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Friday 10/27/17

State utility regulators are delaying Idaho Power's quest to lump people who install rooftop solar panels into a new class of energy providers. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing in March before rendering a decision on the utility company's request.

House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in California. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers will vote next week on a bill to loosen environmental regulations for forest-thinning projects on federal lands.

An Army National Guard sergeant has testified about seeing a fellow soldier shot in the head while searching for Bowe Bergdahl. National Guard Staff Sgt. Jason Walters testified about the July 2009 mission during a sentencing hearing for Bergdahl. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges of misbehavior before the enemy and desertion.

A Twin Falls mother charged with killing her 20-month-old daughter has had her bail set at $2 million. 22-year-old Amanda Dunlap is charged with first-degree murder and eight felony counts of injury to a child in a case that Judge Thomas D. Kershaw Jr. has sealed.

A Twin Falls man accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 10-month-old daughter was charged with attempted strangulation of a woman following an attack.  Richard Ross was arrested after authorities say he tackled a woman and placed her in a choke hold causing injury last week.

An Idaho lawmaker says she's might join the growing crowd of candidates vying for the state's open 1st Congressional District seat.  Republican Rep. Christy Perry of Nampa said Wednesday she's currently considering running for Congress. Perry is a fourth-term state representative.  The congressional seat is up for grabs now that U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has announced he's running for governor in 2018.

Today:  Sunny. High 63F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Some passing clouds. Low 38F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 69F. Winds light and variable.

SUNDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 63)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 52)

HALLOWEEN: Sunny

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 50)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 53)

THURSDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 54)

Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Was a Star-Studded Affair Featuring Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Lionel Richie & More

A star-studded cast from all genres of music took the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 25 to help Kenny Rogers ride off into the sunset after a 60-year career.

The showcase, dubbed All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, featured the final duet by Kenny and Dolly Parton, one of country music’s most beloved tandems.

The concert featured performances by the Oak Ridge Boys (“Love or Something Like It”), Elle King (“Tulsa Turnaround”), Justin Moore (“Lucille”), Billy Currington (“Morning Desire”), Jamey Johnson (“Sweet Music Man” and “Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In”), Reba McEntire (“Reuben James”),  Wynonna Judd (“You Turn the Light On”), The Judds (“Back to the Well”), Linda Davis and Hillary Scott (“Twenty Years Ago”), Alison Krauss (“Love the World Away”), Kris Kristofferson (“Me and Bobby McGee”), Lionel Richie (“Lady”), Chris Stapleton (“The Gambler”), Lady Antebellum (“She Believes In Me”), Little Big Town (“Through the Years”), Idina Menzel “(You Decorated My Life”), Idina and Charles Kelley (“We’ve Got Tonight”) and more.

Dolly Parton and Kenny performed “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” before Dolly serenaded Kenny with “I Will Always Love You.”

Dolly and Kenny closed the show with their final performance of “Islands in the Stream,” dropping their microphones like rock stars upon completion.

Kenny still has dates 13 dates left on his final tour, which caps on Dec. 16 in Buffalo, NY.

October 27th: On this day

1933
Born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana, was pianist Floyd Cramer, who was one of the architects of the "Nashville sound". He was known for his "slip note" piano style, where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note. In 2003 Floyd Cramer was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died on Dec 31st 1997.

1939
Born on this day in Spiro, Oklahoma, was Dallas Frazier, country musician and songwriter who had success in the 1950s and 60s. His tunes were recorded by George Jones (who recorded an entire album of Frazier's songs in 1968), Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Rodney Crowell. Many of the songs became hits into the 1980s; examples include the Oak Ridge Boys cover of "Elvira" and Emmylou Harris's version of "Beneath Still Waters". Anne Murray with Glen Campbell, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Patty Loveless have all also recorded Frazier tunes.

1939
Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Ruby Wright, country music singer-songwriter. Wright was the daughter of country singers Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright. She sang with her parents as a young girl and in the mid-1950s, she became part of an all-girl trio, Nita, Rita and Ruby. Wright died on September 27, 2009.

