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Eye On Boise

Weather whacks North Idaho during guv visit

It's a mess up north, where 20 inches of snow has fallen at the Spokane Airport and as much as 30 inches at North Idaho locations like Athol. Most schools and government offices are closed, authorities are stretched to the max trying to deal with accidents, slide-offs and clearing the snow, and law enforcement agencies in both eastern Washington and North Idaho are asking people to stay home and not travel. Meanwhile, a bit of snow fell in Boise today, but nothing like that. Gov. Butch Otter is up in North Idaho, where he held his "Capital for a Day" session in Rathdrum yesterday and had speeches scheduled in Coeur d'Alene both today and tomorrow. Jon Hanian, Otter's press secretary, reported, "I talked to the trooper that's with him and he said they haven't been impacted at all. He's made all the meetings so far - there's probably a few less people, a couple people didn't make it that were scheduled to be there." Otter's speeches to the Intermountain Forest Association today and the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club tomorrow both are at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, where the governor's staying. "The impact, if there is going to be one, may be getting out tomorrow," Hanian said.

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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