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An election worker at the Clackamas County Elections Office shows barcodes on ballots that are bad, superior, and good Thursday, May 19, 2022, <a class=Oregon City, Oregon. Ballots with fuzzy barcodes that cannot be read by vote-counting machines will delay election results by weeks in a key U.S. House race in the United States primary. Oregon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)” title=”An election worker at the Clackamas County Elections Office shows barcodes on ballots that are bad, superior, and good Thursday, May 19, 2022, Oregon City, Oregon. Ballots with fuzzy barcodes that cannot be read by vote-counting machines will delay election results by weeks in a key U.S. House race in the United States primary. Oregon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)” loading=”lazy”/>

An election worker at the Clackamas County Elections Office shows barcodes on ballots that are bad, superior, and good Thursday, May 19, 2022, Oregon City, Oregon. Ballots with fuzzy barcodes that cannot be read by vote-counting machines will delay election results by weeks in a key U.S. House race in the United States primary. Oregon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

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A Democratic Oregon state lawmaker is calling for an investigation into a ballot printing fiasco that will delay Tuesday’s primary results by weeks, with a key U.S. House race in game in a state that prides itself on voter access and election transparency.

Tens of thousands of ballots in the state’s third-largest county were printed with blurry barcodes, rendering them unreadable by vote-counting machines – a mistake that went undetected until the ballots were not already returned to the state of the vote by mail. Election workers now have to manually transfer votes from those ballots to new ones that can be read in a painstaking process that also raises the possibility of duplication errors.

As the scale of the crisis became apparent, local, state and federal lawmakers all stepped up their criticism on Friday of Clackamas County Election Clerk Sherry Hall, who defended her actions at a conference release on Friday and said she learned from her mistakes.

State Rep. Janelle Bynum, who represents voters in the county, called the situation “unreasonable and untenable” and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who represents some Clackamas voters in Congress, called Hall’s slow response a “inadmissible”. Fagan demanded a written plan from Hall detailing how she would get the election results compiled by June 13, the state’s deadline for certifying the results.

“Although she had time to prepare for an election day disaster, Ms Hall repeatedly failed to adapt and accept enough help to address the current crisis,” Bynum said.

The debacle has angered many in Oregon, where all ballots have been cast only by mail for 23 years and lawmakers have consistently pushed to expand voter access through automatic voter registration. and long delays. Also in question is a key race in the United States in a district that includes much of Clackamas County, which spans nearly 2,000 square miles (5,180 square kilometers), from the liberal southern suburbs of Portland to conservative rural communities on the slopes of Mount Hood.

In the Democratic primary for Oregon’s 5th congressional district, seven-term Rep. Kurt Schrader, a moderate, trailed in the vote behind progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner. The result could have an outsized impact in November, with the possibility that voters could flip the seat for the GOP.

Hall at a Friday press conference said she made some mistakes. Asked why she didn’t do more to address the issue when it was discovered in early May, Hall said, “I just didn’t.”

“I didn’t respond to that with the urgency I should have had and I realize that, but I still know we’ll get the count down in time,” she said. “It was something we had never seen before and so part of it, I guess, is just the reaction and learning.”

State Republicans were also paying close attention to the mess of the ballots.

Republican state Sen. Bill Kennemer, whose district includes much of Clackamas County, called the voting problems “alarming and concerning” and said he hoped the crisis would lead to fixes in the system.

“I would really like to see us after we get through this crisis, take deep breaths and bring in experts we trust, and then start looking at where our chinks are in our armor and what do we need for the fix,” he told The Associated Press on Friday.

Hall has used Moonlight BPO in Bend — a printer not used for ballots by any other county — and said she’s used them for 10 years with no problems.

Moonlight, which was founded as a small family business in 1985, had been a certified printer for the electoral system used by the county, the Hart InterCivic Tabulation System, but Hall said the company stopped certifying printers for printing ballots in 2020. Clackamas County continued to use Moonlight, but Hall said, “I have no intention of using them again.”

Aaron Berg, a representative for Moonlight, said Moonlight was unable to figure out what happened to the ballots.

