Kindle June 24, 2017

Paper Wings
by Les Abend (Author)
When a boat and its grisly cargo are found adrift off Fort Lauderdale …

… the investigation leads to more than “just” murder. In fact, the evidence points to a connection of an in-flight emergency that resulted in passenger fatalities and forced a diversion of Patriot Airlines Flight 63 to Bermunda.

As the accidents investigation chairman of the pilots’ union, Captain Hart Lindy will find himself reluctantly drawn into the National Transportation Safety Board’s inquiry only to discover that someone is going to great lengths that include murder and kidnapping to prevent the facts from being exposed. But who? And why?

These are the questions Lindy will need to answer in order to get at the truth about what really happened to Flight 63. His task is complicated by his own personal demons, including the horrors of past airline crash investigations, as well as having to walk a diplomatic tightrope with an eccentric FBI special agent who is barely tolerating NTSB protocol, and an ambitious female NTSB investigator with eyes for Hart.

Written by a veteran airline pilot and aviation analyst, Paper Wings will keep you up in the air and on the edge of your seat in first class. You’ll want to keep your belts fastened while in flight!

Informed Risk
by Robyn Carr (Author)
Mike Cavanaugh is a firefighter: he rescues people. Inviting them home isn’t usually part of the job description. But when he pulls Christine Palmer out of her burning house, something about the gutsy single mom makes him want to protect her, to make her life a little better. Only somehow Chris and her family end up giving Mike’s life new meaning, and he is happier than he’s been in years. He’s ready to love again. Chris wants to get back on her own two feet—sooner rather than later. When she no longer needs Mike’s support, will she be ready to risk her heart with him?

Originally published in 1989

DREAM WITH ME, COWBOY Enhanced Edition (Texas Matchmakers Book 1)
by Debra Clopton (Author)
Dream With Me, Cowboy is book 1 of an addictively fun Christian romance series! Hairstylist Lacy Brown believes love is in the air and the hair when she drives her ancient pink convertible into town and joins forces with three matchmakers who’ve started a national “wives wanted” ad campaign to save their dying town. The women will come~she believes and she’ll help each of them find their happily-ever after… But she’s not looking for love…

Note: This book was previously published as The Trouble With Lacy Brown. This enhanced edition includes some fun extras.

Images June 24, 2017

All Images by Henry Do Photography

Aerial View of One World Trade Center, New York City
Photograph by: Henry Do


Aerial view of NYC
Photograph by: Henry Do



Monument Valley, UT
Photograph by: Henry Do


Sunset at Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Photograph by: Henry Do


Forest fire in San Gabriel Canyons, Los Angeles, CA
Photograph by: Henry Do


FYI June 24, 2017

On this day:

109 – Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north-west of Rome.
The Aqua Traiana (later rebuilt and named the Acqua Paola) was a 1st-century Roman aqueduct built by Emperor Trajan and inaugurated on 24 June 109 AD.[1] It channelled water from sources around Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers (25 mi) north-west of Rome, to Rome in ancient Roman times but had fallen into disuse by the 17th century. It fed a number of water mills on the Janiculum, including a sophisticated mill complex revealed by excavations in the 1990s under the present American Academy in Rome. Some of the Janiculum mills were famously put out of action by the Ostrogoths when they cut the aqueduct in 537 during the first siege of Rome. Belisarius restored the supply of grain by using mills floating in the Tiber. The complex of mills bears parallels with a similar complex at Barbegal in southern Gaul.

