Because our office will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2, we have early deadlines for both the Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 editions of Boise Weekly. Because we have early deadlines, I am writing this Note on Dec. 20. Because I am not clairvoyant (my husband and children might argue I'm telepathic, but they're creatures of habit and just easier to read than they think), I don't know exactly what the next seven days will bring (I'm hoping for peace on Earth). I am confident, however, the following stories are in this year-end edition of Boise Weekly:
On Page 5, News Editor George Prentice looks back on 2017 and some of the important local politics, policies and parking rules that do and will continue to affect life in the City of Trees.
Speaking of parking, Page 5 is also where you'll find a recap by Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry of the Dec. 19 Boise City Council meeting, in which new rules reducing free-parking hours and increasing parking fees and fines in downtown Boise, passed in a split vote.
On Page 22, Prentice continues to reflect on 2017, this time highlighting some of the people—both local and visiting—who educated, entertained and enlightened us.
When we refer to "the holidays," we don't just mean the eve and day of Christmas. We're including New Year's Eve, one of the most revered and celebratory days of the year for some—especially this one, after the turmoil of 2017. The annual Idaho® Potato Drop kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, and the celebration is so big, it took four pages to list all the music, food, activities and events, which you'll find on Pages 13-16, thanks to our friends at the Idaho New Year's Commission.
Last but most, if you didn't see the note from Boise Weekly owner/publisher Sally Freeman in the Dec. 20 edition, please read it when you have a minute: "Fearlessness." It's honest, straightforward and poignant, and the Boise Weekly editorial team stands behind her.
See you in 2018!