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

After store openings in Fairbanks, Juneau and Valdez, Anchorage is still weeks away from having an open retailer.

The Anchorage Police Department is moving closer to a years-long goal of boosting the size of the force. On Thursday, 26 new officers will graduate from the department's second police academy of the year. And in a few weeks, 31 additional officers will enter a third academy. Listen Now

Just one day ahead of the official name change, a local corporation filed a temporary restraining order to halt the measure's implementation, alleging a flawed process and fiscal risk. Listen Now

Lieutenant General Kenneth Wilsbach took over in August, but first came to Alaska in the 60s as a young boy on Adak. Listen Now

Citing safety concerns, the Iditarod Board of Directors have ruled that Iditarod mushers will no longer be able to carry dogs in trailers behind their sleds. Listen Now

Fiscally conservative Assembly member from South Anchorage hopes to diversify city revenues while staying below the "tax cap." Listen Now

The findings, released Friday, come after a former employee sent a complaint to the Food and Drug Administration in August.

Frustrated at not being able to text in Iñupiaq, pair spent months assembling a library of characters for all of Alaska's recognized indigenous languages. Listen Now 

A day after news that five Anchorage murders are linked to the same gun used an attack on a police officer over the weekend, questions remain about how officials responded to public concerns in the months before.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Assembly passed a $504 million operating budget during it’s Tuesday night meeting, up slightly from last year’s budget of $488 million. Increases are going primarily to pay for a larger police force. Listen Now 
Cannabis Plant. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Anchorage assembly approved four new cannabis businesses within the municipality on Tuesday. Listen Now 

This weekend, the first Veteran Town Hall to be held in Alaska is happening in Palmer. Listen Now

Help Alaska Public Media cover access to the ballot and problems preventing people from exercising their right to vote during the 2016 election.

On the heels of stricter federal rules on the ivory trade, several state bans are shrinking demand for ivory, even the legal walrus ivory many Alaskans depend on.

Amid policy disagreements, House candidates remained cordial throughout. That wasn't always the case for the four candidates running for the Senate. Listen Now

With days left, 46,000 Alaskans have already voted early, about half the number as last year. Listen Now

In an unexpected move, the Anchorage Assembly has put a stop on what would have been the first retail marijuana business in Alaska’s largest city. At least for now. Listen Now

With competitive candidates up and down the ticket in Alaska running as independents, is the trend ideological or just a new political calculus? Listen Now

Mushers are expressing frustration over two controversial rule changes to the Iditarod made during a board meeting today.

With the first batch of commercial cannabis officially certified, business in Valdez is on track to become the state's first legal retailer. Listen Now