Brian Wilson and Band, Boise, April 6, 2017 (Photo by Mrs. WC)

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds


Brian Wilson’s voice is trashed; let’s get that out of the way from the top. That sweet, pure tenor is gone. But it doesn’t really matter. WC will explain. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, two of the original Beach Boys, are touring on the 50th anniversary (technically, now the 51st) of the release of “Pet…

Idaho State Highway 67

Yep. It’s true. (2017 Edition)


Another year on the odometer.1 Idaho 67 connects the town of Mountain Home with Moutain Home Air Force Base. It features tumbleweeds and not much else. The highway, and its assigned number, are adequate to the purpose. Like the highway, a little beat up, but considering some pretty hard use, not bad. Many systems are still…

Almaden Mercury Mine spoil, April 2017

Notes on the Almaden Mercury Mine


Between 1932 and 1972, Nutmeg Mountain, eleven miles east of Weiser, Idaho, was a mercury mine. The mining was episodic, not continuous. Usually, it took a war to drive the price of mercury, which is used in explosives, to levels that made mining and extraction profitable. Changes in mining technology also affected the level of activity. Altogether,…

Common Goldeneye Drake

Let’s Do Ducks


In celebration of the University of Oregon’s – WC’s alma mater – success in the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments, let’s have a gander at some real ducks that are moving through in early spring migration. Common Goldeneye is a circumpolar, boreal diving duck, breeding in Alaska and Canada in North America. It’s closely related…