Oregon Member of Northwest Power Planning Council to Resignby Associated Press
Spokesman Review, November 7, 2002
PORTLAND -- One of Oregon's two representatives to the Northwest Power Planning Council will resign on Jan. 1.
Eric Bloch announced his resignation coincided with Gov. John Kitzhaber's nomination of Senate President Gene Derfler of Salem to replace the state's other representative to the council, John Brogoitti.
Kitzhaber appointed both Brogoitti and Bloch to the council, which is charged with balancing power generation and the needs of salmon and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin.
In August, however, Kitzhaber asked Brogoitti to resign after the Pendleton rancher publicly accused the governor of having an environmentalist agenda.
Brogoitti refused to resign and has continued to serve on the council, which has eight members, two each from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Both nominations must be confirmed by the state Senate.
Brogoitti said on Tuesday that he would leave the council if the Senate confirms Derfler as his replacement.
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