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Now that ballots are in, it's time for the real fun to begin. With nearly 200,000 votes cast, this year's Best of Boise will see some of the tightest races yet. For the past two and a half weeks, voters have been clicking their fingers off to choose the best of the best in the categories of Arts & Entertainment, Bars & Nightlife, Food & Dining, Goods & Services and Sports & Recreation. We'll be spending the next few weeks tallying the votes and putting together our finest Best of Boise issue yet. Look for that on Wednesday, May 30.

In the meantime, pardon our pride while we take a moment to mention that Boise Weekly was honored no less than 18 times at the April 29 Idaho Press Club Awards. Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry was feted for his work in the Light Feature and Watchdog/Investigative categories; Staff Writer Lex Nelson took home prizes in the Agriculture, Arts & Entertainment, Business and Environment categories; Freelance Contributor Carissa Wolf won the top prize in Crime & Courts reporting; and I was fortunate to garner attention in the categories of Agriculture Reporting, Arts & Entertainment, Business Reporting, Crime & Courts Reporting, Environment Reporting, Health & Medical Reporting, Light Feature, Political Reporting, Religion Reporting and Serious Feature.

We've got a wide array of reports to share with you this week, including a sit-down with the co-presidents of College of Idaho (pages 6 and 7), preparations for Idaho Gives Day (page 8), a conversation with the man who oversees 26 McDonald's franchises in the Treasure Valley (page 17), a preview of a new film starring Charlize Theron (page 21) and some tantalizing tastes from a local baker who specializes in vegan desserts (page 22). Bon Appetit.

—George Prentice, News Editor



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