Soccer standouts: Both Stayton teams ranked in top 6

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Soccer standouts: Both Stayton teams ranked in top 6

It’s been a dream season for Stayton soccer. The fifth-ranked boys squad, a perennial state power under coach Chris Shields, scored an impressive win against powerful Woodburn, while the girls squad has been a revelation under first-year coach Devin Holmes. The ...

The best holiday: Family, friends… and wine!

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The best holiday: Family, friends… and wine!

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] I like Thanksgiving a lot, because it coincides with the best holiday of the year. For want of a better name, I’ll call it Winotopia. The day after Thanksgiving, we rent a big van and load ...

A musical education: Finding answers in the words

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A musical education: Finding answers in the words

I was the world’s worst hippie. Yes, I had long hair – I looked like the world’s ugliest girl – but I didn’t do drugs or any of that stuff. In fact, I was, and still am, pretty darn conservative. But, ...

A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

I like noise. I should clarify that statement. I like most noise. [caption id="attachment_41" align="alignright" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] As a guy who has lived and worked in big and small cities – and places where there are no cities at all – ...

Top seed: Martin sets series of Corban records

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Top seed: Martin sets series of Corban records

Former Cascade High athlete Nathan Martin has finished a record-shattering track and field career at Corban University. The Warriors senior won the 100 and the 200 and took second in the 110 high hurdles at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships and ...

‘Another perfect day…’Thoughts on the City of Angels, or Dreams

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on ‘Another perfect day…’Thoughts on the City of Angels, or Dreams

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignright" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] Randy Newman had it right: “I Love L.A.” – with an exclamation mark! I and a couple of my kids recently spent a long weekend in Los Angeles and, while I’m certainly no expert on ...

Yooper genes…I could have told you that

July 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Yooper genes…I could have told you that

Who am I? Now there’s a question for the ages. You’d think that after all of these years, the answer would be obvious. A look in the mirror would reveal all there is to know. That’s why an email I received ...

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 ...