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Friday 7/7/17

C-3 says they are looking to create 445 full time customer service representative positions for their center in Twin Falls.  Currently they have around 500 employees.  Officials say they have made room and even by adding more, they still have room to expand again.

A Twin Falls man was arraigned earlier this week after allegedly foring his way into the home, threatening a woman with a bat and stealing her gun.  35 year old Brian Anthony jones is charged with burglary, grand theft and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Kimberly Good Neighbor days is set to begin today and run through Sunday at the towns City Park.  It begins tonight at 6 pm with a flag raising and Good Neighbor Days presentations.

A watchdog group and four southwest Idaho landowners have filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho officials contending a state-approved process forcing them to sell their natural gas and oil violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit filed late last month names Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz and one current member and four former members of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Northern Idaho investigators say there may be hundreds of victims linked with a child pornography case recently uncovered. Investigators found about 24,000 images of kids, some who were naked, on the electronic devices of 41-year-old Jason McGovern of Hayden. McGovern was arrested June 21 and charged with 10 counts of child porn.

The American Red Cross says its blood supply is facing a serious shortage after receiving fewer donations than expected in recent months. The Red Cross says it's facing a nationwide shortage and its region covering 120 hospitals in Utah, Nevada, Montana and Idaho received 2,200 donations fewer than needed in the past two months.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook western Montana at 12:30 a.m. yesterday, and was followed by a magnitude 4.5 quake five minutes later. Nine smaller quakes followed over the next several hours. The first quake's epicenter was about 6 miles southeast of Lincoln and it was felt throughout Montana and into Idaho, Washington and Wyoming. There were no reports of injuries.

Today:  Sunny. High 101F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 67F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and some clouds. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High near 100F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 99 (Mountains: 92)

MONDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 88)

TUESDAY: Sunny and Hot
HIGH: 94 (Mountains: 88)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 89)

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 89)

 

July 7th: On this day

1927
Born on this day in Henagar, Alabama, was Charlie Louvin, singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955. In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charlie Louvin died on 26 Jan 2011.

1930
Born on this day in Hardy, Arkansas was Doyle Wilburn who was one half of the country music duo The Wilburn Brothers. In addition to being successful artists, the Wilburns formed the Wil-helm Talent Agency in the early 1960s and were instrumental in launching the careers of many country music legends, most notably Loretta Lynn. He died on October 16, 1982.

1950
Johnny Cash signed up for the Air Force, taking basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Assigned as Radio Intercept Operator to Air Force base in Landsberg, Germany, Cash organized a band of five servicemen who share his C&W tastes as the 'Landsberg Barbarians,' as he learns to play the guitar.

1956
Following six months on the Louisiana Hayride Johnny Cash made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

1979
Born on this day in Hobbema, Alberta, was Cree-Canadian country music singer, songwriter Shane Yellowbird. He was named the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year at the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards, Chevy Trucks Rising Star of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, and had one of the 10 most played country music songs of the year in Canada.

1986
Johnny Cash was honoured with the Shalom Peace Award from the Jewish National Fund at a testimonial dinner held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Executive director of the JNF, Marcia Werbin, said “Johnny Cash was selected for this honour for his contributions and efforts to promote peace through music”.

1990
"Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait became Billboard's first five-week #1 song, matching 1977's "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton. "Love Without End, Amen" is Strait's first multi-week chart-topper, after his first 18 #1’s had spent just one week on top.

2007
Keith Urban performed with Alicia Keys at one of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts held around the world. The concerts which were held to raise awareness of global warming saw Urban performing at the concert held in New York City.

2013
Randy Travis was hospitalized in a critical condition with viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection. Three days later, he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013 and entered a physical therapy facility.

Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna & More to Perform During Special Grand Ole Opry “Total Eclipse” Show on Aug. 21

If you needed another reason to come to Nashville, the sun and moon are providing one next month—and so is the Grand Ole Opry.

A total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21. And Nashville just happens to be the biggest city in the country in the direct path of the eclipse (beginning at 11:58 a.m. CT in Nashville with the total eclipse at 1:27 p.m.).

The Grand Ole Opry will be getting the party started a day before on August 20 with a special Sunday show dubbed Total Eclipse that features Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna and more.

The Opry eclipse celebration is set to continue the next day with a free Total Eclipse Plaza Party. Guests can expect live music on the Plaza stage, commemorative gifts, food and drinks and eclipse glasses. The Opry will feature a one-of-a-kind Total Eclipse soundtrack to accompany the approximately two minutes of eclipse totality.

 

July 9th: On this day

1907
Born on this day in Posey in Hopkins County, Texas, was Eddie Dean singer and actor, whom Roy Rogers and Gene Autry termed the best cowboy singer of all time. Dean was best known for "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven" (1955), which became an even greater hit for Tex Ritter in 1961. Dean died on March 4th 1999 aged 91.

1929
Born on this day in Mannford, Oklahoma, was Lee Hazlewood country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, his recordings have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as "Cowboy Psychedelia." He died on Aug 4th 2007.

1952
June Carter married the actor and composer Carl Smith. They had one child together, Carlene Carter. The couple divorced in 1956.

1953
Born on this day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was David Ball, American country music artist. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994's "Thinkin' Problem" and 2001's "Riding With Private Malone", both of which peaked at #2.

1954
During recording sessions at Sun studios in Memphis, Elvis Presley recorded a version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon Of Kentucky". Numerous artists have recorded the song, including John Fogerty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, Paul McCartney, Boxcar Willie, Ray Charles and Jerry Reed.

1968
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman's perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word's meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.

1981
Born on this day in Waterloo, Iowa, was Emily West, country music artist, who debuted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single "Rocks in Your Shoes" and also scored a hit with "Blue Sky", a duet with Keith Urban, in 2010.

2001
The Country Music Association unveiled 12 Hall of Fame honorees: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.

2015
Luke Bryan caused controversy in an interview with Hits Double Daily for implying that Outlaw country artists (particularly Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson) had spent their career "laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs."

 

If you've ever wanted to know more about who lived in your house, The Twin Falls Library is hosting an intriguing seminar

on how to get started researching it using Library resources.  The event is this morning at 10a.  As always, all library

programs are free and open to the public.

 

The Ketchum Arts festival kicks off today, and goes through Sunday.  The Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths dispersed over Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. This year’s festival features an array of unique artist’s wares like  hand crafted windsocks, ceramics, glass blown delights, handmade wardrobe accessories (hats, scarves, aprons, and tutus), wind chimes for that special corner of your deck, furniture of all kinds, edible treasures, and locally made skin-care.  The festival starts at 10am Friday morning, and if you’re after more info, click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

Don’t miss the annual Wake in the Snake event this Saturday from Idaho Watersports and Hot 100 FM.  Wake In The Snake is a grassroots wakeboard competition.  It is free to watch but costs to compete.  Bring your sunscreen, sunshade & enjoy an action packed day of riding.  Food & shaved ice will be available for sale at the event.  The action starts at 9am at Burley Golf Course Marina – and if you’d like to enter the competition, click the banner at hot100now.com.  Online pre-registration IS REQUIRED to participate.

 

The 30th Annual Shoshone Arts in the Park is this Saturday and Sunday at the Courthouse Lawn in Shoshone, Idaho.

Come down and enjoy festival food, arts and crafts, antiques, trolley and wagon rides, music all day long!  Live music

by Tylor & the Train Robbers, Spike Coggins, Evans & French and Prairie Wind - and make sure you join your neighbors

for the community breakfast on Sunday Morning.  The event is Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am

to 5:00 pm. For more information click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING, DESPICABLE ME 3, THE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, CARS 3, WONDER WOMAN

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

BURLEY THEATER:  Smurfs: THE LOST VILLAGE

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:   SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING, THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN

***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

HOLLYWOOD

 

Patton Oswalt is engaged, some 15 months after the tragic death of his wife.  The 48-year-old comedian and actor is set to marry fellow actress Meredith Salenger, 47, their reps confirmed to E! News Thursday.  Salenger posted on her Instagram page a selfie of her and Oswalt, with an image of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in his WWE pose photo-shopped on her hand. 

