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The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District has named Richard Rick Halter education outreach specialist for the Bear Creek Sub-basin Agricultural Water Quality Area Management program.

He will work with agricultural landowners, irrigation districts and 4-H groups to educate them on ways to improve water quality.

The management program, still in the implementation phase, was created as Senate Bill 1010 during the 1993 legislative session. Its purpose is to help farmers and ranchers meet various state and federal clean-water mandates with one plan while working under the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

A 13-member advisory committee representing livestock producers, grape growers, farmers, orchardists and others interested in the environment is drafting the plan, which will go before the ODA in March for review.

Halter graduated with a degree in crop and soil sciences from Oregon State University. He and his wife and daughter recently returned from Michigan where he worked with cherry growers.

He may be reached at 734-3143.

Patrick W. Hocking, CPA, has been hired to fill the new position of director of corporate compliance for Asante Health System. He will educate employees in the company's policies and regulations.

He served as director of Finance for Rogue Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of Asante, from 1987 to 1997. For the past year he was a retirement planning specialist for VALIC.

Gale Ramey has been promoted to manager of Klamath First Federal Savings and Loan Association's Medford branch.

She also will oversee branch managers in the company's I-5 corridor region, which includes Ashland and Jacksonville.

She began working at the Klamath Falls branch in 1987 serving as the branch manager, a loan processing department supervisor and a real estate loan officer.

Jim Maddux, vice president and financial consultant at Salomon Smith Barney, Medford branch, has been appointed to the 12-member national TRAK Advisory Board.

TRAK is a $12 billion personalized investment advisory service of Smith Barney. The program utilizes 21 independent money managers throughout the country as well as 34 no-load mutual families with 95 separate funds.

Maddux has been a financial consultant since 1980 and is responsible for more than $90 million in client assets.

Kathleen Mort has recently opened a regional office of the National Kidney Foundation of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Mort brings sales and marketing experience as well as community involvement with the foundation. Her efforts will include promoting the Kidney Cars program and providing staff support to the Annual Cadillac Golf Invitational. The foundation also will host many patient education and public awareness programs in Medford.

Mort's office is at 33 N. Central Ave., Suite 205, Medford. The telephone number is 773-8930.

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