Otter to host Idaho 'Capitol for a Day' near his vacation home in Pine

Gov. Butch Otter got his own hands dirty this summer fighting the Trinity Ridge fire near his second home. Next week, he'll hear from his weekend neighbors in the unincorporated Elmore County mountain hamlet of Pine on his monthly "Capitol for a Day" roadshow.

“Pine is the kind of place where people from the city go to get away from crowds and breathe fresh air," Otter said in a news release Thursday. "Now, wildfires have made it a lot busier and smokier than any of us would like this year. And for some of us, that’s more than an inconvenience, because Pine is home. I’m looking forward to hearing from my neighbors about the issues that matter most to them, and to letting them know their community and the independence it represents are important parts of the Idaho way of life.”

Otter will be at the Pine Senior Center from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19, with several high-ranking state officials joining him to take questions from the public.

The news release follows:

ELMORE COUNTY COMMUNITY OF PINE TO HOST OCTOBER CAPITAL FOR A DAY

(BOISE) Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that the Elmore County community of Pine will host the next Capital for a Day on Friday, October 19th.

Governor Otter brings State government to Idahoans living outside Boise each month by making a different town in Idaho the state’s “Capital for a Day.” The meetings provide local residents an all-day opportunity to have open discussions about government issues with Governor Otter, members of his Cabinet and other senior State officials.

The next Capital for a Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pine Senior Center. Governor Otter also will join local officials and residents at noon for a luncheon at the same location.

State officials joining Governor Otter at Capital for a Day will include Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore, Department of Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Merrill, Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal; Colonel Brad Richey, administrator of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security; Dustin Miller, administrator of the Office of Species Conservation; and Brian Oakey, deputy director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Also on hand will be senior representatives from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Transportation Department.

“Pine is the kind of place where people from the city go to get away from crowds and breathe fresh air. Now, wildfires have made it a lot busier and smokier than any of us would like this year. And for some of us, that’s more than an inconvenience, because Pine is home,” Governor Otter said. “I’m looking forward to hearing from my neighbors about the issues that matter most to them, and to letting them know their community and the independence it represents are important parts of the Idaho way of life.”

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