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Oct 21 2014

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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)

Dangerous synthetic drugs found in Boise (Boise Statesman)
Andrus urges White Cloud monument (Boise Statesman)
Large upscale downtown apartments planned (Boise Statesman)
Looking at Balukoff and his campaign (Lewiston Tribune)
Record-breaking coho found in Idaho rivers (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow allowing lots with tight access (Moscow News)
Reviewing Idaho House race (Moscow News)
New Nampa library will have same hours (Nampa Press Tribune)
COMPASS working on five-year transportation budget (Nampa Press Tribune)
A bunch of legislative forums today in Canyon (Nampa Press Tribune)
Legislative candidates discuss issues (Pocatello Journal)
Minico students barred from lunch across street (TF TImes News)
ACLU jumps into Declo discrimination case (TF TImes News)

Property taxes in Lane will rise (Eugene Register Guard)
Merkley seems well ahead of Wehby in race (Eugene Register Guard)
Transient rooms tax yields more than expected in Klamath (KF Herald & News)
KF will get a Sportsmans Warehouse (KF Herald & News)
Last governor debate at Medford (Medford Tribune)
Student said SOU rally was misinterpreted (Medford Tribune)
Forest review: Residents want more use (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Drivers license issue backers rally at Hermiston (Portland Oregonian, Pendleton E Oregonian)
UO strategizes on its $2b fundraising plan (Portland Oregonian)

Were student asked to help teacher running for legislator? (Everett Herald)
County death investigator reaches $125k settlement (Everett Herald)
Gas prices dropping in Washington (Longview News)
Reviewing Clallam auditor contest (Port Angeles News)
Risk of child poisoning at shooting ranges, pt 3 (Seattle Times)
Commute in Seattle getting worse (Seattle Times)
Review foster family difficulties, part 3 (Spokane Spokesman)
Liberty Lake passes expansive rule on minors, pot (Spokane Spokesman)
Vancouver Council won’t address Clark charter (Vancouver Columbian)
AGs go after sex trafficking online (Vancouver Columbian)
Write-in for Pierce prosecutor doesn’t want t run (Tacoma News Tribune)
Yakima pressing for more airlilne traffic (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 20 2014

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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)

Coho largely restored by Nez Perce (Boise Statesman)
Reviewing the legislative rulemaking amendment (Boise Statesman)
Looking at online schooling (Moscow News)
Pullman starts with budget hearings (Moscow News)
Percentage of college-bound students fell in 2013 (TF Times News)
Dog shooting still dogging city of Filer (TF Times News)

US House 5 a cooler race this time (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene deals with sick leave rule specifics (Eugene Register Guard)
Kitzhaber’s campaign battered by scandals (Medford Tribune)
Medford schools may try all-day kindergarten (Medford Tribune)
Reviewing Portland ‘re-entry court’ (Portland Oregonian)
The 5th U.S. House district race, uneven (Salem Statesman Journal)

Expensive, negative state Senate race in 35th (Bremerton Sun)
Annual salmon run is about to start (Bremerton Sun)
Review of Y.S. House 2 contest, Larsen favored (Everett Herald)
Forks people uneasy about Navy electronic war plan (Longview News)
Centralia Power plant top WA greenhouse gas producer (Olympian)
Examining how a legal pot operation works (Port Angeles News)
Port Angeles may make deal for smart parking meters (Port Angeles News)
Lead poisoning at Belleview gun range (Seattle Times)
Second part of problems with foster care (Spokane Spokesman)
I-90 overpass to get local funding (Spokane Spokesman)
Reviewing two-R 4th district U.S. House race (Tacoma News Tribune)

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Oct 19 2014

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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)

Simpson wants 8 months to pass wilderness bill (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
Overview state superintendent public instruction race (Boise Statesman)
GOP legislative candidates fully funded (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bannock assessor candidate chargs unethical behavoir (Pocatello Journal)
Simpson outraises Stallings in campaign (TF Times News)
Reviewing magic valley drug court (TF Times News)