“We follow the exact same protocol and process every year and nothing has changed this year,” he told AP. “We have to understand what is happening. And we’re not saying it’s anyone’s fault.

Berg said a Moonlight team traveled to Clackamas County in early May and met with Hall and another member of his staff to review the process. “That’s the last we heard of it until it hit the headlines, much to our surprise,” Berg said.

Up to 60,000 ballots are unreadable by vote counting machines due to blurry barcodes and up to 200 county workers have been redeployed from Thursday from their normal duties to manually transfer intent to the voter to a new ballot paper which could be scanned. As of Friday, only 27,342 ballots out of more than 90,000 that were returned had been counted.

Hall said the problem came to light on May 3, when workers submitted the first returned ballots to the counting machine. About 70 or 80 ballots from each batch of 125 were spat out as unreadable because their barcodes were fainter and slightly blurry. It was too late to print and send new ballots, she said.

Hall and his staff did not “check” the printed ballots before they were mailed out to check for any issues, as is considered best practice, but had talked about doing so, he said. she declared. It still wouldn’t catch the problem if toner ran out near the end of a print batch, affecting barcodes, as may have happened in this case, she said.

As Election Day approached and ballots piled up, Hall said she allowed poll workers to take the weekend off because only three people signed up to work Saturday or Sunday. Most election workers are “between 70 and 85 years old” and they need rest, she said.

Fagan said his office offered Hall help twice after the problem was discovered, but Hall said his county had enough resources.

State election officials say they have little authority over nonpartisan local county election officials, who operate independently and are accountable to voters. Hall is eligible for re-election in November after having held the position since 2003.

This isn’t the first time Hall has come under fire in her campaign role. In 2012, a temporary election worker was sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting to tampering with two ballots. In 2014, Hall was criticized for using the phrase “Democratic Party” – a pejorative used by Republicans to demean Democrats – in a primary ballot instead of the Democratic Party.

A county audit conducted last year identified several problems with election procedures, but Hall implemented only two of four fixes suggested in the audit, said Tootie Smith, the county chairwoman.

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Cline reported from Portland.

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Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus and Sara Cline at http://www.twitter.com/SaraLCline

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2 congressional races draw attention in Oregon primary https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/2-congressional-races-draw-attention-in-oregon-primary/ Wed, 18 May 2022 10:48:21 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/2-congressional-races-draw-attention-in-oregon-primary/ ]]>

FILE - Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference in <a class=Washington, July 24, 2019. Schrader is a candidate in Oregon‘s Democratic 5th District primary election on Tuesday. May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)” title=”FILE – Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference in Washington, July 24, 2019. Schrader is a candidate in Oregon’s Democratic 5th District primary election on Tuesday. May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)” loading=”lazy”/>

FILE – Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference in Washington, July 24, 2019. Schrader is a candidate in Oregon’s Democratic 5th District primary election on Tuesday. May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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Two congressional races grab national attention in Oregon’s primary election on Tuesday, but the state’s anemic turnout from mail-in voting threatens to dampen excitement around one of the hottest Democratic home races. expensive in the country and a tight Democratic contest between a centrist incumbent and a progressive challenger.

The US House 5th and 6th District primaries are taking place in a state that has become a right-wing target after sometimes violent protests in Portland over the killing of George Floyd, a rise in gun crime and an ongoing crisis in homelessness in the city. These issues have given Republicans a megaphone and raised the stakes for Democrats.

Another key race, for Oregon’s 4th congressional district, is wide open for the first time in decades as Democratic U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio retires after 35 years. However, changes to the boundaries of this district should favor the Democrats even more.

In Oregon, unaffiliated and third-party voters together make up the largest group of voters, and they won’t find the congressional primaries on their ballots. As of Monday, only 18% of voters had returned a ballot, but voters have until Tuesday to mark their ballot under a new law.

Money has poured into the Democratic race for a new 6th congressional district seat that includes a relatively unknown political newcomer backed by a cryptocurrency kingpin and a three-term state legislator who, if elected, would become Oregon’s first Hispanic woman in Congress. The race drew a combined total of 16 candidates for the House seat created by the 2020 U.S. Census redistribution.

