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Stage is set for inaugural festivities

Preparations are under way for Idaho's official inaugural ceremony on Friday (Betsy Russell)
Preparations are under way for Idaho's official inaugural ceremony on Friday (Betsy Russell)

The 25th Army Band is playing, the seats are set up and the stage is set for Idaho's official inaugural ceremony, which kicks off at noon today on the steps of the state Capitol. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will be giving his third inaugural address as governor. Also being inaugurated today are new state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra; Attorney General Lawrence Wasden; Treasurer Ron Crane; Controller Brandon Woolf; and Lieutenant Governor Brad Little.

Today's ceremony will include the Cecil D. Andrus Elementary Ambassadors Honor Choir singing the state song, "Here We Have Idaho;" the national anthem sung by Ashlyn Allen, Miss Pre-Teen Idaho; a cannon salute; and an invocation and benediction from the Rev. Len MacMillan. Otter's speech will kick off a rare consecutive third term in office as Idaho governor; he previously served six years in Congress and 14 years as lieutenant governor. I'll have a full report here later.



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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