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Thursday 7/6/17

A brush fire near Bliss burned 770 acres yesterday.  The Independence fire started Tuesday afternoon.  The Hagerman, Bliss and Gooding Fire departments kept the blaze from damaging nearby structures.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A Tuesday Evening power outage that left thousands of Twin Falls residents in the dark is blamed for several of the city’s traffic signals not working properly.  The city said that workers have to re-install programming software at each of the signal locations.  Meanwhile the lights will continue to flash red which means those intersections should be considered a four way stop.

Officials arrested 26-year old Franklin Hernandez of Burley after police say he kicked a man in the chest hit a woman in the nose and threatened three people with a machete.  The alleged incident happened Sunday.

Bail has been set at 500-thousand dollars for a man with ties to Blaine County.  41 year old Rudy Isla-Mejico has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for a fatal crash in Wyoming.  Court records indicate Isla-Mejico has two DUI conviction’s in Blaine County.

A Boise fire official says two apartments in a three-story building have been burned after fireworks ignited a second-floor balcony. Firefighters went to the blaze yesterday morning.

Officials reopened a popular hiking area late yesterday morning in northern Idaho where a black bear with a cub attacked a 60-year-old woman and her two dogs. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Shoshana Cooper says experts determined the Tuesday morning attack to be defensive and not predatory.

FBI agents seized bomb-making materials, seven guns and ammunition from the Montana home of a man they suspect of carrying out bank robberies in five states. Authorities believe Richard Gathercole held up at least six banks since 2012 in California, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa.

An Idaho teen was placed on probation after a Facebook altercation ended in gunshots fired and an aggravated assault conviction.  18-year-old Colton M. Mayberry, who was convicted of aggravated assault, was placed on supervised probation Monday for two years.

Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 98F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low around 65F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High near 100F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 92)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 101 (Mountains: 92)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 89)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny and Hot
HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 88)

July 6th: On this day

1940
Born on this day in Titusville, Pennsylvania, was Jeannie Seely country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning Country hit, "Don't Touch Me", which peaked at #2 on the country charts.

1953
Born on this day in Seguin, Texas, was Nanci Griffith, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Griffith has recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, and Darius Rucker.

1978
Tammy Wynette married songwriter George Richey at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida. This was the singers fifth marrage and saw Richey becoming her manager throughout much of the 1980s.

1998
Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor died of congestive heart failure in Apple Valley, California. One of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957.

2003
The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.

2006
Waylon Jennings was inducted to Hollywood's Rock Wall in Hollywood, California. Between 1966 and 1995, 54 Jennings albums charted, with 11 reaching #1. Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

2009
Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum's married Nashville publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas.

Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon Announce They Are Expecting a Baby in December

Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon shared some fireworks of their own on July 4 by announcing that they are expecting their first child together.

Rodney and Rose, who were married in November 2013, made the announcement via Instagram by stating: “Happy Fourth of July! We are thrilled to announce our family is growing. Baby Atkins will arrive in December and we know @eatki is going to be the best big brother.

Congrats to the happy couple.

Blake Shelton Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “Every Time I Hear That Song”

Chris Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 1 Rebounds as Top Country Album

Like Alexander the Great, Blake Shelton and Chris Stapleton must occasionally sit and weep that they have no new worlds to conquer.

This week, Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song” becomes his 24th No. 1 single on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. (That’s two dozen, honey.) And Stapleton’s newest album, From a Room: Volume 1, returns to the top spot on the country albums chart, where it debuted eight weeks ago.

More remarkable still, Stapleton’s Traveller is still in the Top 5 — 113 weeks after its release. Combined, Stapleton’s two albums have sold nearly 2.5 million copies.

Well, that’s the good news. The bad news is that not one new album breaks into the Top 50 this week.

And there are just three new songs to note.

However, we do have seven albums making a comeback.

They are Billy Currington’s Summer Forever (returning at No. 36), Midland’s self-titled EP (No. 42), Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 44). Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines (No. 47), the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde (No. 48), Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Collection (No. 49) and Eric Church’s Chief (No, 50).

