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Nov 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)

Re-evaluations of Ada County’s homeless (Boise Statesman)
A movement to make Craters of the Moon a national park (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
Ball Ventures developing in IF, Ammon (IF Post Register)
About human trafficking in Idaho (Pocatello Journal)
Carmike 7 movie theatres being demolished (Pocatello Journal)

UO Chinese students collect ideas to take home (Eugene Register Guard)
Craft whisleys grow in sales, impact (Medford Tribune)
Election turnout much higher in Oregon than nationally (Medford Tribune)
Looking at finances of Corinthinan Colleges (Portland Oregonian)
Kitzhaber talks about the headling post-election (Portland Oregonian)
Other implications for raising the minimum wage (Salem Statesman Journal)
Chemeketa looks at ways to cut textbook cost (Salem Statesman Journal)

Many requests for police cam footage (Bremerton Sun)
Surprise sale of large chunk of Kitsap land (Bremerton Sun)
Sound Transit may build train line to Everett (Everett Herald)
Fewer foreclosures, house prices rising (Longview News)
Cowlitz County starts online building permit process (Longview News)
Considering levels of safety in Port Angeles (Port Angeles News)
Kenmore still fields requests to return to PA (Port Angeles News)
Suburban school districts getting crowded (Spokane Spokesman)
Rates for sewer service may drop (Spokane Spokesman)
Reviewing Clark Co’s many apartment fires (Vancouver Columbian)

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Nov 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)

Open Boise council seat draws 29 interested (Boise Statesman)
Boisean generates social media Black Thursday protest (Boise Statesman)
Debate over merger of eastern Idaho economic groups (IF Post Register)
Obama immigration plan irritates Idaho delegation (IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Rusche opponent won’t seek recount (Lewiston Tribune)
Asotin gets funds for bridge roundabouts (Lewiston Tribune)
Pullman pit owner must buy insurance (Moscow News)
Jobless rate declines to 4.1% (Nampa Press Tribune)
ISU won’t purchase new president’s house (Pocatello Journal)
Latinos praising Obama immigrant action (TF Times NEws)

Eugene shopping center sold (Eugene Register Guard)
Hot debate over Klamath commission and water deal (KF Herald & News)
Kingsley Field commander Jeremy Baenen retires (KF Herald & News)
Venerable Kim’s restaurant demolished at Medford (Medford Tribune)
Crater Lake plans entrance fees increase of 150% (Medford Tribune)
Governor says Columbia River deal near (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Republicans talk gun check legislation (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Oregon has short deadline for rape charges (Portland Oregonian)
Layoffs at YMCA in Salem (Salem Statesman Journal)

State ferries operations director fired (Bremerton Sun)
Bainbridge plans $6.2m parks bond (Bremerton Sun)
Cowlitz pot businesses growing quickly (Longview News)
State, tribal leaders blast number of oil trains (Vancouver Columbian, Olympian)
Tacoma Bill Cosby show cancelled (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Washington reacts to immigration plans (Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian)

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Nov 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)

YMCA school at Meridian a new typ project (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Looking at purple Teton County (Boise Statesman)
Republicans backing Clark for Bonneville prosecutor (IF Post Register)
Stevenson wants recount in legislative race (Lewiston Tribune)
Body camera cop footage requests overwhelming (Moscow News)

Clatsop Co crime stats available (Astorian)
New finance director names for Astoria port (Astorian)
Astoria airports gets final piece of funding (Astorian)
Oregon immigration impact noted (Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, KF Herald & News)
Snow headed for Cascades (Medford Tribune)
More homelessness among Medford students (Medford Tribune)
Legislators mull packing and edible pot (Pendleton E Oregonian)

Poulsbo council shaken up (Bremerton Sun)
Washington and the new immigration rules (Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
Longview council rejects oxygen idea for water fix (Longview News)
Clallam debates over electronic warfare (Port Angeles News)
Massive cop-camera data demand dropped (Seattle Times)
More additions to Mt Spokane resort efforts (Spokane Spokesman)
About text messagss from Marysville shooter (Tacoma News Tribune)

