Alaska Advocate's final issue, featuring a very young Howard Weaver on the over

Marking an Anniversary: the Death of the Alaska Advocate


This month marks the 36th anniversary of the last issue of the Alaska Advocate, a statewide weekly newspaper originally founded by three Anchorage Daily News staffers, Howard Weaver, Mark Weaver, and Andy Williams, and two Associated Press reporters, John Greely and Rodger Painter. The Advocate was about as anti-establishment as an Alaska newspaper has been and, at its peak, claimed…

Rev. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

None So Blind


None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see. — Matthew Henry. English clergyman, 1662-1714 The thing about ideology, about the unquestioning acceptance of a principle, is that it diminishes your ability to think critically. A biblical literalist, who takes as a principle that the Universe…

Unexploded ordnance from World War I, photo by Chris Gehrz

Our Very Own Ypres


It’s been a century since the start of World War I. Yet unexploded ordinance – explosives and war gas shells – continue to turn up in vast quantities in the battlefields of France and Belgium. In the area of Ypres, France, alone, in the last four years the disposal squads have dealt with 629 tons…