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Wednesday 10/4/17

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Deputy Attorney General Jessica Marie Lorello to the Idaho Court of Appeals. Otter announced Tuesday that Lorello will fill the vacancy created by the recent retire of Judge John Melanson.

Idaho residents hoping to enjoy country music and city lights saw their trip to Las Vegas turn into a nightmare when they were caught in the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 59 killed were killed and more than 500 injured some by gunfire, some during the chaotic escape.

The Moscow City Council is renaming the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day" instead of Columbus Day. The council approved the change Monday in a 5-to-1 vote, making it the first city in Idaho to rename the holiday.

A northern Idaho senator says he stands by his comments after law enforcement video showed the Republican lawmaker in a confrontation at the Latah County Fair.  Body cam video from the Latah County Sheriff's Department shows Sen. Dan Foreman of Viola in a heated exchange with an unseen male on Sept. 14 the first day of the county fair.

The U.S. government has accused a top Micron Technology Inc. executive of sharing insider information about his former employer with family members.  Anand Jayapalan, who was hired by Micron six weeks ago, is accused of giving his wife, aunt and uncle information about SanDisk that allowed them to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on illegal stock trades in 2014.

Jayco’s parent company announced plans to expand the Twin Falls manufacturing facility. Upwards to 360 jobs will be added to the workforce.

Flu season starts early as one person has already died in Idaho.  The first flu-related death of the season took the life of an Idaho man over the age of 50.

Boise State University officials say a water main break caused massive flooding to stream through a main artery on the campus and trapped a fire engine inside a sinkhole. According to the university, a water main broke Monday evening near the Student Union Building.

Today:  Rain and Snow Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s.

HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 59)

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October 4th: On this day

Born on this day in Mora, Missouri, was Leroy Frank Van Dyke, the American country music singer. He has recorded more than 500 songs, his best known hits, are "The Auctioneer" (which sold over 2.5 million copies), from 1956 and "Walk On By" from 1961, (which was named by Billboard in 1994 as the biggest country single of all time, based on sales, plays and weeks in the charts).

Born on this day in Healdsburg, California, was country music artist Heidi Newfield. She was lead singer, rhythm guitarist and harmonica player for Trick Pony, from 1996 until 2006, when she left in pursuit of a solo career. She made her solo chart debut in 2008 with the single, "Johnny & June" which peaked at #11 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

One of Nashville's most mysterious crimes was reported which involved the abduction of singer, Tammy Wynette. Media reports said that Wynette had been abducted by a masked man at a shopping center. No suspects were ever found or arrested. While Wynette insisted the story was true, her daughter raised doubts, claiming the incident was fabricated.

The Farm Aid 97' benefit concert took place at the Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. 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, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, Dave Matthews Band and The Allman Brothers Band.

Tim McGraw released "My Best Friend" the third single from his album A Place In The Sun which went on to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The Farm Aid 2008, benefit concert took place at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Missouri. 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 and Tim Reynolds with Jamey Johnson, Jason Mraz, Phosphorescent, and Wilco.

Loretta Lynn Makes First Public Appearance Since Her Stroke

Five months after suffering a stroke, Loretta Lynn, 85, made her first public appearance on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival.

The four-day event, which celebrates music, motorcycles, food, art, entertainment and Southern hospitality, was held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (about 60 miles west of Nashville).

Loretta made her appearance during the late afternoon and performed a few songs for the excited crowd, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).

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After Las Vegas Attack, Jason Aldean Cancels 3 Upcoming Tour Dates & Issues a New Statement

On Oct. 1, a “lone wolf” gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. As you can imagine, it’s been an emotional couple of days for Jason.

Today (Oct. 3), Jason released a statement through his PR team, canceling three upcoming dates on his They Don’t Know Tour: Los Angeles (Oct. 6), San Diego (Oct. 7) and Anaheim (Oct. 8).

The tour will resume on Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Okla. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.  

Jason’s full statement is below.

As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows. I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends. Our plan is to resume the tour the following week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do – play our songs for them. I hope everyone understands why we can’t play this weekend and I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed.

I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love from my friends and fans we have received over the last couple days. You guys have no idea how much you have helped get us through this tough time.  Thank You and God Bless.

Around the Valley

The City of Las Vegas is in need of blood following the horrific massacre late Sunday night.  If you're willing and able, PLEASE donate blood.  Your next chance in Southern Idaho is this Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Filer from 9a 'til 2p.  Get scheduled for your donation now at  Note that if you recently donated at our Bleed For The Need event - THANK you - but you're not eligible to donate again for eight weeks, or 56 days following your previous donation.

CSI Community Education, The Dilettantes, and Magic Valley Little Theater present Chicago today through Saturday at the CSI Fine Arts AUditorium.  Tickets are fourteen bucks and available for purchase at, or buy in person at the CSI Box Office.

It's the 21ST ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST DINNER AND AUCTION this Friday at the Clover Trinity Lutheran Church in Buhl.  the event features a German dinner and live auction, with all proceeds going to benefit the Clover Trinity LUtheral School.  The event gets underway at 5p.

Cohorts Carnival in the Corn kicks off this Saturday on the Breckenridge Endowment Farm across from the CSI Expo Center on North College in Twin.  Five bucks includes access to food vendors, outside board games, a petting zoo, music, entertainment, carnival games, educational stations, a bounce house and a straw bale fort - or ten bucks includes everything in the $5 package but also unlimited shots at the giant sling shot range, a ride on a horse-drawn carriage to get a pumpkin to take home, and one raffle ticket to win fabulous prizes from the Council of Horticulture Students at CSI.  The Cohorts Carnival will be held EVERY Saturday this month.


MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Made, Flatliners, Friend Request (Unfriend), Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Home Again, American Assassin and IT.

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival wraps up this week 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  You can also catch American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie & Wind River



Certainly can’t blame the guy, here.  Jason Aldean has cancelled the next three concerts on his tour schedule out of respect for the victims, their families, and his fans.  Jason was set to perform this week in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim – but instead will lay low and offer refunds to ticket holders.  Aldean was on stage as the final headliner at the Route 91 festival in Vegas Sunday when a gunman opened machine gun fire, killing 59 and injuring over 500.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said "Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do – play our songs for them," he said. "I hope everyone understands why we can't play this weekend and I'm sorry if anyone is disappointed."  The investigation into why exactly 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire into a crowd of more than 22,000 concert goers continues in Las Vegas.


Aldean isn’t the only one cancelling performances in the wake of the tragedy.  Stars with residencies in Vegas are obviously shook up about what took place – one of those being Jennifer Lopez.  She, too, has cancelled her next three scheduled performances at Planet Hollywood on the strip out of respect for the victims.  Her rep says “Jennifer is heartbroken that such a senseless tragedy occurred. Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”


And doctor’s orders are forcing Bob Seger off the road.  Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band postponed the rest of their 2017 Runaway Train Tour after the rocker received doctor's orders to treat a medical issue concerning his vertebrae. On his website, Seger posted a message that reads "I'm so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll.  It's a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon."