Inauguration Week Begins at Noon


It's all about Butch this week.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter takes the oath of office for a second term at noon on Monday. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge will do the honors in a private ceremony at the governor's office. Don't worry if you weren't invited: It's only for invited guests and family members.

The morning of Friday, Jan. 7, Otter and the First Lady will attend an Inaugural Mass at Boise's St. John's Cathedral. At noon that day, the governor will participate in a public Inauguration on the steps of the Capitol and deliver his inaugural address.

On Friday evening, country singer Jo Dee Messina will headline an inaugural gala concert at the Knitting Factory. Price tag: $35. On Saturday, Jan. 8, a $500-a-plate dinner will take place at the Stueckle Sky Center overlooking Bronco Stadium. The $500 will also get you into the exclusive Black Tie and Boots Ball at Boise State. Meanwhile, over at the Capitol, $20 will get you into the public Inaugural Ball.

Otter won re-election with 266,584 votes, or 59 percent of Idahoans who went to the polls on Nov. 2.