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Posts published in December 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)

Looking at state's mental health system (IF Post Register)
Elk neard near I-15 moves away as hunters arrive (IF Post Register)
Glanbia chief says water could restrict growth (TF Times News)

Hearing set for Klamath research district (KF Herald & News)
New ag research station director arrives (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Looking aat Sellwood Bridge cost overruns (Portland Oregonian)
Propane shipping plan hit Portland zoning rules (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing high-read stories of 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton, cops agree on contract (Bremerton Sun)
Inslee budget backs Port Gamble park (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish manager pay raises by Lovick at issue (Everett Herald)
Concerns over 97-home project near Everett (Everett Herald)
State preschool efforts lead to higher test scores (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Brewery could replace planer mill at Forks (Port Angeles News)
Signup for health care extended (Port Angeles News)
Review the China coal market (Seattle Times)
Cantwell will be ranking Democrat on Energy (Vancouver Columbian)
Valley American Legion clubs thinning out (Yakima Herald Republic)

Oregon Republican nearly out of cash

harris ROBERT


We know that the Oregon Republican Party is in financial crisis. Not necessarily individual candidates or officials, many had well funded campaigns and were able to raise money and had money spent on their behalf by independent expenditure organizations.

But the Republican Party of Oregon itself has done little in the way of fundraising or candidate support. Here is some data from ORESTAR for December, 2014. And while the graph above displays cash balance, just as important is the data on money raised and money spent in support of organization and candidates. If the GOP had raised and spent $2,000,000, their cash balance wouldn’t be concerning.

PARTY 2014 Income 2014 Expenses Current Cash

Democratic $ 2,359,768 $2,328.974 $ 148,201
Republican $22,436 $29,836 $ 600
Independent $15,553 $11,050 $15,562

Of course each county has a local Democratic and Republican Party. Perhaps the Republican focused their party building efforts locally? A spot check of the larger counties dispels that theory. (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)

Challis area earthquake swarm reported Monday (Boise Statesman)
Wave of package thefts on Christmas Eve in Palouse (Moscow News)
Magnida, ConAgra agree on new American Falls plant (Boise Statesman, Pocatello Journal)

Review of new laws effective January 1 (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing 2014 environmental stories (Salem Statesman Journal)

Reviewing Olympia's Quixote Village for homeless (Olympian)
Carbon emissions in WA falling (Olympian)
Baby Jesis stolen from capitol nativity scene (Olympian)
IRS sues Ballmer, others over Microsoft taxes (Seattle Times)
Supreme Court throws out charges in Clemmons case (Tacoma News Tribune)

A Christmas story



I have told this story every year since 1991 first because it happened, and second because there has to be someone else out there who can relate to it.

Christmas was the best kind of adventure for us kids. Growing up on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in a small coal-mining, fishing and pulp town, Christmas meant a blizzard-backed trip down-island over the Malahat Pass to Mecca, which went by the very English name of Victoria.

I cringe now at what the drive must have meant to my folks. It was like going over Camel's Hump in the dead of winter, packed with traffic. But to us kids it was plain high excitement.

I had been to Disneyland and I had been to Victoria. They did not compare. Disneyland had paper mache mountains and long lines, but Victoria had teak and brass, the Empress Hotel, the Crystal Gardens, the ship's chandlers, a wax museum and the roundabout.

It had also T. Eaton, Simpson-Sears, and the Hudson Bay Company, plus a place where you could buy Spode china, and a Wilson's, which meant pure English wool and tweed.

Most important to kids growing up in a one-storey town, Victoria had escalators and elevators. I realize that kids nowadays require a Mario Brothers distraction, but for Marc and me those moving stairs, and the little brass-trimmed rooms with the sliding doors that went up and down between floors, beat the socks off anything Disneyland had to offer.

Our parents parked us on the Hudson Bay Co. escalators, with a rendezvous time an hour later. Off they went to do serious Christmas shopping. So did we. This was my first big year for buying Christmas presents. I had dough. The source of my income was a newspaper route, which paid $4 per month. I had saved two months' pay. Serious cabbage.

Ditching my younger brother, I cruised the Hudson Bay Co. from basement to top floor. When you are 8 or so, and a boy, your mother is the most romantic figure in your life. I sought something for her so sweet and so feminine that she would remember my remembrance forever. Zeroing in on the perfume deck, a new world of love and excitement unveiled itself to me. I sniffed all the bottles and all the spritzes, and after a good half-hour's study, lit upon one. Its scent surpassed that of Butchart's Gardens in bloom, or even the elegant leathery odor of a Trans-Canada Airlines DC-3. It was sweet, wonderful: her. (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)

Not many store shootings in Idaho (Boise Statesman)
INL heavily involved in cybersecurity (IF Post Register)

Local theaters show "Interview" (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath commissioners on God and gun control (KF Herald & News)
Inmates barred from Pendleton projects (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Department Human Services hit by judgements (Salem Statesman Journal)

YMCA buys land for building at Stanwood (Everett Herald)
Baur reviews years as prosecutor (Longview News)
Two-year budget passed at Longview (Longview News)
Local theaters running Independent (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Lewis-McChord unit upsizes for overseas (Tacoma News Tribune)
Mild weather expected for holidays (Yakima Herald Republic)

Your grammar, your job (or not)

strickland MICHAEL


“If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me.” Kyle Wiens in the Harvard Business Review.

