Arctic waters seen from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. (Photo courtesy of the NASA Goddard Center)

Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

Matthew F. Smith, KNOM
- The letter covers a lot of ground — outlining the need to develop a deep-draft port above the Arctic Circle and advocating sharing federal revenue from offshore oil drilling with local residents.

National News

Hereford, Texas, may have lovely vistas, but it's notably short of mental health care options. Kirk Kittell/Flickr

Texas Strives To Lure Mental Health Providers To Rural Counties

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About 3 million people in Texas don’t have a mental health provider in their county. A new loan repayment program may not be enough to lure them to the state’s rural areas.

President Obama and Michelle Obama went a little Troop Beverly Hills at a Girl Scout campout on the South Lawn earlier this summer. We doubt survivalist Bear Grylls is going allow the president to bring those lanterns on their trek. Evan Vucci/AP

5 Skills President Obama Will Need To Survive A Day With Bear Grylls

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While in Alaska, President Obama will be a guest on a survival show that takes celebrities into the wilderness to eat mice, rappel off cliffs and more.

Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people. (Photo by Annie Feidt/APRN)

Fishing, Cooking and Yup’ik Upbringing Made Alaska’s Health Commissioner

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Alaska’s health commissioner spends her summers working on policy issues by day and fishing for salmon for the winter on nights and weekends with her family who belong to the Yup’ik people.

Dr. David Burkons holds the licensing certificates that allowed him to open a clinic that provides medical and surgical abortions. It took about 18 extra months of inspections, he says, to get the approval to offer surgical abortions. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

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Ohio has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in the state have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.

More Alaska News

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.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent makes an approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

Arctic shipping updates offered at commission meeting in Nome

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Aside from a lack of routing measures, the Bering Sea’s nautical charts are outdated, presenting serious safety risks to vessels of all kinds.

Denali National Park has the clearest views of all monitored U.S. parks. (Photo by Ned Rozell/UAF Geophysical Institute)

Mountain name change personal for Connecticut lawmaker

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Sen. L. Scott Frantz’s children are all named for mountains, including his 17-year-old son, McKinley.