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Summer in the City of Trees

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We're a couple of weeks early—and the weather isn't really cooperating—but summer is on our minds at BWHQ.

In this week's edition of Boise Weekly you'll find a bevy of summer-themed content. On Page 7, BW News Editor George Prentice takes a look at what's been happening at the Boise Airport, with new direct flights opening soon and how the facility plans to handle what's expected to be a record-breaking travel season. All of that despite headline-grabbing shake-ups at the Transportation Security Administration and historic long lines at airport security stations across the country.

On Page 16, you'll find a list of select summer music festivals, followed by a rundown of area food and art festivals on Page 27. BW freelancer Randy King schools us on the ins and outs of bike camping on Page 33, and Prentice—putting on his film guru hat—ranks the upcoming slate of summer films on Page 34.

The biggest chunk of the paper devoted to easy living can be found on Page 19, where we're publishing a map of local bars, restaurants and coffee shops that feature patios. It's the kickoff to our second annual Passport to Patios promotion, in which readers will have special passports stamped for visiting spots with al fresco options. The passports will be printed in the June 1, June 8 and June 15 editions of BW.

Bring filled passports to BWHQ (523 Broad St. in downtown Boise) and be entered to win prizes worth more than $2,000.

Plan your route using the map in this week's paper, and plan to pull your passport from any of the following three editions.

Speaking of upcoming editions, we're down to the wire with the 2016 BW Black-and-White Photo Contest. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, June 1 at bwphotocontest.boiseweekly.com, with the winner—selected by a panel of judges—published on the cover of the June 15 edition of BW.

You don't have to wait until then to see the entries, though. This year we're opening voting to the public for a People's Choice Award. You can view the submissions and vote for your favorite from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 12.