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Posts published in “Day: February 18, 2014”

Reflecting on headlines

carlson CHRIS


Every so often there are a series of news items and headlines that inevitably bring forth from the memory bank an appropriate “Andrusism” - an expression of Cece’s that encapsulated and often simplified while educating one about the particular situation.

Example #1: Cece would often say “when you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” University of Idaho vice president for government affairs and communications, Chris Murray, should reacquaint himself with this one. First, one suspects he inadvisably counseled the University’s next president, Dr. Chuck Staben, to grant his first introduction to a broader Idaho audience through a lengthy telephone interview with the Boise-based Idaho Statesman.

One would think he would have granted that honor to a newspaper in the University’s back yard, like the Moscow-Pullman Daily News or the Lewiston Tribune, but no, it’s the Statesman. If one read the transcript of the ensuing interview, the error was further compounded by not adequately preparing Dr. Staben to provide a more nuanced answer to the obvious question that would be coming on Idaho’s use of the expression “Idaho’s flagship university.”

It would have been easy to duck the entire interview by simply saying “Idaho currently is represented by President Don Burnett. I don’t take over until March 1st."

The University, not having learned its lesson, then announces it is kicking off its year-long 125th in Boise. The Tribune again twits the University for this blindness to taking care of one’s home base first which elicits a long, loud largely irrelevant and personal vent by Mr. Murray against the Tribune.

Andrus has another expression Murray should heed: “Don’t get in a p________ contest with folks that buy ink by the barrel.”

Until then, "Mr. Burnett speaks for the university.”

Example #2. Andrus called it his “no surprises” rule. If you worked for him and there was bad news coming you’d better let him know before he read it in the newspaper. Theresa Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s sister, recently testified before the Legislature’s JFAC and in the course of her testimony revealed that the State might have to come up with another $14.5 million to pay some educational vendors because reimbursement from the Feds was not forthcoming.

Why do I think this came as a surprise to Governor Butch Otter? And why hasn’t Butch fired her? And could this issue waiting to explode have had anything to do with the SPI’s sudden decision not to run for re-election? (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

State spending $30 million a year on private attorneys (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Boise may get a bike share (Boise Statesman)
Plenty of truck driving jobs (Lewiston Tribune)
Latah county candidates emerge (Moscow News)
Whitman County approves levy (Moscow News)
Agriculture education bill progresses (Nampa Press Trobune)
Snowpack in Idaho improving (Pocatello Journal)
Planning for memorial field (Sandpoint Bee)
More discussion on possible Canyon jump (TF Times News)
Wolf control bill discussed (TF Times News)
Filer still investigating dog shooting (TF Times News)

More debate over Klamath sheriff budget (KF Herald & News)
Jeld-Wen gets new president (KF Herald & News)
Mount Ashland getting more snow (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Medford Jazz Festival renamed (Ashland Tidings)
Portland preparing for teacher strike (Medford Tribune)
Blue Mountain psych center may get inmate use (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Merkley at Umatilla town hall meeting (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Hermiston looks for new city manager (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Legislature becoming more partisann (Portland Oregonian)
heav wind downs trees and power for 10,000 (Portland Oregonian)
Arts commission may shift organization (Salem Statesman Journal)
Still some drought around Oregon (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bill would allow ads in state parks (Everett Herald)
Out of state bidding for work on ferries? (Everett Herald)
Ferry riders may use electronic toll pay (Everett Herald)
New plant might be built at Hanford (Kennewick Herald)
Political impact of Inslee on death penalty? (Longview News)
Rain and winds expected this week (Vancouver Columbian, Longivew News)
Plans to restore the 3 Crabs area (Post Angeles News)
Top salaries for aides to Seattle mayor (Seattle Times)
Exploring offshore wind power generation (Seattle Times)
Spokane city may drop opposition to casino (Spokane Spokesman)
Gay rights backers at Idaho statehouse (Spokane Spokesman)
No flooding, but drought threat diminishes (Tacoma News Tribune)
Longview waterfront gets new backer (Vancouver Columbian)
Maybe heavy snow at Snoqualmie (Yakima Herald Republic)
Dream Act measure may pass legislature (Yakima Herald Republic)