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Posts published in March 2014

On the front pages

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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)

Candidate filings complete (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, Sandpoint Bee)
Sonnenberg won't run again for Ada coroner (Boise Statesman)
Getting ready for guns on campus (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Blue Mountain logging may increase (Lewiston Tribune)
$2 million wolf bil moves (Pocatello Journal)
DEQ considers fertilizer plant at Am Falls (Pocatello Journal)
Sandpoint suit over highway revenues delayed (Sandpoint Bee)

Checking on ocean radiation (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Sather project gets wetlands permits (Corvallis Gazette Times)
OR turns down Willamette Water rights (Eugene Register Guard)
Mental state of Klamath commission candidate (KF Herald & News)
Grant writer hired for Kiger Stadium (KF Herald & News)
SOU undertakes job restructuring (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Ski season abandoned at Mt Ashland (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
New White City-Phoenix road planned (Medford Tribune)
Business battle over The Dalles wine effort (Portland Oregonian)
Rental hub Airbnb to set up Portland center (Portland Oregonian)
FBI won't background check pot applicants (Portland Oregonian)
ACLU involved in McKay High School suspensions (Salem Statesman Journal)

Everett mini-mall called nuisance (Everett Herald)
Everett environmental cleanup spots noted (Everett Herald)
Franklin County money management criticized (Kennewick Herald)
Kennewick intersection to be reworked (Kennewock Herald)
Clark County spot drawing candidates (Vancouver Columbian)
FBI won't do pot background checks in WA (Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
Woodland High School construction starts (Longview News)
Stryker brigade shut down (Tacoma News Tribune)
Amazon to add new center at Kent (Tacoma News Tribune)
Aviation firm sues over airport eviction (Yakima Herald Republic)

Trying again

ridenbaugh Northwest
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From a guest opinion by Idaho state Representative Hy Kloc, D-Boise, on his push for pre-kindergarten education.

It was almost a year ago that I first began exploring options for an education bill. Meeting with teachers and parents between legislative sessions, I quickly realized that the advantages of quality pre-kindergarten education made it the obvious choice. Most other states were already funding pre-K programs. Nationally, it was the one of the few educational initiatives that appeared to have champions in every quarter from science and industry to government. To my mind, there was every reason for optimism.

The Idaho Legislature had seen bills for pre-K education before. All of them had failed--not because they were bad bills, but because many Idaho legislators didn’t see pre-K as an essential investment for the future success of our youth or our economy.

To counter past concerns, especially around funding, I crafted a pre-K bill for a three-year pilot program that would be paid for by a public-private partnership. This pilot would involve five schools from across the state selected by the State Department of Education. Student participation would be voluntary, class size would be small, and parents would play an active role. Results from the pilot would determine if pre-K was right for Idaho.

I knew public support would shape the bill’s reception in the Idaho Legislature. So early drafts circulated among educators, parents, and educational advocates to collect their input and build a base of support. While I was hopeful the initiative would be well received, I wasn’t prepared for the flood of support that followed.

There were the early supporters such as Jim Everett, Treasure Valley YMCA; Nora Carpenter, United Way; Beth Oppenheimer and Kattalina Berriochoa, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children; LeAnn Simmons, Idaho Voices for Children; as well as teachers and school administrators who had participated in pre-K programs, Idaho City School District’s John McFarlane being one. And there were some surprises, too.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney said investment in the pre-K bill offered a better return for Idaho than spending on prison beds. Admiral Archie Clemins, retired Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, tied our national defense to quality early education. And business leaders, including Tommy Ahlquist, COO of The Gardner Group, and Ray Stark and Bill Connors of the Boise Chamber of Commerce, made the case that an educated workforce was essential for Idaho’s economy to expand and thrive. Proving that pre-K is truly a nonpartisan issue, Rep. Doug Hancey, (R) Rexburg, and Rep. Christy Perry, (R) Nampa, joined me as co-sponsors of the bill.

