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A Few Thoughts About Portfolios August 24th, 2015 by David LaBelle

Years ago, a photographer friend asked me to look over his portfolio. There were 40 or so well-organized, correctly exposed images—a solid, professional portfolio. But nothing in the pictures took my breath away. There was no edge to the work, no risk taken. But one thing did stand out: His...


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No Need to Go It Alone August 24th, 2015 by Curtis Condon

You may be the greatest outdoorsman who ever lived.You can out-fish, out-hunt, out-hike and out-paddle any man or woman alive. However, even the great ones might need the services of a professional guide some day. The key is knowing when to hire one. Generally, there are three circumstances...


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Have Books, Will Travel August 24th, 2015 by Lori Tobias

  Bookmobiles are alive and well in rural America Mary Ryan’s bookmobile route in Crook County, Oregon, takes her past an old Pony Express station—rumored to be riddled with bullet holes from a long-ago shootout—past an abandoned Grange Hall and the original Les Schwab tire store....


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From Teacher to Toymaker August 24th, 2015 by Christopher Gaylord

Growing up poor in the 1940s in the tiny, remote mountain town of Ashford, Washington, Louise Wackerle learned a hard but simple truth early on: If you needed something, you had to make it. When their house was falling down, Louise, her mother and her stepfather built...


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Cruising At 80 August 24th, 2015 by Dianna Troyer

From Seattle to southern Utah, strangers on a basketball court often greet referee Bruce Seamons by his first name. Startled, the Burley, Idaho, resident asks the usual question: “How do you even know me?” “They tell me, ‘Everyone knows you, Bruce,’” he explains. Having celebrated his 80th birthday last April,...


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Caution: Road Race Ahead July 29th, 2015 by Christina Sawyer

Silver State Classic Challenge takes over a stretch of Nevada Highway 318 for a weekend of racing A need for speed draws hundreds of drivers to the small town of Ely, Nevada, every September to participate in the Silver State...


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Take the Slow Boat July 29th, 2015 by Curtis Condon

When exploring Western waterways, slo-mo may be the way to go. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates 20 million Americans enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Participants are drawn to these activities for many reasons, but most appreciate the quiet, solitude, and the...


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Negative Space for Positive Pictures July 29th, 2015 by David LaBelle

If you have ever spent time around artists, it’s likely you have heard the term “negative space.” They are not talking about photographic film, which produces a negative that is used to make a positive print, nor the space between...


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New Life for a Family Relic July 29th, 2015 by Dianna Troyer

Once a trusted workhorse, the 1954 McCormick Farmall tractor at Carl and Loralee Boden’s farm in southeastern Idaho had become an unused relic facing a bleak future. Two winters ago, the Boden’s son Emmet intervened. “Dad encouraged me to restore...


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Auto Enthusiasts Give Life to Museum July 29th, 2015 by Brandon Pomrenke

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum offers visitors a unique historic experience The most simple way to define a museum, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a place where things are collected.” There are other, more in-depth definitions, but none includes words...