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Tuesday 10/24/17

Health advocates who have been stymied by Idaho's Republican-dominant Legislature to expand Medicaid have filed paperwork for a ballot initiative. Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst said Monday that the state elections office received the ballot initiative proposal last week.

The military judge deciding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's punishment says comments by President Donald Trump haven't swayed him but he's worried about public perception of the military justice system. Sentencing for Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy was set to begin Monday, but the judge instead heard arguments about a last-minute Trump-related motion. The sentencing case is scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

A child advocacy group currently spread thin is desperately searching for volunteers who will help support youth during child protection cases in court in north central Idaho. Executive Director Zenita Delva said the program only has 17 active volunteers to help staff with an average of 100 cases across the five counties it serves.

Boise police say a man who was being sought for a rape early Saturday apparently killed himself after fleeing from officers. Police initially responded to an address near Compass Drive and Hill Road at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday. They spoke with the victim, who said she knew the assailant, and she was taken to a hospital.

Early voting begins Monday across the state.  Same-day registration is also available for early voters or anyone planning to vote on Election Day. To be eligible, the person must be 18 years old and have been a resident in the state or county they’re voting in for at least 30 days before Election Day.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot from your county clerk is Oct. 27,

The Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a man whose body was found Saturday in the Bruneau desert area of eastern Owyhee County.  Officials say there are suspicious circumstances. 

Today:  Sunshine. High 62F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 34F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 69F. ESE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 57)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 58)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 61)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 69 (Mountains: 60)

MONDAY: Chance of mountain showers
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 54)

October 24th: On this day

1944
Born on this day was American country singer, guitarist Ray Downs, best known for his appearances on the syndicated Porter Wagoner television show. He also played with Country Music legend Marty Robbins and recorded under the names Ray Stark as well as Jason Williams. Ray is now a novelist with three novels and hundreds of short stories to his credit.

1952
Born on this day in Vicksburg, Mississippi was Mark Gray, singer, songwriter and a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982. Gray's solo career includes three albums and eight Top 40 hits, of which the highest-peaking is the #6 Tammy Wynette duet "Sometimes When We Touch". Gray also co-wrote "Take Me Down" and "The Closer You Get", both of which became #1 hits for Alabama. He died on December 2, 2016.

1965
Jim Reeves was at #1 on the Country music album chart with “Up Through The Years”. Reeves was killed in a plane crash the previous year on July 31, 1964 after they encountered a violent thunderstorm en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls.

1970
“Run Woman Run" by Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country charts. Written by Ann Booth, Duke Goff, and Dan Hoffman, it spent two weeks at the top and a total of thirteen weeks on the country charts and became the 8th chart topper for Wynette.

1984
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music album chart with City Of New Orleans. The album spent 12 weeks at the top of the charts. The title track is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms.

1991
Garth Brooks' No Fences became the first country album certified for shipments of more than 5 million copies. The album stayed in the top 40 for 126 weeks and to date has sold over 17 million copies.

2006
Taylor Swift released her eponymous debut studio album which went on to top the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks and has now sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.

2010
Both Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame. Loretta Lynn Makes Surprise Appearance at Hall of Fame Inductions

Still weak and disoriented from the stroke she suffered in May, the incomparable Loretta Lynn nonetheless took to the stage Sunday night (Oct. 22) to fulfill Alan Jackson‘s wish that she be the one to induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“When I met Alan he was like a scared little boy,” Lynn told the crowd at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where the late Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were also inducted.

Lynn recalled her first meeting backstage with Jackson. “I told him [then] he was going to be one of the greatest singers in country music,” she declared. “He hasn’t let me down. … He’s the only one who could bring me here.”

Escorted to the stage by George Strait and an assistant, the 85-year-old Lynn initially seemed confused as to what was expected of her. She said the stroke had impaired her vision making her unable to spot Jackson who sat facing her in the front row. But once she got her bearings, Lynn was her reliably vivacious and plain-spoken self.

Jason Aldean Helps Raise More Than $330,000 at “Concert for the Cure” to Benefit Susan G. Komen Organization

Jason Aldean brought his annual Concert for the Cure to the KFC YUM Center in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 20 as part of his They Don’t Know Tour.

Since 2004, Jason has helped raise more than $3.6 million to benefit Susan G. Komen chapters across the country.

Susan G. Komen organizations fund more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

By donating a portion of his tickets sales throughout the year, Jason raised $332,848 in 2017 for Komen Kentucky.

“These women and their families are fighters,” said Jason. “We’ve been having them backstage every night for the last couple years now and I’ve heard their stories first-hand. We’re going to keep fighting with them until there’s no more breast cancer.”

Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver joined Jason as performers at the 2017 Concert for the Cure.

 

Monday, 10/23/17

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter say they are working to bring awareness to stop sexual assault and harassment and are encouraging Idahoans to also step up in their efforts. . The remarks come as the state faces sexual harassment lawsuits across state agencies and executive offices.

Police have arrested a south-central Idaho woman following the death of her 20-month-old child. Authorities arrested 22-year-old Amanda Dunlap of Twin Falls in Boise and booked her into the Ada County Jail.

County commissioners in Blaine County where residents put out food for elk last winter are considering new regulations to prevent the practice. The county attorney presented to the County commissioners a draft ordinance revising the county's policy on feeding big game animals.

The White House says a military justice case must be "resolved on its own facts" after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued that President Donald Trump's criticism prevented him from receiving a fair sentence. The White House statement says Trump "expects all military personnel" in the military justice process "to exercise their independent professional judgment."

An Idaho man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for impregnating a teenager.  35-year-old Timothy Duelke of Shoshone will have to pay fines and register as a sex offender.

Idaho's unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent in September.  The Idaho Department of Labor says that's the lowest unemployment rate on record dating back to 1976.

If you live in Gooding County, in addition to voting on city council members and a mayor, you can expect to see at least one ballot measure on Nov. 7.  The Gooding fire district wants to increase the budget from 157-thousand to 452-thousand dollars for ongoing expenses.  In Hagerman the Cemetery district wants to increase the property tax levy by 45-thousand dollars. 

A federal judge says the Idaho Department of Prisons was in contempt of court for a time for failing to follow court orders designed to improve health care for inmates, but the problems appear to have been fixed.  The ruling from U.S. District Judge David Carter means the state doesn't face any punitive fines for now.

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 62F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low around 35F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny. High near 65F. Winds light and variable.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 62)

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 54)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 55)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 56)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 68 (Mountains: 56)

October 23rd: On this day

1939
Bill Monroe auditioned for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passed the audition and made his debut five days later.

1951
Born on this day in Pulaski, Tennessee, was David Wills, singer-songwriter. Wills wrote George Strait's "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" and Garth Brooks' "Wild Horses."

1956
Born on this day in Pikeville, Kentucky, was Dwight Yoakam. The country singer, actor and film director, who is most famous for his pioneering country music has sold over 25 million records with 5 Billboard # 1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums. Yoakam is the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show and has also starred in many films, most notably in critically acclaimed performances as an ill-tempered, abusive, live-in boyfriend in Sling Blade.

1972
Born on this day in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was Jimmy Wayne country music singer and songwriter. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003, four singles were released from it, including "Stay Gone" and "I Love You This Much", which both reached Top Ten on the Billboard country charts. “Do You Believe Me Now” became his first #1 hit in late 2008.

1976
Linda Ronstadt was at #1 on the Country music album chart with the Grammy Award winning Hasten Down the Wind. Her third straight million-selling album made Ronstadt the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat.

1978
American country musician Maybelle Carter died aged 69. She is best known as a member of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and '30s and also as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. Maybelle Carter was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, her image appeared on a US postage stamp honoring the Carter Family.

1982
Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included The Righteous Brothers who with Glen Campbell played "True Grit" and "An American Trilogy".

1992
The American dramatic musical western film Pure Country was released. Directed by Christopher Cain, The film stars George Strait in his acting debut with Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser and Kyle Chandler. The soundtrack was a critical success and to date is Strait's best selling album.

1997
More than 100,000 copies of John Denver's catalog of albums were sold in the week after the singer was killed in an Oct. 12 plane crash off the California coast. SoundScan reported that four of Denver's albums were among the nation's top 200 bestsellers last week and that 10 were among the top 75 sellers among country albums.

2011
Scotty McCreery was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Clear As Day, the debut studio album by the season ten American Idol winner.

Friday 10/20/17

Those running for the upcoming Filer City Elections faced the community earlier this week for questions.  Some hot buttons were who should provide law enforcement to the community, the need for transparency and concern about following the sates open meeting laws. 

Residents in Gooding will choose whether they want the current City Council and Mayor or do they want a change.  Three of the challengers are presenting a united front in their fight to unseat two city council members and the mayor. 

Idaho will receive $1.2 million of a multistate settlement with General Motors over allegations it concealed ignition safety problem in its vehicle.  Under the settlement, GM will declare a motor vehicle safe only if it has complied with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

There is a wind advisory for the snake plain and eastern Magic Valley today.  The national Weather service is warning residents to expect gusts up to 55 miles an hour today developing by 11 am today.  Drivers of high profile vehicles will find driving difficult.

