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September 21
YVC volleyball falls at North Idaho

​Yakima Herald Republic

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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

​Grandview Herald

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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

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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.​​



September 16
Local college receives grants

​Daily Sun News

YAKIMA — A local two-year college plans on using federal dollars to create new scientists.

Yakima Valley College received two National Science Foundation grants to support science, technology, engineering and math programs.

One is a $447,776 grant over the next five years to create a new scientist training program.

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September 15
College Scorecard has potential, but not quite there yet, say officials

​Yakima Herald Republic

by Rafael Guerrero

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A year-old college search tool still has some room for improvement, higher education officials said Wednesday.

As the College Scorecard this month marks one year since its introduction to students all across the country, local colleges and universities recognize its value, such as in reporting median earnings and estimated student loan payments, but flaws still exist in the reporting of data.

Last year, the Obama administration touted the release of the online tool, as it provided unprecedented quick access to data for thousands of colleges and universities.

The College Scorecard offers graduation rates, average annual cost, salary after graduation and financial aid, among other information. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced updated data on its site from the 2014-15 school year.

The College Scorecard reports on more than 7,000 colleges and universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Upon first glance, Central Washington University spokeswoman Barb Arnott said there is plenty to like about it, particularly the school’s specific numbers. CWU posted annual costs below the national average and graduation and salary rates above the national average. The median salary of $44,500 for CWU students 10 years after leaving the school was above the national average of $33,800.

But she said students and parents do not rate highly tools such as the scorecard or other rankings, including the annual college rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

“Our research has shown that students and parents don’t list (rankings or tools) as a deciding factor in applying,” she said.

Enrollment data has shown cost, programs and the quality of teaching as the driving forces behind selecting CWU. Arnott added the admissions office is not using the College Scorecard in its work to recruit more students.

However, some have questioned whether the data truly reflects less-traditional student populations found in campuses like Yakima Valley College and Heritage University. At those schools, students are more likely to fall outside the traditional college demographics by being part-time, older, commuting to and from campus and taking longer to graduate.

YVC President Linda Kaminski said the reporting comes only from first-time, full-time students and discounts part-time and transfer students — demographics that make up sizable chunks of a community college. As for students who do enroll in YVC, if they attend and transfer to another university without graduating from the college, it counts against them, said Kaminski.

“They are making it easier for students and parents to look up important information (for college); it’s just that it’s not accurate for community colleges,” she said, as well as some non-traditional universities.

At Heritage, Provost Laurie Fathe said she welcomes the federal government and higher education institutions sharing more. The issue is the uniformity of all the data points means judging colleges is now like “comparing apples to apples,” even though not all colleges and universities are made the same, she said.

According to the College Scorecard, Heritage reported a six-year graduation rate of 19 percent, well below the national average of 42 percent.

“The assumption, which is still embedded, is that a student is going full-time and fully intends to graduate in four years,” she said. “We know some can’t do it (in that time frame), and that’s not a bad thing.”

The topic of median earnings also raises eyebrows, as the data lumps all salaries together, regardless of professions. Kaminski said if “someone is looking at early childhood education, they know the salary won’t be that great. But if you look at nursing or engineering, the salary will be looking a lot better.”

Antoinette Flores, an analyst for the Center for American Progress, said she did notice flaws in the scorecard, such as in the way earnings is calculated. The hope, she said, is future updates will include an earnings breakdown by program or occupation instead of just one number representing every student.

The data only scratches the surface and is rather basic, officials said. For instance, Fathe said the earnings numbers don’t take into account standards of living by location. A lower starting salary in Yakima, for instance, will provide for more than it would in Los Angeles, she added.

Fathe recommended that students and parents check out the institutions they’re interested in and not rely heavily on reports.

“(The scorecard) should only be a starting point,” she said.​


September 15
Yaks blank Blue Mountain

​Yakima  Herald Republic

Ten different Yakima Valley players scored goals and 12 Yaks had a goal and/or assist Wednesday in a 19-0 East Region women’s soccer victory over Blue Mountain.

Baneza Gonzalez-Nunez led the Yaks with five goals and three assists. Katerina Balauro ahd three goals and an assist and Biviana Rivera totaled a pair of goals and five assists for YVC, which improved to 2-0-0 in region play and 3-1-1 overall.

Yaks coach Abigail Drollinger emphasized that her team was not trying to run the score up on the Timberwolves, who slipped to 0-2-0 and 0-5-0 this season and have been outscored 41-0.

Yakima Valley continues region play Saturday at Wenatchee Valley.

First half: 1, YVC, Baneza Gonzalez-Nunez (Biviana Rivera), 8:00; 2, YVC, Gonzalez-Nunez, 33:00; 3, YVC, Katerina Balauro (Persia Anderson), 39:00; 4, YVC, Ellie Alexander (Rivera), 42:00; 5, YVC, Balauro, 43:00.

