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FRIDAY 032219

Gas prices for Idaho drivers continue to be well below the national average.  Today, the state average dropped to 2-dollars 29 cents per gallon while the average price checked in at 2-dollars 32 cents.  The trend has now lasted for more than a month according to triple –A.

Teachers in Idaho will soon be paid more.  Earlier this week, Governor Brad Little signed into law an increase that will raise pay up to 40-thousand dollars over the course of two years.  Now teacher pay starts at 35-thousand 800 dollars a day.

Idaho Power wants to get out of using coal for electrical generation.  The company has finalized an agreement to end its participation in the coal fired plant in Nevada by 2025. 

New mobile Jail Pods will soon be part of the Twin Falls detention facility.  The county has agreed to spend 601-thousand dollars to replace three after fire damaged one of the pods last November.

41 year old Jeremy Hill was sentenced this week to 10 years and 10 months in prison for possessing Methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Court records state Idaho State Police troopers saw Hill driving a Chevrolet Blazer in February 2018 without mud flaps and attempted to pull him over. He fled at a high speed and threw meth out of his car before crashing the vehicle.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch some local areas from this afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  The watch area includes Shoshone, Richfield, Carey, Hailey, Bellevue, Picabo, Mackay, Arco, Mud Lake, the Idaho National Laboratory, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St. Anthony, Howe, and surrounding areas.  Water from melting snow could cause streams to become full and overflow.

Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.  It applies to a handful of theaters built before 1950.


FRIDAY: Cloudy to mostly cloudy, occasional rain showers. Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 55 Mountains: 46


FRIDAY NIGHT: Valley rain showers with a mix of rain and snow in the mountains. Winds: SW 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 29


SATURDAY: Scattered areas of rain showers and mountains rain and snow showers. Winds: Valleys - High: 53 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 28


SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers with mountain snow showers, cooler. Valleys - High: 52 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 24


MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 28


TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain at night. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 30


WEDNESDAY: Rain showers. Valleys - High: 55 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 27


THURSDAY: Mix of rain and snow. Valleys - High: 45 Low: 29 Mountains - High: 41 Low: 24

March 22nd: On this day


Born on this day in Spray, now part of Eden, Rockingham County, was Charlie Poole, old time banjo player and country musician and the leader of the North Carolina Ramblers, an American old-time string band that recorded many popular songs between 1925 to 1930. Poole's life ended on May 21 1931 after a 13-week drinking bender. He had been invited to Hollywood to play background music for a film. According to some reports, he was disheartened by the slump in record sales due to the Depression.


Winners at the 6th Academy of Country Music Awards held at The Palladium in Hollywood hosted by Dick Clark included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Merle Haggard, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Lynn Anderson, Top Vocal Group - Kimberleys, Song of the Year - Ray Price "For the Good Times", and Top Television Personality of the Year went to Johnny Cash.


Wanted! The Outlaws featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser, was at #1 on the US Country music album chart. Wanted! The Outlaws earned its place in music history by becoming the first country album to sell a million copies.


Luxury Liner gave Emmylou Harris her second successive #1 country album on the Billboard Music Charts. The highest charting singles were the #6 Chuck Berry cover "(You Never Can Tell) C'est la Vie" and the #8 "Making Believe" (originally a hit for Kitty Wells). The title track was written by Gram Parsons.


"Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country chart. It beacame the last song for 12 years to spend four weeks at the top of the chart.


The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville’s Music Row opened The Johnny Cash Exhibit. Cash opened the exhibition with one of the ‘biggest parties ever’ - the star-studded guest list included Emmylou Harris, Lynn Anderson, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Sam Phillips and Bill Monroe.


Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the country charts with Home, their sixth studio album. The group was promoting this album when lead singer Natalie Maines made controversial comments about US President George W. Bush. The album's third single, "Travelin' Soldier", was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart the week that Maines' comments hit the press. The following week, many stations started a still-standing boycott of the Chicks' music.


A House panel has approved a joint memorial intervening in a fight over water in the Salmon River in central Idaho involving irrigators and federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout.  The House Resources and Conservation Committee voted to send to the House the memorial requesting Congress, President Donald Trump and federal agencies respect Idaho’s sovereignty over water.

