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I have a love-hate relationship with January. It’s always a little sad to take down the holiday decorations and embrace what feels like a bare and empty house. The inevitable January fog inversion moves through the Valley, enveloping us in a thick blanket of gray. The parties, get-togethers,…

Nicolas Arretche cruises down Yakima Avenue on his black Harley Davidson motorcycle, followed by the unmistakable roar that only a Harley engine can make. The former Navy Seal is dressed in jeans, a black leather jacket and vest covered in emblem patches, with a bandana on his head. By his s…

Terry Edmands landed in Yakima in 2001 — literally! “As I flew over the Cascades I felt like I was home,” she said, and she was hooked. She moved here after getting a great job, and she was excited about all the opportunities for outdoor recreation that the Yakima Valley offered.

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It all began with a PBS concert featuring the music of Andrea Bocelli, set in the small village of Portofino, Italy. There were a few stars in the sky. Picturesque sailboats bobbed hypnotically in the harbor. Smiling concertgoers sat at small café tables at the water’s edge, with the strains…

I read once the difference between restaurant-quality cooking and home cooking comes down to two things: salt and heat. You shouldn’t be afraid to liberally apply either when it comes to elevating the flavor of your food at home.

Dr. Chris Ramsey is a veterinarian who also happens to hold a world record and four world titles in competitive logger sports. She can hand-saw through a 20-inch log in seconds, is an expert ax-thrower, and she’s got a log-rolling area at her Selah home. She’s so tenacious — she made the top…

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Every year when we approach November, I allow the excitement of the holidays to take hold, and my smile starts to shine that much brighter. That’s because November means two things to me: ski season is just around the corner, and the time of year filled with holiday cookies, family dinners, …

To Randal Leek, the dry, gnarly wood stacked behind the door of his workshop is a pile of hidden treasures. He’s got dried Cypress, Rosewood, and Sheesham from halfway around the world, as well as oak found near the Oak Creek elk feeding area off Highway 12. These pieces of wood are so preci…

Memories of summer are fading as winter begins to take hold. Thousands of acres of cherry trees are dropping their leaves, and their branches sway as chill winds scour the Yakima Valley. An occasional hard, shriveled fruit is all that’s left of the luxuriant harvest of June and July, as the …

Few things make me happier than a great meal. If you feel the same, you can achieve satisfaction with a little extra effort in planning your meal. The perfect meal means including a perfectly matched beverage to wash it down.

The metropolis of New York City is a magical place to spend the holidays — unlike anywhere else in the world. The city seems to conspire to come together during the holiday season with lights, decorations, activities, and a Christmas spirit that is pervasive. Everything from train stations t…

Back in 2003, Genipher and Ryan Messer decided to move out of their tiny duplex and buy their first home. Genipher remembers driving through the Barge Chestnut neighborhood almost every day on her way home. When the couple discovered a house for sale in the area, they jumped at a chance to t…

Not far from almost anywhere in the Yakima Valley, is a unique country inn that offers visitors a place to dine, unwind, celebrate and explore all the goodness that surrounds us. Birchfield Manor, located only two miles from downtown Yakima, is tucked away from the hustle and bustle on a pic…

It’s no secret the music scene in the Yakima Valley is evolving. We’re seeing more talented local and national acts performing at our venues. From rock to rap to country and classical — the options for entertainment are abundant, and there’s something special about experiencing a music event…