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Friday 10/6/17

Authorities say a worker at the University of Idaho was pinned for a time after a one-ton concrete block fell on his leg, trapping him at the school's wood-chip storage facility. The worker was able to use his cell phone or a radio to call for help after the accident Wednesday afternoon. Emergency workers were able to extricate the man using a fork lift and lift straps before transporting him to the local hospital.

Ada County was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population. The grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs to enable reform.

A federal judge says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled last week the BLM failed to analyze consequences of the action and ordered the agency to reconsider its decision.

State wildlife authorities are trying to find out who poached a mule deer near the town of Melba.  An Idaho Fish and Game officer found the headless carcass of the large buck last weekend. Though the head was missing, no meat had been removed from the carcass.  The department asks anyone who has information to call Fish and Game or the Idaho State Police.

Police in northern Idaho say they are actively reviewing false flyers depicting racist images that target key leaders in Sandpoint.  Mailings have been distributed to businesses and residents falsely representing the views of Mayor Shelby Rognstad and his family.  "Idaho joins the rest of the nation and the world in condemning white-supremacist violence and bigotry of any kind," Governor Butch Otter said in a prepared statement.

The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.  The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.  The change comes as the Trump administration moves to reconsider an Obama-era plan to protect the ground-dwelling sage grouse, which has suffered dramatic population decline in recent decades.

Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 68F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. LOW: 43 (Mountains: 35)Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 68F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

SUNDAY: PM Mountain rain/snow
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 49)

HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 51)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 64 (Mountains: 55)

HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 56)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 68 (Mountains: 57)

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October 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Midwest City, Oklahoma, was Tim Rushlow, country music artist. Between 1991 and 1997, Rushlow was co-lead vocalist of the country music band Little Texas. After Little Texas disbanded in 1997, Rushlow began a solo career and scored the 2000 top 10 hit "She Misses Him."

Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US Country chart with At San Quentin a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison. The album, which spent 20 weeks at the top of the chart was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

Country music's most successful syndicated radio countdown program to date, American Country Countdown, made its debut. The three-hour program was created by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany, and was modeled after American Top 40 (which Kasem also hosted). Comedian Don Bowman was the original host, but by 1978, he would be replaced by Bob Kingsley.

Born on this day in Atlanta, was Georgia, Ryan Tyler, country music artist made her debut in 2003 with the single "Run, Run, Run" on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry. His set list for this occasion is "Friends In Low Places," "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance."

Tim McGraw married Faith Hill and quickly became country music's most visible couple. Their friendship grew into romance during their successful Spontaneous Combustion tour that year.

The sports drama film Friday Night Lights featuring Tim McGraw as Charles Billingsley in his movie debut, had its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. McGraw attended the evening along with Faith Hill, Billy Bob Thornton, Serena Williams and David Duchovny.

Three days after Hank Williams Jr. referred to Hitler while talking about President Obama, ESPN permanently cut his opening song from “Monday Night Football,” which included the catchphrase “Are you ready for some football?”

Pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal died aged 73. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965 and his first hit on the country music chart was in 1984 with "Burned Like a Rocket." Other country hits included "I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow" (1987), "Tell It Like It Is", and "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" (both 1989).

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October 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Smartt Station, Tennessee, was Uncle Dave Macon also known as "The Dixie Dewdrop" who was an old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedian. Known for his chin whiskers, plug hat, gold teeth, and gates-ajar collar, he gained regional fame as a vaudeville performer in the early 1920s before becoming the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the latter half of the decade. He died on March 22nd 1952.

Born on this day in Queens, New York, was Kieran Kane, country music artist who between 1986 and 1990, with Jamie O'Hara comprised The O'Kanes, a duo which charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the #1 single "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You".

Born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama, was Dale Watson, country, Texas Country singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

George Strait was at #1 on the US county chart with his self-titled album which produced three singles: "Go On", "Don't Make Me Come over There and Love You" and "If You Can Do Anything Else".