The Idaho Fish and Game are suspecting a mountain lion could be blamed for the deaths of two goats near Buhl earlier this week.  The wounds look like a mountain lion may have attacked the goats but there have not been any reported sightings in the area.

Don’t be looking for the circus in Gooding any time soon.  Recently the King Cole Circus left free tickets with area businesses and the schools and began selling tickets for an event that was going to be at the Shu-Fly arena in Gooding on March 30.  Problem is that there was no contract with the owners of the property. 

An Wendell man is facing four felony charges after investigators say he drove drunk, fell asleep at the wheel and was in a collision that a killed pregnant woman.  21-year-old Daniel Cruz Ortiz is charged with killing 26-year-old Jessie Otton of Twin Falls near Wendell in a head on collision.  Cruz Ortiz has not yet had the opportunity to enter a plea.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have sent a letter to the Cassia County prosecutor’s office wanting to file criminal charges against Ida-Beef in Burley for difficulties killing two cows.  The conduct appears to violate Idaho law which allows workers to be held criminally liable. 

A bill that would dramatically toughen the requirements to get an initiative or referendum on the Idaho ballot is headed to the state Senate for possible changes.  The Senate State Affairs committee voted to send the bill to the full Senate for amendments.


In sports from around the area, first to High School Baseball, it was Buhl 9 Glenns Ferry 7.  Pocatello defeated Burley 8 to 7.  Pocatello outlasted Burley 18 to 2

As far as softball, Pocatello took the double header against Burley.  12 to 2 and 18 to 2.  Buhl outlasted Declo in another double header 6 to 4 and 15 to 4. 

On the tennis courts, Twin Falls beat Canyon Ridge 9 to 3. 



Today:  Mostly to partly cloudy valleys with sunshine in the Wood River Valley. Mild and isolated showers along the Idaho/Nevada border. Winds: East 5-10 mph. Highs - Valleys: 58 Mountains: 54

Tonight:   Mostly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of morning showers. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 37 Mountains: 31

Tomorrow:  Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 54F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

SATURDAY: Scattered areas of rain showers and mountains rain and snow showers. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 45 Low: 29

SUNDAY: Clouds and sunshine, chance of rain showers with mountain snow showers, cooler. Valleys - High: 51 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 43 Low: 25

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 28

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 30

WEDNESDAY: Chance of rain showers. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 30

March 21st: On this day

Born on this day, was Paul Lavon Davis, singer and songwriter, best known for his 1977 hit "I Go Crazy", (which once held the record for the longest chart run on the Billboard Hot 100 after spending 40 weeks on the charts). His highest-charting pop hit was the #6 "'65 Love Affair." In the mid 1980s, he also had two country #1 hits as a guest vocalist on songs by Marie Osmond and Tanya Tucker.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country chart with "Southern Nights", a song written by Allen Toussaint and the first single released from Campbell's 1977 album, Southern Nights. The lyrics were inspired by childhood memories of Allen Toussaint, who had of visiting relatives in the Louisiana backwoods which often entailed storytelling under star-filled nighttime skies.

"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" gave Willie Nelson his seventh #1 on the country chart. The song is commonly believed to have been written about a friend of Nelson's who was a Hells Angel, who died in a motorcycle crash.

Winners at the 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire and Hank Williams Jr. included: Pioneer Award - Roger Miller, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Reba McEntire, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Randy Travis, Top Vocal Group - Highway 101, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - K.T. Oslin, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Ricky Van Shelton and Song of the Year went to Randy Travis for "On The Other Hand."

Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the US Country album charts with his debut album Some Gave All. It produced four hit singles on the Billboard country charts, the first of these was Cyrus's breakthrough song "Achy Breaky Heart." The album is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 with 17 consecutive weeks on the chart.

Dixie Chicks were at #1 on the US country chart with their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way. With over 2 million copies sold in the US, it won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


Two semi-trucks collided yesterday morning blocking both lanes of U.S. Highway 30 between Hansen and Murtaugh.  The road was closed for about two hours. One truck pulled into the path of another attempting to turn onto East 37-hundred North.   No one was injured. 

The Twin Falls City Council gave the green light to the hotel management company to build a 60 foot four story hotel behind the Visitors Center near the Perrine Bridge.  The decision comes following a hour and a half of public testimony.  15 people in favor and 16 opposed.  Four council members said yes while two said no.

