Syd Albright

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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Idaho’s superspy

January 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

“Angleton is one of those people who will always be shrouded in mystery.”When CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton died in 1987 of lung cancer in Washington, D.C., at age 69, the New York Times said, “His counterintelligence o...

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Historic Lewiston: A seaport 465 miles from the Pacific Ocean

January 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today, ocean-going barges and excursion ships travel 465 miles up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers to a bustling seaport in Idaho that Lewis and Clark visited in 1805 when only Indians lived there. Later it became Idaho’s capital unti...

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The historic beginning of the American Northwest

January 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

They came from Siberia, lived in caves in Oregon, made flint spearheads and ate the huge wooly mammoth, camels and horses that roamed North America some 14,000 years ago but now are extinct. Scientists know all this by studying fossilized p...

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Toil, terror, tears, triumphs in building American West

January 01, 2017 at 5:00 am

“When the sharp shrieks of the train whistle announced a herd of buffaloes,” George Armstrong Custer’s wife Elizabeth said, “the rifles were snatched, and in the struggle to twist around for a good aim out of the narrow window, the barrel o...

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Amazing journey from trapper to Oregon politician

December 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sept. 13, 1834: “We left the Madison Fork with Mr. Bridger’s Camp and ascended a small branch in a West direction through the mountains about 20 miles and encamped on the divide,” mountain man Osborne Russell wrote in his journal. “After w...

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Life and times of mountain man Osborne Russell ...

December 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

“You’ve learned well, pilgrim. You’ll go far — provided you ain’t burnt alive, or scalped” — Jeremiah Johnson movie “I could go no further without jumping into a large quagmire which hemmed me on three sides, I was obliged to turn about an...

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