Tongass National Forest

Trump and the Tongass Roadless Rule


The history of the Tongass Roadless Rule is a twisted, complex subject that makes explaining quantum physics easy in comparison. But the primary legal principle that emerged from 18 years (!) lof litigation is pretty good news as the Trumpster attempts to eviscerate environmental safeguards. At least it’s good news if you care about the environment.…

Peddling Astroturf

Alaska NOT Conservation Trust: Greenwashing Comes to Alaska


The Anchorage Daily Dispatch reports there is a new charitable organization in Alaska, calling itself the Alaska Conservation Trust. The new kid has about as much to do with conservation as “clean coal.” ACT’s president is Greg Bell. Its single, part-time employee is Curtis Thayer, who was former Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell’s Commissioner of Administration.…

The Best Justice Money Can Buy


What’s most striking about an examination of the political activities of Bob Gillam, the richest man in Alaska, is the carnage that he’s left in his wake. The rich really are different: they don’t have to care about the consequences. The Anchorage Daily News has a recent partial summary of a small part of the chaos…

Murky Weighs in On a Debate That’s Over


You’d think that a former governor who presided over the most corrupt government in Alaska since statehood would stay home and write his memoirs or something. You’d think a former Governor whose own Chief of Staff served a prison sentence for illegal campaign contributions would thank his lucky stars that Chief of Staff didn’t tell…

R.I.P. Ginny Wood, 1917-2013


WC is an unabashed, unapologetic conservationist. WC is sad to report that one of the founders of the conservation movement in Alaska has died. It was, WC believes, in the early summer of 1969 or so. WC was at Eielson Visitor Center. A group of tourists, 3-4 people, were out in front of the Center…