Brantley Gilbert boasts the week’s highest-debuting single, “Ones That Like Me,” which bows at No. 54. Also new are Walker Hayes’ “You Broke Up With Me” (No. 57) and Lindsay Eli’s “Waitin’ on You” (No. 60).

Parmalee’s “Sunday Morning” returns at No. 59.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums this week, in that order, are Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound (last week’s No. 1), Lady Antebellum’s Heart Break, Stapleton’s Traveller and Luke Combs’ This One’s for You.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris, Dylan Scott’s “My Girl,” Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and Florida Georgia Line’s “God, Your Mama and Me,” featuring the Backstreet Boys (last week’s No. 1).

If you’re determined to applaud now, who am I to stay your eager hands?

NASCAR Drivers to Race Around “Brantley Gilbert” on July 23

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be home to the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on July 23.

Big Machine Label Group, which is the label home of Brantley as well as artists like Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Thomas Rhett, is the new title sponsor of the Brickyard 400. In support of the event that bears his moniker, Brantley will attend the race on July 23 and perform during a pre-race concert.

“Racing has always been part of Big Machine’s DNA, and we’re thrilled to partner with the world’s most iconic racing brands,” said Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta.

In addition, the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 will mark the final race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Jr. announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season earlier this year.

Garth Brooks Serenade 89-Year-Old Fan With “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

There was another impromptu fan moment at a Garth Brooks concert over the weekend.

On July 1 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., Garth noticed 89-year-old fan, Miss Laura, holding a sign that read “Elvis Was My Last Concert”—and she wasn’t referring to Elvis Costello. The last concert Miss Laura attended was in New Orleans to see Elvis Presley, who has been dead for almost 40 years.

After a brief chat with Miss Laura, Garth serenaded her with “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” his first No. 1 hit. Garth ended the ditty by presenting his guitar to Miss Laura.

Last month, Garth gave one of his guitars to a concertgoer named Jeremy, who was holding a sign that read “3 concerts down, two more to go!!! Waited 24 years to meet you!! You are the reason I play guitar.”

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines Files for Divorce From Husband Adrian Pasdar

Dixie Chicks front-woman Natalie Maines has filed for divorce from husband Adrian Pasdar, according to TMZ.

Natalie and Adrian, who met in 1999 at Emily Strayer and Charlie Robison’s wedding, have been married for 17 years and have two sons together, ages 16 and 12. Adrian is an actor and voice artist whose credits include roles in Heroes and The Lying Game.

Natalie’s rep told TMZ that the divorce is a private matter and they will not comment.

Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon Announce They Are Expecting a Baby in December

Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon shared some fireworks of their own on July 4 by announcing that they are expecting their first child together.

Rodney and Rose, who were married in November 2013, made the announcement via Instagram by stating: “Happy Fourth of July! We are thrilled to announce our family is growing. Baby Atkins will arrive in December and we know @eatki is going to be the best big brother.

Congrats to the happy couple.

George Strait VIP Experience Up for Auction to Support Daughter’s Memorial Fund

Charitybuzz.com is auctioning off a George Strait VIP experience that includes front-row tickets to two of his upcoming Vegas concerts, two hotel rooms at MGM International Resorts and more.

The auction, which has a current bid of $14,333, closes on July 13 at 3 p.m. ET.

The funds from the auction will support the Jenifer Strait Foundation, which was created in 1986 after George’s 13-year-old daughter, Jenifer, was killed in an auto accident. The Foundation promotes charitable causes for children and focuses its donations on various non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area, including The Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio and St. Jude’s Ranch.

