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Thursday, July 16

First Lady Otter and I will ride in Grand Entry "Patriot Night at the Rodeo," and I will participate in a team roping event, 7:30 p.m., Snake River Stampede, Idaho Center, Nampa. 

 

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Cape Horn Fire Destroys Homes 

On Thursday, July 9, the First Lady and I traveled to northern Idaho to personally supervise the effort to control the Cape Horn Fire burning near Bayview. This fire has ravaged almost 1500 acres and destroyed six homes. If there is any good news, it's that no one has been seriously injured and that fire crews are making considerable progress in containing this fire.  

 

We were impressed to see how this community is pulling together in the face of such adversity. Lori and I were touched by all the signs of support local residents had out expressing thanks to these brave men and women on the fire line, risking their lives to protect other people's lives and property. This fire did receive the top priority in the nation given the extreme fire conditions and number of homes directly in the fire's path.  

 

We flew the fire perimeter in an Idaho National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and then we were able to get a pretty detailed briefing on how the battle is going and the prognosis for successful containment. We are cautiously optimistic. In the meantime, please keep the residents of Bayview and all these brave firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.

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Annual Lottery Dividend Presentation 

 

Yesterday I was able to presented with the annual lottery dividend checks to the Idaho Department of Education and the Permanent Building Fund. In total $45 million was awarded to the agencies from the lottery dividend ($28 million to Education and $17 million to the Building Fund). It is great to see this money being raised for these agencies and the being reinvested in our school children's education. To date the Idaho Lottery has totaled over $2.9 billion in sales and has awarded $1.7 billion in prizes since its creation 26 years ago. But the real winner is Idaho schools which have received $371.9 million over that same period of time.

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Parks and Recreation 50th Anniversary Celebration


On June 29 th I visited the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to celebrate their 50 th anniversary. It was a great day to reflect on over 50 years of outdoor recreation and fun for all Idaho citizens. Idahoans love their parks which have a great economic impact on rural communities throughout our state. I was even invited to help dig up the IDPR time capsule and uncover what was left behind for us all to remember. Thank you IDPR for all of the great work that you have done for our state over the last 50 years and for continuing to provide the best opportunities for outdoor recreation to everyone in our great state.

 

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Correctional Alternatives Placement Program five year Anniversary

Earlier this month I visited the Correctional Alternatives Placement Program (CAPP) facility in Kuna to commemorate their five year anniversary. The CAPP facility opened July 1, 2010.  Management Training Corporation built the facility and operates the program. CAPP offers intensive treatment programs for substance abuse and cognitive issues for up to 432 low to moderate risk male offenders needing substance abuse treatment. It houses three different groups of offenders: probationers, parolees and retained jurisdiction.

A graduation ceremony at CAPP. 

As a private company, MTC has shown that they are responsive and offer effective treatment. In 2010 the CAPP facility was a cost effective way to bring new beds to Idaho to help keep our inmates in the state. We will continue to look at MTC to help alleviate the growing prison population. MTC and the Idaho Department of Correction have had a great private/public partnership that has worked well since the facility was opened. Thank you to MTC and everyone at CAPP for the great work you have done over the last 5 years and the great work that you will continue do in the years to come.

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Snake River Stampede 100th Anniversary Parade 


Miss Lori and I were honored to be asked to ride as the lead color guard for the United States flag and the Idaho state flag for the 100 th anniversary Snake River Stampede Parade on the morning of July 11 th in Nampa. It was great to see all of the locals come out to support the centennial anniversary of one of the Treasure Valley's oldest celebrations. There were dozens of riders out with us as we traveled into the heart of Nampa. Thank you for everyone who came out to support the stampede, and I hope to see you all at the rodeo later this week.
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Buckaroo Breakfast

 

Every year Miss Lori and I love attending the Buckaroo Breakfast during the Snake River stampede. Along with 4-H members and staff of the Snake River Stampede we make and serve a hearty pancake meal to anyone who wanted to come watch some of the preliminary rides before the start of the main rodeo this week. All of the proceeds from the breakfast went to benefit 4-H and their Canyon County endowment. Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and enjoyed the great start to the Snake River Stampede!

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First Lady's Focus: United Way Book Drive
 
During the week of June 15 th, many in our great state worked hard to help the United Way with their Children's Book Drive to end "summer learning loss" for children who do not have books at home. I could not be more excited by the efforts of each and every person who participated. The United Way, together with more than 200 volunteers, collected over 50,000 books here in the Treasure Valley, 2,176 of those came from the Idaho state agencies. Those agencies competed in the First Lady's "Brownie Challenge" to bring in the most children's books by June 19 th. The Idaho State Liquor Division won the challenge by bringing in 394 books, with the Department of Health and Welfare coming in second and the Tax Commission in third. Way to go team!
 
