3633 Anton Avenue, North Pole, Alaska

Reality Bites


WC and Mrs. WC, returning from a few days at the family cabin outside of McCall, Idaho, drove through Cascade, Idaho. The community lost its lumber mill some years ago, and has been limping along on tourism and outdoor recreation since, trading off of its proximity to Cascade Reservoir Lake. Mrs. WC mentioned that the…

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

How We Pissed It All Away, Part 3


This is the third part of a series on Alaska’s spendthrift ways. Here’s the first piece. Here’s the second piece. Do you know about cargo cults? The term is somewhat perjorative, and has fallen into disuse, but it was a belief system among members of a relatively undeveloped society in which adherents would practice superstitious rituals…

A Small Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation – CAFO – in southwestern Idaho

Bad Arithmetic


Years ago, WC was meeting with a law client who told WC, “I don’t understand, I’m selling more gasoline than anyone else in Fairbanks and I’m still losing money.” As it turned out, she was losing about three-tenths of a cent per gallon sold. She’d failed to include her indirect costs in setting her prices.…

A Boise police officer stops his bike in front of homeless residents under the South 16th Street bridge in September 2014. (Photo credit: Idaho Statesman)

That’s $75,000 Pissed Away


The City of Boise has a homeless problem. Depending on who is counting, there are 120-150 homeless folks who shuttle between Boise’s limited number of shelter beds and the streets. Outgoing Mayor David Bieter tried to “solve” the problem by enforcing Boise’s long-standing, if unconstitutional, ordinances prohibiting folks from sleeping on the streets. Never mind…

Celadon Headquarters, Indiana (via Celadon)

Why You Should Care About the Celadon Bankruptcy


Celadon is a major United States trucking company. It’s not well-known in the western U.S., but along the I-35 corridor, from Minnesota to Texas, it’s one of the trucking companies you see most often on the road. The Indianapolis-based, publicly-traded trucking carrier employed more than 3,200 drivers and took in more than $1 billion in…