The 2008 self-titled debut album from Lady Antebellum was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first debut by a country group to achieve this.Top of Form

September 7th: On this day

"Lovesick Blues" by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys was at #1 on the US singles chart. The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest and was recorded by Emmet Miller in 1928 and later by country music singer Rex Griffin.

George Jones scored his second Country #1 single with “Tender Years.” The famous French singer Johnny Hallyday recorded the original song during a Nashville session and afterward he recorded a French version Tes Tendres Années.

Crystal Gayle was at #1 on the US Country chart with “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". The song was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle's 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song became Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, and won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century.

Rosanne Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me, a song she wrote with her then-husband Rodney Crowell. Her fourth Country #1 later won a Grammy Award.

The Farm Aid 03, benefit concert took place at the Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio. 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, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Los Lonely Boys, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Titty Bingo, Trick Pony, Billy Bob Thornton and Daniel Lanois.Bottom of Form

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Bottom of FormGarth Brooks: “The. Show. Must. Go. On.”

Music can be there in times with people need it most, and it has the power to heal.

Garth Brooks’ world tour continues Thursday night (Oct. 5) in Indianapolis. And so his advice to his fellow artists who are grappling with the fact that they have to take a stage so soon after the massacre in Las Vegas is to be there for the fans.

“Here’s the deal. This has been rough,” Brooks said in a new Facebook Live video. “I can’t imagine what went on out West. And I can’t imagine the artists that have gigs tonight. And I know you’re probably wondering what to do. Here’s my advice: The. Show. Must. Go. On. It just does.”  Brooks went on to explain that just like other professionals who are at their best when times are at their worst, musicians have the power to help ease the suffering.

“When things go bad, doctors go to work. When things go bad, policemen go to work. When things go bad, music and musicians go to work. They need you,” he said of collective group of millions of country fans. Fans who, he added, are always there to get away from it all, be joyous and sing.

“Things have gone bad,” Brooks said, “and they need music and the power of that healing.”

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 TODAY 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 and tomorrow 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 tonight 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 Lutheran School.  The event gets underway at 5p.

Cohorts Carnival in the Corn kicks off tomorrow 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):  Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony: The Movie, American Made, Flatliners, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Home Again, It & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle & The Lego Ninjago Movie


MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Blade Runner 2049, Battle Of The Sexes, The Mountain Between Us, American Made, Kingsman: The Golden Circle & Wind River  



The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 are in, and the list includes Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, the Cars, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies.  To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to be released in 1992 or earlier.  The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted on April 14th at a ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year. 


Nick Cannon has been off offending people again - and this time, it's the Catholics.  The comedian performed at New Jersey's Georgian Court University in Lakewood over their homecoming weekend, and did not give them the "NBC or MTV" version of his comedy as he promised he would in his contract.  Officials at Georgian Court say Cannon disregarded the terms of their  agreement and "crossed the line" with offensive words that do not represent the school's core values.  Nick Cannon isn't sorry.  Among other things, he Tweeted "I'm sorry your university doesn't believe in freedom of speech!!!"  I think before he tries the "Shock & aw" thing like he has a few times now, he should FIRST work on actually being funny.


And it's a big weekend at the box office, with a FEW highly-anticipated releases hitting the big screens.  First, 35 years after the original debuted, the Blade Runner sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford is FINALLY opening up tonight.  This is Gosling's FIRST major Hollywood role.  Harrison Ford starred in the original Blade Runner, and this time will take the PASSENGER seat.   The family animated feature My Little Pony — based on the popular line of toys — hits theaters this weekend with an attractive voice cast featuring Emily Blunt, Uzo Aduba and Liev Schreiber.  And finally, The Mountain Between Us starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet opens up tonight as well.  It's described as a prestige love story set against the backdrop of rural, snow-capped peaks.  To find out where you can catch what here in the Magic Valley, visit my blog at