The Drummer

Young, Ambitious, and Intending to Stay Married By Jack Greaves Photos Courtesy of Matt Gooch Matt Gooch walks into the Crossroads at BYU–Idaho in Rexburg and immediately starts bouncing from table to table, chatting with everyone whose face he recognizes. He’s tall, probably around six-feet-three if he didn’t hunch. He keeps his arms stiff at …

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Remembering Elma

A Citizen of Soldier By Diana Hooley I’m glad there was enough snow in December for Soldier Mountain Ski Area to open. Brundage in McCall, Bogus Basin in Boise, and the Sun Valley Resort are all great if you’re an avid skier and like lots of runs to choose from. But my husband and I …

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The Court-Martialed Priest

Toussaint Mesplie, Idaho Pioneer By John J. O’Hagan In 1862, gold was discovered in the Boise Basin. Thousands of miners—many of them Irish Catholic—left the pretty much depleted California goldfields and settled in Idaho. Bishop Blanchett of Oregon dispatched Father Toussaint Mesplie and Father André Poulin to the Idaho Territory to minister to these men. …

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Life Happens

The Other Warrior Story and Photos by Melinda Stiles When I moved to Idaho twenty years ago, I found paradise up a creek in a rental trailer with a jaw-dropping view of the Continental Divide. As if paradise weren’t enough, I also won the landlord lottery. The Olsons were good neighbors, trusted friends, and advisors …

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A Foe of the Status Quo

Ed Duren’s Hall of Fame Career By Bill Corbett When I first saw Edward Paul Duren sitting at his desk in the University of Idaho’s Caribou County Agricultural Extension Office, my initial thought was, “I didn’t know the university was hiring student trainees as county agents. This guy can’t be a day older than eighteen.” …

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Alone in His World

An Encounter with James Castle, Master of Found Materials Art By Teddy Khteian-Keeton In January 1963, before the first Idaho exhibition of work by James Castle, I was publicity chairman of the Boise Gallery of Art (now the Boise Art Museum), a member of its board of directors, and the art columnist for the Idaho …

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They Were Soldiers

A Student Learns about Sacrifice By Josh White Photos courtesy of Josh White I never thought history could become real. Yet through honoring a fallen World War II soldier from Idaho and delivering a eulogy at his grave, his story became real to me. His sacrifice took on meaning. It made me realize that the …

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Smoke on the Water

An Aerial Firefighter Arrives By Mike Kincaid Flying seaplanes in northern Idaho is fun, and part of that fun is meeting other pilots. A pilot with one of the coolest jobs I’ve met in Idaho is aerial firefighter Don MacDonald, who gained the favor of local residents when, returning from fighting fires north of Sandpoint …

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The One Who Stayed

Another Day at the Ourada Ranch Story and Photos by Amy Story Larson Return visits, when you feel welcomed enough at a place to go back, are the best. My SUV rolled past Dry Creek Cemetery and through the Cartwright Road hills, turning up a now-familiar entrance to Ourada Ranch, southwest of Stack Rock in …

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