Shelby Lum,Zaz Hollander
Growers vying for the title in the Alaska State Fair’s Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off must face down the Alaska garden axis of evil: slugs, moose and cloudy skies.
Shelby Lum


PALMER -- The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs took off down the track at the Alaska State Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. In the first Hogwarts heat were Ham-ione Granger in yellow, Voldepork in red and Harry Trotter in orange. Ham-ione Granger won the first heat and would face off against the winner of the second Star Boars heat, which included Luke Skyporker, Darth Bacon and Ham Solo. At the end of the race, Ham-ione Granger took home the win against Ham Solo. The Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs are set to race through Saturday at the fair. 
Alaska Dispatch News
Palmer beat Eagle River 47-6 in football on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Shannon Kuhn
A self-professed blueberry picking machine, Brudie is content to pick for hours, filling bucket after bucket. She makes four to six pies for the holidays, garnering a fan club of friends and family who look forward to them all year.
Mike Dunham
The University of Alaska Museum of the North opened an exhibit dedicated to dinosaurs in Alaska in May. It has teeth, skeletons and tracks of the extinct reptiles and their contemporaries that have never been seen by the public before. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” is the first show of its kind at the museum and, as such, “fairly monumental,” said Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller.
Scott Jensen


Watch President Obama's entire speech from September 2, 2015 to a packed house at Kotzebue's middle and high school. Topics he discussed include his thoughts on being the first sitting US President to travel north of the Arctic Circle, his impressions of Alaska and Alaskans, how climate change affects Alaska and how he wants to tackle the problem as he sees it, Alaska's expanded role in public healthcare assistance and renewable energy.More coverage of President Obama's trip to Alaska 
Scott Jensen


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


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


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.
Shelby Lum,Erik Hill
President Barack Obama takes leave of Alaska after visiting Dillingham and Kotzebue on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 
Scott Jensen


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


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