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New West cities rank high in Forbes’ choices for young professionals

downtown Boise

For the under-35 set, New West cities are the place to be, as four metro areas in the region made it in the top ten of Forbes’ Best Cities for Young Professionals.

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New For 2014: New West Books

Goliath Staggered

Some exciting news to pass along: We’re announcing the debut of New West Books and a first title, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil.

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“Weathered Post at Lemhi Pass”, Rick Landry, Montana

Post at Lemhi Meadows "Weathered Post at Lemhi Pass", Rick Landry, Montana and Idaho. A boundary marker or gate post sits along the broad meadowed saddle just south of Lemhi Pass, astride the Continental Divide and State line between Montana and Idaho. To view more of Rick's work, please visit his Flickr page.

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“Stormy School 2″ by Michael Edminster, Idaho

Stormy School 2 "Stormy School 2" by Michael Edminster. Taken near Corral, Idaho. The Corral post office closed years ago but the "town" is still on the map. To view more of Michael's photography, visit his Flickr photostream.

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It’s the End of the Festival–But the Garbage Keeps on Going

School doesn’t start until September 6th, and fall isn’t supposed to officially arrive until September 23rd this year. But everything after the end of Sandpoint’s summer music festival seems like the denouement of the season in Sandpoint. We even had a spot of rain yesterday. The iconic big tent is already down, rolled up and stored until next August. Smaller tents remain, along with huge collections of chairs, boxes, hoses, cables, coolers, dollies, tables, and garbage cans. But no garbage. The festival’s impressive and activist all-volunteer Green Team has seen to that.

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The Great Sandpoint Fish Flop Flap

The family I grew up in was very particular about how a slice of a round cake was to lie on a plate. It was supposed to be positioned so that you could eat it from the inside out and from the bottom up. For all of us right-handers, this meant the frosting had to be to the left. A piece of cake with the frosting on the right was said to be “flopped wrong.” This attention to direction has come to mind recently, as the citizens of Sandpoint have debated about whether the fish on their newly installed Sand Creek arch are flopped correctly. I thought the shiny metal back sides of the signs would all be on one side of the arch, so we would have shiny metal fish on one side and colorful fish on the other. Instead, the fish appear to have been more randomly flopped.

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“Three Fresh Rainbow Trout” by Carter Young, Idaho

Three Fresh Rainbow Trout for Breakfast "Three Fresh Rainbow Trout", by Carter Young. Fresh trout for breakfast at White Sand Campground in the Clearwater National Forest of Idaho. To view more of Carter's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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“Up and Down” by Kai Eiselein, Idaho

Up and Down "Up and Down" by Kai Eiselein. Bolts of lightning shoot across the sky and into the earth near Moscow, Idaho. To view more of Kai's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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“Pool at Weir Creek Hot Springs, Idaho” by Carter Young, Idaho

Pool at Weir Creek Hot Springs, Idaho "Pool at Weir Creek Hot Springs, Idaho" by Carter Young. This natural hotspring sits at a comfortable 101 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for a long relaxing soak after a days hike. To view more of Carter's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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Clark Fork Officially Turns 100

It’s evident that a lot happened around here 100 years ago. We celebrated the centennial of Sandpoint’s founding a few years back, and shortly after that we celebrated the centennial of the long bridge that crosses Lake Pend Oreille to reach us. Kootenai and Bayview both celebrated centennials last year, as did the East Bonner County Library, and we also remembered—although we could hardly be said to have celebrated—the centennial of the great fires of 1910. On the weekend of July 4, we reached the centennial of the incorporation of Clark Fork, a village of some five or six hundred souls clinging to the upper inner edge of Idaho, just a few miles short of the Montana line.

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