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Nov 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)

A week later, Ada roads still icy (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho Health Exchange holds open house (IF Post Register)
WA struaggles with money for smaller classes (Lewiston Tribune)
Labrador congressional action on Riggins gun range (Lewiston Tribune)
Walla Walla college leader stays despite criticism (Lewiston Tribune)
Washington state may see budget shortfall (Moscow News)
UI considers all-campus ban on tobacco (Moscow News)
State asks for broadband decision reconsideration (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Battle consitnues over Gooding superintendent (TF Times News)

Eugene will fine Uber car service (Eugene Register Guard)
UO prepares to build new softball field (Eugene Register Guard)
Gerber Reservoir going nearly dry (KF Herald & News)
Klamath Chamber supports water agreement (KF Herald & News)
OR cities press for local pot taxes (KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
False subscription bills charged at White City (Medford Tribune)
Pendleton airport infrastructure work okayed (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Nike planning massive expansion in Washington Co (Portland Oregonian)
Jordan Cove LNG may emit greenhouse gases (Portland Oregonian)
Salem might contract with new ambulance service (Salem Statesman Journal)

Washington state may see revenue shortfall (Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian, Bremerton Sun, Olympian)
New ferry will be the Chimacum (Bremerton Sun)
Lots of residential projects at Silverdale (Bremerton Sun)
Texts hinted at possible Marysville shooting (Everett Herald)
Hedge fund buys Millennium terminal firm (Longview News)
Council, downtown Port Angeles group conflict (Port Angeles NEws)
First Federal plans public offering (Port Angeles News)
Two zoo elephants leaving Seattle (Seattle Times)
Big Delta order goes to Airbus, not Boeing (Seattle Times)
Medical pot sellers gain market advantage (Tacoma News Tribune)
Museum removes guns in wake of new gun law (Tacoma News Tribune)
WA health exchange roaring ahead (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima school districts admits special ed errors (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 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)

Idaho Medicaid work group tries again (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune)
Idaho Power links with solar operators (Boise Statesman)
Battle at Asotin aquatic center continues (Lewiston Tribune)
Growth in illegal immigrant population in Idaho (Lewiston Tribune)
WSU fraternity cited for violations (Moscow News)
Regional 911 center blasted in auditor report (Moscow News)
Public record lawsuits cost Pullman more than $100k (Moscow News)
ISU will buy new house for its president (Pocatello Journal)
Bannock Co considers access to forest roads (Pocatello Journal)
Gooding school employees seek superintendent ouster (TF Times News)
Nitrate, dairy industry denate roars on (TF Times News)

Oregon economy and population both growing (Eugene Register Guard)
Sex assault survey decried as flawed (Eugene Register Guard)
New track project set for OIT (KF Herald & News)
KF and Pacific Power at odds on agreement (KF Herald & News)
Jackson Co GMO ban challenged in new lawsuit (Medford Tribune)
Democrats may be able to expand OR gun checks (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton plans bond effort for 2015 (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Tri-Met executive may get 11 weeks of vacation (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon cities looking for pot taxes (Portland Oregonian)
Legislators review what now with Cover Oregon (Salem Statesman Journal)

Snohomish ends permission for night work at mine (Everett Herald)
Longview plans oxygen additive to water (Longview News)
Sequim will get school bond issue (Port Angeles News)
Looking at the sea star die off (Port Angeles News)
Laurelhurt neighborhood gets its own cops (Seattle Times)
No Sounder train runs in work for U.S. Open events (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune)
Auto dealer expansion would raze several blocks (Spokane Spokesman)
Parking problems ahead for Tacoma Amtrak station (Tacoma News Tribune)
$7.5m assessed to MultiCare over billing (Tacoma News Tribune)
Scenario: Lewis-McChord might lose 11,000 (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark Co loses C-Tran board spot (Vancouver Columbian)
New district lines under new Clark Co charter (Vancouver Columbian)
Illegal immigrants: OR drop, ID rise, steady in WA (Vancouver Columbian)
Fire operations merged at Yakima, Union Gap (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima keeps moratorium on new homeless shelters (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 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)

