Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Click on the above heading for the live cam shot of the Idaho capitol restoration project and click again on the picture to enlarge it. Check it out in the early morning with the sun just coming up, light snow on the ground and show capped mountains in the distance. Of course this is old stuff to the Boise crowd. I do hope the Capitol Restoration Committee will include Frank's statue as a part of the project when they complete work on the surrounding areas and grounds. Maybe someone has inside information on that already? I have mentioned it to a few folks but need to get a letter going to the committee. Feel free to do the same, You can contact the committee by email by going to the website at http://www.capitolcommission.idaho.gov/commission/ and click on the link at the bottom of the page "Contact the Commission." The patina of the statue is in bad shape and needs to be cleaned and restored, the walkways are crumbling and landscaping needs to be updated. Bruce and Pat didn't even want to film a close-up of Frank's face when we did my segment for the production this past March. Hopefully the statue gets a bit of attention but I won't hold my breath considering the budget issues that have delayed the whole project. I do look forward to roaming the capitol building again, seeing the governor's portrait back up on the wall (of course I mean Governor Steunenberg) at Attorney General Wasden's office (pictured at right July 2005) and taking another look at my great-grandfather's desk...or desks as it may be since there are two that are essentially identical. Hopefully Frank will get a new shine for what I anticipate will be a grand re-opening celebration.
Posted by John T. Richards Jr. at 6:47 AM