Gossett will head travel association

Eldonna Gossett, executive director of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, was recently elected president of the North Central Idaho Travel Association for the 1995-96 fiscal year.

The NCITA is an organization promoting tourism in the five counties in north central Idaho and it administers a state travel and convention grant.

Other officers elected were Clyde Hanson of the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, vice president; Vicky Lowe, co-owner of Discovery River Expeditions and Salmon River Realty of Riggins, secretary; and Lynn Moss, supervisor of the city of Lewiston's parks and recreation, treasurer and grant administrator.

Newly elected to the 21-member board of directors were: Shari Marek of Salmon River Challenge in Riggins; Lee Steiner of Clearwater 21 Motel in Kamiah and Mary Bowman of Moscow.

Re-elected to the board were: Helen LeBoeuf-Binninger of the Idaho Small Business Development Center in Lewiston; Dan Schenkein, president of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce; and Dodd Snodgrass of the Clearwater Economic Development Association in Lewiston.

The board is made up of two representatives from each county and 11 members at large. Two vacancies exist for Clearwater County and one for a member at large.

Robert Brower honored by Idaho State Bar Association

Robert L. Brower, a Lewiston lawyer, has been awarded the 1995 Idaho State Bar Pro Bono award, which is given to those attorneys who devote a significant amount of time to providing indigent individuals with legal services.

Brower, a member of the Idaho State Bar since 1973 and a partner in the law firm Jones, Brower & Callery, will receive the award from State Bar commissioners when they meet Nov. 16 in Lewiston.

Hardee's general manager buys part of restaurant

Tim Klava, general manager of Hardee's restaurant in Lewiston, has purchased 20 percent of the restaurant in a partnership program started by restaurant owner, North Central Food Systems Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.

North Central Food Systems is one of Hardee's largest franchisees and owns 92 restaurants in 73 different markets in 10 states.

Klava joined the company nine years ago as an hourly employee.

Vice president of health care services hired by MSB

John Ruch has been hired to be the vice president of health care services for Medical Service Bureau/Blue Shield of Idaho, based in Lewiston.

In his new position, Ruch is responsible for relations between MSB and health care providers, for health care reimbursement and for information. He also is in charge of the MSB/Blue Shield HealthSense products.

Ruch holds degrees from Syracuse University and Kent State University, including a master's degree in business administration.

Before joining MSB, he was the CEO of the Physicians' Network in Portland, where he was responsible for physician recruitment, contract negotiations, medical management development and all operations.

Sara Varner sells Mountain View Mortgage

Two former classmates recently bought Mountain View Mortgage at Lewiston.

Larry Pierce and Don Carpenter, both of Clarkston, bought the corporation in June from Sara J. Varner of Lewiston, who started it in 1993.

Pierce and Carpenter are both 1984 graduates of Okanogan (Wash.) High School and have known each other since attending junior high school together.

Pierce received a bachelor's degree in business management from Lewis-Clark State College at Lewiston. He has been in the lending business for three years and was Mountain View's top producer last year. He worked for Blazer Financial Inc. for two years before joining Mountain View.

Carpenter graduated from Washington State University at Pullman with a degree in criminal justice in 1989 and in business administration in 1993. For the past three years he has been trading commodities and futures.

When they bought the company, there were offices at Lewiston, Grangeville and Pullman. Since then, the Grangeville office has been relocated to Kooskia and the Pullman office has been closed.

The mortgage company has 25 lenders who will make conventional and commercial loans and loans to people with less than optimum credit histories.

Daughter buys business so her mother can retire

A shelter care business started by a mother-daughter team last year was recently purchased by the daughter to allow her mother to retire.

Audrey L. Holt bought Audrey's Shelter Care at Clarkston Sept. 1 from her mother, Audrey Foredyce. Both are Clarkston residents.

The two started the business after taking in and caring for Foredyce's mother early in 1990. Foredyce is a retired teacher and Holt is a licensed hairdresser and certified nurse's aid.

The center is licensed to provide room and board for five people, allowing them to live in a private, home-like atmosphere. Both private and state funding is accepted.

The building was recently remodeled and a van was purchased to take residents on outings. There are two employees.

Stonebraker McQuary opens office at Craigmont

CRAIGMONT A long-standing Lewiston-Clarkston Valley family-owned insurance business recently opened an office here.

Stonebraker McQuary Agency Group, based at Lewiston and Clarkston, opened an office at Craigmont Oct. 1 formerly occupied by Miller Insurance, which closed after Bob Miller retired earlier this year.

The office will handle a variety of insurance services including crop, farm package, life, health, home, car and business insurance.

Chuck Gabby of Tammany will be the local agent and will be assisted by Pam Krowl of the Craigmont area.

Don McQuary said the location for the office was chosen because it is in the middle of farm country much of which was serviced by their Lewiston and Clarkston offices.

"We felt a need to be closer to that area up there. Bob was the only full-time agent in town and with him retiring, it left a gap and we saw the opportunity to fill that gap," McQuary said.

McQuary, the third member of his family to run the business, and Phil Stonebraker, a second-generation business owner, decided to merge the two companies in 1988.

Stonebraker McQuary has associate offices at Spokane, Seattle and Grandview, Wash. The company has 23 employees in the Lewiston and Clarkston offices.

Realtors' association elects division presidents

Richard White and Marilyn Flatt have been elected to the top offices of the Lewiston-Clarkston Association of Realtors for 1996.

White, of Ray J. White & Sons, will be president of the Idaho division, succeeding Pat Ponack, and Flatt, of Century 21 in Lewiston, will be president of the Washington division, replacing Vanessa Heimgartner.

Also elected to office for the Idaho division were: Paul Tutcher of Cargill Real Estate, vice president; Doris Clark of Clark & Associates, secretary/treasurer; Artie Moore of Tomlinson Valley Real Estate in Lewiston, three-year term on board of directors; Shelly Miles of Tomlinson Valley Real Estate in Lewiston, two-year term as state director.

Other officers elected for the Washington division were: Mary Jane Gruber of Coldwell Banker Town & Country Realtors, vice president; Frances Johnson of Coldwell Banker Town & Country Realtors, secretary/treasurer; Cara Thompson of Parkview Real Estate, three-year term on board of directors; and Norma Jameson of Century 21 in Clarkston, one-year term as state director.