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Wednesday 9/20/17

A north-central Idaho lawmaker has sparked residency concerns because she claimed a homeowner's exemption in southern Idaho.  Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings of White Bird had a homeowner's exemption on a house she owned just outside of Boise between 2010 and 2016.

A Trial date has been set for a Times-News reporter accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Politics and government reporter Nathan Brown has been charged with excessive DUI following an arrest in August.

Police in Boise say officers shot and injured a male suspect who displayed a firearm and refused police commands. The Boise Police Department in a statement early Tuesday says officers responded at about 11:30 p.m. to a business following a report of individuals creating some type of problem.

Twenty-year-old Jose Guzman of Twin Falls was arrested on Friday.  He allegedly took home a 16-year-old girl he worked with at a Twin Falls business late Thursday night.  Guzman told her he would take her home, but instead took her to his house and touched her inappropriately.  He will be charged with kidnapping.

Twin Falls Police are investigating two separate reports of a male in a grey colored 4-door car trying to talk young girls in to getting into his car near Harrison Elementary Monday evening.  Authorities ask if you have any information to contact police dispatch.

The city of Ketchum broke ground Monday on a new skate park expansion.  The city council approved just over $127,000 to build a series of new features at Guy Coles Skate Park.

Authorities in Blaine County are warning motorists to be on the lookout for migrating elk and deer in Southern Idaho.  Several Herds migrate near Sun Valley which means the animals will be crossing roadways.

Today:  Overcast. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 58F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  A few passing clouds, otherwise generally clear. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 43F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day.  HIGH: 52 (Mountains: 46)Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

FRIDAY: Mountain Showers
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Staying Mostly Dry
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 47)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 53)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 55)

TUESDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 68 (Mountains: 58)

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September 20th: On this day

1956
Touring North America, Johnny Cash appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.

1969
Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Cass Elliot, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, The Staple Singers and Tommy Cash. Jack Elliot performed "If I Were A Carpenter" then he and Cash dueted on "Take Me Home."

1971
Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the US Country album charts with You're My Man her fourth studio album for Columbia Records. The album stayed at #1 for a total of seven weeks.

1982
Jerry Reed was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)". Written by Tim DuBois the song is a satire on divorce, and became Reed's third and final #1 country hit, and one of his signature tunes.

1998
Alan Jackson was at #1 on the Country charts with his seventh studio album, High Mileage. It produced four hit singles on the Hot Country Songs charts for Jackson: "I'll Go on Loving You", "Right on the Money", "Gone Crazy", and "Little Man".

2008
The Farm Aid 2008, benefit concert took place at the Comcast Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts. 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, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Nation Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels, Danielle Evin, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat, Will Dailey, One Flew South, and The Elms.

Wife of Kix Brooks Gets Facebook Message From Scammer Posing as Kix Brooks

How’s this for irony: Barbara Brooks, the wife of Kix Brooks, received a Facebook message from a scammer posing as her husband.

Here’s what the message said (broken English, bad punctuation and all): “Hello, Thanks for the love and support you have shown me over the years. Thank you and God bless . . . I sent you a request on here because you are very beautiful woman I have been single for me because my ex cheat on me but with God all things are possible Are you single? if yes here is my private cell phone . send me a text message [number redacted] and i will get back to you.”

Barbara posted the news on Twitter with a screen shot of the Facebook message and the caption: “The irony of one of the @KixBrooks hackers sending this message to me is pretty hilarious.”

Kix Brooks isn’t the only country star dealing with scammers.

Recently, Chris Young published an Instagram post (see below) calling out “gigantic douche canoe” scammers, and Granger Smith covered the topic at length in his new podcast episode

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Bid on a Painting of Dolly Parton to Benefit Her Imagination Library

The Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation is auctioning off a painting of Dolly Parton to benefit her Imagination Library.

In celebration of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week, the 20-inch by 20-inch painting of Dolly by Nashville artist Arthur Kirkby is available via bid until Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. CT.

Since its beginning in 1996 in Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tenn., the Imagination Library has expanded into four countries serving more than 1 million children by providing a brand-new, age-appropriate book each month.

Around the Valley.

It's Make It & Take It Kids Club Craft Day today at the Twin Falls Public Library .  Kids Club is for kids in grades 1st through 5th. At Make & Take Craft Day, kids do fun hands-on crafts that they can take home. The event gets underway this afternoon at 4.  All library events are free and open to the public.

The Jerome Sunset Market Street Fair is tomorrow. The event runs from 5 'til 9 at North Park.  A great family/community event with good food, amazing music, craft/artisan vendors and kids corner!!! Fun for the whole family!!

The Wood River Valley Chamber presents Business After Hours at Wood River Draper Preserve tomorrow afternoon from 5 'til 7.  September Business After Hours celebrates Wood River Land Trust and the Wood River Draper Preserve in Hailey. You can always count on Wood River Sustainability for the freshest and tastiest food. Beer will be provided by Sawtooth Brewery.  Take advantage of the monthly raffle and bring your business card for your chance to win one of several great prizes.

Friday, it’s the Bleed For The Need.  Millions have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Harvey, and this is your chance to DO something to help these people out.  From 6 ‘til noon, we’ll be taking donations for requests.  Make a donation of five bucks or more through our special link that’ll be posted on the website Friday morning and we’ll play whatever song you want to hear.  Then, from noon ‘til six, join us at Canyon Crest for the Bleed For The Need Blood Drive.  If you’re donating blood, schedule your appointment by clicking the Bleed For The Need banner at hot100now.com – and if you’re donating cash, simply drop by Canyon Crest Friday from noon ‘til six.  All donations throughout the day will go to the American Red Cross, who is mobilizing in regions affected by the hurricanes and providing shelter, healthcare, and support to those in need.

The Gooding Airport is having a Fly-in and Breakfast this Saturday morning at the Gooding Airport from 7 ‘til 10.  The Pancake Breakfast costs $6.00.  The event will feature Static Airplane Displays, St Luke's Helicopter, Airplane rides available for purchase, reduced fuel prices for pilots, and more!  Bring the family and come share in the enthusiasm of Aviation at the Gooding Airport

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, , Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Assassin, It, All Saints, Leap! & Wind River

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at Hot100Now.com.

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Everyone remembers the piece of video that surfaced during the Presidential campaign where President Trump was recorded on a tour bus describing the things you can do with, or TO womenh when you're famous, right?  The guy who the then-reality TV star, now-President was talking to was Billy Bush, who was at that time a host for Access Hollywood.  And yesterday, news broke that after almost 20 years of marriage, Bush and his wife Sydney Davis are separating.  In a comment to People magazine, Bush’s lawyer said “I can confirm they are now separated and on a short-term break.”  The controversial video that some thought would cost Trump the presidency did nothing of the sort to Trump - but DID cost Bush his job as co-host of the Today show.  Apparently, things have continued to roll downhill for Bush, who has yet to comment on the split.

 

Avril Lavigne is now the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to the cybersecurity company McAfee.  The singer-songwriter topped McAfee's Most Dangerous Celebrities study this year.

The report reveals which celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites.  McAfee says cybercriminals use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords.  According to McAfee, searching for "Avril Lavigne free mp3" results in a 22% chance of encountering a malicious site.  Bruno Mars came in at number two on the list this year.

 

Fox News announced Monday that the network is hiring Laura Ingraham to host a nightly commentary show.  Ingraham's program will air at 8 o'clock weeknights, following shows hosted by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.  Ingraham has been a fixture on Fox News since 2007, when she was hired to do a weekly segment called "The Ingraham Angle" on the O'Reilly Factor.  Her first day on the air in the new timeslot will be October 30th.

