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February 15
Single mom, family displaced from house fire getting help from YVC

​KIMA TV

YAKIMA, Wash.--A family that's been displaced by a house fire from Friday is getting help from Yakima Valley College (YVC).

The home of Marivy Vasquez and her four children caught fire late Friday night.

Everyone was able to escape, but a majority of the house is destroyed.

Vasquez, who works at YVC, says her co-workers are raising money to help them get back on their feet.

"We're grateful. We're not alone, we know that a lot of people care about us. Especially my co-workers, [I'm] thankful for the family that I have at YVC,” Vasquez said.

If you'd like to donate to the family a GoFundme page has been set up. Click here to be directed to that page.

Investigators are still working to determine what started the fire.​


February 15
Walla Walla downs Yaks

​Yakima Herald Republic

WALLA WALLA — On paper, at least, Yakima Valley’s men’s game with Walla Walla on Wednesday was a matter of simple math.

The Yaks made as many field goals as WWCC, and even outrebounded the Warriors.

But the NWAC fifth-ranked Warriors made 10 more 3-pointers en route to a 77-65 East Region victory.

The loss was YVC’s seventh straight, dropping the Yaks to 2-8 in the East and 8-16 overall. Walla Walla improved to 9-3 and 18-6.

Justin Hill scored 20 points for YVC, Modesta Britten had 14 and Jalil Walker led the Yaks’ 45-39 advantage on the glass with 11.

But while Yakima Valley was 3 of 10 from 3-point range, WWCC was 13 for 37 and saw all five of its starters score in double figures.

Gabe Porter led the Warriors with 22 points while Landon Radliff 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

YVC travels to Blue Mountain on Monday before hosting Treasure Valley next Wednesday night.

YAKIMA VALLEY — White 2-7 0-0 5, Webb 2-10 0-0 5, Modesta Britten 6-12 2-2 14, Justin Hill 7-13 6-8 20, Walker 3-7 0-0 7, Hodge 2-3 1-1 5, Ford 1-4 1-2 3, Carter 1-2 0-0 2, Gaitor 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 26-63 10-13 65.

WALLA WALLA — Landon Radliff 4-10 4-5 14, Dalton Thompson 3-11 5-6 13, Caulin Bakalarski 6-22 0-0 15, Gabe Porter 8-16 0-0 22, Beau Tilleman 4-8 3-5 11, Tiller 0-0 0-0 0, Engstrom 0-0 0-0 0, Walser 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 10-13 65.

Halftime — WWCC 34-29. 3-point goals — YVC 3-10 (White 1-2, Webb 1-4, Britten 0-1, Hodge 0-1, Gaitor 0-1, Walker 1-1); WWCC 13-37 (Radliff 2-4, Thompson 2-8, Bakalarski 3-12, Porter 6-13). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — YVC 45 (Walker 11); WWCC 39 (Radliff 7, Bakalarski 7). Assists — YVC 10 (Webb 3, Hill 3); WWCC 17 (Radliff 5). Turnovers — YVC 18, WWCC 11. Total fouls — YVC 16, WWCC 11.​


February 15
YVC women fall at Walla Walla

​Yakima Herald Republic

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WALLA WALLA — Alexis Perez scored 24 points and Sammi Blodgett had 21 Wednesday night, but Yakima Valley was unable to match Walla Walla in the rebounding or free throw columns en route to an 82-73 NWAC East Region loss.

The Yaks, 5-7 in the East and 14-10 overall, remained one game behind Treasure Valley for the region’s fourth and final NWAC playoff berth with four regular-season games left.

Walla Walla, ranked fifth in the most recent NWAC coaches poll, is 10-2 in the region, 17-4 overall and 9-0 at home.

The Warriors got a monster game of 27 points and 14 rebounds from Jade Skidmore, a 5-foot-7 freshman from Terreton, Idaho, who also had seven assists.

Sequoia Swan had 15 points for YVC, but the Yaks were outrebounded 61-42. Walla Walla also hit 23 of 33 free throws to the Yaks’ 17 of 21.

The Yaks will visit Blue Mountain on Monday and then host Treasure Valley next Wednesday night.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Davis 1-6 1-2 4, Alexis Perez 9-19 4-4 24, Sequoia Swan 4-18 6-7 15, Sammi Blodgett 6-19 6-8 21, Eke 0-6 0-0 0, Garcia 0-3 0-0 0, Monson 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 24-77 17-21 73.

