One of the realities of working in a smaller media market is you're not at the top of the list for call backs, especially from national organizations. That's just the way it is – who would you answer if your assistant said "New York Times on line one, The Spokesman-Review on line two." Not much of a choice, is it? – and you get used to it. But it slows the process some times.
That being said, here are some stories from around the West that might interest you.