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Report: Gov. Dunleavy’s phony advertising campaign was used to collect Alaskans' info
2020.09.24 21:39 chuckEsIeazeReport: Gov. Dunleavy’s phony advertising campaign was used to collect Alaskans' info
Turns out the supposed "sign a petition for full PFD" campaign was nothing but a phishing scheme. "The office of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy spent thousands of dollars on an advertising campaign last year that urged Alaskans to sign petitions for a larger Permanent Fund dividend, to cap state spending and repeal criminal justice reform, but those petitions never existed, an ethics investigator has concluded. Instead, the ad campaign was used to collect Alaskans' names and contact information for the governor’s office, wrote attorney John Tiemessen. Tiemessen worked under contract for the State Personnel Board, which investigates ethics complaints against the executive branch. His report, dated Sept. 10, concluded an investigation that began in July 2019. One ad said, “Lawmakers are once again trying to take your PFD. Sign Governor Dunleavy’s petition to support a full PFD.” At the time, legislators were debating the size of the 2019 Permanent Fund dividend. Dunleavy had proposed a dividend of about $4,000; legislators set it at $1,606. “On initial review, these ads appear to communicate the governor’s policy and allow individuals an opportunity to petition their government and offer their own opinions,” Tiemessen wrote. “However, the governor’s attorney’s correspondence with independent counsel indicates that these ‘petitions’ were only used to gather constituent information and were not used to directly petition the Legislature or to advocate for the subject policies in any manner.” “It’s entirely possible that if the petitions had existed that would have been problematic,” he said by phone. In that hypothetical case, the administration could have been using state money for “partisan political purposes,” something forbidden by law. As long as the state was only collecting personal information — and not sharing that information with anyone — those ads were legal, he concluded. Tiemessen’s 22-page report was first reported Wednesday by Alaska Public Media, which obtained it through a public records request. The governor’s office referred questions about the ads to Dunleavy attorney Brewster Jamieson, who said that all petitioners collect information. “I don’t see how anyone is harmed or fooled or aggrieved by that process,” he said. Jamieson said Alaskans were petitioning the governor, not lawmakers, and that each Facebook click was delivered to the administration. “It’s submitted directly to the governor’s office,” he said. Even though the governor’s office never presented the names of supporters to lawmakers in a traditional written petition, Jamieson speculated that the governor’s office could have cited the number of supporters when talking to individual legislators. Other ads paid for by the governor’s office did send state residents' complaints to legislators. Those, labeled “contact your representative” ads by Tiemessen, provided a form that sent emails to several lawmakers when filled out. A staffer for Rep. Zack Fields, D-Anchorage, sent a test message using the unique title “Full PFD MEOW.” That email ended up in the inboxes of the House majority leader, the two co-chairs of the House Finance Committee, and two other Democratic lawmakers, all opponents of the governor’s PFD approach. Neither the petition-related ads nor the contact-your-legislator ads were illegal, Tiemessen concluded, but other ads did violate state law, he said. Dunleavy agreed earlier this month to pay $2,800 to settle the ethics complaint that spawned Tiemessen’s investigation. According to the report, a Seldovia woman filed the complaint in July 2019, citing Facebook ads being run by the governor’s office. The three-member Alaska Personnel Board appointed Tiemessen as independent counsel to investigate. In addition to the Facebook ads soliciting petition signatures, the governor’s office commissioned online and mailed ads instructing voters to thank lawmakers who supported his position on state spending. Rep. Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, and Rep. Sara Rasmussen, R-Anchorage, were among the beneficiaries of those ads, and Tiemessen concluded that because they had already signed letters of intent for the 2020 election, the ads at least partially had a partisan political purpose and violated state law. (Until the publication of Tiemessen’s report, the two lawmakers had been identified as Revak and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage.) The governor and his attorney dispute Tiemessen’s conclusions, saying that the governor was unaware of the ads and therefore should not be liable. Fields questioned the legality of the governor’s advertising campaign last year. One of the ads featured Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. How, Fields asked, could a governor be unaware of ads targeting a Senate president from his own party? “The notion that a governor would be unaware of that is preposterous,” he said."
2020.09.22 23:24 AdhesivenessLimp9783My wife (22) left me for family
Ok so picture this real quick summary. I meet my wife in college. We were 17 when we meet; she was very shy and curious with me so we began dating. The following year we broke up when she went to visit her father in Alaska; because she thought I was cheating on her. So we had issues, she came back to California apologized for what happened then we started dating again. Around summer she went to visit Mexico with her family and all was good then she came back to California. And she didn’t realize it but her dad forced her to leave California because she’s from Alaska and he made her transfer; and she listened without knowing what was going on. So we were on a long distance relationship, she supposibly cut it off but a couple weeks later or the next month later, she said that she wanted to leave her parents. So I went to visit anchorage,Alaska to see how she was doing. We meet up and I got her pregnant, then she left her parents around the beginning of December came down to California and we moved in together and got married. And then around January she lost the baby. So by then everything was good just a couple of issues and fast forward from January to now which is September. She didn’t tell me anything or took anything from her closet and left. When I came back from work I hesistated and was looking for her everywhere then her brother called me that if he could pass by to grab a few things and I said ok because I didn’t want to cause a scene. So I gave him the things, and when I kept on contacting my wife, through insta, WhatsApp it facebook. In each communicating app she blocked me. And that hit me hard and it got me mad; so then I went to bed and I had a rough time sleeping so then around 4 I woke up because my phone was ringing. And it was her who unblocked me and she was calling me and she said that she already misses me. And I didn’t pay attention to it because I didn’t wanna look desperate. So then later today I’m working and I reached out to her as to what the hell is going on, and she sent me the text saying that her dad has cancer. That’s why she dipped without saying a thing because she didn’t know how I was gonna take it; or if I would say no to her going to Alaska for a couple of weeks if not months. So now I’m contacting her and she says that she doesn’t know if she’s gonna stay in Alaska or move down again. Kinda rough for me; because I don’t know how to deal with this kinda of situation and it’s itching my heart bad. Like I ain’t crying or feel sad, it’s just like damn this sucks and she won’t talk to me. So what do you guys think I should do? Oh and I forgot she said she won’t talk to me because her parents don’t want her talking to me. Even though we’re married. But once again, what the hell should I do? I’m not desperate or sad, I’m just pissed and bummed out. Like I’m looking for answers and there’s no one or anything answering them. Pls help out much appreciated
Dear ASD Families, As we are experiencing a decrease in a case counts across Anchorage since the spike of COVID-19 in July, ASD has begun its planning for the next phase of schooling if a transition to school becomes possible. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) support the return of students to in-school education if the health and mitigation conditions permit. We know our community is experiencing the pandemic differently; therefore, we are taking this time early on to address your needs and questions. ASD has learned and will continue to learn a great deal about COVID-19. We are confident that while we cannot eliminate the virus, we can effectively mitigate its spread using the most up-to-date information and best practices from the medical and science experts from around the world. ASD commits to meeting daily to assess the safety concerns and present conditions in our schools and community. The District’s plan is in concert with guidelines set forth by the CDC, AAP, the State of Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage and others. Additionally, District leadership has consulted both local and state health officials and has incorporated their input into its planning. Please look to our website for the detailed information on the guidance resources. While the rolling average case count has been and remains a key piece of information in determining whether school should be held in person or online, the CDC and AAP suggest it should not be the only factor in determining reopening of school buildings. Rather, this data point is a start for a holistic decision-making process which must consider a host of other factors that assist in understanding the nature of the community spread. Additionally, it helps to provide a more accurate threat assessment for our students and staff. These factors include, but are not limited to: The specific nature of the community virus transmission The District’s ability to mitigate virus spread through robust safety protocols The District’s sanitization procedures The District’s response plan when someone gets sick ASD’s plan considers other risks for which the American Academy of Pediatrics has evidenced in regard to students’ wellbeing when school is not open for face-to-face classes: The impact on social-emotional needs The impact on behavioral and mental health The absence or reduction of critical services (e.g. school lunch programs, special education services, after-school programs, mental health services) Of note, ASD has revised its plan of utilizing a 50 percent, hybrid model in lieu of new Harvard research which suggests that hybrid models may actually increase the viral spread. Further analysis by the District also suggested that the hybrid model would be overly complicated for families, would create higher workloads for staff, and would present significant challenges for busing. As a result, the District’s revised plan includes one medium-risk plan in which students attend school five days a week for 5.5 hours each day. We are in the process of balancing our class sizes to keep the class counts as low as possible. Re-Entry Plan Overview The District will phase students back into school buildings gradually starting with elementary and high-needs students. 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2020.09.02 16:57 rriolu372Unreported for 14 years - The disappearance of Dervish Adili
This is a case with BARELY any information- quite a bit of it is stuff I've pieced together myself. So if anyone has sources or information I didn't mention please comment below. In 2000 in Tok, Alaska, in the Fairbanks area, a wallet, identification card, driver's license, a checkbook, and camping equipment, along with a receipt for food purchased in Tok, was found near a campsite off of Taylor Highway in Alaska. A search through the items revealed it was Dervish's stuff- however, he would only be reported missing 6 years later in 2006 by a male relative. Complicating matters further, the receipt for food bought in Tok was dated to August 13, 1992- making it likely that Dervish had been missing for up to 14 years before his disappearance was reported. Barely anything is known about Dervish Adili. What is known for sure is his date of birth, July 8, 1957; if by some miracle he were alive today, he would be 63. He was 35 at the time of disappearance. Dervish had dark brown hair and eyes, and was 5'7 and 145 pounds. Dervish is likely a member of the Albanian American community- Dervish is a somewhat common Albanian name of Muslim origin, and Adili is a common surname in Albania and in North Macedonia, where roughly 25 percent of the population is of Albanian descent. Alaska is home to a small Albanian community, but by proportion it's one of the larger ones in the United States. However, Dervish's previously mentioned identification card was issued in Illinois, not Alaska, where there is a much larger Albanian community. Sadly, the most likely scenario is that Dervish entered the wilderness and succumbed. However, there are quite a few questions surrounding his disappearance. Why was his disappearance only reported in 2006 when his equipment and identification was found in 2000? Since his stuff was found by the highway and details about him were retrieved from it, wouldn't his family normally have found out about it? It's possible that Dervish was estranged from his family, which explains why he ended up so far away from Illinois and his family members didn't find out about/report his disappearance until 6 years later. Why was Dervish, an Illinois resident, in Tok, a community of 1,300 in central Alaska? There are no details about when Dervish was first in Alaska, so he could have moved to an Alaskan city such as Anchorage or Fairbanks, and later traveled to Tok, or he could be a runaway, thrill seeker, or wanderer who moved to Alaska seeking adventure or simply the end of the road. But there are no details about where he moved either- he could have hitchhiked, driven, or flown to Alaska. Was the food receipt from 1992 a red herring? This one is unlikely as it comes from my personal experience, but Dervish might have been a hoarder who had trouble throwing small things out or simply forgot to. I have quite a few receipts dating from years ago in my room that I use for bookmarks/scrap paper but end up just laying around; so it's possible Dervish could have just kept the receipt with his stuff or had forgotten about it. Was his disappearance in the wilderness merely accidental, foul play, or suicide? Sadly, suicide seems like the most likely scenario. Dervish leaving his camping equipment, as well as his checkbook, identification, and driver's license, all very important items, by the highway, seems like he simply left his belongings behind and entered the wilderness to die from exposure. This is my first writeup, so apologies if this is somewhat repetitive or if I left some stuff out. Source (there's only one) : http://charleyproject.org/case/dervish-adili UPDATE: I found this blog (http://darkmatter69.blogspot.com/2020/01/no-one-knows-when-dervish-adili-went.html) that adds some details about Dervish Adili. He was a veteran, likely in the Navy or Coast Guard based on the attire he is wearing in his military portrait. The relative who reported him missing is Jim Adili, who has lived in Illinois and California. There aren't any sources for this information, but it's something. If Dervish committed suicide, a potential reason could be he was suffering from PTSD or mental illness from events during his time in the military, as well as hardships he may have experienced as a veteran. UPDATE 2: On, like, page 3 of Google searches, I found an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune in 1968 about Albanian Independence Day celebrations by the Albanian community in Chicago. A sentence from the article is about a group of Albanian children rehearsing a dance for the Albanian Independence Day celebration. "A DANCE OF INDEPENDENCE Rehearsing for their part in a program commemorating Albania's Independence day are (from left) Nexhat Banushi, 16; Zelita Adili, 7; Dervish Adili, 9; Vezire Adili, 8; and Gezim Adili, 12, all of 1519 N. Pulaski rd." This is really important- Dervish Adili is mentioned, and at age 9 this checks out with his date of birth. It also reveals that the other four, Nexhat Banushi and Zelita, Vezire, and Gezim Adili, shared the same residence as Dervish; the three Adilis, and possibly Nexhat Banushi, are Dervish's siblings/relatives. Chicago Tribune article: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/376593763/ Dervish's Doe Network page (http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3625dmak.html) also confirms his residence as Chicago.