Looking at Oregon’s pot ballot issue (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune)
UO tries academic emphasis in fundraising (Eugne Register Guard)
Looking at Oregon’s ballot issues (KF Herald & News)
Green candidate drops from District 2 Senate race (Medford Tribune)
Kitzhaber’s recent troubles (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing governor’s race (Salem Statesman Journal)

Legislators talk of restoring 2008 cuts (Bremerton Sun)
Court looks at new schools budget (Bremerton Sun)
DelBene far outspending Celis (Everett Herald)
City offices and more move from Everett floodplain (Everett Herald)
Thurston corrections contract signed (Olympian)
Heavier conflict in expensive 35th Senate race (Olympian)
South Sound and ebola (Olympian)
Investigative: Lead poisoning at gun ranges (Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic)
Veteran Spokesman journalist Dorothy Powers dies (Spokane Spokesman)
Power plants produce vast greenhouse gases (Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian)
Reviewing vote on Vancouver charter (Vancouver Columbian)
East Clark Columbian bridge idea questioned (Vancouver Columbian)
Focusing on 4th district US House race (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 17 2014

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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)

Did Bieter ask for firing ACHD executives? (Boise Statesman)
Overview of how Idaho economy is doing (IF Post Register)
CCA negotiations handled by Otter staff (IF Post Register, TF Times News)
Idaho Falls considers urban renewal district (IF Post Register)
Student dean at UI retiring (Lewiston Tribune)
Profiling Senate 5 candidate Carlson (Moscow News)
Jerome cheese factory pays $88k EPA fine (TF Times News)
Ybarra talks about failure to vote, repeatedly (TF Times News)

Hyatt Hotel planned for Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
Another levy for Eugene schools returns (Eugene Register Guard)
18th Cover Oregon security glitch reported (Portland Oregonian, KF Herald & News)
“Free speech zone’ blasted by SOU students (Medford Tribune)
Transport district argues to maintain levy (Medford Tribune)
Reviewing Jackson Co commission 3 race (Medford Tribune)
Wyoming coal junket rejected by tribe (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Poll: People don’t think government spends well (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Colorado tax revenue from pot overestimated (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Reviewing the battle over GMO labeling (Portland Oregonian)

New leader at Harrison Medical Center (Bremerton Sun)
Upgrades at Bremerton sewer plant (Bremerton Sun)
Reviewing Kitsap County prosecutor contest (Bremerton Sun)
Lakewood releases plan for new high school (Everett Herald)
Cowlitz prosecutor contest heats up (Longview News)
Industrial area needs $350m of rail work (Longview News)
Long-time Justice Utter dies (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Reviewing race for Clallam County auditor (Port Angeles News)
Funding strong for Clallam development officer (Port Angeles News)
Starbucks announces pay raise, customer gifts (Seattle Times)
Forks people question Navy electronic warfare (Seattle Times)
Vera Power back-billing customers (Spokane Spokesman)
Looks like warm winter for Northwest (Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
Selah looking at utility tax increase (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 16 2014

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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)

Otter’s staff worked on CCA deals (Boise Statesman)
Same sex marriages begin in Idaho (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Coho salmon will be harvested Friday (Lewiston Tribune)
Jobs growing, trained work force lags (Lewiston Tribune)
Campaign finance filings in Latah Co (Moscow News)
New heart facility will open in Caldwell (Nampa Press Tribune)
Ybarra voted twice in last 17 elections (TF Times News)
Poll shows Democrats closing, but still short (TF Times News)

Keeping watch for cougars (Corvallis Gazette)
DeFazio, Robinson battle in debate (Eugene Register Guard)
UO study: higher rape risk in campus Greeks (Eugene Register Guard)
General election ballots arriving (KF Herald & News)
This year’s fire season called ‘lucky’ (KF Herald & News)
Medford Ward 4 candidates on the issues (Medford Tribune)
Young voters may be key on ballot issues (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Ethics issues filed on Kitzhaber, Hayes (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon banks worried about pot business money (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Hayes client got foreclosure relief (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing Senate race (Salem Statesman Journal)

