* Sam Tannahill, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board and president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association, will assume the role of interim director of Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrowers Association. He replaces Ted Farthing, who resigned to pursue a career in marketing consulting. The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry.
* Snohomish Conservation District recently named Monte Marti as its new district manager. Marti comes to the district after more than 25 years as a manager with Verizon Northwest. He has also served as a member on the district's volunteer board of supervisors for the past 25 years and worked for the district for a short time in the 1980s.
* Derik Milton, of Keizer, Ore., and David Szyplinski, of Washougal, Wash., have been elected to the Oregon State Fair Foundation board of directors. They join 12 others in supporting the Oregon State Fair.
* Mary Kimball has been elected president of the Yolo Land Trust 2010 Board of Directors. Other recently elected officers include Vice President Kathy Ward, Secretary Kristen Bennett and Treasurer William Merchad.
* Matthew Ferguson, 15, a member of Washington County 4-H and a sophomore at Liberty High School,was named a Distinguished Finalist for 2010 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ferguson, of Hillsboro, Ore., created "Matt's Chemo Comfort Bags" to make newly diagnosed breast cancer patients more comfortable on their first day of chemotherapy.
* Anderson Hay & Grain Co. Inc., based in Ellensburg, Wash., has received the 2010 Governor's Trader of the Year award from the World Trade Club. The company exports hay and straw. 3TIER, a Seattle-based renewable energy information services firm, received the Emerging Trader of the Year award.
* Sandi Williams, of Medical Lake, took first place in the Triple E Angus Youth Livestock Judging Contest sponsored by Cattle Producers of Washington and Emtman Bros. Farms in Davenport, Wash., on March 26. John Kelly, of Medical Lake, took second place; Riley Shines, of Medical Lake, took third; Kelsey Moos, of Reardan, took fourth; and Jake Barth, of Quincy, took fifth. Winners received sweatshirts, CPOW memberships and plaques.