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Local orthopedic surgeon named national physician of the year

The American Board of Physician Specialties National Board of Orthopedic Surgery has named Dr. Grant Walker its “2017 National Physician of the Year.”

The American Board of Physician Specialties is “the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists Inc.,” its website said. The board is one of the three most prominent nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in North America, the website said.

Walker has a degree in engineering, chiropractic, human biology, medicine from Albany Medical College. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Colorado and his orthopedic surgery residency from Maricopa County Hospital – Phoenix. He also completed a spine fellowship.

After his fellowship, Walker spent several years in private practice, operating at Bingham Memorial Hospital. He has a farm in Shelley.

Montana &Idaho CDC names new leader of Idaho operations

Ben Wright will head Montana &Idaho Community Development Corporation’s operations in Idaho.

Wright is Montana &Idaho CDC’s director of client services and moved from Missoula, Mont., to Boise to lead the Idaho operations, a Community Development Corporation news release said.

Wright works with new and existing Montana &Idaho CDC loan clients in all aspects of business management, finance, marketing and operations, the release said. The Community Development Corporation services include creating strategic action plans, conducting financial analyses, assessing business and industry risks and developing cash flow projections and models for clients to improve their financial health.

Wright’s responsibilities include servicing eastern Idaho. He can be reached at 844-728-9234 or by email at

Since Montana &Idaho CDC launched New Markets Tax Credit financing in Idaho in 2013 and business lending in 2015, it has provided over $135 million to growing Idaho businesses.

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College of Western Idaho names Breach faculty of the year

Stephanie Ritchie Breach, who was raised in Idaho Falls, was named 2017 Faculty of the Year at College of Western Idaho.

Breach, an assistant professor of criminal justice, is known for “excellent connections with students both in and out of the classroom,” a CWI news release said. In addition, she finds time to consistently engage in the institution and overall CWI community.

After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in crime and justice studies from the University of Idaho and a master of arts degree in criminal justice administration at Boise State University, and she worked for 12 years in the juvenile justice system, both in juvenile probation, and as the director of the Third District Youth Court Program, the release said. Breach continues to actively participate in the juvenile justice community in Idaho by serving on the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission, the release said.

Losinski completes Master Public Information Officer Program

Gregg Losinski, Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s longtime Upper Snake Regional conservation educator, has completed the first-ever Master Public Information Officer Program from the Emergency Management Institute.

The program is run by FEMA/Homeland Security in Emmitsburg, Md., a Fish and Game news release said.

This course is designed to create a new level of public information officers able to assist with whatever disaster might impact their communities, states or the nation, the release said.

Twenty-one public information officers from across the nation took part in the three-week program that was spread out over the course of six months. Losinski was the only public information officer selected that came from a natural resources background, the release said. The others were from municipal agencies such as police, fire and city governments.

Losinski has also served as a fire information officer for the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. He also serves as a contract instructor for the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, teaching the basic FEMA public information officer course to public information officers across the state.

Ogden is new chapter member at Eastern Idaho SCORE

Sugar City Mayor David Ogden is a new chapter member for Eastern Idaho SCORE, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives. He will serve as an Upper Valley representative for Rexburg and surrounding areas, a SCORE news release said.

Ogden is a graduate of the University of California, Sacramento in business and personnel management, and a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He worked at Blazer Financial Services, Idaho Bank and Trust, Westmark Federal Credit Union and for the final 25 years prior to his retirement, at The Development Company in Rexburg.

He also has served on many community and company boards, including the Rexburg Rotary Club, Community Area Regional Transit, Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority, United Way of the Upper Valley, National Association of Development Companies and the Ashton Memorial Board.

Terry appointed operations officer at D.L. Evans Bank

Cindy Terry has been appointed operations officer at D.L. Evans Bank’s Rexburg branch. John V. Evans Jr., the bank’s president and CEO, announced the appointment in a news release.

Terry holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.

The Rexburg branch is located at 125 Valley River Drive.