A number of cultural indicators turned up in news last week. Some were physical: The revived blasts over the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel, a subject that had been apparently resolved not so many months ago, but takes on new life in this time of budget cuts and worries of cost overruns. And there's the much-remarked comments of Boise State University President Bob Kustra, aimed at the University of Idaho - a subject guaranteed to generate a lot of hot discussion.
Elsewhere, life goes on. A major new report on the practicalities of rebuilding the Interstate 5 Columbia River crossing hit via the governor's offices; and a new major solar power business announces a ramup at Gresham.
As a reminder: We're now publishing weekly editions of the Public Affairs Digests - for Idaho, Washington and Oregon - moving from a monthly to a weekly rundown of what's happening. And we're taking it all-electronic: The print edition will be moving to e-mail.
That means we can include more information, and get it out a lot faster: The weekly Digests will be in your in-box first thing Monday morning. If you subscribe, of course: That's $59 a year, for 50 issues and the yearbook. Yes, including the yearbook. The Idaho Yearbook, which we published for years up to 2002, will return early in 2011 - in printed book form - and Digest subscribers get it for free with their subscription. And the Oregon and Washington yearbooks will be coming out at the same time.
If you'd like to take a look at one of the new weekly Digests, here's a link to the Idaho edition, to the Oregon edition and to the Washington edition. If you'd like to subscribe, here are the links (through to PayPal) for Idaho, for Oregon and for Washington.