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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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Industry opposes Anchorage pot tax, excessive regulations

Industry opposes Anchorage pot tax, excessive regulations

Two separate items coming before the Anchorage Assembly will shape the state's largest market for commercial cannabis for years to come. And industry representatives are worried it'll be for the worse.
January 11, 2016

Real estate remains real stable in Alaska’s largest market

In an annual presentation to city officials on property values, Anchorage's municipal assessor showed a steady rise in overall property values.
January 8, 2016

Viral videos and the role of citizen reporters

Whether it’s viral videos about kayak-eating bears, or footage of alleged police brutality--some of Alaska’s biggest stories in the last year started as clips on social media. This week's Alaska Edition looks at how video and new media are shaping the way we get our news. Listen Now:
January 8, 2016

State judge sides with defendants in LIO case

A state judge handed down a significant ruling Thursday on a case involving the controversial lease for the state's Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. Download Audio
January 7, 2016
Anchorage puts forth port as top legislative priority

Anchorage puts forth port as top legislative priority

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz addressed a group of legislators today, presenting them with the city's one big funding priority: modernizing its port. Download Audio
January 7, 2016
Alaska soldier earns prestigious medal for heroic fishing rescue

Alaska soldier earns prestigious medal for heroic fishing rescue

A soldier stationed at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson is set to receive one of the nation's highest military awards on Friday. According to Army officials, it's the first time the Soldier's Medal has been awarded to a troop in Alaska for a rescue that happened in state. And it started with a fishing trip. Download Audio
January 7, 2016
Downtown crash rattles culture of trust in Civil Air Patrol

Downtown crash rattles culture of trust in Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol occupies an unusual place between the worlds of civilian and military aviation, one that relies primarily on self-monitoring. Download Audio
January 5, 2016
Pilot crashed into Anchorage building where wife worked during unauthorized flight

Pilot crashed into Anchorage building where wife worked during unauthorized flight

One person is confirmed dead after a small plane struck an office building in downtown Anchorage at 6:18 a.m Tuesday morning. Investigators say the pilot was not sanctioned to fly the aircraft. Download Audio
December 29, 2015
Labyrinth of VA paperwork, bureaucracy leaves vets feeling lost

Labyrinth of VA paperwork, bureaucracy leaves vets feeling lost

If Scott Harrison is going to prove that his disability are connected to his time in the military, the VA needs to comb through his service treatment record. Which, given his time as a Marine in the 80s, presents problems. Download Audio
December 23, 2015
Casualty of care: Ex-Marine grapples with VA system

Casualty of care: Ex-Marine grapples with VA system

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Alaska has made healthy strides in improving care over the last few years. But some patients still fall through the cracks. In the first of a two-part story, an ex-Marine explains his difficulties navigating care and benefits through the VA, and the effect its had on his life. Download Audio
December 22, 2015
Whistleblower alleges corruption in LIO court case

Whistleblower alleges corruption in LIO court case

The plaintiff alleges financial improprieties in the lease agreement between law-markers and the property's landlord, which could invalidate the space's 10 year lease.
December 17, 2015
Fairview Bloods member captured in Wash. by US Marshals

Fairview Bloods member captured in Wash. by US Marshals

Anchorage resident Delano Williams was arrested in Tacoma, Wash. without incident Friday, according to the FBI.
December 11, 2015
Reporter's roundtable: the permanent fund protection plan

Reporter’s roundtable: the permanent fund protection plan

On Wednesday, Governor Bill Walker introduced a budget proposal. It includes taxes, changing the structure of the Permanent Fund, and further cuts to services across the state. And all of this just a few weeks ahead of the next session.
December 11, 2015
12 indicted in bust of Fairview Bloods gang

12 indicted in bust of Fairview Bloods gang

A sprawling indictment from the U.S. Attorney's office details allegations of drug sales, money laundering, illegal firearm possession, and violence by 12 individuals in Anchorage's Fairview neighborhood. The men in custody are allegedly part of an Alaska unit of the LA-based Bloods gang. Download Audio
December 10, 2015
What end to military’s glass ceiling means in Alaska

What end to military’s glass ceiling means in Alaska

The decision by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ends gender prohibitions on about 10 percent of all military jobs may have a big impact on the Army in Alaska
December 10, 2015
Centennial celebration gets audit for 'financial mismanagement'

Centennial celebration gets audit for ‘financial mismanagement’

The Anchorage Assembly is requesting an official audit after a review surfaced alleging financial mismanagement in the city's Centennial celebration. Download Audio
December 9, 2015

Assembly migrates toward mail-in elections

A unanimous Assembly vote green-lighted the municipal clerk’s office to increase education and outreach on mail-in elections.
December 8, 2015
UAA, Providence 'disappointed' in U-Med road decision

UAA, Providence ‘disappointed’ in U-Med road decision

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has withdrawn the city's support for the $20 million dollar Northern Access Project, also called the U-Med District Road. The Department of Transportation says without the municipality's backing, work on the controversial project that links Elmore and Bragaw will stop. Download Audio
December 7, 2015
Berkowitz kills controversial road project

Berkowitz kills controversial road project

Mayor's letter asks state Transportation commissioner to take money for the Elmore Extension and put it towards Port Modernization Project.
December 4, 2015
Anchorage aims to re-brand troubled transit center

Anchorage aims to re-brand troubled transit center

The early plan offers a preliminary vision of a revitalized downtown, but few specifics about what happens to many of the people there now. Download Audio
December 4, 2015