@supercyberbob, I am sorry to say but I don't think Google screwed up. I think this is exactly what they had in mind with the algo. I had to set my Location to something in AK so I didn't get all the sites from this area. Why do I have to do that? Why does Google think that I want sites from my area? Why would they even care what I want and try to guess what I want? Why do I have to try to fool Google to try to find something? Do I have to use -CityName -state in all searches now? Is there a setting not to use local results? If there is, I haven't found it.
So what do I need to do with my sites? Do I have "localize" it? By city? By state? Is Google more of a Yellowbook now with local pages?