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Monday, July 25 - I will be traveling to Sandpoint for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Kochava.

Tuesday, July 26 -
I will be speaking at the United Economic Development Association Summer Forum and participating in the state lottery dividend distribution at Vallivue Elementary.

Wednesday, July 27 -
I will be meeting with the Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai.
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Governor's Trail Ride Visits Copper Basin
Towards the end of last month, I took a group of riders into a remote part of our state to talk with federal officials about land management issues. It is a continuation of an annual event that I started years earlier. I began this ride over a decade ago when I was back in Congress. At the time, it was an effort to help other members of congress, many of whom were from back east, to understand how the votes they were casting inside the beltway, were impacting the lives and livelihoods of every day Idahoans. I thought that if I could get some of those same lawmakers, as well as federal agency land managers out of their Washington, D.C. offices and bring them to Idaho and sit them on the back of a horse, they could learn about these issues up close and personal, instead of just reading about them in some bureaucratic report.  
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Jim Ogsbury, Executive Director of the Western Governor's Association, got a flat tire coming into and out of camp.

This year we went into a remarkably beautiful stretch of a high elevation expanse of rugged back-country Idaho called the Copper Basin located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. We rode around some outstanding sage-grouse habitat. After the ride, we spent the better part of the afternoon discussing these issues. In addition to our federal guests, it was great to have Jim Ogsbury, the Executive Director of the Western Governors' Association along on this ride. I even helped him change his flat tire that he got on the way into camp. I learned later, Jim also got another flat on the way out. Next time Jim is renting a four wheel drive!

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AH-64 Appache Helicopters Leave Gowen Field, Complete Mission for Idaho Air National Guard

It was an honor to join generals, commanders and service men and women at a historic event for the Idaho Air National Guard. It was quite the show at Gowen Field in Boise as the last six AH-64 Apache helicopters completed their mission for the Idaho Air National Guard. Lt. Governor Brad Little and I truly appreciate the men and women who operate, maintain and fly these incredible American machines. 

Although the AH-64 mission has come to an end at Gowen Field, these Apaches will continue their service in Utah.

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Governor, Lt. Governor and Idaho Commerce Director Participate in Economic Development Tour in Pocatello
On July 12, Lt. Governor Brad Little, Idaho Commerce Department Director Megan Ronk and I visited Pocatello to tour ON Semiconductor, the Pocatello Event Center, the expansion at Grace Lutheran Christian School and the new Western States Cat facility. The focus of the trip was to see how south east Idaho's economy is expanding and diversifying.  

At Grace Lutheran Christian School students are getting a great education from a faith-based perspective. The expansion of this institution has been in the works for a long time. I am happy that State Representative Robert Anderst was able to join us at the expansion ceremony as a proud alum of Grace Lutheran! 

Western States Cat is a family-owned business that provides essential equipment and service to Idaho's farmers and ranchers. The new facility in Pocatello is impressive and will continue to grow this brand's good name and reputation.
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National Governor's Association Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa

On July 14-16, Miss Lori and I were in Des Moines, Iowa to participate in the National Governor's Association (NGA) Summer Meeting. At this conference, governors from across the United States come together in a bipartisan, cohesive manner to find state solutions to issues we commonly confront in our respective states.

Brigadier General William B. Richy of the Idaho Air National Guard joined Miss Lori and me in Iowa to lend his expertise on cyber and homeland security and I am proud to report that Idaho is leading the nation in combating the threats we face in the 21st century and beyond.      

Although it's no Western Idaho Fair, the Iowa State fair was a fun way to kick-back after a long day of working with other governors and their staffs. In the above picture, you will see I enjoyed pork-on-a-stick with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Thank you to Governor Branstad for the hospitality and hosting a great conference!   
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101st Annual Snake River Stampede

It wouldn't be summer without the Snake River Stampede. This is a great opportunity to gather with friends and most importantly, family. This year marks the 101st anniversary of this rodeo and Miss Lori and I are so happy to enjoy another year of this outstanding Idaho tradition.

First Lady's Focus: Be The Match

As a former Miss Idaho USA, I would like to focus on the efforts of a fellow queen, Miss Katie Davis, who is using her crown to make a difference alongside an organization she feels passionately about. Miss Katie is this year's Miss Idaho International 2016. She teamed up with Be The Match to help save the lives of patients battling leukemia, lymphoma and other blood and marrow diseases across the world.

On July 14, Davis encouraged all Treasure Valley Residents between ages 18 and 44 to attend a marrow donor registry drive and consider joining the Be The Match Registry at City Hall West. Here attendees were educated about marrow and blood stem cell donation.

For people with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma or other blood and marrow diseases, a cure exists through marrow or stem cell transplant. About 70% of patients needing a transplant do not have a fully-matched donor in their family, and turn to the Be The Match Registry. Be The Match also provides patients and their families with one-on-one support, education and guidance before, during and after transplant.

