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Wapato School District and teachers reach tentative contract agreement  NBC Right Now

The remaining open houses for the Wapato School District, including this Friday's High School freshman orientation, have been canceled.

Wapato School District, teachers' union reach tentative agreement  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — Some 3350 Wapato students will start school Tuesday as planned.

Wapato school district teaching students the importance of going to college  KIMA CBS 29

WAPATO Wa. -- The Wapato school district is showing students the importance of going to College after high school. The district launched their U Can Be ...

Wapato students participate in NASA project | Archives  NBC Right Now

WAPATO, WA - Imagine being a teenager working on a project for NASA - a project that could help astronaut when they're in outer space. Well several Wapato ...

Wapato School District cancels remaining open-house nights  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — Five open-house events in the Wapato School District were canceled Tuesday after the teachers' union chose not to attend.

Wapato teachers vote to go on strike  KIMA CBS 29

WAPATO, Wash. - Teachers in Wapato have decided to strike for the first day of school while continuing to work on contract negotiations.The teachers votedwith ...

Wapato graduate’s dream coming true as she heads for Georgetown  Yakima Herald-Republic

After graduation, many students from Wapato High School tend to stay close to home. In past years, several Wapato students have decided to attend Yakima ...

Two Wapato schools receive social media threat  KIMA CBS 29

WAPATO, Wash. - Wapato High School is reportedly on lock-down.A Wapato High parent who is at the school reported the lock-down on the morning of ...

Ellensburg girls soccer surges past Wapato, 9-0  Daily Record-News

You could call it a routine performance for the Ellensburg High School girls soccer team on Thursday afternoon against Wapato.

Kenneth M. Hoptowit  Yakima Herald-Republic

Kenneth M. Hoptowit, age 63, died Tuesday October 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by family after battling cancer. He was born in Toppenish to Fred Hoptowit, ...

‘Mr. Teen Wapato’ a worthy mission to help kids  Yakima Herald-Republic

Earlier this year, I was a Mr. Teen Wapato candidate along with seven other Wapato High School seniors. The campaign, which was hosted by YouthWorks at ...

Wapato students ready to show NASA they have the right stuff  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — Wapato High School freshman Luis Moreno was surprised when he saw how expanding gases of two apples cracked a quarter-inch thick ...

Wapato boys basketball again bests Zillah in their red-hot rivalry  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — One of the area's best nonleague rivalries produced another memorable game Tuesday night in Wapato.

Elections officials still grappling with questions that arose from 2017 Wapato mayoral race  Yakima Herald-Republic

Wapato's 2017 mayoral election raised new questions for election officials, including what happens when voters submit multiple signatures.

Richard Isaac “Brown Sugar” Hernandez  Yakima Herald-Republic

Richard Isaac Hernandez was born August 29, 1960 in Yakima, WA to Alexander Hernandez and Rose Ella Johnson Barnick. He was raised in the Yakima ...

After-school programs empower kids, but need exceeds funding  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. -- Jaelynn Traub wants to be a chef when she grows up, as does Juinevere Wesley. Kwalani Goudy hopes to become a veterinarian, Semone ...

Jude and Shoni Schimmel speak at Wapato High School  Yakima Herald-Republic

Jude and Shoni Schimmel, star basketball players from the University of Louisville and members of the Umatilla tribe, spoke to Wapato High School students ...

Brian Kalama  Yakima Herald-Republic

Valley Hills Funeral Home. Brian Kalama was born May 19, 2001 to his father Foster Kalama Jr. and his mother Deloris Picard. He was raised in Mission, OR ...

Two Lower Yakima Valley educators finalists for Eisenhower Principal  Sunnyside Daily Sun News

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The close Wapato mayor race finally reaches its end  NBC Right Now

Last month's mayoral race in Wapato has been so close - you could count the votes separating the two candidates on your hand.

Stephanie Lynn Valicoff  Yakima Herald-Republic

Stephanie Lynn Valicoff, 39, of Wapato, passed away on January 8, 2018 at Astria Toppenish Hospital. She died of complications due to a short illness. She was ...