 

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are battling it out on social media — again.  On Wednesday, Kardashian, 30, took to Instagram to blast his ex Chyna, 29, in a series of extremely graphic and expletive-ridden posts, some of which have since been taken down. Chyna responded to the onslaught of messages in a since-deleted Snapchat post, alleging that Kardashian hit her.  In another post, Kardashian shared a screenshot of an alleged text conversation between himself and “the dude Chyna got caught cheating on me with.”  Kardashian shared a screenshot of an alleged text conversation between himself and Chyna, which included an alleged photo of Chyna’s exposed privates.  At least we know that the Kardashians are keeping up with the tradition of staying "adult" in front of the public eye.

 

And Spiderman: Homecoming is the big one opening up in theaters this weekend.  In the film, Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Thursday 7/6/17

A brush fire near Bliss burned 770 acres yesterday.  The Independence fire started Tuesday afternoon.  The Hagerman, Bliss and Gooding Fire departments kept the blaze from damaging nearby structures.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A Tuesday Evening power outage that left thousands of Twin Falls residents in the dark is blamed for several of the city’s traffic signals not working properly.  The city said that workers have to re-install programming software at each of the signal locations.  Meanwhile the lights will continue to flash red which means those intersections should be considered a four way stop.

Officials arrested 26-year old Franklin Hernandez of Burley after police say he kicked a man in the chest hit a woman in the nose and threatened three people with a machete.  The alleged incident happened Sunday.

Bail has been set at 500-thousand dollars for a man with ties to Blaine County.  41 year old Rudy Isla-Mejico has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for a fatal crash in Wyoming.  Court records indicate Isla-Mejico has two DUI conviction’s in Blaine County.

A Boise fire official says two apartments in a three-story building have been burned after fireworks ignited a second-floor balcony. Firefighters went to the blaze yesterday morning.

Officials reopened a popular hiking area late yesterday morning in northern Idaho where a black bear with a cub attacked a 60-year-old woman and her two dogs. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Shoshana Cooper says experts determined the Tuesday morning attack to be defensive and not predatory.

FBI agents seized bomb-making materials, seven guns and ammunition from the Montana home of a man they suspect of carrying out bank robberies in five states. Authorities believe Richard Gathercole held up at least six banks since 2012 in California, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and Iowa.

An Idaho teen was placed on probation after a Facebook altercation ended in gunshots fired and an aggravated assault conviction.  18-year-old Colton M. Mayberry, who was convicted of aggravated assault, was placed on supervised probation Monday for two years.

Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 98F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low around 65F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High near 100F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 92)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 101 (Mountains: 92)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 96 (Mountains: 89)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny and Hot
HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 89)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 97 (Mountains: 88)

July 6th: On this day

1940
Born on this day in Titusville, Pennsylvania, was Jeannie Seely country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning Country hit, "Don't Touch Me", which peaked at #2 on the country charts.

1953
Born on this day in Seguin, Texas, was Nanci Griffith, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Griffith has recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, and Darius Rucker.

1978
Tammy Wynette married songwriter George Richey at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida. This was the singers fifth marrage and saw Richey becoming her manager throughout much of the 1980s.

1998
Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor died of congestive heart failure in Apple Valley, California. One of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957.

2003
The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.

2006
Waylon Jennings was inducted to Hollywood's Rock Wall in Hollywood, California. Between 1966 and 1995, 54 Jennings albums charted, with 11 reaching #1. Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

2009
Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum's married Nashville publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas.

Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon Announce They Are Expecting a Baby in December

Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon shared some fireworks of their own on July 4 by announcing that they are expecting their first child together.

Rodney and Rose, who were married in November 2013, made the announcement via Instagram by stating: “Happy Fourth of July! We are thrilled to announce our family is growing. Baby Atkins will arrive in December and we know @eatki is going to be the best big brother.

Congrats to the happy couple.

Blake Shelton Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “Every Time I Hear That Song”

Chris Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 1 Rebounds as Top Country Album

Like Alexander the Great, Blake Shelton and Chris Stapleton must occasionally sit and weep that they have no new worlds to conquer.

This week, Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song” becomes his 24th No. 1 single on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. (That’s two dozen, honey.) And Stapleton’s newest album, From a Room: Volume 1, returns to the top spot on the country albums chart, where it debuted eight weeks ago.

More remarkable still, Stapleton’s Traveller is still in the Top 5 — 113 weeks after its release. Combined, Stapleton’s two albums have sold nearly 2.5 million copies.

Well, that’s the good news. The bad news is that not one new album breaks into the Top 50 this week.

And there are just three new songs to note.

However, we do have seven albums making a comeback.

They are Billy Currington’s Summer Forever (returning at No. 36), Midland’s self-titled EP (No. 42), Toby Keith’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 44). Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines (No. 47), the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde (No. 48), Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Collection (No. 49) and Eric Church’s Chief (No, 50).

Brantley Gilbert boasts the week’s highest-debuting single, “Ones That Like Me,” which bows at No. 54. Also new are Walker Hayes’ “You Broke Up With Me” (No. 57) and Lindsay Eli’s “Waitin’ on You” (No. 60).

Parmalee’s “Sunday Morning” returns at No. 59.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums this week, in that order, are Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound (last week’s No. 1), Lady Antebellum’s Heart Break, Stapleton’s Traveller and Luke Combs’ This One’s for You.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris, Dylan Scott’s “My Girl,” Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and Florida Georgia Line’s “God, Your Mama and Me,” featuring the Backstreet Boys (last week’s No. 1).

If you’re determined to applaud now, who am I to stay your eager hands?

NASCAR Drivers to Race Around “Brantley Gilbert” on July 23

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be home to the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 on July 23.

Big Machine Label Group, which is the label home of Brantley as well as artists like Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Thomas Rhett, is the new title sponsor of the Brickyard 400. In support of the event that bears his moniker, Brantley will attend the race on July 23 and perform during a pre-race concert.

“Racing has always been part of Big Machine’s DNA, and we’re thrilled to partner with the world’s most iconic racing brands,” said Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta.

In addition, the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 will mark the final race for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Jr. announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season earlier this year.

Garth Brooks Serenade 89-Year-Old Fan With “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

There was another impromptu fan moment at a Garth Brooks concert over the weekend.

On July 1 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., Garth noticed 89-year-old fan, Miss Laura, holding a sign that read “Elvis Was My Last Concert”—and she wasn’t referring to Elvis Costello. The last concert Miss Laura attended was in New Orleans to see Elvis Presley, who has been dead for almost 40 years.

After a brief chat with Miss Laura, Garth serenaded her with “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” his first No. 1 hit. Garth ended the ditty by presenting his guitar to Miss Laura.

Last month, Garth gave one of his guitars to a concertgoer named Jeremy, who was holding a sign that read “3 concerts down, two more to go!!! Waited 24 years to meet you!! You are the reason I play guitar.”

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines Files for Divorce From Husband Adrian Pasdar

Dixie Chicks front-woman Natalie Maines has filed for divorce from husband Adrian Pasdar, according to TMZ.

Natalie and Adrian, who met in 1999 at Emily Strayer and Charlie Robison’s wedding, have been married for 17 years and have two sons together, ages 16 and 12. Adrian is an actor and voice artist whose credits include roles in Heroes and The Lying Game.

Natalie’s rep told TMZ that the divorce is a private matter and they will not comment.

Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon Announce They Are Expecting a Baby in December

Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon shared some fireworks of their own on July 4 by announcing that they are expecting their first child together.

Rodney and Rose, who were married in November 2013, made the announcement via Instagram by stating: “Happy Fourth of July! We are thrilled to announce our family is growing. Baby Atkins will arrive in December and we know @eatki is going to be the best big brother.

