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Ernie Duncan is an artist, although he would never come right out and tell you so. If his retirement pastime of watercolor painting came up in conversation at all, it would be that it’s a personal hobby and something he enjoys doing for himself. But there is more to Ernie’s abilities and kno…

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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…

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Yakima is famous for its apples, and Toppenish is known for its murals. By this time next year, community leaders in Tieton hope their city will be recognized for something that combines the two: seven huge glass mosaic murals portraying vintage apple box labels, which will adorn buildings a…

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Jan Whitefoot is an inspired artist. Her range is wide and she comes to it, as most artists, with passion, and the need to create. Growing up in Harrah, Jan has lived in the Valley all her life, attending the elementary school that sits across the street from her studio. After graduating fro…

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Musician, painter, woodworker, photographer, graphic designer, marketing guru — The list of words that can be used to describe the many talents of Selah native Ty Paxton is limitless. But this man of many trades is more than his talents. He is kind, generous, hard-working and focused on maki…

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Where others might see junk or useless objects, Dale Peterson sees usefulness, art and repurposing. Nothing is expendable in his world. Maybe it comes from having worked with people for years, but Dale Peterson just can't let things go, either.

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You have probably driven by it hundreds, if not thousands of times. In fact, you may see it every day that you go to work. The Larson Building. Standing at 188 feet high to the top of the flagpole, this 11-story Art Deco masterpiece was commissioned by A.E. Larson, a local entrepreneur and b…