The nine Democrats competing in the primary have spent more than $18 million combined and attracted more than $13 million in outside money to date, making the race one of the costliest among Democratic primaries globally. nationwide, according to OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan research group that tracks the money. in politics.

Chief among them is Carrick Flynn, who is backed by cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried’s Political Action Committee. Flynn appears to be in a close race with state Rep. Andrea Salinas, who was endorsed last week by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the “progressive champion” in the district, which is 20% Hispanic.

Seven Republicans are vying for the 6th District seat, including Ron Noble, a moderate who currently sits in the Oregon House.

In the 5th District, seven-term Democratic incumbent Kurt Schrader faces a tough challenge from progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner in a radically redesigned district that leans a little less blue. Election officials have warned that issues with blurry barcodes on some ballots in a suburban Portland county that includes many 5th District voters could delay election results.

The district, which once stretched to the Pacific coast, now extends east to include Bend, where Schrader is less well known. Biden recently endorsed Schrader, a veterinarian and former state lawmaker, but he alienated progressive members of his party during his last term.

He was one of two House Democrats to vote against a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, in part because he didn’t want the bill to include a minimum wage hike. . He also voted in committee against a Biden-backed plan that would have allowed Medicare to negotiate outpatient drug prices with drug companies.

But some primary voters worry that McLeod-Skinner, a lawyer and former city planner, won’t be as competitive in November, especially since issues like crime and homelessness concern even moderate Democrats.

Five Republicans are in the running to qualify for November’s general election in the 5th arrondissement.

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Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC, postponed https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/amtrak-train-from-seattle-to-vancouver-bc-postponed/ Sun, 15 May 2022 02:04:10 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/amtrak-train-from-seattle-to-vancouver-bc-postponed/ SEATTLE Amtrak will postpone the restoration of its Cascades passenger train service between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, until December due to staffing shortages. The service gap occurred despite the Biden administration’s high-profile $66 billion allocated in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to catch up on maintenance and expand Amtrak’s national rail service. to […]]]>

Amtrak will postpone the restoration of its Cascades passenger train service between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, until December due to staffing shortages.

The service gap occurred despite the Biden administration’s high-profile $66 billion allocated in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to catch up on maintenance and expand Amtrak’s national rail service. to new cities including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Columbus and Nashville, the Seattle Times reported.

Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkin said Washington state transportation officials hope trains will be running again by summer or even the end of the week. spring.

Amtrak does not yet have enough conductors, mechanics and service personnel on board to operate the trains, although new classes of conductors are being trained, according to a letter to rail managers in Washington and Oregon by Ray Lang, Vice President of Amtrak.

About 159,000 people a year rode between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., before the pandemic, or 290,000 including train stations between major cities, Matkin said. Passenger fares traditionally cover about two-thirds of operating costs, while states cover the rest.

“Amtrak’s lack of support for the Amtrak Cascades service cannot continue and Amtrak’s plans to delay the restart of Canadian service for seven months or more are not acceptable to WSDOT and ODOT,” says a Response co-signed by WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar and Oregon Department of Transportation Director Kris Strickler suggesting at least partial service in the interim.

Amtrak currently offers 18 jobs in Seattle, such as coach cleaners, chefs and electricians, among nearly 450 open positions nationwide.

Washington state lawmakers this year approved $150 million to study and plan a high-speed train between British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, possibly replacing Amtrak one day. But it’s estimated to take at least $42 billion and decades to build.

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2 companies have offered $315 million to develop wind power off the Carolinas https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/2-companies-have-offered-315-million-to-develop-wind-power-off-the-carolinas/ Fri, 13 May 2022 00:05:58 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/2-companies-have-offered-315-million-to-develop-wind-power-off-the-carolinas/ WASHINGTON Two energy companies have bid $315 million in an auction for the rights to produce wind power in two regions off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, the U.S. Department of Health said. Interior. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management lease sale offered two lease areas covering 110,091 acres (44,500 hectares) in […]]]>

Two energy companies have bid $315 million in an auction for the rights to produce wind power in two regions off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, the U.S. Department of Health said. Interior.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management lease sale offered two lease areas covering 110,091 acres (44,500 hectares) in the Carolina Long Bay area, according to a department news release Wednesday. If fully developed, the leases could generate around 1.3 gigawatts of offshore wind power, enough to power around 500,000 homes.

