Big, wind-whipped waves were crashing onto the beach at Barrow, forcing closure of a road, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. 
Yereth Rosen
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President Barack Obama will be in Alaska next week, including a stop in Anchorage that will cause some closures along roads and to other services.
Sean Doogan
A forecast for an unusually strong late-summer windstorm starting today has the National Weather Service issuing wind warnings for Seward, Moose Pass, Whittier, Girdwood and Valdez.
Suzanna Caldwell
A man jumped out of the woods at Williwaw Way and Tanana Drive and demanded money from a woman as he brandished a firearm, troopers said. 
Megan Edge
Average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent have been approved by the Alaska Division of Insurance for the two companies providing individual plans through the federally run online marketplace. HealthBecky Bohrer | Associated Press
Schools in the Mat-Su are scrambling to keep up with a surprise influx of students that’s swelling class sizes and causing a scramble for more teachers.EducationZaz Hollander
Northern lights were a deciding factor when I moved to Alaska. My friends had helped me get into hiking and I wanted to do more of that, but most of all I wanted to be somewhere so extreme in the world that I could see the aurora.AdventureAlli Harvey

News & Politics

Flight rules during Obama visit include checkpoint stops for small planes

Restrictions intended to secure airspace during President Barack Obama’s visit next week will require pilots of many small planes to stop at checkpoints for security clearance.Lisa Demer

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Adventure

Alli Harvey: Chasing the aurora all the way to Alaska

Northern lights were a deciding factor when I moved to Alaska. My friends had helped me get into hiking and I wanted to do more of that, but most of all I wanted to be somewhere so extreme in the world that I could see the aurora.Alli Harvey

Culture

Some familiar faces in State Fair concert lineup

Zach Carothers’ earliest memories of attending the Alaska State Fair include most of the usual trappings of youth – rides, carnival games and corn dogs. But the real score for Carothers, bass player of the acclaimed rock band Portugal. The Man, was one that fed the musical hunger of a punk-inclined Wasilla teen.Chris Bieri

Arctic

Norway, Russia find peace in cod

Some Norwegian research institutes are experiencing problems in cross-border research activities with Russia, among them the Norwegian Polar Institute’s polar bear count this year. However, fishing cooperation between the two countries is proceeding this year.Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

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