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Posts published in “Day: May 5, 2015”

A new look

Yes, this is still Ridenbaugh Press, and the stuff that's been here is still here - including all our posts going back to 2005. We'll be making some substantive additions in the weeks and months to come, but the change you're seeing today is mainly cosmetic.

We've used the same basic design for more than five years, so it was past time for something new. As it happens, Google gave us to the push. One of the big pieces of recent news this season for people running web sites is that Google is ratcheting down in its search rankings any web site that isn't "responsive" to a range of viewers - not just desktop or notebook computers but smart phones, tablets and so forth. The old design was not "responsive," and making it so (while keeping it generally the same) would have been a complex and messy operation. So we decided to start fresh.

And according to Google's own web tool, ridenbaugh.com now is fully responsive. (Try it out on other sites; you may find the results interesting.)

What you see here today is what we've done after spending a couple of hours tweaking the core design (it should be more complete within three or four days), which is called Ignite. The simplicity of it, and its emphasis on the word and on typography, were appealing. But let us know what you think.

On the front pages

news

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)

Some SkyWest pay in Boise lower than expected (Boise Statesman)
Boise finds waste at new park, could spend $2.5m (Boise Statesman)
Otter posts child support proposal (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Higher teacher pay coming to Idaho (IF Post Register)
St. Luke's shows off new Nampa hospital plan (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa council approces new streetscape (Nampa Press Tribune)
New building inspector approved for TF (TF Times News)
Buhl Herald reopens with new owner (TF Times News)

Senate approves background check measure (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Small rural areas seeking medical help (Medford Tribune)
Senate passes agri-tourism liability bill (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Prison criticised over mentally ill treatment (Portland Oregonian)

WSU looks for med school dean (Kennewick Herald)
Seattle wants new permit for drills at terminal (Seattle Times)
Rate increase request for Avista reduced (Spokane Spokesman)
Predictions for water this summer get worse (Yakima Herald Republic)