The Lemhi County sheriff who made a road trip to Boise, got blotto and drove the wrong way down a one-way street looks to be safe from a recall effort for the time being. Sam Slavin, 52, was arrested in Boise on March 31 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving. As penalty, Slavin's license was suspended for 30 days, he faces a year of probation, 100 hours of community service, 16 hours of alcohol education and-in what appeared to be the most significant consequence at the time-he raised the ire of Lemhi County resident Ina Horn. In April, Horn began collecting signatures to recall Slavin, since he can only be removed from office if he is convicted of a felony.
However, Horn's insurrection appears to be short-lived. Lemhi County clerk Terri Morton told the Associated Press in June that several entire pages of signatures were disqualified for improper formatting. Apparently, the recall organizer had crammed more than 20 signatures on several pages, which is not allowed by state law. Horn has since said she now has grave misgivings about the future of her recall election, for which 20 percent of registered Lemhi County voters-or 944 signatures-must be collected by a July 13 deadline. If it makes you feel any better, Ina, you can still dump some litter on the side of the highway pretty soon and have the rare privilege of watching a sheriff in an orange jumpsuit pick it up.