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Peppers how hot? Unbearable

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

Bring back the Pioneer Route

   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

My $250-a-plate Dinner with Morley, and a “regular gal”

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”

Boise doctor delivers smiles, transforms children’s lives

  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

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