Top 13 of 2013: A Look Back on the Year That Was 

Boise Weekly's picks of the weird, wonderful and WTF?

Over the course of 365 days, we're inundated with the weird, the wonderful, the WTF? In the morning, it can be disaster and destruction; at lunchtime, it's scandal and acrimony; and by quitting time, it's layoffs and lawsuits. We never know what might hit our inboxes, but one thing is for certain: It's always going to be interesting.

Here at Boise Weekly we live for variety, and 2013 delivered. We started the year with political infighting at the Statehouse; unpacked the chaos of Sun Valley city government; went inside the lives of undocumented immigrants; explored the effects of industry on rural life; followed Boise's controversial anti-panhandling ordinances; and looked at mental health care for veterans, support for the homeless and the ongoing struggle for low-income Idahoans to find food security. We chronicled the effects of the 2013 wildfire season on the lives and livelihoods of the Wood River Valley, contemplated climate change, dug into Boise's ill-fated bond proposals, parsed education reform and helped bring to light a military family's lack of closure related to the death of their daughter, whom Air Force officials said died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while stationed half a world away.

We did all of that while keeping a steady bead on the cultural, artistic and gustatory life of Boise and its surrounds.

But there are a few stories that, in the spirit of end-of-year stock-taking, we return to as the most fun, or quirky, or trend-setting. Below you'll find a list of 13 such stories--by no means a summation of 2013, or a true representation of The Most Important Things That Happened This Year--but a baker's dozen that would spring to mind should one of our relatives ask us at the holiday table, "So what did you write about this year?"

We hope you enjoy this little trip through the archives, and we'll see you on the other side of the calendar for another go 'round.

--Zach Hagadone
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