Otter holds Capitol for a Day in Kuna

I’m covering Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s Capitol for a Day in Kuna this morning at its city hall.

I’m here because Bureau of Land Management officials are on hand to talk about the controversial Gateway West power line transmission project. One of the proposed routes runs right through Kuna.

Otter said this is his 61st Capitol for a Day. He remembered playing in a country western band years ago in Kuna at a prominent bar called the Redeye Saloon. He said the name was appropriate.

Otter introduced the new chairman of the Tax Commission Rich Jackson. Otter said it was "the harvesting season" for the commission.

But the major issue raised was broken windshields.

A flawed chip-sealing maintenance for Idaho 69 last fall has caused rocks to fly up still as cars and trucks pass. Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness said the work was done under a warranty contract, which means the state cannot intercede.

Even if it could fix the problem it would have to wait until spring when asphalt plants open for the season. The contractor, Sierra Nevada Construction out of Reno is responsible not only to fix the road but also for driver's windshields, he said.

"They own the problem," he said.

But Sierra has acknowledged its responsibility and his department is helping people to get their windshields fixed.