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: 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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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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