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Pete Honored as House Passes Joint Memorial 14

From the Idaho Statesman - March 22, 2012

With a tip of his Basque beret, 95-years-young Cenarrusa returns to the Idaho House to see peace measure pass

With hopes for peace in the Basque Country at a historic high after 40 years of conflict, former Secretary of State and House Speaker Pete Cenarrusa sat in the VIP gallery as the House unanimously passed by voice vote House Joint Memorial 14 Thursday morning.

After the debate, the House went at ease and stood in unison to applaud Cenarrusa, who stood, smiling and waving to the people on the floor where he served from 1951-67.

The non-binding measure's sponsor, Rep. Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, noted Idaho's historic connections with the Basque provinces of Spain and France and the current economic, cultural and academic ties.

"It is an historic opportunity to continue that momentum," Bilbao said. "Idaho and it's citizens are committed to peace...I urge your 'yes' vote for humanity and for the Basque people."

Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, paid personal tribute to Cenarrusa, who knew Bateman's grandfather when Cenarrusa raised sheep in Blaine County.

Cenarrusa served a half-century in state office as a member of the House and Secretary of State, a record. He was accompanied by his wife, Freda, and Gloria Totoricaguena, a scholar of Basque politics attached to the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture. Cenarrusa sported his signature dark beret and a big grin.

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Past News Releases & Updates

Pete Honored as House Passes Joint Memorial 14
Release Date: 3/22/2012

Free Basque Geneology Workshop
Release Date: 9/21/2011

Old Europe, Pioneer West & Idaho-Bizkaian Compared
Release Date: 8/6/2011

An Invitation to Basque Cuisine
Release Date: 5/16/2011

Cenarrusa Papers Dedicated
Release Date: 11/20/2009

Lamb Barbeque Success featured on EuskoSare
Release Date: 9/17/2008

U of I gifts Basque Collection to Boise State
Release Date: 7/1/2008

Cenarrusa Foundation Sponsors Museum Dedication
Release Date: 6/1/2008

Basque Center Expansion Update
Release Date: 5/22/2008

Pete & Patty featured in U of Idaho magazine
Release Date: 3/5/2008

A Proposal to Transform the Basque Conflict
Release Date: 1/23/2008

3rd Annual Family Style BBQ Next Weekend
Release Date: 8/15/2007

Basque Cultural Expert Visits BSU
Release Date: 10/23/2006

Trees tell of Basque Culture
Release Date: 8/4/2006

Basque License Plates Available
Release Date: 3/3/2006

Boise State and the Basque Government Sign Pact
Release Date: 7/27/2005

2005 Jaialdi Symposium
Release Date: 6/30/2005

2005 Arborglyph Study Set
Release Date: 5/1/2005

"West of the Basques" Documentary
Release Date: 3/15/2005

Pete & Freda's Family Style Lamb Barbecue
Release Date: 8/25/2004

Basque Dance & Old World Culture
Release Date: 7/9/2004

Minister of Culture Visit
Release Date: 5/28/2004

Basque Minister of Justice visits Boise
Release Date: 1/22/2004



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