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NRA Still Getting it Right, Except on Tester

Here's something that isn't news to anybody. The number of guns Americans own has skyrocketed, but how is this significant? An incredible--and later proven unfounded--paranoia swept the country starting back in 2008 when it started to look like a perceived anti-gunner, Barack Obama, might become Commander-in-Chief. The rest of the economy tanked, but thanks to Obama, the gun industry flourished and had its best three-year run ever. Firearms manufacturers worked three shifts per day and still couldn't make enough guns, especially handguns, to meet demand. Not only has the number of handguns owned by private citizens at least doubled, to more than 100 million handguns, about one handgun for every two adults, but sales of long guns and shotguns has also soared. Americans now own at least 250 million guns, more than one per adult, including at least 20 million firearms gun control advocates might call "assault weapons." The number of privately owned firearms continues to go up by at least 4 million per year, and interestingly, many new handgun buyers are women.

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Good News and Bad News for Northern Rockies High-Tech

The technology business in the Northern Rockies has always been a bit of a hodge-podge: a big company here, a big subsidiary of a big company there, and a few small hives of entrepreneurship that have a lot of potential, but with the possible exception of Idaho's Treasure Valley don't yet have a major impact on the regional economy. Boise is clearly the most important high-tech center in Northern Rockies, and it got a little bit of good news this week. Micron, the computer-chip manufacturer, finally turned a profit after three years in the red, and Hewlett-Packard's huge Boise-based printing division seems to be doing better. There may not be a lot of job growth on the horizon, but at least job losses should stop for a while. In Montana, the big high-tech news of the day is that Semitool, a large maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, was officially taken over by industry leader Applied Materials

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Branding Wilderness Lite

Editor's note: Second in a two-part series on resolving the conflict between mountain bikers and hikers over protecting roadless lands. Click here for the first part, plus a very interesting comment thread. Last week, I wrote about options hikers and wilderness groups had to make peace with mountain bikers so the two key constituencies could work together to protect roadless land. One option was urging Congress to pass another organic act creating a true alternative land designation. But what to call it? In past commentaries, I'm used the words "Wilderness Lite" to refer to various land designations that provide almost as much protection as the "Big W" Wilderness Congress designates under the Wilderness Act of 1964. Basically, cutting to the chase, I can more precisely define "Wilderness Lite" as "Wilderness that allows mountain biking."

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Manufacturers Promoting Irresponsible OHV Behavior

Thousands of Americans responsibly use off-road vehicles (ORVs) for work and recreation. But a growing number of reckless riders damage public and private land, get themselves hurt, burden law enforcement, and ruin hunting, fishing and hiking experiences for the rest of us. Their actions are creating a backlash from sportsmen, property owners, ranchers, safety advocates, and taxpayers tired of paying to clean up the mess from irresponsible riders. I believe the companies making and marketing ORVs have contributed to this problem and it is past time they took responsibility for advancing solutions.

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Wild Bill’s First Gun Show

My father gave my first gun back in 1956, a single shot .22, and I've owned guns ever since. But until two weeks ago, I'd never been to a gun show. Since I've been writing about guns and firearms legislation of late, and gun shows often came up in the comment sections of those articles, it seemed like my professional and civic duty to see what was really going on there. So I did it. What I found surprised me, and it probably would surprise a lot of people.

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A New Magazine: The New West

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In the Spring Issue and online here:

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What’s Happening Around Boise

