When Bill Cope comes marching into the office bearing a box full of newspaper clippings and a small dark cloud hovering over his head, it can mean only one thing: Spuds and Duds time. So it was that Cope, BW News Editor Deanna Darr and I began the odyssey back through 2007.
I wish I could say it was a sentimental experience, full of fond reminiscing and tales of yesteryear's glory. But no renditions of "Auld Lang Syne" were sung, and no toasts were made (although a certain recently world-famous Idaho senator should get a toast from every Idaho reporter this year; we owe him lots of circulation spikes).
When we wander back through 2007, we find that, yes, the Duds have somehow once again outnumbered the Spuds. There are only so many Ian Johnsons, Barbara Morgans and other Gem-State saints to keep us going through a year like the one just past. Instead, 2007 bogged us down in legislative dithering, gnarly wildfires and a governor still trying to figure out if he's a good ole boy or just a good boy.
And then into the dog days of summer walked Sgt. Dave Karsnia, of the Minneapolis International Airport police force. When he flashed his badge beneath the now-famous bathroom stall divider at U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, he changed all of our lives. Suddenly, we were off to the races and Idaho's 2007 got real steamy.
Add to that a festering Boise Police Department union, a city council with some characters of its own and a mayor's race that wasn't, and we had ourselves a time of it, didn't we? No, this does not mean we are eager to turn back the clock. As Ken Kesey would say, "Further." We'll turn back a fresh page on the reporter's notebook as soon as this issue hits the stands, and see what tomorrow brings.
Happy New Year.