From Beijing to New Meadows, Otter's next Capitol-for-a-Day roadshow in rural Adams County

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter returns from a week-long trade mission in China on Saturday and will be in New Meadows next week for the next edition of his "Capitol for a Day."

Otter said he'd focus on "selling groceries" in the current trade mission, a shift in strategy from his 2010 trip that aimed to lure Chinese investment in Idaho.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at New Meadows High School.

Among the state officials on the guest list are: Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Idaho Tax Commission Acting Chairman David Langhorst, Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer, Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal, Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness, and Don Drum, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. Also on hand will be senior representatives from the Department of Health and Welfare, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Labor, Department of Lands, State Board of Education, and Idaho State Police.

“Many people might know New Meadows only as the little town at the junction of Idaho 55 and U.S. 95. But the town and the people who live, work and play here are a big part of what makes Idaho’s Heartland so beautiful and important to our resource- and tourist-based economies,” Otter said in a news release Thursday. “New Meadows is a town at a number of intersections, and that gives residents a unique and important perspective on life in rural Idaho. I look forward to hearing their views on our State government and how we can make it better.”

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Hope he's not looking for some good Chinese take-out there...

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Hope he can find enough

Hope he can find enough people who can afford groceries in Adams County/New Meadows to justify his trip and the dog and pony show he is bringing into town.