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Tuesday 09/19/17

A Buhl resident died and another was transported by air ambulance when a passenger car collided with a semi hauling grain in Twin Falls County.  24 year old Claudia Padilla-Valdez didn’t stop and was struck by the semi.  Valdez died at the scene.  The truck driver was identified as 56 year old Scott Waller.

A car rear-ended a school bus on Blue Lakes North yesterday afternoon.  No children were on the bus.  The car sustained severe front end damage while damage to the bus was reported as minimal. No injuries were reported.

Southern Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped to 2 point three percent in August.  One highlight: year-over-year, its workforce has grown by 240 people.

A federal judge is holding the Atlanta Gold mining company in contempt of court for allowing arsenic and iron to enter a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush is ordering the company to pay up to half a million dollars in fines and penalties if they don't fix the problems by next year.

A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers to classrooms causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators. The Twin Falls School District hired 20 unlicensed educators this year as other nearby districts are also hiring more unlicensed teachers.

Authorities say human remains found in a northern Idaho rock quarry earlier this month are from a man older than 30 who was missing several teeth. Two children were exploring when they found old articles of clothing along with the bones in a bed of weeds. The case is being treated as a crime.

Verizon plans on cutting services to hundreds of customers in rural areas next month.  The company says it will disconnect 8,500 customers in 13 states including 101 in Idaho.  Company officials say the customers live outside of areas where Verizon operates and many of these lines use a substantial amount of data while roaming on other providers’ networks.

A former Nampa police officer has been arrested in Oregon in connection with the death of his parents in their Nampa home.  48-year-old William Taylor is in an Oregon Jail on $1 million bond and an Idaho county warrant for failing to report a death and other charges.

Today:  Overcast. High 69F. Most stay dry, but scattered mountain showers WINDS: SW 15-25 mph HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 48)

Tonight:  Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Thunder possible. LOW: 40 (Mountains: 30). Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 48)Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

FRIDAY: Mountain Showers
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 45)

SATURDAY: Mountain Showers
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 50)

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 54)

HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 55)

Top of FormSeptember 19th: On this day

Born on this day was Helen Carter, American country music singer. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family. She died on June 2nd 1998 aged 70.

Patsy Cline married contractor Gerald Cline. The couple divorced on July 4, 1957, the dissolution of the marriage was blamed on their considerable age difference and on the conflict between her desire to sing professionally and his desire that she adopt the conventional role of a housewife.

Born on this day in Bunker Hill, Mississippi, was Jeff Bates American country music artist. His two RCA albums accounted for seven chart singles on the Billboard country charts, of which three reached top 40: "The Love Song", "I Wanna Make You Cry" and "Long, Slow Kisses".

The Jimmy Dean Show aired for the first time on ABC-TV. An hour-long weekly series, the variety program featured country performers such as Charlie Rich, Roger Miller, Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, Red Buttons, and Johnny Cash. The Jimmy Dean Show, also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure, best known as the creator of The Muppets.

Born on this day in Monticello, Georgia, was Trisha Yearwood, country music artist. Best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective. She scored the 1997 song "How Do I Live", which was initially released on the soundtrack of the film, Con Air.

Country rock singer, songwriter, 26-year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

The third Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. 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: Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bandaloo Doctors, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, Dr. Starr.

All I Want, the third album by Tim McGraw was released by Curb Records. The album's singles were, in order of release: "I Like It, I Love It", "Can't Be Really Gone", "All I Want Is a Life", "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It".

American country music star Red Foley died aged 58. He sold over 25 million records, and hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee.

Australian country music singer-songwriter David Gordon "Slim Dusty" Kirkpatrick died aged 76. He sold more than five million albums and singles in Australia.

Skeeter Davis died aged 72. She was one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, and was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Farm Aid 2017: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and More

Annual Event Raises More Than $50 Million For America’s Family Farmers

Farm Aid 2017 attracted thousands of music fans to the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday (Sept. 16) for a day of live performances by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds and more.

The 32nd annual event also hosted live sets by the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Jack Johnson and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

Nelson wrapped the festival with a live set that included “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Living in the Promiseland.”

Since its 1985 inception, the annual event has raised more than $50 million to support family farmers in America.

Cease & Desist Order Stops White Nationalist Radio Program From Using Johnny Cash Song

After a cease and desist order was issued by Universal Music Group and American Recordings, Stormfront Radio has stopped using Johnny Cash’s 2003 recording of “I Won’t Back Down” as its intro music. Stormfront is an internet-based white nationalist organization.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Stormfront Radio replaced Cash’s tune with Johnny Rebel’s “The South Shall Rise Again” and took down more than three years of archived shows that used Cash’s cover.

On Aug. 16, Johnny’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, released a passionate statement on Facebook denouncing the association of her father to neo-Nazism after a video surfaced that depicted a “self-proclaimed neo-Nazi” wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt in Charlottesville, Va.

“We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association,” wrote Rosanne, in part, on behalf of her siblings Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter.

Rosanne concluded the post with: “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology. We choose love.”

