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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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The nitty-gritty rules that will shape Anchorage's cannabis industry

The nitty-gritty rules that will shape Anchorage’s cannabis industry

Assembly members in Anchorage have passed a bundle of rules that will shape the business landscape for the state’s largest commercial cannabis market in the months ahead.
February 9, 2016
'Kill the savage' challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska

‘Kill the savage’ challenges artistic boundaries in Alaska

Three provocative new exhibits at the Anchorage Museum showcase changing boundaries within Alaska's contemporary art scene.
February 9, 2016
Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

Anchorage to buy ConocoPhillips gas field for $152M

After months of closed door meetings, the city has worked out a deal to buy a section of the Beluga River Unit owned by ConcoPhillips since the 80s. Download Audio
February 8, 2016
Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

The developer says the sale would save the state $2,052,000 over the next nine years of the existing lease, and eliminates the potential for lawsuits if legislators walk away from the agreement. Download Audio
February 5, 2016
Final cannabis laws hammered out in Anchorage

Final cannabis laws hammered out in Anchorage

During public testimony, residents gave feedback on the finer points of the zoning and licence requirements nearing their final form.
February 4, 2016

45 days later, a proposal with few details on LIO building

Tuesday was the deadline set by the Legislative Council to figure out a plan for the controversial lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. Download Audio
February 2, 2016
Words with friends: Anchorage clerks arrange Assembly election

Words with friends: Anchorage clerks arrange Assembly election

Anchorage voters will elect five of the city's 11 Assembly members this April. Filing for those races opened today. City officials have devised an ingenious ritual to keep elections as fair and impartial as possible. Download Audio
January 29, 2016
Emergency preparedness in Alaska

Emergency preparedness in Alaska

On this week's Alaska Edition, we discuss emergency preparedness in the state.
January 29, 2016
Police and public health officials collaborate to combat Spice

Police and public health officials collaborate to combat Spice

According to the latest figures 9.7 percent of emergency transports are spice-related emergencies across the municipality. Now, the city is pulling together a broad spectrum of experts from different fields to develop long term strategies.
January 28, 2016
Spice conference convenes as overdoses in Anchorage persist

Spice conference convenes as overdoses in Anchorage persist

Medical emergencies connected with synthetic cannabinoids remain stubbornly high in Anchorage -- 6 to 8 percent of daily calls for hospital transport, according to Fire Department officials. City officials are convening for a two-day workshop to try to address the Spice epidemic. Download Audio
January 27, 2016

Rash of car thefts unnerves Anchorage

Sixteen cars were stolen in a single 24-hour period in Anchorage, starting yesterday (Jan. 25) and running through this morning (Jan. 26). Download Audio
January 26, 2016
Unnerved but unharmed, Anchorage residents tidy up after 7.1 quake

Unnerved but unharmed, Anchorage residents tidy up after 7.1 quake

In Anchorage, Portage and the Mat-Su Valley the earthquake knocked out power to thousands of homes. By midday Sunday, electricity had been restored to all but a handful of homes.
January 24, 2016
Alaska soldiers talk Bergdahl, Serial podcast

Alaska soldiers talk Bergdahl, Serial podcast

But what Alaska soldiers who served with Bergdahl are saying about the case and podcast depends on who you ask. Download Audio
January 22, 2016
Looking ahead: the legislative session

Looking ahead: the legislative session

The Legislative session started this week, and battles are already brewing over the budget, several pre-filed bills ranging in relevance. This week's Alaska Edition explores what's ahead this session and how it stacks up to previous years.
January 22, 2016
A correction helps uncover a heroic rescue in Angoon from '95

A correction helps uncover a heroic rescue in Angoon from ’95

In a story about a rarely awarded medal we wrongly stated it was the first one awarded for a rescue in Alaska. In fact, one was given for an incident that happened in Angoon in 1995. The story starts at a basketball game when the power goes out. Download Audio
January 20, 2016
AK: David Bowie's Alaskan name-twin adopts rocker's rebel streak

AK: David Bowie’s Alaskan name-twin adopts rocker’s rebel streak

UAA linguistics Professor David Bowie -- pronounced BOO-wee, but spelled b-o-w-i-e -- has a vexed relationship with the celebrity he shares his name with. He resented the musician until he was in his 20s, when something changed. Download Audio:
January 15, 2016

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking tends to be closely associated with sex trafficking and prostitution, but this week's Alaska Edition includes guests who are taking initiative to expand how Alaskans understand the issue of people being exploited across an array of industries. Listen Now:
January 15, 2016
New tech and political clout put toward homeless campers

New tech and political clout put toward homeless campers

The Anchorage Mayor's office is throwing its weight behind initiatives to end homelessness, a problem the administration says has intensified in recent years. As social service providers gather data on homeless individuals, they're pairing new technology with an increased level of political support. Download Audio
January 14, 2016
Marijuana tax to go before Anchorage voters

Marijuana tax to go before Anchorage voters

Both law-makers and industry advocates support the proposed five percent tax, but disagreements over regulation continue to grow. Download Audio
January 13, 2016
Private contractor adds staff to handle VA service problems

Private contractor adds staff to handle VA service problems

TriWest will cover salary costs for six new employees embedded within Alaska VA to improve appointments and healthcare, primarily in the communities on the road system. Download Audio
January 12, 2016