Culture

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.

Mara Severin

An imaginative jumble graces 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. 

 

Scott Jensen
Let’s just all hope that the Secret Service is on their game and our commander in chief isn’t roped into one of Bear Grylls' “dehydration remedies.” You know what I mean.Emily Fehrenbacher
The Alaska State Fair's colony-era Wineck Barn is a repository of history and meeting spot for Valley old-timers.Mike Dunham
It seems just a little ironic that when a few special dignitaries arrive in Alaska to talk about climate change that cold temperatures have descended.Steve Edwards
Herbert Hoover, the future president, wrote later that President Warren Harding was ill at ease on the Alaska trip, and insisted on playing bridge from just after breakfast until midnight. Hoover, then the secretary of commerce, was one of four other bridge players on the ship. "For some reason I developed a distaste for bridge on this journey and never played it again," Hoover said. Dermot Cole
The dominant political message in Alaska may be about economics, but Obama consistently focused primarily on the environment during his trip, frustrating some politicians but bringing crucial truths into the public eye.Dermot Cole

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. Erosion from Chukchi Sea waves on one side and lagoon currents on the other are a continuing threat.

Scott Jensen

Subsistence salmon fishing is winding down for the season in Northwest Alaska. Forty-four-year Kotzebue resident Lance Kramer scrambles to finish putting up fish before he moves on to other tasks, such as seeing President Obama breeze through town on Sept. 2.

Scott Jensen

Voices

Obama's visit may boost Alaska's chances for federal help

The dominant political message in Alaska may be about economics, but Obama consistently focused primarily on the environment during his trip, frustrating some politicians but bringing crucial truths into the public eye.Dermot Cole