Otter presents Mother of the Year awards, salutes his mom, 99, too

Gov. Butch Otter helped honor three Idaho mothers and found a moment to remember his mom, who celebrated her last double-digit birthday in February.

In a ceremony in his office Wednesday, Otter presented the Mother of the Year award to Becky Rowan, the Young Mother award to Laura Alvarez Schrag and the Idaho Merit Mother award to Lorraine Ball.

Afterward, Otter was asked about Regina Otter, the mother of Otter and eight siblings.

“She’s doing good,” Otter replied. “We just celebrated her 99th and almost all the kids were there.”

Mrs. Otter was born Feb. 9, 1915.


After the ceremony, Otter posed for photos with Alvarez Schrag, left, Rowan, center, and Ball, right.

The awards are organized by the Idaho Association of American Mothers, Inc., an affiliate of
American Mothers, Inc. The awards are in their 69th year. To learn more about Alvarez Schrag, Rowan and Ball and the 2014 Idaho awards, click here.

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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