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Star Turn

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Watch Out for the Cops By Ed Fischer Two days after a sixteen-hour marathon climb of Wyoming’s Middle Teton in the summer of 2004, my buddy Aric and I were still too whipped to do any hiking, so
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Born and Raised

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Black in Idaho By Dennis Patterson Photos Courtesy of Dennis Patterson Idaho Falls native Dennis Patterson has been a lifelong advocate for equal rights and fair treatment, as he describes in his 2020 book, Black Pearl: Living Black
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Pally

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An Unusually Fine Feathered Friend By Bryan Hancock Near 1st Street in Idaho Falls, an offshoot canal from the Idaho Canal runs along the south edge of Falls Valley and continues onto Hidden Village, and then to Sand
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Women in White

Posted on by Linden B. Bateman / Comments Off on Women in White

An Idaho Day Celebration By Linden B. Bateman During a thirty-seven-year career as a history teacher, I constantly searched for class projects that could bring the past to life—things that went beyond just reading a textbook. And so it
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Support Your Local

Posted on by Nathan Davis / Comments Off on Support Your Local

A Soccer Fan Gets His Wish By Nathan Davis For millions of people, soccer isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life that sometimes can border on near-religious devotion. Throughout most of my life, I’ve loved soccer
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Idaho Remembers

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World War I Veterans By Linden B. Bateman Photos courtesy of Linden B. Bateman Each year, Idaho Day commemorates the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1863. This year, the observance at
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At the Day Surgery

Posted on by Anson Nebeker / Comments Off on At the Day Surgery

Before the sun is up, I muster all the strength I have to walk into the room, which is full of confusion, people going in every direction. What am I doing, again? I ask myself. The doctor wants to know where the patient’s family is, a nurse yells for me to hold an airway, another yells at me that someone is ready to be checked in. Continue reading

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Coach Mom

Posted on by Kris Millgate / Comments Off on Coach Mom

What in the world am I doing? Am I crazy? Did you hear that smack? Am I hurt? Is this a midlife crisis? Such questions crash through my mind as I lie loose-limbed on my back looking at the metal-beamed ceiling above me through a metal-barred cage across my face.

The cage is the front of my hockey helmet. The ceiling is the cover over the ice rink in Idaho Falls. I’m back-bound because a new skater who doesn’t know how to stop just took me out from behind. I dropped as quickly as an icicle unhinged from a roof’s raingutter.

It’s week one of hockey season for the Idaho Falls Youth Hockey Association. Dozens of chilly-faced children are at the city rink for their first hockey lesson. They pile through the gate onto the ice like chips poured out of a bag. They sort themselves into a single layer and try to stand. They scramble for footing on finely-ground skate blades, find no steady stance, and pinwheel their limbs until they’re laid out on the ice again. Continue reading

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