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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 kayakers, packrafters and a rafting class from the University of Alaska Anchorage paddle down the Portage River after launch their watercraft from the outlet of Portage Lake with the Chugach and Kenai Mountains behind them.