Congrats to the happy couple.

George Strait VIP Experience Up for Auction to Support Daughter’s Memorial Fund

Charitybuzz.com is auctioning off a George Strait VIP experience that includes front-row tickets to two of his upcoming Vegas concerts, two hotel rooms at MGM International Resorts and more.

The auction, which has a current bid of $14,333, closes on July 13 at 3 p.m. ET.

The funds from the auction will support the Jenifer Strait Foundation, which was created in 1986 after George’s 13-year-old daughter, Jenifer, was killed in an auto accident. The Foundation promotes charitable causes for children and focuses its donations on various non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area, including The Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio and St. Jude’s Ranch.

The full VIP package includes:

  • 2 hotel rooms for 4 guests total for 2 nights on 7/28 and 7/29/17
  • Car Service transportation to T-Mobile Arena on 7/28 and 7/29
  • Front Row Tickets to see George Strait live on both 7/28 and 7/29/17
  • Pre-show Meet & Greet and group photo with George Strait backstage on 7/28 or 7/29
  • Invitation to the official George Strait VIP Experience for (4) guests including limited edition hardcover George Strait coffee table book featuring rare and previously unreleased photographs from George’s career, autographed by George Strait with a certificate of authenticity, exclusively available to VIP guests
  • VIP gift bag including Strait to Vegas T-Shirt and Strait to Vegas baseball cap
  • Entrance to the VIP pre-show party in The King’s Saloon featuring complimentary drinks in The King’s Saloon and Texas-style catered buffet dinner
  • Admission to the enhanced King’s Exhibit—a private exhibit that chronicles the life and career of George Strait through memorabilia, only available to VIP guests and guests of George Strait
  • Commemorative VIP laminate
  • Dedicated on-site concert concierge

 

If you've ever wanted to know more about who lived in your house, The Twin Falls Library is hosting an intriguing seminar

on how to get started researching it using Library resources.  The event is Friday morning at 10a.  As always, all library

programs are free and open to the public.

 

The Ketchum Arts festival kicks off on Friday, and goes through Sunday.  The Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths dispersed over Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. This year’s festival features an array of unique artist’s wares like  hand crafted windsocks, ceramics, glass blown delights, handmade wardrobe accessories (hats, scarves, aprons, and tutus), wind chimes for that special corner of your deck, furniture of all kinds, edible treasures, and locally made skin-care.  The festival starts at 10am Friday morning, and if you’re after more info, click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

Don’t miss the annual Wake in the Snake event this Saturday from Idaho Watersports and Hot 100 FM.  Wake In The Snake is a grassroots wakeboard competition.  It is free to watch but costs to compete.  Bring your sunscreen, sunshade & enjoy an action packed day of riding.  Food & shaved ice will be available for sale at the event.  The action starts at 9am at Burley Golf Course Marina – and if you’d like to enter the competition, click the banner at hot100now.com.  Online pre-registration IS REQUIRED to participate.

 

The 30th Annual Shoshone Arts in the Park is this Saturday and Sunday at the Courthouse Lawn in Shoshone, Idaho.

Come down and enjoy festival food, arts and crafts, antiques, trolley and wagon rides, music all day long!  Live music

by Tylor & the Train Robbers, Spike Coggins, Evans & French and Prairie Wind - and make sure you join your neighbors

for the community breakfast on Sunday Morning.  The event is Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am

to 5:00 pm. For more information click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

HOLLYWOOD

 

The people behind Spiderman: Homecoming are expecting BIG numbers at the box office.  Industry tracking says that the newest installment of the Spiderman franchise could gross anywhere from $85 million to $110 million during its opening weekend. The studio is hedging its bets lower, at around $80 million.  The movie is opening this weekend in 4,341 North American locations, 392 of which will screen in Imax. Previews will kick off at 3,450 theaters tonight as well. Reviews for “Homecoming” have been strong — it currently holds a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has also consistently dominated social media in recent weeks, due in good part by consistent and well-received marketing.

And now, we state the obvious.  Streaming music is HUGE, and growing rapidly every day.  A report published yesterday by Nielsen Music shows that music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and others delivered a total of 184.3 billion on-demand audio streams, up from 113.5 billion during the same period a year ago, for an increase of 62 percent.  Those same streaming services surpassed a milestone in March, when over 7 billion songs were accessed across the platforms.  But music streaming's success came at a cost: total album sales - including purchased downloads and physical albums - declined by 18 percent, which was in part due to a 24 percent drop in digital track sales and a 20 percent drop in digital album sales.  I don't know about you, but I'm still a fan of going out to the store and buying the CD the day it comes out.

And Kathy Griffin made every headline on every news outlet for a few days - but then she seemed to just kind of go away... but her name certainly hasn't vanished from the eyes of the feds.  The comedian “has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour... and the investigation still not closed.  Griffin has not held back on insulting Trump despite the ongoing controversy surrounding her art piece.  She's still taking to social media to blast the prez any chance she gets.

Wednesday July 5, 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management battled a growing fire near Bliss yesterday.  The Independence Fire was reported at 2:13 p.m. at 1274 Highway 26 between Bliss and Gooding.

The boil advisory has been lifted for the City of Hansen.  A Saturday night power outage caused more than 100 residents to be without electricity for several hours.  As a precaution and since the backflow preventer was without power, a boil advisory was instilled.

Saying that the move could mean an increase in illegal immigration prosecution by the federal government, opponents of a proposal for Jerome County to lease beds at its jail to Immigration and Customs Enforcement came out in force Monday. The contract between ICE and Jerome County hasn’t been finalized, but the plans tentatively call for the county to lease 50 beds at $75 a day per bed.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a decomposed body that was found in a home in Ammon, Idaho.  The body was found Sunday. Officials are treating the death as a homicide investigation.

A drone flying illegally created a problem for crews fighting a wildfire near Nat-Soo-Pah.  The BLM will contact the pilot again this week who could face a fine of up to $500.

Idaho officials are considering altering rules for suction dredge mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River just before the month-long season.  State regulators were asked to clarify or simplify permits for the river.

The police chief in Alaska's capital city is leaving after four years to lead a police force in Idaho. Bryce Johnson was appointed chief in Idaho Falls.  He said he took the job to be closer to family.

Earlier this year the Idaho Judicial Council's disciplinary process gained more attention after confirming it had received a verified complaint against Fifth District Judge Randy Stoker. The complaint was filed following his decision to sentence a teen to probation for sexually assaulting a high school football teammate.  Some believe a sentence for John R.K. Howard was too lenient.  The council has not yet made a decision regarding the complaint.

Today:  Mostly sunny. High around 100F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 66F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny. High 100F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 101 (Mountains: 93)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 94)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 94)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny and hot
HIGH: 93 (Mountains: 89)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny and Hot
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 88)

July 5th: On this day

1969
Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Doug McClure and The Cowsills. Johnny performed a version of “Custer Don't Ride Very Good Any” with Buffy Sainte-Marie.

1970
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "He Loves Me All the Way." Written by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, and Carmol Taylor, it became Tammy Wynette's seventh #1 solo hit on the country charts.

1980
George Jones' classic track, "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. The melancholy song, written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time.

1982
Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, Dave Haywood, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now". Lady Antebellum was also awarded the "Best Country Album" award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

2003
Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

2009
Mickey Gilley was seriously injured in a fall in Branson, Missouri. The 73 year-old was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell, with the 'love seat' falling on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. The incident left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down . After intense physical therapy he was able to walk again and returned to the stage a year later. However, he still lacks the hand coordination necessary to play the piano.

Country Music on the Fourth

Willie Nelson Hosts His 44th Fourth of July Picnic in Texas.  Austin and Nashville are once again living up to their reputations as country music capitals on July 4 with Willie Nelson continuing a Texas tradition and Chris Young and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headlining a free concert in Tennessee.  The 44th edition of Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic will take place at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater with a lineup that includes Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, the Raelyn Nelson Band and Folk Uke.