Governor Brad Little has designated this week as flood awareness week prompting the Twin Falls County of Emergency Management to warn residents they need to clean out their ditches.  Officials say not only will it allow water to flow freely it will remove fuels for possible fire issues.

The bill to legalize hemp in Idaho has passed the house with much support from Magic Valley Legislature.  Hemp is used in the manufacturing of many products.  The bill will now go to the senate.

Authorities in Kootenai County arrested a 13-year-old suspected of leading deputies on a high-speed chase at more than 100 mph.  Deputies say the driver, who had a 15-year-old passenger along, sped the SUV through a stop sign on state Highway 54 at about 1 a.m., and then continued, on the highway at high speeds as deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver finally stopped when a parent called one of them and “told them to stop for the police.”

Nurses at a hospital in north-central Idaho are trying to unionize.  Registered nurses with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston announced over the weekend that they are petitioning to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  St. Joseph Regional Medical Center was a nonprofit hospital until two years ago, when the Catholic medical care organization Ascension Health sold the medical center to RCCH Healthcare Partners, a for-profit company.


In sports from around the area, first to baseball action where the Kimberly Bulldogs defeated the Filer wildcats 16 to 0.  Pocatello downed Burley 8 to 7. 

In softball, it was a double header where Twin Falls took both wins from Mountain Home.  The first game 11 to 1 and in the second 13 to 5.  Elsewhere it was Kimberly 19 Filer 18.  Glenns Ferry defeated Wendell 25 to 10.

We have one high school tennis score to report.  Twin Falls 9 over Canyon Ridge 3. 


Today: A mix of clouds and sun. High 63F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 37F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow (THURSDAY):  Mostly cloudy, mostly dry and warm chance of an isolated shower. Winds: East 5-15 mph. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 31

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, chance of a shower. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with rain and possible snow overnight. Valleys - High: 56 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 48 Low: 31

SUNDAY: Chance of morning snow and afternoon rain, mostly cloudy. Valleys - High: 53 Low: 32 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 26

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 28

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds. Valleys - High: 63 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 53 Low: 28

March 20th: On this day

Born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia, was Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor who appeared in more than a dozen films. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Reed died on Aug 31st 2008.

Born on this day in London, Ontario, was Tommy Hunter, Canadian country music performer, known as "Canada's Country Gentleman". Hunter was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984 and in 1986, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me And Bobby McGee.” Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson's from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her - especially, he has said, in the line "Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away." Joplin died of a drug overdose the year before on 4th October aged 27.

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson had "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" at #1 on the country charts. The song was first recorded by Ed Bruce, written by him and wife Patsy Bruce. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.

Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the Country charts with his own version of "From a Jack to a King." Shelton's version became his fifth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Originally the song was a crossover hit for artist Ned Miller, first released in 1957 and was also recorded in 1962 by Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

At Reba McEntire’s request, Johnny Cash gave a speech during the service held for the eight band members and two pilots killed in an air crash on 16th March. He opened his speech by singing the song “Jim I Wore A Tie Today” and when it came time to say the name in the song, Cash replaced it with the name of each band member – “Jim, Chris, Kirk, Joey, Paula, Terry, Tony and Mike, I wore a tie today.” He ended his part of the service with the rendition of the Hank Williams recitation “Negro Funeral.”

TUESDAY 031919

One man is dead and a teenage girl was injured when a home near the golf course in McCall exploded Sunday afternoon.  The home explosion created a large crater and severely damaged two homes nearby.  The girl was rescued.

A new Medicaid expansion “sideboard” bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week and require people over 100 percent of the federal poverty level to keep private insurance was introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday.  A hearing on the bill is expected to be held tomorrow.

Idaho Democrats are introducing legislation to protect the referendum process after a bill was introduced that would make it more difficult for Idahoans to put an initiative on the ballot.  Democrats say only wealthy special interest groups would be able to gather enough signatures in the time allowed because it would be too costly for average Idahoans.

The Idaho Department of Transportation has reopened Highway 21 at Grandjean, which connects Lowman to Stanley. The stretch of highway has been closed for 25 days, because of more than 50 avalanches burying the road.  Crews have been working to remove up to 60 feet of snow off the roadway.