Teen faces assault charge in drive-by shooting near Wapato High School  KIMA CBS 29

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- A Wapato teen appeared in court Friday after an outstanding warrant for a drive-by shooting in May.Lindsey Albright, 18, is accused ...

David Raymond Batin  Yakima Herald-Republic

David Raymond Batin, born August 30, 1946, passed away surrounded by his wife, son and family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Dave was the youngest of four ...

Perseverance spans generations for Lower Valley family of growers  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO — After years of riding tour buses and quizzing the drivers, Rob Valicoff has switched roles. These days, he's driving the bus and answering the ...

Wapato's Rey Pascua ready for new challenges after milestone accomplishment  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO — Most Thursdays Rey Pascua can be found at the Filipino Community Hall in this Lower Valley city greeting patrons who file in to feast on traditional ...

A new high school class is making teachers out of students  NBC Right Now

Sydni Contreras is a student at Wapato High School and part of a new class that helps students become teachers.

UPDATE: Wapato Public Schools go into lockdown during police investigation  NBC Right Now

All Wapato School buildings were placed in two instructional lockdowns at different times Tuesday as police investigated reports of shots fired.

New Wapato mayor fires police chief  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. -- Ten days into Juan Orozco's tenure as Wapato mayor and the city is without a police chief and public works director.

Outrage over video showing officer kicking boy  ABC News

The video appeared to show a police pepper spraying and kicking a boy in the back.

2017 Election: Wapato candidates must focus on city’s finances  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. -- Wapato's City Council will need to address weak finances while promoting the community to attract jobs and tax dollars.

St. George - 60 Years  Yakima Herald-Republic

Jerry and Delores (Reed) St. George were married August 16, 1958 at St. Peter's Claver Church in Wapato, Washington. Jerry is a graduate of Mabton High ...

Cathy Gonzalez  Yakima Herald-Republic

Cathy Gonzalez – Rest in Peace my loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Cathy, you attained the ultimate gift; a new life with your lord returning to his ...

Joseph Daniel (Dan) Connors  Yakima Herald-Republic

Joseph Daniel (Dan) Connors, was born on August 15, 1950 in Yakima, Washington. He passed away on May 15, 2018 at his home in Yakima. Born to Bert and ...

Wapato High School project honored for design excellence in national magazine portfolio  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — The $43 million project that created a new Wapato High School and modernized other parts of the campus appears in a national magazine ...

Alan Mitchell Tahsequah  Yakima Herald-Republic

Alan graduated from Wapato High School in 1995. During his years at Wapato High School he was involved with sports that included football, wrestling and ...

Orozco, Garza apparent winners in Wapato mayoral primary  Yakima Herald-Republic

Wapato is likely to have a new mayor next year. Wapato High School teacher Hector Garza and former City Councilman Juan “Eddy” Orozco will advance to the ...

Seniors carry East Valley girls basketball past Selah  Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The regular season finale meant so much more than an ordinary Senior Night for East Valley.

Four vying to be Wapato’s mayor  Yakima Herald-Republic

Four candidates are running for the remaining two years of former Wapato Mayor Jesse Farias' term, including the man appointed to replace him.

Tarryn Hart has missed nearly two full seasons but remains a true teammate for Wapato  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO — After talking around the edges of it for several minutes, Tarryn Hart did her best to unravel the kind of mystery that can't be solved.

Filipino-American community of Yakima Valley hosting 66th anniversary dinner on March 24  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. -- Members of the Yakima Valley's Filipino-American community will hold their 66th Anniversary of the Hall Dinner on March 24.

Fred Vasquez  Yakima Herald-Republic

Our beloved brother Fred R. Vasquez, 51 of Parker, WA passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at Astria Sunnyside Hospital. He died of natural causes.

Florence (Flo) Holm  Yakima Herald-Republic

Florence (Flo) Holm, formerly of Yakima, WA, passed away peacefully October 26, 2018 in Auburn, WA. She was born in Challis, ID on June 8, 1923.

