"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)
carlson CHRIS


Anyone who has watched a Clint Eastwood western is familiar with the line he utters to a bad guy who is thinking of drawing his gun. Steel blue eyes, taut jaw, usually a toothpick in the corner of his mouth, a look of undeterred force and with a growly voice he dares his opponent to be dumb enough to try.

That response should be the model for President Barack Obama’s response to the many Republicans who think they can make a politically-winning issue out of the President using his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to declare the Boulder/White Clouds a National Monument.

Recently, the Republican-led House passed by a narrow margin (222 to 201) a bill designed to prevent the President from issuing such a declaration without first conducting a complete Endangered Species Act review of the action as well as holding hearings in the local area and conferring with a state’s governor and its congressional delegation before he could utilize the Antiquities Act’s power to withdraw lands from the federal domain. They conveniently ignore the fact that after a presidential declaration the law itself requires public hearings to establish the rules and regulations which will govern the set-aside.

Republicans are making two bad assumptions. First, they assume that requiring a strong showing of local support will set the bar too high for any President to even think of using the redefined Act. Second, they assume that local sentiment will always oppose turning an area into another land-restricting Federal entity.

Ever since the law was passed, most places where a President has used this authority have opposed the initial designation. In fact, local sentiment against protecting a national treasure in the national interest almost always comes about in spite of public sentiment, not because of local, public support.

According to the Idaho Statesman writer Rocky Barker, Interior Secretary Sally Jewel has made the mistake of assuming that a public meeting in Stanley will result in hundreds turning out to talk against the Monument designation. She sees such a hearing, controversial as it may be, giving Interior a better chance at selling a change in status.

She does not understand the politics of the issue very well nor does she understand all the heavy lifting that has already been expended by Idaho’s Republican Second District Congressman, Mike Simpson, who labored for ten years to produce a carefully crafted bill. Senator Risch supported the Simpson bill when he was governor, and initially even supported it after he arrived on the Hill. Urged on no doubt by Governor Otter and the ATV crowd, he changed his mind and served notice he was exercising his Senatorial prerogative to put a hold on the legislation, casting it into limbo.

Candidly, Secretary Jewell cares too much about the views of Senator Risch, Governor Otter and First District Congressman Raul Labrador, all of whom viscerally hate the President.

When told of her requiring a hearing and a show of local support, former Idaho Governor and Interior Secretary Cecil D. Andrus, reportedly said “give me 48 hours notice when she intends to hold a hearing and I’ll have over 500 folks there, most all local, speaking for a Monument Declaration.”

Andrus, as have most supporters for protecting the Boulders/White Clouds, including the Idaho Conservation League, have concluded a Presidential monument declaration is the only gambit that will get everyone including the insufferable Senator James Risch to the negotiating table.”

The whole strategy, however, is premised on the President actually using his power under the Antiquities Act and speaking forcefully against the traditional Republican interests that want to privatize the public lands. In other words, the President should tell the Congress “make my day!”

The other basic fact many R’s are missing is that even with possible passage of their bill restricting the president’s authority in the Senate, were the measure to come to the president’s desk, the President would veto and proponents would not even come close to over-riding the veto.

Some may even argue that opponents of the GOP legislation ought to engage proponents and sucker them into passage of the bill just so the President can dress up like Clint Eastwood, say “make my day,” and dramatically send the bill back to the trash bin of history.

Virtually every president since Teddy Roosevelt was given the power in 1906, whether Republican or Democrat, has used the Act to protect areas in need of protection. Chief executives just don’t sign away and cede back to Congress the kind of power Congress vested in the Antiquities Act.

Interior Secretary Jewell and President Obama ought to review the record and they’ll have the game plan all laid out for them to follow.

