Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley has been honored by the Idaho Water Users Association with its “Water Statesman Award” for his role in fighting for the rights of water users and water issues all throughout Idaho.

“Speaker Bedke is continuously leading the charge in efforts to resolve complex water disputes,” said Paul Arrington, director of the Idaho Water Users Association. “Largely because of his tireless efforts, surface water users, groundwater users, cities, the State of Idaho and other stakeholders throughout southern Idaho have been able to reach resolutions on some of the most difficult and complex water issues of this generation.”

“Water is one of the world’s most precious resources and it is critical to the people of Idaho as many depend on water rights and laws for their livelihoods,” said Speaker Bedke at the Association’s annual meeting and banquet. “I appreciate this honor.  It is a privilege to play a role in these historic settlements and doing what is right for water users.”

Bedke most recently introduced House Bill 1, legislation addressing the water concerns on the Boise River Basin, known as Basin 63. HB 1 addresses water storage and fill of the Boise River Reservoir System after a flood release. Specifics include how the Idaho Department of Water Resources will account for stored water following the release for flood control and if that water is released, how those with water rights will be satisfied.

Gov. Brad Little’s weekly schedule

Here are some of the public events on Gov. Brad Little’s calendar for the week of January 28 through February 1.                        

TUESDAY, January 29, 2019  Governor Little will issue a proclamation of remembrance to the Bear River Massacre at the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Historical Marker on HWY 91, northeast of Preston, Idaho, at milepost 13.1, at 11 a.m.

FRIDAY, February 1, 2019 Governor Little will speak at the Ronald McDonald House groundbreaking at 101 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise, Idaho, at 11 a.m.

Applications sought for PERSI Retirement Board opening

Gov. Little is now accepting applications to fill an existing spot on the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho Board (PERSI) for a term that will expire on July 1, 2021.

The PERSI Retirement Board is responsible for overseeing PERSI’s general administrative duties including their annual budget and the fund’s investment activities, setting contribution rates, awarding Cost-of-Living Adjustments, and approving proposed legislation that directly affects the organization and its beneficiaries.

Qualified applicants must not be a current member of PERSI except by reason of serving on the board as required by Idaho Code 59-1304. The position also requires Senate confirmation.

Applications for appointment are available online at this link: https://gov.idaho.gov/appointments/  

Applications may be mailed to the Governor’s office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Applications sent via e-mail must be received by Feb. 7, 2019, or postmarked by Feb. 6, 2019, if sent by U.S. mail.