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Michael Flynn pleaded guilty. Now his supporters are trying to exonerate him.

Mon, 2018-05-21 05:40

WASHINGTON - Hashtags. Tweets. Speeches. A book foreword.

Friends and family of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are waging a campaign to try to exonerate the retired lieutenant general - and, possibly, land him a presidential pardon.

The push comes as Flynn himself - who in December pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak - is also trying to rehabilitate his public image, including appearing with a long-shot Republican House candidate, delivering a private foreign policy speech in Manhattan and writing the foreword to a friend’s self-published manifesto supporting President Donald Trump.

But the largely social-media-based effort has, at times, put Flynn’s advocates, and occasionally Flynn, at odds with his own legal team, which believes that any public attention to Flynn’s case is not helpful as he awaits sentencing and has counseled that he and his family to remain quiet.

In December, for instance, one of Flynn’s brothers, Joseph Flynn, posted a tweet urging the president to pardon his former adviser. “About time you pardoned General Flynn who has taken the biggest fall for all of you given the illegitimacy of this confessed crime in the wake of all this corruption,” he wrote.

But the missive raised concerns among Flynn’s legal team at Covington & Burling - where Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner works - and shortly thereafter Joseph Flynn deleted the tweet and replaced it with a more respectful plea on his brother’s behalf.

Flynn was also approached, at one point, with a lucrative offer to write a book, but declined after discussing the idea with his legal team.

Kelner, who declined to comment, has urged Flynn to keep a low profile and to not comment on the case, a Flynn confidant and a Kelner friend said, with the goal of avoiding a prison sentence and placating special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Strictly speaking, a family member doesn’t necessarily implicate the person who has pleaded guilty,” said Barak Cohen, the litigation lead for Perkins Coie. “But prosecutors, for better or worse, are human beings. If they think someone is saying something that undercuts the guilty plea, that could have a negative consequence for the defendant.”

Flynn was one of the first Trump associates to plead guilty in Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and he began cooperating with the ongoing investigation. He was initially fired from his top White House post in February 2017, after misleading Vice President Pence about his contacts with Kislyak.

But since his West Wing departure and guilty plea, Flynn has become something of a cause celebre among the conservative right and a symbol of what the president’s most ardent supporters contend is a conspiracy to undermine his administration by law enforcement and intelligence officials hostile to his presidency.

While the defense of the retired general started on the fringes of the president’s support network, the Flynn exoneration movement has picked up steam in recent weeks. His advocates have seized on recent comments by former FBI director James Comey during his book tour that he doesn’t recall telling lawmakers that FBI agents did not think Flynn was lying intentionally when he was first interviewed about his conversation with Kislyak.

Their effort got a boost earlier this month when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, took issue with Comey’s statement in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Grassley wrote that when Comey met with committee members on March 15, 2017, “Comey led us to believe during that briefing that the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he intentionally lied about his conversation with the Ambassador and that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute him for false statements made in that interview.”

“In the months since then,” Grassley added, “the Special Counsel obtained a guilty plea from Lt. General Flynn for that precise alleged conduct.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board chimed in two days later, writing: “The question is whether special counsel Robert S. Mueller III pressured him to plead to a crime he didn’t commit.”

While Flynn’s supporters have focused on his guilty plea regarding lying to the FBI, the special counsel’s office made clear in a court filing at the time that he was also being investigated for other possible crimes before the deal was struck, including improperly lobbying for Turkey.

The White House has taken a mixed stance toward Flynn. Trump has expressed solidarity with him, both publicly and privately. In a tweet last month, his most recent to mention Flynn, he lamented his former adviser’s life being “totally destroyed.”

But at one point late last year, when it looked as though Flynn might accuse Trump or people close to the president of possible wrongdoing, the president’s own legal team readied an attack on his credibility. And many White House aides have privately expressed little sympathy for him, saying choosing Flynn for the top national security post was a mistake from the very beginning. The president, at times, has also called the general “very controversial,” according to a senior administration official.

Trump has not publicly ruled out pardoning Flynn. “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” the president told reporters in December. “We’ll see what happens.”

As the investigation heated up in 2017, John Dowd, who until recently was one of Trump’s personal lawyers, floated the idea of pardons to lawyers for both Flynn and Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager who Mueller indicted - calls that startled their respective counsels. Trump has also occasionally asked advisers in the West Wing about pardons.

One Trump confidant envisioned a scenario where - if the president is vindicated by the result of Mueller’s probe - he might issue across-the-board pardons to all his former campaign aides entangled in the special counsel’s tentacles.

Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide, offered a similar analysis. “I think if the investigation turns up zero, there is a chance everyone gets pardoned, just to make a point,” he said.

Despite warnings from Flynn’s lawyers, some of his allies and family members have persisted. At one time, Mueller’s investigators warned Flynn’s lawyers that they planned to indict him and also could charge his son, Michael Flynn Jr. - and many believe Flynn’s decision to take a plea deal and cooperate with the probe was driven by his desire to protect his son.

Flynn Jr. has denied this was a motivation for his father and remains an active presence on social media, often sending missives defending the elder Flynn and questioning Mueller’s team investigation.

“Is it not possible he just plead guilty because of the financial burden it created and is creating on our family??” Flynn Jr. wrote in one tweet.

In another, he both chastised the media and contradicted the White House’s official version of events - that Flynn was fired for misleading Pence - in writing that his father never lied. “W everything going on during the transition, isnt possible that it was a miscommunication btw 2 people that couldve been resolved w/o all the media hoopla?” he wrote.

Pasquale Scopelliti, a self-described business coach in Charlottesville who befriended Flynn during the 2016 campaign, is helping lead a social media effort to clear Flynn’s name. Flynn wrote the foreword to an e-book, “The MAGA Manifesto,” being self-published by Scopelliti

Scopelliti is still pushing for a pardon but noted that Flynn’s brother, who was initially engaged in the idea, seems to have backed off the idea slightly.

“I think he realized it was maybe not the best option,” Scopelliti said. “I don’t believe the family takes a position on it now.”

The campaign to repair Flynn’s reputation has thrust the former national security adviser - at times willingly - into the spotlight. In March, when Flynn appeared in La Quinta, Calif., to endorse Omar Navarro, a 29-year-old Republican hoping to defeat 14-term Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., in a largely Democratic district, he seemed to obliquely refer to his current legal morass.

“I’m not here to complain about who has done me wrong or how unfair I’ve been treated or how unfair the entire process has been,” Flynn said. “It is what it is, and my previous statements can stand for themselves.”

Joseph Flynn, meanwhile, described his brother’s plea deal as necessary after an arduous and expensive process - and said it would end a difficult chapter to an otherwise remarkable life of military service.

Still, Joseph Flynn stressed that his statements should not be seen as representing his brother’s opinion. He added that his brother does not divulge details of his legal strategy with him.

“We do not discuss his legal case,” Joseph Flynn said, referring his brother. “There was no conspiracy among the Flynns about a pardon.” One of the lawyers, who also represented a person in the Mueller investigation and talks to Kelner occasionally, spoke of the situation with something close to wonder: “If Michael Flynn gets out of this with no prison, it would be a remarkable thing.”

Among the fellow lawyers in the case, Kelner’s handling of the Flynn matter has been viewed as “somewhat remarkable,” according to one. Long before Flynn was indicted, two of the lawyers said, it was all but a preordained conclusion in Washington legal circles that he would face charges and, potentially, a long prison sentence. Now, some think Flynn might escape any jail time at all.

But the idea of a pardon idea still looms large. Earlier this year, Eric Holder, former attorney general under President Barack Obama and a partner at Kelner’s firm, spoke out against Trump’s pardon for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.

“It was a misuse of the process,” Holder said, in comments that seemed designed to apply both to Arpaio’s specific case, but also to the prospect of a future pardon for his law partner’s client - Flynn.

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig contributed to this report.

Complete results from the 2018 Gold Nugget Triathlon

Sun, 2018-05-20 22:17

Gold Nugget Triathlon

(500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 3.5-mile run)

Overall results

1. Sheryl Mohwinkel-Fleming 1:04:07; 2. Amber Stull 1:04:44; 3. Summer Ohlendorf 1:04:58; 4. Katelyn Stearns 1:05:14; 5. Emma Tarbath 1:05:50; 6. Ellie Mitchell 1:07:13; 7. Alyssa Hargis 1:07:26; 8. Danelle Winn 1:07:45; 9. Quincy Donley 1:07:47; 10. Kristina Eaton 1:08:13; 11. Kc Kent 1:08:18; 12. Kinsey Loan 1:08:52; 13. Teresa Ulrich 1:09:14; 14. Kelly Scott 1:09:17; 15. Mazzy Jackson 1:09:33; 16. Corrie Smith 1:09:38; 17. Pam Dreyer 1:10:11; 18. Joanne Allan 1:10:14; 19. Darcy Dugan 1:10:19; 20. Aubrey Leclair 1:10:23; 21. Deana Watson 1:10:30; 22. Jenny Kimball 1:10:32; 23. Katie Green 1:10:52; 24. Casey Wright 1:11:11; 25. Maja Lapkass 1:11:18; 26. Kendal Williams 1:11:51; 27. Joleen White 1:11:53; 28. Bri Lowen 1:11:59; 29. Brianne Keifer 1:12:13; 30. Ruth Cvancara 1:12:17; 31. Shyan Hargis 1:12:23; 32. Ashley Lehman 1:12:23; 33. Hallidie Phillips 1:12:25; 34. Maggie Meeds 1:12:47; 35. Davina Kinney 1:13:12; 36. Sarah Freistone 1:13:12; 37. Ivy Eski 1:13:15; 38. Julianne Dickerson 1:13:29; 39. Cadence Stull 1:13:30; 40. Kelly Driver 1:13:58; 41. Taryn Oleson 1:14:01; 42. Nancy Meade 1:14:33; 43. Lauren Spinelli 1:14:35; 44. Jodi Mclaughlin 1:14:38; 45. Kristina Storlie 1:14:40; 46. Victoria Oxentenko 1:14:43; 47. Alyse Loran 1:14:46; 48. Erin Beam 1:14:51; 49. Karina Packer 1:14:58; 50. Lynn Kent 1:15:25; 51. Jennifer Slaughter 1:15:40; 52. Kelley Jansen 1:15:44; 53. Kellie Richmond 1:15:53; 54. Jana Seaman 1:15:58; 55. Katra Wedeking 1:16:02; 56. Tanya Pasternack 1:16:18; 57. Dianne Prince 1:16:20; 58. Betsy Lund 1:16:21; 59. Jill Simek 1:16:22; 60. Katie Miller 1:16:24; 61. Jennifer Armentrout 1:16:29; 62. Erika Burr 1:16:30; 63. Madison Rosser 1:16:32; 64. Kelsey Tranel 1:16:39; 65. Jennifer Henderson 1:16:42; 66. Ashley French 1:16:55; 67. Sheryl Loan 1:17:08; 68. Klaire Rhodes 1:17:15; 69. Erin Marbarger 1:17:17; 70. Mackenzie German 1:17:26; 71. Cassie Smith 1:17:27; 72. Amy Koehn 1:17:37; 73. Katy Nicholas 1:17:46; 74. Anna Rix 1:17:49; 75. Mandy Casurella 1:17:51; 76. Payton Smith 1:17:58; 77. Ashley Van Hemert 1:17:59; 78. Emily Sears 1:18:00; 79. Sara Kennedy 1:18:09; 80. Hilary Rea 1:18:09; 81. Jordyn Caldwell 1:18:16; 82. Lauren Grippo 1:18:18; 83. Mikayla Savikko 1:18:18; 84. Rachelle Kanady 1:18:27; 85. Tara Craytor 1:18:33; 86. Morgan Aldridge 1:18:35; 87. Hannah Rudd 1:18:43; 88. Kristine Percival 1:18:47; 89. Jill Mcleod 1:18:56; 90. Aviana Sorich 1:19:03; 91. Callie Kim 1:19:10; 92. Sarah Conkey 1:19:22; 93. Rosalind Worcester 1:19:24; 94. Megan Neale 1:19:24; 95. Emily Evans 1:19:26; 96. Heather Onders 1:19:35; 97. Liane Nagata 1:19:36; 98. Katie Seybert 1:19:41; 99. Bonnie Dearmoun 1:19:49;

[A moose family, a black bear and hundreds of female triathletes. Just another day in Anchorage]

100. Rose Garner 1:19:50; 101. Johnna Kohl 1:19:53; 102. Jackie Minge 1:19:58; 103. Katherine Kelly 1:19:59; 104. Elizabeth Calabro 1:20:01; 105. Jessica Luiken 1:20:06; 106. Leslie Hoffman 1:20:20; 107. Janet Morrone 1:20:25; 108. Mary Kay Sorich 1:20:38; 109. Janet Mamikunian 1:20:45; 110. Paola Banchero 1:20:53; 111. Sarah Ellison 1:20:53; 112. Sarah Cosgrave 1:20:55; 113. Mae-Lin Ynacay 1:20:56; 114. Nancy Spence 1:21:06; 115. Mary Krysinski 1:21:23; 116. Hailee Rahm 1:21:29; 117. Peggy Gonzalez 1:21:31; 118. Kai Binkley Sims 1:21:33; 119. Ryann Dorris 1:21:39; 120. Jacqueline Mitchell 1:21:43; 121. Angie Harris 1:21:52; 122. Lauren Smayda 1:21:57; 123. Claire Coppel 1:22:00; 124. Heather Dekalb 1:22:02; 125. Kayla Miller 1:22:07; 126. Colleen Crum 1:22:12; 127. Jennifer Marsh 1:22:13; 128. Kristan Kelly 1:22:21; 129. Julie Martyn 1:22:22; 130. Zoe Chang 1:22:31; 131. Kelly Yanoshek 1:22:31; 132. Elizabeth Hesse 1:22:33; 133. Carol Stratton 1:22:34; 134. Tara Warren 1:22:39; 135. Tanya Kirk 1:22:39; 136. Hannah Haakinson 1:22:40; 137. Jessie Westin 1:22:41; 138. Jennifer Flanagan 1:22:47; 139. Kayla Clark 1:22:51; 140. Angela Kuest 1:22:54; 141. Nicki Holmen 1:22:55; 142. Jennifer Page 1:22:55; 143. Stephanie Spring 1:23:05; 144. Lauren Langford 1:23:11; 145. Holly Martinson 1:23:12; 146. Elizabeth Page 1:23:12; 147. Alexis Furin 1:23:14; 148. Joey Eski 1:23:15; 149. Carmen Thomas 1:23:23; 150. Shannon Fraser 1:23:25; 151. Heather Helzer 1:23:25; 152. Johanna Alvarez 1:23:31; 153. Shannon Smiley 1:23:37; 154. Hannah Kragt 1:23:40; 155. Rebecca Carroll 1:23:41; 156. Michelle Bittner 1:23:42; 157. Jenni Marcell 1:23:47; 158. Meredith Johnson 1:23:47; 159. Jennifer Whitelock 1:23:48; 160. Jordin Thompson 1:23:54; 161. Alena Gerlek 1:23:56; 162. Laurie Hueffer 1:23:57; 163. Elizabeth Arteaga 1:23:58; 164. Naomi Torrance 1:24:03; 165. Amy Smith 1:24:05; 166. Callie Jones 1:24:10; 167. Cindy Freistone 1:24:17; 168. Monica Oakley 1:24:22; 169. Madeleine Oakley 1:24:24; 170. Michelle Richards 1:24:25; 171. Jessica Nangle 1:24:26; 172. Mitzi Pendleton 1:24:28; 173. Madeline Ramuglia 1:24:35; 174. Heather Poe 1:24:36; 175. Ashley Hicks 1:24:36; 176. Sydney Thielke 1:24:40; 177. Jennifer Raffaeli 1:24:41; 178. Amanda Del Frate 1:24:42; 179. Madeline Bingham 1:24:45; 180. Jennifer Schrage 1:24:46; 181. Linda Barnack 1:24:48; 182. Vanessa Byrd 1:24:48; 183. Sam Longacre 1:24:51; 184. Jeannette Lee 1:24:52; 185. Terri Lemons 1:24:53; 186. Karen Loso 1:24:55; 187. Katie Puls 1:24:55; 188. Lori Guyer 1:24:55; 189. Jaena Tranberg 1:24:58; 190. Bethany Essary 1:25:03; 191. Bronwyn Haynes 1:25:04; 192. Natasha Graham 1:25:07; 193. Brittany Pearson 1:25:13; 194. Kelsey Johannes 1:25:18; 195. Martha Robinson 1:25:18; 196. Mary Johannes 1:25:22; 197. Samantha Cole 1:25:37; 198. Grace Moore 1:25:42; 199. Kylie Burns 1:25:44;

