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Friday, 09/01/17

Twin Falls Fire Chief Tim Soule remains on paid administrative leave as the city continues in their investigation.  While officials will not say why, they did say it’s not criminal in nature.   Soule was hired in October 2016.

Raul Labrador hopes to shake things up as the 1st district congressman prepares his run to be the state’s governor.  One thing is if Labrador wins, one of his first requests will be that every state agency head resigns and re-applies for their job. 

Federal officials are awarding Idaho about $2 million in grants for 10 projects intended to protect water quality.  The U.S. Environmental Protection announced the awards yesterday to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Big changes are in the works at Stanley Lake and Redfish Lake.  This fall, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area will begin reconstruction of the Stanley Lake recreation complex, including relocation of the boat ramp and inlet campsites and restoration of the inlet wetlands. A new campground spur and campsites will be developed, the trailhead will be improved and a new trail will connect all facilities.

Security at Canyon County's tent jail has been improved in the areas where eight inmates were able to escape on six different occasions. The tent jail, called Pod 5, was built for inmates on work release, but overcrowding in the jail forced officials to relocate inmates outside.

A Boise Idaho jury has rejected a Boise man's claims of self-defense and convicted him of first-degree murder. The Ada County jury on Tuesday convicted 31-year-old Adam Bodenbach of killing 20-year-old Ryan Banks.

Idaho's Republican governor Butch Otter has praised former Democratic Governor Cecil D. Andrus, whose body is lying in state at the Idaho Capitol. Andres was Idaho's most recent Democratic governor in the heavily Republican state. Otter says the two were like a political odd couple when Otter served as lieutenant governor while Andrus was governor. Andrus also headed the U.S. Interior Department when Jimmy Carter was president.

Today:  Clear Sunny WINDS: NW 5-15 MPH HIGH: 87 (Mountains: 83)

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 57F. (Mountains: 54) Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 87) Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 90)

HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 88)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 88)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 86)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 85)

September 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Sterrett, Texas, was American country music singer Boxcar Willie. "Boxcar Willie" was originally a character in a ballad he wrote, but he later adopted it as his own stage name. He died on April 12, 1999, interstate 35E and Farm to Market Road 664 in Red Oak, Texas was renamed Boxcar Willie Memorial Overpass.

Born on this day in Friars Point, Mississippi, was Conway Twitty (born Harold Lloyd Jenkins). Twitty held the record for the most #1 singles of any act with 55 #1 Billboard country hits until George Strait broke the record in 2006. Twitty who scored his first #1 in 1958 with “It's Only Make Believe" died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, at Cox South Hospital two months before the release of what would be his final studio album, Final Touches.

Born on this day in the Isle Of Man, England, was Barry Gibb, singer, songwritter and member of The Bee Gees. With his brothers he wrote "Islands in the Stream" which became a world-wide #1 hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983. The Gibbs originally wrote the song for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to change it for the Kenny Rogers album Eyes That See In The Dark.

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Charlie Robison, country music singer, songwriter. His biggest hits including "My Hometown" released in 2000. He married Emily Erwin of The Dixie Chicks in 1999. The couple divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.

Born on this day in Martin County, Kentucky, was Angaleena Presley, country music singer-songwriter. She is a member of the female country trio Pistol Annies who released their debut album Hell on Heels in 2011.

MCA released Hearts in Armor, the second studio album by Trisha Yearwood. Four of its tracks became hits in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1992 and 1993: "Wrong Side of Memphis", "Walkaway Joe", "You Say You Will" and "Down on My Knees". The album was released immediately following Yearwood's divorce with her first husband, and is considered one of her greatest albums.

Reba McEntire kicked off her 35-date North American All the Women I Am Tour at MacDonald Island Park, Fort McMurray, Canada. With this tour announcement, McEntire was named the biggest female box office draw in country music. She has sold over nine million tickets and earned over $270 million in ticket sales.

American singer-songwriter Kacey Jones died after a long battle with cancer aged 66. She co-wrote the Mickey Gilley hit "I'm the One Mama Warned You About" (credited as Gayle Zeiler), and found success as a performer through the band Ethel & The Shameless Hussies. As a record producer she developed Pearls in the Snow – The Songs of Kinky Friedman. The album featured artists such as Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Lyle Lovett performing songs by Friedman.

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September 2nd: On this day

Born on this day was Johnnie Lee Wills the younger brother of Bob Wills. He played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys starting in 1934. In 1949 he saw his greatest success with songs such as "Rag Mop" and "Peter Cotton Tail".

Born on this day in Valencia, California, was Jay Huguely, song writer, actor who enjoyed a run of popularity as a novelty recording artist in the 1970s, who as Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band had the 1975 US #1 Country hit with “The White Night.”

Born on this day born in Miami, Florida, was Paul Deakin, drummer and founder member of The Mavericks who charted 14 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Don Gibson was at #1 on the Country chart with "Woman (Sensuous Woman)." Gibson's final #1 on the country charts has also been covered by Ray Charles on his 1984 album Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, and later by Mark Chesnutt.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the country album chart with Always on My Mind, which became the Billboard #1 country album of the year. The album spent 22 weeks at the top of the charts and stayed for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and has since been recorded by dozens of performers including Elvis Presley in 1972 and John Wesley Ryles in 1979.

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

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September 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Waco, Texas, was Henry William Thompson, who became known as Hank Thompson. His career which spanned seven decades saw him sell over 60 million records worldwide. He was a leader in the music industry with accomplishments including the first music-based television show to be broadcast in color, the first artist to travel with sound and lighting systems and the first to record a live album. Thompson died from lung cancer, on November 6, 2007 aged eighty-two.

Born on this day in Spalding, Nebraska, was Tompall Glaser, who recorded as a solo artist and with his brothers Chuck and Jim in the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers. He scored the 1975 solo hit with Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws. Glaser died August 13, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 79, after a long illness.

Jim Reeves had his first of six posthumous #1’s on the US country chart with his version of "I Guess I'm Crazy", which spent seven weeks at the top and a total of twenty-four weeks on the chart. The song was first recorded in 1955 by Tommy Collins.

"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" a song written by Kris Kristofferson, and recorded by Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country chart. Kristofferson recorded the song with Rita Coolidge for their final duet album, Natural Act, and later with Mark Knopfler for The Austin Sessions.

Storms of Life the first album by Randy Travis was at #1 on the Country chart. It features the singles "On the Other Hand" (previously recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1985 album L.A. to Miami), "1982", "Diggin' up Bones", and "No Place Like Home".

Born on this day in Raleigh, North Carolina was singer-songwriter and producer Jimmy Robbins. His songs have been covered by; Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, and Scotty McCreery.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart.” The fourth single from McGraw's All I Want album was written by Chris Waters and Tom Shapiro.

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September 4th: On this day

Born on this day, was Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and actor. He was best known for his 1945 single "Sioux City Sue," a #1 country hit and #16 pop hit that year which later became a country music standard and was included in a Gene Autry movie. Thomas died on November 22, 2003.

After a two-week courtship, George Jones married his second wife eighteen-year-old Shirley Ann Corley.

Born on this day in Bakersfield, California, was Noel Haggard the son of country music legend Merle Haggard who released his debut album, One Lifetime, in 1997.

The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. the debut studio album by Donna Fargo was at #1 on the Country chart. The album was produced by Fargo's husband and manager Stan Silver and the album's title track became Fargo's first major hit and a crossover Country pop hit.

