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When it comes to beer, Washington state is pretty special. Not only are we the leading hop producer in the nation, we are the only state in the nation that has an official beer commission. And the guy who’s the boss at the beer commission? He got his start right here in Yakima. This is the s…

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Andy Duke fought his first wildfire alongside his father, Tim Duke. A piece of logging machinery had caught fire and Tim asked Andy to jump on the nearest dozer to help push the fire line. Andy was just 14 years old. From that day on, he had a feeling that wildland firefighting and working w…

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In the gentle breeze and the chirping of birds, there is a sense of timelessness at the St. Joseph Mission at the Ahtanum located beside Bachelor Creek. In this park-like setting with cottonwoods, evergreens and apple trees planted in the mid-1800s, the whispers of history are all around.

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Fitterer’s furniture has been in the same brick building, with the same family name on it, on the corner of 4th and Main in downtown Ellensburg since 1909. Inside are three floors of sumptuous staged living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and accessories, glowing under soft lighting and arran…

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I’m going to date myself here. I grew up going to record stores. Yes, they were “record” stores. They sold vinyl. There were two kinds of records, 45s and LPs. LP stood for long play. They were albums and I saved all my babysitting money to buy the music that spoke to me at the tender age of…

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The idea was a simple one: connect people to the community they live in. Rooted, a multi-faceted online platform founded by three friends in 2015 was born from the desire to help people see the Yakima Valley in a new light, especially those living in the midst of it.