Well, we broke the news to the kids tonight. We told them how mommy and daddy were still great friends but we didn't want to be married anymore. I was surprised to hear my son say now he had a better chance of getting a new little brother. My daughter was actually excited about having more p…

If you have been following this blog, you'll know I've basically left the Weekly in a management role. I've been talking about buying type, a press, etc. Well, now is your chance to see it. This next First Thursday (June 1) at the Visual Arts Collective on Grove will be the Open Studios Rece…

As I was working in the garden yesterday contemplating Steven Corbert's satirical address at the White House Press Correspondent's dinner—in which "W" was sitting not more than 15 feet away on stage—I recalled something he said. He was saying hello to politically notorious people in the audi…

Well, the studio is coming together. I've been receiving Ebay packages on a daily basis full of wood type. Last weekend I drove to Seattle then Portland to pick up a small press. A few days ago my poster press arrived and I've been playing with it. Sorting type has become a zen thing... the …

Today I wake with a little sadness. It is the 14th anniversary of my mother's death. I attended the Unitarian Easter service yesterday and the minister spoke of resurrection, life, death and this time of year. Spring always brings a melancholy sadness to my heart. The flowers bursting from t…

Since my sabbatical has begun I have been searching, something that I will enjoy in as creative way possible. I returned this week from the San Francisco Center for the Book, a small facility that hosts letterpress and bookbinding workshops in addition to small exhibitions. I found out while…

It was weird this week. Seeing a new issue of Boise Weekly in the newsstands and racks and not necessarily knowing what was inside. I had an inkling, but by and large a lot of the stuff I had not read prior to it getting published. It is strange not to be a part of something that I've been w…

For those of you who have read Lingo Yarns online, thank you. For those of you who have read it in the print version I thank you as well but it will no longer be in the paper. I will continue it online in this blog forum and you may be curious as to what is going down. I will try to explain here.

The newspaper industry has been losing readers for many years, hence the plethora of niche publications that attempt to reach "younger" readers. Despite these lame efforts--and a smaller readership base--some aspects of the news industry grow. Last week it was revealed that President Bush ha…

We've gone back and forth on one issue in the editorial department this week, but I believe that something needs to be said. Every legislator sitting in the Idaho statehouse who voted "yes" for the marriage amendment is a BIGOT. Yes, a BIGOT. And come election time this fall, if you vote for…

Last week, our news editor bumped our planned feature to bring you "Red State, meet Police State" about Homeland Security officers harassing a local federal employee for the anti-war stickers on his automobile. Since we posted the story online, our Web site (www.boiseweekly.com) has experien…

I received a phone message the other day about our lack of letters to the editor in every issue since January 1. They also complained that they missed the column that used to be in classifieds but couldn't remember what it was. For the record, it was "Dream Zone," a dream analysis column whi…

My headaches wouldn't subside on Monday. My eyes wouldn't focus. I felt like I was coming down with a virus, a cold or even worse, the bird flu. I had just come back from San Francisco, flying on a cramped plane with other potential virus bombs just waiting to explode. Then there are two bir…

Rather than let this week’s diatribe be one of those “by the time you read this I’ll be ...” kind of spiels, I’ll spare you the gloating that right now I’m most likely in San Francisco at an alternative weekly newspaper conference. Sometimes people ask me what we do at these mini-conventions…

This time of year can be tough for the newspaper industry. The pre-X-mas rush of advertising helps the bottom line and makes for thick papers in December, but come January, the industry suffers for the excess it enjoyed leading up to the mother of all consumer holidays. It's the newspaper ha…

As we embark on a new legislative session, we are treated to another State of the State address. To combat my high utility bills, I learned that the Guv wants to give every Idahoan a check for $50. That's awful nice of you, Guv, but didn't we recently just let expire a sales tax increase to …

As I began 2006, I woke up and strangely recalled 1976. That year was big in my youth. I was 9-years-old and it was a big birthday for the nation. I recall the Six Million Dollar Man lunchbox I had, spying on my 12-year-old neighbor making out with her boyfriend under the deck of her house, …

The other day I woke up at 4 a.m. This isn't an abnormal occurrence. Occasionally, after a full night of beverages, I rise in the middle of the night for a little bladder relief. Only this night I couldn't get back to sleep. So what is there to do at 4 a.m.? Uninterested in infomercials, I w…

As the current economic recovery hasn't yet "trickled down" to my middle-class saving-account, Christmas, once again, will be a little lean. It may be the perfect Christmas to teach the Spawn a valuable lesson in life, though. Although I recall my own father threatening my brother and me wit…

It seems evey time there is a big push by the administration to up the President's poll numbers through nationalistic speeches--attended only by screened attendees who sign a pledge to applaud--I get a flurry of phone calls and e-mails about Ted Rall, Bill Cope and accusations of slander, li…

'Tis the auction season. Beginning with the Boise Weekly cover auction, I have now been the auctioneer of at least three fundraising auctions in Boise this season. While I don't do the typical lip-flapping--preferring to take a more art auctioneer approach--I do try to generate excitement. W…

In the newsroom, statistics get bunted around like questions on a quiz show. "Bush's approval rating is 39 percent nationwide. Someone guess what Bush's aproval rating is in Idaho ... Go ahead. Guess," someone shouts. Then, around The Cave (because advertising already has dibs on calling the…

