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On November 8 and 9, 2001, city, county, state, and federal officials; farmers; ranchers; reporters; environmentalists; and a wide variety of interested citizens met at Albertson College of Idaho to discuss the future of rural Idaho. They were brought together, in the words of the Andrus Center chairman, Cecil Andrus, “to focus on the challenges that we face in rural Idaho and on the solutions that just might be available to us.” Carolyn Washburn, Executive Editor of the Idaho Statesman, described the conference goal: “to find options that not only bring jobs and money but that also honor the traditions and the people in each of our unique communities.”

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