"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap was at #1 on the Country charts, (the song's official title appears nowhere in the lyrics). It became one of Milsap's biggest country and pop hits during his recording career.

Dottie West, country music singer and songwriter died in hospital on the operating table aged 58. West had been involved in a car crash a few days earlier when she was on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965.

Lonestar's hit, "Amazed," spent its eighth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming the first song to do so since Jack Greene's 1966 hit, "There Goes My Everything." In several other charts, including Radio & Records, "Amazed" reigns for nine weeks, which made it the longest-lasting #1 single since 1966's "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston.

Canadian country singer Hal Willis died aged 82. His famous country single was "The Lumberjack," an international hit that sold over 1.5 million copies. In 1965, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard country charts in the USA. This success was such a phenomenon that he was nicknamed "Mr. Lumberjack."

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Why Dierks Bentley Is So Outdoorsy

The world’s smart phone addiction is a very real thing. But it’s probably easier to kick the habit if you have someone like Dierks Bentley in your corner.  He recommends that instead of looking down at your phone, look up at the stars.  “It’s just getting off the grid, getting away from technology and looking up at the stars at night. There’s nothing like it,” Bentley told People about his love for camping in the great outdoors.  Or just in his backyard in Nashville with his kids.

“They love to camp whether it’s just in the backyard or somewhere out in the national parks back home. My kids love S’mores — the main motivation to get them to go camping was to make S’mores,” he said of Jordan, 7, and Evalyn, 8, and Knox, 3.

And since he worries about spending too much time on a screen, for him and for his kids, Bentley goes old school and carries a flip phone so that he’s not tempted to check it as often. (It’s not like you can scroll through your Instagram feed, upload pictures to tweet, or Google the name of that song in your head when all you have is a flip phone, right?)

“I actually carry a flip phone as much as possible to remind myself that there’s more to look at than just my phone. We have a saying on the road as a band called ‘living life.’

“There were so many moments where we used to do nothing but sit on the bus, and there was no life being lived,” he said.

Wanda Jackson’s Autobiography Coming This Fall

Wanda Jackson, 79, will release her autobiography Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Nov. 14.

The book will chronicle the Queen of Rockabilly and the first Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s rise to prominence following her discovery by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson. Elvis Costello contributed the foreword, and the book will feature more than 80 photos from her personal collection.

Every Night is Saturday Night will also include passages on why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry after more than 50 years, the challenges of touring America with an integrated band during a racially intolerant era, her personal memories of her relationship with Elvis Presley and how she ultimately found the love of her life, her husband Wendell Goodman.

Jackson’s debut single “You Can’t Have My Love” became the Oklahoma native’s first Top 10 country hit when she was 16 years old and still in high school. After graduation, her first major tour was with rock pioneers Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Presley, the latter of whom encouraged Jackson to crossover from country to rock.

Jackson’s signature hits include “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.” Her forthcoming album is produced by Joan Jett. Her 31st studio album, Unfinished Business, was released in 2012, and the year prior, she released the Jack White-produced The Party Ain’t Over.

Jackson continues to tour today. Her next show is Oct. 20 in Toronto, Ontario. Her fall schedule will include several public appearances and signings to promote the release of Every Night is Saturday Night, including events at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on Nov. 14 and at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Dec. 2.

Charley Pride, Neal McCoy, Dwight Yoakam & More to Perform at “Grammy Salute to Legends” TV Special

The Recording Academy honored Charley Pride with one of its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards during a ceremony and tribute concert on July 11 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. PBS will air the show, Grammy Salute to Music Legends, on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

Other 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Jimmie Rogers, who is known as the “Father of Country Music,” as well as Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground.

Dwight Yoakam saluted Jimmie Rodgers with a medley of songs, including “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride,” “Mule Skinner Blues” and “T For Texas,” while Neal McCoy paid tribute to Charley by singing “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.”

Charley also performed his well-known hit, “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin.’”

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. The recipients are determined by vote of the Recording Academy’s national board of trustees.

The full musical program is below (honorees in bold; performers in parentheses).

Thom Bell
“You Make Me Feel Brand New” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)
“Then Came You” (Dionne Warwick)

Ahmad Jamal
“But Not For Me” / “Ahmad’s Blues” / “Poinciana” (Stanley Cowell)

Nina Simone
“Mississippi Goddam” (Andra Day)

Jimmie Rodgers
“Hobo Bill’s Last Ride” / “Mule Skinner Blues” / “T For Texas” (Dwight Yoakam)

Ralph S. Peer
“Crazy Blues” (Catherine Russell)
“The Great Pretender” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)
“Georgia on My Mind” (Andra Day)

The Velvet Underground
“I’m Waiting For The Man” / “Sunday Morning” (John Cale Band with Maureen “Moe” Tucker)

Shirley Caesar
Medley: “You Name It” / “It’s Alright, It’s OK” / “You’re Next In Line for a Miracle” / “Satan, We’re Going “To Tear Your Kingdom Down” (Kirk Franklin with Le’Andria Johnson)
“Caught Up” / “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” (Shirley Caesar)

Mo Ostin
“A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” / “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” (Randy Newman)

Charley Pride
“Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” (Neal McCoy)
“Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” (Charley Pride)

Sly Stone
“I Want To Take You Higher” / “Everybody Is A Star” / “Sex Machine” / “Dance To The Music” (Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Vernon Reid)

Alan Jackson Steps Up to Help the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund

Alan Jackson has launched a five-day initiative to aid the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Beginning today (Aug. 31) and running through Sept. 4, Alan’s downtown Nashville honky-tonk and restaurant, AJ’s Good Time Bar, will donate $1 for every item sold to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund administered through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

“I’ve toured a lot over the years in east Texas, played the Houston Rodeo 23 times and I hate to see what’s happening down there,” says Alan. “It’s tough to watch. I can’t imagine what my fans and all the people of Texas are goin’ through. I hope this allows folks in Nashville to feel like they can do a little something to help.”

The four-level building on Nashville’s Lower Broadway boasts more than 6,000-square-feet of good timin’ fun, including a honky-tonk on the first floor, a man cave on the second floor, a fishing-themed third level (the bar is a replica of AJ’s Hullbilly boat from his “5 O’clock Somewhere” video) and a rooftop bar. The venue also sports wall-to-wall memorabilia from throughout Alan’s career, televisions for watching the big games, stages for live performances and a karaoke bar.

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Thursday 08/31/17

One person has died in an accident on State Highway 51 in Owyhee County.  36-year old Armand Mason of Mountain Home was northbound when he crossed the center line and collided with a construction sweeper driven by James Cole of Declo.

An Ada County jury has decided Idaho State Police retaliated against a detective after he raised concerns about a fatal crash investigation years ago. The jury awarded Brandon Eller $1.5 million in damages and $30,500 in lost wages.

Search crews are looking for a Utah man that disappeared Tuesday from the Paradise Creek Treatment Center.  The center is an inpatient facility that treats sexual addiction.  59-year-old Eldon Buchanan was last seen at 2:57 p.m. on foot south of Malta.

The public has been invited to pay its respect to former secretary of the Interior and Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus. The 85-year-old Andrus died last Thursday of complications from lung cancer. People can pass by Andrus' casket in the Idaho Statehouse until Thursday afternoon.

