February 01, 2005

Crapo To Announce Regional Jobs And Economic Partnership Bill During Visit To North Idaho

Inland Northwest legislation seeks to market regionâ??s products

Washington, DC - Seeking to stimulate regional solutions for Northwest economic development and job creation concerns, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will announce this week new federal legislation he has authored during a visit with workers at a Kootenai County sawmill. He will also travel to Clearwater County to update efforts to assist the local economy hurt by drawdowns at Dworkshak Reserviour. Crapo will also tour improvements in rural telehealth he helped acquire funding for at the Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.During the visits from Clearwater to Boundary Counties, Crapo will discuss his efforts to increase funding for Idaho salmon recovery and honor local residents will his Spirit of Idaho Award. He will also distribute books to Idaho students under new initiatives from the Disney Company and First Book.The schedule of events includes the following. Times listed are local time and the schedule is subject to change. All events listed are open to the media.Thursday, March 18th:10:00 a.m. Coeur dâ??Alene Honors local cancer volunteer Judy Nixon with the Spirit of Idaho Award and tours the cancer facilities at Kootenai Medical Center, 2003 Lincoln Way.1:40-2:20 p.m. Coeur dâ??Alene Speaks to a government class at Coeur dâ??Alene High School, North 5530 4th Avenue on issues before Congress.3:00-4:00 p.m. Chilco Tours Chilco Mill just north of Coeur dâ??Alene to meet with workers coming off shift and discuss his new legislation, S. 2142, the Inland Northwest Revitalization Act. 5:00-5:45 p.m.Coeur dâ??Alene Answers questions and meets with constituents during an open house at his new regional office location at 610 Hubbard, Suite 209.Friday, March 19th: 9:30-9:45 a.m. Lewiston Greets students and participates in a First Book reading event at the Lewiston High School auditorium. Crapo will meet with students in grades K-3 who are coming for the event at 1114 9th Avenue.11:30 a.m. Kamiah Speaks at the Lewis County Lincoln Day Luncheon at the Lolo Trail, 308 Third Street2:00 p.m.Orofino Greet students and speak at an event sponsored by First Book and Disney at Orofino Junior High School, 426 Michigan Avenue.2:30 p.m. Orofino News conference and meeting with area leaders on economic development improvements and appropriations assistance for Clearwater County and the LCSC Virtual Incubator. Mayor Joe Pippinger, City Administrator Rick Laam, Clearwater Valley Hospital CEO Casey Meza and Jill Thomas-Jorgensen, Region II Director for the Small Business Development Center will join Crapo at the new industrial park, west of Orofino at 10110 Highway 12.3:00 p.m. OrofinoMeets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho State Parks officials over Dworshak funding at Orofino City Hall, 27 First Street. 4:15 p.m. Orofino Tour Clearwater Valley Hospital to discuss improvements under federal funding. At 3401 Cedar in Orofino.6:00 p.m. Orofino Attend and speak at the Clearwater County Lincoln Day Dinner at Orofino High School. Saturday, March 20th:Noon Wallace Attend and speak at the Shoshone County Lincoln Day Luncheon at the Wallace Inn, 100 Front Street.6:00 p.m. Bonners Ferry Attend and speak at Boundary County Lincoln Day Dinner at the American Legion Hall, 113 West Kootenai Street.Sunday, March 21st:1:00 p.m. St. Maries Keynote speaker for the Benewah County Lincoln Day Luncheon at the Grub Box, 201 North 8th Street.6:00 p.m. Sandpoint Speak at Bonner County Lincoln Day Dinner, City Forum, 218 Cedar. # # #