• Issue of
  • Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2005
  • Vol. 14, No. 4


  • Features
  • The Basque Issue

    The Basque festival, Jaialdi, happens every five years in Boise. With the growth of the Treasure Valley, many new residents give blank looks when you mention the defunct Boise River Festival, much less an internationally and culturally significant event like Jaialdi.

    This entire issue is devoted to the Basque culture including food, movies, culture, history, sports, and music, a celebration, if you will, of everything Basque.
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  • A Short Basque History

    Idaho is home to one of the largest populations of Basques outside of Spain. Numbers around 30,000 in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon are thrown around as estimates. They have been here about as long as western settlers have inhabited the region-since the mid to late 1800s-first coming for mining, then as shepherds. It was so nice, they invited their friends and family from the old continent.
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  • Features
  • Jaialdi Events

    "Jaialdi" means "party," "festival" or "festive occasion" and this year's Jaialdi promises to be just that, as Basques and friends of Basques celebrate all things Basque with music, dance, food and culture.
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  • Being Basque
  • Features
  • Being Basque

    The United States has been called a "melting pot," a colorful stew of race, culture and ideology that borrows from all over the world. As a result, ancestral lines have blurred over the years, breeding affection for many lands and people without full understanding or appreciation of what it means to be Irish, Mexican, German or Greek.
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  • Daytripper
  • A Trip Through Basque Sheep Country

    One of the things associated with Basques in the Great Basin over the last century is sheepherding. Throughout Eastern Oregon, Northwestern California, Central and Northern Nevada, Utah and Southern Idaho, Basque men have been tending to their flocks in the mountains in summer and driving them to lower elevations in the winter.
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  • Game of the Week
  • The Choking Game

    We normally have a little fun with this column but this game is no laughing manner. The Choking Game (also known as the Pass-Out Game, the Fainting Game, the Tingling Game and the Something Dreaming Game) has allegedly been the cause of death for two Idaho kids this past year, one a 10-year-old boy in Island Park and the other a 13-year-old girl in Nampa.
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  • Mail
  • July 27, 2005

    Corrections • Where's the Beef? • Make a Run for the Border, eh? • Blueing Tips • The Messenger
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  • Lingo Yarns
  • Objectivism is dead

    As a journalist-slash-editor-slash-newspaper-dude it is always a little disconcerting to be put on the other side of an interview. Another writer-slash-reporter-slash-journalist will always interpret your words in a way you may not have intended.
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