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					                      Royal City, Washington
                          Horizons Community
               Strategic Poverty Reduction Plan of Action
                              Spring 2008




Mario Godoy and Students representing Royal City (and all of Eastern Washington) after
receiving the Cup of Excellence in Biotechnology at the 2008 NABR Student Biotech
Expo.




                              Partners: Washington State University Extension
                                               Northwest Area Foundation
Royal City’s journey through the Horizons program focused on community
leadership to reduce poverty.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PROJECT:
- Under 5,000 in population with greater than 10% poverty.

Royal City’s 2000 Census population data identified 1823 people live in the
rural Washington community. Their poverty rate is 26.7%.

PROJECT’S SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SPOTLIGHT
Nine people attended a Spotlight event in the fall of 2006 qualifying the
community to apply for the program. In November 2006, Royal City’s
application was received in the WSU Extension Horizons program office;
shortly thereafter their eighteen-month capacity building journey began.

STUDY CIRCLES
Study Circles was designed as a tool for community-wide discussions.
Diverse groups of community members gathered with locally trained
facilitators to proceed through the discussion guide. Through lively and
meaningful discussions community members made decisions about how
they would address poverty in their community. The Royal City community
trained 16 individuals as facilitators and reached 48 community youth and
adults through the discussions.

LEADERSHIPPLENTY
The leadership training program implemented in the Horizons communities
was LeadershipPlenty. The curriculum was developed by the Pew
Partnership of Civic Change. “LeadershipPlenty was created with the idea
that many talented and resourceful citizen leaders are needed to build and
maintain a thriving community.” Three local community members were
trained to deliver the curriculum and during the spring of 2007, taught 21
community members. The curriculum includes experiential activities and
information on the following subjects: identifying community assets, group
and meeting management, communication, conflict resolution, building
strategic partnerships and moving from talk to action.

VISIONING
The Washington State University Division of Governmental Studies and
Services collaborated with the WSU Extension Horizons staff to create a
mail survey. This survey was mailed to every postal patron in each of the
Horizons communities to gain ideas, thoughts and needs of each individual
on how to build a thriving community and reduce poverty. Royal City
surveys were mailed to 1354 community residents (including surrounding
areas).

A community wide visioning event was held and the following Strategic
plan to reduce poverty was created for Royal City.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:

Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Strengthening the Heart of Our Community (S.H.O.C)
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

The purpose of SHOC (Strengthening the Heart of Our Community) is to bring together groups individuals, agencies, and organizations who are
committed to the development of Royal City’s long term well being and increasing the sufficiency of its community infrastructure.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

In order to properly identify and meet the poverty issues and needs of Royal City it was important for the community to have an organization that
can:
     Work towards the successful delivery and the sustainability of poverty reduction efforts.
     Work in partnership to develop Royal City’s economy.
     Develop the capacity of the local community to improve cohesion and the quality of life or all its residents, especially those living in poverty.
     Facilitate Royal City in developing and sustaining local projects by searching for grant aid, additional resources and the mechanisms to
       properly utilize and maintain those funds and resources.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Establish a formal              Community Members,               This will establish an          Formal Charter and
organization                    Local business, city and         official community              agreements will be
                                county governments; local        organization that can           established.
                                educational institutions;        continue to carry on the
                                law enforcement; fire            goals and objects of the
                                department; local religious      Horizons program of
                                organizations; other             Poverty Reduction.
                                interested parties.
Establish official         As above   In order to keep              Location: _____
meeting dates, location               organizations, agencies and   Restaurant
and times                             community members             Time: Scheduled
                                      networking, reviewing,        Dates: Monthly
                                      updating and establishing
                                      programs and ideas toward
                                      poverty reduction and
                                      community development.

Apply for 501(c)3 Status   As above   To pursue government and      501(c)3 IRS Tax
with IRS                              non-government funding        Identification Number
                                      from various sources to
                                      sponsor and fund various
                                      project aimed at reducing
                                      poverty and community
                                      enhancement.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:


Washington Horizons Community: Royal city
Topic or focus area: Community Beautification
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

The presence of abandoned vehicles, visual clutter, litter and rundown properties make it difficult for Royal City to attract additional commerce and
business to the area. It signals to visitors and potential investors that the environment is acceptable to the resident’s and current businesses in the area
and that there is no momentum towards change or improvement. Litter, illegal dumping, and dilapidated buildings are also a public health hazard.
Litter and abandoned properties attract and breed disease carrying rodents and insects.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

It is the opinion of the residents of Royal City that litter and blight are a serious problem in the community, In order to attract new businesses and
community investors, and to become a better, safer, healthier, and cleaner place to live, some mechanism for the identification and planning of
community clean-up and beautification is needed.


WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Form Beautification             SHOC, city and county            The visual environment          A formal Beautification            March 08
Committee                       governments, Americorp,          and physical appearance of      Committee will be
                                local sanitation, code and       a community are                 established
                                ordinance enforcement,           significant indicators of its
                                community organizations,         overall health and stability.
                                Department of Public             Community beautification
                                Works, business and              activates and promotes
                                industry – committee will        quality of life while
                          need to address volunteer   protecting the area
                          recruitment, project        environmental assets, and
                          selection, community        allows for the introduction
                          group coordination, and     of new business and
                          coordination of public      community investors.
                          resources dedicated to
                          beautification.

Develop a 5 Year          As Above                    As Above– the plan must       Make available a plan for   Ongoing
Community                                             include entrances to the      the communities approval
Beautification Plan                                   community, downtown,
                                                      residential neighborhoods,
                                                      commercial and industrial
                                                      areas.
                                                      To offer the community a      Establishment of various    Ongoing
Beautification Projects   As Above                    number of programs that       program including:
                                                      help keep public areas             Graffiti Abatement
                                                      clean and assist private           Removal of
                                                      property owners in                    Inoperable Vehicles
                                                      maintaining and                    Increase in
                                                      beautifying their own                 Community Clean-
                                                      properties.                           Days
                                                                                         Debris Clean-Up
                                                                                            Program for Public
                                                                                            Areas.
                                                                                         Community Public
                                                                                            Building Muriel
                                                                                            Day for
                                                                                            Kindergarten
                                                                                            Students and their
                                                                                            Families
Neighborhood Watch        As Above, including Law     To promote crime              Neighborhood Watch          Ongoing
                          Enforcement and Local       reduction in neighborhoods    Program will be
                          Citizens                    through residential           established and group will
                                                      involvement, education on     have official Law
                                                      crime prevention, and how     Enforcement supervision.
                                                      to eliminate public
                                                      nuisances.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:


Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Youth Educational Advancement
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

Latinos are Washington State’s largest and fastest growing ethnic/racial minority, and in many rural communities across Southeastern Washington
they make up a majority of the population. Yet, Latino’s are the most underrepresented ethnic/racial minority on college campuses across the state.
According to census data 21.9% of Latino’s in Washington live below the poverty level (WA State average 7.3%), this is greater then any other
minority group, as a consequence, even Latinos of high academic ability are less likely to enroll in institutions of higher education than their less
qualified peers. Other factors that lead to barriers that prevent Latino youth from attending higher education include an unfamiliarity with the college
application or financial aid process, lack of resources by the family, assistance in meeting the immediate needs of the family, undocumented status of
parents and/or children, lack of understanding of the academic system, poor academic preparation because of poor schools, discrimination, poor
language skills, first generation to attend college, poverty and of course lack of successful, relevant Latino role models and mentors.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

Warden is a small rural agricultural town that has a high concentration of Latinos. Within Royal City 72% of the population is Latino/Hispanic.
Within the youth population 77.2% of students qualify for free/reduced lunch programs, 42.6% are transitionally bilingual and 46% of them are from
Migrant/Seasonal Farm work Families, and many are from families whose parents (and other relatives) have not completed High School least of all
attended a college or university. This makes it difficult to see higher education as the doorway to leaving poverty.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Partner with the Imagine        Middle and High school           Engaging youth in the           Establish a time and date to March 08
U at WSU program to             students – these are the         understanding that Higher       provide the program to the
provide a day-long              individuals who are Royal        Education is the key to         entire student body of
program targeting youth         City’s future.                   moving out of poverty.          Warden.
in the area with the
message that higher
education is both
achievable as well as
something that they can
enjoy.


Imagine U at WSU          Parents of Middle and          Many parents who live in       Number of low income       March 08
family night              High school students-          rural communities              families that attend,
                          parents are one the greatest   (especially Latino Parents)    number of students who
                          influences on a youths life,   have little experience         will pursue a collage
                          in order for most families     dealing with or                degree after completing
                          to move out of poverty         understanding the higher       High School. Date and
                          they must be able to gain      education system. By           time established for the
                          an adequate education that     sharing the knowledge on       program.
                          puts them on the that path.    how and why students
                                                         should be attending college
                                                         in a direct, culturally
                                                         appropriate manner will
                                                         enhance the expectations
                                                         that youth can attend
                                                         higher education and be
                                                         pulled from poverty.