 

Tuesday 09/19/17

A Buhl resident died and another was transported by air ambulance when a passenger car collided with a semi hauling grain in Twin Falls County.  24 year old Claudia Padilla-Valdez didn’t stop and was struck by the semi.  Valdez died at the scene.  The truck driver was identified as 56 year old Scott Waller.

A car rear-ended a school bus on Blue Lakes North yesterday afternoon.  No children were on the bus.  The car sustained severe front end damage while damage to the bus was reported as minimal. No injuries were reported.

Southern Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped to 2 point three percent in August.  One highlight: year-over-year, its workforce has grown by 240 people.

A federal judge is holding the Atlanta Gold mining company in contempt of court for allowing arsenic and iron to enter a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush is ordering the company to pay up to half a million dollars in fines and penalties if they don't fix the problems by next year.

A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers to classrooms causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators. The Twin Falls School District hired 20 unlicensed educators this year as other nearby districts are also hiring more unlicensed teachers.

Authorities say human remains found in a northern Idaho rock quarry earlier this month are from a man older than 30 who was missing several teeth. Two children were exploring when they found old articles of clothing along with the bones in a bed of weeds. The case is being treated as a crime.

Verizon plans on cutting services to hundreds of customers in rural areas next month.  The company says it will disconnect 8,500 customers in 13 states including 101 in Idaho.  Company officials say the customers live outside of areas where Verizon operates and many of these lines use a substantial amount of data while roaming on other providers’ networks.

A former Nampa police officer has been arrested in Oregon in connection with the death of his parents in their Nampa home.  48-year-old William Taylor is in an Oregon Jail on $1 million bond and an Idaho county warrant for failing to report a death and other charges.

Today:  Overcast. High 69F. Most stay dry, but scattered mountain showers WINDS: SW 15-25 mph HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 48)

Tonight:  Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Thunder possible. LOW: 40 (Mountains: 30). Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 48)Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

THURSDAY: Cold
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

FRIDAY: Mountain Showers
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 45)

SATURDAY: Mountain Showers
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 50)

SUNDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 54)

MONDAY: Sunny
HIGH: 63 (Mountains: 55)

Top of FormSeptember 19th: On this day

1927
Born on this day was Helen Carter, American country music singer. The eldest daughter of Maybelle Carter, she performed with her mother and her younger sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, a pioneering all female country/folk music group. The group was also known as The Carter Family. She died on June 2nd 1998 aged 70.

1953
Patsy Cline married contractor Gerald Cline. The couple divorced on July 4, 1957, the dissolution of the marriage was blamed on their considerable age difference and on the conflict between her desire to sing professionally and his desire that she adopt the conventional role of a housewife.

1963
Born on this day in Bunker Hill, Mississippi, was Jeff Bates American country music artist. His two RCA albums accounted for seven chart singles on the Billboard country charts, of which three reached top 40: "The Love Song", "I Wanna Make You Cry" and "Long, Slow Kisses".

1963
The Jimmy Dean Show aired for the first time on ABC-TV. An hour-long weekly series, the variety program featured country performers such as Charlie Rich, Roger Miller, Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, Red Buttons, and Johnny Cash. The Jimmy Dean Show, also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure, best known as the creator of The Muppets.

1964
Born on this day in Monticello, Georgia, was Trisha Yearwood, country music artist. Best known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective. She scored the 1997 song "How Do I Live", which was initially released on the soundtrack of the film, Con Air.

1973
Country rock singer, songwriter, 26-year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

1987
The third Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. 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: Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bandaloo Doctors, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, Dr. Starr.

1995
All I Want, the third album by Tim McGraw was released by Curb Records. The album's singles were, in order of release: "I Like It, I Love It", "Can't Be Really Gone", "All I Want Is a Life", "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It".

1998
American country music star Red Foley died aged 58. He sold over 25 million records, and hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee.

2003
Australian country music singer-songwriter David Gordon "Slim Dusty" Kirkpatrick died aged 76. He sold more than five million albums and singles in Australia.

2004
Skeeter Davis died aged 72. She was one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, and was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Farm Aid 2017: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and More

Annual Event Raises More Than $50 Million For America’s Family Farmers

Farm Aid 2017 attracted thousands of music fans to the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday (Sept. 16) for a day of live performances by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds and more.

The 32nd annual event also hosted live sets by the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Jack Johnson and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

Nelson wrapped the festival with a live set that included “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Living in the Promiseland.”

Since its 1985 inception, the annual event has raised more than $50 million to support family farmers in America.

Cease & Desist Order Stops White Nationalist Radio Program From Using Johnny Cash Song

After a cease and desist order was issued by Universal Music Group and American Recordings, Stormfront Radio has stopped using Johnny Cash’s 2003 recording of “I Won’t Back Down” as its intro music. Stormfront is an internet-based white nationalist organization.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Stormfront Radio replaced Cash’s tune with Johnny Rebel’s “The South Shall Rise Again” and took down more than three years of archived shows that used Cash’s cover.

On Aug. 16, Johnny’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, released a passionate statement on Facebook denouncing the association of her father to neo-Nazism after a video surfaced that depicted a “self-proclaimed neo-Nazi” wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt in Charlottesville, Va.

“We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association,” wrote Rosanne, in part, on behalf of her siblings Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter.

Rosanne concluded the post with: “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology. We choose love.”

Rosanne noted on Twitter on Sept. 13 that she was “very proud we threatened legal action and got hate radio to stop using my dad’s music.”

Montgomery Gentry Releases Touching New Song After Troy Gentry’s Death, “Better Me”

After being tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, the life of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry was celebrated at the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 14.

In addition to performances from Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Trace Adkins and more, the service featured a recording of Troy singing a new song, “Better Me,” which was recently recorded for an upcoming Montgomery Gentry album.

After the tragedy, the touching tune takes on a new meaning as Troy croons, “I might cuss and fight, tell a few lies / Break a few rules making promises I can’t keep / But I’ve turned a page on wilder days / I’m writing all this down hoping you’ll see / I ain’t saying I’m perfect, but I’m working on a better me.”

Kenny Chesney Donates the Use of His Private Jet to Help Teen Brothers Stranded By Hurricane Irma

Two teenage brothers, whose home in St. John was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, got a flight to the U.S. mainland thanks to Kenny Chesney, according to CNN.

Jah-Haile Bruce and Jahbioseh Bruce huddled in a bathroom with their grandfather as their home in St. John was destroyed by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago. The brothers were evacuated via boat to St. Croix, but they had no way to get to Philadelphia, where their mother lives.

Kenny Chesney, who lives in St. John and also lost his island home in the storm, heard about the brothers’ predicament and, according to CNN, anonymously donated the use of his private jet to take the brothers to Philadelphia.

Around the Valley

The Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation present Healthcare Education Day - a Community Outreach Luncheon today at the Turf Club in Twin at noon.  The luncheon will help you explore the healthcare challenges, visions and services for patients, employers and employees in the Magic Valley. 

The CSI Foundation is hosting an Alumni and Community BBQ today. This event is free and family friendly.  You’re invited to come to campus and enjoy the party whether you have ever been on campus or not. There’s activities for kids, free giveaways, fantastic music and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win various prizes. The party is at the base of the tower on campus.

It's Make It & Take It Kids Club Craft Day tomorrow at the Twin Falls Public Library .  Kids Club is for kids in grades 1st through 5th. At Make & Take Craft Day, kids do fun hands-on crafts that they can take home. The event gets underway Wednesday afternoon at 4.  All library events are free and open to the public.

