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

Nation's first Iñupiaq two-star general played a critical role in fighting for the people of the Northwest Arctic at a pivotal time in Alaska's history.

Delta Airlines said it's investigating the cause of today's power outage that knocked out its computer systems worldwide. Delta canceled more than 450 flights by early afternoon, and a flight tracking service counted 2,000 delayed flights. Listen now

Penalties are less about malicious intent than clerical errors and a misunderstanding over the definition of a dumpster.

Even as the nation draws down the size of the armed forces, taxpayers continue to pay for a relocation program that's shooting far over inflation. And there are no plans for reform.

One of the state's key regulators on commercial cannabis has been unexpectedly ousted by the governor. Listen now

Officials in Anchorage have taken the first step in what could be a major transformation to a vital piece of the state's transportation system. Listen now

The Washington Post reporter at the heart of a high-profile campaign incident grew up in Alaska and graduated from an Anchorage high school.
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The Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a move forward for the municipality's first commercial cannabis business, setting the stage for crops of legal marijuana to be planted in the weeks ahead. Listen now

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps stopped in Anchorage and the interior this weekend to evaluate new opportunities for training. But some see it as a potential first step in building a permanent presence.

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps is coming to Alaska this weekend, stopping at military installations in both Anchorage and the Interior. Listen now

The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News has submitted a response to a $1 million lawsuit filed against her. Listen now

Anchorage's homeless shelters and social services are drastically and unexpectedly overwhelmed. It's the result of a city policy pushing people out of homeless camps in parks and along trails. Listen now

A 19-year-old from western Alaska was honored last week at the White House for his work advocating on behalf of communities experiencing climate change first hand. Esau Sinnok spoke to me from his cousin's house in Nome on his way back home to Shishmaref. He was in Washington advocating for "climate equity." Listen now

Walker's vetoes on the operating budget have carved at $17 million dollar hole in the Anchorage's revenues, with the bulk of that drop hitting the school district. Listen now

Police say a man advanced on officers with a weapon before they opened fire behind a Home Depot. Listen now

The landlord for the embattled Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage is taking the first step in what could be a lengthy process toward a lawsuit.

Erosion driven by climate change is happening decades sooner than the military predicted, leading them to spend tens of millions fortifying remote radar sites in the North Slope.

Scattered across Alaska are 15 radar sites in some of the most remote areas of the state, feeding information to a command center in Anchorage. Keeping them humming 365 days a year are tiny crews of private contractors who live there for months at a time. To a lot of people, the prospect sounds crazy. To others the solitary rhythm makes total sense. Download Audio

At the height of the Cold War, the military built secretive radar sites all over Alaska. Most of them are still operating, doing essentially the same thing: scanning the sky for anything that's not supposed to be there, particularly Russian long-range bombers. Download Audio

The city of Anchorage is getting a new pool of money to address homelessness. The mayor's office announced today a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development. The money will fund research into how to overhaul city services for residents of Anchorage and the Mat-Su valley dealing with chronic homelessness and frequent problems with the criminal justice system. Download Audio