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in this issue NOW OPEN: THE LANDING BISTRO & LOUNGE | p6 new restaurant is all about the experience

FARM-TO-TABLE | p10 what the food movement looks like locally PICNIC BASKET 101 | p14 what to pack and where to go

FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS, FESTIVALS | p18 food, drink, art, music: the best festivals around



HEALTH: PESKY SUMMER AILMENTS | p24 how to treat and prevent summer injuries

STARGAZING | p28 add these tips to your summer bucket list EXPLORE: TACKLING THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL | p32 father-daughter duo conquer 460 miles



SCIENCE IN OUR BACKYARDS | p36 science-inspired events for your summer itinerary ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DAVID WYATT | p40 aerial photography like no other

PROFILE: FLASH YOUR STYLE | p43 meet the triplets behind the lash and beauty empire


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SUMMER EVENT CALENDAR | p46 start planning now

summer 2017 Editor Libby Campbell Advertising Director Sean Flaherty Design Team Misty Ayers Jonathan Hooley Sara Nelson Design Cover Photo Photo by Dustin Wintczak On the Cover Stargazing near Palouse Falls Contributors Kevin Cole Jennifer Colton-Jones Carolyn Henderson Laura Kostad Renee Pottle Elsie Puig Jackie Sharpe Alicia Walters Heather Weagant

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Now Open: The Landing Bistro and Lounge

Story and photos by Jackie Sharpe MARGARET CLICK HAS A VARIETY OF INTERESTS. FROM FIREFIGHTING TO COOKING AND OWNING A restaurant, Click has seen and done a lot. Click took her love of cooking with her family in Seattle to the next level by opening The Landing Bistro and Lounge, located in the spot formerly known as Fox and Bear in Richland. The restaurant’s doors opened in March, and the buzz is getting out about this newly renovated spot Click nicknamed her “treehouse.”


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The Landing Bistro and Lounge opened in March in the space formerly occupied by Fox and Bear.

Growing up, her dad always cooked, and the family entertained often. Her dad always wanted to open a restaurant, so cooking was already a huge passion for Click. However, she went from being a music major in college and on the rowing team to a becoming a firefighter after being introduced to the profession by her uncle. The Tri-Cities became home to Click as she spent time at Hanford and in the National Forest Service. She became a “hot shot” firefighter and was placed around the country to deal with complex fires. During her off season, she decided to revisit her passion for cooking, so she took a position at Fox and Bear as a sous chef. When the owner decided to sell the restaurant, Click bought it in 2016. She spent six months doing most of the renovations herself, from woodworking and reupholstering chairs to producing eclectic art work. There are special touches throughout the restaurant. Visitors will surely get a kick out of the tables that glow in the dark. Click uses old history books for the menu covers, and her brother made the beer tap handles. The restaurant is located on the second floor,

providing window views all around. There is seating at the bar and tables for 48 and outdoor seating for 20. Chef Woody Ayers comes from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Thanks to his time also spent in Spain, he brings a Mediterranean twist to his already diverse selection of great food. “People seem to really love our burgers. We grind our own beef,” said Click. Their beef comes from grass fed cows and they love incorporating food from local farmers so they can grow their seasonal menu. Other popular items include the grilled teres major filet, wild salmon with a citrus vinaigrette, sweet potato pierogies with braised greens, crispy calamari with hot

Roasted banana pudding

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Crispy calamari is one of the tasty appetizers on the menu at The Landing.

After taste testing several dishes, one will find both subtle and robust flavors that make the food different and delicious. If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to go along with dinner, they have a great beer selection, local and international wine selections and Click says creating cocktails is super fun, like the grape escape made with egg whites, the ginger crush or the x-ray diffraction with chamomile and homemade syrups.

Owner Margaret Click

pepper rings, and smoky flavored chicken wings with a chimichurri sauce. A must-try for dessert is the roasted banana pudding. 8

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Click has her hands full from 8 a.m. until closing, staying busy with the many tasks associated with owning a restaurant; but, occasionally she and Chef Ayers do work together, allowing her to still tap into her creative culinary skills.

Click’s involvement with the restaurant goes beyond cooking and being the owner. She views The Landing as an extension of herself; she has created a place where people want to connect, have a good time, and experience the food and atmosphere. “In the short time we have been open, I have not seen customers glued to their cell phones,” she said, which put a smile on her face. She has also created the space to encourage artists to display their work and hopes to bring in musicians. Click’s dad loves her restaurant, but they are still in debate over who makes the best fried chicken (not yet on the menu). The Landing is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. The price range starts at $7 for appetizers and $10 and up for entrees. 430 George Washington Way Richland, WA 509-713-7667

Jackie Sharpe is a food photographer, food stylist and food travel writer based in Kennewick, WA covering the Pacific Northwest.

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From the Mid-Columbia farm to your table Story by Renee Pottle FARM-TO-TABLE. IT’S A POPULAR TERM, POPPING UP IN MAGAZINE ARTICLES, RESTAURANT MENUS AND social media. The Instagram hashtag #farmtotable has over 820,000 posts. It sounds familiar, but what is it? Farm-to-table is a social movement advocating locally grown foods, especially at restaurants and schools. Only a few generations ago almost all food was locally grown. Then improved transportation and agricultural practices arrived and suddenly we were able to get tomatoes from Florida or oranges from California–even if we lived in Minnesota. Dinnertime became more convenient, but we lost touch with food as local culture. Farm-to-table seeks to recapture those bygone days. The movement began in the mid 1980’s with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkley, California and Jerry Traunfeld of Herbfarm (now in Woodinville), and was inspired by the 10

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Young shoppers at the Pasco Farmers’ Market visit the booth of Faix Farms, based in Othello. Photo courtesy of Pasco Farmers’ Market.

back-to-the-earth movement. These chefs created dishes based on what they grew or could source locally. The movement really took off when it left restaurants and entered the mainstream as the ‘eat local’ movement. Eat local grew from concern about food safety and nutritional quality. As obesity rates and the accompanying health issues increase, we look to solve the problem with fresher and more nutritious foods. Farm-totable and eat local movements encourage fresh, simple foods. A complementary movement, slow food, occurred concurrently with farm-to-table. Born in Italy, slow food seeks to support small, traditional farmers and food artisans who keep a sense of “taste of place” alive. Slow food has active chapters in over 150 countries where its members embrace slow food instead of fast food.

Eating Local in the Mid-Columbia There is a reason why Seattle, New Orleans and Boston are all known for their seafood

Elias Castañeda of Castañeda Family Farm in Kennewick sorts bins of tomatoes as his wife Fidelina arranges bouquets at their stall at the Pasco Farmers’ Market in this 2013 photo. Tri-City Herald file

dishes. No one ever says, “I can’t wait to get to Tulsa for a big bowl of fish chowder!” You are better off having a steak in Tulsa, an avocado salad in San Diego and a wild rice pilaf in Minneapolis. We associate certain specialties with certain areas of the country and world because they are local crops.