 

Twin Falls Tonight kicks off its season on Wednesday night at the new temporary location in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.  I’ll be there broadcasting live at 5 with the concert starting at 6.  The season kicks off this year with live music from The Generator Saints – and as always, cold drinks, delicious food, and a great place to get together with friends and family.  Again, the NEW location for this year’s concerts is located in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.

 

If you've ever wanted to know more about who lived in your house, The Twin Falls Library is hosting an intriguing seminar on how to get started researching it using Library resources.  The event is Friday morning at 10a.  As always, all library programs are free and open to the public.

 

The Ketchum Arts festival kicks off on Friday, and goes through Sunday.  The Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths dispersed over Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. This year’s festival features an array of unique artist’s wares like  hand crafted windsocks, ceramics, glass blown delights, handmade wardrobe accessories (hats, scarves, aprons, and tutus), wind chimes for that special corner of your deck, furniture of all kinds, edible treasures, and locally made skin-care.  The festival starts at 10am Friday morning, and if you’re after more info, click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

Don’t miss the annual Wake in the Snake event this Saturday from Idaho Watersports and Hot 100 FM.  Wake In The Snake is a grassroots wakeboard competition.  It is free to watch but costs to compete.  Bring your sunscreen, sunshade & enjoy an action packed day of riding.  Food & shaved ice will be available for sale at the event.  The action starts at 9am at Burley Golf Course Marina – and if you’d like to enter the competition, click the banner at hot100now.com.  Online pre-registration IS REQUIRED to participate.

 

The 30th Annual Shoshone Arts in the Park is this Saturday and Sunday at the Courthouse Lawn in Shoshone, Idaho.

Come down and enjoy festival food, arts and crafts, antiques, trolley and wagon rides, music all day long!  Live music

by Tylor & the Train Robbers, Spike Coggins, Evans & French and Prairie Wind - and make sure you join your neighbors

for the community breakfast on Sunday Morning.  The event is Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am

to 5:00 pm. For more information click the link on today's Broc In The Morning Blog at Hot100now.com.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

For showtimes and advance tickets, visit the Broc On The Morning page at Hot100Now.com.

***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

HOLLYWOOD

 

Bad news for Ed Sheeran's 19.2 million Twitter followers.  In an interview with The Sun published Monday, the

singer-songwriter said he's no longer active on the social media platform. "I've actually come off Twitter completely.

I can't read it. I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day,"

the 26-year-old revealed. "The (hard part) for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much."

A lot of the recent hate towards Sheeran has come from Lady Gaga fans.  Gaga's fans have been trolling Sheeran since

earlier this year. After his Beats Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe, some of her fans assumed he threw shade in her

direction. "I do not want to be the kind of artist who has had two successful albums and then feels invincible.

I have to know when to listen to people, or I'll end up like those artists you've interviewed in recent years.

You've seen them become the biggest artists in the world, and then suddenly they will say, 'I know everything!'

And just after, they are no longer at the top," Sheeran said at the time, without naming names. "The smartest thing

to do is listen to people who know I do not want to do the Super Bowl years later, after my biggest success, just to

prove I'm still relevant."  In true Gaga fashion, she came to his defense the day after the interview published.

On Instagram, she said "What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED @edsheeran deserves all our love and respect

like all humans do," she wrote on Instagram. "I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and

apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean. No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity."

 

Some call it art... some call it expression... some call it filth - but MOST celebrities who decide to take their clothes

off for the world to see don't wait as long as Celine Dion has.  A photo was posted on Vogue magazine's Instagram page on the Fourth of July, which shows the 49-year-old singer sitting on a plush chair with her arms folded and legs crossed, wearing nothing and clutching a white garment, during a trip to Paris.  Naked photos of Dion have never been released before.   She did, however, pose topless for V magazine in 2012, wearing a pair of long black gloves while folding her arms over her chest.

 

John Blackwell Jr., who performed with Prince as his drummer for 15 years, died yesterday.  He was 43.  Blackwell was considered a master drummer and was known for his unique style of drumming.  It was discovered last year that Blackwell had two brain tumors that eventually led to his passing.  His wife posted the announcement on his Instagram account, "My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support."  A GoFundMe page was set up to help cover his medical bills that reached more than $78,000 in donations as of last night.

Monday 7/03/17

The military judge overseeing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's case says prosecutors can try the soldier on a rare charge alleging he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.  The Judge also said serious wounds to a soldier and a Navy Seal who searched for Bergdahl can be used at the sentencing phase of his upcoming trial.

At least three different legal challenges are being launched against the U.S. government's decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area that have been in place for more than 40 years. The groups intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the plan to lift the protections this summer.

Add another group to the growing list of Idahoans saying they haven’t been consulted on state plans to comply with a major federal education law. This time, state lawmakers say they’ve been left in the dark.  And when they were consulted and briefed on Idaho’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan, those same lawmakers peppered schools chief Sherri Ybarra and her deputies with questions.

In a decision that could have an implication for Idaho schools, the Supreme Court has sided with a Missouri church that sought a share of state funding.  In a 7 to 2 ruling, the court said the church could tap into a state fund for playground improvements.

The Idaho Secretary of State office is reviewing a request for key points of voter data from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election. State Election Director Betsie Kimbrough said Friday that Secretary of State Lawerence Denney received the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity earlier this week.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has approved a redesigned logging plan for the Johnson Bar Salvage Sale that will see fewer trees cut and more assurances that scenic views and water quality are protected. The Lewiston Tribune reported Thursday the sale was first approved last year but was halted by a federal judge who granted a temporary injunction requested by the Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United.

On July 3, 2017, at approximately 12:07 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury crash eastbound on 2277 E 3300 S, in Gooding County.

 

A juvenile male was driving a 2002 Chevy Silverado and failed to negotiate a turn near 2277 E 3300 S, ran off of the road, over-corrected, and rolled.  The vehicle came to rest in the center of the roadway.  The male was wearing a seatbelt.

 

He was transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID.

 

The lanes were blocked for approximately three hours while crews worked to clear the scene. 

 

Idaho State Police was assisted by Gooding County Sheriff's Office and Wendell Police Department.

 

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, at approximately 8:44 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash northbound on US93, near milepost 10, in Twin Falls County.

 

Cody M. Chandler, 34, of Filer, ID, was driving northbound on US93 in a 1994 Honda Accord. Cameron J. Kelly, 36, of Lincoln, CA, was driving northbound on US93 in a 2014 Toyota Sequoia.  Amanda S. Allen, 42, of Kimberly, ID, was driving northbound behind Kelly in a 1998 Honda Civic.    Kelly attempted to pass Chandler using the first, inner southbound lane.  Allen attempted to pass Kelly and Chandler using the second, outer southbound lane.  Kelly struck Allen's vehicle, which then rolled onto the shoulder. 

 

Allen was not wearing a seatbelt.  Kelly and Chandler were both wearing seatbelts.

 

Allen was transported by ground ambulance to St Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID.  

 

The lanes were blocked for approximately one hour and forty-five minutes while crews worked to clear the scene. 

Today:  Sunny. High around 95F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High around 95F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 93)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 94)

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 94)

SATURDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 102 (Mountains: 93)

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 93)

July 3rd: On this day

1946
Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, "Lookin' for Love" spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

1958
Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something" became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit “There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio.”

1975
Born on this day in Blytheville, Arkansas, was Trent Tomlinson, country music artist. His debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006 produced three Top 40 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Drunker Than Me", "One Wing in the Fire" and "Just Might Have Her Radio On."

1980
Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, “Let It Rain.”

1980
The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

1993
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with "That Summer". Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Sandy Mahl and taken from his fourth studio album The Chase, the track also appears on The Hits, The Ultimate Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live.

2013
Songwriter Johnny MacRae died at his home in Ashland City aged 84. He wrote such country hits as Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down," Reba McEntire's "You Lift Me Up to Heaven," and Highway 101's "Whiskey, if You Were a Woman".