1942
Born on this day, was Lee Greenwood, country music artist who has charted more than 35 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Greenwood is best known for his single "God Bless the USA", which was popular when it was originally released in 1984, and became popular again after the 9/11 attacks becoming his highest charting pop hit, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1946
Born on this day was Steve Hardin, American songwriter, keyboardist, and harmonica and clavinet player best known as the writer of top-ten country hits "I Love My Truck" (#10, Glen Campbell) and "Breakin' Down" (#10, Waylon Jennings).

1982
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

1991
Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album replaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.

1997
A press release from Johnny Cash’s management read; “Johnny Cash announced today that he has developed Parkinson’s Disease. Although Johnny was able to perform his recent concerts, he is cancelling his book promotion tour for Cash: The Autobiography because the Parkinson’s Disease has progressed. Johnny and his wife June Carter Cash are sorry to have to postpone their personal appearances but Cash’s manager Lou Robin states ‘Johnny feels confident that once the Parkinson’s is medically stabilised, he can resume his normal work schedule’”.

2006
An ad for Shut Up and Sing the new film documentry about Dixie Chicks was turned down by NBC, citing a policy barring ads dealing with "public controversy".

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1930
Born on this day in Hampton, Arkansas, was Tommy Tomlinson, guitarist, (The Tomlinson family resided on a farm located just a few miles away from Johnny Cash’s farm between Kingsland and Tinsman). Tomlinson played with Hank Williams in the late 40's, early 50's, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Claude King, and Marty Robbins. He died on April 8, 1982.

1936
Born on this day in Wilmington, North Carolina, was Charlie Daniels who is known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"; Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

1972
Born on this day in Wheeling, West Virginia, was Brad Paisley, singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references. He scored the 2000 US Country #1 hit “We Danced.”

2007
Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including “Carroll County Accident” and “Green Green Grass of Home.”

2010
Randy Travis and wife Elizabeth filed for divorce. According to the Associated Press, Randy filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Albuquerque, N.M. citing a "state of incompatibility exists between the parties".

2013
Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio was honored for their influence on modern Country music at the ceremony attended by Garth Brooks, Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb.

2013
Jason Aldean's tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian in Knox County, Ind. The man had walked out into the middle of the roadway and was struck by Aldean's bus on the northbound lane of US 41 North.Top of Form

October 29th: On this day

1936
Hank Snow auditioned with the Canadian division of RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec which led to the release of his first record with "The Prisoned Cowboy" on one side and "Lonesome Blue Yodel" on the other. Snow signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. During his career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles.

1952
Hank Williams was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).” Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres. The song spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Over the past few decades, the Cajun French version has been performed by many Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.

1967
Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the Country chart with “I Don’t Wanna Play House”. Written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the song became Tammy Wynette's first #1 country song as a solo artist. The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

1977
Dolly Parton released her 19th solo studio album, Here You Come Again. The album included Parton's first significant "crossover" success, the Grammy award-winning title single. The album's cover was the first to show the distinctive "Dolly" signature logo, created by Michael Manoogian, would become Parton's de facto logo, appearing on all of her solo albums for the remainder of her association with RCA.

1991
Born on this day in New London, CT, was Veronica Ballestrini, American country pop singer-songwriter. Her debut album What I'm All About was released in 2009 on her own independent label. Her first single "Amazing" charted on the Music Row Country chart and the music video debuted at #3 on CMT Pure.

2007
Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006.

Thursday 10/26/17

A military judge says he hasn't decided yet on a motion by Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that argues President Donald Trump's comments have tainted the case.  Sentencing for Bergdahl on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan resumed yesterday.  The judge said that he was still considering a motion by the defense to dismiss the case over Trump's comments and would rule later.

State Police say an American Falls resident was killed following a single vehicle crash on State Highway 39 a mile south of Aberdeen yesterday morning..  41 year old Leobardo Casto lost control and the vehicle rolled.  He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Bumpin Bernie’s, on Shoshone Street North in Twin Falls was told they needed to get it together or the P AND Z would be force them to close earlier.  The bar has been allowed to operate until 3 am on Friday and Saturday but police say they are responding to excessive amounts of fights and other disturbances. 

