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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

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Anchorage Assembly Approves New Start for Former Platinum Jaxx Building Downtown

A controversial effort in the Anchorage Assembly to block a liquor license transfer failed during Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

February 18, 2015

“Stagnant” Anchorage Software Project To Move Forward After Two Separate Audit Reports

Internal and external audits of the SAP software implementation find poor management, lack of accountability, and problems with scheduling, but conclude it’s too late to start over.

February 16, 2015
George Vakalis (left), Zachariah Hughes (top), Bill Popp (bottom) and Lt. Col. Allen Brown (right) discuss potential troop draw-down in Alaska. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

How Could Potential Military Drawdowns Impact Alaska’s Economy?

Today we’re discussing possible troop drawdowns in Alaska, part of the military’s broader reduction in overall size. Later this month, officials from the Defense Department and U.S. Army are visiting Anchorage and Fairbanks for listening sessions, to get a sense of what Forts Richardson and Wainwright mean to nearby communities. As well as how they fit into the broader mission of the American Armed Forces.

KSKA: Friday, 2/13 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/13 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 4:30pm

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February 13, 2015

Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage

The Anchorage housing market is one of the most expensive in the country. A recent grant application by AEDC is trying to bring data on homelessness and affordability to the forefront of the conversation on the city’s economic future.

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February 9, 2015
Anchorage Assembly member Paul Honeman (left) and Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew (right) talk with Zachariah Hughes (center) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN, Anchorage)

Combating Anchorage’s Violent Crime Spike

A recent uptick in deadly shooting incidents and assaults in Anchorage have police and public safety advocates sprinting to organize a response to curb the violent trend. The Anchorage Police Department is organizing a task-force to tackle the problem, but what can communities do to help remedy the problem?

KSKA: Friday, 2/6 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 4:30pm

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February 6, 2015

Tax On Alcohol to Treat Anchorage’s Worsening Substance Abuse Issues Fails

The Assembly ordinance would have put a 5.5% tax on sales in package stores, setting the money aside for housing units, beds in detox centers, and other treatment options. The plan was the latest proposed solution to the city’s costly issues managing chronic inebriates.

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February 4, 2015
On the 17th floor of the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Walker introduced Retired US Army Col. Laurie Hummel and Retired US Air Force Col. Bob Doehl.

Col. Laurie Hummel Named New Adjutant General for the Alaska National Guard

Retired Colonel Laurie Hummel is the first woman to lead the Guard and serve as Commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Bob Doehl will join as her deputy .

January 30, 2015
APD Chief Mark Mew spoke in front of a dozen reporters Thursday afternoon at a press conference. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Police To Assemble Task Force In Wake of Week’s Fourth Murder

Crime analysts report the number of confirmed shootings more than doubled compared to last year, with much of the violence attributed to the illegal drug trade at a press conference held by the department.

January 29, 2015

Legislators Agree to Overhaul Marijuana Bill With Controversial “Defense” Provision

The provision offered a legal defense for anyone brought to court for possessing an ounce after decriminalization, which critics testified was confusing, cumbersome, and went against the will of voters.

January 28, 2015

Anchorage Assembly Bans Marijuana From Public Use

The new rules treat marijuana almost identically to alcohol, replacing arrest and criminal charges for public consumption with a civil citation.

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January 28, 2015

Anchorage Organizing to Stave Off Army Cuts

The draw-down is part of a national reduction in the size of the armed forces, eliminating 120,000 positions from active duty. A maximum of 11,100 troops could be removed from Alaska.

January 28, 2015
Double Homicide in East Anchorage Latest in String of Gun Incidents

Double Homicide in East Anchorage Latest in String of Gun Incidents

The incident comes within a day of police taking a 14-year-old into custody in connection with the shooting death at a Midtown parking-lot.

January 27, 2015
Anchorage Police Take 14-Year-Old Into Custody After Sunday Shooting Death

Anchorage Police Take 14-Year-Old Into Custody After Sunday Shooting Death

Suspect in custody has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

January 26, 2015

Alaska Military Bases Could Lose 11,100 Troops Amid National Drawdown

Municipal Manager George Vakalis briefed members of the Anchorage Assembly on news that Army downsizing, and ongoing efforts to coordinate with stakeholders.

January 23, 2015
Senate Bill 30 has a deadline of February 24th in order to meet the requirements of Ballot Measure 2.

Joint Session to Address Marijuana Decriminalization As Municipalities Scramble to Regulate

Republican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska. The measure includes fine points that lawmakers, police, and the public need to adapt November’s Ballot Measure 2 into a legal framework.

January 23, 2015
Sahra Shaubach in the room she and volunteers extensively rehabbed inside the basement of the 225 E. 5th Ave property, holding a poster from the The Eagle, a renown Baltimore leather bar. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA.

Alaska’s Kink Community Readies its New Home After Years of Unique Hurdles

Alaska has a tightening community made up of people living alternative lifestyles that range from discomfort with mainstream society to unconventional sex practices. But they have struggled to find spaces in which to gather. Now, after a lengthy tenant dispute and thousands of dollars worth of property damage, the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles is ready to open it’s doors.

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January 21, 2015

State Prosecutors Target Range of Child Sex Abuse Offenses in Round of Convictions

Four cases ended Friday with convictions for three men, part of the state’s efforts to go after more offenders for a wider range of abuses.

January 20, 2015
Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Wave of Morning Car Thefts Hits Anchorage

Colder overnight temperatures lead owners to idle vehicles for longer, raising the risk of theft.

January 20, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare For 29th Legislative Session

As the 29th legislative session looms closer, legislators are busy prefiling legislation they hope will become law over the course of the session. From the legalization of pot, to the proposed LNG pipeline, to the state’s uncertain budgetary future, legislators have a lot to address this session.

KSKA: Friday, 1/16 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 1/16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1/17 at 4:30 p.m.

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January 16, 2015
Jennifer Pastrick, far left, sat beside Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anch), Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anch.), and retired Lieutenant Ken Blaylock on the second floor of the Legislative Information Office.

Anchorage Democrats Push Bills Combating Sexual Assault, Retaliation in National Guard

Anchorage Democrats Chris Tuck and Bill Wielechowski introduced a packet of legislative measures revising reporting procedures, revamping the Guard’s internal protocols, and creating a mechanism for private companies to give veterans hiring preference.

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January 15, 2015