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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)

Hailey cancels Bergdahl celebration (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
ACHD ends bike lane experiment (Boise Statesman)
Winmill dismisses anti-NSA lawsuit (IF Post Register)
Two prisoners from NICI escape (Lewiston Tribune)
Palouse short on physician help (Moscow News)
Man buys Hwy 95 eyesore south of Moscow (Moscow News)
Canyon Commissioner won’t be charged for rant (Nampa Press Tribune)
Ridgeview High build Pricier than expected (Nampa Press Tribune)
U-2 spy plane flying at Pocatello airport (Pocatello Journal)
Bingham County reorganizes GOP (Pocatello Journal)
Idaho wants full 9th circuit marrige review (TF Times News)

Wolf OR-7 definitely has pups (Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Ashland Tidings)
KF Coordinated Care leader goes to Salem (KF Herald & News)
Last SkyWest plane leaves Klamath (KF Herald & News)
Supreme Court doesn’t block OR marriage (Portland Oregonian, Medford Tribune)
Pot dispensaries in Gold Hill prepare (Medford Tribune)
Higher fees set for Umatilla County (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton council passes budget (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Reviewing Oregon and Common Core (Portland Oregonian)
Liquor privatizing advocates pull ballot issue (Salem Statesman Journal)
Salem students graduate (Salem Statesman Journal)

Some top county officials get raises (Everett Herald)
Debate over release of oil transport report (Everett Herald, Vancuver Columbian)
Long-time Olympia pharmacy closes (Olympian)
New rule for liquor and restaurants (Olympian)
Possible garbage rate rise in Port Angeles (Port Angeles News)
Seattle City Light chief gets big raise (Seattle Times)
Minimum wage advocates look at more cities (Seattle Times)
Big convention growth plans in Seattle (Seattle Times)
Hailey cancels Bergdahl celebration (Spokane Spokesman)
Supreme Court challenger, disbarment (Tacoma News Tribune)
New Columbian bridge option discussed (Vancouver Columbian)

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First Take

frazier DAVID
FRAZIER

 
Boise
Guardian

The 150th anniversary of what we affectionately call the “Daily Paper” (IDAHO STATESMAN) prompted a former colleague to recall the day nearly 50 years ago when he came to work at the old 6th and Bannock office location. Ralph Nichols covered Canyon County news.

By Ralph Nichols

Sandor S. Klein Jr. – Sandy – was a newsman’s newsman, a legendary figure in the history of Idaho journalism. A five-foot seven-inch, cigar-chomping, violin-playing Hungarian Jew with a gravelly voice, whose crew cut was thinning by the time he became managing editor of The Idaho Statesman in Boise, he was a caricature from “The Front Page” come to life.

Sandy had covered boxing for a New York City newspaper, been a World War II correspondent aboard U.S. Navy ships, served as a United Press International bureau chief in Boise, and while covering the Idaho Legislature one session was granted unprecedented personal privilege to propose from the floor to Sen. Edith Miller, who said yes.

He expected his reporters to work hard and demanded initiative, accuracy and fairness. Boise still belonged to its only daily newspaper, and he reacted angrily on those few occasions when is reporters were scooped by the city’s growing television-news presence. Sandy also was a strong booster of Boise’s then-fledgling arts community.

But none of these things did I know about Sandy in the beginning, only that he published a personal take on local events in “Editor’s Notebook,” which appeared weekly on the Sunday editorial page – a feature I had read frequently since taking my first college journalism course for its vignettes that conveyed the image of reporters as the first to know the news.

Walking into the Idaho Statesman newsroom shortly before four o’clock that May 30, 47 years ago I would come to realize only a decade later, was my crossing of a great divide from which there would be no return. Although I had always been a news junkie, becoming a newspaper reporter was not part of the course charted for my future in the spring of 1967.

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