This week marks 25 years since the end of an Idaho standoff that left a 14-year-old boy, his mother and a federal agent dead, and sparked a growth in radical, right-wing groups across the U.S. The standoff at Ruby Ridge unfolded over 11 days in 1992 at a remote cabin near the Canadian border.

Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe are asking a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals wouldn't be allowed. The Northern Cheyenne Tribe and several conservation groups filed lawsuits challenging the government's recent move to lift protections.

Authorities have identified an elderly couple found dead in their Nampa home with apparent gunshot wounds in what is being investigated as a murder-suicide.  Officials say 83-year-old Harry L. Price and his wife, 82-year-old Eunice K. Price, died from gunshot wounds.

People who want to snowmobile in Yellowstone next winter without a guide can enter a lottery starting this Friday.  The park requires all non-commercially guided snowmobile groups that enter the park to have a permit.

Today:  Partly Sunny with limited shower chances WINDS: NW 10-15 MPH HIGH: 90 (Mountains: 83). High 91F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clearing and comfortable WINDS: SW 5-10 MPH LOW: 56 (Mountains: 50)

Tomorrow:  Sunny. HIGH: 89 (Mountains: 83)Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 90)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 86)

August 31st: On this day

Jeanne Pruett was at #1 on the country album chart with Satin Sheets, the singer’s second studio album. The album contained Pruett's first major hit and signature song of the same name as the album. The single reached #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.

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.

Garth Brooks released his fifth studio album In Pieces, which like his previous album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States and in Great Britain was Brooks' highest placed album on the charts.

Dixie Chicks released Fly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 10 million copies and making the Dixie Chicks the only country band and the only female band of any genre to hold the distinction of having two back-to-back RIAA certified diamond albums.

Jerry Reed, country music singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor died. His signature songs included "Guitar Man,", "A Thing Called Love," (both of which were covered by Elvis Presely), "When You're Hot, You're Hot" "Ko-Ko Joe", "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit, in which Reed co-starred), and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)".

Miranda Lambert received five nominations for the 44th annual Country Music Association awards. Three were for the second single from her album Revolution, "White Liar,". Lambert later donated the original, handwritten copy of "White Liar" to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for public display behind a glass case.

Chris Young Joins Grand Ole Opry Oct. 17

When Chris Young, 32, woke up at 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 29), he had his entire work day mapped out in his head.

He knew his day would include a party to celebrate his No. 1 hit “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill, followed by a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

And then he had a plan to get home fast and get some shuteye so he could wake up fresh for a production shoot the following day to promote his sixth album Losing Sleep.

But Gill and the Opry had other plans in store for Young’s performance.

By the time Young hit the Opry stage to perform his first song of the night, “Getting You Home,” his GoFundMe campaign online had raised more than $300,000 to support Hurricane Harvey victims through the American Red Cross.

Then after singing “Lonely Eyes,” Gill walked onstage to surprise Young with two RIAA plaques recognizing his platinum-certified album Neon and single “Think of You,” as well as their gold hit “Sober Saturday Night.”

After giving Young a hard time about not getting paid for his session work on their hit collaboration, Gill casually invited Young to join the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’ll make you a deal,” Gill said. “I’ll forgive the session fees if you’ll be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

As someone who is not easily surprised, Young was visually floored by the invitation. Young bent over, pointed and smiled at Gill, and then he hugged the Country Music Hall of Famer so tightly, he lifted him off his feet.

 “Dang, you got me good,” Young said. “I love you guys. I love everybody here. I love this place.”

Young’s induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 17.

After his performance, Young met with media backstage and said becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry has always been his white whale. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native recalled being raised on the historic show as a child and added that he would often call WSM-AM/Nashville as a fan to speak with station personality Bill Cody.

He said it meant the world to him that his grandfather, Richard Yates, was there with his family to witness the invitation. Yates raised Young on classic country by Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell, and he wouldn’t be a country singer without his influence.

“That’s the only time I saw him cry tears, and he was trying to stop,” Young said of his grandfather. “Pretty incredible. This sounds really morbid, but when your grandfather looks at you and said, ‘I’m glad I was around to see it,’ that’s special.”

“I had no idea this was coming,” he told CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. “It was a really incredible day. There is a lot of stuff going on — with the fundraising we’re doing for Harvey relief, the No. 1 with Vince, finding out that I have my first platinum record, getting that plaque, playing the Opry and then, yeah, Vince got me good today. Everybody got me good today.”

Young added that it is emotionally moving to see his followers contributing what they can to support Harvey victims.

“The thing is, people giving $1, that $1 may change somebody’s life,” Young said. “They might need that $1 for something that’s really going to help somebody that needs it. It’s all about genuine compassion and humanity from people worrying about other people. It’s pretty incredible to see.”

Young added he doesn’t know what has happened to his Texas home, which was in the direct path of the storm. But everything considered, he doesn’t care. He just wants to help those affected by the storm rebuild their lives in the quickest way possible. His goal is to raise $500,000 for the American Red Cross.

“I’m more worried about the people, about everybody else getting out, being safe, finding their loved ones and making sure they’re OK … A lot of the things that you see where people’s businesses are gone — not just their homes — their way to make money and their way of life may be completely changed in the short term and possibly the long term. There’s a lot about that that makes you want to do something to help.”

Around the valley…

The Twin Falls County Fair continues today in Filer with the fair buildings opening up at 10am and the carnival at 3p.  This year’s fair features the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night, and Trace Adkins live in concert on Sunday.  For tickets and more fair information, visit  Gates open up this morning at 7 o’clock.


An informational meeting about the new partnership between Harmony Education and the Twin Falls School District will be held this morning from 10:30 'til noon in the Event Room at the  Twin Falls Public Library.  The meeting will explain how Harmony Education works to provide homeschoolers with access to curriculum and resources that they may not otherwise have - and you'll have a chance to ask any questions you might have if you're interested in homeschooling your kids.


All day Saturday, it’s Jammin’ In The Park at Hagerman City Park.  The event features live music, karaoke contests, kids activities, vendors and more.  The day gets underway with Coffee And Wheels from 7:30 ‘til 10.  Jammin’ In The Park is a free, family-friendly event open to the public.


The Pine/Featherville Arts & Crafts Show is this Saturday at the South Fork Boise River Senior Center in Pine - and features arts and crafts items, wine tasting, wood work, jewelry, and lunch!  Admission is free.  The show runs from 9a 'til 4p.




MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  All Saints, Birth Of The Dragon, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, The Dark Tower, Wind River, Dunkirk, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spiderman: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY):  The Dark Tower, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, Annabelle: Creation, Dunkirk

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Wind River, The Glass Castle, Leap! (Ballerina), Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To The Power, Dunkirk



One of them sleezy not-so-reliable Hollywood tabloids is reporting that Miranda Lambert is desperate to meet ith Blake Shelton after his reported split from Voice co-star Gwen Stefani.  It’s been more than two years since Blake and Miranda split and divorced, but she’s finally ready to sit down and hash things out - this according to a new report that doesn't identify the source.  This so-called "source" says “There’s still a lot of unfinished business between [Miranda] and Blake. She needs to look straight into Blake’s eyes, ask certain questions, and get answers.”  The source goes on to say that Miranda is very happy with her man, Anderson East, but feels a face-to-face with Blake is what she needs to fully be ready to commit to another relationship.


