Half-Baked

Half-Baked

Half-baked: Time for a new chapter

Four and a half years ago, Kim and I rolled into Tonasket sight unseen in a 30-year-old RV that was on its last gasp. What little we still owned was left in storage in Michigan.

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Half-baked: A picture is worth a thousand …

We’ll dispense with the obvious first: the United States Forest Service does not want to charge hikers $1,500 to take family photos, no matter what headline you may have seen lighting Facebook afire last week. However, a temporary regulation that has been in effect for four years and is on the verge of becoming permanent [...]

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Half-baked: School “grades” shouldn’t be taken at face value

Tonasket High School science teacher Shawn Rader explained to the district’s school board last March why he has been working on a concept called Standards Based Grading for some time. The grading system is something that is part of the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project that school districts implementing, but it’s been a passion of his for [...]

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Half-Baked: Finding room in my heart for a Green Bay Packer

I spent Saturday afternoon with my phone turned off, tuned into … an NFL pre-season game featuring the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams? Yes, really. I’m not that much of a football geek, though it’s close. But this was a first for me. On the field for the Packers was a wide receiver, [...]

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Half-baked: A gambol with the Geezers

When I grow up, I hope I can knock down a rugged wilderness backpacking trip like these guys. It’s been a long time since I was the “baby” of any particular group, but when I hooked up with the Geezers – a group of longtime friends who take annual wilderness expeditions – I found that [...]

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Half-baked: The heavens from the Highlands

Performing surgery is not for the faint-hearted. Performing it on an emergency basis in the dark, with a dim red light providing the only illumination … that’s another matter entirely. Putting a telescope “under the knife” turned out to be an impromptu service provided by one of the directors of the Table Mountain Star Party [...]

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Half-baked: The social media ‘firestorm’

What a great week for Managing Editor Gary DeVon to be down for the count, recovering (nicely, I’ll report) from surgery. And ad manager Charlene Helm, on vacation to the coast. And my wife Kim, visiting family in Michigan. Up until Thursday evening, I spent a lot of time whining about all sorts of things. [...]

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Half-baked: Remembering my grandfather’s World War II legacy

Starting at 4:00 a.m., the mine sweeper YMS-481, along with others of its class, began its second day of clearing the waters near Tarakan City, on the east side of Borneo. Heavily fortified by the Japanese, the oil produced there was of such a high grade that it didn’t need to be refined before being [...]

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Pay now, or pay later; don’t give Alternative/Outreach the short shrift

A few years ago, my buddy Phil (a youth pastor) and I led a group of high school students on a church mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. For nearly two weeks we split time working with various construction projects and interacting with younger kids in various areas around the city.

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Half-baked: Time to end the haunt of Bronco ghosts of Seahawks’ past

My first encounter with the menace to Western civilization that is the Denver Broncos came while perched in a precarious 300 Level bleacher seat in the Kingdome in 1978. We had just moved to Seattle the previous summer and my dad scored us some tickets for a couple of Seahawks games that season. The first [...]

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