by Brian Stephenson
posted May 6 2014 2:35PM
Lest you forget – Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th. Now, I’m sure none of YOU would forget Mom on her special day – but you’d be surprised how many people do – at least until the last minute. A recent survey revealed that 74% of us – have no plans whatsoever for Mom – until a couple of days before Mother’s Day. Only 6% of the people surveyed have plans/reservations at least a week beforehand – while 13% just “wing-it” the day of. (I’m not sure what the other 7% do – but whatever it is – they better have a good excuse).
The survey also reported that while a vast majority of moms say “just being with family” is all they want for Mother’s Day – over half really expect something anyway. Now, that’s just common sense. So, it goes like this – mom says “oh, just being with you on Mother’s Day is all I could ever want” and you then need to say something like: “I know you’re so selfless and a great example of all the really groovy virtues – but it’s all the more reason I couldn’t resist at least getting you this lovely bouquet’……………….You get the idea. Whether it’s flowers or a gift certificate or candy or a heart-felt personally crafted Mother’s Day card – it’s what she expects – and she’ll love it.
Speaking personally, regarding those hand-crafted Mother’s Day cards – my mom apparently really liked those. Going through her personal things last year – I found one – from me – to her - circa 1970. Funny, but I recall being a much better artist than I actually was. But she loved it and kept it for more than 43 years. She passed away less than a week following Mother’s Day last year – so this year will be my family’s first one without her.
So – my advice – plan a little something for mom this Sunday. She’ll know it’s because you care. Then give her an extra big hug -- because you can.
by Brian Stephenson
posted May 5 2014 11:37AM
Did you happen to catch any ot the Cinco de Mayo fun in downtown Yakima this weekend? My ventures into the heart of downtown and to the radio station were met with the resulting sights, sounds and smells of the celebration. It was great to see so many people packed into our downtown area, families enjoying the food, fun and demostrations. Prancing horses, parades, to live music and over 100 vendor booths. I hope it's an event which grows each year. Kudos to Yakima's finest for their work with traffic and crowd control.
by Tom Reddick
posted Apr 29 2014 2:02PM
~~NEW YORK (AP) — Issuing about the strongest rebuke that he could, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league.
Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million, and again expressed outrage.
"I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him," Silver said.
Several owners immediately chimed in with support of Silver's decision. Sterling, the league's longest-tenured owner and someone with an estimated net worth of about $2 billion, did not offer any immediate comment.
The penalties, which were announced only three days after the scandal broke, are the harshest ever issued by the league and among the stiffest punishments ever given to an owner in professional sports. Silver said a league investigation found that Sterling was in fact the person on the audiotapes that were released over the weekend and immediately sent shock waves throughout the game.
posted Apr 29 2014 10:22AM
by Brian Stephenson
posted Apr 24 2014 11:11AM
I found this article along with the video - which has gone viral in the past few days. It's very powerful on several levels. Bottom line: it could happen to anyone.
That's the message the New Zealand Transport Agency hopes viewers will take to heart after seeing their latest public service announcement. It serves as a stark reminder of what losing even a little extra reaction time can do.
In the ad, a man speeding down the road sees a car about to pull out in front of him. The two cars freeze as the drivers about to crash speak to one another. The driver about to be T-boned begs the speeding driver to avoid him, but he can't. He's going too fast. The ad ends reminding viewers to slow down. Other drivers make mistakes.
The video has now been viewed over 4 million times since it was posted six days ago. Commenters on the video seem to have taken the message to heart
"Sometimes I make mistakes, which is why I like reminders like this. Very well done," one YouTube user commented. "Driving time is boring time. Please help keep it that way."
"Crawls right under the skin," another posted.
Speeding is something we've all probably done behind the wheel, but speeding can kill. A 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that speed is one of the most prevalent factors in car crashes. In 2007, 31 percent of all fatal crashes were speeding related, resulting in 13,040 fatalities.
posted Feb 21 2014 10:31AM
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Congrats to all our winners who came out to see CHRIS HILLMAN at Seasons Performance Hall – Friday Night.
Congrats to all our winners who came out to see CHRIS HILLMAN at Seasons Performance Hall – Friday Night. Arguably the pioneer of the genre known as “Cowboy Rock,” Chris has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music through his work with such notable bands as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band. It was a great show. Check out Chris Hillman's website. http://www.chrishillman.com
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