Coverage in the media, especially the commitment shown by Michelle Edmonds of Channel 6 News, helped get the initiative printed as HB 586 and voted on by the Education Committee in the final weeks of the 2014 legislative session. While that’s a long way from being passed into law, still, it’s greater progress than any of the previous attempts.

Thomas Edison said, “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those individuals and organizations statewide that showed support for HB 586. While this bill may be dead, I want to assure you the campaign in support of pre-K education is still alive and well. In fact, the next phase kicks off the moment the gavel drops ending the 2014 legislative session.

We will be back in 2015. And the reason is simple: None of us can afford to give up on Idaho’s future.

On the front pages

news

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)

Sage grouse protection on private land (Boise Statesman)
State orders directional-like billboard down (Boise Statesman)
Guns on campus signed, debated (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
WA legislature passes supplemental budget (Moscow News)
Hearing about new WSU provost (Moscow News)
Debate over 10 commandments marker at park (Sandpoint Bee)
Filer dog shooting debate continues (TF Times News)

Cover Oregon time extension requested (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Roper departs as OSU vice provost (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Nonprofit group buys Willamette land (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath commission race heats on radio (KF Herald & News)
Parents could see fines for truancy (KF Herald & News)
Downtown parking tight (Ashland Tidings)
Panel urges against ban on certain dog breeds (Medford Tribune)
Federal report blasts Oracle, state (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Beed prices rising as supply lowers (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Linthicum campaign appearance for Congress (Pendleton East Oregonian)
More school class time ordered at Portland (Portland Oregonian)
Wipes clogging sewage piping (Portland Oregonian)

State supplemental budget passes (Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Health insurance deadline approaches (Everett Herald)
Street work impacting Kelso businesses (Longview News)
Population gives better odds at college slots (Kennewock Herald)
Nippon Paper plant manager departs (Port Angeles News)
Teens find jobs harder to get (Seattle Times)
Seattle cops get facial rcognition software (Seattle Times)
No legislative action on medical pot (Tacoma News Tribune)
Tacoma Historical Society gets new home (Tacoma News Tribune)
Massive drug raids at Spokane, Rathdrum (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane County may impose weed fee (Spokane Spokesman)
Ridgefield picks city manager (Vancouver Columbian)

Rusche on priorities

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An opinion piece from Idaho State Representative John Rusche, D-Lewiston, the House minority leader, reflecting on this year's legislative session.

No Idaho parent asked me to come to this Legislature and underfund Idaho’s public education system. That, however, is the action endorsed last week by the House of Representatives when the majority party passed a $126 million tax cut for businesses and the wealthy.

Bills like this one make it hard for me to go home to my constituents and tell them that my peers in the majority party share their values of opportunity and educational success. It is hard for me to offer Idaho
families hope that Idaho’s elected leaders are prepared to bridge the gap between promises and actions.

After 20 years of this kind of flawed policy, Idaho ranks 50Eh in family wages, first in percentage of minimum wage jobs and near-last in per student investment.

These poor outcomes are interrelated. These outcomes result from a generation of generous tax cuts to the rich while cutting investment in our children’s future. Even businesses that might desire such a tax reduction would be loathe to seek it at the expense of a sound public education system.

Two problems I see with this bill (H 548). First, it does not reflect the wishes of ldahoans. Second, it ignores the evidence of the Majority’s past tax policy.

As of now, 94 out of the state’s 115 school districts must pass supplement levies simply to keep the lights on. Just 15 years ago, only 41 districts need such levies. In the intervening time, Idaho slashed its ability to raise money for education by cutting taxes for the rich. What happens if there is another $126 million removed and unavailable?

Local taxpayers took on ever increasing tax burdens. Why? Idaho families never said they wanted to see the opportunities for their children diminish. Twenty years of failed policy has led to many school
districts with 4-day school weeks, reduction in extracurriculars and more crowded classrooms.

