If you’ve been wondering why Gov. Butch Otter appears to have a bright-green racquetball velcro-strapped onto the outside of his sling, here’s why: It’s actually a squishy exercise ball that aids in his recovery from shoulder surgery. Otter said he squeezes the ball with his hand on the injured side about 500 times a day, as part of his therapy. Asked, during his annual address to the Idaho Press Club, if he had any good news, Otter quickly responded, “I get rid of this sling in a week.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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