Winners of the Stinker and Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway!


Two Idaho Students Receive $2,000 Scholarship from Dr. Pepper and Stinker Stores

Dr. Pepper and Stinker Stores partnered to award two students with a $2,000 scholarship to cover educational expenses. The winners of this Text to Enter contest have been officially selected – STORIES and PHOTOS attached.

Boise, Idaho – Stinker Stores teamed up with Dr Pepper late last year to help two Idaho students defray the cost of a college education. Richard Holman of Ammon and Blake Bunney of Moscow are the recipients.

Richard Holman of Ammon, Idaho – Upon receiving a phone call explaining the opportunity and how to enter, Richard quickly sent a text that would later change the future for his daughter Brooke. Holman will be gifting the $2,000 scholarship to his daughter who is attending Idaho State University. She is a non-traditional student with temporal lobe epilepsy which makes certain careers challenging for her. Brooke has chosen theater arts as her new path and this award will be a great help as the family has two other children in college.

“I’m excited at the opportunity this scholarship will create for my daughter,” said Holman. “This truly could not have come at a better time.”

Blake Bunney of Moscow, Idaho – Bunney is a hard worker managing two jobs and school at the same time.  Growing up in Princeton, a small town in Northern Idaho, Blake later attended college at Jamestown in North Dakota where he played NAIA baseball. Currently, he is attending North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene where he is in the process of earning a plumbers apprenticeship and license.

Working for a plumbing company and in the leather craft trade, Blake is dedicated to completing his education and paying off his student loans.  “The pressures of working two jobs and going to school have been more intense than I would like. This scholarship helps a great deal and I’m looking forward to focusing on my career as a plumber,” said Bunney.

“I’m thrilled that Stinker Stores and Dr Pepper brought this national contest to Idaho,” said Charley Jones, Owner and President of Stinker Stores. “Education helps strengthen the foundation of any community, and I’m happy to see that we helped these two winners complete their quest for higher education.”

The program is part of the annual Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, which awards more than $1 million in tuition prizes each year to students across the country. For more information on the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, visit

Stinker Stores, privately owned since 1936, is a leader in Idaho in the convenience store industry. Led by owner Charley Jones, Stinker has acquired and built over 30 new sites and currently operates over 65 retail operations in Idaho with more than 500 employees. Stinker markets food, convenience items and “Eco-friendly” Green fuels, such as E-85 and E-10 ethanol blended gas.

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Kids Expo, 2014 Ford Idaho Center

The kids expo at the Ford Idaho Center on February 1st, 2014. Was an amazing time, with thousands of people and thousands of giveaways! Did you get some Stinker gear? We really appreciate everyone stopping by and fishing with Polecat Pete it was a great time!

Ronnie who owns and operates a face painting booth, wanted to instigate a bet with our social media guy Alex. The bet? Alex had to wear a T-Shirt that he had been giving away all day, the problem with that was…the size, 3T a shirt meant for toddlers. Wish we could find that picture…but we do have a picture of Ronnie who lost the bet.

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Surviving a Case of the “Mondays”

Tips for surviving a case of the “Mondays”.


Happy Stinkin Monday

Drink Water

Drinking a glass of water when you wake up helps flush out all the nasty toxins out of your body, whether it was a busy weekend, getting over a cold or just plain tired. Who can argue with good hydration? This is good practice for every day of the week.

Eat Breakfast

Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, well she was right. Skipping breakfast is depriving your body of fuel, you wouldn’t push your car all the way to work, don’t start your day without some fuel for your brain! Use it to catch up with friends before work, schedule a breakfast date or some coffee and a breakfast burrito. Whatever you do don’t skip on breakfast or you’ll Break Fast.

Drink Green Tea

Besides being loaded with caffeine it is a great fat burner! It’s loaded with antioxidants and is great for your skin! Not a tea person? Drink coffee, No really! Coffee isn’t just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals.

A cup of coffee contains:

6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.


When you’re starting off your morning routine, why not “Think Stinker” when it comes to a case of the Mondays or just mornings we’ve got you covered with coffee, tea, breakfast burritos, bagels and yes donuts and so much more!

Stinker Station history spotted at the Idaho State Historical Museum!

The Idaho State Historical Museum celebrated the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho Territory with a special exhibition called Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique.  This major exhibit was one of the largest ever shown at the Museum and featured artifacts, learning stations and stories about our great state.  The picture below was taken by a current Stinker employee while visiting the museum last month.  This picture shows documentation of some of the old Stinker Road Sign sayings that were posted in various places around Idaho.  Thanks Lisa for sending this our way.  Stinker is proud to be included as one of the 150 things that make the Gem State Unique!

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Stinker Sells Another $1,000,000 Winner!


BOISE – A group of Wyoming hospital workers will share a $1 million prize from the Idaho Lottery.

For years, Connie Baumer has been buying Powerball tickets for a   club made up of emergency room staff from the St. John’s Medical   Center in her hometown of Jackson, Wyoming.

During a shopping trip to eastern Idaho last week she stopped at the Stinker Store on Yellowstone Highway in Idaho Falls to check   her group’s tickets.

