Winter 2005 Report 

December • January • February

Idaho Film Industry Task Force Moving Forward

Mr. and Mrs. Hess, those Preston film phenoms who brought eastern Idaho to national attention with the über-dorky Napoleon Dynamite, have apparently got the Gem State's would-be filmmakers hot and bothered. This November, the Idaho Film Industry Task Force drafted two bills designed to bring in more film and television crews to eastern and the rest of Idaho.

The first bill proposes a sales tax rebate on items purchased for set construction, and the second would rebate or credit payroll taxes on wages paid in Idaho. If passed, only time will tell whether the legislation will actually create more film industry activity in Idaho or whether that activity will translate into significant revenue for Idahoans.

Idaho Falls Arts Council Seeking Volunteers

The Idaho Falls Arts Council is looking for civic- and arts-minded folks to volunteer their time at the Willard Arts Center and the Colonial Theater. Live bodies are needed in such capacities as ushers in the Colonial Theater, gallery docents at the Carr Gallery and even clerical tasks, like stuffing envelopes or sorting mailings.

Volunteer gallery docents greet and educate visitors in two-hour weekly or monthly shifts. For more information about the position, contact Grey Gardner at (208) 522-0471, ext. 102, or e-mail

Theater ushers greet and assist patrons. To find out more, contact Erik Stevens at (208) 522-0471, ext. 108 or e-mail:

More about the Idaho Falls Art Council and the Colonial Theater and Willard Arts Center Carr Gallery is available on the Web at

Short-Story Collection Released By ISU Press

Dr. Cheryl Lyda, associate professor at Idaho State University, has recently released a short-story collection, entitled Walking Pocatello, on the university's press.

Walking Pocatello won the Goldia Cooksey Award for Excellence in Creative Writing from the University of Oklahoma in 1998. At that time, Walking Pocatello was only available in self-published form. The recent re-release on Idaho State's press marks the first professional publication of the book. The book sells for $8.50 and is available from the ISU bookstore and can be mail-ordered from them publisher Campus Box 8265, Pocatello, ID 83209.

Where the Buffalo Roam

Victor Bruha and Daniel Hidalgo are either art-minded conservation types or conservation-minded art types, but either way, they've created a unique poop-and-paper niche in Blackfoot with their bison dung company, Dung & Dunger. They're getting recognition for it, too--the pair was recently profiled in the October 2005 issue of the Idaho Center for the Book's newsletter--a piece that included a small sample swatch of Dung & Dunger's paper.

A native of eastern Idaho, Bruha spent many childhood summers living in West Yellowstone, Montana, and developed an appreciation for the region at a young age. With that love for the wilderness, as well as a background in professional commercial art, Bruha's experiences and developed style contributed to the paper project that became Dung & Dunger's unique handmade papers. Bruha was joined by childhood friend and fellow artist Hidalgo. Likewise, Hidalgo appreciated the outdoors at an early age and studied both biology and art in school, eventually earning a degree in art Boise State.

The Blackfoot company is the first to produce and sell handmade paper crafted from bison dung. The idea of using dung is equally educational (about the animals who produce it and their Yellowstone-area habitat), artistic and humorous, and Bruha and Hidalgo have managed to make art from what would normally be considered waste. For more about Dung & Dunger's paper offerings and the philosophy behind it, visit their Web site at


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