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Matt Furber

Freelance Writer

Boise, Idaho

Matt Furber

Writing and editing in the West and beyond.

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Drilling Into Idaho's (Other) Common Core

They're called hydrocarbons and they've been trapped beneath Idaho's landscape for millions of years. But now, for the first time in its history, Idaho is giving up its gas. The recipient: Texas-based Alta Mesa Holdings (which has created a subsidiary in Alta Mesa Idaho). As stakeholders wrestle with environmentalists to hash out the latest revisions to state rules to regulate the burgeoning industry, gas exploration and extraction has reached its most rapid pace.
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Many Sharp Turns in Bergdahl’s Path to Army

KETCHUM, Idaho — In 2003, the year he turned 17, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his mark on the wet cement floor of the Strega Tea Bar Gallery and Cafe, a swirling design signed with a florid “B.”. The drawing is a lasting statement that this liberal-tinctured ski resort town, where he took ballet and fencing lessons, met artists and debated philosophy, had become his second home.
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Shaken, G.I.’s Hometown Waits for All the Facts

HAILEY, Idaho — From the time of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture five years ago, Zaney’s River Street Coffee House has been ground zero for information about and support for the soldier and his family. It is where people went to share high fives and giddy hugs on Saturday when news came of his unexpected release.
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Planned Celebration for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

HAILEY, Idaho — It looked as if it was going to be a big weekend here in the Wood River Valley in Central Idaho. After all, fishermen were excited about a rare Brown Drake hatch, an ecological phenomenon that provides exceptional fishing as large trout rise on a few calm evenings in late spring to take the short-lived insects and more than a few dry flies.
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Italy takes the Cup as soccer fans rejoice

In this photo sent from Berlin, Italians rejoice at their victory over France in Sunday's World Cup final. Express photo by Matt Furber. I watched Sunday's World Cup Final hosted this year in Germany on a big screen hung inside a retired power station in downtown Berlin. As I watched I enjoyed beer from the Herzogliches Brauhaus Tegernsee—beer on tap from Ketchum's sister city in Germany.
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Hailey firm reviving Iraq’s electricity

"I haven’t complained about anything since I got home. We have so much control over our lives, our security. I was actually pretty hopeful for the Iraqi people when I left. They are industrious and hard working. They’ve got that particular resource, oil. It seems to me you go back in ten years and its going to be an unbelievable place."
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Rules of confidentiality change

Risking life and limb or at least one's reputation to be a journalist's source for a story can be a difficult choice. In the case of Twin Falls native, W. Mark Felt, who came forward this week as the infamous "Deep Throat," who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break the Watergate scandal that brought down former President Richard Nixon in 1973, the solution was to remain underground.
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Mentally, G.I. Has Long Path Back to Idaho

WASHINGTON — For Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the road home to Idaho began with a brief helicopter ride from the rugged frontier of eastern Afghanistan to Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. His return to anything close to a normal life will take much longer. After nearly five years in captivity — the lone American prisoner of war in Afghanistan, held by Taliban fighters in utter isolation and deprivation — Sergeant Bergdahl is physically weakened, military officials said, and will need to undergo a thorough psychological examination.
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War fears come home

Community rallies for Hailey resident captured in Afghanistan. Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling addresses a crowd of national and international media to relay a statement from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who is believed to be captured in Afghanistan. Photo by Willy Cook. World events brought the U.S.
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?Peace Bus? rides to Salt Lake City

Representing Idaho and the Intermountain West, ? Idahoans for Peace? descended on Salt Lake City to participate in one of the 11 peace rallies held around the nation last weekend. Members of the Idaho contingent carried headstones in honor of those who have died during the war in Iraq. Photo by Matt Furber.
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Hailey Marine completes 4-year tour

Nick Stavros, one of 10 Marines from the Wood River High School 2001 graduating class, greets his brother Ryan at Friedman Memorial Airport Friday, the day he finished four years of active duty, including combat duty in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. Photo by Willy Cook. The first time around, 2001 Wood River High School graduate Cpl.
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Troops catch up to Idaho brigade

Christina Fannon, an Idaho National Guard diesel mechanic, prepares her footlocker for deployment to Iraq. Fannon's photo collage and her standard issue duffels packed with combat gear were checked at a Gowen Field "showdown" in Boise, Monday. Fannon and about a dozen other Idaho soldiers will train in Colorado before joining the rest of the 116th Army Cavalry Brigade already in Iraq.
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About

Matt Furber

Matt Furber is a freelance journalist based in Boise, Idaho. His work has appeared in a range of publications from the Boise Weekly to the New York Times. He draws upon his interest in history and science to produce stories about the arts, business, energy, politics, sports, public affairs and travel.

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