DEADLY DECISIONS: How other media covered the Enterprise’s public records case, awards received

Anthony W. Montwheeler appears at his arraignment in Malheur County Circuit Court on charges of aggravated murder, assault and kidnapping. He is accused of stabbing his ex-wife to death on Jan. 9, 2017, and then crashing head-on into another vehicle while fleeing police. The collision killed the other driver and injured his wife. (Malheur Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)


The Enterprise

The efforts of the Malheur Enterprise to pry loose state documents regarding Anthony Montwheeler attracted plenty of attention from other media in recent days from newspapers to television stations.

In addition to these stories, Publisher Les Zaitz was also a guest on Lars Larson’s radio show and on Portland radio station KXL on Wednesday.

Here is a roundup of how others covered the legal battle with the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board and awards bestowed:


Gov. Kate Brown secures release of records for small, rural newspaper

KTVB – Boise:

Oregon newspaper battles state agency for public records

Seattle Times:

Free press? State hits tiny paper with pricey lawsuit after it seeks public records

Associated Press:

Psychiatric board drops lawsuit against Oregon newspaper

Idaho Statesman:

Oregon governor intervenes to release records on accused killer of Weiser woman, Vale man


How the editor and publisher of a tiny Oregon weekly took on the state — and won




Thanks to Gov Brown: Harrang, Long, Gary and Rudnick loses another client

Mental Health Association of Oregon:

The Zaitz/Brown Medical Privacy Problem

Prairie Perspective:

A pair of reasons to respect journalists

The Journalism Blog:

How a weekly newspaper shined a light on government secrecy


Albany Democrat-Herald:

Records case is a symptom of a broken system

Baker City Herald:

Using our money to thwart a state law

Eugene Register-Guard:

A dangerous man – State tries to keep records regarding release secret

Bend Bulletin:

Public wins in Malheur Enterprise case

The Oregonian:

We all lose when public records are hidden

Spokane Spokesman-Review:

Public records suit shows value of media

Daily Astorian:

Editorial: Small newspaper takes on bully in records battle

Idaho Statesman:

Malheur Enterprise to be commended for tenacious effort in records request

McMinnville News-Register:

Say no to litigation that tramples the little guy


University of Nevada-Reno:

Frank McCulloch Award

Washington Coalition for Open Government:

Key Award