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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)

Idaho gets $1.40 for $1 in federal payments (Boise Statesman)
Stillaguamish mudslide aftermath (Lewiston Tribune)
Redistricting gives 2nd district more Democrats (Boise Statesman, Moscow News)
National origins of Idaho bills (TF Times News)
Idaho trade affected by Russian/Ukaine tension (TF Times News)
Tuition at ID colleges on rise again (TF Times News)

No landslide reporting system (Medford Tribune, Corvallis Gazette Times)
Ashland review pot moratorium (Ashland Tidings)
restoration of Lake of the Woods location (Medford Tribune)
Oregon nears pre-recession job levels (Portland Oregonian)
Conference of pot business owners (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish aftermath (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Everett Herald, Longview News, Port Angeles News)
New WSU apple coming to area (Kennewick Herald)
Judge rules fish run procedures must change (Port Angeles News)
Obamacare deadline hits (Seattle Times)
Houses threatened in Tacoma-area landslide (Tacoma News Tribune)
Debate over Tesoro, local oil terminal (Vancouver Columbian)

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The tiny community of Oso, which was until a week ago a collection of houses on State Route 530 between Arlington and Darrington in Snohomish County, is a place of tragedy today.

It is not a place, as some people have pointed out, over which fingers should be pointed and accusations launched. The March 22 mudslide was not someone’s fault: It was a natural phenomenon of the kind that from time to time kills and wounds.

Any attempts to bury people in legal, economic or political battles in the weeks and months ahead probably would prove fruitless.

However, tragedies sometimes do carry lessons for the future, and the Oso mudslide did that.
Known in some quarters as the Hazel landslide, the mountain-face collapse was not altogether unheralded. Rumblings and ground movement there go back at least to 1937, and geologists over the years warned that the area was unstable. Very recently, too, there was some specific cause for worry, since the area had seen consistent heavy rain over the last seven weeks, just the type of drenching needed to loosen the soil and rock. On top of that, a small earthquake was registered about two weeks before the mudslide occurred.

This is not by way of blaming anyone for not taking action. If you’ve lived in a place for decades, as many of the Oso people had, you had reason to think that thoughts of a wall of mud crashing through your house was just paranoiac. Should officials, after, say, the earthquake, have tried to move people out of the area? It would not have been a very easy argument to make, and it might have been resisted staunchly.

Here we get to the value of lessons, because we now see what the actual results are, and compare that to what might have been done earlier. The lesson isn’t, of course, worth the cost of life or property. But it did encourage reports around the region about places prone to slides (across both Oregon and Washington) and it might result in some people taking earlier action.

If the Oso mudslide was not necessarily worth this particular candle, maybe at least some good, somewhere else, might come of it.

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frazier DAVID


It used to be amusing to poke fun at Team Dave’s latest gimmick for a train, trolley, street car, etc. Now its time to derail this fantasy once and for all.

The current topic is yet another round of consulting, planning, etc. for what amounts to a “cargo transit center.” The idea is to create business for a Boise train hub linked to trucks. At every step of the way, thinking people — including officials and former executives of the Union Pacific — have concluded it is not cost effective to build a truck/train transfer station in or near Boise. The legacy media needs to talk to the big road train people in Omaha to get a handle on why Boise is nothing more than a siding which provides a needed access to Motive Power’s manufacturing facility off Federal Way.

The Boise City Council needs to pull the emergency STOP! These fantasy dreams have gone on far too long and too much taxpayer money has been spent for ideas which have simply outlived their day and are not logically conceived. We have documents from as far back as 2007 showing the city had funded studies promising hundreds of thousands in railroad revenue–these claims were never realized and in our opinion the city is merely “shopping” for a consultant to give them what they want to hear.

In the current shot at garnering some public support, Team Dave has turned to Sven Berg at the DAILY PAPER to tout the latest incarnation of “Dave’s Magic Train.”

The GUARDIAN has been on this for nearly a decade now. Six years ago we learned Boise City officials obtained a license to operate a city-owned railroad, following a PRESENTATION to the city council– and anyone else who would watch it. The Boise City Railroad never turned a wheel.

