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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

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
‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving Art

‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving Art

The Anchorage Museum is set to open the All Alaska Juried Exhibition tomorrow–a show bringing together works of contemporary art from across the state. In its 48 years the semi-annual exhibition has served as a showcase for new and evolving art in a state with a rich creative tradition.

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November 6, 2014

Assembly Approves $750,000 for Another SAP Audit

Assembly members say too much money has already been spent on implementing the new automation software to skimp on what are, hopefully, some of the last steps in the process.

November 6, 2014

USCG Responds To Grounded Barge Near Kodiak Over The Weekend

Over the weekend the Coast Guard responded to a grounded fuel barge near Kodiak. Coast Guard personal at Sector Anchorage sent a C-130 Hercules Airplane and the cutter Spar to respond to the incident early Saturday morning.

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November 3, 2014

Economists Say It’s Too Early To Determine Effects Of Current Low Oil Prices

Crude oil prices are hovering in the $80 range, and in Alaska that brings with it worries over the budget. But economists from either side of the political spectrum have roughly the same take on what’s playing out: it’s too early to tell.

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October 31, 2014
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's controversial A0-37 will appear on the same ballot as his bid to be Lieutenant Governor. (Photo: Dan Sullivan for Lt. Gov Facebook Page)

“CEO of the City” Campaigns to Bring Anchorage Business Acumen to Governor’s Cabinet

Sullivan aims to bring his focus on fiscal issues to the governor’s cabinet. Money has been the major theme of his time as mayor, and that’s how he’s framing his so-far low-key candidacy.

October 28, 2014

Fish & Game Revising Wildlife Habitat Management Plans

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is revising management plans for some of the most exceptional areas of wildlife habitat in the state. But critics say that even after an outcry about what’s been called a massive erosion in environmental protection by both the public and the Legislature, little to nothing has been fixed.

October 24, 2014

A Year In, Battle for Dude Creek Still Being Quietly Waged

After vigorous debate in the Legislature and public,, little to nothing has changed—even as the next step in the process is just weeks away.

October 23, 2014
After three decades, the Anchorage School District says goodbye to an educator. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Teacher’s Pet: A Four-Legged Educator Retires

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and most unusual educators. What’s more, the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled.

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October 17, 2014
Michael Brubaker (left), discusses climate change's effects on public health with Lori Townsend (middle) and Zachariah Hughes (right). (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

How Does Climate Change Affect Public Health?

A series of reports that seek to define the potential changes to public health in rural Alaska communities based on the impacts of Alaska’s rapidly changing climate. But, why are the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the North Slope Borough looking at the issue through the lens of climate change?

KSKA: Friday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m.

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October 17, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 2014
New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist On A Familiar Building Block

New Exhibit Puts An Alaska Twist On A Familiar Building Block

Legos—the small, colorful plastic blocks—have grown into the most common place toy in the world, with more than 5.2 million manufactured every hour. And they are not purely for toy-stores and playroom carpets anymore. A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses on Lego fine arts, and how the building blocks fit in with Alaska’s own artistic traditions.

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October 8, 2014
A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

A Big Comeback For Kotzebue’s Commercial Fishery

Kotzebue is in the midst of one of its best commercial chum seasons ever. That’s due to an exceptionally strong run size. Dockside economics are playing a role, as well.

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August 13, 2014