Photo © Tiffany Collins

Publisher: Jason Lugo

Sometimes things seem to take on a life of their own.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been bringing you the best of Southern Idaho through these pages for a year now. The response from you, the readers, has been through the roof, and advertisers have realized the unprecedented results Southern Idaho Living can provide. It’s truly been a magical year.

I don’t remember my first birthday party, but I’ve seen the pictures. My parents stuck a cone-shaped party hat on my oversized head while I unwrapped/gummed my presents. Exuberant friends and relatives gathered around to sing “Happy Birthday to you…” – but I was too busy to notice because my hands were buried elbow-deep in the cake, which I promptly spread all over my face like sunscreen.

Now as I watch Southern Idaho Living turn 1 year old, I sometimes feel like our young magazine is much like that first birthday of mine: We’ve brought together a huge crowd of excited readers; we’ve strived to make each issue a gift to Southern Idaho; and while producing a magazine is a lot like making a mess with the cake, in both cases the end result is always the same – it tastes good!

As usual, this issue includes a variety of flavors. With summer upon us, it’s a great time to take in our Top 5 Paddling Trips, or catch a bass with Brad Perkins and Dry Creek Outfitters. If water isn’t your thing, join up with the wagon trains during Snake River Heritage Days or plant a garden with your children.

Whatever you do, don’t forget your mom this Mother’s Day (even if she stuck a funny hat on your head when you were a baby). There are so many incredible mothers living here, it was a tough choice to crown our Southern Idaho Mom of the Year. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Bonnie Zollinger.

Although we’re buried elbow-deep in producing this mess, we do notice and appreciate your kind letters and e-mails. Thank you for celebrating Southern Idaho with us. Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

Jason Lugo