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HISTORY CORNER: ‘Outlaw’ Jack Slade found out booze and bullets don’t mix

June 04, 2017 at 5:00 am

On Aug. 2 or 3, 1861, Mark Twain was having breakfast at an Overland Company stagecoach station in Julesburg in the northeast corner of Colorado with Jack Slade and a “half-savage, half-civilized company of armed and bearded mountaineers, r...

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HISTORY CORNER: Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie’s remarkable Métis guide

May 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

François Beaulieu II was a chief of the Yellowknife tribe in Canada, had three wives and was guide to famed Canadian explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie in 1789 on his historic 1,080-mile expedition the length of the Mackenzie River north from...

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What happened in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley?

May 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The first white men to enter Montana’s Bitterroot Valley were the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition, which arrived there on Sept. 4, 1805. They were heading westward to the Pacific Ocean, with 750 miles of the most rugged countr...

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HISTORY CORNER: Portland, Oregon’s voice of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat and Speedy Gonzales

May 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

For more than 60 years, Mel Blanc from Portland, Ore., was “the man of a thousand voices” that included Bugs Bunny — “What’s up Doc?” — and “Tweety Bird” with a speech impediment saying, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!…I did! I did taw a puddy t...

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HISTORY CORNER: Deadly 1860 in Nevada desert for Indians and whites

May 07, 2017 at 5:00 am

At the bottom of Lahontan Reservoir northeast of Carson City in the Nevada desert lie the ruins of the Williams stagecoach station where on May 6, 1860, a terrible thing happened that started a war between whites and three Indian tribes fro...

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HISTORY CORNER: Idaho Senator Fred T. Dubois, the Mormons, Indians, Chinese, gold and silver

April 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Idaho senator who switched from Republican to Democrat knew how to make headlines — saying nasty things about the Indians and Mormons, and not wanting more Chinese immigrants. He also wanted to sell the Philippines to Japan, pushed for ...

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Mountain Man Seth Kinman’s bears, chairs, Indians and presidents

April 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

He stood more than 6 feet tall — big in those days — and all you could see of mountain man Seth Kinman were his forehead, cheeks, nose and eyes — all the rest was hair.He killed grizzly bears, elk, deer and Indians — making chairs out of th...

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U.S. joins World War I, 100 years ago

April 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

For nearly three years the United States sat on the sidelines as World War I raged across Europe. Despite nationwide anger over Americans killed when the Germans sank the British liner Lusitania in 1915, Americans remained bitterly divided ...

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The mystery of beeswax and a lost Spanish galleon in the Pacific Northwest

April 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Spanish galleons played an historic role in world history, and were the type of ship used in the Manila trade lasting from 1565 to 1815 carrying silver from Acapulco across the Pacific to the Philippines to pay for Asian goods highly sought...

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The China connection of five great American family fortunes

April 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

The fortunes of some of America’s greatest families that today generously support the best of worthy causes, began in unworthy ways in faraway lands more than 200 years ago.In those times, Britain and the new United States of America were f...

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