Authorities in southwestern Idaho have arrested an 18-year-old high school student they say brought to school a BB gun that looked like a realistic, fully functioning handgun. Deputies went to Marsing High School and took into custody Seth J. Ramirez and recovered the BB gun.

Idaho officials have paid $24,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an eastern Idaho woman who said an Idaho State Police detective investigating her as part of a federal drug case coerced her into having sex.

An Idaho legislative panel that's reviewing possible campaign finance reforms has rejected a proposal to lift the state's campaign contribution limits. The bipartisan committee agreed Wednesday that Idaho's modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should not be removed.

Authorities say an Idaho state lawmaker is the subject of a criminal investigation that began two weeks ago. Caldwell police Lt. Joey Hoadley said the investigation involving Republican Rep. Brandon Hixon has been opened, but he declined to share details about the case and did not say what prompted officers to launch it.

Today:  Morning and afternoon rain Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph .WINDS: W 25-30 MPH HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 47)

Tonight:  Rain ending wind calming WINDS: SW 5-15 MPH LOW: 32 (Mountains: 26)

Tomorrow: Partly Sunny and cold HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 42)

SUNDAY: Morning shower chance
HIGH: 64 (Mountains: 57)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 59)

TUESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 59)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 69 (Mountains: 61)

THURSDAY: Sunny and cooler
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 57)

October 20th: On this day

1908
Born on this day in Kellyville, Texas was Stuart Hamblen who was one of American radio's first singing cowboys wrote "This Ole House", which has been covered by many artists including Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Dean, Boxcar Willie, Bill Black, and UK singer Shakin’ Stevens. Hamblen died in Santa Monica, California on March 8th 1989 of brain cancer.

1913
Born on this day in Henderson County, Kentucky, was Grandpa Jones an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jones died on 19 Feb 1998 aged 84.

1937
Born on this day in Maud, Oklahoma was Wanda Lavonne Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 60s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is known to many as the Queen (or First Lady) of Rockabilly. Jackson moved to a successful career in mainstream country music with a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine", "A Woman Lives for Love" and "Fancy Satin Pillows".

1983
Merle Travis died a heart attack. The American country and Western singer, songwriter who was best known for his hit "Sixteen Tons", often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners in the lyrics. Travis was was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

1991
Clint Black married actress, singer Lisa Hartman who played a major role in the primetime soap Knots Landing, as rock singer Ciji Dunne.

1999
Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville suffering from pneumonia, the second time this year. Doctors suspected that the medication Cash was taking for Shy-Drager’s Syndrome has made him more susceptible to infection.

2006
Flicka, an adaptation of the 1941 children's novel, opened in US movie theaters. Tim McGraw played the leading adult male role as Wyoming rancher Rob McGlaughlin.

2009
Tim McGraw released Southern Voice, which was led by the single "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You".

October 21st: On this day

1915
Born on this day, was American record producer Owen Bradley, who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 1960s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly, working with artists such as such as Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, and Conway Twitty.

1935
Born on this day in Rowe, Virginia, was Mel Street. From 1968 to 1972, Street hosted his own show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station. He recorded his first single, "Borrowed Angel," in 1970 for a small regional record label. A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in 1972, and it became a top-10 Billboard hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in 1973. He committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, on October 21, 1978, his 43rd birthday.

1978
Mel Street the honky tonk-styled singer, who had long battled clinical depression and alcoholism, committed suicide on his 43rd birthday. He had signed a recording contract with Mercury Records earlier in the year. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on Back Streets", in 1973.

1980
Don Williams was at #1 on the Country music charts with "I Believe in You", Williams' eleventh #1 on the country chart. It was also hit in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

1988
Country singer Lynn Anderson was booked on a misdemeanor charge of malicious mischief after an incident at the home of songwritter Paul Williams’ brother. It was reported that Anderson had damaged a car and stole a jacket.

2007
Rascal Flatts were at #1 on the US Country music album chart with their fifth studio album, Still Feels Good. The album produced five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, the first of which was "Take Me There", co-written by Kenny Chesney, and reached #1 on the country charts in mid-2007.

2012
Hargus “Pig” Robbins was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The session keyboard and piano player played on records for artists such as George Jones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, David Allan Coe, George Hamilton IV and Conway Twitty. He was also awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1976 and 2000.

October 22nd: On this day

1966
At the age of 48, Eddy Arnold became the youngest (to that time) living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1968
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with his sixth studio release, Gentle on My Mind. The title track written by John Hartford, won two 1968 Grammy Awards and received over 5 million radio plays. Campbell used "Gentle on My Mind" as the theme to his television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

1968
Born on this day in Killen, Alabama, was Marsha Thornton, country music singer. Between 1990 and 2003, she released three studio albums, with her first two released on MCA Records; she has also issued four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest peaking single was "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline", which reached #59 in 1990.

