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‘They are different people’

At a session on invasive species at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Region conference in Boise, Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, is at left, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Eric Anderson, no relation, is second from right.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
At a session on invasive species at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Region conference in Boise, Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, is at left, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Eric Anderson, no relation, is second from right. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

It's a bit of an oddity that Idaho's state legislator who's been a key instigator of programs targeting aquatic invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, has the same name as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife aquatic invasive species coordinator. So at this morning's invasive species session at the PNWER conference in Boise, Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, who is co-chairing the session, introduced himself first, and down the table, Sgt. Eric Anderson, when it was his turn, said, "I'm Eric Anderson, but I'm the Washington state Eric Anderson." Allen Pleus, a Washington state official who was up next, said, "I'm not Eric Anderson."

Then, when Amy Ferriter of the Idaho Department of Agriculture was showing a slide show about Idaho's anti-mussel efforts, she came to a photo of both Andersons together. "For a long time, I thought they were the same person moonlighting," Ferriter said to laughter. "They are different people."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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