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Kyle Swanstrom is a fire ecology major at the University of Idaho and spends his summers fighting wildland fires for the Bureau of Land Management.

    The future of fire

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    An increasingly severe fire season means uncertainty about the future of the Northwest’s landscape   This summer felt like a scene straight out of an apocalyptic film — homes were lost, environments were engulfed by flames, smoke filled the air and ash rained down upon countless towns. During the summer of 2015 the Inland Northwest alone had a record of 52 large fires burning at once. Penelope Morgan, a University of Idaho professor with the College of Natural Resources, said the increasing severity of the…

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    The cost of tuition

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Increasing tuition and fees creates a heavy financial burden on students   Tuition is on students’ minds. It is a check that seems to grow with each passing year, even if the 3.5 percent increase in 2015 was the smallest increase in 15 years, according to the Idaho State Board of Education’s (SBOE) Chief of Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer Blake Youde. According to the University of Idaho website, a full-time Idaho resident obtaining their undergraduate degree, tuition and fees alone in 2015 is $3,510…

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Telisa Swan applies fresh ink to Christina Altieri, a regular at Swan Family Ink.

    A change of heart, mind and skin

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    How the connotations behind tattoos have changed in Moscow and on the national scale Some call it a permanent marring of the skin, others call it wearable art. Now, more often than not, people are appreciating tattooing for the art form Telisa Swan claims it is. Swan is the founder of Swan Family Ink in Moscow. She has been tattooing for 22 years and said when she was going to college at Washington State University she originally wanted to go into advertising. It wasn’t until…



Brewing a Dream

Silas Whitley’s hobby of brewing his own beer started when his mom began homebrewing around three years ago. Whitley originally began with wine, but his attempts failed. He switched over to beer, and after he realized how much he enjoyed it, he decided to invest around $250 in brewing equipment. Now, Whitley makes his own recipes, grows his own hops and saves money by brewing his own beer. “The last batch I made was $16 for five gallons,” Whitley said. “It’s about the tenth of…


Collaborative Criminology

While Sociology 336, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, might sound like a normal college course, the class actually brings together students from the University of Idaho and Washington State University for an educational experience abroad. Melanie Neuilly, a professor of comparative criminal justice at WSU, thought the course was a great opportunity to take students to study criminal justice in another country. This year’s program traveled to the Netherlands for its third year at WSU and second at UI. She said in previous years the program…


Olympics in Heels

As Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down”  played through the speakers, two dancers moved closer together, swaying in a gentle rumba in the middle of the Memorial Gym’s basketball courts. A particularly sultry move was met with wolf whistles and cat calls from the risers. When they pulled off a lift, cheers erupted. Both the dancers and their audience make up the Ballroom Dance Team at the University of Idaho. The rumba was a solo performance for the team’s recital April 9 at Moscow High School….

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One Big Family

In the spring of 1999, Yolanda Bisbee received a phone call that would carry her career in a different direction. At the time, Bisbee was the coordinator for the University of Idaho’s Upward Bound program, a nation-wide initiative that helps high school students from low-income families receive a higher education. She worked with Isabel Bond to write grants that guided disadvantaged students throughout the college application and admission processes. “They called me, as coordinator of Upward Bound and said, “˜Do you accept the CAMP grant?’…


The Equine Guide

Over the course of history, horses have been used for everything from transportation to agriculture and combat. Today, horses play a different, more informal role in the lives of humans, said Heather Tiel-Nelson, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Twin Falls public affairs specialist. “We have transformed over history from really relying on horses,” Tiel-Nelson said. “They are most definitely a recreation.” As horses are used less frequently for labor in the U.S. their numbers have increased throughout the country. Tiel-Nelson said historically, farmers and ranchers…

The Case for Inclusion

Hoots and hollers arose from the small crowd of desks and wheelchairs as Zac Efron took the court for the final basketball game of “High School Musical.” Cheers erupted with each theatrical basket made. Moscow High School special education paraprofessional Jeanette Humphreys sat in a plush office chair near the back of the room and clapped along, shouting encouragements toward the students. “They were so good during the lockdown drills yesterday,” Humphreys said. “This is their reward. They love “˜High School Musical’ and “˜The Ringer,’…