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Tuesday, October 4- I will attend the ribbon cutting and blessing of the Saint Alphonsus Star Clinic

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Clif Bar Expands Facility in Twin Falls
Earlier this month, Lt. Governor Brad Little and I had the privilege of joining the Twin Falls community and Clif Bar at the ribbon cutting for their new baking facility.  Production is already under way at this state-of-the-art facility and they are adding even more good paying jobs for Idahoans.  I am proud that this world-class business decided to continue their expansion in the Magic Valley and I look forward to the opportunities they will bring to the Gem State.  You can read more about Clif Bar's expansion by clicking here.
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Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary was gracious to give Lt. Governor Brad Little and me a tour of their new baking facility at the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Twin Falls community.
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Council of State Governments (CSG) West Holds Annual Meeting in Coeur d'Alene  

The Council of State Governments (CSG) West is an incredible organization facilitating cooperation and learning among western legislatures to address our unique regional issues. CSG West held their 69th annual meeting in Coeur d' Alene recently and I was honored to speak with attendees and to be recognized with the Bettye Fahrenkamp Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership. Thank you to Lt. Governor Brad Little for joining me and addressing critical public lands and other state issues. To read more about CSG West's meeting, click here.

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National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Statewide Conference Call 
Earlier this month, Lt. Governor Brad Little and I joined the Idaho members of the National Federation of Independent Business ( NFIB) for a statewide conference call to address issues facing small businesses. We fielded questions ranging from telecommunications and infrastructure to public lands and hiring hurdles. I am impressed with the number of participants and their grasp of the issues. It was a very productive meeting and I look forward to continuing our open line of communication with the backbone of Idaho's economy - our small businesses. 
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September Is College Savings Month in Idaho
September is College Savings Month in Idaho! Thank you to IDeal - Idaho's college savings program - for joining me during the proclamation ceremony in my office.

We had a very special guest at the ceremony, Simon Salisbury from Moscow and his mother Kim. After sharing his story with IDeal through an essay contest, Simon earned a $1,500 award that will go toward his college education. Because Simon took the day off of school to visit Boise, I made sure to write his teacher a note excusing him from class and letting her know how proud we are of Simon for his hard work and dedication to his future. To learn more about Idaho's college savings program, IDeal, click here
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First Lady's Focus: SEE, TELL, NOW! CAMPAIGN

It has been my pleasure to work alongside the Idaho Division of Building Safety to promote a new school safety campaign called SEE, TELL, NOW! The 2016 Legislature approved funding to increase school safety and as a former educator I am pleased to see a practical and feasible plan be developed to address the issues.

It's no secret that Idahoans are a trusting group of people! But when the IDBS conducted its annual inspection of all Idaho schools, the results were alarming. On average, it took 10 minutes before visitors were approached and questioned as to why they were at the school. The goal of the SEE, TELL, NOW! campaign is to raise student's situational awareness without making them paranoid. The use of a llama as the campaign mascot has been a great strategy for interacting with younger students and elaborating the campaign's slogan: "When you SEE something, TELL someone NOW!"

The campaign kicked off on August 23rd in Boise at Andrus Elementary with a press conference. From there it has taken me east to Shelley, ID where I visited Shelley High School and up north to Coeur d'Alene, ID where I participated in an interactive assembly with 3-5th graders at Borah Elementary.

So far the efforts have been accepted at the school districts with a wave of support. A radio and television public service announcement will be aired across the state. A continuous flow of press conferences and public relations events to increase exposure for the SEE, TELL, NOW! campaign will continue and a coloring book for all first grade students is being created that will promote school safety and Idaho history.  

Lastly, 1,900 SEE , TELL, NOW! posters will be distributed to all Idaho schools as a reminder of the campaign for the students.

I look forward to continuing the promotion of this program throughout the state and I have enjoyed being back in the schools! Thank you, Idaho Division of Building Safety, for continuing to be proactive and working for the safety of kids, staff and communities at every school in Idaho!

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Agency Spotlight: Idaho National Guard

The mission of the Idaho National Guard is to protect, preserve and defend the lives, property and individual liberties of the citizens of Idaho and the United States, and to support and defend the constitutions of the State of Idaho and United States of America and the democratic traditions and institutions they embody. To learn more about the Idaho National Guard, click here.    
Marlene Strong                   Boise
Architectural Examiners    
Allison McClintick                Meridian
Arts Commission     
Deena Ann Heath                Lewiston
Bean Commission  
Michael Goodson                 Parma
Behavioral Health Planning Council      
Judy Gabert                        Nampa
Children's Trust Fund        
Jill Andrus                           Jerome
Contractors Board   
Gary Bond                           Twin Falls
Counselors & Marriage/Family Therapists         
Dr. Judith Crews                  Boise
Damage Prevention Board           
Roy Ellis                               Rigby
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Council  
Steven Birkby II                    Meridian
David Wilding                       Gooding
Heidi Jeffs                            Nampa
Gretchen Fors                       Boise
Dormitory Housing Commission--NIC    
Sandy Patano                      Coeur d'Alene
Electrical Board       
Gregory Eagy                        Boise
Factory Built Structures     
Brian Mattson                     Blackfoot
Jeff Chrisman                     Boise
Kenneth Roche                   Boise
Housing & Finance Assoc.           
Mark Dunham                    Boise
Nancy Vannorsdel              Eagle
Dr. Cornelis Van derSchyf   Pocatello
Juvenile Justice Commission      
Carolyn Peterson                  Hayden
Dale Kleinert                        Boise
LINE Commission 2.0        
Sen. Bart Davis                    Idaho Falls
Sen. Larry Craig                   Boise
Massage Therapy   
Gail King                              Blackfoot
Dr. Clarence Blea                Eagle
Motor Vehicle Dealer Advisory Board     
Mark Dukes                           Eagle
Eric Knudtsen                        Post Falls
SERVE Idaho          
Kimber Lee Russell-Simmons  Boise
Soil & Water Conservation Commission
Jerry Trebesch                      Boise
Speech & Hearing Services         
Barbra Fisher Osterhout     Boise
State Independent Living Council             Denise Myler                     Ammon
Angela MacDonald             Post Falls
Mike Smith                        Moscow
Roger Howard                   Boise
State Insurance Fund        
Steve Landon                      Chubbuck
Tax Appeals 
David Kinghorn                    Lewisville
Veterans Affairs      
Leo Dub                              Orofino
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