After 40 years at the Idaho Statesman, Zimo gets his day

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMay 20, 2014 

Pete "Zimo" Zimowsky was born and raised in New Jersey and followed a desire to move west when he enrolled at Utah State University, where he earned a degree in journalism.

He worked numerous positions in the newsroom before becoming an outdoors reporter, a position he has long held, and for which he is best known as "Zimo" through his many articles and columns.

He says he got the position because he was able to identify a photo of a chukar when asked by an editor. (A chukar is a bird, if you're wondering.)

For decades, Zimo has traveled throughout Idaho with a pen, camera and video camera, and brought the wonders of the outdoors to the readers of the Idaho Statesman and the readers and viewers of

He's covered the outdoors with undying enthusiasm, whether explaining the ins and outs of the Greenbelt to a Boise newcomer or rafting through the depth of the Frank Church Wilderness during a fall float trip.

He's out and about nearly every weekend camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and more with his wife, Julie Hall, and their golden retriever, Phoebe.

In a special nod to his contributions to the state, Gov. Butch Otter signed a proclamation declaring May 20 "Pete 'Zimo' Zimowsky Day" in the state of Idaho.

Roger Phillips: 377-6215, Twitter: @rogeroutdoors

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