Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:00 AM
* Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, was recently appointed to the Washington Horse Park Authority. The Washington Horse Park will be located in Cle Elum. As a member of the seven-person volunteer authority, she will participate in developing, promoting, operating and maintaining the park.
* Cambridge, Idaho, resident Kyla Pearson has been appointed the new county operations trainee. Pearson will undergo a 52-week training period covering FSA's programs before becoming eligible for a position as a county executive director. She is currently a Farm program technician in the Weiser FSA office, but will now be based in the Caldwell FSA office.
* Rick Newton, deputy forest supervisor on the Fremont-Winema National Forests for the past two years, has been named acting forest supervisor starting January 2010. Newton will replace Karen Shimamoto, who will retire Dec. 31 after seven years at the Fremont-Winema National Forests.
* Gregg Dal Ponte has been appointed acting director of the Oregon State Department of Aviation.
* John Broeske has been named executive director of Families Protecting the Valley, which is based in Madera, Calif.
* Kinnan Golemon of Brady, Texas, has been re-elected to a fifth term as president of the North American Corriente Association board of directors.
* The Tillamook Farm Bureau's new officers are President Carol Marie Leuthold, First Vice President Richard Obrist, Second Vice President Karl Zweifel, Secretary Jackie Buck, Region No. 8 Director Dale Buck and Woman's Chair Marcella Naegeli.
* Frank Priestley of Franklin County was recently reelected to a seventh term as president of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. Mark Trupp of Teton County was elected vice president of the organization.
* Imbler, Ore., FFA members Shelby Davis, Kymee Braseth, Jake Arnzen, Katie Griffin and Megan Myers have received the American FFA Degree, which is the highest honor that an FFA member can achieve.
* The Washington State University Climate Friendly Farming Team has won a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award for Innovative Program Models. Climate Friendly Farming is a project of WSU's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources designed to explore how agriculture can move from a source of greenhouse gases to a sink for carbon with the goal of mitigating global warming.
* The Century Farm & Ranch Ceremony inducted 17 farms and two ranches from 11 Oregon counties as century farms. Steve Gilbert of Gilbert Ranches in Linn County and Samuel Dement of Dement Ranch in Curry County were also honored.
The century farm families were: Larry and Sheri Bartels, Marion County; Marie Brady, Douglas County; Helen A. Carleton, Klamath County; Glen L. Ek, Clackamas County; James B. Greiner, Gilliam County; Robert J. Hoffman, Clackamas County; Henry Jaeger and William Jaeger, Gilliam County; Doris Knox, Washington County; Leonard and Carol Obersinner, Marion County; Dan and Ann Louise Peters, Marion County; Herbert Luther Peterson, Morrow County; Robert and Sharon Shelburne, Yamhill County; James J. Schlechter, Marion County; Byron Scott Farms / Jenks, Linn County; Byron Scott Farms / Knighton, Linn County; Timothy A. and Mary L. Sowa, Clackamas County; and the Van Horn Vineyards, Hood River County.
* Dick and Nancy Ponzi, founders of Ponzi Vineyards, have received the Bounty of Oregon Award.
* Web and Jane Briggs, of Canyonville, Ore., and Don and Sally Kruse, of Roseburg, Ore., have been presented with Pioneer Awards by the Douglas County Livestock Association.
* Kasey Dixson, a Marshfield High School student and member of the Coos County 4-H program, will join three high school youths from Polk County on the Oregon 4-H Poultry Judging Team.
* The Chelan FFA Apple CDE team competed in the Washington State FFA Apple Career Development Event on Dec. 9 and earned two team plaques. The Chelan Falls All Stars team -- Jorge Villaseñor, Andrew Jones, Chelsea Gocke, Lupe Villaseñor and Sammi Cool -- earned the state championship plaque. The Chelan Reds team -- Corrin Easley, James Blixt, Mackenzie Kramer, Leah Clark and Leo Pastor -- earned the sixth-place plaque. Individually, Jorge Villaseñor was the state champion bringing home a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the NCW Fieldmen's Association. Andrew Jones was second; Chelsea Gocke, eighth.
* North Clackamas, Ore., High School student Emily Cook finished high individual overall in the 2009 National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event in Indianapolis during the National FFA Convention.
* Bill and Betty DeVeny of Riggins were awarded the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation's President's Cup for their contribution to agriculture over the past four decades.
* Emily Ward of American Falls, Idaho, won top honors in the Young Farmers and Ranchers state discussion meet finals. She took home a $500 check from Dodge, a new four-wheeler from Polaris and an all-expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation competition in January 2010 in Seattle.
* West Texas A&M University sophomore Katie Evers, of Dayton, Ore., has received a $1,500 college scholarship from Yamhill County Farm Bureau.
* Oregon State University sophomore Garrett Duyck, of Dundee, Ore., has received a $1,500 college scholarship from Yamhill County Farm Bureau.
* Aliene Ima "Gabby" Fallesen, of Crabtree, Ore., died Dec. 15 in Sublimity. She was 84. She was a former secretary of the Oregon Hampshire Sheep Association, chairman of the Scio Lamb-Wool Fair's lamb show, spent over 40 years as the leader of the Lucky Livestock 4-H Club and was the 1991 recipient of Linn County's Outstanding Leader Award. A celebration of life potluck will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at Crabtree Community Club.