Audio: Simon Mahler – How SCORE can help YOUR business…for FREE

Simon Mahler

Simon Mahler

One of the most impressive speakers we have seen at the Goldendale Community Forum, Simon Mahler was the guest speaker on November 20, 2014, thanks to Earlene Sullivan and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.

Through the selfless giving of their time and expertise, SCORE mentors have helped over 10 million Americans on their path to entrepreneurship. That’s 1 person every 3 minutes, for the last 50 years.

The local chapter, based in Tri-Cities, covers a big chunk of Eastern Washington and is willing to work with businesses on both sides of the Columbia in the Columbia River Gorge.

Check out the fascinating talk by clicking on the grey podcast button below:



Interview – Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Join New York Times best-selling author NEIL GAIMAN and his wife (and rock star, crowd funding pioneer, social media maven and TED speaker) AMANDA PALMER as they discuss their careers, recent works and the joy of audio books

The Art of Asking Amanda Palmer 300Neil Gaiman 300Thanksgiving is the biggest travel holiday of the year with millions of Americans anticipating hours of unavoidable traffic, gridlock, and delays. Audio books are the perfect way to transform time that would otherwise be wasted into the most entertaining part of your trip!  Nearly all of today’s biggest books are available in audio. Read by polished actors, passionate authors, and even celebrities, these CD’s and digital downloads are the perfect way to sit back, relax, and make the time fly by on what would otherwise be an agonizingly wasteful commute. 

Authors Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer are no strangers to audio books. The majority of Neil’s books are available in audio including his latest THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.  Amanda narrated her most recent book, THE ART OF ASKING, which has unique special features like an original exclusive performance of Amanda’s “Bigger on the Inside,” as well as music from The Dresden Dolls, Ben Folds, Walt Ribeiro, and Sxip Shirey.

To listen to our interview with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, just click on the grey podcast bar below:



Got a message for the future? Take it to the Washington State time capsule

Have you ever wanted to send a message to the future? Now’s your chance.

The Capsule Keepers are asking Washingtonians to write messages to future generations that will be kept inside the state’s Centennial Time Capsule. Messages will be microfilmed and sealed in the Time Capsule until its 2389 opening, 500 years after Washington reached statehood in 1889.

The actual time capsule vault in Olympia.

The actual time capsule vault in Olympia.

As part of the Washington 125 celebration, the messages and other new content representing the state’s culture and people will be added to the Time Capsule and sealed during a special ceremony on Feb. 22.

Messages to the Future may be sent via e-mail to and also by printing and sending this form here. The deadline to submit messages is Jan. 1.

The Capsule Keepers are gathering materials to be included in the capsule, such as messages from Washingtonians and books and other items that represent our state. The duty for filling the Time Capsule is that of the 1989 Keepers and the Keeper Board. Capsule Keepers of all ages will be invited to help seal the Time Capsule in the February ceremony. Many 2014 Capsule Keepers have written messages for the capsule that will be included.

This won’t be the first time that messages have been put inside the Time Capsule, says Knute Berger, a Time Capsule organizer in 1989 and this year.

In 1989, thousands of Washingtonians wrote messages, which were microfilmed and put into the Time Capsule, destined for delivery in 2389,” Berger said. “We believe this will be among the most interesting material future historians will encounter because ordinary people shared their hopes, dreams, stories and predictions. Some celebrities were involved too–author Tom Robbins and Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, for example.

We hope to do the same for the 2014 capsule and are inviting any all and all Washingtonians to send in a message, either by mail or e-mail. We will microfilm the hard copies and also save the e-mails digitally.

There are no limits on topics. We only ask that they be from Washingtonians (past or present) and that people keep in mind that we hope they shed light on the culture, thoughts, accomplishments and experiences of the people as they are in 2014. We encourage Washingtonians to contribute their hopes, dreams, stories and predictions. We believe these personal notes from citizens will be among the most valuable content the capsule will have,” Berger added.

The Centennial Time Capsule is a 3,000-pound green safe located at the south entrance of the Capitol. The safe contains 16 individual stainless steel time capsules that will be filled with new items every 25 years. All of the individual time capsules and their contents won’t be opened until Nov. 11, 2389, Washington’s 500th anniversary.


Mary Higgins Clark & Alifair Burke – The Cinderella Murder

The Cindarella MurderMary_Higgins_Clark_from WikipediaTHE CINDERELLA MURDER:  When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen—but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

BIO:  MARY HIGGINS CLARK, #1 New York Times bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir,Kitchen Privileges. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels: Dashing through the Snow, Deck the Halls, He Sees You When You’re Sleeping, The Christmas Thief, and Santa Cruise. Her books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 100 million sold in the United States alone. She lives with her husband, John Conheeney, in Saddle River, New Jersey.

To hear our interview with Ms. Clark, just click on th egrey podcast bar below:

Interview with Eddy Tonkin on buying Bob Stone’s dealerships in The Dalles


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When we used “Eddy” in the title, we were intending no disrespect to Mr. Tonklin. That’s the way he wrote his name on his nametag. It’s probably the result of having been named for his grandfather, Ed Tonkin, who founded the family business with a Kaiser-Frazier dealership on Grand Avenue in Portland.

In the interview below, Mr. Tonkin reminisces about his early involvement with the car business, his first car, his favorite sale, and how they came to purchas the Bob Stone GM and Subaru dealeships in The Dalles. To listen, just click on the grey podcast barb below.

David Baldacci – The Escape

The Escape by David BaldacciDavid Baldacci 300 x 400Following The Forgotten and Zero Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring military investigator John Puller, THE ESCAPE. Called a “master craftsman” by the Associated Pressand “one of the greatest thriller writers of the last decade” by Strand Magazine, Baldacci is once again at the top of his game in THE ESCAPE, spinning an elaborate tale that demonstrates his breadth and depth as one of the most celebrated writers today.


In THE ESCAPE there’s a prison unlike any other.  Military discipline rules.  Its security systems are unmatched.  None of its prisoners dream of escaping.  They know it’s impossible. Until now.

John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes.  His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country.  Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.

But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.  Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.

They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nation-wide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.


BIO: David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print; several have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


David Baldacci has returned for a record-breaking sixth interview with Cover to Cover. You can listen to that interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below. In it you’ll hear why there’s an echo of Sherlock Holmes in the story of John Puller and his brother and why this book ramps up the action and intenseity of the series. This is superb stuff from an author at the top of his form and a plot that pulls the reader breathlessly from page to page.