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…

Wasilla head coach Jeannie Hebert-Truax waves the net after cutting it down as the Warriors celebrated their second-straight 4A girls state championship in 2017. Hebert-Truax, who has led Wasilla to six state titles, has been named a head coach for the McDonald's All-American Game. Photo credit: Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman

Tales from Wasilla: Jeannie Hebert-Truax


WC has spent a lot of time mocking Wasilla and its denizens. Not this time. Jeannie Hebert-Truax is far better than Wasilla deserves. She is Alaska’s best high school basketball coach, men’s or women’s. She led the Wasilla Warriors women’s team to their second-straight 4A girls state championship in 2017 and their sixth championship overall. And…

Senator Pete Kelly: Economic Ignoramus or Political Coward?

Pete Kelly’s Secret Plan to Doom Alaska


WC has decided that Pete Kelly must have a plan. It’s possible that he’s secretly a nihilist, someone who condemns existence, but WC thinks it is unlikely Senator Kelly knows what nihilism is. So, based on careful observation and inference, as well as logical extension of his actions and inaction so far, WC presents Senator…

Bill Fulton, Telling a Story

Book Review: Blood of Patriots


In a better world, Schaeffer Cox’s mental illness would have been diagnosed sooner and the events of Blood of Patriots wouldn’t have happened. His paranoia and delusions magnified his narcissism and shaky grasp on reality. The explosive combination of a pathological liar and remarkably high charisma were exactly the wrong traits for his personality. It still…