Nome Sunset; Open Water in Norton Sound in Mid-March; photo © Laurent Dick 2019

Climate Change Gets Real


Laurent Dick, one of Alaska’s best nature photographers, is in Nome, Alaska for the end of the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He captured this lovely sunset photo from the beach, not far from the arch marking the end of the Iditarod. What’s astonishing about the photo is that Norton Sound is open. Open water.…

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: Three Lessons from Nighswonger


WC gas written about accused pedophile Lukis Nighswonger before, and the Wasilla Police Department’s massive error in failing to report allegations of sexual abuse to the Mat-Su School District. But there are other lessons to be drawn from the sordid business, if the facts alleged in recent civil complaint are proven, and some of them…

Mayor Matherly's official photo

The Wrong Decision for the Wrong Reasons


City of Fairbanks Mayor James Matherly decided to veto Ordinance 6093, titled “An Ordinance Amending FGC Chapter 1 by Adding Sections 1-21 through 1-28 Addressing Equal Rights.” It was introduced by Council Members Ottersten, Kun, Therrien, Rogers, and Mayor Matherly. That’s right, Mayor Matherly vetoed the ordinance he co-introduced. it was the wrong decision for…

It's always awkward when the chickens come home to roost

Alaskans Learn About TANSTAAFL


Alaskans elected Mike Dunleavy as governor because he promised them big, fat permanent fund dividends. They voted their greed. Those chickens are now coming home to roost.1 The problem Alaskans face is that the laws of economics are as harsh and unforgiving as the laws of physics. One of those laws is sometimes abbreviated TANSTAAFL.…