2020.08.28 06:27 matt3788Complete Community Freeware Airport and Scenery List
Hi everyone! Over the last ten days our amazing community has been at work to create the first objects using the SDK and enhance our experience with lots and lots of new airports, buildings, POIs and scenery in general. I compiled a list of all the freeware scenery and airports I could find so far, most of it being posted on the FS2020 Creation subreddit. If the mods want to sticky this post, feel free to do so. I will try to keep this list up-to-date, so all of you can have all the freeware stuff at a glance without having to dig through dozens of posts or websites. Enjoy and feel free to post your creations here as a comment, too!
2020.08.27 09:39 HauntedSpySKs you never might've heard of: The USA
Greetings. For a long while now, I've been compiling and continue to compile a long list of SKs (convicted and suspected) across the world, which have yet to receive an article on Wikipedia. I haven't run a countdown, but I do believe it might count in the triple digits by now. Anyway, today I decided to share one individual SK for each US state and territory, with a little information and a linked article/source to their crimes. I hope you find this information as fascinating as I do. Let us begin. ALABAMA:Curtis Grantham(1988; 3 victims) Murdered two women in Phenix City, burying them in a wooded area in Seale. Later confessed to the October murder of 32-year-old Dawn Ball, previously thought to be a victim of Christopher Wilder. Sentenced to life imprisonment. ALASKA:Gary Zieger(1971-1973; 6+ victims) Doubling as a member of a motorcycle gang who was paid to kill people, Zieger is also thought to be responsible for murdering at least three female hitchhikers around Anchorage. The true extents of his crimes remains unclear, and he himself was murdered along the Seward Highway in 1973. AMERICAN SAMOA: None to my knowledgeARIZONA:Michael Carlson(2003-2009; 3-9 victims) Shot dead his sister in Tucson in 2003, and later murdered a couple in Marana. Confessed to 9 murders in total, but his other victims, if there are any, haven't been found. Sentenced to death. ARKANSAS:Randy Gay(1978-2011; 3 victims) Murdered his father-in-law in 1978, served time and released. Murdered his father in 1991, released again. And finally, murdered a woman and dumped her body at Ouachita National Forest in 2011. Sentenced to death. CALIFORNIA:Pittsburg serial killer(1998-1999; 4 victims) Within a two-month period, four young women were killed in this little, tightly-knit community. It is believed that it's a work of a serial offender, and the Pittsburg police are searching for clues to catch him. Unidentified. COLORADO:Ronald Lee White(1987-1988; 3-16 victims) Murdered roommate and two other men in disputes/robberies, mostly surrounding Pueblo. Later confessed that he has killed 16 victims in total. Authorities believe that at least four cold cases around the state could be tied to him. Sentenced to life imprisonment. CONNECTICUT:Zackery Cody Franklin(2007-2011; 4 victims) Murdered four men around New Haven for mostly robbery purposes. Originally convicted for two homicides, later connected to the other two. Sentenced to life imprisonment. D.C.:Greg Brice(1994-1996; 4 victims) Shot two men in two separate instances for personal disputes. Escaped confinement in December 1995, and a few months later, murdered two men. Recaptured, and sentenced to long imprisonment terms. DELAWARE:James Gordy(unknown-1897; 1-4 victims) Battered his wife to death with an oar in 1897; suspected in the suspicious deaths of his father, ex-wife and their child. Executed in Georgetown in 1897. FLORIDA:Leon Holston(1964-1966; 4 victims) Murdered four young boys in Pompano Beach, while he himself was still a teenager. Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment. GEORGIA:John Robinson(unknown-1901; 1-6 victims) Known as "The Colored Ripper", he was executed for the strangulation murder of a young black woman in Laurens County, whose body he viciously mutilated after. Five other similar murders were suspected to be his doing, but never proven. Executed in Dublin in 1902. GUAM: None to my knowledgeHAWAII:Robert Mark Edwards(1986-1994; 2+ victims) Convicted of raping, robbing and murdering two female realtors, one in Los Alamitos, CA, and the other in Kihei, HI. The gap between his crimes, and their severity, leads me to believe he might have other victims, likely in California. Sentenced to death in California and life imprisonment in Hawaii. IDAHO:Gerald Pizzuto(1985; 4 victims) Murdered a woman and a man in Seattle, WA during robberies. Later moved to Boise, ID, where he murdered a couple in a remote cabin. Sentenced to death in Idaho. ILLINOIS:Michael A. Johnson, Jr.(2008-2010; 4 victims) Rapist who abused and murderd young women in Chicago. It's peculiar to note that he strangled them with a deformed right hand, which was missing three fingers. Sentenced to life imprisonment. INDIANA:Anna Cunningham(1918-1922; 5 victims) Poisoned her family members with arsenic in Gary. Sentenced to life imprisonment for one murder, but later paroled for unspecified reasons. Died a free woman in 1945. IOWA:Donald Piper(1993-1998; 2-4 victims) Hotel maintenance chief who stabbed and strangled two women in Des Moines, and is suspected of another two similar killings during that time period. Sentenced to life imprisonment. KANSAS:Mary Troy(1909; 3+ victims) Murdered at least three children in Topeka, all of whom were entrusted in her care. Possibly responsible for half a dozen similar deaths. Fate unknown. KENTUCKY:Michael Abner(1983-2010; 3 victims) Following his arrest for the stabbing death of an elderly man in Pulaski County, he confessed to two cold cases involving strangulation of old women, in 1983 and 1988. Sentenced to life imprisonment. LOUISIANA:Edward Augustine(2007-2011; 3 victims) Involved in a fatal car crash while driving a stolen vehicle in New Orleans, charges dismissed. Later, he and another man killed two men in Jefferson Parish. Rearrested and serving a 40-year prison term. MAINE:Constance Fisher(1954-1966; 6 victims) Mentally-ill woman who drowned six children, three each on two separate occassions, in Waterville. Confined to a mental hospital, but managed to escape and later drowned herself in the Kennebec River in 1973. MARYLAND:Patrick McCullough(1980-2001; 3 victims) Deaf man who murdered two employers (1980 and 1982) in Annapolis, and later his girlfriend in Waldorf (2001). After killing her, he shot himself through the head. MASSACHUSETTS:John Monteiro(2007-2010; 3 victims) Rhode Island man who murdered a man in Brockton in July 2007, and later shot a brother and sister to death. Sentenced to life imprisonment. MICHIGAN:Paul Harrington(1975-1999; 5 victims) Former Detroit police officer who shot his ex-wife and two children in 1975; sent to mental institution and released after two years. After living a relatively peaceful life for many years, he was fired from his job and stopped taking his medication, leading to him killing his new wife and son in 1999. Sentenced to life imprisonment. MINNESOTA:David Torgerson(1969-1973; 6+ victims) Murdered two Minneapolis women in 1969 on separate occassions, and later on, his wife, two children and the babysitter in Rochester. Suspected of more murders since the 1950s. Hanged himself before trial for killing his family. MISSISSIPPI:Columbus elderly murderer(1996-1998; 4-5 victims) In two years, five elderly people were murdered in Columbus. Three years ago, DNA evidence snatched a man named David Solomon Murray, from Pine Bluff, AR, as the killer of one of the victims, but we're yet to see if he's responsible for the others. Unresolved case. MISSOURI:John Wesley Robinson(1896-1913; 3 victims) Strangled a woman in St. Louis and later buried her corpse under the floorboards. Arrested, served 11 years and released. In 1913, he murdered his wife (April 11th) and his stepdaughter (May 17th), dismembering each body and burning the remains in the stove or burying them. Executed in Kansas City in 1915. MONTANA:Ah Yung(unknown-1883; 1-17) Chinese immigrant who murdered a paymaster in Missoula. Authorities suspected he killed a total of seventeen people (two white men and fifteen Chinese), but not much information is available about them. Executed in Missoula in 1883. NEBRASKA:Clarence Victor(1964-1988; 3 victims) Mentally-disabled man who murdered an elderly woman in her Omaha home. Had previous convictions for manslaughter and murder, in 1964 and 1976, respectively. Died in prison. NEVADA:Norman Flowers(2005; 3 victims) Las Vegas rapist who killed the daughter of a former girlfriend in March. Two months later, in the span of eight hours, he raped and strangled two women with a telephone cord. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NEW HAMPSHIRE:Craig Conkey(1991-1994; 3 victims) Killed two women in Lexington, MA, in 1992 and 1994. In 2012, admitted to fatally stabbing a New Hampshire university employee in 1991. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NEW JERSEY:Shiquan Bellamy(2010; 5 victims) Between February and April, murdered three men and a couple in Jersey City during robberies and an attempted carjacking. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NEW MEXICO:Clifton Bloomfield(2005-2008; 5 victims) Murdered five people around the state, including a couple. In 2018, he was aided in a prison escape by a guard, but was recaptured. