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Keough: Cheers For ‘Capital’ Program

On my Facebook wall, state Sen. Shawn Keough commented re: Gov. Butch Otter's “Capital for a Day” program, which visited Nordman in the Priest Lake area Wednesday:

The over 200 Idahoans present at Nordman today appreciated that the Governor and several directors of state agencies as well as 2 other Land Board members took the time to spend with them. There was either and agency director or regional director from almost every state agency there. The attendees had questions throughout the entire day - from roughly 8:15 a.m until 2:00 p.m. Boise is @ 500 miles away from Nordman, and from my seat it looked like people there were glad they had a chance to talk to their elected officials and to heads of or regional directors of state agencies face to face. A rare opportunity for us and many that live here. Too rare in my view. Kudos to the Governor for his effort!

Question: Are you a fan of the “Capital for a Day” program?

Spirit Lake to be this month’s ‘Capital for a Day’

Spirit Lake, Idaho, population 1,945, will be the state's “Capital for a Day” on Aug. 31, Gov. Butch Otter announced today. It's part of Otter's series of meetings in different Idaho towns, to which he brings a slew of senior state officials and members of his cabinet for an all-day gathering open to local citizens. This month's “Capital for a Day” will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spirit Lake Community Senior Center, 32564 N. 4th Avenue, including a no-host lunch at noon at the city park with Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and Spirit Lake Mayor Todd Clary. Among those attending will be the heads of Idaho's departments of Fish & Game, Health & Welfare, and Lands, along with others; click below for Otter's full announcement.

Mullan ‘Capital for a Day’ reset for May 25

Gov. Butch Otter's “Capital for a Day” event in Mullan, postponed last month after an accident at the Lucky Friday Mine that prompted an urgent but ultimately unsuccessful rescue effort and left a miner dead, has been rescheduled for May 25. “The people of Mullan and Shoshone County have been through a traumatic time. They live with the dangers and uncertainties of mining every day, and I’m interested in hearing how they see the road ahead,” Otter said. “Silver Valley residents are tough and resilient. We all could learn a lot from listening to their concerns and reflecting on the sense of community that binds them together.” Click below for his full announcement.

Otter Cancels Mullan ‘Capital For Day’

Mike Perry/KHQ tweet: Otter hasn't contacted miner's family yet, and doesn't plan on visiting mine. Doesn't want his presence to impose on the rescue effort.

Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement: “In light of the recent accident and continuing rescue efforts under way at the Lucky Friday mine, out of respect for the community and in consultation with the City of Mullan and Hecla Mining Co., the Governor is postponing his scheduled April 27th Capital for a Day in Mullan. We hope to reschedule it in May at a date to be determined”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise.

Question: Should Butch Otter visit mine to see the rescue effort firsthand?

Otter to bring ‘Capital for a Day’ to Star

Gov. Butch Otter says he’ll hold his next “Capital for a Day” event in his own hometown of Star on May 17th. At the events, the governor and a slew of top state officials typically meet with the public for a day in a rural Idaho town. “With just a few counties left to visit this go-round, it’s time to give the good folks right here in my hometown a chance to get some ‘face time’,” said Otter, whose ranch is near Star. “I stop in town for coffee almost every morning, but I don’t bring any Cabinet members with me.”

He added, “This will give residents a chance to get their questioned answered personally and directly, and it will give members of my administration a chance to get to know a community that reflects Idaho’s rural heritage while coping with southwestern Idaho’s population growth and all that comes along with it.” Otter plans to bring along 18 high-ranking state officials. The event, which falls eight days before Idaho’s primary election, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Star City Hall, and will include a lunch at Sully’s Irish Pub at noon to which the public is invited.

IFF: Capital For A Day

In Fiscal Year 2010, Idaho taxpayers have spent an average of nearly $8,200 per month to bring the government to the citizens … literally.  Between July 2009 and February 2010, Gov. Butch Otter’s “Capital for a Day” program had a price tag of more than $65,000, and not all state officials believe it’s a good use of money. Capital for a Day is a town-hall style meeting, conducted at a selected small town each month.  Last July, Gov. Otter and the state contingent travelled to Mackey to get some face time with citizens there.  In August, Ririe was Capital for a Day, followed by Kendrick in September, Dubois in October, Lava Hot Springs in November, Carey in December, Shoshone in January, Hazleton in February, Nezperce in March, and Oakley in April/Jay Howell, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Is the reach-out-and-touch aspect of the Capital for a Day program, worth $8,200 per month to the Idaho taxpayers?