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Rik Mikals

I’ve been up and down the radio dial as the famous "WKRP" line goes. I started right out of high school in 1988 in my hometown of Clarkston, Wash,, at KCLK – a country station -- and from there moved all over Idaho, Montana, California and Washington state at various radio stations. I was on KMPS in Seattle in the 1990s and moved to Yakima in 1998 as program director of KFFM. I moved again and again until I was in Bakersfield, Calif,, and then Tri-Cities, and then back to Yakima, and again to Tri-Cities and more! I bought a farm in Prosser a few years back with my wife Megan, and we have three great dogs named Phoebe, Barkley and Roxy. My son is an aspiring musician and plays, performs and writes original music. I also have a stepson named Kyran. I’m known for having a never-ending knowledge of pop culture and easily get addicted to TV reality shows. I love "Star Trek," Mustangs (the car) and '80s music. I’m a huge comic book fan, having a comic collection easily totaling more than 6,000 comics.
Charities See Surge In Donors Before 2005 Tax Deduction Deadlines
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Goodwill Is A Part Of #GivingTuesday, Which Launches On Nov. 29

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big days heading into the holiday season, but don't forget about #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a collective effort by nonprofits to use the collective power of individual people, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity during the holidays. Goodwill of Yakima, Union Gap, Selah and Ellensburg is one of those organizations to which you can donate.

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Grandview Teen Organizes Massive WE Event Today At Yakima Valley SunDome

The WE movement has begun locally, and local Grandview High School senior Alondra Perez has organized a huge event for 3,000 students at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

The event kicks off today (Nov. 15) at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. It will feature speakers and entertainment, and students will be bused in from area schools as far as away as Cle Elum and Prosser.

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Washington State Had A Bombastic Politician Before Trump

The presidential election is finally over A lot of folks are upset over the harshness and crassness of the campaigns. It was a new low in American politics that will set the stage for all the elections that follow.

You might think Donald Trump was the first to speak his mind so bluntly, but I  recall growing up in Washington when another politician was bombastic, loud and "Trump-like" -- and she ended up becoming governor.

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Here’s How to Get An ‘I Voted’ Sticker In Washington State

I was bummed as I dropped off my ballot this morning at the ballot box in Prosser because I see my Facebook friends in voting booth states sporting their "I voted" stickers. I think it would be great in mail-in ballot states if they included those stickers in our ballot envelope.

I did some snooping and here's what I found for Washington state voters who can't find those stickers.

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Dr. Strange Takes Marvel Movies To The Next Level – Rik’s Review

I was never the biggest Dr. Strange growing up and I always liked him better in a group setting in such books as The Defenders. I knew his origin and had a few issues but was never fascinated by the character until Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Dr. Stephen Strange. I loved Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game so I was already a fan of his acting and I couldn't wait to see his take on the good doctor.

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What Does Coldplay Have To Do With Setting Your Clocks Back on Sunday?

Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest Daylight Saving Time, but it wasn't until 1907 that Daylight Saving Time became a thing.

A man named William Willett wrote an essay called "The Waste Of Daylight" and spent the rest of his life trying to change the world. Sadly, William passed away before he saw the fruition of his grand scheme, but America adopted his plan soon after.

So what the heck does that have to do with the band Coldplay?

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Maryhill Museum of Art Is Still Open Until Nov. 15 [PHOTOS]

I stopped by the Maryhill Museum of Art on my honeymoon back in 2011 because I had never been there. I thought it was a cool place to explore and I enjoyed going inside the facility. The museum shuts down for the season on Nov. 15, but it still has several great family events to attend before then.

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Prosser FFA Students Take Third in National Competition

Here's another reason to be "Prosser proud:" Prosser High School's FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team just walked away with third place in the country at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis!

And Prosser's Robyn Denny was named Outstanding Individual for the whole contest!

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A Teal Pumpkin On Your Porch Could Save A Life In Yakima

Halloween is coming quickly and I've recently become aware of a special project that will result in all kids enjoying Halloween safely.

I was unaware that kids with food allergies are usually shut out of treats due to peanuts, nuts and sugars involved with the making most Halloween candy.

The good news is there is a way to help parents and kids identify which homes have safe options for kids with food allergies, and you can help spearhead this wonderful cause this year.

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