Auburn's Pete Dufour has joined the Sierra Nevada Conser-vancy as chief of administrative services. He has worked for the state for 19 years, including serving as assistant director of Public Affairs and Communications with three departments under three administrations. Before state service, Dufour worked in radio news in Auburn and Sacramento, including KAHI radio, where he continues to serve as the station's local sports play-by-play announcer, he said. He is also an occasional contributor to the Journal's sports coverage. Dufour, 53, has lived in the Auburn area for more than 40 years, and has been involved in local youth sports for 15 years, including a term as president of Auburn Little League. He's a graduate of Placer High and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Sacramento State. Dufour's last day with DGS was Jan. 30. I am so excited about (the conservancy's) mission to preserve the heritage, the landscape and the economic health of the Sierra Nevada, Dufour said in an e-mail. After 21 years of commuting down I-80, it's good to be home. Dufour, and his wife of 24 years, Janet, have two children in college, Mitchell and Stephanie.