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BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN COPPER by Shann Ray (fiction, 2015)

October 21, 2019 at 11:50 am

This is a story set in the Montana copper mining country around Butte. It has little to do with the mining industry but focuses on several people involved in it.Josef Lowry, “the Baron”, is a powerful mining executive, used to getting his o...

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Impeachment talk rages; other work stalls

October 07, 2019 at 10:50 am

In Washington politics, the shrill voices are the ones who tend to get heard, but it’s those who are trying to stay above the fray – such as Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo – who are trying to deal with some of the real-life problems.Wouldn’t it be n...

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Risch to Idahoans: Read transcript, then decide

September 30, 2019 at 10:52 am

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is the No. 2 figure on the Select Intelligence Committee, which means he has access to President Trump – and lots of clout to boot.So, don’t expect the Idaho Republican ...

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BOOK REVIEW: YEAGER An Autobiography by General Chuck Yeager

September 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm

The main scene is southern California, Muroc air strip, later known as Edwards Air Force Base, where an observer might see an airplane climb 50,000 feet straight up– that’s ten vertical miles above the desert sands. The main character – bor...

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Watching Ken Burns’ “Country Music” Documentary on PBS, so far

September 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm

Mr. Burns’ new documentary, “Country Music,” has aired on PBS TV over the past three evenings, each installment running a full two hours. Five more installments are still to air. Last night’s (on Sept. 17th) dealt with a period up to the e...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Congress returns to pleas for more gun laws

September 16, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Do something.Members of Congress have been hearing that line plenty of times plenty during the August recess, and since those horrific mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.Now that Congress is back in business, the volume has been turned up a f...

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Book Review: THE UNDYING SOUL by Stephen J. Iacoboni MD

September 09, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Dr. Iacoboni is a consulting oncologist – cancer specialist – for several hospitals in northern Idaho and Washington. Even though cancer is treated medically, surgically, and with radiology, the end result is not always a cure. One of an on...

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State treasurer fights GOP eviction notice

September 04, 2019 at 1:00 am

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth have a friendship that goes way back.They served together in the Legislature, shared office space when both were members of House majority leadership and Moyle was...

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Those crazy kids...from 50 years ago

August 26, 2019 at 9:20 am

Things that can be learned by attending a 50-year high school class reunion.For one thing, people sure look a lot older than they did in those yearbook photos. Secondly, I doubt if on graduation day, there was a single person from the class...

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‘Common sense’ gun reform not happening

August 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

Here we go again. Two more mass shootings, one in El Paso and one in Dayton, and we’re hearing some predictable rhetoric – this time with a Democratic presidential nomination on the line.Mayor Pete Buttigieg says the problem is with white n...

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