Things have been pretty heady and serious in this space over the last few weeks. After writing about Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's health-care coverage, delivering news of staff departures and chastising the state for its lackluster record on human rights, I have some good news this go-around.
Monday morning, BW welcomed a new member to the newsroom. George Prentice joined the editorial team this week to write and wrangle news, filling the vacancy left by Nathaniel Hoffman. For longtime Boise State Public Radio listeners, let me be the first to commiserate with you on the loss of Prentice in your morning routine. I flipped on KBSX's Morning Edition, which Prentice hosted for three years, Monday morning and for a split second, wondered why the substitute host. When I finally made it to work, I almost asked Prentice to read the morning's news aloud to the staff so we could get our fix. But getting used to a new voice on my morning radio is a small price to pay for what Prentice brings to the BW team, particularly in the news department. Though this is Prentice's first issue as a BW staffer, and the first issue in which he's contributed to the news section, this isn't his first edition with a byline. Since March, Prentice has been making regular appearances in the Screen section and for a least the foreseeable future, will continue to tell you which films to see and which not to see each week. This week, Prentice recommends The Secret in Their Eyes (Page 30).
Last week I promised news of Boise Weekly's first-ever short film contest. It's time to deliver on that promise. Sunday, July 11, is the deadline for the first Local Motion short film contest. Put together any video under three minutes that features Boise in some way and upload it at video.boiseweekly.com. BW readers will vote on the winner beginning on Monday, July 12. The grand prize is $250 in BW Card credit, which you can use at more than 20 restaurants in the valley. It's free to enter. For details, see Cobweb or check the ad on Page 18.