The full VIP package includes:

  • 2 hotel rooms for 4 guests total for 2 nights on 7/28 and 7/29/17
  • Car Service transportation to T-Mobile Arena on 7/28 and 7/29
  • Front Row Tickets to see George Strait live on both 7/28 and 7/29/17
  • Pre-show Meet & Greet and group photo with George Strait backstage on 7/28 or 7/29
  • Invitation to the official George Strait VIP Experience for (4) guests including limited edition hardcover George Strait coffee table book featuring rare and previously unreleased photographs from George’s career, autographed by George Strait with a certificate of authenticity, exclusively available to VIP guests
  • VIP gift bag including Strait to Vegas T-Shirt and Strait to Vegas baseball cap
  • Entrance to the VIP pre-show party in The King’s Saloon featuring complimentary drinks in The King’s Saloon and Texas-style catered buffet dinner
  • Admission to the enhanced King’s Exhibit—a private exhibit that chronicles the life and career of George Strait through memorabilia, only available to VIP guests and guests of George Strait
  • Commemorative VIP laminate
  • Dedicated on-site concert concierge

 

If you've ever wanted to know more about who lived in your house, The Twin Falls Library is hosting an intriguing seminar

on how to get started researching it using Library resources.  The event is Friday morning at 10a.  As always, all library

programs are free and open to the public.

 

The Ketchum Arts festival kicks off on Friday, and goes through Sunday.  The Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths dispersed over Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. This year’s festival features an array of unique artist’s wares like  hand crafted windsocks, ceramics, glass blown delights, handmade wardrobe accessories (hats, scarves, aprons, and tutus), wind chimes for that special corner of your deck, furniture of all kinds, edible treasures, and locally made skin-care.  The festival starts at 10am Friday morning, and if you’re after more info, click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

Don’t miss the annual Wake in the Snake event this Saturday from Idaho Watersports and Hot 100 FM.  Wake In The Snake is a grassroots wakeboard competition.  It is free to watch but costs to compete.  Bring your sunscreen, sunshade & enjoy an action packed day of riding.  Food & shaved ice will be available for sale at the event.  The action starts at 9am at Burley Golf Course Marina – and if you’d like to enter the competition, click the banner at hot100now.com.  Online pre-registration IS REQUIRED to participate.

 

The 30th Annual Shoshone Arts in the Park is this Saturday and Sunday at the Courthouse Lawn in Shoshone, Idaho.

Come down and enjoy festival food, arts and crafts, antiques, trolley and wagon rides, music all day long!  Live music

by Tylor & the Train Robbers, Spike Coggins, Evans & French and Prairie Wind - and make sure you join your neighbors

for the community breakfast on Sunday Morning.  The event is Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am

to 5:00 pm. For more information click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

HOLLYWOOD

 

The people behind Spiderman: Homecoming are expecting BIG numbers at the box office.  Industry tracking says that the newest installment of the Spiderman franchise could gross anywhere from $85 million to $110 million during its opening weekend. The studio is hedging its bets lower, at around $80 million.  The movie is opening this weekend in 4,341 North American locations, 392 of which will screen in Imax. Previews will kick off at 3,450 theaters tonight as well. Reviews for “Homecoming” have been strong — it currently holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has also consistently dominated social media in recent weeks, due in good part by consistent and well-received marketing.

And now, we state the obvious.  Streaming music is HUGE, and growing rapidly every day.  A report published yesterday by Nielsen Music shows that music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and others delivered a total of 184.3 billion on-demand audio streams, up from 113.5 billion during the same period a year ago, for an increase of 62 percent.  Those same streaming services surpassed a milestone in March, when over 7 billion songs were accessed across the platforms.  But music streaming's success came at a cost: total album sales - including purchased downloads and physical albums - declined by 18 percent, which was in part due to a 24 percent drop in digital track sales and a 20 percent drop in digital album sales.  I don't know about you, but I'm still a fan of going out to the store and buying the CD the day it comes out.

And Kathy Griffin made every headline on every news outlet for a few days - but then she seemed to just kind of go away... but her name certainly hasn't vanished from the eyes of the feds.  The comedian “has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour... and the investigation still not closed.  Griffin has not held back on insulting Trump despite the ongoing controversy surrounding her art piece.  She's still taking to social media to blast the prez any chance she gets.