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

On the second day of this year’s annual AFN gathering in Anchorage, another significant announcement regarding the relationship between the state and tribes was put forward. Listen now

On the first full day of the AFN convention, delegates heard an impassioned speech from Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott focused on the state’s fiscal situation and a keynote address highlighting the convention's theme -- "Strength in Unity." Listen now

The state’s top law-enforcement officials are rolling out a new initiative aimed at curbing violent crime in Alaska. At its heart is more collaboration between federal, state, and local officials. Listen now

Through simple voice votes, delegates at the 2017 Elders and Youth Conference passed all seven of the resolutions brought to the floor. Listen now

Today heard a keynote address from Clare Swan, a Dena’ina Athabascan elder from the Kenaitze tribe on the Kenai Peninsula. Swan’s speech focused on the changes she’s seen in her lifetime, including the effects of commercial pressure on subsistence fishing, and population growth in Southcentral Alaska. Listen now

Former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles enlisted in the Army during the mid-60s, just as the war began escalating. Knowles' opinion of the war began to change after he returned to civilian life, and the parallels he sees in today’s conflict in Afghanistan. Listen now

The gathering of more than a thousand people from across Alaska takes place just ahead of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention each fall. It aims to promote indigenous identity and share cultural knowledge between generations. Listen now

The Defense Department announced changes to military recruiting that will make it harder for legal immigrants to enlist and qualify for citizenship. Listen now

The Senate colleagues detailed policy recommendations they want the White House to pursue, starting with a disaster declaration on the opioid crisis. Listen now

The Anchorage Assembly debated dueling measures concerning Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime overhaul signed into law last summer. Listen now

Amid growing frustration over an uptick in crime, officials in Anchorage are weighing what kind of solutions they want from lawmakers in Juneau. Listen now

As property and violent crime continue to increase in Anchorage, the city's police department is internally reorganizing to better respond. Listen now

At least two Alaskans are dead, and another is wounded, after a gunman's rampage at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Many other residents were at the event and fled to safety, sending messages back to family overnight and into Monday. Listen now

In a first, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force brought its prestigious band to perform for Anchorage students. Listen now

Dozens of helicopter pilots and maintenance personnel from Alaska's Air National Guard are heading overseas to combat the Islamic State. Listen now

A long-time subsistence rights activist from the Kenai Peninsula and teenage hunter from Gambell named as keynote speakers. Listen now

As it struggles to emerge from bankruptcy under new owners, the state's largest newspaper has started making deep staff cuts. Listen now

As the United States approaches the 16th anniversary of military operations in Afghanistan, thousands more troops are readying to deploy. One of the units heading there is the airborne infantry brigade based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. Listen now

The nation-wide problem with shortages in basic medicines is almost a decade old. As it worsens, first responders and hospitals in Anchorage are spending more resources just trying to keep up. Listen now

The State of Alaska has announced the dollar figure for this year's Permanent Fund Dividend. Listen now