But here in the mid-Columbia we live in a fresh food Eden. Within 400 miles (U.S. Congress designated local area) we have access to a plethora of freshly grown and produced fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish, meats, nuts, cheeses, grains, legumes and world class wines. S u mme r 2017


Luckily several businesses in the area provide us with deliciously local meals. Many restaurants purchase at least some of their ingredients from local farmers. Tagaris Winery uses a variety of locally grown products and posts a purveyors list on their website. Richland’s Lu Lu Craft Bar + Kitchen uses many ingredients grown by owner Cindy Goulet’s farming family. Columbia River Journeys offers farm-totable meals catered by Cathleen Williams. And Kathy Hanson and Tomi Ott are once again offering their Plow to Plate dinners showcasing local chefs and mid-Columbia abundance (see sidebar).

How to Lead a Farm-to-Table Lifestyle There are many reasons to lead a more farm-to-table lifestyle; better nutrition, better taste and supporting local businesses among them. Luckily, it’s an easy lifestyle here in our Mid-Columbia garden. Buy from farmers: Visit area farmers’ markets. Farm stands offering today’s harvest dot outlying areas. Even backyard farmers post signs when their excess apricots, apples, zucchini or eggs are available. Buy from co-ops and outlets: MidColumbia Market at the Hub in Richland sells directly from local farmers. Fresh Picks in Kennewick sells fruit directly from Rowley and Hawkins Farm in Basin City. Visit U-Pick Farms: Visit Bill’s Berry Farm in Grandview or Applegate Orchards in Burbank or K and K Blueberries in Hermiston to pick your own berries. Hatch Patch in Pasco offers a variety of fruits and vegetables. Local at the grocery store: Area grocery stores, including Yokes Fresh Markets and Fred Meyer, sell locally grown produce, meats and cheeses. Become the farmer: Start your own backyard or deck garden. Grow easy plants like tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, string beans and salad greens.

Renee Pottle writes about food, nutrition and gardening from her home in Kennewick. The Pasco Farmers' Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through the end of October. Tri-City Herald file 12

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Plow to Plate

a Farm-to- Table Experience Story by Renee Pottle Photos courtesy of Plow to Plate IMAGINE THAT YOU MANAGE A POPULAR farmers’ market. You notice that many customers have no understanding of where their food comes from. What to do? If you are Kathy Hanson and Tomi Ott, you start a tasty education business–on the farm. Three years ago, Hanson and Ott, both of the Richland Farmers’ Market, started Plow to Plate with T and K, a farm-to-table business. Plow to Plate offers lavish five course dinners created by local gourmet chefs using locally produced foods. The best part? The dinners are held at individual farms where participants can watch while their food is prepared. Offered seasonally, this year’s theme is Gather with Grateful Hearts. The small groups–only 30 participants per dinner–enjoy an evening of camaraderie and education. Farm owners conduct an informative tour and Hanson plays guitar and entertains between courses, all while promoting friendship and the importance of eating fresh, local foods. This year’s six dinners will be held between July 15 and October 7. Locations include Hanson Herbs in Pasco, Crawford’s Farm in Prosser, the Nut Farm in Pasco, Blakeley’s Corn Field and more. Guest chefs work only with foods available from the farmers’ market. All items, from tables to linens to flower arrangements, are brought to the site for the outdoor events. The dinners are a large undertaking and rely on volunteer assistance. “People have been very helpful,” the duo said. Area agencies, churches and individuals have donated tables, chairs and even a trailer to haul items from location to location.

Kathy Hanson, left and Tomi Ott are the duo behind Plow to Plate With T and K, a local business that incorporates fresh food, local farms and gourmet chefs for a memorable dining experience.

Tickets for each unique dinner are $100 each. For more information visit the Plow to Plate website at, or visit their Facebook page.

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Perfecting your summertime picnic Story by Alicia Walters WE OFTEN THINK OF PICNICS AS A ONE-TIME SUMMER OUTING OR AN EVENT RESERVED FOR A FAMILY REUNION, BUT actually in the summertime in the Tri-Cities, we are constantly picnicking, whether we’re eating at a farmers’ market, enjoying a meal at the park with our friends and children or if we’re just eating in our own backyards. During picnicking weather, I like to have the essentials already placed in the trunk of my car, so my family and I can enjoy an impromptu picnic anytime. Some items to consider are: camping chairs, an outdoor blanket, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat, sunglasses, Frisbee, football, paper plates and napkins as well as a couple trash bags to help with cleanup. For my children, I pack a few sand buckets and shovels, towels and anything else they typically need. My favorite food to serve at a picnic usually comes from the many farmers’ markets we have going on all summer. I like to stop by 14

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the market with my family, pick up our lunch and since the car is already packed, we are then ready to enjoy our picnic wherever we decide to land. It’s a really effortless way to go about it. When we’re not eating what we pick up from the farmers’ market, I like to keep the picnic menu simple and get my guests involved by letting them assemble their plates to their liking. A sandwich or kebab bar are easy ways for guests to customize their meals. For the sandwich bar, I like to go to the deli section of the grocery store and get fresh slices of sandwich meats and cheeses. Pack several

With a little forethought, your family can be ready for a picnic at a moment’s notice.

spreads such as pesto, vinaigrette or Dijon as well as the usual standbys. For the kebab bar, if you won’t have access to a grill, predice cold cuts of ham, turkey and a variety of cheeses as well as pickles and peppers and pack skewers. Don’t forget the cooler filled with drinks! Picnics are about more than just the food. Bring a guitar if you or someone in your party plays or bring a portable lawn game. Have something planned that is easy, that people can relate with and that will encourage people to stay off their phones and just soak in the simplicity of a warm summer afternoon. If you want to go a step above the standard picnic table or outdoor blanket spread, use a wood pallet as a table. Pallets are a fun way to dress up a picnic because there are so many diverse ways you can incorporate them into a picnic theme. Plan a themed picnic for the Fourth of July, throw a fiesta or create an elegant picnic setting.

Fresh fruit from a farmers’ market is an easy snack to serve at your picnic.

If you’re planning a picnic for a special event, like a birthday or a reunion, Lisa Peppard of Artful Virgo, a calligraphy business in the Tri-Cities, makes hand lettered signs and place cards for special occasions. “Hand-written words set the tone and evoke feelings before they are even read,” Peppard said. See her work on Instagram @artful.virgo.

When it comes to choosing the perfect spot for your outdoor picnic, we are lucky to have plenty of parks that provide beautiful scenery and family-focused activities. Some favorite spots include: Howard Amon Park in Richland (splash pool), Grange Park and Demonstration Gardens in Kennewick (splash pad), Chiawana Park in Pasco (sand volleyball and view of the Blue Bridge), S u mme r 2017


and Leslie Groves Park in Richland (sand volleyball). Two Rivers Park in Finley offers Frisbee golf and a duck pond. One of the most popular places for a picnic is Columbia Park in Kennewick (splash pad, kiddie train, Sno-Shack and duck pond). Located along the Sacajawea Heritage Trail, it offers 22 miles of continuous paved walking and biking trails. It’s a great place to picnic and enjoy recreation.


If you have access to a boat, picnicking on the Columbia River is a great way to see the Tri-Cities from a different angle and enjoy the water that our area has to offer. Or pack up your picnic necessities, hike Badger Mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of the Tri-Cities below while you picnic.

LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKETS Pasco Farmers’ Market: June through August, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon Historic Downtown Kennewick Farmers’ Market: June through October, Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Market at the Parkway: June through October, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wicked Fresh Farmers’ Market at D’s Wicked Cider: June through September, Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 3 Eyed Fish Farmers’ Market: June through August, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Alicia Walters online at: @whenintricities Picnic photos by Martha Maris Photography Tablescape by Melissa Martinez, Imagine Design Create Inspire @i.d.c.i. Model: Anais Valdez Makeup

Agua Fresca Make this cool, refreshing summer drink ahead of time. Your picnic guests will thank you!

Ingredients 4 cups seeded watermelon ½ cup water 24 mint leaves, divided 8 tablespoons sugar 4 thin lime slices, halved


Puree watermelon and water until smooth. Add most of the mint leaves, sugar and lime slices and stir. Pour in glasses and garnish with remaining mint leaves. 16

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Purple Ridge Lavender Festival, courtesy Purple Ridge Lavender Festival Art in the Park, Tri-City Herald file

Summer PowWow, courtesy Wildhorse Resort and Casino

Summer festivals around the Inland Northwest Story by Jennifer Colton-Jones SUNSHINE FILLED SKIES, A VIBRANT HISTORY AND A FLAIR FOR THE CREATIVE MAKE THE PERFECT recipe for summer festivals in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. From art to music, food to entertainment, there’s a summer festival for everyone this year.

June June opens the summer season, and here in Pasco, that means the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous, June 9-11 at Sacajawea State Park. Created by Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association, the festival is now in its 17th year of preserving and promoting bluegrass music. “Bluegrass is a traditional American music, and it’s important to keep playing it,” says Reade Obern, MCTAMA president. “We have some of the top bands in the country, and the most fun way to find out is to camp. The campground jams are mini concerts: Some people just come and go from campsite to campsite.” 18

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The festival features bluegrass concerts and youth workshops – in addition to Dutch Oven cooking, camping and dancing. Obern say a big challenge is people still confuse bluegrass music with blues music – and they’re nothing alike. “We’re a completely family-friendly atmosphere,” he says. While on the topic of music festivals, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival offers an immersive experience just an hour away during June. The month-long festival is broken into week-long forays into music. “You will enjoy Walla Walla more if you come during the Chamber Music Festival. You will enjoy music more,” says artistic director Tim Christie. “We do an event like no other.”

Christie founded the festival a decade ago in part to change the public perception that classical music is “snobby.” He says tuxedos and concert etiquette are nice, but neither help the audience feel in-touch with the music. “I wanted to do a more street-level celebration of this kind of music,” he says. “Events are fun. Events are opportunities to exchange, which is the most important part that often gets lost in performances.” Each of the weekly cycles opens with “Portrait of an Artist,” where guests learn about music and a featured musician,

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The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival takes place all month long in June. Courtesy Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival

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followed by “Tasting Music” set in a Walla Walla winery, then the “Festival Series” performance at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre. Open rehearsals and children’s concerts take place throughout the month. “If you really want to experience it, you should come for two or three days, go to an open rehearsal or Portrait of an Artist, then the Festival Series,” Christie says. “If you go to each event in a cumulative event, it’s far richer, but you can pick and choose, come to any event and have a great time.” Walla Walla is also home of the 33rd annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival on June 17. This event features recipes highlighting the official vegetable of Washington, chef demonstrations, cook-offs and live entertainment as well as onion-inspired events like sweet onion bowling, onion sack races, an onion eating competition and the bald as an onion contest. On the Oregon side of the river, John Day

has its “Grub & Grog in the Park” set for June 23. It’s a family-friendly event offering a day filled with music, food and fun in a park in John Day. Grub & Grog in the Park includes live music from 3 to 5 p.m., as well as Oregon craft beers, cider and wine. It benefits the parks and recreation programs in John Day. The next day, June 24, celebrate the Purple Ridge Lavender Festival just outside of Hermiston. In this annual event, all vendor fees and gate admissions go to a Hermiston nonprofit. The festival includes live bands, a quilt display and live demonstrations with Northwest artists, set against flowering lavender fields. In addition to the purple backdrop, that means all sort of lavender products from syrup to bath salts will be available, as well as live plants and you-pick lavender. The 2017 event has a theme of “Magic in the Fields” and anyone who comes in costume will receive a $2 discount at the

gate. The Purple Ridge Lavender Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.

July End your June and start July with a historic and colorful festival just outside of Pendleton. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Wildhorse Resort and Casino bring the 23rd annual Summer PowWow from June 30 to July 2. This PowWow includes competitions in traditional dancing by men, women and children as well as a drumming contest and information about the history and heritage of the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes. Vendors will be available, and the museum at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, the only Native American museum on the Oregon Trail, will also be open. Events take place all day. Also in Pendleton, the second annual Pendleton Whisky Music Fest is July 15 and brings three-time Grammy Award winning band Maroon 5 to the stage at the Pendleton

The Pendleton Whisky Festival, located at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds, returns for a second year. Headlining this year is Maroon 5. Courtesy Pendleton Whisky Festival 20

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Round-Up Grounds. All ages are welcome at the concert, and gates open at 4:30 p.m. Local restaurants will have special menu items featuring local whisky, beer and other items, and camping opportunities are available. Capping out the month is the 67th annual Art in the Park July 28-29 at Howard Amon Park in Richland. This open-air festival is the primary fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association, bringing artists, exhibits, education and scholarships to the region. Director Bethany Beard says 264 artists applied to be in the show this year from across the Pacific Northwest and as far away as New York. New for 2017 is an expanded family focus and a booth where children can make art of their own. “A lot of times when you walk through, you hear, ‘Don’t touch, don’t touch,’” Beard said. “We really want to make it where kids can interact with the art and feel like art is a part of themselves.”

Entertainment is also scheduled throughout the day, and Beard says if you grab lunch, you’ll be supporting a local nonprofit. “By buying a hot dog, you’re supporting a Boy Scout Troop or the steel drum band or Pet Overpopulation,” she says. “Even though this is about raising money for the art gallery, it’s also about benefiting our community as a whole.” Parking may be hard to find on site, but a shuttle runs from Fran Rish Stadium every 20 minutes.

