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Dutch Harbor travel makes for wondrous bald eagle photography adventure

Photographer Jack Molan, aka “Captain Jack,” moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, photographer Christian Sasse captured this dramatic moment featuring two bald eagles beneath the moon and a mostly blue sky. (still frame taken from video)
Photographer Christian Sasse speaking live to Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube.


Armed with several cameras, lenses and a myriad of other accessories, photographers Christian Sasse and Jack Molan arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday to embark on a unique bald eagle photography adventure.

Sasse’s pack includes a camera that shoots a thousand frames per second, allowing for a super slow-motion look at bald eagles, including the intricate  movements of feathers during takeoffs and landings.

Molan, a longtime fishing boat captain who’s spent three decades fishing out of “Dutch,” developed his passion for bald eagle photography while out at sea. The raptors would gather on his ship’s railings as the catch was collected, making for a unique outdoor photography studio floating upon the open ocean.

On Sunday, Sasse and Molan were interviewed live by Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube

Speaking from Dutch Harbor, the men shared their excitement about their trip, as well as specific details about Dutch Harbor travel, photography, and exactly what makes Dutch Harbor a unique and challenging destination for bald eagle photography.


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Christian Sasse is also physicist with a PhD in optics. This is why this dynamic duo is sometimes referred to as, “The Fisherman & the Physicist.”

This trip to “Dutch” is a follow-up adventure to the duo’s first joint-photo trip to the same location in March 2014.

Listen to a fantastic interview featuring guest Jack Molan on the Galley Stories podcast, hosted by Mark Caylor.  I learned a lot from this interview, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

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Beyond 90 Seconds blog News reporting gets mention in Tucson Weekly

After recent mentions in Australian and Canadian media, is now getting a bit of  attention here at home.  This week’s edition of the Tucson Weekly includes a nice write-up about this blog by “Media Watch” columnist John Schuster.

Because Schuster’s column specifically mentions my coverage of the murders of aspiring actress Juliana Redding and Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite, I’ve provided links here to my archives on both cases.

If you’re checking-out this blog for the first time, you might be interested to know that this site also includes several videos and podcasts.  Most recently, I traveled to a remote area north of Yuma to shoot a video concerning the history of the controversial Lord Our Righteousness Church (aka “Strong City Cult”). The video is titled, Return to Castle Dome (part 1).

Part 2 of Return to Castle Dome will likely appear here in a couple of weeks.  As noted earlier on this blog, I’ve been busy, lately, producing a freelance video assignment that took me out of state.

You’ll also discover that I often contact and interview news makers.  So, when others are blogging about a guy who found a body stuffed in a barrel that had been floating down a river near Winnipeg, I actually interviewed the man over the phone (podcast).

Finally, what you won’t find here is a blog laced with opinion.  Some might call that approach boring.  But I like the “just the facts” approach.  Facts can be compelling without a bunch of adjectives strung around ’em.

In the few posts where my opinion is found, you will find bold text stating “COMMENTARY” or “OPINION” directly beneath the headline.

I do not blog every day.  Although, there have been days when I have posted as many as three stories. Still, several days may pass without a single post.  Point is, I don’t blog simply to blog.  Something’s got to strike me as very compelling in order to fuel my engines up into the blogosphere.

If you’d like to learn even more about this blog’s approach to news, you can do so here.

Thank you for your interest in  It’s where you really do get to decide.

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Father of baby found dead in fire pit no stranger to law, deportation

Update (October 3, 6:08pm PST):  “2 years in prison for man whose infant son died in fire pit” (Seattle Times)

Attorneys had said that Rios could be deported after his sentencing or could be made to serve his sentence first. Rios, who has used different aliases and birth dates in the past, already has been deported to Mexico three times — in 1994, 1996 and 2001, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said. He also has several prior drug-related convictions, according to court documents. (Seattle Times)

Update (August 21, 7:59am PST): “Father pleads guilty in baby son’s fire pit death” (Seattle Times)

Choked with emotion, Alberto Rios, 41, mumbled “guilty” when asked his plea to the single count of second-degree manslaughter filed against him in the June 22 death of his 7-month-old son, Diego. (Seattle Times)

Update (June 27, 4:45 PST):  “Father of baby burned in fire pit charged with second degree manslaughter”    (Seattle Times)


(Federal Way, Washington) According to a story in today’s Seattle Times, Alberto Rios uses three aliases and three birth dates, has established a history of drug and alcohol-related arrests, and has been deported to his native Mexico three times.

Now, Rios is back behind bars, shackled with a $1 million bail.  He must also cope with the  unimaginable loss of his 7-month-old son, Diego, found dead in a backyard bonfire where Rios had reportedly “fallen asleep” a few feet away.

The horrific scene unfolded last weekend in this Seattle suburb where Rios reportedly told investigators people had gathered to celebrate the completion of a construction job.

