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Big and Bigger


Big and Bigger

OK, readers, this isn't fair, but I'm going to do it anyway.

We have big changes coming up at Boise Weekly. Big. Huge.

Often, by the time you see the big changes we've made here at Boise Weekly, we've been immersed in the details for weeks or months. By the time things go public, it's old news to us, but to you it feels like we've sprung big change with little warning.

So without giving too much away here, I'll give you this: big changes are coming. We're revamping two sections of the paper, one of which is possibly our most widely read. It's an entire shift in direction--a complete re-envisioning of our mission in that section and it's radical. In fact, I'm willing to wager there hasn't been a change this big in our content since we added a second restaurant reviewer to our Food section each week back in 2001. In fact, I'm willing to wager that this may be the most dramatic change Boise Weekly has ever made in its editorial content. No, I'm not exaggerating. It is that big. And though we've been plotting for months, you will have to wait another few editions before we let you in on the secret.

In the meantime, I suggest this week's main feature "Nuclear Idaho" from Zach Hagadone. This is exactly the kind of meaty, detail-driven story that alt weeklies were meant to tell. We're not breaking any news here--after all, the story starts in 1955--rather, we're re-framing the dialogue about the news. We've taken a few steps back from the daily reporting to take a wide-angle view and refocus what an atomic Idaho means. As home to one of the world's first nuclear power plants and the possible home of the first nuclear power plant built since the Carter administration, Idaho has a complicated nuclear history. Hagadone's story closely examines where we've been in an effort to better understand where we might be heading.