Gayle Steel plant plans to expand into Caldwell (Boise Statesman)
Boise weather records falling (Boise Statesman)
Molenaar jewelers will close with retirement (Boise Statesman)
Poverty, low incomes in Salmon (IF Post Register)
Idahoans are heavy water users (IF Post Register)
County won’t get into aquatic center head firing (Lewiston Tribune)
Palouse changes rule on animals in residences (Moscow News)
Inslee plans tax on carbon pollution (Moscow News)
Idaho schools running in broadband loss trouble (Moscow News)
Ice persists on Canyon Co roads (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa plans library opening for March 14 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Idaho health insurance exchange goes smoothly (Nampa Press Tribune)
More whooping cough cases seen (Pocatello Journal)
Grand Targhee, Pomerelle ski areas opening (Pocatello Journal)
Some consider closing Idaho Medicaid gap (TF Times News)
After embezzlement, CSI changes finance controls (TF Times News)

Springfield looks to grow into Goshen (Eugene Register Guard)
UO donors may encourage nursing degrees (Eugene Register Guard)
Sea star due off attributed to virus (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath commissioners get blowback on water deal (KF Herald & News)
Richardson reviews campaign, money (Medford Tribune)
Bob Jenson wraps 18 years in Salem (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Some Pendleton area roads in rough shape (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla co okays 50% pot tax (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wyden timber bill splits environmentalists (Salem Statesman Journal)

Kitsap hospicer changes leadership group (Bremerton Sun)
Hot Springs Road reopens after 3 years (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish County offers alternative budget plan (Everett Herald)
Cowlitz has state’s highest heoin death rate (Longview News)
Trial ahead on in-jail deaths (Longview News)
Old Olympia brewery at Tumwater gets new owner (Olympian)
Sea star die off attribured to virus (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Driver said too have caused Skagit bridge collapse (Olympian)
Union Bank cut three branches on Peninsula (Port Angeles News)
Inslee plans more environmental legislation (Seattle Times)
Avista offers site for museum (Spokane Spokesman)
New convention hotel nearly done at Spokane (Spokane Spokesman)
No problems with reopening of Idaho exchange (Spokane Spokesman)
More sheriff cuts approved at Pierce Co (Tacoma News Tribune)
Class size issue creates budget conflict (Vancouver Columbian)
Oil terminal mail misstates finances (Vancouver Columbian)

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Nov 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)

Digging begins at downtown Boise Center Plaza (Boise Statesman)
Idahoans biggest water uses in nation (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Deep freeze remains in Treasure Valley (Nampa Press Tribune)
2014 was an average year for poaching in Idaho (TF Times News)

Eugene parks efforts funded in 2012 move ahead (Eugene Register Guard)
Farmer markets near saturation, study says (Medford Tribune)
Much of rural Oregon still struggling economically (Portland Oregonian)
Salem considers increases in garbage rates (Salem Statesman Journal)