If you don’t have any holiday parties or you’ve got all your gifts already wrapped this week, fret not because there is still a lot of activity in the days before Christmas. Check it out. Friday, Dec. 14 "The Nutcracker" – Catch a showing of the quintessential holiday ballet story with Ballet Idaho’s interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's popular yarn. Adult tickets are $19-$45, children tickets are $10-$35 for the performances through Dec. 16 at the Velma V. Morrison Center. Saturday, Dec. 15 Ice Skating – Idaho Ice World is holding two events Saturday, one of which is bound to tickle a skater’s fancy. Holiday Skate from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. is an afternoon of skating to holiday music. The $7 admission for adults or $5 for seniors and children includes skate rental and benefits the Boise Parks & Recreation's AdVenture program. Also, the Holiday Festival on Ice is a skating show featuring the Boise Figure Skating Club and Boise Parks & Recreation Learn to Skate students. $3, $1 for children for shows at 3 and 6 p.m. Christmas in the Nighttime Sky Fireworks – A special holiday light show with 20,000-shell fireworks erupting in sync with holiday music. Food sales will benefit the American Heart Association and admission, one unwrapped toy per family, will benefit Toys for Tots. Fireworks begin at 6:30 at Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium at the Expo Idaho. Tuesday, Dec. 18 Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons – The popular and constantly touring rock-jam band, one of several projects by Jerry Joseph himself, is hitting up the Neurolux again. Show is 21 and older, tickets are $8. For more events, got to www.boiseevents.net

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What’s Happening Around Boise

Saturday, Dec. 8 Claus 'n' Paws – Animals, kids and Santa, what could be cuter? It’s Zoo Boise’s holiday fete with music, cocoa and other activities all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park. $5.25, $2.75 for children 4-11 and free for kids younger than 3. Tool – The experimental, heavy-rock band from Los Angeles is coming to Boise to promote the new album. Catch them at 8 p.m. at the Idaho Center. Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50. Monday, Dec. 10 Teacher-Astronaut Barbara Morgan – The McCall school teacher who became an astronaut and flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor this past summer will speak to Boiseans at this free presentation. Tickets are required and must be picked up in person at the Discovery Center prior to the speech on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts at Boise State University. For more events, check out www.boiseevents.net

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What’s Happening in Boise

Monday, Oct. 29 Take Back the Night – The highlight of the annual event will surely be singer-songwriter Katie Sawicki, who earlier this month headed out from New York on a national tour to promote her new record to be released early 2008. The show is at College of Idaho, recently renamed from Albertson College of Idaho, but it is open to the public and worth the trip to Caldwell. Tuesday, Oct. 30 James Taylor – Legendary Sweet Baby James is rocking out at the Idaho Center. Past JT experience indicates that there will not be a lot of headbanging but the show will be lively, chock full of classic favorites, and a satisfying way to spend $55 to $75. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Nampa. Check out more events at BoiseEvents.Net

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What’s Happening Around Boise

Saturday, Oct. 6 Meridian Chili Cook-Off – It’s getting cold outside, which is perfect time for a hot bowl of chili. Starting at noon, 11 local businesses will fight for the “Best Chili” title in the 14th annual fundraiser. Food is served in the parking lot of the Chapel of the Chimes. $5 gets you bowls of all 11 chilis. It’s $4 for seniors and children 6-12, free for ages younger than 5. Last year there was no vegetarian chili – so if you don’t do meat, expect to fill up on Fritos and saltines. See Spot Walk – Idaho’s largest community dog walk is in its 16th year. The fundraiser benefits the Idaho Humane Society. Participants earn prizes for the amounts of cash they rake in, but all families and dogs are welcome to walk with the group through downtown Boise and participate in all the other activities during the celebration, including dog contests for best singer, best hair and best costume. Registration is $15 for kids, $20 for adults. Oktoberfest in the Garden — October, the traditional month of beer and German grub, and no place in Boise can resist the urge to host their own Oktoberfest, not even the Idaho Botanical Garden. Check it out for more than the beer – for all the culture that comes with the suds, including music by the Edelweiss Band, folk dancing and traditional food like brats. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and costs $6 or $4 for members and kids 4-12. Sunday, Oct. 7 Sum 41 – The popular Canadian punk rockers from 2001 are back with a new album. Last time they were in town they brought chicks from the audience to make out on stage. That was years ago; they are all grown up now, the lead singer is married to fellow Canadian chanteuse Avril Lavigne and their new album, “Underclass Hero” has a picture of said lead singer spitting. See them for $20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Easy. Monday, Oct. 8 Columbus Day – Don’t go to work or have a parade or protest it or whatever. For more things to do, check out www.boiseevents.net.

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