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Have you ever noticed how some cities call themselves a “Tree City USA?” Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service and United States Department of Agriculture, designed to promote the valuation and celebration of trees.

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“Drifting through a gravel corner, linking that drift to the next corner, followed by a jump, all while racing through the woods at crazy speeds ... it’s just an incredible rush,” says Dave Clark of Yakima, who races all over the Pacific Northwest. Rally racing is unlike any other type of ca…

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The Pacific Northwest has a fascinating landscape, shaped by ages of fire and floods. It’s possible to see this geological history come to life at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, just about an hour’s drive from Yakima, in Vantage, Washington.

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The enormous bull bursts out of the chute, bucking and kicking his legs so high he’s nearly vertical. He leaps around in circles, with the rider gripping a rope wrapped around his chest, trying to defy the power of an animal that weighs nearly a ton. If the rider manages to stay on this leap…

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We all have bucket lists. A list of events, adventures and places we want to experience before we, well, kick the bucket. It would be fun to take a peek at other people’s lists. I bet we all have a few unique things on there that others don’t. One experience on my list is mushroom hunting.

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Brock Kramer is beaming. He’s soaked, he’s spent, and he can’t wipe the grin off his face. He and his fellow Coast Guardsmen just hauled the yellow raft that flipped them into the Tieton River up onto the banks at the end of a wild two-hour ride. “It was awesome! It was excellent!” he declar…

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It’s finally summer and the long sunny days stretch out before you like a magic carpet waiting to reveal new places and new adventures. Whether you plan to travel to the beach, go camping, or just stay home and throw a backyard party, we found some clever new products that can add even more …

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Vigneron Gary Cox started Cox Canyon Vineyards and Ellensburg Canyon Winery in 1999 with a long-term goal of environmental sustainability, becoming the first sustainable vineyard and winery in Kittitas County. A vineyard, after all, can have a lifespan of 120 years. The oldest known vine in …

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A dog may be just a pet to you. But to a hiker who’s lost or hurt in the wilderness, a dog can mean the difference between life and death. About a dozen times a year, The Yakima County Search and Rescue K-9 Team is called upon to help find lost hikers in the woods, as well as children and el…

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Once you start to feel the change in the air and see the subtle signs that fall is fast approaching, our beautiful national parks may be furthest from your mind. But just because the weather has changed, doesn’t mean the parks don’t have anything to offer. 2016 marks the centennial of the Na…

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It is July and it’s another sweltering day. If you have children, you are likely ready for school to begin again. Summer, in all her glory, is wearing you down. My antidote on too-sticky summer days is to go inside, turn up my air conditioning unit, and start plotting the perfect ski holiday…

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Raising monarchs is a month-long commitment. You must be around to raise them for the entire month of August Like having a pet, you must  clean their cage and feed  them regularly. You must have access  to milkweed Contact the CCC at cowichecanyon.org, click on the “contact us” page and indi…

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There are remnants of the once thriving Cowiche Branch railroad line hidden in plain sight all along the route. You could drive by them a hundred times, not knowing they are there, until someone points them out.