“There were twelve people who had put in money for the last   draw.  We had $12 in winnings, so I asked the clerk to give   me a ticket for $12,” described Baumer on purchasing the ticket.   “I got six lines of play. It was the middle child that won!”

Baumer was referring to the third line of six on their Powerball   ticket.  That line matched all five of the first numbers,   but not the Powerball, from the Wednesday, July 24, 2013 drawing.

“I still don’t believe it,” added co-winner Cheryl Hewitt of   Irwin, Idaho, even after she received her real check.

This winning Powerball ticket is the largest ever for residents   from Wyoming.  It is the third million dollar prize paid by   the Idaho Lottery since July 10, 2013 and the 44th million-dollar   or higher winning ticket claimed in the Idaho Lottery’s history.

Stinker Stores received a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery   for selling the winning ticket.

Only three of the twelve members in their group made the journey   to Boise to claim their prize.  Joining Baumer was Hewitt   and Kim Morse of Jackson, Wyoming.  The other winners were   Gary Baumer, Jackson, Wyoming; David Bender, Victor, Idaho;   Elaine Garrison, Jackson, Wyoming; Karen Lisenby, Jackson,   Wyoming; Andrea Mathers, Auburn, Wyoming; Maureen Miller, Idaho   Falls, Idaho; Christopher Morasco, Alpine, Wyoming; Daniel   Nelson, Jackson, Wyoming; and, McIntosh Sullivan, Victor, Idaho.

Most planned to pay down bills and debt with their winnings.

“We did save enough from our winnings to buy Powerball tickets   for another year, so hopefully we’ll win the big jackpot on   Wednesday night,” Baumer said.

With no jackpot winner last Saturday night, the estimated   Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 is $235 million.

Stop by your local Stinker Store and pick up your ticket tonight!

Employee Spotlight

Jon Mangum

Jon Magnum was born in Pocatello and moved to Boise when he was two.  He is the second oldest of five.  He has an older and younger brother and two sisters.  Jon is a graduate of Capital High School and attended Boise State University.  He is a huge Bronco fan!  Jon currently lives in Meridian with his wife Crystal and their 4 year old daughter Lilly.  Jon and Crystal were married on January 1, 2013.  Crystal says that way he won’t forget their anniversary.  Jon also has a daughter Alicia 16, son Alex 15 and step kids, Seth 17 and Barak 14.  The kids have 3 pets, 2 dogs, Mercedes & Honey and a cat named Cali.  He said, “We have a houseful at times!”

Jon played football and baseball in high school and currently plays softball and loves to snow ski.  He enjoys going to the gym in hopes to continue to play hard and not get hurt.  Jon believes highly in community service and has coached boy’s baseball, soccer and football; girls softball and basketball.  He has also been a Rotarian for the past 7 years.  He loves spending time with his family, biking, gardening and reading.  Someday he hopes to swim with the Great White Shark and mark it off his bucket list if he still has a hand.

Jon is currently the Retail Operations Manager and will celebrate 25 years with Stinker on July 24th.  He said, “I have developed some lifelong friendships and have watched our company change throughout the years, it’s been scary and exciting.  It’s a pleasure working with everyone, that’s what I enjoy most.  I love walking into our stores and talking with all the employees.”  Jon’s greatest ambition professionally is to someday become the President or CEO of a company and personally to become the best husband, father and family member he can be.  He said, “Life is a journey and not a destination.  Never give up and always do the best you can.  Set your goals, find a path to reach them and do something every day to obtain them.  If I can do it, so can you!”


Meet Sandy Bolinske – Stinker’s New Human Resource Director

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We would like to welcome Sandy Bolinske, our new HR Director to the Stinker team. Sandy is a native Idahoan having been raised in the farming community of Jerome, Idaho. Sandy moved to the Boise area in 1990 to finish her undergraduate studies at the College of Idaho and to start her career in the human resources field. She spent a majority of her career working for two major international vegetable seed companies in the area, Syngenta and Nunhems USA, Inc. During her time with these two organizations, she had the opportunity to travel to many interesting parts of the world where she learned how important people and culture are to an organization no matter where you are from.

During her time away from work, you will find Sandy and her husband Bill Bolinske, in the mountains enjoying the scenery on their 4-wheelers, riding their bikes on the Greenbelt, or trying their luck on the golf course. Sandy is a proud mother of three young men, Matt, Nate and Aaron. Her oldest is currently serving in the Marines Corps, where he is stationed at Camp Pendleton. Her two other sons are both attending college—BSU, here in the valley.

Sandy is very excited to be here at Stinker’s…”I look forward to working with all of the employees of Stinker’s and continuing to build the two most important assets of any organization… people and culture.”

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Shannon Blaine was born in Lewiston, Idaho and raised with 5 siblings by a single mom after her dad died young.  Her mom worked and took care of all of them and Shannon is pretty sure that is where her work ethic came from, why she learned to support herself and why she only had one natural child, Megan who is now 25!  Shannon graduated from Boise State and has lived in Boise for more than 35 years.  She has been married to Tom for 20 years and has 3 step children and 6 grandchildren ranging in age from 3-10 years and said they are amazing.

