‘Day of the Dead’ honors for Cenarrusa at Boise’s Mexican Consulate

A “Day of the Dead” altar will be unveiled with mementos from the life of Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa on Wednesday.

The event is set for 4 p.m. at the Consulate of Mexico, 701 Morrison Knudsen Dr., in Boise.

Henar Chico, who writes the “A Basque in Boise” blog, notes that Guillermo Ordorica, new Consul of Mexico to Boise, is a Mexican of Basque descent, “and very proud of his Basque heritage.”

For 52 years, Cenarrusa was the among the leading Basque politicians in the U.S., serving as speaker of the Idaho House and secretary of state. He died Sept. 29  at 95 and was warmly remembered from Boise to Spain.

Hot chocolate and a sweet roll “pan de muerto,” or bread of the dead, will be served. RSVPs are requested. Call the consulate at 954-8846 or email infoboise@sre.gob.mx.

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Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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