While Idaho’s job market is slowly improving, the buzz around the Treasure Valley is still filled with stories of unemployment and underemployment. A business grammar course in the College of Western Idaho’s Business Partnerships /Workforce Development program suggests a way you can get an edge.

“Clear communication is the foundation for success in the business world, and grammar mistakes create barriers to this communication,” reads the introduction to the CWI student manual for the training. The consensus among teachers, scholars and grammarians is that clarity and correctness have taken a nosedive in the “information age.”

Employers often peruse Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages of job applicants that are filled with spelling mistakes, poor grammar, and textspeak. This is one of the quickest ways for a candidate to seal their own job rejection. According to Time, out of the 70 percent of hiring managers who utilize social media profiles to gather more information regarding an applicant -- one-third have declined on candidates due to “poor communication skills.”

“The employer is more apt to question your professionalism if you show a pattern of misspelled words… or your commentary seems rash, uninformed or non-cohesive,” said Jennifer Grasz, a CareerBuilder spokeswoman. (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 Boise police chief to stay on track (Boise Statesman)
2 wolves spotted in Asotin County Lewiston Tribune)
Free clinic in Lewiston stretched for resources (Lewiston Tribune)
Idaho owes more than $400k lawyer bills in marriage case (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Moscow News)
Caldwell may soon widen 21st Avenue (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bogus Basin prepares for opening (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pebble Creek skiing area opens (Pocatello Journal)

Highway 101 reopens from flooding (Eugene Register Guard)
New architect for Medford fire station (Medford Tribune)
Harkenrider ends 54 years on Hermiston council (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Fish/wildlife using drones to gather data (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon electronic recycling will accept more (Salem Statesman Journal)

An aircraft carrier heads to scrap yard (Bremerton Sun)
Koster bounced from Snohomish ombudsman job (Everett Herald)
Chief deputy prosecutor at Cowlitz dismissed (Longview News)
KapStone and union keep on talking (Longview News)
Federal court banning jail waits for mentally ill (Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Three more pot stores okayed near Tacoma (Olympian)
Deadline for health insurance arrives (Seattle Times, Olympian)
Tunnel work expected to end 2 years late (Seattle Times)
Spokane downtown seeing high tech light show (Spokane Spokesman)
Inslee will appointent new legislator (Tacoma News Tribune)
New sheriff takes over in Clark
Land trust gains 3000 acres near Mt St Helens (Vancouver Columbian)

When a bishop tries to mislead

carlson CHRIS


It always comes as a surprise, though it should not, when one sees “a man with a collar,” prove he is as fallible as the rest of us mere mortals, capable of misleading conduct and apparently as misguided by “the end justifies the means” philosophy as any other rudderless politician.

Such is the case with Archbishop Blasé Cupich, late of the Spokane diocese and the new Archbishop of Chicago.

In a recent article in the Spokesman-Review, the Archbishop impugns the integrity of Father Steve Dublinski, the current pastor at St. Augustine’s. This good priest served faithfully and well as the Vicar General (in effect, the chief operating officer for the Spokane diocese) for the past 12 years, first for Bishop William Skylstad and then for the Archbishop.

Anyone who knows, or has met or has worked with Father Steve knows he is a person whose integrity and commitment to truth and justice is above questioning and beyond reproach. He is devoted to the truth and the mission of the diocese.

Even if one does not know Father Steve, his action in resigning speaks volumes for him. It should be clear that such a resignation was an act of conscience on his part. It took courage to publicly split with the Bishop. It should also be obvious that the reason for Father Dublinski resigning as Vicar General was his refusal to go along with Cupich’s lawsuit for malpractice against the diocese’s outside legal counsel, the venerable Paine, Hamblen law firm.

If one reads carefully the article that appeared on December 16th in which Cupich is trying to undo the damage done to the diocese’ alleged case against the law firm, Cupich never denies having said to Vicar General Dublinski that he would “just throw some mud against the wall and see what sticks.

Rather, he says he never directed his lawyers to throw mud and see what sticks. It is a classic misdirection ploy that in the process has him implicitly questioning Father Steve’s integrity. This is simply outrageous and an insult to our intelligence. Ask yourself what would Father Steve gain by resisting Cupich’s apparent pressure to be supportive of his desires in this matter? (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)

Nuclear waste outgo held up at INL (Boise Statesman)
Inslee caught up in local levy variances (Moscow News)
Survey on dowtown Caldwell at C of I students (Nampa Press Tribune)
Questions arise about instant racing at Les Boise (Nampa Press Tribune)
Illnesses leading to more school absenteeism (TF Times News)

Highway 101 still closed by flooding (Eugene Register Guard)
Portland officials still battling over Mt Tabor (Portland Oregonian)
Attorney general shows list of bad charities (Salem Statesman Journal)

Port Orchard utility rates may rise (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish ombudsman Koster apologizes on unions (Everett Herald)
Local officials call paving Mountain Loop road (Everett Herald)
Inslee not addressig school levy variance (Tacoma News Tribune, Longview News, Olympian)
Veterans Administration hiring more docs (Olympian)
Traffic getting much worse on I-405 (Seattle Times)
Frontier Airlines leaves Spokane (Spokane Spokesman)