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Jul 31 2014

The new press secretary

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“WHAT? Dan Popkey is going to work for Raul Labrador?”

That was the typical reaction when Popkey, the face of the Idaho Statesman, announced that he was leaving to accept the position as Labrador’s press secretary. Popkey, the most talented political writer in the state, will now be in charge of defending Labrador’s tea party positions and organizing photo-ops with the likes of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

The move seems strange, given the fact that Labrador seemingly has gone through more press secretaries than toilet paper in his four years in office. But I can understand Popkey’s thinking. At 55, he was stuck in a high-stress job that was going nowhere.

I’ve seen him tied up in knots, and that’s hell on a person’s blood pressure over time. I’ve seen him at meaningless governor’s photo-op ceremonies, just so he could ask Otter one question without going through the spin doctors. He’s working in an environment that it common to so many newspapers, where layoffs and unpaid furloughs are a way of life. Just about everybody who works for a newspaper these days – any newspaper – is being asked to do more with fewer resources, and Popkey was no exception.

With Labrador, Popkey can work at a more manageable pace and have a better sense of job security. There’s always a chance that Labrador will run for the Senate, or governor’s office, but my guess is he won’t go for those unless he’s sure he can win. In the meantime, Labrador has a safe seat and the national media loves him. He could stay in Congress for as long as Popkey wants to work.

“It’s bittersweet to leave journalism, my first love, but I’m thrilled with the opportunity to apply what I’ve learned to help advance our state’s priorities in Washington,” Popkey said in a statement.

Actually, it won’t work that way at all. Popkey’s job – in fact, his only job – is to serve a congressman who has a strong will, even stronger convictions and an ego the size of Texas. This is no criticism of Labrador. From the beginning, he has known where he is going and how to get there. Continue Reading »

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Jul 31 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)

Rapid decline among aspen trees (IF Post Register)
IF council, mayor at odds over budget (IF Post Register)
Port of Lewiston not expecting coal shipments (Lewiston Tribune)
Corrections dials down complaints with CCA (Lewiston Tribune)
Canyon Co animal shelter policies questioned (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon jail labor detail work halted (Nampa Press Tribune)
Dick’s sporting goods coming to Twin Falls (TF Times News)
Considering wolf control on conservation lands (TF Times News)

Whole Foods finally comes to Eugene (Eugene Register Guard)
Visions develop for EWEB riverside site (Eugene Register Guard)
Debating how much money legal pot could make (KF Herald & News)
New wildfires erupt (Medford Tribune)
Improving picture at PERS balance sheet (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Smart speed limit signs on urban freeway (Portland Oregonian)
Criminal defense lawyers for former Cover Oregon (Portland Oregonian)

Ferry breakdown still unexplained (Bremerton Sun)
Manchester project may still be blocked (Bremerton Sun)
Corporate ownership of Kitsap Sun changes (Bremerton Sun)
Courthouse planning group changes (Everett Herald)
Hot summer has helps area crops (Kennewick Herald)
DOE plan hoped to help groundwater contamination (Kennewick Herald)
Backers of PUD recall have to pay legal costs (Longview News)
Boeing will build Dreamline in South Carolina (Longview News)
Seattle VA wait times were manipulated (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Pam Roach in hot primary contest (Seattle Times)
Tacoma pot store to open this week (Tacoma News Tribune)

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Jul 30 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)

Court says Peterson’s out, party will meet (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
Boise business BookLamp bought by Apple (Boise Statesman)
Reduced number of sex crimes reported in Idaho (IF Post Register)
Lewiston port gets fiber optic line (Lewiton Tribune)
Nampa building ramps up, almost doubling 2013 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Big growth at Greenleaf Friends Academy (Nampa Press Tribune)
Blackfoot mayor mulls covering expenses (Pocatello Journal)
Court backs Blaine in records denial to CNN (TF Times News)
State land managers seeking policy input (TF Times News)

Eye testing now required in Oregon schools (Eugene Register Guard)
Salmon hit by drought conditions (KF Herald & News)
Muslin charity pleads guilty on tax charges (Ashland Tidings)
Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings launch new web site (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Two Medford council veterans depart (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston charter may revise office terms (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Delegation seeks funds for Columbian cleanup (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Review of east Portland’s political weakness (Portland Oregonian)

