Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is getting ready for a nine-day trade mission in Russia.The Republican governor, his staff and Idaho business leaders will leave Boise Friday. The trip caps a busy year of international travel for Otter, who has already made official visits to Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea. The Idaho Statesman reports that (http://bit.ly/1aBdWSD ) Otter will be accompanied by 17 Commerce and Agriculture companies from a variety of industries. The trip to a country that boasts the world's 11th largest economy includes stops in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In his two terms in office, Otter has made a focus of increasing Idaho's exports. Last year was a record-breaking year as global sales of Idaho products totaled more than $6.1 billion.