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ANNA KING / NW News Network

 

In the City of Palouse council chambers, Sharon White and Brenda Brown are trying to get their hair just right. 

They rattle a can of super-hold hairspray before spraying liberally. 

“Here let me spray and then you pick [your hair],” said Sharon White, a director of events at nearby Washington State University and Palouse resident. 

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Amazon’s ever-expanding footprint in Seattle — and the polarizing growing pains that accompany it — contrasts what’s currently happening in northeastern Oregon.

There, Amazon’s cloud computing division recently won approval for another data center, along with a hefty tax break. It’s the seventh Amazon data complex to be built in the area. There are four operations at various stages of construction or completion in Umatilla County, and three others in neighboring Morrow County.

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While Washington state lawmakers have vowed to protect net neutrality, thousands of people in rural communities still lack access to high speed internet. Now, the state House is considering a bill that would dedicate $300 million to fund private internet access projects for underserved communities.

Early Economic Recovery Leaves Rural Idaho Behind

Feb 25, 2013

New numbers out Monday show Idaho's rural areas experienced the post-recession years very differently from the state's cities. While places like Boise and Pocatello were on the mend, economic output in rural communities in Idaho declined.

At first glance, Idaho's rural counties appeared to be making an economic recovery with the rest of the state. But Idaho’s Department of Labor says when you take inflation into account, the output of goods and services from rural Idaho actually declined by $90 million in 2011.