"As Miss Idaho International 2016, I've chosen to promote a cause I feel very passionate about. I'm encouraging everyone I can to join," said Davis. "I'm proud to be a member of the Be The Match Registry of potential marrow donors, as I believe everyone should be."

To join the registry, a person must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet the health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Those interested can join the Be The Match Registry online at After registering online, Be The Match will mail new registry members a cheek swab kit with instructions for its completion. People can also contribute to the cure by becoming a financial contributor or a volunteer. More information can be found at

Keep up the good work, Katie! We hope everyone will step up to do their part to help cure blood and marrow diseases!
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Agency Spotlight: Idaho Division of Veterans Services

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) attentively focuses on "Caring for America's Heroes" and is committed to improving the lives of Veterans through its four programs, to include the Office of Veterans Advocacy, Veterans Education Program, three Veterans Homes (in Boise, Pocatello and Lewiston), and the Veterans Cemetery. These programs work as a cohesive team to provide superior advocacy; excellent assistance with benefits and education; enhanced quality of life and long-term care; and respectful interment services, in a dignified final resting place, to our Idaho military men and women.

In 2016, IDVS is embracing and rising to the challenges of serving over 132,000 Idaho Veterans spanning four generations, across five major wars. IDVS continues to meet these challenges, and other unknowns, with forward thinking strategies including maintaining strong collaboration with other states while also working to establish future Veterans service needs in Idaho.  
For 2015-2016, IDVS Administrator, Colonel David E. Brasuell was named the 68th President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, or NASDVA. NASDVA is comprised of the State Directors from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the five territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
Although each state is unique, with its own programs and resources, IDVS is dedicated on working together with other states on national issues to help make a positive difference in the lives of our Idaho Veterans.
IDVS continues to support the establishment of a forth Veterans Home in Northern Idaho and a second cemetery in Eastern Idaho. The team at IDVS has been diligently researching data and preparing information in order to submit grant applications to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) in 2016. While it may be several years before these operations are approved and constructed, IDVS is working hard on these actions plans in 2016 so these projects are successfully placed on an official priority list for USDVA funding.
For more information on the services provided by the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, visit or call (208) 780-1300.
We also encourage all Veterans to reach out to one of our Veterans Service Officers for assistance in obtaining the benefits they have earned by calling (208) 780-1380.
Apple Commission     
Dan Rowley                              Caldwell
Barley Commission    
Wes Hubbard                           Bonners Ferry
Bean Commission      
Don Tolmie                              Parma
Charter School Commission  
Wanda Quinn                           Coeur d'Alene
Cherry Commission   
Sally Symms                             Boise
Damage Prevention Board    
Bob Chandler                           Coeur d'Alene
Jerry Piper                               Cambridge
Jeanna Anderson                      Meridian
Joe Leckie                                Meridian
Jeff Diehl                                 Boise
Developmental Disabilities Council   
Holly Dee Giglio                       Ammon
Joe Raiden                              Moscow
Factory Built Structures         
Ken Clay                                  Boise
Mike Jensen                             Caldwell
Grape Growers& Wine Producers Commission        
Earl Sullivan                             Hidden Springs
Health Facilities Authority     
BJ Swanson                               Troy
Health Quality Planning Commission
Tim Dunnagan                          Boise
Scott Carrell                             Boise
Idaho Beef Council     
Trish Dowton                            Ellis
Idaho Energy Resources Authority    
Mark Lliteras                           Boise
Dr. Janet Nelson                       Moscow
Medal of Honor Commission 
Capt. Tim Miller                      Twin Falls
Fire Chief Dennis Doan            Boise
Motor Vehicle Dealer Advisory Board          
Bob Petersen                            Boise
Oilseed Commission  
Wes Hubbard                           Bonners Ferry
Peace Officer Standards & Training Council 
Sheriff Ben Wolfinger               Coeur d'Alene
Chief Scot Haug                       Post Falls
Pharmacy Board        
Kris Jonas                                 Boise
Public Safety Communications Commission 
Ben Ealey                                  Garden City
Fire Chief David Gates                Pocatello
Sheriff Craig Rowland                Blackfoot
Sheriff Ben Wolfinger                 Coeur d'Alene
Lan Smith                                 Emmett
Public Works Contractors License Board      
Karen Echeverria                       Boise
School Safety & Security Advisory Board      
Matt Freeman                           Boise   
John Ganske                             Chubbuck
Logan Easley                            Kuna
Rep. Wendy Horman                 Idaho Falls
Matt Handelman                       Coeur d'Alene
Fire Chief David Gates               Pocatello
Jeri Henley                               Jerome
Workforce Development Council      
Shelli Bardsley                           Pocatello
Todd Schwarz                           Twin Falls
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