Eye On Boise archive for June 2011

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, center, announces her "Get Out West" initiative for the Western Governors Association; she is flanked by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, left, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, right. (Betsy Russell)

Western Governors wrap up CdA meeting

On the same day that Washington eliminated its tourism promotion funding and shut down its state tourism office, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her new role as chair of the Western Governors Association, announced that her initiative for the year will be a “Get Out...

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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, incoming WGA chair, talks with outgoing chair Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, right, as he hands over the chairmanship of the group on Thursday. (Betsy Russell)

Gregoire announces 'Get Out West' initiative for WGA

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, in her new role as chair of the Western Governors Association, has announced that her initiative for the year will be a "Get Out West" campaign, promoting outdoor recreation, conservation, tourism and volunteerism. Ironically, the move comes just as her state...

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter opens the Western Governors Association meeting on Thursday morning in Coeur d'Alene. (Betsy Russell)

Western Govs turn to forest health

Forest health is the first topic for the Western Governors Association this morning. "We have had some problems in being able to afford to do things that we need to do in order to have healthy forests and manage healthy forests," Idaho Gov. Butch Otter...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, center, visits with guests at the Western Governors Association's Wednesday night reception at the Casco Bay lake home of Coeur d'Alene resort owner Duane Hagadone. (Betsy Russell)

Western guvs: States must help veterans

Western governors are interested in following Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire's lead to closely track National Guard members after they return from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, for everything from health to employment needs. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said, "I want to go back and make...

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A flag ceremony opens the Western Governors Association meeting in Coeur d'Alene (Betsy Russell)

WGA meeting opens in CdA

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has opened the annual meeting of the Western Governors Association, which opened with the singing of both the U.S. and Canadian national anthems by Aaron Baldwin, along with a flag ceremony. The governors in attendance so far are those of Idaho,...

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