Nampa is the place for such a facility, on the mainline of the railroad. Boise simply doesn’t generate enough big bulk cargo like grain, lumber, coal, etc. Boise is a nice place, we are good people, we spend lots of money for products, but we simply don’t do it in carload or trainload amounts.
Message to the council: Politely tell Mayor Dave Bieter you won’t allow him anymore of OUR cash for something which would be built by the private sector if it was viable and needed.

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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)

White Cloud monument would build on recreation (Boise Statesman)
Stillaguamish mudslide missing count drops (Lewiston Tribune)
Canyon waits on plan for use of Lake Lowell (Nampa Press Tribune)
Reviewing the Ed Task Force proposals (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello events center closer to bidding (Pocatello Journal)
Might Eastern Idaho see floods? (Pocatello Journal)
Can Coeur d’Alene Casino offer poker? (Sandpoint Bee)
Filer city may see recall election (TF Times News)

Stillaguamish mudslide missing numbers drop (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard)
Background on Cascade Sierra Solutions biz collapse (Eugene Register Guard)
Low birth weight in Klamath, Lake counties (KF Herald & News)
New KF branch library opening (KF Herald & News)
Possible retrofits for oil carrier cars (Portland Oregonian)
Salem Courthouse Square reopens (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish mudslide missing numbers drop (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic,Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Animal detection on US 95 may spare accidents (Spokane Spokesman Review)
Analysis of local cable TV costs (Tacoma News Tribune)
South Fork Ahtanum Road closes over illegal activity (Yakima Herald Republic)

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idaho RANDY

The Obama Administration’s budget proposal will not be adopted as is by Congress; that much you can take to the bank. Many of the bits and pieces may survive though, and other parts may be adopted in some future year if not right away.

Given that, Idahoans have some reason to think about the possibility of moving its Air National Guard (ANG) from Boise to Mountain Home.

That’s separate from the proposal to eliminate A-10 warthog planes – the kind flown by the Idaho guard, a basic unit in the military’s air operations, but now the Department of Defense says should be superseded by more up to date models. (There’s a heated debate over this.) Apart from that, DOD suggests the Idaho air operations could be more usefully meshed with the substantial Air Force base at Mountain Home.

Long-time Guard spokesman Colonel Tim Marsano was quoted as saying, “We’re looking at the possibility of things happening where we would actually take some of our folks and move to Mountain Home and learn how to operate and maintain the F-15E Strike Eagle. And we know we would be welcomed there with open arms, should that happen.”

The idea may survive because there’s a logic to it. It also will not happen easily, because there are reasons for pushback.

Mountain Home, far from other communities in a large flat high Idaho desert, is a good spot for running military aircraft, one reason the base has survived since World War II. And there have been periodic complaints in Boise about military aircraft there, which are based on the south fringes of town near the municipal airport, and the noise they produce. A merging of aircraft training and other operations in one large site might have some efficiencies and lead to technical advances.

A lot of jobs – maybe 1,000 – could be involved in the transfer. But the Mountain Home AFB is only about 45 minutes in a straight shot on Interstate 84 from Boise, so commuting certainly is possible. (Many Mountain Home residents commute now.). And while the Boise economy might feel a ding, which in broad terms could amount to $100 million, Mountain Home’s might be greatly advantaged.

The city of Boise is pushing to keep the ANG, and it has a case too. Idaho’s National Guard also has an army component, and it and the air divisions traditionally have worked closely together, with a command structure that’s often been closely interwined. Much of that might survive a Mountain Home move, but it would be complicated by it. There’s concern too about recruitment to the ANG, which has been strong out of the Ada-Canyon population base but could be weakened if the operation were moved down the road.

And besides that, any large operation like the Idaho Air National Guard develops over time a network of vendors, contractors and others whose business and other operations are closely involved with the larger organization. That’s as true of a federal agency as it is of, say, a large corporation. Uprooting much of that could be as complicated as uprooting the guard itself.