TotalEnergies Renewables USA, LLC paid $160 million for 54,937 acres (22,232 hectares) offshore. Duke Energy Renewables Wind, LLC has offered $155 million for 55,154 acres (22,320 hectares), according to the release. Specifically, the sites are 80 km east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and approximately 48 km south of Bald Head Island, North Carolina.

Prior to the finalization of the leases, the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission will conduct an anti-competitive review of the auction, and the provisional winners will be required to pay the balance of the winning bids and provide financial assurance to BOEM.

The leases are part of President Joe Biden’s goal to increase clean energy generation and provide the United States with more independent power sources and lower customer electricity bills, the US Department of the Interior in a press release.

The Department of the Interior has already leased wind sites off the New York coast and plans to add sites off California and Oregon, the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico and in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a statement released earlier this year.

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Idaho State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on US-12 in Idaho County https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/idaho-state-police-investigate-fatal-crash-on-us-12-in-idaho-county/ Sun, 08 May 2022 22:21:53 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/idaho-state-police-investigate-fatal-crash-on-us-12-in-idaho-county/ May 8, 2022 3:11 p.m. Post : May 8, 2022 3:11 p.m. IDAHO COUNTY, Idaho – Idaho State Police are investigating a crash on US-12 in Idaho County that resulted in the death of a young woman. Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, a sedan and a tractor truck collided on eastbound US-12 near the Jerry Johnson […]]]>

IDAHO COUNTY, Idaho – Idaho State Police are investigating a crash on US-12 in Idaho County that resulted in the death of a young woman.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, a sedan and a tractor truck collided on eastbound US-12 near the Jerry Johnson Campground. A 24-year-old woman from The Dalles, Oregon, was traveling east in a Chevrolet sedan, and a 43-year-old man from Greencreek, Idaho, was driving west in a Peterbilt tractor truck when the crash occurred. is produced.

The man was pulling a trailer with a piece of farm machinery on the truck. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The woman was transported by air ambulance to a regional hospital, but succumbed to her injuries on Sunday morning. It is not known if the woman was wearing a seatbelt, but the driver of the Peterbilt was wearing a seatbelt and was not transported.

The incident is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

READ: Newport woman killed in crash on Fertile Valley Road

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Avian flu confirmed in 2 Pacific Northwest backyard flocks https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/avian-flu-confirmed-in-2-pacific-northwest-backyard-flocks/ Sat, 07 May 2022 03:41:38 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/avian-flu-confirmed-in-2-pacific-northwest-backyard-flocks/ PORTLAND, Oregon. Avian flu that is spreading rapidly across the United States has been detected in the Pacific Northwest in two flocks of backyard birds in rural Oregon and Washington. Several geese in a non-commercial flock of about 100 waterfowl died suddenly on a farm in Linn County, Oregon, and federal authorities confirmed Friday that […]]]>

Avian flu that is spreading rapidly across the United States has been detected in the Pacific Northwest in two flocks of backyard birds in rural Oregon and Washington.

Several geese in a non-commercial flock of about 100 waterfowl died suddenly on a farm in Linn County, Oregon, and federal authorities confirmed Friday that they died of bird flu. It was the state’s first case since 2015. Also on Friday, Washington state authorities learned that chickens and turkeys in a flock of about 50 birds at a noncommercial farm in Pacific County , Washington, also had the disease.

All birds in both states were euthanized on Friday and the flocks were quarantined.

The latest bird flu outbreak hit North America in December and has led to the culling of an estimated 37 million chickens and turkeys on US farms since February. More than 35 million birds in flocks in 30 states have been affected.

