Half-Baked

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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Tonasket wants its pool, but will it pay to keep one?

Tonasket has gone two summers without its city swimming pool, but momentum only now seems to be gaining on a plan for replacing it. The question that has yet to be answered is, are area residents truly willing to support the building and maintenance of a pool? Emotionally, the answer seems to be, “Yes,” especially [...]

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Half-baked: Remaking WIAA sports, Part 2

Releasing my inner sports geek, once and for all Two issues precipitated my whole thought of re-working how the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association administers high school sports leagues and post-season tournaments. The first was how the classification system works; the second is the execution of the various post-season tournaments and events. In other words, piecemeal [...]

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Half-baked: Remaking WIAA Sports (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association made some noise about reconfiguring its classification system. Everything was supposedly on the table, including the potential scrapping of existing districts, setting up a seeded football playoff system, and/or changing the way students were counted when calculating school enrollment. There were a few tweaks that [...]

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