Shannon said she doesn’t have any special talents but likes to do all the domestic stuff like cooking, sewing, gardening and decorating.  She stays healthy by going to yoga and weight lifting classes, walking regularly and eating right.  She likes to play golf, tennis and was a pretty good softball player back in the day.  “Wellness is very important to me and I wish everyone would take care of the most important gift they possess; good health!”

Shannon came to work for Stinker after a 27 year career at Albertson’s and has been with the company for 8 years this June.  “It was scary to make a change after so many years but Stinker was a great place to finish my career.   I started at Stinker as the Office Manager and Controller then took the Human Resource Director position 4 years ago which I have enjoyed very much!   I was able to make a difference at this company because Charley and Shawn allowed me to and expected I would.   My advice to all employees is to do whatever makes you feel happy and fulfilled.  You are the only one who can determine what it is and you can be happy at whatever you do.  It’s truly up to you!  Help others and learn to laugh and you will be happier.”

Shannon said she sometimes wishes she could continue with Stinker but her husband has been retired for several years.  “It’s time to go have some fun together while we are both healthy!  We plan to spend time at our cabin in McCall, travel to all the cool places we haven’t been in the Northwest and spend more time with family.  I will miss all the friends I have made at Stinker but I won’t ever forget you!”

Employee Spotlight

Gene 2013

Eugene “Gene” Edwards, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in La Habra, CA with his sisters.  He attended La Habra High School, Class of 67, and Cypress Junior College where he studied business.  Gene played football and basketball in high school and junior college.  He is a huge sports fan and said he can talk college football anytime!  “This year BSU can be really good, maybe BCS time again!”  Gene also played men’s softball for years in his 20’s to late 30’s.  Today he is a jogger and gets 100 pushups in daily!


Gene has two daughters who are both in their 20’s, Brook and Brittany.  One daughter lives in California and the other in New Jersey.  Gene is proud to say both girls have graduated from college, one in Architecture and other in Interior Design.  He said they are both just wonderful people.  “They treat people the way they want to be treated.”  Sounds just like their dad.


Gene has worked for Arrowrock Supply for a total of 17 years starting back in 1995, leaving for a brief time, and returning on March 20, 2001.  He is a Warehouseman and Backup Driver.  When asked what he enjoys most about his job and his advice to a new employee he said, “Working with good people and no matter what the job, care about doing it right.”  Gene said if he ever gets the chance to retire he would love to drive around the country.

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Meet Stinker’s long time employees at Black Canyon Stinker #45 in Caldwell.

Mary Pedley was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and raised in Indiana and Idaho. She went to Fruitland HS & TVCC and was one of the first females to letter in Fruitland HS track, baseball & basketball.  In 1966 she was Idaho Powder Puff Grand Champion! Mary served in the US Army from 4/75 to 10/98, 4 years active duty and then Reserves.

Mary was adopted in 1952 but reunited with her sisters, Eva & Sandy in 1971.  They lost track of Sandy but were reunited 40 years later just last year and had a wonderful reunion. Eva lives in Illinois and Sandy in Michigan. Mary lives in Payette with her 3 dogs and cat and takes care of a close friend weekly and works at Stinker on the weekends.

Mary Teel was born in Ontario, OR and raised in Payette with her older sister.  She attended Payette HS and College of Idaho.  Mary plays the flute and piano and enjoys reading, puzzles, cross-stitch and the ocean. She currently lives in Payette with her monster cat Sebastian. Mary said she enjoys when people are tickled and curious about the Stinker name.  Mary is the Assistant Manager and her advice to a new employee is to, “Relax, ask questions, and treat the store like it’s yours.

Jerry Medford was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and grew up in Fruitland with his 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  He attended Fruitland HS and was active in track and field and ran cross country.  Jerry enjoys fishing, camping and country rides.  He currently lives in Caldwell off Exit 13.  Jerry is the grounds keeper for Stinker #45 and loves that his job consists of working outside since he likes being outdoors.  His advice is to greet all customers with a greeting and a smile.  J

Kathy Roath was born in Wheaton, Missouri and grew up in Idabel and Holly Creek, Oklahoma with her 2 sisters and brother.  She attended Idabel Gray HS.  Kathy moved to New Plymouth, ID with her husband Butch of 44 years in 1980.  Together they have 3 children; Dana, Steve and Stephanie; 9 grandchildren-BreAnna, Courtney, Alex, Sami, Brendan, Morgun, Libby, Aimee and Ashley; 1 great grandson, Kaliber and another due in October.  They love spending time with family!  Kathy said “I love my job”. Best advice she ever got was, “A smile costs you nothing but is worth everything.  I try not to leave home without it!”

Judi Gamerdinger was born and raised in Boise the oldest of 4, 1 sister, 2 brothers.  She lived outside Weiser with her kids and grandmother for 10 years then moved to Arizona for about 25 years before returning to beautiful Idaho. Judi has 10 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Judi currently lives 10 miles west of Emmett with her 2 Bengal cats and scruffy little dog.  Judi says you never know what’s going to happen when you start your day.  A good sense of humor helps!  Like the time a little old man came into the store with overalls on and left with nothing on?