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Clen Atchley

Emma Atchley

I.F. city attorney honored with state award

Idaho Falls City Attorney Randy Fife was recognized recently by the Idaho Municipal Attorney’s Association with the Dale Storer Professionalism Award.

Only two other attorneys have been recognized in the state since 2011 with the award from the Idaho Municipal Attorney’s Association, a city of Idaho Falls news release said. The award is the highest honor the association can bestow on a city attorney, the release said.

The award, presented as part of the 2018 Service and Achievement Awards, recognized Fife as an individual “attorney who has made a significant, positive contribution to the practice of Idaho municipal law through a demonstration or standard of professionalism, ethics and civility.”

Fife has practiced municipal law for more than 25 years and has been the Idaho Falls City Attorney since April 2013.

“(Fife’s) dedication to the work of ensuring fair and accessible government is always evident. One of the things that I appreciate is that just about every opportunity to interact with (him) as the city’s attorney results in more than an answer to a question,” Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said in the release. “I usually receive an education on key governance principles. And that results in better governance. Our city is very fortunate to have an attorney of this caliber.”

National ag group honors alumni farmers

The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association honored retired University of Idaho professor Carl Hunt as well as U of I alumni and eastern Idaho farmers Clen and Emma Atchley during the group’s annual meeting June 14 in Boise.

Hunt, a cattle physiologist, retired from the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences as head of the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science. He continues to oversee and support the college’s Steer-A-Year program that funds scholarships for Idaho Vandal athletes and agricultural students, a university news release said.

Hunt received the group’s Above and Beyond Partner Award, which is given to faculty or staff members who give freely of their time to further the goals of the institution’s alumni, communications, development or student services programs.

The Atchleys operate the Flying A Ranch near Ashton and produce seed potatoes, grain, alfalfa, canola and cattle. Clen Atchley received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and Emma Atchley received a bachelor’s degree in English, both from UI.

The Atchleys received the Association’s Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist Award. It is given to those with sustained giving to support agriculture, agricultural higher education, Extension or land-grant universities, the release said.