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NEW YORK:Dmitriy Yakovlev(2003-2007; 3 victims) Russian immigrant who, together with his wife, killed three other Russian emigrants in Brooklyn so he could steal their possessions and bank cards, which he later sold off. Sentenced to life imprisonment. NORTH CAROLINA:Herman Allen(1930-1942; 4 victims) First murdered a boarder in his Johnston County home because he believed he was having an affair with his wife. Convicted of manslaughter and released 11 years later, still believing that people were oogling after his wife, he shot to death his wife, brother-in-law and a man he believed to have been courting her. Executed in 1942. NORTH DAKOTA:Floyd Tapson(1987-1996; 0-3+ victims) Suspected, but not convicted, in killing disabled women at group homes, two in MN (Moorhead and Wadena) and one in Grand Forks. Possibly responsible for similar murders in Baltimore, MD. Sentenced to 75 years for kidnapping in Montana. NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: None to my knowledgeOHIO:Oliver Crook Haugh(1890s-1905; 3-5+ victims) Doctor who murdered his parents and brother in Dayton, and was tied to at least two further murders of concubines in Lorraine and Chicago, IL. Many patients of his, spanning across multiple states dating back to 1890s, died in mysterious circumstances as well. He was also a childhood bully to none other than Wilbur Wright, of the Wright Brothers fame. Executed in 1907. OKLAHOMA:Wayne Garrison(1972-1989; 3 victims) Vicious killer of two toddlers (1972 and 1974) and a 13-year-old Tulsa boy in 1989, whose dismembered remains were found in a lake. His 1970s killings were done while he was still a child. Sentenced to death. OREGON:William Perry Jackson(1980s; 5+ victims) Murdered and robbed people around Portland, sometimes with accomplices. Escaped prison with a convicted bank robber, but later recaptured. Suspect in as many as 30 murders in Oregon and Washington State. Sentenced to life imprisonment. PENNSYLVANIA:Jermaine Burgess(2008: 2+ victims) Career criminal who robbed and murdered two elderly women in Ridley Township and Upper Darby (October 27th and November 10th, respectively). Authorities believe he has committed other murders as well. Sentenced to life imprisonment. PUERTO RICO:Ángel Colón Maldonado(1985-1987; 27 victims) Known as "The Angel of the Bachelors", he lured men for sexual favors, and after he was given various luxurious items, he killed his lovers. Fled to the continental states, but was quickly recaptured. Sentenced to life imprisonment. RHODE ISLAND:Jeffrey Mailhot(2003-2004; 3 victims) Known as "The Rhode Island Ripper", he strangled and then dismembered three prostitutes in his hometown of Woonsocket. Sentenced to life imprisonment. SOUTH CAROLINA:Joseph Ernest Atkins(1969-1986; 3 victims) Shot his brother in North Charleston in 1969. Sentenced to life imprisonment, but his father pleaded for his release, and he was paroled in 1980. Six years later, as an act of gratitude, he shot his father and a 13-year-old neighbor on October 27, 1986. Executed in 1999. SOUTH DAKOTA:Rapid City Creek Drownings(1998-2000; 0-11+ victims) Suspicious deaths of homeless men in Rapid City, six of whom were Native Americans. They stopped just as mysteriously as they began, and authorities believe that they were possibly murdered by a serial offender who might've moved away, presumably to Denver, CO. Unsolved. TENNESSEE:Michael Mullins(1999-2012; 3+ victims) Career criminal and serial rapist who beat and strangled elderly women in Memphis. Strong possibility of additional murders and assaults committed by him. Sentenced to life imprisonment. TEXAS:Tommy Lee Stewart(1971-1986; 3 victims) Abducted and killed a woman in Waco in 1971. Released from prison in 1986 and moved to Port Arthur, where he later murdered a mother and child. Sentenced to life imprisonment. U.S. Virgin Islands:St. Croix Voodoo Poisonings(1984-1988; 5 victims) Five people were poisoned in St. Croix with cyanide, in what appears to be ritualistic slayings. Police suspect a conman, posing as an 'obeah man' (a type of shaman), to be behind the murders. Unsolved. UTAH:Thomas Noffsinger(1989-1990; 3 victims) Strangled and raped two women two months apart in Millcreek and Sandy, and later stabbed a Salt Lake City chef to death in 1990. Sentenced to life imprisonment. VERMONT:Gary Lee Schaefer(1979-1983; 3+ victims) Springfield automechanic who raped and strangled three girls in his hometown. At one time suspected to be responsible for other murders, but this hasn't been proven so far. Sentenced to life imprisonment. VIRGINIA:Walter Cotton and Brandt O'Grady(1898-1900; in the dozens, couldn't determine exact number) An unlikely pair considering the time period (black man and Irish immigrant) who robbed and murdered people around the state, mostly around Emporia. Both were lynched at Greensville by an angry mob in 1900. WASHINGTON:Donna Perry(1990; 3 victims) Known as "The .22 Caliber Killer", who killed three prostitutes in Seattle between February and March 1990. Interestingly, Perry is one of the few known transsexual SKs on record, committing the murders when she still identified as a man. Sentenced to life imprisonment. WEST VIRGINIA:Joseph Eisele(1867; 3 victims) German/Swiss immigrant known as 'The Parkersburg Murderer' who murdered three fellow immigrants for robbery purposes across the state between June and December. Interestingly, another self-confessed SK, Thomas D. Carr, admitted to being his accomplice in one murder, but this was unsubstantiated. Executed in Parkersburg in 1868. WISCONSIN:Alvin Taylor(1985-1988; 4 victims) Nightclub singer who murdered three men in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties, as well as one in the state of Minnesota. Sentenced to psychiatric treatment. WYOMING:Rawlins Rodeo Murders(1974; 4 victims) Over the summer, four young girls disappeared from rodeos in the small town of Rawlins. Only one body was found nine years later in Sinclair, while the others remain missing and are presumed dead. Royal Russell Long, a convicted kidnapper additionally suspected of killing two Oklahoma girls in the 1980s, is the prime suspect, although some theorize Ted Bundy might've been involved. Unsolved.
Mr. James Fueg Pebble Limited Partnership 3501 C Street, Suite 501 Anchorage, Alaska 99503 Dear Mr. Fueg: As you are aware, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District (District) has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) developed for review of your permit application submitted in December of 2017. The FEIS completed the National Environmental Policy Act analysis required for your proposed discharge of dredged and fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. The District will next develop a Record of Decision (ROD) for your proposed discharge. As part of the ROD the District made Clean Water Act Section 404(b) (1) factual determinations that discharges at the mine site would cause unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources and, preliminarily, that those adverse impacts would result in significant degradation to those aquatic resources. Therefore, the District has determined that in-kind compensatory mitigation within the Koktuli River Watershed will be required to compensate for all direct and indirect impacts caused by discharges into aquatic resources at the mine site. Direct and indirect impacts at the mine site total 2,825 acres of wetlands, 132.5 acres of open waters, and 129.5 miles of streams. The District has also determined that compensatory mitigation is required for unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources from discharges associated with the transportation corridor and the port site. Direct and indirect impacts associated with the transportation corridor and port site total 460 acres of wetlands, 231.7 acres of open waters, and 55.5 miles of streams. The required components of a compensatory mitigation plan are identified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 33 CFR Part 332 and 40 CFR Part 230 Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources; Final Rule (Rule). According to the Rule, compensatory mitigation means the restoration (re-establishment or rehabilitation), establishment (creation), enhancement, and/or in certain circumstances, preservation of wetlands, streams and other aquatic resources. There are three approved mechanisms for providing compensatory mitigation, which include mitigation banks, in-lieu fee programs, and permittee-responsible mitigation with preference, in that order. Your mitigation plan may include a combination of means and mechanisms but must comply with all required components of Rule and be found sufficient to offset the unavoidable adverse impacts to the aquatic resources identified above. Please submit the required compensatory mitigation plan to the District within 90 days from the date of this letter. The District will review the compensatory mitigation plan upon submittal to determine if the amount and type of compensatory mitigation offered is sufficient to offset the identified unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources and overcome significant degradation at the mine site, and to determine whether the plan meets all requirements identified in the Rule. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact me by telephone at (907) 753-2712 or by email at [email protected]. Sincerely, David S. Hobbie Regional Regulatory Division Chief
Richard Don Burke June 10, 1928 - Aug. 22, 2019 Richard Don Burke, of Tigard, Ore., loving husband, father, grandfather, great, and great-great-grandfather, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. He was 91. He was born June 10, 1928 in Culver City, Calif., to John and Mildred Borowski. He grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. At 18, he met and married 18 year old Marie Constance DeLille. They were married March 1, 1947 in Las Vegas. In 1957 he began his career as a lineman in Los Angeles with the telephone company, now known as AT&T. He bought his first house in Lakewood, Calif., in 1948, and in 1966 he put in a transfer and moved the family to Oregon, buying a new ranch house, still living in the same house over 50 years later. In 1985, Richard put in for another transfer to Anchorage, Alaska. His job would take him by bush plane to remote villages and towns in Alaska having at times to travel with a musher by dog sled, or sleep on the floor of a village post office. He was well respected by his peers, and in 1990, he retired at 62, having spent his entire career with AT&T. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4, and past member of the California Knights of Columbus Council 10140. Richard loved working with wood and fishing, particularly with his sons. After retirement, he took up cooking and at family get-togethers brought out his barbecuing skills. Every year he also canned kosher dill pickles from his secret recipe. Richard raised nine children. He worked long hours to provide for his family, never complaining. He lived by handling whatever life threw at him with strength, humor, and a quiet grace. He had a natural modesty and unassuming manner, never looking for the limelight. His sense of humor never left him and his playfulness with his grandchildren was legendary. Richard is survived by his sons, Randall Anthony of Forest Grove, Robert Gerard of Tigard, John Patrick of Milwaukie, Daniel Joseph of Centralia, and James Andrew of Beaverton; his daughters, Kathleen Marie Thompson of Lake Grove, Maureen Anne Smith of McMinnville, and Mary Colleen Browne of Beaverton; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Michael; and wife, Marie Constance. Arrangements handled by Autumn Funeral and Cremation, with interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Private Committal Service to be held at a later date. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=richard-don-burke&pid=196673685
2020.07.24 09:09 SageProductionsTravelling the Al-Can highway during Covid
Hey Anchorage, My wife and I just affected a permanent move from Bellingham, WA to Anchorage along the Alaska-Canada highway and wanted to share our experience, especially regarding crossing into Canada and our preparations for the drive. I know that we were perpetually short of the information that would have been helpful so this post is an attempt to help others looking to do what we did.
