Note October 8, 2008 

Post-Best of Boise is a tough time to be editor at Boise Weekly. Inevitably, not everyone is happy with our sense of humor, but we're used to that. And somehow, not everyone has figured out that the readers' choice winners are actually determined by readers' votes, not personal preference or score-settling by BW staffers.

But the dust is starting to settle and now that the staff has had some time off, we're ready to get back to work starting with this hard-hitting issue. In this week's main feature, News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman takes a look at the state's redistricting future and examines how things may change. Hoffman also sits down with Idaho budget director Wayne Hammon who was recently tasked with planning for a 2.5 percent holdback in the state's general fund. Also in News, Staff Writer Tara Morgan wades into the concept of gray water, or the practice of reusing spent water within one's own home, asking what's possible and what's legal.

The arts and entertainment half of this week's issue features pieces by two well-respected Idaho arts journalists, Norman Weinstein and Christopher Schnoor. An acclaimed jazz critic, poet and Grammy Award judge, Weinstein wrote this week's Noise feature, a preview of blues legend Taj Mahal. Schnoor, a longtime BW contributor who's becoming so sought after we can hardly throw an assignment his way, reviews Charles Gill's new work now showing at the College of Idaho. Other arts highlights this week span performances from the well established, with the first season from the New Ballet Idaho, to the emerging, with Alley Repertory Theater's impending opening.

In Food, you'll read about a mom-and-pop joint with a low profile and rave-worthy comfort food. And in Rec, Features Editor Deanna Darr checks in on the progress of the Special Olympics Winter World Games' volunteer drive and fund-raising efforts.

Happy reading and, as always, tell us what you think.

—Rachael Daigle

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