So, if the Legislature continues to short public schools, the local school districts ask to raise property taxes to keep operating. Are parents and communities going to choose to limit their children’s potential? If they have a choice, none will do it. So in elections, the incumbent legislators brag that they are “cutting taxes”. And are “fiscal conservatives”. They have been playing and, it appears, continue to want to play, “hide the ball” and shift financial responsibility to local property taxes. Is that making education
a priority? (more…)

Senator sock puppet

rainey BARRETT
RAINEY

 
Second
Thoughts

Damned near impossible to turn on your old HDTV these days without seeing the master political ventriloquist and his sock puppet - McCain and Graham. Often, McCain is out of the picture so you don’t see his lips move. But ol’ Lindsey has his mouth flapping aplenty, mimicking the words of a former national hero that - as Dangerfield used to say - “can’t get no respect.” Especially in Arizona.

Public Policy Polling - one of the most reputable question-asking outfits on the planet - queried about a thousand Arizonans in recent days. Bottom line: McCain has a 55% disapproval rating around the homestead. PPP says he’s now “the least popular senator in the country.” Take that, Ted Cruz! Quite a come-down from years back when the Navy war hero - and former North Vietnamese POW - came down the gangplank and decided to turn his military celebrity into a career in public office. But that’s where he is today.

Perhaps it’s ironic that sock puppet Graham is also a guy with some military experience. Of course, his is more paperwork and less suffering. Depending on how you feel about lawyers. Graham has a combination of active and reserve USAF and even had G. Bush the younger prominently pin on his eagles sometime ago. But - there IS that one part of his resume that always gives readers pause.

Graham apparently believes he spent some of his military time in “confinement,” too. As a USAF attorney. In his resume, he points proudly to his “service in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.” He does so as some who served at the same time point out Graham never left South Carolina during those campaigns. When challenged, Graham said he never meant to mislead - he was just “in uniform” during those years. Meaning if you and I were in the military in Oregon at the same time, we’d be entitled to wear the same ribbons even if we, too, didn’t go. How do you suppose those that went and ducked the IED’s feel about that?

With the advent of the Obama presidency, McCain became one of the most vocal in the Republican pantheon with repeated - and often nutty - criticism of anything Obama. Like a stopped clock that can be right twice a day, McCain sometimes latched onto something legitimate. Unfortunately, like that broken timepiece, he was wrong a lot of the time, too.

McCain is a master junketeer. Wherever an internal political struggle turns to violence, there he is. He’s slept in a lot of beds on former Soviet real estate and lent his loud support to nearly all. “We are all Georgians,” he pledged to citizens of that breakaway nation when Russians were pounding on the Georgian door. He will, I’m certain, show up in Crimea in a few days - promising “We’re all Crimeans.” (more…)

On the front pages

news

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)

Guns on campus bill signed (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Kuna schools, levy-less, will see reductions (Boise Statesman)
Wesden draws Troupis challenge (Boise Statesman)
Moscow has water planning concerns (Moscw News)
Canyon considers moving fair site (Nampa Press Tribune)
Beer prices draw lawsuit for Boise arena (Nampa Press Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
Filer dog owner sues police over shooting (Pocatello Journal)
Another mehaload route (Hwy 200) considered (Sandpoint Bee)
TF Council still seeks canyon leap role (TF Times News)
School board member quits at Gooding (TF Times News)

Possible suit over Willamette River waste (Corvallis Gazette Times)
March against racism at OSU (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Could be several pot ballot issues (Medford Tribune, Corvallis Gazette Times, KF Herald & News, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Criticism over new Eugene homeless area (Eugene Register Guard)
KF Habitat for Humanity ReStore closes (KF Herald & News)
Looking at local government primaries (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Ashland pot dispensaries open (Ashland Tidings)
GMO bsllot issue finances (Medford Tribune)
Closed Albertsons hopes to sublet (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Blue Mountain forest plan released (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Federal criticisms of Cover Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
Kitzhaber moves to stop food stamp cuts (Portland Oregonian)
More service planned at TriMet (Portland Oregonian)
Salem-Keizer superintendent search still on (Salem Statesman Journal)

