Note: BW's Legislative coverage returns this week. But that has nothing to do with giant spitting worms. Or does it? 

If you're a reader who takes your coffee over a session with Boise Weekly, you might want to plan for an extra cup this week. It's the kind of issue you may have to chew on for a little longer than usual.

First, we welcome back Unda the Rotunda, our annual column dedicated to all that's shaking under the Capitol dome. And with its return to Boise Weekly's pages, you'll see a new byline this year. After three years of serving as the voice of Rotunda, News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman is passing on the Rotunda torch to Andrew Crisp, who headed up last year's coverage of the Thomson/Litster race. In addition to Rotunda's weekly legislative review in print, you can get daily updates on citydesk at, as well as follow @undatherotunda on Twitter for real-time updates.

In News this week, you'll read a story about what the feds' proposed tighter air quality rules could mean for the valley and what happens if those new limits put the city into non-compliance with EPA standards.

Turn a few more pages and you'll run smack into a story you might never have heard anything about: the giant Palouse earthworm. That's giant as in up to a meter long and Palouse as in the prairie in northern Idaho. Leah Sottile's story not only introduces us to the worm, which is believed to be on the brink of extinction, but also to rifts it's creating between agriculture and environmentalism up north.

And finally, we need your help. Features Editor Deanna Darr is looking for wedding horror stories and though we've put the call out in cyberspace, I bet a few of you print die-hards have a story or two. Spill your guts by e-mailing

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