Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Where are all those giant Nephilim bones that were sent to the Smithsonian?

August 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

In 1924, the New York Times reported “A huge skeleton, believed to be that of a prehistoric human being has been discovered in Salmon River Country by two members of the State Highway Dept., who brought their find to the City.”The largely i...

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HISTORY CORNER: Guru Rajneesh brought cult to Oregon, poisoned locals, bought Rolls Royces and promoted free love

August 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

The guru from India preached a message that promoted capitalism, materialism. meditation and sex. In his short life, he hoped for peace, but instead lived in a cauldron of controversy that included dark times in Oregon, endless legal woes, ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Tragic end of a Whidbey Island settler and Puget Sound ferryboat

August 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thirty miles north of Seattle, bucolic Whidbey Island stands guard over the entrance to Puget Sound. Early mariners explored and mapped it. Indians lived peacefully off the island’s bountiful supply of berries, nuts, fruit and edible plants...

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HISTORY CORNER: Indians and the long and deadly history of Oregon wildfires

July 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Professional golfer Tom Watson once said, “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.”Forest fires have...

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HISTORY CORNER: The history, sights, sounds and serenity of Lake Pend Oreille, one of America’s most beautiful lakes

July 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lake Pend Oreille is a gem of nature nestled between the mountains of North Idaho at the south end of the Purcell Trench, a trough carved by ancient glaciers moving south from Canada.About 16,000 years ago, an ice dam broke where today the ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Frontier battles between sheep and cattle men include Deep Creek Murders in 1890s southern Idaho

July 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sheepherder Bill Tolman was scared to death of the patrolling detectives hired by the cattlemen to keep the sheep out of what they considered their grazing grounds. He was especially afraid of Jackson Lee “Diamondfield Jack” Davis, hired by...

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HISTORY CORNER: Man’s ‘Best Friend’ helped open up the American West

July 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

The ancient Tehuelche Indians that once roamed the southern end of South America told a story that sounds remarkably like the Biblical story of Noah’s Flood — adding a dog:“At a remote time in the past, the earth was inhabited by people oth...

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HISTORY CORNER: Did the British luxury liner Lusitania drag the U.S. into World War I?

July 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Cunard Line’s four-stack luxury liner RMS Lusitania was churning across the Atlantic from New York and headed for Liverpool with 1,960 people on board. They were just 11 miles off County Cork on the south coast of Ireland, and about 300 mil...

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HISTORY CORNER: The dark days of December 1941 for America and Idaho on remote Wake Island

June 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

Located 2,298 miles west of Honolulu, lonely Wake Island is the biggest of three small islands of less than three square miles of pristine white sand, coral and rock forming a V-shaped lagoon — surrounded by a reef and sharks. High point on...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cataldo Mission’s Jesuit Father De Smet was one of the Church’s best

June 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Josse De Smet was worried about his 13-year-old son, Pierre-Jean (Peter-John), who seemed to have an insatiable appetite for adventure. “May God protect him,” the boy’s father said. “He will either be a soldier or a great traveler, but he w...

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