Syd Albright

The China connection of five great American family fortunes

April 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

The fortunes of some of America’s greatest families that today generously support the best of worthy causes, began in unworthy ways in faraway lands more than 200 years ago.In those times, Britain and the new United States of America were f...

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It took a tough woman to be a cowgirl — but Idaho had ’em

March 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Cowgirl is an attitude really. A pioneer spirit — a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear…”—...

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John James Audubon: The bird man of America

March 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Among the original 435 illustrations in “The Birds of America,” one of the most valuable original edition books in the world, is a beautiful picture of a Mountain Bluebird — the official state bird of both Idaho and Nevada. The man who pain...

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Red Cloud lived through a dark chapter of American history

March 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth.” (Genesis 6:5)Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, with the Civil War officially ending on Aug. 20, 1866.But it did not bring peace t...

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Muhammad Ali: Was he really ‘The Greatest?’

March 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

The National Security Agency was tracking him, he had a big mouth, was drafted by the Army and then convicted of refusing to serve, loved boxing, kids and the limelight, spouted poetry, signed autographs endlessly, married four times, was a...

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Idaho journalist reports on fatal collision at sea

February 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

With a steady and calm voice, Edward P. Morgan behind the mike at ABC Radio in New York City told the nation about a horrendous collision between two large ocean liners — the SS Andrea Doria and MS Stockholm — 40 miles off Nantucket Island,...

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Leather and guns, not buttons and bows for Calamity Jane

February 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Methodist Church in Terry, S.D., was packed for the funeral of Calamity Jane who was one of the Old West’s most enduring characters — leading a life as a frontierswoman, Army scout, Wild West storyteller, mother and sometimes lady-of-th...

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‘Bonanza’ TV show entertained America for 14 years

February 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

“We can’t ignore the rest of the world. We’re the only stabilizing influence in the country.” — Ben CartwrightNo one who watched television in the 1950s and ’60s can forget the theme music of “Dum-dee-dee-dum-dee-dee-dum-dum-dum” that opene...

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O.O. Howard, the U.S. Army general who tracked down Chief Joseph

February 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

They called him “the Christian General.” He’d lost an arm in the Civil War, helped freed slaves join mainstream America, founded Howard University for African Americans; and chased Nez Perce Chief Joseph across Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming bef...

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Ancient mega-shark once ruled the ocean

January 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Carcharodon Megalodon’s mouth was lined with rows of sharp teeth the size of a human hand and big enough to swallow a compact car. The body was as long as a school bus and they roamed the world’s oceans eating whales and probably almost any...

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