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Friday, October 28 - Friday, November 4, I will be participating
 in Idaho's trade mission in China. 


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Buy Idaho, Inc. Celebrates 30 years of Supporting Idaho Goods, Services and Products
In 1986, I joined a small group of Idahoans to start an organization to help promote Idaho goods, services and products.  Today, Buy Idaho, Inc. is stronger than ever and I was honored to address that group as we celebrate 30 years of great service to Idaho commerce, industry and small business.  Congratulations to Tracey Stone of MassMutual Idaho for being elected President of Buy Idaho, Inc. - I look forward to your leadership and continued success with this outstanding organization.   
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I was proud to present Tracey Stone, President of Buy Idaho, Inc., with a proclamation from the Governor's office officially recognizing October 13, 2016 as Buy Idaho, Inc. Day in the Gem State.
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Pinehurst Hosts 89th Capital for a Day  

October 19th was a beautiful day in Pinehurst for the 89th Capital for a Day. State, local and county officials worked all day with residents in the Pinehurst / Kingston Community Center to address issues.  We were lucky to be joined by a number of students and their teachers from across the Silver Valley, and I was happy to answer their questions.  Thank you to all of those who make Capital for a Day successful for the citizens of Idaho!

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Idaho Auctions First Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) Timber Sale on Federal Lands 
 
The State of Idaho auctioned a U.S. Forest Service timber sale for the first time this month as part of a State-federal partnership to increase management activities on federal lands in Idaho.  The Wapiti Timber Sale on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is the first project developed under Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), a federal law that enables the Forest Service to partner with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to achieve restoration and resilient landscape objectives across ownership boundaries in Idaho.  A second GNA agreement signed earlier this month will authorize IDL to conduct timber sale layout and administration activities on the Payette National Forest in west-central Idaho.  Good Neighbor Authority makes it possible for the State of Idaho to leverage our support and land management expertise with the Forest Service to augment management activities happening on federal lands in Idaho.  These projects will reduce fuels on federally managed forests and reduce threats to communities and watersheds from catastrophic wildfires, improving forest health and creating jobs and economic benefits for our citizens.  To read more about GNA and its benefits, click here
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October is Careers in Construction Month in Idaho
With all of the construction under way across the Gem State, it's fitting that I've proclaimed October "Careers in Construction Month" in Idaho.  Because Idaho moves at the speed of business, cities like Boise are on the move.  Now our capital city has been recognized as the nation's second-fastest-growing construction market!  It was great to have industry leaders like Rachel Kaufman of the Associated Builders and Contractors join me in the Capitol Building for the ceremony. 
State Officials Meet With Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in Fort Hall
A number of state officials and I met earlier this month with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in Fort Hall.  As I continue my tour around the state to meet with Idaho's tribes, I appreciate the partnership and value each tribe brings to the Gem State.  Thank you to Chairman Blaine Edmo for your hospitality and engaging discussion.  I look forward to our next visit.   
Governor Otter and Congressman Mike Simpson Join Longfellow Elementary School Students and Parents in International Walk to School Day
Congressman Mike Simpson and I had a great time joining students from Boise's Longfellow Elementary School and their parents in participating in International Walk to School Day.  This annual, global event raises awareness of student safety and fitness.  I appreciate the efforts from the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance for helping to make this event a success.      
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First Lady's Focus: National Red Ribbon Week
 
 
The week of Oct. 23 - Oct. 31 is National Red Ribbon Week. The National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration in 1988 and to this day it continues to rally communities and bring awareness and education to youth about drug prevention.

It's crucial that everyone does their part, and I'm working to do just that. This week I contributed to a Teen Addiction: Cause or Symptom conference in Coeur d'Alene featuring the Idaho Meth Project and Idaho Drug Free Youth. The conference tackled a number of topics pertaining to teen drug use, prevention, peer relationships and intervention.  Next week I will be at Notus Elementary to participate in its all-district drug free walk and community clean up. Then I'll head to Homedale Middle School to talk to kids about the risks of drugs at their Red Ribbon Week assembly.

I have expanded my efforts from tackling teen meth use to addressing the use of non-prescribed prescription drugs among teens. I'm also working on another large-scale prevention program called Truth208. It's aimed at reducing the non-medical use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs through community outreach and education. Creating a place for open and honest dialogue about the risks and effects of prescription drug abuse can help prevent teens from taking non-prescribed medications in the first place.