Country Music on the Fourth

Willie Nelson Hosts His 44th Fourth of July Picnic in Texas  Austin and Nashville are once again living up to their reputations as country music capitals on July 4 with Willie Nelson continuing a Texas tradition and Chris Young and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headlining a free concert in Tennessee.  The 44th edition of Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic will take place at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas’ Austin360 Amphitheater with a lineup that includes Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Asleep at the Wheel, Turnpike Troubadours, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, Billy Joe Shaver, David Allan Coe, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots, the Raelyn Nelson Band and Folk Uke.  As of Sunday (July 2), tickets remained available via Ticketmaster.  While it can’t claim the history of Nelson’s event, the annual concert in downtown Nashville has become a tradition. In fact, organizers are predicting a crowd as large as 280,000 for “Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City,” the free concert on Broadway near Riverfront Park.  Young, a native of nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will headline the show featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, R&B artist Jonny P and folk-rock duo the Sisterhood, featuring Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, daughter of rock icon Rod Stewart.  If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday at home, there are other country music options available.  Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow will perform on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular airing on NBC. The lineup also includes Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld.

Kellie Pickler and Trace Adkins will be in Washington, D.C., for the A Capitol Fourth concert on PBS. John Stamos will host the show from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with performances by the Beach Boys, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of the Blues Brothers, the Four Tops and Yolanda Adams.

Needless to say, fireworks displays will cap all of the celebrations.  But as a bit of trivia, this is the 44th edition of Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic and only the 37th annual edition of A Capitol Fourth. God bless America and Willie Nelson.

Luke Bryan Brings Home the Chocolate

New Puppy Joins the Family

On Saturday morning (July 1), Luke Bryan introduced his nearly 4 million Instagram followers to the latest addition to his family — their brand new chocolate Labrador retriever, who looks like he’s about 3 months old.  He followed the first picture of Choc up with another one: a full body shot. One where you can see how Choc is all floppy ears and giant paws and puppy dog eyes.   And then that was it for the photo gallery. Which might just mean that Bryan and his family — his wife, his two sons and his nephew — are too busy playing with the new guy to be bothered to take any pictures.

Bryan has a couple of weeks off before his tour resumes in Bethel, New York, on July 13, so he’ll have plenty of time to bond with Choc.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Perform for NASA Astronauts in Space

Mission Control in Houston Hosts Special Meet-and-Greet

It was a meet-and-greet that was out of this world.

On Thursday (June 29), Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed for astronauts Jack Fischer and Dr. Peggy Whitson who were onboard the International Space Station. Brooks and Yearwood spoke via video conference from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston for a special edition of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.

Fischer is on his first flight mission, and Whitson recently set a new record for most cumulative days spent in orbit.

Over the course of their 15-minute conversation, Fischer revealed “The River” was his favorite song, telling Brooks, “You have so many great songs and so many great messages, but it’s the heart that you put into every performance and the soul you put into all those songs that makes them so impactful.”

It was the first song on the pre-launch playlist he heard in the moments leading up his departure from Kazakhstan on April 20.

Brooks performed the song for Fischer with Yearwood on harmony vocals. Then Yearwood surprised Fischer with an opportunity to speak with his wife and daughter, who were also there for the visit. Before they wrapped, Yearwood offered the astronauts home-cooked versions of their favorite foods when they return to Earth.

Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Hillary Scott & More Recall Their Favorite Fourth of July Memories

Some of country music’s biggest stars shared their favorite memories from the Fourth of July. And wouldn’t you know it, most of ’em involve fireworks.

Check out what Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Darius Rucker and more had to say about their fond Fourth flashbacks.

Luke Bryan
“Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family. I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. But, it was always a great memory, and I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

Sam Hunt
“I’m from Georgia, and most [fireworks] were illegal, I’m pretty sure, growing up. But over in Alabama, that’s where all the firework stands were, and we only had to drive 10, 15 minutes to get to the Alabama line, so we could go get a bundle of fireworks pretty easy. But [my granddad] would always take a lot of pride in going and finding all the good stuff and coming back with a  big pile. He’d have his torch out there at the end of the driveway and we’d all eat homemade ice cream and put down towels on the driveway and he’d shoot off fireworks for 30, 45 minutes. Such a good time.”

Eric Church
“The Fourth of July for me, growing up we would always go to the lake, we didn’t live on the lake but we would all go to the lake. Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time. This was before, I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just to go swim in the water and shoot off fireworks. Basically, water tailgating is what it was. And then as we got older, same thing . . . we would just, us younger kids had our own boat and we had as much fun as the adults.”

Darius Rucker
“Oh, I love fireworks. We had the bottle-rocket fights and all that good stuff. I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, it was always legal, so we shot fireworks when it was legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once.”

Billy Currington
“My best memories would be hanging out with my mom, brother and sister on the beach on Tybee Island right off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. We’d go there every year and we’d light our own fireworks and watch the ones that they had for us. They were the best times, some of the best times of my life.”

Canaan Smith
“Williamsburg, Virginia, has a great fireworks display. It’s one of the best in the nation . . . We’d go to the Governor’s Palace. They have a big lawn, and we’d sit out there and lay a blanket down. This was before I was old enough to drink, but we probably tried to sneak some in anyhow. And we’d just watch the [show], you know they’d have the grand finale, which always blew my mind ’cause just when you thought it was over, they’d start bringing out all of the tricks and it just gets crazy. We did that on a regular basis. Other times, we’d do stuff in our own yard. We had a big yard when we were growing up with a dirt track in the back, and our neighbor’s yard was equally as big, so when you put ’em together, we had a massive area to be destructive and do whatever we wanted. So, we blew up all kinds of stuff.”

Easton Corbin
“Fourth of July, I remember growing up and having cookouts, and of course we did the whole fireworks thing. I remember my uncle, he’d always get fireworks and bring ’em down like from Alabama, because in Florida, you couldn’t get the bottle rockets and stuff, so he’d always go up to Alabama, ’cause they live in Tallahassee, which was close to the [state] line. So, he would go over the line and get the good fireworks and bring ’em down to my grandma’s for me and my cousin, and we’d just hang out all day and shoot off fireworks and clown around.”

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum
“For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water. But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2 up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me—getting a rock on my hand.”

Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum
“July 4th is always, for me, my birthday week. My birthday is July 5, so we grew up going on family trips to the beach. We would d always go to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and always take trips for my birthday, so that’s always a fun time of the year . . . watch fireworks. I think my best memory would be my birthday party when I was 9 or 10 years old. We went to the batting cages and I remember I was swinging so hard, it was 100 degrees outside, I was swinging in the batting cage and ended up passing out right there in the batting cage. You’re trying so hard to hit the ball, you’re a kid and you really don’t realize how much water you should be drinking and I was that kid who was on the ground in the batting cage, people fanning and pouring water all over my face. Happy Birthday to me and America.”

Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Karen Fairchild, Darius Rucker & More Share Messages of Support and Thanks to Our Military

While we celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th, let’s remember to thank and support the members of our military for their service to our great nation.

Country stars Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Karen Fairchild and more recently shared messages of appreciation for our servicemen and women below.

Kip Moore
“I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in, and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit. My grandparents were in the military, fought wars, and I’ve seen the battle that they go through, just the horror of remembering things. When I start to think that I’m halfway tough, I realize how I’m not one bit when I talk to soldiers when I’m out and realize the things that they go through. I can’t imagine facing what those guys face every day.”

Darius Rucker
“The Fourth of July to me is a day to celebrate freedom. We get to travel all over the world and see a lot of stuff, and I’ve been to a lot of countries that aren’t like ours and that’s when you really appreciate the fact that you can do whatever you want. As long as you’re willing to deal with the consequences, you can do whatever you want, you know?  [I] appreciate those soldiers who died for us to be sitting here doing this, and we live in the greatest country in the world.”

