Politics

President Barack Obama added to Alaska’s time in the national spotlight Saturday, focusing his weekly national address on his upcoming trip to the state. 

 

Erica Martinson
Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Washington, D.C., Sunday so that he can fly back to Anchorage on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for the president's visit to Alaska, according to Walker’s office.Alex DeMarban,Erica Martinson
The state's Elections Division has issued petition booklets for an initiative that aims to make applications for Permanent Fund dividends double as voter registration forms, clearing the way for signature gathering to begin.Pat Forgey
State offices including the Atwood Building and the DMV office will be closed at 1 p.m. on Monday for the presidential visit and the GLACIER conference. Devin Kelly
Floatplane pilots are getting a break: Wasilla Lake will serve as another security checkpoint while President Barack Obama is in Alaska.Lisa Demer
A state judge said Friday that Gov. Bill Walker’s administration could expand the Medicaid health care program beginning next week, dismissing a request by the Legislature to temporarily block enrollment while attorneys argue lawmakers’ underlying legal challenge.Nathaniel Herz
The White House on Friday confirmed new details about President Obama's travels in Alaska, including a glacier hike and plans to talk with a variety of Alaskans about climate change and economic issues.  Erica Martinson
Since the mid-20th century, Alaska and the Arctic have been warming about twice as fast as the global rate. Over the past five decades, average Alaska temperatures have increased by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the increases most pronounced in winter -- a change noticed by Native elders decades ago.  Yereth Rosen
While many Alaska visits by the chief executive have been brief refueling stops, some presidents have stayed overnight or gone fishing. And one president-to-be even voted here.Dermot Cole
President Obama is expected to announce during his visit to the state next week a project led by the Denali Commission to assess whether 31 rural Alaska communities affected climate change should be relocated or protected in their current location, a federal official speaking at a U.S. Arctic Research Commission in Nome said this week.Emily Russell | KNOM