Idaho Gov. Butch Otter laughs as a microphone is removed from his tie Monday after his annual State of the State to open the 2016 Idaho Legislature at the Idaho States Capitol.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter laughs as a microphone is removed from his tie Monday after his annual State of the State to open the 2016 Idaho Legislature at the Idaho States Capitol. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter laughs as a microphone is removed from his tie Monday after his annual State of the State to open the 2016 Idaho Legislature at the Idaho States Capitol. Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com
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Snake River water is one issue resolved during Otter’s reign

January 12, 2016 05:58 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."