Ha ha! I don't know that Portland coverage is all that important, though the project certainly is big regional news for the mid-valley.
the CRC "mini-me." The parallels are all too strong.(The first time it was mentioned here was back in 2010.)
While it shouldn't be necessary for Portland media to follow the story closely, it would be good for the statewide policy discussion not to proceed as if the CRC were all by itself. There's a systemic problem with the way we look at transportation, and both oversized projects express the problem in all its gory glory.