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Official Day of Remembrance for Good Friday Earthquake Becoming Law Across Alaska

Official Day of Remembrance for Good Friday Earthquake Becoming Law Across Alaska

Both the state bill and local version in Anchorage came about from one man, the lone survivor of the National Guard unit that died leaving Valdez.

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March 31, 2015

“Leave Alaska,” Assault on Property Leaves Sudanese Immigrants in Spenard Concerned

An incident over the weekend has alarmed members of an immigrant community in Anchorage. However, officials are stopping short of labeling it a hate crime.

March 30, 2015
Legislature Diving Into Anchorage’s Violent Crime, Potentially Bringing New Funds

Legislature Diving Into Anchorage’s Violent Crime, Potentially Bringing New Funds

Legislators in Juneau heard testimony Friday on why violent crime appears to be rising, and what assistance state law-makers may be able to provide through appropriations.

March 27, 2015
As Legal Landscape Changes, A New Marijuana Club Opens Its Doors in Anchorage

As Legal Landscape Changes, A New Marijuana Club Opens Its Doors in Anchorage

Just a week after a high profile raid on another operation, a new marijuana club is making sure its neighbors, customers, and the police are all on the same page as they open for business.

March 26, 2015

$50 Million For SAP Software To Come On-Line, Says Anchorage Candidate For Mayor

The criticisms are part of the politicking ahead of the April 7th election, but carry extra weight because of how close the candidate is to the topic.

March 23, 2015

Proposal to Privatize Trash Already Drawing Criticism in Anchorage

Mayor Dan Sullivan is considering privatizing part of the municipality’s trash collections service. But some members of the Anchorage Assembly are upset at not just the prospect, but the process.

March 20, 2015

Officials ID Port Accident Victim

Officials have identified the victim of a fatal accident at the Port of Anchorage last Friday as Charlie Tom “WD” James, Jr.

March 18, 2015

Anchorage Homicides, Shootings A Spike, Not Trend Say Officials

Since the start of the year, Anchorage has seen eight homicides and a spate of shootings. Today, officials say the incidents in Alaska’s largest city is a spike, (but) not an overall rise in violent crime. The press conference at City Hall was, just hours after a stabbing victim was pronounced dead following an early morning dispute.

March 16, 2015
A Facebook post from a volunteer with the Alaska Republican Assembly PAC that the group's president says is a work in progress for ads they will be buying soon.

Demboski Draws Mat-Su PAC Support for Anchorage Mayor

A conservative Political Action Committee in the Mat-Su valley is wading into the Anchorage mayor’s race. The Palmer-based group is endorsing Amy Demboski’s mayoral campaign, in part because of her stance on a contentious equal rights measure.

March 12, 2015

Broad Donor Rolls and Deep Pockets in Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Candidates Dan Coffey and Andrew Halcro have raised the most money in the Anchorage mayor’s race. However, financial disclosures paint a more nuanced picture of what those numbers mean.

March 12, 2015

Legislators Hear Hours of Disapproval Over Sweeping Changes to Marijuana Bill

Dozens of Alaskans criticize overhaul of Senate Bill 30 that leaves marijuana on the list of controlled substances, bringing felony offenses and severe restrictions on transport.

March 11, 2015
In A Campaign Over Public Safety, Anchorage Police Union Plays It Safe On Endorsement

In A Campaign Over Public Safety, Anchorage Police Union Plays It Safe On Endorsement

As shootings in Anchorage cause worries over public safety, the union representing APD officers is staying strategically neutral in the mayor’s race. At least for now.

March 10, 2015
Willow musher Lisbet Norris prepares for the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage)

Iditarod Mushers Prepare For New Route Through Interior Alaska

The Ceremonial start of the 43rd Iditarod filled Downtown Anchorage with dogs, fans, and snow trucked in from Goose Lake. Unusually warm weather has hampered Southcentral Alaska’s winter snowpack and led officials to move the race start to Fairbanks for only the second time ever. The new route through the Interior will challenge even the most tenured seasoned racers as long-held strategies are scrambled.

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March 9, 2015

Developing State Regulations on Marijuana Mirror Alcohol, Cap Personal-Use Plants at 12


The majority of House Bill 75 spells out regulations for marijuana that mirror measures in place already for alcohol, granting local communities leeway with registering protests and setting civil fines.

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March 3, 2015
Handsome antlers sold for around $175 a pair. Auction buyers often sell raw antlers to artists to use as raw material. Smaller pieces that were cut up for easier transport were kept in plastic totes and auctioned by the pound. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

3,000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight State’s Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife

The unprecedented tonnage of caribou antlers were the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.

March 2, 2015
ADN's Devin Kelly, KTUU's Austin Baird join Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes on Alaska Edition to discuss Anchorage's upcoming mayoral election. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off.

KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm

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February 27, 2015
Admiral Bill Gortney took over dual-hatted command of NORAD and NORTHCOM in December 2014. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy)

Head of Continental Defense Lays Out Threats Facing U.S. Amid Rising Importance of Arctic

Head of NORAD and NORTHCOM discusses the significant increase of Russian long-range aviation, Arctic advocacy in the Defense Department, and position of Alaska in global and Pacific operations.

February 25, 2015
On the left, Bruce Schulte of the CRCL at a press conference with Dr. Tim Hinterberger of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

State Lags Behind Municipalities Adapting to New Marijuana Law

New marijuana rule change is a long way from the full legal market that voters passed. And as state entities work to develop comprehensive new laws municipalities are rushing to find shorter-term public safety solutions.

February 24, 2015
(Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage)

With Troop Cuts Looming, Anchorage Officials Turn Out Crowd

Several hundred people turned out to show support for the military in Alaska and speak against potential troop reductions at an event Monday night.

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February 24, 2015
George Vakalis (left), Zachariah Hughes (top), Bill Popp (bottom) and Lt. Col. Allen Brown (right) discuss potential troop draw-down in Alaska. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Anchorage Rallies Against Potential Troop Cuts As Walker Meets with Head of Army

City and business leaders prepare tour for visiting officials ahead of a rally and public listening sessions in the hopes of insulating Alaska from an overall force reduction of 120,000 troops by 2018.

February 23, 2015