Aug 11, 2010
01:09 PMThe Wind Machine
Brianne Miller, legislative director for U.S. Representative Doc Hastings (Washington State), visited the Northwest Horticultural Council yesterday morning. A native of Florida, this proved to be the first opportunity for Ms. Miller to spend some time seeing local orchards and the general lay of the land in the Upper Yakima Valley. She is youthful, smart and in possession of good judgment. And, like so many who work on Capitol Hill and fit this profile, she is married to one of similar interests; in her case, to the chief of staff to another Washington State member of the United States Congress, Representive Dave Reichert.
To help me with this tour, I drafted my nephew, Donny Schlect, who is a field respresentative for Highland Fruit Growers. The three of us departed by car from the W. L. Hansen Building and drove on a roundabout route through the orchard districts of Selah, Naches, Tieton, and Wiley City. We stopped at my brothers’ orchard in West Valley to show our guest from Washington, D.C., how most orchards are irrigated (under-tree and over-tree systems) and modern versus traditional planting systems.
Our tour closed at the Yakima Sports Center, where over the lunch hour and joined by Mark Powers of the NHC and Jon DeVaney of the Yakima Valley Growers & Shippers Association, we had a general discussion of pending federal policy issues. Afterwards, Ms. Miller was promptly off to see some local medical officials before heading to Wenatchee to meet with representatives of public power utility districts.