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House Republican Leadership Continues Town Hall Series in Rexburg. House Republican Leadership and members of the House GOP Caucus from Districts 34-35 will hold a town hall Sept. 16 to better connect with their constituents in Eastern Idaho.

“This town hall series has been very informative so far, and we look forward to continuing it,” said Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, who will be at the town hall. “Meeting and connecting with the people we represent is critical to serving them.”

The caucus will hold the town hall from 6-8 pm on Monday, Sept. 16 at the Rexburg City Hall.  After a brief welcome, the representatives will take written questions. They encourage their constituents and the media to attend.  They also encourage early questions to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“We’ll focus on the issues that matter most to Eastern Idahoans: education, economic development, and roads,” said Caucus Chair Rep. Megan Blanksma, who will also be attending. “But, we also want to hear directly from those folks on how we can help them with the challenges they face every day.”

Little continues commission for volunteerism. Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order continuing Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

“There are few things in life as rewarding as service to others. Volunteers in our communities, schools, and churches across the state play an important role in making Idaho the place where our children and grandchildren choose to stay,” Little said.

Serve Idaho’s primary focus is to promote and coordinate the role of service and volunteerism in the state, including funding AmeriCorps programs throughout Idaho. The commission is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is housed within the Idaho Department of Labor. Serve Idaho also assists organizations seeking to expand their ability to meet critical community needs through volunteer service. The commission was established in 1994.

More information about Serve Idaho is available at The executive order is available online here.

Little makes appointments to Idaho Fish & Game Commission. Gov. Brad Little has appointed two members to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

Derick Atterbury has been reappointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission representing the Upper Snake Region. Atterbury is an irrigation company operations manager residing in Idaho Falls. He studied environmental sciences at Idaho State University and University of Idaho.

“I appreciate Governor Little's trust and confidence in me to serve the citizens of Idaho by managing their fish and wildlife resources for another term,” Atterbury said. “I look forward to continuing a legacy of providing continued supplies of wildlife for hunting, fishing, and trapping.”

Bradley Melton has been appointed to the Commission representing the Clearwater Region. Melton works as an Edward Jones Investments financial advisor residing in Lewiston. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Science from Central Washington University.

“As a lifelong outdoorsman I am passionate about fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation,” Melton said. “I believe that our fish and game resources are a vital component of our heritage, and I want to be a part of thoughtfully preserving and growing these resources for future generations.”

Commissioners serve four-year terms and are confirmed by the Idaho State Senate.

“Derick and Bradley are dedicated to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s mission to preserve, protect, and manage Idaho’s precious wildlife resources,” Little said. “I have no doubt these appointees will serve Idaho to the best of their abilities.”

Otter joins government relations and advocacy firm. Idaho government relations and advocacy firm Sullivan & Reberger welcomes former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to its firm. Otter joins Sullivan & Reberger as Of Counsel.

“It’s an honor to bring Gov. Otter into our firm, where he’ll demonstrate his decades of state and federal leadership expertise and offer his insights on issues from education to transportation to natural resources for our clients,” said Founder Patrick Sullivan. “Over the years, Sullivan & Reberger built a strong relationship with the governor as we advocated for key Idaho businesses and associations. We look forward to continuing our impactful work with him as our esteemed colleague.”

Otter served the people of Idaho for more than four decades. Prior to his time as a three-term governor, he was elected to leadership positions that included lieutenant governor, U.S. congressman and state legislator. His career also includes 30 years of private sector experience as an international agribusiness executive with Idaho's J.R. Simplot Company. Otter’s public service record includes working with legislators, businesses, community organizations and individuals to create two community colleges and Idaho's first medical school, make historic improvements to Idaho's public schools, preserve and protect Idaho's water resources and generate record economic growth through tax relief and job creation.

In his Of Counsel role, Governor Otter will advise businesses and industry associations on navigating state, regional and federal processes and opportunities.

Bolen named regional VP of National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. Idaho’s Unclaimed Property Division Administrator Ingrid Bolen was recently named as the Western Region Vice-President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). She represents an area covering 17 states and territories.

NAUPA is the most recognized authority on unclaimed property in the country and fosters collaboration among state administrators to meet the goal of reuniting owners with their unclaimed property. “I have been a guest speaker several times at the NAUPA national conference and an active member of the association. I was so pleased to be nominated, then selected for this leadership position by the Executive Committee,” Bolen stated.

“Under Ingrid Bolen’s leadership, the administrators meet monthly via conference call to share best practices and discuss how best to fulfill the charge of returning unclaimed money to constituents,” explained Jeremy Dawson, NAUPA Director.

The Idaho Unclaimed Property Division currently consists of nine employees. This small team is on track to return a record amount of property to owners by the end of 2019. Bolen said, “It is a very gratifying experience when an Idahoan is reunited with their lost funds. It is not uncommon for people to say they would never have lost track of money but, in reality, there are over ten million separate claimable properties in Idaho alone”.

Gov. Brad Little’s public calendar for the week of September 9-13

THURSDAY, September 12, 2019

Governor Little will join Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to read a proclamation for Idaho College Savings Month in the Lincoln Auditorium at 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, September 13, 2019

Governor Little will preside over the Land Board in the Lincoln Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.