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1918’s influenza epidemic, here: Part 2 — The forgotten scourge

January 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

Historical studies of the U.S.’s great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 often note its relative historical unrememberedness. Even as it was occurring Americans arguably downplayed the epidemic’s harrowing cost in human suffering and deaths. ...

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Mayor brings small-town flavor to big city

January 03, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Mayor Tammy de Weerd of Meridian describes herself modestly as a mother and grandmother, a wife and a former business person who has a passion for her city.Meridian is not just any city. Nineteen years ago, it was a peaceful little town of ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Idaho is mostly GOP red, but Dems rule in Boise

December 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Sen. Fred Martin of Boise is ready for the nickname that goes with winning a razor-close election, and the good-natured ribbing that goes with it.“Just call me Landslide Freddie,” said Martin, laughing.Martin ended up winning re-election to...

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CHUCK MALLOY: The end is near for Trump … or not

December 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

Have you heard the latest about President Trump?You can’t avoid hearing it — unless you live in a cave, or are lying on some warm sunny beach that is far away from any modern form of communication. The networks, cable channels and talking h...

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KAREN CURRIE: Benefits of Medicaid expansion for behavioral health population

December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

Idahoans have a long-standing belief and tradition of being there to help our neighbors when they need it. Not because we want the credit or because we feel obligated, but because that’s who we are. When a fellow Idahoan needs a helping han...

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Long Walk’ by Slavomir Rawicz

December 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

It’s hard to believe that this a true story, yet hard to believe that it is not. The writer has describes in vivid detail how he led a group of political prisoners who escape from a Russian prisoners camp in northern Siberia. They must walk...

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CHUCK MALLOY — Breaking news: Bipartisanship lives in Washington

December 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm

If you think there’s political gridlock in Washington, wait until next year when Democrats take control of the House. Better yet, wait another week or two if President Trump makes good on his threat to shut down the government if Congress d...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Political solutions won’t work; NRA plan might

December 04, 2018 at 9:12 am

In this polarized society, there isn’t much gray area when it comes to the National Rifle Association.Idaho politicians love the organization, because NRA endorsements tend to lead to election wins. Detractors will paint the NRA as the root...

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1918’s Influenza Epidemic, Here – Part 1, The View from Nine Mile Cemetery

November 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Text[CHART 1 HERE]November, 1918 was the worst month, according to Nine Mile Cemetery’s mute but somber testimony.The first eight months of the year, from January to August, saw an average of five new graves per month at Nine Mile. Then, S...

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With elections over, the power struggle begins

November 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane of Nampa has placed himself at a political crossroad.If he unseats House Speaker Scott Bedke in the next month’s organizational dinner meeting, Crane will become one of the two most powerful figur...

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