1968
Born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, was Shelby Lynne, singer and songwriter. Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987, her first recording was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had been active in the music industry for some time. She appeared in the film Walk The Line playing the role of Carrie Cash.

1973
John Denver released "Sunshine on My Shoulders" which hit #1 early in 1974. It was originally the B-side of one of his earlier songs, "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy". As the Vietnam War came to an end, the song took on a new significance and began to receive airplay. It was also his first of four #1's between 1974-1975, the other three being: "Annie's Song", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", and "I'm Sorry."

1988
Johnny Cash performed at a benefit show for a drug and alcohol treatment community for adolescents and their families at the Handley High School Auditorium in Winchester, Virginia Before the show Cash was presented with a plaque and told that the day had been declared Johnny Cash Day.

1999
Dixie Chicks fifth studio album Fly was at #1 on the country chart. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and has now sold over 10 million units.

2005
The reality series Tuckerville aired for the first time on The Learning Channel, documenting the life of country music star Tanya Tucker as she recorded an album, ran her record business, and raises her three children. It ran for two seasons for a total of 18 episodes.

Thursday 10/19/17

While wildfires raged and smoke filled Idaho’s sky, the state’s famous spud crop suffered this summer because of the haze that filtered the vital sunlight.  Most of the state’s 308,000-acre potato crop is harvested; only a few of the large operators are still digging what appears to be a smaller crop.

Bowe Bergdahl says President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his criticism of the soldier preventing him from receiving a fair sentence on charges he endangered comrades in Afghanistan.  Bergdahl's lawyers on Tuesday asked to have the case dismissed because of Trump's remarks after their client pleaded guilty this week.

An Idaho Falls man who was released in March after spending 20 years in prison for rape and murder has been arrested again.  41-year-old Christopher Tapp is facing a new charge of domestic battery.  Tapp and his wife were in an argument that turned physical. Tapp was in prison for the 1996 killing of 18-year-old Angie Dodge.

The Hops industry in Idaho is bringing good news to Idaho’s economy.  In southern Idaho it’s reported that there are 5-thousand acres of plants growing that is used in the production of of Beer.

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing bighorn sheep.  The 18-page lawsuit contends the grazing through permits issued to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sheep Experimental Station risks transmitting diseases to bighorn sheep.

A former Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the agency that includes an allegation that a male supervisor threatened to strangle her with an extension cord. The seven-page lawsuit seeks not less than $100,000 in damages plus attorney fees.

A Nampa Police Department detective says a man who engaged in an illicit relationship with an underage teenager took videos of their sexual activities.  Court records say 37 year old Booker T. Collins, of Nampa, had “a sexual relationship over the last several months” with the girl. Police believe the relationship ran from early August to early October.

An Idaho jury continued to hear testimony to determine if a man convicted of killing a Coeur d'Alene police officer should receive the death penalty. The jury found 29-year-old Jonathan Renfro guilty of first-degree murder on Friday for the May 2015 killing of Police Sgt. Greg Moore.

Today:  Mostly Sunny. High around 76F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low 49F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy. Periods of rain early. Then some breaks in the clouds in the afternoon. High 52F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 44)

SUNDAY: Morning shower chance
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 55)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 57)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 58)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 68 (Mountains: 60)

October 19th: On this day

1889
Born on this day in Bristol, England, was Art Satherley, record producer and A&R man who joined Columbia Records in 1930 and subsequently became one of the most successful country music promoters in the genre's early history. Among those he produced were Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins and Roy Acuff. Satherley died on 10 Feb 1986.

1945
Born on this day in Anson, Texas, was Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, country music and gospel singer who is best known for her 1968 country #1 and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA". In 1980, she published her autobiography, From Harper Valley to the Mountain Top.

1968
Born on this day was Rodney Scott Carrington, an American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest-hits package.

1976
Born on this day in Tifton, Georgia, was Cyndi Thomson, her debut 2001 single, "What I Really Meant to Say", became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

1997
Six airplanes rocked their wings in a salute to John Denver before a memorial service. Taped recordings of four of his songs were played during the funeral service at Faith Presbyterian Church, attended by about 2,000 people in the Denver suburb.

2006
Keith Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California. He later issued a statement saying: "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid that I have."

2011
Brad Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode Bass to Mouth.

Wednesday 10/18/17

Tim Soule has resigned as the Twin Falls Fire Department Chief.  He was appointed to the position in October 2016.  Soule has more than 25 years of experience in fire and emergency services.  No reason was given for the departure. 

