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September 15 
I will preside over a meeting of the State Board of Examiners, 8:55 a.m., followed immediately by a meeting of the State Land Board, 9 a.m., Lincoln Auditorium, Garden Level, Capitol, Boise.
I will sign a proclamation recognizing the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1:30 p.m., Governor's Ceremonial Office, Capitol, Boise.
September 16 
My Cyber Security Task Force conducts its first meeting, 1:30 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, Garden Level, Capitol, Boise.

September 17  

I will present a proclamation for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m., Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 S. Stampede Dr., Nampa.

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Fallen Solider Executive Order

Governor Otter speaks to the audience at the Executive Order signing ceremony. 
On Wednesday, September 9th I signed Executive Order 2015-09 in my office in the presence of retired brigadier General Alan Gayhart and numerous Idaho military personnel and veterans. This new Executive Order establishes the Idaho War on Terrorism Memorial as the State of Idaho's Official Memorial for all military personnel who protected us from terrorism around the world since the September 11th attacks. Our state has unfortunately lost a significant number of our military men and women since those horrific attacks, and now more than ever it is important to take time to respect their sacrifice and acknowledge the sacrifice made by their families. Thank you to all of our military veterans and I hope everyone can take some time this September 11th to respectfully remember all that our nation has lost since that fateful day 14 years ago and in the military conflicts since.

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Hilex Poly Announcement 
Governor Otter speaks at the Hilex Poly Announcement. 
On September 10th I travelled to Jerome to help announce that Hilex Poly, a paper and flexible plastics company, will be significantly expanding its factory in Jerome. Hilex Poly hopes to add 40 more employees by April of 2016, and 20-40% growth as a whole. Idaho's business-friendly environment played a large role in the decision to expand, with the assistance of programs such as the Tax Reimbursement Incentive. The TRI is a key tool to drive our state's economic growth. This is exactly the type of project we were targeting when the TRI was created- one that supports an existing Idaho employer and enables them to continue to grow and expand in our state. I would also like to express gratitude to Jan Rogers, the executive director of Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, whose leadership in the Magic Valley has opened many doors for businesses like Hilex Poly to succeed.  It's always a good day when Idaho's economy is growing.
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Idaho Red Cross

This week I was asked to present the Idaho Red Cross with a $25,000 check for their efforts responding to Idaho's numerous wildfires this year. Red Cross has proven to be a great asset for our state throughout the years responding to disaster. During this year's fires when multiple families lost their homes and possessions we needed them more than ever. This donation came from Altria, who made a great effort to support the Red Cross. Red Cross volunteers have come from all over the country to help us this fire season. I hope all Idahoans can recognize the work of the Red Cross and give a little in the future so that they can continue to serve our citizens in the years to come.

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Farmers Insurance and Thank America's Teachers
Governor Otter stands with teacher Paula Brockman (pictured right).

On Tuesday, September 8th I stopped by Lowell Scott Middle School to help Farmers Insurance Company surprise one of their teachers. Paula Brockman was chosen by Farmers this week as one of five finalists in the country for a $100,000 grant for her school. Paula received a $2,500 check last year for her work with Farmers, and I am proud to see that she has continued to her momentum and continued her hard work to be recognized once again. Teachers like Paula are making a huge difference with their passion and creativity bringing the kind of excitement to the classroom that can impact students' lives in a meaningful way. Thank you to Farmers Insurance for providing this great opportunity for our states hard working teachers. Best of luck to Paula, and I encourage everyone to go to this website to vote for her once the Farmers ballot opens in October!
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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Governor Otter stands with the guests of the Prostate Cancer proclamation signing ceremony.

I proclaimed this September to be Prostate Cancer Awareness month in Idaho! On September 2nd, awareness advocates and survivors of prostate cancer gathered with me in my office for a signing ceremony. Our own Lt. Governor Brad Little was honored to read the proclamation for the crowd in attendance - a prostate cancer survivor himself. Prostate cancer is incredibly prevalent in men today, and we should do what we can to prevent it. If diagnosed and treated early, it is one of the most treatable cancers to date, but left untreated it can aggressively spread to other parts of the body. In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage Idaho men to make informed decisions with their doctors on early testing and detection.
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First Lady's Focus: 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts

Earlier this month I was featured in the production of the new Idaho video celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. The video celebrates artistic traditions of Idaho, arts education for Idaho youth, and the ongoing partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, which helps them thrive.
A screenshot from the upcoming NEA video featuring Miss Lori Otter.

Thank you very much to the commission on the arts for inviting me to participate in this great project. Please look for the videos release by the Endowment later this month on September 29th. Please visit the website for the Idaho Commission on the Arts for more information.

