Photo shows Alaskans who traveled to Washington, D.C., for congressional hearings on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in December 1971. Standing from left are George Cardner, Roger Connor, Emil Notti, Flore Lekanof, Cliff Groh, Barry Jackson, congressional secretary Thoda Forslund and Morris Thompson. Seated are Alaska state Rep. Willie Hensley, Alaska U.S. Rep. Howard Pollock and Laura Bergt. (ADN archive; Anchorage Times photo)

R.I.P. Barry Jackson, 1930-2018


WC wasn’t going to write about Barry Jackson, who died July 31 after a long struggle with cancer, dementia and other illnesses. At least in the final years of his legal practice, he caused a lot of harm to a lot of people. But after reading Dermot Cole’s article on Jackson, WC feels compelled to…

R.I.P. V. Paul Gavora, 1931-2018


WC met Paul Gavora in the Northland Hub bankruptcy.1 WC represented the Unsecured Creditors Committee. The committee wanted its members paid. Gavora wanted out. It was not a happy situation. In a business reorganization bankruptcy, in this case a Chapter 11, the unsecured creditors are permitted to organize and have a collective voice in how…

Black Phoebe on Tombstone, San Diego, CA

Memorial Day, 2018


A post from four years ago. In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were…

Some Notes on Jerry Norum


Jerry Norum died earlier this month, at age 84. WC lost a friend, a terrific teacher and a role model. WC’s 5th grade teacher was Dorothy McNavish. If you are of a certain age, your remember a gray-haired woman, hair in a tight bun, lips tightly pursed, carrying an “I’m from Foodland” shopping bag. Yeah,…

A wildlife ranger comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet moments before he passed away. Credit: Ami Vitale National Geographic Creative

R.I.P. Sudan, 1973-2018


Sudan, the last Northern White Rhinoceros, Certatotherium simum cottoni, was euthanized March 19. He was 45 years old, advanced old age for a rhino. He was the last male of his subspecies. The two remaining Northern White Rhinos are his daughter and granddaughter, Najin and Fatu. Sudan was born in 1973 in Shambe, South Sudan. He…