By MITCH LIES
SALEM -- Two farmers are among executive appointments the Senate Rules Committee endorsed in a hearing April 24.
The appointments of Hermiston farmer Bob Levy to the Port of Portland Commission, and vineyard and winery owner Kenneth Evanstad to the Oregon Tourism Commission now go to the full Senate floor.
If confirmed, Levy, a former chair of the Oregon State Board of Agriculture, will replace Steve Corey, whose term has expired, as one of two statewide members on the nine-member Port of Portland Commission.
Evanstad, founder and owner of Domaine Serene vineyard and winery in the Dundee Hills, will be one of two new members of the nine-member Oregon Tourism Commission.
He and Nigel Francisco of Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, will replace outgoing commissioners Jackie Edmunds and Win McCormack, whose terms expire July 1.
Also in the April 24 hearing and work session, the committee endorsed the appointment of Umatilla County Commissioner Dennis Doherty to the Oregon Water Resources Commission.
Doherty will have spent 197 months as a Umatilla County commissioner when he retires May 31.
If confirmed by the full Senate, Doherty will replace Mary Meloy on the seven-member water resources commission. Meloy's term expires July 1.
The appointments were among 37 appointments to 25 boards and commissions that the committee endorsed.