200. Molly Mclaughlin 1:25:46; 201. Michelle Schwenn 1:25:46; 202. Pam Tittle 1:25:50; 203. Katy Cook 1:25:56; 204. Hiromi Chambers 1:25:56; 205. Kathleen Meeds 1:25:57; 206. Anna Miller 1:25:58; 207. Krista Malevich 1:25:58; 208. Jill Burnett 1:26:01; 209. Kayla Nowak 1:26:04; 210. Emily Long 1:26:09; 211. Leah Kenney 1:26:09; 212. Heather Sia 1:26:17; 213. Marian Mclaughlin 1:26:18; 214. Heide Provencher 1:26:18; 215. Lisa Thrasher 1:26:21; 216. Emma Haddix 1:26:21; 217. Naomi Gallien 1:26:21; 218. Amy Engeberg 1:26:27; 219. Lauren Dorris 1:26:27; 220. Erin Aklestad 1:26:29; 221. Carrie Janowski 1:26:31; 222. Monica Baldridge 1:26:38; 223. Andrea Tesch 1:26:42; 224. Kate Clark 1:26:45; 225. Theresa Hampton 1:26:46; 226. Allison Wieland 1:26:51; 227. Karla Welch 1:26:52; 228. Renee Parsley 1:26:56; 229. Karina Mejia 1:26:58; 230. Kaylee Heck 1:26:59; 231. Amy Woodward 1:27:01; 232. Hannah Yi 1:27:07; 233. Ashley Mattson 1:27:10; 234. Lies Packer 1:27:10; 235. Erin Eisses 1:27:12; 236. Ciara Hellmann 1:27:12; 237. Chelsey Fuhrman 1:27:14; 238. Dana Deane 1:27:15; 239. Sarah Buhr 1:27:23; 240. Emily Longbrake 1:27:24; 241. Joy Britt 1:27:27; 242. Sarah Clark 1:27:29; 243. Brooke Volkman 1:27:34; 244. Francisca Barnett 1:27:37; 245. Merrileigh Boring 1:27:43; 246. Kelly Lessens 1:27:48; 247. Carol Halvorson 1:27:49; 248. Maura Black 1:27:51; 249. Julia Thomas 1:27:55; 250. Suzanna Caldwell 1:27:56; 251. Lilian Ho 1:27:56; 252. Letitia Luch 1:28:03; 253. Lauren Rocco 1:28:05; 254. Erin Freel 1:28:06; 255. Amy Brumbaugh 1:28:07; 256. Sara Lopez 1:28:12; 257. Jen Kueter 1:28:15; 258. Molly Bartel 1:28:21; 259. Holly Cook 1:28:26; 260. Kris Miller 1:28:33; 261. Erika Lindsay 1:28:33; 262. Katie Rigsby 1:28:33; 263. Jenna Downs-Last 1:28:34; 264. Molly Lee Foster 1:28:36; 265. Sarah Nicholas 1:28:36; 266. Ruth Kroona 1:28:44; 267. Hannah Ingrim 1:28:45; 268. Skyler Helgeson 1:28:49; 269. Teanna Hehnlin 1:28:53; 270. Beth Snyder 1:28:57; 271. Meagan Flanagan 1:29:01; 272. Ellyn Brown 1:29:02; 273. Julee Farley 1:29:04; 274. Sarah Nash 1:29:07; 275. Susie Dietz 1:29:08; 276. Courtney Abel 1:29:14; 277. Callie Authier 1:29:17; 278. Kari Dupree 1:29:30; 279. Haley White 1:29:42; 280. Breena Weller 1:29:42; 281. Hannah Farr 1:29:46; 282. Suzanne Armentrout 1:29:53; 283. Whitney Elliott 1:29:56; 284. Izzy Rowe 1:29:56; 285. Jennifer Deason 1:30:07; 286. Aeia Davis 1:30:12; 287. Jenelle Brinkman 1:30:12; 288. Echo Mcdonald 1:30:17; 289. Nicole Wisroth 1:30:21; 290. Andrea Barnes 1:30:23; 291. Emma Knapp 1:30:23; 292. Kathy Rumsey 1:30:24; 293. Diane Loopstra 1:30:24; 294. Elise Metzger 1:30:24; 295. Kelly Pierson 1:30:25; 296. Layla Beam 1:30:28; 297. Mary Vollendorf 1:30:28; 298. Gregoria Gloria Reyes 1:30:34; 299. Cindy Sykes 1:30:38;

300. Christi Pavia 1:30:39; 301. Michelle Moore 1:30:48; 302. Katie Weathers 1:30:48; 303. Kalima Glascott 1:30:50; 304. Jodi Harskamp 1:30:51; 305. Kari Wiederkehr 1:30:52; 306. Michelle Trowbridge 1:30:57; 307. Rachel Pennington 1:31:07; 308. Julie Austerman 1:31:10; 309. Cynthia Hendel 1:31:11; 310. Carolyn Harley 1:31:12; 311. Lola Woodward 1:31:12; 312. Tiernan Mcgrath 1:31:13; 313. Kate Gallaway 1:31:15; 314. Claire Torbensen-Armstrong 1:31:24; 315. Amy Scharpf 1:31:26; 316. Ali Pryne 1:31:27; 317. Dominique Lauten 1:31:30; 318. Debbie Paine 1:31:39; 319. Cody Block 1:31:40; 320. Kate Heath 1:31:40; 321. Sarah Apsens 1:31:41; 322. Kathryn Peltier 1:31:47; 323. Kristine Johnson 1:31:47; 324. Madalyn Gaither 1:31:50; 325. Emily Steele 1:31:52; 326. Amanda Harber 1:31:54; 327. Brandy Stepetin 1:31:55; 328. Sabrina Schimscheimer 1:31:56; 329. Kelly Walker 1:32:01; 330. Amanda Michener 1:32:04; 331. Harriet Paule 1:32:05; 332. Mia Stiassny 1:32:06; 333. Donna Pierce 1:32:11; 334. Sara Heskin 1:32:12; 335. Roxanna Reynolds 1:32:14; 336. Anne Hargis 1:32:20; 337. Lauren Fair 1:32:24; 338. Hanna Ekberg 1:32:29; 339. Mckenna Nieves 1:32:30; 340. Esther Hayes 1:32:31; 341. Anne Harper 1:32:36; 342. Melissa Kemberling 1:32:37; 343. Brooke Vanveckhoven 1:32:38; 344. Stacy Dayley 1:32:39; 345. Ava Murphy 1:32:39; 346. Delia Luch 1:32:39; 347. Laura Foster 1:32:43; 348. Jennifer Weber 1:32:44; 349. Madeleine Day 1:32:47; 350. Molly Copple 1:32:50; 351. Katherine Colquhoun 1:32:53; 352. Devon Stanford 1:32:53; 353. Dawn Murphy 1:32:59; 354. Signe Pignalberi 1:32:59; 355. Amy Hart 1:33:00; 356. Josephine Beard 1:33:01; 357. Mary Mckinley 1:33:01; 358. Erin Leighton 1:33:01; 359. Rose Van Hemert 1:33:03; 360. Christy Colles 1:33:04; 361. Abby Bingham 1:33:05; 362. Abbi Luiken 1:33:05; 363. Gina Labar 1:33:06; 364. Jackie Leadbetter 1:33:06; 365. Holly Herring 1:33:10; 366. Alicia Cridge 1:33:13; 367. Kathy Seybert 1:33:16; 368. Summer Cutting 1:33:17; 369. Claire Holland Leclair 1:33:17; 370. Bailey Epperheimer 1:33:20; 371. Ingrid Klinkhart 1:33:22; 372. Anna Green 1:33:24; 373. Megan Mclaughlin 1:33:28; 374. Michelle Hensel 1:33:29; 375. Amanda Hawes 1:33:32; 376. Theresa Westerlund 1:33:32; 377. Dianna Clemetson 1:33:32; 378. Mara Cramer 1:33:36; 379. Cloe Mead-Wright 1:33:37; 380. Michelle Geidl 1:33:38; 381. Kelly Parsons 1:33:40; 382. Elizabeth Drewes 1:33:44; 383. Isabella Weiss 1:33:49; 384. Brianna Ramsey 1:33:50; 385. Christina Morgan 1:33:53; 386. Amy Klein 1:33:55; 387. Reyna Moore 1:33:59; 388. Molly Forsyth 1:33:59; 389. Kiana Gates 1:34:04; 390. Mollee Raney 1:34:05; 391. Valerie Lindeman 1:34:06; 392. Jennifer Doherty 1:34:07; 393. Theresa Phillips 1:34:10; 394. Fabiola Burns 1:34:13; 395. Lauren Gaither 1:34:16; 396. Whitney Andersen 1:34:17; 397. Sarah Palenske 1:34:18; 398. Tessa Johrendt 1:34:18; 399. Victoria Smith 1:34:20;

400. Jennifer Gates 1:34:23; 401. Robin Cope 1:34:24; 402. Mandy Morell 1:34:25; 403. Catherine Graham 1:34:25; 404. Kelley Stair 1:34:26; 405. Chelsea Sternicki 1:34:28; 406. Kelly Lanzarone 1:34:31; 407. Sarah Mastroyanis 1:34:33; 408. Emily Bendelewski-Henry 1:34:42; 409. Stella Stoller 1:34:43; 410. Gail Freed 1:34:43; 411. Riann Anderson 1:34:44; 412. Maggie Porter 1:34:46; 413. Renee Whitesell 1:34:47; 414. Nicole Clark 1:34:48; 415. Abigail Foster 1:34:49; 416. Jennifer Smith 1:34:49; 417. Cherise Cummings 1:34:49; 418. Lori Kaltenbach 1:34:50; 419. Laura Peek 1:34:51; 420. Michelle Benisek 1:34:52; 421. Teri Wooten 1:34:52; 422. Joanna Reast 1:34:54; 423. Alycia Beiergrohslein 1:34:55; 424. Heidi Loranger 1:34:55; 425. Cindy Cooper 1:34:57; 426. Patricia O'Gorman 1:34:59; 427. Letty Hingtgen 1:35:00; 428. Olive Heatwole 1:35:02; 429. Lindsay Ford 1:35:04; 430. Connie Brown 1:35:05; 431. Hannah Cooper 1:35:08; 432. Kayla Munday 1:35:08; 433. Catherine Kemp 1:35:11; 434. Jenny Sheasley 1:35:11; 435. Kristine Hammargren 1:35:17; 436. Gina Miller 1:35:20; 437. Julie Buck 1:35:25; 438. Genevieve Maurits 1:35:25; 439. Anna Sia 1:35:26; 440. Hope Basinger 1:35:28; 441. Anna Berger 1:35:29; 442. Kristina Anderson 1:35:29; 443. Maya Carle 1:35:32; 444. Ellen Clark 1:35:33; 445. Leigh Honig 1:35:36; 446. Gretchen Day 1:35:36; 447. Liz Pederson 1:35:37; 448. Sandra Lee 1:35:39; 449. Liz Turner 1:35:43; 450. Roseann Simko Wall 1:35:44; 451. Meghan Steenburgh 1:35:45; 452. Caitie Milligan 1:35:45; 453. Mikki Smith 1:35:47; 454. Maggie Grinnell 1:35:50; 455. Jennifer Schmidt 1:35:50; 456. Allison Devine 1:35:52; 457. Valerie Kern 1:35:53; 458. Katrina Garner 1:35:53; 459. Lesley Chase 1:35:54; 460. Amy Rayess 1:35:54; 461. Kristen Lewis 1:35:55; 461. Kathryn Lessard 1:35:55; 463. Kimberly Osburn 1:35:59; 464. Kimberly Buskirk 1:35:59; 465. Victoria Frehill 1:36:01; 466. Beth Roth 1:36:01; 467. Stacey Ledgerwood 1:36:02; 468. Tana Stone 1:36:05; 469. Melanee Stiassny 1:36:06; 470. Abigail Kragt 1:36:07; 471. Christine Pemble 1:36:07; 472. Tami Vazzana 1:36:08; 473. Kelly Frost 1:36:12; 474. Kerry Clark 1:36:14; 475. Lora Jorgensen 1:36:16; 476. Lia Keller 1:36:19; 477. Tamara Brabson 1:36:24; 478. Jamie Suttie 1:36:25; 479. Michelle Vlah 1:36:26; 480. Tamara Freistone 1:36:32; 481. Jennifer Hardy 1:36:33; 482. Sheila Swanson 1:36:36; 483. Lauren Gangel 1:36:38; 484. Rose Donlon 1:36:39; 485. Sophia Mayers 1:36:43; 486. Giuliana Houchin 1:36:43; 487. Debra Kinn 1:36:43; 488. Melody Eickmann 1:36:44; 489. Meaghan Rothermel 1:36:45; 490. Katriina Timm 1:36:48; 491. Lisa Decora 1:36:52; 492. Monica Perez-Verdia 1:36:55; 493. Anna Carey 1:36:55; 494. Erica Otten 1:36:56; 495. Mary Cox 1:36:58; 496. Samantha Bristor 1:37:00; 497. Emily Garhart 1:37:04; 498. Danielle Bunselmeier 1:37:06; 499. Vanessa Youngmun 1:37:06;

