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Wednesday, June 24 - Friday, June 26 

First Lady Otter and I will attend the Western Governors Association Summer Meeting,Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Lake Tahoe


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Governor's Cup Scholarship Recipients Announced 

I was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Idaho Governor's Cup scholarships at a reception on Monday, June 8 th. The 38 recipients were selected from a group of over 700 applicants by the Idaho Governor's Cup's board of directors. The students from throughout Idaho were chosen based on their commitment to public service, academic achievement and community involvement. Each will get a $3,000-a-year scholarship, renewable up to four years. These are some of our best and brightest young people choosing to pursue their post-secondary plans right here in Idaho. They're setting a great example by continuing their education because an increasingly competitive global marketplace demands a higher academic standard. The Governor's Cup Scholarship will help them achieve their goals, and I wish them all great success in their college careers!

Read the list of recipients and my press release
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Fill the Boot 

On June 10 th I was honored to speak at the kick-off event for the annual Fill the Boot campaign in the Treasure Valley, participating in a 61-year tradition to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Treasure Valley area. In front of a large crowd of dedicated fire fighters and community members, I read a signed a proclamation affirming "Treasure Valley Firefighters Fill the Boot Days" as an important week dedicated to helping those who suffer from muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other life-threatening muscle diseases. Boise Fire Local 149 President Greg Womack, the Long Family of Nampa, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho's Executive Director Autumn Hume also spoke at the kick-off event, sharing with the crowd the importance of the Fill the Boot campaign. On 11-13, more than 200 fighter fighters spread themselves throughout the Treasure Valley with large boots in hand to raise money for critical muscle disease research and to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association's life-enhancing programs. The Treasure Valley fire fighters' six-decade long effort to save and improve the lives of those fighting muscle disease is truly commendable, and this year's Fill the Boot campaign is an accomplishment that should make all Idahoans proud.
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Materne GoGo squeeZ Factory Opening 

In continuing Idaho's rich commercial and agricultural history, I travelled to Nampa on Thursday, June 11 th to celebrate the opening of a new food processing facility in Idaho. Materne (brand name GoGo squeeZ) hosted a grand opening event for their new state-of-the-art production plant, an $85 million investment which has an incredible capacity of up to 60,000 tons and can produce about 20 to 22 pallets per day per line. I was honored to speak at the event alongside Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and Nampa Mayor Bob Henry, and share in their enthusiasm as we toured the facility that will bring a minimum of 230 new jobs to the Treasure Valley. Food processing continues to be one of our state's greatest commercial strengths, and I am pleased to add Materne/GoGo squeeZ as a new food partner. Their choice of Nampa as the location of their new facility speaks to the exceptional quality of Idaho's resources and the talent of our workforce, and I am excited to witness the economic growth and prosperity that it brings to the area.
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Agritech Summit

On Tuesday June 16 th I hosted Idaho's first Agritech Summit in Boise. The future of farming and ranching was on display at the Boise Centre that day with Idaho's agriculture, technology, and research sectors in attendance. The goal was to provide a forum for these industries to learn from one another and explore opportunities for accelerating development of agricultural technology within Idaho. The event featured three panels of statewide industry leaders to discuss how Idaho's resources and strengths could be leveraged to promote technology application in new and different ways. We've come a long way since they started putting lights on tractors in the 1930s, and Idaho has always been in the thick of it. Through this summit, we want to learn where new opportunities exist, where research is headed, and where technology can add value in the production process. With Idaho's diverse economy, we are well positioned to ensure that our traditional industries and key growth sectors collaborate so we can build on our strengths and become America's Agritech capital. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended Idaho's first Agritech Summit!
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Swan Valley Capital for a Day 

On Wednesday June 17 th I traveled to Swan Valley for our June Capital for a Day in Bonneville County! We had a great day visiting with the citizens of the town and even visited the Rainey Creek Country Store to enjoy a world famous square ice cream cone. Everyone that came to Capital for a Day came with great questions and were eager to work with my cabinet and me to talk about what the state could do to better help their community. Thank you everyone who came out to visit us for Capital for a Day and the city of Swan Valley for hosting us for this great event!
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Camp Magical Moments 


Once we finished with our town hall meeting I had a chance to travel to Camp Magical Moments. Magical Moments is a camp that offers children who are fighting cancer a place to visit that is fun and full of love and friendship. Starting in 2003, Camp Magical Moments has acted as a second home for these children during the summer months and has been the foundation for many great memories. Thank you to everyone at the camp for inviting us to visit and for taking the time out of their busy camp activities to visit with me. I hope everyone has a great camp experience this year!


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First Lady's Focus: Girl's State
I had the privilege of speaking at the 2015 session of the American Legion Auxiliary's Idaho Syringa Girls State session on June 15th at Northwest Nazarene University. I was welcomed by a room full of 217 young women about to enter their senior year of high school. This year's theme was, "As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Person Sharpens Another."

Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young ladies responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the program began in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government work.  


Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation "Senators" meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and possibly meet with state Representatives and Senators. The two girls going to Girls Nation representing Idaho this year are Sharon Sauer, from West Jefferson High School and Maria Cornell, from Renaissance High School. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is oftentimes a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House. For more information on the Girls State program, please visit

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Spotlight Agency:
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation


The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is celebrating a major milestone this year: 50 years of helping Idahoans and visitors to this great state make lasting, outdoor memories.


Celebrate with Us!

Mark your calendars and celebrate with special events planned in every Idaho State Park throughout the year. A complete list of events is accessible online.


Get to Know Your Parks

Idaho has 30 beautiful state parks and recreational trail ways. From Priest Lake State Park in the panhandle, to Bear Lake State Park in the south-eastern tip of our state, and all parts in between, there's a state park near you. I encourage you to get and explore the treasures that are Idaho's State Parks and remember purchase your Idaho State Parks Passport - the most affordable way for Idahoans to experience these special places.


A Reach that Extends Beyond Park Boundaries

IDPR touches the lives of nearly every Idahoan not only by managing our state parks but by also providing recreation safety classes, trail management and maintenance crews, snowmobile groomers and assistance for county marine deputies. In addition, the agency manages grant programs that provide over $7 million dollars in vital recreation program funding to communities and organizations across Idaho.


You can learn more about Idaho's State Parks, recreation programs, partnerships and educational programs by exploring the IDPR website.

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Recent Appointments:


Behavioral Health Planning Cncl

Marianne King - Boise

Jane Donnellan - Boise

Rick Huber - Rupert


Board of Barber Examiners

Tom Grimsman - Twin Falls


Board of Medicine

Dr. Erich Garland - Idaho Falls


Board of Nursing

Merrilee Stevenson - Wendell

Clayton Sanders - Boise


Counselors & Marriage & Family Therapists

Piper Anne Field - Boise


Director, Dept. of Insurance

Dean Cameron - Rupert


Electrical Board

Allan Perman - Nampa


Historical Records Advisory Bd.

Jennifer Stevens - Boise


Idaho Military Advocacy Comm. (IMAC)

David Bergh - Mountain Home

William Shawver - Eagle


Idaho Technology Authority

Jim Nottingham - Eagle


Judicial Council

Phil Reberger - Boise


Outfitters & Guides

Louise Stark - Challis


Sexual Offender Management Board

Erwin Sonnenberg - Boise

Moira Lynch - Boise