November 26, 2013
Governor Butch Otter
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As wildfire season winds down in Idaho and other parts of the West, one initiative ramping up in Idaho has the potential to tamp down fears about the future of federal lands that make up so much of our state. Working together through a federal law called Good Neighbor Authority, the State of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service are implementing plans to remove dead trees and other fuels, use fire’s natural benefits on the land through prescribed burning, plant new trees, and carry out other on-the-ground activities on federal lands.
As we near the midway point in successfully implementing the 20 recommendations from the 2013 Task Force for Improving Education, it’s time to turn our attention to the postsecondary part of Idaho’s K-through-Career education system.
Diverse interests are working together in unprecedented ways in Idaho to improve the health and resiliency of our lands. Our goal, in part, is to reduce large wildfires that cost taxpayers millions of dollars to suppress, damage wildlife habitat, pump millions of tons of carbon into the air, pile sediment into our waterways, hurt our economy, and harm the health of our citizens.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will bring the seat of Idaho government to Kamiah that will serve as “Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day” this Friday, Jan. 16.
Of all the challenges we’re facing with Idaho’s state-based health insurance exchange, none has been more disappointing than the chorus of those who attribute each setback to cronyism or conspiracy, and those whose most constructive criticism is “I told you so.”