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Scott Jensen

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President Obama's trip north centered on climate change. These are the last moments of his speech in Kotzebue. He left the crowd with a warning: "When it comes to climate change, there is such a thing as 'being too late.' The effects can be irreversible if we don't act," he said. "And that moment is almost here."
Scott Jensen

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After laying out evidence of climate change in Alaska and beyond, President Obama outlined possible solutions.
Scott Jensen

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With President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska now over, village life on the edge of the Chuckchi Sea continues with uncertainty.Kivalina is wedged onto a sliver of gravel not even a quarter-mile across at its widest, between the open sea to the west and the expansive Kivalina Lagoon to the east. Regular fall storms there are about to begin again. A revetment put in place by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 has done well holding back pounding waves from the Chuckchi Sea.But there's a continuing threat in the lagoon. Currents in the lagoon produced by the Kivalina River slowly eat away at east side of the barrier island. The closest home is now within a few feet of the water at high tide. Aside from several dozen small boulders 29-year-old Carlos Sage has placed at the foundation of the orange house where he was born, his home is unprotected.Another continuing concern: Kivalina has no running water. There is no sewer. Residents must remove their feces from 5-gallon "honey buckets" fitted with toilet seat lids and place the bags outside for pickup. It's primitive in Kivalina. And a solution is mired in politics.Most folks here look to relocation as the answer. Moving the village to a more secure site has been talked about for decades. But so far there's no firm plan.These are the primary concerns people living in Kivalina want President Obama to understand. That he came to their region, and that he mentioned their plight in his remarks to more than a thousand neighbors in nearby Kotzebue, gives hope that help is on the way.
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President Barack Obama takes leave of Alaska after visiting Dillingham and Kotzebue on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 
Scott Jensen

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President Obama devoted the final ten minutes of his speech at Kotezbue's middle and high school to laying out evidence of climate change and the solutions he is spearheading. The president mentioned the village of Kivalina at the edge of the Chuckchi Sea on a sliver of gravel not even a quarter-mile across at its widest point. Obama flew over the barrier island this afternoon to see it firsthand. "What's happening here is America's wake-up call," he said. "It should be the world's wake-up call."Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen

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In his speech in Kotzebue, President Obama thanked Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott for their recent leadership in helping pave the way for thousands more Alaskans to gain health care under Medicaid next year.Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen

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President Obama talked about programs to benefit Alaskans including new Coast Guard icebreakers, National Park improvements to boost tourism and efforts to connect schools to high-speed Internet by 2018.Read more: Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Scott Jensen

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President Barack Obama took a few minutes of his speech in Kotzebue Wednesday night to reflect on his time in Alaska and the people he met here.READ MORE: Live blog -- Obama in Alaska
Scott Jensen

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President Obama expresses gratitude to veterans and to the town of Kotzebue for showing his advance communications, security and logistics teams warm hospitality.Read more: Day 3 live blog -- President Obama visits Alaska
Scott Jensen

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President Obama's staff conducted a little research into the Alaskan activities of US presidents past. Here's his take.Read more: Day 3 live blog -- President Obama visits Alaska
Scott Jensen

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President Barack Obama says hello to those in the crowd for his speech in Kotzebue, and they say hello back in their own unique style.READ MORE: President Obama visits Alaska
Tara Young

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President Barack Obama watched a traditional Yup’ik dance group perform four dances at Middle School in Dillingham, Alaska on Sept. 2, 2015. Obama first watched the performance, then got up and danced with the group. "I've been practicing," he said.The president was in Alaska on the last day of a three-day trip to discuss climate change and problems facing rural Alaska, including high energy costs.Read more: President Obama visits AlaskaWatch this video on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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