Alaska news was dominated by politics in the lead-up to Tuesday's primary elections, the same week that Republicans descended on Florida for their national convention. Primaries settled the landscape for some very interesting contests across the state this fall, which no doubt will be influenced by massive spending by special interest groups intent on shaping public policy. We've got the rundown on primary winners and losers and what's next.
It was also a big week for the Arctic: Shell Oil finally received federal blessing for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea, just days after emissaries from across the circumpolar north gathered to discuss Arctic investment and conservation at the Arctic Imperative Summit in Girdwood, Alaska. And all of that took place against the backdrop of further proof that a warming climate led to a record recession of Arctic Sea ice this summer.
Read all about these issues and more here.