Lukis Nighswonger appears in court via video for his arraignment on charges of sexual abuse of a minor Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Palmer. Nighswonger was a teacher at Iditarod Elementary School and is accused of abusing students there. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Tales from Wasilla: The Wasilla Police Department Screwed Up Big Time


The Anchorage Daily News reports that an 8-year old boy came forward in 2012 to report he had been sexually abused by a teacher, Lukis Nighswonger. The Wasilla Police Department now says it investigated those allegations, concluded there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges, and closed the investigation. According to the News, “There’s so many things we…

Relative frequency of once-in-five-year precipitation events falling over a 2-day period, averaged over the continental U.S, 1901-2012. Green bars in recent decades show these events have become more frequent, when averaged across much of the country. SOURCE National Climate Assessment (U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014)

The Thing about 100-Year Floods


A 100-Year Flood, of course, is an extreme flooding event that happens, on average, only once every 100 years. A hydrologist would describe it as a “recurrence interval” or talk about an “annual exceedance probability (AEP).” The recurrence interval can change. If the stream basin is altered, say by urbanization or wildfire, then less rain…

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: (L-R) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (L) listens to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai testify before the House Judiciary Committee about Internet regulation in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Wheeler faced a tough line of questioning from the committee's Republicans about the FCC's recent move to regulate broadband Internet service like a utility using Title II of the Communications Act. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ajit Pai: Still the Lies


WC has pointed out earlier than Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai is a documented serial liar. Well, he’s still at it, but this time he’s made the mistake of taking on the New York Times. The Times made a Freedom of Information Request to the FCC, seeking the FCC’s web server logs for the dates around…

The Next Shock to Human Vanity


We thought we were the center of the universe, that everything spun around us. Tycho and Galileo proved heliocentrism, that the sun, not the Earth, is the epicenter of our solar system. We thought the sun was the only star, the center of creation. It turned out that Sol was a minor star among billions…

Justin Schneider in court, photographer unknown

Some Notes on Justin Schneider


Justin Schneider, for readers outside of Alaska, is a 34-year old Eagle River, Alaska man. He assaulted an Alaska Native woman. He picked her up at a gas station in Midtown Anchorage, He told he’d drive her to her boyfriend’s house, Instead, he drove her to a secluded area, attacked her, choked her until she…