Yakutat Forelands with GPS route overlay

WC’s Epic Fails: State v. Carman and Mad Dog


Early in WC’s legal career, the superior court would appoint private attorneys to defend criminals when the Public Defender Agency had a conflict of interest. WC was appointed to represent Mike Carman in an armed robbery case back in 1977. Court-appointed counsel wasn’t given a choice. WC undertook the defense of Carman. Carman was being…

Governor Dunleavy: Ignorance Is Not Bliss


WC’s adopted state, Idaho, is politically a very conservative place. More conservative than Alaska, in most respects. At least until recently. But Idaho’s conservatism isn’t ostrich-head-in-the-sand conservatism. Unlike, say, Alaska. WC is speaking here of the approach to climate change. Governor Dunleavy in February abolished Alaska’s climate change commission. He didn’t explain why he issued…

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Uplands (photographer unknown)

A Couple of Wins for the Good Guys


Good news for Alaska conservationists has been scarce the last two years. Too many old fights have come back. So when on a single day, Friday, March 29, 2019, there are two different wins, well, it’s worth a blog post. The first win came for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Disgraced former Secretary of the Interior…

Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Black Rapids, Alaska

Cause, Effect and Kara Moriarty


Kara Moriarty is a flack for the oil and gas industry.1 Her wages are paid by ExxonMobile and British Petroleum, among others, through the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. You know, the folks who pay royalty and property taxes on North Slope production. So when Kara Moriarty says current tax levels are just fine, a…