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Friday 081718

Roads closed because of the Sharps fire in Blaine County have started to be re-opened.  The Blaze from an exploding target six miles east of Bellevue consumed more than 60-thousand acres is 88-percent contained.  Officials say the Canyon and Cove Creek Roads remain closed but the rest have been re-opened and are safe for the public to travel.

Timmy Kinner was arraigned in court earlier this week.  He is facing 13 felony charges including first degree murder following the stabbing death of an 3 year old child at an apartment complex in the Boise area.  He is scheduled to be in court August 28th to enter a plea.

Traffic along Highway 93 was slowed Thursday morning after a three car pileup.  The accident near the intersection of I-84 and Highway 93 was a chain reaction.  A car was stopped at the traffic signal when a vehicle behind, struck that vehicle.  Then a third vehicle struck that car.  Two people were transported for medical treatment.  Two lanes were closed for about an hour. 

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear was fired yesterday by the state board of education which ends four months of speculation about his future.  An investigation concluded that Spear’s handling of a sexual assault accusation against a football player in 2013 was inadequate.

The old Hancock fabrics building behind Costco will soon become a 24 hour Planet Fitness gym.  The business has more than 15-hundred locations nationwide. 

A lawsuit is working its way through the Supreme Court seeking refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there.  Now, cities around the gem state are watching the case for possible impact.  The Hayden mayor said the city has done nothing different from other cities across that state.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter said he has appointed Eagle resident C. Scott Grow to fill the term of former District 14 State Senator Marv Hagedorn.  Grow will complete the remainder of Hagedorn’s term which ends in December.  His appointment is effective immediately. 

In local and state sports, Boise State University has been given thumbs up from the state Board Of Education to purchase property for a new baseball Stadium.  The approval includes using eminent domain if necessary.  The school wants to purchase property that currently has an eight unit apartment complex, a four unit apartment complex and a church parking lot.  The owners of the eight unit apartment complex have agreed to sell, but the other property owners have said no.  The university already owns surrounding property.

Today:  Considerable clouds this morning. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low 64F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High near 87F. SSE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear skies.

Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

Low: 58 (Mountains: 54)

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 90 (Mountains: 82)

MONDAY: Partly cloudy.

High: 94 (Mountains: 85)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 95 (Mountains: 87)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 92 (Mountains: 87)

THURSDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 91 (Mountains: 84)

August 17th: On this day


Born on this day was American country singer and harmonica player Wayne Raney. His longtime musical associate was Lonnie Glosson and the two men established a harmonica mail order business which sold millions of harmonicas and played a major role in turning the harmonica into a widely popular instrument. His 1949 single, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me", was a #1 country hit. He died on January 23, 1993.


Hank Williams was arrested in Alexander City, Alabama for public drunkeness. The famous and much used photo of Hank Williams shirtless was taken as he was let out of jail later in the day.


Born on this day in Long Beach, California, was Kevin Welch, country music artist who has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.


Born on this day in Los Angeles, California, was Maria McKee, singer and songwriter who is best known for her work with Lone Justice and her 1990 UK solo chart-topping hit, "Show Me Heaven". Many country atrists have covered her songs including The Dixie Chicks, "Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?)", and Dwight Yoakam who with Maria McKee recorded "Bury Me" on his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.


Highwayman featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart.


George Strait's "You Know Me Better Than That" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, the second single from his 1991 album Chill of an Early Fall.


Uncle Kracker was arrested and charged with second-degree forcible sex after a 26-year-old woman claimed he committed a sexual act against her at a nightclub in Raleigh, N.C. The 33-year-old singer and rapper, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, was booked into the Wake County Jail after being arrested at a hotel in a Raleigh suburb. Bond was set at $5 million. His duet "When the Sun Goes Down," with Kenny Chesney, spent five weeks at the top of Billboard's country chart in 2004.


Linda Ronstadt received a tribute by various artists including BeBe Winans and Wynonna Judd, when she was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by Plácido Domingo at the 2008 ALMA Awards a ceremony later televised in the US on ABC.


