Katie John at her fish camp; photo by Erik Hill, Anchorage Daily News

Revisiting a BUCIP: Subsistence in Alaska


The Katie John case has been reported as concluded. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the State of Alaska’s petition for certiorari; the SCOTUS won’t hear the State’s appeal. The decision of the 9th Circuit stands. Federal law preempts state law. Captain Zero loses yet another lawsuit against the Feds. Alaska Natives have priority to subsistence uses…

Captain Zero Pointing to the Right

The Worst of the Palin Legacy


Sarah Palin’s legacy for Alaska has been hundreds of millions in wasted dollars in her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, a documented pattern of corruption she was elected to clean up and a tediously long list of other disasters we are all doing our best to forget. But those aren’t the worst part of her legacy;…

You have to hand it to deregulation

Sean Parnell’s Vision for Alaska


WC may have figured out Captain Zero’s vision for Alaska. The New York Times recently had a piece on the regulatory climate in the sovereign state of North Carolina. Last June, state employees in charge of stopping water pollution were given updated marching orders on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers. “The…

Signing the U.S. Constitution

Checks, Balances and Pipeline Valuation


Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire the system of checks and balances that the Founding Fathers built in to the U.S. government. The Alaska Constitutional Convention included many of those checks and balances in Alaska’s Constitution. Because it works; the judicial branch checks and balances the folly of the executive branch, at…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

WC’s Wishes for 2014


Wonkette said recently, “The internet’s no good at solving stuff like world hunger, but it’s excellent at shitstorms.” There’s more truth in that than WC would like. But despite the wretched outcome of his wishes for 2010, wishes for 2011,  wishes for 2012 and most recently his wishes for 2013, WC will once again set out his wishes for 2014. While…

Your Alaska Legislature in Action

The Palin Legacy: Another Brick in the Wall


Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell and the Republican-dominated Legislature pushed through the repeal of former Governor Palin’s signature tax law, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share, or ACES, this year. Captain Zero’s proposed budget for the next year defunds the Alaska Gas Inducement Act, AGIA, Palin’s failed effort to involve the State of Alaska in the…

Grab the Money and Run

Captain Zero and the Giant Paycheck


What do you do if your governor is running the State of Alaska into bankruptcy, placing politics over common sense in health care, whoring for Big Oil and screwing school kids out of an education? Why, you give him a raise. At least, that’s what the Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission wants to do. Wait,…

Captain Zero Sucking Up to the NRA

The Parnell Legacy: Shame and Disrespect


The frightening thing is that Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell is eligible for another full term as governor of Alaska. The Alaska Constitution imposes term limits, but only two full terms; the near-two years as successor to The Quitter don’t count. Captain Zero can run against next year for another full four years. But in…

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The Magpie and the Mew


A few days ago, a Black-billed Magpie perched over one of Mrs. WC’s owl mews, the one on the deck, and announced at some length, in considerable alarm, that there was a Boreal Owl in the mew. Black-billed Magpies are fairly new to interior Alaska, although they are pretty common south of the Alaska Range.…