Bear Glacier, Stewart-Hyder Access Road, Cassiar Highway

Cruising the Cassiar


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Alaska Highway during World War II with the easiest route possible. The result is an pretty boring drive. WC strongly prefers the Cassiar Highway, which breaks away south from the Alcan just before Watson Lake and runs 450 miles to the Yellowhead, Canada Highway 16, about 150 miles…

Way Past Stupid

So Far Past Stupid


The Republican-led Majority Caucus has filed a lawsuit, seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Walker from implementing Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Mind you, the same buffoons could have taken action in the last session to take the action themselves. They didn’t. No, the Legislature didn’t vote Medicaid expansion down; the majority caucus kept it from…

Peddling Astroturf

Alaska NOT Conservation Trust: Greenwashing Comes to Alaska


The Anchorage Daily Dispatch reports there is a new charitable organization in Alaska, calling itself the Alaska Conservation Trust. The new kid has about as much to do with conservation as “clean coal.” ACT’s president is Greg Bell. Its single, part-time employee is Curtis Thayer, who was former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell’s Commissioner of Administration.…

Downtown Hyder. Actually, most of Hyder.

Why Hyder?


Tiny little Hyder (pop. ~100) sits at the far end of the 90 mile long Portland Canal, the longest fjord in North America. North of Ketchikan and east of everything else in Alaska,1 there is no obvious reason why it is part of Alaska, or even exists at all. Like the answer to most questions…

Why did the Black Bear cross the road? Actually, he changed his mind and didn't.

Equal Time for Black Bears


WC has been accused of discriminating against Black Bears. A reader with more time than sense pointed out WC has posted many photos of Brown bears (nee’ Grizzly Bears) but neglected their smaller cousins. It’s nothing sinister; WC just hasn’t had that many opportunities to photograph Blackies. But yesterday WC was at Fish Creek, a…

Because you know you just can't trust those Canadians

Road Tales, Part 1


WC is on the road, en route from Fairbanks, Alaska to Boise, Idaho. Here are a few shots from the road. Saying goodbye to Alaska in dark gray, rainy conditions. And a greeting from the Yukon Territory Incredibly, the border itself is still cleared. Any terrorist willing to brave the swamps, bogs, muskeg and mosquitoes…