The Growth Gap - The faces of child care with Lorena Miranda
Lorena Miranda is a Yakima-based in-home child care provider, mother and grandmother. She’s also a representative of in-home child care providers for the state’s union, SEIU Local 925. Miranda opened her own child care program, Nani’s Child Care, four years ago. A long-time friend who is also a Yakima-based provider helped introduce her to the business. She worked at her friend’s program for a time and found out about the union through her. Miranda said one of the biggest challenges for her in becoming an in-home child care provider was adjusting to the limitations on house visitors after becoming licensed. But the sacrifice has been worth it, she said. The Growth Gap is a bilingual series with the Yakima Herald-Republic on how Washington state’s declining child care sector is edging out young learners. The series zeroes in on how this impacts children, families, providers and our economy here in Central Washington – with an emphasis on long-term outcomes for early learners.
Evaristo Junior Salas has spent the last 24 years in prison for a 1995 crime, his family shares hope for a new trial
After 24 years in prison, Evaristo Junior Salas still claims he was wrongfully convicted in a 1995 crime. Salas was 15 years old when he was arrested and charged for the murder of Jose Arreola. During his time in prison, Salas began visiting the law library and discovered findings that questioned the integrity of the case. Today, his family share stories about how Salas spent the next 15 years writing letters to lawyers and legal groups in hopes of finding someone willing to review his case.
Professional Yakima MMA fighter Kelly “Skittles” Clayton, "Life is too short to not be happy"
Professional 135lb. MMA Kelly “Skittles” Clayton made a decision to find herself, a journey that led her grappling, kicking and punching opponents in a cage. Watch as she trains outdoors, at the pool, and at the gym under Rich Guerin with Yakima MMA. Clayton is ranked blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu representing Sylvio Behring USA.
Women of Camp Hope create a sense of community with Good Girls Club
The goals are inspiring: Establish a sense of safety, a feeling of being connected and have a voice. Meet the Good Girls Club, a group of homeless women at Camp Hope who have unified not only in support one another, but to establish a sense of community during some of the most challenging times of their lives. They often meet as a group where they can talk about problems, share ideas and plan activities for the entire homeless encampment, where more than 60 men and woman live in military style tents behind the former Kmart near East Nob Hill Boulevard and Interstate 82.