Small companies can buy coverage (Bremerton Sun)
Bremerton police reconsidering body cams (Bremerton Sun)
Edmonds considers massive tunnel for trains (Everett Herald)
State group will look at landslides (Everett Herald)
Failure of Oregon driver issue, national view (Longview News)
New Cowlitz commissioner getting ready (Longview News)
JZ Knight argues conservative foundation is political group (Olympian)
Port Angeles still tries luring Kenmore Air back (Port Angeles News)
DEA checking on Seahawks, other medical staffs (Seattle Times)
Spokane County takes over garbage pickup (Spokane Spokesman)
BNSF rail buys new heating units (Spokane Spokesman)
Where will 1,000 new students at Battle Ground go? (Vancouver Columbian)
Washington state health exhange working again (Vancouver Columbian)
Are Yakima water regs an over-burden? (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 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 still beseiged by broadband contract trouble (Boise Statesman)
Notus tries to find cheap repairs for school (Boise Statesman)
Columbia River tribe seeks riverside housing (Boise Statesman)
The politics of semi-Democratic Teton County (IF Post Register)
Glitch in WA health exchange website (Lewiston Tribune)
Legal battles over Idaho Co private forest tracts (Lewiston Tribune)
Federal funding short for road projects (Nampa Press Tribune)
Statewide school officials seek bonding help (Nampa Press Tribune)
Pocatello and ISU police developing issues (Pocatello Journal)
Schools dealing with broadband uncertainty (TF Times News)

Tree-like Eugene cell tower concerns neighbors (Eugene Register Guard)
Legislator Hoyle said to interfere in lawsuit (Eugene Register Guard)
Reviewing crime stats in Klamath area (KF Herald & News)
Klamath commission votes against water agreement (KF Herald & News)
White City operations sending out bogus bills (Medford Tribune)
The cost of state workers suing the state (Salem Statesman Journal)

Violent crime rates fall sharply in Kitsap (Bremerton Sun)
Low voter turnout in 2014 (Bremerton Sun)
Cowlitz County faces budget cut next year (Longview News)
Glitches in health exchange on first day (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Vancouver Columbian, Longview News)
Dorn proposes cutting high school graduation test (Olympian)
Port Angeles port hit with audit complaints (Port Angeles News)
Kenmore Air ends service at Port Angeles (Port Angeles News)
Spokane presses for ‘green bonds’ for sewer system (Spokane Spokesman)
Police tracking phones must disclose intent (Tacoma News Tribune)
New wing of Tacoma Art Museum opens (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark Co home prices not yet fully recovered (Vancouver Columbian)
First pot auction in state held at Prosser (Yakima Herald Republic)
Nitrate pollution found at Yakama Nation (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 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)

Heavy snow falls on Treasure Valley (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Eagle former energy firm execs accused of stock scan (Boise Statesman)
Idaho health insurance exchange re-gears up (IF Post Register)
Board of Ed passes revised tiered teacher licensing (IF Post Register)
Lewiston school board may try local sales tax (Lewiston Tribune)
Stretch of earth between Moscow-Pullman moving (Moscow News)
Ethanol plant may be built in Canyon (Nampa Press Tribune)
Post workers protest Pocatello closure (Pocatello Journal)

New business workshop starts in KF (KF Herald & News)
Backers of KF research district collect signatures (KF Herald & News)
Measure 92 opponents lead, but by only 5k (Medford Tribune)
Britt Music Festival drops art director job (Medford Tribune)
Heavy snowfall in eastern Oregon (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton will try again on $10m bond plan (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Umatilla Co plans vote on pot tax (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wehby sought out state Health Authority job (Portland Oregonian)
No-firearms orders often not followed (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon health insurance enrollment starts (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)

Marysville shooting recorded on audio (Everett Herald)
Weyerhauser invests heavily in Longview operations (Longview News)
Washington health insurance season begins (Tacoma News Tribune, Olympian)
Building company owes $1.8 in Thurston property tax (Olympian)
Clark jail plans better mental health services (Vancouver Columbian)
Hazel Dell activist Van Cleve dies (Vancouver Columbian)
Many vacant spaces in downtown Yakima (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 14 2014

Careful what you wish for

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If you think national government has been unresponsive to our national needs for the last several years, get used to it. ‘Cause you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet! Unresponsiveness is about to hit a new, record low.

“Whoa, there Rainey,” you say. “Yeah, that was pretty much a Republican sweep of Congress. And things have moved to the right of center quite a bit. I’ll give you that. But a ‘new low’ in conducting the affairs of the nation? C’mon, now. It’s not that bad.”