The Jerome Sunset Market Street Fair is this Thursday. The event runs from 5 'til 9 at North Park.  A great family/community event with good food, amazing music, craft/artisan vendors and kids corner!!! Fun for the whole family!!

The Wood River Valley Chamber presents Business After Hours at Wood River Draper Preserve this Thursday from 5 'til 7.  September Business After Hours celebrates Wood River Land Trust and the Wood River Draper Preserve in Hailey. You can always count on Wood River Sustainability for the freshest and tastiest food. Beer will be provided by Sawtooth Brewery.  Take advantage of the monthly raffle and bring your business card for your chance to win one of several great prizes.

The Gooding Airport is having a Fly-in and Breakfast Sept. 23rd at the Gooding Airport from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  The Pancake Breakfast costs $6.00.  The event will feature Static Airplane Displays, St Luke's Helicopter, Airplane rides available for purchase, reduced fuel prices for pilots, and more!  Bring the family and come share in the enthusiasm of Aviation at the Gooding Airport

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, , Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Assassin, It, All Saints, Leap! & Wind River

BURLEY THEATER:  Wonder Woman

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at Hot100Now.com

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Kevin Hart was the victim in an extortion attempt to the tune of millions of dollars, and according to sources, the FBI is on the case and has a suspect.  But the REAL victim here?  Mrs. Hart.  In an apology posted to his Twitter account yesterday, Kevin Hart seeming owns the fact that he cheated on his pregnant wife while in Las Vegas over the weekend.  I'll spare you the graphic details of the video, but to summarize, it very clearly shows Hart with someone other than his wife.  And whoever made the video claims that the REAL reason Kevin Hart orchestrated the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund was to get ahead as he knew this damaging footage was one click away from exposing him "as the liar and cheater he is."  The person attempting the extortion allegedly demanded an eight-figure multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.  According to sources, the videos were recorded on an iPhone that was propped against an object in the room that said cheating occurred and such recording without consent is illegal - but really, that's probably the LEAST of Kevin's worries right now - Kevin, who's married with children and another one on the way.

 

Yesterday, I told you about Lady Gaga battling some unexplained pain on her Joanne tour, and how it led her to cancel the European leg of the concert series - and now, it looks like fibromyalgia is to blame.  Fibromyalgia is a chronic centralized pain sensitivity syndrome. According to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Arya Mohabbat, that means that people suffering from the disorder are going to have long-lasting, head to toe pain that they feel in their muscles and joints, and this pain lasts for long periods of time but is in the absence of any inflammation.  The cause is still relatively unknown, but it's thought to have something to do with the production of chemicals in between neurotransmitters.  No word on when Lady Gaga will be back on the road.

 

Linkin Park will honor their late frontman, Chester Bennington, with a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 27, the band announced yesterday. The news comes two months after Bennington took his own life.  A statement posted on the band’s website promises an “an unforgettable night of music” featuring a number of other artists. Proceeds from the show will go to Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington. The pre-sale begins today.

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Monday, 9/18/17

Will Idaho eventually legalize recreational marijuana or at least allow CBD oil?  The state’s Health and Welfare is asking lawmakers to approve 26-thousand 800-dollars during next year’s legislative session to fund tests for an oil experiment treating children with seizures.

Marijuana may be legal in Nevada, but don’t expect dispensaries to join casinos among Jackpot’s illegal-in-Idaho tourist draws.  Elko County voted against the legalization and commissioners decided to ban dispensaries outside of the county’s four incorporated cities.

A top defensive lineman for Boise State has been arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace.  21-year-old David Moa was taken into custody at 2:25 a.m. Saturday by Boise police.

Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won't be able to produce electricity at competitive prices.  The move is part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says Jerome County officials should not be swayed by possible legal challenges as they consider a contract leasing out space in the county's new jail to U.S. Immigration.  Under the pending contract, the jail would set aside 50 beds for ICE at a rate of $75 per bed per day, estimated to bring in an additional $1.34 million to the county annually.

A 1915 historic courthouse in Adams County is slated to be demolished after the abandoned building was condemned in the spring.  The commissioners on Friday sought bids for contractors to gut the courthouse that sits atop a hill in the town of Council.

Idaho has hired St. Luke's Health System to help people choose which insurance plans to pick on the online insurance exchange, even though the health care giant stands to financially benefit when customers choose certain plans.  Your Health Idaho board members voted unanimously to approve the $272,000 contract with St. Luke's and the Idaho Primary Care Association.

An Idaho nurse accused of stealing pills from nursing home residents pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.  32-year-old Jennifer Talich made the guilty plea for the felony charge as part of a deal that dropped all other charges.  Police say she was stealing hydrocodone pills from the facility for the six months prior to her arrest.

 

Today:  A good deal of sunshine with afternoon showers. High 74F. (Mountains: 59)Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Passing Showers. LOW: 42 (Mountains: 33). Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. Scattered Showers and cooler HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 48). Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Chance of showers
HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 48)

THURSDAY: Scattered Showers
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 44)

FRIDAY: Lingering Showers
HIGH: 56 (Mountains: 45)

SATURDAY: Mountain Showers possible
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 51)

SUNDAY: More Sunshine
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 54)

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September 18th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Marietta, Georgia, was country singer Priscilla Mitchell. In the 1960s, with country singer Roy Drusky, she recorded a series of hits, their best-selling recordings being country music "cheating songs", including their biggest hit together, "Yes Mr. Peters", released in 1965, becoming #1 on the country charts.

1949
Born on this day in Buffalo, NY, was Greg Leisz, songwriter who plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar. Leisz has worked with many artists including Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and John Fogerty.

1953
Born on this day in Louisville, Mississippi, was Carl Jackson, country and bluegrass musician who played in Glen Campbell's band for 12 years. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled Spring Training. In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.

1980
Johnny Lee was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Lookin' for Love". The song was part of the soundtrack to one of the years biggest movies, Urban Cowboy.

1994
The seventh Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. 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: Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Deana Carter.

2004
The Farm Aid 04, benefit concert took place at the White River Amphitheater, Auburn, Washington. 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, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trick Pony, Tony Coleman, Blue Merle, Tegan and Sara, Kate Voegele, Kitty Jerry, and Marc Broussard.

2005
The Farm Aid 2005: 20th Anniversary, benefit concert took place at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Congressman Collin Peterson and the Second Amendments, Drew Davis Band, Elizabeth Rainey, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kate Voegele, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Los Lonely Boys, Shannon Brown, Supersuckers, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, and Wilco.

2006
Willie Nelson and several of his band members were charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Louisiana after state police had pulled Nelson's tour bus over for a routine commercial inspection. Smelling a suspicious odor inside, police searched the bus and found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

2012
Dwight Yoakam released the album 3 Pears. By the end of 2012, the album was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL's The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critic's "best of 2012" lists than any other artist in the country genre.

2013
Dwight Yoakam was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards held in Nashville.

Luke Bryan Announces Supporting Acts for His 9th Annual Farm Tour

Today (Sept. 15), Luke Bryan announced the full list of performers for his ninth annual Farm Tour. In addition to previously announced guests Jon Pardi and Adam Craig, Luke will be joined by the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), Jon Langston and DJ Rock.

Luke’s upcoming Farm Tour will make stops at farms in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri between Sept. 28–Oct. 7.

Over the years, Luke has awarded 50 college scholarships to local students from farming families within the communities the tour has played.

Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017

Sept. 28
Lincoln, Neb.
Benes Farm

Sept. 29
Baldwin City, Kan.
Don-Ale Farms

Sept. 30
Boone, Iowa
Ziel Farm

Oct. 5
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Spangler Farms West

Oct. 6
Edinburg, Ill.
Ayers Family Farm

Oct. 7
Centralia, Mo.
Stowers Farm

Alabama Set to Release First Christmas Album in 21 Years

Alabama will release a new holiday album, American Christmas, on Oct. 6. The new 15-song offering marks the group’s first holiday album since 1996’s Alabama Christmas Vol. II.

Recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, American Christmas features holiday staples such as “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” as well as four new songs contributed by the band. The album also includes an updated version of Alabama’s holiday classic, “Christmas in Dixie,” which will celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

“To all our fans: Christmas is a special time for Alabama. We hope it is for you. From our hearts to you, we give you this Christmas gift. Thank you for the love and support, all these years,” said Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen in a collective statement.

American Christmas Track List

  1. “Ain’t Santa Cool”
  2. “Go Tell It On the Mountain”
  3. “Silent Night”
  4. “Why Can’t Christmas Day Last All Year Long”
  5. “Away In a Manger”
  6. “Christmas Joy”
  7. “First Christmas Without Daddy”
  8. “Winter Wonderland”
  9. “Greatest Gift”
  10. “Jingle Bells”
  11. “Remember Me”
  12. “(I Wanna) Rock N Roll Guitar”
  13. “Christmas in Dixie”
  14. “Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here”
  15. “Auld Lang Syne”Bottom of Form

AROUND THE VALLEY

 

The 28th Annual Fall Film Festival continues at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum this week with a variety of acclaimed documentary, comedy and dramatic films.  The festival runs through Thursday, Oct. 5.

The Idaho Small Business Development Center and the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation present Healthcare Education Day - a Community Outreach Luncheon tomorrow at the Turf Club in Twin at noon.  The luncheon will help you explore the healthcare challenges, visions and services for patients, employers and employees in the Magic Valley. 

Wednesday, it's Make It & Take It Kids Club Craft Day at the Twin Falls Public Library .  Kids Club is for kids in grades 1st through 5th. At Make & Take Craft Day, kids do fun hands-on crafts that they can take home. The event gets underway Wednesday afternoon at 4.  All library events are free and open to the public.

The Jerome Sunset Market Street Fair is this Thursday. The event runs from 5 'til 9 at North Park.  A great family/community event with good food, amazing music, craft/artisan vendors and kids corner!!! Fun for the whole family!!

The Wood River Valley Chamber presents Business After Hours at Wood River Draper Preserve this Thursday from 5 'til 7.  September Business After Hours celebrates Wood River Land Trust and the Wood River Draper Preserve in Hailey. You can always count on Wood River Sustainability for the freshest and tastiest food. Beer will be provided by Sawtooth Brewery.  Take advantage of the monthly raffle and bring your business card for your chance to win one of several great prizes.

The Gooding Airport is having a Fly-in and Breakfast Sept. 23rd at the Gooding Airport from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  The Pancake Breakfast costs $6.00.  The event will feature Static Airplane Displays, St Luke's Helicopter, Airplane rides available for purchase, reduced fuel prices for pilots, and more!  Bring the family and come share in the enthusiasm of Aviation at the Gooding Airport

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, , Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Assassin, It, All Saints, Leap! & Wind River

BURLEY THEATER:  Wonder Woman

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at Hot100Now.com.

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

For showtimes and advance tickets, CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE THEATER ABOVE.

HOLLYWOOD

Lady Gaga announced this morning that she was canceling the European leg of her Joanne world tour, citing severe physical pain.  She says “I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles.  It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out.  As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word ‘suffer’ not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring,” Gaga added. “If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth."  She made the announcement via her Twitter account.

 

Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan and wife Hilarie Burton are expecting their second child together.  The Walking Dead star revealed the pregnancy news on the Emmy Awards red carpet yesterday when he adoringly placed his hands on Burton’s baby bump.  Morgan and Burton, who had a brief stint on Fox’s Lethal Weapon, are already parents to 7-year-old son Augustus, lovingly nicknamed Gus.

 

Speaking of the Emmy's here's the big wins from last night.  The Handmaid's Tale took home Outstanding Drama Series.  Veep was named outstanding Comedy Series.  This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown took home Outstanding lead actor in a drama series honors, and The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss took home Outstanding lead actress in a drama series.  Donald Glover of Atlanta scored Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep scored Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

Today:  Mostly cloudy Scattered Mountain showers otherwise windy WINDS: W 15-25 MPH HIGH: 64 (Mountains: 52)

Tonight:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 40F.  Mountains 31 Winds

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High around 65F.  Mountains 56 Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 76 (Mountains: 67)

MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy
HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 61)

TUESDAY: Rain and colder
HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 48)

WEDNESDAY: Scattered Showers
HIGH: 60 (Mountains: 49)

THURSDAY: Scattered Showers
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 50)

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September 15th: On this day

1903
Born on this day in Maynardville, Tennessee, was Roy Acuff, who became synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. He died in Nashville on November 23, 1992 of congestive heart failure.

1960
Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams was released in the US, the singer, songwriters seventh studio. Contrary to what the title might suggest, only the first four out of the twelve tracks on the album were written by Williams himself, with most of the others being versions of Cash's self-penned songs.

1975
Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Rhinestone Cowboy, the singer, guitarists 30th album. Campbell had heard the song (written by Larry Weiss) on the radio during a tour of Australia and once back in the US decided to record a version.

1981
Born on this day was Andy Gibson American country music singer. He co-wrote "Don't You Wanna Stay", a duet between Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson which reached #1 on the country music charts in 2011.

2003
Miranda Lambert signed with Epic Records. She gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene.

2007
Garth Brooks' song, "More Than a Memory" became the first song to debut at #1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart, since the start of the magazine's all encompassing country chart in 1958. It was released as his 51st single and first single from his 2007 compilation The Ultimate Hits.

Celebrating the Life of Troy Gentry

On Thursday morning (Sept. 14), the seats at the Grand Ole Opry House were full, the music was heartfelt, and the applause was generous. But it was not your typical Opry show.

This show was a celebration of Troy Gentry’s life. A way for his family, friends and fans to come together to share stories and songs to say goodbye to the country singer who died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8 at the age of 50. He is survived by his wife, Angie and his daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.

Radio personality Storme Warren hosted the service and opened with a confession. “My name’s Storme Warren, and I’m a Troy Gentry fan,” he said. Warren went on to reflect on Gentry’s infectious energy and the friendship he cherished.

And then he listed the five things he learned from Gentry.

1) Never stop taking risks and having fun.
2) It’s OK to act like a kid all the time.
3) Treat every human being with respect and kindness.
4) Love, protect and adore your family at all costs.
5) Trust in God and know you don’t have to be scared of anything.

“We lost a good one,” he said, “but he’s here with us forever.”

One of Gentry’s family friends, Eddie Lunn, echoed Warren’s sentiments. “I was blessed by Troy, and by God,” Lunn said about the time he met Gentry at the Puffy Muffin — a breakfast bakery in Brentwood. He talked about the continued breakfast meetings and the Christian conversations they’d shared. “We are all wired to love God and love others. He had the love others part down. God gifted him with a beautiful voice. His smile had a way of changing your day. God just loved him. Simply because he was Troy,” Lunn said.