Jeanne Syverson  Yakima Herald-Republic

Jeanne Syverson passed away January 24, 2018 in Tempe, AZ. She is survived by her twin sister Joanne Virgillo, of Kent, WA, her three children Barbara ...

Former college basketball stars give advice to Wapato students  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — Native American women's basketball stars Shoni and Jude Schimmel don't want to see kids try to be like them.

Carnival rides kick off Wapato's annual Harvest Festival on Friday  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — A downtown parade, carnival rides, live music, food and classic and custom cars will all be a part of the 71st annual Wapato Harvest Festival ...

Public invited to meet candidates for Eisenhower High School principal at Monday forum  Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The public is invited to attend a question-and-answer session Monday with two finalists vying to replace the Eisenhower High School principal ...

A pair of surprise prom crowns in Wapato  Yakima Herald-Republic

There are always “last moment” thoughts that high school seniors have during their final year. One of the most popular of those “last moments” for seniors is their ...

Andrea Floresca  Yakima Herald-Republic

On Thursday, January 4, 2018, Andrea Floresca passed away. She was 64 years old, and graduated from Wapato High School in 1970. She is preceded in ...

Clemente “Harry” Morales III  Yakima Herald-Republic

It is with a heavy heart that we announce our beloved Clemente “Harry” Morales III was called to heaven on June 30, 2018. Harry was born on October 26, 1983.

Betty Ann (Swearngin) Alsup  Yakima Herald-Republic

Betty Ann (Swearngin) Alsup passed from this world on Sunday May 27th, 2018. She was born Oct. 20th, 1953 in Toppenish, Washington to Marie(Bykowsky) ...

Ellensburg girl's soccer headed to CWAC Championship after penalty shootout victory against Ephrata  Daily Record-News

It was a year ago that the Ellensburg High School girls' soccer team was in the exact same scenario.

Wapato mayor asked police to investigate opponent  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. -- Wapato Mayor Tony Guzman admits that he asked the city's police department to investigate one of his opponents in the recent primary.

Stephanie Ann (Stevie) Valdez  Yakima Herald-Republic

Stephanie Ann (Stevie) Valdez, 58, passed away peacefully in Yakima on Friday, January 26, 2018. Although her sisters sat bedside with her throughout her ...

Yakima Valley school districts look outside the country for teachers, other workers  Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Farmers aren't the only Central Washington employers needing workers so desperately that they're willing to import help from other countries.

Karen Ann Blodgett  Yakima Herald-Republic

Karen Ann Blodgett, forever young, of Wapato, WA joined her Dada and Baby Jakob in Heaven on March 7, 2017. Karen, an enrolled member of the Yakama ...

Shirley Mae Bachmeier  Yakima Herald-Republic

Shirley Mae Bachmeier passed away surrounded by family on September 1, 2018 at Cottage in the Meadow after a short illness.

Teresa Marie Cordova (Terri)  Yakima Herald-Republic

Our beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin and granddaughter went to be with our Lord on January 12, 2018.

White River in way of Toppenish three-peat in Class 2A wrestling  Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- As two-time reigning state champion, Toppenish's wrestling program hasn't been reserved this season in its desire to keep the run going.

John (Jack) Babcock  Yakima Herald-Republic

Keith & Keith Funeral Home. John (Jack) Babcock, age 95, passed away at hospice on September 25th 2018. Jack was born in Mabton, Washington to Charles ...

Wilma Lorraine Adams  Yakima Herald-Republic

Wilma Lorraine Adams was called home by her father in heaven on March 20, 2018. Lorraine was born on March 23, 1927 in Blaine, KS. Her father, George ...

Trio of Yakima County teens serve as pages for Washington Legislature  Yakima Herald-Republic

Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale recently sponsored three Yakima County teens as pages in the state House of Representatives.

