Shoshone Falls, Idaho, Vertical Composition

Notes on Shoshone Falls


The Snake River is dammed within an inch of its life. It’s polluted by agricultural runoff. Diverted for irrigation. There are at least 15 dams along its length, most of them in Idaho. But once in a while it can still bust loose and show some serious water. And when it does, there’s no better…

The State of Alaska Economy. Don't worry. Senators Chenault and Kelly are in charge

Getting Your Priorities All Wrong


The Alaska Legislature adjourned without acting on any of the issues on its agenda.1 The Legislature, faced with the gravest fiscal crisis in its history, bailed. The Republican Majority Coalition didn’t even hold a substantive hearing. It’s the greatest legislative abdication of constitutional responsibility in WC’s memory. In the absence of legislative action, 70% or…

An image from Chris Simcox's brief, dark-horse run for U.S. Senate in the 2010 GOP primary against John McCain.

Chris Simcox: Kindergarten Teacher, Vigilante and Pervert


WC is usually satisfied to let perverts rot without publicity. But Chris Simcox is such a strange story that it’s worth a look. Chris Simcox, most recently of Phoenix, Arizona, taught kindergarten through third grade at the affluent, private Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California,1 for a reported 13 years.[^2] After his employment as a teacher ended, he became a grade school tutor.…