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Posts published in “Day: February 10, 2015”

A thank you to Huntsman the elder

carlson CHRIS


This is an “open letter” expressing my deep gratitude to Jon Huntsman, Sr., the Utah billionaire, who founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, and has contributed almost a billion dollars to the Institute.

He and the top-notch staff he assembled have enabled me to manage the rare and always fatal form of neuroendocrine cancer I was diagnosed with in November of 2005. It was already Stage IV. There was a large tumor mass over the stomach wrapped in and around the artery and blood vessels going to my intestines. There were numerous tumors on my liver and most were already large. The cancer had also attacked my heart’s tricuspid valve which in turn was deteriorating. I’d lost 80 pounds almost ovrnight.

When doctors cannot find the generating tumor in 80% of the cases that patient is dead within six months. Mine was a case where the generator could not be detected. Thus, I was given the proverbial six months and told to put my affairs in order, which I did.

My wife and I did what most couples do after receiving such news: we cried, we prayed, we talked about bucket lists, and we did our homework. We ferreted out who the best doctor was for treating this rare form of cancer. We also found which cancer treatment hospital was the best in the world for treating it. Supposedly it was M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas.

The best doctor was affiliated with Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. This was serendipitous because it gave us an excuse to drop in on an old friend of mine, Jay Shelledy. He was teaching and advising in the Journalism School at LSU.

While visiting with Shelledy we also heard back from M.D. Anderson. We’d sent my complete file to them---the MRI’s, the CT’s, the blood work, x-rays, colonoscopies---the works. The doctors at M.D. Anderson examined it all and sent word back that they were not going to see me, there was nothing they could do.

I was stunned. I’d never heard of one being refused an appointment to obtain a second opinion. The Lord works in mysterious ways, however, because it gave Shelledy the opportunity to pitch the relatively brand new Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City adjacent to the University of Utah Hospital. (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)

Audit says state spends too much on outside lawyers (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
ATK ammunition absorbed by Vista Outdoor (Lewiston Tribune)
Washington snowpack estimated at 39 percent (Moscow News)
Legislator proposes school civics test (Nampa Press Tribune)
Conservation plans move on Lake Lowell (Nampa Press Tribune)
Fort Hall weighs in on instant horse racing (Pocatello Journal)
Pocatello animal shelter moves into new home (Pocatello Journal)
Legislator pension increases limited by new bill (TF Times News)

Kitzhaber asks for AG inquiry (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Third UO student has bacterial infection (Eugene Register Guard)
UO football coach gets $17.5m deal (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath concerns over biofuel plant raised (KF Herald & News)
Medford got a huge storm last week (Medford Tribune)
New Jackon fair board and leaders try to revive it (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston charter goes to ballot (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Independent Party now a major party in Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
Salem considers urban renewal options (Salem Statesman Journal)

New Kitsap YWCA director (Bremerton Sun)
State seeks vapor improvement at Hanford (Kennewick Herald)
Washington snowpack at 39 percent (Kennewick Herald)
New school superintendent named at Longview (Longview News)
Iconic Mount Solo house sold (Longview News)
Initiative costs would have to be disclosed (Longview News)
Olympia port chemical spill linked to valve (Olympian)
Bill would toughen cell phone while driving law (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
What if Bertha can't be moved? (Seattle Times)
Higher Taxes college investment lured UW president (Seattle Times)
Toll on Narrows Bridge could rise by half (Tacoma News Tribune)
Shutdown at Christensen Shipyards (Vancouver Columbian)
Forum features prospects for judge (Vancouver Columbian)