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907 Updates September 11, 2016


In remembrance of 9/11

Veterans Crisis Line, Michael Stokes Photograpy, Unstoppable Heroes and Alaska VA Health Care


I am asking you to take a look at Michael Stokes pictures of wounded veterans showing how they are working through the physical and emotional hardships of war.
On a personal note, I have been in email contact with Mr. Stokes and have worked with him to donate copies of his books to veteran’s hospitals and similar organizations. He does respond quickly to emails.

Michael Stokes – Photographer

Raised in Berkeley, California, Michael Stokes is now a Los Angeles-based photographer. He graduated first in his class and Phi Beta Kappa with a Fine Art degree through the film department at California State University, Long Beach. Before changing his career path to filmmaking, he was a photography major, learning pre-digital photographic techniques and using darkrooms and silver gelatin film. In film school, he wrote and directed a short film, Alien, that screened in film festivals around the world.

Michael’s first coffee table book, Masculinity (2012), was a glamour-styled, photographic male figure study book that is currently out of print. In the same style as his first, his second book, Bare Strength (2014), is already in its third printing and is available on Amazon. It features a chapter on wounded veterans of war, specifically amputees. From the sales of this book, he has donated $10,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that benefits veterans of war and their families. Also in 2014, Michael collaborated with the publisher Taschen to produce My Buddy, supplying the publisher with his collection of vintage photos of nude WWII soldiers.

Michael’s third and fourth books, Exhibition and Always Loyal release November 1, 2015.  Exhibition continues the exploration and celebration of the male figure, while Always Loyal is dedicated exclusively to wounded United States veterans.  Before the end of 2015, from pre-sales of both books, Michael will donate $20,000 to the Semper Fi Fund.

Michael’s photos of wounded veterans have been shared around the world and have been featured on television: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and The Talk. They have been featured in several major newspapers and online periodicals around the world, including: The Independent UK, The Mirror UK, The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post (French Edition), Cosmopolitan, People magazine, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to mention a few.

Michael’s fashion and fitness photographs have been featured on America’s Next Top Model, have twice been the cover for Men’s Health Italy, and are used for more than twenty-five novel covers. Michael has also made personal appearances on television’s The Insider and Inside Edition.

Stay connected with his most recent projects via  Facebook or Twitter.

You can find his coffee table books here.

Michael also collects vintage photography.  Published by Taschen, My Buddy features his vintage WWII photo collection of soldiers.

Need a question answered?  Email Michael, and he will get back to you as soon as is possible.

Another Group


Unstoppable Heroes
I have worked with this group for two years by donating items of need. My research and donations of “Bag Balm” provided tremendous relief especially for amputee’s.  A couple of PT organizations are now stocking it. Most importantly, they have never hounded me for money and have always thanked me for my donations.

Category & Supporters

Our Mission is to Assist, Empower and Motivate Wounded service members as they adjust to civilian life. Along with our Wounded Veteran Ambassadors throughout the country, we share the stories of these amazing Unstoppable Heroes to demonstrate that through unbelievable hardships, the spirit of these Heroes cannot be broken. Unstoppable Heroes, Inc., networks throughout the community and raises awareness by connecting these Heroes to public speaking venues so they can share their incredible stories with others. We also look for other opportunities for these heroes, in both professional and personal aspects of their lives. We build awareness and garner support for organizations that provide opportunities for these Unstoppable Heroes who have sacrificed so much for our great nation.


Alaska VA Healthcare System



Lisa Demer: Meet the doctor who splits her time between rural Alaska and Sudan to help those most in need

wiki Jill Seaman


907 Updates September 10, 2016

Is September hit and run month?
Chris Klint, Jerzy Shedlock: Colleagues remember victim of Midtown hit-and-run as a man of character


Do you think heads might roll?
Tegan Hanlon: Alaska schools will share $6.35M in funding that Walker meant to veto
The Alaska Division of Legislative Finance — the Legislature’s fiscal arm — quickly said the veto had no effect, arguing that Walker made a technical error that rendered it void: He simply eliminated a funding source in the budget bill but failed to cross out pertinent parts of the accompanying text on another page.



How is panhandling discouraged where you live?
Devin Kelly: Campaign revived to discourage giving money to Anchorage panhandlers


I hope all recover completely.
Coast Guard rescues 3 from float plane crash at Uganik Lake on Kodiak Island, Alaska
Weather near the crash was reported to be winds around 20 miles per hour and 10 miles of visibility.

Great resource: DVIDS Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

907 Updates September 9, 2016

After Frozen Budz’s approval, the board cruised through other retail licenses, approving 11 more around the state in quick succession as the day came to a close. They included: Enlighten Alaska, LLC, Arctic Herbery, Alaska Buds, LLC and Raspberry Roots, The Frost Farms, all in Anchorage; Pakalolo Supply Co. in Fairbanks; The Herbal Cache in Girdwood; Herbal Outfitters, LLC in Valdez; Rainforest Farms, LLC in Juneau; Remedy Shoppe in Skagway; and Weed Dudes in Sitka.

Laurel Andrews: Alaska’s first marijuana retail stores OK’d by state



First of all, who benefits? Does she believe in Cathy Munoz compassion for child molesters, pedophiles and other degenerate/poisonous forms of life?
What is she doing to actually, truly help children in unhealthy and unsafe situations?  What is she doing to provide funding for more workers, more training?
It’s easy to throw stones at an agency.  Especially if it is an emotionally charged, overworked group.

