Robert Frost wrote, "Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." For Boise Weekly Editor-in-Chief Zach Hagadone, "home" is Boise, where he and his wife bought their first house, where they raise their son, where she teaches and where he wrangles Idaho's only alternative newsweekly week in and week out. But for Hagadone, home is also Sandpoint, which sits at the northern tip of Idaho, and is closer to Washington and Canada than Boise.
Hagadone grew up in Sandpoint. He was a bartender and he owned his own newspaper (sometimes doing both at the same time), he had his finger right on the pulse of the community. So when we learned that retailer Coldwater Creek, Bonner County's largest employer, was closing its doors, it made sense to us that Hagadone be the one to tell the story. So I took over as guest editor and sent Hagadone digging not only into the numbers and figures he so loves, but also his memories. This week's feature, "Bust or Boom," is a snapshot of what losing a $342 million per year corporation, in a town previously pummeled by the timber industry's fall 40 years ago, might look like. And it's from the perspective of someone who cares deeply for that town's past, present and future.
Elsewhere in this week's issue, in our News section, on Page 8, BW's intrepid news editor and resident film buff George Prentice writes about his trek through the Ada County Landfill to learn about a "garbage census" and the new gas-to-energy process now in place. In the Screen, Page 25, Prentice provides his thoughts on two films coming out soon: the Jim Jarmusch-directed Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton as a pale vampire; and Belle, the true story of one painting's provenance. In Culture, Page 21, music contributor Ben Schultz provides a profile on touring band Mirror Travel; and yours truly, along with acting as editor, gives a little insight into rising young comic Hannibal Buress on Page 20.
I always walk away from a week in Hagadone's big shoes exhausted but with a sense of accomplishment and pride in Boise Weekly and gratitude to our readers who make it possible. So thanks, Boss, for letting me housesit this week.