The Seattle Times article states:

…(Rios) is in the U.S. illegally and has been deported to his native Mexico three times — in 1994, 1996 and in 2001, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

No doubt that excerpt (above) will resonate with many readers.  But another string of sentences within the newspaper article is even more disturbing, provoking a reluctant mind to imagine the final seconds of a little boy’s life:

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday that Diego died of smoke inhalation and burns to his entire body. Court documents said the autopsy also revealed Diego had soot in his esophagus, indicating he was alive when he fell into the fire pit.


*For more on this story, please read reporter Leslie Anne Jones’ excellent article in today’s Seattle Times. Videos are also provided below:

June 26, 2008: “$1 million bail for father in death of baby son” (KOMO-TV)

June 24, 2008: “Dad Held after Son Dies in Backyard Fire Pit,”  (ABC News)

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Journalist charged with rapes and murders he reported

UPDATE:  Suspect found dead

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(June 24, 7:55am PST) “Murder he wrote” (ABC News)

“The last victim, a 65-year old female, was found with 13 deep wounds on her skull and multiple rib fractures,” Kotevski told ABC News. -ABC News

(June 23, 4:45pm PST):  “The shocking story of a newspaper crime reporter who knew too much” (The Guardian UK)

When Vlado Taneski wrote about the serial killer stalking his hometown in Macedonia, his eye for detail was such that the story was soon riveting readers. The journalist’s inside knowledge of the brutal murders of three elderly women in the tiny town of Kicevo ensured that newspaper editors gave his columns prominence. -The Guardian UK

(June 23, 4:51am PST):  The BBC is now reporting that murder suspect Vlado Taneski has been found dead in jail.  According to the BBC’s Web site, police say Taneski committed suicide by “putting his head in a bucket full of water.”

-additional news articles:

Belfast Telegraph:

“Vlado Taneski committed suicide. He put his head in a pail full of water.

“It is unclear how none of his cell mates or guards noticed while he was doing so.

“He ended like in a horror movie,” a police spokesperson said.

The Guardian (UK):

Taneski was arrested on Friday at his home in Kicevo. Police found pornography in his home and took “biological material”, which they allege is a DNA match for samples taken from the victims, from his summer cottage in a nearby village on Saturday.

(also from The Guardian)

Ljupco Popovski, the editor-in-chief of Utrinski Vesnik told the Associated Press everyone there was “shocked” by the news.

“I know him as an exceptionally quiet man and I would never believe that he is capable of doing something like that,” Popovski said.

“He used to work for us till January this year. He was for more than 20 years a correspondent for the daily Nova Makedonija and he got the highest merits for his journalistic job there in the mid 80s. I remember that because I was at the same daily at that time.”

( June 22, 2008 ) A sensational story is emerging in Macedonia, where a newspaper reporter is charged with raping and murdering two women.  Police believe the suspect is linked to at least one additional murder.

Initial reports suggest the suspect had a severely poor relationship with his late mother and took out his anger on the victims, ultimately cutting them into pieces.

The investigation appears to have turned its focus on 56-year-old journalist Vlado Taneski after his stories included unreleased details about the murders.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Web site:

Police allege that he kidnapped and abused the women, in their 50s and 60s, before cutting them into pieces and dumping them in plastic bags.

“He is also suspected of being involved in… [the disappearance of] a 78-year-old female who is still missing,” said police spokesman Ivo Kotevski.

“All victims were found naked, strangled, wrapped with phone cables,” the spokesman said.

All the women apparently had similarities to the suspect’s late mother, with whom he reportedly had a poor relationship.

More information about this story is available at the BBC’s Web site.

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Jamiel Shaw II’s parents speak-out in new documentary

The Los Angeles murder story that continues to fuel heated political debate concerning illegal immigration is now the focus of a new documentary produced by the alternative news source Full Disclosure Network. The documentary provides an in-depth interview with the parents of the late Jamiel Shaw II.

Police say Jamiel Shaw II, 17, was walking home and speaking with his girlfriend on a cell phone March 2 when a gang member approached him, then shot and killed him.

It’s a case has closely followed from the beginning.

Investigators have charged a 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza with the murder. Espinoza, who is an illegal immigrant, had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw II’s murder.

Police do not believe the victim knew his killer. The victim’s parents believe their son was killed because he was black. In the new documentary, Shaw’s parents claim that some city leaders refuse to acknowledge this alleged motive because doing so would be politically unpopular.

The Jamiel Shaw II case has prompted one mayoral candidate to propose Jamiel’s Law, an effort to amend the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40.

Proponents of Jamiel’s Law argue that police should be allowed to make inquiries concerning an arrested person’s immigration status if that person is believed to be a gang member.

Presently, Special Order 40 dictates that “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.”

Shaw’s parents have also blasted people who’ve claimed that their son had gang ties, suggesting that the claim is part of a smear campaign aimed at dissuading voters from supporting Jamiel’s Law.

