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Day 2 - Behind the Scenes

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on December 16, 2008 at 6:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:11 AM

First of all, thanks for all the fun comments! I didn't think the blog would catch on so fast. It's great to have this opportunity to hear from viewers like all of you. If you have a question for me about the news or anything else that goes on here at KTVB, feel free to ask! If it's too personal, I'll pass on it. But I'm an open book, usually - so go for it. :)

Ok, so today was crazy here at the studio! First of all, I got in late because my car took FOREVER to warm up. My husband used to start it for me, but those days are over now that we've been married for 6 months! I'm on my own in that department! He needs his sleep too... right?

So I get in late at around 4:15am, and all heck is breaking loose here in the newsroom. Doug and our producer Ranae told me there was a report of shots fired in Meridian - but we didn't have any info and dispatch was being tightlipped. Then we heard on the scanner that it might just be fireworks... good thing we sent Edgar Linares, because it WAS shots fired. A man told police a burglar broke into his house, got a hold of his gun and when confronted, shot his way out the door! There was a massive search for this "man" in the neighborhood - K9's the whole shabang. Turns out, the man made it all up! He fired the shot himself accidentally and admitted that to police. Ughhhhhh! He could face charges for that.

In the meantime, we got a call from a worker at the Nampa Sugar Beet Factory - he said there was a gas leak there and streets were being shut down. We sent our on call photog Troy Colson out there to get footage - we woke him up out of bed! We do that a lot around here... poor guy. He got us the video, and we got it on air. Thanks Troy! Now, go back to bed...

AND today, Larry Gebert was trying to see just how cold he could get out in the 20 degree temperatures, by NOT wearing his coat and gloves for the first hour of our show. He had a short sleeved polo on with his dockers... WHAT??? Needless to say, he had his warm coat on by 6am.

One more thing... only 5,000 tickets have been sold so far to Bronco fans for the Pointsettia Bowl. We are officially a week away. Times are tight, but something tells me Bronco Nation will show up. We're sending a big crew to bring you all the action if you can't make it! I got to cover the Fiesta Bowl two years ago, but I'm not going to the Pointsettia Bowl this year. A girl can't be that lucky! I'll be watching it here with the rest of you...

That's all for now - I may write more later - after all, the day is young!