Johnny Cash's childhood home was opened to the public as part of a drive to revitalise the Arkansas town where he grew up. The Cash family moved to the house in Dyess in 1935, when Johnny was three, as part of a government drive to help families after the Great Depression. The five-room wooden home had been refurbished and featured the family's piano as well as other period items.


August 18th: On this day


Born on this day in North Little Rock, Arkansas, was Allen Reynolds, producer. Best known for producing virtually every album by Garth Brooks, he also produced Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".


Don Gibson scored his second Country #1 hit with "Blue Blue Day" which remained on the Country charts for a total of six months.


Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn were at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man", the lead single, and the title track, of their 1973 album was also the duo's third single.


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album charts with Ol' Waylon. The album features one of his signature songs, a track featuring Willie Nelson called "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", as well as the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline", a version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and a medley of the two Arthur Crudup songs previous recorded by Elvis.


Regal, Minnesota had the honour of being the smallest place Johnny Cash had ever played. The farm town, consisting of two bars, a church and a baseball field, only had a population of around 45 people, although a crowd approaching 5000 people, mostly from out of town, attended the show, billed as Cornstalk ‘89.


Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.


Wynonna Judd's husband Scott "Cactus" Moser, who played drums in both her road band and Highway 101, was involved in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota which resulted in the amputation of a leg.

August 19th: On this day

Born on this day in Lafayette, Louisiana, was Eddy Raven, who is known for his Cajun-influenced country music. He has charted more than thirty-five singles in his career, including the #1 hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "Joe Knows How to Live", "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys", as well as several more Top Ten hits, including seventeen consecutive Top Tens between 1984 and 1990.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Born on this day in Jacksonville, Texas, was Lee Ann Womack, country singer, songwriter. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song.

Born on this day in Greensboro, North Carolina, was Mark McGuinn, He made his debut in 2001 with the single "Mrs. Steven Rudy", a Top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Clay Walker, Jr. country music artist. His 1993 debut single "What's It to You," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, as did its follow-up, 1994's "Live Until I Die." Both singles were included on Walker's self-titled debut album, also released in 1993.

Born on this day in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was Rissi Palmer who debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987.

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.

The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers, A Tribute was released. The album which was masterminded by Bob Dylan on his Egyptian record label, features, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam and Jerry Garcia.

Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime" became the highest-ever debuting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart during the Broadcast Data Systems-era, ranking at #17 in its first week. "Lifetime" breaks the 10-month-old BDS-era standard set by "Good Ride Cowboy" by Garth Brooks.

Thursday 081518

The road construction along Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive has a setback.  The 2-million dollar project called for widening a section to five lanes and the use of a recycled road base.  Unfortunately the base failed the compaction test and now will need to be redone at a cost of about 150-thousand dollars.

Filer fire crews spent much of Tuesday battling a large haystack fire west of town.  The smoke caused Highway 30 to be closed in the area of the fire.  Fire also damaged a semi-truck parked nearby.  The cause of the fire is unknown. 

27 year old Matthew Bryant Barnedt of Twin Falls has been accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 3 years old.  Police say the abuse happened in February and March and that he viewed child porn this week.  He is being held on a 500-thousand dollar bond. 

Intermountain Gas customers may soon be paying less.  The utility has filed its annual price adjustment which if approved will lower prices by about 10-point 2 percent.  Residential customers could see about a 4-dollar savings while commercial customers could save nearly 22-dollars a month.

Authorities say an eastern Idaho man pursued by police following a fatal shooting at a trailer park killed himself after being surrounded by law enforcement officers.  The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office say 20-year-old Pedro Zamora died between 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday following a five-hour standoff with authorities.

The Idaho Conservation League has filed a federal lawsuit contending a suction dredge miner in north-central Idaho is ignoring environmental laws and encouraging lawless suction dredge mining by other gold seekers.  The lawsuit asks a judge to impose civil penalties for previous Clean Water Act violations and prohibit Shannon Poe of Concord California from operating a suction dredge in Idaho unless he complies with the law.

On August 28th, patrons from the Richfield School District will be asked to pass a 4-million dollar bond levy.  Officials from the district say they would use the money to install a new HVAC system, build a new agricultural building and a new gym.  If approved taxpayers would pay an additional 258 dollars and 72 cents for every 100-thousand dollars in property valuation.  If approved, the district can qualify for the Board Levy Equalization program. 

