Biking the Bitterroots
by Ron Watters
June 2006 marks the two-hundred-year anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s passage through the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho on their return trip East. Author and outdoor enthusiast Ron Watters looks at their journey from two perspectives: as a beginning mountain biker, and as one not enamored with Lewis and Clark. But as he traverses the rugged terrain, he not only warms to the sport of mountain biking, but develops an appreciation for Lewis and Clark’s incredible accomplishments in Idaho.
American Falls—Spotlight City
by Janet Marugg
“A high-desert place often described as the Nile River Valley of the West,” says author Janet Marugg of American Falls, pointing out the paradox of this southeast Idaho town, population 4,100. A city on the move, American Falls has seen more than its fair share of change, especially after the entire town was moved to accommodate the American Falls dam in the 1920s. Although the dam did not bring the prosperity it promised then, American Falls today is an oasis of year-round recreation.
Throw Down the Box: Stagecoach Robberies
by Arthur Hart
We take for granted today how relatively easy—and safe—it is to traverse Idaho’s rugged terrain. Although rising gas prices may seem like highway robbery, stagecoach passengers on Idaho’s frontier had to contend with not only the dangers inherent in the backcountry, but the likelihood of being robbed. The discovery of gold naturally begot opportunists looking for easy targets along frontier stage routes. Take a look back at some of Idaho’s most notorious and notable stagecoach robbers.
Letter to the Editor
Northern Exposure: Solstice Celebration, by Jim Turner
Fiction Contest: The Legend of Andrea Cerameline, by Maxwell Durtschi
Saddle Up: Molly Anne Adams Creates Heirlooms in Leather, by Lorie Palmer
Out of this World: Pursuit of New Horizons; Mission to explore Pluto’s mysteries has Idaho origins, by Samuel Payne
Signature Summer: The Summer of Peace Among the Nimíipuu, by Margo Aragon
Music Makers: Steve Fulton; Idaho musician finds success by being adaptable, by Ryan Peck
One Spud Short: Dr. T’s miracle tuna diet, by Les Tanner
Studebaker Says: What’s Missing in the Country; On the disappearance of the family farm, by William Studebaker
Close Encounters: The Eyes of Idaho, by Margaret Fuller
Recipe Contest: Huckleberry Muffins, by Glenna Tooman & Huckleberry Pie, by Geneva Trent
Historical Snapshot: Boomtown; Rupert, by Arthur Hart
IN THIS ISSUE!
American Falls, Athol, Boise, Bonanza, Caldwell, Cocolalla Lake, Coeur d’Alene, Eagle, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Glenns Ferry, Grangeville, Harpster, Idaho City, Idaho Falls, Idaho National Laboratory, Kelso Lake, Kooskia, Lake Pend Oreille, Lewiston, Lolo Pass, Malad City, Mountain Home, Nampa, Pocatello, Rupert, Sandpoint, Silver City, Twin Falls, Weiser