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Posts published in April 2014

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)

Meridian schools block novel (Boise Statesman)
Legal issue on hunting fees used for wolves (Boise Statesman)
WSU beaver dams evaluated for flooding (Moscow News)
Idaho Center plan for Canyon fair (Nampa Press Tribune)
Teachers, Nampa district meet on health (Nampa Press Tribune)
Farmers markets returning (Nampa Press Tribune)
Republican forum shows heated split (Pocatello Journal)
Hearing on Post Office services (Pocatello Journal)
Boulder-White Clouds debate continues (TF Times News)
TF Council still consider transparency plan (TF Times News)

Protest at Corvallis by homeless (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Proposal out for 9th street hotel (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Pot moratorium for rural Lane stopped (Eugene Register Guard)
State seeks new contractor on tunnels (Eugene Register Guard)
'This Week in Klamath" CATV show dropped (KF Herald & News)
Another Cover Oregon resignation (KF Herald & News)
Partial pot moratorium at Ashland (Ashland Tidings)
Ashland man enters 2nd US House race (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Changes in local fire chiefs (Medford Tribune)
Gas plant explosion aftermath (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Pendleton fire chief resigns (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Pendleton bats medical pot (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Dispute over Port of Astoria, China trade (Portland Oregonian)
Oregonian changes print format (Portland Oregonian)
Judge set to rule on gay marriage (Salem Statesman Journal)
Wine growler fillups threatened by fed rule (Salem Statesman Journal)

Stillaguamish mudslide in review (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald)
Chancellor named for WSU Puget campus (Everett Herald)
Natural gas explosion at Plymouth aftermath (Vancouver Columbian, Kennewick Herald)
On Longview school chief selection committee (Longview News)
State health exchange closeout (Seattle Times)
Franciscan Health say no records lost (Tacoma News Tribune)
New Clark college campus nears (Vancouver Columbian)
Old style eatery planned for Yakima (Yakima Herad Republic)

Picking ’em

malloy CHUCK

In Idaho

I did a lousy job with my NCAA basketball picks, so I thought I would try to redeem myself with a prediction of a different kind of Final Four – the Idaho Statesman’s editorial endorsements for the May 20 primary election. So, let “May Madness” begin (drum roll, please).

Governor: C.L. “Butch” Otter over Sen. Russ Fulcher. Otter favors Common Core; Fulcher opposes it; end of discussion.

1st District Congress: Rep. Raul Labrador over three Republican no-names. That is, if the Statesman endorses in that race. But it’s hard to imagine the Statesman taking a pass in a crowded congressional primary.

2nd District Congress: Rep. Mike Simpson over Bryan Smith, the pride and joy of Club for Growth. One tea party guy (Labrador) is enough. Bob Ehlert, the Statesman’s editorial page editor, already has lashed out against Club for Growth.

Secretary of State: Phil McGrane over three other Republicans. Ben Ysursa’s endorsement should tilt the Statesman’s vote toward McGrane.

The process, of course, won’t be so fast. Ehlert, Publisher Mike Jung and the community representatives will spend many hours in the vetting process – as other editorial boards have done over the years. But I boldly predict this is how it will turn out. Actually, it’s not so bold; these are safe picks for an editorial page that tends to play it safe.

I suspect the process will be about the same as it has in years past. The big change at the Statesman is there will be fewer endorsements – which can be viewed as good or bad, depending on your view of editorial endorsements.

“Previous Statesman editorial boards have made dozens, even hundreds of endorsements in these races,” Ehlert wrote in a recent column. “If we make more than a dozen I will be surprised, and that will happen only if we feel we have critical insight that will help you make your decision.”

He took some well-aimed hits on the old ways of doing business, stirring a Facebook reaction from the former opinions page editor, Kevin Richert, who especially took exception with this passage: “If we devote the time to do hundreds of 30-minute endorsement interviews with candidates we met only a minute earlier, we have to consider whether that is the best use of our time and platform – and to the exclusion of what other mission.” (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)

Idaho above average for federal money (Lewiston Tribune)
Asotin Judge Acet retires (Lewiston Tribune)
Whitman land transfer planned (Moscow News)
Swan Falls camp area may be upgraded (Nampa Press Tribune)
Obamacare signup period ends (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bankruptcy for Coldwater Creek? (Sandpoint Bee)
TF schools may sell land (TF Times News)

Former UO b-ball coach now at WSU (Eugene Register Guard)
Gonorrhea battle advances at UO (Eugene Register Guard)
New charter school at KF, Hope Art Academy (KF Herald & News)
40 KF area soldiers headed to Afghanistan (KF Herald & News)
Signup push at Cover Oregon (Portland Oregonian, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News)
Home rentals to tourists, cracked down (Ashland Tidings)
Explosion at natural gas plant in WA (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Fewer taco trucks, 3, in Hermiston (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Stillaguamish mudslide: overlogging (Portland Oregonian)
West Salem cancer rates examined (Salem Statesman Journal)
Polk county finance considered (Salem Statesman Journal)

Inslee seeks more mudslide aid (Seattle Times, Everett Herald)
Stillaguamish logging preceded mud (Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Natural gas explosion near Plymouth (Vancouver Columbian, Kennewick Herald)
State wants more Hanford assurances (Kennewick Herald)
Health exchange signups conclude (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Longview News)
Longview Community House scales back meals (Longview News)
Spokane sprawl limitation plan vetoed (Spokane Spokesman)
Franciscan Health at Tacoma computer-hacked (Tacoma News Tribune)
New recycling effort at Yakima (Yakima Herald Republic)