Rosanne noted on Twitter on Sept. 13 that she was “very proud we threatened legal action and got hate radio to stop using my dad’s music.”

Montgomery Gentry Releases Touching New Song After Troy Gentry’s Death, “Better Me”

After being tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, the life of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry was celebrated at the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 14.

In addition to performances from Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins and more, the service featured a recording of Troy singing a new song, “Better Me,” which was recently recorded for an upcoming Montgomery Gentry album.

After the tragedy, the touching tune takes on a new meaning as Troy croons, “I might cuss and fight, tell a few lies / Break a few rules making promises I can’t keep / But I’ve turned a page on wilder days / I’m writing all this down hoping you’ll see / I ain’t saying I’m perfect, but I’m working on a better me.”

Kenny Chesney Donates the Use of His Private Jet to Help Teen Brothers Stranded By Hurricane Irma

Two teenage brothers, whose home in St. John was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, got a flight to the U.S. mainland thanks to Kenny Chesney, according to CNN.

Jah-Haile Bruce and Jahbioseh Bruce huddled in a bathroom with their grandfather as their home in St. John was destroyed by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago. The brothers were evacuated via boat to St. Croix, but they had no way to get to Philadelphia, where their mother lives.

Kenny Chesney, who lives in St. John and also lost his island home in the storm, heard about the brothers’ predicament and, according to CNN, anonymously donated the use of his private jet to take the brothers to Philadelphia.

Around the Valley

The Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation present Healthcare Education Day - a Community Outreach Luncheon today at the Turf Club in Twin at noon.  The luncheon will help you explore the healthcare challenges, visions and services for patients, employers and employees in the Magic Valley. 

The CSI Foundation is hosting an Alumni and Community BBQ today. This event is free and family friendly.  You’re invited to come to campus and enjoy the party whether you have ever been on campus or not. There’s activities for kids, free giveaways, fantastic music and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win various prizes. The party is at the base of the tower on campus.

It's Make It & Take It Kids Club Craft Day tomorrow at the Twin Falls Public Library .  Kids Club is for kids in grades 1st through 5th. At Make & Take Craft Day, kids do fun hands-on crafts that they can take home. The event gets underway Wednesday afternoon at 4.  All library events are free and open to the public.

The Jerome Sunset Market Street Fair is this Thursday. The event runs from 5 'til 9 at North Park.  A great family/community event with good food, amazing music, craft/artisan vendors and kids corner!!! Fun for the whole family!!

The Wood River Valley Chamber presents Business After Hours at Wood River Draper Preserve this Thursday from 5 'til 7.  September Business After Hours celebrates Wood River Land Trust and the Wood River Draper Preserve in Hailey. You can always count on Wood River Sustainability for the freshest and tastiest food. Beer will be provided by Sawtooth Brewery.  Take advantage of the monthly raffle and bring your business card for your chance to win one of several great prizes.

The Gooding Airport is having a Fly-in and Breakfast Sept. 23rd at the Gooding Airport from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  The Pancake Breakfast costs $6.00.  The event will feature Static Airplane Displays, St Luke's Helicopter, Airplane rides available for purchase, reduced fuel prices for pilots, and more!  Bring the family and come share in the enthusiasm of Aviation at the Gooding Airport


MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, , Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Assassin, It, All Saints, Leap! & Wind River


MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at



Kevin Hart was the victim in an extortion attempt to the tune of millions of dollars, and according to sources, the FBI is on the case and has a suspect.  But the REAL victim here?  Mrs. Hart.  In an apology posted to his Twitter account yesterday, Kevin Hart seeming owns the fact that he cheated on his pregnant wife while in Las Vegas over the weekend.  I'll spare you the graphic details of the video, but to summarize, it very clearly shows Hart with someone other than his wife.  And whoever made the video claims that the REAL reason Kevin Hart orchestrated the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund was to get ahead as he knew this damaging footage was one click away from exposing him "as the liar and cheater he is."  The person attempting the extortion allegedly demanded an eight-figure multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.  According to sources, the videos were recorded on an iPhone that was propped against an object in the room that said cheating occurred and such recording without consent is illegal - but really, that's probably the LEAST of Kevin's worries right now - Kevin, who's married with children and another one on the way.


Yesterday, I told you about Lady Gaga battling some unexplained pain on her Joanne tour, and how it led her to cancel the European leg of the concert series - and now, it looks like fibromyalgia is to blame.  Fibromyalgia is a chronic centralized pain sensitivity syndrome. According to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Arya Mohabbat, that means that people suffering from the disorder are going to have long-lasting, head to toe pain that they feel in their muscles and joints, and this pain lasts for long periods of time but is in the absence of any inflammation.  The cause is still relatively unknown, but it's thought to have something to do with the production of chemicals in between neurotransmitters.  No word on when Lady Gaga will be back on the road.


Linkin Park will honor their late frontman, Chester Bennington, with a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 27, the band announced yesterday. The news comes two months after Bennington took his own life.  A statement posted on the band’s website promises an “an unforgettable night of music” featuring a number of other artists. Proceeds from the show will go to Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington. The pre-sale begins today.

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