Changes, Vacations and Mayonnaise-Covered Duds 

The entire staff will be on vacation through the New Year. If you absolutely have to reach us, you're going to have to wait.

A few months back, I wrote that we've been busy behind the scenes revamping a few things. One of those changes was the redesign of the Screen section, which we did a few weeks back. The other change is fairly major, and we'll roll that out in the first issue of next year, but we'll have a preview of what's to come in next week's issue. Here's a hint: Look for a new byline in the Food section.

If you're a regular reader, bear with me a moment while I repeat myself out of necessity. By the time most of you have picked up this week's paper or logged on to boiseweekly.com, we'll have vacated the premises for a short break. After noon on Wednesday, Dec. 22, you won't reach anyone at our offices until Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. The entire staff will be on vacation through the New Year. If you absolutely have to reach us, you're going to have to wait.

For those of you who, like us, will have a little extra time on your hands over the holidays, here's something to keep you busy: enter our first-ever Frosty Goes to Hollywood video contest. We have a Bend Winterfest Package to give away that includes a two-night stay at the Riverhouse Hotel, two free lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, dinner for two, two passes to Bend Winterfest, a Deschutes Brewery tour and tasting for two, and a Deschutes Brewery gift pack. Yep, it's a haul. Submit your snow-related video before Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, for a chance to win. Readers will vote for the winner Jan. 4 through Jan. 12. To enter, visit boiseweekly.com and click on the blue Frosty Goes to Hollywood button at the top of the page.

Next week's issue is our annual year in review, Spuds and Duds, in which we award spuds to the best, duds to the worst and possibly a bucket of one or the other to the really, really good or the really, really bad. Who's the lucky winner of a dud slathered in mayo? Find out next week.

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