Friday, October 28, 2011

Sun Valley may be ‘Capital for a Day’

Gov. Butch Otter, aides, plan to visit area


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Idaho's capital could move from Boise to Sun Valley—for one day in December at least.

Gov. Butch Otter has scheduled a visit to Sun Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 21, his staff said, as part of the governor's Capital for a Day program. The governor travels to a different town in Idaho every month as part of the program and gives the locale's residents a chance to have the ear of his administration for an entire day.

Emily Anderson, deputy communications director for Otter, said visiting Sun Valley is particularly appropriate this year as the resort is celebrating its 75th anniversary. However, she said the governor's schedule often changes and the visit will not be officially announced until late November.

State Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, has been coordinating the event. She said in an email that the governor plans to bring agency heads with him that reflect the issues confronted by the community.

"It's a great opportunity to tell the governor and his cabinet what is working, what isn't working [and] to ask for help," Jaquet said.

This is Gov. Otter's second Capital for a Day visit in Blaine County in two years, as Carey was highlighted for the program last year. Anderson said that though the program is basically the same, the events at Sun Valley are likely to be somewhat different in feel.

"Because it's [in] Sun Valley, there will likely be a lot more formal events," she said.

Otter visited Challis for the program on Oct. 19. More details of the governor's schedule in Sun Valley and a final announcement of the governor's visit will be released late next month.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com

Capital for a Day

For more information on the state's Capital for a Day program that highlights Idaho's rural towns, visit http://gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/capital.html




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