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Joe Schmitt

Joe Schmitt

Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.



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Yakima Valley Recognized For Beer Tourism

Yakima Valley Recognized For Beer Tourism - April 06, 2017

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) recognized the Yakima Valley with the 2017 FoodTrekking award for Best Beer Experience. Yakima Valley Tourism, which nominated the Valley for the recognition, was on hand to accept the award at the FoodTrekking World Conference held in Portland, Oregon this week. According to WFTA, the FoodTrekking awards recognize worldwide excellence in food and beverage tourism in eight categories. "We're excited the Yakima Valley was selected for this international ... Read More »

Wine and Romance are the Focus of February Events in the Yakima Valley

Wine and Romance are the Focus of February Events in the Yakima Valley - February 03, 2017

For over two decades the Yakima Valley has been host to the growing Red Wine and Chocolate tasting event. Local wineries organized the event to stimulate business during their slower season and it now draws thousands of visitors to their tasting rooms each year. This year Red Wine and Chocolate will take place February 18 th -20 th with over 25 wineries throughout the valley offering pairings, music and other promotions. Hours are typically between 10am and 5pm. To kick off the Red Wine and ... Read More »

Girl Scouts, Pippins, to Host

Girl Scouts, Pippins, to Host "A Scout Night Out" this July - May 17, 2016

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. They are 3.2 million strong- 3.2 million girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) serves more than 3,800 girls and 1,800 adult volunteers. The council region encompasses 67,000 miles that includes 20 counties in central and eastern Washington and 10counties in northern Idaho. However, the Girl Scout movement is at a ... Read More »

Perry Technical Institute Adds Two New Programs To Address Growing and Diverse Workforce Needs

Perry Technical Institute Adds Two New Programs To Address Growing and Diverse Workforce Needs - April 21, 2016

Perry Technical Institute has added a 12-month Construction and 12-month Agricultural Equipment Technician program. Applications are now being taken for both programs of study. Construction A new 12-month program at Perry Technical Institute will soon be training workers for the region's construction industry. The Construction Program will prepare students for entry-level positions on both residential and commercial construction projects. The curriculum gives students an understanding of ... Read More »

Yakima Valley Children's Celebration Open Invitation

Yakima Valley Children's Celebration Open Invitation - December 08, 2015

On Sunday, December 13th from 4-7:30pm, children of all ages will enjoy a free holiday program at the Hop Nation, 31 N. 1st Avenue in Yakima. The festivities will include gifts and food, arts and crafts such as jewelry making and card decorating, and even a visit from old Saint Nick himself! Join over 300 other children (and counting!) at this year's Yakima Valley Children's Celebration . Founder Sydnee Hurst explains that the event is a low-budget family friendly holiday celebration. "We have ... Read More »

Falling in Love with Fall

Falling in Love with Fall - October 02, 2015

Crisp sunny days. Cool nights. Harvest coming to a close. Kids carving pumpkins they just picked from a local farm. It must be fall in the Yakima Valley. Farms give one last hurrah of bountiful produce and the trees deck themselves out in a full on color war - there is nothing like a quiet orchard ablaze in oranges, reds and golds to make you stop and enjoy all that fall has to offer. In keeping with the season and showcasing the bounty, be sure to check out several local farms that will be ... Read More »

Hoppiness in a Pint: 13th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival

Hoppiness in a Pint: 13th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival - September 22, 2015

Although the designation seems like a no-brainer, I mean, we are located in the hop capital of the nation, being home to one of the top ten beer festivals in the country is quite an honor for our small town when you consider who we are up against. Last year, over 5,000 people flocked to the Fresh Hop Ale Festival held in downtown Yakima to partake in the tasting of craft beers from over 30 different breweries. To qualify for the festival and be considered a "fresh hop ale" the beers must be ... Read More »

Yakima Crime Rate Continues to Drop

Yakima Crime Rate Continues to Drop - August 12, 2015

Earlier this year we helped stage a media conference to tout the City of Yakima's 20 percent drop in crime over the last two years. Now we discovered that Yakima is far down the list for overall crime versus other Washington cities. According to statistics maintained by the Washington Sheriffs and Police Association as of June, 2015,Yakima now sits 34 th on the list in terms of overall crime rates among cities in Washington. As you look at the list we do note that there are quite a few ... Read More »

New Resident Julia Krolikowski

New Resident Julia Krolikowski - July 14, 2015

Our New Resident interviews normally follow a question and answer style format, but new resident Julia Krolikowski wrote such a poignant , personal story about how she came to love, and ultimately live, in Yakima I wanted to share it unedited. Please help us welcome Julia: I grew up in Omaha, NE-home of Warren Buffett, Saddle Creek Records, and the NCAA College World Series. I graduated from Rockhurst University in the spring of 2012. After working a stint as a ball girl for the College World ... Read More »

Moxee Hop Festival

Moxee Hop Festival - July 09, 2015

Settled by French Canadian farmers in the late 1860's, the origin of the town name Moxee is not French, but is derived instead from a Native American word meaning "edible root." Street and road names do pay homage to some of the earlier settlers who found the sandy soil and mild climate to be ideal for growing hops and wine grapes thus giving the town its nickname, the "Hop Capital of the World." To celebrate this proud heritage and raise funds for city parks and recreation programs, Moxee ... Read More »

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