The US Department of Agriculture has confirmed 956 cases of bird flu in wild birds, including at least 54 bald eagles. But the true number is likely much higher because not all wild birds that die are tested and the federal tally does not include cases recorded by wildlife rehabilitation centers.

The discovery of bird flu in the Pacific Northwest was not unexpected as the virus spread rapidly across the country in domestic and wild birds, especially waterfowl. The virus appears to be spreading as wild birds migrate north along the Pacific Flyway and sometimes these birds stop to rest amid domestic flocks, said Dana Dobbs, state veterinarian of Washington.

An infected bald eagle was found in British Columbia, Canada, in early March, said Oregon state veterinarian Dr. Ryan Scholz.

“Basically, the producer noticed that one day a crow came with some of his chickens and the next day he literally described them dropping like flies,” she said.

“We want to contain and eradicate this disease as soon as possible to protect our commercial poultry industry as well as some of our backyard flocks that sell eggs and do things like that.”

The cases do not pose a risk to humans and the birds from the farms were not used as food.

Pacific Northwest wildlife authorities said Friday that the virus appears to primarily affect waterfowl, but people who feed songbirds should take extra steps to clean their feeders frequently as a precaution.

There is no detection of bird flu in commercial poultry in either state, state agriculture officials said Friday.

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Planned Parenthood in Oregon ‘prepared’ for increased demand for abortions https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/planned-parenthood-in-oregon-prepared-for-increased-demand-for-abortions/ Wed, 04 May 2022 15:02:49 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/planned-parenthood-in-oregon-prepared-for-increased-demand-for-abortions/ Planned Parenthood leaders in Oregon on Tuesday condemned the proposed U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and pledged their organizations would be ready for an expected surge in demand. “The Supreme Court is acting in defiance of the American people,” Lisa Gardner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon […]]]>

Planned Parenthood leaders in Oregon on Tuesday condemned the proposed U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and pledged their organizations would be ready for an expected surge in demand.

“The Supreme Court is acting in defiance of the American people,” Lisa Gardner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon in Eugene, said in an online news conference. “This leak clearly shows that our deepest fears are coming true. We are at a time of crisis for access to abortion.

This crisis is bigger than abortion rights, she said.

“What’s happening now ties into the larger issue of voter suppression, transgender rights,” Gardner said. “It’s been a constitutional right for 50 years.”

Abortion rights advocates in Oregon braced for the overturning of Roe v. Wade since the Supreme Court hearing on an abortion ban in Mississippi late last year. A leaked copy of what appears to be the majority decision in the case, written by Judge Samuel Alito, said the court was prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade to “return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people”.

A report on the notice by Politico said Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett supported Alito’s opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts later confirmed it to be genuine.

Abortion rights are codified in Oregon law through the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017, which expanded coverage of abortion care to everyone – regardless of status – and made them free. But there are still Oregonians who can’t afford childcare, travel, food or lodging to have an abortion, according to An Do, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates. of Oregon.

She said the Northwest Abortion Access Fund of Eugene, which helps low-income women with abortion-related expenses, has seen high demand, even from residents of Lents in the southeast. from Portland.

“It can’t just be a legal right to access abortion,” Do said. “It has to be about the actual ability to access providers, to pay for your care, to travel to get care when you need it.”

Oregon Legislature Expanded Abortion Access This Year

In February, the Oregon Legislature approved $15 million to expand access to abortions. The money has not yet been released, according to Seeding Justice, the organization responsible for distributing the funds. Some of that money should go to the Eugene fund, Do said.

Do said Planned Parenthood is looking for ways to increase access to abortions in Oregon. The organization leased clinical space in Ontario, but declined to release details.

“We do a lot of outreach, we have a lot of conversations, we do a lot of identification where we think the need is,” said Anne Udall, president and CEO of Portland-based Planned Parenthood of Columbia. Willamette, which covers northern Oregon and southwestern Washington. “Ability to have some type of brick-and-mortar access in eastern Oregon is something we are looking at.”