Kitsap prosecutor race draws varying support (Bremerton Sun)
Some logging planned in central Kitsap park (Bremerton Sun)
Park and ride planned for Mukilteo (Everett Herald)
Cowlitz, Wahkiakum end pot business bans (Longview News)
New park developing in western Olympia (Olympian)
First pot business approved for Olympia (Olympian)
Olypnia Natl Park chalet moved away from river (Port Angeles News)
Windfall in Sequim sewage fund (Port Angeles News)
Amgen, Puget’s largest biotech firm, to close (Seattle Times)
Top Seattle health leader quits (Seattle Times)
Tacoma citizen group okays Amtrak plan (Tacoma News Tribune)
Pierce Council writes ‘In God We Trust’ on wall (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark Co voters will vote on bridge in November (Vancouver Columbian)
Legislator home burglary points up phone law need (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 29 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 16 extension opens August 15 (Boise Statesman)
Idaho Power, others moving into solar power (Boise Statesman)
Clarkston chief may be Asotin interim sheriff (Lewiston Tribune)
Ringo calls for raising the minimum wage (Lewiston Tribune)
Boise Co-op opens Nampa location (Nampa Press Tribune)
NNU library to open in October (Nampa Press Tribune)
Departments in Canyon County seek expansions (Nampa Press Tribune)
Research accelerators okayed for ISU (Pocatello Journal)

New fires after Beatty’s contained (KF Herald & News)
Eugene council okays rule on sick leave (Eugene Register Guard)
Mt Ashland regroups after ‘disastrous’ winter (Medford Tribune)
Ashland home prices rising (Medford Tribune)
Pendleton library struggles with budget (Pendleton E Oregonian)
$100 million gift sent to OHSU cancer center (Portland Oregonian)
Medicaid expansion hasn’t expanded doctors (Portland Oregonian)
PERS finances reported on stabler ground (Salem Statesman Journal)

Shellfish at Port Gamble found clean (Bremerton Sun)
Bethel Junction, Port Orchard, shopping center sold (Bremerton Sun)
Legislator considers bill to let police ping (Everett Herald)
Being employment falls by 20k since 90s (Everett Herald)
Boardman coal power plant use in decline (Kennewick Herald)
Protesters target animal rules in Forks (Port Angeles News)
Unified business group may fall apart (Port Angeles News)
Is there board-staff conflict at Seattle schools? (Seattle Times)
Will Spokane’s new downtown hotel draw? (Spokane Spokesman)
Riverfront bond issue at Spokane hits ballot (Spokane Spokesman)
Why is ‘In God We Trust’ on Pierce agenda? (Tacoma News Tribune)
Little Vancouver backing for new bridge plan (Vancouver Columbian)
Pot smoking tent illegal but shutdown unlikely (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 28 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)

Boise airport plans eatery replacement (Boise Statesman)
Tribes pushing for return of salmon (Boise Statesman)
Board of Education newcomers cite goals (Nampa Press Tribune)
CSI plans expansion in Jerome (TF Times News)
Reviewing work of Office of Performance Evaluations (TF Times News)

Looking at new UO chemistry, physics cluster (Eugene Register Guard)
Safeway, Albertsons merger okayed by shareholders (Ashland Tidings)
Home prices rising at Ashland (Ashland Tidings)
More hot weather coming at Medford (Medford Tribune)
Fast jets deployed in fire fighting (Portland Oregonian)
Salem council to review Howard Hall again (Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap may see labor shortage (Bremerton Sun)
Shonomish Co union gets benefits settlement from county (Everett Herald)
Washington rare in No Child waiver rejection (Kennewick Herald)
Another Columbia bridge plan released (Longview News)
Increase in homeless on Olympic peninsula (Port Angeles News)
Debating possible med school at WSU (Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic)
Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell dies (Seattle Times)
Spokane Transit okays longer trolley line (Spokane Spokesman)
Firefighting in WA so far has cost $50m (Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian)
Vancouver restaurant plans to be pot-friendly (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 27 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)

