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Otter at Pocatello

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Facing a May 20 Republican primary election challenge from Idaho Sen. Russ Fulcher of Meridian, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter touted the state’s economic advancements under his leadership when he spoke at an April 29 Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Fulcher, Senate majority caucus chairman, hopes to derail Otter’s drive to secure a third term as the Gem State’s chief executive. During his morning speech to a crowd of about 400 at the Red Lion, Otter said after his 99-year-old mother urged him to run for re-election, he helped her fill out her absentee ballot.

Otter paraphrased Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke who said all that needs to happen for a good organization to go bad is for good people to do nothing. “Idaho is in pretty good shape,” he said. “The economy in the state continues to grow.”

Publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes have ranked Idaho as the fifth best state in which to do business. The top five states are all governed by Republicans in the West, with Utah topping the list, Otter said.

While much has been said of North Dakota’s oil and natural gas boom, it is not well known that Idaho is now a natural gas producing state with 4.2 million cubic feet a day of “sweet gas” pumped in southwestern Idaho’s Payette County, where Idaho Power runs the Langley Gulch Power Plant capable of generating 300 megawatts of power, the governor said.

In 2008, Otter launched “Project 60” to boost Idaho’s Gross Domestic Product from $51.5 billion in 2007 when he took office to $60 billion last year. The state’s GDP is projected to hit $62.4 billion this year, creating jobs and broadening the tax base, he said. “We’re running ahead of economic projections a little bit.”

Idaho’s unemployment rate went from 2.7 percent about seven years ago to a peak of nearly 9 percent about four years ago before declining to its existing rate of 5.2 percent, which is 1.5 percent better than the nation’s jobless rate, Otter noted. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Meridian becomes Idaho's boom town (Boise Statesman)
Republican groups split on ticket support (Boise Statesman)
Superintendent prospects and politics (Boise Statesman)
Trucker seeks higher road weight limits (Lewiston Tribune)
Reevaluating economics of Snake dam breaches (Lewiston Tribune)
Legislature, Supreme Court on WA school funds (Lewiston Tribune)
Inslee goes after green house gas emissions (Moscow News)
Mitchell profiled in Senate race (Moscow News)
Latah Democrats prepare for primary (Moscow News)
Common Core draws candidate comments (Nampa Press Tribune)
Otter travels SE Idaho (Pocatello Journal)
Energy plant at Bannock landfill unveiled (Pocatello Journal)
Curtailed water delayed with new mitigation plan (TF Times News)

Dispute over siting for OSU at Bend (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Eugene may try library levy (Eugene Register Guard)
Lane County, Eugene may trade downtown land (Eugene Register Guard)
Pot dispensary opens at Klamath (KF Herald & News)
SOU president considered for Ohio spot (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Tech park envisioned for White City (Medford Tribune)
Big increase in hunting, fishing fees (Medford Tribune)
Umatilla public health director quits (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Middle school principal leaves Hermiston (Pendleton East Oregonian)
State presses completion of school compacts (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Lack of preparedness for oil emergency (Portland Oregonian)
State child support agency accused of sexism (Portland Oregonian)
Budget issues at corrections schools (Salem Statesman Journal)
Lower Cinnamon Lakes Dam deemed risky (Salem Statesman Journal)

Causes of Oso mudslide considered (Everett Herald)
State of the Site Hanford meets opened (Kennewick Herald)
New sewer line won't go in yet (Kennewick Herald)
Woodland principal accused of misconduct (Longview News)
Longview sewer project switches gears (Longview News)
Sequim officials get raises (Port Angeles News)
Key sea creature dissolving in Pacific (Seattle Times)
Inslee on greenhouse gases (Tacoma News Tribune)
Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls nearly done (Vancouver Columbian)
Heritage University at Toppenish rebuilding (Yakima Herald Republic)