* This year, 22 freshmen National Merit Scholars are entering the University of Idaho. Added to 59 continuing students who achieved finalist standing, the University of Idaho boasts 81 of the nation's top scholars. National Merit Scholars entering the University of Idaho this year and their selected majors include:

Audra Borden, biology; Ryan Erstad, civil engineering; Peter Stover, molecular biology and biotechnology; and Jeremy Thrasher, mathematics; all of Boise.

Ailene MacPherson, biology, of Deary, Idaho.

Marlena Warner, elementary education, of Eagle, Idaho.

Wayne Fuhrman, mathematics; and Clare Haley, English, both of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Robin Baker, biology; Peter Brown, electrical engineering; Lillian Jordan, animal and veterinary science; and Gresham Schlect, computer science, all of Moscow, Idaho.

Michael Weaver, history, of Nampa, Idaho.

Bryan Boersma, ecology and conservation biology, of Danville, Calif.

Pierce Trey, computer science, of Gallatin Gateway, Mont.

Kelsey Doney, music - instrumental performance; Connor McCormick, mechanical engineering; and Benjamin Zieske, history; all of Great Falls, Mont.

Shevin Halvorson, instrumental music education, of Missoula, Mont.

Maxfield Randall, international studies, of Roseburg, Ore.

Jonathan Marsh, physics, of Vancouver, Wash.

Susan Klebba, Spanish, of Sheridan, Wyo.


* Charlene Vettergreen has been promoted to sales manager for The Oppenheimer Group's Calgary, Alberta, location. In her new capacity, Vettergreen will guide the marketer's sales strategies into the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Vettergreen joined Oppenheimer in early 2009, bringing background from both inside and outside the produce industry.


* Arthur Craigmill, director of Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center and a University of California-Davis Cooperative Extension specialist, retired in June after a 30-year career of providing research and education about toxic materials affecting people, animals and the environment. His work has ranged from alerting consumers about lead in their dishes to preventing drug residues in livestock to answering questions about exposure to various chemicals.


Richard "Dick" Wendt, a founder of the international door and window manufacturer Jeld-Wen Inc. and a contributor to conservative political causes in Oregon, has died. He was 79.

A company spokeswoman said Wendt died Aug. 14 at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he had gone for observation following a stroke in Klamath Falls.

Politically, he was a major contributor to property tax reform and the 1998 gubernatorial campaign of Bill Sizemore as well as a foundation that supported Sizemore's political activities, and the 2002 gubernatorial campaign of conservative activist Kevin Mannix.

Mannix credited Wendt with helping shape welfare reform in Oregon.

Wendt founded Jeld-Wen in 1960.The company grew from 15 employees to 20,000, with operations in 2 countries, to become one of the biggest privately held firms in Oregon.

As the company grew, Wendt continued to live in an unpretentious ranch house on a hillside overlooking Klamath Falls.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Wendt is survived by a son Rod, president and CEO of Jeld-Wen, and a son Mark, all of Klamath Falls.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

-- Associated Press

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