Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

A Matter of (In)Competence


Amy Davidson, writing in New Yorker, said of Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer: President Trump has given an important job to a person not competent to carry it out.  . . .  Then again, in the Trump Administration, what would competent communications looks like? How do you persuasively promote the travel bans, or Ivanka’s role in matters…

Brewer's Blackbird

Blackbird, Fly


Yes, we’ve looked at North American blackbirds before but spring migration is getting under way. And for WC, blackbirds are the very icon of spring migration. The Red-winged Blackbird is perhaps the most abundant and most commonly studied bird of North America. In Idaho’s limited wetlands, the males’ calls are almost deafening. Idaho shares this…

Mat-Su Borough Superintendent Gene Stone at a ribbon cutting at the new Iditarod Elementary School last year. (Matt Hickman/Frontiersman)

Tales from Wasilla: Superintendent Gene Stone


The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reports that Mat-Su Borough School District Superintendent Gene Stone resigned “for personal reasons.” Heh. Consider: The meeting was called on less than four hours notice. Superintendent Stone was not present at the meeting. School district legal counsel Saul Freidman was present. The school board met in a two our long executive session beforehand. The…