Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming.

Working at Cross Purposes


The Anchorage Daily News, without any sense of irony, ran two stories in its October 8 edition that are a fine demonstration of Alaska working at cross-purposes to itself. First there was the Washington Post story on the recalculation of the rate of climate change. The report makes clear that the truly catastrophic changes from man-caused climate…

Lukis Nighswonger appears in court via video for his arraignment on charges of sexual abuse of a minor Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Palmer. Nighswonger was a teacher at Iditarod Elementary School and is accused of abusing students there. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Tales from Wasilla: The Wasilla Police Department Screwed Up Big Time


The Anchorage Daily News reports that an 8-year old boy came forward in 2012 to report he had been sexually abused by a teacher, Lukis Nighswonger. The Wasilla Police Department now says it investigated those allegations, concluded there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges, and closed the investigation. According to the News, “There’s so many things we…

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…

Melissa Howard posing with he mother and her forged diploma. Mom must be awfully proud.

It’s Not Just Republican Men


While WC was off photographing birds, two stories broke, both involving Republican candidates and both involving women, proving that despite President Trump’s egregious and unapologetic sexism, the Republicans are all about equal corruption, with no regard to gender. The first exhibit is Melissa Howard, a Florida state House candidate. She has achieved infamy, or t least…

Map of Lituya Bay, showing extent of damage from tsunami (USGS)

The Other Great Alaskan Earthquake


Sixty years ago this month, on the quiet evening of July 9, 1958, the Fairweather Fault in Southeastern Alaska shifted 21 feet laterally and three feet vertically, a ML 7.8 earthquake. The violent shaking caused a massive landslide at the head of the Lituya Bay, on the northeasterly wall of Gilbert Inlet. From as high…

Tales from Wasilla: Reagan Martz


Reagan Martz is in jail on $50,000 bail. He is charged with killing one person and injuring two others. He is alleged to have been drunk, seriously drunk, while operating a boat on Flat Lake near Big Lake. He struck three women on a float tube. There were plenty of signs that this could happen.…