Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
Zachariah Hughes reports on city & state politics, arts & culture, drugs, and military affairs in Anchorage and South Central Alaska. @ZachHughesAK About Zachariah

LISTEN: Is the pandemic pushing more people into avalanche zones?

We talk with experts about the unprecedented pressure on backcountry terrain this winter, and whether this expanding enthusiasm could bring grim consequences?
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation's hospital in Bethel.

LISTEN: Alaska’s health care system struggles with capacity amid COVID-19 surge

Hospital officials, doctors and other medical support staff are raising the alarm over high coronavirus case counts in Alaska, illness among their own ranks, and the diminishing number of available beds for critical care.

LISTEN: ‘It Will Never Happen To Me’:Growing Up with Addiction

Growing up to become an addict is never part of anyone's plan. Yet despite witnessing firsthand, children who grow up around substance abuse often go on to experience addiction as adults themselves. What can be done to break this cycle?
A manila "vote here" sign hangs in a white room with an election worker in blue sitting at the table.

LISTEN: Two weeks later, how did Alaskans vote this election?

As state election officials continue tallying ballots, major questions remain about the results, even after most races have been called.

LISTEN: How are educators weighing school reopening amid Covid?

Educators explain how they are assessing the risks of viral transmission against the toll taken on keeping kids out of the classroom.

LISTEN: PTSD and Veteran Mental Health Care Resources

Over a million veteran’s a year receive mental health services. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the most common reasons. What are the symptoms? Causes? How...

LISTEN: What do you want to know about animals?

On Election Day this year, we're focusing on something completely different: animals in Alaska. What questions or stories do you have about wildlife in the state?
A man in a camoflauge jacket and jeans walks through blue doors with notices about health warnings

LISTEN: Election Anxiety, Conflict, Social Division, And Reasons To Hope

Americans are experiencing more stress than ever from a combination of factors: the coronavirus, social unrest, and a contentious election season. What are strategies for diminishing and controlling anxiety we can use to help us manage uncertain times?

LISTEN: How worried should Alaskans be about the future of food security?

Food security is on the minds of Alaskans because of supply line disruptions brought on by the pandemic. How do those concerns differ across the state, and especially for indigenous people in rural communities who depend heavily on subsistence?

LISTEN: What’s behind dry, irritated eyes, and can it be fixed?

Do you have red eyes, itching, burning, or irritation of the eyes, a gritty feeling in the eyes, or contact lens discomfort? You may be experiencing dry eyes. Dry eyes is an actual medical condition which is caused by a deficiency in one or more areas of the tear film. There are multiple treatment options available, but can this be prevented?

How did politics around reopening Anchorage get so heated?

The politics around reopening Alaska’s economy are getting contentious. But blame isn’t spread uniformly. And in Anchorage, a vocal contingent is faulting the mayor over policies that are largely in lockstep with the governors.

Assembly demands more aggressive camp clearing in Anchorage

Residents in the area say there has been increased “drug use, excessive litter, violence and neighborhood vandalism," as well as inadequate measures to curb coronavirus spread.

Mayor outlines plans for re-opening Anchorage businesses this Monday

The move represents a shift in the city's plan to go from a "hunkering down" phase to an "easing" period on the road toward recovery.

Amid some confusion, Anchorage is putting protocols in place that will allow businesses to open

A discrepancy between the state and local timelines for allowing previously shuttered businesses to begin opening up is creating some confusion.

New mobile prototype kills virus with heat to extend the life of critical gear

A medical group in Anchorage wants to make sure it has surge capacity if there are shortages in essential equipment like masks. So they built a large, anti-viral sauna in a trailer.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a COVID-19 press conference in Anchorage in March.

Anchorage releases gradual roadmap for reopening of the economy

The document is not a timetable, but a series of public health conditions officials say they need to see in order to ease current restrictions.

Experts warn of a “dark cloud” for kids’ mental health amid pandemic

During a press conference in Anchorage, mental health professionals offered advice for families on how to mitigate distress and long-term problems created by the unique social situation.
A white man in a gray suit and a black mask sits at a desk

Anchorage emergency declaration extended to June, some measures to relax in coming weeks

The move allows the administration to keep using special powers to more swiftly respond to the coronavirus, but does not mean that all of the current “hunker down” orders will remain in place that long.

Yoga by Zoom. Facebook fitness classes. Local gyms sprint to stay open online

A month into closures, gyms and fitness facilities are getting creative try retain clients. But many worry their businesses will shrink and remain hobbled into the foreseeable future.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a COVID-19 press conference in Anchorage in March.

Mayor says emergency orders could last til May, as city tries to help businesses get relief

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a March COVID19 press conference in Anchorage (Joey Mendolia, Alaska Public Media). Anchorage might not begin relaxing its emergency orders until May. And...