Putting together this week's main feature was no easy task.
The inaugural wolf hunt is one of the most significant events of 2009 in Idaho, and Boise Weekly would be remiss not to cover the story in some capacity. Furthering the story from an alt-weekly perspective, however, presented a number of challenges. Those who live in the world beyond BW's newsroom expect that those of us within BW's walls take a particular stance on wolves. The truth is there's hardly consensus among our opinions. Walking a line down the middle has been our goal with wolf coverage in recent months, and as evidenced by the dozens of comments on Features Editor Deanna Darr's Aug. 17 citydesk post on the start of the hunt, that unbiased coverage spurs robust dialogue.
This week, we've chosen to dispense with words and to present the story visually with a series of photographs depicting wolves in a variety of ways: as pets, as animals in their natural habitat and as game. Our intent was not to position Boise Weekly on the issue, nor was it to rehash the story of wolves in Idaho from endangered to hunted.
No doubt, some people will think we've made a mistake in further publicizing hunter Robert Millage's photos, which now symbolize the hunt to a nationwide audience. Others will think we've made a mistake publishing artist David Marr's photos depicting wolves as beloved pets. And others will simply object to the juxtaposition of the two viewpoints, arguing that we've created a negative statement one way or other.
Regardless of your opinion on the wolf hunt, or your opinion on our approach, I'm confident that you'll have a strong opinion about some aspect of the story. Share it with us. Post your comments online, send in your letters to the editor, take part in the discussion.
On a much more serious note, we're hosting a party next week and we'd like you to join us. The eighth annual BW Cover Art Auction is Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Idaho State Historical Museum. We'll auction off the last year of BW covers, all of which have been created by local artists, in order to fund a private grant for local artists. Admission is free, doors open at 5 p.m. and the auctioneer starts at 6 p.m. sharp. For a refresher on the year's covers, visit boiseweekly.com and click on "cover," check out the preview in this edition, or wander over to the museum and have a look.