Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
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Zachariah Hughes reports on city & state politics, arts & culture, drugs, and military affairs in Anchorage and South Central Alaska. zhughes [at] alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8424 | @ZachHughesAK About Zachariah

For state workers, the task of communicating strange animal news to the public is equal parts zoological and literary. Listen now

The state House and Senate have both passed bills that allow Transportation Network Companies to operate, which means the controversial businesses could open up shop in Alaska as early as June. Listen now

From the beginning there were disputes over the Pot Luck Event's legality. The final straw was a cease-and-desist order from state regulators, and the passing of the club's founder, just days apart. Listen now

Republican Senator Dan Sullivan spoke on Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning about a broad range of topics, from national news stories in the headlines to regional issues facing the state. Listen now

On the tail of the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks last week, the Anchorage Museum hosted a multi-day series of events focused on the high north, including artists, academics and policy-makers. Listen now

As delegates, dignitaries, and stakeholders wind-down high level council meetings, the Anchorage Museum is hosting North By North, a first-time festival focused on issues specific to the Circumpolar North. Listen now

During a short trip to Anchorage, the governor used a brief window to tell the body he's optimistic lawmaker's will deliver a fiscal plan this session. Listen now

The small squadron on hand for Northern Edge is a preview of what’s in store for the Air Force in Alaska during the next few years. Listen now
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage officials are hoping to keep some emergency homeless shelters open longer, past the winter months and into the summer. Listen now
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Alaska's media landscape is undergoing some changes, as an influential political website has announced its shutting down. Listen now

The latest incident bears some nuance, with more planes than usual off the coast of Western Alaska while a massive military training exercise is taking place on the other side of the state. Listen now

An influential web-site in Alaska lost its driving force earlier this week. For several years, Alaska Commons has brought news and commentary with a left-leaning perspective to tens of thousands of readers. With the departure of its managing editor, the group's future remains unclear. Listen now

Police in Anchorage say they've determined that a single person was responsible for a wave of killings over the summer. Listen now

Chief Chris Tolley took over in October of 2015, and was tasked with expanding the size of the police force. He's handing the department over to Captain Justin Doll, a 20-year APD veteran coming from a community-facing role at the department. Listen now

During a meeting last night, the Anchorage Assembly certified the results of this month’s municipal elections. And it was also the last time the body's current members will all share the dais. Though the Assembly deals mostly with the dry nuts and bolts of municipal governance, the occasion was a rare glimpse of personality and sentiment.

For the second time in two days, Russian long-range bombers flew past the coast of Alaska. It's a surprising development that comes after nearly two years without any similar incidents. But military officials in Alaska say it isn't cause for alarm.

Military officials say they launched fighter jets on Monday afternoon to intercept two Russian long-range bombers flying toward Alaska. Listen now
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In a filing with the U.S. District Court, the Securities and Exchange Commission says nonpublic information was involved in highly profitable, risky stock trades made in the weeks before GCI was purchased by a Colorado company. Listen now
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In a letter sent Wednesday to city leaders, the director of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation wrote that a recently convened working group concluded that stakeholders should seriously consider merging Municipal Light and Power with the Chugach Electric Association. Listen now

Officials in Anchorage Tuesday unveiled a long-waited overhaul of the municipality's public transportation system. And planners are gearing up to spend the next six months preparing residents and visitors for major changes. Listen now