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Wade Griffith joins Idaho Independent Bank

Wade Griffith Joins Idaho Independent BankWade Griffith has joined Idaho Independent Bank as senior vice president of operations.

Griffith has nearly 39 years of bank operations, technology, and risk management experience with banks ranging from $20 million to $5 billion in assets. In his new role, Griffith will lead IIB s operations, project, and applications management. In addition, he will serve as chief information security officer.

Griffith graduated with a bachelor s degree in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and is a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Banking School and School of Bank Marketing.

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Obituary: Jerry Gardner

July 18, 1949 June 21, 2017

TWIN FALLS Jerry L. Gardner, age 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Twin Falls Care Center. He was born on July 18, 1949 in Twin Falls Idaho to his parents Betty and Ted Gardner. Jerry was a member of the United States Navy. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 until his Honorable Discharge in 1974. After military discharge he was an Electrical Contractor for many years and a security guard at the College Of Southern Idaho until his retirement.

In his free time Jerry enjoyed golfing and watching movies. He also enjoyed traveling to as many National Parks as he could and liked taking lots of pictures along the way. He will be greatly missed. He raised 3 sons, Dean Purviance, Chad Purviance and Jerry R. Gardner. He had 5 grandchildren Ryan, Nathan, Jayden, Marissa and Scarlette of whom he loved with all his heart. Jerry also had one older brother, Ronny and a younger sister, Karen.

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He was preceded in death by his parents. Please join us in a Celebration of his life at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls. Military Honors by the Magic Valley Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. A reception to follow. Inurnment will take place at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.

Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting[1].


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Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 73

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 55 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 73, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, confirmed the toll Saturday, saying residents who had been preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan were now in mourning. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni extremist group, claimed the twin bombings at a crowded market in the Shiite-dominated town, linking them to sectarian fighting in Syria. Dr. Sabir Hussain, an official at a government-run hospital in Parachinar, said they had received 261 victims of the twin blasts, with 62 listed in critical condition.

Another 14 people were killed Friday in a suicide car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in the southwestern city of Quetta, police spokesman Shahzada Farhat said. That attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction and the Islamic State group. Gunmen in the port city of Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant, killing four of them before fleeing, senior police officer Asif Ahmed said. Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, linked the attacks to alleged militant sanctuaries in neighboring Afghanistan and promised greater border security. The two countries often accuse each other of turning a blind eye to militants. Security forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern city of Peshawar before dawn Saturday, triggering a shootout in which three Pakistani Taliban were killed and two police officers were wounded, senior police official Sajjad Khan said. He said the militants were making bombs that likely would have been used to target holiday festivities.

Khan said the identity of the slain militants was not immediately known. But intelligence officials said one of the men has been identified as a wanted militant commander linked to the IS group. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attacks, which came just days before Eid-al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Friday’s car bombing in Quetta could be heard across the city, and shattered the windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. TV footage showed several badly damaged cars and a road littered with broken glass.

Hours after the attack, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility. Later Friday, the IS group said in a competing claim that it was behind the attack, adding that one of its followers targeted the police post in Quetta, detonating his suicide belt there. It also released a photograph of the alleged attacker, identified as Abu Othman al-Khorasani.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which has long been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch nationalists and separatists, who want a bigger share of the region’s resources or outright independence. Islamic militants have also carried out several attacks in the province.

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