Leading up to the Move
We had been planning our move up to Alaska since December of 2019, and had originally planned to make the move in May of 2020. When Covid fully set in, we put our move on hold. I had started transitioning to a different career and was required to take a professional test to get certified. My original test date was scheduled for mid-March - Covid shut down all the test centers three days before I was set to test. Over the next three months, I rescheduled that test (and had it cancelled due to Covid) six more times. In May of 2020, we saw reports of the Alaska Highway being open to drivers going straight through and our lease was coming to an end in July. My wife still had her Alaskan driver's license and all of her family lived up here, so we made the decision to attempt the move. Our situation wasn't the exact definition of "essential", but we felt we were on the fringes of what would be allowed. We did not feel like we could fly or take the ferry because of all of our possessions (from living in Bellingham for a decade) and our two cats, one of whom is asthmatic and needs to be in controlled environments to protect her breathing/lungs. Additionally, we had a place of quarantine in Anchorage set up prior to moving as my wife's family had enough room to keep us quarantined and safe for the full two weeks.
First Step: Calling the Border Guard
My wife made two calls to the Canadian border patrol: once in June, and once in early July. I would highly recommend that anyone making the trip do the same thing. After explaining our situation, they gave us very positive indications that we would be allowed into Canada, but that the final decision lay with the individual border guard. They recommended we come with as much documentation that showed our intent to transit straight through Canada and not deviate from the main road at all.
Second Step: Assembling Documentation
I am going to relate here the full list of documentation that we put together, and the order that we organized it in. We have no knowledge of what was necessary versus what just added weight to our story. I believe we over-prepared by far, but given our lease coming to an end and the uhaul we would rent to carry all our stuff, we really only had one chance to get through the border.
Basic Border Documentation: Passports, Vehicle License and Registration
Cover Letter: My wife wrote a letter giving a brief overview of our situation, why we believed we were considered essential, a list of all further documentation, a general list of all possessions we were bringing, and a description of any potential problem items (food, plants, medication, etc).
Itinerary: I will go into our path through Canada later, but this document laid our our travel plans, expected destinations each day, and made clear that we had no Hotels booked and planned to sleep on the side of the road in pullouts when necessary.
Negative Covid Tests: Exactly five days before our departure on Sunday, July 19th, my wife and I traveled down to Skagit County in WA and got tested. Our results came in two days later and we had the letters showing a negative test for the guards to examine.
Marriage Certificate: We are married, but have different last names so this provided extra proof
End of Lease Letter: The apartment manager at our old complex wrote and signed a letter indicating our lease was terminated and we no longer had a residence in Washington (as of July 31st)
End of Employment Letter: The boss of my old job (which I was set to be let go of within the month anyway due to slow business) wrote and signed a letter indicating I no longer had a job, listing my final day (July 17th) and providing a phone number in case the border wanted to verify
Change of Address Forms: We printed out our change of address forms from USPS, indicating that we would no longer be residing in Bellingham, and that our new residence was at my wife's family's house in Anchorage. This was dated July 19th.
Cancellation of Services: We printed out the cancellation notices for both Power and Internet at our old apartment, listing the final date we had power and service: July 19th.
Letters from Family: My wife's mother, father, and aunt all wrote letters attesting to our intentions to drive straight through Canada and interact with as little of Canada as possible, as well as indicating that we had a place to quarantine when we arrived. My father also wrote a similar letter. Each gave their phone numbers and were awake when we crossed the border in case the border patrol wanted to call and verify our story.
Professional Test Payment/Scheduling/Cancellations: We printed out papers confirming that I had paid for my professional test and that for four months, I had been unable to keep a test scheduled in Washington due to Covid. Finally, we had a confirmation of a new test date in Anchorage in August.
Certificates of Rabies Vaccination: Canada requires that pets brought into Canada have proof of rabies vaccination.
Small Animal Health Certificates: The USA/Alaska technically requires that animals brought across the border have Small Animal Health Certificates, though the border guard didn't even question us about our cats when we went through.
Adoption Papers: To prove that both cats were legally ours
Medical Prescriptions for Feline Medication: One of our cats is asthmatic and requires a daily inhaler. This documentation both gave us a reason to carry that medication and reinforced our (true) story that we were unable to safely fly or take the ferry with our cats.
State Farm Insurance Guarantee: Confirmation from State Farm agent that we would be covered for vehicle trouble encountered in Canada
UhaulContract: Our contract from Uhaul indicated our trailer was due to be returned to an Anchorage location within the week
Vehicle Inspection Report: Two days before we departed, I had my vehicle inspected by an ASE repair shop to prove that we had no known mechanical problems that might break us down in Canada
Third Step: Everything Else
This section is likely the same as anything else you'll find about travelling the Al-Can Highway, but in the spirit of sharing, I'm including it. We had...
Food and water in sufficient quantity for a safe, 2-day travel through Canada, allowing an extra three days worth of food and water in case of unforeseen delays. This also ensured that we would not have to purchase food or water within Canada. We listed all the food we brought that was accessible within the vehicle.
Cloth Masks (and one old N95 Mask) that we could wear when we had to exit the vehicle to fill up on gas
A full box of 100 medium disposable Nitrile gloves so that when we did use the gas station pump, we had an extra layer between us and Canada. I had access to these gloves from my previous job, but I think you can acquire them at NAPA or other auto-parts stores.
Cat Food and Medication
6x12 Uhaul Trailer packed to the brim with everything we owned - probably over the weight limit, but we had no real way to tell once it was all packed
A collection of house plants my wife owns, all washed clean of soil and bound securely in plastic bags
The 2019 Milepost, though much of its information wasn't helpful as we couldn't be tourists
Our vehicle was a 2017 Toyota Highlander
NO HOTEL RESERVATIONS: From discussing our plans with the border guards prior to our move, we strongly believed we had a better chance of getting into Canada if we showed we had no intention of even staying in hotel rooms as we transited to Alaska.
Fourth Step: Our Itinerary
Your mileage (haha) will vary on the route through Canada, but this was our path and our intended progress per day. Sunday, July 19 Bellingham --> Prince George --> Dawson Creek --> Fort Nelson At each stop (and at a couple in between them), we filled up on gas and swapped the driver seat so the other person could sleep as much as possible. This first day had an estimated driving time of 18 hours. Monday, July 20 Fort Nelson --> Watson Lake --> Whitehorse --> Tok As with Sunday's travel, we swapped off at each stop and filled up on gas (or planned to). This second day had an estimated driving time of 19 hours and would end back in the US. Tuesday, July 21 Tok --> Glennallen --> Anchorage An easy 6 estimated hours to get us home and end the trip.
Finally: The Move
I'll do my best to relate the events of our move. Suffice to say that the entire move was completed in just a hair over 60 hours so neither my wife nor I have a completely... cogent memory... of the trip. We got to the border crossing in Sumas WA at about 6:30 AM. The border guard was professional, but the weirdness started pretty quick. To start, the vast majority of their questions were the normal inquiries when you enter Canada: how long are you staying, what are you doing, etc, etc. However, then they asked if we had any hotels booked, to which we explained that we did not want to contact any part of Canada that wasn't entirely necessary. He explained that new guidelines had come down from the Canadian Health Agency that required travelers to have hotel rooms booked during their travels. Evidently, somebody had made the executive decision that sleeping in turnouts on the side of the road wasn't safe: Canada wanted travelers to have a bed and a shower. We explained that neither person we talked to on the phone in the month prior mentioned this to us, and that we planned to swap off the driver seat and alternate sleeping so that we could drive as long as possible. This wasn't acceptable. They told us to park and come inside. Once inside, a higher-up border guard explained that since we planned to be in Canada for two days, we needed two hotel rooms. We were allowed to book them on our smart-phones in the lobby and show them the confirmations... so we did. We booked one hotel in Fort Nelson and another in Whitehorse - our Itinerary would be slightly changed, but we would still be arriving in Anchorage on Tuesday. The guard then read us a prepared statement that "ALL TRAVELERS MUST QUARANTINE FOR TWO WEEKS WHEN ENTERING CANADA" and gave us a health-brochure-notice-thing that explicitly said: "DO NOT STAY IN HOTELS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE" but... they accepted our bookings and allowed us into Canada only $200 poorer. Success. We drove all day, only stopping for gas, but it was clear that I had not included the fully-loaded, 5,000 lb+ trailer that neither my wife nor I had ever towed before into our estimated driving time. At 9 PM, we pulled into Chetwynd (an hour outside Dawson Creek and like... 8 hours from Fort Nelson and our first Hotel). We didn't have any real choice so I took over and started driving while my wife slept. At about 3 AM, I couldn't drive safely any longer so we pulled into a pullout area (that already had a passenger vehicle and a truck with sleepers inside) and we dropped into sleep. Two hours later, I woke up and drove us the final couple hours to Fort Nelson. I checked in with the hotel we told the Border Guard we would be staying at and learned a couple things:
Our reservation had been cancelled by someone - the front desk clerk didn't know who cancelled it or when it had been cancelled
The hotel clerk said that the border had been requiring hotel reservations since MAY, which was really weird for us.
Regardless of the weirdness, we were still going to make it to Whitehorse (and our second hotel booking) this day. We filled up on gas and started driving. About 2 PM, we pulled into Lake Watson which is just inside the Yukon Territory and were forced to pull off for a health check/station. The Yukon Park Rangers (who staffed the station) asked what our plans were so we told them: we had a hotel in downtown Whitehorse and were going to exit the Yukon as soon as possible the following day. They told us the following in short order:
We weren't allowed in Downtown Whitehorse. NO Americans were allowed off the single highway path from Lake Watson to the Alaskan border
The Sumas Border Crossing (specifically) has been telling travelers incorrect information and that the Yukon really doesn't appreciate having to deal with people thinking they have to stay in hotels (and thus stay longer in the Yukon than necessary).
We had two choices: either stay at one of like... these 4 hotels that are along the highway, or drive straight to the border, resting in pullouts along the road as needed <-- note the contradiction from what we were told at the Sumas border.
After deliberating with my wife, we told them that we planned to drive straight for the border, 11 hours away, something which the Yukon Park Ranger seemed extremely happy to hear. She even (potentially) encouraged us to speed(?!?!?) in one of the strangest encounters I've had with an official functionary. Side note: the Yukon officials we talked with were the nicest people during the Canadian portion of the trip and I can not give them enough praise for that. At about 5:30 PM, we pulled into the outskirts of Whitehorse where another health inspection trailer was set up. Two college-age-looking girls popped out and asked us like... two questions and then sent us on our way towards the border. At about... 2 AM, we still hadn't hit the Alaska border, but we had hit the absolute worst potholes during the trip... and it was raining... and it was 2 AM so it was really dark. After hitting several potholes far harder than I should have (oops), we pulled off to the side of the road and crashed for another 2-3 hours until the sky started to lighten. When I woke up, I started driving again and we hit the US border at about 5 AM. The border guard had like... two questions for us, neither of which were related to Covid, and they quickly waved us through with no issue besides telling us to fill out our Covid health forms when we arrived at our destination. Driving towards Tok, a passing trucker told us we blew a tire. I confirmed this at an abandoned gas station, but neither my wife nor I had service so we limped our way into Tok where we called Uhaul and they sent our roadside assistance for us. Then, just after Glenallen, another tire blew so we had to wait for another half hour for another Uhaul roadside assistance to pop out and replace that one as well. At this point, we got two calls from the Canadian Health Service, inquiring as to where we were staying in Canada, to which we responded both times that we weren't in Canada anymore. They took our final destination as our address and thanked us for our time. All of that finished, we got into Anchorage about 5 PM, showered, ate dinner, and crashed. Despite the changes to our trip, we still made it to Anchorage by Tuesday, spending just a hair over 48 hours in Canada and getting the entire trip finished in about 60 hours.