500. Jessica Shearer 1:37:09; 501. Olivia Heath 1:37:10; 502. Amyq Bushatz 1:37:11; 503. Elizabeth Ross 1:37:13; 504. Amber Mcglasson 1:37:13; 505. Abigail Bigelow 1:37:15; 506. Meredith Duhrsen 1:37:23; 507. Lubava Wessels 1:37:26; 508. Heather Bottrell 1:37:28; 509. Dawn Demko 1:37:29; 510. Nancy Kragt 1:37:33; 511. Deborah Greene 1:37:33; 512. Brittany Allen 1:37:36; 513. Molly Simasko 1:37:44; 514. Gabrielle Vassar 1:37:46; 515. Sonja Mackey 1:37:47; 516. Nicole Rogers 1:37:47; 517. Janet Smalley 1:37:48; 518. Helen Carroll 1:37:48; 519. Madgell Moore 1:37:50; 520. Teresa Floberg 1:37:51; 521. Sami Glascott 1:37:51; 522. Sue Parry 1:37:52; 523. Ella Bailey 1:37:52; 524. Sharity Sommer 1:37:53; 525. Caroline Sauerbrey 1:37:56; 526. Ashley Weaver 1:37:56; 527. Anna Nofsinger 1:38:01; 528. Beta Rae Thompson 1:38:02; 529. Megan Mckay 1:38:02; 530. Sarah Morehouse 1:38:02; 531. Emily Austin 1:38:02; 532. Heather Huff 1:38:09; 533. Samantha Mellen 1:38:11; 534. Betsy Haines 1:38:15; 535. Shawna Arend 1:38:15; 536. Elena Hartford 1:38:17; 537. Joan Kane 1:38:19; 538. Tarah Hibbs 1:38:19; 539. Heather White 1:38:20; 540. Kailey Gates 1:38:22; 541. Mari Rueter 1:38:23; 542. Nicole Aikins 1:38:24; 543. Rena Kornstad 1:38:24; 544. Nikelle Sherman 1:38:25; 545. Jenette Maxon 1:38:29; 546. Amy Nicolet 1:38:33; 547. Sarah Orr 1:38:33; 548. Sarah Jensen 1:38:35; 549. Dana Atkins 1:38:36; 550. Sidney Epperheimer 1:38:37; 551. Gisela Ruiz 1:38:39; 552. Celia Rozen 1:38:41; 553. Kaleen Haines 1:38:44; 554. Sarah Salvucci 1:38:51; 555. Ann Lovejoy 1:38:51; 556. Sara Hadden 1:38:51; 557. Karen Witthoeft 1:38:57; 558. Danae Davis 1:38:57; 559. Amanda Van Flein 1:38:58; 560. Tamra Wear 1:39:00; 561. Hope Aldrighette 1:39:08; 562. Laurel Foster 1:39:11; 563. Danielle Sjoden 1:39:20; 564. Sarah Lowry 1:39:27; 565. Zoee Beiergrohslein 1:39:31; 566. Jahnna Hajdukovich 1:39:31; 567. Naomi Oakley 1:39:32; 568. Katjana Stutzer 1:39:32; 569. Melani Huckabay 1:39:33; 570. Erin Witmer 1:39:34; 571. Brooke Wagner 1:39:37; 572. Jyll Green 1:39:42; 573. Madeline Troxell 1:39:49; 574. Dayle Kodama 1:39:59; 575. Katie Bozone 1:40:00; 576. Ashley Frost 1:40:00; 577. Emma Cegelka 1:40:00; 578. Caroline Kirby 1:40:03; 579. Jessica Diab 1:40:08; 580. Susan Bishop 1:40:13; 581. Andrea Blanchette 1:40:14; 582. Deann Denter 1:40:16; 583. Melanie Dickson 1:40:20; 584. Elise Driver 1:40:22; 585. Erika Bennett 1:40:23; 586. Jill Evoy 1:40:28; 587. Linnea Mario 1:40:28; 588. Julie Doepken 1:40:30; 589. Kerry Reifel 1:40:37; 590. Sarah Sauerbrey 1:40:42; 591. Nicole Domaschuk 1:40:42; 592. Phillipia Holness 1:40:43; 593. Shasta Miller 1:40:47; 594. Meg Paulson 1:40:50; 595. Carlie Shaw 1:40:54; 596. Savannah Willis 1:40:56; 597. Catie Coursen 1:40:56; 598. Nadia Anders 1:40:57; 599. Kelly Foreman 1:40:58;

600. Allison Thomas 1:41:00; 601. Lindsey Ingram 1:41:01; 602. Jacqueline Wood 1:41:02; 603. Maria Weiss 1:41:03; 604. Constance Service 1:41:06; 605. Jacquelyn Schade 1:41:07; 606. Elene Cole 1:41:09; 607. Amelia Gilliland 1:41:11; 608. Erin Motter 1:41:12; 609. Linda Remaley 1:41:13; 610. Jennie Hafele 1:41:19; 611. Grace Morrow 1:41:20; 612. Gia Currier 1:41:25; 613. Kristin Tkac 1:41:26; 614. Therese Mastrangelo 1:41:35; 615. Samantha Loud 1:41:37; 616. Shauna Crawford 1:41:39; 617. Sara Garsha 1:41:40; 618. Alexxa Schubert 1:41:41; 619. Mia Gabrielle Weiss 1:41:44; 620. Heidi Van Flein 1:41:44; 621. Krista Rice 1:41:45; 622. Stephanie Deraimo 1:41:45; 623. Danielle Potton 1:41:49; 624. Laura Hartz 1:41:55; 625. Lynne Farrington 1:41:56; 626. Camryn Maxon 1:41:57; 627. Tracey Barrientes 1:41:58; 628. Rachel Scott 1:41:58; 629. Kathleen Zinnerzwink 1:42:02; 630. Courtney Maillet 1:42:02; 631. Camas Oxford 1:42:04; 632. Julie English 1:42:07; 633. Rosemary Reynolds 1:42:09; 634. Wendy Moe 1:42:10; 635. Katarzyna Michon 1:42:10; 636. Anita Johnson 1:42:12; 637. Rennea Goff 1:42:15; 638. Richelle Johnson 1:42:19; 639. Anne-Marie Droege 1:42:20; 640. Hannah Knott 1:42:22; 641. Kaylee Merrill 1:42:25; 642. Kiya Gates 1:42:25; 643. Debbie Dolechek Folk 1:42:27; 644. Ruth O'Neal 1:42:34; 645. Michelle Scott-Weber 1:42:39; 646. Christi Meyn 1:42:40; 647. Jessica Willis 1:42:41; 648. Cait Ward 1:42:44; 649. Amy Thomson Utley 1:42:44; 650. Avery Hafele 1:42:45; 651. Scout Sutton 1:42:46; 652. Alana Davis 1:42:50; 653. Karen Hubbard 1:42:53; 654. Keena Bennett 1:42:56; 655. Ryan Lundstrom 1:42:57; 656. Cindy Worrell 1:43:04; 657. Teresa Curran 1:43:06; 657. Sophia Neeser 1:43:06; 657. Yereth Rosen 1:43:06; 660. Rebecca Venot 1:43:07; 661. Jessica Eason 1:43:13; 662. Eva Stephani 1:43:13; 663. Brittany Keener 1:43:13; 664. Nikki Scherer 1:43:16; 665. Thea Paxton 1:43:16; 666. Ashley Schaber 1:43:18; 667. Katie Bledsoe 1:43:23; 668. Elizabeth Flores 1:43:25; 669. Johnna Minemyer 1:43:26; 670. Heidi Conway 1:43:26; 671. Kelley Tompkins 1:43:26; 672. Cami Mcghee 1:43:26; 673. Heather Courrier 1:43:26; 674. Shelly Matherne 1:43:28; 675. Rhiannon Routh 1:43:36; 676. Laura Lundell 1:43:37; 677. Alexandra Long 1:43:38; 678. Benay Baray 1:43:55; 679. Bettina Chastain 1:44:02; 680. Ashly Beckes 1:44:02; 681. Chelsea Haponski 1:44:07; 682. Joey Caterinichio 1:44:07; 683. Lea Rueter 1:44:09; 684. Constance Golding 1:44:09; 685. Mariah Schierholt 1:44:13; 686. Beth Daly Gamble 1:44:13; 687. Joan Nelson 1:44:14; 688. Allison Haines 1:44:16; 689. Sarah Baldwin 1:44:18; 690. Leah Morton 1:44:24; 691. Kristen Droge 1:44:29; 692. Alicia Vernon 1:44:31; 693. Sierra Hall 1:44:37; 694. Meagan Dutton 1:44:40; 695. Colette Zidek 1:44:40; 696. Jaylee Brendel 1:44:47; 697. Cheril Wilcox 1:44:47; 698. Kristin Dulik 1:44:48; 699. Tiffany Schuyler 1:44:53;

700. Kiera Puls 1:44:57; 701. Carla Churchman 1:45:03; 702. Claire Gelvin-Smith 1:45:04; 703. Isabella Steenburgh 1:45:04; 704. Emily Edwards 1:45:05; 705. Andrea Chang 1:45:06; 706. Alison Mccarrey 1:45:06; 707. Marcia Howell 1:45:06; 708. Amanda Elder 1:45:07; 709. Patricia Cummings 1:45:07; 710. Bella Barrows 1:45:07; 711. Kylie Duby 1:45:07; 712. Susan Bradley 1:45:09; 713. Megan Nathan 1:45:19; 714. Madison Binkley 1:45:21; 715. Kirsten Eby 1:45:24; 716. Diane Brewer 1:45:28; 717. Chelsea Destefano 1:45:28; 718. Linda Wilson 1:45:30; 719. Aurora Hablett 1:45:30; 720. Hannah James 1:45:36; 721. Judy Thompson 1:45:37; 722. Angelina Gonzales 1:45:46; 723. Sabrina Pletnikoff 1:45:47; 724. Brandi White 1:45:51; 725. Dreanna Owens 1:45:55; 726. Karen Ottenweller 1:45:57; 727. Rita Mckenzie 1:45:58; 728. Kristin Morrow 1:45:59; 729. Bonnie Wanat 1:46:01; 730. Kimberly Metzger 1:46:08; 731. Jess Young 1:46:08; 732. Crystal Cox 1:46:12; 733. Anna Prosise 1:46:16; 734. Heather Macalpine 1:46:17; 735. Claire Matherne 1:46:22; 736. Demi Goddard 1:46:26; 737. Ann Mcbride 1:46:29; 738. Jennifer Ungerecht 1:46:29; 739. Lilia Monica Sullivan 1:46:29; 740. Brenda Lester 1:46:31; 741. Megan Perkins-Norgaard 1:46:32; 742. Skye Larkowski 1:46:33; 743. Kristyn Turney 1:46:38; 744. Victoria Ables 1:46:39; 745. Grace Conway 1:46:43; 746. Anna Straka 1:46:43; 747. Mahri Lowinger 1:46:49; 748. Rebecca Palsha 1:46:50; 749. Birgit Lenger 1:46:54; 750. Jennifer Moore 1:46:56; 751. Grace Pawlak 1:47:03; 752. Jennifer Jackson 1:47:08; 753. Elisia Kupris 1:47:11; 754. Maggie Donnelly 1:47:11; 755. Mandy Larose 1:47:14; 756. Tarryn Zerbinos 1:47:16; 757. Abby Thomas 1:47:16; 758. Rosemary Hill 1:47:17; 759. Lesli Ellis-Wouters 1:47:19; 760. Eden Lunsford 1:47:21; 761. Michelle Taylor 1:47:25; 762. Carla Erickson 1:47:26; 763. Maria Hernandez 1:47:27; 764. Jinny Cooper 1:47:28; 765. Danielle Shack 1:47:37; 766. Ceyda Ertekin 1:47:40; 767. Linnzi Doerr 1:47:40; 768. Sara Dunlap 1:47:42; 769. Kathryn Kenes 1:47:44; 770. Lerin Fairbanks 1:47:44; 771. Miriam Freas 1:47:46; 772. Megan Ritter 1:47:48; 773. Regina Rovira 1:47:48; 774. Christina Waters 1:47:49; 775. Stephanie Ferguson 1:47:49; 776. Erin Schumacher 1:47:50; 777. Sarah Lindsey 1:47:54; 778. Camryn Williams 1:47:59; 779. Jill Hogan 1:48:00; 780. Margaret Obermeyer 1:48:01; 781. Lynda Limon 1:48:01; 782. Emma Calvert 1:48:02; 783. Kristine Nelson 1:48:03; 784. Shelby Bates 1:48:06; 785. Stephanie Whisenhant 1:48:07; 786. Elizabeth Edwards 1:48:09; 787. Penny Towne 1:48:11; 788. Monica Terrones 1:48:16; 789. Julie Melson 1:48:19; 790. Jean Adamson 1:48:21; 791. Emily Cooper 1:48:22; 792. Jamie Woodall 1:48:41; 793. Adrianne Takak 1:48:41; 794. Maria Cox 1:48:41; 795. Sanjana Greenhill 1:48:41; 796. Ashley Adamczak 1:48:41; 797. Maggi Arend 1:48:42; 798. Kellee Grenier 1:48:50; 799. Jennifer Whisenhant 1:48:54;

