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Life Undocumented

BY YAZMIN AGUILAR
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Yazmin Aguilar’s collegiate research at Central Washington University is based on the academic stress level of undocumented college students. This timely talk on the “American Dream” brings the Constitution to life through Yazmin’s story. Currently students have the option to “DREAM”, but for how much longer?

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The Fight for Democracy

BY BRETT WACHSMITH
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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One Snowflake's Path

BY DAN WITKOWSKI
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Dan Witkowski survived frostbite after being stuck on a mountain for five days alone, but not without a cost. The love of the outdoors instilled upon him at an early age with his father, never left him, despite losing his feet. Today, he is constantly inventing and redefining the tools available to get him back on the slopes on to the next adventure.

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African 1, American 2

BY BRUCE CONWAY DICKINSON
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

 

A true story, in the style of Dr. Seuss, Bruce Conway Dickinson shares his journey from war in Zimbabwe to true love in America.  His ballad covers his hopes and dreams and fears of liberty, coming out as Gay, and the multiple forms of love he has experienced in his life. Now, a resident of Kittitas County, Bruce and his husband Chris have built a home together with Liberty’s flame lighting the way.

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Doing Good Work

BY JOHN LITTEL
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

John Littel shares the joy of lending his carpentry skills in Haiti. Over the many years of volunteering, John has helped construct churches, a women’s clinic, and an orphanage. Why God made him a carpenter was to support the efforts of many to help those in need.  Through “Building Goodness” John is helping to rebuild lives.

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Doing Time for Tagging

BY ADRIAN LEE
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

During an internship at Gallery One and winter quarter at Central Washington University, Adrian Lee risked losing it all through an impulsive decision that put him in prison for two months. Now released, he shares his thoughts of incarceration and graffiti.

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Yakima Music Creates Action

BY JENNY HUMPHREY
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Bringing music to the lives of the young children of YAMA (Yakima Music en Accion) has taught Jenny Humphrey that life is worth overcoming  her personal fears. Many of these children, affected by the current presidential administration put their own fears aside to make music, build bonds and strengthens character.

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Emergency Compassion Technician

BY JOSE DIAZ
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Jose Diaz, has spent years treating what ails you. His experience has taken him to the cold, dark land of Alaska to now Ellensburg where he is confronted daily with pain and the strength that compassion and comfort plays in modern medicine.

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Many Roads, One Way

BY ANGIE RICHTER
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Angie Richter, owner of Ellensburg's Yoga Hot Spot, traveled many roads to find the one she had been searching for. Through a dedicated practice and constant learning, she found herself following the steps laid down for her by those before and discovering her inner journey.

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Green Bow Farm

BY MATTHEW COX
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 25, 2016

Matthew and Christina Cox moved from Seattle, left their artsy life to start their farm. Now their biggest critic is the weather, the patrons buy eggs and their studio is the wide open space.

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Living the High Life

BY TJ MCDONALD
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 25, 2016

There's a new cash crop in rural Kittitas county, it's called marijuana.  Entrepreneur TJ McDonald takes you thtough the history of different cash crops of the area and shares his story as a pioneer with his partner to start BinxBuds.

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Wind powered girl power

BY ANDREA NESBITT
@ VOL 7 ON AUG 25, 2016

Andrea Nesbitt grew up in the country. It was exactly what you would imagine- horses, pigs and mud. She's still that little girl but today she roams around with big wind turbines.

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