Commentary

Old Faithful Inn

How to enjoy ‘parkitecture’ in Yellowstone National Park that has survived earthquakes, wildfire

BY: - May 24, 2022

Visitors to many national parks in the U.S. notice and enjoy the iconic buildings made with local materials. These structures are so unique that the style of architecture has its own nickname — “Parkitecture.” But where did this style come from, and how has it persevered over the last century in Yellowstone National Park? The […]

salmon in a stream

After 30 years of endangered listing for Chinook, it’s time to bring back the Kings of Idaho

BY: - May 20, 2022

Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead are in trouble — and have been for quite some time. Just last month, iconic Snake River spring and summer Chinook salmon passed a grim milestone – 30 years on the endangered species list. Their 1992 listing came after more than a century of habitat degradation, overharvest and dam construction […]

Scientists in Yellowstone National Park

May ushers in new season of geoscience field work in Yellowstone National Park

BY: - May 19, 2022

May is an exciting time for geologists when it comes to Yellowstone — by that month, enough snow has usually melted to allow for the start of field work. And the field season typically lasts until October or November. Last week, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientists kicked off the field season with several projects. Geophysicists installed […]

Minidoka National Historic Site

As Minidoka lands on most endangered historic places list, we must continue to tell its story

BY: - May 17, 2022

The late Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta arrived at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming, barracks where he and his family were incarcerated during World War II and had his baseball bat confiscated. Baseball for Mineta, like many young Japanese-Americans unconstitutionally incarcerated during the war, was a lifeline. On the dusty, makeshift ball fields of the camps, Mineta […]

Voting Polling Place sign

Some Idahoans can now vote in Spanish, Native languages: Who’s covered and what it means

BY: , and - May 16, 2022

In Tuesday’s primary election, several Idaho counties must provide voting assistance in non-English languages. For most, this will be their first time doing so. Since its initial passage, the Voting Rights Act has sought to increase participation in elections by historically excluded groups. A 1975 amendment to the act, known as Section 203, extends protections […]

Yellowstone National Park lava flows

Short drive between Yellowstone’s Tower, Canyon junctions showcases millions of years of history

BY: - May 10, 2022

The road over Dunraven Pass between Tower and Canyon junctions in the northeast part of Yellowstone National Park exposes an outstanding sequence of geological history, much of which significantly predates recent Yellowstone volcanism. Construction work closed the road during the summers of 2020 and 2021, but the route is scheduled to open to park visitors […]

U.S. Supreme Court building

I’m an Idaho employer. Here’s why I’m covering out-of-state abortion care for our employees.

BY: - May 9, 2022

The leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion was a gut punch to me. Knowing the makeup of the Supreme Court and watching abortion rights erode locally and nationally, I wasn’t surprised. My home state of Idaho has a trigger law which would make all abortions illegal upon the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. When my […]

Ada County voting booths

Idahoans should not be discouraged from exercising their lawful voting rights

BY: - May 6, 2022

We often hear of folks who take advantage of tax breaks that some would view as unfair, but they can’t be faulted if the law specifically provides for the break. Or, say a government program provides a monetary grant or forgivable loan for pandemic relief. It is not dishonest to take the money if you […]

birds gather on Yellowstone Lake

2,773 earthquakes were recorded in the Yellowstone National Park area in 2021, annual report says

BY: - May 3, 2022

How many earthquakes occurred in the Yellowstone region in 2021? How many times did Steamboat Geyser erupt? What geological mapping was completed during the year? Good questions. And now, the answers to these questions, and more, are all compiled in one easy-to-navigate source — the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory 2021 Annual Report, which can be accessed […]

pill bottle

Education, prevention about opioid misuse is critical in stopping devastating endemic in Idaho

BY: and - April 25, 2022

In 1978, Vicodin was first introduced in the United States to help patients manage pain from injuries, surgeries, cancer or other ailments.  Opioids, such as Vicodin, serve a very important role in pain management, yet what we thought was a wonder drug to help with pain management has a sinister side: a high risk of […]

Door to the Office of the Attorney General at the Idaho State Capitol building on March 23, 2021.

Keeping the state on firm legal ground isn’t headline-grabbing, but it’s essential to Idaho

BY: - April 22, 2022

The six of us served as Idaho attorney general from 1971 to 2003, a total of 32 years. It is an important state office, but Idahoans are often in the dark as to what the attorney general is supposed to do. Although the AG runs on a partisan ticket, voters may not know that his […]

professor writing on whiteboard in empty lecture hall

Laying siege to Idaho education isn’t a home-grown war. It’s imported by conflict entrepreneurs.

BY: - April 21, 2022

We have all witnessed the dysfunction, vitriol, and attacks on education in the Legislature, at local school board meetings, and even at one of our community colleges which has landed it on probation and left it without a functioning board of trustees. We have even seen three attempts in the last four years to privatize […]