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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

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The article below was published in the newspaper The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA, on page 1, on December 30, 1947.


Remember 'Flying Saucers'? They Were Idaho's Top 1947 News Story; Water Row Among First Ten

BOISE, Dec., 30. (AP) -- The mystery of the "flying discs" which had idahoans glancing into the sky most of the summer for shiny objects flying in formation, topped the Idaho news stories for 1947, a survey of the Associated Press members compiled by the Boise bureau show Tuesday.

The "discs" captured high ranking in nearly all ballots, but several other Idaho news stories also hit the the top headlines of dailies throughout the state.

The other top nine, not necessarily ranked in order, were the state legislature and its action on slot machines, liquor by the drink and the school reorganization, the polio epidemic, north Idaho lumber strike; Nampa explosion which killed six persons; appontment of Millard F. (Dixie) Howell as head coach at the University of Idaho; Bandpoint "gag" slaying; Snake river water controversy; telephone strike and the spraying of north Idaho forests for Tussock moth.

Broadhusrt Trial

Another story of Idaho interest that ranked with any of the "top ten" was the Broadhusrt trial in Vale, Ore., just across the Idaho line. Although dated lined from Oregon, the trial carried much interest for Idahoans as Dr. W. D. Broadhurst, victim of a slaying was a wealthy Caldwell chiropractor and rancher, and Mrs. Broadhurst, a resident of Caldwell, had formerly lived in Burley.

Two other stories receiving mention of Idaho editors for top rating were the expansion of the Pionneer baseball league to eight clubs and the drowning of three Nampa persons in Lake Lowell and the survival of Mrs. John Ulrich after bobbing around in the lake in a life jacket all night.

Remember Kenneth Arnold

Kenneth Arnold, Boise businessman-pilot, started the "flying disc" affair that mushroomed thoughout the country when he reported observing nine shiny objects flying in formation at 10 thousand feet between Pendleton, Ore., and Boise on June 26.

A few days later a westbound United Air lines pilot observed the objects between Boise and Emmett. By that time reports of "flying saucers" were being received from nearly every city and village throughout Idaho.

Tops for excitement came July 11 when it was reported to Twin Falls police that a "flying disc" had landed in the yard there, the federal bureau of investigation and army intelligence were called in to investigate the metal and plastiglass object. After several hours police announced that it was a hoax. Four teen age youths confessed making the disc and planting it in a yard for a joke.

But it wasn't a joke to army, navy, and FBI officials who are still without evidence as to what they are, whether they came from of why.

Legislative Headlines

The state legislature kept in the headlines for two months and its far reaching effects have been almost daily stories. The legislature met several controversial issues headon, passing such news worthy and debatable measures as liquor by the drink, authorizing slot machines in incorporated villages and cities, establishing a four year uni-

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To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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