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Zach Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

Zach Hughes is a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

Alaska Military Bases Could Lose 11,100 Troops Amid National Drawdown

Municipal Manager George Vakalis briefed members of the Anchorage Assembly on news that Army downsizing, and ongoing efforts to coordinate with stakeholders.

January 23, 2015
Senate Bill 30 has a deadline of February 24th in order to meet the requirements of Ballot Measure 2.

Joint Session to Address Marijuana Decriminalization As Municipalities Scramble to Regulate

Republican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska. The measure includes fine points that lawmakers, police, and the public need to adapt November’s Ballot Measure 2 into a legal framework.

January 23, 2015
Sahra Shaubach in the room she and volunteers extensively rehabbed inside the basement of the 225 E. 5th Ave property, holding a poster from the The Eagle, a renown Baltimore leather bar. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Alaska’s Kink Community Readies its New Home After Years of Unique Hurdles

Alaska has a tightening community made up of people living alternative lifestyles that range from discomfort with mainstream society to unconventional sex practices. But they have struggled to find spaces in which to gather. Now, after a lengthy tenant dispute and thousands of dollars worth of property damage, the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles is ready to open it’s doors.

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January 21, 2015

State Prosecutors Target Range of Child Sex Abuse Offenses in Round of Convictions

Four cases ended Friday with convictions for three men, part of the state’s efforts to go after more offenders for a wider range of abuses.

January 20, 2015
Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Colder overnight temperatures lead owners to idle vehicles for longer, raising the risk of theft.

January 20, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare For 29th Legislative Session

As the 29th legislative session looms closer, legislators are busy prefiling legislation they hope will become law over the course of the session. From the legalization of pot, to the proposed LNG pipeline, to the state’s uncertain budgetary future, legislators have a lot to address this session.

KSKA: Friday, 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Jennifer Pastrick, far left, sat beside Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anch), Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anch.), and retired Lieutenant Ken Blaylock on the second floor of the Legislative Information Office.

Anchorage Democrats Push Bills Combating Sexual Assault, Retaliation in National Guard

Anchorage Democrats Chris Tuck and Bill Wielechowski introduced a packet of legislative measures revising reporting procedures, revamping the Guard’s internal protocols, and creating a mechanism for private companies to give veterans hiring preference.

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January 15, 2015
Exact numbers won't be available until after committees and the public weigh in.

Anchorage Measure Will Tax Alcohol to Pay For Treatment and Services

In a surprising addition to the agenda, Assembly Chair Dick Traini introduces a plan short on specifics but with broad ambitions.

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January 13, 2015

Halcro Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Anchorage

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce president announces he will leave his position in order to run for mayor of Alaska’s largest city.

January 13, 2015

APD Investigating Two Attacks on Dogs as Class C Felonies

A Search and Rescue dog in Anchorage was poisoned with anti-freeze days before a pitbull puppy was found in Mid-town with multiple gunshot wounds.

January 12, 2015
Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Sculptors Bring Cubism, Chainsaws to Chunks of Ice in Anchorage

Artists wielding sanders and drills spent three days this weekend carving blocks of ice into salmon and sea-dragons in downtown Anchorage, showcasing all you can create out of a one-and-a-half ton block of frozen water.

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January 12, 2015

Legacy of Bar Break Violence Haunting Downtown Business Development

The Anchorage Assembly is casting an unusual amount of scrutiny on a pending liquor license transfer that’s raising questions about how businesses that sell liquor should develop downtown.

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January 2, 2015

Anchorage Forms New Committee To Navigate Pot Legalization

Just a week after a vote shooting down a controversial proposal to ban commercialization of marijuana within Anchorage, the city Assembly is forming a new committee to handle local implementation in the months ahead.

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December 22, 2014

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