Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Murkowski and Sullivan: Dabbling in Warmongering


Both Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan “the Carpetbagger” Sullivan plan to vote against ratifying the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. WC thinks that among all of the serious misjudgments this pair has displayed recently, this one could be the worst. Let’s examine the facts and the lessons of history. Iran was…

Mount Robson, from Mount Robson Provincial Park Visitor Center, British Columbia

A Giant, Geological Layer Cake


All sedimentary rock, by definition is laid down in layers, strata to use the geological term. Often the layers get shoved around, folded and twisted, as they move through the tectonic grinder. It’s rare to see a mountain, a very large mountain, composed of apparently unaltered strata. Meet Mount Robson. It’s a 12,969 foot tall layer…

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.…