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Friday 11/3/17

A.J. Balukoff is once again running as a Democrat for Idaho Governor.  The 71 year old Idaho Businessman filed paperwork Thursday.

The preliminary hearing for a woman charged with the murder of her 20-month old daughter has been delayed.  The defense asked for more time as they prepare the case involving 22 year old Amanda Jean Dunlap of Twin Falls.

Cruz Rubalcava of Wendell and Zackery Tyler of Twin Falls were arrested Wednesday by Boise City Police.  Rupacava was charged with two counts of Grand theft, misdemeanor obstruction, felony possession and unlawful entry.  Tyler charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from the theft of four guns from Simerly’s department store.

Twin Falls Police are asking for your help identifying a person of interest following a strong-arm robbery Saturday.  An elderly woman was watching children at the Twin Falls City park when someone grabbed her purse.  They were chased by those nearby who recovered the purse.  The suspects ran off.  A photo is available on the Police Departments website.

A military judge has begun deliberating in the case for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  The Hailey resident faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. 

The Twin Falls School district got thumbs up with the highest possible mark on its yearly audit.  Auditors say the district has strong internal financial controls but not enough fund balance.

The International Dark-Sky Association this week designated the city of Ketchum as an international Dark Sky Community.  It comes after Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho became an International Dark Sky Park earlier this year.

A 25-year-old Utah man being sought by police following the finding of a body in northern Utah has been taken into custody in southeastern Idaho. The Power County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Chay Blair on suspicion of felony eluding on Wednesday following a police pursuit.

Today: Rain and snow WINDS: SW 5-15 MPH HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 47)

Tonight:  Rain changes over to snow WINDS: W 5-10 MPH LOW: 37 (Mountains: 28) Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with periods of rain. AM Snow HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 37) Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny PM Shower Possible

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 38)

MONDAY: Chance of AM snow

HIGH: 38 (Mountains: 38)


HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 37)

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 42)

THURSDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 43)

November 3rd: On this day

"I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" by The Davis Sisters was at #1 on the Country chart. Written by Cecil Null, it was the first hit for the duo of Skeeter Davis and Betty Jack (Jack was killed in an automobile accident the week the record was released). The song was a blockbuster hit, and the only #1 country song by a female duet until the rise of The Judds some thirty years later.

Billboard renamed its Hot C&W Sides chart "Hot Country Singles," a name it will keep for the next 27 years. The chart length remained 30 positions.

Johnny Wright was at #1 on the Country chart with “Hello Vietnam.” The single, with backing vocals from his wife, Kitty Wells, was later used as the opening theme in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket.

Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the country album chart with his fourth studio release, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The album cover pictures Kristofferson and his soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge. The track "Why Me" from the album reached #1 on the Country singles charts. The Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge album Full Moon went to #1 on the County chart the following week.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)". The theme to the CBS comedy adventure television series, The Dukes of Hazzard, spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard country singles charts and became his biggest hit.

After being diagnosed with lung Cancer in May of 2008, Merle Haggard had surgery to remove part of the upper lobe of his right lung that had a lemon-size tumor growing on it.

Carrie Underwood released her third album Play On, her second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and her third to debut atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album featured her #1 single "Cowboy Casanova".

Keith Urban announced that he would undergo throat surgery to remove a polyp in his vocal cords. He canceled or postponed all public appearances until 2012.

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November 4th: On this day

Henry Horton was re-elected to a third term as governor of Tennessee, USA. Immediately, Nashville residents began withdrawing money from Caldwell-affiliated banks en masse, because Horton and the Caldwell Bank had both been involved in a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids. The story of the scandal would inspire the song "The Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train" by Uncle Dave Macon.

Born on this day in Lubbock, Texas, was Delbert McClinton, singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country chart. Emmylou Harris had a #1 country hit in 1978 with McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine."

American Country singer, Audrey Williams, (the first wife of Hank Williams) died from heart failure related to her years of alcohol and drug use at the age of 52, outliving Hank, Sr. by 22 years.

Shania Twain released her third studio album Come On Over which became the best-selling country music album, by a female act. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States, and in the UK it has sold over 3.3 million. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for 50 non-consecutive weeks, staying in the Top Ten for 151 weeks.

Dolly Parton was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Country Awards. She has earned over 35 BMI Pop and Country Awards throughout her prolific songwriting career.

