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Top 5 Things to Get Used to as an Adult

1.) People only call you when they want something: Life is so busy and it’s hard to not get offended when people call you when they want something. I try to think and be grateful that I could help them and that at least the call brought us together. Now if the pers

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Flashback: Yakima — The All-America City [VIDEO]

The Internet turns up some gems every once in awhile, and this is a prime example. The Yakima Chamber of Commerce posted this video from 1994 documenting the trip of the delegation that presented Yakima's case for becoming an All America City.

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The Bob Schieffer You Might Not Know [VIDEO]

In his familiar perch in front of the U.S. Capitol, legendary CBS journalist and "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer looks right at home with some of the most powerful people in the nation. Yesterday, at another Capitol -- the Capitol Theatre -- he told a Yakima Town Hall Series audience stories about competing with the iconic Barbara Walters, sneaking into a meet-and-greet with President Nixon, and attending a Lyndon Johnson rally as a young boy. He had the crowd laughing while still sending the serious message of reforming our political system.

But when I told Schieffer I worked for a local country station, I heard about another side of the Austin, Texas, native: When he loosens up that tie, the 77-year-old sings in a country band, Honky-Tonk Confidential. And the same journalist who writes news stories every day has penned the lyrics to a number of the D.C.-based band's songs.

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Why You Need to Know Your Value [MAYOR'S BLOG]

Lately I've been thinking about value. The value of the things we use to get through this life comfortably. Our personal value to our family and friends and even our employers. You have to put a value on yourself and then you need to live up to that standard.

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Pick Me Up Quote of the Day by Stephen Covey

Sometimes you need the words of others to give you the focus and encouragement you need to create real change.

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24 Hours in Yakima Video Goes Viral [VIDEO]

The three ladies that founded I Heart Yakima were able to produce this viral video about why the Yakima Valley is so great. They enlisted the support of some great underwriters and a fun cast of characters. I even have a small part in the video. The YouTube account says this about the video

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The Bottom Line on The Troubled Tiger Mart Sites [MAYOR'S BLOG]

If you can remember way back when there was a time when the Tiger Marts were successful gas stations in prime locations throughout the City of Yakima. Today (like they have for many years) sit vacant as the owner refuses to clean them up and so they can once again become productive pieces of property.

The City has struggled with how to handle the properties, dealing with a number of code complaints and violations that are pretty standard for vacant property. I've received numerous calls for weed and graffiti abatement. The City has done their best up to this point to enforce the laws that we can while waiting for the owner to clean up the contaminants on the site and sell them or put them back into production. That will NEVER happen, and the question becomes...how long should you wait?

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Snow Plowing Efforts Were Decent But We Can Be Better [MAYOR'S BLOG]

It's that time of year when I address the issues around plowing the city streets. To me this has always been one of the annual problems that brings a lot of complaints. I can understand that with the knowledge that snow plowing needs to be done within a certain time frame

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Vaguebooking Causes Your Facebook Friends To Think Differently of You

On the day after the 10th anniversary of Facebook let's take some time to reflect on how we use this social media connection forum.

Facebook is like anything in life, it's up to you how you want to use it. I think it's a great way to stay up to date with family and friends that don't live close by. Facebook is also a great way to get feedback from family and friends on different events in your life. It's a great place to share recipes and photo's and anything else you want out there for everyone to see.

Facebook also offers you the opportunity to miss out on real life. I have two close friends who refuse

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Blue Friday Seahawks Workout – Coach AB and Cefus [VIDEO]

It's no secret I've been working out for over a year now. I've got a new trainer and renewed focus in 2014. Achieve Health and Fitness is where it's at and Coach AB (Adam Brown) is all about making sure you achieve the results you want. Here is our Blue Friday workout in honor of #3 Russell Wilson. I cannot wait for Sunday to be over, Go Hawks!

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My View On The Complicated Marijuana Issue [MAYOR'S BLOG]

I've been through quite a few contentious issues during my 8 years on the Yakima City Council but the legalization of Marijuana is by far one of the worst. I'm not sure if it's because people don't follow the process that local governments go through to determine how to handle these types of issues or if people who want to give their opinion and just criticize because they can't understand why we don't see things their way. Whatever the case may be it's my job to sum it up in this blog similar to the news stories you get after every meeting.

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MLK Peace Walk Starts at 11AM Next to Yakima City Hall

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us this morning at 11AM as we march for peace in the annual MLK peace walk. The event begins at

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