800. Mitra Shahnazarian 1:48:54; 801. Nicole Zuber 1:49:01; 802. Debbie Slater 1:49:02; 803. Brooke Wood 1:49:04; 804. Kathleen Doherty 1:49:05; 805. Mandy Johnson 1:49:05; 806. Donna Van Flein 1:49:07; 807. Vanessa Vetsch 1:49:08; 808. Lisa Oberlee 1:49:09; 809. Lori Wagoner 1:49:09; 810. Letitia Brisson 1:49:09; 811. Chanda File 1:49:11; 812. Holly Luiken 1:49:12; 813. Deborah Corral 1:49:13; 814. Mariah Brashar 1:49:14; 815. Amy Baxter 1:49:14; 816. Jillian Gaudio 1:49:15; 817. Rhiannon Willard 1:49:15; 818. Jeanne Fischer 1:49:16; 819. Alyssa Hobbs 1:49:19; 820. Hanna Sylte 1:49:21; 821. Jade Simek 1:49:28; 822. Heather Sutherlin 1:49:29; 823. Michele Nilson 1:49:30; 824. Melanie Clark 1:49:37; 825. Stacy Carpenter 1:49:38; 826. Sonia Henrick 1:49:46; 827. Alissa Engelby 1:49:46; 828. Ahna Firmin 1:49:46; 829. Allyssa Vanmeter 1:49:50; 830. Rosa Guerra 1:49:50; 831. Annie Krenzer 1:49:53; 832. Gina Perry 1:49:55; 833. Michelle Thomas 1:49:58; 834. Calla Willett 1:49:58; 835. Crystal Miner 1:49:59; 836. Elizabeth Bailey 1:50:03; 837. Sarah Evridge 1:50:04; 838. Nicole Vigil 1:50:05; 839. Catherine Coon 1:50:10; 840. Rachel Hopkins 1:50:10; 841. Caye Moberg 1:50:13; 842. Diane Mohwinkel 1:50:15; 843. Heather Davis 1:50:17; 844. Rachel Pompe 1:50:22; 845. Kathryn Duder 1:50:25; 846. Danielle Blanchard 1:50:33; 847. Jeanine Moorman 1:50:33; 848. Heather Saltzman 1:50:34; 849. Jessy Hilliard 1:50:40; 850. Stacy Tronnier 1:50:40; 851. Julia Eichler 1:50:40; 852. Caroline Hogan 1:50:43; 853. Ann-Chee Cheng 1:50:47; 854. Julie Lina 1:50:55; 855. Andrea Leydon 1:50:58; 856. Lauren Hundrup 1:51:15; 857. Sadie Schumacher 1:51:16; 858. Kristen Bearden 1:51:16; 859. Brenna Bigelow 1:51:18; 860. Theresa Feighery 1:51:18; 861. Verena Komes 1:51:20; 862. Kate Abbott 1:51:23; 863. Suzanne Luiken 1:51:28; 864. Hope Meyn 1:51:28; 865. Laura Potter 1:51:29; 866. Hayley Harris 1:51:30; 867. Karen Sallee 1:51:39; 868. Paola Kennah 1:51:40; 869. Lindsay Belle Sobolik 1:51:42; 870. Jennifer Reich Haas 1:51:42; 871. Wendy Morgan 1:51:44; 872. Ellie Kiser 1:51:45; 873. Katie Hollingsworth 1:51:48; 874. Margaret Mannix 1:51:52; 875. Jousette Mckeel 1:51:57; 876. Jamie Brakora 1:51:58; 877. Amanda Loy 1:52:05; 878. Maryjane Hadaway 1:52:12; 879. Kathleen Judy 1:52:12; 880. Erica Wilson 1:52:12; 881. Jo Ballagh 1:52:16; 882. Andrea Ward 1:52:23; 883. Lauren Bennett 1:52:23; 884. Michelle Cox 1:52:24; 885. Suzanne Johnson 1:52:26; 886. Virginia Anderson 1:52:27; 887. Bobbi Jo Ellis 1:52:28; 888. Kris Widby 1:52:29; 889. Tapia Stover 1:52:31; 890. Rebekah Land 1:52:33; 891. Lydia Ekstrom 1:52:35; 892. Stephanie Drescher 1:52:38; 893. Logan Brink 1:52:38; 894. Kimberly Chaitoff 1:52:40; 895. Kate Johnson 1:52:42; 896. Lisa Herbert 1:52:48; 897. Teresa Sellers 1:52:48; 898. Jessica Reed 1:53:01; 899. Hazel Hibpshman 1:53:02;

900. Faith Kelly 1:53:04; 901. Delynn James 1:53:07; 902. Clara Cegelka 1:53:10; 903. Meadow Bailey 1:53:13; 904. Elizabeth Beavers 1:53:16; 905. Greta Freeman 1:53:17; 906. Brooke Duggan 1:53:28; 907. Janet Thibert 1:53:30; 908. Ellen Chirichella 1:53:30; 909. Erika Holbrook 1:53:32; 910. Katherine Mcdonald 1:53:32; 911. Mariah Sallee 1:53:32; 912. Lindsey Butler 1:53:33; 913. Karen Sundberg 1:53:33; 914. Iris Rothbarth 1:53:36; 915. Ali Wykis 1:53:38; 916. Tanya Mcghee 1:53:38; 917. Andrea Johnson 1:53:39; 918. Luamarie Faverty 1:53:42; 919. Serena Outhier 1:53:42; 920. Brie Xavier 1:53:46; 921. Joan Ryan 1:53:50; 922. Stephanie Pelham 1:53:51; 923. Kimberly Cooley 1:53:57; 924. Valerie Quinn 1:53:58; 925. Raeanne Hebnes 1:54:13; 926. Hailey Nelson 1:54:17; 927. Sharon Holland 1:54:26; 928. Jeannie Adams 1:54:29; 929. Alexis Rihl Kaferstein 1:54:32; 930. Susan Oakley 1:54:32; 931. Leisha Sweeney 1:54:36; 932. Joy Bartko 1:54:37; 933. Ava Von Gemmingen 1:54:39; 934. Ashley Pruitt 1:54:42; 935. Lena Lawhead 1:54:42; 936. Anne Berman 1:54:43; 937. Emalyn Peterson 1:54:46; 938. Deborah Warner 1:54:47; 939. Fern Leclair 1:55:01; 940. Carolyn Easton 1:55:02; 941. Nicole Holta 1:55:02; 942. Sarah Shoffstall-Cone 1:55:03; 943. Tammy Morton 1:55:10; 944. Ginny Kinne 1:55:14; 945. Charla Lee 1:55:17; 946. Susan Steele 1:55:17; 947. Sandra Stevens 1:55:25; 948. Angela Craft 1:55:28; 949. Jessi Morris 1:55:29; 950. Anna Cha 1:55:32; 951. Kiley Glazier 1:55:33; 952. Vera Hershey 1:55:39; 953. Stephanie Dow 1:55:44; 954. Ximena Williams Olivera 1:55:45; 955. Helen Holmes 1:55:52; 956. Michele Murphy 1:55:57; 957. Wendy Heck 1:55:59; 958. Amanda Dunlap 1:56:01; 959. Terri Dreeszen 1:56:07; 960. Emerson Sims 1:56:09; 961. Amanda Kolean 1:56:11; 962. Kaitlyn O'Brien 1:56:14; 963. Tyler Arnold 1:56:17; 964. Deanna Wlad 1:56:20; 965. Codi Armstrong 1:56:21; 966. Gerri Tokar-Hines 1:56:21; 967. Laura Sanfacon 1:56:23; 968. Jeanine Firmin 1:56:27; 969. Heather Fuller 1:56:27; 970. Cheryl Hannon 1:56:32; 971. Grace Dunn 1:56:34; 972. Nikki Allen 1:56:36; 973. Leah Henderson 1:56:37; 974. Autumn Smith 1:56:39; 975. Audra Vernon 1:56:39; 976. Nancy Gehm 1:56:41; 977. Susannah Harper 1:56:47; 978. Molly Young 1:56:51; 979. Robin Tyson 1:56:53; 980. Linda Hoehne 1:56:56; 981. Sarah Remaklus 1:56:58; 982. Brandy Atkins 1:56:59; 983. Keri Nutter 1:57:05; 984. Deanna Hercik 1:57:08; 985. Lori Day 1:57:11; 986. Anika Beighle 1:57:19; 987. Kjirsten Langland 1:57:20; 988. Madilyn Gifford 1:57:20; 989. Bree Mccarthy 1:57:22; 990. Sharilyn Greiner 1:57:22; 991. Anaka Thorsted 1:57:24; 992. Kelly Bigelow 1:57:27; 993. Miranda Dordan 1:57:32; 994. Trudy Keller 1:57:33; 995. Amanda Calhoon 1:57:36; 996. Chelsy Passmore 1:57:39; 997. Lindsey Durrell 1:57:41; 998. Jamie Rowley 1:57:43; 999. Lynn Thomas 1:57:44;

1000. Lara Vanhoozer 1:57:45; 1001. Diane Barnett 1:57:48; 1002. Bonnie Moore 1:57:55; 1003. Lynn Campbell 1:57:58; 1004. Terri Coolidge 1:58:01; 1005. Kassandra Redfearn 1:58:06; 1006. Sandra Lowther 1:58:07; 1007. Katheryn Powers 1:58:10; 1008. Shelly Lindell 1:58:12; 1009. Kaylee Vardeman 1:58:16; 1010. Linda Chang 1:58:20; 1011. Dana Aasland 1:58:22; 1012. Laura Beth Moses 1:58:30; 1013. Mary Trimble 1:58:33; 1014. Rebecca Gitzen 1:58:34; 1015. Nicole Cleary 1:58:34; 1016. Aiza Rivera 1:58:35; 1017. Chloe Larson 1:58:38; 1018. Destiny Day 1:58:40; 1019. Laura Rosen 1:58:40; 1020. Kalinda Kindle 1:58:42; 1021. Rhonda Lackey 1:58:46; 1022. Thao Le 1:58:52; 1023. Barbara Kagerer 1:59:01; 1024. Melanie Armstrong 1:59:01; 1025. Wendy Demers 1:59:01; 1026. Sarah Yoder 1:59:02; 1027. Teri Reed 1:59:02; 1028. Tiana Taylor 1:59:03; 1029. Katherine O'Grady 1:59:12; 1030. Megan Maloy 1:59:12; 1031. Mary Tesche 1:59:12; 1032. Shannon Bird 1:59:14; 1033. Michelle Crowl 1:59:21; 1034. Elizabeth Bailey 1:59:21; 1035. Karen Cushman 1:59:28; 1036. Amanda Andersen 1:59:32; 1037. Fiona Peichel 1:59:35; 1038. Madison Pawlak 1:59:35; 1039. Julia Todd 1:59:41; 1040. Angeline Jensen 1:59:46; 1041. Greta Wade 1:59:47; 1042. Darci Drury 1:59:49; 1043. Chelsea Rhodes 1:59:50; 1044. Frances Brink 1:59:58; 1045. April Ostrom 2:00:09; 1046. Adele Young 2:00:28; 1047. Leah Parks 2:00:29; 1048. Breta Brown 2:00:30; 1049. Shirley Young 2:00:38; 1050. Judi Westfall 2:00:40; 1051. Michelle Mcglasson 2:00:40; 1052. Lindsey Silko 2:00:40; 1053. Deborah Wilmoth 2:00:42; 1054. Donna Annone 2:00:45; 1055. Traci Bradford 2:00:51; 1056. Serine Reeves 2:00:56; 1057. Laura Orenga De Gaffory 2:01:15; 1058. Susanna Henry 2:01:29; 1059. Margaret Mcdonagh 2:01:32; 1060. Carrie Stanfield 2:01:44; 1061. Emily Mckenzie 2:02:00; 1062. Sydney Mccarthy 2:02:00; 1063. Shannon Hilton 2:02:07; 1064. Ciana Dragano 2:02:11; 1065. Marta Mueller 2:02:12; 1066. Jan Darch 2:02:13; 1067. Kayla Reifel 2:02:26; 1068. Holly Rinehart 2:02:26; 1069. Angela Johnstone 2:02:31; 1070. Renee Hilliard 2:02:52; 1071. Cassandra Barsalou 2:02:55; 1072. Summer Wheeler 2:02:58; 1073. April Alvarez Lopez 2:02:58; 1074. Martha Service 2:03:01; 1075. Marcia Stock-Cassino 2:03:03; 1076. Lu Gallego 2:03:05; 1077. Aubry Watkins 2:03:09; 1078. Mary Lynn 2:03:10; 1079. Shelley Biss 2:03:13; 1080. Katie Thibault 2:03:20; 1081. Ginny Jackson 2:03:21; 1082. Yvonne Oren 2:03:31; 1083. Cheyenne Alabanzas 2:03:31; 1084. Sarah Woods 2:03:34; 1085. Calliope Gieser 2:03:37; 1086. Ashlee Werner 2:03:47; 1087. Tina Lam 2:03:57; 1088. Susan Gregg 2:04:00; 1089. Ruth Gavarrete 2:04:03; 1090. Shannon Watson 2:04:14; 1091. Beth Fitzgerald 2:04:17; 1092. Nicole Gdula 2:04:18; 1093. Kathryn Hoke 2:04:19; 1094. Michelle Hajdukovich 2:04:26; 1095. Annika Langland 2:04:35; 1096. Kathryn Jaronitzky 2:04:35; 1097. Jolene Campbell 2:04:36; 1098. Tawni Eubank 2:04:38; 1099. Ellie Thibault 2:04:38;

1100. Sandra Estenson 2:04:41; 1101. Lori Paajanen 2:04:42; 1102. Audrey Pahl 2:04:43; 1103. Vanessa Mccoy 2:04:47; 1104. Halie Johnston 2:04:48; 1105. Cassie Ostrander 2:04:48; 1106. Lindsay Marks 2:04:52; 1107. Susan Bury 2:04:58; 1108. Meagan Nelson 2:05:02; 1109. Theresa Weihrich 2:05:08; 1110. Carly Speegle 2:05:09; 1111. Therese Brennan 2:05:23; 1112. Kayse Hinrichsen 2:05:25; 1113. Erica Fossler 2:05:31; 1114. Wendy Wiltfong 2:05:40; 1115. Bobbi Bobby 2:06:07; 1116. Madeline Courrier 2:06:32; 1117. Sarah Freeman 2:06:32; 1118. Jamie Johnson 2:06:37; 1119. Katerina Wessels 2:06:40; 1120. Lenna Michener 2:06:54; 1121. Judy Krier 2:06:59; 1122. Sara Sharpe 2:07:00; 1123. Josephine Church 2:07:02; 1124. Riley Petty 2:07:05; 1125. Barbara Kolb 2:07:11; 1126. Betsy Eisses 2:07:16; 1127. Donna Powell 2:07:18; 1128. Millie Spezialy 2:07:19; 1129. Sherri Roberds 2:07:23; 1130. Chris Wendler 2:07:24; 1131. Jill Burke 2:07:26; 1132. Krystle Penaflor 2:07:26; 1133. Kimberly Sledgister 2:07:29; 1134. Stacey Schubert 2:07:35; 1135. Amanda Smodey 2:07:39; 1136. Sara Montgomery 2:07:40; 1137. Lori Deschamps 2:07:41; 1138. Diane Decker 2:07:59; 1139. Brooklyn Mccormick 2:08:03; 1140. Luann Piccard 2:08:10; 1141. Kellie Merrill 2:08:15; 1142. Abby Tiedemann 2:08:18; 1143. Xanthe Larson 2:08:18; 1144. Caitlin Turberville 2:08:20; 1145. Ella Blakey 2:08:28; 1146. Melanie Leydon 2:08:40; 1147. Johna Beech 2:08:48; 1148. Mandy Love 2:08:48; 1149. Angie Rowland 2:08:51; 1150. Krista Sandhoefner 2:08:54; 1151. Mj Motta 2:08:56; 1152. Nicole Zonzel 2:08:56; 1153. Bonnie Dolgonos 2:09:03; 1154. Morgan Parsley 2:09:04; 1155. Mya Campbell 2:09:04; 1156. Bridget Lloyd 2:09:05; 1157. Peggy Looney 2:09:09; 1158. Natalee Kline 2:09:13; 1159. Elizabeth Roberts 2:09:14; 1160. Kory Keller 2:09:16; 1161. Mackenzie Kauffman 2:09:16; 1162. Anna Bryant 2:09:34; 1163. Catherine Livingston 2:09:45; 1164. Marianne Johnstone-Petty 2:09:54; 1165. Haley Huff 2:09:56; 1166. Teresa Doerr 2:10:05; 1167. Claire Stuyck 2:10:15; 1168. Cherie Shirey 2:10:16; 1169. Kirsten Kensinger 2:10:22; 1170. Christine Cosby 2:10:25; 1171. Gloria Jemmings 2:10:27; 1172. Aubrey Swammy 2:10:36; 1173. Christina Logan 2:10:39; 1174. Reba Hale 2:10:48; 1175. Rebecca Jemmings 2:10:53; 1176. Tina Gallaway 2:10:57; 1177. Sanja Mustedanagic 2:10:58; 1178. Margaret Mcgarry 2:11:04; 1179. Laura Southwell 2:11:11; 1180. Brandy Phares 2:11:14; 1181. Mary Williard 2:11:23; 1182. Olivia Sims 2:11:28; 1183. Marion Clement Crowl 2:11:29; 1184. Kristen Swoboda 2:11:38; 1185. Elisabeth Mcclary 2:11:44; 1186. Madelyn Beecroft 2:11:59; 1187. Sherrille Van Horn 2:12:03; 1188. June Gardner 2:12:06; 1189. Lena Mashburn 2:12:21; 1190. Chloe Hobbs 2:12:32; 1191. Amanda Thomas 2:12:49; 1192. Ashley Midlo 2:12:49; 1193. Eden Elliott 2:12:57; 1194. Mindy Meyn 2:12:58; 1195. Kelila Terrones 2:12:59; 1196. Allison Strickland 2:13:07; 1197. Jill Singleton 2:13:10; 1198. Melodie Epperheimer 2:13:11; 1199. Holly Willman 2:13:18;