Twin Falls City Hall employees are getting ready to move into their new digs.  It’s been a year and a half in the making but next week the move begins.  The new city hall on main street cost 9-point 5 million dollars.  The new building is expected to last at least 50 years.

An Idaho woman could avoid most of her prison sentence for crashing an SUV while under the influence of methamphetamine and killing her 14-year-old stepdaughter Autumn Barnes.  Jordan Jamison could evade most of her seven-year sentence if she successfully completes a prison-based treatment program.  Jamison was driving the SUV near Meridian, when she and her former husband began arguing and physically fighting in the front seats.

The guilty plea of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to charges of endangering his comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing this month that could land him in prison for life.  Now the judge will weigh Bergdahl's admission of guilt and his time in captivity against the wounds other service members suffered while searching for him.

Police are searching for a driver involved in a fiery crash that blocked I-84 in Meridian Monday night.  Idaho State Police say the driver of a Kenworth semi was eastbound when he was rear-ended by a 2007 Mazda MZ3.  The Mazda became fully engulfed in flames.  The driver of the stolen car fled the scene.

The Twin Falls City Council has agreed to help the Trans-Four bus system.  The help will be in the form of $45-thousand dollars for a two-year period.  The public transportation service officials say they are facing $13-thousand dollars loss this year even if it receives the money.  They serve about 100 people a day.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says the state has to be vigilant monitoring the federal government's creation of a new sage grouse conservation plan.  Otter told state workers that they can't allow federal workers he called "leftovers" from President Obama's administration to create a plan that he says is too restrictive.

Some at the Rock Creek Elementary School in Twin Falls are working to help two families who lost their home to fire last week.   Donations of clothes are being gathered and school officials are asking those who want to help to consider gift cards for groceries.

Today:  Mostly Sunny. High 72F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 41F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 73F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: Morning rain
HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 51)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 47)

SUNDAY: Chance of mountain shower
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 57)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 60)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 61)

October 18th: On this day

1952
Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar in Minden, Louisiana. The next day two public ceremonies were held at the New Orleans Civic Auditorium, where 14,000 seats were sold for each. After Williams's death, a judge ruled that the wedding was not legal because Jones Eshlimar's divorce had not become final until eleven days after she married Williams.

1967
Ode to Billie Joe the debut album by Bobbie Gentry was at #1 on the chart. It was the only album to displace The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from its 15-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The recording of the title track "Ode to Billie Joe" generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger Jimmie Haskell.

1979
Johnny Cash received the United Nations Humanitarian Award for his longstanding support for two children’s homes in Jamaica and his work for the Youth For Christ Organisation. The ceremony was held at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.

1980
Born on this day was Josh Gracin, country music singer who is a former member of the United States Marine Corps. He first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the Fox Networks talent competition American Idol. His self-titled debut album was released in 2004 and it produced the #1 hit, "Nothin' to Lose.”

1988
Randy Travis was back at #1 on the country chart with Always & Forever, his second album. Released from this album were the singles "Too Gone Too Long", "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "I Told You So", all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

2010
Kenny Chesney was at #1 on the Country chart with his fourteenth studio album Hemingway's Whiskey. Four of the albums singles; "The Boys of Fall", "Somewhere with You", "Live a Little", and "Reality" have all hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

Kenny Chesney Hard at Work 6 Weeks Later

The entire island of St. John has been without power since Sept. 6. And basically without much cell or internet service either, thanks to the devastating Hurricane Irma. So, six very, very long weeks. And while Kenny Chesney is doing everything he possibly can to start the rebuilding process, so is Jenn Manes.

Manes writes about everything St. John for the News of St. John blog. It’s her job to spread the word about what’s working — and not working — on the island. After the storm hit, her dad in Connecticut is the one who first sent her word that, “Kenny’s team is coming. You’re all going to be OK.”

Manes went up to Chesney’s island home right after she received her dad’s text, and found 17 people taking shelter there. And in addition to welcoming people into his house, Chesney also stocked a plane with generators, internet equipment, rakes, shovels and other cleanup equipment — plus people who knew how to help — flew it all to St. Croix, then transferred everything and everyone to a private helicopter to get to St. John.

That made Chesney’s team the first ones on the ground in St. John, even before the U.S. military. And during the first few weeks after the storm, Manes reported that Chesney’s group kept sending loads of food, water, emergency supplies, medicine, medical equipment, chainsaws, generators, cleanup equipment, bug spray, batteries and flashlights and more to the Virgin Islands. It’s all part of his Love for Love City Foundation.

