Eielson Fram Road via Google Earth

This Defense Stinks


WC’s Grandpa Walt taught WC that my freedom to swing my arm was limited to just less than the distance to my neighbor’s nose. He also taught WC tht cheaters never prosper. Grandpa Walt died too young too long ago, but he would be mightily pleased with Friday’s Alaska Supreme Court decision in Lander v. Riddle.…

Chum Salmon, Admiralty Island, Alaska

When Newspapers Ignore a Story


The “Stand for Salmon” initiative has met the signature requirements to appear on the November 6 general election ballot. You sure wouldn’t know it if you relied on the Anchorage Daily News, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner or the Mat-Su Frontiersman to find out. It’s kind of a big deal, and you have to wonder why the bigger papers…

Theresa Obermeyer, 1995

Thirty-three Times


There’s no question that the all-time record for failed attempts to pass the Alaska Bar Examination belongs to Tom Obermeyer. WC may have lost count, but it’s at least thirty-three times. Tom has failed despite individual tutorials and coaching from the Alaska Bar Association – something never offered to any other bar exam candidate. There’s…

Ben Stevens, former State senator and Unindicted

Whatever Happened To?


One of the signature characteristics of Alaska is that people come and go. Including WC. Some stay longer – more than 60 years in WC’s case. Some a lot less. Like sometime gubernatorial candidate and convicted criminal John Lindauer. WC often wonders what happened to, among many others: Shelia Toomey, who for decades researched and…

Proposed King Cove-Cold By Road

Beware of Zinkes Bearing Gifts


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at first appears to have been stricken with an attack of reasonableness. How else to explain his decision to re-think allowing the Pebble Mine to go forward? But there is less or perhaps more here then meets the eye. To understand why we need to talk about American law…