I just got back from the 2007 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference in Portland, Oregon. My colleagues and I spent three days in the downtown Hilton jetting from seminar to seminar learning about everything from writing more ethnic and racially diverse feature stories to making online listings more reader friendly and featuring more user generated content to Web and design development and I'm ready to implement it all. One great thing about the conference was that it was a little like I assume an AA meeting to be: I met so many people who face the same issues week after week that I do.
We ate amazing food at a place called Oba in the Pearl District and shopped at a sweet little vintage/new store called Magpie just blocks from the hotel.
Things I do know: Just one thing for now...check out a band called Point Juncture, WA. Melodic, dissonant rock + vibraphone = cool new fave. Mama Auto Boss is their 2005 release and so worth a listen.
Check out http://www.boiseweekly.com/.