Dierks Bentley
“I’m extremely patriotic. I love this country, and I love the history of this country. I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country. The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind. We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town
“It’s such a huge sacrifice what these men and women do for us, and not only the ones that are serving, but the families that are left here at home. I mean, it’s just a huge commitment that they make, and what an honor. We love to be able to sing for them and entertain them and to say thank you whenever we can.”

Jordan Davis
“I think Fourth of July weekend is a special time to really sit back and be thankful for what we have—thankful to our military, thankful for family and for friends, just a time to really sit back and appreciate how great it is to be an American.”

 

The Rupert 4th of July celebration continues today on the square with food vendors opening up for business at 11 this morning.  Tonight, enjoy “Sounds of Freedom”, the Wild West Shootout at the Wilson Theater at 6 as well, and a performance from the Chancellors at 7:30.  The lawnmower races are today at the fairgrounds tonight as well.  Those get underway at 6 p.m.  Tomorrow, the festivities continue with the 40k Bike Race underway at 7am at East Minico.  The Rupert 4th of July parade starts at 11.  Don’t miss Hot 100 FM in the parade for your chance to win a trip to Roaring Springs!  Just remember to show your Hot 100 FM pride on the route – with a Hot 100 FM t-shirt, a homemade sign, or anything else that shows us YOUR LOVE for Hot 100 FM!  Then, get a picture of yourself wearing your Hot pride and post it to the Hot 100 FM Facebook page.  We’ll draw the winner Wednesday morning.  Food vendors, by the way, will open up a half hour early tomorrow morning at 10:30a so you can grab your fair food BEFORE the parade gets underway.   Get all the info by clicking the link from today’s blog on the Broc In The Morning page at hot100now.com.

Sage Brush days continue today in Buhl with the annual Trout Festival.  The trout dinner starts tonight at 4, and then catch live music from Copperhead tonight at 7.  The event is packed with vendors selling all sorts of goods – and remember to cool down with an ice cold beer or glass of wine in the beer and wine garden.  The festivities continue on  the 4th with the Buhl Key Club Fun Run, the Kiwana’s pancake breakfast from 7 ‘til 10, the parade at 10:30, vendors opening up for business at 11, music from Copperhead at noon and Uppa Creek at 5 in the park, free swimming at the Buhl City Pool, a firehose competition at McClusky Park, and fireworks at dusk.  Get all the info by clicking the link from today’s blog on the Broc In The Morning page at hot100now.com.

Twin Falls Tonight kicks off its season on Wednesday night at the new temporary location in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.  I’ll be there broadcasting live at 5 with the concert starting at 6.  The season kicks off this year with live music from The Generator Saints – and as always, cold drinks, delicious food, and a great place to get together with friends and family.  Again, the NEW location for this year’s concerts is located in the parking lot behind Rudy’s and Sav-Mor Drug.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

BURLEY THEATER:  THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

For showtimes and advance tickets, visit the Broc On The Morning page at Hot100Now.com.

***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

HOLLYWOOD

No surprise here – Despicable Me 3 crushed it at the box office over the weekend, debuting in 1st place with about 75 and a half million dollars.  Baby Driver debuted in 2nd with around 21 million.  Transformers fell from the number one spot to land in 3rd this weekend with 17 million.  In 4th was Wonder Woman with 16 millilon, and rounding out the top 5 was Cars 3 with nine and a half million.  One thing that DID surprise me, though, was that The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Pohler COMPL ETELY tanked, debuting in SIXTH with just 9 million dollars.

The dominoes have begun to fall in the court battles with organizers of the failed Fyre Festival.  One of the organizers has been arrested and charged with wire fraud.  Billy McFarland was arrested Friday in New York and accused of making “false representations to investors” in his company, Fyre Media LLC, and in a “luxury” music festival that had been set to take place in the Bahamas over two weekends in April and May.  Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement Friday that McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company.  25 year old McFarland appeared Saturday before a judge and was released from jail on a $300,000 bond.  Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Emmy-award winning actor James Cromwell is going to be spending a week in an Orange County Jail.  The 77-year-old actor’s sentence is the result of his refusal to pay a $375 fine following his arrest during a protest in Wawayanda, New York.  Cromwell and six others were found guilty of obstructing traffic during a sit-in at the proposed future site of a natural gas-fired power plant owned by Competitive Power Ventures. The protesters say they are concerned that the CPV power plant’s carbon emissions could immediately harm the local environment and will accelerate global climate change.  Cromwell was one of three protesters who refused to pay the fine. “If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record after refusing to pay his fine (according to Variety). “Power to the people.”

July 4th: On this day

1916
Born on this day in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, was David Akeman better known as Stringbean (or String Bean), American country music banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw. On November 10, 1973, Akeman and his wife were murdered by burglars at their rural Tennessee home in 1973 after they returned home after he performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

1949
Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was James Stroud, drummer and record producer. He has worked with Eddie Rabbitt, Conway Twitty, Eddy Raven, Clint Black, John Anderson, Clay Walker, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw.

1964
Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owens's third #1. The B-side, "Together Again", also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by "My Heart Skips a Beat" from the top spot.

1985
Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Austin featured the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also appearing was, Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash.

1986
The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Exile, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Vince Neil and Willie Nelson.

2006
Johnny Cash released American V - A Hundred Highways his 93rd overall album and a posthumous album by Johnny Cash. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash's American series. Like its predecessors, American V: A Hundred Highways was produced by Rick Rubin and released on Rubin's American Recordings record.

Today:  Sunny. High 86F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low near 55F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 93F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 90 (Mountains: 85)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 87)

JULY 4TH: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 98 (Mountains: 91)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 91)

THURSDAY: Sunny and hot
HIGH: 100 (Mountains: 92)

 

 

June 30th: On this day

1936
Born on this day, was Doyle Holly, American musician best known as the bass guitar player of the country music band Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and for his solo hit songs "Queen Of The Silver Dollar" and "Lila". The Buckaroos had more than 30 Top 40 singles on the country music charts in the 1960s and early 1970s, with 21 #1 hits such as "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail," "Love's Gonna Live Here, “and "Act Naturally." Their sound influenced later artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, The Derailers and the Desert Rose Band. Holly died on January 13, 2007.

1972
Opryland USA Theme Park and Opryland Hotel opened to the public well ahead of the Grand Ole Opry House, which debuted nearly two years later, on March 16, 1974. The opening night, was attended by US President Richard Nixon, who played a few songs on the piano.

1983
Born on this day was Cole Swindell, American country music songwriter known for his 2013 breakout hit "Chillin' It" and co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll."

1995
Garth Brooks received a star in front of Capitol Records on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer also buried the master tapes to his The Hits underneath the star.

2001
Chet Atkins died after a long battle with cancer. An influential guitarist & producer who helped create "The Nashville Sound," he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973 and earned a Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys. A stretch of Interstate 185 in southwest Georgia (between LaGrange and Columbus) is named "Chet Atkins Parkway." Clint Black's album Nothin' but the Taillights includes the song "Ode to Chet".

 

July 2nd: On this day

1923
Born on this day, in Maces Spring, Virginia, was Janette Carter who was the last surviving child of A.P. and Sara Carter, of Carter Family musical fame. In 1976, she and community members built an 880-seat amphitheater, the Carter Family Fold, beside the store her father operated in Southwestern Virginia. Today, the Carter Family Fold attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year. She died on 22nd Jan 2006 aged 82.

1925
Born on this day, in Wichita, Kansas, was Marvin Rainwater, country and rockabilly singer and songwriter who had several hits during the late 1950s, including "Gonna Find Me a Bluebird" and "Whole Lotta Woman." He was known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage and was 25 percent Cherokee. Rainwater died on Sept 17 2013.

1983
Born on this day, was Michelle Branch, singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper, and in 2005, she formed the country music duo The Wreckers with friend and fellow musician Jessica Harp, and produced the Grammy-nominated single "Leave the Pieces". The Wreckers disbanded in 2007 to pursue their respective solo careers.

