CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
AUGUST 12, 2010
Catherine Carlson, Pierce
1860 Days Grand Marshal, with Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter
and Orofino resident/business person Teri Bolling.
Pierce is "Capital for a Day
Governor Butch Otter arrived
in Pierce in a Blackhawk helicopter early last Wednesday morning, Aug. 4, when
the Clearwater County community of Pierce was Idaho's "Capital for a Day."
A question and answer session
took place in the
with a large audience in attendance. Will Wiese of Orofino asked about renewable
energy standards; Judge Bradbury commented on Health and Welfare employee loss
and the Mental Health Program in the courts and asked what Governor Otter could
do to help. Gov Otter said they had to balance the budget and they “simply
didn’t have the money.”
Harv Nelson of Pierce stated
there was much concern in the community regarding wolves in the region. Dan
Vaughn of Pierce also commented on the wolf situation.
Don Ebert, Clearwater County
Commissioners Chairman, thanked the governor for his help in keeping
open, to which the governor replied “You should congratulate yourselves” as the
reopening was due to local community participation. Governor Otter said that 50
State Parks were kept open and some of them were not only self-supporting but
actually bringing in money. Don also thanked Terri Summerfield and Marge
Kuchynka of Weippe for their organizational efforts with the Deyo Reservoir
Project which will be located a few miles outside Weippe.
Pierce residents were pleased
to hear that the Idaho National Guard, which has a five month Youth Challenge
Program providing a high school education for dropouts, has chosen the former
as their choice for this endeavor.
students would graduate from
171. This would provide jobs for the area including teachers and medical
personnel. The governor did say the project would take approx 12 to 18 months
before it is ready to open, but “The process has started.”
He also said, “You can help the process by writing to delegates in
and that we could contact his staff for assistance.
Several people commented on
the plan to transport large loads over Hwy 12 to
Governor’s staff replied that all safety and road issues had been carefully
scrutinized and would be monitored. If any problems arose, they would be
addressed immediately, and hauling would be halted until problems were
Everyone then moved to the
where a lunch of prime rib sandwiches and salads was served, after which the
governor and his staff went back to the Community Center where he entertained
and Doug Gober, North Fork District Ranger.
gave presentations on an interpretive trail being created outside Pierce.
High school kids from tenth
grade to last year’s graduates took the governor on a tour of ten historic sites
in Pierce in a Percheron drawn wagon, after which Pierce Mayor Greg Gerot talked
about the Sesquicentennial. Governor Otter read a proclamation on the 150th
birthday of Pierce.
Timberline students sang an
original song celebrating the sesquicentennial.
All in all, 172 local people
were involved in planning and executing this Capitol for a Day.