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

Officials in Anchorage are beginning to look at a potential new fuel tax as a way to help pay for essential services like policing and infrastructure.

The military resumed an annual mission to the Colony Glacier, where an Air Force plane crashed 65 years ago, killing the dozens of service members on board.

Alaska isn't immune from national issues affecting the country's VA system, however the state's branch of the department has made progress. in the last few years. Listen now

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew muted reactions from Alaska officials on Thursday. Listen now

A coalition of Anchorage advocacy groups, unions and faith organizations is mobilizing to oppose an ongoing effort to roll back parts of the city's equal rights ordinance. Listen now

The Municipality of Anchorage is getting a $300,000 grant to help clean up distressed properties. The money is part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownsfields Assessment Grants program, which aims to redevelop properties that are unoccupied or under-used. Listen now

State officials want Alaskans to spend a little bit more money on products grown in state. To do it, they're encouraging shoppers to spend $5 a week for the next five months. Listen now

On Tuesday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced it conducted a successful test of a system designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles. It's the first test of the system by the U.S. in almost three years. Listen now

For state workers, the task of communicating strange animal news to the public is equal parts zoological and literary. Listen now

The state House and Senate have both passed bills that allow Transportation Network Companies to operate, which means the controversial businesses could open up shop in Alaska as early as June. Listen now

From the beginning there were disputes over the Pot Luck Event's legality. The final straw was a cease-and-desist order from state regulators, and the passing of the club's founder, just days apart. Listen now

Republican Senator Dan Sullivan spoke on Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning about a broad range of topics, from national news stories in the headlines to regional issues facing the state. Listen now

On the tail of the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks last week, the Anchorage Museum hosted a multi-day series of events focused on the high north, including artists, academics and policy-makers. Listen now

As delegates, dignitaries, and stakeholders wind-down high level council meetings, the Anchorage Museum is hosting North By North, a first-time festival focused on issues specific to the Circumpolar North. Listen now

During a short trip to Anchorage, the governor used a brief window to tell the body he's optimistic lawmaker's will deliver a fiscal plan this session. Listen now

The small squadron on hand for Northern Edge is a preview of what’s in store for the Air Force in Alaska during the next few years. Listen now
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage officials are hoping to keep some emergency homeless shelters open longer, past the winter months and into the summer. Listen now
Alaska News Nightly by Alaska Public Media

Alaska's media landscape is undergoing some changes, as an influential political website has announced its shutting down. Listen now

The latest incident bears some nuance, with more planes than usual off the coast of Western Alaska while a massive military training exercise is taking place on the other side of the state. Listen now

An influential web-site in Alaska lost its driving force earlier this week. For several years, Alaska Commons has brought news and commentary with a left-leaning perspective to tens of thousands of readers. With the departure of its managing editor, the group's future remains unclear. Listen now