Loretta Lynn was honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards. During her career, Lynn has written over 160 songs and released 60 albums, and has sold over 45 million records worldwide.

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November 5th: On this day

Born on this day in Cincinnati, Ohio, was Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor, 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 & The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for 9 years before moving to TV from 1951 - 1957. Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998, he was residing in Apple Valley, California.

Born on this day, was Billy Sherrill, record producer and arranger who is most famous for his association with a number of country artists, most notably Tammy Wynette. Sherrill and business partner Glenn Sutton are regarded as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound, a smooth amalgamation of pop and country music that was hugely popular during the late 1960s and throughout the '70s. Sherrill died on 4 Aug 2015 after a short illness at the age of 78.

Born on this day in Winter Haven, Florida, was Gram Parsons, singer, songwriter. He was a member of The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and released the 1973 solo album Grievous Angel. Parsons died on 19th September 1973 from a heroin overdose aged 26.

Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash near Milano, Texas involving a truck. He had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood) which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

Unchained was released, the second album in Johnny Cash's American Recording series, backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Unchained contained songs by Tom Petty ("Southern Accents"), Soundgarden ("Rusty Cage") and Beck ("Rowboat"), The album also included a cover of the classic 1962 Hank Snow song, "I've Been Everywhere", written by Geoff Mack.

American IV: The Man Comes Around was released in the US, the fourth album in the American series by Johnny Cash, (and his 87th overall). The album won Album of the Year at the 2003 CMA Awards and the video for "Hurt", (a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails), was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In February 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won another Grammy Award for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for "Give My Love To Rose," a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. The music video for "Hurt" also won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video at the 2004 Awards.

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett, and written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.Bottom of Form

Thursday 11/2/17

Open enrollment has kicked off for Idahoans who want to sign up for health insurance through the state's online exchange. The annual enrollment period runs through Dec. 15. President Donald Trump's administration has halved this year's open enrollment period and slashed advertising and outreach budgets for  Idaho is one of just 12 states with its own health insurance exchange and has autonomy, but the state will follow the federal government's shorter deadline

There is a new clinic in Shoshone for residents who don’t have health insurance.  There is no charge to go to the Good Samaritan Clinic at the Shoshone Family Medical Center.

An investigation continues into what Twin Falls police are describing a hate crime at the Islamic Center of Twin Falls.  A 4-foot cross draped in bacon and pig parts was left in the center’s parking lot over the weekend.  Call the police at 208-735-4357 if you can help with their investigation.

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has secured two key endorsements from fellow congressional Republicans in his bid to become Idaho's next governor.  GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky announced they would support Labrador.

A giant potato that's traveled around the United States as a mobile advertisement for Idaho potatoes could become a tiny vacation rental and roadside attraction. The Idaho Potato Commission has donated the traveling spud to a Boise woman who plans to turn it into a 200-square-foot potato motel.

A psychiatrist says that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl suffered from a schizophrenia-like condition that helped spur his decision to walk off his post in Afghanistan. Dr. Charles Morgan testified at a sentencing hearing for the 31-year-old Bergdahl on charges he endangered comrades.  Morgan testified that Bergdahl suffered from schizotypal personality disorder. Morgan said the disorder is similar to schizophrenia but sufferers generally aren't psychotic.

Documents obtained Tuesday from the Idaho Attorney General's office show that the investigation involving a former state lawmaker is for possible sexual abuse. Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor asked Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to take over the investigation due to an undisclosed conflict of interest in the case involving 36-year-old Brandon Hixon.

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 61F. SSW winds shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies this evening will give way to occasional showers overnight. Low near 45F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of valley rain and mountain snow moving in 50%.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy with periods of rain. High 52F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of valley rain and mountain snow 70%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

SATURDAY: Early morning valley snow
HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 39)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 39)

MONDAY: Scattered rain/snow
HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 38)

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 38)

WEDNESDAY: Chance Of Showers
HIGH: 48 (Mountains: 44)

October 2nd: On this day

Born on this day in Biloxi, Mississippi, was Chris Ledoux, singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor and rodeo champion. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million copies in the US. Ledoux was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award. He died on March 9, 2005

Elvis Presley made his one and only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Although the audience reacted politely to his revolutionary brand of rockabilly music, he was supposedly told by Opry manager Jim Denny to "go back to driving a truck in Memphis."

