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Monday 10/2/17

The Shoshone School District will take another run at a $6 million bond issue in November.  The money would go toward a new multipurpose building that will include a stage and gymnasium, a vocational building and an alternative school building.

Two people died in a crash on I-84 near Wendell early Saturday morning.  A Semi truck pulling triple trailers collided with a Chevrolet Impala stopped in the right hand lane.  Both people in the stopped car died at the scene.  One person was identified as 35 year old Derrickson George of Tucson, Arizona.

There is a freeze warning in effect this morning.  The weather service said the warning is in effect till 9am with low temps hovering around 30 degrees in lower elevations.

One of the nation's longest-running court battles over local ownership of national forest roads may have finally come to an end in Nevada.  A federal judge ruled against rural Elko County and closed the 18-year-old case surrounding a feud over the road in remote wilderness near the Idaho line.

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced it will launch a national search for selecting the next president of Idaho State University.  A final selection will be made by March 2018.

Officials are considering a utility company's request to pass on to ratepayers $220 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho PUC has set an Oct. 11 settlement conference for Idaho Power's request concerning its stalled relicensing application for the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

Authorities say two bodies found in the wreckage of a burned-down house after an officer-involved shooting likely won't be identified until after dental records are found or DNA testing is complete. It’s believed a mother in her 80’s, her son and the intruder were killed. The ordeal began Wednesday night when residents of the Meridian home reported a home invasion. 

A man is dead and another is in custody following a fatal shooting in front of a convenience store. Police arrested 38-year-old Anthony Leinweber of Chubbuck on suspicion of second-degree murder following the shooting outside a Jacksons Food Store.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed a new head to the Department of Labor after his former director resigned earlier this year.  Otter appointed Melinda Smyser, a former Republican state senator.

A federal court has ruled that FMC that mined phosphate for fertilizer must pay $1.5 million in permit fees annually.  The payment was ordered to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to store millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal lands.

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 54F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 32F. (Mountains: 27)Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High 58F. (Mountains: 48)Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Passing afternoon shower
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 53)

HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 55)

HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 58)

HIGH: 70 (Mountains: 49)

HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 55)

October 2nd: On this day

Born on this day in Biloxi, Mississippi, was Chris Ledoux, singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor and rodeo champion. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million copies in the US. Biloxi was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award. He died on March 9, 2005

Elvis Presley made his one and only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Although the audience reacted politely to his revolutionary brand of rockabilly music, he was supposedly told by Opry manager Jim Denny to "go back to driving a truck in Memphis."

Born on this day in New York City, was singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, who performed on two songs of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included blind singer Terri Gibbs who performed her hit "Somebody's Knockin'" and then with Glen Campbell played "Don't Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Blues (My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me)", "On the Wings of My Victory" and "Galveston/Country Boy" (medley).

Gene Autry, who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy died three days after his 91st birthday at his home in Studio City, California.

Farm Aid 2010: 25th Anniversary benefit concert took place at the Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, and The BoDeans.

Darius Rucker was invited to became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The way he found out was a bit unorthodox. After playing a set at the Opry, Darius answered a few questions from the audience. The person asking the final question, though, turned out to be Brad Paisley, who asked two questions: “Are you still the worst poker player in the world?” And then, “Would you like to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry?”

Route 91 Music Festival: More Than 50 Dead and 200 Injured in Mass Shooting

Authorities Say Gunman is Dead

More than 20 people are dead and more than 100 were injured in a mass shooting on Sunday (Oct. 1) at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

According to the L.A. Times, Jason Aldean was performing the fifth song of his closing set when a gunman started firing from what appeared to be the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the festival across the street. Aldean and his band were immediately pulled off the stage when shots rang out.

Authorities say the suspect, a Las Vegas resident whose name was not immediately released, was dead. The shooting is being described as a lone wolf attack.

The crowd began to stampede as a result of the chaos and the entire area of the Las Vegas Strip was put on lock down. Some flights at the McCarran International Airport have been diverted in the wake of the shootings and parts of I-15 near the Strip were also shut down.

Many artists at the festival sought shelter backstage and have been communicating with fans on social media.

A performance by Jake Owen preceded Aldean’s set.

Chris Young said he could hear the gunfire from his trailer behind the stage.


Charlie Daniels Discusses New Memoir and NFL Controversy

Calls President Donald Trump a “Loud Mouth” in New CMT Hot 20 Countdown Interview

Charlie Daniels, 80, can recall the moment he first heard the news about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He details the day vividly in his new memoir Never Look at the Empty Seats, which comes out Oct. 24.

At the time, Daniels was five years old, and he was at his grandmother’s house in North Carolina on a cold Sunday afternoon in December. His entire family was gathered together when news that the Imperial Japanese Air Force had bombed the U.S. naval base in Hawaii was broadcasted on the radio.

Daniels remembers president Franklin D. Roosevelt calling December 7, 1941 as a day that would live in infamy. But to Daniels, it was a day that would help shape many of his attitudes for the rest of his life.

Daniels grew up to become an American patriot and a staunch supporter of the U.S. military. Proceeds from his sold-out 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in 2016 supported his nonprofit the Journey Home Project, which has been supporting veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces since its 2014 inception.

But fans will never hear the Country Music Hall of Famer, who is also a supporter of President Donald Trump, voice his political opinions live in concert.

“I get pretty political at times,” Daniels said in a new interview with CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown, “but that’s not in the ticket price. I don’t take that onstage with me, and I wouldn’t dare get onstage and start talking politics to somebody.”

Daniels is also a huge football fan and during his CMT visit, he proudly wore a Tennessee Vols baseball cap in support of one of his favorite teams.

But when the conversation turned to his opinions on NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, Daniels said he believes players have every right to protest against racial inequality and police brutality, but they shouldn’t do it during the National Anthem out of respect for the military.

“Players say they don’t mean to insult the veterans, but they have insulted the veterans,” Daniels said. “I know that. I know that from personal and social media guys that are very, very upset about this.

“Taking a knee during the national anthem don’t explain anything to anybody. Nobody really understands what they’re doing.”

NFL players have been protesting during the National Anthem since the 2016 season, but the issue was reignited this week after a rally in Alabama where President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who took a knee during the National Anthem.

“He’s a loud mouth,” Daniels said of Trump. “There’s no two ways about it. Sometimes he’d be a lot better if he would leave that Twitter alone because he does do things like that. And sometimes he says things that are very inflammatory. But this was happening before he said that, this was something that was picking up speed before he ever started.”

As an entertainer who has lived through cancer, stroke and some heart trouble, Daniels doesn’t waste much time dwelling on issues that divide society. One of his secrets to personal happiness is always living in the present and not worrying about what will happen in the future.

“I live one day at a time,” he said. “I have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow. I have no control over what’s going to happen tomorrow. My feeling is if I do the best I can today, tomorrow will take care of itself.”