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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 Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

Praying to see POTUS, even just a glimpse

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

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. Download Audio

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.

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio