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Robert Ehlert: Sen. Crapo's 'public schedule' during August recess

In a column Sunday, I shared what I knew about the schedules of the Idaho Congressional delegation during what is called the August Recess, a five-week period each year when Congress is not in session. Traditionally it is a time for our elected representatives to return home and spend time in their state/district.

I see this as a great opportunity for constituents to attempt to get some face time with Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador. All but Crapo face re-election on Nov. 4.

Some released sparse details about their whereabouts in the next several weeks and all recommended that interested constituents try to make appointments at one of their offices.

Crapo's staff promised to get back to me with a schedule when it was more complete.

Well, here it is.

Monday, Aug. 11:

10:30 a.m. in Boise — Speaks at the Congressional Awards Ceremony, Idaho Statehouse, Lower Level, West Wing

1:45 p.m. in Boise — Presents the Purple Heart in a ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Home, 320 North Collins Road.

8:00 PM Boise Addresses attendees at the Financial Industry Authority (FINRA) Investor Forum, Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W. Front Street.

Tuesday, August 12:

10:00 AM Boise Speaks at a ceremony designating Interstate 84 as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Interstate, Idaho Statehouse.

4:15 PM Boise Tours the newly-completed TRACON air traffic control facilities, Boise Airport south side, 3001 W. Harvard Street.

5:00 PM Boise Attends reception for new Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chair Lindsey Manning, Idaho Statehouse.

Wednesday, August 13:

11:00 AM McCall Discusses issues with Valley County Commissioners, Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 Mission Street.

4:00 PM Lewiston Tours Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory’s recent facility expansion, Schweitzer Engineering, 2821 Juniper Drive

Thursday, August 14:

11:15 AM Orofino Discusses issues with Clearwater County Commissioners, Commission Office, 150 Michigan Avenue

12:00 PM Orofino Speaks to members of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Ponderosa Restaurant, 220 Michigan Avenue.

Friday, August 15:

10:00 AM Lewiston Speaks at groundbreaking ceremonies for the Lewiston Orchards Water Exchange Project, a collaborative effort led by the Lewiston Orchard Irrigation District, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Fish & Game Regional Office, 3316 16th Street.

Saturday, August 16:

10:30 AM Sandpoint Joins Sandpoint Mayor Carrie Logan and representatives of Solar Roadways for a news conference to mark progress of solar panels and a remodel of Sandpoint’s historic Amtrak Depot, At the Depot, 450 Railroad Avenue.

Monday, August 18:

8:30 AM Coeur d’ Alene Addresses attendees at the National Conference of State Housing Boards’ Educational and Development Workshop. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 South Second Street.

1:00 PM Rathdrum Joins ownership of Kuma Stoves for a news conference on federal regulations proposals that could damage wood stove manufacturers. At Kuma Stoves, 50145 Old Highway 95.

Tuesday, August 19:

8:30 AM Boise Joins Steve Forbes to address the Zions Bank Small Business Forum, Riverside Hotel, 2400 W. Chinden Boulevard

Wednesday, August 20:

8:00 AM Idaho Falls Addresses Mayor Rebecca Casper’s Intermountain Energy Summit breakfast with fellow members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Boulevard.

Thursday, August 21: 8:45 AM Sun Valley Joins former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez to speak to attendees of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Idaho Housing Field Hearing, Dollar Mountain Lodge, 1 Sun Valley Road.

Tuesday, August 26: 9:45 AM St. Anthony Tours facilities and participates in news conference regarding the Chester Dam Hydroelectric Project opening. Partners are the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District and Fall River Cooperative. Northeast of St. Anthony on the Henry’s Fork.

11:30 AM St. Anthony Meets with Fremont County Commissioners, Fremont County Courthouse, 151 West First North.

2:00 PM Idaho Falls Meets with McAfee Cybersecurity officials and tours facility, 2325 W. Broadway Street.

Wednesday, August 27: 9:45 AM Twin Falls Meets with local veterans groups, including the Magic Valley Veterans Advocacy Group, and local veterans. At Crapo’s South Central- Twin Falls Offices, 202 Falls Avenue. 1:30 PM Twin Falls Participates in a Veterans Recognition Ceremony hosted by Hospice Visions, Twin Falls Care Center, 674 Eastland Drive.

Thursday, August 28:

9:30 AM Pocatello Presents the Spirit of Freedom Award to WWII Veteran Quinton Murdock, Idaho State Veterans Home, 1957 Alvin Ricken Drive. 11:00 AM Pocatello Addresses participants at the Economic Development Symposium, Idaho State University Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Drive.

2:30 PM Blackfoot Tours the Latino Economic and Development (LEAD) Center, 625 West Pacific Street, Suite 2.

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