Commentary

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

What Yellowstone National Park’s changing magmatic system has taught us over the past 631,000 years

BY: - October 24, 2022

Yellowstone National Park hosts a large magma reservoir that was the source of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in Earth’s recent past. The current magma reservoir is located beneath Yellowstone Caldera, which is a large basin-shaped depression in the Earth’s surface that formed during eruption of the Lava Creek Tuff about 631,000 years ago. […]

University Professor Addressing His Pupils During Lecture

Legislature should invest directly in Idaho students through expanded in-state scholarship program

BY: - October 20, 2022

Editor’s Note: This column is submitted on behalf of Adam N. Jones, Boise State University student body president; Tanner McClain, University of Idaho student body president; Caden Massey, Lewis-Clark State College student body president; and Flora Koenig, College of Western Idaho student body president.   On Sept. 1, 2022, the Idaho Legislature wisely set aside […]

WWAMI students

Rory Cole’s service to Idaho’s Wood River Valley embodies value of WWAMI, now in its 50th year

BY: - October 19, 2022

WWAMI is the only publicly-supported medical school in Idaho. For the past 50 years, the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and more recently Wyoming have invested public dollars to stem the shortage of medical doctors in our rural state. The Idaho Legislature invests in the next generation of physicians by providing tuition assistance […]

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Idahoans deserve tax transparency at the gas pump

BY: - October 17, 2022

As gas prices continue to surge, who do we blame? The president’s policies are always a point of contention. So, too, are the profits of oil companies. Occasionally, even innocent gas station attendants and owners get angry treatment. Earlier this year, the president suggested gas station owners were voluntarily jacking up the price. What you […]

Active, dormant, extinct: Clarifying confusing volcano classifications at Yellowstone and beyond

BY: - October 14, 2022

When the subject of volcanoes comes up, you’ll often hear the words “active,” “dormant,” and “extinct.” But what precisely do they mean? Admittedly, use of these terms by volcanologists has been somewhat inconsistent and evolved with time, which has resulted in understandable confusion among non-volcanologists. A simple search for the terms online produces a number […]

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What we risk by narrowly restricting our kids’ view of history and culture

BY: - October 13, 2022

I’ve previously written about extremists in the Idaho Legislature who want to ban certain books and academic theories from our schools. Their claims are generally false or, at best, over-hyped. Critical race theory is one of their favorite whipping boys. Let’s talk about that, because some legislators want to ban both the classroom discussion of […]

Power County Idaho wind farm

The benefits of wind power are clear in Wyoming. A similar Idaho project deserves a fair shake.

BY: - October 10, 2022

As a rancher with cattle on private and public lands in southeast Wyoming, I’d like to caution those in the Magic Valley who may be listening to the loudest and often misinformed voices who are opposed to the Lava Ridge wind project. Energy options, including wind, have greatly benefited where I live and work, in […]

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Academic freedom is at the heart of a successful Idaho education system

BY: - October 7, 2022

Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a cherished classic of American literature, beloved by millions and one of the most frequently assigned titles in high schools throughout the U.S. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has resonated with audiences all over the world for its appeal to conscience and its sensitive, truthful portrayal of […]

rotunda at the Idaho Capitol

Zombie laws, designed to intimidate, clutter Idaho’s statute books

BY: - October 5, 2022

Idaho’s law books have become cluttered in recent years with laws that were placed on the books by preening extremists, more for the purpose of gaining votes than addressing real public problems. I like to call them zombie laws because they just languish there on the law books, serving no legitimate purpose. Rather, the laws […]

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In abortion memo released to employees, the University of Idaho is right — and wrong

BY: - October 4, 2022

The Sept. 23 memo from the University of Idaho’s general counsel concerning the discussion of abortion by employees was basically right according to Idaho law, although overly broad in its application prohibiting speaking about contraception. The process of notifying faculty and staff should have been handled differently by the administration. In every way, the state […]

Esther Simplot Park

Treasure Valley transportation is at a juncture. Bike, pedestrian pathways along canals can help.

BY: - October 3, 2022

If you’ve lived in the Treasure Valley for a while, you’ve likely heard about attempts by cities and the regional transportation authority to open up pathways for bikes and pedestrians along irrigation canals. The idea is worthy of your attention and your local elected leaders need to hear from you if you want to see […]

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‘The past echoes in the present’: A review of Ken Burns’ ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’

BY: - September 30, 2022

The three two-hour episodes of “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, debuted on PBS beginning Sept. 18. Toward the end of “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” Ken Burns’ new documentary, the audience hears the last entry in the wartime diary of Anne Frank: “It’s a wonder […]