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Garza, others named to development board

MOSES LAKE – The Columbia Basin Development League elected its leadership for 2024 during its annual meeting Nov. 14.

The three first-time board members elected are David Dormier of Quincy, Derek Friehe of Moses Lake and Mike Garza of Othello.

Dormier is an Erlandsen and Associates engineering manager and a member of the Quincy City Council.

Friehe is the Friehe Farms general manager.

Garza serves as the District No. 3 Adams County commissioner and has served as the Othello School Board President and Columbia Basin Health Association chairman.

They join returning board members Mike LaPlant of Ephrata, Kevin Lyle and Mark Booker of Othello, Chip Dobson of Mattawa, Vicki Gordon of Pasco and Milt Miller of Moses Lake.

In addition, Lad Irrigation was awarded honorary life member status for its ongoing dedication to innovating and advancing irrigation in the Columbia Basin.

And Harold Crose was awarded the Perseverance Award for his pivotal role in the success of the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program following his career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and now with the Greater Columbia Basin Conservation District.

The league also honored the life and career of Board Treasurer, Past Chairman and long-time supporter Orman Johnson, who passed away in early November.


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