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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.
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Washington State Parks Set Free Visit Days In January

I'm one of those folks who didn't buy a discover pass for the state parks but the good news is that every year, there are designated free state park days that you and your family can attend without a pass.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16 are the next state parks free days and you won't be required to display the Discover Pass for a day visit at the state parks.

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Take A Scenic Drive Down One Of Washington’s Windiest Grades [VIDEO]

I grew up in the Lewiston/Clarkston Valley, but for six years of my life I was a foster kid and lived at the confluence of the Grand Ronde River on the border of the Washington/Oregon border. I lived right at the bottom of the Rattlesnake Grade on the Washington side and on the other side was the Buford Grade that proceeded to Oregon.

I had to be bused to school each day to Asotin, WA as is our state law. It was 62 miles round trip and it wasn’t a straight line to school.  I had to travel up the Asotin Grade on Highway 129, past Anatone and further past Field’s Spring State Park.

The portion of the daily bus ride that is probably the scariest during winter is the Rattlesnake Grade.  The American Motorcycle Association designated the grade as one of the top 15 motorcycle rides in America and the winding grade definitely lives up to its name, but think about if you are an 8-yr old kid traveling that daily and running into snow.

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Yakima New Year’s Eve Gala Fundraiser To Raise Money For Student Scholarships

If you are looking for a great event to attend on New Years plus the money goes to a great cause, I've got the event for you.

It's the Winter Wonderland New Year's Gala at the Howard Johnson this Saturday night. The event is being hosted by the Yakima County Latino Professionals Association and the money raised make it possible for student scholarships around the Yakima Valley.

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Five Reasons I Shouldn’t Help My Wife Decorate For Christmas [PHOTOS]

My wife is a huge Christmas fan. I think it's her favorite holiday, and as long as we've been together I've never helped her decorate. I know that seems insensitive, but I know that if I tried to help it wouldn't turn out the way she'd like it to...

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It’s ‘Santa Paws’ Day for the Yakima Humane Society at Stewart Subaru

Dogs and cats don't know what day this is, but you do: It's photo day!

Yes, Stewart Subaru and the Yakima Humane Society are hosting the annual "Santa Paws" event this afternoon (Dec. 20) from 1-4 at Stewart Subaru, 506 Fruitvale Blvd. Bring your pet in and have your Christmas photo taken with Santa!

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Bull Crew, Coastal and Cruisin Coffee Find Warm Hearts During Northwest Harvest Fundraiser [PHOTOS]

Good thing Yakima has so many warm-hearted people -- they're helping keep Rik, Michele and Kelly "Wild Wild" West from freezing to death during today's (Dec. 16) fundraiser for Northwest Harvest.

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Today’s the Day! Fundraiser at Cruisin Coffee Helps Fight Hunger

On the coldest week of the year, Yakima's Nob Hill Cruisin Coffee, Coastal Farm and Ranch, and the Morning Bull Pen are offering some extra warmth this morning (Dec. 16) -- they're serving up a fundraiser for Northwest Harvest.

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Prosser FFA Brings Home Coveted Apple Judging Event Award

Washington State is all about apples and the Prosser FFA recently performed well at the Washington State FFA Apple Judging Career Development Event on 12/7/16 in Wenatchee. It may surprise you to learn that Apple Judging is a skill that takes time to master.

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Winter Weather Causes Schedule Changes For Grandview Schools

Winter has come to the Yakima Valley, causing some changes with schedules at Grandview Schools. We've received a short list of changes to make you aware of what is going on starting Wednesday if you have students in the Grandview School District.

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