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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Sen. Fred Martin of Boise belongs to an exclusive club. He is the only Republican senator living in the Boise city limits, which is surprising considering Idaho’s status as one of the reddest of the red states. So while Idaho is decidedly Republican, Boise is ruled by Democrats. Boise Mayor Dave

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 The US 97 Biggs Rapids-Sam Hill Bridge, though only 51 years old, is starting to show its age in the form of peeling paint and rust. Starting in summer 2014, we’ll clean and paint the structure to preserve it for the years ahead. (photo/Department of Transportation)   You would think this will be a big [

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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) Dog training sought for cops (Boise Statesman) Caldwell starts rebrnading program (Nampa Press Tribune) Environmental groups may sue over

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RANDYSTAPILUS Oregon The problem – or is it an asset? – that the advocates of a top-two primary in Oregon have may be in part that the advocates are hard to easily define. The opposition is clear enough, and it starts with both major political parties. It’s easy to understand why: The current closed prima

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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) Fast construction again at Harris Ranch (Boise Statesman) Will ‘Otter fatigue’ help Balukoff? (Boise Statesman, IF Post Regist

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho Noted here: The quote within the next paragraph is not mine originally. I came across it in an online New Yorker piece, dated July 29. It follows a note that the term plagiarism evolved from a gang of ancient-times Romans called the plagiarii, who were known for kidnapping slaves. The poet Martial,

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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) FCC investigates Idaho’s broadband deal (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register) Hop farmers benefiting from craft brewing (Boise Statesm

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Idaho has produced a number of officeholders and office-seekers who met untimely deaths, either in plane or auto crashes, or job accidents. All had potential to grow and might have been quite successful. In two cases, that of Jim McClure’s and Cecil Andrus’, the deaths of their chief

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DAVIDBOND Wallace St Saturday, Sept. 13, would have been Robert Dwayne Hopper’s 75th birthday. For those new here, or with short-term memories, Robert Hopper was owner and managing partner of the legendary Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg, Idaho, from 1990 until his death in January 2011. He was an Elk, a Mason, a sel

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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) Eberle will leave Boise city council (Boise Statesman) Yellowstone models possible ‘supereruption’ (IF Post Register) Blast ne

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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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