Born on this day in New York City, was singer-songwriter Gillian Welch, who performed on two songs of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack.

Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

Special guests on this week's syndicated US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included blind singer Terri Gibbs who performed her hit "Somebody's Knockin'" and then with Glen Campbell played "Don't Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Blues (My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me)", "On the Wings of My Victory" and "Galveston/Country Boy" (medley).

Gene Autry, who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy died three days after his 91st birthday at his home in Studio City, California.

Farm Aid 2010: 25th Anniversary benefit concert took place at the Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, and The BoDeans.

Darius Rucker was invited to became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The way he found out was a bit unorthodox. After playing a set at the Opry, Darius answered a few questions from the audience. The person asking the final question, though, turned out to be Brad Paisley, who asked two questions: “Are you still the worst poker player in the world?” And then, “Would you like to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry?”

Wednesday 11/1/17

Wendell’s Farmhouse Restaurant was destroyed by flames early yesterday morning.  When the Wendell fire department arrived the blaze could be seen in the back of the facility.  Jerome, Gooding, Bliss and Hagerman were called to assist.  The investigation continues into what caused the fire.

A fictional biography of a self-taught Idaho artist whose work appears in museums around the world went on sale yesterday after a federal judge ruled the author from Oregon who created it likely didn't violate copyright laws.  A judge ruled that Allen Say's "Silent Days, Silent Dreams" is not likely to infringe on James Castle's work because it falls within fair legal use for purposes such as teaching or scholarship.

Two military agents are testifying that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl helped them understand insurgents better and provided a "gold mine" of information after he was returned in a prisoner swap. The agents were called by the defense to testify Tuesday at Bergdahl's sentencing hearing.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Republican Steve Yates in Idaho's lieutenant governor's race. Cheney said he appreciated Yates's time working as a deputy on his national security staff and praised Yates' dedication to the Republican Party.

Researchers say that a newly discovered plant species will be named after the late Gov. Cecil Andrus after a group of his friends successfully helped raise $10,000 for their work.  Scientists from BSU and the College of Idaho discovered the new plant species in the Boise Foothills. Andrus' friends say they wanted to see the plant bear his name since he would often walk his dogs in the area where the plant was discovered.

More than six weeks after a car plowed into a crowd of people a Meridian teen is still trying to get her life back on track.  The Cars and Coffee Car Show at the Boise Spectrum was supposed to be a fun day for 17-year-old Alex-Andrea Martinez, but instead ended in physical and emotional trauma.  Martinez was one of 11 people hit during the crash on Sept. 16.

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun with gusty winds. High 64F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds. Low 42F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 61F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

FRIDAY: Scattered Rain and snow

HIGH: 54 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Rain and snow

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 45)

SUNDAY: AM snow across the area

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 38)

MONDAY: Small Chance showers

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 38)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 49 (Mountains: 42)

November 1st: On this day

Born on this day in Columbia, South Carolina, was James William Anderson III better known as singer, songwriter and television personality Bill Anderson. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached #1 on the country charts seven times: In 1995, Billboard magazine named four Anderson compositions -"City Lights," "Once A Day," "Still," and "Mama Sang A Song" - among the top 20 country songs of the past 35 years, more than any other songwriter.

Born on this day was Kinky Friedman, American Texas Country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly. His cover of Chinga Chavin's "Asshole from El Paso", a parody of Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" is, perhaps, his most famous song.

Born on this day in Kerang, Victoria, was John Williamson, Australian country music singer-songwriter. Williamson has released over forty albums, and has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia.

Born on this day in Wichita Falls, Texas, was Keith Stegall, country music recording artist and record producer. Stegall charted thirteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with the highest-peaking being 1985's "Pretty Lady."

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter and actor. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.

Born on this day in Culpeper, Virginia, was Big Kenny, country music singer. He and John Rich comprise the duo Big & Rich, which has recorded three studio albums. Kenny has also written or co-written singles for Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, McBride & the Ride and Tim McGraw. His first solo single, "Long After I'm Gone," was released in 2009.

Shania Twain's mother and stepfather died in a car accident approximately 50 kilometres north of Wawa, Ontario. As a result Twain moved back to Timmins to take care of her younger siblings and then took them all to Huntsville, Ontario. There, she supported them by earning money performing at the nearby Deerhurst Resort.

