Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

Gov. Butch Otter continues to recover from back surgery at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, his office announced Monday.

Otter is alert and resting, according to the press release, as he recovers from an infection after undergoing a second back surgery on July 14 for a ruptured disc.

Friday's surgery was the governor's second back surgery in a week. Testing after his first surgery on July 7 determined that he needed a second procedure.

The governor's office said last week that he will continue to do some state business via telephone and working closely with his office, and that he would be back to work at the Capitol as soon as possible.

Otter, who is 75, has been Idah's governor since January 2007. He has said he won't seek reelection next year.

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