Women in eastern Oregon used to go to Boise, Idaho for health care, including abortions, because the nearest clinic was otherwise in Bend, but the Legislature of Idaho banned the procedure after detecting heart activity, which typically lasts about six weeks. The ban is on hold due to a subsequent lawsuit, but Udall said Idaho is likely to enact it.

Udall said the organization plans to launch mobile units and will scale up the use of telemedicine to reach women in remote areas. Planned Parenthood offers medical abortion – two pills have been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. Patients have taken them to a clinic but telemedicine eliminates the need to travel.

Gardner said his organization is not sending out prescriptions but is considering it.

“We’re getting ready to do that,” Gardner told the Capital Chronicle after the press conference.

Udall promised organizations will be ready for increased demand.

“We’re ready for what we think is a big need,” Udall said. “We’ll be there for our out-of-state neighbors.”

The only catch: patients must have an address in Oregon to access medical abortions. But the address may be temporary, said Kristi Scdoris, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette.

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Boise State’s Kaniho and Habibi-Likio get NFL free agent offers https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/boise-states-kaniho-and-habibi-likio-get-nfl-free-agent-offers/ Mon, 02 May 2022 04:26:44 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/boise-states-kaniho-and-habibi-likio-get-nfl-free-agent-offers/ Former Boise State running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio conducts a drill during pro day at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex on March 30. Habibi-Likio signed a free agent contract with the 49ers. Sarah A.Miller smiler@idahostatesman.com Wide receiver Khalil Shakir became the last Boise State player to hear his name called in the NFL Draft when the Buffalo […]]]>

Former Boise State running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio conducts a drill during pro day at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex on March 30.  Habibi-Likio signed a free agent contract with the 49ers.

Former Boise State running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio conducts a drill during pro day at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex on March 30. Habibi-Likio signed a free agent contract with the 49ers.

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Wide receiver Khalil Shakir became the last Boise State player to hear his name called in the NFL Draft when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the fifth round on Saturday.

Shakir was the only Boise State player drafted, but the weekend isn’t over for the Broncos or several Idaho and Idaho State players.

Seven former Boise State players are hoping to land free agent contracts: offensive linemen Jake Stetz and Uzo Osuji, long snapper Daniel Cantrell, running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio, wide receiver Octavius ​​Evans, punter Joel Velazquez and defensive back Kekaula Kaniho.

Here’s a look at the players in the state who have signed as undrafted free agents so far.

Boise State

RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, 49ers — Habibi-Likio isn’t going far from home to start his NFL career. The native of Palo Alto, Calif., signed with the San Francisco 49ers – a team he worked for on April 13. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound player joined Boise State last year after being traded from Oregon, where he racked up 21 rushing touchdowns in four seasons.

Habibi-Likio finished his only season at Boise State No. 2 on the team with 374 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and No. 4 with 23 catches for 213 yards.

DB Kekaula Kaniho, Cardinals — Kaniho was the first of Boise State’s undrafted players to land a free agent contract. He will join Habibi-Likio in the NFC West after signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound native of Kahuku, Hawaii, set a Boise State program record by playing 60 games over his five-year career. He was selected three times for All-Mountain West and finished his career with 217 tackles, five sacks and six interceptions. He also scored four touchdowns during his career, including one on a punt return.

Mate 1 Daniel Cantrell — The former Bishop Kelly High star in Boise has been invited to minicamps with the Seattle Seahawks and Las Vegas Raiders. Cantrell had been Boise State’s leading long snapper on punts and field goals since 2018.

OL Jake Stetz — The 6-foot-2, 311-pound inside lineman had a tryout with the Denver Broncos scheduled for this weekend and one with the Seattle Seahawks next weekend. The former extra started 21 games during a five-year career at Boise State. He started games at three different positions on the offensive line last year, including four games at center, before missing the regular-season finale with a knee injury that required surgery.

Idaho State

WR Tanner Conner, Dolphins — Conner was a track and field star in high school, but he dreamed of running on the track and playing football in college. Idaho State was the only school he found that would give him the opportunity, and he turned it into a free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound receiver has led the Bengals in at least one statistical category in each of the past three seasons.