1991
MCA released Trisha Yearwood, the eponymous debut album by future country music superstar Trisha Yearwood. It features her first Billboard Hot Country Songs hit "She's in Love with the Boy", which reached the top of the country charts in June 1991. Also included are follow-up hits "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart", "That's What I Like About You", and "The Woman Before Me". The album which itself reached the #2 position on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart contains the track "Victim of the Game", originally recorded by Yearwood's friend and future husband, Garth Brooks, for his 1990 album No Fences.

2005
The Live 8 concerts were held around the world to battle poverty, which saw Tim McGraw and Faith Hill performing in Rome, and Toby Keith and Keith Urban in Philadelphia. Among other acts who took part: Paul McCartney, U2, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Sting and Brian Wilson. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.

When Luke Bryan Borrows Your Phone

Texting With a Fan's Friends at Concert.  You know when you’re scrolling through someone else’s text messages — when you finally look up from the phone, an hour has gone by? Me neither.  But that’s kind of what happened at a Luke Bryan show on Sunday night (June 25), when he borrowed a fan’s phone to look up lyrics to one of his new tunes.

When text messages started popping up on the screen, Bryan couldn’t resist. So he started reading Erin’s texts, then started reading them aloud to the crowd, then started responding to the texts on her behalf.

It was during Bryan’s song “Like You Say You Do.” It’s so new that he didn’t really have the lyrics memorized, so he asked Erin if he could borrow her phone to look up the words. That’s when the texts started rolling in.

“Do you want a drink?” one of Erin’s friends asked.

“Chill your broke ass out” was Bryan’s reply.

After the friend responded with a string of emojis, Bryan determined that all was well.

“He cool, we good,” he said, adding, “Hold on, let me get back to Safari. Can I go through your photos, too? No, I’m just playin’.”

Erin was quick to tweet a video of the whole encounterBottom of Form

Events In the Magic Valley

The Gooding Community Theater presents Peter Pan today, tomorrow and Saturday.  Tickets are five bucks at the door with all proceeds going toward future performances.  The shows begin at 7p each night and will be held at the Gooding High School.

The Freedom Fest Fourth of July celebration is this weekend in Jerome!  Festivities will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Park. The celebration, presented by Community Spirit Committee, will feature music and live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, food, and a beer garden. The fireworks display will follow at dusk Saturday night at Jerome High School, 104 Tiger Drive.

It’s Sagebrush Days this weekend in Buhl.  Sagebrush Days features a tractor pull at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Buhl Rodeo Grounds, admission is free; and a community church service and a performance by Magic Valley Jubilee, 6:30 p.m. at Eastman Park in Buhl; bring lawn chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Festivities continue on Monday with the annual Trout Festival downtown.  The Trout dinner starts at 4 p.m., with music by Copperhead at 7 p.m. Local vendors and a beer and wine garden will be set up and available.  Hit up  Buhlchamber.org for more info.

Twin Falls Tonight kicks off another season next week with live music from The Generator Saints!  Join us Wednesday in our new temporary location in the parking lot behind Rudy’s & Sav-Mor Drug for music, dancing, cold drinks, great food and more.  Broc will broadcast live from 5 ‘til 6 getting you pumped up and ready for the action.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

BURLEY THEATER:  THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

For showtimes and advance tickets, visit the Broc On The Morning page at Hot100Now.com.

***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

 

FORECAST

TODAY:  Sunny & 86

SATURDAY:  Ptly Cloudy & 93

SUNDAY:  Sunny & 91

MONDAY:  Sunny & 97

 

QUESTION OF THE DAYI have a friend who called for advice on who to hire to fix his dishwasher yesterday (if anyone needs help on finding someone to fix something that's broken, they call me because they know I can NOT fix ANYTHING by myself and MUST know a guy who knows a guy)... so anyways, the story goes like this.  His father-in-law was visiting and decided he'd clean their dishwasher while he was in town and bored, but while doing it - he found some sippy straws and what he thought was a marble in the dishwasher. So he threw it all away. He leaves the next day - and all of a sudden the dishwasher won't drain.  He called a plumber friend of theirs over who took it apart enough to see that his father-in-law ACTUALLY threw away the ball that regulates the dishwasher draining... and it wasn't a marble at all.  They've dubbed it "The $300 Marble" as that's what their plumber friend had guessed it would cost to fix.  Everybody has a story like this.  What's YOUR $300 marble?  Q-tips down the toilet netted us a hefty bill a while back.  How about you?  (Broc)

HOLLYWOOD

An R2-D2 droid that was used in several "Star Wars" films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million.  The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for $2.76 million at an auction Wednesday.  There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the "Star Wars" franchise. Other items up for sale included Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for $450,000 and Darth Vader's helmet from the original film sold for $96,000.

Does Niall Horan want more than just friendship from Katy Perry?  Katy Perry put Niall Horan on blast during an interview earlier this week — but it was all out of love! She said “Niall’s amazing, I love him. I see him around all the time.  He’s always trying to get my number to, like, maybe flirt with me?  But I’m like, I could babysit you! I’m like your mom!”  Now, Niall wants Katy to STOP BEING MEAN!  In an interview after Katy's statements, he begged Katy to "Stop being mean to me!” He said “She’s just finding any excuse now just to patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me. I just want to be your friend!” It sounds like most of it's all in fun, but maybe he DOES want something more - as he wrapped up the conversation saying “She’s talking like she’s about 55 years older than me.  She’s not that much older than me.”   Oddly enough, my wife is a little more than 9 years older than I am – and we’ve made it for eleven years and counting!

Professional golfer Rickie Fowler made one military family very happy Wednesday at the Quicken Loans National.  Playing a practice round, Fowler used a special caddie, SFC Bryane Greene, on the 18th hole. Greene had just returned to the States after three and a half years overseas, and Fowler helped give he and his family a special reunion.  The two enjoyed a casual stroll down the 18th fairway. Fowler, not pleased with his second shot, jokingly made sure everyone knew he miss hit it, and it was not Greene's fault.  It was about that point that Greene’s family spotted him , and rushed out onto the green to greet him with tears and hugs.

Thursday 6/29/17

Wildfires continue to burn in Southern Idaho.  The Indian Springs 2 fire is burning South of Kimberly.  The 35-hundred acre Centennial Fire started 10 miles south of Hammett in Grass and Brush.  A fire at the Vineyard Lake Recreation area west of Eden has burned several acres and the MM 271 fire near the Juniper Rest Area of Interstate 84 has reached nearly 4000 acres.

Police say 27 year old Genaro Ramirez of Heyburn has been charged with 2 counts of felony grand theft.  He is accused of creating a fake customer account while working at Norco and writing refund checks to himself.

The city of Twin Falls is continuing work for roadway rehabilitation projects by installing gutters and curbside ramps.  Today, workers will close southbound traffic at the intersection of Madrona Street and Falls Avenue.  Later traffic will be down to one lane at the intersection of Capri Drive and Falls Avenue.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will continue to stock fish in its Magic Valley region.  The department stocks 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout.

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson will try to keep open an Idaho sheep experiment station despite President Donald Trump's proposed budget calling for its elimination. The Post-Register reports that Clark County economic development officials worry closure of the station could have a major negative impact on the economy.

A northern Idaho lawmaker says he's considering running for the state's open 1st Congressional District seat. Rep. Luke Malek, a Republican from Coeur d'Alene, told the Spokesman-Review on Tuesday that he's currently discussing running for Congress with close family and friends.

Idaho officials are currently working to restore a government website that was hacked with a message that claims to support the Islamic State terrorist group.  A page on Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane's website was hacked Sunday that included the message: "I love the Islamic state."

Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.  The waste, known as calcine, was generated by spent fuel recycling at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center between 1963 and 2000.

