Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Business Briefs

D.L Evans hires business officer

D.L. Evans Bank has appointed Josh Hagley cash management and business development officer for the Magic Valley, Wood River and Burley, Rupert areas.

Hagley has been in banking for more than seven years with a variety of retail banking, small business and investments experience. He was treasurer of Make a Difference Now for 2007 through 2010. He lives in Twin Falls with his wife and daughter and enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing and the outdoors.

He will be working at the Twin Falls Financial Center, 906 Blue Lakes Boulevard N.

Knob Hill Inn hires new manager

Knob Hill Inn in Ketchum has hired Shannon Allen as general manager. Allen joined Knob Hill Inn as a sales manager in December 2011 following its $750,000 renovation. She quickly worked her way up the ranks and in her new position will be responsible for overseeing all operations of the hotel.

Prior to joining the team at the inn, Allen spent five years as account manager for individual and group ski travel at Mountain Reservations/VacationRoost, a vacation rental company. Prior to Mountain Reservations, she lived in Quito, Ecuador, where she taught advanced English to students and professors at the Wall Street Institute.

Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a minor in international business from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Currently she resides in Ketchum and in her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, golfing and all other activities that involve being outside with nature.

Gas prices fall in Idaho

Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, now averaging $3.78. That compares with a national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.61, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Idaho during the past week, prices are 8.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago and 3.1 cents higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.2 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 16.2 cents per gallon lower than this day a year ago.

"With significant downward pressure on oil prices last week, motorists will continue to see prices sliding east of the Rockies, and even the West Coast will start to get in on the action, thanks to a supply situation that appears to be turning around," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan."Also pushing down oil prices last week was a frightening jobs report, as well as continued concerns about European debt problems."

Sun Valley Mustard wins medals

Sun Valley Mustard recently won two medals in the World-Wide Mustard Competition: silver for its Spicy-Sweet and gold for its new label designs.

Sun Valley Mustard was bought in October 2011 by Joshua Wells. He reports that since then, sales have increased by 47 percent.

The company has increased its distribution to include Washington and Utah and is working on sales in Montana and Oregon. It is now in three Albertsons supermarkets in Boise and will be distributing to Harmon's, one of the top food store chains in Utah.

"We have plans to grow throughout the Northwest and eventually establish a national footprint," Wells said.

Sun Valley Mustard has redesigned its labels to include an iconic image of Bald Mountain with background colors differentiating each of its six flavors.

It has relocated its production facility to a new location near the Hailey airport, at 1760 Lear Lane C.

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