“It is,” sez I. And here’s the big reason why. The Cruz ‘missile.”

Yes, Sir. Theodore Cruz – late of Canada by way of Texas. See, Teddy has already loudly voiced his opposition to Mitch McConnell being named majority leader. (Note how the vote to do so was by voice only?) Yes, Sir. And he’s not going to stop running across the Capitol building to work his crazy mischief in the House of Representatives ‘cause now he’s got new help over there. Yes, Sir. And Ol’ Teddy says he’s going to hold up just about anything that comes to the Senate that doesn’t meet his “high standards” for American freedom and democracy! We’re talking legislation, appointments, debt ceiling, budgets – anything that runs counter to his “thinking.” Anything! And, under the rules, he can do that.

Though I’ve never cared much for Mitch – along, it seems, with just about everyone with whom he’s ever come in contact – I’ll give him this. He’s among the best in the politics of the Senate, winning many a battle with deep knowledge of not just the rules of the place but also reading people and knowing how to move them like so many chess pieces. You don’t survive in leadership as long as he has without such tools.

But Mitch is about to face something that’s going to test his legendary skills. To say nothing of his Kentucky patience. Cruz and a rump Republican caucus of crazies. ‘Cause “the Missile” has been talking to some of the old – and all the new – kindred spirits about his plans. And some of that talk has leaked, as it always does in Washington.

For all its high-flown reputation as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the Senate no longer represents the true meaning of those words. In the face of the new confrontational style politics – and the “you’re-with-me-or-against-me” philosophy that’s become so commonplace – senatorial decorum on the floor or in committee has become as theatrical as the World Wrestling Federation. Fits and spats – name calling – back stabbing – undercutting one another just for spite.

There’s no more perfect breeding laboratory for the kind of divisive, in-your-face politics that typifies Ted Cruz. You add to him (current or incoming members of his political void) Mike Lee, Cory Gardner, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Tim Scott. Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, and likely Ron Johnson among others, and you’ve got a little rump caucus that can tie knots in the best laid legislative procedural plans. Each of them -without reason or question – can deep-six nominations for the cabinet or courts, keep any bill off the floor with a single anonymous whisper or stop movement of any critical legislation such as debt ceilings. Continue Reading »

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Nov 14 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)

Southern Idaho hit by snow storm (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News)
Reviewing next round on Idaho health exchange (Boise Statesman)
BSU student debt averaging nearly $28k (Boise Statesman)
IF council holds off on dog ordinance change (IF Post Register)
BLM approves predator derby near Salmon (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, TF Times News)
Asotin aquatic center management in turmoil (Lewiston Tribune)
Asbestos work done at Moscow High School (Moscow News)
New teacher certification rules okd by state board (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Moscow News)
What next for school broadband? (Moscow News)
Deal will retire as state insurance director (Nampa Press Tribune)
ISU gets ok for $6.3 million in one-time spending (Pocatello Journal)

Eugene apartment building proposed (Eugene Register Guard)
Oregon may see another tax kicker net year (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath water bills clear Senate committee (Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News)
Commander at Kingsley Field will retire (KF Herald & News)
Medford fire marshal urges sprinklers in all new homes (Medford Tribune)
Snow storm hits much of Oregon (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Pendleton airport may lease land for solar farm (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Library district may sue city of Irrigon (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Portland didn’t see big predicted storm (Portland Oregonian)
Oregon’s job picture sees general improvement (Salem Statesman Journal)

New taxi rules for Bremerton (Bremerton Sun)
Poulsbo considers expanding its budget (Bremerton Sun)
Washington health exchange opens soon (Everett Herald)
Hunters blast at $150 Weyerhaeuser permit (Longview News)
Legislature will be under close split control (Longview News)
Thurston First Bank opens (Olympian)
Griffey declared win over Haigh in 35 (Olympian)
Clallam gets its first retail pot shop (Port Angeles News)
Amazon, Hachette end their battle (Seattle Times)
Schools don’t have enough substitute teachers (Seattle Times)
Hotel developer will build 2 in Tacoma (Tacoma News Tribune)
Murray moves to minority position (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima sees mix of air quality (Yakima Herald Republic)
Pot auction, first in WA, planned at Prosser (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 13 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)