EPA seeks Navy landfill operation (Bremerton Sun)
Gass prices fall around kitsap (Bremerton Sun)
Reviewing Kitsap clerk campaigns (Bremerton Sun)
Backlast seen against marijuana sales (Everett Herald)
Debate held between DelBene, Celis (Everett Herald)
Lewis Co denied water to pot grower (Longview News)
New Port Angeles high school plan revealed (Port Angeles News)
Tharinger has big finance lead in House race (Port Angeles News)
Electronic warfare sparks debate at Forks (Port Angeles News)
Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill church (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune)
Gay marriage underway in Idaho (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane mayor will reject $7k raise (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane valley house candidates well known (Spokane Spokesman)
Questions about structuring port alliance (Tacoma News Tribune)
Vancouver’s Leavitt boycotts prayer breakfast (Vancouver Columbian)
La Center sees decline in gaming revenues (Vancouver Columbian)

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Oct 15 2014

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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)

Looking ahead to serving gay couples in Idaho (Boise Statesman)
Idaho preparing for ebola (Boise Statesman)
Interior Secretary Jewell on sage grouse tour (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
New teacher licensing plan draws Lewiston blasts (Lewiston Tribune)
Washington state looks into wolf shooting (Lewiston Tribune)
Cameras at Moscow roads part of research project (Lewiston Tribune)
Plenty of punching at governor’s debate (Moscow News)
Did WSU instructor use state help for his business? (Moscow News)
Gay marriage comes to Idaho (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Ybarra missed 15 of last 17 elections (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello schools consider another levy (Pocatello Journal)
Union Pacific adds new heavy-weight surcharge (TF Times News)

Much rain in the weather forecast (Corvallis Gazette)
Corvallis tablet computers have system problems (Corvallis Gazette)
Springfield School bond would upgrade schools (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath sheriff goes after food stamp fraud (KF Herald & News)
Senate candidates hold sole debate at Medford (Medford Tribune)
Reviewing Medford War 3 race (Medford Tribune)
Cylvia Hayes former home intended for pot (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston won’t try to tax pot (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Cover Oregon consultant blasts in report (Portland Oregonian, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Governor debate features first lady, issues (Portland Oregonian)
PERS case goe to court, gets hearing (Salem Statesman Journal)

District court seat race in review (Bremerton Sun)
Planners try to draw lessons from Oso slide (Everett Herald)
Legislative ethics board: 12 free meals okay (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Olympia backs gun registration measure (Olympian)
Sequim city hall work underway (Port Angeles News)
Seattle cops targeting sex buyers (Seattle Times)
State kicks out Seattle school test scores (Seattle Times)
Battle over 4th district House seat (Spokane Spokesman)
Seattle, Tacoma ports sign agreement (Tacoma News Tribune)
Funding the Clark County charter fight (Vancouver Columbian)
Controversial Boykin set as breakfast speaker (Vancouver Columbian)
State House seat 14-2 sees active campaign (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 12 2014

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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)

Idahoans consider how their state is doing (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
Comparing Escalante, Utah, and Challis (IF Post Register, TF Times News)
Discussing the WA gun initiatives (Lewiston Tribune)
Canyon Co not getting I-84 repairs Ada does (Nampa Press Tribune)
Caldwell gets long-term recovery center (Nampa Press Tribune)

Governor’s race nearing its end (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard)
Reviewing the Klamath Tribes treaty (KF Herald & News)
Drivers card issue extends to air travel (KF Herald & News)
What would be cost of GMO initiative 92? (Medford Tribune)

Kitsap commission race reviewed (Bremerton Sun)
Hood Canal Bridge impacts steelhead runs (Bremerton Sun)
Reviewing the WA gun intiatives (Spokane Spokesman, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic)
Snohomish sheriff allows for online crime reports (Everett Herald)
Report on Olympia’s downtown homeless (Olympian)
Gender gap persists in tech businesses (Seattle Times)
Amazon moves into TV show production (Seattle Times)
Tacoma charter change would affect utility (Tacoma News Tribune)
Tacoma symphony gets new conductor (Tacoma News Tribune)
Committee will return to C-Tran reviews (Vancouver Columbian)
Overview of Yakima county prosecutor race (Yakima Herald Republic)
What’s cost of class size initiative? (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 11 2014

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Top regional story – though especially around Idaho – was the rapid-fire court action on same-sex marriage in the Gem State. As Friday opened, a temporary restraining order from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was in force, but that stay was lifted later in the day, and a half-dozen licenses were issued in consequence in Latah County. Improperly, though, since the 9th circuit court had issued a stay of its own in recognition of Kennedy’s, and hadn’t yet ended it. Before doing that, it is allowing both the state and plaintiffs to offer arguments. However, the 9th is likely to end its stay in time for license issuances on Tuesday. (Monday is the Columbus Day holiday.)