WALLA WALLA — Cierra Jo McKeown 6-19 3-4 18, Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Jade Skidmore 7-14 13-16 27, Hancock 1-3 0-0 2, Ferenz 1-5 1-4 3, Greene 1-4 0-0 3, Aycock 0-1 0-0 0, Hutchinson 3-8 1-2 9, Makenzie Reddish 4-10 5-7 14, James 2-3 0-0 4, Peralez 1-2 0-0 2, Twohy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 23-33 82.

Yakima Valley 14 14 16 29 — 73

Walla Walla 19 14 19 30 — 82

3-point goals — YVC 8-32 (Garcia 0-1, Davis 1-4, Perez 2-4, Mills 1-2, Swan 1-10, Blodgett 3-8, Eke 0-3); WWCC 7-24 (McKeown 3-11, Greene 1-4, Aycock 0-1, Skidmore 0-1, Hutchinson 2-3, Reddish 1-1, Ferenz 0-3). Fouled out — Davis, Perez, Eke. Rebounds — YVC 42 (Davis 4, Swan 4, Blodgett 4); WWCC 61 (Skidmore 14). Assists — YVC (Blodgett 3); WWCC 15 (Skidmore 7). Turnovers — YVC 6, WWCC 10. Total fouls — YVC 28, WWCC 13.​


February 14
Red Wine & Chocolate weekend celebrates memorable pairings and more

​Yakima Herald Republic

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The annual Red Wine & Chocolate weekend takes place Friday though Monday, with more than 40 Yakima Valley wineries participating.

The student winemakers of Yakima Valley Vintners, which is Yakima Valley College’s teaching winery, are also participating and will offer complimentary tours of the teaching winery in Grandview and samples of their award-winning wines paired with milk and dark chocolate confections provided by their in-house chef.

The Yakima Valley Vintners Tasting Room is located at 110 Grandridge Road in Grandview. It will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Red Wine & Chocolate weekend, which is held by Wine Yakima Valley, features wineries from Yakima, Zillah, Prosser and Red Mountain. They’re all within the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area, which is the oldest wine-growing region in Washington state. It was established in 1983.

Weekend events feature fine chocolate and fine wine. Each winery pairs sumptuous chocolate desserts with its own remarkable red wines.

While Red Wine & Chocolate is a free event, some tasting fees apply, and a Premier Pass is available for $35. Pass holders will receive access to exclusive pairings, library tastings and tours not available to the public. The pairings continue as the wines featured are available to take home for deep discounts for Premier Pass holders.

Bring your own glass; wineries cannot provide glasses during large event weekends.

Get the full list of participating wineries and their special weekend offerings here:

Passports for participating wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail are $10. Learn more at www.rattlesnakehills.org.

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program, visit www.yvcc.edu/wine or call 509-882-7007.​


February 14
YVC falls to Knights

​Yakima Herald Republic

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley shot a solid 51 percent from the field en route to an 84-76 victory Monday night in NWAC East Region action.

Terrance White scored a team-high 17 points for the Yaks, Modesta Britten had 16 and Keyshawn Webb and Justin Hill added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Trevor Shurtliff netted a game-high 24 points for the Knights.

Zillah grad Brady Widner added seven points and six rebounds for WVC.

YVC (2-9 East Region, 8-15 overall) visits Walla Walla on Wednesday

YAKIMA VALLEY — Terrance White 6-11 5-6 17, Keyshawn Webb 4-7 1-2 12, Modesta Britten 7-12 2-4 16, Hodge 2-6 0-0 6, Justin Hill 3-10 4-6 10, Ford 0-0 1-2 1, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Gaitor 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 2-13 0-0 5, Walker 2-9 4-6 9. Totals 26-70 17-26 76.

WENATCHEE VALLEY — Aristead 0-2 0-0 0, Ames 4-6 1-2 9, Christian Solovey 5-7 1-2 11, Martin 2-9 1-1 7, Chris Bell 6-9 0-0 12, Silver 1-1 0-0 2, Dowdy 2-4 0-0 4, Trevor Shurtliff 6-11 7-8 24, Widner 2-8 2-3 7, Williams 3-4 2-5 8. Totals 31-61 14-21 84.