This past weekend, we held the 4th Annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction. It was another smashing success. The beneficiary was ArtFaire, a local organization that assists young folks with art education. The more young artists we create and inspire in our community, the stronger its soul will be.…

The last time I'd gone to an auction at a farm, I was a boy living on a small farm in Colorado during an era when family farms were shutting down. I learned some valuable lessons from my father. Go in with a price in your head and don't get caught up in auction fever. When bidding gets above…

As a kid, I loved Halloween. The costumes, the decorations, the pumpkin carving--it was really all for the sake of hauling in a huge bag of candy that would last until Christmas (when another mother lode of goodies arrived). As a parent of two spawn smack dab in the middle of the Halloween (…

Sometimes I think the terrorists have succeeded in doing what they intended to do. We can't turn around without someone screaming that the sky is falling. A few weeks ago, a geocache was mistaken for a bomb on the Rainbow Bridge north of Smith's Ferry blocking traffic for hours while bomb sq…

Addiction is all around us. Whether you like it or not, our brains are wired to like one thing, over and over, a whole bunch. Most likely you'll never get sick of something you're addicted too--well, maybe a little. But you'll always come back, because it fills a need that your body and mind…

WARNING: If you are offended by the act of hunting, stop reading now and preserve your belief that I am a bleeding-heart liberal, hippie, environmentalist communist.

Idaho's quarter is one step closer to having a real look. The Guv' announced five designs, hand picked by himself, to submit to the U.S. Mint for consideration. Of course, we don't know what ideas they rejected.

Although I just got back from a nine-day vacation at Burning Man--running around amongst neo-hippies, artists, performers, ravers, nudists and the like--I feel like I need another vacation. We have been writing thousands of words in preparation for this Best of Boise issue--our annual love-f…

I'm not sure who to listen to now. First reports of Hurricane Katrina told us of an unprecedented disaster. The feds' slow response told us they didn't think it was such a big deal. But Big Brother evactuated the city anyway. Then reports of rapes, suicides and child murders at the Superdome…

I wasn't entirely cut off from the real world while at Burning Man for 12 days. Registered as one of the "media"--primarily to get access to the WiFi network and communicate with the outside world--I had access to information other attendees didn't. Or as I later figured out, they didn't wan…

For this week's sans-Bingo-Lingo, we asked for your submissions. None came. So, we were left with no choice but to create our own drama. Our editor, who has been cavorting the cosmic sands of Burning Man for over a week, has found the time to e-mail his regards (i.e., "What's the scoop?") ab…

If you didn't get to touch the dreads, Bingo's long gone now. And when the cat's away, the mice will play ... Here in the cavern that is Boise Weekly's editorial realm, we are having our own little Burning Man-esque escape from the norm-really mutinous stuff like leaving the lights off just …

I'm preparing this week for my annual trip to Burning Man. With costumes, art projects, a trailer packed with beer, water and food and my new truculent hair (thanks to Jennifer at Neonephthys), I'm looking forward to nine full, ephemeral days. And if you think these photos are funny, you sho…

One advantage of being an editor is having the last word. In the case of Ted Rall's column, I do not presume to have the last word on this subject, but I can respond to what he has to say. While he primarily speaks of the bigger alternative weekly papers, some of what he says is true. Craigs…

One, the numbers you see on BW's cover-first "5" last week, now "2"-will be explained in next week's issue with the third number cover. If you think you have it figured out, drop me an e-mail.

By the time you read this we should be sitting in our new offices at 523 Broad St. (between Front and Myrtle on 6th Street right next to the Venue). The paint will be drying. Construction workers will be doing the final touches-base boards here, lights there, a floor touch up in the corner .…

As a journalist-slash-editor-slash-newspaper-dude it is always a little disconcerting to be put on the other side of an interview. Another writer-slash-reporter-slash-journalist will always interpret your words in a way you may not have intended. Television and radio reporters are the same. …

One thing I'm in charge of is the Opinion section. I write all those smarmy comments to Mail contributors. I select the Guest Opinions to print when we have space. I make sure Bill Cope's story comes in each week even though he's as regular as a four-bowls-of-bran-a-day kinda guy. Lately, we…

This spring, we held our first Boise Weekly T-shirt design contest and selected a winner. After printing 150 T-shirts with the new design two weeks ago, we ran an advertisement to sell them. No sooner did the issue hit the streets than we received several e-mails pointing out a similar desig…

Between the Coldest Beer in Boise issue, getting the BOB poll up and running, overseeing the remodel on our new Boise Weekly offices, I'm burning the candle at both ends. Pardon me while I have a sleep deprivation-induced psychosis for a day or two.

Last week, the secret winner of the $220.3 million Powerball lottery announced his identity with a flurry of press appearances. The 33-year-old Boisean Brad Duke told Forbes that he wants to turn his $85 million (after-tax, lump-sum winnings) into $1 billion in 15 years. That means he won't …

By the time you read this I'll be in San Diego, a stone's throw away from Tijauana. I'm flying down to attend our annual newspaper convention for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, an organization of almost 200 papers like this one across the nation. You may have seen them in other…