Legislature faces budget deadline (Everett Herald)
New site proposed by DOE for Hanford (Kennewick Herald)
State transportation deal collapses (Longview News)
Fiber optic provider sold to WaveDivision (Port Angeles News)
Vashon site may become 'weed island' (Seattle Times)
Study: No business effect on higher min wage (Seattle Times)
Spokane gets longer school days (Spokane Spokesman)
On-time end for legislature predicted (Tacoma News Tribune, Yakima Herald Republic)
Still working on Amtrak station remodel (Tacoma News Tribune)
Leavitt saddened by CRC collapse (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima job picture improves (Yakima Herald Republic)
Costs hurt changes for commuter bus route (Yakima Herald Republic)

Salmon and steelhead, still surviving

carlson CHRIS
CARLSON

 
Carlson
Chronicles

It was one of those bitterly cold January days, though the skies were cloudless and the sun shone brightly on a blessedly windless blue day.
The temperature hovered at 6 degrees as we put the boat out onto the Clearwater just as the sun was rising.

My longtime fishing bud, Father Steve Dublinski, and I had decided to see if we could catch some of the river’s “B run” steelhead though odds were against us. We had an excellent guide¸ James Hollingshead, of Hells Canyon Sport Fishery, who had guided us before.

We put in at The Pink House just outside of Orofino. I knew it was one of Governor Cecil Andrus’ favorite spots because my former boss and I had discussed fishing holes when we drove the Clearwater to various events during the nine years I worked for him.

The river gods were with us for shortly before noon we started pulling in almost lunker-sized steelhead. Between us we caught, and released six magnificent steelhead---none smaller than 30 inches or ten pounds. The largest was close to 36 inches and 15 pounds.

Two were hatchery steelhead, and had they been between 20 and 27 inches, Steve could have kept one and I could have kept one. Because of their size back they went along with the other four fine fish. It was a great day on the Clearwater.

I spent much of the day reflecting on how much Idaho’s sport fishers should be grateful to the former governor for his long fight not only to protect Idaho’s salmon and steelhead runs, but also enhance prospects for increasing the returns. Efforts such as his dogged support for dam drawdown to aid salmon and steelhead smolt migration to the ocean were crucial. (more…)

On the front pages

news

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)

Mostly appprovals on school levies (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
Denney says inquiry on wife was political (Boise Statesman)
White Clouds monument plan gains steam (Boise Statesman)
Asotin County debates pot plans (Lewiston Tribune)
Nez Perce tribal admission rules reviewed (Lewiston Tribune)
Syringa Park water system fix needed (Moscow News)
ASUI seeks separate regents for each university (Moscow News)
Latah commission contest draws Goesling (Moscow News)
Whooping cough cases increase at Canyon (Nampa Press Tribune)
Middleton wants skate park (Nampa Press Tribune)
Legislators retain gun privelege (Nampa Press Tribune)
New graduation discipline rules (Pocatello Journal)
More Filer dispute on shot dog (TF Times News)

New OSU parking rules questioned (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Candidate filing for primary complete (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette Times, Pendleton East Oregonian)
Eugene airport improvements done (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene-area cougar caught and killed (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath water agreement under discussion (KF Herald & News)
Aridity results in property tax loss (KF Herald & News)
Legislative session in review (Ashland Tidings)
Medford charter school students increase (Medford Tribune)
State police move in at Josephine (Medford Tribune, Roseburg News Review)
Hermiston gets all-day kindergarten (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Umatilla County holds on pot decision (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Weak young enrollment in Cover Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
Roseburg council halts traffic study (Roseburg News Review)
Local candidates campaigning (Roseburg News Review)
Salem studnts suspended for retweeting (Salem Statesman Journal)

