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.
By air, by land, by sea, President Barack Obama saw the sights in Seward on Tuesday, both an excited tourist and studious observer in the presence of Alaska’s most picturesque examples of climate change. Erica Martinson
For the Northwest Alaska town of Kotzebue, which is preparing for its biggest visitor ever, preparations include hauling away more than 100 rotting vehicles and destroying 10 abandoned homes that have dotted the Inupiat community for decades.Alex DeMarban
Though rumors of a presidential visit had been swirling for days, staff at downtown Anchorage's Snow City Cafe weren't sure it would happen Tuesday morning when breakfast rush started to ebb without a sign of him. Then a bunch of Secret Service guys showed up. Michelle Theriault Boots
Outside the security cordons, the president’s arrival drew a full array of protesters, opportunists, celebrants and the merely curious, all angling for a chance to be part of the moment. Michelle Theriault Boots
President Obama on Tuesday proposed speeding the building of new icebreakers that can operate year-round in the nation’s polar regions, part of an effort to close the gap with other nations, especially Russia, in the Arctic.Julie Hirschfeld Davis