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Ashton’s Reinke joins Bank of Idaho board

Chris Reinke, of Reinke Grain Company, has been selected to be a director for the Bank of Idaho and Bank of Idaho Holding Co.

Reinke is a third-generation owner and vice president at Reinke Grain Company in Ashton, a Bank of Idaho news release said.

“We are excited to have Chris join us on the board. His years of quality experience as a business owner and his knowledge of local agriculture make him a great addition to the Bank of Idaho team,” Jeff Newgard, CEO and president of Bank of Idaho, said in the release.

Reinke graduated from the University of Memphis with a business management degree.

“I am excited for this opportunity to serve as a member of the board and contribute to the great work the bank does for the community,” Reinke said in the release.

The Bank of Idaho’s other board members will welcome Reinke to the board today, when they gather for their next meeting.

Burton elected Fall River Co-op board VP

Fall River Electric board member Ralph Burton, of Island Park, has been elected vice president of the nine-member cooperative board.

Burton has been a board member for six years and an owner-member of the co-op for nearly 20 years, a Fall River Electric news release said.

As vice president, Burton is authorized to act on behalf of the board president when he is unavailable and perform any other duties as assigned by the full board membership, the release said. Fall River Electric board members are elected annually by the co-op’s board of directors.

Burton is the retired CEO of The Amalgamated Sugar Company and Snake River Sugar Company.

Fall River is a customer-owned, nonprofit electric utility providing more than 16,000 connections in portions of three states including Idaho, western Wyoming and southwest Montana. For information, visit,

Mayor’s Scholarship Fund names new executive director

Leslie Pincock has been selected as the new executive director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund.

Started by former Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman, the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund annually awards scholarships to Idaho Falls area students in grades eight through 12. The program has awarded more than 375 scholarships, worth more than $375,000 to help Idaho Falls area students attend colleges in Idaho.

“Leslie has a genuine passion for this program and the benefits that accrue to the recipients of these scholarships,” Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said in a news release. “Her belief in this program and the value it provides to area students is infectious …”

Pincock has been a volunteer with the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund since 2013. In those years 180 scholarships have been awarded. Pincock received a degree in literary criticism from Brigham Young University in Provo. Applications for the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund scholarships will be available Dec. 4. Interested students can pick up an application from their school’s counselors, or from school District 91 and District 93 offices. Scholarship applications are due Feb. 7.

Idaho State Bar recognizes eastern Idaho members

The Idaho State Bar recognized three eastern Idaho members during its annual Seventh District Bar Association Resolution Meeting on Monday in Idaho Falls.

Kimberly D. Evans Ross received the Professionalism Award, given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who “has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism,” an Idaho State Bar news release said. Evans Ross, with Battelle Energy Alliance LLC in Idaho Falls, attended law school at the University of North Carolina and has practiced law in Idaho for 13 years. Sean J. Coletti and Megan J. Hopfer received the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award, presented to the persons from each judicial district who “have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for legal services.” Coletti, an Ammon city councilman and the city’s incoming mayor, works at Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes PLLC. He spent 30 hours assisting a man in obtaining guardianship over his young nephew. Coletti also is a regular volunteer at the wills clinic for veterans in the Seventh Judicial District. Coletti graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Hopfer, with Beard St. Clair Gaffney PA in Idaho Falls, provided 20 hours of pro bono assistance to an area nonprofit that serves low income and homeless clients. In addition to her legal work, Hopfer is president of the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre. She graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law.