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Monday, November 21
Governor Otter will visit the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Pierce.
Wednesday, 
November 23
Governor Otter will participate in the Great Thanksgiving
 Banquet at the Cathedral of the Rockies   


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124th Fighter Wing Returns Home to Gowen Field
It was an honor to join Lt. Governor Brad Little and the families of service men and women fromm the 124th Fighter Wing at Gowen Field to welcome Idaho's bravest back to the Gem State. Over 500 Airmen and women from the 124th were deployed to Incirlik air base in Turkey in support of combat operations in the Middle East, and we are happy to have them home! The First Lady and I thank you for your service! 
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As Idahoans, we must remember and acknowledge the incredible sacrifice of the families of our servicemen and women families endure as their loved ones are serving overseas. These families display unmatched love and support and I was truly honored to meet many of them.
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Encouraging Idaho's Youth to Lead a Healthy, Drug-free Lifestyle  

Idaho recently recognized Red Ribbon Week and I was happy to join hundreds of students, teachers and parents on the Capitol steps to encourage young Idahoans to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. I applaud the efforts of Drug Free Idaho, Inc. and the State of Idaho to involve families, schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies and service organizations as they bring a statewide approach to fighting the dangers facing Idaho's youth.

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Idaho Ranks 5th Nationally in Volunteerism 
 
Idahoans take great pride in giving back to their communities as volunteers. That's why anyone who has spent any time at all here should understand why Idaho is in the top five nationally for volunteerism. It's a big part of who we are. To read more about this report, check out the Idaho Department of Labor's press release here.
 
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Governor Otter and First Lady Lori Otter Join Hundreds to Send Off U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
There was a great crowd gathered on the Statehouse steps in Boise to help send off the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. This Idaho mountain gem will proudly represent Idaho and the nation on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree was harvested near McCall, and Miss Lori and I could not be more proud of the work of the Forest Service and State officials - especially the Idaho State Police - who helped to make the tree's journey a safe one as it prepares for the trip east.

  
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) Moves Closer to Opening Doors, Expanding Healthcare Opportunities in the Gem State
Along with the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Idaho State University and the entire Gem State, I was happy to greet the Committee on Osteopathic College Accreditation and talk about the great opportunity ICOM provides for Idaho. ICOM will enable us to train more healthcare professionals to meet our statewide needs while also attracting more Idaho students into the growing healthcare field. As ICOM moves closer to its target opening date of August 2018, I encourage all Idahoans to read about the project here.   
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First Lady's Focus: Celebrating the Holidays and Giving Back to Others
 
 
The Governor and I were thrilled to be part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour showcasing an Idaho mountain gem from the Payette National Forest in McCall, and we look forward to celebrating Idaho's Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting later this month.
 
Please join us on the evening of Monday, November 28 that 5:30 p.m. for a celebration of the holiday season at the ceremonial lighting of Idaho's Capitol Christmas Tree. Music and refreshments will be provided as well as a reception inside the Capitol following the tree lighting.
 
I also am spotlighting the Children's Home Society of Idaho this month. In an effort to make the holidays a little brighter for the children it serves, the Children's Home Society is seeking donations to help fill 700 small gift bags. The bags will be distributed December 5 th - 23 rd at their Boise and Meridian locations.
 
Donated items should be small enough to fit in the gift bags , which are 7 inches wide by 9 inches tall. Please drop off your donations between now and December 9 thto the Children's Home Society of Idaho's Boise location at 740 Warm Springs Avenue.

Suggest donation items are:
 
Packets/Servings Of:
- Cocoa
- Trail Mix
- Granola Bars
- Microwave Popcorn
- Gold Fish
- Fruit Snacks
-Individually Wrapped Candy
 
Fun Items for Girls & Boys Such As:
- Small stuffed animals
- Playing card games, dice, flashcards
- Soft coloring books and crayons
- Small toys/games i.e., cars, dinosaurs, "Frozen", makeup/hair items
 
 
Thank you, Children's Home Society of Idaho , and happy holidays! 
           
      
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Agency Spotlight: Idaho Office of Energy Resources

 
Government Leading by Example is a program developed by the Idaho Office of Energy Resources (OER) to help rural cities and counties save energy in public buildings. Applicants can receive energy audits on designated buildings that are prepared by the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab. These audits identify energy saving opportunities that may qualify for cost-share funding.
 
Under this program OER has funded energy audits for 13 buildings and provided cost-share funding for energy efficiency projects in several areas. A recent example is the City of McCall, which received an energy audit and identified the need for HVAC upgrades in the McCall Library. Prior to receiving the upgrades, hot summer days in McCall forced library occupants to prop open doors in an attempt to cool down the building. This led to inconsistent indoor temperatures, lost energy, and dusty books. OER provided cost-share on a new heat pump, which saves energy and provides a noticeable improvement in the building's comfort.
 
OER continues to accept Government Leading by Example applications from eligible cities and counties. To learn more about the program please contact OER at 208-332-1660 or visit the OER website here
      
Appointments
 
Accountancy   
Jason Peery                 Eagle
 
Behavioral Health Planning Council   
Hilary Evans                 Boise
Angela Palmer              Coeur d'Alene
 
Counselors & Marriage & Family Therapists
Sandy Sweesy               Boise
 
Dormitory Housing Commission--CSI
Michael J. Williams         Jerome
 
Education, State Board          
Andrew Scoggin             Boise
 
Fish & Game Commission      
Gregory Cameron         Rupert
Jerry Meyers                North Fork
 
Genetic Counselors     
Heather Hussey           Boise
 
Head Start Coordinating Council       
David Allen                   Rexburg
Dr. Ruth Calnon            Boise
Ericka Rupp                  Boise
Dr. Omair Shamim        Boise
 
Hispanic Affairs          
Tim Corder                   Mountain Home
 
Historical Records Advisory Board    
Stephen Barrett           Boise
 
Human Rights Commission     
Estella Zamora             Caldwell
Megan Ronk                 Meridian
 
Infant Toddler Coordinating Council  
Cindy Brock                  Boise
Tina Naillon                  Boise
David Allen                   Rexburg
Charlene Davis             Boise
Kathryn McGill             Boise
Judith Neil                    Boise
Ericka Rupp                  Boise
 
Libraries Commission
Janet Franklin               Buhl
 
LINE Commission 2.0  
Dr. Mark Rudin            Boise
 
Massage Therapy      
Carla Steen                  Idaho Falls
 
Pea & Lentil Commission        
Richard Grant              Culdesac
 
Potato Commission    
Ritchey Toevs              Aberdeen
Peggy Grover               Rexburg
Tommy Brown              Pocatello
 
Time Sensitive Emergency System Council    
Dr. Kelly McGrath        Orofino
 
Treasurer's Investment Advisory Board        
Kerrie Murray              Boise
Gavin Gee                    Boise
Gary Michael               Boise
 
Veterinary Medicine   
Kathy Simpson           Idaho Falls
 
Wheat Council
Ned Moon                    Heyburn
 
Workforce Development Council      
Jefferson McCray         Burley
Travis Woolsey             Pocatello
Scott Rasmussen          Pocatello
Dr. Linda Clark              Boise
Jay Larsen                    Boise
    
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