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.

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