August Kick off August with the Spokane Brewers Festival, August 4-5. This annual event puts the spotlight right on craft beer made in the Inland Northwest while benefiting the hunger-relief organization Feeding Washington. More than 30 breweries and cideries join with a lineup of local musicians for this event. Kids are allowed – with a

parent – and can join designated drivers in the root beer garden. For a different take on food and brew festivals, visit Pullman for the National Lentil Festival. It’s a food and brew fest that features a concert lineup, “Lentil Land” kids’ area, a golf tournament, 5K fun run, food and vendors. The festival begins on August 19 and runs through the weekend. For an August taste of the arts, the Lake Chelan Creative Arts Festival fills Riverwalk Park in Chelan with color the weekend of August 19-20. It’s an annual festival that brings together all forms of creative arts with vendor booths – and a few surprises – to benefit the Lake Chelan Arts Council. On August 21, a total solar eclipse crosses Oregon, and some of the best viewing will be in the central Oregon city of Madras. Multiple festivals are scheduled around the event, including SolarFest, a once-in-a-generation event celebrating a natural phenomenon in

Check out more than 30 breweries and cideries at the Spokane Brewers Festival August 4-5. Courtesy Spokane Brewers Festival S u mme r 2017


Photo Above & Below: The 21st Annual Tumbleweed Music Festival takes place in September. Tri-City Herald file

One option: Wrap-up August and Labor Day back in Spokane with the 38th annual Pig Out in the Park. This food and music festival will feature 44 food booths, 225 menu items and three adult beverage gardens – on top of 85 free concerts. Food vendors range from crepes and funnel cakes to pizza and gumbo. Pig Out in the Park is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. August 30 through Sept. 4 this year – and it’s free admission all weekend at Riverfront Park.

partnership with NASA. From August 17-22, SolarFest is bringing a full festival lineup for music, camping opportunities, helicopter tours, hot air balloon rides, education opportunities and a kids’ dome of activities. 22

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September Summer ends after Labor Day, and that’s just enough time to squeeze in a September festival this year.

If you’d rather spend Labor Day with music here in the Tri-Cities, head to Howard Amon Park for the 21st annual Tumbleweed Music Festival. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Folklife Society, this year’s theme is “Harmony,” with a focus on acoustic and folk music. Events are slated for September 1-3 this year, and most are free. Right on the Columbia River,

this festival features five outdoor stages, an indoor dance floor and more than 30 workshops on topics from playing instruments to songwriting. Food and craft vendors will also be on site as well as concerts on Friday and Saturday, a band scramble, and a Sunday night contra dance. These are just a few examples of nearby summer festivals. With a little planning and a sense of adventure, your summer can be filled with festivals close to home or only a short road trip away.

Traditional bluegrass music, Dutch Oven cooking, camping and dancing all take palce during the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous. Courtesy Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival

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Staying smart this summer

Story by Laura Kostad AH, SUMMERTIME. IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE MOST, ENJOYING THE WATER, exploring outdoors and soaking up the sun. It’s important to take precautions to prevent summertime maladies. Dr. Charles Krause, MD, medical director of Kadlec’s Urgent and Express Care units and an avid outdoorsman, has experience in both ER and primary care, which often treat these issues.


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Ticks Encountered in brushy areas along the Columbia River, DEET is the most effective chemical for deterring ticks and biting insects. “Always check your underarms, groin and neck after outdoor excursions,” Dr. Krause advised. Remove ticks within 24 hours—reducing the risk of disease transmission. When extracting a tick at home, grasp its head firmly with tweezers and pull. Make sure no mouth parts remain in the skin, and thoroughly disinfect. Other home remedies are not effective in swiftly and fully removing the tick. If fever, or other unusual symptoms arise afterward, go to the doctor promptly.

as irrigation boxes. To avoid unexpected encounters, Dr. Krause says it never hurts to use a stick or similar tool to clear webs before venturing into a sketchy space. Abdominal pain and nausea are symptoms of a bite. “You may not have to come to the hospital,” said Dr. Krause, though he does recommend an updated tetanus shot. Heat Stress

Snake Bite Rattlesnakes appreciate summer temps as much as humans. They love sunning on rocks, then retreating to shady areas to cool off. Though their tell-tale rattle usually announces them, it’s still important to be vigilant, especially if rock climbing. In the event of a bite, “Go straight to the emergency room,” Dr. Krause said.

Anyone can get it, but it’s most common in athletes, the elderly and overweight people. The key is to identify whether it’s heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If the latter, medical attention should be sought right away. If your body temperature is over 104 F, you feel delirious, your skin is dry (if not exercising), you’re dehydrated and have an increased heartbeat—you have heat stroke. If symptoms are less intense, and your temperature is below 104 F, you likely have heat exhaustion. You can cool yourself by getting out of the sun, drinking and spritzing yourself with cool water and removing clothing. An ice bath is highly effective, but not if you’re elderly.

Mosquitoes Creatures of the dawn and dusk hours, as with any biting insect, it’s best to cover as much skin as possible and use insect repellant. With dense populations, facial nets are recommended to minimize bites. Luckily, mosquitoes inhabiting this region don’t usually carry disease.

Sun Tanning Sun-kissed skin may look attractive, but it’s not great for our long-term health. Use UVB-blocking sunscreen and reapply every few hours, especially if sweating or in water. Light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hats also limit exposure. Dr. Krause recommends wearing a lightweight athletic shirt when swimming to prevent burns from light refraction.

Water Activities Know your limits when swimming and beware of currents. Wear a life jacket while boating. Even if you prefer going barefoot, Dr. Krause recommends sandals, even when wading, in case of glass or other debris that can cut. If visiting the coast, remember to never turn your back on the ocean.

Black Flies & Horseflies Not much repels these tenacious bugs, but relief can be found in employing a ThermaCell. ThermaCells emit vapors within a limited radius most biting insects can’t stand.

Poison Ivy & Oak Dehydration

Black Widow Spiders Distinguished by the red hourglass on their abdomen, they prefer dark places, such

“Urine color is the best indicator,” said Dr. Krause. “A light color and going every two to four hours are signs you’re getting enough water. Dark yellow means you need to drink more.” Electrolyte drinks can help you stay hydrated.

Found more commonly in wooded/brushy areas, contact with these plants causes an irritating rash requiring medical attention. “If you can’t identify the plant, don’t take the risk. Find a way around,” Dr. Krause recommended.

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Bee Stings If allergic, anaphylactic shock can occur in minutes, and an EpiPen or immediate medical attention is necessary. For mild reactions, scratch the stinger out as soon as possible. Most only experience swelling and tenderness at the sting site. Usually this gets better on its own, but ice helps alleviate discomfort. “You can’t go wrong with Benadryl,” Dr. Krause said. If swelling doesn’t go down in a few days or worsens, you’ll want to see a doctor. Dr. Krause encourages Tri-Citians to focus on making good choices this summer. “Sometimes it’s OK to say no—know yourself.” Laura Kostad is a freelance writer and editor. Visit her website at

A honey bee pollinates a field of wild lavender. Photo by Jonathan Hooley



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Summer stargazing: Tips and tricks

around the Tri-Cities

Not much light filters through Wallula Gap, allowing it to be an excellent viewing site close to the Tri-Cities. Photo by Dustin Wintczak

Story by Heather Weagant THE WEATHER IS CHANGING AND THE SKIES ARE REMAINING CLEAR. THE SEASONS ARE SWITCHING gear, but many don’t realize which season is about to reach its peak: Milky Way season. The desolate land surrounding the Tri-Cities may not look like much during daylight hours, but once the sun begins to set, we are left with incredible viewing opportunities of everything the night sky has to offer. From the Milky Way to notable constellations and even far out galaxies, we have ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of the magic beyond our planet. Despite my own interest in astronomy, I set out 28

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to find some local astrophotographers within our area to help beginners learn about viewing stars with the greatest of ease and minimal equipment. Richland resident Dustin Wintczak has always been fascinated by astronomy. He felt inspired by NASA and the Space Shuttle program and dreamed of attending Space Camp, a dream many kids shared during the 1980s.