Halftime — WVC 35, YVC 30. 3-point goals — YVC 7-17 (White 0-1, Webb 3-5, Hodge 2-3, Gaitor 0-2, Jones 1-3, Walker 1-3), WVC 8-20 (Aristead 0-1, Martin 2-7, Shurtliff 5-9, Widner 1-3). Fouled out — White, Hodge, Ames. Rebounds — YVC 42 (Jones 8), WVC 43 (Shurtliff 8). Assists — YVC 6 (Jones 2, Walker 2), WVC 14 (Aristead 3, Martin 3, Widner 3). Total fouls — YVC 22, WVC 22. Turnovers — YVC 13, WVC 20.​


February 14
Blodgett leads Yakima Valley College women's basketball to win

​Yakima Herald Republic

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WENATCHEE — Sammi Blodgett scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds as Yakima Valley surged past Wenatchee Valley in the second half for a 70-60 victory in NWAC East Region women’s basketball action Monday.

The Yaks trailed 36-33 at halftime, but outscored the Knights 20-12 in the third quarter and put the game away in the fourth.

Sequoia Swan added 14 points for YVC, and Alexis Perez had 10 points and six steals.

Blodgett made 11 of her 17 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Talyssa Swan led Wenatchee Valley with 19 points. Ellensburg grad Karly Malcolm added 11 points.

The Yaks (5-6 East Region, 14-9 overall) visit Walla Walla on Wednesday.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Garcia 2-2 0-0 4, Davis 3-7 0-0 6, Monson 0-2 0-0 0, Alexis Perez 4-10 0-0 10, Mills 2-6 3-4 7, Swan-Tsoodle 0-1 0-0 0, Sequoia Swan 3-14 5-6 14, Sammi Blodgett 11-17 0-0 25, Eke 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 26-62 10-12 70.

WENATCHEE VALLEY — Villareal 1-10 0-0 2, Makenna Faulkner 4-9 2-3 10, Teriipaia 0-0 0-0 0, Farmer 2-5 0-3 5, Karly Malcolm 4-9 2-2 11, Whitney Shapp 5-11 1-1 11, Nordstrom 0-1 0-0 0, Talyssa Swan 9-14 1-1 19, Ingraham 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 25-61 8-14 60.

Yakima Valley 17 16 20 17 — 70

Wenatchee Valley 17 19 12 12 — 60

3-point goals — YVC 8-22 (Davis 0-2, Perez 2-4, Swan 3-10, Blodgett 3-5, Eke 0-1), WVC 2-9 (Villareal 0-1, Faulkner 0-1, Farmer 1-2, Malcolm 1-2, Shapp 0-2, Nordstrom 0-1). Fouled out — Farmer. Rebounds — YVC 35 (Blodgett 8), WVC 42 (Shapp 9, Swan 9). Assists — YVC 18 (Perez 5, Blodgett 5), WVC 13 (Farmer 5). Total fouls — YVC 17, WVC 13. Turnovers — YVC 17, WVC 25.​

February 12
Dental Hygiene students at YVC offering a dental screening clinic

​KIMA TV

 

YAKIMA, Wash.- Dental Hygiene students at the Yakima Valley College (YVC) are offering a dental screening clinic on Tuesday for those who are past due on their oral examinations.

The clinic is being offered for those between the ages of 18 and 45-years-old who have not had a professional teeth cleaning for five or more years.

The clinic will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14th at the Weston D. Brown Dental Hygiene Clinic at 1015 S. 16th Street.​

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February 11
YVC falls short

​Yakima Herald Republic

Sammi Blodgett scored a game-high 27 points, but a slow start to the second half doomed the Yakima Valley women in their 78-65 NWAC east region loss to Spokane on Saturday afternoon in Sherar Gym.

Sequoia Swan was the only other Yaks player to finish in double figures, netting 15 points. Yakima Valley (4-6 region, 13-9) was unable to find its touch from range, connecting on only 6 of 31 3-point attempts.

Bri King poured in a team-high 24 points for the first-place Sasquatch (10-1, 19-3) , while Cali Moscrip added 20. Spokane had its way on the boards, grabbing 54 rebounds to Yakima Valley’s 27.

The Yaks did force 21 Spokane turnovers which led to 20 points.

Yakima Valley will travel to Walla Walla for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday.

SPOKANE — Cali Moscrip 6-9 5-8 20, Swannack 3-9 0-0 7, Webster 0-2 0-0 0, Guillory 4-9 1-2 9, Bri King 6-13 8-8 24, Johnson 0-1 3-4 3, Russell 1-4 0-2 2, Katlyn Ward 3-6 4-4 10, Heine 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 24-56 22-30 78.

YAKIMA VALLEY — Garcia 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 0-4 0-0 0, Monson 0-1 0-0 0, Perez 1-7 5-6 7, Mills 3-4 1-1 7, Swan-Tsoodle 0-0 0-0 0, Sequoia Swan 5-18 2-2 15, Sammi Blodgett 11-25 2-4 27, Biermann 2-2 0-0 4, Eke 2-5 1-4 5. Totals 24-67 11-17 65.

Spokane 17 19 19 23 — 78

Yakima Valley 16 14 9 26 — 65

3-point goals — CCS 8-25 (Moscrip 3-5, Swannack 1-4, King 4-9); YVC 6-31 (Swan 3-12, Blodgett 3-12). Rebounds — CCS 54 (Moscrip 12, Ward 5, Heine 5); YVC 27 (Eke 7, Perez 4, Blodgett 3, Davis 3). Steals — CCS 0; YVC 4 (Swan 2, Davis 1, Blodgett 1). Assists — CCS 8 (Moscrip 2, Swannack 2, King 1, Russell 1, Heine 1); YVC 5 (Swan 4, Blodgett 1). Turnovers — CCS 21, YVC 9. Total fouls — CCS 20, YVC 22. Fouled out — Guillory, Ward, Mills.​


February 11
Sasquatch topple Yaks

​Yakima Herald Republic

Terrance White and Keyshawn Webb netted 17 points apiece, but it was not enough to overcome Spokane’s hot hand in Levi Taylor, who netted a game-high 31 points to lead the Sasquatch to a 98-76 victory over the Yaks in an NWAC east region game on Saturday in Sherar Gym.

Taylor finished 12 of 25 from the floor, including hitting four 3-pointers to lead Spokane to its seventh straight win. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Former Ellensburg standout Garrett Hull scored 19 points in his return to the Valley for the Sasquatch (8-2 region, 19-4).

Max Jones nearly notched a double-double for the Yaks (2-7, 8-13), finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Yakima Valley will try and snap its four-game skid when it travels to Walla Walla for an 8 p.m. contest on Wednesday.

SPOKANE — Axtell 0-4 1-2 1, Porter 2-7 0-0 5, Gay 2-10 0-0 4, Garrett Hull 5-11 6-7 19, George Pilimai 4-7 2-2 10, Alexander 2-4 2-4 7, Levi Taylor 12-25 3-3 31, George Williams 5-6 4-4 14, Sandoval 0-3 0-0 0, Vargas 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 35-81 19-23 98.

YAKIMA — Terrance White 7-12 3-3 17, Keyshawn Webb 6-11 2-5 17, Britten 0-5 2-2 2, Hodge 2-6 2-3 7, Justin Hill 3-6 4-6 10, Ford 1-2 0-0 2, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Gaitor 1-1 0-1 2, Max Jones 4-12 4-6 13, Walker 2-8 1-2 6. Totals 26-63 18-28 76.

Halftime — CCS 47-32. 3-point goals — CCS 9-24 (Axtell 0-1, Porter 1-2, Gay 0-5, Hull 3-7, Alexander 1-2, Taylor 4-7); YVC 6-14 (White 0-2, Webb 3-4, Hodge 1-2, Jones 1-3, Walker 1-3). Fouled out — Hodge. Rebounds — CCS 50 (Taylor 11, Alexander 8); YVC 40 (Jones 9, two tied with 5). Assists — CCS 9 (Gay 3); YVC 11 (Jones 5, White 3). Turnovers — CCS 14, YVC 19. Total fouls — CCS 22, YVC 22.​


February 09
YVC to offer low-cost dental clinic Tuesday

​Yakima Herald Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Valley College Dental Hygiene students will run a dental clinic from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Weston D. Brown Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The students are offering service for patients between 18 and 45 years old who have not had a professional teeth cleaning for five or more years.

The service will not exceed $18, according to a college news release.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 509-574-4917. The clinic is located at 1015 S. 16th Ave.​


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