Lessons Learned and General Advice
Its difficult to say how much we needed to actually get into Canada during these Covid times. Its pretty clear to me that we over-prepared (and had a giant blue binder of documents in triplicate to force on the poor border guards), but its impossible to tell by how much - its not like we could just call and ask. The vast majority of our documentation was free to gather and have ready - all the letters that family, my boss, and our apartment manager wrote was free, if a bit time consuming to gather, and all the confirmations of cancellation of services simply took digging through emails and random websites to download and print out. Listing out everything we brought took more time, but I mean... we had to pack it anyway, so why not note it down as we went? The only documentation that cost us money were the Rabies Vaccination Reports and the Small Animal Health Certificates, though one could argue the time spent to get the Covid test counts here as well. As with everything else, its hard to say, but having the two cats look pathetic and unhappy in our back seat may have aided in getting us across the Canadian Border. Not a single person during the entire trip asked us if we were healthy (we were, and are) or had any Covid Symptoms (we didn't and we don't), and aside from the first border guard idly flipping through our document binder, we never had a real opportunity to even bring up our negative tests. One of the things that the border told us during our preparatory phone calls was to emphasize that our place of residence was in Alaska, not Bellingham so on every piece of documentation possible, we had my Wife's family's house address listed. Additionally, on every piece of documentation possible, I listed the final date of our residence in WA as July 19th (our move date). In terms of driving the Al-Can in general... if we were going to do it again, we'd plan to only get to Dawson Creek the first night, and aim for Whitehorse the second night. If we were just driving our Highlander without the trailer, we might have made it, but we easily drove 20+ hours on both the first and second night, and consumed way too much diet coke to keep us awake and moving. Gas was readily available as Pay-at-the-Pump almost everywhere along the route, even in the wee hours of the morning. The only place that we got down to the bottom of our tank was traveling from Haines Junction to Tok, where the only gas stations in Canada were Pay-Inside (thus violating the quarantine order Canada had given us) and nothing was open at 5 AM anyway. We were lucky to find that abandoned gas station that took a card 40 miles into Alaska. I'd say that we'd carry a fuel tank if we did it again... but I'm not sure that I would. Our vehicle could go about 250 miles while pulling the trailer and that was enough to get us between sufficiently advanced gas pumps along the entire route. Finally, I would say to do whatever the border guard tells you: if Border Guard 1 tells you to book hotel rooms, you do it and take it as an additional fee to cross the border. If Border Guard 2 in Yukon then tells you to scrap those plans and not stop anywhere, then you do it. We functionally had no backup plan if they turned us away (at any point) so we were prepared to do basically anything to get through. We feel like the $200 spent for hotels that we did not use is a fee that was well worth just getting to Anchorage. If there are any questions, we are happy to answer them, either here or by PM. My wife is excited to be home in Anchorage after being away for so long and I'm excited to be here as well, even if we're in quarantine for the next two weeks (and functionally quarantined along with the rest of Alaska until Covid is under control anyway).
2020.07.24 08:08 akbrit4959Scott and Amy Fandel-missing children since 1978 in Stirling Alaska
“STILL MISSING by SHEILA TOOMEY. Anchorage Daily News. September 4, 1988 Touch the Fandel case, then try to let go; try to forget it. Not a chance. Ten years ago two children, Scott and Amy Fandel, disappeared from their cabin home in Sterling, on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. They just vanished. Both of them Scott, 13 and Amy, 8. At 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 1978, they were happy and safe. At 2 the next morning, they were gone. No sign of them has ever been found. Dozens of investigators spent thousands of hours running down hundreds of angles. Nothing. "Quirks and spider web leads," said a former Alaska State Trooper who spent years searching for Scott and Amy. "Leads that don't go anywhere." Ten years have passed since the night the children vanished, years of change for everyone who knew them. Their parents divorced and remarried; their friends grew up; the cabin where they lived burned down and most Alaskans don't know their names. But the years have not changed Scott and Amy. They remain as they were, frozen in time: a brighteyed adolescent and a gaptoothed 8yearold, grinning out from old photographs. Those faces have been smiling at Trooper Sgt. Tom Sumey for a decade. There at the beginning, as an investigator assigned to the Soldotna trooper post, he's back on the case now. And 10 years after it happened, Sumey has a new lead. Not a big lead. Something that's been in the file all these years. "I can't find anyone who followed up on it," he said, and would say no more. No one noticed the kids were missing for 15 hours or more. That was the first bad break in the case. At the Alaska State Trooper station in Soldotna, the missing persons report filed by their mother was logged in at 5:14 p.m. on Sept. 6. Margaret Fandel, then a 31yearold waitress at a restaurant in Kenai, is a small, pretty woman with a friendly disposition and a hearing impairment. In September 1978, Margaret was in a bad place in her life. Roger Fandel, her husband of more than 10 years, had left her in January and then moved out of state. The marriage had been rocky for a long time. Roger had a strong sense of family and dominated the relationship, but he liked other women and Margaret began to drink. A homebody by nature, Margaret found herself working long hours to pay the bills. She was a woman men instinctively wanted to protect, and she was lonely. She looked for company among the party people who hung out at local bars, sometimes leaving the children home alone at night. But Scott was 13 an unusually mature 13 by most accounts and a competent babysitter for his younger sister. A cloudy sky threatened rain on Sept. 5, typical weather for this time of year. At Soldotna Junior High School, Scott handed in an assignment, a journal, written in pencil on lined notebook paper. Ten years later the faded words are hard to read, but the voice is clear: "Dear Journal: Today at 3:30 an aunt of mine is coming up to live with us. She's never been to Alaska. Matter of fact, she's never been out of Illinois, where she lives. She's going to have a birthday tomorrow. She'll be 20. Cathy is her name. She's going to live with us for the rest of her life. What else can I say? She is going to work with my mom at the Italian Gardens restaurant." Aunt Cathy Schonfelder arrived as scheduled Tuesday afternoon and that evening Margaret, Cathy, Scott and Amy had supper at home together, then straightened up the house for a while. The Fandels lived in a twobedroom log cabin off Scout Lake Road, about half a mile in from the Sterling Highway, just south of the cluster of stores and businesses that make up the town of Sterling. Scout Lake Loop is a wide country road that separates a state campground from acres of private woodland dotted with shacks, trailers, cabins, neat farmsteads and some larger, more expensive homes. In 1978, only a few homes intruded on the forest. The Fandels lived in a birch woods, their cabin set on a gravel pad that could barely be seen from the road. The lot had electricity and indoor plumbing, and a bright "street light" mounted high on an outside pole. The closest neighbors were Nancy and Bill Lupton, who lived with their five children in a Quonset hut about 200 yards away. Children from both families wore a path through the trees, visiting each other. Scott and Amy stopped at the Quonset hut each morning to join the Lupton children for the walk to the school bus stop. After dinner, Margaret, Cathy and the children drove down the highway toward Soldotna to Good Time Charlie's, a bar that featured video games, pool, Foosball and maybe a dice game or two. By all reports, nothing unusual happened. The women drank beer and socialized, the kids drank Coke and everyone had a good time. Around 10 p.m., Margaret and Cathy decided to drive to Kenai to see a friend who worked at a hotel there. They gave a bartender Margaret knew a lift to Soldotna, then dropped off Scott and Amy at home. Margaret pulled into the driveway and the kids got out. Aunt Cathy yelled to Scott to be sure to lock the door. Scott laughed. The lock didn't work. The kids went inside. The lights went on. The adults drove away. Margaret never saw her children again. Nancy Lupton no longer lives in the Quonset hut. Her children are grown and she and her husband have split up. Today she lives a few hundred yards south of Scout Lake, on a small farm. At her kitchen table Lupton lit a cigarette, digging for details across the years. Scott and Amy came to her house that night, she said, after Margaret dropped them off. They were full of talk about their aunt. "They were happy. ... This was family. It was a big deal." The kids all played in the back room for a while, but the noise level got too high. "They got to using the beds for trampolines," Lupton said, so she sent the Fandels home. "It was just that path between the houses. They did it all the time. It was no big deal. ... It was just another night. There was no confusion ... no one was tearing up and down the road in cars, the dogs weren't barking." She didn't hear anything. Margaret and Cathy got home at about 2 a.m. They never found their friend in Kenai. Instead, they'd been to Larry's Club and the Rainbow Bar. Margaret wondered about finding the house dark. The kids were afraid of the dark and usually turned every light in the place on. A neighboring family, on their way home at about 11:45, noticed the house all lit up. But at 2 a.m. the cabin was dark and empty. There were no signs of a fight, nothing out of place. Scott's jacket was there, and his motorcycle was still outside. A package of macaroni and an open can of tomatoes sat on the kitchen counter, a pot of warm water on the stove. Scott liked to make a macaroni snack before going to bed, and had evidently begun to do so. Margaret concluded the children stayed next door at the Luptons, and she and Cathy went to bed. The next morning, Margaret called the school from work. "I told them to tell Amy Fandel she was in trouble for not coming home first." The school said Amy hadn't showed up yet. Margaret's boss said she couldn't leave work until after lunch. She was worried, but not yet seriously alarmed. There were so many innocent possibilities. Wednesday afternoon, everyone seemed to discover at the same time that the children were really gone. Cathy became alarmed when they didn't come home on the school bus with the other kids. The Lupton children reported that Scott and Amy hadn't been in school all day. Margaret raced home from work. She began frantically calling the children's friends. "At first it just seemed like she was overreacting," said Danette Hakkinen Boyle, Scott's good friend and contemporary. Now 23, Boyle said she "thought maybe they ran away. That was the safest thing to believe." Margaret tried to call Roger in Arizona. Roger was everyone's first thought. But she couldn't reach him, and his family said he did not have the children. When she finally figured out that no one had seen Scott and Amy since the night before, Margaret called the troopers. At 43, Roger Fandel's beard is graying, but he still wears a HarleyDavidson cap on his head, a knife at his belt and a dropdead tone in his voice. He will tell you himself that he is prone to violence. He radiates aggression, and enjoys the effect it has on others. Six feet tall, burly and bearded, Roger is an imposing presence, by nature and by design, a tough guy. Ask anyone. Ask him. A welder, a biker and a sure shot with a pistol, he's been down a lot of mean streets. These days he lives somewhere in the West, "on 100 acres in the middle of nowhere" and never mind the name of the town. You want to find him? Leave a message with the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. Scott was is Roger's son in every way except by birth. When Roger met Margaret, Scott was 2 years old. His natural father lived in another town and wasn't interested. "He couldn't talk," Roger said. "He would only say "no.' He threw tantrums. He was a problem child. ... By 3 he could count, almost read. He flowered with me. I spent the time with him. I took him everywhere for years." Scott cared about things, said Roger. "He was a kid you could teach. He wanted to learn. "He adored me." The personalities of the children shaped the theories of what happened to them. Scott was savvy, too smart to have gone with a stranger. He was "small and sort of cocky," according to his mother. "He thought he was cool." In school Scott was the class prankster, said