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Eye On Boise

Otter’s back at the Capitol this week

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is back in the office this week, after working from home for two and a half weeks while he recovered from two back surgeries and a subsequent infection. Otter’s scheduled to preside over the state Land Board and Board of Examiners tomorrow, along with a military ceremony tomorrow afternoon.

“He’s back today, we’re expecting him to be back all this week, but that depends on how he feels,” said Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian. “It really depends on him and how he’s feeling, and then what if anything his doctors say about his progress, and he’s routinely checking in with them.”

Otter was released from the hospital after nearly two weeks on July 27, after being admitted on July 14 for his second back surgery in a week, and then remaining hospitalized for treatment for a post-surgery infection. He then continued recovering at home, while staying in touch with his office and working from home; he made a brief visit to his Statehouse office last week.

Otter, 75, first underwent surgery on July 7 to treat a bulging disk in his back; the second surgery followed a week 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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