Mill sale talk taking longer (Everett Herald)
More younger people sign for health care (Kennewick Herald)
Cowlitz added 1,300 jobs last year (Longview News)
Adopting firm shutting down (Port Angeles News)
Seqium maintains pot moratorium (Port Angeles News)
Olympic Medical Center labor deal reached (Port Angeles News)
$15 min wage could go to ballot (Seattle Times)
Nasal sprays for overdoses at WSU (Spokane Spokesman)
State pays $3 million settlement on sex abuse (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark County jobs higher than in 2007 (Vancouver Columbian)
Low cost insurance for Clark may be lost (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima won;t ban e-cigarettes (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima rail trails okay legally (Yakima Herald Republic)

Don’t laugh at the natives

malloy CHUCK
MALLOY

 
In Idaho

Growing up in the Silver Valley, I remember taking a trip with my father one day to visit clients in Kellogg, where he did most of his business as a public accountant. Along the way, I saw a sign saying, “Don’t Laugh at the Natives” – or words to that effect.

I’ve kept thinking about that sign during the ongoing political debates over guns and management of federal lands. The words from my father more than 50 years ago hold true today.

My dad said that the sign was a display of civic pride – to show that people in the Silver Valley were proud of who they were, what they were and their heritage. He said the sign served as fair warning to outsiders who might have had any thoughts about looking down upon the good people in the Silver Valley.

At the time, I couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to laugh at the people for I was sheltered from the seedy side. I didn’t fully appreciate that working all day in those dirty and smelly mines was a helluva way to make a living. One of my dad’s clients was a bar owner and it didn’t occur to me that the bar, along with others that lined one of the main streets of Kellogg, were sanctuaries for many of the hard-working miners. Some of the more frisky ones would go from the bars to the whorehouses in Wallace, and people often joked about that. Mining was the leading industry in the Silver Valley, but prostitution might have been a close second.

When I want to be reminded about how things were, I go back to my old neighborhood on Division Street in Kellogg, where we lived from 1956-58. It’s like a time warp. One of my childhood memories was seeing an old washing machine on the front porch of one of the houses. I’m not certain, but when I visited the neighborhood a few years ago, I think I saw that same washing machine on the porch of that same house.
Now, that’s laughable. (more…)

Reinvesting in their homeland

carlson CHRIS
CARLSON

 
Carlson
Chronicles

Recently, Joe Pakootas announced his candidacy for the fifth congressional district seat in the state of Washington. Most experts think he has little chance against incumbent Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

A member of Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, she has served ten years and last time out defeated her Democratic opponent, 62% to 38%.

Besides, Pakootas is a Native American, a member of the Colville Nation and conventional wisdom is faux Americans do not elect first Americans to high public office. Occasionally there is a rare exception.
Coloradoans elected Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell to two terms in the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1993 to 2005. A member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation he eschewed pursuing a third term.

And voters in Idaho elected Larry Echohawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation, to the Attorney General’s office in 1990 and in 1994 he came within a whisker of becoming the first Native American to be elected governor of a state. Idaho was also one of the first western states to elect a Native American to its State Legislature with Chief Joseph Garry of the Coeur d’Alene Nation serving in the State Senate for the 1967 and 1968 sessions.

Another member of the Coeur d’Alene Nation, Jeanne Givens, was one of the first Native American females to be elected to a State House of Representatives, serving from 1985 through 1988. She left the Legislature to challenge then First District congressman Larry Craig, but was soundly defeated in the November, 1988 general election.

Pakootas should not be dismissed lightly. A former tribal chairman and now head of the Colville Tribal Enterprises, he has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He took over the Tribal business operations when they were deeply in the red and within a year had the operations in the black.

