Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Snowing In Maple Valley

It may be late February, but Winter is not over yet.   An early evening snowfall has hit the region and it looks like it's going to stick around.

Billy Graham Dies At 99

Billy Graham, arguably the most visable figure in modern religion, has died after a decade long illness.  In the days when there were fewer TV channels, the Graham crusades would air on major networks and give his message the maximum exposure.  Graham was also known as a councilor to 12 presidents. 
When we went to the Indianapolis 500 in 1999, Graham delivered the invocation.  Graham was 99.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Hails Burl's Return

Right before I graduated from college, Burl Barer moved back to Walla Walla with his wife and daughter.  He had been a DJ in Seattle for many years and operated a production company in Bellevue. 
Burl worked at B. Barer And Sons, and did consulting work at KUJ, a top 40 station at the time.  He would later set up a cable advertising business in Walla Walla and the Tri Cities.  Eventually, he would do consulting work at KEXI, at the time, an FM station in nearby Milton-Freewater. 
Just after he moved, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin did a feature story in it's Friday TV supplement.
Burl currently resides in the Los Angeles area.  He also has a son. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dasher In Recovery

Dasher is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right hind leg. 
For weeks, he will get only short walks and will not be able to climb stairs. 
Many thanks go out to the Companion Animal Hospital in Bellevue, where the surgery was performed.

Black Diamond Recall Appears Successful

An attempt to recall a city council woman in Black Diamond appears to be successful.  At last check, voters in the nearby town have voted in favor of the recall by a little more than a two thirds margin.
The city has gained attention for a controversy over a proposed local development allowing 6 thousand units.  Pepper and a couple other council members have been fighting the developers, claiming too much development will strangle the city. 
Two of  Peppers, allies on the council, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber, were voted in the election of November 2017.
Apparently, this will give a green light to the proposed development.  It's unknown whether it's the development itself or the means of the three council member that resulted in the removal of the two and the possible removal of Pepper.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stan Barer Feature Found

On February 22nd, 1987, The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin ran a feature on natives of the town that succeeded on the regional and national level.  My cousin Stan Barer was featured in this article which was in a Sunday paper supplement.   Amongst those featured were Charles Luce, who would run Con-Ed, Ralph Coordiner, who would become president of General Electric, and William O. Douglas, who sat on the Supreme Court.  Also Adam West, perhaps Walla Walla's most famous native.  All in all, not bad company.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sports Radio 950 Lands Sounder Games

Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR announced Tuesday that it will carry Seattle Sounders soccer games  It's a big step for KJR which at one time carried the Seattle Super Sonics and University Of Washington football and basketball.  Since losing the Huskies and the Sonics leaving town, the station did not carry play by play of any of the local major sports teams. 
The station had received occasionally criticism for spending little time discussing the Sounders as compared to the Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies.
Matt Johnson, a former KJR employee, will continue to do play by play for the team.