Lawmaker?  Make a law that benefits children and provides the necessary resources to protect them.

Nathaniel Herz: Lawmaker says Alaska child welfare agency practices ‘legal kidnapping,’ but top official disputes charge




Politics: Miller/Murkowski/Stock

Nathaniel Herz, Erica Martinson: Joe Miller to run as Libertarian in hopes of unseating US Sen. Lisa Murkowski

wiki: Miller

wiki: Lisa Ann Murkowski

Murkowski was appointed to the U.S. Senate by her father, Frank Murkowski, who resigned his seat in December 2002 to become the Governor of Alaska. She completed her father’s unexpired term which ended in January 2005. She ran for and won a full term in 2004.

She ran for a second term in 2010. She lost the Republican Party nomination to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller. She then ran as a write-in candidate and defeated both Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in the general election,[1] making her the first senator to be elected by write-in vote since Strom Thurmond in 1954, and only the second in U.S. history.

wiki: Margaret Stock





South Anchorage Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday
May 7 – October 10

900 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More Information
To learn more
about the market,
send us an email





Finding An Oomph! September 9, 2016

Sometimes it’s a push to find New Things in your life. It’s Friday and you didn’t sleep well and it’s been a long week; how about we just veg out? Or you got yourself out, and it’s First Friday and the block party on D Street is fun and sunny so why would you leave to hear a lecture? A music lecture no less. Indoors.

Choosing Oomph

Happy Birthday September 7, 2016

It’s now been a year of blogging. 170 blog posts. Lots and lots of illustrations. Hooray! But time for a performance review: Is it doing what I’d hoped, both for me and you? Is it doing things I didn’t expect; did it surprise me? You?
Happy birthday, Our Third Thirds

France’s Most Celebrated Immigrant September7, 2016


The Dome From Outside

Apropos the earlier discussion of the Museum of Immigration in Paris as well as the current immigration issues in Europe, I thought I’d add these pictures of Napoleon’s Tomb.

France’s Most Celebrated Immigrant


Brian LeRoy‎Alaskan Photography 19 hrs near Healy, AK · This is my favorite shot from shooting the Aurora Borealis last week and this past weekend . Denali National Park

Brian LeRoy‎Alaskan Photography
19 hrs near Healy, AK ·
This is my favorite shot from shooting the Aurora Borealis last week and this past weekend . Denali National Park

Scott Slone Yesterday near Anchorage, AK · Peaceful morning float through untouched wilderness.

Scott Slone
Yesterday near Anchorage, AK ·
Peaceful morning float through untouched wilderness.



Vegetarian Hunter

Vegetarian Hunter











 MSGT Shayne Meder USAF (Ret) Giving back and more…Meet MSGT Shayne Meder USAF (Ret)

MSGT Shayne Meder USAF (Ret)
Giving back and more…Meet MSGT Shayne Meder USAF (Ret)

907 News


The Distant Early Warning Line, also known as the DEW Line or Early Warning Line

Comments on working on, using the DEW Line, White Alice, etc.
Thank you.

Jeannette Lee Falsey: Nome wants to turn these Cold War-era antennae into a tourist destination



Annie Zak: Commercial marijuana is almost here, and Alaska’s government is feeling the strain

wiki: Alaska Cannabis



Alaska Territorial Guard

That total includes at least 27 ATG members who were women. Most women served as nurses at the field hospital in Kotzebue, although at least one woman served the ATG’s primary mission alongside the men. Laura Beltz Wright of Haycock is also noted for being the best sharpshooter in her company, scoring 98% bulls-eyes.

In 2000 all ATG members were granted US veteran status by law, acknowledging the contribution of the ATG, some of whose members are still living.[11] But efforts to find the surviving ATG members and assist them through the application process are difficult due to lack of written records, oral cultures, lack of trained staff, passage of time, and unclear bureaucracies and advocates.

Nevertheless, active correction of the historical record is proceeding through the Alaska Army National Guard, office of Cultural Resources Management and Tribal Liaison (888 248-3682 toll-free) as well as the Office of Veterans Affairs, State of Alaska, PO Box 5800, Ft. Richardson, AK 99505-5800, 907.428.6016 (Office)


 Joy Norwood: Strong women leave their mark  Dorothy Hook-Alaska


New site on hunting:

Christine Cunningham and Steve Meyer are lifetime Alaskans and avid hunters and shooters. On alternate weeks they’ll write about firearms and Alaska hunting. Contact Christine at and Steve at



Cpl Larry E Smedley USMC Medal of Honor


While war obviously is horrible, this is a riveting account of the heroic actions of my first cousin, Larry Smedley, who died a hero at the age of 18.
Joy Smedley Bruns, Alaska

Cpl Larry E Smedley USMC Medal of Honor
The story of an 18 year old US Marine from Orlando Florida who was killed in action in Vietnam and awarded the Medal of Honor

Corporal Larry Eugene Smedley (March 4, 1949 – December 21, 1967) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the United States’ highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — for his actions in December 1967 in Quảng Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. The Corporal Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum in Florida is named for him.

Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.


Chris Kyle
A huge thank-you to the staff at Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Thank-you for doing a Suicide Prevention Program for soldiers, leaders and their families. The program has gotten great feedback on the awareness and support the attendees have for each other as a result of the training.

Chris was the type of friend other people could trust when they were in pain. I love to see his name on a hospital where they keep working to make a difference for individuals and the family!

God Bless you all as you do your part to love each other through the hard times!

You can find out more about the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital at

Taya Kyle