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)

Many wrecks found on Arrowrock Road (Boise Statesman)
Another step toward Idaho gay marriage (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Tribune will add reports from weeklies (Lewiston Tribune)
Reviewing the Democratic Party in Whitman (Moscow News)
Former Middleton council member pleads guilty (Nampa Press Tribune)
Campaign issue: 4-day schools (Nampa Press Tribune)
Some statewide races see Ds outraising Rs (TF Times News)
TF concerns of losing crop land to development (TF Times News)

More debate over Eugene train noise (Eugene Register Guard)
Doctors in Eugene area unionize (Eugene Register Guard)
Kitzhaber says he was ‘hurt’ over sham marriage (Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
State quashes bear hunting in spring (Medford Tribune)
Eastern Oregon U struggles with budget (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton council considers taxes and pot (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Governor’s race turns sharp-edged (Portland Oregonian)
Thatcher’s company under legal investigation (Portland Oregonian)
State employment department computer hacked (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton considers rule on panhandling (Bremerton Sun)
Ferry budget includes runs to Kitsap area (Bremerton Sun)
Review gun initiatives coming up on ballot (Bremerton Sun)
Stink bug invasion at Longview (Longview News)
Rancher tries preserving land from state, erosion (Longview News)
Extendicare deal may help facilities (Bremerton Sun, Olympian)
Gay marriage nears in Idaho, happens in Latah (Spokane Spokesman)
Debate in Spokane over city executive raises (Spokane Spookesman)
Parkland complaints about strip club sign (Tacoma News Tribune)
Debate over cost of adopting Clark charter change (Vancouver Columbian)
Teacher at Stevenson investigated on methods (Vancouver Columbian)

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Oct 10 2014

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Oregon newspapers were enthralled by the Cylvia Hayes green card marriage story, in which the Oregon first lady acknowledged she had one engaged in a sham marriage (against the law) to help an immigrant from Ethiopia, for pay. It was an embarrassing story but its political impact is likely to be minor, and may have helped the Kitzhaber side politically in another way – it got far more attention than, and tended to obscure, another story about Hayes’ consulting business getting contracts from people and groups who might be seeking a relationship with the state. That second story could actually be politically damaging, but few Oregonians will be talking about it today.

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)

Governor candidates have Idaho Falls debate (IF Post Register)
IF zoo kept employee despite inappropriateness (IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
Idaho gay activists file with Supreme Court (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Employers not easily finding skilled workers (Nampa Press Tribune)
New library dedicated at NW Nazarene (Nampa Press Tribune)
Work on Portneuf Wellness center has begun (Pocatello Journal)
PetCo and others look at Canyon West location (TF Times News)

Cylvia Hayes admits to sham immigrant marriage (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Corvallis Gazette, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Immigrant driving on ballot drives debate (Salem Statesman Journal, Corvallis Gazette)
Lane Co won’t allow golf course into houses (Eugene Register Guard)
KF considers IDEA grant funds for downtown (KF Herald & News)
Merrill, Keno schools rank high in state (KF Herald & News)
Jackson Co looks into renewable energy sources (Medford Tribune)
Dispute over plan for bear huts in the spring (Medford Tribune)
Cities review how property tax law affects them (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon sees enterovirus cases (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon lifted from No Child requires (Portland Oregonian)

