Marie Galyean: Plans underway for June’s Outpost Days in Murphy

Fun, delicious food, the unique horny toad race, raffles, arts and beautiful crafts will be just some of the features at the Owyhee County Historical Society’s annual trip to the past June 6-7 in Murphy. Mary O’Malley, president of the OCHS, is hoping for donations of auction items and scrumptious homemade pies for the pie shop to sell.

Sponsors are also being sought, and they will be offered some benefits such as drinks (pop or beer), breakfast tickets, ads for their businesses in the Outpost Schedule, or even a banner. Call Vivian Good at the museum, 495-2319, for more details. She can also tell you about the raffles for a Bushmaster OCR XM-15 Carbine gun, and for the beautiful hand-stitched quilt “Amethyst,” made by Charlene Nettleton. Tickets are $1 or six for $5.

There will be activities for all ages and a petting zoo, said Museum Director Amy Johnson. She also reported that a potluck workday was being held on Saturday, May 16, to spruce up the grounds and yard area. Anyone wishing to volunteer is welcome to come at 10 a.m., prepared to work hard and have good companionship and fun.

Congratulations to Amy and husband Matt on the recent birth of their baby boy, Wyatt Steven. (How’s that for a great Western name?)


Monday is the final day to sign up to participate in one of the oldest continuous parades in this area, Parade America, begun by the Nampa Exchange Club in 1966.

For details, call Brittany Sullenger at 468-5401. This year’s theme is This Is God’s Country, and the parade begins Saturday at 11 a.m., from the corner of 12th Avenue Road and Lake Lowell Avenue near Nampa High School. It will move down 12th to 7th Street South, on to 16th Avenue South and end near Northwest Nazarene University at Holly Street and East Colorado.

Honored as the parade marshal will be the Snake River Stampede. Sullenger says 90 groups have already signed up, including South Middle School Band and Skyview High School’s Band. There will also be antique cars, cheerleaders, politicians and churches represented, as well as lots of horses and veterans. The Beet City Bombers and Capital City Skull Crushers will show off their roller skating skills.

Participating as Color Guard will be the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

This is the 49th year for the parade, and thousands of spectators are expected.


The annual Esto Perpetua award, presented by the Idaho State Historical Society, will be given to nine people and two organizations at 5:30 p.m. June 2 in the Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.

Local history buff Joseph (Joe) Bell will be one of the recipients. As a Canyon County historic preservation officer, he has championed local history and sites for more than 20 years, promoting the state’s heritage and searching out important historic places, objects and locations.

One of his nominators wrote, “Joe epitomizes the state’s motto by perpetually preserving our history through public education, protection of historical assets and exemplary service to the Canyon County’s way of life.” He also worked on the Lake Lowell history project, the scenic byway in Canyon County and researched historic photos at the library.

Other winners from this area include Dan Everhart and Richard H. Holm Jr., both of Boise.

Tickets to the award ceremony and reception cost $20. Reservations should be made by May 25. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 334-2682.


Great gifts, crafts and local produce are filling up the weekly Nampa Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

This is a great opportunity to support our local farmers and find tasty food and interesting gifts. The new coordinator for the Nampa Farmers Market’s is chef Nanci Canary, who has some great recipes to share.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: