Tim Woodward’s regular columns are alternating with previously published columns during the pandemic. This one originally was published in The Idaho Statesman in 1989. SMALL, Idaho – It’s hard to say for certain which is the smallest town in Idaho, but it would be hard to beat Small. At one time it was listed in … Continue reading The Smallest Town in Idaho? That Would be … Small, Idaho →
Two of the contestants looked like they might need stretchers. Their faces were red; their eyes streamed tears. They gasped, groaned, coughed, spluttered. “Does anyone know CPR?” a comedian in the crowd asked. The occasion was the Nampa Farmers Market’s second annual Hot Pepper Eating Contest, featuring 16 contestants and some of the … Continue reading Peppers how hot? Unbearable →
The mottled hills and green fields around Picabo seem an unlikely place for a commercial enterprise. The nearest town of any size is Carey (population 300), six miles to the east. The more populous towns of Hailey and Ketchum are half an hour away on a narrow country road. Picabo itself has a … Continue reading A General Store with Everything -in the Middle of Nowhere →
The summer that officially ends this holiday weekend is the first in almost seven decades to pass without a couple of beloved Boise institutions. For the first time since 1953, a summer has ended without cannon balls, belly flops and squeals of delight at Lowell and South pools. Both are showing their age. … Continue reading Don’t Make Kids Wait Another Summer to Use City Pools →
If this summer’s unprecedented drought, scorching temperatures and wildfire smoke aren’t reasons to get serious about climate change, nothing is. The extreme weather we’re seeing this summer, scientists say, wouldn’t be possible without climate change. What can we do about it? We can walk and cycle more and drive less, turn up the … Continue reading Bring back the Pioneer Route →
No one celebrated when Harry Morrison left. When word came this week that William Agee was retiring as chief executive officer of the Morrison Knudsen Corp., employees honked horns in the company parking lot. They partied at a Broadway avenue bar, all but did cartwheels in the hallways. This was not damning … Continue reading The Late, Great Mr. Morrison →
There was nothing simple about Pinto Bennett. Bennett, who died June 29th of a heart attack at 73, was a paradox. A country singer who cited Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles as influences. A onetime party animal who got religion and talked to God while living a solitary life in a sheep … Continue reading Pinto Bennett, Icon -1948-2021 →
Tim’s new columns are alternating with previously published “Woodward Classics” during the pandemic. This one originally appeared in The Idaho Statesman in 2010, following the death of actress Lynn Redgrave. Occasionally, not often because there aren’t a lot of them in Idaho, readers ask me what it’s like to interview famous people. The … Continue reading My $250-a-plate Dinner with Morley, and a “regular gal” →
The last time I saw Dr. Geoff Williams, in 2006, his foundation to help children with facial deformities was in its infancy. It was’t quite a one-man operation, but it wasn’t far from it. Fast forward 15 years. Today, Williams’s International Children’s Surgical Foundation has medical workers from South America to Southeast … Continue reading Boise doctor delivers smiles, transforms children’s lives →
Dear Blog Readers: Sorry this is a few days late. I’ve been out of town and returned to a computer glitch. (Thanks to Zack Sheppard for getting me back online!) My mother has been gone nearly nine years and a day seldom passes that I don’t think of her in one context or another. … Continue reading Glimpses of My Mother’s Life →
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