“They did so using private jets, private helicopters, private charter boats and fishing boats, and ferries. The private boats — the majority came from St. Croix — donated their time and fuel. So a huge thank you to the residents of St. Croix who stepped up in a big way to help our community when we needed it most,” Manes wrote.

And now, even without any power, Chesney is trying to start the rebuilding process. His foundation has partnered with Bloomberg to send 29 New York State Troopers down to St. John to help with security. “I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much,” Chesney said.

Around the Valley

The Candidate Forum for Filer Mayoral and City Council Candidates to reach voters and help them make an informed decision about those running for city office this election cycle is tonight at 7 at the Filer Middle School Auditorium. Doug Maughan will moderate the event.  The forum is free and open to the public.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, Voices Against Violence will hold a Candlelight Vigil tomorrow at Twin Falls City Park.  The vigil will honor those who we have lost to domestic violence and to recognize those who survived. Victims will share their stories, and the event will also feature live music and poetry. Survivors of domestic violence and their families are invited to speak as well.  The event runs from 6 'til 8.

The annual Stricker After Dark event will be held this Friday and Saturday night at the historic Rock Creek Stage Station and Stricker Homesite.  At this year's Stricker After Dark, guests will be taken on a candlelit tour of the Stricker home, which was built in 1900. As the tour guides take guests through the house, they will tell you spooky stories about the home and property. The house tour is recommended for ages 6 and up, and children cannot be carried on the tour.  Guests are also invited to take a moonlit stroll through the grounds of the site, sit by a roaring campfire, and visit the Interpretive Center.  Cost is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to preserve and maintain the Stricker property.

Have lunch with the witches at Nature Nursery & Markets this Saturday from 11 ‘til 4.  The event includes trick or treating, a bakery, face painting, fortune telling, pumpkin decorating and even a Halloween parade at noon!  Cost is five bucks per person and that includes lunch.  Again, it’s this Saturday from 11 ‘til 4 at Nature Nursery & Markets, 120 East Highway 81 in Burley.

The Twin Falls County Fair Foundation's 'Anything Potato' cook-off is this Saturday from 5:30 'til 8 in Twin Falls COunty Fairgrounds Merchant Building #3.  Cost is $20 per family or $10 per person and $4 for kids aged 5 to 11.  If you'd like to ENTER the cook-off, all organizations, service groupsandr individuals are welcome to do so.   Any recipe containing potato as an ingredient is eligible.  Each group or individual entry must cook and provide enough 2 oz. samples for 200 people.  Cups and utensils will be provided.   The attending public will make their choice for the best of "Anything Potato."  For more information call the Twin Falls County Fair Office.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  The Foreigner, Happy Death Day, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony: The Movie, American Made, Flatliners, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, It & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): Happy Death Day, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, American Made, The Lego Ninjago Movie, It

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Brad’s Status, mother!, Blade Runner 2049, Battle Of The Sexes, The Mountain Between Us & American Made

***Magic Lantern Theaters – http://www.mlcinemas.com

***Magic Valley Cinema 13 - https://cinemawest.com/location?house_id=7482

***Century Stadium & Burley Theater – http://www.centurycinema5.com

CONCERTS THIS WEEK

TONIGHT - 10.18 – Bob Dylan – Eccles Theater – Salt Lake

THURSDAY – 10.19 – Huey Lewis & The News – Eccles Theater – Salt Lake

SATURDAY – 10.21 – Luke Bryan & Brett Eldredge – Usana Amphitheatre – Salt Lake

NEXT WEDNESDAY, 10.25 – Kesha – Rockwell @ The Complex – Salt Lake

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

I just want to preface this story with the fact that I KNOW I’ve been covering the Harvey Weinstein thing and all of it’s fallout extensively – but that’s because I think it’s important as a member of the media to spread stuff like this as if it were wildfire… because for the first time in possibly forever, women in showbiz feel like they have every bit as much a voice if not MORE of a voice than men – and in my opinion and hopefully yours too, that’s how it SHOULD be.  It’s not just showiz, either – in MANY professions, leadership is dominated by powerful men who think they have this indestructible ability to force women into many situations only so that they may have the CHANCE to become an equal… and frankly, that’s stupid – and there’s lots of women NOW who have been given the stage, the spotlight, and the microphone to say as much.  That’s STUPID and not fair.  Today’s whirlwind of accusations, drops, and step-downs comes from head of Amazon Studios Roy Price.  Yesterday, he resigned from his position as studio head after an allegation that he had harassed a television producer working on one of his shows.  Price’s departure, confirmed by an Amazon Studios representative, comes less than a week after he was placed on unpaid leave following accusations made by Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the Amazon drama series “The Man in the High Castle,” that he made lewd remarks and unwanted advances in 2015.  Hackett said much of what I just ranted about in response to Price's departure.  She said in a statement, "An important conversation has begun about the need to create a culture in our industry which values, respect and decency and rejects the abuse of power and dehumanizing treatment of others.  This is truly an opportunity to find a better way forward, and ultimately toward a balanced representation of women and minorities in leadership positions.”

