Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Business Briefs

State Bar recognizes valley lawyer

John Evan Robertson has earned the Idaho State Bar's most prestigious honor, the 2011 Distinguished Lawyer Award. Robertson does mostly transactional law in the Twin Falls and Sun Valley areas, including municipal law, water law and various aspects of real estate law.

Robertson is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, and the University of Idaho College of Law.

His first client was the Ketchum/Sun Valley Water and Sewer District, which he still serves. He later drafted the city of Sun Valley's original comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance and subdivision ordinance planning regulations, and subsequently became Sun Valley city attorney.

In addition to his practice at Robertson & Slette, Robertson was for many years a part owner in a large trout farm near Hagerman, and is currently involved in commercial real estate development projects in Twin Falls, eastern Oregon and the Treasure Valley.

Mountain West Bank names new CFO

Mountain West Bank has named Dennis Durfee as the company's new chief financial officer.

Durfee formerly was senior vice president/controller at Panhandle State Bank in Sandpoint.

Mountain West Bank is the largest state-chartered bank in Idaho.


Deer Creek Fund donates $100,000

Twenty-two nonprofit organizations in the Wood River Valley have received grants totaling $100,000 from the Deer Creek Fund.

They include the following:

Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, the Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley, Blaine County Hunger Coalition, Blaine County Recreation District, Caritas Chorale College of Southern Idaho, Community Library Association, Company of Fools, Crisis Hot Line, Environmental Resource Center, Girls on the Run, Hailey Public Library, Hospice of the Wood River Valley, Idaho Meth Project, Jerome County Senior Citizens, Little Black Dress Club—Wood River Valley, Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society, The Sage School, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, and the Wood River WMCA.

Created in 1996 through the generosity of Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation of Colorado, the Deer Creek Fund is advised by Lynn Campion-Waddell of Hailey and Thomas B. Campion of Ketchum.

Tax Commission sets 2012 exemption

The maximum homeowner's exemption for 2012 will decrease to $83,974, according to calculations by the Idaho State Tax Commission. The maximum exemption for 2011 is $92,040.

"The decrease reflects falling housing prices in 2010 and through the second quarter of 2011," said Alan Dornfest, property tax policy supervisor for the Tax Commission. The exemption ceiling is tied by law to changes in the Idaho House Price Index calculated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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