Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/18 ~ HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
3 Bombers sent stuff:
Mike CLOWES ('54)
Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
Terry DAVIS ('65)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patricia LEIBEL ('54)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

Faith an' bejabbers, 'tis St Paddy's Day. A fair warning, watch
out for small persons selling green beer and locations of
rainbow pots. They might also be selling cookies.

In spite of this being a somewhat Irish holiday, there is a
Bomber and a trifecta of Bomber Babes who happened to be born on
this day. Not sure if it was planning or the luck of the draw.

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" to
Patti BADGER ('53), Patricia LEIBEL ('54), Sharon TEMPLEMAN
('55) and Dick ROBERTS ('49). They are celebrating in various
locations, and if you happen to run into one of them, share a
shamrock or two. And be especially nice to the youngest of the
crowd. You wouldn't want her current husband on your trail.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where we 
	are not having a "New England" winter, but there is snow 
	still in the mountains and spring is right around the 
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>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: Dallas Seavey at the Finnmarksløpet (Norway's Iditarod)

He finished the 1,200 km (700 plus mile race) in 3rd place and 
won the "2018 Rookie of the Year" title.

Re: 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race - Official Iditarod Site

Teams are trickling into Nome now... total of 45 so far... 

	INTO NOME (Mile 998)
26 Katherine Keith/51
27 Rick Casillo/9 
28 Martin Buser/28 
29 Cody Strathe/2
30 Andrew Nolan/56• 	
31 Noah Pereira/49
32 Tom Knolmayer/43
33 Emily Maxwell/58• 
34 Aaron Peck/50 	
35 Charley Benja/38
36 Kristy Berington/20 
37 Andy Pohl/12• 
38 Monica Zappa/48 
39 Brett Bruggeman/37• 
40 Larry Daugherty/14
41 Lev Shvarts/22 	
42 Peter Fleck/67• 
43 Jeff Deeter/45
44 Bradley Farquhar/65• 
45 Misha Wiljes/19

	OUT OF SAFETY (mile 976 ~ 22 miles to Nome)
46 Dave Delcourt/57
47 Tim Muto/42• 

	OUT OF WHITE MOUNTAIN ((mile 921 - 55 miles to Safety)
		mandatory 8 hour rest at White Mountain
48 Shaynee Traska/5• 

49 Meredith Mapes/16• 
50 Anja Radano/24• 
51 Jason Stewart/66• 
52 Magnus Kaltenborn/6 (RED LANTERN)

Two more scratched (for a total of 13 scratched):
Jim Lanier/32
Scott Janssen/23

This year's oldest at 77, musher Jim Lanier (bib #32) and 
veteran musher Scott Janssen (bib #23), scratched at the Safety
checkpoint. Lanier scratched out of concern for his race team
and personal health reasons. Janssen scratched out of concern
for Lanier's safety. Janssen had come upon Lanier and stayed
with Lanier until both were safely transported to the Safety
checkpoint. The ITC was alerted that mushers Lanier and Janssen
had requested emergency assistance due to weather conditions
near an area between the checkpoints of White Mountain and
Safety known as "the Blowhole". Thanks to Iditarod finisher
Jessie Royer, who was at Safety at the time of the request.
Jessie went out for a welfare check and she was able to
transport Jim and Scott back to the Safety checkpoint by
snow machine. Lanier had 13 dogs in his team and Janssen had 11
dogs in his team at the time they made the decision to scratch.

7 teams still on the trail...

Stay tuned...

-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ~ 67° at 2:30am (DST!!)
>>From: Terry DAVIS Knox ('65)

Re: Dallas redeemed

Maren, Thank you for that piece on the musher Dallas, who was 
wrongly disqualified from the race for doping. 

	{He wasn't disqualified.. He placed 2nd in last
	year's Iditarod. He was wrongly ACCUSED... and
	then the Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) let the
	accusation sit for months and MONTHS after they
	KNEW Dallas did nothing wrong. -Maren]

But I'm still unclear exactly what happened. Did they wrongly
test his dogs? Did they wrongly read the results? AND what can 
he do about it?

	[Dallas is an avid supporter of testing dogs for
	illegal substances. What the ITC did INITIALLY is
	to come out and say that an illegal substance was
	found in the dogs of a "top ten contender" without
	naming Dallas. Of course Dallas wanted his name
	cleared right away, but the ITC was not timely in
	reporting that Dallas did nothing wrong and his
	name had been cleared. And there wasn't all the
	fanfare about the clearing either. AND NO PUBLIC
	APOLOGY. He did the only thing he could do: He
	withdrew from the 2018 race and went to Norway
	to race his dogs. -Maren]

Even for someone outside the sport as I am, it's an interesting 
story. And a fair account of an unfair situation.
The guy is all the hell way across the planet with his dogs for 
this event, only to get stiffed.

I hope you'll follow up on it.

	[Don't know what he'll do next year... I hope the
	ITC gets new leadership cuz I doubt Dallas will
	race in the Iditarod unless and until there is
	new leadership. -Maren]

Unrequired minds want to know.

-Terry DAVIS Knox ('65)
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