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Monday 7/03/17

The military judge overseeing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's case says prosecutors can try the soldier on a rare charge alleging he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.  The Judge also said serious wounds to a soldier and a Navy Seal who searched for Bergdahl can be used at the sentencing phase of his upcoming trial.

At least three different legal challenges are being launched against the U.S. government's decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area that have been in place for more than 40 years. The groups intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the plan to lift the protections this summer.

Add another group to the growing list of Idahoans saying they haven’t been consulted on state plans to comply with a major federal education law. This time, state lawmakers say they’ve been left in the dark.  And when they were consulted and briefed on Idaho’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan, those same lawmakers peppered schools chief Sherri Ybarra and her deputies with questions.

In a decision that could have an implication for Idaho schools, the Supreme Court has sided with a Missouri church that sought a share of state funding.  In a 7 to 2 ruling, the court said the church could tap into a state fund for playground improvements.

The Idaho Secretary of State office is reviewing a request for key points of voter data from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election. State Election Director Betsie Kimbrough said Friday that Secretary of State Lawerence Denney received the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity earlier this week.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has approved a redesigned logging plan for the Johnson Bar Salvage Sale that will see fewer trees cut and more assurances that scenic views and water quality are protected. The Lewiston Tribune reported Thursday the sale was first approved last year but was halted by a federal judge who granted a temporary injunction requested by the Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United.

On July 3, 2017, at approximately 12:07 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury crash eastbound on 2277 E 3300 S, in Gooding County.


A juvenile male was driving a 2002 Chevy Silverado and failed to negotiate a turn near 2277 E 3300 S, ran off of the road, over-corrected, and rolled.  The vehicle came to rest in the center of the roadway.  The male was wearing a seatbelt.


He was transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID.


The lanes were blocked for approximately three hours while crews worked to clear the scene. 


Idaho State Police was assisted by Gooding County Sheriff's Office and Wendell Police Department.


On Sunday, July 2, 2017, at approximately 8:44 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash northbound on US93, near milepost 10, in Twin Falls County.


Cody M. Chandler, 34, of Filer, ID, was driving northbound on US93 in a 1994 Honda Accord. Cameron J. Kelly, 36, of Lincoln, CA, was driving northbound on US93 in a 2014 Toyota Sequoia.  Amanda S. Allen, 42, of Kimberly, ID, was driving northbound behind Kelly in a 1998 Honda Civic.    Kelly attempted to pass Chandler using the first, inner southbound lane.  Allen attempted to pass Kelly and Chandler using the second, outer southbound lane.  Kelly struck Allen's vehicle, which then rolled onto the shoulder. 


Allen was not wearing a seatbelt.  Kelly and Chandler were both wearing seatbelts.


Allen was transported by ground ambulance to St Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID.  


The lanes were blocked for approximately one hour and forty-five minutes while crews worked to clear the scene. 

Today:  Sunny. High around 95F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High around 95F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 93)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 94)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 94)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 93)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 93)

July 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, "Lookin' for Love" spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something" became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit “There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio.”

Born on this day in Blytheville, Arkansas, was Trent Tomlinson, country music artist. His debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006 produced three Top 40 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Drunker Than Me", "One Wing in the Fire" and "Just Might Have Her Radio On."

Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, “Let It Rain.”

The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with "That Summer". Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Sandy Mahl and taken from his fourth studio album The Chase, the track also appears on The Hits, The Ultimate Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live.

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died at his home in Ashland City aged 84. He wrote such country hits as Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down," Reba McEntire's "You Lift Me Up to Heaven," and Highway 101's "Whiskey, if You Were a Woman".

Country Music on the Fourth

Willie Nelson Hosts His 44th Fourth of July Picnic in Texas  Austin and Nashville are once again living up to their reputations as country music capitals on July 4 with Willie Nelson continuing a Texas tradition and Chris Young and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headlining a free concert in Tennessee.  The 44th edition of Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic will take place at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater with a lineup that includes Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, the Raelyn Nelson Band and Folk Uke.  As of Sunday (July 2), tickets remained available via Ticketmaster.  While it can’t claim the history of Nelson’s event, the annual concert in downtown Nashville has become a tradition. In fact, organizers are predicting a crowd as large as 280,000 for “Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City,” the free concert on Broadway near Riverfront Park.  Young, a native of nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will headline the show featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, R&B artist Jonny P and folk-rock duo the Sisterhood, featuring Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, daughter of rock icon Rod Stewart.  If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday at home, there are other country music options available.  Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow will perform on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular airing on NBC. The lineup also includes Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld.

Kellie Pickler and Trace Adkins will be in Washington, D.C., for the A Capitol Fourth concert on PBS. John Stamos will host the show from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with performances by the Beach Boys, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of the Blues Brothers, the Four Tops and Yolanda Adams.

Needless to say, fireworks displays will cap all of the celebrations.  But as a bit of trivia, this is the 44th edition of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic and only the 37th annual edition of A Capitol Fourth. God bless America and Willie Nelson.

