the street from the building. 

One of the largest tax reduction bills ever proposed in Idaho's history is headed to the House floor for debate.  If approved, the plan would reduce personal income and corporate tax rates and create a $130 Idaho child tax credit.

Where’s that smell coming from?  The Twin Falls City Council wants to know.  An environmental engineer with the city said they have been working to reduce smells near Chobani.  So far, so good.

Today:  Partly cloudy skies. High near 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. Low 39F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 64F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

FRIDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 49 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Chance Mountain Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 36)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 39)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 40)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 42)

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.

Tuesday 020618

One of the largest tax reduction bills ever proposed in Idaho's history is headed to the House floor for debate. The $200 million tax cut plan is designed to offset the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law in December.

Fees for grazing this year have been announced by the BLM and the U.S. Forest service.  This year the cost will be $1-dollar 41-centss per animal unit month.  That’s down from last year which was $1.87 and takes effect March 1.

Teachers from Idaho were in Boise Yesterday asking lawmakers to fund reduced class sizes, classroom technology and expand kindergarten to a full day.  Teachers from Twin Falls were among those who spoke about their daily classroom experiences.

A retired priest from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise is facing charges involving sexual exploitation of a child.  72 year old W. Thomas Faucher faces ten counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child and and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

A proposed exploratory drilling project along an Idaho lake is stirring up concerns from some residents. Pend Oreille Silica Inc. has proposed one site for exploration from which two exploratory holes would be drilled to a maximum depth of 200 feet. Bayview residents are concerned the project could hamper quality of life and outdoor-based economy.

A man injured in a snowmobile accident in eastern Idaho has been taken to a local hospital. The Rexburg Standard Journal reports that the man was reportedly knocked unconscious Saturday afternoon during a crash at the west end of Island Park Reservoir.

Idaho's May primary election inches closer.  Raul Labrador rolled out a six-point plan aimed at dismantling so-called political perks.  Lt. Gov. Brad Little, is traveling the state with Gov. Butch Otter is talking cheap health policies that don't include key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Tommy Ahlquist's campaign has been critical of Little and Otter traveling together.

Authorities in eastern Idaho have taken a man into custody after a body was found in a house fire on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Fort Hall police said Saturday afternoon that a 32-year-old man considered a person of interest has been arrested.

Today  Windy with a mix of clouds and sun. High 46F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight  A few clouds. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 52F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 49)

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 47)

SATURDAY: Chance Of Showers

HIGH: 39 (Mountains: 36)

SUNDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 40)

MONDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 41)

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.