In 2019, he led Idaho State with eight touchdown receptions and was second on the team with 48 catches and 791 yards. He led the team with 34 catches and 685 yards in a six-game season dropped in the spring of 2021 due to COVID-19, and was the Bengals’ top wide receiver again last fall after had 42 passes for 735 yards and four touchdowns. .

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DL Noah Elliss, Eagles — Elliss’ deal with the Eagles includes a $10,000 signing bonus and $240,000 guaranteed, according to multiple reports. He joins his older brother, Christian, who was undrafted last year but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is now with the Eagles.

Noah, a 6-foot-4, 367-pound nose tackle, has played 21 games inside the Vandals defensive line over the past three seasons. He finished his career with 93 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

Elliss’ brothers, Kaden and Christian, were both linebackers at Idaho before moving to the NFL. Kaden was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. Their father, Luther, also played in the NFL and spent five years as a defensive line coach in Idaho before joining the staff of Utah this spring.

LB Tre Walker, Commanders — Walker, a three-time All-American, has signed with Washington Commanders. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound center linebacker finished his career at Idaho with 305 tackles, leading the Vandals with 105 last season and 138 in 2019. He made 54 tackles in the shortened 2021 spring season playing just four games.

This story was originally published April 30, 2022 7:48 p.m.

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Ron Counts is the Boise State football beat writer for the Idaho Statesman. He’s from Virginia and covered James Madison University and the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman in 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @Ron_BroncoBeat

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Giants make 2 trades, take Kentucky WR Robinson in 2nd round https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/giants-make-2-trades-take-kentucky-wr-robinson-in-2nd-round/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 13:34:15 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/giants-make-2-trades-take-kentucky-wr-robinson-in-2nd-round/ EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ Wan’Dale Robinson was told for most of his football career that he wasn’t big enough. On Friday, Robinson found an NFL team that agreed with him when the New York Giants surprised many by taking the 5-foot-8 Kentucky wide receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft. Giants general manager Joe […]]]>

Wan’Dale Robinson was told for most of his football career that he wasn’t big enough.

On Friday, Robinson found an NFL team that agreed with him when the New York Giants surprised many by taking the 5-foot-8 Kentucky wide receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen was in the mood to spin and negotiate on day two of his first draft, going down twice to pick up extra picks, then taking a receiver who had 104 catches for the Wildcats in the tough Conference. from the South East.

Schoen said the Giants had a deal in place before the start of the second round and quickly reached another, dropping a total of seven spots in the round before grabbing Robinson, who was with family and friends at a hotel. in Lexington, Kentucky.

New York also continued to look for all-around help in the third round, taking on North Carolina lineman Joshua Ezeudu and LSU defensive back Cordale Flott.

“I just feel like somebody just had to believe in me and not believe in the height and just believe in the football player,” Robinson said, adding that the Giants were becoming a tough, elusive point guard. and exciting.

Robinson had a breakout season in 2021, gaining 1,334 yards and scoring seven touchdowns.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said Robinson can play in the slot and out. Combined with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, he will bring additional versatility to Daniel Jones and on offense.

“What we’re trying to do is put as many generative pieces out there to create space and stretch the field, whether it’s vertical or horizontal,” Daboll said. “He’s another good guy who has the ability to run after catching, which is an important aspect of that.”

Robinson’s selection fills another hole in a team that went 4-13 in Joe Judge’s second and final season. New York took the lead over Oregon rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth pick and Alabama takes on Evan Neal with the seventh pick in the first round Thursday night.

With the top picks, it was an easy first day for Schoen. His second day created more picks in the draft.

The Giants fell in both of their second-round trades.

First, they traded the No. 36 overall pick to the Jets for No. 38 and a fifth-round pick. Just as quickly, they dealt the 38th pick to Atlanta for the 43rd overall and an additional pick in the fourth round.

The Jets took running back Breece Hall from Iowa State with the 36th pick and Atlanta took rusher Arnold Ebiketie from Penn State.

Ezeudu has made 28 starts for the Tar Heels, including 21 over the past two seasons. Most of the starts were at left guard, but he also made four at left tackle and three at right tackle. He also played in different positions in the same match.