Luke Bryan Brings Home the Chocolate

New Puppy Joins the Family

On Saturday morning (July 1), Luke Bryan introduced his nearly 4 million Instagram followers to the latest addition to his family — their brand new chocolate Labrador retriever, who looks like he’s about 3 months old.  He followed the first picture of Choc up with another one: a full body shot. One where you can see how Choc is all floppy ears and giant paws and puppy dog eyes.   And then that was it for the photo gallery. Which might just mean that Bryan and his family — his wife, his two sons and his nephew — are too busy playing with the new guy to be bothered to take any pictures.

Bryan has a couple of weeks off before his tour resumes in Bethel, New York, on July 13, so he’ll have plenty of time to bond with Choc.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Perform for NASA Astronauts in Space

Mission Control in Houston Hosts Special Meet-and-Greet

It was a meet-and-greet that was out of this world.

On Thursday (June 29), Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed for astronauts Jack Fischer and Dr. Peggy Whitson who were onboard the International Space Station. Brooks and Yearwood spoke via video conference from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston for a special edition of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.

Fischer is on his first flight mission, and Whitson recently set a new record for most cumulative days spent in orbit.

Over the course of their 15-minute conversation, Fischer revealed “The River” was his favorite song, telling Brooks, “You have so many great songs and so many great messages, but it’s the heart that you put into every performance and the soul you put into all those songs that makes them so impactful.”

It was the first song on the pre-launch playlist he heard in the moments leading up his departure from Kazakhstan on April 20.

Brooks performed the song for Fischer with Yearwood on harmony vocals. Then Yearwood surprised Fischer with an opportunity to speak with his wife and daughter, who were also there for the visit. Before they wrapped, Yearwood offered the astronauts home-cooked versions of their favorite foods when they return to Earth.

Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Hillary Scott & More Recall Their Favorite Fourth of July Memories

Some of country music’s biggest stars shared their favorite memories from the Fourth of July. And wouldn’t you know it, most of ’em involve fireworks.

Check out what Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and more had to say about their fond Fourth flashbacks.

Luke Bryan
“Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But, it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

Sam Hunt
“I’m from Georgia, and most [fireworks] were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But [my granddad] would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff and coming back with a  big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30, 45 minutes. Such a good time.”

Eric Church
“The Fourth of July for me, growing up we would always go to the lake, we didn’t live on the lake but we would all go to the lake. Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. This was before, I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing . . . we would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

Darius Rucker
“Oh, I love fireworks. We had the bottle-rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

Billy Currington
“My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times, some of the best times of my life.”

Canaan Smith
“Williamsburg, Virginia, has a great fireworks display. It’s one of the best in the nation . . . We’d go to the Governor’s Palace. They have a big lawn, and we’d sit out there and lay a blanket down. This was before I was old enough to drink, but we probably tried to sneak some in anyhow. And we’d just watch the [show], you know they’d have the grand finale, which always blew my mind ’cause just when you thought it was over, they’d start bringing out all of the tricks and it just gets crazy. We did that on a regular basis. Other times, we’d do stuff in our own yard. We had a big yard when we were growing up with a dirt track in the back, and our neighbor’s yard was equally as big, so when you put ’em together, we had a massive area to be destructive and do whatever we wanted. So, we blew up all kinds of stuff.”

Easton Corbin
“Fourth of July, I remember growing up and having cookouts, and of course we did the whole fireworks thing. I remember my uncle, he’d always get fireworks and bring ’em down like from Alabama, because in Florida, you couldn’t get the bottle rockets and stuff, so he’d always go up to Alabama, ’cause they live in Tallahassee, which was close to the [state] line. So, he would go over the line and get the good fireworks and bring ’em down to my grandma’s for me and my cousin, and we’d just hang out all day and shoot off fireworks and clown around.”

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum
“For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2 up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me—getting a rock on my hand.”

Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum
“July 4th is always, for me, my birthday week. My birthday is July 5, so we grew up going on family trips to the beach. We would d always go to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and always take trips for my birthday, so that’s always a fun time of the year . . . watch fireworks. I think my best memory would be my birthday party when I was 9 or 10 years old. We went to the batting cages and I remember I was swinging so hard, it was 100 degrees outside, I was swinging in the batting cage and ended up passing out right there in the batting cage. You’re trying so hard to hit the ball, you’re a kid and you really don’t realize how much water you should be drinking and I was that kid who was on the ground in the batting cage, people fanning and pouring water all over my face. Happy Birthday to me and America.”

Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Karen Fairchild, Darius Rucker & More Share Messages of Support and Thanks to Our Military

While we celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th, let’s remember to thank and support the members of our military for their service to our great nation.

Country stars Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Karen Fairchild and more recently shared messages of appreciation for our servicemen and women below.

Kip Moore
“I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit. My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remembering things. When I start to think that I’m halfway tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”

Darius Rucker
“The Fourth of July to me is a day to celebrate freedom. We get to travel all over the world and see a lot of stuff, and I’ve been to a lot of countries that aren’t like ours and that’s when you really appreciate the fact that you can do whatever you want. As long as you’re willing to deal with the consequences, you can do whatever you want, you know?  [I] appreciate those soldiers who died for us to be sitting here doing this, and we live in the greatest country in the world.”

