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September 29
YVC receives over $3 million in grant money for infrastructure, STEM updates



YAKIMA, Wash. - Over $3 million has been awarded to Yakima Valley College (YVC) to help them improve their infrastructure and support services in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies.

The college announced in a press release Thursday that they are receiving $3.875 in federal grant monies over a period of five years to help them increase involvement, retention and completion of STEM programs. The grant is provided by the United State Department of Education and is called the Scaffolds to STEM Success (S2STEMS.)

The money will allow Yakima Valley College to help low-income students in the Yakima County area to have expanded access to the support services and advising according to the release from the college.

Also, the money will help remodel a 6,000-square-foot space that has been vacated in Yakima to serve as a new state-of-the-art engineering and physics teaching space for students.

The grant will also aid in supporting students opportunities to transfer to Central Washington University (CWU) or Washington State University (WSU) according to the release.

“Washington State needs talented graduates to advance our STEM-related industries. The S2TEMS initiative identifies a leak in the STEM education pipeline and provides the tools to increase student success. We are grateful for the opportunity to put our ideas into action,” stated YVC Biology Instructor Dr. Matthew Loeser.​

September 29
CBC downs Yaks

​Yakima Herald Republic

PASCO, Wash. — Kerista Goodpaster amassed 18 kills, four digs and two aces Wednesday night, but Yakima Valley dropped a 3-1 NWAC East Region volleyball decision to Columbia Basin.

The Yaks fell 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21.

Ember-Punahele Manea added eight kills and nine digs and Molly Cavanaugh totaled 31 assists for YVC (2-4 region, 8-7 overall). CBC improved to 3-2 and 13-16.

The Yaks continue region play at home Friday night against Big Bend.

YVC highlights: Kerista Goodpaster 18 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces; Ember-Punahele Manea 8 kills, 9 digs; Molly Cavanaugh 31 assists, 3 digs; Alysse Roosma 5 kills; Carly Davis 16 digs; Marissah Martinez 2 aces, 7 digs.​

September 29
YVC soccer falls to No. 1-ranked Spokane

​Yakima Herald Republic


SPOKANE, Wash. — All things considered, Yakima Valley’s soccer performance at powerful Spokane on Wednesday was quite respectable.

The Yaks fell 2-0 in an East Region match to an unbeaten Sasquatch team that’s ranked No. 1 in the NWAC.

Spokane improved to 6-0-0 in the region and 10-0-3 for the season. It was the fifth shutout this season for Spokane, which has outscored its opponents 51-12.

Yakima Valley was tied with the Sasquatch 0-0 at halftime, but Maddy Boyd scored in the 47th minute and Jenna Sullens added a second goal in the 57th.

Addy Eckstrom, a freshman goalkeeper from Eisenhower, was a YVC standout with 11 saves.

The Yaks, who are 2-3-0 in the region and 3-4-1 overall, host Treasure Valley at noon on Saturday.

First half: No scoring.

Second half: 1, Spo, Maddy Boyd (Anisha Nicholson), 47:00; 2, Spo, Jenna Sullens (Stephanie Overland), 57:00.

Saves: Addy Eckstrom (YVC) 10; Molly Webster (Spo) 1.​

September 29
Head coach Kyle Krustangel leaves Beetles for WCL's AppleSox

​Yakima Herald Republic


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Success gets you noticed, and while that’s good news for Kyle Krustangel it’s less so for the Yakima Pepsi Beetles.

After one season with the Beetles, who posted a winning record and reached the American Legion state quarterfinals this past summer, Krustangel will be the new head coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox in the West Coast League next summer.

Krustangel will retain his position as baseball coach at Yakima Valley College, where he guided the Yaks to the NWAC title in his first season last spring.

Bruce Staley, the president of Yakima Youth Baseball, said the organization is now accepting applications for the Beetles coaching job. For more information, contact Staley at 509-945-0631

Krustangel, a Spokane native and Whitworth graduate, will replace AJ Proszek and is Wenatchee’s fourth coach in the organization’s 18-year history.

The AppleSox are aligned in the North Division of the WCL. The Yakima Valley Pippins play in the South Division.

The West Coast League also announced this month the hiring of Greg Goetz as the new coach of the Bellingham Bells.​​

September 27
Yakima Valley College offering ESL classes

​Fox 41

Yakima Valley College offering ESL classes

YAKIMA, WA – If you need help learning or improving your English,  then Yakima Valley Community College is now offering English as a Second Language classes, also known as ESL.

Even though the classes have already started, people still have an opportunity to enroll.

There are six different ESL courses, and all of them are taught in English.

Instructors focus on six different areas: listening, reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and technology.

In addition, students are also taught community-based themes.

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September 21
YVC volleyball falls at North Idaho

​Yakima Herald Republic


COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Kerista Goodpaster totaled 10 kills and 10 digs for Yakima Valley’s volleyball team Wednesday night, but the Yaks were swept 3-0 in an East Region match by North Idaho.

The Cardinals won 25-15, 25-9, 25-14.

YVC slipped to 2-2 in the region and 9-5 overall while NIC improved to 4-1 and 7-4.

