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

Last year, Martin Buser had a tough Iditarod. He finished in 37th place, his lowest position on the leader-board in a decades-long career. But this year, as the four-time champion charges through the race’s early checkpoints, a lot of things are going better.

In Episode 8, we talk about Nicolas Petit being the first to the Yukon, Martin Buser's recovery from last year's injury, Yukon Quest v. Iditarod, and veteran dog teams.

Mushers are on the rivers heading out of Fairbanks right now, as the 45th Iditarod starts in earnest. This is the second time in three races that the restart has been in Fairbanks. And a lot of the mushers have vivid memories of the 2015 race, so this year, they’re trying to pack accordingly. Listen now

In Episode 6, we talk about: The 2017 Iditarod's restart in Fairbanks, weather and trail conditions in the Interior, and race strategies.

A group of U.S. senators - including one Alaskan - is asking the Justice Department to keep existing guidance on marijuana laws. Listen now
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The Anchorage Assembly passed a measure that could have an impact on healthcare for anyone getting care in Alaska’s largest city. Listen now

Who lives in the Arctic? And what are their stories? Those are questions posed by a new photography exhibit more than a year in the making. The "I Am Inuit" show is a body of images from artist Brian Adams that premiered last week at the Anchorage Museum. The project has built an audience online for much longer. Listen now

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game is trying out a new way to count moose within Anchorage city limits. Listen now

During last year's Iditarod, an intoxicated snowmachiner struck Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle's teams on a section of the trail heading into Nulato. And the implications of that event are shaping aspects of this year's Iditarod.

In this episode we take a look back at the 2016 Iditarod, including: The Seavey dynasty, Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle's dangerous encounter with a snowmachine near Nulato, and Brent Sass withdraws from the 2017 Iditarod.

The state announced Tuesday (Feb. 21) a new head for the office in charge of regulating alcohol and marijuana. Listen now
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One person is dead and seven hospitalized after an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a home in Anchorage. Listen now

Just days after a surprising scratch on the Yukon Quest trail, Eureka musher Brent Sass withdrew his team from the 2017 Iditarod. Listen now

Across Alaska, handlers play a pivotal role in competitive mushing. They manage sprawling kennels and help train sled-dogs for competition. It's a system that thrives on an unconventional economic arrangement. Listen now

The Assembly's ideological persuasion has major implications for both local and state politics, yet turnout in municipal elections tends to be extremely low. Listen now

Once again, the Iditarod start is moving to Fairbanks. Listen now

New website is a one-stop-shop for public data, part of the city's broader effort toward open data. Listen now

Over the last few weeks, many Alaskans have been trying something new: walking into a store to buy pot. Listen now

Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans wrote the ordinance, which seeks to regulate what are called Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs. Listen now

The state's Department of Economic Development is trying to clarify the status of on-site cannabis consumption in Alaska. Listen now