Note: BW's Vancouver bureau is up and running. 

Boise Weekly contributor Sadie Babits is in British Columbia for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and last week, she spent some serious time honing her ebay skills to score tickets to events. It was no easy task. Not only are tickets expensive--four tickets to the men's hockey final run $16,999--but they're hard to come by. So are International Olympic Committee media credentials. As of press time, however, Babits had tickets to men's curling and women's luge, and she was filing stories with BW like mad.

In addition to daily contributions to Cobweb at, Babits' Vancouver correspondence is also featured throughout this week's Rec section. Get a look at Idaho Olympian Sara Studebaker in this week's Rec feature (Page 28), and in Play on Page 29, catch up on the Olympic coverage you've been missing at all week.

Also in Cobweb news ... hopefully, you've noticed a few familiar bylines have started to make regular appearances in BW's blog-land. Last week, our freelancer army officially joined staff bloggers as regular posters. Wine expert David Kirkpatrick is offering regular do's and definitely do not's on vino. Film fiends Travis Estvold and Jeremiah Robert Wierenga are spouting off about what's hot and what's not in celluloid. And longtime food writer turned Home Sweet Home columnist Jennifer Hernandez is back on the food beat in cyberspace. Also on the food beat, and completely new to Boise Weekly, is chef Randy King with his kitchen confessions--like his college concoction of pan-fried Starburst and OJ pork and what he has to say about not-so-fancy, overpriced restaurant menus.

And finally, we're embarking on a major project and we need your help. We're publishing our first-ever Annual Manual, a once-a-year behemoth guide to everything cool about Boise. If you're putting on an event in Boise or the nearby area between September 2010 and September 2011, we want to know about it. Have an event you look forward to attending every year? We want to know about it. E-mail your music, festival, arts and cultural, rec or food event to before Friday, Feb. 26.

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