Meet the expert panel

November 19, 2006 

Bethine Church is an Idaho wonder herself. She's the widow of the late U.S. Sen Frank Church and daughter of Chase Addison Clark, a New Deal Democratic mayor and governor who was one of Franklin Roosevelt's last appointments as a Federal District Judge. She has traveled nearly every mile of Idaho and is founder of the Sawtooth Society, formed to save the Sawtooth National Recreation Area from massive development, helped establish the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise and is on the governing board of the National Wilderness Society.

Terry Maley is a retired geologist who worked for many years for the Department of the Interior and served as director of the Idaho Division of Earth Resources for five years with responsibility over all mineral resource, water resource, and geological research in Idaho. He has written seven books on regional geology, field geology and mineral resources management.

Rozina George is a member of the Lemhi Shoshoni tribe and the great-great-great-great niece of Sacajawea and co-founder of the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon. She has been the history/cultural director for the Sacajawea Interpretive and Education Center‘s board since 1999. George is a consultant for the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation on Sacajawea, Chief Cameahwait and the Lemhi Shoshone. She was involved in the initial development of the Sacajawea dollar coin and participated in numerous presentations relating to Sacajawea.

Steve Bly is a travel photographer who was named Photographer of the Year in 2001 and 2002 by the Society of American Travel Writers. His photographs have graced more than 200 covers of magazines and other publications, including National Geographic’s Traveler and Adventurer magazines. He works for a number of clients internationally and is represented by five international picture agencies, including Getty Images, the largest in the world. Bly has traveled extensively through Idaho and has run and photographed the Middle Fork of the Salmon River more than 20 times. His latest book, published in 2001, is entitled “Idaho Wild and Beautiful.” He and his wife, Pam, live near the Greenbelt on the Boise River.

Cort Conley has worked as a river guide and a writer. Most of his books have been issued under his own imprint, Backeddy Books, including "Idaho Loners: Hermits, Solitaries, and Individualists," which was published in 1994. He has written seven books, most of which highlight his adopted state of Idaho. Originally from California, Conley worked as river guide along Idaho's Salmon River for several years. His most popular book is "Idaho for the Curious," which incorporates points of interest, historical information, and local legends.

Grant Simonds is executive director of the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, a statewide non-profit business trade organization that represents the majority of the state's full-time licensed outfitters and guides. Simonds has explored, camped, hiked, boated and hunted much of Idaho's scenic and rugged country for more than 35 years.

Judy Austin is a retired historian. For 36 years, she was a historian and coordinator of publications for the Idaho State Historical Society. She was the editor for "Idaho Yesterdays," the state's official historical journal, and a valuable resource. During her tenure, Austin saw the society grow from one with no historic properties and a handful of employees to an agency with several offices and archives, a historic preservation program and many historic sites. She is, in many ways, Idaho's institutional memory.

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