Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: The mighty oak tree has long been revered in history, with 600 different kinds around the world — but none native to Idaho

May 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

After starting as a small acorn, oak trees can grow to a huge size and survive life facing torrential rains, bitter winters, drought, disease and raging fires — but not man’s ax. The oak is a treasure to humans and animals and is well recor...

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HISTORY CORNER: 50 years ago, the hard-fought victory over a North Vietnamese Army regiment on Hamburger Hill came at a high cost

May 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

On May 10, 1969, American Army and Marine forces were sent into dense jungle with orders to find and destroy the communist North Vietnamese Army (NVA) 29th Regiment reported by intelligence to be on a remote 937-meter high hill in South Vie...

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HISTORY CORNER: Meet Oregon mountain man Joe Meek and some of his pals who helped build the American West

April 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

American history is filled with men and women whose incredible strength, vision, determination, courage and character carved a 3.7 million-square mile nation out of a huge unknown wilderness.About 3,000 of them were mountain men. Most of th...

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HISTORY CORNER: The magnificent paintings and sculptures of Montana’s ‘Cowboy Artist’ — Charlie Russell

April 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

In Charlie Russell’s day, children had their distractions just like kids today — but it was long before electronic gadgetry. When he was growing up in Missouri and later Montana, his distractions were clay and beeswax that he would mold int...

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History Corner: After mapping the North American West Coast, Captain Cook returned to Hawaii and his death

April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

James Cook was born into a farm laborer family in Yorkshire, England, and only lived to be 51, yet in that short life, he rose from being his father’s farmhand to becoming a distinguished Royal Navy officer and remembered in history as one ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark would be surprised at what they saw retracing their trek through Idaho

April 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

There’s a trailhead in Post Falls that starts in a visitor parking lot bounded by a well-manicured Q’emiln Park with tall trees, a beach, the picturesque Spokane River and a dam. Five minutes down that trail, the world suddenly changes — ci...

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HISTORY CORNER: Oregon’s bold and historic adventurer Ranald MacDonald

March 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

Ranald MacDonald made a suggestion and it changed the world. He’s not to be confused with Ronald McDonald the food chain clown mascot. Ranald was born and raised in the Oregon Country frontier — his mother the daughter of a Native American ...

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HISTORY CORNER: How would Hollywood treat Marlon Brando today if he refused the Oscar?

March 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

“Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time,” says International Movie Data Base (IMDb), the organization rating him No. 1, noting that he “popularized the Method style of performing, which stripped away grandio...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark and their fleet of ships over land and water wasn’t easy

March 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

There must have been times when the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition wished they didn’t have ships — especially when they had to carry their heavy wooden canoes 18 miles around the Great Falls on the Missouri River, taking 15 d...

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HISTORY CORNER: Mark Twain dazzled lecture crowds in the Pacific Northwest

March 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

At age 59, Mark Twain fell on hard times. His health was bad and he was deep in debt. Despite not feeling well, he decided to make a world lecture tour to pay off his creditors. Ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1. It was actually a st...

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