Drug use is a huge cycle of dysfunctionality. It not only impacts families, but it affects the state, the workforce and the education system. Creating proactive approaches to educate youth about the risk of drugs has shown success here in Idaho and in our neighboring states. In fact, the Idaho Meth Project and the "Not Even Once" campaign have helped to reduce teen meth use by 56 percent in Idaho.

Thank you to everyone participating in Red Ribbon Week.  I hope you continue to motivate our youth to have an open dialogue, ask questions and educate themselves about drugs. Kids truly are our state's greatest resource.   
 
      
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Agency Spotlight: Idaho Department of Water Resources

 
More than a decade ago, holders of senior priority surface water rights petitioned the Idaho Department of Water Resources to curtail diversion and use of ground water by holders of junior ground water rights. The petition asserted that the diversion of ground water was injuring surface water right holders by diminishing flows in the Snake River.
The petition resulted in expensive litigation and curtailment-of-use orders that threatened the continued irrigation and operation of many farms across southern Idaho's Snake River Plain. In 2015, Idaho Supreme Court decisions and a water year that yielded less than a full supply prompted Water Resources Director Gary Spackman to issue another order that could have resulted in widespread curtailment of ground water diversion and use.

Working with legislators who represent water users diverting both surface water and ground water, IDWR analyzed data to show that historic ground water diversions were causing chronic declines in ground water levels and reducing spring flows to the Snake River, and that holders of senior water rights were being injured.

As a result of the analysis and the threat of recurring curtailment orders, IDWR and legislators promoted settlement negotiations over the summer and fall of 2015. The talks resulted in a settlement agreement between surface and ground water users to manage and stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The agreement requires the voluntary reduction of 240,000 acre-feet of ground water consumption. Based on technical analysis by the settlement parties and IDWR, a 240,000 acre-foot annual reduction in consumptive use of ground water coupled with a 250,000 acre-feet annual state sponsored recharge program will stop and reverse ground water declines, restoring ground water levels in the aquifer to what they were about 20 years ago.

The implementation of the settlement agreement will result in: (1) Protection of the holders of senior surface water from injury; (2) Certainty for holders of both ground water and surface water rights that they can irrigate crops in upcoming years; and (3) long-term sustainability of Idaho's water resources.

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, click here.
     
Appointments
 
Behavioral Health Planning Council       
Tammy Rubino                     Hayden
Jon Shindurling                   Idaho Falls
James Meers                        Meridian
Evangeline Beechler          Boise
Jason Stone                        Boise
Tiffany Kinzler                      Nampa
 
Capitol Commission           
Nancy
Sue Wallace                        Hayden Lake
 
Children's Trust Fund        
Janet Goodliffe                     Rexburg
 
Contractors Board   
Rodney Underhill                Rathdrum
 
Educational Services for the Deaf & Blind        
Michael Gibson                    Nampa
 
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Council  
Dr. Jacob Robison               Boise
 
Domestic Violence & Victim Assistance Council          
Chief Dan Bristol                 Heyburn
 
Environmental Quality Board       
Carol Mascarenas               Idaho Falls
 
Head Start Coordinating Council
Christy Cronheim                Boise
            Shannon Dunstan              Boise
            MARY Ann Gauthier           Payette
            Mechelle Wilson                  Eagle
 
Historical Records Advisory Board          
Mackenzie Ann Stone        Boise
 
Housing & Finance Association  
John Insinger                       Boise
 
Human Rights Commission         
Paul Jagosh                        Boise
Brian Scigliano                    Boise

Infant Toddler Coordinating Council      

Emily Petersen                     Kimberly
Christy Cronheim                Boise
Shannon Dunstan              Boise
Mechelle Wilson                  Eagle
Mary Ann Gauthier              Payette
Jen Haddad                          Boise
 
Lake Pend Oreille Basin Commission     
Craig Hill                               Priest Lake
 
LINE Commission 2.0         
Dr. Robert Smith                  Moscow
Jeff Feeler                             Boise
Steven Aumeier                   Idaho Falls
 
Nursing Home Administrators Examiners           
John Williams                       Malad
 
Pea & Lentil Commission 

Pat L. Smith                          Kendrick
 
Permanent Building Fund

Cindy Bateman                    Meridian
 
Rangeland Resources Commission        
Royce Schwenkfelder        Cambridge
 
Real Estate Commission  

Jill Stone                               Twin Falls
 
SERVE Idaho           
Kristi Keeler                          Grangeville
 
Time Sensitive Emergency System Council       
Greg Vickers                        Pocatello
William Spencer                   Grangeville
Casey Meza                          Coeur d'Alene
Drew Forney                        Boise
 
Workforce Development Council

Philip Clifton, Sr.                  Pocatello
   
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