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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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Anatomy of Willow’s Wildfire Fight

Anatomy of Willow’s Wildfire Fight

Gains on Sockeye part of an around-the clock effort by front-line responders, from elite hotshot crews to logistics managers keeping them supplied with gear.

June 19, 2015

As Fires Burn, Agencies Coordinate Helicopters to Gift Cards for Relief

Amid organizational and financial complexities, most of the immediate needs on the ground are quite basic

June 17, 2015
Lisbet Norris with four puppies, part of the hundred dogs her family evacuated from their Willow kennel. In total, around 400 sled dogs were brought to the lot at Underdog Feeds in Wasilla. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

“Noah’s Ark” At Evacuation Site for Willow Mushers Fleeing Sockeye Fire

Tight-knit mushing community was able to coordinate a rapid response to the wildfire, relocating 400 animals as part of an emergency plan hatched just weeks earlier.

June 16, 2015

Berkowitz Appointees Reflect Focus on Housing, Community Development

Fleek-Green, Wilber, Shuttee to take over prominent roles in next mayor’s administration.

June 11, 2015

Regular Flights To Russian Far East From AK Resume

If you’ve run out of isolated wilderness to explore in Alaska, there’s good news: flights from Anchorage to Yakutsk start in July.

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June 11, 2015

New Marijuana Restrictions Regulate Secondhand Smoke

The move is a blow for legalization advocates in Anchorage, and leaves many regulatory questions unanswered.

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June 10, 2015
The Level 1 combatives course lasts a week, and is required of Army soldiers stationed at JBER. Higher tiers require at least a month of coursework. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Army Troops Cope In The Cage

109 members of the military gather at JBER for two days of unsanctioned fighting.

June 8, 2015
A group of chamber musicians played for nearly an hour as the 45 bus wound through town, part of a city-wide cultural event drawing crowds to a central location. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Strings On The Bus: Anchorage Has A Conflux

Community members and cultural institutions pair up to throw Anchorage a surprise party.

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June 2, 2015
The state's first job fair comes just two weeks after a large convention in Anchorage, further proving to many that the commercial industry is bringing an opportunity for large financial profits. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

Green Business: Alaska’s First Cannabis Career Fair Held in Anchorage

This weekend, Alaska saw its first-ever job fair for careers in commercial cannabis, offering a glimpse of how the semi-legal marijuana industry is taking tentative steps towards professionalism and profits.

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June 1, 2015

As Marijuana Rules Take Shape, A Focus on Local Control

Emerging rules are modeled on commercial alcohol sales, with regulators hoping to learn from past mistakes in Washington and Colorado.

May 29, 2015

On Arctic Offshore, Symbolic Support from Anchorage

Resolution aims to express solidarity with the Port of Seattle and a focus on safety in Shell’s plans in the season ahead.

May 26, 2015
National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

National Guard Welcomes New Leadership

Since the start of the year there have been several major changes in leadership at the Alaska National Guard. Laurie Hummel is now Adjudant General, and Col. Joe Streff is heading the more embattled half of the organization, the Army National Guard.

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May 21, 2015
Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence, No Suspect

Evidence from APD suggests one of the parents is responsible for the deaths, but just a day into the investigation detectives are not yet able to say conclusively what happened.

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May 14, 2015

Marijuana OK’d At State’s First Pot Convention, But Only For Display

While the city’s Assembly voted to allow marijuana on site at an upcoming convention, it cannot be consumed there.

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May 13, 2015

Uber, Utility Sale Tossed By Anchorage Assembly

Two controversial business proposals for Anchorage were settled during last night’s Assembly meeting. Services connected to both taxi cabs and garbage trucks will stay the same

May 13, 2015
Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Anchorage: Data Show 2% Dip In Major Crime

Outgoing Mayor Dan Sullivan held a press conference Tuesday at City Hall to explain that statistics for the last year tell a more optimistic story than the one on the campaign trail.

May 12, 2015
Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

Mine-Sweeping, Playground-Building, Parachuting Sapper Brigade Leaves JBER

The deactivation of an engineering unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this month is a small piece amid larger changes for the Army in Alaska.

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May 11, 2015

Rural Alaska’s Water Issues

Today we’re discussing water. Specifically, the absence of adequate water and sewage systems in rural communities across Western Alaska. Though there has been a lot of progress building facilities in the last 20 years, the job isn’t done, leaving many with limited access to potable water. It’s not merely an issue of convenience. There are elevated health risks, economic consequences, as well as questions of fairness in resource allocation. And amid diminishing state revenues along with accelerating climate change, the problems are rapidly worsening.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Berkowitz Nabs Mayoral Victory After High Voter Turnout

Anchorage voters elected Ethan Berkowitz by a wide margin Tuesday to be the city’s next mayor, after runoff race consisting of two candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

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May 6, 2015
Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Berkowitz 59%, Demboski 41% In Anchorage Mayor’s Race

Mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz beat rival Amy Demboski. Turn out was nearly 30%.

May 5, 2015