Alaska News

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
Arctic sea ice in August melted faster than usual, putting 2015 on pace to be the year with the third- or fourth lowest ice extent on record. The faster rate means Canada's M'Clure Strait passage may be open this year for the first time since 2007.Kamala Kelkar
The car was stolen Wednesday afternoon and later found in the Big Lake area, but both people remained missing, troopers said.Tegan Hanlon
President Barack Obama was delivering a speech in the Arctic Alaska community of Kotzebue on Wednesday. Comments were expected to begin at 5:50 p.m. Watch the live stream.Alaska Dispatch News
Firefighters appeared to be making progress Wednesday on the blaze that ripped through parts of a remote Alaska village last week, and officials reported that the fire had been caused by human activity.Megan Edge
Medicaid expansion opens a new insurance coverage option for thousands of low-income, childless Alaskans between ages 19 and 64 who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (or an annual income of about $20,000 for a single adult).Tegan Hanlon
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