MATTAWA, Wash. — Eloy Cervantes, a cattle rancher and father of four, has staked his family’s future on this remote farming city in America’s apple country — a city riddled by troubles he wishes he could help fix. Teen pregnancy. Grating poverty. And violent gangs that shot bullet holes into his neighbors’ trailers.
“If I could do something,” Cervantes, 40, said of the troubles in town, “you can be sure that I would.”