Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the state’s congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost after Otter’s office failed to meet a paperwork deadline. The Lewiston Tribune reports that hundreds of farmers in Lewis, Nez Perce, Idaho and Clearwater counties whose wheat crops were damaged in a 2009 storm could be affected. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says a misplaced fax led to the missed 90-day deadline on Nov. 23 to get the paperwork to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and Democrat U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick say they hope to submit legislation so Idaho farmers will get the money.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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