Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
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

A months long search has yielded two candidates with very different experience across Alaska's schools. Download Audio

The total price-tag on Anchorage's 2016 operating budget is about $488 million, up slightly, with uncertainties lingering from extended legislative session.

In a year with a controversial new personal conduct rule, 24-year-old musher with a conviction and open assault charge was allowed to compete.

As aggressive corrosion rapidly degrades the Port of Anchorage, its funding future is in the hands of Juneau lawmakers. Funding for construction and rehabilitation of port infrastructure was the only financial request of the mayor’s administration in Anchorage for this session. But the possibility of action on a major spending project, even one most see as critical and inevitable, is nearly impossible according to lawmakers on both sides.

The Port of Anchorage is literally coming apart, threatening to upend the state's essential supply chain in what officials have called "a slow motion disaster." Every year, millions are spent just combating the rapid corrosion of the Port's basic infrastructure. But without hundreds of millions for major rehabilitation work approved by lawmakers, the nexus point for much of the state's fuel, food, and building supplies is at risk. Alaska Public Media's Zachariah Hughes has part two in our series about the port. Download Audio

A week and a half after ballots were cast, outstanding votes in Anchorage's municipal election have all been counted. Download Audio

Both Minor Consuming Alcohol laws and criminal background checks for commercial cannabis applications subject to change under bill. Download Audio

Results on Girdwood police, school bond, and race for school board seat are all liable to change in days ahead.

Though money is set aside for controversial building purchase, the Senate's version of the capital budget is more notable for what's left out. Download Audio
Marijuana for sale at a dispensary in California. (Photo: Dank Depot via Flickr Creative Commons)

As permit applications trickle down from the state, local community groups are meeting prospective cannabis businesses seeking to open shop nearby. Download Audio

Upsets over financing for school capital projects and a tax-cap calculation will leave Administration with budget challenges, though more liberal-leaning Assembly. Download Audio

Four nominees to replace an outgoing state Supreme Court justice have been submitted to Governor Bill Walker for review. Walker now has about six weeks to name replacement on the bench. Download Audio

On top of Assembly and School Board seats, Anchorage has several controversial bonds and tax measures on the municipal ballot.

Hundreds of people across Alaska are trying to figure out how to sell commercial cannabis, spending big to be able to prepare applications for licenses.

In other presidential news, former candidate Marco Rubio, senator from Florida, has asked to keep the five delegates awarded to him during Alaska's Presidential Preference Poll earlier this month. Download Audio

With all 40 state districts reporting, Sanders has 81 percent of the vote, tentatively securing the bulk of Alaska’s 20 delegates to the national convention. Download Audio

By 9:30 a.m. the parking-lot at Anchorage's West High school was overflowing onto side-streets, with cheerful lines of Democratic caucus-goers formed outside of multiple entrances. Inside, dense crowds formed at district tables.

Democratic Party top contenders reach out to supporters in Alaska ahead of Saturday's caucus. Download Audio

The Mayor's Office in Anchorage is reporting a $14 million surplus after revising its first-quarter budget. Download Audio