The Marty Stuart Show began airing on cable's RFD-TV. Each episode featured music by Stuart and his band the Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, banjo-picker Leroy Troy, and guests.

Winners at the Country Music Association Awards included; Single of the Year - "Pontoon", Little Big Town, Song of the Year - "Over You", Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Vocal Group of the Year - Little Big Town, New Artist of the Year - Hunter Hayes, Album of the Year - Chief, Eric Church, Vocal Duo - Thompson Square, Music Video - "Red Solo Cup", Toby Keith, Male Vocalist - Blake Shelton, Female Vocalist - Miranda Lambert, Musical Event of the Year - "Feel Like a Rock Star", Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw and Entertainer of the Year went to Blake Shelton.


Tuesday 10/31/17

Filer has a new Police Chief.  Jeff Troumbley from Kooskia was named by the Filer City council yesterday morning following an executive session. 

A Twin Falls man suffered severe burns after a gas explosion yesterday morning.  60 year old Brian Silvester was filling a gas tank when the explosion occurred catching him and a pickup on fire.

Police in Twin Falls are investigating what they are calling a hate crime.  Saturday morning at the Twin Falls Islamic Center they found a cross made out of wooden sticks that was wrapped in bacon and had pigs feet and tongue attached.

A military judge has rejected arguments by attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that criticism by President Donald Trump is preventing him from having a fair sentencing hearing.  The judge said he would consider Trump's comments and Bergdahls mental health in the sentencing.

Officials say the company Veyo tapped by the state Health and Welfare to transport Medicaid patients for non-emergency services is ending its $70 million contract with the state.  The company has faced numerous complaints ranging from long delays, untrained drivers and unsafe working conditions.

BSU officials say they expect football ticket revenue to drop again this season.  The Broncos have seen declining football ticket revenue for the past four years.

An independent consulting firm has recommended Canyon County build a $198 million jail to solve the overcrowding problem at its current facility. Design firm DLR Group, which says the county needs 1,055 beds to meet the needs of its projected population growth throughout the next 20 years.

Jury selection is set to begin in Las Vegas for the long-awaited trial of Nevada rancher and states' rights figure Cliven Bundy, two sons and one other co-defendant on charges stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents in April 2014.  The trial started yesterday.

A Pocatello man accused of lighting mortar rocket fireworks that authorities say burned one home and damaged another has pleaded not guilty.  John Woods, of Pocatello, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree arson.

Today:  Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 57F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds, otherwise generally clear. Low 41F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High around 65F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 50)

FRIDAY: Scattered Rain and snow

HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 48)

SATURDAY: Rain and snow

HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 46)

SUNDAY: AM snow across the area

HIGH: 41 (Mountains: 39)

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and cold

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 42)

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October 31st: On this day

Born on this day was the acclaimed early country and folk music performer Samantha Bumgarner from Dillsboro, North Carolina. In 1924, accompanied by guitarist Eva Davis, she traveled to New York City and recorded about a dozen songs for Columbia Records. The recordings are also notable for being the first use of a 5-string banjo on a recording. She died on December 24, 1960.

Born on this day in Uvalde, Texas, was Dale Evans, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. From 1951 to 1957, Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. She died on February 7, 2001 aged 88.

"Always Late (with Your Kisses)" co-written and recorded by Lefty Frizzell was at #1 on the Country charts. The song which spent 13 weeks at the top of the charts has also been recorded by Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.

Buck Owens was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here”, which spent sixteen weeks at the top spot and a total of thirty weeks on the chart. After "Love's Gonna Live Here" finished its 16-week stay, no other song would spend more than 10 weeks at #1 for 49 years.

Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was Darryl Worley, country music artist whose six albums have produced 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three #1’s: "I Miss My Friend", "Have You Forgotten?", and "Awful, Beautiful Life", from 2002, 2003 and 2004–2005, respectively. "Have You Forgotten?" spent seven weeks at #1. Nine other singles have reached the Top 40.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country chart with "Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)" a song written by Wayland Holyfield and Norro Wilson. The first single from his Greatest Hits album it became Charley Pride's twenty-fifth #1 single on the country chart.

American country music singer, songwriter Liz Anderson died aged 84. She received two Grammy Award nominations in 1967, for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for her Top 5 hit, the self-penned "Mama Spank" and with Bobby Bare and Norma Jean for "Best Country Vocal - Group" for another top 5 hit "The Game of Triangles". Anderson also wrote many of the early hits for her daughter, Lynn Anderson.