Ezeudu said he met with Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson a few times.

“I mean, I would say your name is still a surprise,” Ezeudu said. “Everyone expects this to happen, but until it actually happens, it actually shocks you.”

Flott started 21 games for LSU and played in 35. He was versatile as he played cornerback, safety, and the nickel position.

The Giants will have six picks in the final four rounds on Saturday.

“We want to keep building depth,” Schoen said. “Depth is important, whether it’s a substitute role or competing for a starting role or special teams. Just keep building depth and competition.

Schoen said he would be willing to use his picks to move up or down or create flexibility, this year or next.

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FILE - A United States Postal Service employee works outside a post office in Wheeling, Illinois, December 3, 2021. Four environmental groups who want the U.S. Postal Service to buy more electric delivery vehicles are suing legal action to stop further purchases.  The lawsuit, filed Thursday, April 28, 2022, in federal court in California, asks a judge to order the Postal Service to conduct further environmental review before moving forward with the next-generation vehicle program. .  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

FILE – A United States Postal Service employee works outside a post office in Wheeling, Illinois, December 3, 2021. Four environmental groups who want the U.S. Postal Service to buy more electric delivery vehicles are suing legal action to stop further purchases. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, April 28, 2022, in federal court in California, asks a judge to order the Postal Service to conduct further environmental review before moving forward with the next-generation vehicle program. . (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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California and 15 other states that want the U.S. Postal Service to buy more electric delivery vehicles are suing to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks as the agency upgrades its mail delivery fleet.

Three separate lawsuits, filed by 16 states and environmental groups Thursday in New York and California, ask judges to order a more thorough environmental review before the Postal Service moves forward with the delivery vehicle program of new generation.

The plaintiffs argue that fossil fuel delivery vehicle purchases will cause environmental damage for decades.

“Louis DeJoy’s gas-guzzling fleet guarantees decades of pollution with every postcard and every package,” said Scott Hochberg, attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, referring to the postmaster general.

A lawsuit has been filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, CleanAirNow KC and Sierra Club in San Francisco. Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia filed another complaint at the same location. Another was filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and United Auto Workers in New York.

All three target the environmental review that underpins the Postal Service’s planned purchase of up to 165,000 next-generation delivery vehicles over the next decade.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said it was essential to stop the process before it was too late.

“Once this purchase is made, we will be stuck with more than 100,000 new gas-guzzling vehicles on neighborhood streets, serving homes across our state and nation, over the next 30 years. There will be no reset button,” he said.

The Postal Service defended its actions.

“The Postal Service has conducted a rigorous and thorough review and has fully complied with all of our obligations under (the National Environmental Policy Act),” spokesman Kim Frum said in an email Thursday.

The Postal Service contract calls for 10% of new vehicles to be electric, but the Postal Service says more electric vehicles can be purchased based on financial outlook and strategic considerations.

The percentage of battery electric vehicles doubled – to 20% – in the initial $2.98 billion order for 50,000 vehicles.

Environmental advocates argue that the Postal Service’s environmental review was inadequate and flawed, and that the contract represented a missed opportunity to electrify the fleet and reduce emissions.

The review process “was so rickety and riddled with errors that it failed to meet basic standards of the National Environmental Policy Act,” said Adrian Martinez, senior counsel for Earthjustice’s Right to Zero campaign. .

The Postal Service is replacing the ubiquitous delivery trucks that entered service between 1987 and 1994.

New gasoline vehicles would get 14.7 miles per gallon (23.7 kilometers per gallon) without air conditioning, compared to 8.4 mpg (13.5 kpg) for older vehicles, the Postal Service said.

In total, the Postal Service fleet includes 190,000 local delivery vehicles. More than 141,000 of them are older models that lack safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes and backup cameras.

The new vehicles are taller to make it easier for postmen to grab parcels and parcels that make up a larger share of the volume. They also improved ergonomics and air conditioning.

The states that sued include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the District of Columbia and New York City have also joined this lawsuit.

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Sharp reported from Portland, Maine.

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