Scott Jensen


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


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


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


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


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


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)
Scott Jensen


President Barack Obama received a warm welcome for his speech in the Kotzebue high school gym on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.Millie Hawley, president of the tribal government in Kivalina, introduced Obama before he appeared in the gym, a symbolic gesture that Hawley said was "exhilarating." "It means to me he's paying attention to the issues around climate change," she said. "With the things he heard from his team and other tribal leaders it shows that he's listening to our concerns and is addressing them and that gives me a lot of hope."Read more: Live blog, day 3
Mara Severin
This year, in the interest of journalistic integrity, I vowed to try only new things at the Alaska State Fair -- a sacrifice that should garner notice from the Pulitzer people.
Loren Holmes
President Barack Obama visits Kotzebue, Alaska, on Sept. 2, 2015.
Alaska Dispatch News
President Barack Obama visited the Alaska community of Dillingham Wednesday, where he visited fishermen and took part in a traditional dance.
Scott Jensen


An imaginative jumble covers display walls in the Irwin Exhibits building at the Alaska State Fair.This year the Creative Arts and Crafts exhibit organizers added one more division of competition. The Embellished Arts category allows people to create works incorporating prefabricated items. From cultural crafts to woodworking to graphic and quilted arts, any sculpted or etched material you can conceive of is probably there. The only limitation is the artist’s vision.Organizers declared the expansion a success because it helps both young and old try to win a ribbon.
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)