An ANG move to Mountain Home, in sum, isn’t likely to happen soon. But it could resurface as a serious option down the road, and Idahoans have been given due notice: Give some careful thought to this, sooner rather than later.

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carlson CHRIS


Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter may have to decide down the road one of these days whether to go with his libertarian free market instincts or pay the piper that has orchestrated so much gaming money for his re-election effort. Stick with his principles or go with the dough? Which will it be? A safe bet is he opts to dance to the tune played by the money interests.

The issue is Internet gaming, which is currently the subject of a raging, bitter debate within gaming circles. On the one side is billionaire Sheldon Adelson who chairs Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and the Palazzo on the Vegas strip. He believes allowing Internet gaming will doom the entire industry.

In particular he sees major Internet interests like Google and Facebook expanding into Internet gaming because of their huge customer bases. He believes such a move would doom current gambling set-ups and there are many who agree with him.

Others of course just see more players, a bigger market and more money to be made. Plus, they believe present law allows individuals states to decide the matter. Adelson and his allies are pushing federal legislation that would ban Internet gaming by closing a three-year-old loophole in the law.

Adelson is reportedly worth $38 billion and during the last election cycle without batting an eye poured $100 million into various Republican campaigns. He is fully prepared to battle the issue out state-by-state, but closing the loophole in Federal law is the easier path to pursue and Adelson has recruited not only top talent like former New York Governor George Pataki, he also has canny South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on his side.

Adelson also successfully neutralized the industry’s powerful trade group, the American Gaming Association, by threatening to withdraw and bank-roll a rival organization if the group weighed in for Internet gaming as it appeared inclined to do.

Opposing casinos and online poker companies have formed their own lobbying group, which calls itself the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection. Two of their chief lobbyists are former Republican members of Congress Michael Oxley of Ohio, and Mary Bono of California. The group also has reportedly retained Boise-raised, Capital High graduate and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, as well as former Mississippi Governor and uber-Republican lobbyist Haley Barbour. Politics does make for strange bedfellows at times.

Governor Otter knows all these players, having served in Congress with Oxley and Bono and his gubernatorial terms coincided with Barbour’s.

Follow the money, though, to get a pretty fair idea where Otter will be when and if legislation comes before him (Assuming he is re-elected) that would either ban on-line gaming, which he would probably sign, or allow on-line gaming which would potentially generate some nice tax money for the state, which he would probably veto.

Why speculate this way? A little noted item in the excellent story the Idaho Statesman’s political reporter, Dan Popkey, did when he reviewed and identified almost $80,000 in donations to Otter’s campaign from Vegas gaming interests in January was that the Governor had become acquainted with Steve Wynn while in Macau, the world’s largest gaming enterprise just off the coast of China, owned and operated by Mr. Wynn who also owns and operates a large Vegas casino.

Mr. Wynn, his wife, parents and companies all maxed out at $5,000 a piece for Governor Otter. One has to ask just what in heck was the Governor doing in Macau while on a trade mission to the orient since there is virtually no way an island gaming operation can offer anything of trade to the state of Idaho? But Macau is where Otter told Popkey he first became acquainted with Wynn and family.

Wynn is now reportedly siding with Adelson and while somewhat more quietly is nonetheless opposed to internet gaming. He reasons that there is no way to police internet gaming and keep children off the computer making wagers they can’t cover and he also believes the government would confiscate most of the profits in what proponents see as a potential $8 billion annually in profit.

Idaho’s Native American casinos are also throwing in with Adelson and Wynn for they too see on-line gaming as a threat to their future success. Otter’s last report showed the Coeur d’Alene Casino had contributed the max $5,000 to Otter also.

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind, then, that the governor’s libertarian free-market principles have already given way to money that tells him to stick with those that are sticking with him?