Attend the 2008 NABR      Low income Royal City          Students must be more          2008 Cup of Excellence     May 2008
Student Biotech Expo      Highs School Students          than given knowledge that      Award.
                          (with an interest in           higher education is a way
[19 schools across        Science) - Rural low-          out of poverty; they must
Washington were           income students are in         be allowed the
invited, Royal HS was     greater need of                opportunities to participate
the only attending school encouragement to believe       in events that encourage
from Eastern              that poverty can be            them (and through them
Washington]               overcome.                      others) in the belief that
                                                         higher education is a
                                                         doorway to help pull
                                                         themselves out of poverty.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:
Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Community Grant Writing
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

Sustainability is a critical issue for programs. Time-limited grants, narrow funding streams, and difficult economic conditions leave programs in a
continual struggle to find a stable base of resources to continue their program over time. Community leaders must learn to engage in various
strategies and activities, as adequate funding is vital to sustain programs. In addition to financing strategies, community leaders must design and
implement complementary sustainability strategies that enhance their ability not only to raise funds, but also to marshal other non-fiscal resources
critical to long-term success.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

Though well meaning and motivated, most community leaders and community members in Royal City have never applied for outside funding or
sought for grants, or have had to assist in the development of strategies for long-term sustainability of programs. The Hollywood idea of “build it
and they will come” is for the most part a dream. Many poverty reduction efforts do in fact cost money. The problem is no more than a handful of
those volunteering in these reduction efforts has a good grasp of where this kind of funding can be acquired. If the ideals of poverty reduction
brought on by the Horizons program is to survive, there must be a series of strategies developed to acquire sustainable funding, but community
leaders must first develop a foundation of understanding as to where some of these resources are, how to pursue them, and how to acquire them.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Identify and Contract           Susan Howlett – will             The Horizons program will       Signed Contract with               January 08
Grants Trainer                  provide a 2 day grant            be available to target          Trainer
                                training workshop.               communities for a short
                                                                 time period. If poverty
                                                                 reduction efforts are to
                                                                 continue, communities
                                                                 must be given the
                                                                 opportunity to gain the
                                                                 knowledge of where to
                                                         locate and acquire
                                                         resources and funding to
                                                         continue and sustain their
                                                         efforts.

Identify location, date   Big Bend Community             See Above                    Date, time and location are   January 08
and time for Grant        College; community                                          identified
Training                  members – the location at
                          BBCC is central to region,
                          and the community
                          members and local
                          agencies who deal with
                          people in poverty is our
                          intended audience.

Provide Grant Training    Grant Trainer; Community See Above                          Sign in sheet of those        March 08
                          Members; Local agencies                                     attending the training;
                          – community members and                                     evaluations from those
                          local agencies who deal                                     attending the training
                          with people in poverty is
                          the intended audience.

Provide small Grants      Local Library; Foundation      In order to continue to       Location of library is       May 08
Library                   Center; Community              promote poverty reduction identified, library is
                          Members – These are the        after the Horizons Program purchased and delivered
                          agencies where the library     ends, it is prudent to ensure
                          will be purchased, housed,     that rural communities are
                          and who will utilize the       provided with the resources
                          materials in order to          to continue on.
                          continue in poverty
                          reduction efforts.

Develop Community         SHOC, Community                In order to continue to     List of Grant Team             Ongoing
Grant Team                members who attended the       promote poverty reduction
                          grant training as well as      programs, a group of local
                          community members              citizens must work together
                          interested in pursuing grant   to search for and acquire
                          funding.                       necessary funding.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:

Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Immigration & Citizenship Outreach
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

According to many sources, the American public is split on whether immigration (overall) is good or bad. Most see illegal immigration as a serious
problem, but most also support legislation to allow those in the US to remain as permanent residents or as temporary workers who will go home. But
as the laws stand now there are only two ways for someone to become a US Citizen:
    1. By birth; or
    2. By the Naturalization Process

What concerns this community is the naturalization process, how those who are currently in the US can become legal residents, and how they can
bring family members in to the US legally.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

Southeastern Washington attracts a great deal of undocumented workers, mostly due to the agricultural nature of the work in the region. The large
influx of migrant and undocumented workers during the growing season, and the nature of the work (low pay, long hours), puts a strain on small
communities who already lack housing and other resources that are needed to support these influxes, adds to the poverty rate, and to many of the
problems that small communities see. The majority of these individuals would like to find a way to become a legal resident, but the only knowledge
many of these individuals receive on the immigration process is second hand information at best.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Identify and contract           Local citizens (either           Clarifying eligibility          The interest in the subject        Feb 08
with immigration                documented or                    information on to become a      matter by the community
attorney to provide a           undocumented) who are            lawful resident while in the    which is directly affected
culturally appropriate          seeking accurate                 US would allow for              by the number of
bilingual presentation          information on how to            individuals to apply for        undocumented workers in
designed to inform the          proceed to become a US           lawful residency and then       the area and the need for
target audience of VISAs citizen. WDC – members      they will be allowed to        people to move from low
and the immigration      and employers who wish to   pursue educational             paying agricultural labor,
classification system,   assist their employees.     opportunities, better paying   either themselves or their
how to legally immigrate                             job opportunities, and pull    children is a cycle that
family members.                                      themselves out of the          needs to be broken. We
                                                     poverty that undocumented      succeed just by having this
                                                     status and agricultural        program, that has never
                                                     work leaves them in.           been done in this
                                                                                    community, proceed.