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Born on this day:

1788 – Thomas Blanchard, American inventor (d. 1864)
Thomas Blanchard (June 24, 1788 – April 16, 1864) was an American inventor who lived much of his life in Springfield, Massachusetts, where in 1819, he pioneered the assembly line style of mass production in America, and also invented the major technological innovation known as interchangeable parts. Blanchard worked, for much of his career, with the Springfield Armory. In 1825, Blanchard also invented America’s first car, which he called a “horseless carriage,” powered by steam.[1] During Blanchard’s lifetime, he was awarded over twenty-five patents for his creations.[2][3]


He was born in Sutton, Massachusetts. He had a fondness for mechanical employment, and was associated with his brother in the manufacture of tacks by hand. This process was exceedingly slow and tedious,[4] and his first machine, made and patented in 1806, was a mechanical tack-maker, which could fabricate five hundred tacks per minute, each much better than tacks made by hand. He sold the rights to his machine for $5,000.[5]

Machine tools for gun making and pattern copying lathe
Blanchard then turned his attention to gun barrels, and invented a machine tool that streamlined the process of their manufacture. Hired by the Springfield Armory during its construction, Blanchard finished the machine in 1822.[6] The machine turned and finished gun barrels in a single operation; the octagon portion of the barrel was finished by changing the action of the lathe to vibratory motion. This invention was afterward extended to the turning of all kinds of irregular forms.[4]

He also developed a copying lathe that traced a model to turn gun stocks, producing the desired contour automatically (1818).[6] The copying lathe began being used to make shoe lasts (forms) in the 1850s. By being able to accurately reproduce lasts it was possible to make shoes in standard sizes.[7] [8]

Steam transportation
Turning his attention to transportation, Blanchard invented a “steam wagon” before the introduction of railroads in the United States,[9] and in 1831 created a powerful upriver steamboat that was used on the Connecticut River and the West, both of which he invented and patented in Springfield, Massachusetts.[4][10][11] In 1851, he designed and created a machine that could bend dense and strong wood.[10]

Blanchard also constructed machines for cutting and folding envelopes at a single operation, and several mortising machines.[4]

X0002080 Horizontal shearing machine May 4, 1813 (patent destroyed by fire)
X0003010 Machine for tacks and brads October 3, 1817 (patent destroyed by fire)
X0003131 Turning irregular forms (image only, no text) Patented September 6, 1819 [12]
X0003436 Machine for turning gun stocks September 6, 1819 (patent destroyed by fire)
X0004832 Regulating the speed of carriages December 28, 1825 (patent destroyed by fire) [13]
U.S. Patent 3 Machine for turning, &c., wooden sheaves and pins for ships’ tackle-blocks and pulleys, dated August 1, 1836
U.S. Patent 4 Stock shaving or rounding machine for edges, ends, &c., of ships’ tackle-blocks, dated August 10, 1836
U.S. Patent 5 Machine for mortising solid wooden shells of ships’ tackle-blocks, dated August 10, 1836
U.S. Patent 6 Machine for forming end pieces of plank blocks for ships, &c. dated August 10, 1836
U.S. Patent 7 Machine for boring holes and cutting lanyard-scores in deadeyes. dated August 10, 1836
U.S. Patent 8 Machine for cutting scores round ships’ tackle-blocks and dead-eyes. dated August 10, 1836
U.S. Patent 9 Method of riveting plank or made blocks. dated August 10, 1836

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Carnival Saturday Market

Final weekend for Solstice Carnival, so the Market will again be in the Air UP parking lot. Look for the tents, they only move a tad north to the next parking lot. Additional parking to the rear or the AIR UP building. The good news is that our loyal customers may enjoy the market AND the carnival!

Carnival Saturday Market

Every Saturday
May 13 – October 14
900 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Subway/ Cellular One
Sports Center
(corner of Old Seward and O’Malley)

907 Updates June 24, 2017

By Kyle Hopkins: State apologizes to Alaska widow after body mix-up

By Leroy Polk: Anchorage man sentenced for pointing sawed off shotgun at federal officer
The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge
Sharon L. Gleason was for roughly three and a half years, followed by three years of supervised release and 120 hours of community service.

By KTVA Web Staff: Crow Pass Crossing race canceled over safety concerns
By Travis Khachatoorian: Returning to Colony Glacier to look for victims of deadly 1952 crash

By Daybreak Staff: Feats of strength and skill at the 2017 Scottish Highland Games

By Daybreak Staff: Mic Check in the Morning: The AnGry Brians

Author: Ned Rozell A walk along Alaska’s oil pipeline reveals a changed landscape