While the world is reeling over the tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti, the Idaho Legislature has been hit with several personal tragedies this week involving its members and former members. The wife of Rep. Jim Marriott, R-Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday. The grandson of Rep. Gary Collins, R-Nampa, was killed in a car crash. And former JFAC Co-Chairman Atwell Parry, R-Melba, was seriously injured in a car crash south of Nampa yesterday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on an ice-covered road; he was taken by Life Flight to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and last night was reported to be in critical condition.
House Majority Caucus Chair Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly, said the mood among lawmakers has been “very subdued.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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