Sherman Dolph Knight  Yakima Herald-Republic

Sherman Dolph Knight, 85, retired Chief of Park Maintenance for Olympic National Park (1968-1984), died Friday, June 8, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Prep Basketball Roundup: Perez leads Toppenish boys basketball past West Valley  Yakima Herald-Republic

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Isiah Perez scored 22 points, surpassing 1000 points for his career in the process, to lead Toppenish to a 69-61 victory over West Valley ...

Ink & Inspiration: The Art of Jennifer Finch  Yakima Herald-Republic

Jennifer Finch grew up surrounded by musically talented and artistically creative people. Her parents, Roger and Jane Finch, were both involved in music.

Barbara J. Morrill  Yakima Herald-Republic

Our beloved mother, Barbara J. Morrill, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2018, at the age of 83.

Jesse Farias looks back on time as Wapato mayor  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO — More than a dozen years ago, Jesse Farias set out to remove a label of high crime and poverty that long stuck to this rural Lower Valley town on the ...

Debra Jo Wofford Hall  Yakima Herald-Republic

Debby fought a good fight, she was determined, but is finally at rest. Debby took her final lap on October 16, 2017.

Koreski returns to coaching, taking reins of Wapato program  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — When Josh Koreski stepped down as head coach of the West Valley boy's soccer team in 2014, he wasn't sure when or where he would ...

Prep Roundup: Toppenish wrestling wins dual meets against 2A No. 3 Orting, 4A No. 10 Tahoma  Yakima Herald-Republic

MAPLE VALLEY — Toppenish's wrestling team won a pair of state-ranked dual meets and Haiden Drury was a winner in the Who's No. 1 pairings at Tahoma ...

Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced  Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima County is best known for its agriculture. Its contributions to the world of sports don't get too much attention.

Rosa “Rosie” Mary Ascuaga Roth Kadel  Yakima Herald-Republic

We are sad to tell of the passing of our spunky little mother Rosie Ascuaga Roth Kadel. She was 93.

Bernadine Evelyn (Geffe) Paganelli  Yakima Herald-Republic

Bernadine Evelyn (Geffe) Paganelli, 79, of Yakima, went home to her beloved husband Dino, and Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in her home ...

Ike’s new principal has vision for school  Yakima Herald-Republic

Over the past several years, Eisenhower High School has had many principals rotating in and out. Replacing previous Principal Jewel Brumley this fall is Eric ...

Valley families recall ancestors’ difficult stand against treatment of Japanese neighbors  Yakima Herald-Republic

Esther Short Boyd was working as usual at the R.R. Short Hardware store in Wapato when a man walked in and identified himself as president of one of the ...

Alice R. Baker  Yakima Herald-Republic

Alice Ruth Baker (née Phelps), 87, died peacefully on Sunday, May 20th, in Yakima, surrounded by her four children. Her sudden death followed a brief bout ...

Richard (Dick) Lee Berry  Yakima Herald-Republic

Valley Hills Funeral Home. Richard (Dick) Lee Berry, 78, passed away on February 8, 2018, at The Cottage in the Meadow after a long, 10-year battle with ...

Phyllis Joy Strother  Yakima Herald-Republic

Much loved mother and grandmother, Phyllis passed away peacefully on January 29, 2018. She was a strong and determined woman, which served her well as ...

Ray Hernandez III  Yakima Herald-Republic

Ray Hernandez III, 48, of Wapato, WA passed away peacefully on Sunday March 27, 2016.

Friends remember local abstract expressionist Charles A. Smith  Yakima Herald-Republic

Charles A. Smith, among Yakima's most revered and beloved visual artists, died at home Monday. He was 81.

Kimberly Cree’s World of Medicine & Martial Arts  Yakima Herald-Republic

Kimberly Cree has never shied away from a challenge. The physician assistant is a trailblazer, both in her professional and private life. She says she has been ...

Clyde L. Dahlin  The Daily World

Clyde Lowell Dahlin, a long-time resident of Montesano, Wash., passed away peacefully and securely to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, Aug. 29, 2018, in ...

