From the Editor by David Staats: An alert eye on public records

dstaats@idahostatesman.comMay 29, 2013 

May 17 was a Friday like most others for Peggy Calhoun, a Statesman news assistant. She was compiling a week's worth of new-business registrations for BI. She spotted an unusual name: Fazzliddin Kurbanov Inc.

Calhoun has worked for the Statesman for 22 years. She is utterly dependable, a pleasure to work with. Over the years, Calhoun has dealt with thousands of Statesman readers who have written letters to the editor. She verified letters' authorship until she began working for Business Insider.

She's keenly aware of the news. One day before spotting Fazliddin Kurbanov's name, the Uzbek refugee was arrested in Boise on terrorism charges. (The discrepancy in the spelling of his first name has not yet been explained.) Calhoun recognized the name and alerted reporter Cynthia Sewell, who went to work checking it out.

Calhoun has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons whose pictures decorate her work station. She is known in the newsroom for her love of animals. A rescued dog and two cats make up her second family.

She grew up in football-obsessed Alabama but converted to the Boise State faith. "I would pick my Broncos over any SEC team," she says with a laugh.

I wonder what surprises she'll turn up in public records this week.

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dstaats@idahostatesman.com; Twitter: IDS@DavidStaats

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