November 2002 Quake Fault Trace Crossing Richardson Highway

Now This Was an Earthquake


On November 3, 2002, just a little after noon, WC was upstairs at his home in Fairbanks, working on his email. Mrs. WC was downstairs doing chores. The whole house gave a very strong, sudden and sharp jerk. There was a pause. And then continuously, for two minutes and 18 seconds, the house thrashed around…

Source: 5/14/20 Barry Arm Landslide Working Group Letter

The Barry Arm Problem


WC has written before about this summer working on the R/V Acona for the University of Alaska’s Institute of Marine Science. One of the research projects involved a trip to Lituya Bay, in the northwestern part of of Southeast Alaska. In 1958, an earthquake and consequent landslide created what was then the largest tsunami –…

Shawn O'Shea-Grantham was arrested in 2016 for a decade-long pattern of sexual abuse against children. (ADN archive)

Tales from Wasilla: Shawn O’Shea-Grantham


Even by the sometimes bizarre standards of Wasilla, Shawn O’Shea-Grantham was a very strange person. O’Shea-Grantham comes to mind because she died last week, back in prison for violating the conditions of her probation. She was proof, if we needed it, that sexual abuse isn’t always committed by men. In her sick world, she thought…

Tales from Wasilla: The Book Burners Are Back


WC had intended to make this Tale from Wasilla about Shawn O’Shea-Grantham, who died recently while serving her prison sentence. But as appalling as Shawn O’Shea-Grantham’s story is, she’s been trumped (sorry) by the Mat-Su School Board and its 5-2 decision to ban five outstanding books from the tender eyes of Mat-Su high school students.1…