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Scalia to speak in Boise at SRBA conference

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be the keynote speaker Monday night at a conference marking the conclusion of the Snake River Basin Adjudication process. Scalia will speak at a sold-out 7 p.m. dinner at the Boise Centre on the Grove that also will include the formal signing of the SRBA decree; the banquet and 6 p.m. reception will close out a full-day conference sponsored by the Idaho Supreme Court, the University of Idaho College of Law and the Kempthorne Institute to mark the conclusion of the SRBA process. Nationally known water law experts will discuss the adjudication and related issues throughout the West.

The conference will continue Tuesday morning with a water policy panel hosted by former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, who also is a former U.S. secretary of the interior and former U.S. senator. The 8 a.m. panel on Tuesday at the Centre on the Grove, moderated by Rocky Barker, will include panelists Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe; Michael Bogert, former counselor to the Secretary of the Interior; Mike Connor, current deputy Secretary of the Interior;  former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig; Rebecca Miles, former chair of the Nez Perce Tribe; Bob Iacullo, executive vice president of United Water; former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski; and former Mexican ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan. There’s more info here and here; the Idaho Statesman has a full report here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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