Arrowrock Spillway, looking south, Boise River

Some Notes on Arrowrock Dam


Arrowrock Dam is one of three major dams along the course of the Boise River. It’s the oldest of the three, completed in 1915. At 348 feet tall, Arrowrock was the highest dam in the world at the time. It’s primary purpose is irrigation; it holds the winter’s rain and snowmelt so that water is…

Comey, Trump and the Truth


Before Comey had even finished his appearance before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the right-wing pundits were frantically spinning his testimony. Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateurish sleuthing into red herrings like the “Pizzagate” hoax and other conspiracy theories, wrote on May 17 that former FBI Director Comey had “said under oath that…

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

How William Butler Yeats Was Right


Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . . . . . And what rough beast, its hour come at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? – William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming,”  Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921) Yeats was writing about the period after World…