Today:  Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated PM storms. Winds: Light and variable. High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

Tonight:  Isolated evening storms, patchy clouds and smoke. Winds: Light and variable. Low 63 (Mountains: 55)

Tomorrow:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear with smoky haze. Winds:South 5-15 mph. Low 57 (Mountains: 51)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny & not as hot. High: 88 (Mountains: 81)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 90 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 94 (Mountains: 87)

TUESDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 96 (Mountains: 87)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Smoky and hot. High: 94 (Mountains: 88)

August 16th: On this day


Born on this day in Corsicana, Texas, was Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer and songwriter. Shaver's 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a classic in the outlaw country genre. Shaver's 2007 album country gospel style Everybody's Brother was Grammy nominated. Many of the songs are duets with artists such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Tanya Tucker.


Patsy Cline recorded "Crazy". The ballad composed by Willie Nelson became one of her signature tunes and gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.


Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. The song is Haggard's tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man.


Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, (who performed “Son Of A Hickory Holler's Tramp” with Cash), Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, (who performed “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”), Melanie and Grandpa Jones.


Born on this day in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was Emily Robinson, singer-songwriter, with the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".


Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden; he had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.


Born on this day in Coffeeville, Alabama, was Ashton Shepherd, country music singer-songwriter. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Takin' Off This Pain" and the title track.

Wednesday 081518

An adult and a Juvenile have been identified as suspects by Gooding Police following a recent vandalism at East Park.  Public works employees discovered obscene works spray painted on buildings and equipment at the park. 

The city of Twin Falls is adding a left turn signal to lights on Blue Lakes North and Heyburn.  The new light will allow for a better flow of traffic and is something the city is looking at doing at other intersections. 

The Gooding County Fair is happening this week with a new event.  The xtreme bull riding event is set to kick off today.  It’s also family day where the admission price is lower and rides are only a dollar each. The parade through Gooding starts this afternoon at 5:30.  The rodeo is Thursday through Saturday. 

The Twin Falls City Council heard from supporters again this week asking they consider a resolution that would condemn separating immigrant from their parents.  One member on the council said it’s not in their jurisdiction and wasn’t what they were elected to do. 

In a district courtroom this week a Jury trial has been set for 22 year old Denis Lopez-Serrano who is charged with the April 28th murder of 42 year old Rafael Gill Vargas of Minidoka County.  The former Nampa man is also charged with attempted murder and two counts of First Degree kidnapping. 

Authorities say a fatal plane crash in eastern Oregon killed two people including a retired Idaho doctor.  77-year-old William J. Watts and 70-year-old Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen were identified as the two passengers killed when a small passenger airplane nosedived into a hay field in Baker City on Saturday.  Nelsen was a neurologist at St. Als before retiring a year ago.

A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.  The 27-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife left Idaho Falls at 7 a.m. Saturday to explore the caves. Their family called authorities when they didn't return.

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several mineral rights owners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state's decision.  The ruling could have significant ramifications for a state-approved process intended to prevent a minority of mineral rights owners from stopping natural gas and oil production.

Today:  Sunny. High 93F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 96F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds, hazy, isolated evening storms. Winds: Light & Variable. Low 62 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 90 (Mountains: 85)

SATURDAY: Sunny & not as hot. High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 90 (Mountains: 86)

August 15th: On this day


Born on this day in Boaz, Alabama, was Rose Maddox country singer-songwriter and fiddle player, who was the lead singer with the Maddox Brothers and Rose before a successful solo career. Dolly Parton credits Maddox as an early influence. Maddox died on April 15th 1998.


Born on this day, was Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, "Jingle Bell Rock". He died on June 19, 1997 of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana, he was 63.


Born on this day, was Don Rich, country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of the Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich died on July 17, 1974.


Born on this day in Elk City, Oklahoma, was Jimmy Webb, songwriter. His country hits include "Highwayman," by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson; and "Wichita Lineman" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," by Glen Campbell. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 to 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.


