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Western irrigators hire Keppen as director
March 21, 2005
Keppen, 40, resigned earlier this year as executive
director of the Klamath Water Users Association. He
had played a central role in the Basin's water
controversies for three years.
The organization recently held its 17th annual
meeting and was formed, its Web site says, "with one
overriding ethic: Agriculture doesn't need another
association, but it does need an effective, low cost
grass roots group that can get the job done."
succeeds Craig Smith, a Klamath Falls native who
worked from Salem. Smith plans to spend more time as
a minister in his Salem church and to work for the
Northwest Food Processors Association.
Keppen's appointment was announced after the
alliance's annual meeting in Las Vegas. The
organization also elected a president, Patrick
O'Toole of Savery, Wyo., succeeding Poe Valley
rancher Bill Kennedy.
He cited these initiatives as examples of the alliance's focuses:
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