Snow, Short Fiction and Election Talk 

Since reporters are mostly cave dwellers—almost 15 years working in newsrooms and I've never had a window—we gauge the seasons based on what feature, special edition or supplemental publication we're working on. There must be snow on the Foothills, because this week's feature story looks at the economic, and increasingly environmental, challenges facing area ski resorts.

Boise Weekly staff writer Jessica Murri profiles Brundage Mountain Resort, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and Tamarack Resort, which is returning to life after the better part of a decade in suspended animation. What she finds is that while all ski areas have to contend with the same basic problems, not all approach them in the same way. Find Murri's snow-themed analysis on Page 13.

In another indication of the season, it's Fiction 101 time again.

Here are the rules:

Each entry must contain exactly 101 words (not including the title), as determined by Microsoft Word. No poetry. No handwritten entries. $10 entry fee per story. Put your name, address and phone number on the back of each entry. BW staff and freelancers are not eligible to enter. All entries due at BWHQ by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5. Cash prizes for winning entries. BW will publish the winning stories in our Jan. 7, 2015, edition. Mail or drop off entry and fee to Boise Weekly, Fiction 101, 523 Broad St., Boise. Do not send cash via snail mail.

If you're not into the whole brevity thing, don't waste your time, money or words—this one's for the strong silent types.

Finally, as if we needed further proof that it's early November, it's time to talk election results at the Post-Midterm Election Breakdown panel discussion hosted by The Blue Review at Boise State University's downtown location (301 S. Capitol Blvd.). Get analysis, philosophizing and probably a few cheap shots from Boise State political science professor Justin Vaughn, BW News Editor George Prentice and assorted other smart folk. The event is free and goes down Monday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m.

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