Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignright" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] Every now and then, politicians pipe up about the U.S. Postal Service and how it doesn’t meet their standards. They are partially right. With all due respect to our anointed ones in Washington, D.C., there’s more to ...

Sterling career: Crawford moves to law-enforcement after OSU wrestling

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Sterling career: Crawford moves to law-enforcement after OSU wrestling

[caption id="attachment_3365" align="alignright" width="150"] Cody Crawford at OSU Karl Maasdam[/caption] Former Cascade High three-sport standout Cody Crawford won 89 wrestling matches at Oregon State University and scored points on three Pac-12 Conference championship squads. The four-time district champion and three-time state high ...

A scammer’s paradise: If it’s too good to be true… resist

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A scammer’s paradise: If it’s too good to be true… resist

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] My wife has been redecorating our living room. We figured we would sell the old furniture on Craigslist. I took some photos and posted them on the website. Within a day, someone contacted my wife and ...

Badlands: Manipulation abounds on the Internet

April 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Badlands: Manipulation abounds on the Internet

I’m not ready for a tinfoil hat just yet, but I’m getting there. According to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Russians have invaded U.S. social media and bought online ads that are messing with Americans’ minds. According to a federal indictment, Russians ...

Highlights shine again: Stayton dance squad second at state

April 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Highlights shine again: Stayton dance squad second at state

The Stayton Highlights dance team took a new path this season, but the outcome was the same: more sustained excellence. The Highlights, who had a run of 12 consecutive state titles from 2003 through 2014, entered the show division this season. ...

Cascade 4th at State: Teammates Sanchez, Christman battle in final

February 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Cascade 4th at State: Teammates Sanchez, Christman battle in final

The Cascade High wrestling team took fourth in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament, which ran Feb. 16-17 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Cougars produced an all-Cascade 220-pound final as top-seeded Louie Sanchez wound up facing unseeded junior ...

Ode to YouTube… or should that be ‘owed’?

February 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Ode to YouTube… or should that be ‘owed’?

Readers of this column will recall that I believe the internet will destroy civilization as we know it. It draws out the dark side of people and provides a voice for every wing nut in the universe, including those that ...

(Not) The End of the World: Finding the fantastic

January 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on (Not) The End of the World: Finding the fantastic

I know it’s popular to fret about stuff. Politics especially seem to get folks excited and upset. You’d think it was the end of the world. Again. I’ve been running loose on the planet now for more than six decades, and ...

Dear Parrot Heads: Concert etiquette and homework for old duffers

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Dear Parrot Heads: Concert etiquette and homework for old duffers

Two events occurred nearly simultaneously this fall. They both got me to thinking. The first was when I went to a Jimmy Buffett concert. I know, what a cliche. An old duffer (me) going to listen to an older duffer (Jimmy). I ...

On the march: Santiam football starts league undefeated

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on On the march: Santiam football starts league undefeated

Santiam High headed into the Tri-River football schedule with a 4-0 record. The Wolverines have steadily improved in their first three years under coach Dustin McGee, who led the squad to a 4-5 mark in 2015 and a 7-4 record ...