Alright I admit…I’ve been slacking on blog posts. In an attempt to make up for it, here is a compilation of some favorites from the past 3 months. It has been a wonderful transition from winter to spring. People are starting to come out, the fields are in blossom and its getting hot. Harvest season is just beginning and I am stoked to use my Spanish more often, meet the workers and see all the harvesting methods.
Wallace Van Eaton is pictured at his home in Yakima, Wash., Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A Yakama Nation member cheers as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Yakima Valley SunDome Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Yakima, Wash. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Scenes from the 2nd Annual Central Washington Natural Muscle and Bikini Classic at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, March 12, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Gabriel Donovan Rodriguez, left, and Alondra Betencourt, right, wait outside of the old greyhound bus depot, now occupied by Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Rodriguez and Bettencourt have used services provided by Yakima Neighborhood Health in the past. Bettencourt said most of the people at the depot are good people and the majority don’t cause problems. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Capitol Theatre CEO Charlie Robin poses for a photo at Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Wash., Friday, April 29, 2016. Robin said he supports the plaza because “it would dress up my front porch.” Robin said the plaza would provide a central gathering space for the community and further the experience for people attending events at the Capitol Theatre. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Mike Sliman dresses as Pontius Pilate during a reenactment of Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday at the Holy Family Church Activity Center in Yakima, Wash., Sunday, March 20, 2016. The worship service include a procession. Members of the church carried palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Medical Lake’s Donte Brown, bottom, is tackled by friends after winning the the Class 1A Medical Lake vs. La Salle regional game at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 26, 2016. Medical Lake defeated La Salle 55-51. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
The Richland High School dance team form a circle while they scratch each others’ backs before the WIAA 4A dance and drill state championships at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 25, 2016.
Yakama Nation member Les Wahsise, or Slock-I-Wash, wears traditional Yakama dress while participating in the commemoration of retrocession at the Yakama Nation Heritage Cultural Center in Toppenish, Wash., Friday, April 22, 2016. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jose Delaufente center holds an american flag during a peace rally in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, April 23, 2016. Delafuente who identifies as Mexican American said, “I came out to support my heritage. There is lots of racists stuff going on and we need to throw it all behind.” (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Jeffrey Fulkerson, left, and Kourtney Webb, right, rest in the grass at State Fair Park in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, February 20, 2016. The two have been together for one month. “She hunts. I fish. That’s a power couple if you ask me, ” said Fulkerson. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
Billie Worthen, left, 89, puckers up for Raymond Colella, right, 84, during the Valentine’s Day dance at the Harman Center in Yakima, Wash., Friday, February 12, 2016. After both their spouses passed away in 2003, Worthen and Colella met at a dance event in Prosser a year later. They have been dating ever since. “I decided to go to the dance. I wasn’t looking. I had my very last dance with Billie and thats our story,” said Colella. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A firefighter works to put out a barn fire at 290 McLaughlin Road in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 18, 2016. Cari Wickersham, the owner of the home, said the fire probably started from a heat lamp the family had just installed for baby chickens. (SOFIA JARAMILLO/Yakima Herald-Republic)