Alaska News

Obama Does Seward

President Obama is flying to Dillingham and Kotzebue today. The White House says he’ll announce a new role for the Denali Commission in helping Alaska communities respond to climate-change impacts. Yesterday, Mother Nature indulged him with stunning fall weather in Seward.

Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’

President Obama is in Seward today. He landed early this afternoon in his helicopter, called Marine One and then hiked to Exit Glacier to highlight how much the rivers of ice in the state are retreating because of global climate change. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Obama on Exit Glacier: 'We want to make sure our grandkids see this'; Reactions to GLACIER trickle in; Medicaid expansion begins in Alaska; Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit; Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case; Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds; Bird flu monitoring underway as waterfowl season opens; Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward Download Audio

Industry and Interest Groups Both Displeased with Obama’s Words on Climate

As the President continues to visit sites in Alaska during a trip focused on climate change and Arctic policy, reactions are to his speech at the close of the GLACIER conference yesterday are still forming. However, a consistent opinion from energy and environmental advocates alike is dissatisfaction.

Medicaid expansion rolls out

The state began enrolling newly eligible residents in the Medicaid program today. That's after the Alaska Supreme Court refused, yesterday, to temporarily block the state from expanding Medicaid. Download Audio

Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

As president Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle. Download Audio

Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North's emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country. Download Audio

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities. Listen now:

Bird flu monitoring underway as duck season opens

Duck season opens Sept. 1. An outbreak of avian influenza in the Lower 48 has wildlife managers monitoring migratory waterfowl nationwide, including in Alaska. Download Audio

Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward

Crowds lined the Seward Highway below the city's airport Tuesday morning, in anticipation of a glimpse of President Obama's arrival. A glimpse was about all they got. Download Audio