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
Someone stole an Alaska State Troopers car in Big Lake Wednesday afternoon with a suspect in the backseat and both people remain 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
A man at a residence north of Willow was shot Wednesday morning by another man who fired in from outside, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.Zaz Hollander
A man who was rescued from his sinking canoe in Knik Arm on Monday was reported missing again Tuesday off Anchorage in his kayak, and rescuers have been searching unsuccessfully for him for 24 hours.  Tegan Hanlon

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