Second half: 6, YVC, Anderson (Balauro), 47:00; 7, YVC, Irene Milanez (Mayra Fuentes), 56:00; 8, YVC, Cami Pfliger (Rivera), 58:00; 9, YVC, Arianna Ahn (Anderson), 65:00; 10, YVC, Rivera, (Kelsey Smith), 69:00; 11, YVC, Balauro (Smith), 75:00; 12, YVC, Pfliger (Gonzalez-Nunez), 77:00; 13, YVC, Gonzalez-Nunez (Rivera), 79:00; 14, YVC, Rivera (Gonzalez-Nunez), 81:00; 15, YVC, Taylor Foley (Gonzalez-Nunez), 82:00; 16, YVC, Fuentes (Rivera), 83;00; 17, YVC, Gonzalez-Nunez (Isabella Scott), 84:00; 18, YVC, Arianna Ahn (Gonzalez-Nunez), 85:00; 19, YVC, Gonzalez-Nunez (Ellie Alexander), 88:00.

Saves: Jessica Adams (BMCC) 17; Addy Eckstrom (YVC) 2, Darci Cline (YVC) 1.​

September 15
Yakima Valley College volleyball sweeps Wenatchee

​Yakima Herald Republic

by Madison McCord

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Kerista Goodpaster had a monster double-double of 19 kills and 19 digs Wednesday night as Yakima Valley swept Wenatchee Valley 3-0 in an Eastern Region volleyball match in Sherar Gym.

Molly Cavanaugh also had a big night, totaling 36 assists and 16 digs in the Yaks’ 25-21, 25-15, 28-26 triumph. The win squared YVC’s region record at 1-1 while improving its overall record to 9-4.

Yakima Valley was winless in region play last season.​

The Yaks, who compiled a .222 hitting percentage to Wenatchee Valley’s .007, will continue region play at home Friday night against Treasure Valley.

YVC highlights: Kerista Goodpaster 19 kills, 19 digs; Kylee Hawley 8 kills; Ember-Punahele Manea 7 kills, 16 digs; Molly Cavanaugh 36 assists, 16 digs.​


September 15
Exhibit at Yakima Valley College features photos from LGBTQ book

​Yakima Herald Republic

by Pat Muir

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Collectively, the photos in Barbara Proud’s book “First Comes Love” make a strong statement about LGBTQ equality, but individually the portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning couples are more striking in their warmth and their simple, everyday mundanity.

That was kind of the point, said Proud, a Philadelphia photographer who will be in Yakima for the Saturday opening of a “First Comes Love” photo exhibit at the Larson Gallery on the Yakima Valley College campus. The photos, mostly taken in their subjects’ homes, are no different aesthetically than portraits of any couple.

“Everything you’d see in the media about the LGBTQ community would be gay pride parades or protests of some sort,” said Proud, who published the book under the name B Proud. “Nobody ever shows the day-to-day. I really made a conscious effort, when I began, to do that. So it has this, I guess, Hallmark quality to it.”

She got the idea for the “First Comes Love” photo project back in 2008 when she and her then-partner, now-wife, Allison Cassidy celebrated their 20th anniversary together. They were the longest-lasting still-together couple in either of their families, but their relationship landmarks weren’t celebrated in the same way as their heterosexual cisgender relatives.

“I was very proud of us,” she said. “We had done the work to get through the good and the bad and everything. We were committed. But, although our families loved us on both sides, we still didn’t get the recognition.”

Having just completed a fine art photo project — “botanicals, Georgia O’Keefe-esque,” Proud said — she decided to focus on giving long-term LGBTQ relationships the kind of recognition that had eluded her and Cassidy.

The result was a book of 64 black-and-white photos of committed couples. Some, such as Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami, who successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, who posed with her wife Kathy Hubbard, are heroes of the LGBTQ rights movement. Others are relative unknowns, whose heroism is of the more personal variety involved in maintaining any long-term relationship.

“I really wanted them all to be kind of heroic,” Proud said. “I wanted them to be posed and well-lit. I wanted to say, ‘Look at these people. Look how beautiful they are.’”

​​That theme struck Larson Gallery Executive Director David Lynx immediately when he saw a TV news segment about Proud’s book.

“It shows you that they’re just like anyone else,” he said. “Nice, normal people.”

That’s a message he hopes will resonate with both the local LGBTQ community and the broader Yakima community. Yakima County voted 2-1 against a 2012 state gay marriage referendum.

“There are all these long-term relationships out there,” he said. “It’s good for the LGBTQ here to see that, and for everybody else here, too.”​


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