House Republican Leaders Bring Town Hall Series to Canyon County. House Republican Leadership and Canyon County members of the House GOP Caucus will hold a town hall at Nampa City Hall 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 19. This will be the fifth town hall in a series throughout the Gem State.

“This town hall series has been an invaluable opportunity to connect face-to-face with people from across Idaho,” said Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, who will attend the Canyon County Town Hall. “The more we hear about the issues real Idahoans face every day, the more we can help.”

The Representatives will answer written questions, and then be available to talk to people one-on-one. 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..

“Canyon County is a growing community that’s seeing a lot of change right now,” said Caucus Chair Rep. Megan Blanksma, who will also be attending. “Events like this help us ensure that change is positive.”

Governor’s Salmon Workgroup to hold public meeting in Boise. Gov. Brad Little’s Salmon Workgroup will meet in Boise on Nov. 19, 9 a.m., at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Trophy Room, at 600 S. Walnut St.

The meeting will have presentations on the Bonneville Power Administration’s financial status, the effects of avian predation, an introduction to pinniped predation, and the implications of U.S. v. Oregon as presented by the Workgroup’s Legal Extern. The meeting will also have updates from the Planning and Mission Statement subgroups, and a discussion about preliminary policy ideas. The agenda and call-in number for residents who cannot attend the meeting in person, along with additional information about the Workgroup is available on the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation website: https://species.idaho.gov/governors-salmon-workgroup/.

Workgroup members have decided to forgo the public comment period during the Nov. 19 meeting. This meeting is a single day and the Workgroup met previously in Boise. The public is encouraged to submit written comments directly to the Workgroup. Comments are accepted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and distributed to the Workgroup members for review.

The upcoming meeting in Boise will be the fifth in the series. The Workgroup will hold several additional meetings throughout Idaho to provide opportunities to share perspectives on salmon policy in 2020. Those dates will be released in the coming weeks.

Treasurer Ellsworth commemorates Idaho Women who met Nov. 20, 1895. for State Suffrage. State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth invites you to join her in a presentation to Janet Gallimore, executive director of the Idaho State Historical Society. The presentation recognizes the efforts of the suffragists and the opportunities they have afforded women today. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m., in the State Treasurer’s Office.

Treasurer Ellsworth is honored to be one of three women serving Idahoans in a statewide office and is excited to have an opportunity to recognize those who worked to provide women the opportunity to be involved in their government. Please join us to commemorate the First State Suffrage Organization’s meeting on November 20, 1895.

Glenns Ferry to host Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’. Gov. Brad Little’s next “Capital for a Day” event will be held in Glenns Ferry on November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Opera Theater, located at 148 E. Idaho Ave.  

Officials joining Governor Little include:

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra
  • Idaho Supreme Court Justice Richard Bevan
  • Idaho State Police Director Col. Ked Wills
  • Idaho Department of Labor Director Jani Revier
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever
  • Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen
  • Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources Administrator John Chatburn
  • Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller
  • Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness
  • Idaho Office of Emergency Management Director Brad Richy
  • Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams
  • Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman
  • Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Director David Langhorst
  • Idaho Division of Building Safety Administrator Chris Jensen
  • Representatives from Idaho’s Congressional Delegation and Small Business Development Center

In addition, representatives of the following agencies and state entities will be on hand to help answer questions: Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Idaho Transportation Department, and Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

“I look forward to engaging in productive discussions with the people of Glenns Ferry and Elmore County at the upcoming Capital for a Day,” Governor Little said. “The pioneer spirit that built this community still remains, fostering much needed conversation about agriculture, water rights, land use and more.”

Optum Idaho to “Give Cold Feet the Boot” by providing Lakeside Elementary children a new pair of boots. Optum Idaho, in partnership with the Idaho State Department of Education and North 40 Outfitters, has turned its annual giving campaign into a celebration through a new effort called “Give Cold Feet the Boot.”

Four elementary schools across Idaho were chosen for the inaugural event. In north Idaho, Lakeside Elementary School students will walk away from school on Nov. 19, 12:45 p.m., with new, warm winter boots. Location is 1345 E. St., Plummer. To make an even larger impact on the feet of our children, North 40 Outfitters is donating a pair of socks to each child, helping to ensure little feet are kept warm this winter season.

Optum Idaho is committed to serving communities all throughout our state. Thousands of Idaho students arrive at school each morning with cold feet because they don’t have proper winter footwear, which threatens their ability to learn and puts a strain on dedicated teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff. Together with our partners, we are hoping to eliminate that problem this winter.

OTHER LOCATIONS:

Thursday, November 21, Heritage Academy, 500 S Lincoln Ave, Jerome, ID 83338

Friday, November 22, Donald D. Stalker Elementary School, 991 W Center St, Blackfoot, ID 83221

Monday, November 25, Westside Elementary School, 609 N 5th St, Payette, ID 83661

Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council announces November meeting. The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council will meet on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9-11 a.m. in the Sawtooth Conference Room at Idaho Commerce, 700 W. State Street Boise.

Idaho Commerce manages the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant Program which includes $950,000 in appropriated funds by the Idaho State Legislature. IGEM funds research between university and industry partners geared toward commercialization initiatives. The IGEM Council’s fiscal stewardship and strategic direction advances IGEM’s overall goal of economic prosperity through investments in technological advancements and innovation.   

During this meeting, two project teams will present before the IGEM Council for funding consideration.   

The IGEM Council will enter into Executive Session due to proprietary information that will be discussed, pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) to review records exempt from public disclosure under Idaho Code Section 74-107(1), 74-107(6), and/or 67-4708.

Upon return to public session, the IGEM Council will render funding determinations. 

Click here for the complete meeting agenda.

This IGEM meeting is open to the public. There will be an opportunity for public comments toward the end of the meeting. To learn more about IGEM, visit http://igem.idaho.gov 

Gov. Little’s public schedule this week

MONDAY, November 18, 2019

Governor Little will deliver remarks at the Idaho Fall Water Supply Outlook Meeting in the Lincoln Auditorium at 3 p.m.

FRIDAY, November 22, 2019

Governor Little will attend a Board of Examiners meeting in Capitol room WW17 at 2 p.m.