Local musician Brad Nelson on sitar

Here's a new video from Ontario, Ore.-based Brad Nelson, a longtime fixture of the Treasure Valley's music scene. (Remember Eazy Loader? And Nada Brahma?)

"Playing the sitar well can be incredibly difficult," he told the Statesman a few years ago, "but should sound almost effortless. I often feel a powerful 'lifting of the spirit' while playing. This is not unlike the boundless joy a bird must feel during flight."

Weekend update: Ice fishing on C.J. Strike

Image It was good weekend, but not so good if you were a perch. It's great to have ice fishing so close and convenient at C.J. Strike. Ice was about a foot thick off Cottonwood Campground. Stay away from the dam. There's still some open water there.

'The Other Studio' recap: 01.20.13

Here's last night's playlist:

-Tiesto, "Maximal Crazy"
-Youth Lagoon, "Dropla"
-David Bowie, "Where are We Now"
-Paul McCartney and Nirvana, "Cut Me Some Slack"
-Josh Ritter, "Joy to You Baby"
-The Airborne Toxic Event, "Timeless"
-Johnny Marr, "Upstarts"
-Down, "Stone the Crow"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

Rejection of Powell's logical western vision led to public land estate

The author of a Utah bill that asks the federal government to give back more than 20 million acres of federal land in that state will make a presentation at a joint session of the Idaho Senate and House resource committees at 1:30 p.m.

Republican Rep. Ken Ivory will talk about the bill signed into law by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012. Idaho lawmakers are going to consider similar legislation this year. I have written extensively about this subject and past efforts to right the wrong that western states have long claimed because they were treated differently than eastern states.

Idaho JFAC Co-Chairman Cameron a little late Monday -- with a sterling excuse

Sen. Dean Cameron showed up 25 minutes late today for the beginning of "Education Week," when the budget committee hears pitches for funding university, junior college and K-12 education.

When Cameron took his seat on the dais at 8:25 a.m., Rep. Maxine Bell, R-Jerome, had the gavel and gave her co-chair an opportunity to explain himself. Cameron is typically in the Capitol by 7 a.m., and rarely late for the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that writes Idaho's budget.

Idaho's Labrador says Obama is 'shameful' to use children to drive his anti-gun agenda

Republican Congressman Raul Labrador is critical of President Obama's news conference and executive order prompted aimed at curbing gun violence. The president had children attend his announcement last week of executive orders and a legislative agenda prompted by last month's Connecticut school shooting that left 20 elementary students dead.

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Reluctant Earl - an unpredictable love story

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The Reluctant Earl
C. J. Chase
Harlequin
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Pub Date: Feb 5 2013
• ISBN: 9780373829538
• Price: 5.75
• Edition: Mass Market Paperback

RIP Earl Weaver, may umpires kick dirt on your grave

The news that Earl Weaver, the Hall of Fame manager of the Baltimore Orioles, died Saturday leaves me awash in youthful memories.

Air Force downs Boise State 91-80

AIR FORCE ACADEMY – Air Force guard Michael Lyons scored a career-high 37 points and the Falcons raced past Boise State 91-80 on Saturday afternoon.

The Broncos, who played without junior guard Jeff Elorriaga (concussion), were led by center Ryan Watkins. Watkins had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.

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