Congratulations to Dave Paul, Class 16, who became Grandpa to Ava Macleod. Ava arrived on August 7. According to Dave, “She is our precious little miracle girl.”
Congratulations to Stephen, Class 39, and Samantha Parrott on the birth of Wilson Anthony Parrott born August 12, weighing 6 lbs. and 12 ozs. This is the third child in their family. Stephen works for Fort Boise, owned and operated by Jim and Joe Farmer, Class 35.
Congratulations to Tom Salaiz, Class 14, who recently completed his goal of summiting all 9 of Idaho’s 12,000 plus peaks. Tom works for McCain Foods, Burley as an Agronomist.
Congratulations to John Bohman, Class 30, whose daughter, Halee, was named a 2021 Interscholastic Star with a special Student Recognition Scholarship Award from Troy High School. John and his wife, Alison, are Owners/Partners in Ridgeview Farms outside of Troy.
Katie Wilson, Class 39 did not return this fall as the Ag Science and Technology Instructor at Grangeville High School. Katie and her husband, Chris, are awaiting the arrival of a baby in November.
Congratulations to Delwyne Trefz, Class 5, who was recently named the Administrator of the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Delwyne has been with the Commission since 2009 and most recently has served as Deputy Director under Teri Murrison, LIA Affiliate Member who retired earlier this summer.
Sympathy is extended to Rebecca Rutan, Class 33, in the recent passing of her Grandfather Gerald Weast. Rebecca works for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Nampa.
We were sad to learn that Jim Hudson, Class 34, passed away on August 26 in CDA. Jim lived on the Rathdrum Prairie. He had remained active in Idaho Water Users after serving as President of their Board. Jim recently was in Sun Valley for a water seminar. Jim frequently attended the Moscow session after graduation to meet and cheer on the new class.
Jim Miller, Class 29, and an LIA Trustee is starting a new position as the Director of Business Operations for the Palouse Animal Wellness and Surgery Center (PAWS) in Moscow. PAWS is a vet clinic owned by Jim and his wife, Kathy, who is a Veterinarian. The three doctor practice also employs 20 other staff members and is the only private clinic in the region accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. The Millers have owned the clinic for 19 years and after all that time of it being Jim’s side hustle, he is making it his full-time hustle!
Congratulations to Brody Fitch, Class 39, who recently announced he would be accepting a new position on the faculty of ISU as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting. Brody has been employed by Cooper Norman Accounting. Most of his work at ISU will be in teaching and service. Brody will be a member of the non-tenure-track faculty at the University.
We are soliciting LIA alumni who would like to be engaged in planning and executing the 2022 LIA Gala and Auction. If you would like to join the committee, let Rick know and your name will be added. The committee will start preliminary meetings in October and then begin to meet more frequently after December 1. We are planning for an in person auction on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
LIA successfully held a Congressional Fact-Finding Tour for 13 Washington, DC House Staff Members – August 9-13. LIA Alumni who participated in various portions of the tour (riding the bus, meal events, and making presentations) included the following: