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October 28
Family, friends pay tribute to departed with Dia de los Muertos altar

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Some of the items on the Dia de los Muertos altar that Alex Santillanes’ wife and daughter built in his honor are just what you’d expect — community service plaques, odds and ends from his decades of anti-gang activism, a photo of the 1947 Cadillac he famously entered in local car shows.

Then there are other things, things that show a side of the longtime Yakima Latino activist that only his family knew. Candy, for instance. Santillanes, who died of cancer earlier this month at 73, loved candy. So his wife, Virginia Santillanes, and daughter, Monica Sanchez, made sure to leave him some.

“At our granddaughter’s wedding, they had all of this candy, and we had to tell the kids, ‘No, you can’t have candy yet,’ ” Virginia said with a hint of a laugh. “Then (Alex) came and took it. We have a photo from the wedding of him eating the candy.”

That sort of personal touch is characteristic of the best Dia de los Muertos altars in the Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association’s annual display. There are 28 altars this year, the celebration’s 10th. Some are idiosyncratic and personal, such as those honoring specific dead friends and family members. Others, such as the one built by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and another built by the Chicano studies class at Yakima Valley Community College, are more general.

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October 26
How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

​Yakima Herald Republic

WASHINGTON — For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.

The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online give members of the Class of 2015 more tools than ever to help chart their next step, even if finding the right college is an inexact science.

The professional networking site LinkedIn has just come out with its “University Finder,” which identifies which colleges are popular with which companies. pools student data to predict an individual’s college admission prospects. There’s even a dating service-like site for higher education: pairs students with colleges based on such factors as body piercings and whether applicants go to church.​

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October 26
YVCC women’s soccer shut out by Columbia Basin

​Yakima Herald Republic

PASCO, Wash. — Brianna Turley scored in the 52nd minute Saturday to lift Columbia Basin past Yakima Valley 1-0 in an East Region women’s soccer match on CBC’s field.

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October 25
YVCC soccer falls to Big Bend

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Sasha Mareko, Anissa Godina and Dakota Marshall combined for 34 kills Friday night, but Yakima Valley nonetheless fell to Big Bend 3-2 in an East Region volleyball match in Sherar Gym.

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October 23
Yaks fall to No. 4 Spokane

​Yakima Herald Republic

SPOKANE, Wash. — Rashelle Fisher and Hannah Sanders scored two goals each Wednesday as Spokane downed Yakima Valley 6-0 in an East Region women’s soccer match.

The loss dropped the Yaks to 4-10-1 in the region and 5-11-1 overall.

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October 23
10 days out

Yakima Herald Republic

Wednesday, Oct. 29

 Larson Gallery Executive Director David Lynx has, in the course of his career, studied and taught about Asian art quite a bit. But his interest is not academic; it is passionate. That is to say, he’s not just an Asian art expert but an Asian art fanatic.

So if you attend “The Smile of Buddha,” Lynx’s entry in the Yakima Valley Community College Fall Lecture Series, you will be hearing a man who genuinely loves the subject matter — in this case, the evolution of how Buddha is represented artistically.

The lecture is free. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Parker Room in YVCC’s Deccio Higher Education Center. For information, visit or call 509-574-4809.

Saturday, Nov. 1

 The Larson Gallery’s annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition is always a varied, interesting look at the state of visual art in the Yakima Valley and the rest of Central Washington. Every year the show features the work of veteran artists alongside that of up-and-comers, and every year it includes all sorts of different techniques, materials and disciplines.

This year’s show, juried by Michael D’Alessandro of the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, will definitely be worth a look. It opens with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the gallery on the Yakima Valley Community College campus and will remain on display through Dec. 6.

For information, visit or call 509-574-4875.​

October 23
YVCC volleyball falls to Wenatchee

​Yakima Herald Republic

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Sasha Mareko and Anissa Godina had five kills each, but Yakima Valley was swept by Wenatchee Valley 3-0 in East Region volleyball action Wednesday night.

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October 20
Following the Crush

​Daily Sun News

photo thumbnail Yakima Valley Community College Grandview winery operations students Abigail Orthmann and Archie Parker (L-R) punch down the Lemberger grapes, which will be made into the college’s Lemberger wine.

photo thumbnailYakima Valley Community College Vineyard and Winery technology student Rodolfo Montes drains a vat of the college’s cabernet sauvignon grapes in preparation for pressing. Visitors were also treated to tours of the crush pad.

Click here​ to see additional photos from  Yakima Valley wineries. 

October 19
YVCC women’s soccer falls at Walla Walla

​Yakima Herald Republic

WALLA WALLA 4, YAKIMA VALLEY 0: At Walla Walla, Wash., Courtney Wells, a freshman from West Valley, scored a goal and had two assists for Walla Walla, which led 3-0 at halftime.

The Yaks moved to 4-9-1 in the East Region and 5-10-1 overall. YVCC hosts Spokane on Wednesday.

First half: 1, WW, Kylie Gorton (Oryian Matheny), 8:00; 2, WW, Courtney Wells (Marissa Plasencia), 15:00; 3, WW, Gorton (Wells), 31:00.

Second half: 4, WW, Gorton (Wells), 80:00.

Saves: Kelsie Kuhlmann (YV) 6, Annika Enloe (WW) 5.​

October 16
YVCC women’s soccer edged by North Idaho

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima Valley’s Haylee Ashby, a freshman from Zillah, scored a goal in the 13th minute to tie the match but North Idaho got the game-winner five minutes later and held on for a 2-1 victory in NWAC East women’s soccer on Wednesday.

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