YouTube star Todrick Hall revealed in a new interview that he was sworn to secrecy after filming his stint as a backup dancer in Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" music video in May.  He said "It was the hardest secret ever to keep, but I know how I am as an artist and when I'm creating stuff, even if it's just on my YouTube channel, I don't want anyone to tell anything, I don't want anybody to post a Snapchat or a picture."  Since its premiere, "Look What You Made Me Do" has become YouTube's most-viewed music video in a 24-hour period with an astounding 43.2 million views.


Bots have ruined a good thing once again.  Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s eight-week run of Broadway shows went on sale yesterday morning, and despite the efforts of Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” program, they were available almost immediately on secondary-market websites like StubHub and Vivid Seats for thousands of dollars.  Ten minutes after they went on sale, StubHub listed a pair of “Springsteen on Broadway” tickets at the 975-capacity Walter Kerr Theatre for $6,700.  Several dates on Vivid Seats are listing front row center orchestra by unknown sellers with prices ranging from $9,000 to as “low” as $6,000.  What I want to know is this - what ever happened to ticket scalping laws?  I can remember a time when if I stood outside the Fargodome and tried to resell my Pearl Jam tickets, it could lead to fines and jailtime.  When did that law of morality go out the window?


Wednesday 08/30/17

Authorities in Nampa say an elderly couple is dead after an apparent shooting. Someone called police just after 9 a.m. yesterday to report a shooting then hung up.  No suspects are being sought.  Investigators have yet to determine whether it's a murder-suicide.

A man and a woman were arrested over the weekend after, police say they stole shoes, clothes, jewelry and mascara from Shopko in Twin Falls and the man threatened to kill an employee who tried to stop them.  The two suspects were identified as 33 year old Nicholas Coxey and 36 year old Rebecca Dudley both of Twin Falls.

Blaine, Camas and Gooding counties are eligible for federal aid to help repair damage due to flooding this spring.  President Donald Trump approved the disaster declaration covering the three counties, plus Elmore and Custer counties.

Officials say a school bus with 45 children aboard has collided with a pickup truck in Boise yesterday afternoon, but none of the school children were seriously injured.  The driver of the pickup has been transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Officials say a Washington state man is in custody following the killing of a Washington state cabdriver in northern Idaho. 19-year-old Jacob Corban Coleman was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of first-degree murder.

A northern Idaho lawmaker says he and his wife are lucky to be alive after escaping serious injury in a vehicle crash. Republican Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d'Alene said he and his wife were traveling on Highway 95 north of Moscow on Saturday when a hay bale flew off a nearby trailer.

Idaho officials have declined to seek a ban on a toxic landscaping shrub blamed for than 100 wildlife deaths in the past two winters. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture on Monday completed its negotiated-rulemaking process and didn't include a rule banning such plants for the Legislature to review.

Health officials say a rabid bat was found in Ada County. Officials with the Health Department said Tuesday the dead bat was brought into a home by a family cat in the Eagle area.

Today:  Partly cloudy Scattered Storms WINDS: NE 5-10 MPH HIGH: 93 (mountains: 83)

Tonight:  Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight Chance of lingering shower/storm. Low 67F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:   Mostly Sunny. High 91F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

HIGH: 89 (Mountains: 85)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 88)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 89)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 86)

August 30th: On this day

Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee was Ellen Muriel Deason who became known as Kitty Wells. Her 1952 hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. In 1976, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; as of 2011 - at the age of 92 - is its oldest living member. Wells' accomplishments earned her the moniker, 'The Queen of Country Music.'

Hank Williams went into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard and was released as the B side to "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" which was a #2 hit in 1949.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country music singles charts with "I'm Moving On". The song, stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career.

Roger Miller was the special guest on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show. Roger performed “Me And Bobby Magee” and a short comedy version of “I Walk The Line”.

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.

Kris Kristofferson and former record executive Jim Foglesong were named the 2004 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Reba McEntire received two CMA nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. With those two nominations plus another in 2008 and two more in 2009, McEntire became the female artist with the most nominations (forty-eight) in the forty-three year history of the CMA Awards, surpassing Dolly Parton, who has forty-three

Shania Twain was a special guest judge on this week's American Idol TV show, filmed in Chicago. Twain returned to American Idol the following year as a guest mentor for a week where the top 6 contestants showcased her songs.

Jake Owen released his third album Barefoot Blue Jean Night. The album's title track and first single, became his first #1 Country hit and the album also hit #1.

How Brad Paisley Spreads Kindness

Compliments and Gratitude Go a Long Way.  I don’t think we’ve ever needed kindness more. It’s one of the only silver linings around the cloud hovering over Houston right now.

When you see neighbors rescuing neighbors, and strangers helping strangers, it makes you think that the whole world has accepted the Kindness Challenge.

One of the recent country stars to join the K.C. is Brad Paisley. He accepted the challenge from actor Olivia Munn, and shared some quick advice on how he stays kind.

“Ten seconds of how I spread kindness,” Paisley says in his Instagram video. “Go.”

“First of all, compliment people. Look for the positive. Say something nice about them. Look for the things they do or say that you love.

“And then also, say thank you. Saying thank you is key these days when somebody does something for you,” he says.

When he was done, he challenged fellow artist Darius Rucker and country radio’s Cody Alan and Bobby Bones to share their kind of kindness with their followers to keep the chain going.

On Monday (Aug. 28), Paisley also tweeted a story about a man in Texas City who had a boat and was planning on saving some lives.

Baby Breakdown: Which Country Stars Have Babies On the Way? (Here’s a Hint: A Lot)

While more than a dozen country stars have already welcomed babies in 2017—including Kimberly Schlapman, Love & Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles, Lee Brice, Mo Pitney, Justin Moore, Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney, Randy Rogers, Josh Abbott, Josh Kelley, Thomas Rhett X2 and Ashley Monroe—there are plenty more babies on the way.

Check out who’s expecting.

Locash’s Chris Lucas and wife Kaitlyn
Baby girl
Due in September

Clay Walker and wife Jessica
Baby ?
Due in October/November

Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber
Baby boy
Due in November

Jason Aldean and wife Brittany
Baby boy
Due in November/December

Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon
Baby ?
Due in December

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley
Baby girl
Due in December

Dylan Scott and wife Blair
Baby boy
Due in December

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli
Baby girl
Due in December

Craig Wayne Boyd and wife Taylor
Baby boy
Due in January

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrell
Twins ??
Due in February

Luke Bryan’s Equipment Truck Crashes Into Overpass

This is no time to make “Crash My Party” or “This Is How We Roll” jokes.

A Tractor trailer carrying equipment for Luke Bryan’s Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour crashed into an overpass early Monday morning (Aug. 28) on a Long Island parkway.

The equipment truck wedged under the overpass at 2:30 a.m. after Luke’s concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 27, causing two lanes of traffic to be shut down.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Photos from the scene show the crumpled truck bearing Luke’s face. Luke’s tour picks back up on Sept. 6 in Scranton, Pa.

Around the Valley today…

The Twin Falls County Fair kicks off today in Filer with the fair buildings opening up at 10am and the carnival at 3p.  This year’s fair features the All Star Monster Truck Tour tonight, the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo tomorrow, Friday and Saturday night, and Trace Adkins live in concert on Sunday.  For tickets and more fair information, visit  Gates open up this morning at 7 o’clock.


