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IWUA honors those who serve water users

The Idaho Water Users Association, Idaho’s largest water user group, recognized 14 individuals at its 76th Annual Convention in Boise Jan. 23.

Lee Sisco, of Boise, and Jack Hirai, of Wendell, were inducted into the IWUA Hall of Fame for their years of service to irrigated agriculture in Idaho.

IWUA Distinguished Service Awards went to Don Dixon, of Idaho Falls, former state director for agriculture for Republican Sen. Mike Crapo, and Chris Ketchum, of Burley, who works for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Alan Hansten, of Jerome, and Kail Sheppard, of Shelley, earned Water Management Awards.

The IWUA Outstanding Service Award went to Paul DeVeau, of Boise.

Billy Thompson, of Rupert, earned the Meritorious Service Award.

Larry Pennington, of the North Side Canal Company in Jerome, was given the Water Quality Achievement Award.

Outstanding Employee awards went to Connie Chadez, of the South Board of Control in Homedale; Dawn Fowler, of Pioneer Irrigation District in Boise; Max Kuhn, of Big Wood Canal Company and American Falls Reservoir District 2 in Hagerman; Larry Luper, of North Side Canal Company in Jerome; and Merlin Sorensen, of Big Wood Canal Company in Richfield.

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