Syd Albright

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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It took a tough woman to be a cowgirl — but Idaho had ’em

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Cowgirl is an attitude really. A pioneer spirit — a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear…”—...

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John James Audubon: The bird man of America

March 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Among the original 435 illustrations in “The Birds of America,” one of the most valuable original edition books in the world, is a beautiful picture of a Mountain Bluebird — the official state bird of both Idaho and Nevada. The man who pain...

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Red Cloud lived through a dark chapter of American history

March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth.” (Genesis 6:5)Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, with the Civil War officially ending on Aug. 20, 1866.But it did not bring peace t...

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Muhammad Ali: Was he really ‘The Greatest?’

March 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

The National Security Agency was tracking him, he had a big mouth, was drafted by the Army and then convicted of refusing to serve, loved boxing, kids and the limelight, spouted poetry, signed autographs endlessly, married four times, was a...

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Idaho journalist reports on fatal collision at sea

February 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

With a steady and calm voice, Edward P. Morgan behind the mike at ABC Radio in New York City told the nation about a horrendous collision between two large ocean liners — the SS Andrea Doria and MS Stockholm — 40 miles off Nantucket Island,...

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Leather and guns, not buttons and bows for Calamity Jane

February 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Methodist Church in Terry, S.D., was packed for the funeral of Calamity Jane who was one of the Old West’s most enduring characters — leading a life as a frontierswoman, Army scout, Wild West storyteller, mother and sometimes lady-of-th...

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