Bumpersticker, Cordova, Alaska, Photographer Uknown

Cordova and the Copper River Highway


Even today you can see the bumperstickers around Cordova: There is not and never has been a road from Cordova to the rest of the world. There used to be a railroad from Cordova through Chitina to McCarthy, the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad. Cordova exists because of the railroad and the $200 million in…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Murkowski’s Ignorance: Add Ecology to the List


A section of the 2016 federal budget, inserted by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, Write-In), forbids the Fish and Wildlife Service from moving cattle off Chirikof and Wosnesenski Islands in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. “Where?” you say? “Whatever,” you say? No, you should care, because it is a classic illustration of Senator Murkowski’s two most serious flaws. She assumes she is…

Eurasian Starling, Ada County, Idaho

Aliens Among Us: Eurasian Starling


New York pharmacist Eugene Schieffelin was the chairman of the American Acclimatization Society, which tried to introduce every bird species mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare into North America. Unhappily, the Eurasian Starling is mentioned in Henry IV, Part I, when the hasty and intemperate Hotspur, annoyed with King Henry because he will not ransom Hotspur’s brother-in-law, Mortimer, says: He…