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Posts published in “Day: October 30, 2014”

Ability and integrity both?

frazier DAVID


We often hear the lament, “I am not voting because it is always the lesser of two evils.”

A story in the Saturday DAILY PAPER by reporter Katy Moeller seems to enforce the evil issue. Seems that Ada Coroner Candidate Dotti Owens “forgot” about criminal charges for fraud and a bankruptcy when she completed a candidate form for the paper.

Ada County lawmen, including Sheriff Gary Raney and local police chiefs endorsed Owens over former deputy sheriff Michael Chilton. Chilton spent most of his copper career as a jailer for Ada County. Owens has been a deputy coroner.

The STATESMAN has to be commended for its election coverage which earlier revealed that Mayor Dave Bieter had met individually with candidates for the Ada County Highway District, asking them to get rid of the director … all in the spirit of working together of course.

Then there is Sherri Ybarra the candidate for Supt. of Public Instruction who can’t remember a divorce, what degree she is working on, or other items from her past.

It isn’t just women either. The race for Guv is not without charges of cronyism and illicit campaign contributions to Butch Otter from the private group recently ousted from running the state prison. Former Canyon prosecutor John Bujak has dodged criminal charges for a couple of years now and his gubernatorial candidacy is considered that of “spoiler.”

Hold your nose when you vote and if you have a bottle of hand sanitizer, be sure to use it after you vote, but please vote.

NOTE: The GUARDIAN doesn’t endorse candidates and no conclusions should be implied by this post.

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)

Amy's Kitchen sets up in Pocatello (Boise Statesman, Pocatello Journal)
Courts, jails and mental health (Boise Statesman)
E Idaho officials ponder economic development mergers (IF Post Register)
Feds examine Kamiah discrimination charges (Lewiston Tribune)
More juvenile corrections detainees claim abuse (Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune)
Nampa building permit reveue rises (Nampa Press Tribune)
Group wants grazing delay until species review (Nampa Press Tribune)
Examining an anti-Balukoff ad (TF Time News)
CEO of Galmbia will retire (TF Times News)

Eugene requires Uber to get taxi icense (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene looking for more money for parks (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath clear of enterovirus (KF Herald & News)
Rogue Valey economy continues improving (Medford Tribune)
Governor's office slowly provides Hayes records (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing Kitzhaber's 3rd term report card (Portland Oregonian)
Complaints: Force used against students (Salem Statesman Journal)
Problems attacked in battery recycling (Salem Statesman Journal)

Port Orchard struggles on pathway decision (Bremerton Sun)
Bainbridge plans $7m park land purchase (Bremerton Sun)
Military famiies get new medical possibilities (Bremerton Sun)
Still trying to figure out Marysville killings (Everett Herald)
Reviewing top ballot issues for election (Seattle Times)
Money in campaigns going up (Spokane Spokesman)
State in contempt over mental patients in jail (Vancouver Columbian)
Initiative on class size roars ahead (Vancouver Columbian)
WA will again be sending apples to China (Yakima Herald Republic)