Merle Haggard Museum and Restaurant Slated to Open in Nashville in 2018

Following in the hallowed footsteps of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard will be the next name in country music to grace downtown Nashville with a museum.

On Oct. 30, Merle Haggard’s family and Icon Entertainment—the group behind the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum—announced plans for the Merle Haggard Museum, which is tentatively slated to open in the summer of 2018. The Merle Haggard Museum will feature performance wardrobes, instruments, professional and personal possessions and interactive exhibits.

Located at 121 Third Avenue South, the building will also house Merle’s Meat + 3 Saloon on the ground level, with the Merle Haggard Museum on an upper floor. The restaurant will be operated by the Swett family, which has run Swett’s Restaurant in Nashville for 62 years.

“Merle would be very happy knowing that his museum will be next door to his dear friend, Johnny Cash,” said Theresa Haggard, Merle’s widow. “I’m sure he is up there smiling about that. Our family is also very excited about the Merle-themed restaurant and bar featuring first-class Southern home cooking and a saloon to boot. This museum will be a way to preserve and share the love Merle had for music and life.”

Monday 10/30/17

Idaho officials have approved spending $3 million to help pay for a federal study to increase the height of three dams on the Boise River. The Water Resources Board approved paying for half of the $6 million study that required a 50 percent non-federal match.

A body found in the Salmon River is that of a woman who went missing in the spring of 2016 after a car she was riding in crashed into the river. The Idaho County coroner identified 21-year-old Cayla Danenberg of Nampa as the body found by hunters on the bank of the river.

BSU officials say they'll build their own baseball stadium on or near campus rather than play in a proposed stadium to be built near downtown.  Athletic Director Curt Apsey says having an on-campus stadium will be a major selling point in hiring a coach for the new team and attracting future student-athletes.

Authorities say a woman who drove her sport utility vehicle off a cliff in a crash that killed her and her three young children did so deliberately. The SUV landed in a reservoir.  Officials say the June 2, 2016 deaths were a triple homicide-suicide. Officials say 40-year-old Noel Bankhead drove a Land Rover off a 50-foot cliff with her children ages 8, 11 and 13 inside. The vehicle sank in 40 feet of water in the Lucky Peak Reservoir.

The Salt Lake City-based Mormon Church will be changing the way it holds future general conferences.  The changes call for holding the general priesthood and the general women's sessions only once a year, with the all-male priesthood session being in April and the women's session being in October.  The changes will take effect in April 2018.

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state's top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for a 2018 session unlike any other in the Gem State's recent history.  The state's highest court ruled earlier this year that it was illegal for the Idaho Legislature to adjourn before the governor received the bills passed throughout the session.

The Idaho Republican Party has named longtime Florida GOP official and consultant Frank Terraferma as its new executive director.  Terraferma has helped manage multiple campaigns for the Florida Republican Party.

About 1 acre of land burned in Yellowstone National Park during the 2017 fire season, a number much lower than the 63,000 acres burned in the park a year ago.  Yellowstone officials say the park had eight fires this season, six of which were caused by humans and two that were started by lightning.

Today:  Partly cloudy. Windy. High near 55F. Winds E at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 28F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 57F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 60)

THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 53)

FRIDAY: Cloudy with rain and snow chances

HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 50)

SATURDAY: Cloudy with rain and snow chances

HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 46)

SUNDAY: Cloudy with rain and snow chances

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 41)

October 30th: On this day

Born on this day Beaudry, Arkansas, was Patsy Montana country music singer, songwriter and actress. Montana was the first female country performer to have a million-selling single with her signature song "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart", and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She died on 3 May 1996 aged 87.

Hank Snow was at #1 on the Country singles chart with “I'm Movin' On”. It stayed at the top of the charts for a record breaking 21 weeks, and was the first of seven #1 Billboard country hits Snow scored throughout his career

Born on this day in St. Louis, Missouri, was Jeannie Kendall, singer from the duo The Kendalls who released 16 albums including the #1 hits "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," "Sweet Desire" and "Thank God for the Radio".

Born on this day in Arabi, Georgia, was T. Graham Brown, country music artist who has recorded over a dozen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Three of these singles — "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" from 1986, and "Darlene" from 1988, reached #1.

