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

Following Up and Following Down: February 2015


Yes, it’s true. To paraphrase the boys at Car Talk, you’ve wasted another perfectly good month reading Wickersham’s Conscience. It’s already time for another quick recap, a smirking wink at Real Journalism, as WC revisits earlier posts and omitted stories. Sometime this month, the National and Alaska media woke up and discovered that – gasp –…

There’s Something Fishy About This Case


John Yates was a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico. He was caught by a National Marine Fisheries Service agent with a large number of under-sized red grouper. The agent measured the fish, segregated the undersized fish and directed Yates not to destroy the fish. When the agent was gone, Yates ordered a crew member…

A Frosty Well & Good

Well & Good


WC will be on semi-break the next week or so. It’s not a vacation; it’s more or less the opposite of a vacation. Depending on events, there may or may not be posts. /WC

Spotted Towhee

Hotel Special Guests


WC and Mrs. WC were walking the grounds of a lodge less than a quarter mile from SeaTac International Airport. A portion of those grounds are a “recovered” wetland. The “recovery” seems mostly to have involved hauling away a lot of trash, but the result has been an island of habitat in a sea of…

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

Senator Murkowski Reports the Sky Is Falling


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Exxon) announced to the Alaska Legislature last week that President Barack Obama plans to shut down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. WC can’t make this stuff up. Walking the same path that former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell used to scare Alaskans into giving Big Oil $2 billion dollars, she’s trying to frighten Alaskans into some…