Rafael Calderon, another one of Gentry’s best friends, eulogized him through the stories they shared and the memories Gentry left behind. “Do not cry because I am gone. Smile because I lived,” Calderon thought Gentry would be saying. “And boy, did he live.”

Dr. Michael L. Glenn, the senior pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, talked about the day he got the call that no friend or pastor ever wants to get. “The phone rang, and I let it go to voicemail,” Glenn said about seeing an unknown number on his screen. “Then Eddie called me. ‘It’s Troy. There was a helicopter accident. He didn’t make it.’ We started walking this journey nobody wanted to walk,” Glenn shared.

Because Gentry’s band — country duo Montgomery Gentry — was a part of the Nashville scene since their debut album was released in 1999, the music from Gentry’s friends played a major role in the service. It started with another country duo Halfway 2 Hazard and their cover of the somber ballad, “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night.” After that, a recording of Big Daddy Weave’s 2012 Christian song “Redeemed” played.

Then when Trace Adkins came out to the front of the stage to perform the centuries-old folk song “Wayfaring Stranger,” he took his black cowboy hat off, bowed his head and said, “Anytime I ever shared this stage with Troy, it was a privilege. And today’s no different. I’m privileged to be here to pay my respects to a good man.”

Singer/actor Cody Ray Slaughter, who first met Gentry at an Elvis festival when he was 22, was there to sing one of Gentry’s favorite songs, Elvis Presley’s 1970 “Kentucky Rain.”

Charlie Daniels, who had extended the 2009 invitation to join the Opry to Montgomery Gentry, took the stage without his hat or his fiddle and sang the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” after telling the crowd how grateful he was to have known Gentry. “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. I just thank you Lord for letting us have Troy, before you took him back,” Daniels said.

Near the end of the service, Vince Gill came out to share his wish for Gentry, and for his band mate Eddie Montgomery.

“I’m out here to honor a friend, and we’re all here because we feel like family. We came to be friends through the Opry family. I don’t know where Eddie is, but I hope you’ll lean on this family. Come out there and let this family love you,” Gill said. And the camera filming the service turned to find Montgomery in the crowd, surrounded with love from his artist friends sitting by him.

Gill performed his own 1994 ballad “Whenever You Come Around,” admitting that he was grateful he wasn’t asked to sing his “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” the go-to song at so many funerals in Nashville.

Glenn said a final prayer before Montgomery Gentry’s “Better Me” closed the service.

The Opry service was open to the public, and there was a private, family internment afterwards. Gentry’s family asks that donations be made to T.J. Martell Foundation or The American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

2017 CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” Named Song of the Year

Sam Hunt‘s 2017 mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” will be honored with the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year inaugural song of the year award. The award will be presented to Hunt and the song’s co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

The popular smash has shattered records for the most consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard‘s hot country songs chart as the longest running No. 1 by a solo artist in history.

It is 2017’s No. 1 most-downloaded country song with 1.6 million tracks sold, and it is the No. 1 most-streamed country song of the year with over 325 million streams.

This is its 31st consecutive week atop Billboard‘s hot country songs chart, and it spent 16 weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart.

“‘Body Like a Backroad’ is the clear choice for this inaugural award,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “It’s a cross-genre smash that’s bound to become one of Sam Hunt’s signature songs in a growing list of chart-toppers.”

Airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET, the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special will celebrate honorees Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.

The 90-minute special will also extend beyond music to honor the unwavering spirit of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and champion the many volunteers contributing to the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. In addition, throughout the event, country’s biggest stars will encourage fans to continue supporting the extensive recovery over the next year.

Keith Urban Inducts Little Big Town Into the Music City Walk of Fame

Following in the footprints of country stars like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis and more, Little Big Town was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame today (Sept. 14) by fellow member Keith Urban.

The Music City Walk of Fame—created in 2006—is a tribute to artists of all genres who have contributed to the world through song and made a significant contribution to the music industry with a connection to Music City. Sidewalk medallions line the one-mile stretch with the names of the inductees etched in a star and guitar design. Past inductees include Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Trisha Yearwood and more.

Over their 18-year career, Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook—has earned multiple No. 1 hits, including “Pontoon” and “Girl Crush,” and won multiple Grammy Awards, CMA Awards and ACM Awards.

In addition to LBT, Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame for their central roles in creating and developing the Ryman Auditorium. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show inducted Tom Ryman, while Jeannie Seely inducted Lula C. Naff.

Ray Stevens Is Streaking Into a New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Ray Stevens is streaking into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 as part of the ongoing exhibit Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.

Items on display in Sing Me Back Home provide a closer look at a particular person or special anniversaries. Recent Sing Me Back Home displays have featured Bob Moore, Keith Whitley and John Anderson.

Ray’s display, which is titled Ray Stevens: Everything Is Beautiful, will celebrate his 60 years in country music. Over the course of his career, Ray has earned two Grammy Awards, sold more than 40 million albums and recorded hit songs such as “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful.”

“I am very flattered that the Country Music Hall of Fame has chosen to display some items from my career,” says Ray. “I can hardly wait to see the items on exhibition myself.”

Items features in Ray’s new exhibit include:

  • Spinet keyboard used by Ray to compose “Everything Is Beautiful”
  • Handwritten studio chart for “Everything Is Beautiful,” with musical notation for rubato, piano, and voice
  • 1970 Grammy for Best Contemporary Male Vocal Performance for “Everything Is Beautiful”
  • 1975 Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for “Misty”
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame induction award
  • Rhinestone-embellished “Coy” fez used in Ray’s video for “Shriner’s Convention”

National Transportation Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report on Helicopter Crash That Killed Troy Gentry & Pilot

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report about the helicopter crash on Sept. 8 that killed Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, 50, and helicopter pilot James Evan Robinson.

A handful of takeaways:

  • According to the chief flight instructor for the operator, the purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening.
  • Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs.
  • The pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past.
  • During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades. The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard.
  • The cockpit was significantly deformed by impact damage, and the tailboom was separated at the fuselage.

Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo found success with songs such as “My Town,” “If You Ever Stopped Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Gone,” and “Back When I Knew It All.”

Troy is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry, and two daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.

You can read the full NTSB report below.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 8, 2017, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter, N204HF, operated by Helicopter Flight Services, was substantially damaged during collision with terrain while performing a forced landing to Runway 01 at Flying W Airport (N14), Medford, New Jersey. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the chief flight instructor for the operator, the purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening.

Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported he could “roll” the twist-grip, but that there was no corresponding change in engine rpm when he did so.

The company flight instructor and another certificated helicopter flight instructor were monitoring the frequency and engaged the pilot in conversation about potential courses of action to affect the subsequent landing. Options discussed included a shallow approach to a run-on landing, or a power-off, autorotational descent to landing. The pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past. Prior to entering the autorotation, the pilot was advised to initiate the maneuver over the runway.

The company flight instructor reported that the helicopter entered the autorotation about 950 ft above ground level, and that the helicopter was quiet during its descent “because the engine was off.” During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades. The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard. Both instructors reported that a high-pitched “whine” could be heard from the helicopter during the latter portion of the descent.

A video forwarded by local police showed the helicopter south of the runway as it entered what appeared to be a descent profile consistent with an autorotation. Toward the end of the video, the descent profile became more vertical and the rate of descent increased before the helicopter descended out of view. No sound could be heard from the helicopter.

The pilot held commercial and instructor pilot certificates, each with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument helicopter. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical certificate was issued April 12, 2017.

