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For the week of January 17 through January 23, 2001

Capital shuffle: learning who’s in again


When President Bush and Vice President Cheney and their Cabinet as well as hundreds of new political appointees sweep into Washington, one of the biggest consequences of the change will escape public attention.

Millions of new business cards, sheets of official new letterheads and other documents bearing names of the Bush administration’s team will be spewed out of government printing presses.

Combinations to hundreds of safes used by Clinton appointees in Washington, in regional offices in the states and overseas to store documents will be changed.

New code names will be created by the Secret service for President Bush and Vice President Cheney and members of their families as well as key White House aides.

Chefs in the White House will create new menus to suit the tastes of the Bush family and their guests, and decorators will be hard at work changing the look in some rooms of the White House.

Thousands of copies of the official Bush photo portrait will be rushed to replace that of Bill Clinton on walls in federal offices around the country and in U.S. diplomatic legations abroad.

And then there’s the major headache facing Washington’s party hostesses: they make new invitation lists of who’s "out" and who’s "in."


One White House event that should pose an odd problem for the protocol office and create headlines:

What will President Bush do at that state dinner when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is invited and is accompanied by her husband, former President Clinton?

Will the ex-commander-in-chief deserve special treatment on a par with the honored guest?


A tip of the hat to Doug Webb, of Webb Landscaping.

Before the first morning hikers arrive in Adams Gulch after a new snow, Webb has been there with his plow-equipped pickup truck clearing the road to the trailhead.

So, rather than being closed by snow too deep for vehicles, the way is clear to keep Adams Gulch open year-round as one of the most popular hiking spots in the Wood River Valley.

And at no cost, thank you, since Webb is an Adams Gulch devotee, too.




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