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Spotlight Agency: Idaho Division of Veterans Services
While it is an honor and privilege to care for America's heroes, it is also an enormous responsibility. The Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) oversees and operates the Office of Veterans Advocacy, Veterans Education Program, three Veterans Homes, and the Veterans Cemetery. We are dedicated to serving Idaho's veterans and their families by providing superior advocacy, excellent assistance with benefits and education, high quality long-term care, and respectful interment services in a dignified final resting place.
The Office of Veterans Advocacy (OVA) provides assistance to Veterans and their family members in filing for VA Disability Compensation, Non-Service Connected Pensions, and Burial and Survivor Benefits through twelve trained and highly skilled Veteran Service Officers who are accredited by multiple Veteran Service Organizations. The OVA Staff also assists Veterans with correcting mistakes on military records and assists with the completion of forms required for Financial Emergency Grant Programs.
Veterans Education's staff primary purpose is to approve training programs throughout the state, allowing Veterans and their beneficiaries to utilize their GI BillĀ® benefits. These programs include universities, colleges, non-college degree schools, on-the-job trainings, apprenticeships, and flight school training. In addition, Veterans Education provides training to service officers, assists Veterans in understanding and utilizing their benefits, and conducts compliance surveys across the state. 
The Veterans Homes located in Boise, Lewiston, and Pocatello set the gold standard for long-term care in Idaho. In 2014, the Boise Veterans Home (ISVH-B) became the first facility in Idaho to adopt the Music and Memory project and has received over $10,000 in donations to support the therapeutic benefits of bringing individualized music to our residents.  Because of this project, ISVH-B will receive the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award for Innovative State Programs in 2015.
ISVH-B also earned the AHCA National Quality Award - Bronze in 2014 and received the L. Jean Schoonover Excellence in Caring Award from the State of Idaho, Department of Health & Welfare, Bureau of Facility Standards in 2014. 
October of 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of excellent resident care for the Lewiston Veterans Home (ISVH-L) and Senator Mike Crapo recently visited our Pocatello Veterans Home (ISVH-P) to present one of our residents with the prestigious Spirit of Freedom Award.
In 2014, the Idaho Veterans Cemetery completed a massive construction project to expand our columbarium walls and add an additional two acres of prepared burial plots ensuring our veterans and their families have over 10 years of continued use.  Aesthetic improvements included the refinishing of the flag plaza and the addition of two fallen soldier statues at the main entrance to greet visitors and add a tribute to our current military operations and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. 
The Veterans Cemetery recently held services for an Air Force Medal of Honor recipient, an event made even more special by the fact it was attended by five other Medal of Honor recipients. We hosted the Syringa Gils State event, the American Legion's National President, and our annual Memorial Day ceremony was attended by more than 2,000 visitors. In December, we placed a holiday wreath at every gravesite for National Remembrance Day, totaling over 3,200 altogether.

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Accountancy Board  
Scott Dockins - Viola
Alfalfa & Clover Seed Commission  
Jim Briggs - Marsing
Barley Commission   
Pat Purdy - Picabo
Behavioral Health Planning Council           
Dr. Magni Hamso - Boise
Cherry Commission  
Mayor Keith Green - Marsing
Chiropractic Physicians        
Charles Coiner - Twin Falls
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Council      
Emilie Banasiak - Boise
Russell Patterson - Rathdrum
Developmental Disabilities Council
Debra Parsons - Victor
Domestic Violence/Victim Assistance
Sheriff Len Humphries - St. Anthony
Drinking Water/Waste Water Professionals          
Michael Shepherd - Weiser
John Tippets - Montpelier
Dan Messier -Rathdrum
Early Childhood Coordinating Cncl.           
David Allen -Rexburg
Electronic Recording Commission  
Joe Larsen -Burley
EMS Physicians Commission
Dr. Ian Butler - Hall-Boise
Dr. Terry O'Connor - Ketchum
Forest Products Commission           
Jack Buell - St. Maries
Health Insurance Exchange 
Dean Cameron - Rupert
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact       
Dr. Robert Ward - Twin Falls
LINE Commission 2.0
Seth Beal -Moore
Magistrates Comm.--4th District     
Mayor Connie Wills - Glenns Ferry
Midwifery Board      
Amy Redman - Athol
Jeff Cilek -Boise
Petroleum Storage Tank Fund        
Bob Nonini -Coeur d'Alene
Rangeland Resources Commission  
Todd Holbrook - Bancroft
Real Estate Appraiser Board
Scott Calhoun - Boise
Eric Brinton -Coeur d'Alene
Residential Care Facility Administrators    
Linda Simon - Boise
Speech & Hearing Svcs Licensure Bd.         
Dr. Gayle Chaney -Gooding
State Board of Education    
Dr. Linda Clark -Meridian
Emma Atchley - Ashton
STEM Action Center Board  
Todd Allen -Idaho Falls
Lorna Finman - Rathdrum
Dee Mooney - Boise
Von Hansen -Eagle
Jeff Williams -Sun Valley
Western Interstate Comm. On Higher Ed. 
Matt Freeman -Boise
Wheat Commission  
Clark Hamilton - Ririe