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November 23
College Basketball: YVCC men fall in opener to Highline

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — The final score may not be indicative of the effort but Yakima Valley men’s basketball coach Ray Funk came away encouraged despite his team losing its season opener Saturday.

Ben Tucakovic scored 23 points and Doug McDaniel collected 21 and Highline build a double-digit halftime lead en route to an 80-70 victory over the Yaks at Sherar Gym.

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November 23
College Basketball: Yak women fall to Blue Mountain

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Monica Villegas broke loose for 28 points but no other Yakima Valley player reached double figures as the Yaks fell 74-60 to Blue Mountain in the YVCC Tipoff Classic on Saturday at Sherar Gym.

YVCC lost both of its games in the season-opening tournament and was eliminated.

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November 22
YVCC women drop debut

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Kortney Grattic broke loose for 34 points to lead Whatcom to a 78-57 victory over Yakima Valley in Friday’s season-opening YVCC Tipoff Classic at Sherar Gym.

Grattic connected on 11 of 22 field goals and 10 of 13 free throws for the Orcas, who built a 44-29 lead at halftime.

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November 22
YVCC Basketball: It’s all new for Yaks men

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Ray Funk has seen and experienced much during his tenure at Yakima Valley, including an NWAC championship.

But as he begins his 10th season as the Yaks men’s basketball coach and athletic director, Funk has never seen this.

“For the first time since I’ve been here,” Funk said, “we have no returning players from last season.”

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November 22
YVCC BASKETBALL ‘Intersting’ mix hopes to help Yaks women bounce back

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Each player on the Yakima Valley women’s basketball team, coach Greg Oldham says, has an interesting story of how she got there.

So for that reason alone, the Yaks figure to be in for an intriguing season as they seek a reversal of last season’s disappointing finish, one in which the program failed to reach the NWAC Tournament for the first time since 2003.

“Some examples,” said Oldham, who’s starting his third season as women’s head coach after assisting Ray Funk for several years with the men’s team. “Ashley Hayes hasn’t played for us before, but she’s played volleyball and softball here so she’s familiar with me and YVCC and how we do things.

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November 20
YVCC to host Tip-Off tourney

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Valley will host seven other teams in the season-opening YVCC Tip-Off Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday in Sherar Gym.

The Yaks will conclude the first day’s action at 8 p.m. today against Whatcom. Centralia and Treasure Valley will open the event at 2 p.m. with Chemeketa and Walla Walla meeting at 4 p.m., after which Clark and Blue Mountain will play at 6.

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November 19
YVCC offers new 'High School 21+' program

​Grandview Herald

Grandview Campus - Yakima Valley Community College is excited to offer a new opportunity for individuals over 21 years of age who want to earn their high school diploma. 

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November 19
Ozuna selected to fill city council vacancy

​Grandview Herald

Robert Ozuna, of Grandview was named last week to fill the unexpired City Council term of Diana Jennings, who resigned in September. 

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November 18
Washington wine and juice grape tonnage soars; juice prices fall

​Good Fruit Grower

Trent Ball discusses the 2014 Concord grape crop during the Washington State Grape Society’s annual meeting  in Grandview, Washington on November 13, 2014. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

Trent Ball discusses the 2014 Concord grape crop during the Washington State Grape Society’s annual meeting in Grandview, Washington on November 13, 2014.


The year 2014 will be remembered by Washington State’s grape industry as having one of the biggest crops on record for both juice and wine grapes. For wine grape growers, the long, warm growing season resulted in a near perfect vintage.

But many juice grape growers struggled to reach minimum sugar concentrations due to heavy crop loads, and for those selling on the cash market, prices tumbled to levels not seen in a decade.

For the last decade, Washington, which is the nation’s leading juice grape producer, has produced a statewide average of around 190,000 tons.

The 2014 crop, which wrapped up harvest in mid-November, is estimated to reach 264,000 tons, according to Dr. Trent Ball, who spoke during the Washington State Grape Society’s annual meeting last Thursday in Grandview.

“We had a very warm growing year in Washington and a spectacular fall,” said Ball, partner in Agri-Business Consultants LLC and director of the viticulture and enology program at Yakima Valley Community College.

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November 16
Guest editorial: All our students deserve equal education access

​Yakima Herald Republic

The year 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. On Wednesday we will join Humanities Washington, the state’s flagship humanities organization, for a conversation about education and invite you to join us.

Since 1954, students across our state have experienced promising strides toward educational equality. Nevertheless, the dream of achieving, accessing and attaining equitable education remains elusive for many, particularly students of color.

Education settings are increasingly diverse. According to the U.S. Department of Education, from 1972 to 2004 the number of students of color enrolled in public school grades K-12 for states in the western U.S. increased from 27 percent to 57 percent. Unfortunately, students of color have a greater chance of living in poverty, which puts them at greater risk for failure in school.

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