Central Kitsap schools get permanent superintendent (Bremerton Sun)
Everett may change old libary to homeless site (Everett Herald)
Reviewing Snohomish executive race (Everett Herald)
State auditor urges better parks bookkeeping (Olympian)
Budgeting in Thurston Co delayed (Olympian)
Cost for new Port Angeles high school $120m (Port Angeles News)
Nadella blasted over women’s pay remarks (Seattle Times)
Plans abound to expand pre-K in Seattle (Seattle Times)
UW will demolish two halls and increase rents (Seattle Times)
WSU’s Floyd on breakdown of UW med school talks (Spokane Spokesman)
Idaho governor debate held in Idaho Falls (Spokane Spokesman)
Big development proposed at Vancouver waterfront (Vancouver Columbian)
Reviewing WA law on texting (Vancouver Columbian)

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Oct 09 2014

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Again, the top stop of the day was Idaho’s struggle over gay marriage, and how the elimination of the same-sex marriage ban by the 9th Circuit Court was put on hold by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. the stories also told how word of Kennedy’s stay hit courthouses just as they opened for business in the morning, and the word arrived so close to the initial applications that one couple in Twin Falls County actually walked away with a marriage license before issuance stopped.

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)

Idaho gay marriage ban stays, for now (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Another look at higher tuition at BSU (Boise Statesman)
Rexburg July flood victims blaming city (IF Post Register)
Overview of state treasurers campaign (IF Post Register)
Idaho County asks to cut more wood (Lewiston Tribune)
Legislators urge change on teacheer certification (TF Times News)

Benton schools slip a bit in rankings (Corvallis Gazette)
Eugene will consider marijuana tax (Eugene Register Guard)
Whole Foods seeks some Eugene city wivers (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath research district needs petitions (KF Herald & News)
Timber acreage sold by JWTR to Green Diamond (KF Herald & News)
New studies set for Emigrant Lake (Medford Tribune)
Medford area schools improve in state report (Medford Tribune)
PacifiCorp asks to add renewables to mix (Pendleton E Oregonian)
VP Biden campaigns for Merkley (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
State schools report shows general improvement (Portland Oregonian)
Marion Co child report shows poor numbers (Salem Statesman Journal)

California company plans 2 WA mental hospitals (Bremereton Sun)
Kilmer critizes military per diem cut plan (Bremerton Sun)
Bainbrige rejects police, sheriff center combo (Bremerton Sun)
Oso homeowners can get financial help (Everett Herald)
State may update distracted driving laws (Olympian)
Supreme Court will consider Amazon pay case (Seattle Times)
Mercer businesses hit in e coli scare (Seattle Times)
Gay marriage in Idaho halted again (Spokane Spokesman)
Spokane Co will pay 350K in jail lawsuit (Spokane Spokesman)
Lewis-McChord airmen fly ebola missions (Tacoma News Tribune)
Judge rejects order on jailed mentally ill (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark Co computers damaged by water (Vancouver Columbian)
More lights planned for Snoqualmie Pass (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 08 2014

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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)

Idaho gay marriage ban falls at 9th circuit (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
BSU enrollment rises even as tuition does (Boise Statesman)
Mike Simpson’s conflict with the EPA (IF Post Register)
Traffic-calming circles installed at Lewiston (Lewiston Tribune)
Colfax airport expansion funded (Moscow News)
Canyon County Co-op sets guidelines (Nampa Press Tribune)
Teacher dislike new certification guide (TF Times News)
Profiling the Hartgen-Talking race (TF Times News)

Uncertain future for Majestic Theatre (Corvallis Gazette)
Benton County sets marijuana tax (Corvallis Gazette)
Power board gets UO foundation to redevelop (Eugene Register Guard)
Rick Steves favors pot in Oregon (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath Falls may tax pot (KF Herald & News)
Fish stranded in dry Deschutes River (KF Herald & News)
More western gay marriage bans fall (Medford Tribune)
Portland police chief Reese will retire (Portland Oregonian)
Review pot taxes across Oregon cities (Portland Oregon)
Governor candidates debate at Salem (Salem Statesman Journal)
Some ‘natural’ products contain GMOs (Salem Statesman Journal)

