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From Snow to Solemnity

Where to find a yurt and tributes to Vietnam

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The snow won't fly in the Treasure Valley for some time but when it comes, we want you to be ready.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving—and with it, the traditional opening date of most regional ski resorts—Boise Weekly has compiled a calendar of on- and off-the-slopes events to help keep you busy through the short, dark days leading into February.

We cast our net beyond the Treasure Valley to include McCall and Sun Valley, and while we're sure we missed a few worthy events, it's a good starting place to plan your winter adventures.

Just because it's cold doesn't mean camping season is over. BW staff writer Jessica Murri profiles the many yurts available for rent throughout southwestern Idaho—some more luxurious and accessible than others, but all awesome opportunities to experience Idaho's backcountry and its peace and quiet.

Aside from snow, we also note the coming of Veteran's Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with a pair of pieces by BW News Editor George Prentice. We take a look at the expanding services for veterans at Boise State University, as well as a new weeklong remembrance on campus set to begin Monday, Nov. 9. Meanwhile, the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America is planning the first Vietnam War memorial in the Treasure Valley—four decades after the conflict officially ended.

Finally, Prentice reviews a documentary on the Battle of Khe Sanh from Idaho co-producers Ken and Betty Rodgers. The feature-length film, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, has already earned praise from film festivals around the country for its unflinching exploration of one of the bloodiest actions of a controversial war.

As it reads in the opening frames of the film: "This is not a pro-war film. This is not an anti-war film. This is a film about what happened." That, in itself, is a fitting memorial.