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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)


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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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)


HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 40)


HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 39)

February 8th: On this day


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."


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."


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.


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.


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.


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."


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."


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.

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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.


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)


HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 42)

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).


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.

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)


HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 40)


HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 41)

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.


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.

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In southern Idaho there have been 13 cases of whooping cough reported in three school districts.  Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls, Kimberly and Minidoka county schools reported the incidents to the South Central Public Health District. 

Republican Idaho Governor hopeful Tommy Ahlquist is submitting an amended campaign financial disclosure report.  This after the first one showed he paid a family member with campaign funds.  Idaho law allows candidates to pay relatives and spouses with campaign cash but the Boise Businessman has promised to ban the idea if elected governor.

Yellowstone National Park has begun offering digital annual and seven-day visitor passes.  The passes will be emailed to customers and can be stored on an electronic device or printed.

An Idaho House panel has delayed voting on whether to approve new contentious science standards for Idaho's K-12 schools.  The House Education Committee was scheduled to make a decision Friday, but instead chose to listen only to public testimony.

There are less than 400 students in the Hansen School District, but officials there are looking forward with the construction of a new community gym.  A private family will donate 1-million dollars to the school district with the request the money be used to build a gym to be used by school groups.

Look for delays and road construction on a portion of Eastland Drive North.  Throughout the month the roadway will be reduced to two lanes while crews work to widen Eastland Drive from Falls Avenue to Julie Lane.  In April the contractor will install utilities in certain areas of the neighborhood. 

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 51F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low around 35F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies. Gusty winds in the morning. High 47F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 45)

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 49)

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 45)

SATURDAY: Chance Of Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 40)


HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 41)

February 5th: On this day


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


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


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


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


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


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

Twin Falls Police are warning residents of a phone scam that has hit the area.  By 11 am yesterday, dispatch had received 4 separate phone reports from residents that someone identified as an attorney was saying a family member was in jail and needed money wired to them. 

The Twin Falls County Fair Foundation would like to build a 120-thousand square foot event center but they need voters to approve.  The building could be used for rodeo, trade and consumer shows with stadium seating of 5-thousand.  Cost would be around 30-million but 20 million of that could come from private donations.

With the retirement of Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall, the Republican Central committee is taking applications to choose up to three candidates to recommend to county commissioners.  Interviews will be 6 pm February 22 at the Jerome Courthouse.

25-year old Randy Evans was sentenced this week to a minimum of 30 years in prison.  He was found guilty of battery with the intent to commit murder.  A woman who was shot three times suspected it could have been her ex-husband who was in the middle of a custody dispute. 

The state fire marshal said a blaze that completely destroyed a vacant downtown Burley building was arson.  An accelerant was found throughout the building and rags and papers were used to light the fire.  A bomb hanging on a door across the street was safely detonated by authorities.  Both buildings were owned by the same person.

Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist outraised his Republican gubernatorial candidates last year by reporting more than $1.7 million in fundraising, but opponent Lt. Gov. Brad Little closed out 2017 with a bigger bank balance of nearly $638,000.  Raul Labrador collected a total of $670,000 last year and still had $375,000 on hand.

A Rupert teen is charged with felony attempting to elude the police and misdemeanor driving under the influence after a crash.  19 year old Gabriel Cano led Minidoka County Sheriff deputies on a high-speed chase before he crashed into a Transystems truck on Nov. 4.

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would require cities, counties and other taxing districts to wait one year before a failed bond or levy could be placed back on the election ballot.  The House State Affairs agreed to introduce the bill yesterday.

Today;  Cloudy skies this morning Passing AM Shower will become partly cloudy this afternoon. High 56F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Some passing clouds and a possible shower. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies, with gusty winds developing during the afternoon. High 53F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.


HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 47)

MONDAY: Scattered AM Rain

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 46)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 45)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 49)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 50)

February 2nd: On this day

Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was Howard 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.

Loretta Lynn signed her first contract on with Zero Records which saw her recoding tracks tat United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.

Dolly Parton scored her second #1 Country hit single with "Jolene." Parton has said that the inspiration for the story was a tall, red-headed bank teller whom Parton believed was flirting with her husband, and her husband's apparent vulnerability to the teller's charm as indicated by his sudden interest in making frequent trips to the bank.

Born on this day in Tacoma, Washington, was Blaine Larsen country music artist. At the age of fifteen, he recorded his debut album In My High School on Giantslayer Records, an independent record label.

Doug Stone was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Jukebox With A Country Song", the singers second chart topper.

Willie Nelson agreed to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owed the Internal Revenue Service. His accountants, Price Waterhouse, had not been paying Nelson's taxes for years and in addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson's situation was worsened by the weak investments he had made during the early 1980s.

Keith Urban filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey painter by the same name, who had a web site The singer wanted to acquire the rights to the URL – the painter counter sued and the lawsuit was settled in the painter's favor.

Terry McMillan, country musician who played harmonica and percussion died at the age of 53. He became a very in-demand session musician working with, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, and Dixie Chicks.

February 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Matraca Berg, country music singer and songwriter. Besides recording her own material, Berg has written hits for T.G. Sheppard, Karen Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter and others. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Born on this day was Jessica Harp, American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as The Wreckers, a duo that topped the country charts in 2006 with the Grammy nominated "Leave the Pieces." After The Wreckers disbanded, Harp began a solo career with her single, "Boy Like Me," debuted in March 2009 and was a Top 30 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

"Nobody's Home" by Clint Black became the first song to stay for three weeks at #1 since Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" in 1987.

Liberty Records released "Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks, lifted from his third album Ropin' the Wind, which peaked at #3 on the US country charts.

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country album chart with there fifth studio album Fly which went on to win them a Grammy for Best Country Album. The tracks "Ready to Run", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", "Goodbye Earl", "Cold Day in July", "Heartbreak Town", "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" were all released as singles.

Darius Rucker was awarded a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", which was his first single off his studio album Learn to Live. Rucker became the first solo African American artist to reach the top of the country charts since Charley Pride's "Night Games" in 1983. Top of Form

February 4th: On this day

Born on this day in Long Branch, New Jersey, was Clint Black, country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Black made his debut with his Killin' Time album, which produced four #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. He has amassed more than 30 singles on the US country charts (of which 13 have reached #1). Black has also ventured into acting, having made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack.

Patsy Cline started what would be her last recordings at Bradley Studios cutting a dozen tracks including "Love Letters In The Sand", "Crazy Arms", and "The Blue Moon Of Kentucky."

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

Old 8 x 10 the third album by Randy Travis was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album produced the singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over", and "Promises". All of these except "Promises" reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns American country musician, comedian, and mandolin player died aged 68. He was better known by his stage name Jethro from his years with Henry D. Haynes as part of the comedic musical duo Homer and Jethro beginning in 1936.

Shania Twain was at #1 on the US country album chart with her Greatest Hits album, which featured 21 tracks from her three Diamond albums The Woman in Me, Come on Over and Up!. The album became the biggest selling country album of the year.

Husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced that they would return to the road in the summer of 2007 with Soul2Soul 2007 due to the success of Soul2Soul II. They aimed to visit US and Canadian cities they could not reach in 2006; the restart a year later was to still mainstain a mostly-summertime schedule, to accommodate their school-age children.