Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that the Benewah County seat of St. Maries will be Idaho's "Capital for a Day" on Friday, Nov. 21.
The first-come, first-served open opportunity to meet with the Governor, selected members of his Cabinet and other senior state officials is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Maries Eagles Lodge, located at 707 Main Avenue.
The Governor also will join Mayor Robert Allen, area legislators, other state and local leaders, members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and community members for a no-host noon luncheon at the same location.
Among the state officials joining the Governor at Capital for a Day will be Dick Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; Toni Hardesty, director of the Department of Environmental Quality; George Bacon, director of the Idaho Department of Lands; Don Dietrich, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce; Colonel Bill Shawver, director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security; Bill Booth, chairman of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council; Tony McDermott, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission member representing the Panhandle Region; Mary Hughes, chief of the Financial Institutions Bureau at the Department of Finance; Bob Haynes, manager of the northern Idaho regional office of the Department of Water Resources; Damon Allen, District Engineer for the Idaho Transportation Department; and Jim Coleman, the northern Idaho member of the Idaho Transportation Board.
"The people of St. Maries face a unique set of challenges. Their community is one of the most beautiful anywhere, but it's off the beaten path. Too often people hurrying north to Coeur d'Alene or south to Moscow and Lewiston miss the chance to see St. Maries, or enjoy Lake Chatcolet and the St. Joe River," Governor Otter said.
"It also is an area that depends on Idaho's resource-based industries, and the infrastructure that helps sustain them. State government has a responsibility to ensure local folks have the tools they need to live, work and raise families in towns like St. Maries. My Cabinet members and I look forward to hearing what people have on their minds, and how we can help."
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