Spuds And Duds 2006 

Making mountains out of 12 months of molehills

We're getting a little misty-eyed here at BW HQ, where 12 months of 2006 have passed like an aerial-spraying flyover in the night. Those of us whose careers depend on newsy doings owe the year 2006 a major professional debt. In 12 months, we lost one governor, gained another--temporarily--and elected a third. We watched a bitter Republican primary unfold, followed by a spirited, cash-drunk general election. The last year also featured a parade of inevitables: Whether it was the sale of Albertsons, the hand-off of the Idaho Statesman, or the election of Butch Otter, there were a few things that just seemed bound to happen. Rather than just watch the procession, we at BW have a hankering to call it as we see it. Thus was born the annual hootenanny we call "Spuds and Duds." We're here to fling flowers at the good stuff (Spuds) and kick sand in the eye of the bad (Duds). As he has before, BW's eminent Bill Cope led this parade, helping us recall the high highs and the low lows that by now seem like ancient history. A shout-out to 2007: You're looking promising already. We'll be taking notes.

--Shea Andersen,

news editor


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