Elli Brown, Class 32, recently announced her engagement to Travis Gibbens. The couple is planning to be married in Coeur d'Alene on September 29. Elli works for INL at their Boise office.
Congratulations to Alex Reed, Class 35, and his wife, Leah, on the birth of a third daughter, Eleanor, on July 20. Eleanor has four older siblings.
Malia Miller, Class 36, was joined by her husband, Ryan, Class 33, and their two daughters for her graduation from Purdue University with a master's degree in agriculture economics. The MBA will be awarded from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Malia and Ryan are involved in the family operation - Grant 4D Farms based in Rupert.
Brent Stanger, Class 18, recently was appointed by Governor Otter to serve a four-year term on the Idaho State Real Estate Appraiser Board. Congratulations, Brent.
Special thanks to Linda Rider, Class 22, and her husband, Rob, for hosting the Coeur d'Alene Regional Summer Event at Rider Ranch (east of Coeur d'Alene) for thirteen LIA alumni, family members and guests on July 17. Thanks also to Doug McIntosh, Class 19, and his wife, Brenda, and Art McIntosh, Class 31, for hosting the Palouse Regional Summer Event on July 18 at Lindsay Creek Winery where twenty-five alumni, family members and guests were present.
The team at Association Management Group has added a new staff member, Patxi Larrocea-Phillips, son of Flip Phillips, Class 3, and Susi Larrocea, Class 4. Patxi is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho School of Law and completed the bar exam the end of July. Patxi is married and lives in Nampa. He is also involved in the family farming and ranching operation.
Laura Wilder, Class 38, and her husband, Steve, were very busy the weekend of July 27-28 with wedding activities for their son, Brett, who married Liz Bumstead. Both newlyweds are graduates of the University of Idaho.
Thanks to many LIA Alumni who helped to staff and operate the Canyon County Fair - Ag Country display at the end of July. Over 6,000 people passed through the display and over 1,500 quizzes were completed.
Blair Wilson, Class 11, has announced his retirement from Northwest Farm Credit Services where he most recently has been serving as Idaho president. Special retirement events are planned in Blair's honor on November 29 in the Nampa/Boise area.
Sympathy is extended to Rob Troxel, Class 14, and his wife, Barb, on the recent passing of Barb's mother.
Sixty individuals applied for the position of the Idaho Department of Lands Director. In the end, two of the three finalists had LIA connections. Teri Murrison, Affiliate Member out of the California program, and Dustin Miller, Class 28. The announcement of the new director should be made soon.