Excerpts of the pilot’s logbook revealed he had logged 480.9 total hours of flight experience. It was estimated that he had accrued over 300 total hours of flight experience in the accident helicopter make and model. The last entry logged was for 1.2 hours in the accident helicopter on the day of the accident.

The company training records indicated the pilot had received the training required by the operator for employment as a flight instructor, and his last airman competency check was completed satisfactorily on April 19, 2017 in the accident helicopter.

According to FAA records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2000 and had accrued approximately 7,900 total aircraft hours. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed August 17, 2017 at 7,884 total aircraft hours.

At 1254, the weather recorded at South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY), 2 miles west of N14, included clear skies and wind from 260° at 13 knots gusting to 18 knots. The temperature was 21°C, and the dew point was 9°C. The altimeter setting was 30.13 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The initial ground scar was about 10 ft prior to the main wreckage, which was about 220 ft prior to the threshold of runway 01 and aligned with the runway.

The cockpit was significantly deformed by impact damage, and the tailboom was separated at the fuselage. The engine and main transmission remained mounted in the airframe, and all main rotor blades were secured in their respective grips, which remained attached to the main rotor head and mast. The pitch-change link for the yellow rotor blade was fractured, with fracture signatures consistent with overstress. Each of the three blades was bent significantly at its respective blade root. The blades showed little to no damage along their respective spans toward the blade tips, which was consistent with low rotor rpm at ground contact.

Flight control continuity was established from the individual flight controls, through breaks, to the main rotor head and tail rotor. Drivetrain continuity was also established to the main and tail rotors.

The engine was rotated by hand at the cooling fan, and continuity was confirmed from the powertrain through the valvetrain, to the accessory section. Compression was confirmed on all cylinders using the thumb method. The magnetos were removed, actuated with a drill, and spark was produced at all terminal leads. Borescope examination of each cylinder revealed signatures consistent with normal wear, with no anomalies noted.

The carburetor was separated from the engine, displayed impact damage, and was found near the initial ground scar. The throttle and mixture arms were actuated by hand and moved smoothly through their respective ranges. The filter screen was removed, and was absent of debris. The carburetor contained fuel which appeared absent of water and debris.

The collective control and jackshaft assembly as well as the associated throttle cable, push-pull tube, and bellcrank assemblies were retained for further examination at the NTSB Materials Laboratory.

Around the Valley

The 8th Annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering continues today and tomorrow at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Shoshone.  The event features cowboy western music and poetry.  Entertainers include Dave Stamey, Kristyn Harris, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Prairie Wind, Poppa Mac, The Panhandle Cowboys, David Anderson and Thatch Elmer.  The mountain men have their camp setup for you to enjoy and there are lots of vendors are on site with merchandise to sell.  General admission tickets for the concerts tonight and tomorrow are $20.00, or buy a ticket for both nights for $35.  Get all the info at http://www.lostnlavagathering.com.

 

Catch local singer and songwriter Brianne Lynn performing at Mountain View Barn tonight night from 6 'til 9.  Admission is free.

 

Superhero Saturday is tomorrow at Success Martial Arts in Twin Falls.  Parents, come take great photos of your kids with superheroes and theatrical backdrops! This is your chance for free live photo opportunities with superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, Kung Fu Panda’s Tigress, and more!  The event is free to attend.  Donations will be accepted benefiting the Special Olympics "Tators" of Twin Falls.

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  American Assassin, mother!, Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, , Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): American Assassin, It, All Saints, Leap! & Wind River

BURLEY THEATER:  Wonder Woman

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at Hot100Now.com.

HOLLYWOOD

Selena Gomez revealed in an emotional Instagram post yesterday that she underwent a kidney transplant this year as part of her Lupus treatment. Her good friend Francia Raisa donated her kidney to the actress, and it seems as though her man The Weeknd was around to show his support.   The singer apparently scheduled his performances around his girlfriend's medical procedure.  Selena didn't disclose exactly when her kidney transplant took place, but she did mention that the procedure is the reason why she was under-the-radar for "part of the summer."

 

Jim Carrey is reuniting with his 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' writer-director Michel Gondry in a new half hour series from Showtime.  In the new show, titled "Kidding", Carrey will star as Jeff, also known as Mr. Pickles... who is an icon of children's TV, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him — who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.  A premiere date has not yet been announced.

 

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah now has more job security than any other host in late night, at least on paper. With his ratings on the upswing — viewership has jumped 14 percent this season versus last — Comedy Central has given Noah a five-year extension on his contract, signing the comic to continue as The Daily Show host through 2022.  Noah’s contract extension is the latest in a round of renewals for the major late-night comedy hosts. Within the past week, HBO has announced new deals for both of its weekly political comedy hosts, Bill Maher and John Oliver. The two men have signed on through 2020. NBC’s late-night duo of Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are also locked up well into the future, with both men under contract until 2021, following contract renegotiations in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Over at CBS, the network hasn’t said much about the contract lengths for stars Stephen Colbert and James Corden. But Colbert’s initial deal committed the comedian to the network through 2020.

Today:  Showers and maybe a thunderstorm  WINDS: W 5-15 MPH  HIGH: 76 (Mountains: 70)

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. WINDS: SW 15-20 MPH
LOW: 48 (Mountains: 40)

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to occasional showers in the afternoon. Thunder possible. HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 55). Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

SATURDAY: Chilly
HIGH: 64 (Mountains: 57)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 64)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 61)

TUESDAY: Colder
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 53)

WEDNESDAY: Scattered Showers
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 52)

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September 14th: On this day

1934
Born on this day in Brownfield, Texas, was Don Walser, was known as a unique, award-winning yodeling "Texas country music legend." He was known for maintaining a catalog of older, obscure country music and cowboy songs and kept alive old 1940s and 1950s tunes by country music pioneers such as Bob Wills and Eddie Arnold. He died on September 20, 2006.

1958
Born on this day in Harlingen, Texas, was singer-songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman who has written many Country hits including: co-songwriter of Faith Hill's "This Kiss", Trisha Yearwood ("Down On My Knees", "You Say You Will", "Trying to Love You"), Martina McBride ("Happy Girl"), Willie Nelson ("Nothing I Can Do About It Now", "Ain't Necessarily So", "If My World Didn't Have You").

1959
Born on this day in Aiken, South Carolina, was John Berry country singer, songwriter, who has recorded over fifteen studio albums, and scored the 1994 US #1 single "Your Love Amazes Me."

1978
Born on this day in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was Danielle Peck country music artist. Her self-titled debut 2006 album produced the Top 30 country hits "I Don't", "Findin' a Good Man", and "Isn't That Everything".

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.

1996
Tulsa honored American Western swing fiddler Johnnie Lee Wills with a street named after him. Johnnie Lee Wills Lane is directly in front of the Expo Square Pavilion at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Wills, who died in 1984 was the younger brother of Bob Wills and had also played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys.

2003
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

2005
Property from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash raised $1.24 million on the first day of a three-day auction at Sotheby's in New York City. Items sold included a custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar for $131,200 and an autographed photo of Elvis Presely to June Cash sold for $18,000, a striped prisoner's jacket from Folsom Prison made $6,000.

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Luke Bryan Gives Back in Houston

Proceeds from Luke Bryan‘s Sept. 22 concert at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston, Texas will support the Houston Community Fund.

Bryan is also coordinating with the Houston area authorities to make concert tickets available to members of Hurricane Harvey’s first responder teams. On Tuesday (Sept. 12), he took donations by phone at the Hand in Hand telethon in Nashville to support victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Bryan will perform his new single “Light It Up” live on Wednesday’s (Sept. 13) Grand Ole Opry as part of the show’s celebration of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. When guests purchase tickets to the show, $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to support pediatric cancer research at the Memphis facility.

