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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho I am a University of Idaho alum who enjoys following Boise State sports. My golf clubs have “Vandal” headcovers and occasionally I’ll wear a “Bronco” shirt on the course – just to mess with people’s minds and give myself a mental edge. Of course, when I hit a series of errant shots an

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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) Mental health plan payments in disarray (Boise Statesman) Plans for a Sportsplex Idaho at Meridian (Boise Statesman) Memorial for former G

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts One of the fastest places in the world to quickly learn new life skills is in the middle of a large street demonstration or riot. Pure fact from someone who’s “been there, done that.” Watching the news out of Ferguson, Missouri, brings it all back. It’s also recreated that eerie fe

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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) Snake River Adjudication comes to completion (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune) Many Priest lake lessees walk away (Boi

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho Thirty years ago Idaho was locked in a political civil war. The stakes could not have been higher: Water, and who got to control Idaho’s. I remember the politics of that season, when what mattered was less budget and taxes, or even whether you were a Republican or Democrat. The big deal was ab

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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, ACHD bike lane battle continues (Boise Statesman) Travelers with pot taking risks in Idaho (Boise Statesman) August was rainy in ea

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Northwest Reading Last week we listed the county breakdown of recipients of surplus equipment from the Department of Defense – much of which, in widespread complaint, has contributed to a militarization of police forces around the country. Not all of that equipment, however, has such daunting or military-style uses, a

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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington One place to start in the discussion of a Seattle Times editorial about a particular tax is to point out that it doesn’t exist. That is to say, the “death tax” – of which there isn’t one, at any event. What the paper was referring to, in an August 14 editorial, was the estate

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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) Lots of students shift from Concordia to UI (Boise Statesman) Profiling Stallings and his House campaign (IF Post Register) Power blackout

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts Live long enough and that old saw “all things old are new again” will have more meaning. The six communities of Idaho’s Ada County may be about to step into a time warp and make the “old new again.” It appears political bubbling and boiling just beneath the surface could soon bre

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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 talks about $17m bond plan (Boise Statesman) Canyon conflicts over inmate labor program (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune) Ybarr

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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) Meridian-Eagle corridor still filling in (Boise Statesman) More Idahoans facing climate change (IF Post Register) Geological tour center o

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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington The primary – which it still sort of is, despite its top-two functionality – in Washington often is regarded as a massive straw poll, a clear indicator of where things are headed in the November general election. Often it provides good markers, especially when the results are strongly decis

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ROBERTHARRIS Oregon Outpost Under Independent Party of Oregon rules, the nominating caucus may fill vacancies for any elective position. Following the July online primary vote which nominated numerous candidates to office, The IPO has declared several House and Senate positions vacant. These seats are ones where no can

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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) SUPI candidate Ybarra no show at school event (Boise Statesman) New plans for Boise downtown bike lanes (Boise Statesman) Improvements in

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MARKTRAHANT Austerity At a Billings hearing in May, Sen. Jon Tester expressed frustration about the management of the Indian Health Service. The Montana Democrat said: “We need to live up to our trust responsibility and offer tribes the health care they deserve. Ongoing issues around service delivery, transportation

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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) AG approves St Lukes takeover of Elks Rehab (Boise Statesman) Ada County, Caldwell adopt police video (Boise Statesman) Idaho Co: Nez Perc

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts If you’re looking for the usual rant about this-that-and-the-other usually found in this space, there’s disappointment ahead. The historic mess we’re in at the moment – politically and congressionally speaking – has about left me rant-less. Criticism after criticism and w

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 Fierce lightning hit the Willamette Valley on the night of July 31, in some places knocking down trees and doing other damage. This photo was taken near Carlton in Yamhill County. (photo/Brad Salter)   This week offered a little bit of a breather on the fire front, as burning on the massive Carlton Complex eased

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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 paying more, not less, at gas pumps (Boise Statesman) One hurting, CradlePoint growing fast again (Boise Statesman) Appeals court re

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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) Warren Jones plans return from SLC hospital July 25 (Boise Statesman) Big growing fire at Garden Valley (Boise Statesman) Future of Dubois

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Congress is doing a great job, and this is not a joke. Sure, there’s a lot of gridlock in Washington and on many issues, Congress can’t seem to agree on the color of the sky, let alone reach agreement on anything of substance. But when it comes to diabetes awareness, and appropriating funds [&#

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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) Andrus recovering from lung tumor operation (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune) Bergdahl not yet seen parents (Boise Statesman, TF Times N

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Think of it this way: without a John V. Evans there never would have been an Interior Secretary named Cecil D. Andrus. Why? Because Cece never would have left Idaho and given up the governor’s chair to a Republican Lieutenant Governor, especially one named Vernon Ravenscroft. Idaho’s

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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) More foothills trails planned for Boise (Boise Statesman) Plans for more fuel-efficient Lewiston police (Lewiston Tribune) Will Congress o

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 Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes joined other major I-502 sponsors at noon Tuesday at the opening of Cannabis City, the first of Seattle’s allotted 21 retail marijuana stores to open. Holmes became the fourth person to make a purchase at Cannabis City – two packages of two grams each of “OG Pearl.” “Just ov

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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) Speaker Bedke may be challenged this year (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune) Lewiston cops write most speeding tickets

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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who hasn’t been a notably high-profile figure during his time in office – bearing in mind that his office automatically has some visibility – delivered two shockers, both in the form of highly useful lessons, last week. He got plenty of attention for

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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 construction ahead on I-84 (Boise Statesman) Services for former Governor Evans (Boise Statesman) IF youth developments gets $400k g

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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) New apartments planned for former trailer park (Boise Statesman) Sugar-Salem schools may see cuts (IF Post Register) New manager of transi

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