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Monday 070918

A mother who fled the violence in her homeland of Ethiopia is mourning after her only daughter was slain in Idaho.  BIFF-ih-too Kuh-DEER threw a party last weekend for ROO-ya who was turning 3. A man with a knife attacked partygoers, stabbing nine people including Ruya. The girl died Monday. All of the injured were refugees from Ethiopia, Syria and Iraq.

Jessica Conser, who is accused of killing her father at his southeastern Idaho home last month, has been found to be incompetent to stand trial.  Conser is charged with murder for the death of Matthew Travao.  She will be placed in a secure mental health facility for further evaluation.

28 year old Lincoln County Resident Pedro Perez is in jail on charges of third degree arson.  On July 5th officers responded to a fire that burned a haystack at the four brothers’ dairy near Shoshone. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against a defunct Idaho company because USDA officials say the business owes farmers tens of thousands of dollars.  The complaint alleges Northwest Produce failed to pay 11 produce growers more than $85,000 during a nearly two-year span between 2015 and 2017.

Authorities say 48 year old Lora Skehan and 65 Year old Paul Mueller died of gunshot wounds in a Murder Suicide at a Kimberly mobile home park Thursday afternoon.  A neighbor claims there had been violence in the home for as long as they lived there. 

A Tennessee man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the 2004 death of his wife in northern Idaho. Forty-eight-year-old Stephen Mathew Lott appeared in Bonner County Magistrate Court where bail was set at $1 million. Authorities say he killed Christine Lott, a 34-year-old mother of three, on March 25, 2004 in northern Idaho.

An eastern Idaho man authorities say shot and killed his wife has been charged with first-degree murder. Sixty-three-year-old Eugene Ruff of Aberdeen was charged Friday in Bingham County District Court.

On Saturday, afternoon a two-vehicle crash left one person injured, north of Declo.  55 year old Greg Hansen of Salt Lake city was westbound on I-84 on a Motorcycle.  When he exited the interstate he failed to yield at a stop sign and struck a vehicle driven by 59 year old Joe Anderson of Jackson.  Hansen was transported by air ambulance to Pocatello and later to Salt Lake for treatment.

In local sports – legion baseball, the Twin Falls Cowboys split a double header Saturday with the Billings Royals.  The first game found the cowboys winning 5 to 4.  Then the Royals took it 5 to 2 in the second game.  Hillcrest beat the Twin Falls Blackhawks 3 to 2 and the Kimberly Astros won over the Pocatello Rebels 14 to 3.

On Friday, it was Pleasant Grove 12 Twin Falls Blackhawks 4. 

 

 

Today:  Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 99F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 70F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 101F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 92 (Mountains: 88)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 94 (Mountains: 90)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 91)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 95 (Mountains: 88)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

July 9th: On this day

1907

Born on this day in Posey in Hopkins County, Texas, was Eddie Dean singer and actor, whom Roy Rogers and Gene Autry termed the best cowboy singer of all time. Dean was best known for "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven" (1955), which became an even greater hit for Tex Ritter in 1961. Dean died on March 4th 1999 aged 91.

1929

Born on this day in Mannford, Oklahoma, was Lee Hazlewood country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, his recordings have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as "Cowboy Psychedelia." He died on Aug 4th 2007.

1952

June Carter married the actor and composer Carl Smith. They had one child together, Carlene Carter. The couple divorced in 1956.

1953

Born on this day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was David Ball, American country music artist. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994's "Thinkin' Problem" and 2001's "Riding With Private Malone", both of which peaked at #2.

1954

During recording sessions at Sun studios in Memphis, Elvis Presley recorded a version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon Of Kentucky". Numerous artists have recorded the song, including John Fogerty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, Paul McCartney, Boxcar Willie, Ray Charles and Jerry Reed.

1968

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman's perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word's meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.

1981

Born on this day in Waterloo, Iowa, was Emily West, country music artist, who debuted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single "Rocks in Your Shoes" and also scored a hit with "Blue Sky", a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.

2001

The Country Music Association unveiled 12 Hall of Fame honorees: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.

2015

Luke Bryan caused controversy in an interview with Hits Double Daily for implying that Outlaw country artists (particularly Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson) had spent their career "laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs