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Uber agrees to pay state $78K for misclassifying employees

Uber agrees to pay state $78K for misclassifying employees

The ride-sharing services settles with the state and agrees not to operate in Alaska until they classify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors.

September 3, 2015

Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities is looking to cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.

September 3, 2015
Surveyors take Denali down a notch

Surveyors take Denali down a notch

Just days after being officially named Denali, North America’s highest peak received a new height estimate from the U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday.

September 3, 2015

State economist says ConocoPhillips layoffs have broad reach

In wake of the announcement by energy company ConocoPhillips that it may cut about 120 jobs in Alaska, a state economist says the damage will be big.

September 3, 2015
The Chief gets a birds-eye view of rural food prices at Dillingham’s N&N Market

The Chief gets a birds-eye view of rural food prices at Dillingham’s N&N Market

The president capped off his trip to Dillingham with a stop at the N&N Market, where he got a first-hand look at rural food prices in Alaska.

September 3, 2015
Is it puppy love? The president nabs a snuggle with a pup named Feather. Photo: Matthew Smith / KNOM.

Obama wraps up his Alaska tour on the front lines of climate change: the Arctic

President Obama ended his 3-day tour of Alaska on Wednesday with final along the western coast—first in Dillingham and then Kotzebue—where he officially unveiled new initiatives aimed at helping Alaska’s rural villages cope with climate change in the fast-thawing Arctic.

September 3, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Obama shares smiles, salmon and dance moves in Dillingham; In Kotzebue, excitement is high as the president ventures north; 5 Chinese warships spotted off the Aleutians; Shell drill rig is back on the grind after a brief storm-induced hiatus; Even with another icebreaker, US fleet pales against its Arctic neighbors; President gives a small fiscal boost to village relocation efforts; Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse!; With a potential buyer in the Philippines, Mat-Su floats a ferry deal; Dust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quiet

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September 2, 2015
Obama shares smiles, salmon and dance moves in Dillingham

Obama shares smiles, salmon and dance moves in Dillingham

President Obama began his tour of Western Alaska with a stop in Bristol Bay, landing in Dillingham just before noon. While Obama had sparkling clear weather for his tour around Seward yesterday, it was drizzly and a little chilly for the duration of the Dillingham stop. No mind, say residents: that’s what fishing weather is usually like in the region, and fishing was the main thing locals wanted the President to know more about while he was in salmon country.

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September 2, 2015
In Kotzebue, excitement is high as the president ventures north

In Kotzebue, excitement is high as the president ventures north

Air Force One landed in Kotzebue just before 5 p.m. President Obama is now the first sitting president to visit the U.S. Arctic.

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September 2, 2015
The Chinese Navy's Honzehu destroyer at Pearl Harbor in 2006. US Navy photo.

5 Chinese navy ships spotted off the Aleutians

Pentagon officials say three of China’s surface-warfare ships, a resupply vessel and a landing craft were seen in international waters off the Aleutian Islands.

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September 2, 2015

Shell drill rig is back on the grind after a storm-induced hiatus

The president of Shell Oil Co. says exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

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September 2, 2015
The last glimpse of President Obama in downtown Anchorage. (Photo Courtesy of Katie Pekkonen.)

Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse

Anchorage residents get one last look at President Obama, fulfilling years long wishes and family prayers.

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September 2, 2015
Even with another icebreaker, US fleet pales against its Arctic neighbors

Even with another icebreaker, US fleet pales against its Arctic neighbors

The U.S. Coast Guard has two icebreakers in working condition. Russia has about 40. Canada, Finland and Sweden each have six or more. Obama proposed to speed up construction of a heavy icebreaker by two years. He wants the new ship to be polar-ready by the year 2020, rather than 2022.

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September 2, 2015
Village relocation efforts given ‘significant’ boost by president

Village relocation efforts given ‘significant’ boost by president

Denali Commission tapped to lead state and federal efforts coordinating a widespread review of dozens of communities imperiled by climate change.

September 2, 2015

With a potential buyer in the Philippines, Borough floats ferry deal

The Matanuska Susitna Borough’s ailing ferry MV Susitna is poised for sale to the Philippine Red Cross.

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September 2, 2015
Dust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quiet

Dust settles on state’s new Douglas offices, but employee concerns haven’t gone quiet

After a class action grievance, a regime change, a year of renovations and buying hundreds of $8,000 workstations, state employees are finally moving into their new offices in Douglas. Although the dust has settled, concerns over the new layout have not gone quiet.

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September 2, 2015
Obama learns to shake a tailfeather, Yup’ik style

Obama learns to shake a tailfeather, Yup’ik style

At the Dillingham Middle School, President Obama was treated to a youth cultural dance performance. The gradeschool-aged children performed four Yup’ik dances.

September 2, 2015
In Dillingham, silver salmon earns spot in history as the fish that spawned on the president’s shoe

In Dillingham, silver salmon earns spot in history as the fish that spawned on the president’s shoe

After about a 10-minute drive, the motorcade arrived at Kanakanak Beach. Rain was still falling on this very gray day, and Obama was in a black rain jacket, black pants and black hiking boots.The pool arrived to find Obama at the water’s edge of the rocky beach, chatting with two local fisherwomen.

September 2, 2015

Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

A U.S. official says five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia.

September 2, 2015
Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

A celebration took place in Kotzebue as final preparations are made for President Obama’s visit today. And with the spotlight on the Northwest Arctic hub — for the first visit by an American president above the Arctic Circle — local leaders have drafted a letter outlining their vision for the Arctic’s future.

September 2, 2015