Half-Baked

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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The telescope and the ‘curse’

As a kid, I was a huge fan of guys like Jim Zorn, Steve Largent, “Downtown” Freddie Brown and Alvin Davis. My other childhood heroes were recognizable in a much smaller circle of “geeks;” people like Leif Robinson, David Eicher, Stephen Walther – writers and publishers of magazines like Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and Deep [...]

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Half-baked: A change of seasons

It was one of those moments made for a sports movie.

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Half-Baked: Cyber-feathers fly over Big Bird tweets

This week, to celebrate the first anniversary of my employment at the Gazette-Tribune, I temporarily allow the issue to highjack my sports column to talk about the politics of eating Big Bird, and how the thought set off a Twitter bomb with “Tonasket” written all over it … sorry, better make that #Tonasket, since we are talking Twitter.

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Half-Baked: A few things bugging me …

It’s been a month since my last column, and while there is plenty to write about, nothing sticks out as something to write about at length. The smoke and the flies that have infested our office at the Gazette-Tribune aren’t the only things that are bugging me. So, here we go…

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