Bridget Turrell

Bridget Turrell

Bridget is an Emmy Award-winning former TV news producer. She left Seattle for Yakima’s rural beauty, friendly people, lack of traffic, and sunshine. She lives in Tieton with her husband & border collie.

bturrell@yakimaherald.com

Matt and I met in high school but we didn’t really talk to or know each other. Several years later we ran into each other at a local bar, where we spent a good portion of the night discussing and debating an array of subjects. After that we began dating. About three years later we took a tri…

One of the first things I noticed about Yakima was its enormous trees. Massive weeping birches, stately Linden trees, and colossal, craggy elms. I’d often wonder as I drove by various giant trees — What kind of tree is that? And how old are those trees, anyway?

Despite my best intentions to pack lunch in the morning to save money and eat healthy, somehow my morning always gets sucked up by other tasks. Read the paper, work out, feed the dog breakfast, feed me breakfast, and get ready for work. Bam! Suddenly it’s 7:30 and time to head out. No time t…

One of the coolest things about Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Facility is the drive up to it. You spot the line of turbines on the hill in the distance first, looking like tiny pinwheels. As you drive through the town of Kittitas, they get bigger, and 10 miles down the Vantage Highway…

They don't call Yakima the Palm Springs of Washington for nothing. After a brutal winter on both sides of the state, Yakima is the place to be for warm-weather recreation. As an added bonus, there's no Seattle-style traffic gridlock, there's room at the inn (and it's cheap), and the food is …

Imagine putting on a ballet performance before a packed house at one of Yakima’s biggest indoor venues, the Capitol Theatre. There are 40 Russian dancers, more than 50 child dancers, 200 hand-sewn costumes and half a dozen set and prop changes. Then, add in the fact that the children have ne…

There’s magic happening inside an old warehouse in Tieton. History peeled from the weathered wood of Depression-era apple boxes is coming alive in the form of three huge new glass mosaic murals. Last fall, we told you about the ambitious project to create seven murals featuring vintage apple…

It’s that time of year. The time when you start scratching your head to try and fathom what in the world the people on your Christmas list might need, want, or like. Of course, you have absolutely no clue what to get them, and will probably end up going with something safe and boring – maybe…

Veterans Stories

As a Marine sergeant, 26-year old Alice Nelson was in charge of more than one million dollars worth of explosives each month at the Cherry Point Air Station in North Carolina. Her formal title was Inventory Management Specialist (Aviation Ordnance), and she kept track of “pretty much anythin…

Veterans Stories

Russ McLaughlin’s first tour of duty in Vietnam started off easy enough. He joined the Marines at age 17 and was stationed on an aircraft carrier, out at sea and away from the action. But after two years, he started craving excitement and asked to be transferred to the 9th Expeditionary Brig…

Veterans Stories

Joe Gordon is 92 years old. But you wouldn’t know it by the way he charges around his home in Prosser. The World War II veteran is slim and constantly in motion, fetching photos, model boats, and his Purple Heart to show me. His wife Ruth laughs and says “He can’t sit still, even now.”

Veterans Stories

Last summer, while members of the Washington Army National Guard battled forest fires in Eastern Washington, another group of Guardsmen prepared to deploy to the Middle East to serve as law enforcement. It’s a perfect example of the Guard’s mission — to respond when disaster strikes at home,…

Veterans Stories

Tim Gatton shows me a photo of his grandfather Hank and six brothers, posing in uniform after World War II ended in 1945. Every one of them served except the youngest, who couldn’t because he was just 13. Gatton heard their war stories the whole time he was growing up, and most everyone in h…

Veterans Stories

96-year old Lloyd “Gabe” Gabriel of Yakima remembers hitchhiking from his home in Groesbeck, Texas to Dallas to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was assigned to a B-17 crew at Geiger Field in Spokane and became a ball turret gunner. Gabe and his crew flew 11 successful missions over …