1200. Susan Watkins 2:13:29; 1201. Haley Wilkinson 2:13:31; 1202. Jean Abel 2:13:40; 1203. Sarah Nicholson 2:13:43; 1204. Robin Calvert 2:13:48; 1205. Robelyn Pounds 2:13:56; 1206. Rachel White 2:14:21; 1207. Shana Sharp 2:14:24; 1208. Val Jokela 2:14:35; 1209. Dena Thomas 2:14:35; 1210. Jennifer Wilson 2:14:40; 1211. Larissia Weckesser 2:14:41; 1212. Alyssa Hoskie 2:14:42; 1213. Harper Willman 2:14:51; 1214. Penny Furnish 2:15:04; 1215. Raighen Wendler 2:15:06; 1216. Renae Bookman 2:15:28; 1217. Alexis Johnson 2:15:29; 1218. Emma Smith 2:15:36; 1219. Sara Braniff 2:15:38; 1220. Melissa Glorioso 2:16:03; 1221. Alexandrea Van Horn 2:16:09; 1222. Toni Taylor 2:16:16; 1223. Abigail Vanwormer 2:16:23; 1224. Nichole Gifford 2:16:32; 1225. Natalie Larson 2:16:49; 1226. Melissa Hardesty 2:16:51; 1227. Cathy Von Gemmingen 2:16:58; 1228. Jamie Patterson-Simes 2:16:58; 1229. Adele Fetter 2:17:12; 1230. Mary Evans 2:17:16; 1231. Jennifer Lennox 2:17:31; 1232. Amanda Todd 2:17:32; 1233. Sara Mccormick 2:17:37; 1234. Patricia Geitz 2:18:06; 1235. Makayla Schultze 2:18:16; 1236. Lynelle Hennessey 2:18:25; 1237. Ahrazhelle Laitinen 2:18:29; 1238. Aspen Lennox 2:18:36; 1239. Sientje Banks 2:18:39; 1240. Riley Simes 2:18:49; 1241. Jessica Crisp 2:18:56; 1242. Bonnie Vaughn 2:19:25; 1243. Lacey Centeno 2:19:32; 1244. Jennifer Midlo 2:19:34; 1245. Emily Wagner 2:19:38; 1246. Roxanne Peter 2:19:40; 1247. Haylee Howard 2:19:40; 1248. Elizabeth Cook 2:19:44; 1249. Jacqueline (Jackie) Yi 2:19:45; 1250. Holly Weiss-Racine 2:20:10; 1251. Angèle Bell 2:20:36; 1252. Heather Calcaterra 2:20:46; 1253. Aisha Barnes 2:20:50; 1254. Jade Butterfield 2:20:56; 1255. Terri Tope 2:21:38; 1256. Tracey Marshall 2:21:39; 1257. Jennifer Barsalou 2:21:44; 1258. Amy Bristor 2:21:44; 1259. Joanne Johnson 2:21:56; 1260. Roey Armstrong 2:22:10; 1261. Kathy Dale 2:22:18; 1262. Aubrey Eby 2:22:36; 1263. Rowynn Lunsford 2:22:39; 1264. Kathleen Long 2:22:41; 1265. Carol Ann Willard 2:22:46; 1266. Adeshka Van Krevelen 2:22:51; 1267. Cari Witte 2:22:58; 1268. Sparrow Ferreira 2:23:05; 1269. Lydia Frankenburger 2:23:17; 1270. Mallory Morton 2:23:47; 1271. Karen Lewis 2:23:50; 1272. Laureen Hamilton 2:24:01; 1273. Mary Janis 2:24:03; 1274. Carolyn Barry 2:24:06; 1275. Teresa Takak 2:24:16; 1276. Corie Stanley 2:24:24; 1277. Melissa Card 2:24:26; 1278. Kelsey Reifel 2:24:30; 1279. Erin J Knotek 2:24:41; 1280. Tina Worley 2:24:47; 1281. Sarah Coulson 2:24:47; 1282. Anika Stanley 2:24:51; 1283. Araceli Mayers 2:25:03; 1284. Angela Horn 2:25:06; 1285. Erin Mclaughlin 2:25:12; 1286. Brianna Campbell 2:25:26; 1287. Trina Dee Schachle 2:25:29; 1288. Lea Filippi 2:25:36; 1289. Veronica Withington 2:25:38; 1290. Amber Treadway 2:25:50; 1291. Clark Jennifer 2:26:04; 1292. Kristi Koerner 2:26:19; 1293. Holly Warners 2:26:26; 1294. Shannon Dosko 2:26:41; 1295. Kara Solsvig 2:26:49; 1296. Mary Gardner-Chandler 2:26:54; 1297. Mary Hensel 2:27:02; 1298. Elisa Snelling 2:27:17; 1299. Amalie Loki 2:27:22;

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House fire displaces family of 6 in Chugiak

Sun, 2018-05-20 21:19

A fire left six people without a home Sunday evening in Chugiak.

According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Chief Clifton Dalton, the fire was reported at 5:47 p.m. and firefighters arrived from the nearby CVFRD Station 35 on the Old Glenn Highway two minutes later. When crews arrived, Dalton said the home was about 50 percent engulfed in flames.

"It took us about 45 minutes to get it under control," he said.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or residents of the home,  about a quarter-mile north of the Glenn Highway/North Birchwood intersection. Damage to the structure was still being assessed, but the building appeared to suffer heavy damage.

The fire also spread to a nearby mini storage business, but firefighers were able to contain the spread to one unit of the facility.

The Old Glenn Highway was shut down for more than two hours while crews battled the blaze. Dalton said the situation was complicated by a lack of hydrants in the area, meaning four water tenders had to be brought in to help contain the fire. The road has since been re-opened.

A total of 20 units responded to help fight the fire, including 10 from Chugiak, 7 from the Anchorage Fire Department and three from the Central Mat-Su Fire Department. At least two patrol units from Anchorage Police Department were also on scene to help direct traffic.

Homeowner Edward Sparks said he was alerted to the fire by a neighbor pounding on the door. He said he and his wife had enough time to get the family out and grab some important papers before the house was engulfed in flames.

"Someone stopped by and was banging on the door," Sparks said.

The Red Cross was en route to the scene Sunday evening.

Sparks said Sunday night he's not sure what the family will do next.

"Once I get in there I'll see if it's rebuildable or if it all has to come down," he said.

Sparks speculated the fire may have started from a small smoker he had outside the home. He didn't have a plan for how to rebuild Sunday, and was waiting to hear from the Red Cross about what to do in the immediate aftermath of the blaze.

"The only plan I have is the same plan I always have: Drive on," said Sparks, who has lived in the home since 1988.

Sparks' daughter, Juanita Kakiva drove out to Chugiak from Anchorage when she heard about the fire. Surveying the scene Sunday night, she said the situation was a shock.

"It's never a comforting feeling to see the house you grew up in up in smoke," she said.

However, she said things could have been worse.

"I'm just glad everyone got out quickly," she said.

As of Sunday night, no fund had yet been set up to help the family. However, people can donate to the Red Cross by contacting them at 646-5400.

Justice Department expands probe into FBI

Sun, 2018-05-20 20:07

WASHINGTON - Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the Justice Department on Sunday asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign - a remarkable step officials hoped might avert a larger clash between the president and federal law enforcement officials.

Trump, who spent much of Sunday railing against the year-old special counsel probe, tweeted in the afternoon that “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Hours later, the Justice Department responded by saying it had asked its inspector general to expand an ongoing review of the applications to monitor a former Trump campaign adviser “to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.”

The department noted that a U.S. attorney would be consulted if evidence of criminal conduct was found.

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

Sunday’s developments came in the wake of reports that a longtime U.S. intelligence source assisted the investigation into Russian election interference now overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Washington Post reported Friday that the source, a retired American professor, had contacts with three Trump advisers during the 2016 campaign.

Trump and his allies have seized on the informant’s role to claim that the FBI spied on his campaign. There is no evidence to indicate an intelligence source was embedded within the campaign, as the president has suggested.

The quick move Sunday by the Justice Department could forestall a bigger showdown.

Late last month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued a subpoena to the Justice Department seeking all documents related to the professor. So far, he has been rebuffed by department officials, who have said that exposing the source or the source’s work could put him and his contacts in danger and jeopardize international intelligence partnerships.

Law enforcement officials consider the informant’s identity so sensitive that the FBI had been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if his name was revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Some Justice Department officials feared that the president’s tweet signaled that he might overrule them and order the department to turn over the material Nunes seeks. If that occurs, it is possible that senior officials could resign in protest - or refuse the president’s order and force him to fire them.

Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said that while Trump has the authority to order Justice Department officials, those officials also have the right to quit rather than follow his direction.

“If the president is basically saying, ‘I want you guys to investigate yourselves, to convince me that you weren’t spying on me,’ there comes a point where DOJ has to say, ‘We’ll refer to the IG, but that’s all we’re doing,’ ” Vladeck said.

The furor over the role played by the professor in the Russia investigation could further complicate the sporadic negotiations between Trump’s legal team and the special counsel over the prospect of a presidential interview.

Mueller has sought a sit-down with the president to conclude the portion of his investigation examining whether Trump or any officials sought to obstruct the probe.

In an interview with The Post on Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, one of the president’s attorneys, said that Trump’s lawyers would like questions about the source “to be cleared up before we even approach the idea of doing an interview.”

Giuliani also said that Mueller, in pressing for that interview, told him in a late April meeting that the investigation into president’s conduct and possible obstruction of justice could be completed by Sept. 1 if Trump agreed to sit down with investigators.

Giuliani said Mueller “put it out there as an incentive that if we do the interview, we can have more control over the termination date.”

Giuliani acknowledged, though, the timeline could change significantly if the president did not cooperate.

“It would depend on if they subpoena him. And if they subpoena him, there will be litigation. So no timeline on that,” Giuliani said. “That’d be unfortunate, but it could happen.”

Throughout the weekend, Trump appeared consumed by the revelations about the role played by the FBI source in the Russia investigation, repeatedly tweeting about the matter and consulting by phone with Giuliani.

“He called me very early, 6:30 a.m., and we spoke Saturday night,” Giuliani said. “We concluded last night that he should do something to ask the Justice Department.”

Trump was “doing what the president should do,” Giuliani added. “He’s telling the Justice Department the obvious, which is - they should turn over information gleaned from this source.”

But later in the conversation, Giuliani seemed to note that the president had not yet given a formal order. He said he expected a letter would be issued Monday.

“He’s not commanding them at this point but asking them to reveal the substance of this and clear it up,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani said he was not worried about that sparking a possible crisis at the Justice Department, remarking, “I have a hard time believing they won’t go along. They have to eventually reveal something about this. This is a serious issue.”

In emails and phone calls Sunday afternoon, GOP lawmakers close to Trump conferred and tried to interpret his position. They wondered, in particular, whether he would forcefully demand the Justice Department to hand over documents to Congress or whether he would simply push the department to eventually share more information from its ongoing probes led by its inspector general, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

On Sunday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wrote on Twitter, “DOJ can’t be trusted to investigate themselves--Congress needs the documents too. Rod Rosenstein: where are the documents? Show Americans the truth.”

There was also concern among Trump-aligned lawmakers that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn may be trying to “water down” the president’s position as a way of avoiding a potential crisis over highly sensitive materials that the Justice Department has long been wary of releasing, according to one person close to those Republicans.

“What’s in the letter on Monday and what it tells DOJ to do is going to be everything for us. Not the tweets,” said the person, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk about a topic the person was not authorized to discuss publicly.

The president’s tweet - and the Justice Department’s quick response - left open the possibility that a larger conflict could be averted.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced in March that he would explore controversial applications to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, along with the department’s relationship with a former British intelligence officer who provided information cited for those requests.

That review will assess whether the FBI and the Justice Department complied with the law and their own policies in requesting and carrying out the surveillance. Horowitz also said that he would examine other matters that might arise from his work.

The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett and Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.

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Puppies’ cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds

Sun, 2018-05-20 19:58

It is not clear exactly when or precisely how, but at some point thousands of years ago, dogs became the world's first domesticated animal. When those descendants of wolves hitched their star to humans, they hitched it hard.

Consider one key difference between the pups of wolves and the pups of street dogs, which make up about 85 percent of all the world's dogs. Baby wolves stay for two years with their mother and father and extended family, who teach their offspring the difficult but critical task of taking down wild prey. Feral puppies, by contrast, probably never lay eyes on dad. Their mom typically stops nursing them at around 2 months of age – and then leaves.

Lacking the hunting skills of their wolf cousins, these vulnerable and suddenly solo little ones have a couple of options for survival. They must either figure out quickly how to scavenge through trash for people's leftovers or they must be taken in by a human who will provide food.

Clive Wynne, an Arizona State University psychologist who researches dog and wolf behavior, got to thinking about this several years ago while visiting the Bahamas. A colleague who studies stray dogs there, William Fielding, mentioned that he thought many puppies did not survive being weaned and abandoned. Wynne knew that was probably true from the few studies on the topic, which have found more than 80 percent of free-roaming dogs do not make it to their first birthday.

