Syd Albright

The mountain man, the bear and the gun

December 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

The incredible story of Hugh Glass — as seen in the 2015 movie “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio — paints an amazingly accurate picture of life as a trapper in the early 1800s American West, except about his gun.Hollywood almost go...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Great Flood of 1862 devastated much of the West

December 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the days of Noah, “All the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights,” and the entire world was destroyed.For 43 days, the heavens opened ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Korean War veterans who survived the ‘Frozen Chosin’ battle became ‘The Chosin Few’

December 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the heart of the Korean Peninsula 200 miles north of Seoul lies the Chosin Reservoir — surrounded by mountains, and forever remembered as the deadliest battle of the Korean War — the “Forgotten War” — when 30-below temperatures froze gun...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cruising the magnificent and historic coast of Oregon

December 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

For 12,000 years, Native American tribes enjoyed permanent settlements along the Oregon coast — until European explorers changed everything. Inland, the forests and grasslands teemed with wildlife, while rivers and lakes were alive with fis...

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HISTORY CORNER: The upside down life of Washington and Idaho aviator Clyde Pangborn

December 03, 2017 at 5:00 am

Flying in an open-cockpit Jenny biplane, hanging by his seat belt to thrill the audience below earned Clyde Edward Pangborn the nickname “Upside-Down Pang.” He did crazier and more dangerous things than that and aviation enthusiasts worldwi...

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HISTORY CORNER: Tough discipline at sea in early days of the Royal Navy and USN

November 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two centuries ago, the Royal Navy considered sleeping on watch aboard ship a very serious offense because it endangered the ship, but they were reasonably lenient. For a first offense, a bucket of sea water was poured over the culprit's hea...

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HISTORY CORNER: Three times a year America commemorates for whom the bell tolls

November 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was Nov. 11, 1918, and World War I had been raging across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for four and a half years. “My watch said nine o’clock,” wrote Col. Thomas R. Gowenlock in his book “Soldiers of Darkness” (1936). “With only tw...

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HISTORY CORNER: Senator Weldon Heyburn battled Teddy Roosevelt, Congress over Idaho wilderness

October 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Like the spiny back of a prehistoric Stegosaurus, Mount Heyburn looms above the Idaho forest surrounding it. The mountain was named after a senator who didn’t want the federal government taking over his state’s wilderness, and wasn’t afraid...

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HISTORY CORNER: Robert Newell from Mountain man to Oregon Pioneer

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

Robert Newell never had much education but by the time he’d spent some time in the wilderness trapping beaver and shooting for food, he’d learned a lot about mountain medicine — removing Indian arrows, fixing broken bones, sewing up cuts an...

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History Corner: The troubled mind of William Tecumseh Sherman

October 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

William Tecumseh Sherman was a Union Army general during the Civil War who was both famous and infamous. In Georgia he ordered his troops to pillage, plunder and burn the countryside from Atlanta to the sea, and then told the people that he...

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