ACHD supports new Collister connection (Boise Statesman)
Wolf reintroduction debate continues (IF Post Register)
16 INL wrks exposed to radiation in 2011 (IF Post Register)
Idaho Youth Ranch to move from Rupert to Middleton (Nampa Press Tribune)
State health exchange opens on Saturday (Nanpa Press Tribune)
Melba schools will try $9.5 million bond (Nampa Press Tribune)
Amy’s Kitchen preparing for Pocatello opening (Pocatello Journal)
Idaho temperatures plunge (Pocatello Journal)
Jerome prepares for new jail in 2015 (TF Times News)
CSI looking for $1m for student attraction effort (TF Times News)

Ballmers continue $50m to UO (Eugene Register Guard)
Springfield still ponders future of burned mill (Eugene Register Guard)
Big winter storm coming (Portland Oregonian, KF Herald & News)
Gold City official accused of harassment (Medford Tribune)
Looking at marijuana retail (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Monsanto will pay $2.4m on GMO case (Pendleton E Oregonian)
ODOT presses for more road repair money (Portland Oregonian)
Salem might ease rules on residential chickens (Salem Statesman Journal)

Ferry abruptly powerless, explained (Bremerton Sun)
Port Orchard street budget questioned (Bremerton Sun)
Big winter storm about to arrive (Vancouver Columbian, Longview News)
Kenmore Air, only scheduled service at PA, leaves (Port Angeles News)
Tacoma ferry out till next summer (Seattle Times)
Idaho may have to rebid for school broadband (Spokane Spokesman)
Long snow waits possible at Snoqualmie (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 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)

Dubois scrambles with possible sheep station closure (Boise Statesman)
State broadband contract killed in court (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Idaho’s will be the only new state-run exchange (Boise Statesman)
Nampa bus route may settle by lottery (Nampa Press Tribune)
Much colder weather coming Thursday (Nampa Press Tribune)
Reviewing Idaho Falls kannel ordinance (Pocatello Journal)

Lane County might send car fee to ballot (Eugene Register Guard)
Student enrollment at OIT dips 3% (KF Herald & News)
Enrollment at SOU in Ashland raises about 1% (Medford Tribune)
Good year for wine, board says (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Legislature may lock in low-carbon fuel rules (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Heavy storm moving into area (Portland Oregonian)
Uber car sharing expands to PDX suburbs (Portland Oregonian)
English teaching hits more benchmarks (Salem Atatesman Journal)

Challenges rebuilding highway 530 post-mudslide (Everett Herald)
Washington pot prices fall, compete with black market (Longview News)
New Cowlitz prosecutor prepares (Longview News)
Another cold storm may be on its way (Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Longview News)
Guns selling hotter at shows in WA since election (Olympian)
Port Angeles bond faces school board (Port Angeles News)
Amazon prepares to build yet again in Seattle (Seattle Times)
Money disputes enbroils bishop, law firm (Spokane Spokesman)
Idaho broadband contract killed in court (Spokane Spokesman)
Apple crop still growing in WA (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 11 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)

Collister/State interchange may be shifted (Boise Statesman)
Clarkston asked to ‘ban the ban’ on pot (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow looks at North Main Street lots for business (Moscow News)
First hard freeze expected in region (Moscow News)
Boise has VA claims backlog, no firings expected (TF Times News)

First hard freeze expected in region (Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette, Pendleton E Oregonian)
OSU gains but UO loses in overall enrollment (Eugene Register Guard)
$16k fines assessed in bee kill (Eugene Register Guard)
Glenwood store fined for barring service dogs (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath schools buy propose-powered buses (KF Herald & News)
Natural gas project events scheduled (KF Herald & News)
Review Medford’s stalled efforts at revitalization (Medford Tribune)
Hermiston cops to ‘move along’ panhandlers (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Walden calls on area forests to accept local concerns (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Portland proposes new road fee (Portland Oregonian)
Riley win gives Democrats 18 Senate seats (Salem Statesman Journal)