Identify location, date    See Above                 See Above                      Location, time and date       Feb 08
and time of presentation                                                            printed on local flyer.


Provide                    See Above                 See Above                      Number of individuals who March 08
training/workshop                                                                   attend and number of
                                                                                    referrals and applications
                                                                                    made through trainer.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:


Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Royal City Farmers Market
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

Farmers Markets allow the opportunity for farmers and consumers to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce and the opportunity to
personally interact with the individuals who grow the produce. Farmers markets also help to promote nutrition education, wholesome eating habits,
and better food preparation, as well as boosting the community’s economy and supplementing farm income. Farmers markets can also act as a
business incubator for small farmers learning more and new sustainable business models.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

Currently there is no farmers market within Royal City, but there are Farmers markets being held in other communities within the region. This is
attracting local farmers and consumers to attend those markets thereby removing a source of income from the community. Those that can afford to
travel to the next town are taking advantage of the availability of those products being sold outside Royal City. It is of concern that revenue dollars
and resources are being utilized in other areas when they could be kept locally.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)

Establish a Farmers             Local farmers, SHOC,             The success of a farmers        Establishment of                   June 08
market Development              Community Residents –            market can make a huge          Committee and
Committee                       These are the groups of          difference to small farms.      corresponding policies
                                individuals who will best        Support, in turn, benefits
                                benefit from an established      the local economy as well
                                and sustainable market.          as contributing to the
                                                                 markets success.

Establish Farmers Market        Local farmers, SHOC,             As Above                        Establish location, dates          July 08
                                Community Residents                                              and times
Acquire necessary         SHOC, Farmers Market           State Law requires that       Insurance Policy          July 08
insurance.                Development Community          markets acquire insurance
                                                         to protect consumers as
                                                         well as vendors.



Apply for membership to   SHOC, Farmers Market           To be recognized as a         Completed and accepted    Ongoing
Washington State          Development Community          member adds the prestige      membership application.
Farmers Market                                           that could lend to the long
Association                                              term sustainability of the
                                                         market in the region.


FMNP Certification        Eligible WIC participants      These coupons are used to     Being recognized as an    Ongoing
                          who are issued FMNP            buy fresh, unprepared,        FMNP Certified Provider
                          coupons in addition to their   locally grown, fruits,
                          regular WIC food               vegetables, and herbs from
                          instruments, Farm market       farmers, farmers markets
                          participants/providers,        and roadside stands that
                          Department of Social and       have been approved by the
                          Health Services                State agency to accept
                                                         FMNP coupons.
                                                          STRATEGIC POVERTY REDUCTION PLAN:


Washington Horizons Community: Royal City
Topic or focus area: Royal City Noxious Weed Education & Prevention Program
(Please complete a table for each of your focus areas)

Why is this a focus area?

In recognition of the economic and ecological threats caused by invasive, non-native plants, Washington State has enacted laws to control the
introduction and spread of these noxious weeds. The original goal was to limit Washington’s economic loss due to noxious weeds in and around
agricultural areas. The law expanded to incorporate noxious weed control in all natural areas since the ecological impacts of noxious weeds are so
closely tied with Washington’s economy.

Why did our community believe this focus area would lead to the reduction of poverty?

The community believes that the prevention of noxious weed infections is the best approach (both economically and environmentally) to protect and
preserve the agricultural lands and natural resources from the degrading effects of exotic and invasive noxious weeds. By promoting communication
with landowners, a cooperative and coordinated effort in the management of noxious weeds can be achieved by enhancing public awareness through
educational efforts.

WHAT WILL WE DO?                WHO IS OUR TARGET                WHY ARE WE DOING                INDICATORS OF                      TIMELINE
(Actions – please complete      AUDIENCE?                        IT?                             SUCCESS                            (When will this be
each column for every action.   (How will targeting this         (How will it reduce poverty?)   (How will we know we were          completed?)
Add lines for each additional   audience – help reduce poverty                                   successful at reducing poverty?)
Action step.)                   in our community?)


