Syd Albright

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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HISTORY CORNER: Gay English nobleman roamed early American West among Indians and America’s most famous mountain men

June 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

William Drummond Stewart was a Scottish nobleman with a solid military record before coming to America for adventure. He quickly became friends with some the greatest mountain men in American history — among them, William Sublette, Jim Brid...

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HISTORY CORNER: General George Crook obeyed orders to attack Indians, then fought to save them

June 03, 2018 at 5:00 am

Gen. George R. Crook may have been near the bottom of his class at West Point, but that didn’t stop him from being one of America’s finest generals in the Civil War and in the battle against Native Americans.He’s considered the Army’s great...

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HISTORY CORNER: Devils Tower in Wyoming saved girls from a giant bear

May 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Long ago in the mists of time, seven little Indian girls were chased by bears seeking to eat them. Terrified, they jumped onto a 3-foot high rock for refuge and prayed, “Rock take pity on us, rock save us!” The rock heard them and grew high...

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