Alaska News

Worried about the effects of a warming Arctic and drawn to the economic opportunities it poses, nations from from the region are increasingly taking an active interest in the Arctic.

Asaf Shalev
A search was underway Tuesday night for a 55-year-old kayaker who did not return from a trip in Knik Arm near Anchorage.  It was the second emergency response involving a Knik Arm boater in two days.Tegan Hanlon

Kotzebue prepares for President Barack Obama's visit, set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. 

Loren Holmes
Tuesday marked the first day for thousands of newly eligible Alaskans to enroll in Medicaid after Gov. Bill Walker expanded the program, but it was a quiet afternoon at a state office in Anchorage that handles applications.Tegan Hanlon
Carrs-Safeway says its Sears Mall supermarket is "underperforming" and will close in mid-September.Sean Doogan

The first building visitors to the Alaska State Fair see when they enter at the Red Gate is also one of the oldest on the fairgrounds.

Mike Dunham
The Seward City Council approved a resolution Monday to move forward on a project that would bring renewable energy -- and major cost savings -- to four city buildings.Suzanna Caldwell
The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected a bid by a Lazy Mountain hay farmer to stop paying local road taxes for roads he doesn’t use.Zaz Hollander
Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley, now measures 20,310 at its highest point in a new official elevation the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday. Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press

The Northern Lights Dancers on Tuesday entertained 300 residents, visitors and advance crew who were in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue ahead of President Barack Obama's planned visit the following day. 

Scott Jensen