Note: BW is crossing state lines. 

With a new Best of Boise format, a new Web site, a paper redesign and a whole mess of cool new tools, I know what you're thinking: what else can BW possibly do differently this year? Well, we have one more trick up our sleeve yet.

Unfortunately, it's not as cool as Cocktail Compass. Nor is it as potentially fulfilling as BWLove and BWLust. And unlike the BW Card, it won't save you money. Heck, you might not care at all, but it's a major change for us and, in fact, it's a change that breeches one of our cardinal rules.

After seven years printing BW every week at Snake River Printing, which is owned and operated by our friends at the Idaho Press-Tribune, we're moving.

This issue marks the final week that we will send copies of our pages to Nampa to be printed on the brand-new behemoth press and driven down I-84 to Boise. Next week, the papers will make a much longer journey, over the mountains and through the desert. And then across state lines.

Here's where we break our local business rule. Although BW is a staunch supporter of local business, when it comes to presses that can handle 30,000 copies of our newspaper every week, it's slim pickins. So starting next week, BW will be printed in Ogden, Utah, at Print Works, which prints fellow alt-weekly Salt Lake City Weekly.

"This has been a difficult decision because of our desire to keep our business local," said Publisher Sally Freeman. "But circumstances beyond our control have forced us to make this difficult decision. We are confident that it is the best decision for BW and that our new partners will supply a quality, timely product that our readers will like."

For BW readers, the move means two things. First, we won't be able to squeeze in your last-minute event and music listings, now that our deadlines have to create time for the five-hour journey BW must make every Wednesday morning. So that Thursday deadline is more important than ever. Second, it also means much more color in the paper. You've probably noticed that we've been using color more generously since our redesign earlier this month, and pages are only going to get more colorful from here on out.

Our new press has promised that we'll still have papers at BWHQ by 7 a.m. on Wednesday, so you should still have your paper for Wednesday morning coffee. Here's hoping the delivery truck has good snow tires.

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