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NW Fishletter #389, January 7, 2019

[14] Karier, Booth Retiring From Power Council

Two longtime members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council--Tom Karier of Washington and Bill Booth of Idaho--bid farewell to fellow Council members Dec. 11, as their terms of service ended.

Karier, who was an economics professor at Eastern Washington University and associate dean from 1995 to 1998, has served on the Council for 20 years after his appointment in 1998.

Booth, a former U.S. Air Force officer, minerals industry executive, and economics and accounting instructor at North Idaho College, was appointed in 2007.

Both served terms as the Council's chairman. Booth chaired and served on the Fish and Wildlife Committee while Karier chaired and served on the Power Committee.

Karier said that over the years, he served with 27 other Council members who were all committed to the Northwest. He said it was an "honor" to work with some of the best analysts in the region.

"It's like a graduate seminar every month here," he told the Council.

He added that when he was appointed, "I literally went from one day counting freshmen to counting fall Chinook."

He said he plans to return to work at Eastern Washington University.

Booth congratulated Karier for his longevity on the Council, and said he made his farewell comments at the November meeting. "It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with you. I think we've achieved some good things together," he said.

The NWPCC is made up of eight members. Governors of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana each appoint two members. -K.C. Mehaffey

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