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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.