"And what makes you one of the lucky ones?" Wynne wondered. Fielding's hunch was that the survivors were those whose mothers ditched them near a dogless household of humans who found the pups irresistible. The idea led Wynne to the question at the heart of a study he co-authored, which was published this week in the journal Anthrozoös.

"Is it possible that dogs, and possibly other species, are at their cutest just at that point in life when human intervention would make the biggest difference for their survival?" Wynne said during an interview last week.

Being viewed as cute would not be a major evolutionary advantage for very young puppies, who would still be reliant on their mothers' milk, he theorized. Being super cute at several months of age also would not pay such great dividends, he said.

"If they make it to 6 months, they've made it," Wynne said. "They're strong enough that they can do this very simple form of foraging that dogs do."

Wynne theorized the sweet spot – the age at which people deem puppies oh-so-adorable – would be right around weaning. To find out, he and his students gathered sets of photos for three dog breeds of different shapes and sizes: the petite Jack Russell terrier, the pointy-eared white shepherd and the hulking Cane Corso. The photo sets included shots of each kind of dog at various ages ranging from birth to 8 months.

The researchers then recruited 51 students at the University of Florida, where Wynne was teaching at the time. Those participants viewed 39 black-and-white photos – 12 to 14 for each breed – on a computer and ranked their cuteness by moving a slider between "not at all attractive" and "very attractive."

As Wynne expected, participants gave newborn puppies low scores. The ratings rose steadily until dropping off at around 10 weeks. Sure enough, peak precious came just before or around weaning – at 7.7 weeks for the Jack Russells, 8.3 weeks for the white shepherds and 6.3 weeks for the Cane Corsos.

The study acknowledged some limitations. The participants were all college students, which is not the most diverse sample, and they judged only three breeds. Using video, rather than photos, might have produced different results, Wynne said.

He hopes the findings will inspire other researchers to do similar cuteness tests with wolves or cats, or compare those with dogs. He is quick to add that the study does not prove dogs evolved to be roly-poly people magnets right when they need a new source of calories.

"But it's an interesting new hint toward how people make a difference in the lives of dogs – and make being a dog possible," Wynne said. "How is it possible to be a dog? Part of the reason is that people are really attracted to you at that age when human intervention can be most helpful."

Hawaii faces new threat from volcano – gassy, glassy laze

Sun, 2018-05-20 19:24

PAHOA, Hawaii — Hawaii residents dealing with Kilauea's volcanic eruption faced a potentially deadly new challenge on Sunday as lava that reached the Pacific Ocean threatened to send up laze, a hazardous mix of glass particles and noxious gas.

The new challenge came when a stream of lava from the volcano cut through Highway 137 on the south coast of Hawaii's Big Island late on Saturday and then poured into the sea, authorities said.

The mix of erupting lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and sea water could send up plumes of laze, a mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and volcanic glass particles, Hawaii County Civil Defense said in a statement.

"Be aware of the laze hazard and stay away from any ocean plume," the agency said, warning that potential hazards include lung damage.

Laze — a combination of "lava" and "haze" — killed two people in 2000 when a lava flow reached the coast, and even a wisp can irritate eyes and lungs and make it hard to breath, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Acid rain from laze has a pH, a measure of a substance's acidity or baseness, of between 1.5 and 3.5 and "has the corrosive properties of dilute battery acid," the agency said.

The public was warned to stay away from potential plumes of laze near where the lava is flowing into the ocean off Highway 137 near a state park.

An air quality index for Kona, about 40 miles northwest of the eruption site, was at "orange" level, meaning sensitive groups, such as older people and those with lung disease, could be affected.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has destroyed dozens of homes and sent thousands of residents fleeing as at least 22 volcanic vents have opened up since the latest upheaval began on May 3. Besides lava, the cracks have spewed life-threatening levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas.

The volcano also has fed vog, a hazy mix of sulfur dioxide, aerosols, moisture and dust, with fine particles that can travel deep into lungs, the Geological Survey said.

With Highway 137 severed, authorities were trying on Sunday to open up nearby Highway 11, which was blocked by almost a mile of lava in 2014, to serve as an alternate escape route.

The Hawaii National Guard has warned of mandatory evacuations if more roads become blocked.

Officials at the Hawaii Volcano Authority have said that hotter and more viscous lava could be on the way, with fountains spurting as high as 600 feet (182 meters), as seen in a 1955 eruption.

Letter: Celebrate the SeaLife Center

Sun, 2018-05-20 18:40

The fantastic Alaska SeaLife Center turns 20 years old this year! Its birthday party took place over the weekend, but the celebration will last all year long. I encourage all Alaskans (and your visitors) to visit at any time during the summer.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education and wildlife response. It's one of our crown jewels.
Stephen Grabacki
Anchorage

Letter: Animal cruelty has serious effects

Sun, 2018-05-20 18:39

We know what we want, but we don't always think about where it comes from. Some animals are becoming endangered much faster than before, all because of humans. That's right, humans ourselves. Animal cruelty has always been an issue, but recently it has been taking a bigger toll on animals. This is wrong and just plain disturbing, but now people are taking action and publicizing it.

Some people may think there is nothing wrong with how they are treating animals, because they are "just animals." But that doesn't mean animal abuse doesn't have an effect on you as well. As some may know, in some slaughterhouses, animals are injected with hormones and antibiotics to make them grow bigger faster and produce more meat, which earns the farmer more money.

Doesn't sound so bad, right? Wrong. We are now eating these hormones and antibiotics without knowledge of what it can do to our health. If this is okay, then why is it being banned in other countries? I encourage Alaskans to take a stand on this.
Cassandra Baker
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson

Managing the Great Land’s forests for maximum benefit

Sun, 2018-05-20 18:36

It is great to be back in Alaska! This is a special place, not only for the amazing resources we steward but also for its rich diversity of communities, Native cultures, industries and opportunities that grow from well-managed national forests. Having spent 23 years working for the agency on the Tongass and the Chugach earlier in my career, I made dear friends and cherished memories that connect me to "The Great Land." I raised my children here, and I feel deeply bonded to this special place.

What a great time it is to be serving as the acting regional forester for the two largest national forests in the country. With the recently enacted omnibus spending bill of 2018, Congress has improved the USDA Forest Service's ability to actively manage the nation's forests and support rural economies.

Among other provisions, this bill expands our ability to work with the state through the Good Neighbor Authority to carry out forest management and watershed restoration activities on National Forest System lands. It also reauthorizes and funds the Secure Rural Schools Act for two years, providing critically needed revenues for our Southeast Alaska communities. The bill also provides budget certainty by changing the way we pay for wildfire suppression; our firefighting appropriation will be frozen beginning in 2020 so that it no longer grows at the expense of everything else we do. Now the Forest Service has an opportunity to increase our work on the ground for the benefit of the people we serve. We will have the ability to launch more projects for improving forest conditions and for delivering timber sales, outdoor recreation and clean water – all of which provide jobs and economic benefits for rural communities.

As the acting regional forester, I want to share with you the priorities I plan to focus on:

Delivery of timber commitments: The Alaska region's timber program is a vital contributor to the local economy. We have committed to ensuring a continuous and reliable supply of timber to maintain the viability of Southeast Alaska's timber industry into the future. We have also initiated two large-scale planning efforts involving extensive public participation, including the Prince of Wales Landscape Analysis, which we expect to complete in time to begin implementation next year. Delivering on our commitments is critical to sustaining rural communities, economies, jobs and infrastructure.

Our timber program must be economically and ecologically sound, delivering a reliable timber supply to local industry and making effective use of public resources. The newly expanded Good Neighbor Authority helps us work more efficiently with partners. We can enter into agreements with the state to perform watershed restoration and forest management services, and permitted activities now include road reconstruction, repair and restoration — work that was previously not allowed. This expanded authority enables us to work with our state, regional, tribal and local partners to work across landscapes more effectively.

Delivery of services: People from around the world come to Alaska to experience this incomparable place where visitors take home once-in-a-lifetime memories. Industries that rely on healthy forests and watersheds such as seafood, tourism and recreation, are the largest contributors to Alaska's economy. Increasing public demands on some of our aging infrastructure means we need to prioritize and ensure our recreation program is sustainable. We will focus on our customer service, opening new opportunities for partnerships, working with local service providers, and improving our reputation for excellence in public service. Our ability to find ways to streamline our processes and get to "yes" by sharing leadership will be critical to meeting the needs of the public. This is particularly true in the special uses arena, where we deliver experiences through others and provide much needed jobs.

We must deliver on our promises and make efficient use of tax dollars, while we responsibly manage the public's lands.

As we look to the future, be assured that Alaska's national forests will remain a cornerstone of our state's economy, where people and businesses can feel securely rooted in communities, enjoying Alaska's wild seafood, abundant clean water, and ever growing opportunities for families and their children for generations to come.

Dave Schmid serves as the new Acting Regional Forester for the Alaska Region of the Forest Service.

After late start due to snow, the Denali Highway is now open

Sun, 2018-05-20 18:09

After delays due to late spring snow, the Denali Highway is plowed and open for the summer, the Alaska Department of Transportation said Sunday.

The 135-mile highway was supposed to open on May 15.

But "above-average snowpack" and late spring snowstorms "significantly slowed plowing efforts," the Alaska Department of Transportation said Sunday.

The Denali Highway runs from the Parks Highway at Cantwell to the Richardson Highway in Paxson.

DOT crews had been working to remove snow, thaw culverts and make repairs along the highway since mid-April, the department said.

"Working from both ends, crews met up on the afternoon of Friday, May 18 at milepost 37, just east of Maclaren Summit, opening the road to through-traffic.," the DOT said in a news release Sunday.

Two attacked by cougar in Washington state identified; wildlife officials say predator was ’emaciated’

Sun, 2018-05-20 17:10

The cougar that attacked two bicyclists near North Bend, Washington, on Saturday, killing one and leaving the other with serious injuries, was "emaciated," according to a fish and wildlife official.

Capt. Alan Myers, of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife police, said the brain of the 100-pound cat will be tested to determine why it attacked the cyclists, the first fatal encounter between a human and a cougar in the state in nearly a century.

Myers said the carcass of the cougar was transported Sunday to Washington State University in Pullman, where a veterinarian will conduct a brain necropsy to determine if the cougar was sick. Cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Myers confirmed the identities of the victims as S.J. Brooks, 32, of Seattle, and injured friend Isaac Sederbaum, 31, also of Seattle. The King County Medical Examiner's Office will formally identify the victim after an autopsy is performed.

They were mountain biking on a remote, dirt road northeast of Snoqualmie on Saturday morning when they came across the cougar, which began stalking them and then attacked, according to police and Fish and Wildlife officials.

Sederbaum suffered serious lacerations and bites to his head, neck and face, requiring surgery. He's in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

Brooks was the director of operations at Hillman City Collaboratory, where grass-roots organizations and people share the space, and was a research assistant at William James College in Massachusetts. A Linked-In profile also states Brooks had been the office manager of G&O; Family Cyclery in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. While living in the Boston area, Brooks was a manager at Boston Center for the Arts and a bicycle mechanic. According to the profile, Brooks got a doctorate in philosophy at Boston University in 2016.

Tom Fulcoloro, founder of Seattle Bike Blog, wrote a story about Brooks, who preferred to be called "they." Brooks started a Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes to help women of color, trans and non-conforming people become interested in bicycling.

While cougar attacks on people are not unheard of, this animal's behavior was very abnormal, Myers said. Initially, the cougar started to chase them down the road. They stopped, made noise and one of them swung a bike at it in an attempt to distract and frighten it, which is what's recommended during encounters. The animal appeared to have left, he said, but, instead, it circled back and pounced on Sederbaum's head.

"The cougar had his head in his jaws and was shaking him violently," Myers said.
Brooks dropped the bike and ran into the woods. The cougar abandoned its attack on Sederbaum and went after Brooks.

"You are in a flight or fight situation — you are going to want to flee and it's completely natural but it triggers a chase response in a cougar," Myers said.
Sederbaum, bleeding and seriously injured, rode two miles before he was able to find cellphone coverage and call 911.

Myers described the animal — which was treed by dogs and shot a few hours later not far from the site of the attack — as an "emaciated" 3-year-old, 100-pound male. "It was skinnier than normal," he said. Males that age typically weigh upward of 140 pounds, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
Law enforcement found Brooks' body had been dragged and partially concealed under a log near the gravel road. The cougar was on top of the body when officials first arrived.

Myers said Brooks was severely mauled, with wounds to the legs, head, face and neck. "It was extremely gruesome," he said.

While cougars are very common in the foothills of the mountains, attacks are rare. There have been 15 nonfatal attacks in Washington in the past century. The last fatality was in 1924, when a cougar ambushed a teenage boy near his home in Olema, Okanogan County. There were seven cougar attacks in the 1990s because of urban sprawl into the foothills, Myers said.

Normally, cougars are secretive and aloof, said Myers, who has encountered many of them and has not felt threatened. They hunt and eat deer, elk, rabbits and small critters in the early morning, at dusk and evening.

Males are solitary. On average, an adult male weighs 140 pounds, with females about 25 percent smaller. They have exceptionally powerful legs that enable them to leap 30 feet from a standstill, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and cougar specialist, said that cougars are territorial, and they limit their own population growth to about two cougars per 39 square miles.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are a protected species. Each year, the state allows 250 cougars to be hunted and killed in 50 designated zones.

Rick Abbott brings home 5 medals from masters swim championships

Sun, 2018-05-20 16:49

Rick Abbott, a 63-year-old from Anchorage, collected five medals, including two golds, to lead a group of 10 Alaska swimmers at the U.S. Masters Swimming spring championships last week in Indianapolis.

Abbott, competing in the men's 60-64 age group, won the 100 backstroke (59.9 seconds) and 50 free (23.58 seconds). He placed second in the 50 butterfly (25.42) and third in the 50 back (28.04) and 100 individual medley (1:00.52).

All of his times established Alaska age-group records.

Other Alaska swimmers with top-10 finishes were Ruth Carter in the women's 55-59 age group (seventh in 200 free, eighth in 100 breaststroke, 10th in 50 free); Signe Pignalberi in the women's 35-39 age group (ninth in 50 back, ninth in 200 backstroke); Kristine Miller in the women's 25-29 age group (eighth in the 1,650 free) and Lauren Langford in the women's 25-29 age group (10th in the 50 free).

The meet, held at the Indianapolis University Natatorium, attracted 2,378 swimmers from 269 clubs around the nation.

Beginners can learn about orienteering Wednesday at Earthquake Park

Sun, 2018-05-20 16:44

Springer Moore beat Ellyn Brown by 95 seconds in the most closely contested race at an Arctic Orienteering Club race last week at Far North Bicentennial Park.

Moore completed the 3.8 kilometer, 12-control course that began at the North Bivouac trailhead in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 21 seconds. Brown finished in 1:09.56.