Republican moderate PAC formed (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
Stanley searches for life in winter (Boise Statesman)
Considering the black market in liquor licenses (IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune)
Macy’s closes at Katcher, others continue (Nampa Press Tribune)
Opinions vary on Knievel-type canyon jump (TF Times News)

Rural people fight Springfield industrial area (Eugene Register Guard)
Much more cleanup needed after mill fire (Eugene Register Guard)
Beatty fire quickly contained (KF Herald & News)
A look inside Oregon’s prisons (Portland Oregonian)
Churches clarify stands on same sex marriage (Salem Statesman Journal)

More women joining submarine crews (Bremerton Sun)
County commissioner challenged by three (Longview News)
Oil trains pressing grain shipments (Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic)
Can pot smell be enough for a cop search? (Spokane Spokesman)
Finding housing for homeless people (Vancouver Columbian)
Wildfires continue roar despite rain (Vancouver Columbian)
Medicaid dental payments kept very low (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Jul 26 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 health insurance exchange data shift (Boise Statesman)
Idaho would see effects of Ex-Im closure (IF Post Register)
IF airport asking long wait times (IF Post Register)
Court blocks Nez Perce-Clearwater timber sale (Lewiston Tribune)
300 houses burn in WA Carlton complex (Lewiston Tribune)
Divided views on where to put Canyon fair (Nampa Press Tribune)
Immigrant children sent to Idaho (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello council wants end to external paving (Pocatello Journal)
Work on Yellowstone Avenue again underway (Pocatello Journal)
Viewing the White Cloud debate from the air (TF Times News)

Eugene pushes ahead on mandatory sick leave (Eugene Register Guard)
Hotel owner buys Eugene Schaefer building (Eugene Register Guard)
Beatty fire threatens structures (KF Herald & News)
Pups from OR-7 doing well (Ashland Tidings)
Suspect caught in major Medford arson string (Medford Tribune)
Cover Oregon board considers what’s next (Portland Oregonian)
State reviewing oil trains in state (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
Review of upcoming ballot measures (Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap, King ocnsider foot ferry options (Bremerton Sun)
Lawsuit over collection company tactics (Bremerton Sun)
Bainbridge fire officials back off bond plan (Bremerton Sun)
Commission will review Oso mudslide (Everett Herald)
Negotiations continue with longshoremen (Everett Herald)
Carlton complex fire wipes out 300 houses (Seattle Times, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Longview News)
New monorail plan coming on November ballot (Seattle Times)
Design work done on 3rd Columbia bridge (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 25 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)

80 mph speed limit signs going up (Boise Statesman)
New Garden city library facilities added (Boise Statesman)
Otter opposes immigrant children in state (IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
IF campus of ISU expanding (IF Post Register)
Costs in fire station replacement (IF Post Register)
Ballfield construction continues at Moscow (Lewiston Tribune)
Courthouse disputes over Canyon budhet (Nampa Press Tribune)
Sockeye recovery plan released (TF Times News)

Coburg filling business park (Eugene Register Guard)
Asbestos may be in remains of mill fire (Eugene Register Guard)
New US citizens sworn in (KF Herald & News)
New rule would ban smoking on all beaches (KF Herald & News)
Buckley and Bates at Ashland town hall (Ashland Tidings)
Medford seeing construction boom (Medford Tribune)
Jackson County working on pot siting rules (Medford Tribune)
Local officials review range for drones (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Firefighters prepare for more big fires (Pendleton E Oregonian)
What would pot tax generate? Estimate: $38.5m (Portland Oregonian)
Uber de facto taxis service up at Vancouver (Portland Oregonian)
Cool, wet weather easing fires (Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap assessor candidates face off (Bremerton Sun)
Unfair labor charged at Central Kitsap Fire (Bremerton Sun)
Train waiting times increase at Marysville (Everett Herald)
Everett coffee shop accepts bitcoins (Everett Herald)
Boeing hit with age discrimination charge (Everett Herald)
Budget increase for Hanford in Senate review (Kennewick Herald)
Free meals will be offered at Richland school (Kennewick Herald)
Longview city manager Gregory quits (Longview News)
Closure of Weyerhaeuser land irritates (Longview News)
Old Bellevie rail yard may become light rail (Seattle Times)
Declining numbers of marine birds in area (Seattle Times)
Parks funding plan draws political battle (Seattle Times)
United Grain labor battle increases (Vancouver Columbian)
Vancouver school chief gets pay raise (Vancouver Columbian)
Free meals for students at Yakima (Yakima Herald Republic)
Several Yakima-area school buildings progress (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Jul 24 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)

