Alaska News

Troopers said two Big Lake residents drove off in a patrol vehicle Wednesday afternoon after one of them was handcuffed and placed in the cruiser's backseat. 

Laurel Andrews
The announcement this week from ConocoPhillips that it may cut 120 jobs in Alaska is bad news for the economy, but a state labor department official said Wednesday the damage could have been worse.Sean Doogan
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s new tax on increasingly popular electronic cigarettes still stands, despite objections from e-cig users and sellers.Zaz Hollander
President Barack Obama reflects on his busy trip to Alaska, from the people he met and the sights he saw to the issues in the state that need addressing.Barack Obama
Several lawmakers said this week that Gov. Bill Walker may schedule a special legislative session in late October to deal with a possible natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.Nathaniel Herz
An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities may cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.Associated Press
Climate change was the focus of President Obama’s trip to the Arctic on Wednesday, in which he flew over the flood-threatened village of Kivalina and stopped at the Inupiat hub town of Kotzebue. Here is the full text of his speech to the community at Kotzebue Middle/High School.  
President Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change.Josh Lederman | Associated Press

President Barack Obama takes leave of Alaska after visiting Dillingham and Kotzebue on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 

Shelby Lum,Erik Hill

Expanding on his theme to combat climate change, President Barack Obama told an audience in Kotzebue that he flew over a flood-imperiled village before he arrived on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015.

Scott Jensen