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Mon., Feb. 4, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

Appointee Has Solon Seeing ‘Blonde’

Joan Hurlock, the second woman to serve on Idaho’s Fish & Game Commission, listens to testimony after she testified before the Senate Resources and Environment Committee today. Hurlock, who was appointed by the governor in June, needs to be confirmed by the committee for a term that would commence July 1 and expire June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Katherine Jones)

Fish & Game Commissioner Joan Hurlock had been at the microphone, speaking and answering questions from Senate Resources Committee members, for more than an hour when Chairman Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, thanked her, and commented, “That blond hair will sure look better on that commission that the gray hair we see – add a little color to it.” His comment drew some uneasy laughter from the room. Hurlock had started out visibly nervous and defensive, but by the end of the questioning, the mood was more relaxed as she discussed how she’s worked with sportsmen in her work on the commission/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Was the comment about appointee Hurlock's blond hair by Chairman Monty Pearce of the Senate Resources Committee appropriate?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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