Kotzebue. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Village relocation efforts given ‘significant’ boost by president

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- The federal government is tapping the Denali Commission as the lead agency to address the relocation of coastal communities across the state.

National News

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, pictured at a July news conference in Washington, D.C., said federal and local law enforcement officials plan to meet in Detroit later this month to discuss ways to reduce violence. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

U.S. Attorney General: ‘This Violence Against All Of Us’ Must End

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Loretta Lynch condemns the shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas and Illinois, as well as other acts of violence in recent months.

A new Justice Department report gave a total of 113 lessons learned and a half-dozen themes that "permeated all aspects of the police response" during the height of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., last year. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Federal Ferguson Review Finds More Than 100 Lessons For Police

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An assessment of police response to the demonstrations there calls into question strategies like the overwatch tactic, with officers using rifle sights to survey the crowd from atop tactical vehicles.

Outreach coordinator Sonny Weakhee (left) talks with a restaurant customer about health insurance for Native Americans in Shiprock, N.M., in early August.
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Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

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Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.

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California Moves To Stop Misuse Of Psychiatric Meds In Foster Care

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There’s ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.

More Alaska News

The community of Kivalina, Alaska

Residents of eroding village welcome Obama’s attention

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Kivalina is 80 miles northwest of the regional hub of Kotzebue, where Obama is scheduled to visit Wednesday during his tour of Alaska to show the effects of climate change.

An aerial view of Dillingham. (Public Domain photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Schedule of Obama’s Western Alaska tour Wednesday

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The president will travel from the airport to Kanakanak Beach to meet with fishermen and families. He will then attend a cultural performance at the Dillingham Middle/High School.

Bering Sea sunset. (Creative Commons photo by jomilo75)

Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

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An official says the ships are operating in international waters and are not viewed as a threat.

Despite volcano-like rumbles deep beneath the mountain, Denali will not erupt soon. (Photo by Ned Rozell/UAF Geophysical Institute)

North America’s tallest peak shorter in new measurement

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The change comes just days after the Obama administration announced its decision to bestow the mountain’s traditional Koyukon Athabascan name on the eve of president’s visit to Alaska this week.

Alaska Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit soon

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Attorneys for both the state of Alaska and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough are preparing to make their cases on education funding before the Alaska Supreme Court this month.

Seward to move forward with renewable energy heating project

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The proposed system would use a series of heat loops that would absorb energy from sea water moving through gravel 200 feet below the city’s waterfront.

So-called honey buckets are used in rural Alaska villages where plumbing is not available. (Creative Commons photo by CambridgeBayWeather)

Obama visit puts spotlight on rough plight in rural Alaska

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It’s a good bet that President Barack Obama will never use a honey bucket.

Shell president optimistic about Arctic offshore drilling

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Shell in 2008 spent $2.1 billion on Chukchi leases and is attempting to confirm a massive oil field that could provide a 50-year supply of petroleum.