New West has learned through a local source that Democratic nominee for president Barack Obama has hired 1988 Boise High School graduate Jim Messina as his campaign Chief of Staff. Messina is former COS to Montana Sen. Max Baucus.
Jill Kuraitis is an award-winning journalist who specializes in news of Idaho and the Rocky Mountain West. Her B.A. in theatre management is from UC Santa Barbara, and she went on to work in theatre, film, and politics before writing became a career. Kuraitis has two excellent grown children and lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years, abundant backyard wildlife, and two huge hairy dogs.