He is smart, articulate and savvy. In his initial expression of candidacy he clearly lifted a page from Republican campaign uber-strategist Karl Rove that says go after your opponent’s chief area of strength. Pakootas said he would go after the congresswoman in farm country.

Smart move. All over this nation farmers are angry with their incumbent largely Republican representatives because of their so far abject failure to get together and pass a new Farm bill. It is especially true in Washington’s 5th. For years they were represented by Tom Foley who was thoroughly familiar with the most arcane parts of farm law. On his way to the Speakership he also served as chairman of the House Ag committee. (more…)

On the front pages

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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)

More funds for education, not tax cuts (Boise Statesman)
Condos may rise near main Boise library (Boise Statesman)
Rails to trails lands may be RR owned (Lewiston Tribune)
Flood stages nears in some places (Lewiston Tribune)
School WiFi still raising questions (Moscow News)
Domestic violence protections bill in WA (Moscow News)
Bill could require twice-daily sobriety checks (Nampa Press Tribune)
Disabled veterans helped by Caldwell garden (Nampa Press Tribune)
School safety cut from state budget (Pocatello Journal)
School bonds on ballot (TF Times News)
Insurance bill for firefighters stopped again (TF Times News)

Increase in garbage fees possible (Eugene Register Guard)
Lane considers administrator salary (Eugene Register Guard)
Cougar killing creatures at Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
Homeless site approved at Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
SOU president on no-confidence vote (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Another dog park possible at Ashland (Ashland Tidings)
Jackson seeks to reduce cat euthanasia (Medford Tribune)
Pendleton Roundup's first paid manager (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Umatilla River running high (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Hanjin Shipping will stay at Portland port (Portland Oregonian)
TriMet loses service, repute (Portland Oregonian)
Legal questions on rails to trails (Salem Statesman Journal)

More nurses for Snohomish jail (Everett Herald)
More goat by allowed at Lynnwood (Everett Herald)
Roads at Arlington area falling behind (Everett Herald)
Nuclear plant inspected three times (Kennewick Herald)
Fishing restricted in three rivers (Longview News)
PUD pay standards to be discussed (Longview News)
New prosecutor at work at Clallam (Port Angeles News)
Port Angeles economic developement director (Port Angeles News)
Big crack found at Alaska viaduct (Seattle Times)
Rails to trails jeopardized (Spokane Spokesman, Yakima Herald Republic)
Dispute over public docks on Lake CdA (Spokane Spokesman)
Employment agency for pot business (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark County generating legal pot (Vancouver Columbian)
New manager expected for Ridgefield (Vancouver Columbian)

Improving quality, cutting costs

trahant MARK
TRAHANT

 
Austerity

The challenge in health care can be boiled down to two ideas: Improve the quality and cut the costs.

It’s a fact that the U.S. spends too much, both private and government money, on health care, nearly nearly 18 percent of all goods and services. The good news is that cost has been slowing, partly because of the economy, and most partly because the Affordable Care Act.

But this is just a first step. We have a long way to go. The reason is the country’s demographics: We have smaller population of young people, a huge baby boom generation, and people are living longer. Add this all up and the numbers are not sustainable by any metric. So math, not politics, ought to determine the route forward and that means looking for innovation to make health care less expensive. So when something comes along that does just that, you would think that it would be worth a celebration. But that’s not how change works.

As I have written before, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Dental Health Therapist Program is such a model. The Alaska program trains young people to practice mid-level dentistry, something that’s common around the world. This program expands access, improves quality, health, and is less expensive. It’s backed up by rigorous studies, that show mid-level providers offer “safe, competent and affordable care.”

So where is the celebration? Well, that will have to wait until the fight is over.

Washington state is considering legislation that would expand mid-level providers and the Washington State Dental Association is opposed saying that “midlevel providers will not make dental care more affordable, how dental residencies are a superior alternative, and how dentists in private practice are reimbursed 25 cents on the dollar for adult Medicaid patients.” (more…)