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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)

Transload industrial park maybe near I-84/Boise (Boise Statesman)
BSU aggressively defends blue turf trademark (Boise Statesman)
Stillaguamish mudslide community impacts (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
Wheat prices increasing (Lewiston Tribune)
Obamacare enrollment climbing (Moscow News)
Idaho’s rural-urban shift (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello Skyfest celebration returns (Pocatello Journal)
Bannock population fell in 2013 (Pocatello Journal)
Debate over mental health rules on gun buys (Pocatello Journal)
ID may allow megaload in Bonner County (Sandpoint Bee)
CdA casino might add poker games (Sandpoint Bee)
Delta/Skywest changing Twin Falls flights (TF Times News)
Simpson campaign Blaine chair resigns (TF Times News)
Health insurance enrollment deadline (TF Times News)

Corvallis pot dispensary approved (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Return of Lake of the Woods retreat (Ashland Tidings)
Cops relying on public for dui reports (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Pendleton hunger group Helping Hand seeks prize (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Diversion dam on Umatilla may go (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Stillaguamish aftermath begins (Portland Oregonian)
Jason Conger searches for traction (Portland Oregonian)
Cover Oregon looking for options (Portland Oregonian)
Salem bus ads going away (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish searching continues (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic)
Bankruptcy rejected for Green Power (Kennewick Herald)
Army Corps bird kill for salmon (Kennewick Herald)
Deadline ahead for health plan (Kennewick Herald)
Seattle Zoo growing its elephant efforts (Seattle Times)
Violence-prone gun limits signed into law (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma city wades into battle on hotel project (Tacoma News Tribune)
State reviews school senior project requirement (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima area campaign against graffiti (Yakima Herald Republic)

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First Take

rainey BARRETT


A professional friend of long-standing over in Idaho got himself in an embarrassing position the other day. The guy spent more than 40 years covering state politics for an international news service and, thus, could be expected to know more about that state’s irrational political activities and how they operate than the average citizen. He does. But he still got tripped up publically and, in so doing, presented a text book example why Idaho – and so many other states – have fallen victim to the right-wing crazies.

A moderate Republican friend of his – an oxymoron in Idaho – was facing a real nutcase in his primary. So, our mutual retired media friend filed for the primary race, too. His idea? He’d go right up to just before the election – then pull out – attempting to split the nutcase vote, thus assuring his moderate friend a victory. He’d be a “Trojan horse” – tilting the voting percentages. Except he got found out and had to withdraw.

You couldn’t find a more textbook example of how the foil hats have taken over so many political offices nationally. Divide and conquer. Statistically across the country, the nuts are a statistical minority. But they hold a disproportionate number of legislative and congressional seats because they learned long ago to “divide and conquer.”

The about-to-be-gone Michelle Bachman is a good example. Did you know her maiden name was Amble? Kinda fits, doesn’t it? Well, she’s never faced a primary election with a single opponent so she’s never had to get at least half the vote. The Minnesota GOP always made sure she had a weak second or third party in the race. Divide and conquer. All she needed was 25-30-percent or so. A minority win. My friend was trying to do the same for his friend. But – despite long experience – he screwed up.

Our political system is filled with this crap. My friend knew he wasn’t a real candidate. But voters didn’t. Idahoans honestly drawn to him and his faux campaign were being hustled. He was perverting our system though he probably felt justified. But innocent voters were being screwed.

Idaho’s legislature, for example, has a lot of these minority “winners” in the ranks. Most with a far right tilt. Like the current bunch who overwhelmingly passed a bill this year – now a law – to “void” any new federal gun laws. Further, they believe they can now cancel all previous federal gun laws in upcoming sessions. Same for some federal lands issues and federal health care laws, too. They can’t do any of that. So Idahoans will keep paying millions of tax dollars in what is now a long line of more utterly useless and lost court cases.

