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Thu., March 3, 2011, 7:30 a.m.

Governor’s statement to Congress about floating green way off on numbers

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter testified to Congress this week that more people play the floating green hole at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course in a day than visit the state's largest wilderness area in a year, while arguing against more wilderness, but Idaho Statesman reporter Rocky Barker reports today that the governor's statement was way off. “There are more people in one day, probably, that play golf on the floating green in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, than visit the Frank Church-River of No Return (Wilderness) in a year,” Otter told U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. “And that’s just a par 3.”

Barker checked the numbers, and found that the golf course can handle up to 280 golfers a day; the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness attracted more than 33,000 visitors in 2010, just counting river floaters, hunters and anglers  alone. You can read Barker's full report here.

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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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