Establish a Local               SHOC, Washington State           The community relies on         Establishment of                   April 08
Noxious Weed                    Dept of Agriculture; WSU         agriculture for its             subcommittee members
Subcommittee                    Master Gardeners                 economical base. Noxious        and the beginning of
                                Program; WA State                weed infestation can have a     development of ideas for
                                Noxious Weed Control             disastrous effect upon the      community prevention
                                Board; Community                 local economy if left           activities.
                                Members – Government             unchecked.
                                and local members have
                                the resources and
                                commitment to reducing
                                weed expansion.
Establish a local noxious   Royal City School District;   By teaching youth the         Scheduled provision of        May 08
Weed Educational            Royal City Elementary         benefits of proper            training to 3rd grade
Campaign for youth          School; Grade School          gardening techniques, what    classrooms during the
                            Children                      evasive weeds are, and        school year.
                                                          how to prevent them from
                                                          spreading when they are
                                                          found.


Establish Local Noxious     SHOC, Community               The community relies on       Provision of an information June 08 – Sept 08
Weed Prevention             Members; landowners –         agriculture for its           booth during Community
Community Campaign          these are the individuals     economical base. Noxious      Days Celebration and other
                            who are most endangered       weed infestation can have a   community activities.
                            (economically) by noxious     disastrous effect upon the
                            weeds                         local economy if left
                                                          unchecked.

Develop Local Noxious       SHOC, Washington State        As Above.                     Establishment of various      Ongoing
Weed Prevention             Dept of Agriculture; WSU                                    programs including:
Community Activities        Master Gardeners                                                 Land Walk
                            Program; WA State                                                   Through and
                            Noxious Weed Control                                                Inspections
                            Board; Community                                                 Backpack and
                            Members - Government                                                Handheld Sprayers
                            and local members has the                                           made available for
                            resources, commitment to                                            public use
                            reducing weed expansion                                          No Spray Program
                                                                                             Pesticide Licensing
                                                                                                Program (including
                                                                                                recertification and
                                                                                                pre-licensing
                                                                                                training)
SHOC Officers/Board of Directors
Danna R Underwood                         Margaret Nielsen
Farrah Wardenar                           Brett Schrom
Cathy Potter                              Bret A. Moore
Katie Allred

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEES MEMBERS
(SHOC MEMBERS)
Sharon Chesterman                         Father Jesus Ramirez
Joe Penia                                 Ed Woodby
Barb Harris                               Verdene Younger
Lora Jo Phillips                          Ben Orth
Lizkey Vanezuela                          Luiz Vanenzuela
Susan Piercy                              Amy Huss
Leslie Fanning                            Neil Leitz
Fran Leitz


COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Royal City School District
Royal City Mayors Office
Royal City Police Department
Royal City Fire Department
Catholic Church
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Washington State Dept of Agriculture
WSU Master Gardeners Program
WA State Noxious Weed Control Board
Big Bend Community College
Americorp
ROYAL CITY
Royal City is a small rural Community on the arid plateau of the Columbia River Basin. Royal City is a
community founded on irrigated agriculture. Like its main primary income source, agriculture, Royal City’s
workforce is dominated by fieldwork jobs. As most field work is sporadic, at best, it adds to the regions high
poverty and unemployment rates. Royal City itself is a community that lacks a sense of permanence. Its
existence relies on agriculture and migrant workers. With stricter immigration legislation and enforcement in
sight, the future of Royal City has many uncertainties.


COMMUNITY STORIES AND QUOTES

We are grateful to Horizons sponsoring this seminar. I'm convinced that this sort of thing is important in a
community like this as a way to make accurate immigration information available in an information-poor area.

Royal High School represented Eastern Washington at the 2008 Student Biotech Expo in Bellevue last Tuesday,
May 28. Five students worked for six months preparing their presentations: Ryan Lefler, a sophomore, designed
a molecular model to explain the combustion of biofuels compared to "regular" fuels; Aaron Cedillo wrote a
journalism paper about the process of biopulping compared to regular pulping (paper making process); Roberto
Cruz wrote a lesson plan to teach an audience about the CCR5 receptor; Victor Godoy-Cortes and Cesar
Nunez researched the structure of tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) to design its molecular model using RP-RasMol,
a computer visualization program. They all had very professional posters and were very well evaluated by the
judges. During the award ceremony, the team was honored with the highest prize of the event: the Award for
Excellence in Biotechnology, something like being the State Champions in Biotech. Quite an accomplishment
for a rural school!!!
                   – Mario Godoy

				
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