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Posts published in July 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)

Where Bergdahl came from (Boise Statesman)
Project cleans phosphorus from Boise River (Boise Statesman)
Department of Energy talks cleanup contracts (IF Post Register)
Idaho crime diminishing a little (IF Post Register, Pocatello Journal)
Suit filed vs state juvenile corrections (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon Fair may yet go to Idaho Center (Nampa Press Tribune)
Fish & Game rules on under-12 hunting tags (Nampa Press Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
Coyotes hit Firth-area livestock (Pocatello Journal)
State mental health provider issues noted (TF Times News)
Plans shown for expanded Magic Valley airport (TF Times News)
Hot contest for state superintendent (TF Times News)

KF subdivision well closed off (KF Herald & News)
Oregon preparing for drought (Ashland Tidings)
Medford ordinance on pot challenged (Medford Tribune)
Medford appproves transfers in school districts (Medford Tribune)
Dry conditions hurting wheat yield (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Disputes over the firing of SAIF CEO (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
Opponents to same sex marriage on ropes (Portland Oregonian)
New Oregonian editor named (Portland Oregonian)
Oracle has 1,280 contracts with OR governments (Salem Statesman Journal)

Should light rail run to Paine Field? (Everett Herald)
Post-Oso lawsuit names Snohomish Co, state (Everett Herald)
Hanford whistleblower loses legal appeal (Kennewick Herald)
Port Angeles population, unusually, declines (Port Angeles News)
T-Mobile must refund unwanted costs (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Longview News)
Seattle's first pot shop opens next Tuesday (Seattle Times)
Spokane hydroplane races blocked this year (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane blocks some fireworks (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma sets up billboard community (Tacoma News Tribune)
Yakima sheriff deputy contracts okayed (Yakima Herald Republic)

‘Fighting the Odds’ – back in print

You've seen the box above this post - about the new edition of the great Frank Church biography Fighting the Odds - for a while now. But with the release ongoing, I wanted to draw a little more attention to it.

You can find most of what you want to know (including how to order) at the Fighting the Odds page.

Here's what we had to say in our release to media and others:

Four-term Idaho Senator Frank Church would make any short list of the most important U.S. senators of the last century, and one of the most active on heated issues, from his role in developing wilderness areas, to his opposition to the Vietnam War, to investigating the CIA, Church was a leader on a host of difficult issues – and he did so representing a state where his views were not always in the majority.

Now Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church by LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer, is back in print on the twentieth anniversary of its first publication, through Ridenbaugh Press.

With a new foreword from Oregon's senior senator Ron Wyden, who has followed Church's footsteps with efforts to protect Americans from the over-reaching of our National Security Agency, "Fighting the Odds," is an award-winning, serious biography about a man who was not afraid to speak out and stand for what was right, instead of what was popular, accepted policy.

Wyden said in his foreword, “In Fighting the Odds, LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer have written, to my mind, the definitive biography of Senator Church’s political life. When Mr. Gramer contacted me about writing a foreword for the 20th anniversary of the book’s first printing, I was honored and quickly said yes.”

Gramer, a long-time Idaho Journalist and now President and CEO of Idaho Business for Education, covered Church for years before joining with Washington State University Professor LeRoy Ashby to write the biography. (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)

New Idaho laws taking effect (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
BSU anti-abortion groups says speech violated (Boise Statesman)
Several fires bloom in Magic Valley (TF Times News)

Tourism agency on Corvallis parking (Corvallis Gazette)
Oregon employers must fund contraceptives (Corvallis Gazette)
Air carrier loss may affect guard activities (KF Herald & News)
Summer looks dry, tough on farmers, wildlife (KF Herald & News, Ashland Tidings)
White City may get shooting range (Medford Tribune)
Weather makes for fireworks concerns (Medford Tribune)
Pendleton shipping center rehabbed (Pendleton E Oregonian)

Ferry design, car safety under review (Everett Herald)
Everett university center shifts to WSU (Everett Herald)
Reach center opens at Richland (Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald)
Records show 15 oil trains a week roll in area (Longview News)
Light supplies for pot at retail (Port Angeles News)
No contamination at Sequim milk (Port Angeles News)
Big money in Spokane prosecutor race (Spokane Spokesman)
WA gets biggest population growth since 08 (Tacoma News Tribune)
Dorn asks feds for break on No Child (Tacoma News Tribune)