Southern Idaho Dairy, CAFO Operation, Twin Falls, Idaho

Cowboys, CAFOs and Stupid


The image most of us have of Idaho – when you think of Idaho at all – is a cowboy ridin’ the range, herding cattle in the sagebrush.1 Never mind that cattle ranchers today use pickups, 4-wheelers and drones, not horses. But cattle grazing on the range, under the big, western skies, isn’t where the…

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Hallowe’en on Harrison


As WC has reported here before, Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal on Harrison Boulevard here in the North End of Boise. Thousands of young extortionists trick or treaters arrive from all over Ada County. The homeowners on Harrison Boulevard – in addition to laying in thousands of candies for the hordes – do their…

Sidewalk, Installed 1912, Boise

North End Sidewalks: A Photo Essay


WC grew up without sidewalks. Except for a few years Outside in Eugene, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois, attending school, WC hasn’t been around sidewalks very much. Which may explain WC’s fascination with them here in the North End of Boise. The North End of Boise was platted in the late 1880s, a few years before…

Gopher, San Diego, California

Will WC’s Readers Gopher This?


Someone has to be at the base of the food chain. In Idaho, the Idaho Pocket Gopher joins several species of ground squirrels in that role: food for someone else. If you like watching hawks, falcons and eagles, or coyotes and badgers, you have to admire their prey. In Idaho, the primary gopher species is…