The search has resumed in the Boise foothills for a hiker who went missing more than a month ago.  27 year old Kyle Crowden of Mountain Home has been missing since Saturday, Feb. 9 after going for a hike on the Dry Creek Trail off of Bogus Basin Road.  Searchers found his Toyota Camry parked at the trailhead about 4.5 miles up Bogus Basin Road. The car was covered in a thick layer of snow.

A Southeast Idaho woman has mysteriously vanished and authorities are asking for the public's help in locating her.  Shari Christopherson was last seen Saturday afternoon when she left her Malad home to go to a local pharmacy, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office reported. She hasn't been seen or heard from since.  She was driving a green 2015 Jeep Renegade when she left her home on Saturday afternoon. The vehicle's license plate number is 1O23169.


In sports from the region, the Women’s basketball team from Idaho state is headed to the National Invitation Tournament.  They haven’t been to this event since 2013. 

Alana Floyd a member of this year’s Hagerman Girls basketball team has signed with Western Wyoming community College.  She is following in the footsteps of a former Pirate.  In 2014, Hagerman’s Larissa Knight played for Western before transferring to Northwest College and then Southern Virginia.

In baseball from yesterday, Wendell defeated Gooding 13 to 2 and Jerome won their double header with Wood River 17 to 7 in the first game and 10 to 0 in the second.


Today:  Sunny. High near 60F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A mostly clear sky. Low 34F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High 62F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear skies and chilly. Winds: East 10-15. Lows - Valleys: 31 Mountains: 28

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies, isolated rain near Nevada/Idaho border. Winds: East 10-20 mph. Valleys - High: 62 Low: 34 Mountains - High: 47 Low: 28

THURSDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds and mild. Valleys - High: 61 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 30

FRIDAY: Sun and clouds still mild. Valleys - High: 60 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 31

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with rain and possible snow overnight. Valleys - High: 57 Low: 35 Mountains - High: 49 Low: 27

SUNDAY: Chance of morning rain or snow then clearing. Valleys - High: 54 Low: 33 Mountains - High: 46 Low: 26

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. Valleys - High: 58 Low: 37 Mountains - High: 50 Low: 30

March 19th: On this day

Marty Robbins was at #1 with "Don't Worry" his seventh Country chart topper, (which stayed at #1 for ten weeks). "Don't Worry" is an early example of guitar distortion after session guitarist Grady Martin, using a faulty channel in the mixing-desk for his six-string bass, created a distorted sound. Although Martin didn't like the sound, Robbins' producer left the guitar track as it was.

Freddie Hart and the Heartbeats were at #1 on the country chart with "My Hang-Up Is You", Hart's second #1 on the US country singles chart. The single stayed at the top for six weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.

Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Ready to Run" and Best Country Album.

Days after an announcement that Lonestar had parted ways with longtime record label BNA Records, lead singer Richie McDonald announced plans to depart the group at the end of the year, in search of a solo career.

Josh Turner was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Why Don't We Just Dance", released in August 2009 as the lead-off single from his album Haywire. The song became Turner's third #1 hit.

Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. Police said Coe was driving a 2011 Suburban when he ran the red light. The truck hit the SUV broadside, pushing it into a nearby parking lot. The truck flipped on its side, wrapped around a pole and spilled the radishes and corn it was hauling.

MONDAY 031819

Authorities continue to investigate two separate accidents that occurred over the weekend.  On Saturday morning around 6:30, 26 year old Jessie Otton of Twin Falls was northbound on State Highway 46 when she collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 21 year old Daniel Ortez of Wendell.  Police say Ortiz fell asleep at the wheel.  Otton died at the  scene Then on Sunday just before 1 am in the morning a car was traveling the wrong way on the freeway near the Wendell exit.  The unknown driver crashed with a car near the Tuttle Exit just after 1.  The driver and his passenger fled the scene on foot. 

The parents of a 3-year-old child who died a few days after a mass stabbing at a Boise apartment complex last June, don’t want to see the man charged in the violent crime be allowed to change his name before he’s tried in the case.  31 year old Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. who is charged with first-degree murder and eight counts of felony aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing and slashing of eight others, is seeking to change his name to “Eternal Love.”   In their motion the parents said that  Kinner has not raised any “meaningful reason” for seeking a name change, according to their motion.

