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Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: The After-Pat

Lol, as usual pure garbage.

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Posted by Canadabillcope on 08/31/2015 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Ghost Season

J.R.: Yes, good-stuff - and Traplines, too - but emails r being returned to scramyall...?

Posted by BC Young, Ketchum on 08/31/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Ghost Season

Good stuff, John. Interesting to read your own writing and realize that you wrote your future before it happened. That'll get you thinking. But nice of you to bring our thoughts back to our old friends, relatives and pets who are still part of our lives. (I still have the leather collar of Kallie, my long gone black lab, hanging on the doorknob of the den door, just an arm's length away from my desk.)

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Posted by Mike O'Mary on 08/26/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Buying Time

Nothing sells like fear. Bibi is the world's #1 fear salesman and the US is his best customer.

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Posted by NIcurmudgeon on 08/26/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

The 80 / 20 rule applies for outdoor tourist destinations including Stanley. 80% of the tourists inhabit 20% of the area. So the perception is overuse.

Posted by Chuck Woods on 08/25/2015 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

It will be interesting to see the masses try and descend on the White Clouds and "ruin" it like they have the Sawtooths (huh!??-I still don't buy that logic). Anyone who's ever driven up Forth of July or East Fork road knows that they aren't the easiest on cars and that's just half the battle of getting into the wilderness. All those beautiful places are still a fine bit of hiking from any trailhead.

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Posted by cheeser on 08/23/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: The Pariah President Who Was Right All Along

The apostrophe does not belong there. The word is not used in a possessive sense. The author is illiterate.

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Posted by Copehater on 08/23/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

Everything would be better if everyone just cleared out of Stanley and the Sawtooths, because that would be more convenient for Mr. Rember's personal enjoyment? Maybe when the state takes over the land, Mr. Rember can buy them and post his no-trespassing signs? Oh wait, these lands aren't under threat...Those are just made up for fundraising purposes. Just like Thompson Creek Mine, and hundreds of other proposed, existing and abandoned mines in the Salmon River Country must be figments of our imagination so that environmental groups to raise money?
And somehow ICL and The Wilderness Society abandoned their principles and their donors by agreeing to Wilderness? This ignores the fact that both organizations have been working to protect these areas as Wilderness for decades...
Maybe Mr. Rember should get off his high horse and realize that without public land advocates who have been fighting in the trenches for the last 100+ years, we'd only be able to see the Sawtooths from the highway, because of all those Private Land - No Trespassing Signs.

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Posted by Anon on 08/22/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

Wilderness, absent man's influence is a romanticized literary invention, a religion invented by the second wave of Europeans, who found a land with it's original human inhabitants slaughtered by the disease and violence brought on by the first wave of conquerors. If we were to truly do justice to these lands, and bring them back to pre-Columbian conditions, instead of phony Wilderness™ designations we should return these places to the Native American tribes, which lived in them for many millennia. A bunch of Euro-Americans squabbling over how best to treat stolen land is a joke, at best.

Read "Wilderness & Political Ecology: Aboriginal Influences & the Original State of Nature," Kay and Simmons, editors. It is a collection of scientific papers that basically disprove the "untrammeled by man" thesis. The Native Americans actively managed their homelands as soon as the glaciers retreated, and altered the landscape to suit their needs. The lush overgrown forests and devastating wildfires we see now are a direct result of European-style "civilization."

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

"That's the reason the White Clouds and the Boulders, as non-Wilderness, have been less trampled than the Sawtooths, which have been a wilderness since 1972."

This has been my observation as well, for decades. Wilderness designation brings the crowds, and makes the trails safe for commercial equestrian outfitters. I avoid hiking and backpacking in Wilderness areas (except the really remote ones), because the outfitters, with their metal-shod pack animals, turn the trails in to a combination of dust and dried horse manure. Wilderness campsites are the dirtiest ones, because the metal-shoe impact on them destroys any sort of grass rhizomes underneath, turning them to dust, along with the stench of horse manure, which usually covers the best flat tent sites. "Commercial enterprises" were banned by the Wilderness Act, but apparently there's a loophole somewhere that allows this abuse.

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2015 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Ah, Wilderness

It would be much appreciated if Thursday evening in Ketchum you choose this piece to read at Lit Crawl. See you at Forest Service Park at six.

Posted by BC Young, Ketchum on 08/19/2015 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: This is Not Like the Marshall Plan... Or Is It?

i'd have to say that steve does a really good job of making bill's

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Posted by Jim on 08/18/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: The Pariah President Who Was Right All Along

I agree with this write up. It is the most difficult thing to be an honest person as a president in the U.S.

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Posted by Jewels in Boise on 08/18/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: This is Not Like the Marshall Plan... Or Is It?

Dear Bill are you really that stupid, have you even read this DEAL. They have already started cheating on this Deal. Your own Chucky Schumer says its bad, Its in the side deals that no one gets to see there is no mention of where and to who this tons of uranium goes to, Ha the Russians they'll store it for them since there war minsters just met 2 weeks ago I'm sure they will have a couple big arms sales of ballistic missiles to trade for it. The pentagon does not like it at all though they can't say that publicly, and do remember North Korea's deal this the same deal and see how that worked out.

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Posted by STEVE COLSON on 08/17/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: The Pariah President Who Was Right All Along


The apostrophe does indeed belong there. It (the apostrophe) makes the word possessive.

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Posted by paularoid on 08/16/2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “The Park of Death

For the faint of heart, there could be an annex on the Painted Desert where participants went at each other with Paintball gear....

Posted by LudditeLite on 08/15/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The Park of Death

John, I personally LIKE your take on Idaho's own broadcast quasi-hunger-games idea! (Let me run the concessions booth at the Atomic City Amphitheater--I don't need to watch the action, but I'm not opposed to making money on the salivating viewers.)

I have been hoping for 51 of my 58 years of life that a Malthusian event would weed out the baddies, but I must admit I like this approach!

Posted by Kay Ess Jay on 08/14/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Mr. Cope's Cave: The Pariah President Who Was Right All Along

Good man, that Jimmuh Carter. Not a particularly effective president, but a good and honest man. And a refreshing departure from most of the professional politicians who have occupied the office as of late.

And - he DESERVED his Nobel Peace Prize... unlike that other guy. (Who has also elevated the stature of Carter's presidency by showing us what incompetence AND dishonesty look like.)

(Before you send your thoughts off to Jimmuh, fix the "American's" in the 4th paragraph up. I don't think the apostrophe belongs there.)

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Posted by bikeboy on 08/14/2015 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Park of Death

Craters of the Moon IS a "National Monument." And the signage is probably there to discourage city slickers from getting themselves into trouble in what is a very harsh environment. Now and then somebody goes a-wanderin' and his/her parched remains aren't discovered for awhile.

Speaking of harsh... Mr. Rember is pretty harsh this week. Sure, the Minneapolis Safari Dentist has engaged in some pretty despicable and cowardly practices, but I don't know if society should go all "Running Man" on him...

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Posted by bikeboy on 08/13/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Minerva's Breakdown

Well said my Lady well said.

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Posted by Tony Allard on 08/13/2015 at 1:22 AM


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