Born on this day near Magna, Utah, was Lorraine Osborn. With sisters Kristyn and Kassidy, she formed SHeDAISY, whose 1999 debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, won them a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for top new duet or group. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs", "I Will… But", "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing".

Hank Williams, Jr. had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

A music memorabilia collector and a former custodian at Sony/ATV Music Publishing were arrested for stealing Hank Williams' notebook. Stephen Shutts said he had purchased the 59-year-old notebook of lyrics at a garage sale and later sold it. Francine Boykin told police she had found the notebook in the trash while working in the Sony/ATV building. Although Shutts' attorney said the notebook was being kept in a safe place, it had not been returned to Sony/ATV.

Curly Putman died aged 85. His biggest success was "Green, Green Grass of Home" (1964, sung by Porter Wagoner), which was covered by Elvis Presley, Johnny Darrell, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roberto Leal, Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Joe Tex, Nana Mouskouri, and Tom Jones. He also co-wrote "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Bobby Braddock.



Is that Granger Smith Calling You?

I hope Granger Smith‘s phone battery is at 100 percent. Because he’s about to make a whole lot of outgoing calls.

His new album When the Good Guys Win is out now, and Smith thinks he ought to thank the fans who buy it. On Instagram on Friday morning (Oct. 27), Smith posted a video message to his fans, friends and followers. “I know that not everybody buys records anymore, that’s a thing of the past. But for the people that do, I want to say thank you for that commitment. Every single person that buys this album the first week, I’m gonna personally call you. Because that’s how much you mean to me,” Smith promises.

Anyone who pre-ordered the album or goes to a store to buy it through Nov. 3 can expect a call. Just be ready to upload your receipt as your proof of purchase.

“With the album evolving this way on the road, country fairs, parking lots, green rooms and hotel lobbies, it truly reflects the source of the inspiration: the fans. Without knowing it, my fans were involved in every step of this project and I believe they will hear that through the music. Looking back, I don’t think there could have been a better way to do it,” he said of the new collection of songs that were written while Smith was on the road.

Go Shopping in NYC with Blake Shelton

No pearl snaps? And barely any plaid?

I have no idea why Blake Shelton didn’t look in his own closet for inspiration when he was designing his line of BS. I mean, it’s obvious from the Macy’s website that the clothes live up to the tag line, “Rugged appeal that always hits the right note.” But the first pieces from his collection — just eight shirts, jackets and hoodies — look nothing like the clothes he usually wears.

And I’d love to know why. So if you are in New York City at the Macy’s Herald Square next Thursday (Nov. 2), could you ask him?

The first 100 guests who purchase some BS will get a pass to meet Shelton and have your photo taken with him. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. at in the 3rd floor men’s department at 151 West 34th Street, but you can actually start purchasing the BS when the store opens at 10:00 am that day.

Shelton’s new album Texoma Shore arrives Nov. 3.

What George Jones Told Alan Jackson

During Sunday night’s (Oct. 22) Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, Alan Jackson received his medal and became an official Hall of Famer. And during the festivities at the museum’s CMA Theater, Jackson opened up about how people have interpreted his quiet side over the years.

So when he was a car salesman, he said, he was a good one. “I was a good car salesman. And I’m not really shy, I’m just kind of socially awkward,” Jackson told the crowd, “and mainly I just don’t like to talk much. As a car salesman, I was good because I knew cars and I knew what people needed, so I helped them.”

According to Country Aircheck, when it came to songwriting, Jackson said he’d always maintained the write-what-you-know style of crafting songs.

“I wrote what I knew. My daddy was a mechanic, I grew up in a garage and that’s all I cared about. That’s the reason I moved to Nashville to become a singer. I loved cars, and I couldn’t really buy any. I didn’t see much of a future of being able to buy a lot of cars and being a singing star looked like the only shot I had,” he shared.

What kept Jackson on his straight-up country path was some advice George Jones had given him in the early days. “He told me the first time I met him: ‘Keep it country.’ I would have done that anyway, but it meant so much coming from him.

“I just hope there are going to be some young people coming along who really care about it as much as I have and try to keep it alive. It’s going to be hard today. You won’t hear it on the radio anymore, but there’s still a lot of people out there, young and old, who want to hear what I call real country music.”

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.


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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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’”.

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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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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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".

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.