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Governor, University Presidents and JFAC...whatta week!

January 28 2012 by Peter Morrill

The Governor, University Presidents, Leadership Academy, Desks and JFAC…indeed, this has been a very busy week at Idaho Public Television.



On Tuesday, Idaho Report’s Greg Hahn conducted Idaho Reports interviews with Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho’s three university President’s: University of Idaho’s Dr. M. Duane Nellis, Boise State University’s Dr. Bob Kustra and Idaho State University’s Arthur Vallis for the Friday, January 27 program. They can be found at:



On Wednesday, we hosted more than 60 high school juniors from the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy. During their six hour session in our studios, they divided into several teams and created public service announcements for Computers for Kids. They got expert guidance on spot conception, writing, new media techniques, presentation and editing from several of our producers, directors and technicians including Greg Hahn (Producer), Jeff Tucker (Production Manager), and Ricardo Ochoa (Director). The staff had a great time with the group! Check out these pictures on Facebook:


Thursday saw two major activities: Reapportionment Commission sessions and move day at IdahoPTV. The Reapportionment Commission reconvened and began their work again to develop a redistricting plan that will pass court muster. Those live hearings can be accessed in archive form at:


Also that day, through the generosity of the Speaker of House, Pro Tem and Legislative Services, we were the recipient of 12 lightly used module desk units that will replace very old office furniture (35 + years!). With the steady coordinating efforts of staffer Kelly Roberts, personnel from Idaho Correctional Industries moved the furniture from the basement of the Joe R. Williams Office Building to our Boise/North Orchard offices.


Finally, on Friday, I made my annual budget request presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) for state fiscal year 2013. Budget presentations are held in the historic and beautifully renovated JFAC chambers of the Idaho State Capitol. They are always invigorating experiences! Checkout a low-resolution video of my session at:


The Spokesman-Review and Current.og covered the presentation.


I want to thank Friends of IdahoPTV board members Eve Chandler, Dr. Jerry Evans, Sheri Freemuth and Bob Sonnichsen for their in person support. The JFAC budget process for IdahoPTV will continue until early March when the committee will vote their recommendations to the full Idaho legislature. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.




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