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First Lady Lori Otter and I host "Trick or Treat at the Capitol," 4-7 p.m., Jefferson Street steps, Capitol, Boise.


I announce the creation by executive order of an Idaho citizen recognition program, 10 a.m., Governor's Ceremonial Office, 2nd floor, Capitol, Boise.


I present the Idaho Industrial Energy Efficiency Awards, 10:30 a.m., Riverside Hotel, Garden City.   
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Governor's Trade and Business Conference 

The First Lady and I were delighted to get reacquainted with former First Lady Laura Bush on October 16th. She was a keynote speaker in Boise at the second annual Governor's Trade and Business Conference presented by Zions Bank. The event once again attracted hundreds of business leaders from throughout Idaho. It was a great chance for entrepreneurs and policy makers to network and discuss the opportunities that Idaho provides for business success. Laura Bush spoke about her passions for education, healthcare and human rights - as well as her role as First Lady during some difficult times in American history. She shared some insights into what life was like in the White House following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and her experience helping found the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival. We're grateful she could join us for the Trade and Business Conference. And we want to express our thanks to all those who organized and attended the annual event.

Watch the 2015 Idaho Trade Video 
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Safe Infant Sleep Awareness Month
Thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year in the United States. These are called sudden unexpected infant deaths - or SUID for short. It includes all unexpected deaths, including those related to sudden infant death syndrome - or SIDS - and any deaths without a clear cause. Safe infant sleep education is a statewide initiative through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to raise awareness of SUID and SIDS and keep as many Idaho babies as healthy and happy as possible. Safe infant sleep can be practiced simply by placing infants on their backs on a firm crib mattress with a fitted sheet in a smoke-free environment with no crib bumpers, pillows, blankets, quilts, or stuffed animals and toys. Inland Northwest SIDS Inc. is a statewide not-for-profit dedicated to providing infant sleep education, bereavement support and community awareness to everyone, throughout Idaho. Please join me in recognizing Safe Infant Sleep Awareness Month and visit Northwest SIDS Inc. Web site to learn more about safe infant sleep practices and educational programs.
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Leadore Capital for a Day

For this month's Capital for a Day we traveled to the Lemhi County community of Leadore on October 29th. It was a great day and I was happy to hear from local folks about the issues that matter most to them. Leadore and Lemhi County are among the more remote and isolated parts of Idaho, so it was especially important for leaders from such agencies as the Department of Lands, Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Agriculture and the Office of Species Conservation to accompany me. People in central Idaho know firsthand the impact of policies and programs imposed by absentee federal landlords. They have experienced why small rural communities often have good reason to distrust and express frustration with our national government. I want everyone in Idaho - from Leadore to Laclede - to have a far better experience with their State government. We strive to be responsive, supportive and transparent with the citizens we serve. And that's the message my team members and I deliver to communities every month through the Capital for a Day program.
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First Lady's Focus : Trick or Treat at the Capitol

The Governor and I love Halloween. And one of our favorite traditions is the annual Trick or Treat at the Capitol event.  Every Halloween we dress up in costumes and meet children who come to the Capitol to trick or treat.  This year our costumes were provided by the Boise State Theater Arts Department. The Liberty Bell replica in front of the Capitol steps gets dressed up in fall decor provided by The Farmstead.  Michael Faison from the Idaho Commission on the Arts loans us his antique trunk and the Walmart on State Street in Boise generously donates candy to fill the truck.  Radio station 107.9 Lite FM is on hand to broadcasting the event and provide music for the families as they trick or treat and enjoy touring the Capitol.  Children coming through the line are able to get their picture taken with the Governor and me, and receive one of the books I've written.  The Governor hands out candy, and the trick or treaters proceed through the line receiving toothbrushes donated by the Idaho Dental Association, toothpaste donated by Morning Star Dental of Kuna, and dental floss provided by Blue Cross of Idaho.  The Idaho Meth Project greets the children at the end of the line, handing out goodies to remind children not to experiment with drugs and to reinforce the message, "Not Even Once." 
Governor Otter and First Lady Lori Otter dressed at veteranarians at the 2014 Trick or Treat at the Capitol

The Governor and I love seeing all the amazing and creative costumes that trick-or-treaters wear each year.  It's a special time for us to greet and speak with Idaho families in a relaxed, personal atmosphere, and it provides a safe and welcoming place for families to bring their children to trick or treat. I hope everyone can come out and join us this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our State Capitol for this fun, festive fall tradition.

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Spotlight Agency: Boise State University Computer Science Facility
Governor Otter recently proposed allocating about $700,000 to add four computer science faculty members and some graduate teaching assistants at Boise State University. In response to industry demand, the number of graduates in this fast-growing program is expected to jump from 25 in 2014 to between 50 and 60 this year, growing toward the ultimate goal of 200 graduates per year.

Idaho software companies have asked the university to improve retention and recruit more students into the computer science program. While more than 90 percent of Boise State's computer science graduates take jobs in Idaho, our current numbers are not enough to fully meet industry demand - even with the recent increases.
Boise State is committed to aiding economic development by providing the skills that Idaho industry demands. That includes stronger programs in cybersecurity, cloud computing, mobile computing and big data.
If Boise State can boost the number of its computer science graduates, the economic impact for Idaho and the Treasure Valley will be significant. Many software companies in the valley that now find it difficult or even impossible to fill open positions will start seeing a larger talent pool of potential employees. And as we recruit new businesses and help existing Idaho companies grow, having a talent pipeline right here at home will improve the opportunities for success.
Looking ahead, Boise State's Department of Computer Science will move into the Gardner Company's latest development - City Center Plaza, adjacent to the Grove in downtown Boise. The university will lease space in the new building that will be completed in 2016 on the west side of the U.S. Bank Plaza.
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Marlene Strong - Boise
Behavioral Health Planning Council
Sandra McMichael - Plummer
Tiffany Kinzler - Nampa
Merrilyn Cleland - Boise
Criminal Justice Commission
Grant Loebs - Twin Falls
Darrell Bolz - Caldwell
Judge John Stegner - Moscow
Sheriff Paul Wilde - Idaho Falls
Matt McCarter - Boise
Kevin Kempf -   Nampa
Idaho Rural Partnership
Timothy Solomon - Rexburg
Erik Kingston - Boise
Juvenile Justice Commission    
William Thompson - Moscow
Stacy Brown - Bonners Ferry
Libraries, Commission on           
Mark Alldredge - Boise
Petroleum Storage Tank Fund  
Dennis DeRoche - Blackfoot
Forde Johnson - Idaho Falls
Psychologist Examiners               
Dr. Helen Holley - Boise
Serve Idaho       
Dirk Marsden - Firth
Suicide Prevention Council        
Linda Peterson - Boise