Coleman Oil Co. acquired Busch Distributing Inc., based in Pullman and Sunset Marts, this month.
The deal comprised the marketing and sales activities of Busch Distributing, four large fuel plants, the transport fleet and the chevron lubricant business, and six Sunset Mart convenience stores, according to a joint press release between the two companies.
Coleman Oil also acquired 24 commercial gas station network Cardlock and CFNnet locations. They are a mix of gas stations and unstaffed gas stations where customers pay with credit or debit cards, often as part of business-to-business transactions.
Coleman Oil now has more than 90 CFNnet locations, 12 proprietary convenience stores, a lubricants division, 14 bulk fuel storage and delivery facilities, biodiesel and renewable fuel sales, and a rail logistics operation in north central and north Idaho, Washington , Western Montana and parts of Oregon.
Busch Distributors was founded in 1963 by Tom Busch. His son Steve Busch expanded the business and added Sunset Marts. His son, Eric Busch, was president of the company from 2003 and expanded into gasoline retailer sales and petroleum equipment services.
Coleman Oil was founded in 1953 by Bob Coleman Sr.. His son, Bob Coleman Jr., joined his father’s company in 1980 and acquired it in 1995. Ian Coleman, the grandson of Bob Coleman Sr., joined the company in 2015 and is its president.
Lewiston Airport offers free transportation for Palouse passengers
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport has established a free shuttle service to and from the Palouse for ticketed passengers on flights arriving and departing from the hub.
Reservations are possible at bit.ly/3H1Rtp8 and are required at least one day in advance.
The shuttle stops at the Intermodal Transit Center at 1006 Railroad St., Moscow; the Wallace Center, 1080 W. Sixth St., Moscow; and the Washington State University Fine Arts parking garage on Grimes Way and NE Stadium Way in Pullman.
The service started in part because Lewiston airport officials learned that 70 percent of students at the University of Idaho and WSU did not own vehicles, Lewiston Airport Authority chairman Gary Peters said at a recent board meeting.
It’s very popular with parents of students attending these two schools because it gives them more options, said Laurie Wilson, a board member.
Lewiston offers flights with Delta to Salt Lake City and with United to Denver. The Pullman-Moscow regional airport offers connections to Seattle and Boise, which are operated by Horizon Air as Alaska Airlines.
“They’re all so excited because they were all leaning against a wall and couldn’t bring their son or daughter home,” she said.
Moscow real estate agency under new ownership
MOSCOW – Ownership of Team Idaho Real Estate has passed from Debbie Spurgeon to Deann Billing, who has 13 years of real estate experience.
Billing joined the Idaho Real Estate team in 2008 and rose as a broker and trainer following a press release about the transition.
Spurgeon will continue to mentor, work with buyers and sellers, and own and separately administer the Idaho Property Management team.
At the same time, the company has changed its name to United Country Real Estate Team Idaho to reflect its affiliation with United Country Real Estate, a network of conventional and auction real estate professionals, according to the press release.
United Country Real Estate supports more than 500 offices and 6,000 real estate professionals on four continents.
The United Country Real Estate Idaho team all have the same brokers, Billing said in the press release.
“We hope to grow our team, add more office locations and even add auction services to our current operations,” she said.
Funeral directors in east Washington have a new name
Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax, Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman and Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home in Dayton will be renamed Corbeill Funeral Homes & Crematory.
All three companies are owned by married couple Craig and Nikki Corbeill, who acquired the Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home in July.
That addition led to the change, which began in October and will be completed on Saturday, said Craig Corbeill, who has lived at the Palouse since 1995, when he accepted a position as an undertaker at Shorts Funeral Chapel in Moscow.
Six years later, the Corbeills bought the Bruning Funeral Home and expanded in 2006 by acquiring the Kimball Funeral Home, where they opened a crematorium in 2008, he said.
“For me it was important that people recognize that our faces don’t change and our employees don’t change,” said Corbeill. “It’s just the names above the doors.”
Corbeill began his career in Kellogg, where he grew up and got his first experience in the industry while owning and running an ambulance.
In that capacity, he sometimes interacted with undertakers and eventually decided to graduate as an Associate in Funeral Services from Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.
Shortly after completing this program, he was hired as an undertaker at Shoshone Funeral Service in Kellogg before moving to Moscow.
“I’ve always had an interest in helping people and this has been a unique way to do it,” he said.
Port of Clarkston Commission gets a makeover
Dayna Weatherly-Wilson will join the Port of Clarkston Commission on Saturday, taking a seat from Marvin for 24 years.
Jackson is stepping down from the commission after choosing not to seek his seat in the last election.
A registered nurse, Weatherly-Wilson, 46, ran unanimously for the six-year term in November and attended committee meetings in late summer to prepare.
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“It’s nice to live in a smaller church,” she said. “It felt a lot safer here.”
On the commission, she wants to explore ways to diversify retail, which in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley is suffering from the losses of stores like Macy’s, said Weatherly-Wilson.
She is also interested in following developments similar to what she has seen in other places, e.g.
“I like innovation,” said Weatherly-Wilson.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being raised to help ease Idaho’s housing problems
Nonprofit groups working on the housing crisis in northern Idaho will be among the recipients of the 11th annual Avenues for Hope fundraiser.
Contributors have until Friday to donate avenuesforhope.org, according to a press release from Benjamin Cushman, communications coordinator for Idaho Housing and Finance.
The campaign is organized by the Idaho Housing and Finance Foundation.
“Access to affordable housing is one of our greatest challenges right now,” said Gerald M. Hunter, President of Idaho Housing and Finance, in the press release. “Idaho’s network of housing and conservation organizations is struggling to meet the needs of many disadvantaged residents across the state, especially during the winter months.”
The effort benefits 92 organizations in Idaho, including Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse, Family Promise of the Lewis Clark Valley, Family Promise of the Palouse, LC Valley Adult Resource Center, LC Valley Habitat for Humanity, LC Valley Youth Resource Center, Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, Palouse Habitat for Humanity, Sojourners’ Alliance, the Lewiston Salvation Army, and the Union Gospel Mission.
A total of $ 300,000 in matching gifts and challenge prizes are provided by groups and businesses including Idaho Housing and Finance, Micron Foundation, Zions Bank, BlueCross of Idaho, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Wells Fargo, Idaho Central Credit Union, Stifel, Washington Trust Bank, P1FCU, TitleOne, and US Bank.