An informational meeting about the new partnership between Harmony Education and the Twin Falls School District will be held tomorrow morning from 10:30 'til noon in the Event Room at the  Twin Falls Public Library.  The meeting will explain how Harmony Education works to provide homeschoolers with access to curriculum and resources that they may not otherwise have - and you'll have a chance to ask any questions you might have if you're interested in homeschooling your kids.


All day Saturday, it’s Jammin’ In The Park at Hagerman City Park.  The event features live music, karaoke contests, kids activities, vendors and more.  The day gets underway with Coffee And Wheels from 7:30 ‘til 10.  Jammin’ In The Park is a free, family-friendly event open to the public.


The Pine/Featherville Arts & Crafts Show is this Saturday at the South Fork Boise River Senior Center in Pine - and features arts and crafts items, wine tasting, wood work, jewelry, and lunch!  Admission is free.  The show runs from 9a 'til 4p.



MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  All Saints, Birth Of The Dragon, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, The Dark Tower, Wind River, Dunkirk, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spiderman: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY):  The Dark Tower, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, Annabelle: Creation, Dunkirk

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Wind River, The Glass Castle, Leap! (Ballerina), Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To The Power, Dunkirk



And now, I take a moment to acknowledge some really awesome people with a lot of money who have helped raise over a million bucks for the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts already - The Kardashians, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Drake, The Chainsmokers, Chris Young, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj and others I don't have readily available have made pledges totaling over a MILLION BUCKS in just a day after Kevin Hart first challenged all of them to match or beat his donation of $25 grand.  While there aren't a lot of us who could give even close to that amount of cash, even a few bucks would be great.  If you'd like to kick in to the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort, every little bit helps - I have all of the links posted at  At last check, the death toll had reached 30 people - and there are millions of people displaced by the storm.  Again, all of the links are posted on the left hand side of the page at  Please do what you can!


The family of two Lynyrd Skynyrd bandmembers killed by the 1977 plane crash have won an injunction against 'Street Survivor.'  The movie is a story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash - and the problem is that Artimus Pyle, a former drummer for the band, contributed to the film - but had signed away his right to do that very thing decades ago.  According to lore, the survivors of the 1977 plane crash that killed two of the band's original members took a "blood oath" never to use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd again. That pact was tested a decade later by a "Lynyrd Skynyrd Live" album in conjunction with a 1987 tour. Afterwards, the parties entered into a settlement agreement, adopted by a judge as a "Consent Order." One of the signatories was Artimus Pyle.  When word of Street Survivor got around, heirs of Van Zant and Gaines - the two who died in the crash - as well as founding lead guitarist Gary Rossington sued the makers and alleged Pyle assisted the making of the movie in violation of his agreements.  In an opinion released Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet wrote "Cleopatra is prohibited from making its movie about Lynyrd Skynyrd when its partner substantively contributes to the project in a way that, in the past, he willingly bargained away the very right to do just that; in any other circumstance, Cleopatra would be as 'free as a bird' to make and distribute its work."


The new "It" movie is being blamed for scaring off business for working clowns - and they're not happy about it!  Producers of the new flick argue that the movie's main villain, Pennywise, is just another in the history of the horror genre.  In an interview, producer Seth Grahame-Smith said "It’s not as if a group of NHL goalies got up and protested Jason or a group of toy manufacturers protested Chucky."  In April, filmmaker Stephen King tweeted that real clowns were mad at him. He said "Sorry, most are great. BUT ... kids have always been scared of clowns.  Don't kill the messengers for the message."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The body of a 71-year-old woman discovered Saturday morning was found inside the trunk of her vehicle.  The Elmore County Sheriff's Office said Paula Knudson Ferbrache was reported missing after she left work at 2 p.m. Friday and never returned home.

Federal officials have reopened public comments on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The BLM will take comments through Sept. 27 for two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone and will consider blocking other types of mining. The Interior Department is undergoing a two-year review launched by Zinke's predecessor following concerns over two gold mines proposed in the forests that border Yellowstone.

Idaho lawmakers are mulling several key changes to the state's campaign disclosure laws to shine more transparency into a system has seen more money funneled into state and local elections. The bipartisan working group met yesterday to hear possible recommendations from the state's top lobbyists and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney.

The state has auctioned off 59 residential cabin sites in northern Idaho, bringing in $29.1 million. The Spokesman-Review reports a majority of the Priest Lake properties went to buyers that already owned cabins on the land. The cabin sites were sold at their appraised values which ranged from $313,000 to $707,000.

Construction and large equipment is the reason the Baumgartner campground is closed this upcoming Labor Day weekend.  The campground is located along the South Fork of the Boise River east of Featherville. Citing safety concerns, the Sawtooth National Forest's Fairfield Ranger District closed the area. 

Black flies have returned to the area and this time in mass.  Officials say it’s likely to be much worse before the first killing frost.  The bountiful black fly population is a result of last winter’s record snowpacks that resulted in high flows in the Snake River this spring and early summer.

Another Twin Falls City Budget is coming to a close.  At the council Meeting this week the proposal was finalized.  The new 66-point 0ne million dollar budget will increase street spending, provide raises for city employees and increase utility rates. 

Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds with a passing shower. High 98 (Mountains: 88). Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low around 65F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 97F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 90 (Mountains: 84)

HIGH: 90 (Mountains: 84)

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 86)

August 29th: On this day

Born on this day in Durham, North Carolina, was Don Schlitz, country music songwriter who has earned two Grammys, as well as four ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year awards. Since 1993, Schlitz has also been a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Schlitz' first hit as a songwriter was Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler", which became a crossover country hit in 1978. Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker and The Judds have all recorded his songs.

Born on this day in Perryville, Arkansas, was American musician Shawn Camp who has found success as a songwriter, having co-written hit singles for many country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton, although he continues to record his own material as well.

Faith Hill released her second studio album, It Matters to Me. It produced five Top Ten hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Let's Go to Vegas", "Someone Else's Dream", "You Can't Lose Me", "It Matters to Me", and "I Can't Do That Anymore."

John Michael Montgomery released "The Little Girl" which featured harmony vocals by bluegrass musicians Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. It was released as the lead single from the album Brand New Me and became Montgomery's seventh #1 hit.

Alan Jackson collected 10 nominations for the 36th annual Country Music Association awards, breaking a 32-year-old record held by Merle Haggard.

CMA Nominations to Be Announced Sept. 4

Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch Will Reveal Finalists on Good Morning

Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch will reveal the final nominees for the 51st annual CMA Awards during a Sept. 4 segment on ABC’s Good Morning America in New York’s Times Square.

Nominees in select categories will be announced during the 8:30 a.m. ET half-hour segment of GMA. Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees will be revealed live on and other online and social media.

Brothers Osborne, the reigning CMA vocal duo of the year, will close out Good Morning America‘s Labor Day show with a performance of “It Ain’t My Fault.”

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will again host this year’s CMA Awards show, airing live from Nashville on Nov. 8 on ABC.

Around the Valley…

The Twin Falls County Fair kicks off tomorrow in Filer with the fair buildings opening up at 10am and the carnival at 3p.  This year’s fair features the All Star Monster Truck Tour on Wednesday night, the Magic Valley Stampede PRCA Rodeo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and Trace Adkins live in concert on Sunday.  For tickets and more fair information, visit  Gates open up tomorrow morning at 7 o’clock.


An informational meeting about the new partnership between Harmony Education and the Twin Falls School District will be held this Thursday morning from 10:30 'til noon in the Event Room at the  Twin Falls Public Library.  The meeting will explain how Harmony Education works to provide homeschoolers with access to curriculum and resources that they may not otherwise have - and you'll have a chance to ask any questions you might have if you're interested in homeschooling your kids.


