EDITOR'S NOTE: As of February 2019, Yakima Magazine is a special publication produced monthly by the Yakima Herald-Republic News Department.

Riding a dirt bike is like nothing else. Whether I’m on the track or on the trail, I’ve found that the power these machines wield creates a sense of freedom that I can’t find anywhere else. Since moving from the west side of the mountains and being taught to ride by my husband, my love for t…

When I first decided that I wanted a three-quarter sleeve tattooed on my arm, I didn’t go to just any old shop. I spent over two years trying to find someone who was not only an artist, but someone who specialized in the style I was interested in. I Googled tattoo shops all over Washington, …

I love soup. Any kind of soup. I honestly think I could live on soup. That’s why I got so excited when I stumbled across the Poblano Corn Chowder at the Caffé 11th Avenue. It faces Yakima Avenue and I’d driven by dozens of times, seeing the big coffee cup on the sign and assuming it was simp…

With a limited knowledge of art, I approached the assignment to write a story about a Yakima artist as a blank canvas, as whole cloth waiting for the first cut. The assignment turned into a series of stories and I have been privileged to meet some highly talented and interesting locals. The …

If you want a great meal as you’re heading up Highway 12 or 410 for some summer recreation, Nier the Nook in downtown Naches is a tasty new option. Owner Israel Londono describes it as “an upscale gastropub with a farm-to-table feel.” As a former Seattleite who now lives in Tieton, I love th…

There’s something special about the scent of flowers. Each variety has a unique aroma that conjures something different for everyone. For me, the scent of lilacs is the scent of summer. When they first bloom in spring, I inhale their rich perfume, pressing my nose into the tiny purple petals…