The night will include performances by Nashville‘s Charles Esten and Clare Bowen, as well as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky and Randy Owen.

“Light It Up” is the first single from Bryan’s next album, which is due out by end of year. His Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour continues through the end of October. He is a 2017 CMT Artist of the Year and a CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee.

Tribute Album to Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Debuts Sept. 15

Features Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson and Others

In one of the most ambitious projects yet launched to memorialize a Nashville songwriter, Vector Recordings will release on Sept. 15 the album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. Recorded live last year during a concert at Tennessee’s Franklin Theatre, the project will also be spun off as a PBS special and possibly as a commercial DVD.

Among the more than two dozen artists performing on the 24-cut album are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, John Jorgenson, Tommy Emmanuel and Lee Roy Parnell.

All artist royalties from the project will be donated to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charity to aid in-need members of the music community.

Loudermilk, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976, died in 2016, a few months after the tribute concert.

Although operating out of Nashville, Loudermilk wrote hits not only for country artists but for rock and pop stars as well. His classic compositions include “Waterloo,” “Abilene,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Break My Mind,” “Indian Reservation,” “Talk Back Trembling Lips” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.”

The list of artists who recorded Loudermilk’s songs is voluminous, ranging from George Hamilton IV, Stonewall Jackson, Ernest Ashworth and George Jones on the country side, to such mainstream acts as the Allman Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, Roy Orbison, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Norah Jones.

“In life and love and song, Loudermilk hated moderation,” observes music critic Peter Cooper in his liner notes for the album. “He wasn’t just a seeker of truth and beauty, he was a finder.”

Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson produced the album and was the musical director for the concert. Dixie Gamble organized the concert, co-produced the album and is overseeing production of the PBS special, which will air according to local schedules.

Lynn Anderson’s New Hall of Fame Exhibit Set to Open on Sept. 15

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the life and career of Lynn Anderson in a new exhibit, Lynn Anderson: Keep Me in Mind, which opens Sept. 15 and runs through June 2018.

The daughter of accomplished songwriter Liz Anderson, Lynn seemed destined for stardom at an early age. She was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., and raised in California, where she won several awards for her equestrian skills. Lynn made her chart debut in 1966 with “Ride, Ride, Ride” and scored several Top 10 hits up to 1970. She also served as a regular on Lawrence Welk’s television variety show from 1967 to 1969, which exposed her to a national audience.

Her breakthrough came with “Rose Garden,” written by Joe South, which Lynn discovered after listening to one of Joe’s albums. “Rose Garden,” released in late 1970, immediately caught fire with the public and hit No. 1 on Dec. 26 for the first of five weeks. The song was also a crossover smash, peaking at No. 3 on the pop charts. Lynn copped a Grammy award for her performance in 1971 and won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year honor later that same year. Lynn picked up four additional No. 1s following “Rose Garden,” including “How Can I Unlove You,” “Keep Me in Mind” and “What a Man, My Man Is.”

Lynn passed away in 2015 at the age of 67.

Highlights of Lynn’s new Hall of Fame exhibit include:

  • Chiffon gown with rhinestone-and bead-embellished bodice worn by Lynn on the cover of the 1970 album, Rose Garden
  • Grammy for Best Country Female Vocal Performance for “Rose Garden”
  • Hat by Shorty’s Caboy Hattery that was worn by Lynn during her performance at the 2009 Stagecoach Festival
  • Nathan Turk western shirt and pants with piping and floral embroidery that was worn by Lynn on a 1977 episode of ABC’s Starsky and Hutch.
  • U. S. Marine Corps recruiting poster inspired by “Rose Garden” and autographed to Lynn by USMC Gunnery Sgt. Charles A. Taliano
  • Parade saddle and tack used by Lynn at equestrian events

Lynn’s new installation joins current HOF exhibits devoted to Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain. An exhibition on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will open in November.

Keith Urban, Garth Brooks & Florida Georgia Line to Headline 2018 Stagecoach Festival

Stagecoach Music Festival announced that Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line will headline its three-day musical extravaganza in Indio, Calif., in April 2018.

FGL will headline opening night on April 27, Keith will be featured on April 28 and Garth will close the festival on April 29.

“Everyone knows Stagecoach is the biggest country festival in the world,” says Garth. “We are coming with the sole purpose of making it the biggest party on the planet.”

“It’s been eight years since we played Stagecoach, but we are coming back and super excited about this,” added Keith. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In addition to the aforementioned headliners, the 2018 lineup includes Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Jason Isbell, Brett Young, Kane Brown, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Brice and more.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. CT.

Announced Lineup (more artists may be added)

Aaron Watson
Ashley McBryde
Banditos
Brett Young
Brothers Osborne
Carly Pearce
Chris Janson
Chris Lane
Cody Jinks
Colter Wall
Dwight Yoakam
Florida Georgia Line
Garth Brooks
Gordon Lightfoot
Granger Smith
Jade Bird
Jade Jackson
Jake Owen
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Jillian Jacqueline
Jordan Davis
Joshua Hedley
Kacey Musgraves
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Kenny Rogers
Lee Brice
Lillie Mae
Lindsay Ell
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Midland
Molly Hatchet
Morgan Wallen
Muscadine Bloodline
Paul Cauthen
Ronnie Milsap
Runaway June
Seth Ennis
Tanya Tucker
Temecula Road
The Georgia Satellites
Tyler Childers
Walker Hayes
Walker McGuire

 

Around the Valley

The 8th Annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering is today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Shoshone.  The event features cowboy western music and poetry.  Entertainers include Dave Stamey, Kristyn Harris, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Prairie Wind, Poppa Mac, The Panhandle Cowboys, David Anderson and Thatch Elmer.  The event kicks off thursday Night with a potluck dinner and dance.  The mountain men will have their camp setup for you to enjoy. Vendors will have merchandise to sell Friday and Saturday as well.  General admission tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts are are $20.00, or buy a ticket for both nights for $35.  Get all the info at http://www.lostnlavagathering.com.

 

Catch local singer and songwriter Brianne Lynn performing at Mountain View Barn tomorrow night from 6 'til 9.  Admission is free.

 

Superhero Saturday is THIS Saturday at Success Martial Arts in Twin Falls.  Parents, come take great photos of your kids with superheroes and theatrical backdrops! This is your chance for free live photo opportunities with superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, Kung Fu Panda’s Tigress, and more!  The event is free to attend.  Donations will be accepted benefiting the Special Olympics "Tators" of Twin Falls.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Annabelle: Creation, Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): It, All Saints, Leap!, Wind River &  Annabelle: Creation

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The Hero, Home Again, It, Wind River, The Hitman’s Bodyguard & The Glass Castle

HOLLYWOOD

 

Legendary film and television tough guy Frank Vincent, who battled James Gandolfini and Robert De Niro in his most famous roles, has died at 78.  Vincent's first big break was in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull in 1980 alongside De Niro and Joe Pesci.  One of his most memorable roles was when he played mobster Billy Batts in Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas.  In 2004, Vincent joined the cast of The Sopranos as Phil Leotardo, the chief antagonist to Tony Soprano as the series drew to its close.  Reports say that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery Wednesday. He died during the surgery.

 

A-list celebrities came out in droves on Monday night to take part in the "Hand in Hand" hurricane relief benefit, which raised more than $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Some of the notable donations of the evening included Apple's $5 million donation, Albertsons Companies and Merck each gave $1 million, the NBA Players Association donated $500,000 and would match any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.  At least 70 people died during Hurricane Harvey, and 22 deaths have been reported in the U.S. from Hurricane Irma.