Fire season worsening (Boise Statesman)
Boise looking for foothills gifts, easements (Boise Statesman)
Occupy Boise win in court, seek costs (Boise Statesman)
Graduates number 1,700 at BYU-Idaho (IF Post Register)
Reviewing urban chickens in Idaho Falls (IF Post Register)
Asotin sheriff tells why he quit (Lewiston Tribune)
Idaho ranks low for pre-kindergarten (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon real estate coming on strong (Nampa Press Tribune)
Sportsman’s Warehouse returns to Pocatello (Pocatello Journal)
Internal GOP battles over leaders goes on (Pocatello Journal)
More Idaho children in poverty (Pocatello Journal)
Fox TV won’t televise Snake canyon jump (TF Times News)
Why were state ed board applications destroyed? (TF Times News)

Oregon health, Medicaid system straining (Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune, Corvallis Gazette, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Fish may have died from Springfield mill fire (Eugene Register Guard)
Pot moratorium in Chiloquin ends (KF Herald & News)
Sprague River victims denied county help (KF Herald & News)
Klamath welcoming Burning Man pass-throughs (KF Herald & News)
New editor Bert Etling at the Tidings (Ashland Tidings)
Ashland parks leader retiring (Ashland Tidings)
Medical pot patients run for Medford council (Medford Tribune)
Hispanic outreach group finds success (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Initiative on GMO labels hits ballot (Portland Oregonian)
Federal oil train plan released (Portland Oregonian)

First Kitsap, Port Orchard, pot shop licensed (Bremerton Sun)
Judge throws out PSE rate hike (Bremerton Sun)
Kilmer and three challengers in the 6th district (Bremerton Sun)
General manager gets more authority at PUD (Longview News)
Some containment at Carlton complex fire (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald)
Port Angeles chamber mulls merger (Post Angeles News)
Seattle cops say black cited more on pot use (Seattle Times)
Pot price gouging alleged (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 23 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)

Very hot springs killed dog; access changes (Boise Statesman)
US Geothermal increases its profits (Boise Statesman)
Battle at Lewiston urban renewal board (Lewiston Tribune)
Washington’s Carlton fire nearing control (Lewiston Tribune)
State’s public defense system under review (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa dispute over burger place parking (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello PD buy big armored vehicle (Pocatello Journal)
Free lunches cut back at Pocatello schools (Pocatello Journal)
Hollister cuts speed to preserve road (TF Times News)
Salmon Gate water could end today (TF Times News)

Another hotel may be tried for Corvallis (Corvallis Gazette)
Corvallis may limit demolition of houses (Corvallis Gazette)
Adidas logos replace some Nikes at UO (Eugene Register Guard)
Marijuana legalization hits November ballot (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News)
Klamath ag research loses water too (KF Herald & News)
Lightning fires hit southern Oregon (Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune)
OSP chief says counties have to fund enforcement (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Not much immediate effect of health insurance ruling (Portland Oregonian)

Battles in District 26 (Bremerton Sun)
Causes of Oso slide still unclear (Seattle Times, Everett Herald)
Mukilteo lets Liias retain city, state jobs (Everett Herald)
Some progress on wildfire fight (Vancouver Columbian, Kennewick Herald)
Cowlitz Republicans see faction fight (Longview News)
Senator Hargrove concerned on water rule suit (Port Angeles News)
Moorage rates at Port Angeles reduced (Port Angeles News)
Spokane reconsiders taxi rules (Spokane Spokesman)
Clark County economy booming (Vancouver Columbian)
Looking at 4th CD fundraising (Yakima Herald Republic)
Settlement on public records costs Yakima $25k (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Jul 22 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)

