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Monday 020518

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)

SUNDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 41)

February 5th: On this day

1923

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

1929

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

1941

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

1962

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

1971

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

2016

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