Tara Young


As Dillingham prepared for a Wednesday visit from President Barack Obama, talk of salmon -- and the proposed Pebble Mine -- dominated conversations in the Bristol Bay fishing community. "I feel like salmon are the reason we are here," said Cody Lawson. "It really is of national importance."Obama will meet with local fishermen at Kanakanak Beach. He'll also see a cultural performance at a school before flying to Kotzebue later in the day.Read more: Dillingham opens up to presidential team with dinners, signs and thanks for stance on Pebble mineWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)
Scott Jensen


Subsistence salmon fishing is winding down for the season in Northwest Alaska. Forty-four-year Kotzebue resident Lance Kramer scrambles to finish putting up fish before he moves on to other tasks, such as seeing President Obama breeze through town on Sept. 2.While Kotzebue might not be as well-known as its northern neighbors Nome and Barrow, it’s a fitting stop for a president trying to promote a balanced approach by allowing offshore oil development and trying to stem climate change. The region has experienced problems attributed to climate change firsthand -- as well as the industrial opportunities presented by melting ice. “The big question is about industry and subsistence -- how can you have both without hurting the other?” said Kramer late Monday along Kotzebue’s pebbly beach front as he filleted a dozen or so chum salmon with an ulu knife. “We have to have development, but subsistence is the most important thing.” Kramer, the senior director of lands for the NANA Regional Corporation who also appears on National Geographic’s "Yukon River Run," said subsistence is paramount. He’s not happy that the Obama administration allowed Shell to drill this summer because the oil company hasn't proven it can clean oil from ice. Still, he’s glad the president is addressing climate change. “Alaska is the last great place to get this right. If we screw this up, everyone loses,” he said. Read more: Kotzebue polishes up, preparing for Obama and an uncertain future 
Scott Jensen


The Northern Lights Dancers on Tuesday entertained 300 residents, visitors and advance crew who were in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit the following day.The evening at the local high school began with a village potlatch and moved onto a Native Youth Olympics demonstration. The event was capped with drumming and dancing.The official name for the dance group is the Qikiqtagruq Northern Lights Dancers. The dancers celebrate their ancestry, made up of many dancers from all over the region -- villages like Kotzebue, Kivalina, Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright and Barrow.
Bob Hallinen
As the small fishing town of Dillingham spruces up for the visit of a lifetime, down-home hospitality, intense security and regular life are melding and sometimes clashing.
Loren Holmes
Kotzebue prepares for President Barack Obama's visit, set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 
Alaska Dispatch News
President Barack Obama visited Seward on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Mike Dunham
The first building visitors to the Alaska State Fair see when they enter at the Red Gate is also one of the oldest on the fairgrounds.
Shelby Lum
The 10th Midnight Sun Pumpkin Weigh-Off took place at the Alaska State Fair with just one contestant on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. 
Alaska Dispatch News
President Barack Obama made a brief stop at Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska where he ordered pastries to go and shook hands on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, before taking a helicopter flight to Seward aboard Marine One.  
Shelby Lum


President Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One along with Governor Bill Walker on Monday Aug. 31, 2015. He was greeted on the tarmac and stopped by the crowd that had gathered to meet him."Oh, it's beautiful today," he said through the wind. "It's great to be here."Obama is set to stay in Alaska for three days, speaking at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage to discuss issues about the Arctic on Monday, then traveling to Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue.  
Bill Roth
Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience at a State Department conference in Anchorage on Monday that Alaska, with its long human history and dramatic climate-induced changes, is the right place to discuss the future of a changing Arctic.
Alaska Dispatch News
Air Force One landed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Monday afternoon to cheers from roughly 180 people assembled. Obama departed Air Force One at 1:45 p.m. with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who had flown with the president from Washington, D.C.