From Davenport to Cle Elum and Moses Lake to Ellensburg, our district has some amazing places.
Pictured above are scenes of local beauty, including photos taken from my own backyard. My husband Dave likes to grow plants that can grow in the Columbia with little or no extra water. We have nurtured from seeds a colony of local sagebrush buttercups, a pasque flower native to Montana and North Dakota, and a corydalis native to the steppes of Central Asia.
Our district is one that takes deep pride in our heritage and civic involvement, from our commemorative mural of Chief Moses—an amazing leader of the Sinkiuse tribep—to the good folks who came doorbelling with me in Ephrata.
Recently, Kit the Coyote greeted us when we attended a forum sponsored by the Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters. The event was hosted by Dave Nerpel and included included Clay Arango of Central Washington University; Ken Hart, University of Idaho; Roger Sparks, farmer; Wyatt Leighton, Department of Natural Resources, assistant regional manager for wildfire suppression; and Urban Eberhart of Kittitas Reclamation District.
I was amazed talking with Urban Eberhart at how much the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan is doing to protect water supply and the environment. He made a statement that I completely agree with: we can accomplish great things if we are willing to work together.