South Central Public Health has a new executive director.  Melody Bowyer will replace Rene LeBlanc who left the department following a state investigation.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorsed Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist in the race to become Idaho's next governor in 2018. Romney said he's backing Ahlquist because the political newcomer's experience as a doctor and businessman has helped make him qualified for the top position.

A 10-story-tall tree moved two city blocks on giant rollers in Boise last summer has passed its first checkup.  A tree mover examined the 800-thousand pound sequoia this week and said there is new growth.  Naturalist John Muir sent the tree as a seedling to Boise more than a century ago where it was planted in a doctor's yard.

Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho is now home to two rare frog species, one of which may be previously undiscovered. The university received the frogs in July and found one was possibly a new species.

An Eastern Idaho man who led police on multiple pursuits has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.  22-year-old Wyatt Tripp must serve seven years before becoming eligible for parole.

Today:  Partly cloudy skies. High 62F. WSW winds shifting to ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 34F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 63F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 61)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 62)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 53)

HALLOWEEN: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 50)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 53)

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October 26th: On this day

1962
Singer songwriter Kristen Hall was born in Gross Pointe, Michigan. She becomes a founding member of the trio Sugarland, but left the group at the end of 2005.

1967
Born on this day in Whangarei, New Zealand, was Keith Urban, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist whose commercial success has been mainly in the United States and Australia. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States in 1992. Eventually, Urban found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch. Since 2006, he has been married to actress Nicole Kidman.

1993
MCA released The Song Remembers When, the third studio album by Trisha Yearwood. The title track was the album's lead single, becoming a major hit, peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993.

1999
American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. He wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Ringo Starr and Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote "Heartbreak Hotel."

2000
Garth Brooks announced his plans to retire from touring during a party to celebrate his certification for sales of 100 million albums at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center.

2006
Reba was honored at the first-ever CMT Giants concert with Jennifer Nettles, Wynonna, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and several other stars singing her songs.

2010
Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish filed for divorce in Nashville. According to People magazine, the couple filed for divorce documents on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. However, on March 18, 2011, Cyrus announced on The View that he had dropped the divorce. On June 13, 2013, Tish filed for divorce again from Billy Ray after 19 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. However, it was reported in July 2013 that they had gone to couples therapy and rekindled their relationship.

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Jake Owen Has Dream House for Sale

If your dream house is a double-wide trailer sitting back in the holler on a country road, Jake Owen can take you there, like he does in his 2013 hit song “Anywhere with You.”

However, if your dream home is a four-bedroom house on seven acres just northwest of Nashville, well, Owen’s got that, too.

The country star is selling his Cheatham County home where he’s lived since 2012. He originally bought the house from Loretta Lynn’s daughter for $625,000.

Owen’s listing price is $1.5 million. For that, you get a home that is as rustic as it is modern. There’s wood virtually everywhere: beams on the vaulted ceilings, planks on the wall, sliding wood door to the kitchen, a hardwood patio and a master bedroom closet lined in hardwood. Other features in the 4,918-square-foot estate are two master suites, an elevator, four and a half bathrooms, a gym, a recording studio, and outdoor fireplace and a custom tiki bar.

Wednesday 10/25/17

The percentage of high school students who have seriously considered suicide in the past year is the highest it’s been for 10 years.   Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said they are distributing radio and video anti bullying public service announcements around the state. 

The BLM has ordered the Idaho National Guard to stop building a tank crossing on a road in a national conservation area until an environmental analysis is finished.  The Guard is seeking a right-of-way permit from the BLM so it can expand its training area to nearby land owned and managed by the state.

Two Idaho men have pleaded guilty to lesser charges to avoid a third trial for having assault-style weapons during a confrontation with federal agents near states' rights figure Cliven Bundy's ranch in 2014. Pleas by Eric Parker and Scott Drexler came with jury selection due to start next week for Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and co-defendant Ryan Payne.

