Rich Sumner was born in West Covina in 1961. He said his dad wanted to get away from the traffic and the smog so he and his wife moved the family to Apple Valley in 1970.
“We’ve seen so many changes here in those 43 years — now we have our own smog and traffic,” Sumner said with a laugh. “Many people put down living here in the desert, but I do love it here. It’s home. It does have a beauty of it’s own. I’m just like everybody else though in that I do love to see green living things.”