Born on this day in Woodside, California, was Paul Jefferson, country music artist who has had his songs recorded by Keith Urban, Little Texas and Buddy Jewell, among others. He also co-wrote Aaron Tippin's #1 song "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You."


114 people were arrested at Kenny Chesney's concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, near Boston and another 228 were taken into protective custody at the New England Country Music Festival. Most of the offenses involved underage drinking.

Tuesday 081418

The Rabbit Fire has burned more than 10-thousand acres in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  The lightning caused blaze is zero percent contained.  Firefighters have been able to save a ranch from being burned down.

The Minidoka school district announced earlier this month that they will no longer be able to offer free breakfast for all students.  This after the Federal School Lunch Program changed the formula it uses to determine eligibility. 

 Authorities say a man is dead after being shot by an armed security guard inside a Coeur d'Alene credit union, in what appears to have been a botched robbery attempt. A man in dark clothing and a full-face-shield motorcycle helmet walked into Global Credit Union's Coeur d'Alene branch about 1 p.m. Saturday, waving a gun. The credit union says the man opened fire upon entering.

Idaho judges are studying a law that provides sentencing guidelines to see if it is contributing to the state's rapidly growing prison population. Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon serves on the Idaho Supreme Courts' Felony Sentencing Working Group. The law, which dates back to 1977, contains outdated thinking about how to deter crime.

Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important tool for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.

An effort is underway to install two new weather stations before winter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton National Park Foundation is working to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1 to install the new weather stations. One would measure wind, the other snowfall.

Today:  Mostly sunny and mostly clear. Winds: WSW 5-10 mph. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 61F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 94F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Patchy clouds, hazy, isolated evening storms. Winds: Light & Variable. Low 62 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 93 (Mountains: 89)

FRIDAY: Partly sunny, hazy, chance of isolated storms. High: 90 (Mountains: 85)

SATURDAY: Sunny & not as hot. High: 87 (Mountains: 83)

SUNDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 89 (Mountains: 84)

MONDAY: Sunny and warm. High: 90 (Mountains: 86)

August 14th: On this day


Born on this day in Elkhart, Indiana was Connie Smith the country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. Her first #1 hit was with her debut single “Once A Day” released in 1964. Smith won Billboards Most Promising Female Country Artist in 1964.


"Almost Persuaded" by David Houston was at #1 on the Country chart. The song spent nine weeks at #1 and has since gone on to become a country standard. For 46 years and two months, no #1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012.


Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.


Garth Brooks' The Hits became the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units. In June 1995, the master copy of the album was buried under Garth’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Alison Krauss & Union Station released the album New Favorite which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or group.


Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick performed for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego.

Monday 081318

Twin Falls police say they arrested a juvenile male for his involvement in a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred in Twin Falls and throughout the Magic Valley.  The primary items being stolen have been guns.  Police are warning residents not to leave their vehicle unlocked and if you are missing weapons to notify them immediately.

Two California drug dealers who shot at an undercover Idaho State Police trooper last year in Twin Falls retail store parking lot have been sentenced.  27 year old Arcenio Sosa-Solorio and 24 year old Bonifacio Carlos-Tafolla traveled from California to Twin Falls to distribute 25 pounds of marijuana to an undercover police officer on Dec. 2, 2017.  Sosa Solorio was sentenced to 12 years and three months and Carlos Tafolla to spend eight years 10 months behind bars.

The 5th Judicial District Magistrates Commission has announced new justices for Jerome County.  The commission selected John Lothspeich and Stacey DePew as the new Jerome County magistrate judges. 

Fewer classes but those attending CSI will be taking more.  That’s what officials from the college are saying.  Classes begin August 20th at the  main campus in Twin Falls and it’s centers in Jerome, Gooding, Burley and Hailey.

The final management plan is in place for one of three new central Idaho wilderness areas.  The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service signed the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Plan.  The plan covers 183 square miles and is described by officials as a middle-ground plan when it comes to restrictions on human visitors and activities.

An Idaho man who tried to revive a fellow drug user who overdosed will spend two decades in prison for distributing the drug that resulted in the man's death. Ryan Curtis, of Nampa, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by three years' supervised release. Curtis distributed fentanyl and methamphetamine to Dominico Stewart. Curtis was charged with distributing a drug that resulted in death.

