Writings and observations

From the first day of hearings on the “add the words” bill (House Bill 2) at the Idaho Legislature. The hearing is being held by the House State Affairs Committee.

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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)

Federal ID law may be impacting Idaho (Boise Statesman)
UI tuition halt not catching at other institutions (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
Boise downtown grows in 2014 (Boise Statesman)
Add the words hearing concludes (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Forest service setting new snomobile policy (Lewiston Tribune)
Palouse water usage grew 1% last year (Moscow News)
Caldwell battling crow infestation (Nampa Press Tribune)
State House okays rules for oil and gas (Nampa Press Tribune)
Boise and Greenlead reach drain project deal (Nampa Press Tribune)
Vailas asks state funding increase for ISU (Pocatello Journal)
TF schools irritated at school bus service (TF Times News)

Leaked presidential UO documents returned (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune)
Local school graduation rates improve (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon Tech plans new building, improvements (KF Herald & News)
No snowmobile policy set by Forest Service (KF Herald & News)
Wyden warrns rural counties losing timber funds (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Hayes says she earned more than earlier reported (Portland Oregonian)
Stayton firm will build Salem bridge (Salem Statesman Journal)

DOE pays $45k fine on Hanford cleanup (Kennewick Herald)
Cowlitz United Way troubles found in audit (Longview News)
Cowlitz PUD has costly legal issues (Longview News)
People at risk for violence may lose guns (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Sheriff’s budget plans jail opening at Thurston (Olympian)
Homeless tent camps carry high permit costs (Seattle Times)
Spokane transit may add bus to Coeur d’Alene (Spokane Spokesman)
More federal funds for VA services (Tacoma News Tribune)
Legislative criticism of state pay raises (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark County considers ‘In God we trust’ display (Vancouver Columbian)
Legislative support grows for transport package (Yakima Herald Republic)

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