PAC Man: Joe Miller Redux


Another scary Hallowe’en story: Joe Miller, unindicted criminal, defeated senatorial candidate and chronic resumé exaggerator reports he is “presently chairman of the Western Representation PAC, Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC and Restoring Liberty Action Committee.” So WC will call him PAC Man for short. For those who are new to these events, Joe Miller has a footnote in Alaska history as…

Mikhal’s Story: Chapter 3


A few years ago, WC completed a first draft of a novella. It’s not all that good, and publishers have not been leaping at the opportunity to buy it. But it’s likely good enough to blog… So WC will inflict his fiction – well, his overt fiction – on his long-suffering readers. Chapters will posted…

Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal


The Mob, a British film production company, has made three of Terry Pratchett’s novels into movies now: Hogfather (Amazon link), The Color of Magic/The Light Fantastic (Amazon link) and now Going Postal (Amazon link). With each movie, they do a better job of capturing the essence of a Pratchett novel. Going Postal comes very close…

Leucistic Vole – Update


Mrs. WC successfully live-trapped one of the white Red-backed Voles in our yard for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. So he is going to live at the University of Alaska, where his DNA will be studied. Voles don’t live very long – 18-24 months – but there’s a good chance this fellow…

Surprises in Your Own Front Yard


The Northern Red-backed Vole, Clethhionomys rutilus, is by the far the most common rodent in Interior Alaska. The species is the base of the food chain for a large number of predators, including Boreal Owls and Great Grey Owls. They have the distinctive dark red back that gives them their name. Not all of them,…