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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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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 »


New Resident Tamara Kope

New Resident Tamara Kope - June 15, 2015

Our association writes a blog series on people who have relocated to our Valley. This month it is our pleasure to introduce you to Tamara Kope. She recently relocated from Dalhart, Texas. Help us welcome Tamara and her husband Tony to our Valley. Name Age Tamara Kope Profession/Job Title Quality/Technical Services Manager, Tree Top, Inc., Selah Plant How long have you been in Yakima? I arrived February 14th, 2015. My husband wanted to have a bouquet of flowers waiting for me for Valentines ... Read More »


New Resident Karen Diana

New Resident Karen Diana - May 11, 2015

Our association writes a blog series on people who have relocated to our Valley. This month it is our pleasure to introduce you to Karen Diana. She recently relocated from Memphis, Tennessee. Help us welcome Karen, her husband Neil, daughter Katherine to our Valley. Name Age : - Karen Diana - 54 Profession/Job Title: - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner How long have you been in Yakima (or are you in another city?)? - almost a month Where did you move from? - Memphis, TN Why did you move here... Read More »


New Resident Matt Russell

New Resident Matt Russell - April 21, 2015

Our association writes a blog series on people who have relocated to our Valley. This month it is our pleasure to introduce you to Matt Russell He recently relocated from San Antonio, Texas. We met Matt at a welcome reception last Spring and we are very happy he has joined our community. Help us welcome Matt and his girlfriend Diana to our Valley. Name Age : - Matthew Russell - 32 Profession/Job Title: - Management - Chief Financial Officer How long have you been in Yakima (or are you in ... Read More »


New Resident:  Emily Martin

New Resident: Emily Martin - March 10, 2015

As part of our new blog on people who have relocated to our Valley, It is our pleasure to introduce you to Emily Martin. She is brand new to our area - her husband lives and works in Sunnyside. We met her as a result of work she is doing for Sunnyside Community Hospital. Please help us welcome Emily to our Valley. Name Age : Emily Martin, 28 Profession/Job Title: Consultant for NewEgde, a strategic growth firm in Richland, WA How long have you been in Sunnyside (or are you in another city... Read More »


New Resident:  Andy Jones

New Resident: Andy Jones - February 10, 2015

People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it's like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Andy Jones! Name Age : Andy Jones, age 31 Occupation : Osteopathic Medical Student How long have you been in Yakima? Since July 2013 Where did you move from? Los Angeles, California Why did you ... Read More »


New Resident: Kellen Holgate

New Resident: Kellen Holgate - December 09, 2014

People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it's like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Kellen Holgate. Name Age: Kellen Holgate, Age 31 Profession/Job Title: Attorney, Associate Attorney at Halverson Northwest Law Group How long have you been in Yakima: Since November, 2013... Read More »


New Resident:  Kiva Fallgatter

New Resident: Kiva Fallgatter - November 04, 2014

People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it's like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Kiva Fallgatter. Name Age : Kiva Fallgatter Profession/Job Title : Physician Assistant, Family Medicine How long have you been in Yakima? One year Where did you move from? Flagstaff, Arizona Why... Read More »


New Resident:  Shelly Parker

New Resident: Shelly Parker - October 04, 2014

People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it's like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Shelly Parker. Name Age: Shelly Parker, 37 Professional Job/Title: Illustrious Brand Champion (Account Manager), The Field Group How long have you been in Yakima? We moved here in December of ... Read More »



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