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Reporter's Notebook: Snooping Around the River Street Archaeological Dig

​At 10 minutes to noon, University of Idaho Associate Professor of Anthropology Mark Warner walked from dig site to dig site at the urban archaeological dig taking place near the Hayman House on River Street in downtown Boise. The six participating students would have to clear debris and tools from the square meter excavation areas before they could sit and eat under a white shade tent. In their first day at the site, students had already uncovered what may be foundation stones for an outbuilding in the Hayman House's yard, and sieves had been erected in an adjacent lot where students sorted through buckets of rubble for artifacts. Warner and the students are looking for evidence of day-to-d

Trash to Treasure in Canyon County: Celebration Park Turns 25

In 1990, Canyon County Parks and Waterways Director Tom Bicak and then-Sheriff Gary Putnam rode motorcycles to a bluff overlooking the Snake River. Below them, strewn across the river bank, was a 2-acre mess of abandoned vehicles, construction trash and other garbage. “It was a dump. It seriously was,” said Bicak, who at the time was a newly hired recreation planner and Parks and Waterways’ sole employee. “But it was for sale. That was the good part.” “You ought to build a park in this place,” Putnam told him. “That really resonated with me,” Bicak said. That “dump” is now the unique and vibrant Celebration Park that encompasses 722 acres and hosts hundreds of eager students every week. They


FUNDING: This website update was due in part to the generous funding provided by the Idaho State Historical Society in the form of a Community Assistance Grant.

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