 

And as more and more women come forward to share their own stories of harassment in their Hollywood workplaces, this one should give all of those who love the great, late Carrie Fisher yet another reason to adore her.   Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie industry vet who recently told a morning radio show in Tucson about an ugly run-in she had with an overly aggressive unnamed Oscar winner. Her story, however, took a surprise twist because of the actions of the late Carrie Fisher.  Ross, a screenwriter and producer, told one radio morning show on Monday that in 2000, she moved to California, a bright-eyed hopeful eager to make it in the entertainment business. She already had connected with some industry folks on AOL, striking up a friendship with the “Star Wars” actress.  She also connected with an unnamed Oscar-winning producer — not Weinstein — who agreed to take her to lunch.  Ross said she did not have any qualms or worries seeing the A-lister. Their talk online had been all business and because she was what she believed to be overweight, she felt safe thinking that she wouldn't be attractive to this guy AND she wasn't looking to become an actress.  But, things turned south in a hurry and I'll spare you the details of what this sleaze did because as I've said time and again, we're a family show and on in lots of school buses this morning - but Carrie Fisher's response to this dirtbag's actions was fantastic.  A few weeks after the incident, Carrie Fisher told Ross that she had seen the producer.  “She said, ‘I just saw blank at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow."  When Ross asked what was inside, Fisher said: “It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.”  I'll let you decipher the message.

 

And finally, Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the popular TV competition show "Project Runway," passed away yesterday.  He was 39.  Knight died outside Atlanta surrounded by family and friends.  An official cause of death has not been released, but Knight had extensively shared his five-year struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Facebook posts that he suffered chronic abdominal pain, a "leaky gut," extreme fatigue and exhaustion.  His family said "Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy."  Rest in peace, Mychael Knight.

Tuesday 10/17/17

Boise State University has suspended a student-athlete from team activities, a decision that comes as the university and Boise police investigate allegations the student-athlete attacked another student on campus early Sunday morning. The victim was knocked unconscious, suffered a broken arm, broken nose and bruises to the back of his head. 

The Bannock County Sheriff says the county's jail is overcrowded and several structural issues at the facility have the potential to become serious threats to the safety of both inmates and staff. A $16 million jail expansion bond set for the upcoming Nov. 7 ballot would designate $14 million to add an additional 120 to 160 beds and replace plumbing lines, cracked exterior walls and door-locking mechanisms that are well past their warranty periods.

Officials with Northwest Nazarene University have announced the school is dropping its crusader mascot.   Students were notified yesterday that the university's new mascot would be the nighthawks.  The change comes after students, community members and alumni raised concerns about the history of violence and destruction associated with crusaders. 

Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher's campaign says the Republican has raised more than $153,000 since announcing his intent to run for the state's open 1st Congressional District seat.  Former Attorney General David Leroy raised roughly $31,000 in the same time frame, but has raised $145,000 overall since announcing his candidacy in April.

Boise police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle. According to the Boise Police Department, a vehicle traveling in Boise on Sunday collided with a man was walking across the street.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge he's pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl is charged with endangering his comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. He told the judge that he now understands that what he did caused others to search for him.

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 73F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 42F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunshine. High 74F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 62)

FRIDAY: Rain and evening snow showers
HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 49)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 47)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny passing showers possible
HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 54)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 64 (Mountains: 54)

October 17th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Portsmouth, Ohio, was Earl Thomas Conley, country music singer-songwriter. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, Conley charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eighteen reached#1. Conley's eighteen #1 country singles during the 1980s marked the most #1 hits by any artist in any genre during that decade. Conley's music has been referred to as "thinking man's country" because the narrator looks into the heart and soul of his characters in each song.

1958
Born on this day in Newnan, Georgia, was Alan Jackson, country music singer, who has recorded over a dozen studio albums. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs", for which of Jackson's entries, 35 were #1 hits. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

1991
Tennessee Ernie Ford died exactly 36 years after his hit "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1999
American steel guitarist and songwriter Tommy Durden died aged 79. He is most notable for co-writing Elvis Presley's breakthrough hit, "Heartbreak Hotel" and later performed as steel guitarist for Tex Ritter, Johnny Cash and Johnny Tillotson.

