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Tue., Aug. 16, 2011, 4:28 p.m.

Spirit Lake to be this month’s ‘Capital for a Day’

Spirit Lake, Idaho, population 1,945, will be the state's "Capital for a Day" on Aug. 31, Gov. Butch Otter announced today. It's part of Otter's series of meetings in different Idaho towns, to which he brings a slew of senior state officials and members of his cabinet for an all-day gathering open to local citizens. This month's "Capital for a Day" will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spirit Lake Community Senior Center, 32564 N. 4th Avenue, including a no-host lunch at noon at the city park with Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and Spirit Lake Mayor Todd Clary. Among those attending will be the heads of Idaho's departments of Fish & Game, Health & Welfare, and Lands, along with others; click below for Otter's full announcement.

C.L. “Butch” Otter


August 16, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced today that the Kootenai County community of Spirit Lake will be Idaho’s “Capital for a Day” on Wednesday, August 31st.

Governor Otter brings State government to Idahoans living outside Boise each month by making a different town in Idaho the state’s “Capital for a Day.” The events provide local residents an all-day opportunity to have open discussions about government issues with Governor Otter, members of his Cabinet and other senior State officials.

The open meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spirit Lake Community Senior Center, located at 32564 N. 4th Avenue in Spirit Lake. Governor Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little will join Mayor Todd Clary and other local leaders for a no-host lunch at noon at the city park. The public is encouraged to attend the lunch, which will be provided by Spirit Creek Catering and will cost $10 per person.

Officials joining Governor Otter at Capital for a Day will include Virgil Moore, director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG); Dick Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW); Kathy Opp, acting director of the Idaho Department of Lands; Rob Sauer, Deputy Superintendent for Content, Innovation, and Choice at the State Department of Education; Don Soltman, member of the State Board of Education; Damien Bard, administrator of the International Business Division at the Idaho Department of Commerce; and Bill Booth, member of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Also on hand to help answer questions from residents will be regional staff from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Idaho Lottery, the Idaho State Liquor Division, the Idaho Department of Labor, the Idaho Department of Correction, the Idaho Transportation Department, IDFG, and IDHW.

“Spirit Lake is an energetic and cohesive community that in many ways characterizes the Idaho way of life.  Like many Idahoans living in smaller towns, the people of Spirit Lake are eager to hang on to their rural quality of life while working to attract new jobs and economic opportunities,” Governor Otter said.  “I am excited to visit once again with the folks in Spirit Lake, this time spending a whole day with them as my Cabinet members and I hear what they have on their minds.”


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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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