Congratulations to several LIA Alumni who have recently become Grandparents:
Congratulations to Abel Reed, son of Alex, Class 35, and Leah Reed, Class 40, on recently being named state champion in wrestling.
Sympathy is extended to the family of John R. Gibson, Class 6, who passed away from COVID in mid-January. Prayers and thoughts are sent to John’s wife Irene. John worked most of his career for banks in the Magic Valley.
Congratulations to Siska Reece, Class 38, and husband, Justin, on the birth of Theodore Albert Reece, the 5th son to be born in their family. Siska and Justin are involved in the family dairy operation outside of Melba.
Congratulations to Lee Holtom, Class 40, and his wife Sam, who gave birth to twin girls on March 13, Bridget and Virginia. The babies arrived 10 weeks early and have been at the NICU unit in Spokane where they anticipate remaining for another eight weeks. Lee works for CHS Primeland out of Lewiston.
Congratulations to Jarom Jemmett, Class 39, who was recently elected for a term as Vice-President of Idaho Onion Growers’ Assn. and Brennan Gabiola-Harris, Class 32, was elected for another term as Secretary/Treasurer of the same organization. Clinton Wissel, Class 3, retired from the board this year after serving many years in leadership roles with the local and national onion organizations.
Our thoughts are with Blaine Hulet, Class 23, who is in St. Luke’s Nampa where he in intensive care following pneumonia, a heart attack, and a bout with COVID. Blaine was removed from the ventilator this past weekend and is showing some signs of progress. Blaine farms in the Murphy area with his sons.
It has never happened before. Class 41 held their Idaho Falls Session on February 22-26, waited one week, and then held their Twin Falls Session on March 8-12. Their Boise session is scheduled for January 24-28, 2022 in Boise. Another unusual situation was TWO regional events were held in the Twin Falls Session, each attracting more than 60 alumni and friends. Outstanding presentations were made at the regional events by Twin Falls Commissioner, Brent Reinke, Class 40, on the “Starting Point for Getting Involved in Public Policy” and by Twin Falls Canal Company Manager, Brian Olmstead, Class 29, “The History of Milner Dam.” Brian also announced to several in attendance his retirement later this year and that his replacement Jay Barlogi, Class 30, who is the current Field Supervisor for the Company will be serving as Manager.
Dear LIA Alumni:
Congressman Mike Simpson
Thank you to those who participated on the March 2 Zoom call held with Second Congressional District Congressman Mike Simpson. He shared about his proposal to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River. During the presentation there were a number of questions from participants that were addressed by the Congressman. However, there was not time in the allocated hour for all questions to be addressed. Attached are the questions and the responses from the Congressman or his staff.
LINK Call for March
Due to Spring Break and availability of presenters, we will be moving the March LINK call from the last Thursday of the month, March 25 to April 1, the first Thursday of April. Our plan is to have the following featured presentations:
Update on COVID Related Issues – Doug Robison, Class 29, President, Northwest Farm Credit Services
Report on the 2021 Idaho Legislative Session – LIA Alumni serving in the Idaho Legislature
The call will be held Thursday, April 1 – 9:00 AM (MT). More details to follow.
LIA Gala and Auction
Thanks to everyone who played a role in helping the first ever virtual LIA Gala and Auction be such a wonderful success. The goal of the evening was set at $75,000 and in the end, Development Director Kendra Dustin, Class 32, reported that over $120,000 was raised for ongoing programs and support of LIA. You did an outstanding job.
Special congratulations to our raffle winners:
Grand Prize Kubota – Scott Brown
Grand Prize Trip – Kerry Salutregui
Class Prize – Kara Hurst, Class 30
Card Game – Charlie Bryan, Class 10
The Boise Session for Class 41 has been scheduled for January 24-28. This date was selected in anticipation that the 2022 Idaho Legislature will operate under a more normal set of conditions to allow the class to experience the week in Boise that deals with public policy. That being said, recognition of the 10-year alumni members and Lifetime Members has been put off until that time. However, we decided to go ahead and mail the plaques to each of these individuals receiving this honor so they can have their award to display and share. Those who would have received this honor at the LIA Graduation include the following: