Idaho Member Heads Northwest Power Planning Councilby Associated Press
Times-News, January 21, 2003
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Northwest Power Planning Council has elected Idaho member Judi Danielson as council chairwoman for 2003.
Tom Karier of Spokane, Wash., was elected vice chairman at a council meeting last week in Vancouver, Wash.
The Portland-based council was established by Congress in the Northwest Power Act of 1980. Eight members -- two each from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington -- work to balance regional energy needs with fish and wildlife conservation.
Danielson, 51, was appointed to the council in 2001 after serving seven years in the state Senate and six in the state House. She was the Senate Republican Floor Leader when Gov. Dirk Kempthorne picked her to replace Mike Field, who resigned to take a federal Agriculture Department appointment in Boise in the Bush administration.
Danielson also served as chairwoman of the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force and played a key role in the development of Idaho's proposal for cooperative state and federal management of forest lands.
Washington Gov. Gary Locke appointed Karier to the council in 1998. Karier is an economist and previously was an associate dean at Eastern Washington University.
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