Racing continues Wednesday at Earthquake Park with an event that will include training for those new to orienteering. The training session runs from 6-6:30 p.m.

White course (2.0 kilometers, 6 controls)

Teams — 1. Jean Miller, Beth Elliott, and Svea Lunoe 23:35; 2. Maria Rienzi and Frank Witmer 30:15; 3. Jared Gardner, Andrea Gardner, and Calvin Gardner 42:00; 4. George Vaughan, Timothy Vaughan, and Evan Vaughan 42:49; 5. Kielee Backus, Mike Backus, and Megan Stoelting – 44:00; 6. Andy Angel, Esther Angel, John Angel 44:02; 7. Erik Gorman and Hannah Gorman 45:00; 8. Suvan Schwoerer, Kai Schwoerer, Trogon Hauser, and Darcy Dugan 58:39; 9 (tie) Jekka Roder, Indigo Roder, Matteo Roder, and Leo Roder 1:00:00; Chris Wood and Ivy Wood 1:00:00; 11. Laura Long, Brooke Long, Aly Long, Jackson Long, Bob Long, and John Long 1:04:01.

Yellow course (3.3 kilometers, 9 controls)

Men — 1. Andy Olnes 1:41:00; 2. Joe Kurtak 1:44:11. Teams — 1. Kalen Ramey and David Stamp 48:22; 2. John Ramey and diane Ramey 54:37; 3. The Skinner Family 1:08:31; 4. Kevin Rice and Krista Rice 1:10:00; 5. Drew Gearhart and Charese Dekreon 1:11:43; 6. Vam Angel and Lunoe Family 1:21:36; 7. Terry Nunn and Jacob Nunn 1:33:46; 8. Mike Pollitt and Beth Fleischer 1:34:00; 9. Sam Buttner, Murray Buttner, and Jennifer Heller 1:37:00; 10. Dana May and Daniella May 1:46:00; 11. Ben Stedman and Lynn Spencer 1:46:13; 12. Erika Bennett and Keena Bennett 1:50:00; 13. Bob Bergeron and Giselle Bergeron 1:50:44; 14. Ben Nordstrom, Owen Nordstrom, Matthew Nordstrom, and Evan Nordstrom 1:53:00; 15. Kielee Backus, Megan Stoelting, and Mike Backus 2:17:14.

Orange course (3.8 kilometers, 12 controls):

Men — 1. Springer Moore 1:08:21; 2. Brian Durrell 1:19:45; 3. Peter Johnson 1:53:20; 4. Chris Tomsen 2:45:11. Women — 1. Ellyn Brown 1:09:56; 2. Marianne Pedersen 1:13:10; 3. Jill Follett 1:22:02. Teams — 1. Melanie Janigo, Jane Sauer, and Karen Bronga 2:11:25; 2. Isaac Bonney and Brian Bonney 2:15:00.

Green course (4.9 kilometers, 15 controls):

Men — 1. Cory Smith 1:13:30; 2. Brian Kirchner 1:17:11; 3. Dorn Van Dommelen 1:19:39; 4. Bill Johnson 1:23:30; 5. Eric Follett 1:29:19; 6. Mark Findlay 2:52:22; 7. Doug Poage 2:59:00. Women — 1. Dela Grey 2:10:04; 2. Agie Kupilik 2:17:00.

Red course (6.0 kilometers, 16 controls):

Men — 1. Ian Moore 1:01:39; 2. Peter Oswald 1:20:00; 3. Gary Snyder 1:27:26; 4. Bill Spencer 1:43:26; 5. Regan Sarwas 2:12:19; 6. Tom Bronga 2:29:15. Women — 1. Jen Jolliff 1:32:12.

After clinching CIC baseball crown, Mustangs wait to see who will join them at state tournament

Sun, 2018-05-20 16:41

The Chugiak Mustangs are headed to the state baseball tournament, but it could be a couple of days before they learn who else from the Cook Inlet Conference will join them.

Three teams remain in the running for the CIC's second and final berth in the state tournament, which is May 31-June 2 at Mulcahy Stadium.

Two games Monday could break a three-way tie between West, South and Service, who are all 6-3.

West and South play at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy, a game that will eliminate the loser from state-tournament contention.

Service and Chugiak (8-1) will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Bartlett High. If Service loses, the winner of the West-South game will advance to state. If Service wins, the Cougars will play the winner of the West-South game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to determine who joins Chugiak at state.

Chugiak clinched the CIC championship and a state-tournament berth Saturday with an 8-4 extra-inning victory over top-seeded South.

The Mustangs sent 10 batters to the plate while scoring four runs in the top of the 11th inning. They did all of their damage with one out, using an error, two walks and singles from Ian Frizlle, D.J. Davis, Braden Shackelford and Jacob Kosinski to blow the game open.

Monday's games

4:30 p.m. — West (6-3) vs. South (6-3), Mulcahy Stadium
4:30 p.m. — Service (6-3) vs. Chugiak (8-1), Bartlett High

5 charged after East Anchorage carjacking and standoff with police

Sun, 2018-05-20 16:36

Charging documents filed in court Sunday shed light on an East Anchorage weekend carjacking that led to a nine-hour SWAT standoff and the arrest of five people.

The trouble began on Saturday morning, when a woman told police she was getting into her purple 2013 Kia on the 4100 block of Debarr Road when a man "came up, pushed her out of her car, and then drove off with her vehicle," according to charging documents by Anchorage prosecutors in a criminal case related to the carjacking against Isaiah Posun Hank, 19.

Two hours later, police got a call about a man digging through the same purple Kia in front of an apartment complex on the 5200 block of East 26th Avenue, on the other side of Russian Jack Springs Park, the charging documents say.

When officers showed up, Hank ran, prosecutors say.

As police were clearing the stolen Kia, Hank re-emerged. Police grabbed him and during a pat down, officers discovered the victim's key fob and debit card in one of his pockets, according to the charging documents.

In the other was a syringe.

Police arrested Hank. He had been convicted of a felony — first degree vehicle theft — on March 2 and given a two year suspended-imposition of sentence.

When police tried to serve a search warrant on an apartment at the complex they believed another person involved in the carjacking was in, they found the door was barricaded, according to charging documents in the case against Keith Tracey, 35. The charging documents do not mention a report of shots fired in the area that police described in a Nixle alert Saturday.

Police "deployed a robot" to get into the apartment and saw five men and two women inside, according to charging documents for Tracey, who police say was one of the people inside.

A SWAT team was called to the scene. Eventually, two women left. Finally, Tracey left the apartment at 8 p.m. but tried to fight police when they were putting him in handcuffs. He "appeared intoxicated," police said.

The five people inside the apartment were all wanted on warrants:

– Keith Tracey, 38, on charges of resisting arrest by hiding/barricading. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

– Eti Sevetasimale, 31, on three outstanding warrant — including one for vehicle theft, according to a statewide warrant database.

– Isaiah Hank, 19, on second degree theft, criminal trespass and violating conditions of release, as well as an outstanding warrant.

– Merandarae Sheakley, 22, on resisting arrest by hiding/barricading and an outstanding warrant.

– Steavin Martin, 32, on two outstanding warrants.

All were appeared in Anchorage Jail Court on Sunday.

Man who called Ohio cops about pig following him was suspected of being drunk. He wasn’t.

Sun, 2018-05-20 15:18

Ohio cops say they believed a man who called 911 to report a pig was following him home was drunk — but he turned out to be sober.

Police responded to the man's call, thinking he was drunk and walking home from a bar, at 5:26 a.m. Saturday, according to the North Ridgeville Police Department.

The man told police a pig was following him and that he didn't know what to do, cops said.

When officers arrived at the scene near an Amtrak station in Elyria — they discovered the man wasn't lying about the pig.

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At 5:26 this morning we received a call from a male who stated that he was walking home on Center Ridge from the Train...

Posted by North Ridgeville Police Department on Saturday, May 19, 2018

"Yes, a pig," the department posted on its Facebook page along with a photo of the animal.

An officer managed to get a hold of the pig, placed it in his cruiser and took it to a dog kennel in the station, police said.

Police said the pig was returned to its owner later in the day.

Approval of Russia probe slips as Trump’s attacks solidify his base against it

Sun, 2018-05-20 14:27

WASHINGTON -- One year into the Russia investigation, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III works away, mostly silent. Yet President Donald Trump and his allies have been anything but, and they’ve had some success in undermining public confidence in the sprawling inquiry.

Though the investigation has reached deeper into his inner circle, Trump’s approval ratings lately have ticked slightly higher, despite remaining at historic lows for a president serving during a time of economic growth.

Also, more Americans seem skeptical of the investigation into Russia’s election interference and the Trump campaign’s possible involvement, according to a CBS News poll conducted this month. A slim majority of 53 percent said the case is politically motivated, up from 48 percent in December.

That shift in sentiment mainly owes to growing skepticism among Republicans, reflecting their receptivity to Trump’s repeated attacks on what he calls the Mueller “witch hunt” that are regularly echoed by conservative media.

As the president faces a possible subpoena to testify, more Republicans see no reason for him to cooperate with prosecutors. And with the prospect of a long fight ahead, perhaps even a constitutional crisis, Trump’s solidifying of his base would give him the political armor he needs.

“There is no question that the continued barrage from the White House, and the depiction of it as a witch hunt, is beginning to resonate among Republicans,” said Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster. “They want it over with because that will allow the president to get back to his agenda.”

Trump, viewing himself as his best spokesman, has taken an unprecedented lead role in combating the Russia investigation, even at the risk of appearing to obstruct it. He began criticizing the special counsel by name in March after months of comparative restraint, tweeting that “the Mueller probe should never have been started.” The fusillade continued Thursday as Trump marked the anniversary of Mueller’s appointment.

“Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,” he tweeted. He called the investigation “disgusting, illegal and unwarranted.”

To amplify his attacks, Trump recently added to his legal team brash former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has since waged an air war against the FBI, the Justice Department and Mueller in frequent television interviews, and made unrealized boasts about getting the special counsel to close the case within weeks.

“We’re going to have to look into whether we can challenge the legitimacy of the entire investigation,” Giuliani told “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite morning show, on Thursday.

Yet no one can speak to the base like Trump himself, and his strategy of portraying himself as the victim of persecution befits a president who stokes the same sense of grievance among his voters. The risks, however, are that the investigation could deliver more bombshells beyond the indictments and guilty pleas to date, leaving the president’s defenders _ in particular, Republican politicians _ embarrassed.

Although Mueller has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russians, the investigation has been full of surprises.

Three former aides, including Trump’s onetime national security adviser, have pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents, and a fourth, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is fighting charges of money laundering, bank fraud and tax evasion. Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, is in the crosshairs of prosecutors in Manhattan, who are developing a separate criminal case with information from the special counsel’s office.

There is enough uncertainty in the outcome of Mueller’s work that one Republican strategist, Brian Walsh, advises candidates to steer away from the issue in their campaigns during this midterm election year with control of Congress at stake.

“There have been revelations people didn’t expect, and there have been indictments,” Walsh cautioned.

The Russia investigation began as a secret counterintelligence inquiry in July 2016, and continued through the election and beyond. After Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director in May 2017 and told NBC News he did so out of frustration with the Russia investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein -- a Trump appointee -- named Mueller as special counsel to examine any potential coordination between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.

According to Rosenstein’s order, Mueller has a broad mandate to examine “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” In addition to Russian meddling and possible Trump campaign involvement, the Mueller team is examining whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

The more broadly the special counsel seems to reach, however, the more it has given Trump and his allies ammunition to claim that Mueller has overreached.

“The American people supported the Mueller probe when it looked at Russia collusion,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News. “But what we are starting to see is that a lot of it has nothing to do with Russia collusion.”

Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host who has been one of Trump’s ardent defenders, recently tweeted, “The public is recognizing the investigation for what it is: A political witch hunt created by an elite cabal frantic to keep its hold on power.”

Some Republicans and conservative media commentators, echoing Trump, say the investigation has gone on long enough -- “It’s time to wrap it up,” Vice President Mike Pence recently told a TV interviewer -- and they complain that it’s distracting Trump from important issues like North Korea.

Yet past investigations championed by Republicans during the Obama and Clinton administrations, including congressional reviews of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater land investment lasted much longer.

Democrats and some legal experts have accused the president of a scorched-earth attack on the rule of law because Trump and his party fear what Mueller will uncover.

“What we’ve seen from the president and some of his allies makes you worry about the future of this democracy,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor Thursday.

Yet the attacks apparently have caused more Republicans to oppose the investigation.

While 53 percent of Republicans in the CBS News poll said Trump should cooperate and be interviewed, that was down from 73 percent in January. Two-thirds of Republicans said Congress should try to end the investigation.

Trump’s overall approval ratings have improved, though they remain under water. Fifty-two percent of Americans disapproved of his job performance while 43 percent approved, according to an average this week of recent polls by RealClearPolitics.

“Can you believe that with all of the made up, unsourced stories I get from the Fake News Media, together with the $10,000,000 Russian Witch Hunt (there is no Collusion), I now have my best Poll Numbers in a year,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it!”

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a close White House ally, cited as evidence of Mueller’s overreach the separate investigation by federal investigators into Cohen, whose home, office and hotel room were searched by the FBI last month. Shortly before the election, Cohen paid $130,000 in hush money to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged tryst with Trump.

“They’re trying to find out if Donald Trump ever lived a playboy lifestyle,” Schlapp said. “I could simply give them a couple newspaper articles and we could get this all solved in 10 minutes.

“The more this looks political, the more this feeds into the idea that the president is being treated unfairly and the more this is a boondoggle,” Schlapp added. “That’s completely to the president’s advantage.”

Trump isn’t the first president to attempt to turn the public against a politically damaging investigation.

President Richard Nixon did so during the Watergate scandal, along with Republican allies in Congress who backed him until incriminating Oval Office recordings were released. When independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr was dogging President Bill Clinton, allies of the president formed a war room to convince voters that the case and the related impeachment effort by a Republican-controlled Congress were partisan.

Ann Lewis, a communications adviser to Clinton, explained the strategy in April 1998: “This is a democracy, and the most important court is still the public.”

The House ended up impeaching Clinton on obstruction and perjury charges, but the Senate acquitted him.

Lanny Davis, one of Clinton’s most high-profile defenders during that time, said the Clinton and Trump situations are as different as apples and oranges.

“Attacking Ken Starr in the middle of a partisan effort made sense,” he said. “But attacking Mueller when there was not even a scintilla of evidence that he would be affected by it, and there’s no impeachment process, makes no sense.”

Solomon Wisenberg, an attorney who worked on Starr’s team, recognizes some of the same tactics, however. “It’s delay, attack and weaken,” he said.

Wisenberg suggested that the attacks by Trump and his allies became more urgent last month after The New York Times reported on potential questions that Mueller wanted to ask Trump, outlining what looked like an obstruction case against the president.