School lawsuits costing teachers $4.4m (Bremerton Sun, Olympian)
Reviewing Senate 26 Angel-Arbogast race (Bremerton Sun)
State Resources seeks to buy forest lands (Bremerton Sun)
More tests on Boeing tankers (Everett Herald)
Longview council will consider utility tax (Longview News)
Clatsop-Nehalem recognition vs Chinook (Longview News)
Silt adds to land size of Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles News)
Clallam Board votes to restrict pot (Port Angeles News)
Seattle, Tacoma ports link for promotion (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribubne)
Bus advocates push on Prop 1 (Seattle Times)
City pay plan would raise mayor by $7k (Spokane Spokesman)
Idaho same-sex marriage appeal denied (Spokane Spokesman)
Fire famages much of Camas airport (Vancouver Columbian)
Advisory vote on Yakima plaza may be dropped (Yakima Herald Republic)
Looking to second year of health enrollment (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 07 2014

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The biggest story on regional front pages today was the Supreme Court’s decision not to decide a batch of appeals from various circuit courts on same-sex marriage; the tenor of headlines throughout was that the court had in effect set a nearly-inevitable path toward such marriages nationally. The impact was varied among the three northwest states. Washington allowed such marriages by law, so the court actions have not had significant effect there. Oregon’s constitutional ban was thrown out by an appellate court whose decision was denied review, so the Supreme Court action provided additional confirmation of that action. The decision had no direct effect on Idaho, where the state’s ban is being challenged in court but still is under review at the appellate level, and so was not considered by the Supreme Court.

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)

Working on repairing Table Rock at Boise (Boise Statesman)
Revieing student debt at BSU (Boise Statesman)
Overview of state treasurer’s race (Boise Statesman)
Death in Lewiston may have resulted from flu (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow residents may be billed for tree trimming (Moscow News)
Governor candidates talk Medicaid expansion (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa considers police use of military vehicle (Nampa Press Tribune)
School tries master-level schooling (TF Times News)

300 more students at OSU this year (Corvallis Gazette)
Eugene sued by fired cop (Eugene Register Guard)
Warren visits Oregon for Merkley (Eugene Register Guard)
Teachers at Eugene agree to contract (Eugene Register Guard)
Fee to visit Crater Lake may double (KF Herald & News)
Reviewing Jackson commission race 3 (Medford Tribune)
Harry & David owner looks for employees (Medford Tribune)
Forming a Morrow County Democratic party (Pendleton E Oregonian)
SAT scores soft in Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
Employment claims cost state near $1 million (Salem Statesman Journal)

1st independent public tribal school opens (Bremerton Sun)
Washington prepares plan for ebola (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Bremerton Sun, Kennewick Herald)
Funds sought to studr slide (Everett Herald)
Stillagaumish tribe gets resource center (Everett Herald)
Colleges changing testing rules (Kennewick Herald)
Big pot farm planned near Longview (Longview News)
Thurston sheriff seeks restoration of budget (Olympian)
Clallam considers new pot law (Port Angeles News)
Vancouver considering new code for taxis (Vancouver Columbian)
ACLU seeks 2 Yakima latino majority districts (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 06 2014

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Biggest regional story today not on this list: Reports (from unnamed sources) that Hewlett Packard is on the verge of splitting itself into two companies, which seems to be a favored response for some businesses operating in tough environments. The story was strongly noted in Seattle, but also at Boise and Corvallis, each of which are home to substantial HP facilities. What would the split mean to those facilities? Unclear.

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)

Paul Revere of the Raiders dies (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Reviewing shrinking state funds for higher ed (Boise Statesman)
Ash aphids passing through (Lewiston Tribune)
Pullman pot shop holds opening day (Moscow News)
Gateway transmission line plans continue (Nampa Press Tribune)
State investigation on Hixon closes (Nampa Press Tribune)
Wilder mayor turns activist on immigration (Nampa Press Tribune)
Looking at 1st district US House race (TF Times News)
No enterovirus cases found in Magic Valley (TF Times News)

Corvallis mayor candidates in debate (Corvallis Gazette)
Top two primary hot item on ballot (Corvallis Gazette)
UO develops more research on brain (Eugene Register Guard)
Medford may approve pot tax shortly (Medford Tribune)
Rehab or closure for Portland veteran coliseum? (Portland Oregonian)
Legislature will consider climate change bills (Salem Statesman Journal)
State redefining manager roles (Salem Statesman Journal)

