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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

Proposed Anchorage Ban on Commercial Pot Fails in Assembly

Nearly a hundred people came to the meeting, many of them to share their feelings on the marijuana ordinance. The majority of those who spoke during public testimony opposed the ban.

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December 17, 2014

Anchorage Police Department to Get $3.1M to Fill Budget Gap

Department had to rely on overtime hours to cover shifts after a wave of retirements, back-to-back training academies, and a misunderstanding with a municipal agency.

December 17, 2014

Ballot Measure to Combat Corruption Has A Year To Gather 30,000 Signatures

A small group of supporters behind an effort to criminalize what they see as corruption in Alaska politics gathered at the Division of Elections Friday, for a training on how to collect all the signatures they will need from across the state to put the issue to voters in 2016.

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December 15, 2014

Anchorage Capital Budget Seeking $350 Million for Port Expansion

Facing lean capital expenditures from the Legislature, the City of Anchorage is hoping a multi-year funding commitment can avoid future increases in overdue upgrades to port infrastructure.

December 11, 2014

Anchorage Massage Parlor Owner Charged With Felony Sex Trafficking

Counts come after a four-year investigation by FBI, IRS, U.S. Attorney’s Office, APD and State Department of Law looking into promotion of prostitution.

December 10, 2014
Since most of Operation Santa is funded through donations and volunteer hours, the monetary cost of Saturday's event was about $2,000. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Op Santa Delivers Presents and Attention To Erosion Threats in Shishmaref

Dozens of volunteers deliver Christmas presents and festive cheer as part of long-standing effort to highlight hardships faced by remote communities.

December 8, 2014
The state's request for a $25,000 bail is high, and comes with additional conditions. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Anchorage DJ Held on $25,000 Bail for Child Pornography Charges

KASH 107.5′s “Jimmy O’Brien” is accused of using Instagram, Gmail, and Kik to distribute and solicit graphic photographs of young girls, highlighting law enforcement’s evolving efforts to track crimes against minors online.

December 5, 2014

Walker, Mallott Sworn Into Office

It was a celebratory tone in Juneau today during the inauguration ceremony for Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott.

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December 1, 2014

Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state’s population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead.

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December 1, 2014

AK: Amazon in the Arctic

Black Friday kicks off the rush of holiday shopping, and its also given rise to a fraternal twin of sorts, Cyber Monday. But there’s one place you might not expect online retail to be turning into a fact of life: Bush Alaska.

November 28, 2014

Tennis Courts Re-Appear As the Assembly Approves a $472 Million Budget for Anchorage

With very few amendments or changes made, many members said it was one of the smoothest budget cycles they have been a part of in their time on the Assembly.

November 26, 2014
Hundreds of delegates came to Anchorage to offer policy solutions to the incoming governor and his team. In 1990, Hickel's transition team was 20 advisers who met behind closed doors. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes).

Walker Transition Team Brings 250 Delegates to Shape Policy

Small working groups made up of stakeholders from across the state met in classrooms all over the UAA campus to discuss a wide array of topics as the transition team announced two new department heads.

November 23, 2014
On top is the current Port of Anchorage configuration, and below is the proposed modification, with a draft depth of -45 feet, and other tweaks. Photo: Anchorage Port Modification Plan.

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

The mayor’s office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port’s overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

November 21, 2014
More than a hundred people attended Tuesday's Assembly meeting. Photo: KSKA.

Anchorage Will Talk With Uber on Ride-Share Regulations

The ride-share service won an important battle in the Anchorage Assembly, and will be allowed to keep operating in the city as they work out a memorandum of understanding with the municipality.

November 19, 2014
Information regarding an IndieGoGo  funding bid, along with other web-based promotion are at the heart of the challenge to the state's subpoena.

Charlo Greene Facing Subpoena Over Campaign Finance Questions

The case has less to do with marijuana debate than it does with campaign finance rules, and how the state enforces transparency in elections.

November 19, 2014
A couple takes in Sydney Laurence's "Mt. McKinley" on Friday night in the Gallery of the Far North. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Anchorage Museum Stays Up Late to Reach New Members

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership.

November 18, 2014

Anchorage Museum Trying New Ways To Recruit New Museum Buffs

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership. The Anchorage museum is trying to recruit the next wave of museum buffs in some unconventional ways.

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November 18, 2014
East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said a tip allowed officers to obtain search warrants, which led them the cache of drugs–estimated to be worth $111,000 at the street level.

November 17, 2014
Subsistence hunters from Chukotka, as well as officials from government agencies and environmentalists met in Anchorage for discussions on oil spill response in the Bering Strait. Photo: A. Kochnev, Walrus Haulout Keepers

Rare Conference Brings Russian, American Officials To Table on Arctic Oil

A conference underway this week is trying to work around sanctions and rhetoric in order to focus on mutual interests in the Bering Sea. The Russian delegation is in Alaska to prepare for oil spills and increased marine traffic in the region.

November 13, 2014
Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

As military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. The state is spending resources to match vets with employers in the public and private sectors to combat the nation-wide problem of veteran unemployment.

November 11, 2014