Yakima Valley’s residents of Japanese ancestry found ways to thrive at Heart Mountain  Yakima Herald-Republic

Saturday marks 75 years since the opening of Heart Mountain, which housed more than 10000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most from California ...

Howard Charles “Chuck” Buttrey  Yakima Herald-Republic

Early on Christmas morning, December 25, 2017, our beloved husband, father and Papa, Howard Charles “Chuck” Buttrey was called home to Jesus ...

Rosemary Jean (Smith) Fate  Yakima Herald-Republic

Following a long productive life, Rosemary passed away from natural causes on January 1, 2016 at Yakima Regional Medical Center at the age of 93. She spent ...

Althea G. Goeken  Yakima Herald-Republic

Althea G. Goeken (68) of Toppenish passed away on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. Althea was born on July 2, 1950 to Albert ...

Session gives Wapato a chance to highlight successes, challenges  Yakima Herald-Republic

The students in Brad Rogers' fourth-grade class were not intimidated by the dozen or so legislators and district officials eavesdropping on their schoolwork ...

John Andrew Afaga  Yakima Herald-Republic

John passed away unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He was born on April 11, 1956 and spent most of his life in the Yakima Valley.

Katherine Marie “Kathy” Tri  Yakima Herald-Republic

Katherine Marie “Kathy” Tri, 52, of Zillah, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

Legends Casino shares the wealth in annual grant presentation  Yakima Herald-Republic

TOPPENISH, Wash. — The Public Works Department can afford to replace its outdated sewer jetting and flushing truck — used to clear sewer lines and empty ...

Toppenish school board races feature incumbents, newcomers  Yakima Herald-Republic

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Two incumbents Toppenish school board members are facing challengers in the November general election.

WNBA Shoni Schimmel, sister, star to speak to Wapato High students for Native American Heritage Month  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. – WNBA basketball star Shoni Schimmel and her sister, Jude, will speak to Wapato High School students as part of the school's Native ...

Zillah boys basketball claims fifth straight SCAC district title  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO, Wash. — A 3-pointer, a block, and another 3-pointer by Trey Delp in a span of about 20 seconds provided an early reminder of why the senior and ...

Wapato to celebrate 69th Harvest Festival  Yakima Herald-Republic

WAPATO — Barbecue chicken, tacos, corn on the cob, ethnic dance troupes and a parade will highlight the 69th annual Wapato Harvest Festival this weekend.

Jean “Jeannie” Frances Meyer  Yakima Herald-Republic

Jean “Jeannie” Frances Meyer, 65, was born Dec. 28, 1952 in Yakima, Wa. to Frank and Grace Mae Meyer. Jeannie passed her rainbow to begin her journey of ...

Viviano Ramirez Jr.  Yakima Herald-Republic

Viviano Ramirez Jr., 61, passed away on January 1, 2016 at Yakima Regional Medical Center in Yakima, WA. He was born on May 27, 1954 in Raymondville, ...

Artistic visuals, choreography welcome additions at recent Lorde concert  Yakima Herald-Republic

On March 10, music artist Lorde performed at the Moda Center in Portland as part of her Melodrama World Tour, with opening acts Tove Styrke and Run the ...

'The Cab King of Red Mountain' bottles 6 distinct varieties of cabernet sauvignon for Fidelitas Wines  Seattle Times

Charlie Hoppes has a long fascination with Washington's signature grape — also the dominant variety on Red Mountain.

Anna Melin Erickson Wise  Yakima Herald-Republic

Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the passing of pastor, mentor, teacher and friend Rev. Anna Melin Erickson Wise. She died peacefully on ...

School News: July 15, 2017 | EDUCATION  Yakima Herald-Republic

... • The Washington State University president's honor roll for spring semester included: Benton City — Allison Almaraz, Halee Austin, Rachael Christman, ...

Russell "Wou" Tahkeal  Yakima Herald-Republic

Russell “Wou” Tahkeal, 55, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Wapato, WA. He was born on December 12, 1959 in ...

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