First Bremerton pot store opening this week (Bremerton Sun)
Belfair water pipeline becomes 2-part project (Bremerton Sun)
Aid still coming for Oso recovery (Everett Herald)
Debate over Snohomish sheriff contest (Everett Herald)
Discussion of class size ballot issue (Tacoma News Tribune, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Olympian, Longview News)
Farm labor shortage, amid record crops (Kennewick Herald)
Reviewing renewal of downtown Longview (Longview News)
Fact check: No gun registry in I-594 (Olympian)
Data transponders for tsunami in bottles (Port Angeles News)
Seattle Key Arena still pulling in bucks (Seattle Times)
Oregon’s pot initiative differs from Washington (Seattle Times)
Spokane transit promotes more buses (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma launches new water filtration plant (Tacoma News Tribune)

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Oct 05 2014

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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)

Looking at BSU tuition increases and costs (Boise Statesman)
Scientists go to work on wildfires (Boise Statesman)
Reviewing teacher certification options (Lewiston Tribune)
Nampa considers police militarization (Nampa Press Tribune)
Your Health Idaho getting new technology (Nampa Press Tribune)
Students dislike healthier food (TF Times News)

Lane College celebrating 50 years (Eugene Register Guard)
Removing the last from Lakeview uranium mines (KF Herald & News)
Mental health services expanding in Jackson (Medford Tribune)
What are Eagle Point schools doing on guns? (Medford Tribune)
Profiling gov candidate Dennis Richardson (Portland Oregonian)
Reviewing marijuana initiative (Salem Statesman Journal)
Oregon Corrections Enterprises recovers (Salem Statesman Journal)

Revising plan for central Kitsap college (Bremerton Sun)
WSU campus at Everett nears its build (Everett Herald)
Olympia considers how to fix downtown (Olympian)
Wolves create backcountry tensions (Seattle Times)
Reviewing I-594 on gun sales (Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic)
Renewing Idaho’s Clark Fork delta area (Spokane Spokesman)
New street levy planned for Spokane (Spokane Spokesman)
Reviewing class size initiative (Tacoma News Tribune)
Overview of Flemming-Young county council (Tacoma News Tribune)
Bias charged in review of oil terminal (Vancouver Columbian)
Sheriff stays out of reace to replace him (Vancouver Columbian)
Arguing for logging as fire prevention (Yakima Herald Republic)
Man in the High Castle films in Roslyn (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Oct 04 2014

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Big news story in Idaho today was the Friday night gubernatorial debate, which was a four-way debate including two minor party candidates but somehow focusing on Republican incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter and Democrat A.J. Balukoff. News stories led with Balukoff’s shots at Otter, mainly over economic and state spending issues, and Otter’s replies.

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)

Reviewing governor candidates on economy (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune)
BSU football swag sales decline (Boise Statesman)
Whitebark pines at risk in northern Idaho (Boise Statesman)
Barley crop in Idaho turned out poorly (IF Post Register)
Idaho hospitals prepare for ebola (Lewiston Tribune)
St Stanislaus church closes after 150 years (Lewiston Tribune)
UW, WSU reach new deal on medical schools (Moscow News)
Caldwell gets a Pita Pit (Nampa Press Tribune)
Former Blaine school trustee charged (TF Times News)
Balukoff picks up support from Jerry Evans (TF Times News)

Cottage Grove parents oppose drug tests (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath area drought conditions continue (KF Herald & News)
Hwy 140 reroute will cost $22m (KF Herald & News)
Oregon rejects Wyoming protest of coal port denial (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton, Hermiston work on student absentees (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Merkley vists campuses on college funding (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Richardson’s conservative record reviewed (Portland Oregonian)
Salem hospitals and ebola (Salem Statesman Journal)

Two state ferry runs limited (Bremerton Sun)
Court asked to review Hanford consent decree (Kennewick Herald)
UW, WSU shake up medical training (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Kennewick Herald)
BC carbon goals conflict with gas exports (Seattle Times)
Kootenai races center on land use issues (Spokane Spokesman)
C-Tran seems end to light-rail deal (Vancouver Columbian)
Voter registration deadline coming up (Vancouver Columbian)

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