New Kitsap prosecutor moving in (Bremerton Sun)
Bremerton mayor targeting auditor budget (Bremerton Sun)
New Snohomish budget would raise pay and taxes (Everett Herald)
Cowlitz prosecutor ousted in final tally (Longview News)
Olympia strip club closes because of unpaid taxes (Olympian)
Clallam commissioner, prosector narrowly win (Port Angeles News)
Lower class size measure appears to win (Seattle Times)
UW regents offer public access for dinner meetings (Seattle Times)
FBI reports increase in 2013 Spokane crime (Spokane Spokesman)
Pierce County backs training for strippers (Tacoma News Tribune)
125 years for Washington state (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima council considers top budget plans (Yakima Herald Republic)
First hard freezes expected in area (Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic)
Newhouse off to DC, while Didier doesn’t concede (Yakima Herald Republic)

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Nov 10 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)

Property tax statements ready for arrival (Moscow News)
Nampa working on downtown streetscape (Nampa Press Tribune)
Elm Park Water System links to TF water (TF Times News)

Reviewing long trail to opening pot shops (Medford Tribune)
Student transfer law comes under review (Portland Oregonian)
Democrats plan to push harder at Salem (Portland Oregonian)
Salem council considering pay increase (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bainbridge gets new urgent care facility (Bremerton Sun)
Snohomish developing Ebola plan (Everett Herald)
Everett putting together plan for streets (Everett Herald)
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A truly down-home ad for Oregon Senator Merkley.

 

Back in Print! Frank Church was one of the leading figures in Idaho history, and one of the most important U.S. senators of the last century. From wilderness to Vietnam to investigating the CIA, Church led on a host of difficult issues. This, the one serious biography of Church originally published in 1994, is back in print by Ridenbaugh Press.
Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 800 pages. Softcover. $24.95.
See the FIGHTING THE ODDS page.


 
JOURNEY WEST

by Stephen Hartgen
The personal story of the well-known editor, publisher and state legislator's travel west from Maine to Idaho. A well-written account for anyone interested in Idaho, journalism or politics.
JOURNEY WEST: A memoir of journalism and politics, by Stephen Hartgen; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, here or at Amazon.com (softcover)

 

 

NEW EDITIONS is the story of the Northwest's 226 general-circulation newspapers and where your newspaper is headed.
New Editions: The Northwest's Newspapers as They Were, Are and Will Be. Steve Bagwell and Randy Stapilus; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 324 pages. Softcover. (e-book ahead). $16.95.
See the NEW EDITIONS page.

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THE OREGON POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

The Field Guide is the reference for the year on Oregon politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Compiled by a long-time Northwest political writer and a Salem Statesman-Journal political reporter.
OREGON POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Hannah Hoffman; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
THE IDAHO POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase is the reference for the year on Idaho Politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Written by two of Idaho's most veteran politcal observers.
IDAHO POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
without compromise
WITHOUT COMPROMISE is the story of the Idaho State Police, from barely-functioning motor vehicles and hardly-there roads to computer and biotechnology. Kelly Kast has spent years researching the history and interviewing scores of current and former state police, and has emerged with a detailed and engrossing story of Idaho.
WITHOUT COMPROMISE page.

 

Diamondfield
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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.
See the DIAMONDFIELD page for more.
 

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.
See the Medimont Reflections page  
 
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

    ORDER IT HERE or on Amazon.com

    More about this book by Randy Stapilus

    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

    intermediary

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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

    ORDER HERE or Amazon.com

    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
    order here

    Outlaw Tales
    of Idaho

    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here

    It Happened in Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here

    Camping Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here