All day Saturday, it’s Jammin’ In The Park at Hagerman City Park.  The event features live music, karaoke contests, kids activities, vendors and more.  The day gets underway with Coffee And Wheels from 7:30 ‘til 10.  Jammin’ In The Park is a free, family-friendly event open to the public.


The Pine/Featherville Arts & Crafts Show is this Saturday at the South Fork Boise River Senior Center in Pine - and features arts and crafts items, wine tasting, wood work, jewelry, and lunch!  Admission is free.  The show runs from 9a 'til 4p.




MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  All Saints, Birth Of The Dragon, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, The Dark Tower, Wind River, Dunkirk, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spiderman: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY):  The Dark Tower, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, Annabelle: Creation, Dunkirk

BURLEY THEATER:  Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Wind River, The Glass Castle, Leap! (Ballerina), Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To The Power, Dunkirk



Kevin Hart is calling on his fellow celebrities to help make a difference in helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The comedian posted a video to Instagram starting a new "challenge" he's hoping will sweep social media among his famous friends.  In the video, he says "I'm starting a real challenge" and says that he will "lead the charge in stepping up this way." Hart will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those suffering from damages and injuries caused by the hurricane that has left some people in Texas homeless and thousands more without electricity.  If you want to help out - no amount is too small - just click one of the links we have posted at

And now, the interwebs breaks down who and what Taylor Swift is dissing in her new music video.  Taylor dropped “Look What You Made Me Do” last Thursday, and the video for the new single premiered Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards – and it’s FULL of subtle jabs at all of the haters who have chased Taylor’s career around.  First, the snakes.  She’s pictured in the video sitting on a throne surrounded by snakes.  This, apparently because when Kim Kardashian went after her on social media for being upset about husband Kanye West referring to her as the “b” word in his single “Famous”, she referred to her as a snake, posting “Wait… it’s legit national snake day?  They have a holiday for everyone!”  The I <3 TS tank tops her back up dancers are wearing in the video?  That’s from when everybody made fun of her ex-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston for rocking the same shirt when they were photographed at a party together.  The surprise face jab at the end of the video?  In 2011, after winning her 3rd award at the American Music Awards, she looked just as shocked to win #3 as she did to win #1 – and whether it was a pretend shock-face or not, the world made fun of her for it.   And the part in the video where young Taylor says “stop acting like you’re all nice” while yet another Taylor says, “There she goes playing the victim again.”  That’s about all of the backlash she got after “playing the victim” when she and Calvin Harris broke up.  Care about it all or not, Taylor gets the last laugh.  Can you imagine the size of that bank account?


Selena Gomez is the latest in the long and growing list of celebrities to have their social media accounts hacked.  Hers was broken into yesterday, and the hackers took their unauthorized access to post naked pictures of ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.  The account was deactivated very shortly after the hack took place, allegedly by Selena’s record label who has been running her Instagram account for some time now.  In an interview earlier this year, Gomez revealed that she purposely started posting less on the photo-sharing site, no longer has the app on her phone and does not know the password to her account.  She said that she always ended up feeling poorly of herself when she went on Instagram, so called it quits.

Monday 8/28/17

Lincoln County commissioners may see a pay raise with a new proposed budget.  The 2018 budget is still being finalized.  Currently they are being paid $18-thousand.  The new wage would be around $31-thousand.

Idaho officials have declined to move forward for now allowing the use of bait by hunters to specifically target wolves. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted 7-0 to direct the Department of Fish and Game to suspend an administrative process called negotiated rulemaking.

A Boise man wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. 34-year-old Bryan Coy was sentenced Thursday in 4th District Court.

Former Idaho governor and federal Interior secretary Cecil Andrus has died. A onetime lumberjack, Andrus was elected to four terms as governor sandwiched around four years in President Jimmy Carter's Cabinet, engineering the conservation of millions of acres of land in Alaska. He was 85.

Detectives from the Twin Falls Police Department were able to locate the white van reported on August 22 in the area of Sunrise Blvd. and Shoup Avenue East and identify the occupants.  Detectives were able to confirm the vehicle and its occupants have legitimate reasons to be in that area of town.

A fire two miles north of Bliss burst out Sunday afternoon. At last check it’s burning well over a thousand acres.  BLM crews are working with the Bliss and Hagerman Rural Fire Department on the Old Dump Fire.

A Jerome man is displaced after a fire at his house on Saturday.  The Jerome City Fire Department says the flames started in a shed in the back yard and spread to the attic.  A neighbor saw smoke and notified the man in the house who was able to get out uninjured.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Mountain Home woman. She was identified as 71-year-old Paula Knudson Ferbrache.

Idaho-born painter Archie Teater traveled the world and commissioned a studio by a Frank Lloyd Wright. He died in 1978 and is mostly forgotten now - except by an Idaho historical society that owns 600 of his paintings and hopes to revive demand for his work. The Hagerman Valley Historical Society is raising money to upgrade its museum. It's also loaning about 20 of Teater's paintings to a Ketchum museum for an exhibit during the resort town's busy winter season.

Today:  Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 97F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 65F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 97F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny with a passing shower
HIGH: 90 (mountains: 84)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 92 (Mountains: 83)

HIGH: 91 (Mountains: 84)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 86)

HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 86)

August 28th: On this day

Born on this day in Benton, Illinois, was Billy Grammer, country music singer and accomplished guitar player. He recorded the million-selling "Gotta Travel On", which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. Grammer would become a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, eventually designing, and marketing his namesake guitar after co-founding a guitar company, in Nashville, Tennessee. He died on Aug 10th 2011.

Born on this day, was Joe Osborn, American bass guitar player known for his work as a session musician and one time member of The Wrecking Crew. He worked with Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, and Hank Williams, Jr. One count listed Osborn as bassist on fifty-three #1 hits on the country charts.

Born on this day in Windsor, Ontario, was Shania Twain, Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her 1997 album Come On Over, became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards and is sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country Pop", she is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 80 million albums.

Tammy Wynette recorded “Stand By Your Man” at Epic studios after an idea that came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril completed the song in 15 minutes. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at #1 on CMT's list of the Top 100 Country Songs. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and GoldenEye.

Born on this day in Vero Beach, Florida, was Jake Owen, country music singer, songwriter. In September 2011, Owen achieved his first #1 on the country charts with the title track to his third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He has also toured as an opening act for several country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.

Born on this day in Star, Mississippi, was LeAnn Rimes country/pop singer, known for her rich vocals and her rise to fame as an eight-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, followed by the release of the Bill Mack song "Blue" when she was 13 to become the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Born on this day in Palm Beach, Florida, was Cassadee Pope, singer-songwriter. She took part in the third season of NBC's The Voice and was crowned the winner on December 18, 2012. Her debut solo country album, Frame by Frame, was released in 2013. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Country Albums charts, and was preceded by Top 10 country single, "Wasting All These Tears".

Latin American country singer Johnny Rodriguez was arrested at his home after shooting and killing a "drinking buddy" of his, Israel "Bosco" Borrego, whom he mistook for a burglar. He was charged with murder but was acquitted by a jury a year later on grounds of self-defense, under Texas law. On the eve of his trial, he was asked if his life was like a country song. "I guess it is," he said, "A bad one."