"Even though the Tri-Cities is growing, we still have a relatively low amount of light pollution compared to most areas."

“We're relatively lucky in the Columbia Basin, even though the Tri-Cities is growing we still have a relatively low amount of light pollution compared to most areas. You don't have to go too far out of town to find somewhere dark,” he said.

that the bright star he sought out was actually Jupiter. While his initial photograph was of a beginner’s quality, it was easy to recognize the atmospheric bands and four moons around the planet. “I became hooked,” he said.

Former Tri-City resident Glenn Bargabus wasn’t always interested in astrophotography. What started as a hobby in cave photography has blossomed into something far more intense. “One night I set my lens at 500mm and began shooting detailed images of the full moon. I saw a bright star just above the moon,” Bargabus says of his interest in shooting the sky. It didn’t take long for him to discover

As a beginner, there are a few simple considerations to take into account to make the most of your experience. The most effective tool when viewing the night sky is your own eyes. Look around and take in your surroundings. Do you see a bright moon? The moon can give off an abundance of light that is unavoidable. It will inevitably impede your view. It’s beneficial to check the moon’s cycle to S u mme r 2017


The Helix Nebula, photo by Glenn Bargabus.

determine when the new moon will be. The new moon is the first phase of the cycle and a critical time when the moon is not visible through the earth’s rotation, allowing for the darkest sky possible. Bargabus stresses that a dark sky is the most important tool for beginning stargazers. With the moon aside, he is quick to add that, “Light pollution such as house lights, street lights or even car lights can wash out the night sky.” In addition to little light, go out late. The later you can stay up, the darker the sky will be, leading to better viewing opportunities. Bargabus has some recommendations for local viewing opportunities. “I prefer the area along Grayback Mountain just off of the Glennwood-Goldendale highway. There is very little light pollution and the trees along the highway block any light from traffic,” he said. “In the winter and spring months, I go the Stonehenge War Memorial south of Goldendale. Stonehenge provides an excellent foreground for star trails and Milky Way images.” Of course Dustin Wintczak has his local favorites, too. “Wallula Gap is surprisingly dark. The Palouse, including Palouse Falls and Steptoe Butte, is very dark and only about an hour away. Or if you'd like to stay closer to home, a 30 minute drive down Highway 240 towards Vantage is far enough away from town to allow for some excellent stargazing.” 30

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If you’re looking for a more professional experience, we are lucky to have a couple of observatories nearby. Columbia Basin College is home to the Bechtel National Planetarium. They can help you train your eye to know what to gaze upon in the sky with their lifelike, high definition images and

projection system. They offer live presentations and full-dome movies on topics that range from the solar system to constellation tours, as well as what is available in our own night sky. If you’re looking for an opportunity to view the real night sky with the professionals at

the Bechtel National Planetarium, they also offer free public viewings on Friday nights. Having local access to knowledgeable individuals with excellent resources can help you when exploring on your own. Set high in the hills above the Columbia River, another excellent stargazing resource in our area is the Goldendale Observatory. While it is currently undergoing extensive renovations, it is still open to the public and allows access to one of the strongest telescopes the nation has to offer. With many great tools offered around our area and at the tip of our fingers, Wintczak stresses research. He has found that there is great information available online about where and when to find constellations and the Milky Way. The earth’s rotation affects the night sky, so knowing when and where to find the Milky Way is the first step for optimum viewing. “Shooting the Milky Way has never been easier. There are countless online resources that allow you to locate when and where it will be in the sky,” he said.

Both men have additional advice for beginners while observing the night sky. “One very important issue that I want to bring up is that whether you are observing or photographing space, you are going to be in a secluded, probably very dark, place. Aside from the obvious hazards of tripping and falling over things that you can’t see, wildlife can pose a serious threat to your safety,” said Bargabus. Wintczak wants to remind beginners to take time to relax and soak in the beauty of the universe that's unfolding in front of you. “Every time you gaze up at the stars you're looking back in time, at light that left that distant star millions of years ago and those tiny photons are just now reaching your eyes. It's truly an amazing thing!” Whether you are looking to lay outside and watch the night sky unfold before you or are looking to view with a telescope or camera, we have ample opportunities nearby the TriCities to do so. It doesn’t take more than a naked eye to enjoy the universe, but finding isolated locations away from light can lead to an out-of-this-world experience.

A wide-field view of the Milky Way with great detail, photo by Glenn Bargabus

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Trail Magic

Doug and Desi MIller pose for a photo in front of Tunnel Falls within the Columbia River Gorge.

Story by Heather Weagant Photos courtesy of Doug Miller DOUG MILLER DIDN’T SET OUT TO BE A CROSS-STATE HIKER. HE HAD NO PLANS TO PUT ON BOOTS AND test his limits. He had no dreams of taking on the wild outdoors with full force, and he certainly didn’t have the experience. But sometimes life doesn’t always go the way you planned it. It was these unexpected experiences that led Doug and his daughter, Desi, on the adventure of a lifetime. Neither of them thought they would be in a position to find themselves, lean on one another through difficult times, and discover personal strengths they didn’t know existed. Despite no prior hiking experience, one day they 32

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enjoyed a day hike together to talk and enjoy one another’s company. Both were reeling from personal issues and needed an outlet. It was this one simple hike that lead to a bigger leap: Desi suggested they hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) across Oregon to bond. “It would be a special time for both of us,” Doug said.

Desi told Doug before the hike, "I hope I can treat this journey with kindness and hard work, one step at a time. I hope to enjoy this time with my dad, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I want to remember how far I've come and to remind us all that healing, recovery and love are possible, even when things seem unbearable." Doug knew he was in no shape to set out on a trek that would take them across hundreds of miles. He felt as though he was out of shape and had recently endured his second hip replacement on both hips. At 67 years old, he was no spring chicken, but that didn’t stop him from taking on the challenge. His adventure began with extensive training. He used his membership at Columbia Basin Racquet Club to hire a personal trainer to get in shape quickly. To prep for life on the trail, Doug strapped on his heavy hiking backpack and hit the roads of Richland. It wasn’t exactly a mountain experience, but it sufficed. He would walk 12 to 14 miles a day, carrying 20 to 30 pounds in his pack. Doug recalls that there were multiple times he was mistaken for a homeless person, even leading to offers of help from others. Once he felt comfortable walking long distances on relatively flat surfaces, he introduced elevation into his routine. Taking advantage of the ample hiking opportunities along Badger Mountain, Doug would hike the mountain up to three times a day, always carrying his pack. Badger Mountain allows for just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain in just over one mile, which was enough to help Doug get used to rapid elevation changes in the mountains.

