New York times flies over Salmon River country

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They're at it again. New York Times western regional reporter William Yardley flew Ray Arnold's mail route into the Frank to get a story about the U.S. Postal Service deciding NOT to cancel mail service to about 20 ranches along the Salmon River. It costs 10 times the average route, at $46,000 a year for weekly mail service.

The folks on the route love Ray:

“There’s a tremendous community among the people in this canyon,” said Doug Tims, 62, who owns Campbell’s Ferry Ranch. “He’s the thread that ties it all together.”

Last week we blogged aboutsome of the other recent NYT hits in Idaho.

USA Today also touched on Idaho last week, though that's less surprising since there is always at least a sentence a day about Idaho in the USA Today.

But a great graphic shows that Idaho and Washington—presumably because of nuclear cleanup projects, though the short article does not go into great detail (go figure)—have gotten far and away the largest per capita chunk of federal stimulus spending contracts so far.

Idaho is getting $245.63 per person, based on $374.3 million in contracts, while Michigan, with the highest jobless rate in the nation, has won a mere 21 cents per person in contracts.

Nationwide, federal agencies have awarded nearly $4 billion in contracts to help jump-start the economy since President Obama signed the massive stimulus package in February. But, with few exceptions, that money has not reached states where the unemployment rate is highest, according to a USA TODAY review of contracts disclosed through the Federal Procurement Data System.

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