Alexandra Jane Jackson, the daughter of country music star Alan Jackson was arrested on charges of underage consumption, assault and resisting arrest in Nashville. Police pulled over the car Alexandra Jackson was a passenger for tailgating and speeding and when she exited the vehicle, she started making demands and struck the officer in the chest.

Why Brantley Gilbert Is Taking Up Golf

Brantley Gilbert and his wife Amber are going to become parents in November. So he’s trying to become a father figure — in more ways than one — before the baby arrives.

“I’m trying to find some ‘dad hobbies,'” Gilbert told Billboard. “So I have been trying golf for the past four months.”

He is also preparing for the baby by getting some parenting tips from his mom Becky.

“She always has great advice. I think we all think that about our mothers,” he said. “She raised me and put up with me, so she definitely has had some helpful advice to raising this little fellow.”

Gilbert had even written a song about his mom and dad — “Modern Day Prodigal Son” — which became the title track of his 2009 debut album.

But when he was just a teenager, playing that song in motorcycle clubs and VFWs, he had become friends with the older guys who frequented the clubs.

“They weren’t the richest or the most polished, but the life lessons that they had, the way they cared about each other really spoke to me,” he recalled. “There was this one guy who ran with them, and he was this big mountain of a man. I thought he hung the moon.

“I sat down with them one night, and they asked me to play some songs, and I played that one. After I did it, this guy came up to me with tears in his eyes. He said, ‘I just thought I’d let you know that song spoke to me, and I can relate to that. My mom used to tell me some of the same stuff.’

“That really blew my mind for 16-year-old to have someone in their forties that you looked up to tell you that you wrote a song that they could relate to. That really turned the tables for me.”

Chris Young Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Chris Young has stepped up in big way to help provide direct support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Tennessee native donated $100,000 to his compatriots in Texas via a GoFundMe campaign that is benefiting the Red Cross.

Chris’ goal is to raise $500,000 through the campaign.

“As you all know, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a category four hurricane, the largest hurricane to hit the area in decades,” said Chris in a video. “Port Aransas, Rockport, Corpus Christi, Houston and so many other places are going to be dealing with so much damage and loss of life for a long time to come.

“I have friends and family there and I’m almost certain my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the areas that was hardest hit by winds and flooding. But that’s the least of my concerns. I’m worried about the people there—my friends, family and neighbors—and I want to help.

“I’m pledging $100,000 to benefit the Red Cross in an effort to help everyone in Texas that has been affected by this hurricane. All donations will be routed through the Chris Young Foundation to distribute directly to Harvey relief through the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.

“Love you guys and every little bit helps. In times like these, you turn to your friends to help those in need and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I hope you’ll donate. And Texas, we love you.”

Friday, 8/25/17

Idaho's U.S. Sen. Jim Risch says Congress needs to find a bipartisan solution to improving health care in the United States.  The Republican lawmaker spoke out on health care after a small group of activists surprised Risch at a small business forum on Thursday in Boise.

A developer wants to construct five buildings, including at least one restaurant, south of Walmart.  HB Properties, based in Salt Lake City, has requested a special use permit that would allow it to have five buildings with drive-through windows and hours of operation extended to 1 a.m.

A White House official says President Donald Trump has received U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations about national monuments protecting wilderness and ocean. Trump is reviewing Zinke's recommendations.

If you bought a lottery ticket in Jerome County, check it closely.  The Idaho Lottery announced Wednesday’s 758-million dollar Powerball Jackpot produced a winning ticket in Jerome County for 200-thousand dollars.  The winning numbers are 06 – 07 – 16 – 23 – 26 and the Powerball was 04.

Idaho law enforcement officials are looking for an inmate who went missing after he was granted permission to attend a funeral. 30-year-old Ryan Paul Henry was granted furlough to a funeral in Vale, Oregon Aug. 12.  Henry was being held for violating his probation in a felony drug possession case.

A second former employee of Chobani has accused the yogurt company of age discrimination. Virginia Tucker, who worked as a maintenance technician at the Twin Falls yogurt plant from January 2013 until she was fired in June 2015, filed a suit Monday in federal court. The suit says Tucker was older than 60 when she was fired.

A Nampa man has been taken into custody after police say shots he fired struck a police cruiser pursuing him. 52-year-old Lloyd Harrod was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated assault on a police officer.

The top federal prosecutor in Nevada is vowing a third try to convict two accused gunmen of armed assault on a federal officer in a 2014 standoff that stopped a cattle roundup near states' rights figure Cliven Bundy's ranch.  On Tuesday, a jury acquitted Eric Parker and Scott Drexler.

Today:  Mostly sunny. High 92F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low near 60F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 93F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 87)

HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 87)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 87)

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 94 (mountains: 85)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 93 (Mountains: 82)

August 25th: On this day

Born on this day in Mechanicsville, Virginia, was Tim Mensy, country music artist. Initially, he was a member of the band Bandana, in which he charted several singles on the Hot Country Songs charts in the 1980s. He later co-wrote the single "Mama Knows," recorded by Shenandoah and released in 1989.

Born on this day in Flatwoods, Kentucky, was Billy Ray Cyrus, country music singer, songwriter and actor, best known for his 1992 US #1 single "Achy Breaky Heart," (which was originally titled "Don't Tell My Heart"). His 1992 debut album Some Gave All has been certified 9 x Multi-Platinum in the US and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at #1 on the Billboard chart. From 2001 to 2004, Cyrus starred in the television show Doc. The show was about a country doctor who moved from Montana to New York City. In late 2005, he began to co-star in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with his daughter Miley Cyrus.

Born on this day in Framingham, Massachusetts, was Jo Dee Marie Messina country music singer, songwriter, who has scored nine #1 singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album.

The Western movie A Gunfight directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash was released across the US.

Garth Brooks released his first Christmas album, Beyond the Season which peaked at #2 on both of Billboard magazine's 200 and Top Country Albums sales charts that year. Beyond the Season was also the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of 1992 in the US where is sold over 2.5m copies.

Jack Ingram set a Guinness Book of World Record for most consecutive radio interviews in 24 hours, having done 215 consecutive interviews for 5 minutes each.

August 26th: On this day

Born on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was Jimmy Olander, guitarist with Diamond Rio, who had hits with, "Meet In The Middle," "One More Day" and "How Your Love Makes Me Feel".

John Denver recorded "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the double album An Evening With John Denver.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy". The song was one of six songs released in 1975 that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The other songs were "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" by Freddy Fender; "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry"/"Calypso," both by John Denver; and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.

"Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Rodney Crowell the song became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's first (of three) #1 songs.

Shenandoah were at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Next to You, Next to Me." Written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, it is also the band's longest-lasting chart topper, at three weeks.

Mindy McCready was jailed in Clearwater, Florida, after Pinellas County authorities arrested her on a warrant issued by the Williamson County sheriff's department in Franklin, Tennessee. McCready allegedly left Tennessee without telling her parole officer and did not report to her officer in July. This is her second parole violation and as a result, she was not allowed to post bail. McCready was on probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the prescription drug, OxyContin, last year.

Reba McEntire released her twenty-fifth studio album Keep on Loving You which became McEntire's second album to top both the Billboard Country and 200 charts, selling almost 96,000 copies within its first week. With the album, McEntire broke the record for the female country artist with the most Billboard #1 albums, which was previously held by Loretta Lynn.