Investigation into bulldozer operator death (Boise Statesman)
Adds the words protesters go to court (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune)
Sockeye salmon recovery plan released (Lewiston Tribune)
Nampa turns down 4-plexes proposal (Nampa Press Tribune)
Caldwell wants bigger property tax slice (Nampa Press Tribune)
Fires in Idaho easing office (Pocatello Journal)
CNN suing Blaine Co over Bergdahl records (TF Times News)
Idaho gets No Child waiver extension (TF Times News)
Gas prices in Idaho rising (TF Times News)

Lane Co: Eugene can’t dictate on sick leave (Eugene Register Guard)
Springfield mill may not rise again for 2 years (Eugene Register Guard)
Odell Lake has toxic algae bloom (KF Herald & News)
Vic Atiyeh remembered (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tidings, Portland E regonian, Ashland Tidings)
Lightning storms may hit area (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Report on Oregon kids’ health, poverty (Portland Oregonian)

Contest in 38th House seat (Bremerton Sun)
Hoover Motors at Bremerton plans closure (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish finance director job long vacant (Everett Herald)
Inslee restricts most burning outdoors (Kennewick Herald)
Carlton complex biggest fire ever in WA (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman,, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Kalama grain terminal expansion nearly done (Longview News)
Olympic National Parks develops goat plan (Port Angeles News)
I-90 traffic hit again with Obama visit (Seattle Times)
Tearing down Spokane downtown fountain (Spokane Spokesman)
4th US House seat up for grabs (Spokane Spokesman)
Pot shipments slow in wildfire regions (Vancouver Columbian)
Dam planners try new type of fish passage (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Jul 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)

ParkCenter Mall turns into charter school (Boise Statesman)
Winchester well tried to help city (Lewiston Tribune)
Mars research at Craters of the Moon (TF Times News)

ODOT looks at Medford-Phoenix bike lands (Ashland Tidings)
Cluster hiring affects OSU rankings (Eugene Register Guard)
Former Governor Atiyah diies (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal)

Battle over Senate seat in 35th (Bremerton Sun)
State-county commission will review Oso slide (Everett Herald)
Former judge CC Bridgewater dead (Longview News)
Fish advocates will sue over weir (Port Angeles News)
WA wildfire fights still underway (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman)
Battle in 3rd US House district (Vancouver Columbian)
Growing numbers of motorcycle crashes (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 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)

Boise downtown condos under development (Boise Statesman)
Idaho, congressional politics and minimum wage (IF Post Register)
Work training grants to firms that moved, closed? (IF Post Register)
2006 Nampa growth plan was over-optimistic (Nampa Press Tribune)
County budget hearings ahead (Nampa Press Tribune)
IU researchers look at Mars, Craters of Moon (Pocatello Journal)
Filer employees will get dog training (TF Times News)

Eugene, Lane Co at odd on sick leave law (Eugene Register Guard)
String of Medford fires grows to 17 (Medford Tribune)
Cover Oregon moving toward a revival (Portland Oregonian)
Heroin making a comeback (Salem Statesman Journal)

Four-way battle for Kitsap prosecutor (Bremerton Sun)
The cost of investigating juvenile detention (Everett Sun)
Benton Co says public safety sales tax needed (Kennewick Herald)
Wildfires still roaring (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Reviewing Inslee’s water quality plan (Longview Daily News)
Amazon’s new warehouse set for Sunday delivery (Seattle Times)
Reviewing challengers to Herrera-Beutler (Vancouver Columbian)
Candidates in 14th legislative district (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Jul 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)

Homeless numbers rise in Idaho (Boise Statesman)
Boise Catholic bishop plans to resign (Boise Statesman)
Washington fires destroy houses (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Mixed job picture in Idaho for June (IF Post Register)
ID national parks, monuments draw $29 spending (IF Post Register)
No changes planned for guns on campus law (Nampa Press Tribune)
Fetal pain abortion law in court challenge (Pocatello Journal)
Preacher fire calms somewhat (TF Times News)

Coos Bay contractor accused of government fraud (Coos Bay World)
State GOP won’t back House 9 candidate Runyan (Coos Bay World)
Owners of burned mill consider rebuilding (Eugene Register Guard)
Wildfires roar in Oregon (KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian, Ashland Tidings)
National Guard unit heads to Afghanistan (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Oregon governor candidates debate (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune)
Salem coffee shop shaken by social media reports (Salem Statesman Journal)

