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Basque in the Festivities

By Linda Tancs

Treasure Valley includes all the lowland areas from Vale, Oregon to Boise, Idaho.  With a moniker like that it should come as no surprise that the area attracted those in search of gold and other treasures.  An unusually large number of Basques joined in that quest, ultimately homesteading in Boise where the ethnic group grew to its largest numbers outside its European base of northeastern Spain and southwestern France.  Every five years Boise celebrates Basque culture at the Fairgrounds with Jaialdi, or “Big Festival.”  Now through 1 August, experience Basque tradition through tasty croquettes, dances like the Flag Dance (Ikurrina), and ball games like pelota (a variant of which is jai alai) in the Fronton on Grove Street.

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Wild and Scenic in Idaho

By Linda Tancs

At the River Dance Lodge Ranch Resort in Kooskia, Idaho, they say dreams come true and memories last forever.  Well, how could you forget whitewater rafting, fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking in the Lochsa, Selway and Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, three of the original eight rivers in the area protected over 40 years ago by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act? Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding along the banks is available for those who prefer terra firma. Highway 12, designated an All American Highway, passes right in front of the lodge and offers easy access to the Lewis & Clark Trail. Sounds like a dream come true to me.

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Rocky Mountain Skiing

By Linda Tancs

The highland climate of the Rockies produces prodigious amounts of snow for wintertime sports like skiing. So who has the best vertical drop? Listen in and find out.

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