February 23, 2005

Crapo To Discuss Biodiesel & Ethanol; Future Of Mass Transit; Attend Patriotic Assembly & Promote Cancer Awareness

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo begins a week of travel across Idaho with a show of support for what could be Idahoâ??s first major production plant for ethanol and biodiesel fuel production. Crapo will meet in Fruitland with officials of Treasure Valley Renewable Resources, at a time when federal officials are calling for increases in the production of both ethanol and biodiesel fuels.Crapo will also meet with Idaho tribal leaders to discuss wind power in Idaho, and he will hold a press conference on the potential expansion of mass transit in Idaho. The Senator also plans to meet with the new executive director for the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (HCCI), and tour the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which is joining national centennial festivities.Highlights of the Senatorâ??s schedule are as follows. His schedule is subject to change. Digital photos and videotape of the Senatorâ??s events may be available by contacting Susan Wheeler or Lindsay Nothern at the numbers listed above. Monday, April 21stFruitland6:15 p.m. Crapo meets with leadership and cooperative members of the Treasure Valley Renewable Resources group as they face planning and zoning approval before Payette County officials. The meeting is scheduled for the Nichols Steak House in Fruitland, and Crapo will be keynote speaker at the Payette County Lincoln Day Event immediately following the meeting. Tuesday, April 22ndBoise10:00 a.m. Crapo joins Boise Mayor Carolyn Terteling-Payne, officials from Ada and Blaine Counties, Ada County Highway District, Idaho Department of Transportation, and other transit and community conference is planned for Capitol Park at the corner of 6th and Bannock Streets, across from the Idaho Statehouse, and transit vehicles will be on display along 6th Street. Noon Crapo speaks to doctors and health professionals about plans for his Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths to test for prostate and breast cancer this summer at fairs across Idaho. His remarks come during a luncheon event at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Centerâ??s North Tower, 2nd Floor, in the Centennial Room. 1:15 p.m. Crapo will meet with Tribal leadership from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana regarding the potential for wind power development in Idaho and the Northwest. Dick Larsen of the Idaho Energy Division is the moderator for a roundtable on wind power development at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise.Meridian 2:00 p.m. Crapo speaks at patriotic school assembly at Peregrine Elementary School in Meridian. He will also present his â??Spirit of Idahoâ?? Awards to school students who have raised the most money in the state for the second year in a row for the â??Your Coins Countâ?? campaign sponsored by the Red Cross of Greater Idaho. The school is on Waltman Street, south of the intersection of Frankin and Linder in Meridian.Nampa3:30 p.m. Crapo tours the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge south of Nampa, which is part of a national refuge centennial celebration. Crapo will discuss funding and fishing activities at the Deer Flat refuge.4:15 p.m. Crapo meets with the new Executive Director for the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (HCCI) Jorge Pina. The meeting will be held at the HCCI site across from Lakeview Park at Garrity and Stampede Road. Wednesday, April 23rdBoise 8:00 a.m. Crapo will speak and answer questions before the Treasure Valley Biznet Leads Group Breakfast. He will discuss the War in Iraq and economic issues. Meeting with local business leaders is at the Power House, 621 South 17th Street in Boise. Thursday, April 24th Mountain Home 2:15 p.m. Crapo meets with leaders of the Idaho Cattle Association and NCBA to discuss grazing, trade, and land use issues. At A.J.â??s Restaurant in Mountain Home.# # #