According to the Web site, the person who produced its new documentary is Leslie Dutton. The Web site provides the following information concerning Dutton’s background:

For more than a decade, Emmy Award winning producer-host Leslie Dutton has provided an alternative news source with Full Disclosure Network®. More than mere investigative journalism, Leslie has exposed political corruption, voter fraud, malfunctioning state courts, and errant police policy where it compromised the Rule of Law.

From the judicial system to the Presidency, she has interviewed prosecutors, police chiefs, & attorneys general, pursuing government accountability in issues including Iran Contra, Watergate, Whitewater, immigration policy (See Special Order 40), border security, and its effect on the War on Terrorism.

A nearly 10-minute long excerpt of the Full Disclosure documentary recently appeared on youtube. The excerpt also appears on the Full Disclosture Web site beneath the headline, “Is LA soft on criminal alien gangs?”

You can also watch the video here:

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NBC journalist Tim Russert dead at 58 ( MSNBC coverage )

Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, has died. Russert reportedly collapsed at work and appears to have died from a heart attack.

MSNBC reports:

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed, the network said.
He had recently returned from Italy, where his family was celebrating the graduation of Russert’s son, Luke, from Boston College.

Russert was also a political analyst for NBC Nightly News and the Today show.

MSNBC’s coverage can be viewed here.

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-from presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama:

I considered him not only a journalist but a friend. There wasn’t a better interviewer on television, a more thoughtful analysts about politics.” He was “one of the finest men I know.

“I am grief-stricken with loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” (Washington Post)

-from presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain:

I am very saddened by Tim Russert’s sudden death…Cindy and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the Russert family as they cope with this shocking loss and remember the life and legacy of a loving father, husband and the preeminent political journalist of his generation.

He was truly a great American who loved his family, his friends, his Buffalo Bills, and everything about politics and America. He was just a terrific guy. I was proud to call him a friend, and in the coming days, we will pay tribute to a life whose contributions to us all will long endure.

-from The Buffalo News (Russert’s hometown newspaper)

-Russert was a board member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame

-from MSNBC @ 2:17pm PST: “…an autopsy is underway.”

-Sen. Joe Lieberman on Tim Russert:

He was Explainer in Chief of our political life.

-Andrea Mitchell of NBC News:

Tim was our friend, our leader, our cheerleader, our teacher, my mentor.

-from President George W. Bush

Laura and I are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Tim Russert. Those of us who knew and worked with Tim, his many friends, and the millions of Americans who loyally followed his career on the air will all miss him.
As the longest-serving host of the longest-running program in the history of television, he was an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it.
Most important, Tim was a proud son and father, and Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Maureen, his son Luke, and the entire Russert family. We will keep them in our prayers.

-Transcript of the initial NBC News coverage of Russert’s passing:

I’m Tom Brokaw, NBC News. And it’s my sad duty to report
this afternoon that my friend and colleague, Tim Russert, the moderator of “MEET
THE PRESS” and NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, collapsed and died early this
afternoon while at work in the NBC news bureau in Washington. Tim had just
returned from a family trip to Italy with his wife, Maureen Orth, the writer,
and his son, Luke. They were celebrating Luke’s graduation from Boston College
just this spring. Tim, of course, has been the host of “MEET THE PRESS” longer
than any other person in that long-running television broadcast. He has been a
very familiar face on this network and throughout the world of political
journalism as one of the premier political analysts and journalists of his time.

Tim, 58-years-old, grew up in Buffalo and he wrote a No. 1 best selling “New
York Times” book called, “Big Russ and Me,” about his childhood and especially
about his relationship with his father, big Russ. That was followed by another
No. 1 “New York Times” best seller called, “The Wisdom of our Fathers.” That
book was inspired by the many letters that he received from other children
talking about their relationship with their fathers.

This was one of the most important years in Tim’s life for so many reasons. He
loved this political campaign. He worked to the point of exhaustion so many
weeks, not just on “MEET THE PRESS,” but on MSNBC, and with our colleague, Brian
Williams, of course, during the debates and on “Special Coverage” on NBC Nightly

Tim was a true child of Buffalo and the blue collar roots in which he was
raised. For all of his success, he was always in touch with the ethos of that
community. Just last week, he was back in Buffalo moving his father from his
home to another facility. His father now in his late 80s. Big Russ, it goes
without saying, our heart goes out to him and all members of Tim’s family.

Tim loved his family, his faith, his country, politics. He loved the Buffalo
Bills, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.
He of course had season tickets to that team when they moved to Washington. We
will have additional details throughout the evening here on NBC News and MSNBC,
of course.

Brian Williams will have continuing coverage.

But to repeat, our beloved colleague, one of the premier journalists of our
time, Tim Russert, died this afternoon after collapsing at work at the NBC News
bureau in Washington, D.C. And I think I can invoke personal privilege to say
that this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice.
He will be missed as he was loved, greatly.

I’m Tom Brokaw, NBC News in New York.

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