Mount Rainier invisible as smoke fills our skies – Eatonville air is officially “very unhealthy”

By Bruce A. Smith

Eatonville residents were treated to a rare view on Tuesday, August 14 – Mount Rainier was invisible even though the sun was shining without a cloud in the sky. The culprit: smoke from regional forest fires. Continue reading

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Security questions abound on how a plane was stolen from Sea-Tac airport

By Bruce A. Smith

Serious security questions have arisen in the wake of a commercial airliner being stolen from Sea-Tac on Friday evening, August 10. Richard Russell, a “ground services employee” of Horizon Air,  entered the cockpit of a twin-engine aircraft, called a Bombardier Q400, at approximately 7:30 pm and flew around south Puget Sound until 8:45 pm when he crashed into Ketron Island, about 30 miles southwest of Sea-Tac airport.

Chief among the questions are: how did he manage to steal the airplane, and how was he able to perform aerial stunts for nearly 75 minutes?

Russell’s exploits were video recorded by hundreds of people on the ground, including some here in Eatonville, and many marveled at his barrel rolls and aerial stunts. So, how did “Beebo,” as he was known to family and friends, learn to perform all those maneuvers?

Horizon Air officials and law enforcement spokespeople are claiming that Russell had no pilot’s license. Nor was he trained by Horizon to fly, although airline officials acknowledged on Sunday that Russell was authorized to assist in the towing and positioning of aircraft. Continue reading

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On Age – a true tale from Stories from the Journey

By Bruce A. Smith

The following story was told at several recent storytelling venues, such as StoryOly in Olympia. WA, and at the Moth open mic in Seattle’s Fremont Abbey. It is part of a collection of true, personal stories titled, Stories from the Journey, due for publication in early 2019.

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I remember Eisenhower! I even remember his nickname, “Ike.”

I’m old. I have age. I was born in 1949. Continue reading

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On Betrayal – A true tale from “Stories from the Journey”

By Bruce A. Smith

The following story was told at recent Moth Story open mics in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, and is one part of my collection of true, personal stories titled, Stories from the Journey.

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Betrayal spans a wide arc of human behavior, from the most basic of “she’s done me wrong,” to complex manipulations that can destroy a person’s life or family. Or even a country, since this week in July 2018 headlines around the world proclaimed: “President Trump Betrays America in Helsinki,” and banners accusing him of treason surrounded the White House upon his return. Betrayal can carry great weight. In my sixty-eight years I’ve encountered plenty of betrayals, especially in three marriages and divorces, but the keenest view of the depths of betrayal can be obtained by looking at my relationship with Rebecca, my first girlfriend.

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DB Cooper investigation returns to an old suspect – Sheridan Peterson

Special to the Mountain News, from Eric Ulis.

DB Cooper: The Definitive Investigation

Report to be published July 10 will point to 92-year old suspect

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New Thrift Store opens in Eatonville

By Bruce A. Smith

A new, full-scale thrift store opened in Eatonville last Friday. Sponsored by the Eatonville Family Agency (EFA), the store occupies the former Sears/Christensen Furniture site on the corner of Center Street and Mashel Avenue.

Called the “Center Street Junction Thrift Store,” it is stocked with a huge assortment of new and used clothing, household goods, toys, books, tools and furniture. It is open daily, except Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 11 am until 7 pm – and that including weekends!

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DB Cooper and the flap over Walter R. Reca – an interview with publisher Vern Jones

By Bruce A. Smith

Vern Jones and his Principia Media publishing company have just released a book that claims to identify the iconic skyjacker DB Cooper. DB Cooper and Me: A Criminal, a Spy, My Best Friend, is a memoir penned by an 84-year old Floridian named Carl “Charley” Laurin, and it traces the alleged exploits of Detroit native, Walter R. “Peca” Reca.

Laurin claims that Reca is DB Cooper.

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