Molly Cavanaugh compiled 17 assists and nine digs for Yakima Valley, which produced an .041 hitting percentage compared with the Cardinals’ .287.

North Idaho posted 51 digs to YVC’s 39.

Yakima Valley will continue region play at home Friday with a 6 p.m. match against Walla Walla.

YVC highlights: Kerista Goodpaster 10 kills, 10 digs; Ember-Punahele Manaea 5 kills, 6 digs; Molly Cavanaugh 17 assists, 9 digs; Carly Davis 6 digs; Marissah Martinez 6 digs.

September 21
Yakima Valley College Receives Two Grants from the National Science Foundation

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September 21
The future of Washington wine is in the skilled hands of the next generation

​The Seattle Times

ANDREW JANUIK has spent more than half his life working in the Washington wine industry.

This wouldn’t be unusual if he were 60 years old. But he’s 29.

While he began helping his famous father, Mike Januik, when he was 13, he’s actually been hanging out at wineries for as long as he can remember. When his father was head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Januik recalls chasing peacocks around the historic property.

“We spent quite a bit of time at the winery,” he says. “I still remember what the Ste. Michelle cellar smelled like when I was 6 years old.”

Today, Januik is a rising star in Washington’s fast-growing wine industry. He already has his own label — Andrew Januik Wines — which is earning acclaim with critics and collectors alike.

Januik is a young man with big ideas, someone who will help shape the future of the Washington wine industry. And he’s not alone.

Thanks in no small part to four Washington colleges training the next generation of winemakers and grape growers, our industry is poised to educate young people rather than rely on other states — specifically California — to do the job for us.

Last year, Washington State University opened its high-tech Wine Science Center in the Tri-Cities. That will bring education and research to the heart of Washington wine country, while Walla Walla and Yakima Valley community colleges and South Seattle College provide vital training to those who want to become winemakers.

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September 21
Yakima's visual arts heading in promising direction

​Yakima Herald Republic

September is bringing a new season and new reasons to check out Yakima’s visual arts scene, as new exhibits represent more than paintings and drawings for art lovers to savor. The exhibits signify the expansion of one venue into the visual arts realm, and the return of a gallery to a second venue.

The Yakima Valley Museum, a mainstay as an institutional documentarian of the Valley’s history, has now stepped forcefully into the display of paintings with its exhibit titled, “In the Shadow of a Master: The Art of Alfredo Arreguin and Doug Johnson.”

Seattle-based Arreguin is considered one of the Northwest’s greatest artists, with work on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Art and its National Portrait Gallery. Arreguin was born in 1935 in Morelia, Mexico — now Yakima’s sister city — and settled in Seattle after moving to the United States in 1958. His portraits of luminaries like artist Frida Kahlo, activist Cesar Chavez and author/politician Pablo Neruda have captured the subjects with fanciful depictions and bold colors.

Johnson is a Davis High School English teacher who writes poetry and is founder of Cave Moon Press. He considers Arreguin a mentor and has mimicked Arreguin’s style after contacting him a couple of years back. He is no stranger to luminaries, counting among his friends the late writer Raymond Carver and his poet wife, Tess Gallagher. On display at the museum are 30 oil paintings by Arreguin and 11 drawings by Johnson, with much of Johnson’s work coming during a 90-day residency at the museum.

Meanwhile, The Seasons Performance Hall in downtown Yakima is celebrating the return of visual art with a solo exhibit by Seattle artist Winter Kennedy, who grew up in Yakima. Her work also features bold colors and abstract imagery, but there is nothing abstract about the return of art to The Seasons’ back room. The show is a collaborative effort between The Seasons and Yakima Valley College’s Larson Gallery.

Appropriately, the venue is called the Larson at The Seasons gallery; previously, it was the Yakima Light Project Gallery until uncertainty about The Seasons’ future — especially, a $250,000 debt owed to the city of Yakima — prompted the gallery to leave. Since then, the city and The Seasons have agreed on a repayment plan. The gallery at The Seasons marks an expansion of Larson’s downtown presence; it has curated displays at the Hotel Maison and shows at Gilbert Cellars.

These exhibits offer much for those who appreciate fine art; the public should find much to like in this notable expansion of Yakima’s artistic scene.​

* Members of the Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board are Bob Crider, Frank Purdy and Karen Troianello​

September 18
Yaks fall to Wenatchee

​Yakima Herald Republic


WENATCHEE — Yakima Valley got off to a fast start Saturday in its East Region soccer match with Wenatchee Valley, scoring in the first two minutes.

But the Yaks were shut out from that point on, falling to the Knights 2-1.

Mayra Fuentes got the goal for YVC (2-1-0 region, 3-2-1 overall) with an assist from Taylor Foley.

Goalkeeper Addy Eckstrom made nine saves for the Yaks.

Yakima Valley kept its lead well into the second half when the Knights scored twice in a two-minute span.

The Yaks will travel to North Idaho for another region match next Saturday.

First half: 1, YVC, Mayra Fuentes (Taylor Foley), 2:00.

Second half: 2, WVC, Jennifer Mendoza (Katie Michkiosky), 74:00; 3, WVC, Michkiosky, 76:00.​​

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