“The whole tone changed,” Wisenberg said. “It got much harsher.”

Surprise winner – and some surprise spectators – at Gold Nugget Triathlon

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:51

A surprise winner and a moose with two calves that bluff-charged some bikers stole the show Sunday at the 35th annual Gold Nugget Triathlon.

Sheryl Mohwinkel-Fleming came from the second wave of starters to capture her first championship and steal victory from the woman who crossed the finish line first.

Amber Stull, a three-time champion, appeared to have claimed her fourth victory in the women's-only race when she beat Summer Ohlendorf to the finish line at Centennial Park by 14 seconds.

As they were being interviewed by the media, Mohwinkel-Fleming, who began her 500-yard swim at the Bartlett High pool about eight minutes after the top-seeded racers did, finished with a time that gave her the victory in 1 hour, 4 minute, 7 seconds.

Her time eclipsed Stull's time by 37 seconds.

"I'm astounded," said Mohwinkel-Fleming, 46.

Ohlendorf, a 32-year-old from Wasilla, had taken the lead from Stull, 40, about halfway through the 12-mile bike race when an agitated moose interrupted her progress.

The moose, with two newborn calves, was standing near the southbound Glenn Highway bike path between the JBER gate and Arctic Valley Road.

"I saw her (when I was) driving in from Wasilla," Ohlendorf said. "I said, 'I hope they're on the other side of the fence.' "

She learned otherwise as she pedaled toward the spot where the moose was standing.

"She started charging me," Ohlendorf said. "I slowed down and (a policeman) said, 'Just go, just go!' "

Stull, who was right behind, didn't slow down and was able to seize the lead.

"I just took advantage," she said. "I've been around moose a lot on mountain bikes and I felt I had enough speed.

"I actually scared off a bear after the moose."

Police spent most of the day playing defense against the moose. They drove a car on the side of the road, between the bike path and the moose, and moved the car whenever the moose moved to keep a barricade between beasts and bikers.

The black bear was spotted later on the side of the road near the bike-to-run transition on Arctic Valley Road, but race volunteers working there said it eventually went into the woods.

Top 10 (unofficial): 1. Sheryl Mohwinkel-Fleming 1:04:07, 2) Amber Stull 1:04:44; 3) Summer Ohlendorf 1:04:58, 4) Katelyn Stearns 1:05:14; 5) Emma Tarbath 1:05:50; 6) Stephanie Arnold 1:06:02; 7) Ellie Mitchell 1:07:13; 8) Alyssa Hargis 1:07:26; 9) Danelle Winn 1:07:45; 10) Quincy Donley 1:07:47.

We'll be updating this story with more information and more photos, so check back. 

A city crackdown on Anchorage’s abandoned buildings flares up in Airport Heights

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:28

Among the more than 100 buildings on a growing city inventory of empty or abandoned Anchorage buildings is a white split-level house on Columbine Street in Airport Heights.

Clark Rosencrans, a city code enforcement officer, climbed its front stairs recently, stepping around trees growing up through the steps. He stapled a red "NOTICE OF VIOLATION" sign next to the front door. The house was condemned on May 1, but this week, police told him people were squatting there.

It's part of a more aggressive push by the city to deal with urban blight and motivate landlords to do something about derelict buildings that attract squatters, lower property values in the area and cause other trouble.

In April, Airport Heights residents told Mayor Ethan Berkowitz they were fed up with years of constant trespassing and problems at the house on Columbine Street and three other derelict houses nearby.

"We have watched people remove furniture, copper pipe and wire," Jeff Bailey, Helen Howarth and George Faust wrote in an April 23 letter to Berkowitz, which was signed by dozens of other neighbors. "We have cleaned up trash including needles. We have been accosted by people who say we have no right to question their trespass. We have purchase plywood to board up kicked in doors and broken windows."

Airport Heights is a desirable neighborhood, they said. Families could live in the homes if the owners fixed up or sold them.

Since 2016, Anchorage law has required registration for buildings that haven't been legally lived in or used for at least six months, with some exceptions for seasonal buildings. The law followed similar measures adopted in hundreds of other U.S. cities in the past decade. In Minneapolis, where there was a flood of foreclosures after the housing bubble gave way to a crop of empty homes, the city charges hefty annual fines to the owners of empty homes with code or nuisance violations.

[Own an empty, boarded-up building in Anchorage? It could cost you.]

In Anchorage, annual fees start at $100 a year. Property owners have to do minimal maintenance and secure the building against people breaking in.

First, the goal of the registry was to get a sense of the scope of the problem, said city manager Bill Falsey. He said that work has now largely been done.

More than 70 buildings are on the registry today. Some 30 additional buildings have been identified as vacant or abandoned but have not yet been registered, because owners haven't responded to paperwork. For a handful of other properties, owners have obtained a building permit, which disqualifies them from the registry.

The registry spans across Anchorage, and includes a mix of houses, apartments, condos, duplex units mobile homes and commercial properties. Some have been damaged by fires.

The four derelict Airport Heights houses targeted by neighbors are on Columbine Street, Airport Heights Drive, Sunrise Drive, and East 15th Avenue. The house on Airport Heights Drive has been involved in a foreclosure case, records show. All have had problems with squatters and trespassing, neighbors say.

Because of private property rights, the city can't do much about properties that are simply deemed to be unsightly, Falsey said. But when a private property is being misused and having a spillover effect into the surrounding neighborhood, that's where the city will get involved, Falsey said.

[City says Northern Lights Inn violates Anchorage's derelict building laws]

While Rosencrans and his colleague, Bill Peterson, posted the notices on Columbine Street, two people climbed out of ground-story windows. A woman in a hoodie and a backpack walked off into the alley; a man, also with a backpack, sprinted off through the overgrown backyard.

Through an open window leading into what looked like a basement bedroom, Rosencrans pointed at a propane tank. It was being used for heat, he said.

"That's a fire hazard," he said.

Rosencrans and Peterson are the city's only two code enforcement officers who deal with empty and abandoned buildings. They say they can't possibly keep up with the workload. They squeeze the visits to empty buildings in between other duties, like inspecting licenses for business and contractors and working with property owners to rehabilitate damaged buildings.

Much of the job involves tracking down property owners, which can often be tricky and time-consuming.

"OWNER CALLED FROM LOUISIANA TOLD ME HAS BEEN RENTED," reads a note made by one of the officers after a site visit to a property in Midtown, which is shown on the public registry.

"PROPERTY USED ON A SEASONAL BASIS FOR A TOUR SALES OFFICE," another note reads.

One note says: "OWNERS HAS PASSED AWAY AND THE HOME HAS CAUGHT ON FIRE."

That's for a small cabin at 3811 Thompson Ave. in Mountain View, where an elderly man was beaten to unconsciousness by a group of teenagers during a break-in in fall 2016. The man, Don Nelson, died of his injuries the following year.

Squatters started living there and the house caught fire last year, Rosencrans said. At this time, he said, he and Peterson were trying to find someone responsible for maintaining it, without success.

The most difficult cases involve the death of a property owner, Rosencrans said. He and Peterson have to figure out who has power of attorney, or wait for a bank to take over.

After posting the red violation notices at the house on Columbine Street on Thursday, Rosencrans and Peterson drove to a house on a quiet street in Russian Jack a few miles away. They hoped to find one of the owners of the Columbine address. Rosencrans had sent repeated notices by mail and made phone calls. He'd had no luck getting the homeowner to register the building as vacant.

When no one answered the door, Rosencrans stuck a white "Notice of Violation" form into an already-stuffed mailbox. The owner had three days to respond. Failing to do so would lead to fines starting in the hundreds of dollars.

On Friday, Rosencrans got a phone call. It was the owner of the Columbine Street house. The two met at the house later that day.

The police did a sweep of the house. Three more people were found illegally living inside, Rosencrans said.

The owner, who didn't return multiple calls for comment, told Rosencrans he'd register the building Monday. He also started boarding up the windows, Rosencrans said. A follow-up inspection was set for this coming week.

The owner told the officials the house was a rental property that fell into disrepair because of problems with tenants, Rosencrans said. He told them he hadn't had the money to fix it, Rosencrans said.

[An Anchorage landlord confronts the epic mess her renter left behind]

While the owners of buildings on the list are paying property taxes, people usually cite financial reasons for abandoning a building, Rosencrans said. Sometimes, a person inherits a property but doesn't have the money to fix it up, he said.

Because of staffing, Rosencrans said he and Peterson can only go as far as requiring landlords to board up vacant and empty buildings. But there are signs the city plans to step up its efforts in the coming year. Falsey, the city manager, said the city is dedicating $200,000 this year to cleaning up blighted properties. Officials are making a plan for spending that money now, Falsey said.

Options for tougher next steps include fines or even a lien on the property, which can lead to foreclosure proceedings, Falsey said.

At an Airport Heights Community Council meeting Thursday night, neighbors talked with police and city officials about what to do with the abandoned buildings in their neighborhood. Helen Howarth, one of the writers of the letter to Berkowitz, said her grown-up son has only ever known the properties looking that way.

Howarth said she and others want to see even stronger city regulations with clear timetables for action. The neighborhood needs the homes, she said.

"We have existing housing that could potentially be brought back into the housing mix," Howarth said. "But for whatever reason, it isn't."

If there's an abandoned or empty building in your neighborhood, report it to the city's building safety department by calling 907-343-8301. The latest version of the vacant and abandoned building registry can be found on the city webpage for the code abatement enforcement department.

Officials want to know how changes to fisheries rules affect Alaska’s fishing families

Sun, 2018-05-20 13:24

The way that fisheries are managed determines the daily tempo for fishing families' lives. Managers set the dates and times, the whens and wheres and whos, and the amounts that fishermen can catch.

What happens to fishing families when the rules change? A new federal study aims to find out.

"Those things are important for fishery managers to consider and try and integrate into their decision making, because there really are universal themes as far as how management changes have affected families," said Marysia Szymkowiak, a social scientist for NOAA Fisheries based in Juneau.

Over the past year, Szymkowiak has held scoping meetings in communities across Alaska to learn the impacts of fishing changes. The results, she said, will represent a history of how generations of families have adapted with the implementation of limited entry and catch share programs, and now with the decreasing abundance in certain key fisheries.

"We're getting into the thousands of years in terms of cumulative experiences and knowledge of Alaska's fisheries," Szymkowiak said. "It's a wealth of information that we haven't tapped into, and I feel so privileged to be able to talk with people who share heartfelt stories about families and the things that are built from that experience."

The project emerged from a 20-year review Szymkowiak co-authored about impacts of the halibut and sablefish fisheries that in 1995 switched from being open to all to an Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system that gave shares of the catch to fishermen based on their historical participation.

"One of the things we heard was the different impacts on women who participated prior to IFQs," Szymkowiak said. "One said the new program made the halibut season too long and she could no longer participate because it conflicted with her responsibilities as a mom."

Limited access to fisheries is a main theme voiced in scoping meetings, combined with environmental concerns affecting the stocks.

"For some families there is less of a buffer when a stock declines in terms of their ability to diversify within fisheries," Szymkowiak said. "This can really lead to stress within families, having to seek other employment, and can really change the social fabric of fishing communities."

Another theme, she said, is a strong sense of resilience and values that go beyond the economics of going fishing.

"In terms of shaping young people and creating a work ethic and a sense of place and community. There is a cross generational participation in fisheries that is really unique," she added.

A final Fishing Families scoping meeting is set for Kodiak on June 4, after which Szymkowiak will begin compiling a report on the findings. Questions? Email marysia.szymkowiak@noaa.gov.

Nearly $500 for a Copper River king

Alaska's salmon season got off to a slow and drizzly start on May 17 at the first opener at the Copper River. The low catches by more than 500 gillnetters pushed prices to unprecedented levels.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's 'blue sheet' of daily catches showed totals of just 3,000 king salmon and 2,000 sockeyes taken during the 12-hour opener.

Bill Webber, a 51year veteran highliner of the famous fishery, ended up with 10 king salmon and six sockeyes by closing time.

"It's not a great start to the season," Webber said aboard his F/V Paradigm Shift while waiting for a slack tide to turn.

If the fish tickets match the reports from the grounds, Thursday's opener could be one of the slowest starts to the Copper River season since record keeping began 40 years ago, said Jeremy Botz, regional manager for ADF&G; in Cordova.

The slim early catches had customers scrambling to source enough Copper River salmon for their "first fish of the season" celebrations, many promised within 24-hours of the salmon being caught. That pressure pushed prices to record levels.

"The price wars are definitely going on due to the low production," Webber said, adding that early price reports were $8.50 per pound for sockeyes and $13 a pound for king salmon. That compares to $8 and $11, respectively, during the first opener last year.

The salmon prices ticked upward all day, skyrocketing to $10.65 per pound for sockeyes and $15.65 for kings shortly after the 7 p.m. closure, "with a $0.65 dock bonus everywhere," said a spokesperson for Alaska Wild Seafoods.

"This opener is taking the cake on fish prices so far," Webber added.

Alaska Airlines made its first delivery of 16,000 pounds salmon to Seattle by early Friday morning. The airline celebrated its ninth annual Copper Chef Cook Off on the SeaTac tarmac, where chef's compete to prepare the best salmon recipe – in this case, a 31-pound king salmon donated by Trident Seafoods.

With the high prices at the end of opening day, that single "first fish" had a value of more than $485 at the Cordova docks.

The Copper River salmon prices will drop off sharply after the early season hoopla fades, but the region's famous fish will maintain some of the highest prices into the fall. The forecast calls for a Copper River harvest of about 950,000 sockeyes and 19,000 kings for the 2018 season.

Football sidelines fish

The North Pacific's oldest and most popular marine trade show has been sidelined by Thursday night football.

"Folks that have been with us for a long time know that holding Pacific Marine Expo at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle means that we have to come second to the NFL," said Denielle Christensen, event organizer for Diversified Communications.

The trade show, now in its 52nd year, has traditionally been held in November at the CenturyLink center the week before Thanksgiving. Last month organizers learned that a Thursday night game of the Seattle Seahawks versus Green Bay would spike those dates.

"Century link has been an excellent partner to us," Christensen graciously added. "When they called us, they knew we were not going to be happy with our options. But they have always been clear with us that NFL and sports in general is their primary business."

The Expo team canvassed customers about holding the event either during Thanksgiving week or right before Christmas.

"Most folks wanted us to stay closer to the usual time in November. So we've ended up at the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, which is November 18, 19 and 20."

Christensen said she does not expect the date change to dampen Expo enthusiasm.

"I don't think it will have a particularly large impact on the exhibits or attendance just because of the loyalty this show has built up over the years. People really love it," she said.

Pacific Marine Expo is rated as one of the nation's top trade shows and last year it attracted 500 exhibitors and over 6,000 visitors from 40 states and 24 countries. Visit www.pacificmarineexpo.com.

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