What's Occupying Our Brains 

From protest movements to metal mayhem, we've got it covered.

Somewhere between executing a carefully laid content plan and flying by the seat of our pants, we thought we were covering the Occupy movement adequately--especially for a small staff spread thin trying to cover the election, know everything about all the arts and entertainment in town, and put together our biggest event of the year, when we raise somewhere around $15,000 for the arts community.

Turns out at least one reader thought we could do better and told me as much. And I listened.

While columnist Ted Rall has been dedicating his column to the Occupy movement from a national perspective for the last six weeks and while we've sent a few reporters out to cover the local arm for our news blog, we have yet to really roll up our sleeves and get into the thick of what's going down at Capitol Park. Maybe it's time we did.

This week, our attention in News is pretty well focused on the upcoming elections. Last week, we covered Meridian and Eagle; this week, we take a look at Boise and Ketchum. And Occupy Boise.

When News Editor George Prentice sat down with Mayor Dave Bieter last week to talk about his bid for re-election, Prentice asked the mayor about the Occupy movement. His answer is in "Election? What Election?" on Page 8. Citydesk this week, Pages 8-9, is a lengthier look at the Occupy Boise movement and organizers' plans to form an encampment in the heart of the city.

Beyond news and opinion, I'd highly recommend getting cozy with the arts and entertainment section of the paper this week. Arts is a fascinating story about a woman to whom we're all indebted, though my guess is only a handful of people know her name or her unwitting contribution to science. As for Noise--even if you've never heard of Mastadon and think you have zero desire to read about a metal band--read it.

Finally if you happen to pick up a paper when it's fresh off the presses Wednesday, Nov. 2, don't forget: Cover Auction at the Linen Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. for reserved seating and 5:30 p.m. for everyone else. We hope to see you there.

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