Last season Bureau of Land Management smokejumper Murry Taylor prepares for training at the Fort Wainwright, Alaska fire base prior to the worst fire season in recent U.S. history. Taylor, 59, is the oldest working smokejumper in the U.S. He plans to hang up his chute for good after the 2000 fire season.
Idaho summer Boaters on the St. Joe River (above) idle past log booms within the St. Maries city limits. A classic motorcycle (middle) sits in the sun outside the CAF Building in Fernwood, Idaho after the annual Fernwood Days parade in July. A firefighter shoots water onto a logdeck at the Potlatch sawmill in a June training exercise.
Papa made the dobro In addition to playing in a honkytonk band called the Red Eye Express, musician Buck Mourning makes his own instruments, including a dobro he hand-crafted for his daughter.
Bucking the pain A young cowboy gets some help from fellow bull riders after being bucked and stepped on in the annual rodeo during Paul Bunyan Days on Labor Day weekend in St. Maries. More than 100 contestants compete for prizes in the annual event.