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W. SCOTTJORGENSEN Conversations with Atiyeh In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s very easy to forget that we are living tomorrow’s history. It’s also easy to forget that there are historical figures among us, whose wisdom awaits those who seek it. I came to this realization last year. One of Oregon

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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, Poca

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts The time has come to say it. So here goes. Government employment – especially federal – has, in too many cases, become a haven from the unemployment lines for too damned many people. In addition, holding elective office – especially federal – has become a haven for

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CHUCKMALLOY In Idaho Two things are certain to come from this year’s race for superintendent of public instruction. One, a woman will occupy one of Idaho’s constitutional offices since Donna Jones was elected controller in 2006. Secondly, Tom Luna will ride out of office after eight years – which is good news to

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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 amo

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CHRISCARLSON Carlson Chronicles Political debates are rarely enlightening or much of a factor in a voter’s thought process before voting. The October 3rd gubernatorial debate in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library was a delightful exception. Ever since I read a UCLA study on debates (Among its major findings was that

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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 o

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RANDYSTAPILUS Washington Would be interesting to know who was the cool head who came up with the idea of ending the impending war between the University of Washington and Washington State University over medical education, and developing a powerful alliance of the two instead. Whoever it was, it was a smart move. UW ha

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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 certif

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho All 105 Idaho state legislative seats are up for election next month, and if that was all you knew, you might assume wholesale change at next year’s session. The legislature isn’t all that popular, right? There will be, of course, few changes. Many seats are unchallenged, or barely chall

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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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