BOISE -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is sticking by his appointee to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission after she encountered opposition.
Joan Hurlock, a fitness center owner from Buhl, was named by Otter last June to the seven-member panel.
But the Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted 5-4 Thursday against recommending Hurlock be confirmed by the full Senate, after some people complained she wasn't qualified.
On Friday, Otter defended Hurlock, telling reporters she was thoroughly vetted by a committee reviewing candidates for the opening.
Otter said he was particularly impressed by her interest in encouraging children to get into the outdoors -- and away from the television and video games.
He says he hasn't asked Hurlock to withdraw her name.
The Senate is likely to vote on her appointment next week.