2000
American III: Solitary Man was released, the third album in the American series by Johnny Cash, (and his 85th overall album). The album was notable for being Cash's highest charting (#11 Country) solo studio LP since his 1976, One Piece at a Time. Solitary Man featured versions of “I Won’t Back Down”, (Tom Petty), “One”, (U2), and “Solitary Man”, (Neil Diamond).

2003
A longtime golf enthusiast, singer Anne Murray made history at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, by becoming the first woman to score a hole-in-one on the 108 - yard, par 3, 17th hole at the Kaluhyat Golf Club.

Around the Valley

The Candidate Forum for Filer Mayoral and City Council Candidates to reach voters and help them make an informed decision about those running for city office this election cycle is this Wednesday at 7 at the Filer Middle School Auditorium. Doug Maughan will moderate the event.  The forum is free and open to the public.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, Voices Against Violence will hold a Candlelight Vigil this Thursday at Twin Falls City Park.  The vigil will honor those who we have lost to domestic violence and to recognize those who survived. Victims will share their stories, and the event will also feature live music and poetry. Survivors of domestic violence and their families are invited to speak as well.  The event runs from 6 'til 8.

The annual Stricker After Dark event will be held this Friday and Saturday night at the historic Rock Creek Stage Station and Stricker Homesite.  At this year's Stricker After Dark, guests will be taken on a candlelit tour of the Stricker home, which was built in 1900. As the tour guides take guests through the house, they will tell you spooky stories about the home and property. The house tour is recommended for ages 6 and up, and children cannot be carried on the tour.  Guests are also invited to take a moonlit stroll through the grounds of the site, sit by a roaring campfire, and visit the Interpretive Center.  Cost is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to preserve and maintain the Stricker property.

Have lunch with the witches at Nature Nursery & Markets this Saturday from 11 ‘til 4.  The event includes trick or treating, a bakery, face painting, fortune telling, pumpkin decorating and even a Halloween parade at noon!  Cost is five bucks per person and that includes lunch.  Again, it’s this Saturday from 11 ‘til 4 at Nature Nursery & Markets, 120 East Highway 81 in Burley.

The Twin Falls County Fair Foundation's 'Anything Potato' cook-off is this Saturday from 5:30 'til 8 in Twin Falls COunty Fairgrounds Merchant Building #3.  Cost is $20 per family or $10 per person and $4 for kids aged 5 to 11.  If you'd like to ENTER the cook-off, all organizations, service groupsandr individuals are welcome to do so.   Any recipe containing potato as an ingredient is eligible.  Each group or individual entry must cook and provide enough 2 oz. samples for 200 people.  Cups and utensils will be provided.   The attending public will make their choice for the best of "Anything Potato."  For more information call the Twin Falls County Fair Office.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  The Foreigner, Happy Death Day, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, My Little Pony: The Movie, American Made, Flatliners, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, It & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): Happy Death Day, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, American Made, The Lego Ninjago Movie, It

BURLEY THEATER:  Cars 3

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Brad’s Status, mother!, Blade Runner 2049, Battle Of The Sexes, The Mountain Between Us & American Made

CONCERTS THIS WEEK

TONIGHT AND TOMORROW, 10.17 & 10.18 – Bob Dylan – Eccles Theater – Salt Lake

THURSDAY – 10.19 – Huey Lewis & The News – Eccles Theater – Salt Lake

SATURDAY – 10.21 – Luke Bryan & Brett Eldredge – Usana Amphitheatre – Salt Lake

NEXT WEDNESDAY, 10.25 – Kesha – Rockwell @ The Complex – Salt Lake

HOLLYWOOD

 

The film Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein on Saturday - and they didn't waste any time in getting it done. After an emergency closed-door meeting of the board of governors, the group issued a statement saying that it would like to “send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”  The Producers Guild of America also voted yesterday to begin the process of expelling Weinstein from its ranks. His expulsion is not immediately effective since the guild, following its bylaws, must go through a termination process.

 

Ed Sheeran's Divide tour is in jeopardy after the singer injured his arm in a bicycle accident yesterday morning in London.  He took to Instagram yesterday to say he had a bit of a bicycle accident and is currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of his upcoming shows.  The BBC reported that Sheeran broke his right arm in the accident, with the Mirror adding that a car struck Sheeran while he rode his bicycle in London. The incident is the latest in Sheeran's bizarre collection of injuries, which include slicing his face in a fake knighthood ceremony and melting the flesh off his foot at a hot spring.

 

And according to Us Weekly, Prince Harry doesn't want an extravagant ceremony when he walks down the aisle with Meghan Markle.  A source says "Pomp and pageantry is the last thing he would want.  I can see him wanting to get married at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves.  Harry and Markle who are both 36 met in London in July of last year, but didn't confirm their relationship until November.