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 ...

Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

October 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Human kindness: Something special is in our genes

It was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more. I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to ...

New coach: Stayton’s Nyquist took West Albany to three state titles

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on New coach: Stayton’s Nyquist took West Albany to three state titles

Randy Nyquist wanted to come home, and Stayton had a place for him. Sometimes life is that simple. Nyquist, who won 119 games and three Class 5A state championships in 15 years at West Albany and fielded three Class 6A playoff ...

A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A life changer: Sweet, sweet music memories

I remember the day that changed my life. I was in ninth grade and a friend and I got tickets to a concert. It wasn’t just any concert. Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations were the featured acts. By ...

Highlights in top form: Perennial powerhouse prepares for state

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Highlights in top form: Perennial powerhouse prepares for state

The Stayton Highlights are once again chasing history. The dance squad has finished first or second at state the past 15 years, including a phenomenal 11 consecutive titles from 2003-2014. “We have had an amazing year so far,” said Coach Robin ...

Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Sliderules: The tool of the titans… some called them nerds

I was cleaning out my desk drawers at home the other day, and ran across one of the most powerful computers ever invented. It was an Acu-Math No. 500, also known as a slide rule. I showed it to my 20-year-old son. He ...

Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

February 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Body maintenance: My car gets a checkup, so why shouldn’t I?

[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carl Sampson[/caption] I try to take good care of my car. Every 3,000 miles or so I have the oil changed. I used to do it myself, but I find crawling under a car is less inviting ...