The House has voted along party lines to lower the legal age to 18 to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Idaho cities.  In 2016, Idaho passed a constitutional carry bill that allows someone 18 or older to, without a permit, conceal-carry firearms anywhere in the state. That came with an exception that 18- to 20-year-olds could not carry a concealed handgun within city limits.  Under the proposed law, that exception would go away.

At tonight’s Twin Falls city council meeting a request has been made to enter into contract with Teton Communications for a trunked 2-way radio system that would cost 670-thousand 720 dollars.  The system will provide a new radio system for the City’s Police and Fire departments.

Another Item on the City Council agenda is to approve an increase in Building height for a Hotel near the canyon rim.  If approved the structure could be up to 60 feet tall.  The property is located at 2151 Fillmore Street.

Officials with the Bureau of Reclamation say the Upper Snake Reservoir System is setting at 86-percent full.  They plan to release more water today from the Palisades, American Falls and Minidoka Dams.  More discharge is expected from the same reservoirs in the middle of the week, officials say.


Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 59F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 32F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High near 60F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny  High: 59 Low: 34   Mountains: 54 Low: 32

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of p.m. rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 58 Low: 36   Mountains: 51 Low: 32

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a slight chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.

High: 60 Low: 37  Mountains: 50 Low: 32

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley.   High: 58 Low: 37   Mountains: 49 Low: 30

SUNDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.   High: 54 Mountains: 48


In sports from the area, CSI splits a doubleheader with Snow College over the weekend.  In the first game the Badgers beat the eagles 13 to 3.  In the next game the eagles toppled snow 14 to 5.

From the Century Link Arena in Boise over the weekend, Montana beat Eastern Washington for second straight Big Sky Conference win.  Now Montana awaits its seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

March 18th: On this day


Born on this day in Sledge, Mississippi, was Charley Pride who has had thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the 1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. Pride became the first Black country musician to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Over the past thirty years, Pride has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hit singles, with over 70 million albums sold.


Born on this day, was Dennis Linde, best known for writing the 1972 Elvis Presley hit, "Burning Love". Linde wrote numerous hit songs for mainly country music singers, beginning with hits for Roger Miller and Roy Drusky in 1970. In 2000, his song for the Dixie Chicks, "Goodbye Earl", stirred some controversy for its take on spousal abuse. Linde also wrote tunes that were recorded by Tanya Tucker, Gary Morris, Don Williams, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on December 22, 2006 aged 63.


Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles charts with "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" which became one of Owens' signature songs and showcases of the Bakersfield sound in the genre. Owens got the idea for the song after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."


Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the Country album charts with Rose Garden. It remained at the top of the charts for 14 weeks, the longest run at the top of that chart for any country female vocalist until Shania Twain's The Woman in Me) album in 1995.


Taken from the soundtrack to The Electric Horseman, Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was first recorded on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws.


Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart" released as the second single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song spent four weeks at #1 on the chart and in doing so, became the first song to stay that long atop the chart for 12 years; the last to accomplish the feat was the 1978 song, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.


Taylor Swift the eponymous debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US country chart. The album was released on October 24, 2006 when Swift was just 16 years old, by Big Machine Records. Swift wrote songs for the album during her freshman year of high school.


On her Fearless US tour, Taylor Swift played the first of two nights at the Wachovia Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FRIDAY 031519

Jeremy Presnell, the Jerome City Fire Chief is on Paid Administrative leave.  According to City Administrator Mike Williams Presnell was placed on leave  March 6th.  Mike Harrison the Assistant Chief, is leading the department.  No word on why the action was taken or when or if he will return.

The Shoshone Falls Grade in Twin Falls is open.  Earlier this week it was closed due to the mist from the falls freezing on the steep roadway.  Several vehicles had become stranded at the bottom of the grade.

29 year old Jacob Coomer of Southside Tennessee who was being escorted to Twin Falls County ran from sheriff deputies at the Boise Airport yesterday.  He was handcuffed at the time and was quickly caught with help from the Boise Police Department.

