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Cenarrusa to speak, sign memoir

Pete Cenarrusa, Idaho’s longest-serving elected official, is turning 92 and has released his memoirs, “Bizkaia to Boise: The Memoirs of Pete T. Cenarrusa.” The longtime Idaho secretary of state and former lawmaker and speaker of the House will hold a book signing on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 Grove St. At 6 p.m., the event will feature remarks by Cenarrusa and by three former AP reporters who covered his career, Quane Kenyon, Mark Warbis and Bob Fick. Copies of the new book will be available for $20, with all proceeds going to the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture.

In 2003, Cenarrusa and his wife, Freda, helped establish the Basque Studies Program at BSU; and he recently donated his papers to BSU’s Albertsons Library. The library is currently showcasing an exhibit on Cenarrusa in its second-floor Special Collections window display boxes.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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