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Coming Up: 
March 16th  Governor Otter will  proclaim
 the 100th anniversary of Idaho worker's compensation at 10:30 a.m., in the Ceremonial Office.   
March 17th   
Governor Otter will attend
 the 91st Capitol
 for a Day in Hansen. Event starts at 9 a.m. at Hansen High School.

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Securing the F-35 Mission
Idaho took another step forward in our efforts to secure a new flying mission for the Idaho Air National Guard at Boise's Gowen Field featuring F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighters. On February 28th I signed House Bill 124, providing additional funding to the Idaho Department of Commerce to help promote, prepare and educate the public about the prospect of basing a squadron of F-35s at Gowen Field. Idaho is among five finalists for the assignment, which would bring good jobs and more economic stability to the Treasure Valley. Many area businesses would benefit from convincing the Air Force that Idaho has the public support, the facilities, the airspace and the climate to host the new generation of fighters. I encourage all Idahoans to rally together and show their support for bringing the F-35s to Idaho!
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Removing INL Waste

I was happy to join Lieutenant Governor Brad Little at the Idaho National Laboratory on March 3rd to help celebrate the completion of radioactive waste removal from the INL's Advance Mixed Waste Treatment site. The 20-year project included excavating seven acres at the INL that had been used decades ago as a temporary storage site for contaminated containers and other materials. As the U.S. Department of Energy's environmental management contractor at the INL, Fluor Idaho oversaw the removal under the terms of the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement for cleanup of radioactive waste at the site. Congratulations to Fluor Idaho on helping to ensure a cleaner, safer future for all Idahoans. 
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Meeting with Trade Officials

It was a pleasure to sit down on March 3rd with the managers of Idaho's trade offices in China, Taiwan and Mexico. They have a lot to do with the success of Idaho exports to some of our biggest trading partners. We had a very productive and informative discussion on strategies for putting Idaho's best foot forward when it comes to the goods and services we're exporting, our national trade policies and areas for potential business growth in foreign markets. I want to thank the Department of Commerce for guiding the work of our trade offices and for helping to grow Idaho's great reputation worldwide. 
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Silver Sage Girl Scouts Annual Report

On March 8th, Miss Lori and I met with the Silver Sage Girl Scouts and their leaders from throughout Idaho to receive an annual report on their activities. The Girl Scouts who delivered the report this year ranged from "Daisies" to "Ambassadors," representing all grade levels. The First Lady and I want to thank all those who participated for their well-prepared and organized presentation. We couldn't be prouder of the hard work and commitment shown by each of these young ladies. The Girl Scouts program is a great way for girls to develop the skills and confidence that will help them for the rest of their lives. And they have wonderful cookies!   
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Mother of the Year

Congratulations to Idaho Mother of the Year Sharon Miller and Idaho Mother of Achievement Shawna Walz! And thanks to the Idaho Association of American Mothers for organizing the March 9th event in my office to honor those ladies and all Idaho mothers. It's been a great annual event for Idaho governors since 1947, and I'm proud that Idaho is one of the few states continuing that tradition. Both of this year's recipients are fine examples of leadership and achievement. Sharon Miller has been involved in Make-a-Wish, the Boise Art Museum and the Assistance League of Boise. Shawna Walz is founder and executive director of the Idaho Diaper Bank, providing diapers to needy families. Both are making Idaho a better place to live while raising wonderful families of their own! 
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First Lady Focus 

In our last newsletter I featured United Way's Women United group and its efforts throughout the Treasure Valley to provide hygiene products and nonperishable food items to youths and families. It's my pleasure to help spread the word about Women United's next event!

On March 22nd, Women United will be hosting its next School Basic Needs Pantry Project in Nampa. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Destination 112, located at 112 13th Avenue South in Nampa. There will be food provided.

So many children are showing up to school without the basic supplies they need to succeed and excel at school. Women United asks the public to join them in bringing at least one of the below items to the upcoming event to help stock school pantries with these much-needed supplies. Please RSVP to  And don't forget to bring your friends!

Food Items
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dried nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
Clothing/Hygiene (All K-8 sizes)
  • Socks
  • New shoes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Bar soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Lotion
  • Dry laundry detergent
  • Dental floss
  • Feminine supplies
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Agency Spotlight: 
Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources

Government Leading by Example is a program developed by the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR) 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 OEMR 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. OEMR provided cost-share on a new heat pump, which saves energy and provides a noticeable improvement in the building's comfort.
OEMR continues to accept Government Leading by Example applications from eligible cities and counties. To learn more about the program please contact OEMR at 208-332-1660 or visit the OEMR website at .
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Endowment Fund Investment Board     
Mary Hughes - Boise                                 
Veterans Affairs Commission                   
Jinny Cash - Grangeville      
Hispanic Affairs Commission                    
Clark Kauffman - Filer 
Personnel Commission
Sarah Griffin - Boise                
Cosmetology Board       
Debra Hummel - Coeur d'Alene
SERVE Idaho                      
Judith Bittick - Boise 
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