his eighthgrade teacher, Jim Brickey. He took dares and would eat flies for $1. He was good looking but hadn't reached the girlcrazy stage yet, a likeable boy who respected authority but wasn't shy about speaking his mind. He got passing but not great grades. He was Amy's devoted protector. As for Amy, "beautiful" is everyone's first adjective. "Beautiful and gentle and kind," said Margaret. "Kind to animals, kind to people. She loved dolls ... she loved pretty clothes and pretty shoes." She was always playing cards rummy and war and was learning to play chess. "A good sport and a fair player," wrote Amy's secondgrade teacher on her 1977 report card. "Well behaved. Gets along well with everyone. Good study habits. Takes pride in neat work. Finishes quickly and to her best ability. She is a joy." "She was real innocent," said Nancy Lupton, "She was just like a walking dollbaby." Motorcycle competition was a family hobby. Roger, Margaret and Scott all rode. Roger gave Scott his first bike at age 6. The Yamaha YZ80 Scott left behind when he disappeared cost more than $3,000 and was just about the most important thing in his life. He never walked when he could ride. In the days after Scott and Amy vanished, dogs were brought in to search the woods for evidence they had walked away on their own. But no one really believed it. For one thing, Scott had passed a wilderness survival course and would never have run away without taking appropriate gear, Brickey, his teacher, said. And he loved his parents. He was unhappy about them splitting up and was known to chide Margaret about her drinking. He was a 13yearold boy and didn't like mom dating men who weren't daddy. "But he loved his mother to death," Lupton said. "He would never have stayed away." Chuck Hagen, formerly with the troopers in Soldotna, was in charge of the case through most of the 1980s. "The absolute most unanswered thing to me is why that night, and why was it done, and why the kids left without a struggle." If not a stranger, then a friend? Did a prank get out of hand? Was there an accident someone couldn't bear owning up to? Did Amy attract some unspeakable depravity? Did Scott die trying to protect her? Who took them and why? And where are they now? From the beginning, the disappearance of the Fandel children was a case with too many leads and no answers to all the questions. Trooper John Tanguy got the case on Thursday, Sept. 7, 1978. He happened to be on duty that day. He had been a trooper for two years. Tanguy found the ages of the missing children odd too young to get very far as runaways and too old to be taken against their will. "To tell you the truth, the first thought I had ... was that the father ... had either come and got the kids or had someone get the kids." Because of the lapse between the time they vanished and the time troopers arrived on the scene, investigators had little physical evidence to work with. "So many people had already come and gone," Tanguy said. "Friends, relatives, neighbors, before we ever got there. People had driven over, people had picked up, moved things. Nothing was as it was." Volunteers searched the woods. Dogs were brought in from Anchorage. The ferries were searched. The Canadian border station was notified and Scout Lake dragged. A tap was put on Margaret's phone. Nothing. Roger Fandel flew to Alaska from Arizona and, by the weekend, Tanguy was working on the assumption that Roger did not have the children, that they had been kidnapped. This opened the door to every weirdo who set foot on the Kenai Peninsula that year. And there were plenty. It was the end of summer at the height of the oil boom transients galore. Trooper Tom Sumey joined the investigation in the first week. "When you get into that bar crowd," he said, "you've got so many hinks that live in the bars. You've got so many people Margaret hung around with." Today a task force would be assigned to a case like this, Sumey said. Back then, he and Tanguy and whoever else had some free time exhausted themselves, running down paths that led nowhere: Roger Fandel: The estranged father was bound to be an early suspect, but investigators looked at Roger for a long time. Much longer than he thinks they should have. As recently as three years ago, Hagen went to California and got a warrant to search Roger's home after some insurance investigators reported a young, blonde woman living there. Roger has been a problem for the troopers since the beginning. They can't figure him out and that's the way he likes it. Roger deals with men by challenging them. He pushes first, just in case anyone is considering pushing him. He baits and antagonizes. He left investigators feeling, as Tanguy did: "You had to keep watching him." A lot of time was wasted following up on Roger's activities, Tanguy said, checking where he lived, how long he stayed there, if there were any children around. Today all three investigators who handled the case say they are convinced Roger had nothing to do with the children's disappearance. Margaret isn't ready to let go of the idea completely. It's her best hope that the children are still alive. Roger said his status as a suspect took him by surprise, but he was willing to accept it at first. He understood the troopers had to check him out. "But they never dropped that to pursue what they did have," he said. "They never let go of me. ... I'm a victim. They have treated me as a bad guy. ... They dwelt on me way too long, too hard. They spent way too much money on me. That money could have been spent maybe on another blind alley, but not on me." The Carnival Workers: Among Margaret's acquaintences were two men from the East Coast, who visited the Kenai Peninsula in late August, crashing at least one night at her house. They drove a black sedan. Early in the investigation, Sumey found a witness who saw a black sedan speed away from the road in front of the Fandel driveway the night the children disappeared. Suspecting a burglar, he followed the sedan and watched the driver pull into another driveway and turn off his headlights. The witness continued down the highway a bit, then turned around, just in time to see the black sedan pull out of the driveway and speed off. This description of the car was all troopers had to go on, that and a nickname for one of the men, which turned out to be wrong, and the description of a third man seen with them. After months of work, the two men were identified and located in Maryland. In the spring of 1979, Tanguy went to Maryland to interview them, with high hopes that the case had finally been solved. One man admitted having driven the black sedan down Scout Lake Road to visit Margaret. But he changed his mind, he said, and drove away. But, he said, all that happened the night after Scott and Amy vanished. He was in Anchorage on Sept. 5, he said, waiting for a paycheck from the Alaska State Fair. Fair records indicated both men had worked at the fair on Sept. 4 and gotten paid on Sept. 6, Sumey said. In 1978 and 1979, the black sedan was a hot lead. It was so easy to imagine the children in the back seat as it sped through the night. It's still a compelling vision. Each investigator assigned to the case over the years has checked and rechecked the story. Five years ago, Sumey went back and asked the witness if he could have been mistaken about the night. He said sure. It seems to be a dead end, Sumey said, but the man from Maryland remains on the short list of suspects. The Dogooders and Satanists: As if she didn't have enough grief to deal with, Margaret Fandel was blamed for the kidnapping by people who disapproved of her lifestyle or thought she shouldn't have left the children alone. Rumors flew that a church group or other alleged dogooders had taken the children to save them. As a counterpoint to this, there was talk that devil worshipers had taken them. In a case with no facts, all things seem possible. The Strip Joint Operator from Anchorage: In an apparent coincidence that produced a major red herring early in the case, a man involved in the Anchorage sex trade was introduced to Margaret by a mutual friend at one of the bars she and Cathy visited the night the kids disappeared. Mr. W. was in the process of expanding his business by moving a "motel" from Anchorage to Soldotna. Three days later, when word of the children's disappearance became public, Mr. W. showed up at Margaret's home, with one of her sisters. They had coincidentally taken the same plane from Anchorage. In a case with no facts, this was too much coincidence. Investigators ran this guy through a small sieve. Mr. W. seemed determined to attract the trooper's attention. He posted an anonymous $5,000 reward for information about the children nothing more than an effort to generate good will for the new business, according to his partner at the time. But the troopers found it strange. There was talk of a pornography ring in Sterling and children being sold into sexual slavery. "It didn't help that (he) buried his car on the property he was putting that motel on," Tanguy added. "They dug (it up) to see if there was a couple of kids in the trunk." When questioned, Mr. W. said he just got tired of the car and had to put it somewhere. "We had this kind of stuff going on all the time." said Tanguy, who had the case for two years. "I kept thinking, "This is not real. The world is not like this."' The Union and Revenge: this theory was and remains an impossible tangle of charges and countercharges involving primarily Roger, his Uncle Herman Fandel, a retired union leader, and family feuds that go back decades. The family started out as dirt poor farmers in Illinois, according to both Herman and Roger 13 brothers and sisters, including Herman and Roger's father. Many Fandels are members of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, which is what brings them in and out of Alaska. Roger likens his family to a clan of warring Elizabethans. "It's the kind of family that should have been around when the world began," he said. "They would have gone off in different directions and colonized the world because we could not be around each other." For reasons too convoluted to unravel here, Herman and Roger hate each other with a blood heat. They call each other evil and each claims to believe the other capable of kidnapping and killing the children. Herman is an affluent and successful member of the Kenai community charter fishing, a small hotel. He wept bitterly about the public humiliation his family endured when a couple of his brothers convinced the troopers to dig up his yard, looking for the missing kids. Over the years, investigators have wasted a lot of time and energy checking out Fandels, mainly at the instigation of other Fandels. But with no facts available, even something as absurd as murdering children for revenge sounds possible. The Hoaxes: One of the strangest and most disheartening aspects of the Fandel investigation has been a series of phony leads. The case attracted five or six psychics and the files contain their statements, dutifully recorded by deadlocked and desperate investigators, who felt they had to listen to anyone. Some of the psychics were no doubt wellintentioned but the result of their interference was pain for Margaret, like driving around Sterling with them while they saw visions of her children or felt vibrations. "It's amazing how many people want to get involved," Margaret said. She says she's sworn off all private investigators, psychic or otherwise. The worst hoax cost Hagen and Sumey months of work. It began with a call from a missing children's organization. They said they had gotten a call from the college roommate of a girl whose parents lived in the Sterling area. This roommate said the girl had terrible nightmares and talked about something dreadful happening at her house the night Scott and Amy disappeared. It sounded so convincing. What motive could anyone have for making up a story like that? Hagen and Sumey thought this was the break everyone had been waiting for. The roommate turned out to not exist. The calls had been made by a local woman who wanted the troopers to investigate her favorite suspects. "A lot of desks were kicked," Hagen said. "You never understood why people would screw with you. ... We should have charged her with something." Everyone who works the Fandel case comes away feeling it had more than its fair share of oddballs. Said former Trooper Joe Hoffbeck, who worked on some of the Anchorage angles. "Every person involved in this seemed to be strange. You'd look at them and say, "There's something here, but does it have to do with this case?"' In the end, none of the leads panned out. A year passed and the children were still missing. On Oct. 21, 1979, shortly before he resigned from the troopers, Tanguy wrote in the file: "All leads and extensive investigation failed to disclose the location of the reported missing persons. ... All the logical leads of investigation have been exhausted. Case closed ... pending further investigative leads or suspect." Touch the Fandel case, then try to let go. It's a tarbaby. It grabs you. A lot of people think not being able to find the children drove Tanguy out of the troopers. Now 48 years old, he is a security official on the North Slope. "I don't know," he said. "I don't even know how to answer that to myself." Margaret