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Rik Mikals

I bought a farm in Prosser and have two great dogs named Phoebe and Barkley. My son is an aspiring musician who plays, performs and writes original music in his band, No Hope. I'm known for having a never-ending knowledge of pop culture, and I'm a huge comic book fan -- I have a collection easily totaling more than 5,000 comics.
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How Glen Campbell Saved Me From Fifth Grade Choir [VIDEO]

I was driving home today in my cherry-red Mustang and blaring out of my rolled-down windows were the sweet sounds of Glen Campbell. I've become a fan in recent years and as he fights a deadly disease, I know we will soon lose one of the great country legends.

As I drove home to Prosser tonight, a particular song came on from my Glen Campbell's "10 Greatest Hits" and I was instantly back in the fifth grade at Whitman Elementary in Lewiston, Idaho.

I recalled that's when Glen Campbell saved me from being in the fifth grade choir.

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Pacific Northwest Native To Helm Brand New Star Trek TV Series [VIDEO]

I'm a big Star Trek fan, even over Star Wars. I remember being a young kid and along with my brothers and sisters we would play Star Trek all the time. We'd arrange the furniture in the front room and we were lucky that we had a large front room window that substituted as our Enterprise view screen.

I'd place my Dad's recliner as my Captain's chair in the center of the room with my brother and sister using the old giant record console as their navigation. The best part is when we "beamed" down to the planet, it was outside

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Prosser Fire Burns A Little Too Close To Home [PHOTOS]

The Horse Heaven Hills were aflame Sunday night -- just beyond my backyard on Byron Road in Prosser. My wife shot some photos of the out-of-control wildfire. I'm a Washington native, and I've always lived near a few fires but never have I seen a fire this close up. 

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Lessons I’ve Learned From Store Closings — Hastings Edition

Hastings, the entertainment superstore, will be closing their doors forever by Oct. 31 in the Tri-Cities. It's a sad situation, but brick and mortar stores seem to be struggling these days, especially ones catering to the entertainment business.

I liked Hastings and I loved that they expanded over the years to include comic books, clothing and collectible pop-culture items. I loved that I could touch and feel everything before I bought it, but those days seem to be coming to an end ... and sadly, it makes sense.

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Protestors Rally Outside Republican National Convention In Cleveland
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Yakima Police Should Start Writing Tickets To Kids

I think the Yakima Police Department should start citing kids this summer around Yakima. I know what you thinking: Why would the Yakima Police Department start handing out tickets to little kids?

I saw this recent story out of Brimfield, Ohio, where police have been ticketing children. Here's why ... 

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Downtown Summer Nights Alumni The Olson Brothers Debut New Song [VIDEO]

We've had Luke and Issac Olson at Downtown Summer Nights the last few years and they always put on a great show. I've become a big fan of the duo and always get excited when they release new music.

They've been working the Northwest concert circuit the last few years and won a songwriting contest in 2013. I think they'll break soon and 929 The Bull will soon be able to say we knew them when. 

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"NuYu" Weight Loss Retreat Helps Battle Australia's Obesity Crisis
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Should Playmate Do Time For Body Shaming? [POLL]

The story is all over the news lately: Just when you think things couldn't get meaner in America, Playmate Dani Mathers has posted a snapshot of a woman getting out of the shower at a health club and body shamed her on Snapchat. The picture went viral as Dani added the comment “If I can’t un-see this, then you can’t either.”

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Michael J. Fox Surprises Crowd Playing ‘Johnny B. Goode’ [VIDEO]

Michael J. Fox has been living with Parkinson's disease since the early '90s after discovering his condition on the set of "Doc Hollywood." He was given 10 years to live if he was lucky, but 23 years later he's still with us. Fox's Foundation has $450 million for Parkinson's research and he managed to surprise everyone at a recent concert playing two classic songs from "Back To The Future."

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Our Tribute To The Fallen Officers In Dallas [VIDEO]

The shootings in Dallas last night leave a constant reminder that hate and violence are still rampant in our country. It is sad to see a peaceful protest become a vehicle in which terror rains down on innocent people. We sadly lost five police officers last night and lives were crushed and chained. The families that bare the tragedy will possibly never recover and think of the children that are left behind.

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