Dierks Bentley
“I’m extremely patriotic. I love this country, and I love the history of this country. I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country. The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind. We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town
“It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, and not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”

Jordan Davis
“I think Fourth of July weekend is a special time to really sit back and be thankful for what we have—thankful to our military, thankful for family and for friends, just a time to really sit back and appreciate how great it is to be an American.”


The Rupert 4th of July celebration continues today on the square with food vendors opening up for business at 11 this morning.  Tonight, enjoy “Sounds of Freedom”, the Wild West Shootout at the Wilson Theater at 6 as well, and a performance from the Chancellors at 7:30.  The lawnmower races are today at the fairgrounds tonight as well.  Those get underway at 6 p.m.  Tomorrow, the festivities continue with the 40k Bike Race underway at 7am at East Minico.  The Rupert 4th of July parade starts at 11.  Don’t miss Hot 100 FM in the parade for your chance to win a trip to Roaring Springs!  Just remember to show your Hot 100 FM pride on the route – with a Hot 100 FM t-shirt, a homemade sign, or anything else that shows us YOUR LOVE for Hot 100 FM!  Then, get a picture of yourself wearing your Hot pride and post it to the Hot 100 FM Facebook page.  We’ll draw the winner Wednesday morning.  Food vendors, by the way, will open up a half hour early tomorrow morning at 10:30a so you can grab your fair food BEFORE the parade gets underway.   Get all the info by clicking the link from today’s blog on the Broc In The Morning page at

Sage Brush days continue today in Buhl with the annual Trout Festival.  The trout dinner starts tonight at 4, and then catch live music from Copperhead tonight at 7.  The event is packed with vendors selling all sorts of goods – and remember to cool down with an ice cold beer or glass of wine in the beer and wine garden.  The festivities continue on  the 4th with the Buhl Key Club Fun Run, the Kiwana’s pancake breakfast from 7 ‘til 10, the parade at 10:30, vendors opening up for business at 11, music from Copperhead at noon and Uppa Creek at 5 in the park, free swimming at the Buhl City Pool, a firehose competition at McClusky Park, and fireworks at dusk.  Get all the info by clicking the link from today’s blog on the Broc In The Morning page at

Twin Falls Tonight kicks off its season on Wednesday night at the new temporary location in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.  I’ll be there broadcasting live at 5 with the concert starting at 6.  The season kicks off this year with live music from The Generator Saints – and as always, cold drinks, delicious food, and a great place to get together with friends and family.  Again, the NEW location for this year’s concerts is located in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.






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No surprise here – Despicable Me 3 crushed it at the box office over the weekend, debuting in 1st place with about 75 and a half million dollars.  Baby Driver debuted in 2nd with around 21 million.  Transformers fell from the number one spot to land in 3rd this weekend with 17 million.  In 4th was Wonder Woman with 16 millilon, and rounding out the top 5 was Cars 3 with nine and a half million.  One thing that DID surprise me, though, was that The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Pohler COMPL ETELY tanked, debuting in SIXTH with just 9 million dollars.

The dominoes have begun to fall in the court battles with organizers of the failed Fyre Festival.  One of the organizers has been arrested and charged with wire fraud.  Billy McFarland was arrested Friday in New York and accused of making “false representations to investors” in his company, Fyre Media LLC, and in a “luxury” music festival that had been set to take place in the Bahamas over two weekends in April and May.  Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement Friday that McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company.  25 year old McFarland appeared Saturday before a judge and was released from jail on a $300,000 bond.  Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Emmy-award winning actor James Cromwell is going to be spending a week in an Orange County Jail.  The 77-year-old actor’s sentence is the result of his refusal to pay a $375 fine following his arrest during a protest in Wawayanda, New York.  Cromwell and six others were found guilty of obstructing traffic during a sit-in at the proposed future site of a natural gas-fired power plant owned by Competitive Power Ventures. The protesters say they are concerned that the CPV power plant’s carbon emissions could immediately harm the local environment and will accelerate global climate change.  Cromwell was one of three protesters who refused to pay the fine. “If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record after refusing to pay his fine (according to Variety). “Power to the people.”

July 4th: On this day

Born on this day in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, was David Akeman better known as Stringbean (or String Bean), American country music banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw. On November 10, 1973, Akeman and his wife were murdered by burglars at their rural Tennessee home in 1973 after they returned home after he performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was James Stroud, drummer and record producer. He has worked with Eddie Rabbitt, Conway Twitty, Eddy Raven, Clint Black, John Anderson, Clay Walker, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owens's third #1. The B-side, "Together Again", also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by "My Heart Skips a Beat" from the top spot.

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Austin featured the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also appearing was, Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash.

The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. 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: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Exile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.

Johnny Cash released American V - A Hundred Highways his 93rd overall album and a posthumous album by Johnny Cash. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash's American series. Like its predecessors, American V: A Hundred Highways was produced by Rick Rubin and released on Rubin's American Recordings record.