Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Buffalo Jones, hunter, cowboy and icon of the American West

July 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Charles Jesse Jones was a repentant cowboy of the Old West who once slaughtered as many as 60 American bison a day. Then when the great animals of the American West became nearly extinct, he smashed his hunting rifle and devoted the rest of...

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HISTORY CORNER: They executed Joe Hill whom even President Wilson couldn’t save

July 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Even President Wilson couldn’t save wrongfully accused union organizer

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World War 2.5: Andy Rooney versus Ernest Hemingway

July 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Rambouillet is a historic chateau community near Versailles southwest of Paris within cycling distance. Napoleon had one of his imperial homes there. But in August 1944 the Germans were there on-and-off — along with French guerillas, the Am...

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HISTORY CORNER: Quiet for 1,000 years, majestic Mount Rainier may again cause death and destruction

July 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

Like a giant octopus, three dozen tentacles of ice radiate in all directions from the snowcapped summit of Washington’s Mount Rainier, making it the largest glacier system of any single-peak mountain in the world.The tall, beautiful and dom...

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HISTORY CORNER: Remembering ‘The Forgotten War’ in Korea

June 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

Don Bradway of Garwood, Idaho, was only 3 and never really knew his father, Capt. Judson Jack Bradway, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who lost his life during the Korean War in 1951.President Harry S. Truman called the war a “police action.” Oth...

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Could today’s young women survive the 1800s American West?

June 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

“I would make a brave effort to be cheerful and patient until the camp work was done. Then starting out ahead of the team and my men folks, when I thought I had gone beyond hearing distance, I would throw myself down on the unfriendly deser...

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HISTORY CORNER: A Civil War battle, a boat and a Medal of Honor Idaho sailor

June 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Second Battle of Fort Fisher during the Civil War hastened the end for the Confederacy. When it was over, the newly created Medal of Honor was bestowed on 51 soldiers, sailors and marines fighting in the campaign.One of them was Idaho’s...

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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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