Sawtooth National Recreation Area, July 16, 2016

Can We Think About this Privatization of Federal Land Idea?


Americans, and international visitors, love federal lands. Idahoans pack the federal parks, national forests, national recreation areas and other federal lands all summer. Everything from dirt bike racing in the Owyhee Mountains to rafting Wild and Scenic Rivers to backpacking Forest Service trails to filling up all the campgrounds in the state on weekends. Hunting…

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Alaska’s Economy: An Update


Some of WC’s readers were pretty unhappy when WC predicted the state legislature was going to put Alaska into a recession. Even more were unhappy when WC announced it had happened. So WC expects to piss off still more of his readers by reporting that the recession is deepening. Job growth has tanked. It’s a…

The Ghost of the Taj Mahawker (Photo Erik Hill/ADN)

Making the Same Mistake Twice


The uproar over the Taj Mahawker – the Legislature’s palatial, overpriced, legally dubious former quarters in Anchorage – contributed to the outcome of both the primary and general election. The voters were unwilling to part with half of their permanent fund dividend and give their legislators Trump-like office space. That same sentiment may have contributed…