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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska around 2:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

Photo: The president has arrived

The President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska around 2:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

Biking, hiking Kennecott's abandoned mines

FAIRBANKS - Tires flung mud in our eyes and rain soaked every layer of clothing. The descent made our brake rotors too hot to touch, the metal sizzling in the wet conditions.
ROBIN WOOD

Shell pauses Arctic drilling for high wind, water

ANCHORAGE - Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Dan Joling

Denali's name restored

In the weeks before President Barack Obama's Monday afternoon arrival in Anchorage, he promised Gov. Bill Walker and Sen. Lisa Murkowski that there would be "no surprises" during his trip. He didn't say anything about the day before.
JAMES BROOKS

Kerry talks tech as a solution to climate change woes

In a half-hour talk with Alaska newspaper reporters Sunday evening, Secretary of State John Kerry put forward a technology-focused view of fighting climate change that is expected to be on display today in Anchorage.
JAMES BROOKS

New Alaska Moose Federation Director to reign in budget

ANCHORAGE - The new executive director of the Alaska Moose Federation says he will focus on reigning in both the organization's finances and mission.

Q&A about decision to change Mount McKinley to Mount Denali

ANCHORAGE - North America's tallest mountain will soon return to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska.
MARK THIESSEN

Alaska-bound, Obama renames America's tallest peak

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided more than 3,000 miles away in Ohio.
JOSH LEDERMAN

Southeast pink salmon harvest fails to meet predictions

KETCHIKAN - Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska's pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season.

Ohio Gov. Kasich opposes changing name of Mount McKinley

COLUMBUS - Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagrees with President Barack Obama's decision to rename Mount McKinley as Denali, the name used by native Alaskans.

Articles from the State section archive

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Southeast pink salmon harvest fails to meet predictions

KETCHIKAN - Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska's pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season.

Ohio Gov. Kasich opposes changing name of Mount McKinley

COLUMBUS - Ohio Gov. John Kasich disagrees with President Barack Obama's decision to rename Mount McKinley as Denali, the name used by native Alaskans.

Alaska-bound, Obama renames America's tallest peak

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided ...
By JOSH LEDERMAN

Q&A about decision to change Mount McKinley to Mount Denali

ANCHORAGE - North America's tallest mountain will soon return to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who ...
By MARK THIESSEN

New Alaska Moose Federation Director to reign in budget

ANCHORAGE - The new executive director of the Alaska Moose Federation says he will focus on reigning in both the organization's finances and mission.

Biking, hiking Kennecott's abandoned mines

FAIRBANKS - Tires flung mud in our eyes and rain soaked every layer of clothing. The descent made our brake rotors too hot to touch, the metal sizzling in the wet conditions.
By ROBIN WOOD

Shell pauses Arctic drilling for high wind, water

ANCHORAGE - Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
By Dan Joling

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Denali's name restored

In the weeks before President Barack Obama's Monday afternoon arrival in Anchorage, he promised Gov. Bill Walker and Sen. Lisa Murkowski that there would be "no surprises" during his trip. He ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Kerry talks tech as a solution to climate change woes

In a half-hour talk with Alaska newspaper reporters Sunday evening, Secretary of State John Kerry put forward a technology-focused view of fighting climate change that is expected to be on display ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Scientists, tribe study shrinking glacier

MOUNT BAKER, Wash. - Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice.
By PHUONG LE

Fairbanks politicians warned for violating 'billboard law'

FAIRBANKS - Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to keep campaign signs compliant with the billboard law.

Sitka offers free counseling in wake of deadly landslide

JUNEAU - Officials are urging residents of Sitka who may be suffering disaster stress and grief in wake of the recent landslide to seek mental health counseling.

EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the ...
By MATTHEW DALY

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid

A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.
By Becky Bohrer

Rate increases approved for individual health care market

JUNEAU - Alaska's Division of Insurance has approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the ...
By Becky Bohrer

Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

JUNEAU - A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.
By Becky Bohrer

Medicaid's big ruling is today

At noon today, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner will tell Alaskans if Medicaid expansion will take place as planned Sept. 1.
By JAMES BROOKS

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Oral arguments in lawsuit against setnet ban begin

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Supreme Court justices have begun to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the legality of a proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska.

Alaska Legislature's Medicaid gets court hearing Thursday

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislative Council's lawsuit to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from expanding the state's Medicaid plan next week will get its first appearance in court Thursday.

Department reports death at Fairbanks jail

JUNEAU - Authorities are investigating a death at a Fairbanks jail. Few details have been released, including whether the deceased was male or female, or how the person died.

Sentencing continues for case related to troopers' deaths

FAIRBANKS - The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of evidence tampering in the deaths of two Alaska State Troopers will be continued next week.

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