Fact is, Idaho put a new law on the books this year that’s so far out in right field the legislature decided to appropriate an extra $1-million up front just for the court battle legislators were sure would come. Prescient? No. Learned from history? Maybe. Just deciding to pay up front this time rather than paying later as has so often been the case.

North Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, Utah, Arkansas and Florida are among some other locales going the same phony “nullification” route. “We don’t like your damned federal laws and we ain’t gonna follow ‘em.” Some of the local ignorance deals with obviously illegal new voter limitations, efforts to avoid requirements of the Affordable Care Act, resistance to gun laws that haven’t even been written and other nonsense.

What I’d like to see is these pick-and-choose politicians say “We don’t want none of your damned highway money – and you can keep your funding of local water and sewer systems. And, while you’re at it, we ain’t takin’ none of those federal education dollars, either.” But they won’t. Deciding which laws to follow and which to ignore is one thing. Not taking the money is something else. Crazy, yes. Just not stupid.

The plain fact is the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause allows federal trumping of state statutes and has been uniformly upheld for more than 200 years. You might be able to legally smoke a “joint” in Washington State these days. But if the feds want to bust you, they will, regardless of what Washington voters have decided. Same with gun law “bans.”

Idaho is many millions of dollars poorer for this sort of legislative suicide in the courts. Dollars that could’ve made significant improvements in public education, health care and other quality-of-life issues for taxpayers. And many more of those valuable tax bucks will go down the judicial rat hole as the elective “bait and switch” allowing Idaho’s minority cretins to win at the polls goes unchallenged.

Of course, anyone who wants to seriously take on folks in the Idaho Legislature must remember this year they made it legal for any member to carry a concealed weapon at anytime and anywhere- whether they know one end of the damned thing from the other or not.- drunk or sober – 24/7. That’s what you get when the nuts with the aluminum wrap hats manipulate the voters. I think my unarmed friend forgot that.

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malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

Earlier this week, I did something that I never thought I would do: Ask Sen. Jim Risch for more than $2 billion to fund two federal programs – without choking on my words.

Normally, that would be a tough sell because Risch is one of the leading deficit hawks on Capitol Hill. I was halfway expecting him to lecture me about bulging deficits and how run-away government spending is driving this nation to the brink of disaster.

That was not the case. I was in the nation’s capital as a guest of the American Diabetes Association’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill and I soon found out that he’s a member of the Senate Diabetes Caucus – which is a home run in my view. The senator was engaging, friendly and supportive of the cause.

He listened to the complications I have experienced from the disease, including an amputated toe, blindness and loss of my career, heart bypass surgery and – most recently – kidney disease. Risch has heard those kinds of stories and worse; at least I’m alive to talk about my problems. It is projected that by 2050, one in three people living in the United States will have diabetes. He is well aware of the threat diabetes poses to the nation’s overall health and is equally aware of what Congress can do to prevent this train wreck.

“The National Institute of Health does amazing things,” Risch said at one point. He’s on board with the NIH’s goal of finding a cure for diabetes, and $2 billion is a small price tag for that effort. He also is receptive to the proposals for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ($137 million) and the National Diabetes Prevention Program ($20 million). The millions spent on those worthwhile programs will save billions of dollars in the long run.

Risch clearly gets it on this issue. As one who has struggled with diabetes for the last 14 years, I am thankful that he’s in the U.S. Senate and appreciate there is such a thing as a Senate Diabetes Caucus. That sends a nice signal to the 25 million people in the United States who have this awful disease and the nearly 80 million who have pre-diabetes.

But he isn’t the only friend on Capitol Hill, or even in the Idaho delegation. Senator Mike Crapo also is a member of the diabetes caucus. I didn’t meet with him, but I was greeted by a legislative assistant, Kellie McConnell, who knew the issues and facts before I could present them. For instance, she’s aware that funding for a Special Diabetes Program will run out on Sept. 30 unless Congress takes action.