A southwestern Idaho man who unlawfully sold firearms has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boise says 27-year-old Fabian Gonzalez of Caldwell received the sentence in U.S. District Court.

In local sports, in Legion Baseball, Burleys season ended Sunday when North Coos beat the Green Sox 16 to 11 in the elimination game at the Northwest Class A regional Tournament.  The Green Sox finished the year with 33 wins and 17 losses. 

Saturday saw the college of southern Idaho eagle volleyball team hit the court for a scrimmage against the College of Idaho.  It’s the only preseason match.  The eagles travel to Richfield Utah later this month for the Snow College Volleyball invitational. 

Today:  A good deal of sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 64F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 96F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

Winds: SW 5-10 mph.

Low: 64 (Mountains: 57)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny.

High: 93 (Mountains: 84)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 92 (Mountains: 83)

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 86 (Mountains: 82)

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 87 (Mountains: 81)

August 13th: On this day


Hank Williams was at #1 on Billboard's country chart with "Hey, Good Lookin'". His version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists including, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford, The Mavericks and Jimmy Buffett.


Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Andy Griggs country music artist who scored "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and "She's More", both of which peaked at #2 on the Country music charts. He also charted "Grow Young With You," a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.


John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Be My Baby Tonight", the third single from Montgomery's 1994 album Kickin' It Up.


Seven people were killed and more than 45 people injured when an outdoor stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair due to high winds at a concert featuring Sugarland. Neither the duo or their opening act, Sara Bareilles, were onstage at the time of the collapse.


The Farm Aid 2011, benefit concert took place at the Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Francis, Ray Price, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hearts of Darkness, John Trudell, The Blackwood Quartet.


Tompall Glaser, who recorded as a solo artist and with his brothers Chuck and Jim in the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers died in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 79, after a long illness. He scored the 1975 solo hit with Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Friday 081018

A warning from the Twin Falls County fair.  There are some third-party groups on the web selling Old Dominion Concert tickets.  John Pitz told reporters this week that the problem is they are not authorized and the tickets are worthless.  Pitz said some of the prices are actually triple what the real tickets are selling for.  Online tickets are only available at tfcfair-dot-com. 

Several school districts are going before voters August 28th hoping to get approval for renovations and resources.  The Gooding school district is seeking $950,000 annually for 10 years.  Richfield is looking for a 4-million dollar bond to build a new Gym and Agricultural shop.  In March of next year The Filer school district will be going for about 9.9 million for facility projects.

22 year old Stephan Nathaniel Lowry is accused of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a 14 year old girl.  He has been charged with Lewd Conduct with a child under 16 and enticing a child through the internet.

An Idaho grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing a 3-year-old child and wounding eight others in a mass stabbing at an Idaho apartment complex. A grand jury has returned an indictment charging Timmy Kinner, 30, with one count of first-degree murder.

Firefighters made good progress on several large Idaho wildfires but another started that's expected to burn into the fall. The Sharps Fire burning timber and grass is about 6 miles east of Bellevue.  Full containment expected on Sunday.   In west-central Idaho, the Mesa Fire has consumed 53 square miles. That fire in timber and grass is 57 percent contained.  A fire in east-central Idaho in timber that started last week is up to 9 square miles. Officials say the Rabbit Foot Fire is burning in timber with dead and dying trees in all directions, and won't be contained until October.

A Nevada wildfire that has burned more than 200 square miles along the Idaho line is now 92 percent contained. The Goose Creek Fire was sparked by lightning southeast of Jackpot on July 26.

The national weather service has issued a fire weather watch for many of the forest lands in Southern Idaho.  Such a warning means fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. The weather service has also issued a heat advisory for Southern Twin Falls county and Western Magic Valley.  Temps are expected to be 95 to 103.  The warnings extend till midnight tonight.

Today:  Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. High 102F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. Areas of smoke and haze are possible, reducing visibility at times. Low near 65F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky.  High 95F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies.

High: 90 (Mountains: 85)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 91 (Mountains: 86)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 92 (Mountains: 85)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny.

