4-H members from all over the state descended on Boise this week. They were here to learn the details of how our state government works. They held a breakfast for all legislators on Monday morning. They were such great kids! Of course part of the reason they were so nice was they had been here over the weekend, so they were exhausted. Seriously, they had been trained on how to greet people, visit with their legislators, and to act like model Idahoans. As you know, I was a former 4-H club member, as were my kids. My mother was a 4-H leader for decades. So, I’m prejudiced!!
This Week in JFAC: Quagga Mussels
Quagga Mussels were discovered in Montana late last year. We already knew they were in Utah and Nevada. These little mollusks eat food that fish and other animals eat, as well as severely damage the balance of wildlife in the lakes and ponds in which they live. Dworshak Dam, and all the lakes and ponds in district 7, are at risk if we allow them into our area.
Legislators around Idaho, and particularly those from North Idaho, allocated a supplemental appropriation to have boat inspection stations at state entryways around the state through June 30. After that we will have to visit Department of Agriculture budgets to figure out what to do for the rest of the year.
Education Week at the Capitol
School district representatives and administrators were in town this week. I was able to meet with a number of folks from District 7. Concerns expressed were:
- How to manage without Secure Rural Schools funding.
- What to do about school facilities when local levies continue to fail
- Career ladder funding
- Health care funding
They all agreed the students are the focus of all our efforts. I visited with the folks from Silver Valley schools about how many things have been added to their plate to teach, without any additional days in which to do it. They mentioned things like suicide awareness training, media literacy training, intruder lock down training, and the like. The administrators were not criticizing the topics; they were just noting that these things have been added to their responsibilities, with nothing taken away. And they have the same amount of time to teach.
Nothing is ever easy!
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