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.
Alaska Dispatch News
As Secret Service agents, some with dogs, swarmed inside and around the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage this morning, a handful of local businesses had erected signs welcoming President Obama. Rallies later in the day scolded and celebrated the president. 
Bob Hallinen
At an art installation in front of the Anchorage Museum that's part of the GLACIER conference has wood blocks with Arctic words carved in them in English, Alaska Native languages, Russian, Icelandic, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian. Conference participants and members of the public are encouraged to take a block revealing photographs by Brian Adams, Michael Conti and Jayson Smart.