Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
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
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Anchorage voters will decide next spring how public bathrooms are going to be regulated. A controversial citizens' initiative has gathered enough signatures from supporters to go before voters in 2018. Listen now

Amid this summer's push by the Veterans Administration in Alaska to hold town hall meetings in across the state, Alaska's VA Healthcare Director offered an update on the organization's progress and remaining challenges in connecting veterans to benefits. Listen now

The measure seeks to regulate bathrooms, locker-rooms, and other intimate spaces on the basis of biological sex rather than gender identity. Listen now

Alaska is on course to be the first state in the country to allow customers to use cannabis inside regulated businesses. Listen now

Officials in Anchorage want to know if drug addiction is driving a rise in property crime. Listen now

Anchorage is scrambling to cover hefty financial loses at the Sullivan Arena that are only expected to get worse. Listen now

The former head of Alaska's railroad workers union has been sentenced to a year in jail for felony embezzlement. Listen now

Federal Trade Commission data show that last year, 3,031 complaints were filed in Alaska, about a third of them in Anchorage. The information was shared as part of a national push to show how minority and immigrant communities are targeted. Listen now

A photography exhibit takes a look at a world most of us hope to avoid -- the world of combat medics and search and rescue missions. Listen now

The news yesterday of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test by North Korea has world leaders calling for restraint. It's a development that puts all of Alaska within range of an ICBM. But the response in Alaska was muted. Listen now

The number of syringes exchanged at one Anchorage non-profit doubled in just two years to almost half-a-million. This year they're on track to outpace that. Listen now

One side effect of the state's growing opioid and heroin problem is a massive increase diseases connected to drug injection, raising concerns about a potential tidal wave of healthcare costs facing Alaska. Listen now
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

On Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly approved a measure that gives immunity to sex workers who tell police when more serious crimes have occurred. Listen now

During its Tuesday meeting, the Anchorage Assembly approved a measure that gives immunity to sex workers who tell police when more serious crimes have occurred.

Officials are reaching out to developers and the business community for ideas on how to re-invent the troubled property. Listen now

The Alaska Zoo has dramatically transformed over the last five decades. The process of expanding a collection of rare animals isn't easy. None the less, there have been some acquisitions lately. The process of integrating new wildlife into the facility combines non-profit budgeting with the whims of mother nature. Listen now
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The 15-acre property in question is the former site of the Alaska Native Hospital, which one Assembly member wants to see turned into an urban agriculture center. Listen now

Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 132 into law this afternoon, opening up business in Alaska for Transportation Network Companies, including popular services like Uber and Lyft. Listen now

The battle centers on a new plan to start charging at parking meters during weekends, and whether the changes will drive business in or out of the area.

A group of military officials, foreign dignitaries, and survivors gathered at the Fort Richardson National Ceremony to recall the bombing of Dutch Harbor and tragic aftermath.