Pulitzer: Robinson for Gilead
by Susan Debaene-Gill
Ernest Hemingway. Ezra Pound. Vardis Fisher. Patrick McManus. Idaho claims its share of big literary names. The envelope please, for a new one: Marilynne Robinson. A 1962 Coeur d’Alene High School graduate who was born in Sandpoint, Robinson recently won the Pulitzer Prize for her second novel, Gilead. Here, the famous writer gives Idaho due credit for her formative years.
by Lisa Dayley
With a modern town square, edifying events, and an ongoing restoration project at its landmark Wilson Theatre, Rupert could easily borrow the movie title “Back to the Future” to describe itself. A south-central Idaho farm town, Rupert seeks to shape its future by restoring its past.
Cloud of Darkness: Silver Anniversary of disastrous Mount St. Helen’s Eruption Stirs Unforgettable Memories
by Barbara K. Rostad
Nearly twenty-five years ago, thousands of people in North Idaho witnessed the “eerie” ash fallout that had drifted into the area from the volcanic eruption at Washington state’s Mount St. Helen. This article explores the action and aftermath of the geologic event, perspectives of health officials, geologists, and many North Idaho residents about the unforgettable cataclysm of May 18, 1980.
Letter to the Editor: Letter from Iraq, by SPC Bill Arsenault. City of Nampa Firefighter/Paramedic
Fiction Contest: 2005 Award Winners!
Music Makers: Jazzman Curtis Stigers; Boisean Stays True to His Heart, by Ryan Peck
For What it’s Worth: A Gold Miner and Basalt, by Steve Koehler
A Rail Fan’s Journal: Why I Like Shoshone; Taking in the Transportation Sights, by Forrest Lampe
The Corps Score: Caritas Chorale; Group to Perform Musical Piece commemorating Lewis & Clark, Sacajawea in Idaho, by Karen Bossick
One Spud Short: Language is a Crazy Thing, by William Studebaker
Front Porch Tales: Honeymoon Meadows, by Barbara Michener
A Shared Topic: Forged in Fire; Essays by Idaho Writers, by Josephine Jones
Meteorological Angler: Fishing Weatherman; The Best Job on the Planet, by Gordon Rich
Shoup stories: Return to the Past, by Merle Kearsley
Historical Snapshot: A Splashy Cooling Down, by Arthur Hart
IN THIS ISSUE!
Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Coolin, Grangeville, Ketchum, Mount St. Helens, Rupert, Sagle, Sandpoint, Shoshone, Shoup, Soda Springs, Spirit Lake, Stolle Meadows, Twin Falls