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.…

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…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Will Alaska Voters Allow Another Candidate to Buy an Election?


Dermot Cole wrote an excellent essay recently on Mike Dunleavy’s efforts to buy the Alaska governorship. Dunleavy is a Republican candidate and Cole documents the very large contributions to his political action committee. Donors include his brother, the ethically challenged Francis Dunleavy. Francis Dunleavy escaped indictment when JP Morgan got caught fixing electrical rates; Francis…

Senator Pete Kelly: Economic Ignoramus or Political Coward?

29 Months, and Counting


The national media have started to notice the sad state of Alaska’s economy. Newsweek even has an article. April was the 29th consecutive month of job losses in Alaska. Maybe it is time to re-think the Mike Dunleavy- Pete Kelly approach to recovering the state’s economy? After all, Senator Pete Kelly (R, Arrogance) told us to judge him…