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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 75 cents

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Kahne is second Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne finished second Sunday in the STP 400 NASCAR event at Kansas Speedway. Kahne started 27th but maneuvered to the No. 2 spot, challenging for the lead following a late restart. Eventual winner Matt Kenseth held him off, winning by .15 seconds. Kahne is second in the points standings, 37 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Weather The forecast for today is sunny with a high of 68 and a low of 41. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high of 63. Friday promises a high of 60 and a low of 46. Cloudy skies will return for the weekend, with highs near 60 and lows around 45.

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One block away from blast By Dennis Box Editor

Aaron Stafford planned a special 30th birthday party for his wife, Lori Stafford Sunday when she returned to Enumclaw from Boston. Lori Stafford ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, finishing 45 minutes before the two bombs exploded. She was just one block away when the bombs detonated. “I was going to meet my family,” Lori Stafford said. “When it went off there was a very loud boom. I looked up, but I couldn’t see anything at first, but we knew something serious was going on.” Very quickly, she said, the area was flooded with ambulances and police and the air was filled with sirens. “I could see the panic in people’s eyes,” she said during a phone interview. “We were separated from our families. We were trying to make calls out but the cell phones were all down.” Back home, Aaron Stafford said he was working on a

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The Enumclaw City Council approved a letter concerning recreation access to the White River Forest land during a special meeting Friday. The council had requested that city staff put together a letter to be sent to King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County officials regarding about 43,000 acres of forestland east of Enumclaw. The King County Council approved a measure allowing the executive to complete an $11.1 million deal with Hancock Timber Resource Group, owner of the land, protecting the land from development. The land continues to be owned by Hancock as a working forest.

Lori Stafford, shown here after finishing the April 15 Boston Marathon and about 45 minutes before the blast that took three lives and injured more than 180. Courtesy photo from Lori Stafford

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Early takeoff “The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful until we were 800 miles out from Japan and we were spotted,” Saylor said. The Japanese picket boat No. 23 Nitto Maru spotted the USS Hornet at 7:38 a.m. April 18. The escort cruiser USS Nashville was able to sink it, but not before it had radioed the mainland. This g… urin r feat ive

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Recreation access to forest letter approved By Dennis Box

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turn of events forced the Raiders’ hand. “So the Japanese knew we were coming,” Saylor said. “That information wasn’t available to us at that moment, but we knew that they knew we were coming. But we were 400 miles too far out. We were supposed to take off 400 miles from Tokyo. Our original plan was to take off at dusk, bomb the targets, get to the Chinese airfield at dawn and gas up. We didn’t get to do it that way, because we couldn’t.” The Raiders, none of whom had flown from a carrier before, took off immediately. They had trained to catch air within 500 feet on the assumption that it would be a challenge for a big plane on a short runway. But of all the misfortunes that had already occurred and were yet to come, a rough takeoff wasn’t one of them, thanks to a strong headwind. Now came the hard part. They were already further out than planned and the same head-

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wind that put them in the air safely was working against them, slowing them down and gulping up precious fuel. The covert nature of the operation meant each plane was entirely alone: no formation and total radio silence. The only thing guiding them was a magnetic compass. TNT had left its navigation officer behind to make room for flight surgeon Lt. Thomas Robert White. “We’re approaching Japan and we can see a bunch of navy ships all over the coast … and we can see people walking around on the decks,” Saylor said. “We were at 1,500 feet and they all ignored us. And the reason was that the Japanese hierarchy didn’t do much to get ready for us, so nobody knew we were coming except them. And they made a couple mistakes. They thought they knew every plane we had that could operate off

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Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 24, 2013