Commentary

Robb Elementary School vigil

Idaho’s founders put a high priority on gun safety and responsibility

BY: - June 2, 2022

Growing up in Idaho in the 1950s, it was an article of faith that every youngster was going to get the gun responsibility lecture before being turned loose with a firearm – always assume the piece is loaded, never point a gun at anyone, be aware and respectful of everyone around you and so on. […]

World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

We can pay respect to our fallen military personnel by being better Americans

BY: - May 30, 2022

Memorial Day is a time set aside for Americans to honor and mourn U.S. military personnel who died in service to their country. There have been many. America suffered 623,468 deaths in its major conflicts since the beginning of World War I. We owe these dedicated men and women our lasting gratitude for putting their […]

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 […]