Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter stopped by Lava Lake’s hometown of Carey. The governor has been traveling around the state of Idaho, naming one town each month as “Capital for a Day,” and this month marked the chance for Carey’s residents to experience a day at the healm of Idaho. The event was a wonderful opportunity for community members to meet the Governor and the leaders of each of the major state departments (Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Education, etc.). It was also a chance for the community to feast on some Lava Lake Lamb stew, prepared by Papa Hemi’s Hideaway (Ketchum).

The event honored Pete Cenarrusa, a great friend of Lava Lake, a former sheep rancher (Pete once owned our Fish Creek property), as well as the former Idaho secretary of state (a position he held for 36 years). He served in the Idaho legislature for fifty years, which is a state record. Pete has just written a memoir, Bizkaia to Boise, which he will be releasing tomorrow on his 92nd birthday.

Pete Cenarrusa, photo by Glenn Oakley

At the event, the governor had kind words for Pete and the community: “It’s an honor to bring the seat of Idaho’s State government – even for one day – to the community that gave Idaho such a venerable and distinguished public servant as Pete Cenarrusa. All of us who serve the people of Idaho owe a debt of gratitude to the high standards of civic virtue and devotion to duty that Pete and Freda set. This is a great opportunity to show the people of Carey and Blaine County how much we appreciate their contribution to Idaho’s history, culture and political development.”

Brian Bean, the owner of Lava Lake, was there to honor Pete and spoke about Pete’s legacy and friendship. Pete has been an irreplaceable mentor to Lava Lake over the last decade and we have been lucky to have his guidance.

In addition, members of the Pioneers Alliance provided a brief overview of the Alliance. Sara Mecham, City of Carey Planner, and Trish Klahr, an ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, spoke about the Alliance’s work to protect working farms and ranches, the unfragmented landscape from the Pioneer Mountains to the Craters of the Moon, and to sustain wildlife habitat and migration corridors.