Once confident in his hiking abilities, Doug spent four days hiking a section of the PCT in Washington within the Indian Heaven Wilderness. This was a trip to test his strength and make sure that he was mentally and physically prepared for the extensive hike ahead. He used this trip to test out his gear, making sure he had everything necessary to survive. He tested out a variety of food, finding what was easiest to pack and heartiest to make up for calories burned. “I ate a lot of macadamia nuts,” Doug laughed. On August 2, 2016, Doug and Desi were ready to set out on their adventure. They began at the head of the PCT on the Oregon and California border. While the trail stretches a staggering 2,659 miles from the Canadian border down to Mexico, the two of them had the goal of hiking the portion through Oregon, which was still an astonishing 460 miles. This section is both the shortest and the easiest to hike and is fairly consistent in elevation. They quickly found that hiking through southern Oregon would prove to be a challenge. Water in the area was scarce, and what little water there was always carried the risk of giardia– an illness they luckily avoided. Water, food and rest were the basic essentials that powered the duo. Unable to carry all of their food at once, they would rely on stopping points where they had prearranged to have food items delivered, but sometimes the packages didn’t arrive in time. It was a guessing game whether or not they’d catch the next meal.

good Samaritans hike into portions of the PCT, leaving essential supplies and treats for those hiking through. At one stop, they found coolers full of soda and oranges. Another stop provided a tent set up with hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and wine – pure gold to someone who has exhausted all of their strength. One of Doug’s favorite trail angels was a man who went by the trail name “Coppertone.” He had hiked the PCT 10 years ago and wanted to give back to hikers by greeting them with root beer milkshakes. Doug was quick to learn that the hiking community was a welcoming bunch. He enjoyed meeting others along the trail, most of which were traveling south, and many from various countries around the world. Doug and Desi became very dependent on their satellite communication devices, attributing them to their success along the trail. From these devices, they could post to Facebook to keep friends and family updated on their journey. They were able to access maps and follow them when they were needed. Plus, Doug and Desi didn’t

However, every so often along the trail they were blessed by “trail angels.” These

Desi rests at camp along Thielsen Creek.

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always hike together. There were times where one would get ahead of the other and they could continue to communicate. At one point, Doug even succumbed to a knee injury and had to leave the trail. He was taken to Portland where he received a few shots to keep the pain and swelling down, and was able to communicate with Desi and meet up the next morning. On September 1, after Doug and Desi reached the Devil’s Peak Summit with an elevation of 7,300 feet on August 8, 2016. averaging 18 to 22 miles a day with roughly 5 miles of up and down elevation gain, where the good stuff is,” Doug said. replacement surgery, he still enjoys travDoug and Desi reached their final destieling. In mid-August, Doug will be giving As Doug returned home, his wife, Gail, nation at the Bridge of the Gods near the back to other hikers as he heads to Timothy couldn’t help but notice a change in his Oregon and Washington border. Lake to share some love with those making behavior. “You’re so quiet,” she said. Doug their way along the PCT. He understands Doug and his daughter spent a month on the was quick to appreciate his newfound the importance of trail angels during this trail learning about one another and giving peace. “You go out there to lose your mind adventure. “We’ll get there early and set each other the confidence they needed at the and find your soul.” up, giving back some trail magic to current time. They supported one another through While Doug has no future hiking plans at hikers,” he said, allowing his life-changing difficult times in more ways than one. “You this time, especially as he awaits knee journey to come full circle. push each other to their limits, and that’s


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Scie nce in ou own r back yard s

The Bechtel National Planetarium at CBC hosts astronomy shows every week during the summer. Photo courtesy of Brad Rush/Spitz Inc

Story by Kevin Cole THE TRI-CITIES IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE A SCIENCE GEEK OF ANY AGE IN ANY SUMMER – BUT ESPECIALLY in 2017! From astrology-focused summer camps to guided tours of the Scablands, Tri-Cities residents have plenty of options to satisfy their science cravings.

LIGO A solar eclipse will blank out the sun for just under two minutes (depending on where you are) on August 21. A two-and-a-half hour drive into north-central Oregon will put you in the path of totality – just know that you need 36

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to be there by 10:20 that morning. In the Tri-Cities, 96 percent coverage of the sun is expected. Eclipse2017. org shows you when to be where for best viewing. If you’ll be staying local for the eclipse, that evening Cal Tech’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory

(LIGO) at Hanford will host a Post-Eclipse Party beginning at 6 p.m. Walking tours of the miles-long laser will be available, with experts on hand to answer questions about all things astrophysical. At dark there will be a stargazing party with dozens of telescopes manned by volunteers from the Tri-City Astronomy club. At 6 p.m., MIT Professor of Physics Emeritus Dr. Rainer Weiss (inventor of laser interferometry and co-founder of LIGO) will explain how a solar eclipse 98 years ago helped to confirm Einstein’s theory of general relativity. At 7:30 p.m., Planetary Protection Engineer Dr. Moogega Cooper will speak on NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission. Tickets to the Post-Eclipse Party are required – but they are free. Visit the Tours and Events tab at for ticket information.

LIGO will host a Post-Eclipse Party on August 21. The event includes walking tours, presentations from experts and a stargazing party. Photo courtesy of Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab

of August 25. For more on events and programs at this world-class cutting-edge science facility, check them out online.

COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE LIGO hosts public tours with hands-on activities for kids of all ages on the second Saturday of each month – the next two being July 8 and August 12. There will also be an eclipse-inspired LIGO tour the afternoon

Another source of summertime science fun in the Tri-Cities is the Columbia Basin College campus, which hosts both a planetarium and an observatory.

Bechtel National Planetarium has hour-long shows scheduled every Friday night at 7 and 8 p.m., and every Saturday afternoon at 2 and 3 p.m. through the summer. Each show starts with an update on recent astronomy and science headlines and information as to what’s visible in the sky that evening; then movies are shown on a 36-foot domed screen above the planetarium seats.


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WSU TRI-CITIES Washington State University Tri-Cities will host a series of summer camp programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) this year, as they have in years past. Different programs are targeted for elementary, middle school and high school age students across a range from topics from biology (think “bugs”) to robotics. More information is available online at The REACH Museum coordinates several different tours of eastern Washington’s geography. Photos courtesy of the REACH Museum


Week-long summer camps at the planetarium begin July 10 and 17. Discussions about how the planetarium will commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse were underway as of this writing. For more information on camps, renting the planetarium for private events or

If you want an alternative to looking at the night sky, consider taking in the scenery around us with the REACH, who will again this year coordinate tours of eastern Washington’s fascinating geology and geography – including a pair of tours by water!