Heavy fires roar across state (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
New Hampton Inn opens at Everett (Everett Herald)
Research on Mt St Helens planned (Vancouver Columbian)

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Jul 18 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)

Boise library changes may be ahead (Boise Statesman)
Southern Idaho fires growing fast (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
Commercial gas producers push ahead at Payette (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Phone scam imitates IRS (IF Post Register)
Problems come from Lewiston’s Internet outage (Lewiston Tribune)
Republican Party fight hits courtroom (Pocatello Journal)
Pocatello water, sewer rates rise (Pocatello Journal)
Magic Reservoir will shut off early (TF Times News)
Fire prevention methods to be discussed (TF Times News)

Springfield mill leveled by fire (Eugene Register Guard)
OIT basketball coach leaves in two years (KF Herald & News)
Fires grow, declared an emergency (KF Herald & News)
A look behind recent food stamp fraud (KF Herald & News)
Jackson library district raises taxes (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Battle over closed pot dispensary (Ashland Tidings)
Gas plant at Arlington will double capacity (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Looking at KF food stamp fraud (Portland Oregonian)
Massive cuts in Microsoft work force (Portland Oregonian)
The case of Casey Runyan and his rap sheet (Salem Statesman Journal)

Supreme Court: gun owner not liable for child shooting (Bremerton Sun)
Boat launch approved for Point No Point (Bremerton Sun)
Big wildlifes at large in eastern WA (Spokane Spokesman, Everett Herald, Kennewick Herald, Longview News)
Reviewing Snohomish County executive race (Everett Herald)
Just 8.65% in WA are medically uninsured (Kennewick Herald)
Pot shops searching for supply (Longview News)
Good grow season for lavender at peninsula (Port Angeles News)
Clallam Commission candidates at debate (Port Angeles News)
Massive cuts at Microsoft (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark job offer relating to charter? (Vancouver Columbian)

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The Old West saw few murder trials more spectacular or misunderstood than of "Diamondfield" Jack Davis. After years of brushes with the noose, Davis was pardoned - though many continued to believe him guilty. Max Black has spent years researching the Diamondfield saga and found startling new evidence never before uncovered - including the weapon and one of the bullets involved in the crime, and important documents - and now sets out the definitive story. Here too is Black's story - how he found key elements, presumed lost forever, of a fabulous Old West story.
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Medimont Reflections Chris Carlson's Medimont Reflections is a followup on his biography of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. This one expands the view, bringing in Carlson's take on Idaho politics, the Northwest energy planning council, environmental issues and much more. The Idaho Statesman: "a pull-back-the-curtain account of his 40 years as a player in public life in Idaho." Available here: $15.95 plus shipping.
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Idaho 100 NOW IN KINDLE
 
Idaho 100, about the 100 most influential people ever in Idaho, by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson is now available. This is the book about to become the talk of the state - who really made Idaho the way it is? NOW AN E-BOOK AVAILABLE THROUGH KINDLE for just $2.99. Or, only $15.95 plus shipping.
 

Idaho 100 by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson. Order the Kindle at Amazon.com. For the print edition, order here or at Amazon.


 

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    watergates

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    Water rights and water wars: They’re not just a western movie any more. The Water Gates reviews water supplies, uses and rights to use water in all 50 states.242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

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    More about this book by Lin Tull Cannell

    At a time when Americans were only exploring what are now western states, William Craig tried to broker peace between native Nez Perces and newcomers from the East. 15 years in the making, this is one of the most dramatic stories of early Northwest history. 242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

    Upstream

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    The Snake River Basin Adjudication is one of the largest water adjudications the United States has ever seen, and it may be the most successful. Here's how it happened, from the pages of the SRBA Digest, for 16 years the independent source.

    Paradox Politics

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    After 21 years, a 2nd edition. If you're interested in Idaho politics and never read the original, now's the time. If you've read the original, here's view from now.


    Governing Idaho:
    Politics, People and Power

    by James Weatherby
    and Randy Stapilus
    Caxton Press
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    Outlaw Tales
    of Idaho

    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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    It Happened in Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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    Camping Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
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