Her knowledge about the issues tells me that diabetes is high on Crapo’s priority list.
On the House side, Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador are not part of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, but they are well aware of the issues.
“Like you, diabetes issues are personal to Congressman Simpson, as he has experienced it with a close family member,” said Nathan Greene, a legislative assistant with the office. “It is an issue that he continues to look to engage in whenever possible.”

Labrador has spoken with me several times about diabetes, and how the numbers are of epidemic proportions among Hispanics. His legislative assistant, Bekah DeMordant, was taken aback by the thought of one in three people having diabetes by 2050. I won’t be part of that world, but she most likely will unless a cure is found.

Ultimately, we cannot count on Congress to wave a magic wand and make this problem go away. The best way to keep type 2 diabetes from spreading like wildfire is for people to take responsibility for their personal choices and their children’s.

But as I learned from my one-day lobbying experience, Congress can support the dynamic research efforts that will lead to a cure and promote prevention. From my standpoint, it’s good to know that Washington is aware and listening.

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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)

Idaho trade with Russia on hold (Boise Statesman)
Army Corps targets birds that target fish (Lewiston Tribune)
Stillaguamish mudslide follow (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow)
UI gets ready for campus guns (Moscow News)
New law dean at UI (Moscow News)
Latah’s good with wheeled trash cans (Moscow News)
Canyon fair gets offer from Ford Idaho (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho adds mental data to gun database (Nampa Press Tribune)
Resotration at Clark Fork area may begin (Sandpoint Bee)
Wolf control board bill signed (TF Times News, Sandpoint Bee)
Smith declines Idaho Falls debate (TF Times News)

Legislative Cover Oregon meetings secret (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Stillaguamish mudslide followup (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Regiater Guard, Corvallis Gazette Times, Pendleton East Oregonian, Ashland Tidings)
Benton ranks best in state health (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Nanotech firm buys into Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
KF schools plan bond campaign (KF Herald & News)
Polk County halves sheriff patrols (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish mudslide followup (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Longview News, Port Angeles News)
More Hanford land may be open to public (Kennewick Herald)
Small landside destroying homes near Longview (Longview News)
Sequim museum may close (Port Angeles News)
Microsoft releases Office for Apple iPad (Seattle Times)
Boeing will cut jobs, but whose? (Seattle Times)
Health system changes collection company (Tacoma News Tribune)

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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)

Boise downtown traffic pattern may change (Boise Statesman)
ACLU lawsuit stops Medicaid cuts for now (Boise Statesman)
Pullman considers plan for College Hill (Moscow News)
Pullman schools to require more credits to graduate (Moscow News)
Lewiston high school renovation has problems (Lewiston Tribune)
Spring chinokk fishing in Clarkston area (Lewiston Tribune)
Stillagaumish mudslide search continues (Lewiston Tribune)
9th circuit judge rules for bighorn sheep plan (Lewiston Tribune)
Lawsuit over wrong-house police raid (Nampa Press Tribune)
Sayer says new incentives law a ‘game changer’ (Pocatello Journal)
Negative ads hitting in 2nd district race (TF Times News)

Stillaguamish mudslide search ongoing (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette Times)
Extension okayed for Cover Oregon deadline (Portland Oregonian, KF Herald & News, Corvallis Gazette Times, Pendleton East Oregonian)
New OSU-crafted wristbands measure pollution (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Eugene debates site for Whoville homeless (Eugene Register Guard)
KF PUD still ldebating leadership (KF Herald & News)
Pot dispensary rules under review in Jackson (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Signal nears end of wolf OR-7 (Medford Tribune)
Salem Health, OSHA connection reviewed (Salem Statesman Journal)
Cover Oregon kept meetings secret (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish mudslide search ongoing (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Port Angeles News)
Dispute over PUD recall, attorney (Longview News)
Port Angeles may get new school leader today (Port Angeles News)
World Vision reverses again on gay married hires (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune)
Grandview reviews cost of lawsuit over deaf student (Yakima Herald Republic)

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