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Good and Bad

Is disaster looming for the Treasure Valley?

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We have bad news and good news this week. First the bad: disaster is (potentially) looming in the Treasure Valley.

Inside, Boise Weekly staff writer Jessica Murri delves into the various types of doom that face the Boise area—from earthquakes, fire and flood to social and economic collapse—and what plans and processes the experts at the Ada County Emergency Management office have in place to help save us.

One of the biggest threats is drought, and that's another piece of bad news. BW News Editor George Prentice sat down for an interview with Idaho Department of Water Resources Board Chief Brian Patton to talk about the twin trends of increasing temperatures and population growth.

Based on current projections, as many as 1.6 million people may call the Boise Metro Area home by 2065. At the same time, average temperatures in the region could rise between 2 and 4 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. That's going to put stress on one of the Treasure Valley's most precious resources: water. IDWR is looking at an increase in demand of as much as 357 percent in the coming decades, but resource managers are already looking at ways to ease the pinch.

Now the good news: Nestled in the pages of this week's edition of BW is our annual Bar and Restaurant Guide—a glorious, glossy, 72-page collection of profiles, tidbits, factoids and listings for hundreds of the Treasure Valley's favorite eateries and drinkeries. This year's theme was "hidden gems"—casting a spotlight on a handful of the area's secret (and maybe not-so-secret, depending on how often you get out of the house) bars and restaurants.

The Bar and Restaurant is one of our favorite special publications, and we hope it's one you enjoy and keep handy all year long.

To cap off the goodness, you'll also find listings and event picks for April First Thursday, so you have no excuse not to enjoy this fickle spring weather, whether you're looking for something to do, see, eat or drink.