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Huh, who coulda known….. When coronavirus cases began increasing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in late July, Pastor Paul Van Noy prayed with his congregation that the city council would not pass a mask mandate. “I don’t want to be told I have to wear a mask,” he said at the lectern. “We’re adults and we […]
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This is the grave of Frank Church. Born in 1924 in Boise to a conservative Catholic family, Church was an academic star in high school and enrolled at Stanford because he won the American Legion’s National Oratorical Contest in high school, which paid for four years of tuition at the college of the winner’s choice. […]

On the Road

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On January 7, 2018

I may do less heroin than Jack Kerouac did on his road trips, but constantly traveling does lead one to see interesting things. Such as this evening. I was on I-84 in western Idaho after a long and ex

Bundyism in Action

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On June 6, 2016

What would happen if the dreams of Cliven Bundy and his clan came true and the federal government sold off all its public lands in the West to the highest bidder? We can have a pretty good idea of thi

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Fur for the Future

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On November 1, 2015
In 1950, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game produced a film on moving fur-bearing animals around to maximize their production. Watching the beginning is amusing for how managing marten is somehow connected to the Turnerian view of western history that mid-century American land managers absolutely loved and used all the time. The second best […]
On April 14, 1975, the Bunker Hill Mining Company in Kellogg, Idaho announced a new policy in response to worries about female workers suffering reproductive problems due to lead exposure. The company decided to require sterilization of all women working in its smelter. This was a landmark moment in the history of women working in […]
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