Stalking the Smelters [read this free]

Detective Work in the Mountains Story and Photos by Ray Brooks I rose early and arrived by 11 a.m. at the southern gate to Nicholia, which had been a mining and smelting town in the 1880s. It’s now a privately held ranch headquarters in Birch Creek Valley on the east side of the Lemhi Range …

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September 2021 Calendar

By Les Tanner Double-checking with event coordinators about the following locations, dates, and times is recommended. Northern Idaho TBD    Senior Citizen Spaghetti Feed, Kamiah 2         Clearwater Grange Annual Chili Feed & Silent Auction: Clearwater 2         The Well~Read Evening Book Club:  6 – 7:30 PM, The Well Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene 2-30   Farmers Market: THURSDAYS. 10 …

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Cougar in the Sun

A Parched Hunting Season By Marylyn Cork The other evening I glanced out my bedroom window just in time to see my coal-black cat running for his life from a mountain lion hot on his tail. The lion probably would have won the race had Blackie not known there was a hole just his size …

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Cheddar Biscuits/Skillet for Two

By Amy Story Larson I love a good, cozy morning meal and have had many a joyous birthday brunch with my sisters, Laurel and Melissa, at a sweet Nampa restaurant by the name of Le Peep. Manager Daniel Williams calls us “familiar faces” and knowing how we like a good breakfast, he shared these recipes. …

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September 2021 Map

THIS ISSUE! Blackfoot, Boise, Boise and Danskin Mountains, Dixie, Eagle City, Emmett, Garden City, Idaho Falls, Kamiah, Kellogg, Leslie, Sagle, Wendell This content is available for purchase. Please select from available options. Register & Purchase  Purchase Only

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Bases Loaded

Hitting the Grand Slam Story and Photos by Alice Schenk I love lists. They’re an aid to constancy—the stickability that carries me through situations and sections of life in a manner more focused than I might otherwise be. A list helps to kick my Type A, goal-oriented personality into overdrive by spurring me to invest …

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Jack of Hats

In the Heart of Dixie By Max Jenkins My dad, always a character, was in a showoff mood one day in late July 1975 when he told my two children, “I know the most important man in Dixie—the mayor—and I have permission to call him by his first name. I’ll introduce you to him.” At …

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The Grand Slam

Spring Training in the Mountains Story and Photos by Tom Lopez The author, a noted Idaho mountaineer, coined the term “the Grand Slam” for four peaks in the Boise area that are prized by climbers. Here, he describes his long experience with these mountains, while a companion piece in this issue details one climber’s first …

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Uncle Bunker

Through a Kid’s Eyes By Mason “Doc” McCoy The Silver Valley is in an interesting situation nowadays. Renewable resources are on the rise and many of those products and systems require metals, including silver, which has fueled interest in reopening Silver Valley mines or increasing production within those facilities that are still operating. One such …

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