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The Worst of the Palin Legacy


Sarah Palin’s legacy for Alaska has been hundreds of millions in wasted dollars in her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, a documented pattern of corruption she was elected to clean up and a tediously long list of other disasters we are all doing our best to forget. But those aren’t the worst part of her legacy;…

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Sometimes the Good Guys Win


This full-page advertisement appeared in The Washington Post, the Seattle Times and the San Fransisco Chronicle on March 6, 2014. It’s not over. Not any more than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is safe from oil development, or the remaining old growth forest in the Tongass is safe from clear-cutting. But the withdrawal of Anglo-American, the EPA’s well-reasoned science…

Adventure Book, by Munkh-Erdene Tsagaan, Altankhuu Khishidahl and Enkherdene Ganbataar

Ice Alaska 2014 – Multi-Block Competition


Ice Alaska 2014 – formally, the BP World Ice Art Championships 2014 – continue in Fairbanks. The multi-block sculptures are now carved and judging is complete. Here’s a sampler of the amazing multi-block pieces the artists have carved. The Chinese team’s lovely, multi-layered mountain scene, with aurora chasing above the mountains, won the Governor’s Award for Realistic…

Boreal Chickadee, November 2013

Alaska’s Most Entertaining Winter Bird


Hands down, it’s Interior Alaska’s two chickadee species. The most common, the Black-capped Chickadee, is an acrobatic, sassy, snappy looking fellow. But its cousin, the Boreal Chickadee, might be more handsome, and is certainly more belligerent. Chickadees not only readily come to bird feeders; they are endlessly entertaining. They squabble. They chase each other around.…

GVEA’s Illusory Savings


Golden Valley Electric Association, Interior Alaska’s electric utility, has proudly announced it has acquired the failed “Clean Coal” power plant in Healy. Healy II, and intends to re-open it. GVEA paid a state agency $44 million for the 14-year old, mothballed facility, and will invest another $100 million or so in retrofitting and getting it…

A Zillion, Jillion Bazillion


Calvin and his tiger, Hobbes, are walking through the woods. Calvin: “People keep talking about opening more wilderness for development.” Balancing and walking along a log. “We seem to understand the value of oil, timber, minerals and housing, but not the value of unspoiled beauty, wildlife, solitude and spiritual renewal. Hobbes: Perched on a boulder. “We…

Another Gored Ox: The Alaska Chamber of Commerce


The President of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce has an opinion piece in Alaska Dispatch, touting the State Chamber’s priorities for the Alaska state government. Most are predictable; one is a surprise. All demonstrate the incredible short-sightedness of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce. Another of WC’s grandmother’s favorite sayings was to always ask whose ox was…

Tales from Wasilla: John Combs


Former Palmer City Mayor and, until recently, Wasilla Recreation Director John Combs has been charged with DUI and a misdemeanor drug charge. According to the Mat Su Frontiersman, John C. Combs, a former Palmer mayor, resigned the afternoon of Oct. 9, hours after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following an event…

Pope Returns to Fairbanks


It’s true. The Pope has returned to Fairbanks. No, not one of the guys in nominal charge of the Catholic Church. The Pope is the 1906 Pope-Toledo. This car is the same make and model as one of the very first autos to come to Fairbanks. The restoration work is extremely impressive. WC is advised…