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Roadside Attractions (Notebook)

When one thinks of the west, images of soaring mountains, rugged canyons and wide open spaces often come to mind. But there is another side to the left half of the country. A kitschy side. An odd side. A strangely absorbing side. Driving around Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, one can find pyramids, giant women and …

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Microbreweries (Notebook)

I met brewer Todd Crowell outside Grand Teton Brewing Company (GTBC) in Victor, Idaho. Perched on the border of Wyoming and Idaho in the shadows of the Tetons, the brewery is the last business you see before crossing into Wyoming or the first as you enter the Gem State. GTBC is celebrating their 20th anniversary …

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Art Walks (Notebook)

It’s not just the mojitos that draw me into b. Civilized on a hot end-of-summer night. Other art galleries serve wine and beer, both of which are totally adequate, but those mojitos sure are yummy. Then there are the people. Friends I haven’t seen in a while, new folks to be introduced to—all out for …

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The Red Shed

Smack in the middle of the best steelhead fishing in the world, at least according to one man, sits an old 15 X 20 hayloft converted into a flyfishing shop. If you open the door of the red, wood-sided building you’ll likely find a man who looks a whole lot like Jerry Garcia leaning on …

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Bear Watch (Notebook)

Every time I drive over the pass, returning home to Livingston from Bozeman, I peer out my truck window in hopes of catching a glimpse of a grizzly bear. At one time grizzlies roamed free on Bozeman Pass—and probably an occasional bear still makes her way through—but the bears I’m looking for live in a …

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Yellowstone at a Crossroads

“Follow in our footsteps as closely as you can,” a graduate student said. “And step on the green grass as much as possible,” added Brent Peyton, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University. “There’s less likely to be a hot cavern underneath.” Falling in line behind the five men, I carefully placed …

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Rodeo Roundup (Notebook)

Rodeo is the iconic sport of the West. Buckin’ broncos, cowboys roping calves, horses weaving in and out of barrels—they all spring to mind when one thinks about the Old West. Rodeo is uniquely American, and specifically, western Americana. Rooted in our country’s past, but thoroughly modern, rodeo links western traditions with contemporary sport. Rodeo …

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