Authorities in Jerome are searching for those involved in vandalizing the newly installed gate at the cemetery.  A Post to city employee Walt Appell’s facebook page indicates the vehicle was damaged judging from the amount of parts left behind after destroying one of the gates.  Call the police if you can assist in the investigation.

Idahoans have more than 5 million dollars in unclaimed tax refunds.  That’s the portion of 1-point 4 billion dollars and 1.2 million taxpayers that did not file a 2015 form 1040 tax return.  To collect, you must file no later than Monday April 15th.

Eden residents should know sometime today if they need to keep boiling their water.  Officials there are waiting for the second round of test results to confirm the water is safe to drink.

A recount in Canyon county has been planned.  Officials say this will be for the Vallivue school district’s $65.3 million bond that barely received approval.  Unofficial results showed that the bond received 66.71 percent of the vote.  They needed 66-point 67 percent for a super-majority in favor.  The recount is sent to take place next week.


In sports from the big sky conference at the centurylink arena in Boise a spot in the Big Sky championship game is up for grabs as Southern Utah and Eastern Washington are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece.  Southern Utah will play Eastern Washington tonight at 7.

Mason Peatling had 28 points plus 14 rebounds as Eastern Washington got past Montana State 90-84 in the quarterfinals last night. Cody Benzel added 22 points for the Eagles.

Cameron Oluyitan scored 18 points as Southern Utah beat Northern Colorado 83-64. Jacob Calloway added 17 points for the Thunderbirds, while Dre Marin chipped in 15.

Jerrick Harding had 23 points as Weber State topped Portland State 81-71. Cody John had 17 points for Weber State. Brekkott Chapman added 12 points and eight rebounds. Michal Kozak had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Weber State.

Michael Oguine scored 19 points as Montana topped Sacramento State 79-73. Ahmaad Rorie added 17 points for the Grizzlies, while Sayeed Pridgett chipped in 16.


Today:  Partly cloudy skies. High 43F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy. Low near 25F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies.  Magic Valley: High: 53 Low: 29 (Wood River Valley: High: 45 Low: 22)

  1. PATRICK’S DAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies. Magic Valley: High: 56 Low: 31 (Wood River Valley: High: 48 Low: 25)

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 57 Low: 32 (Wood River Valley: High: 50 Low: 26)

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and mild. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and mild.

Magic Valley: High: 60 Low: 34 (Wood River Valley: High: 52 Low: 28)

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and mild WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and mild.  Magic Valley: High: 61 (Wood River Valley: High: 53)

March 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Maynardville, Tennessee was Carl Smith, better known as "Mister Country". Smith was the husband of June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and the father of Carlene Carter. He was one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 Billboard hits, including 21 in a row. Smith died on January 16, 2010.

At this years Grammy Awards at Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, Roger Miller won six Awards, five of them related to his hit "King of the Road". The Best New Country & Western Artist went to The Statler Brothers.

The Byrds’ record label, Columbia Records, had arranged for the group to be allowed to perform at the Ryman Auditorium, however, when the band took the stage the audience's response was immediately hostile, resulting in derisive heckling, booing and mocking calls of "tweet, tweet." The Byrds further outraged the Opry establishment by breaking with accepted protocol when they performed Parsons' song "Hickory Wind" instead of the Merle Haggard song "Life in Prison", as had been announced by Tompall Glaser.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country chart with "The Fightin' Side of Me." It was released in December 1969 as the first single and title track from the album The Fightin' Side of Me. The song became one of the most famous of his career.

Country music winners at the 14th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Sammi Smith for "Help Me Make It Through the Night", Best Country Vocal Performance, Male Jerry Reed for "When You're Hot, You're Hot", Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty for "After the Fire Is Gone", Best Country Instrumental Performance Chet Atkins for "Snowbird" and Best Country Song, Kris Kristofferson (songwriter) for "Help Me Make It Through the Night" performed by Sammi Smith.

Alabama were at #1 on the Country album chart with Mountain Music, their award-winning third studio album. A crossover success, it ranked well as an album on both country and pop charts and launched singles that were successful in several markets. This was Alabama's most successful non-compilation album.

When appearing at the Grand Ole Opry Randy Travis surprised Carrie Underwood on the stage of the Opry with an invitation to become the next member.

Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the Country chart with Need You Now, their second studio album. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.Bottom of Form