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Otter heading to Mexico

Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter is traveling to Mexico in two weeks with representatives from 16 Idaho companies.

Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said the trade mission is slated for April 19-26 and will include stops in Mexico City, Monterrey and Culiacan.

According to an email from Hanian: “In short, the purpose of the mission is to: Trade (sell) Idaho products and services in Mexico, establish new distribution partners for Idaho companies in Mexico, identify Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities (FDI) for Mexican companies in Idaho.”

Otter in Cuba

Gov. Otter last year in Cuba, with interpreter.

Otter has been home sick since Tuesday, according to his staff. He has made no no public statements since the Legislature adjourned Wednesday, aside from a brief, official message to lawmakers bidding them adios. Hanian told PaleoMedia.org on Thursday that Otter has been sick to his stomach.

Otter has scheduled a press conference for Monday morning.

Otter leaves for Mexico on April 19 and is scheduled to return April 26. Last year, soon after the Legislative session adjourned, Otter took a trade mission to Cuba that yielded little in the way of new exports.

Idaho’s largest export item to Mexico, as of 2006, was potato flour, at $32.9 million. Total exports to Mexico in 2006 were $128.2 million.

Otter back in the office

Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter was back in the office this morning presiding over a meeting of the State Land Board. It was his first day in the office since he had his right hip resurfaced on Jan. 29.

Butch is back

Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter is back at work today
after three weeks on the ranch.

Otter stood to stretch a few times during the meeting and at one point declined an offer of coffee from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, preferring to walk over to the coffee bar on his own. He was in good spirits throughout the meeting, joking about how long the Legislature might be in town and gaveling Attorney General Lawrence Wasden down in jest.

After the meeting Otter said he was back, but might be heading home early.

“We’ll see how long it lasts,” Otter said as he was ushered from the second story court room at the old Borah Building.

Otter was expected to tap into the meeting by phone Thursday morning from his ranch in Star from whence he has been conducting the state’s business. But he showed up in person instead. The Board had two significant issues to deal with – a grazing lease and state land lease – both of which were put deferred for further study.