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White House: Obama's Alaska visit will include Seward, Dillingham and Kotzebue

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published August 24, 2015

The White House on Sunday revealed some details of President Barack Obama's upcoming three-day trip to Alaska.

The president will travel to "the Seward area, where he will have the opportunity to view the effects of climate change firsthand," on Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to White House spokesperson Hallie Ruvin.

On the following day, the president will visit Dillingham and Kotzebue, "where he will engage directly with Alaskans on issues important to their communities and to the local economy," Ruvin said.

Obama will leave the state on Sept. 2, Ruvin said, adding that additional details will be available later this week.

Speculation over Obama's plans has grown as the date draws near. The president will touch down in Anchorage on Aug. 31 and deliver a speech at a State Department-sponsored Arctic conference that will draw nearly a dozen foreign ministers and hundreds of attendees.

Obama has said he plans to address climate change during his visit. But details are sparse -- and rumors rampant -- about whether he will address other issues, if security concerns will enable a visit to some of the most rural parts of Alaska, and just what kind of impacts the unusual visit will have on downtown Anchorage.

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