Otter banks $85K from donors, Luna pulls in less
BOISE, Idaho (AP)— Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter raised $85,000 in campaign contributions as he prepares for what he says will be a run in 2014 for a third term.
Otter also forgave a $131,000 loan he’d previously made to his own campaign and ended the first six month of the year with just over $129,000 in his coffers, according to a report with the Idaho secretary of state’s office.
Though Otter says he plans to run again, he has yet to make a formal announcement.
Meanwhile, another lawmaker who says he’ll run again, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, raised far less, adding just $4,750 to his campaign’s reserves.
A two-term lawmaker like Otter, Luna has $20,827 in his campaign account, but also has $24,500 in debt left over from previous races.
State: Get kids vaccinated before school starts
August is National Immunization Awareness month, and South Central Public Health District strongly encourages parents to take this opportunity to keep their children better protected with up-to-date immunizations in preparation for daycare, back-to-school, and college.
“Today’s childhood immunizations protect against serious and potentially life threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox,” said Lisa Klamm, SCPHD immunization program coordinator. “When children are not immunized, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community. School age children are required to have immunizations.”
Parents can make an appointment by calling the SCPHD clinic in their area. An appointment is required in order to streamline services and reduce waiting times. It is also critical to bring each child’s immunization record to identify what they’ve had or still need. Immunizations are available by appointment at SCPHD offices in Bellevue by calling 788-4335
For information on SCPHD’s immunization fees and clinic schedule, visit www.phd5.idaho.gov. A list of required immunizations for children of all ages is available at www.immunizeidaho.org.
Upper Salmon area stocked with trout
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is stocking the upper Salmon River drainage with 9- to 11-inch rainbow trout this month.
The river and Valley Creek near Stanley were stocked Monday. There were 1,800 fish put into the Salmon from Decker Flat in the Sawtooth Valley downstream to Rough Creek, and 600 fish were put into Valley Creek.
Other lakes and ponds to be stocked this month include:
- Alturas Lake on Aug. 12 with 2,900 fish.
- Perkins Lake on Aug. 12 with 500 fish.
- Stanley Lake on Aug. 12 with 3,500 fish.
- Yankee Fork dredge ponds on Aug. 19 with 1,000 fish.
- Stanley Lake on Aug. 26 with 3,500 fish.
The complete calendar can be found on the department’s website, www.fishandgame.idaho.gov, and going to Fishing Reports, Salmon Region.
Idaho new hires exceed prerecession level for first time
Idaho employers reported hiring 23,400 workers in July, exceeding prerecession hires for the first time since the downturn, the Department of Labor said this week.
The monthly report based on employer filings of newly hired workers within 20 days of their hiring showed July’s total exceeded July 2007 by 500.
The report features the number of people hired to fill new jobs as well as existing jobs that are filled because workers retired, died, quit or were fired.
Job estimates for the Idaho economy and details on which industries expanded and contracted will be issued later this month when the July unemployment rate is released.
Idaho’s new-hire reporting law was passed in 1997 to help the government find parents delinquent in paying child support, More recently, the report is being used to provide insight into the health of the state’s economy.
During the height of the economic expansion in 2006, new hires averaged over 30,000 a month in Idaho. During the worst of the downturn in 2010, they averaged under 14,000 a month.
From October 2008 through May 2012, new hires averaged 14,500 a month, dropping below 10,000 in February 2010 and February 2011.
BCRD launches ‘Share the Trail’ campaign
The BCRD is launching a “Share the Trail” education campaign to provide information about trail etiquette and remind every user about the importance of “Sharing the Trail.”
“Trail sharing can and does work when everyone in the community respects each other and works together to keep each other safe while out on the Wood River Trail. During the summer months, it is increasingly important, as we have many more people out using the trail in so many ways,” said Eric Rector, BCRD trails director.
Some simple guidelines to remember:
- Be respectful, courteous and friendly.
- Smile and say hello.
- Don’t block the trail (or let your dog) and keep to the right.
- Keep your dog on a leash or within close voice control.
- Bikers should yield to pedestrians and equestrians.
- Use safe speeds when on a bicycle.
- Announce yourself when passing.
- Slower traffic has the right of way.
- Use extra caution in tunnels.
For detailed information about trail etiquette, look for Share the Trail flyers around the community, and/or visit bcrd.org. Pick up a Share the Trail bumper sticker and free bike bell at the BCRD in Hailey. Bumper stickers are also available at local sporting goods stores in Hailey and Ketchum.
Guided sleepover set for view of meteor shower
Join the Environmental Resource Center Saturday, Aug. 10, for a sleep-out at Camp Perkins in the Sawtooth Valley under the shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower.
This is the biggest meteor shower all year and will be at its peak from midnight until dawn.
The ERC will have workshops and participants will have access to canoes from 2-4:30 p.m. at the lake. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Call Allison at the ERC at 720-9387 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Cost for ERC members is $30 and $35 for non-members.
For more on the shower, visit www.earthsky.org.