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the weekend program schedule, look online at The Robert and Elisabeth Moore Observatory at CBC features a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope mounted

The first jet boat tour runs June 23 from Richland to the White Bluffs Ferry Landing, continuing by bus to the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, near Vantage. The second jet boat tour on July 14 runs up the Snake River, through the Ice Harbor Dam’s locks to Windust Park, then continues by bus to Palouse Falls and beyond. Geologist and author Bruce Bjornstad will guide both tours, plus another on the geology of the Mid-Columbia and the Hanford Reach National Monument in early August. A unique feature of eastern Washington’s landscape are the Scablands carved out by Ice Age floods. Retired educator Gary Kleinknecht made a second career out of educating the public about the floods and their effect on this area. On June 16 and again on July 21, Kleinknecht will guide tours through the Scablands, explaining how massive floods thousands of years ago created this unique landscape. Local historian Richard Nordgren will host a monthly tour of Richland’s historic ABC houses through September. The Alphabet

House tour takes place by restored Cold War era transit bus from Hanford’s days as a completely government-owned and operated municipality supporting the nation’s nuclear program. There is a REACH Museum tour for foodies this year: “Meet the Farmer and Chef” on June 30. Four local farms will be visited, each showing off a different aspect of the journey food takes from planting to plate. The tour features a lunch prepared by local food aficionado Chef Dave Harris. In September comes one tour featuring

vineyards and winemaking, then another focusing on Yakima Valley’s hops and related local and regional craft breweries. Beyond tours, the REACH Museum will host “Ice Age Summer Camp” for kids ages 8 through 12 on June 23. The program includes a visit to the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig near Kennewick to see how paleontologists find, excavate and preserve fossils. To learn more about any of the REACH’s programs, look online at

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Bird in Flight, Camera in Hand The Aerial Photography of David Wyatt

Story by Carolyn Henderson Photos by David Wyatt NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A CHILD’S IMAGINATION: IT ADVANCES TO, LITERALLY, DIZZYING heights. For Kennewick photographer David Wyatt, his fascination for maps and play cities propelled him upward, as he combines flying an airplane with managing a camera, capturing unusual landscapes from the air. “I’ve always had a mind for the aerial perspective,” says Wyatt, whose day job is an engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Among my earliest childhood memories are hovering over a small city my Dad helped me build, populated with Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars.” Growing up, Wyatt haunted the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center near his Juneau, Alaska home, where he explored, like a giant from above, its

three-dimensional map of mountains, bays, harbors, valleys and community. “I pretended to be flying,” Wyatt remembers. “My perspective probably equated to flying over my hometown at an elevation of 10,000 to 15,000 feet.” Not many years later, Wyatt was in the process of earning his engineering degree when he was told that he needed more elective credits–that’s the bad news. But the good news was that learning how to fly a plane

“Canyon40 Gold,” Palouse River Canyon at Lions Ferry State Park, winner of the Judge's Choice Award L i vi ng T C for Best Scenic Aerial Photograph, from the Professional Aerial Photographer's Association International (2014)

York to California submitting their work. Wyatt’s winning entry is an aerial panorama of Mt. St Helens and the Cascade Mountain Range, focusing on the rarely seen southeast side of the volcano. “I almost always carry a camera,” Wyatt says, “unless I am doing flight training or carrying a plane-load of people. “And on some flights I am just the photographer as passenger,” he adds, explaining that the question, “How do you fly and take photos at the same time?” is the first one most people ask. On custom photo shoots, when attention to detail demands 100 percent of his attention, Wyatt hires a pilot to fly while he focuses strictly on camera work. David Wyatt, photo by Sonja Yearsley

through the university’s private pilot ground school fulfilled requirements, prompting Wyatt to jump at the chance to jump into the cockpit. The purchase of a small digital camera not long after he bought his first airplane added extra dimension to an already heady experience.

Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Also in 2017, Wyatt won the Jeffrey M. Reynolds Award, subtitled “It Can Hang on My Wall Any Day,” at the 40th National Photography Exhibition hosted by the Larson Gallery in Yakima. Again, the competition was steep, with artists from New

Wyatt licenses his aerial photography images to publishers, web designers and businesses, as well as sells it through galleries, gift shop, and on his website, Clients and customers report that his art has traveled to Spain, France, Australia, Ukraine, Uganda and Honduras, and one of Wyatt’s favorite sales involved a couple from Boston who walked into a local winery and saw the award-winning Canyon Gold, profiling the

“One day I just thought it would be cool to take the camera along and take some photos from the air. The rest is history!” History indeed. With this year celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first flight, Wyatt has logged more than 750 piloting hours, many with one hand on the yoke and a camera in the other (“Flying is the first priority, of course”), during which time he photographs anywhere from 100 to 1,200 images. Upon landing, he takes these back to his home studio for development and printing. As he began showing his work at art shows and aerial photographic exhibitions, Wyatt amassed awards and recognition along with flight hours, and in 2016 was named Aerial Photographer of the Year by the Professional Aerial Photographers’ Association International. 2017 found him juried into the Blue Sky Gallery Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers in Portland, which accepted his 10 image collection of Hanford aerial photos for the year-long exhibit. More than 25,000 visitors view the Drawers program annually, and Wyatt was in competition against the finest photographers in Alaska, British Columbia, S u mme r 2017


“Slumbering Fire,” Mt. St. Helens and the Cascade Range Winner of the Jeffrey M. Reynolds Award in the 40th National Photography Exhibition at the Larson Gallery

Palouse River Canyon at Lyons Ferry State Park. Realizing that just the day before, they had been kayaking on the stretch of river featured in the photograph, they immediately bought the piece. While much of his work showcases eastern Washington, Wyatt has scheduled trips this year over the Oregon coastline, San Juan Islands, California, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia and San Francisco, the latter capturing city lights at night. Recently, he


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completed aerial photographic commissions in Hawaii and Mexico, and upcoming are “two very special projects which will be very exciting once they’re completed. Unfortunately I’m not able to disclose the subject or locations in advance.” Nothing is certain, and especially when flying, weather – which is described as a photographer’s best friend – isn’t necessarily kind to the airplane pilot. The best shots come at unexpected times, and despite the skill and expertise demanded by both

photographer and pilot, a third element, Wyatt believes, is the most important. “It doesn’t jump out at you when you see my aerial artistic images, but if you get to know me and listen to the stories of how I ‘got the shot,’ there is a core belief. That is, that God is the Creator. And I give Him the honor and glory for allowing me to be at a point in the sky where I can capture in a photograph the amazing moment and grandeur of the earth He made.”


Triplets build thriving beauty empire

Leslie, Laura and Lisa, from left to right, are the triplets behind Flash Your Style, a salon specializing in eyelash extensions and microblading.

Story by Elsie Puig Photos courtesy of Flash Your Style LESLIE MILLER-STIDHAM, LISA OLSON AND LAURA GEERTSMA SIT IN THEIR POSH AND SPACIOUS beauty salon on Keene Road in Richland. Their blonde hair is perfectly styled in updos that expose their sleek eyebrows and voluptuous eyelashes. They are the personification of beauty and success — but for the three sisters, success didn't come overnight. Today, the Yakima-born triplets are some of the most sought-after lash stylists in the region — but there was a time when they were young mothers working the night shift at a casino just to make ends meet. Slowly but surely, they are building a beauty empire as lash stylists, worldwide distributors of their signature eyelash extension products, and trainers that travel the country sharing their skills and expertise.

rebranded as Flash Your Style and they’re focusing exclusively on eyelash extensions, micropigmentation and microblading. The triplets have been mastering eyelash extensions for the past five years, applying lashes eight hours a day, every day. They own and operate Flash Your Style, LLC at 118 Keene Road in Richland — along with an online beauty emporium.

