Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: France’s gift to the United States: the Statue of Liberty

January 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

For 143 years, the Statue of Liberty has shined as a beacon of hope and freedom in a world filled with too much despair and bondage. Édouard de Laboulaye was a French intellectual with an interest in President Lincoln, the U.S. Constitution...

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Dark chapters in the cultural history of a growing America

January 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

When Columbus landed in the New World in 1492, North America was home to as many as 15 million Native Americans. The 2010 Census says that today there are 5.2 million people in the United States who identify as American Indian and Alaska Na...

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HISTORY CORNER: Native Americans, explorers, trappers, settlers and miners — the Snake River has seen them all

December 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

High on the Continental Divide at a place called Two Oceans Plateau at 8,200 feet altitude, three tiny creeks in Yellowstone National Park flow west and south into Wyoming’s Lake Jackson. That’s how Idaho’s 1,078-mile Snake River was born. ...

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HISTORY CORNER: What did Wyatt Earp do after he was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County?

December 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, Wyatt Earp was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County. He and his common-law wife, Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Earp (née Marcus) and his brother, Jim arrived on Jan. 30, 1884, hoping to strike it rich. Just two years earlier, A.J. Pritchard fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: What did Wyatt Earp do after he was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County?

December 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, Wyatt Earp was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County. He and his common-law wife, Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Earp (née Marcus) and his brother, Jim arrived on Jan. 30, 1884, hoping to strike it rich. Just two years earlier, A.J. Pritchard fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: What did Wyatt Earp do after he was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County?

December 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, Wyatt Earp was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County. He and his common-law wife, Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Earp (née Marcus) and his brother, Jim arrived on Jan. 30, 1884, hoping to strike it rich. Just two years earlier, A.J. Pritchard fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: What did Wyatt Earp do after he was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County?

December 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yep, Wyatt Earp was deputy sheriff of Kootenai County. He and his common-law wife, Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Earp (née Marcus) and his brother, Jim arrived on Jan. 30, 1884, hoping to strike it rich. Just two years earlier, A.J. Pritchard fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: Can U.S. states break away and form new nation? It’s been proposed and tried before

December 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

When the South tried to break away from the United States triggering the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said in his first Inaugural Address, “No state, upon its own mere notion, can lawfully get out of the Union … in view of the Constitution an...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lions have long played a role in human history, but Idaho’s mountain lions aren’t really lions

December 09, 2018 at 5:00 am

Since prehistoric times, lions have roamed most of the Earth. Not anymore. Most are extinct, with sub-species found only in Africa below the Sahara and in India. But what about mountain lions — also called pumas, cougar, panthers and other ...

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HISTORY CORNER: National Park Service’s Horace Albright and Stephen Mather battle to save America’s wilderness

December 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

“Horace Albright will be revered for his great contributions to a variety of causes, but perhaps he will be best remembered for his integrity, honesty, sense of humor, idealistic fighting spirit, loyalty, and devotion to his beloved Nationa...

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