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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 after two unfavorable court rulings.
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
Troopers seized the meat. and Nathan Olson of Minnesota was issued a summons to appear in Kotzebue District Court for the citation on Sept. 17.
Michelle Theriault Boots
Climate change was front and center in President Barack Obama’s unusual trip to the Arctic on Wednesday, in which he flew over the flood-threatened village of Kivalina and stopped at the Inupiat hub town of Kotzebue.President Obama in AlaskaAlex DeMarban
This year, in the interest of journalistic integrity, I vowed to try only new foods at the Alaska State Fair -- a sacrifice that should garner notice from the Pulitzer people.Food & DrinkMara Severin
President Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change.President Obama in AlaskaJosh Lederman | Associated Press
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

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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

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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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