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Mon., Feb. 9, 2009, 12:15 p.m.

High Noon: Guide ‘Explains’ Idaho

The authors boil down "Idaho traditions" with two curious paragraphs: "The United States Constitution allows every citizen the right to own firearms. Hunting and shooting sports are a proud tradition in Idaho. There is a chance that you will see a person with a firearm, or see a firearm in a truck window, particularly in the small towns. This is legal and poses no danger to you. Do not be alarmed." And: "Most Idahoans own dogs and you will see dogs in public places. You are welcome to pet the dog with the owner’s permission. It is also common to see dogs in the back of parked pickup trucks. However, these dogs are often protective and should not be approached"/2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games media guide. More in Kevin Richert's blog here.

Question: How would you explain Idaho to overseas visitors, in 50 words or less?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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