 

Rebel Wilson had quite the payday yesterday when she was awarded $3.66 million by an Australian judge in a defamation case against a magazine publisher that printed articles that she said cost her film roles in Hollywood.  The 37-year-old star had sued Bauer Media — publisher of the Australian magazines Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, NW and OK — after the magazines published reports in 2015 claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing.  The articles cited a former classmate, who accused the Bridesmaids star of being seven years older than what the media had been reporting. The classmate had also claimed Wilson went by a different name in high school.  She attended the entire three week trial in person, and claimed the eight articles published by Bauer resulted in her being fired from two feature films under the belief that she was a serial liar.  Wilson made it clear on Twitter that her case wasn’t about the money — promising to donate her winnings to a charity and to invest it back into the Australian film industry.

Around the Valley

The 2017 Fall Southern Idaho Career & Job Expo is today at Canyon Crest from 10a 'til 1p.  This is your chance to network with potential employers, apply for open job positions, and even interview with some employers on-site!  The event is free and open to the public.

 

This afternoon, drop by the Community Christian Church on Grandview Drive in Twin for a Salad Sensations Fundraiser benefiting The Jubilee House.  The event features food, fellowship and a silent auction and runs from 4:30 'til 6:30.  Tickets are ten bucks at the door.

 

The 8th Annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Shoshone.  The event features cowboy western music and poetry.  Entertainers include Dave Stamey, Kristyn Harris, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Prairie Wind, Poppa Mac, The Panhandle Cowboys, David Anderson and Thatch Elmer.  The event kicks off thursday Night with a potluck dinner and dance.  The mountain men will have their camp setup for you to enjoy. Vendors will have merchandise to sell Friday and Saturday as well.  General admission tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts are are $20.00, or buy a ticket for both nights for $35.  Get all the info at http://www.lostnlavagathering.com.

 

Catch local singer and songwriter Brianne Lynn performing at Mountain View Barn this Friday night from 6 'til 9.  Admission is free.

 

Superhero Saturday is THIS Saturday at Success Martial Arts in Twin Falls.  Parents, come take great photos of your kids with superheroes and theatrical backdrops! This is your chance for free live photo opportunities with superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, Kung Fu Panda’s Tigress, and more!  The event is free to attend.  Donations will be accepted benefiting the Special Olympics "Tators" of Twin Falls.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Annabelle: Creation, Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): It, All Saints, Leap!, Wind River &  Annabelle: Creation

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The Hero, Home Again, It, Wind River, The Hitman’s Bodyguard & The Glass Castle

HOLLYWOOD

 

Apple unveiled its new Iphone 8 yesterday, and I KNOW how exciting this is for Apple heads.  I was in my car with Terry – you know, the afternoon guy – when it first hit the press and he’s a HUGE Applehead.  He was so excited I thought I might have to clean his seat when he got out of the car.  Anyways, The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus join a slew of new products and services from Apple, many of which are set to roll out as early as this Friday.   The new iPhone 10, the grandaddy of them all, features a very different design from its predecessors like the iPhone 7. It has a 5.8-inch screen that Apple calls a "Super Retina Display," which utilizes a superior screen technology called OLED. The iPhone 10 comes in just two colors for now: black, and white, and you can preorder it on October 27 - for $999.  Get all of the details on ALL of the new Apple phones at gadgets on my blog at Hot100Now.com.

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-event-iphone-x-8-watch-september-12-2017-9/#there-are-also-two-more-new-iphones-iphone-8-and-iphone-8-plus-2

 

Star Wars nuts will have to wait an extra seven months for Episode 9 - but there's some exciting news that comes along with that set back.  J. J. Abrahms, who directed The Force Awakes, is back in the director's chair after Disney fired Colin Trevorrow last week.  The film will debut in theaters on Decevember 20, 2019 - instead of it's earlier slated release for May 24th in the same year.

 

And this had to be exciting news for Floridians.  Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened its doors  two days after Hurricane Irma began its historic assault on the state.  The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center were running their normal business hours. Also up and running: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.  The complex's water parks remained shut, but Disney said it hoped to reopen later this week.  It doesn't sound like there was any MAJOR damage to the theme park.  Disney never lost power, but it WAS slammed with winds and rain that caused trees to topple and water to seep into some buildings.

Today:  Some sun this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 85F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

FRIDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 56)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 66 (Mountains: 56)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny
HIGH: 74 (Mountains: 64)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 72 (Mountains: 67)

TUESDAY: Party Sunny
HIGH: 61 (Mountains: 58)

September 13th: On this day

1911
Born on this day in Rosine, Kentucky, was Bill Monroe, American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys", named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. He is often referred to as 'The Father of Bluegrass'. Monroe died on Sept 9th 1996.

1956
Born on this day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was David Mansfield, violinist, mandolin player, guitarist, pedal steel guitar player, and composer. Mansfield has worked with many artists including, Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Sam Phillips, and Dwight Yoakam.

1965
Buck Owens had the #1 country album "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

1975
Born on this day was Joe Don Rooney, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1’s.

1976
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

2006
Banjo player Earl Scruggs was honored at Turner Field in Atlanta as part of the pre-game show for an Atlanta Braves home game. Organizers set a world record for the most banjo players (239) playing one tune together, playing Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".

2009
Taylor Swift became the first country music artist to win an MTV Music Video award at the 2009 event, winning a Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me." Hip-hop artist and producer Kanye West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech, saying that another video should have won. This resulted in a media stir for several days; eventually, West apologizes — first on his blog, and then by personally contacting Swift.

Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley Will Party With Ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter & George W. Bush at Upcoming Conservation Gala

Bass Pro is throwing one helluva party for the opening of its new Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Mo., on Sept. 20.

The gala’s register of attendees is rumored to include ex-Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Congressman Billy Long.

Joining the aforementioned suits at the shindig will be a motley crew of country music stars, NASCAR drivers, pro fishermen, celebrities and conservation leaders.

Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, John Anderson, Chris Janson, Tracy Byrd, Easton Corbin and Craig Morgan are slated to perform. Kevin Costner will be in the house, as well as NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer and pro fisherman Jimmy Houston, Bill Dance and Scott and Roland Martin.

Kid Rock is also reported to be delivering a performance via live video feed to the gala crowd.

If you couldn’t guess, this party is invitation-only.

The Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium, which opens on Sept. 21, features 1.5 million gallons of aquariums, more than one mile of trails and exhibits, and 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds.

Kenny Chesney Launches “Love for Love City” Foundation for Hurricane Irma Relief & Records New Music

After Hurricane Irma destroyed his home in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, Kenny Chesney promised to help those affected by the devastation, saying, “I don’t know right now how we’re going to do this. But I want to help. I want to enlist my friends to figure out the best ways to make a difference, to help in whatever ways, small or larger, that we can . . . Give us a few days to figure this out.”

True to his word, Kenny has launched the Love for Love City Foundation to support Hurricane Irma relief. “Love City” is St. John’s nickname.

Those interested in supporting the Foundation can do so online via PayPal, by purchasing Love City merchandise, mailing a check, making cash contributions via Wire or ACH transfer or by contributing Marketable Securities. More info can be found on Kenny’s website.

It also looks like Kenny will soon release new music in a fundraising effort.

According to Kenny’s Twitter post yesterday (Sept. 11), he is back “in studio recording music to help the Virgin Islands.”