Please join me in thanking United Way and the hundreds of Idahoans who donated books to the drive; your efforts will have a lasting effect on the education and literacy of Idaho's youth for years to come, and for that, we extend a deep and sincere "thank you."
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Spotlight Agency:
Idaho Division of Building Safety

 

The Division of Building Safety (DBS) is a dedicated fund agency with a multiple roles.

 

Through licensing and regulation, DBS ensures that those performing electrical, plumbing and HVAC work in Idaho are sufficiently qualified. It conducts annual safety inspections of all Idaho schools and operates the Idaho Logging Safety and Elevator programs. The Division also protects the interests of Idahoans by ensuring that those involved in tax-funded construction projects are properly licensed as public works contractors.

 

By its nature, DBS is among the most sensitive barometers of economic activity in Idaho. It is a "First In-First Out" agency, meaning the Division is one of the first to feel the impact of economic adversity while at the same time being among the first to realize the benefits of economic improvement.

 

The above graph shows how DBS revenues and staffing levels correlates with residential and commercial construction in Idaho. Both began to decline early in the recessionary period. The graph also shows how the agency is progressing as one of the first to experience improved health in today's recovering economy.

 

The management practices employed by DBS today were forged in the crucible of extremely tough economic times. The agency is emerging from those hard times leaner and more efficient, providing high levels of customer service with staff and resources significantly reduced from the pre-recession economy.

 

It is the continuing mission of DBS to safeguard the citizens of Idaho through responsible administration of building and construction-related safety and licensure standards while promoting a positive business environment.

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Recent Appointments:

Acupuncture

Sara Rodgers - Boise

Charles Raymond - Boise

 

Arts Commission

Kay Hardy - Boise

 

Barber Examiners

Ryan Nave - Idaho Falls

 

Bean Commission

Monty Hamilton - Kimberly

Doug Huettig -Hazelton

 

Behavioral Health Planning Cncl.

Jennifer Griffis - Grangeville

Holly Molino -Idaho Falls

Julie Williams Mitchell - Boise

Rosie Andueza - Eagle

Elda Catalano - Kuna

Kim Jardine-Dickerson - Idaho Falls

Gregory Lewis - Boise

 

Building Code Board

Dan Hunter - Caldwell

 

Charter School Commission

Evan Frasure - Pocatello

 

Denturitry

Richard Howell - Idaho Falls

Jess Wolfrum - Priest River

 

Development Disabilities Council

Charlotte Silva - Boise

Jane Donnellan - Boise

Jacob Head - Rexburg

David Dekker - Jerome

Kelby Selders - Meridian

 

Director-DEQ

John Tippets - Montpelier

 

Domestic Violence/Victim Asst.

Aaron Hooper - Moscow

 

Electrical Board

Bob Scott - Boise

Joseph Harbacheck - Boise

Rick Stark - Meridian

Dale Pippitt - Twin Falls

 

Environmental Quality

John R. MacMillan - Buhl

 

Genetic Counselors Licensing

Dr. Thomas Beck - Boise

Amy Crunk - Boise

Heather Hussey - Boise

 

Grape Growers/Wine Producers             

Mike Williamson - Caldwell

Gregg Alger - Caldwell

Melissa Sanborn - Juliaetta

 

HVAC

Bill Carter - Boise

John Smith - Orofino

Bill VanDeGrift - Boise

 

Landscape Architects

Fred Ogram - Hayden Lake

 

Legislative Compensation Comm.

John Goedde - Coeur d'Alene

Bill Daniels - Boise

 

LPG Safety Board

Larry Simms - Post Falls

 

Military Advocacy Commission

Mayor David Bieter - Boise

Lori Otter - Star

 

Nursing Home Administrators

Joshua Thompson - Pocatello

 

Nursing

Rebecca Reese - Coeur d'Alene

 

Oil & Gas Commission

Chris Beck - Hayden Lake

 

Pacific States Marine Fisheries

Sen. Dan Johnson - Lewiston

 

Physical Therapy Licensure

Andrew Mix - Twin Falls

 

Rangeland Resources Comm.

John Peavey - Hailey

 

Sexual Offender Mgmt Bd.

William D. Crawford - Middleton

 

Social Work Examiners

Robert Payne - Hailey

Lynnet Kase - Coeur d'Alene

 

Tax Appeals

Leland Heinrich - Cascade

 

Workforce Development Cncl.

Dwight Johnson - Boise