The Ada County Coroner's Office has identified a body recovered from the burned wreckage of a Meridian house. The coroner's office says the body is Pavel Lorenzo Florea. He is believed to have invaded the house the night of Sept. 27. The suspect engaged police in an armed standoff before retreating into the house. Within minutes, the house was on fire.

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office is investigating after hunters found human remains on the bank of the Salmon River Monday afternoon.  The skeletal remains were not intact and appear to be those of an adult. The sex of the person remains unknown.  There are currently two missing persons in the Salmon River. 20 year old Cayla Danenberg of Nampa and 54 year old John French of Boise. 

The Twin Falls woman charged in the murder of her 20-month-old child was arraigned in an Ada County courtroom on Monday. A judge set 22-year-old Amanda Dunlap’s bond at $2 million.   Dunlap faces an additional eight counts of felony injury to a child and one count of misdemeanor injury to a child.

National average gas prices have started the slow march toward anticipated seasonal lows -- and Idaho prices are beginning to follow suit, according to the American Automobile Association.

U.S. prices have fallen for fifteen of the last twenty days for a total savings of seven cents per gallon.   Idaho prices have dropped six cents.

Today:  Sunny. High 69F. ESE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 43F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. High 62F. W winds shifting to ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 57)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 61)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 69 (Mountains: 61)

MONDAY: A Few more clouds
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 54)

HALLOWEEN: Sunny
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 50)

October 25th: On this day

1912
Born on this day in Centerville, in Hickman County, Tennessee, was Minnie Pearl, country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years (from 1940 to 1991) and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Pearl died on 4 March 1996 aged 83.

1970
Born on this day in Kansas City, Missouri, was Chely Wright, Country music singer, songwriter. Her first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded her first #1 single, the title track, "Single White Female".

1992
Roger Miller the singer, songwriter, musician and actor, died. Best known for his honky tonk-influenced novelty songs including the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", from the mid-1960s. A lifelong cigarette smoker Miller died of lung and throat cancer at the age of 56.

1997
After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

1999
Lonestar released "Smile" as the third single from the album, Lonely Grill. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

2003
Johnny Cash's step-daughter, Rosey Nix Adams and her fiddle player Jimmy Campbell were found dead on their tour bus in Clarksville, Tennessee from Carbon monoxide poisoning. Heaters that had been left on in the converted school bus were blamed for the accident. Campbell was also a regular member of Nashville band, The Sidemen and performed with bluegrass great Bill Monroe and Jim and Jesse.

2005
Charlie Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon at the 53rd annual BMI Country Awards. Active as a singer since the early 1950s, and best known for his #1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

Local Businessman Buys Reba McEntire’s Former Nashville-Area Home for $3.1 Million [Photo Gallery & Video]

Local businessman Deron Lichte bought part of Reba McEntire’s former 83-acre Starstruck Farm estate in Lebanon, Tenn., (30 miles east of Nashville) for $3.1 million on Oct. 24.

Deron’s new 18-acre property, which he has dubbed Starstruck Estate, features a 12,816-square-foot home with seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms, chef’s kitchen, home theater, wine room, eight-car garage, tennis court, pool, guest house, barn, equestrian center with indoor and outdoor riding areas and more. The estate includes 18 acres of frontage on Old Hickory Lake.

Deron plans to use Starstruck Estate as a luxury event venue that will be open for weddings, galas, charity fundraisers, corporate retreats, songwriting retreats, family reunions and more. Deron is the CEO and owner of Food Warming Equipment, a global and growing commercial food-service equipment provider, which he moved from its original headquarters in Crystal Lake, Ill., to Portland, Tenn., in 2013.

Reba sold the 83-acre estate in July 2017 for $5 million to Paul H. Burch, who is currently developing a 15-home subdivision named Cherokee Meadows on part of the property.

 

Tuesday 10/24/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 57)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 58)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 61)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 69 (Mountains: 60)

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

October 24th: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday, 10/23/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 62)

THURSDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 54)

FRIDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 55)

SATURDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 56)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 68 (Mountains: 56)

October 23rd: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 10/20/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 59)

WEDNESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 69 (Mountains: 61)

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

October 20th: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21st: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 22nd: On this day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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