Today:  Sunny. High 81F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 51F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  A mainly sunny sky. High 86F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 93 (Mountains: 84)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 90 (Mountains: 86)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 95 (Mountains: 88)

JULY 4TH: Sunny
HIGH: 94 (Mountains: 87)

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

June 29th: On this day

1968
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman's perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word's meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.

1971
Jerry Reed was at #1 on the US Country chart with, “When You're Hot, You're Hot", his most successful on the country charts peaking at #1 for five weeks.

1998
The Country Music Association announced it would add four new Country Music Hall of Fame members in September: Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, George Morgan and former Grand Ole Opry executive E.W. "Bud" Wendell.

2007
Mike Curb the founder of Curb Records was honored with the 2,341st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007
Canada Post issued the limited edition Anne Murray Stamp. She was recognized along with three other iconic Canadian recording artists: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.

2014
Dolly Parton pulled a huge crowd for her debut Glastonbury set, performing some of her biggest hits during the UK festival. The singer was greeted by the biggest crowd of the weekend, with many dressed in Dolly wigs with fake balloon boobs. One flag in the audience read: "Dolly, take me to your bosom."

Sara Evans Asks Where the Women Are

Looks Back on Her 1997 Debut

Saturday (July 1) marks the 20-year anniversary of Sara Evans‘ debut album release, Three Chords and the Truth. And at a Change The Conversation event on Tuesday night (June 27) in Nashville, Evans talked about how different things were back in 1997, for her and for all the other women who were topping the country charts back then. “When I first got my record deal, women were dominating country radio. We had Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Patty Loveless and on and on. I was fortunate enough to join that group of amazing women,” Evans told the crowd.

“So we need to change the conversation and figure out why it is not that way anymore.

“Why are there not enough women on country radio? Women artists are amazing and they have so much great music that we want to hear and we need to hear, so let’s change the conversation,” she added.

Evans’ new album Words will be released on July 21, and will feature music from 14 female songwriters like Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber and Sonya Isaacs.

Garth Brooks: “Get Your Voices Ready”

Are Louisiana Fans His Background Singers?

Garth Brooks cannot keep a secret.

First, during one of his recent Facebook Live chats, Brooks hinted that he might possibly be recording his Louisiana shows to turn those concerts into a live album.

“We’re gonna bring a surprise down there to you guys,” Brooks said. “So all I can tell you is: get your singing voices ready, because it could be for forever, if you’re catching my drift.

“I promise you, you will hear that weekend again and again and again. Long after the weekend is over.”

Sounds like a sure thing, right?

Then at his Cajundome show on Sunday (June 25), he made an announcement about the live album from the stage. And according to a report from the ABC news station in Lafayette, the officials from the venue confirmed that.

But while that all seems very legit, he didn’t reveal any other details of announce a release date.

Maybe it will come on the 20-year anniversary of his Double Live release. In 1998, Brooks released that two-disc compilation of live songs that he’d recorded throughout his 1996-1998 concerts. That’s the only live album Brooks has released in his nearly 30 years as a recording artist.

AmericanaFest Reveals Second Round of Performers

North Mississippi Allstars, Yola Carter, Drive-By Truckers Added to List in Nashville.

The North Mississippi Allstars, Yola Carter, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Amanda Shires, Willie Nile, Hayes Carll, Iron & Wine, Joan Osborne and John Hiatt & the Goners are on the second-round list of performers announced for the 18th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville.

Taking place at venues throughout the city, the concerts are part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Sept. 12-17. Almost 300 acts will appear during the six days.

Other additions announced Wednesday (June 28) for AmericanaFest include Angaleena Presley, Buddy Miller, Cody Canada & the Departed, Colin Hay, Doug Seegers, Dustbowl Revival, Elizabeth Cook, Lukas Nelson, the Secret Sisters, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, the Last Bandoleros, Lee Roy Parnell, Lilly Hiatt, Lori McKenna, Marc Broussard, Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band, the Mavericks, the Wood Brothers and many more.

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Sells His Nashville Home for Almost $3 Million

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and wife Cassie recently sold their Nashville home for $2.91 million in an off-market deal, according to ArchitecturalDigest.com.

Charles and Cassie bought the 6,218-square-foot house in 2012 for $1.6 million. The five-bedroom, six-bath, two-story Georgian home, which was recently renovated by Ridley Wills Co., features an open kitchen, pool, pool house, elevator, Juliet balcony, sauna, stone patio, marble countertops and more. The home sits on 1.56 acres in the affluent Belle Meade area.

IN THE COMMUNITY...

The Gooding Community Theater presents Peter Pan today, tomorrow and Saturday.  Tickets are five bucks at the door with all proceeds going toward future performances.  The shows begin at 7p each night and will be held at the Gooding High School.

The Freedom Fest Fourth of July celebration is this weekend in Jerome!  Festivities will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Park. The celebration, presented by Community Spirit Committee, will feature music and live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, food, and a beer garden. The fireworks display will follow at dusk Saturday night at Jerome High School, 104 Tiger Drive.

It’s Sagebrush Days this weekend in Buhl.  Sagebrush Days features a tractor pull at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Buhl Rodeo Grounds, admission is free; and a community church service and a performance by Magic Valley Jubilee, 6:30 p.m. at Eastman Park in Buhl; bring lawn chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Festivities continue on Monday with the annual Trout Festival downtown.  The Trout dinner starts at 4 p.m., with music by Copperhead at 7 p.m. Local vendors and a beer and wine garden will be set up and available.  Hit up  Buhlchamber.org for more info.

Twin Falls Tonight kicks off another season next week with live music from The Generator Saints!  Join us Wednesday in our new temporary location in the parking lot behind Rudy’s & Sav-Mor Drug for music, dancing, cold drinks, great food and more.  Broc will broadcast live from 5 ‘til 6 getting you pumped up and ready for the action.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  DESPICABLE ME 3, HE HOUSE, BABY DRIVER, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, ALL EYEZ ON ME, CARS 3, ROUGH NIGHT, THE MUMMY, WONDER WOMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

CENTURY STADIUM 5:  DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, CARS 3, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN

BURLEY THEATER:  THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS:  THE BEGUILED, THE HOUSE, DESPICABLE ME 3, BABY DRIVER, WONDER WOMAN, PARIS CAN WAIT, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT

For showtimes and advance tickets, visit the Broc On The Morning page at Hot100Now.com.

***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

 

HOLLYWOOD

An R2-D2 droid that was used in several "Star Wars" films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million.  The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for $2.76 million at an auction Wednesday.  There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the "Star Wars" franchise. Other items up for sale included Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for $450,000 and Darth Vader's helmet from the original film sold for $96,000.

Does Niall Horan want more than just friendship from Katy Perry?  Katy Perry put Niall Horan on blast during an interview earlier this week — but it was all out of love! She said “Niall’s amazing, I love him. I see him around all the time.  He’s always trying to get my number to, like, maybe flirt with me?  But I’m like, I could babysit you! I’m like your mom!”  Now, Niall wants Katy to STOP BEING MEAN!  In an interview after Katy's statements, he begged Katy to "Stop being mean to me!” He said “She’s just finding any excuse now just to patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me. I just want to be your friend!” It sounds like most of it's all in fun, but maybe he DOES want something more - as he wrapped up the conversation saying “She’s talking like she’s about 55 years older than me.  She’s not that much older than me.”   Oddly enough, my wife is a little more than 9 years older than I am – and we’ve made it for eleven years and counting!

Professional golfer Rickie Fowler made one military family very happy Wednesday at the Quicken Loans National.  Playing a practice round, Fowler used a special caddie, SFC Bryane Greene, on the 18th hole. Greene had just returned to the States after three and a half years overseas, and Fowler helped give he and his family a special reunion.  The two enjoyed a casual stroll down the 18th fairway. Fowler, not pleased with his second shot, jokingly made sure everyone knew he miss hit it, and it was not Greene's fault.  It was about that point that Greene’s family spotted him , and rushed out onto the green to greet him with tears and hugs.