High: 92 (Mountains: 86)


August 10th: On this day


Born on this day in Olton, Texas was Jimmy Ray Dean the American country music singer, television host, and businessman who had the 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John". Dean became a national television personality in the late 50’s with his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show and is also famous as the creator of the 'Jimmy Dean sausage brand'. Dean died of natural causes at the age of 81, on June 13, 2010.


Born on this day, was Jennifer Hanson, country singer, songwriter, (well as a former Miss California). Hanson who is married to songwriter Mark Nesler has also written singles for other artists, including "Leave the Pieces" for The Wreckers, and "A Different World" for Bucky Covington, a co-write with Nesler, and "Let Me Down Easy" for Billy Currington. She also co-wrote "Country Strong" for Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie of the same name.


Dixie Chick Martie Erwin married Gareth Maguire, a Roman Catholic teacher and actor from Northern Ireland in a civil ceremony in Hawaii.


Brooks & Dunn announced that they were breaking up in 2010 after 20 years as a duo. Signed to Arista Records in 1991, the duo recorded ten studio albums, one Christmas album and three compilation albums for the label. They also released fifty singles, of which twenty went to #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts and nineteen more reached top ten.


With 22 weeks at #1, "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line set a new record for most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, breaking a three-way tie of 21 weeks at #1 jointly held by Eddy Arnold ("I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)," 1947), Hank Snow ("I'm Movin' On," 1950) and Webb Pierce ("In the Jailhouse Now," 1955). "Cruise" benefited from changes in Billboard's methodology, made in 2012, from a country airplay-only chart to one that reflected all-genre airplay, music downloads and streaming.

August 11th: On this day


Born on this day in Versailles, Kentucky, was John Conlee, country music singer who between 1978 and 2004 scored a total of thirty-two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Conlee has scored seven #1 hits including, "Lady Lay Down," "Backside of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," and "Got My Heart Set on You."


Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry for habitual drunkenness. (After a fall suffered during a hunting trip in Tennessee early in the year, Williams started to consume painkillers, including morphine, and alcohol to ease the pain).


Johnny Cash appeared at the Three Rivers Inn in Syracuse, New York during a four night run.


Born on this day in Charleston, West Virginia, was Rachel Proctor, country music artist who co-wrote Martina McBride's 2002 single "Where Would You Be". Her debut hit “Days Like This" which peaked at #24 on the country charts, was the first of four singles from her 2004 debut album Where I Belong.


"Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" by Dolly Parton was at #1 on the country chart. Released as the first single from the album White Limozeen, the song was Parton's eighteenth #1.


Steve Earle married Allison Moorer at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. It was the American singer, songwriters seventh wedding, and her second.


Don Helms a steel guitarist best known as the steel guitar player of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys died aged 81. Helms was a featured musician on over 100 Hank Williams recordings and went on to play on many classic country hits, including Patsy Cline's “Walking After Midnight,” Stonewall Jackson’s “Waterloo,” the Louvin Brothers’ “Cash on the Barrelhead,” Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil” and Loretta Lynn’s “Blue Kentucky Girl.”

August 12th: On this day


Born on this day, in West Plains, Missouri was Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner has scored over 80 US singles from 1954–1983. He died from lung cancer on October 28, 2007.


Born on this day in Sherman, Texas was Buck Owens, Jr., singer and guitarist, who scored twenty 21 #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts and pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound a reference to Bakersfield, California. Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25th 2006.


Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me).” In doing so he accomplished a feat not done in 25 years: an African American entertainer having a #1 hit on the Billboard country chart. The last song by a black performer to reach the summit was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Louis Jordan, in July 1944. Pride became the third black singer to have a #1 country hit (the Nat King Cole-led King Cole Trio had a #1 hit earlier in 1944).


The estranged father of 17 year-old Shelby Lynn shot and killed her mother and then himself at their home in St. Stephens, Alabama. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.


Liberty Records released "Rodeo" by Garth Brooks. Written by Larry Bastian the single which was taken from his album Ropin' the Wind peaked at #3 on the US country chart.


Lonestar were at #1 on the country music charts with "What About Now", the fourth single from their 1999 album, Lonely Grill.