Avista on Aug. 12 announced a number of near-term leadership changes to facilitate the CEO transition next March, when Scott Morris retires and Avista President Dennis Vermillon steps in. These include promoting Mark Thies from senior VP/CFO to executive VP/CFO; Heather Rosentrater from VP of energy delivery to senior VP of energy delivery; and Kevin Christie from VP of external affairs and chief customer officer to senior VP of external affairs and CCO. Also, Karen Feltes, Avista senior VP and chief human resources officer, will retire on Feb. 1 after serving for 21 years.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Pierce County ­sportsman James Anderson and Douglas County cattle rancher Molly Linville to the Washington Fish and ­Wildlife Commission, with terms that end Dec. 31, 2024. ­Linville fills a vacant seat on the nine-member council and A­nderson replaces Jay Holzmiller, of Asotin County, who had served on the commission since 2013. New ­appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate, which will reconvene in January, but can serve and vote on the ­commission prior to Senate action.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Aug. 14 renewed the appointment of an Independent Scientific Review Panel member and appointed a new member. Stan Gregory, a professor emeritus of fisheries at Oregon State University, was reappointed to serve on the panel through Sept. 30, 2023. Thomas Quinn, a University of Washington professor with expertise in salmon and trout ecology, predator-prey interactions and selective effects of fisheries and artificial ­propagation, was appointed to his first term from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022. Funded by BPA, the 11-member team of scientists offers independent analyses of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program projects.

The Council also on Aug. 14 approved a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supporting its proposed rapid response plan if quagga or zebra mussels are detected in the Northwest (CU No. 1912 [14]). Under the proposal, cost of response is split between federal and state governments. The letter urges the Corps to move quickly to implement the plan once the comment process is complete. Council member Jim Yost said Idaho has concerns about jurisdiction and primary response under the plan, but supported sending the letter. He said their concerns would be raised separately.