Photo © Tiffany Collins
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

About the author

Jason Lugo - After many summer boating trips to the Snake River in Declo it didn't take long for Jason Lugo to realize that this is where he had to live. So he moved his family from the Herriman Utah to Declo in February of 2006 and never looked back. Being a graphic artist and photographer Jason began to discover this beautiful region through his lens. With his experience in producing a Utah magazine, it didn't take long for Jason to conceptualize and bring to life Southern Idaho Living Magazine. So now he enjoys meeting new people and discovering new places as he travels Southern Idaho shooting photography and producing great stories for Southern Idaho Living.

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