calls Tanguy "the most caring" of all the investigators who tackled the case. "He worked on it day and night. He always wanted to find the kids and who was responsible for it." "When you're dealing with kids, I think you get a little more intense." Tanguy said. "I don't think I'm unique in that case. ... Since I didn't come up with the answer, I can find all kinds of things I should have done, or could have done different, or people I could have approached differently. "Somebody knew. The kids weren't snatched up by a UFO. Somebody knew, and as sure as I'm sitting here, it was somebody I talked to. Somewhere along the line, I touched him and didn't know it." Chuck Hagen, 37, retired from the troopers last year. He now runs a commercial fishing and charter business out of Homer. For years he dreamed about the case and talking about it now turns him into an instant chain smoker. "It was probably the most emotionally draining thing I have ever done in my life. ... I lost I don't know how many weeks on end of sleepless nights, thinking how come? Why that night? Why did they disappear? ... So many times I thought I had solved it. "You hate to resolve to yourself that they were taken and killed. "I think everyone who grabs this case thinks they can solve it." About four years ago, Hagen thought he had it solved when someone reported a man had moved from Haines to Arizona with two children who could be Scott and Amy. After checking out the basic details, "I knew I had found the kids," Hagen said. He flew to Flagstaff, Ariz., then to Page, where children fitting the descriptions had attended school for a month at about the right time. He showed their pictures to teachers. "They said absolutely no, it wasn't Scott. But it could be Amy." The quest led to a man living with a blonde girl in a trailer court. "So I'm up on cloud nine," Hagen said. "The kids are alive again. ... I called my boss and told him I found her, I found her. He said good, call me at any time of the day or night." When the man returned to his trailer, "I pounced on him and got the little girl. And it definitely wasn't Amy. He had pictures of her since she was born." Hagen thinks Scott and Amy are dead. "One man did it and is not saying anything to anybody. ... Someone who pegged them at Good Time Charlie's, playing pool. They saw the man there. That man knew where they lived or followed them home. ... Someone heard Margaret say, "Your auntie and I are going to go out and party for a while. I want you to fix dinner and then go right to bed."' In a case with no facts, it's as good a theory as any. The disappearance of Scott and Amy upset the lives of the men who failed to find them, but it nearly destroyed their parents. While Tanguy and Sumey searched for the children, Margaret made the kids Halloween costumes. When October came and went and the children didn't come home, she began buying them Christmas presents. Most of the time she was on heavy medication and 30 seconds from hysteria. "I don't remember a lot about how I felt," she said. When the backhoes were called in because of some psychic's dream, she refused to watch. Christmas came and went. Then another. The finance company eventually took the cabin and, in 1980, she left Alaska. Back in the Midwest, she worked and drank to forget. "I was on a selfdestructive course for five or six years," she said. "I didn't think I had any reason to live. Every job I had I worked from opening to closing." Four years ago she met the man she has since married and walked away from bars for good. She says he saved her life. Margaret lives on a farm now. She raises chickens and runs a small refinishing and upholstery business. "Just what I always wanted," she said. She can't have any more children, but she and her husband take in hardtoplace foster kids and have been approved by the state to adopt a 12yearold girl. She holds tight to the belief that Scott and Amy are coming home. "I'm still waiting," she said. "I watch every talk show where the topic is missing children. ... I'm not going to have any other thought but that my kids are alive. ... If I don't know anything, I'd rather believe they're alive." Roger Fandel looked for his children for years, in bigcity dives and pornographic sinkholes where people who steal children sell them for sex. He lived a reckless, violent life, he said, a danger to himself and others. "I didn't care if I died in this quest, as long as I tried. I knew my chance of success was real slim but it was something I had to put myself through." He won't say the children are dead. "What if my giving up was the last bit of power removed from their survival?" And he won't say they're alive. "From my relationship with my son, I know he would contact me. But I have been wrong about a lot of things in my life. Why can't I be wrong about this?" Roger blames himself for what happened. A man is supposed to protect his children. Instead, because he wanted out of the marriage with Margaret, he left them alone and vulnerable. In his worst nightmares, his children were killed by his enemies. So here he is, 10 years later, sitting in a greasy spoon in Spenard, his eyes filled with tears and his voice breaking. "I carry the guilt that I took the protection from my children. ... I subjected my children to what they went through." Roger's secret hope those are not his words is hard to distinguish from a nightmare: Maybe Scott will see this story and get in touch, he said. Maybe he'll say he didn't call sooner because he didn't think anyone cared. "Maybe he thought because I left that I didn't love him." In the past, Roger has spent Sept. 5 alone. "Everyone that knows me knows that September 5th is a holy day with me." But this year he's going to spend the day with his new daughter, 4yearold Tamson Lee. The aloneness doesn't work, he said. "Grief has to be shared or it will kill you." Ten years Monday. Scott would be 23 now, Amy, 18. Who took them, and why? Are they alive somewhere? What kind of person could murder two children and live with it all these years? The investigation has come full circle. Sumey, who was there at the beginning, inherited the case when Hagen retired in December. The big green files, thick with old efforts, sit on his desk now. He has other duties and works on the case in fits and spurts. But that's all right. He has time. "This case can be solved," he said. Surely this feeling of mystery is just imagination, but it's September again and the children are still missing.”
On July 5, 2020, about 1130 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 180C airplane, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at Lake Hood Airport (PALH), Anchorage, Alaska. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, at the time of the accident, they were returning from a remote lake to PALH in their float-equipped airplane. The pilot stated that the departure from the remote lake was normal, with about 10 to 12 mph of wind on the lake creating a light chop on the water's surface, and no object was struck during the takeoff and departure. After a normal approach to PALH and just after touchdown the left float dug into the water and the airplane veered abruptly to the left, and it subsequently nosed over and began to sink. He stated that he and his passenger were able to quickly exit the partially submerged, sinking wreckage. An airport security camera captured the accident sequence, revealing that shortly after the airplane's floats touched down on the water surface, a large water column sprays outboard of the left float, just forward of the float's step. The airplane then veers abruptly to the left, and the right wing strikes the water, and then it veers sharply to the right, followed by another veer to the left, before it violently nosed over and began to sink. An initial postaccident examination of the left float revealed a large hole in the bottom of the float just forward of the step. (see figure 1). Corrosion was present around the hole and no impact signatures were present on the bottom of the float.
2020.07.15 01:01 assessment_bot[ Non-Fatal ] [ 06/08/2020 ] Piper PA 12, Anchorage/ AK
On June 8, 2020, about 0945 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Piper PA-12 airplane, N3188M, sustained substantial damage when it's rudder structurally failed in flight about 8 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. The flight instructor and private pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the flight instructor, they departed Lake Hood Airport (PALH) and proceeded to Twin Island Lake (about 8 nm northwest of PALH), where upon arrival, they conducted a normal landing. After departing, they climbed to about 500 ft above ground level (agl) before turning a left crosswind traffic pattern leg. While on the left crosswind leg, the airplane yawed abruptly to the right and the private pilot indicated that the controls felt strange. The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane and noticed drastically diminished control about the vertical axis. In addition, a significant downward elevator pressure (forward control yoke) was required. In an effort to aid in directional control the water rudders were deployed. Uncertain that he could make a 180 turn and return to Twin Island Lake due to the poor directional control, he elected to return to PALH where emergency services were available and conducted an uneventful landing. An initial examination of the rudder revealed that the vertical spar tube separated just above the upper hinge point and the top portion of the rudder folded over the horizontal stabilizer tail brace wires. (see figure 1). The rudder has been retained for further examination by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Materials Laboratory.
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I am absolutely floored. There's much so much to take away from this. `First off, dead at 49--that's incredibly young. All things considered, Grant was still living out the best years of his. ` Mythbusters, honestly, was kind of a big part of my life and taught me so much. The personalities of everyone, including, Grant, just made learning everything so much more enjoyable. `And brain aneurysms-- words don't describe how fucking scary they are, personally. It absolutely terrifies me how anyone, regardless of health, can just suffer one and that's it.` Rest in Peace, Grant. posted by AskJayce on /news Click here to view the post. ● 10,149 Upvotes ● Posted: 14/07/2020 at 05:31:30 UTC
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Not even that. `The argument is driven by emotion, but you can't really say you don't like the idea of abortion because \"I don't know why, I just don't, okay?! It makes me feel bad. There. Happy?\" (which is what Red actually wants to say).` So, when someone's reached a decision based on emotion, they'll retrofit a logic-based reason which they pretend is the real reason for their belief. The reasoning is usually rather poor, because it was never true. But if you find a logical reason to dismiss it, they'll just move the goalposts with another invented reason. Over and over again, until everyone involved is sick of it. `That's why people are still defending Trump. That's why there are still anti-vaxxers, despite the fact that Wakefield was struck off over ten years ago. That's why people are demanding their \"right\" to go to Disneyland and not wear a mask.` All of this happens deep within the mind and there's little or no conscious thought process going into it. `` EDIT: Thanks for all the awards, guys! If you’re going to spend money, please think about donating to [Schnauzerfest](https://www.schnauzerfest.org/), helping pay the medical bills and looking after schnauzers in need. posted by jimicus on /MurderedByWords Click here to view the post. ● 4,338 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 0 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 14/07/2020 at 10:27:32 UTC
2020.07.14 07:26 krinkov545Slight Confusion for moving NFA Items
For reference I currently own a suppressor and a SBR, I am getting into Air Traffic Control and will most likely be moving to Alaska hopefully sooner than later. My current plan is to leave all of my weapons including my NFA items locked in a safe only I have access to with my parents. Then for a few months but not longer than 6 months I will be training in Oklahoma City OK, from there I will move to my facility. Because the FAA has Federal in it I may be able to get to Alaska on my first go, but I may also end up in some firearms shit hole like LA for a year or two. The plan I have in my head from there is to change my permanent address after finding housing near whatever facility I end up in, but leaving my firearms with my parents in a secured safe, until I can afford to move my possessions to Alaska the firearms will remain there. Once I can I plan on getting one of those Uhaul boxes to ship my safe as well as other Militaria and personal belongings. I plan on sending my firearms through an FFL to another FFL in Anchorage, and before anyone asks no I dont feel like doing a 180 hour 6000 mile plus drive both ways to save money on shipping, plus I have multiple items that I cannot take through Canada legally, or If I can they require some really long ass forms. This is the point where I am become confusion. And have a couple of questions.
