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District Staff

Sharon Hardy

Minidoka Administrative Assistant:


Sharon was born in Utah, moved to Idaho when she was almost 8 and has lived in the Mini-Cassia area since.  She has worked for the Minidoka Soil & Water Conservation District since August 2016.   It has been a natural fit, as she has worked in various aspects of Ag most of her life.  As a child, she rolled bales of hay for her father and as a teen she would get out of school to pick potatoes.  She worked 15 years as a farm hand, with her own cattle and brand, and even drove short haul semi for many years.  She served on the Albion City council 11 years and of that time 4 1/2 years were as Albion City Mayor.  Just for fun she was the “Witch of the Manor” at the Albion Haunted Mansions for 10 years.


In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, gardening, quilting, painting, singing with a local group of ladies (the Variations). Sharon has 4 children and 14 grandchildren and her first Great grandchild in 2021. 

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Rachelle Osterhout

East Cassia & West Cassia Administrative Assistant

West Cassia Boat Station Financial Assistant

Rachelle grew up in Mackay Idaho. After graduating, she moved to Pocatello, Idaho where she attended The College of Technology and received an Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate.  Rachelle met Winn and they were married in May 2001.  Rachelle and Winn have made our home in Declo, Idaho.  They have 3 children.  Quincy, age 22, is attending Idaho State University, and working for the BLM during the summer.  Dawson age 19 is attending Weber State University and working in Alaska at a fishing lodge during the summer.  Aspen attends Declo High School and is active in school sports activities. 

Rachelle enjoys all of the seasons.  In the winter they snow machine and ski.  In the Spring, you will find Rachelle working in her yard and planting flowers.   In the Summer, they hike, kayak, camp, ATV ride, and go on picnics.  Many Summer evenings are spent hanging out on their front patio.  Rachelle enjoys the changing of seasons and in the fall it’s time to slow down and enjoy cooler nights and Friday night football games.  Rachelle’s favorite holiday is Christmas.  Her favorite food is any dessert.  Rachelle enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, sunsets, and most of all making memories with her family.

Rachelle is excited to be working for the SWCD.   She loves all of the different seasonal aspects of the job as well as having some normal daily/ monthly tasks.  It definitely keeps her on her toes!  Rachelle appreciates the many opportunities to get involved with the community and make our corner of the world a better place.

Doreen McMurray

East Cassia and West Cassia  Information and Education Specialist

Doreen started working for the East Cassia and West Cassia Soil and Water Conservation Districts in February 1993, being with the districts now for over 30 years.

Her greatest accomplishments have been managing the Idaho State FFA and 4-H Land & Soil Evaluation Career Development Event and working with the Mini-Cassia Direct Seed & Cover Crop Project with focus on the CIG grant, working with the committee, and organizing Educational Tours and Workshops.   She works extensively on the district website and prepares the Mini-Cassia Conservation Update - the District's Newsletter.  She managed the Seedling Tree sale for many years, working with landowners and giving school presentations where she became known as "The Tree Lady".   


Doreen says the best thing about working for the Soil Districts is the Supervisors.   Doreen & her husband Kerry have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.  Her hobbies include gardening, organizing things, bird watching, sewing & quilting, and grandchildren.

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Betty Carlson

Invasive Species Boat Station Manager

Betty began working at the boat station as an inspector in 2012 when the station was managed by the County Noxious Weed Department.  She has worked as Inspector, Assistant Manager, and is now the Manager overseeing all on site equipment, activities, and personnel issues and scheduling.  

Betty enjoys working at the boat station and seen many improvements to the station including their building advancements and electricity which allows them to run 24 hours.  Betty enjoys the out doors, meeting people, gardening, quilting, hand work, and Sunday dinners with family.  

NRCS Personnel

District Conservationist
David Mabey


ISWCC Ag Program Specialist: 
Carolyn Firth

Soil Conservationist 
Dinah Reaney

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Soil Conservationist 
Trec Reed

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Natural Resource Specialist
John Erickson

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