August 27th: On this day

Born on this day in Butcher Holler, KY was Oliver Lynn, an American talent manager and country music figure, best known as the husband of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Doolittle was instrumental in developing Lynn's musical talent and country music career, purchasing her first guitar, getting her first radio appearances, and serving as her de facto talent manager for many years. He died on August 22, 1996.

Born on this day near Big Mamou, Louisiana was Jimmy Yves Newman, better known as Jimmy C. Newman (the C stands for Cajun), the American singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry.

Born on this day in Fort Payne, Alabama, was Jeff Cook guitarist and singer, songwriter best known as one of the founding members of Alabama who have scored over 30 US Country #1 hits.

The last ever Louisiana Hayride show was broadcast. What started as a country music radio show and later became a television show was broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, that from 1948 to 1960 helped to launch the careers of some of the greatest names in American country & western music. The creators of the show took the name from the 1941 book with that title by Harnett Thomas Kane.

Born on this day in Burbank, California, was Jeffrey Steele, country music singer and songwriter who formed the band Boy Howdy, and along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than sixty hit songs for such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, ("The Cowboy in Me"), Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, (“These Days” and "What Hurts the Most"), Billy Ray Cyrus, and others.

Born on this day in Barrie, Ontario, was Jason McCoy, who has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010.

Garth Brooks released his second studio album, No Fences which reached #3 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album remains Brooks' best-seller to date with 17 million copies sold in the US alone.

Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album Home, which is dominated by up-tempo bluegrass and pensive ballads. In addition, the text of the opening track and first single, "Long Time Gone", was a pointed criticism of contemporary country music radio, accusing it of ignoring the soul of the genre as exemplified by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.

Lee Brice’s “Redneck” Family to Face Off Against Jerrod Niemann’s “Genius” Family on Sunday’s “Celebrity Family Feud”

The families of longtime buddies Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann will face off during an episode of ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud that airs on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

Lee and Jerrod will be vying for $25,000 for their favorite charities on the popular game show that’s hosted by Steve Harvey. Lee will be playing for Folds of Honor, while Jerrod will be playing for the U.S.O.

“We had so much fun doing the show,” says Lee to Nash Country Daily. “It was the funniest thing because I brought the most red, red, redneck family that’s ever been on the show. Steve Harvey, who is a funny dude, was speechless at some of the things that came out of their mouths. My cousins and brother, they have no filter, and they are all country as hell. And then to go up against Jerrod’s family, which is all geniuses—I think they had a brain surgeon over—just made for great TV. You don’t want to miss it.”

Lee and Jerrod’s episode of Celebrity Family Feud will air on ABC on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET.

Around the Valley…

Tomorrow, it’s the 2017 Paul Palooza 3-on-3 basketball tournament for Boys and Girls 3rd Grade and up including Adult Open Divisions. Games will be played at West Minico starting at 8:00 a.m. Registration forms are available at


The First Federal Race for the Future will be held tomorrow at First Federal Bank Park.  The 5k Fun Run/Walk starts at 6 p.m. and the 1 Mile Kids Dash starts at 7 p.m.  Post-Race fun includes music, entertainment, bounce ouses, and more!  Proceeds from the event will be donated to the MAGIC VALLEY TRAIL ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE to assist with the continued development and maintenance of Magic Valley Trails.


Come join Magic Valley M.O.Ms Club for their 1st ever Picnic in the Park!  The event features raffles, tons of merchandise booths where you can buy handmade items and also items from Lipsense, Lularoe, Damsel in Defense, Young Living, Norwex cleaners and more!  There will be plenty to eat, including concessions from Mikey's Kettle Corn, The Smokey Bone BBQ, cotton candy, smoothies and more!  Lots of fun for the kids, too like facePainting, a giant bounce house, art stations, bubbles, 3 legged races, tug of war, frisbee, hula hoop contests and more.  Bring your chairs or picnic blankets and come meet other moms.  The event will help raise money to help the club become a full fledged non-profit organization.  Magic Valley M.O.Ms Club is dedicated to helping all single parents who try hard but struggle to raise their children alone in the Magic Valley. The picnic gets underway at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.


And there’s a couple of places to catch me tomorrow as I’m out and about with Hot 100 FM.  First, drop by the Oasis Stop N’ Go in Jerome off exit 168 for chili dogs & a soda for just $0.99 from 11 ‘til 1.  Then, join me for “Burgers, Brews & Broc” at Canyon Crest.  We’ll be partying on the patio with  Chef Berger grilling up gourmet burgers, tons craft brews on tap, and ME keeping you dancing with tunes all night.  The event gets underway at 6pm and the weather should be PERFECT for it, with sunny skies expected tomorrow and daytime temperatures in the 90’s.




MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  All Saints, Birth Of The Dragon, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, The Dark Tower, Wind River, Dunkirk, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spiderman: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY):  The Dark Tower, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature, Annabelle: Creation, Dunkirk

BURLEY THEATER:  Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  Wind River, The Glass Castle, Leap! (Ballerina), Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To The Power, Dunkirk



On Tuesday night, Mel B did what I think we've all wanted to do to Simon Cowell at one point in time or another.  She stood up and threw a drink at his face on the set of America's Got Talent.  And she's NOT sorry.  The spat started when Cowell made a joke at the expense of the former Spice Girl after a magician’s stunt flopped on the show due to a technical malfunction. He said “I kind of imagine this would be like Mel B’s wedding night.  A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”  Immediately following the comment, Mel B stood up, removed the lid from her drink, and threw it right at Simon's face.  In an interview with E! News, Mel B said the night was a struggle for her after contestant Evie Clair made her cry when she sang about her dad passing away of cancer.  Mel said it made her think about HER dad who recently passed away after a nine year battle with cancer.  She said  “She just sounded so beautiful and I couldn’t stop crying, so I go from that to Simon saying something so rude and inappropriate.”  Following the drink toss, Mel B stormed off set.  In the interview, she said "My journey tonight was all over the place, but I’m a very real, honest person, so what you see is what you get.”


According to Katy Perry, the bad blood between her and Calvin Harris is a thing of the past.  In 2011, the two were in a Twitter fued after Harris canceled plans to open for her on tour last minute. She said "We'd had little falling outs here and there, (and) it was time to put all that behind us.  (He) played me this one part for this new song called ‘Feels' and I was like, ‘Oh yeah.' This is like my favorite song off the record. I was just down to do it."  The single that features both Harris AND Perry went top 10 this week on the pop charts.  Think we'll ever see a Katy Perry / Taylor Swift collaboration?  I wouldn't hold your breath.


And new movies out this weekend include Wind River, which shows tonight at the Magic Valley Cinema 13 in Twin and the Magic Lantern Theaters in Ketchum.  In the film, an FBI agent played by Elizabeth Olsen and a local tracker played by Jeremy Renner probe a murder at a Native American reservation. Jon Bernthal co-stars.  This is the directoral debut for  screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.  The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.  And the one this weekend for the kids is the 3D computer-animated musical adventure "Leap! (Ballerina)".  In it, an 11 year old orphaned girl arrives in Paris with no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, she takes a big risk: she 'borrows' a spoiled brat's identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette the girl learns that talent is not enough - it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. In the film, her inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend also has a dream of becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.  The film stars the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler and Carly Rae Jepsen and premieres tonight at the Magic Valley Cinema 13 and at the Magic Lantern.