When I fill out my change of permanent address is anything weird gonna trigger with the dog shootin boys? I've already read that leaving NFA items with a family member in a secured locked container only you have access to is legal, but is there any kind of time limit on this? Do I need to notify them I intend to leave them someplace I'm not for a semi extended period of time?
Do I need to fill out the 5320.20 if I intended to move the NFA firearms via an FFL?
If I do need to fill out a 5320.20 before sending them through an FFL would I be able to file the 5320.20 far in advance or with a wider range of dates? The reason I ask this is because ATC vacation time can be very hard or very easy to get approved depending on your facility, and I dont want to fill out the 5320.20 for a date or set of dates when I might get told by higher ups at a facility that my approved days off are now their property.
2020.07.13 19:25 JasontheWriterThoughts on this data study on dating by city?
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2020.07.07 16:19 pm-me-your-keyboardCustomized Macbook Pro 16" Shipping Time
I couldn't find any detail on this before ordering so I thought I would share my experience. In particular I was concerned about how long it would take given the lock downs. I ordered the 16" Model with some tweaks which meant it had to ship from China to Ottawa in Canada. I paid 19CAD for expedited shipping. Shipping was done via UPS. Timeline was as follows:
27th June - Ordered
30th June - Processed the order
1st July - Shipped from "Facility"
Shipped out of Shanghai, China to Incheon, South Korea
Shipped out of Incheon, South Korea to Anchorage, Alaska
Shipped out of Anchorage, Alaska to Louisville, Kentucky
Arrived in Louisville, Kentucky
Shipped out of Louisville, Kentucky to Mount Hope, Ontario
Shipped out of Mount Hope, Ontario to Concord, Ontario
Shipped out of Concord, Ontario to Ottawa
Arrived in Ottawa
Out for delivery
Total time was 9 days. This was earliest estimated date they showed on the tracking.
2020.06.28 06:00 BKnutzenI’m thinking about finally making the move up. Please help me convince myself to just do it.
At the end of December I’ll finally finish college with a degree that makes me employable anywhere I want to go. I have spent a week or two every summer in Alaska for the past 10+ years and have absolutely loved it. I have primarily spent my time in South East though I have been up to Fairbanks and spent a fair amount of time in Anchorage as well. Some concerns/questions I have... - I have never been in the winter. Is the darkness difficult to deal with? - I am a single guy and I hear dating prospects in Alaska are tough. - I really like to travel. Is flying out of Alaska difficult in the winter? (I leave my current state every couple months and leave the country a couple times a year) - Should I move somewhere in South East? I’m having trouble deciding where I should go. I enjoy hiking, biking, and running in my spare time. Please help me hop off the fence and convince me to just do it.
2020.06.26 07:55 iamsoouttaherefollowup, just because. Or...how am I doing? Or...mistakes along the way.
check what the COLA -actually- is on the pension/annuity/whatever plan is.
factor in Medicare part B costs.
Well since it seems to be the thing some folks do here I thought I'd give an update. No, I haven't retired yet. MISTAKES:
I got around to looking at the inflation provisions of my pension plan. Not real inflation, not even national numbers. In short, it's based on LOCAL inflation to this metropolitan area (Anchorage, Alaska). The median (yes, median) adjustment for the last 27 years is 0.7%. Ooof. That did interesting and unpleasant things to my projections.
Didn't figure in medicare part B costs that start at 65. Rookie mistake. Even though I will be covered by retiree's coverage I will still have to pay for Medicare B. And even though I plan to living in a non-predatory medical system there will probably come a time (dementia, whatever) when I'll have to return to the USA. If you don't start paying for your part B at 65, whether you need it or not, there are substantial cost increases and penalties for opting in later. Ooof. That also did unpleasant things to my projections.
I just noticed that the SocSec estimate you get on their website makes the assumption that you will be contributing until your Full Retirement Age. I'm nowhere near FRA, and I sure as hell don't plan on being a corporate serf that long. I don't know what effect that will have on my projections yet.
So what the first two things did (don't know about the SocSec yet) is reduce my "I can retire comfortably with >95% confidence" to "yeah, projections show you are short about $600-$800 /month (in today's dollars) using your current numbers and FU date ". And then there is the unforeseen:
The first major surgery revealed the need for a second major surgery, so have to stay employed to cover those. Not for the insurance coverage, but for all the other little stuff that the insurance DOESN'T cover. Meals, uber, home care, ice therapy, etc.
Aaaand....Covid. As long as I can't travel and get out of this HCOL soul-sucker, then I have to continue working. At the job I now have. May as well, I guess, but that's a different post.
Footnote: I'm using the newretirement.com and ontrajectory.com projection systems (aka virtual tea leaf reading systems)
William Roy 'Bill' Barber Oct. 22, 1924 - April 30, 2020 Dearly loved father, brother, friend and counselor, Bill Barber, of Lake Oswego, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, John and Mandy Barber, in Corvallis. He was 95. Bill was born Oct. 22, 1924 in Salem, Ore., the second son of William Hugh and Grace Stewart Barber. He joined the Navy the month that he turned 18, and spent WWII in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and resumed his studies at Willamette University, pursuing a degree in Romance Languages. There, he met Jean Carrico, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They married Dec. 10, 1949 and, in 1953, were joined by a daughter, Diana Ruth. As director and house parent(s) at what was then Skipworth Juvenile Home, in Springfield, Bill found a calling in social work. They moved to Colorado where Bill attained his MSW at the University of Denver. Returning to Oregon in the summer of 1958, the family settled on Oak Street, later renamed Oak Terrace, in Lake Oswego. A son, John William, was born that fall, completing their family. Bill spent the majority of his career as an Adult & Family Therapist with the Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center, in Beaverton, retiring in 1989. Bill and Jean enjoyed many happy years of retirement together, traveling, gardening, and passionately supporting humanitarian causes. They were active members of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. Bill's life was characterized by compassion, humor, and service to others. He did pro bono counseling for the church, the Suicide Hotline, and anyone, young or old, who needed a nonjudgmental listening ear. Their grandchildren were a special joy, and Bill and Jean loved attending their many plays, concerts and sporting events. Jean passed away in September, 2005, after almost 56 years of marriage. Bill continued to live on Oak Street, sustained by the loyal companionship of his dear friends and neighbors, Jackie and Stan Aschenbrenner, Joyce and Chris Swift, and Kathy Kremer and Stephen Young. Bill is much missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dave Roberts; their son and daughter-in-law, Don and May Mitchell Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Devlin, Patz, and Finnian, of Anchorage, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, John and Amanda (Mandy) Barber, of Corvallis, Ore.; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Josh) Hoffman, Erin (Kyle) Brown; great-grand-daughter, Georgia Lily Brown; grandson, Daniel Barber; sister, Ruth Simpson, of Kingman, Ariz.; brother, Martin and sister-in-law, Arkley Barber, of Golden, Colo., and their families; along with many loving friends. A memorial service will be held at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church on a date to be determined. Burial will be at Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Ore. Remembrances may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, in memory of William "Bill" Barber, at OPB.org/Contribute, or mailed to OPB, 7140 S. Macadam Ave., Portland, OR. 97219. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=william-roy-barber-bill&pid=196388301
2020.06.18 22:33 superbee3Help Planning Bike Trails/Hiking around Anchorage and
Hi! I have an upcoming trip to Alaska that I decided to plan last minute and I'm looking to get some help from locals or people that have a lot of experience in the area. Dates & Misc.: End of June through the first week of July. Taking this trip solo (M in my early 20s) and will have a rental car. Where: Flying to Anchorage. Plan on staying around Anchorage for 1 or 2 days, then move to Denali for a day or two and visit Seward, Whitter, and maybe Homer. Things I have planned so far: Fjords cruise in Seward, Alyeska (Hiking?), Whitter, Matanuska Glacier, Flattop (for the Anchorage views), Denali (one-day hike/biking, and potentially a day 2 for a helicopter tour), and a Barrow day trip which may or may not happen. What am I looking for? To enjoy the beautiful scenery Alaska has to offer. I'm very interested in checking out some breathtaking places and scenery. While I will have a car, I want to hike and bike as much as possible preferably through not so well-known paths or routes. Things I need help with:
Biking trails suggestions: I'm bringing my MTB with me and I need some path suggestions in any of the areas/towns I mentioned above. I'm not looking for crazy descends or jumps or anything like that. I'm looking for paths that access breathtaking views and areas for pictures and drone footage. I also want to avoid very popular paths ones if they are not worth it just because everyone does them.
Hiking: Just like above, looking for cool paths to hike with beautiful scenery.
Is Homer worth the extra drive? Or are there any other places I should check instead?
Are there any good tours other than Denali and the Fjords that I should check out?
Anything I should bring other than a jacket, waterproof clothes, and good shoes?
Any other help/suggestions or warning would be very appreciated as well :)
2020.05.18 08:52 outinthecountry66Port Chatham- Town Abandoned After a Series of Unexplained Events....?
Hello, first post on here. I am researching Port Chatham, a town in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula that was reportedly completely abandoned after a series of unexplained murders and possible Bigfoot sightings....but there is a reason for the question mark at the end. I have been fascinated with this for a while, but once I truly started researching this, I didn't get very far. The reports are scattered, seem to quote each other loosely, key dates are mixed up (the town was completely abandoned overnight in the 1930's, or maybe the 1950's, maybe it took years, maybe it didn't), there seems to be absolutely no mention of stories in the historical record that I can find. Certainly you would think if there were multiple murders, this would have been reported to some degree in any of the local papers. I have found no mention of these, despite having combed through the Library of Congress, geneology websites, Alaskan archives etc. There is supposed to be an article from the Anchorage Daily News in April of 1973 that gives further information, and tho people quote it extensively, there seems to be no copy available online. Not doubting it exists, but it seems that people are quoting each other, not the original article. I am beginning to reluctantly reconsider this being a mystery at all. Certainly something strange happened there. There are legends of a "Hairy Man" or "Nantiinaq" in that area. But it seems that the abandonment- which absolutely did happen, as can be attested to its status today as a ghost town- was of a more sensible sort, and certainly not overnight, despite the hyperbolic claims found in some articles that are basically rehashes of what is already out there. None of the names mentioned in the articles or the events involved were traceable or had any corroboration. It seems it has been sensationalized, turned into a legend, and doesn't have any legs to speak of. On the other hand, there are scores of ghost towns all over the north American continent, and none seem to have this kind of legend attached to them. And that makes me curious as well. Were there true events that can be verified that lent itself to legend? Was this media hype, a few stray facts knitted together to create an ominous picture? It is the only ghost town I have ever heard of in which its departure story (I guess I'll call it) involves the town fleeing due to supernatural or supernormal events. That's driving me crazy at the moment, figuring out why that should be so. I want to stop digging, but where there is smoke, there might be fire, or maybe some asshole is vaping and it isn't worth my time. I would love any input on this, or even similar stories of frustration in searching for facts amidst legends, or even abandoned towns I have not heard of with a supernatural departure story.
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