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Book Review: THE GLASS UNIVERSE by Dava Sobel (non-fiction, 2016)

May 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm

“How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars”

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Book Review: THE DELIGHT OF BEING ORDINARY by Roland Merullo (fiction, 2017)

April 30, 2018 at 11:08 am

A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama

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Book Review: DESTINY of the REPUBLIC by Candice Millard

April 16, 2018 at 9:33 am

James Garfield was President of the USA for less than seven months, but may have done more to unite the nation than any other president before or since.He was born in 1831 on a hardscrabble Ohio farm, the frontier of the westward-expanding ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Fringe gubernatorial candidate packs a big wallet

April 05, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Go into any newspaper advertising department and salespeople will talk in great lengths about the virtues of running ads and the results can be produced.Steve Pankey of Twin Falls, a Republican candidate for governor, offers a test case on ...

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Book Review: ‘Death of a Proud Union,’ by Art Norlen

April 03, 2018 at 8:55 am

Author Art Norlen came to the Silver Valley at age nineteen in 1928, having already worked briefly in the Montana copper mines. Typically in those days, miners’ wages were three dollars per twelve-hour day. Organized strikes for higher wage...

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Safeguarding Col. Wallace’s semi-sullied reputation: Part 2

March 26, 2018 at 10:53 am

Cooler heads however — and fortunately! — soon took charge of the situation. Let me quote Magnuson’s Coeur d’Alene Diary’s account of what happened next (pages 60-61):On the following day, at the citizens’ meeting, a committee of five was a...

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Book Review: ‘Code Girls’ by Liza Mundy

March 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

‘The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II’

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Little should take the fight to Labrador

March 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

For a political old-timer such as myself, it’s always interesting to attend a campaign function for Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who is hoping to become our next governor.When he holds a campaign event, such as a pizza luncheon recently in his Boi...

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Safeguarding Col. Wallace’s semi-sullied reputation: Part 1

March 12, 2018 at 10:33 am

There are weighty questions in history’s halls — Why did Rome fall? What launched the Renaissance? Why the American Civil War? The following doesn’t deal with one. It merely touches on one of history’s countless minor footnotes — in this ca...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Democratic gubernatorial primary is one to watch

March 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

In case you haven’t heard, there is a Democratic primary race for governor and A.J. Balukoff — the presumptive frontrunner — is happy to see it.“I was telling people what I was hoping that we were going to have a (Democratic) primary,” he s...

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