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Idaho Monuments And Historic Sites Bring Visitors, Cash To The Gem State

Visitors to National Park Service land in Idaho brought in almost $40 million to the state economy last year. A new report from National Parks found that almost 629,000 people came to Idaho monuments and historic sites in 2016. They spent $31 million and created 525 jobs. That had a cumulative benefit of almost $40 million to Idaho’s economy. There are seven facilities in Idaho managed by the National Park Service. That includes the Minidoka National Historical Site and Craters of the Moon...

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Featured storyteller Clay Morgan goes first, with a story about one fateful summer for a smokejumper and the space program. Story slammer Nathaniel Hoffman is next, with a tale about a series of comical misperceptions in and about the backwoods of Idaho.

Featured storyteller Elaine Ambrose tells a story about potato fields, a group of high school friends and a hot springs. Story slammer Steve Bush shares a short cautionary tale involving teenage boys, a swimming pool and a little beating around the bush.

Featured storyteller Jan Schlicht tells a story about heading west on a backpacking adventure for a lifetime with her husband. Story slam winner Ben Dicus tells a story about a family road trip, and reminds us all to count heads before leaving a rest stop.

Alejandro Anastasio recounts experiences while traveling through Idaho on his way from Seattle to Chicago. Storyslammer Kate Riley tells of being mistaken for Patty Hurst and being tailed by the police in Santa Barbara California in 1974.

One storyteller has a story of growing up and finding out she was adopted , the other recounts an experience of getting caught in a mattress scam.

One storyteller has a story of a disappointing summer of love and her ongoing crush on David Sedaris , the other a story about meeting her life-long crush after opening a bar in Boise in the late 1970′s.

One storyteller has a story of constitutional justice and cops getting in trouble, the other shares a story about young love and blue lights in Berkeley.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15 to 34 and for boys age 10 to 14. And it’s a problem that few people feel comfortable talking about. But one woman is talking, telling her painful story in the hopes she can reach others, and prevent tragedies like hers from happening. In Part Two of our series “Suicide in Idaho: Small State Big Numbers,” Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright has her story.

One storyteller confuses an aquaintence’s confidence for ability on the slopes; the other has incorrect assumptions about an exciting job opportunity.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

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