Former valley resident Matt Petersen, president and chief executive of Global Green USA, was among those who received the organization's millennium awards at an event June 12 in Santa Monica. Petersen has led Global Green, an environmental organization, for the past 15 years.
Petersen, son of Martin and Carolyn Petersen of Modesto, received the founder's award. Martin Petersen is a former Stanislaus County superintendent of schools.
Matt Petersen was honored along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of California, and W Hollywood
Hotel and Residences for its green building practices, and filmmaker James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron.
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Natalie Sanders of Hilmar will serve as Dairy Princess over the next year in a district that includes Stanislaus, Merced and nine other counties in Central California.
She was crowned at an event held by the California Milk Advisory Board at Our Lady of the Assumption Hall in Turlock earlier this month.
Sanders will speak on behalf of the state's dairy industry at schools and service clubs, on radio and television, and at numerous other events.
She is the daughter of Scott and Sharalee Sanders and a graduate of Turlock Christian High School. She plans to attend Modesto Junior College.
Spencer Baptista of Turlock was named first alternate. She is the daughter of Les and Shelly Baptista and a graduate of Turlock High School. She also is headed to MJC.
Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background.
Cindy Whitten, Yosemite National Park's acting human resources officer and workers compensation program manager, received the Barry Hance Memorial Award during a ceremony Wednesday.
A native of San Pedro, Whitten joined the Yosemite staff in 1987.
Hance, a long-term facilities management employee, died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. The annual award goes to an employee who exemplifies his qualities and attributes, which include a positive attitude, a concern for fellow employees, getting the job done, and a love for Yosemite National Park.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will recognize six county employees for their years of service during the June 29 meeting at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
30 years: Jeffrey Anderson, library; Denny Hoeh, agricultural commissioner/ sealer; Carolyn Diaz, district attorney child support services; Liana Mahn and Robert Presto, Community Services Agency.
25 years: Martha Gonzales, probation.
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