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

Back-to-back storms, a tricky division of labor, and budget cuts contribute to a perception of lagging snow-removal. Listen now
Bean's Cafe at Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage.

The cold weather descending on much of the state is having an impact on social services. A soup kitchen in Anchorage is staying open around the clock to provide shelter from dangerously frigid temperatures. Listen now

With the state in a recession, many are searching for economic signs of what's in store for 2017. Listen now

A week after a mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, questions remain about why an Anchorage man with multiple domestic violence incidents and a documented mental breakdown was allowed to transport a handgun across the country. Listen now

Only weeks into his new job at the VA, Dr. David Shulkin came to Alaska for a senate field hearing in Eagle River. Listen now

Officials in Anchorage held a press conference on Saturday regarding what's known about Esteban Santiago, the alleged shooter in yesterday's attack at the Fort Lauderdale airport.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Officials in Anchorage are weighing a potential sales tax to deal with state's on-going fiscal challenges. The two percent tax is forecast to bring $90-$150 million in new revenues to the city and is intended to, in part, offset property taxes. Listen now

On New Years Day, a carjacking and child kidnapping lead the Anchorage Police Department to almost issue an Amber Alert, a process that has dense requirements. Listen now

The Municipality of Anchorage has reached an agreement with a local native corporation in a deal that will avoid years of costly litigation for both sides. Listen now
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A new survey is the first step in drafting a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy based on where residents and businesses see Anchorage developing over the next five years. Listen now

Without any single factor responsible for the surge in homicides, officials say there no clear solution to the problem. Listen Now

Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski is no stranger to controversy, but is alarmed by the surge of messages directed at her. Listen Now

Information came to the newsroom that a man with a gun in a Santa hat could be approaching. Shortly afterwards, he entered the building.

As the year comes to a close, Anchorage officials are taking stock of the city's problems with homelessness. Several assertive measures to connect people with housing and social services are succeeding, but the coordinated effort is showcasing just how much work is left to do. Listen Now

In a departure from big wish lists of the past, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's legislative request has only one capital budget project, coupled with a number of law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility. Listen Now

Cynthia Franklin took over the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board in 2014, which evolved into the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office after voters approved Ballot Measure 2, legalizing commercial cannabis. Listen Now

An online controversy spread to the halls of city government in Anchorage on Tuesday, with accusations flying about fake news, liberal media bias, and a militant Islamic training camp in Wasilla that does not exist.
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During it's meeting this Tuesday, the Assembly will vote on a measure that aims to eliminate the fixed number of cabs operating in the city, which would happen in a phased approach over the next few years. Listen Now

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