Friday, October 15, 2010

GOP bus tour to stop in Blaine

Visit part of 2-week campaign effort

One of Idaho's predominantly blue counties might seem redder on Wednesday, Oct. 20, when prominent Idaho Republicans sweep through the Wood River Valley on a whirlwind bus tour of the state.

The tour, sponsored by the Idaho Republicans and Gov. Butch Otter's re-election campaign, will make four stops in Blaine County before moving south into the rest of south-central Idaho.

Otter and state school Superintendent Tom Luna will be visiting the area with Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson, both R-Idaho, and other prominent Republicans. All four are up for re-election this year.


The tour will stop in Hailey just before noon at the Sun Valley Brewing Co., then continue to the Splash & Dash gas station and store on Main Street in Bellevue. Candidates will then drive down to the Silver Creek Convenience Store in Picabo about 1 p.m. before working their way to Castles Corner in Carey.

The tour will not stop in Ketchum or Sun Valley because of scheduling difficulties, said Ryan Panitz, spokesman for Otter's campaign. Panitz said the events in Blaine County will likely be informal meet-and-greet sessions.

The stops in Blaine County are part of a two-week GOP bus tour of Idaho.

Katherine Wutz:

Blaine County schedule on Oct. 20:

- 11:47 a.m.: Sun Valley Brewing Co., Main and Carbonate, Hailey.

- 12:17 a.m.: Splash & Dash Texaco, Main Street, Bellevue.

- 1:03 p.m.: Silver Creek Convenience Store, Highway 20, Picabo.

- 1:35 p.m.: Castles Corner, junction of Highway 20 and Highway 26, Carey.

The candidates will continue also stop in Shoshone, Gooding, Wendell, Jerome and Twin Falls. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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