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Flash Your Style, located at 118 Keene Road in Richland, offers eyelash extensions, microblading, waxing and permanent makeup.

done,'” said Leslie. But the moment Lisa showed up with her eyelash extensions, Leslie was sold and immediately made an appointment to get hers done as well. “When my stylist handed me that mirror, I just felt The women also operate an eyelash product store on Amazon. so beautiful. I just loved it; it made Humble Beginnings me feel more confident, less tired,” rememLeslie said it all started one day in 2009 bers Leslie. “With the eyelash extension, when Lisa wanted to get eyelash extensions you feel more confident, and when you done and coaxed her sister into getting them wake up, you look less tired,” said Leslie. done as well — although Leslie admits to “It's high maintenance for low maintenance; being skeptical. you come in, you get to relax. It's good for people who don't wear makeup but want “I said, 'No, don't do that. That's so high that makeup look.” maintenance, only movie stars get that 44

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An opportunity for change had presented itself. Leslie quickly realized it was something she wanted to do as a career. At the time, she was a young mother of three children who worked the night shift at a casino, yearning for the day when she could be home to have dinner with her family and tuck her children in. She went home that night after getting her eyelashes done and began researching what credentials she needed to provide eyelash extensions for clients. “You had to be either an aesthetician or a cosmetologist, so I called the beauty school and they happened to have an opening for a new class on Tuesday of the following week,” said Leslie. “So that day the three of us brainstormed, and we talked, and all three of us started school the same week.” “I knew this was going to be a good career change for me,” Leslie said. She remembers thinking: “I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I'm going to do it.” After eight weeks in the program, the school

“ This is a family business, so we treat everyone here like family.” allowed Leslie to work at the salon. It wasn't long before the school allowed her to use a small room in their basement to start offering eyelash extensions. The services became so popular that she was exclusively doing eyelash extensions Monday through Thursday and hair only on Fridays, because she still needed to meet the beauty school's certification requirements. The girls built a following of loyal clients and moved out of the Yakima beauty school's basement to another basement, this one slightly bigger than the last. A friend of the sisters owned a spa and let them use the basement to open up their very first lash salon in 2010. “We fixed that up, started that up, and grew our clientele,” Leslie said. “We noticed we got a lot of clients from Tri-Cities.” So it made sense to make a change. In 2011, they were driving around the Tri-Cities and found the perfect location for their new business, so they negotiated a five-year lease and moved their business and their lives here.

to, and asked the group if there was anyone in the U.S that could train her. She went to Texas to undergo training and certification. “It took me a whole year before I got really good at it,” Leslie said. “It just takes practice.” The salon also offers scalp microblading, which gives the appearance of real hair follicles to thinning or balding hairlines. The salon also offers waxing, permanent makeup and tinting services. On top of that, the sisters stay plenty busy fulfilling orders for their Amazon store, where they sell their eyelash extension products and beauty supplies. “We manufacture our own eyelashes and adhesives, and we distribute it worldwide,” said Lisa. The salon processes anywhere from 15 to 50 orders per day to lash enthusiasts around the globe.

Family Business A lot of people ask the sisters what it's like to work together, but they say they don't know any different. They've been working together since they were teens. “Our first job when we were young in high school; we worked at Subway together. They hired one of us and they ended up hiring all three of us,” said Leslie. The sisters support each other in everything they do — whether it's babysitting each other’s kids or grabbing coffee for one another. They make sure their employees feel like family, too. Every month they hold their team meeting next door at Tap & Barrel or at other local restaurants, where the sisters treat their whole staff. They like to plan other team activities to make sure their staff knows they’re appreciated. “We get to come to work and hang out with our best friends every day,” said Lisa. “The girls here are amazing, we have a great crew. We lift each other up. This is a family business, so we treat everyone here like family.”

“We did this all with no loans,” said Leslie. “We were so new that banks wouldn’t give us a loan. We would save and invest money, and keep getting bigger.”

Staying Busy The sisters never rest on their laurels and are always on the lookout for ways to grow and diversify their business and add new products to their beauty line. “Every year we add something different,” said Leslie. In addition to beauty services, the salon offers training and certification programs for those looking to get into the business. The sisters currently offer eyelash extension training for $900 and microblading training and certification for $2,900. Microblading — tattooing hair-like strokes to the brow to give it a fuller look — was an established eyebrow enhancing technique in Europe before gaining popularity in the United States several years ago. In 2015, Leslie saw someone share information about it in a Facebook group she belongs S u mme r 2017


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Cool Desert Nights June 23 – 25, Richland Cool Desert Nights, a long-running summer event in Richland, takes place the last weekend in June. Street rods, motorcycles and classic cars of all styles will be shown off. The family-friendly weekend includes car cruises, poker runs, street dances and so much more.


Hogs & Dogs

Grand Ol’ Fourth raffle drawing at Desert Valley Powersports in Prosser.

June Live @ 5 concert series Thursdays, John Dam Plaza, Richland Blow off some steam and listen to great local music after work on Thursdays at John Dam Plaza in Richland. Sponsored by Hapo, the Live @ 5 concert series begins June 1. To see dates and the full lineup search Live @ 5 on Facebook.

Thunder on the Island Concert Series Clover Island Inn’s insanely popular Thunder on the Island concert series returns this summer. Local music, good food and tasty adult beverages make for a great summer evening. Check out the lineup online. events-at-your-kennewick-hotel

Hogs & Dogs June 15, Bombing Range Sports Complex, West Richland The West Richland Chamber’s annual family-friendly event brings thousands of motorcycles to town each summer. The Chamber expects up to 4,000 motorcycles at the event, which begins at 4 p.m. on June 15. The event continues through the weekend with a motorcycle poker run and 46

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Tri-Cities 2017 Geocoin Challenge June 23-25, Sacajawea State Park, Pasco Get outside and explore the Tri-Cities while hunting for geocaches! This fun, family-friendly weekend is perfect for new and experienced geocachers alike.

July 4, Pasco The City of Pasco celebrates Independence Day all day long! Activities kick off at 7 a.m. with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Memorial Park. The Camp Patriot Fun Run starts at the Pasco Sporting Complex at 8 a.m. followed by HAPO’s Grand Old 4th Parade at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park. After the parade, participants will test their homemade boats at the Cardboard Regatta, also at Memorial Park. The grand finale fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. at Gesa Stadium. Gates open at 8:30 p.m. Grand-Old-4th-of-July-Celebration

River of Fire July 4, Columbia Park, Kennewick Last year more than 12,000 spectators watched eastern Washington’s biggest fire work display in Columbia Park. Enjoy food

Tri-City Water Follies

Art in the Park

and goods from over 50 vendors as you wait for the big show to start. The fireworks show begins at dusk.

See 3 Slam tournament July 8-9, Richland See 3 Slam returns for another fun-filled weekend of basketball. The 3-on-3 tournament has divisions for all ages and skill levels. In additional to basketball, attendees can expect food, entertainment, clinics and contests.

Tri-City Water Follies

Art in the Park

July 28-30, Columbia Park, Kennewick, and along the river in Pasco Fast boats, warm weather and spectacular people watching: sounds like Water Follies weekend in the Tri-Cities. Water Follies was recently awarded Race Site of the Year for the third consecutive year. Whether you choose to watch from Columbia Park or along the river in Pasco, there is plenty of action in store to keep you entertained all weekend long.

July 28-29, Howard Amon Park, Richland More than 200 artists will have their work on display at the 67th annual Art in the Park. The family-friendly show will feature many different forms of art: clay, fiber, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and more. Admission is free.

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