President Obama on Wednesday announced new efforts and funding to encourage energy efficiency in remote villages and the appointment of a federal coordinator for “climate resilience” during his trip to Kotzebue. Earlier in the day, he took part in traditional dancing in Dillingham. The visits to the rural communities marked his last stops in Alaska on a three-day tour of the state.
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The legislative committee that voted to sue Alaska Gov. Bill Walker over Medicaid expansion met Wednesday but took no action and offered no indication it would back away from its lawsuit -- even after two unfavorable rulings from state courts.
Nathaniel Herz
The announcement this week from ConocoPhillips that it may cut 120 jobs in Alaska is bad news for the economy, but a state labor department official said Wednesday the damage could have been worse.
Sean Doogan
Medicaid expansion opens a new insurance coverage option for thousands of low-income, childless Alaskans between ages 19 and 64 who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (or an annual income of about $20,000 for a single adult).
Tegan Hanlon
Live updates of President Obama's visit to Alaska -- including trips to the communities of Dillingham and Kotzebue -- on Wednesday.President Obama in AlaskaAlaska Dispatch News
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s new tax on increasingly popular electronic cigarettes still stands, despite objections from e-cig users and sellers.Mat-SuZaz Hollander
“Investigation revealed Olson killed the second bull caribou when his bullet passed through the first bull he shot at, hitting the second caribou in the vitals,” the dispatch said.OutdoorsMichelle Theriault Boots
Someone stole an Alaska State Troopers car in Big Lake Wednesday afternoon with a suspect in the backseat and both people remain missing, troopers said.Crime & JusticeTegan Hanlon

News & Politics

Sea ice melted faster than usual in August, on pace for 3rd- or 4th-lowest year on record

Arctic sea ice in August melted faster than usual, putting 2015 on pace to be the year with the third- or fourth lowest ice extent on record. The faster rate means Canada's M'Clure Strait passage may be open this year for the first time since 2007.Kamala Kelkar

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Flush with ducks, Denali Highway a good spot for young hunters

An entire generation of really dumb ducks are swimming very close to the Denali Highway on both the Monahan Flats and the Maclaren River. John Schandelmeier


Unmanned vessel aids in charting Arctic waters

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We Alaskans

For 1923 visit to Alaska, White House shipped tablecloths, sheets to roadhouses

Herbert Hoover, the future president, wrote later that President Warren Harding was ill at ease on the Alaska trip, and insisted on playing bridge from just after breakfast until midnight. Hoover, then the secretary of commerce, was one of four other bridge players on the ship. "For some reason I developed a distaste for bridge on this journey and never played it again," Hoover said. Dermot Cole

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