Known for having an adversarial relationship with the oil industry as a private attorney, Bill Walker made his first trip as governor to the state’s North Slope oil fields this week, taking a three-day tour of the widespread facilities and at times discussing prickly issues with oil officials.

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The Dalton Highway near the Deadhorse airport is overrun with water on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation made a break in the highway the day before to release trapped water that was threatening the runway.

Loren Holmes
Unprecedented flooding continues to interfere with daily operations on the North Slope oil patch after surging waters wiped away swaths of the Dalton Highway and isolated a section of Deadhorse.Alex DeMarban
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the Coast Guard.Erica Martinson
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board expressed support Tuesday for a proposed purchase of a Fairbanks natural gas company, but held off on making a final decision until a purchase agreement is finished.Dermot Cole
The Alaska Department of Transportation closed the Dalton Highway Monday, and said that closure will remain in place at least through Thursday when water levels are expected to crest.Associated Press
A state plan aimed at speeding delivery of natural gas service to Fairbanks reaches a key decision point Tuesday, with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority scheduled to consider a sizeable investment to move the project forward.Dermot Cole
The Seattle protest against Shell's massive Polar Pioneer oil rig ended peacefully Monday afternoon as protesters vacated gates they had sought to block.Hal Bernton
Despite longstanding economic ties, there is a growing disconnect between Alaska and Washington over oil development. Gov. Jay Inslee and other Washington politicians are critics of plans for drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska.Hal Bernton | The Seattle Times
Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.Martha Bellisle