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Otter’s back, presiding over Land Board today

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, right, visits with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden before the start of the state Land Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017; Otter returned to the Statehouse this week after working from home while recovering from two back surgeries and an infection. (Betsy Z. Russell)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, right, visits with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden before the start of the state Land Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017; Otter returned to the Statehouse this week after working from home while recovering from two back surgeries and an infection. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Gov. Butch Otter is back and presiding over the state Land Board meeting this morning. He’s gotten lots of welcome-backs and questions about how he’s doing. His response to one of the well-wishers: “Good – slow, but mobile.”

Otter was working from home for two and a half weeks while he recovered from two back surgeries and a subsequent infection. The governor, 75, was released from the hospital July 27 after nearly two weeks; he then continued recovering at home, while staying in touch with his office; he made a brief visit to his Statehouse office last week, and returned yesterday.



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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