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

Union sues to block API privatization plan

An organization representing public employees is seeking to block the transfer of management over the facility, saying the move violates state labor laws.

Builders in Anchorage await a mini-boom from earthquake repairs

As the snow melts, a complete picture of the damage from November's earthquake is emerging, giving the construction industry a sense of optimism about the building season ahead.

Alleged head of 1488 gang moved to Washington ahead of trial

The alleged leader of a white-supremacist prison gang operating in Alaska is being sent out of state as he awaits trial.

13 convicted of drug and money laundering crimes on Kodiak

Led by a section of the Coast Guard, law enforcement officials say the convictions stem from heroin and methamphetamine sales on the island.

Police: Man shot, killed after pointing BB gun at officers

This is the second officer-involved shooting in Anchorage so far this year.

New report findings confirm major problems at Alaska Psychiatric Institute

The investigation by the State of Alaska's Ombudsman Office into API looked into allegations of harm to patients.

Zirkle first to Iditarod checkpoint as trailing front-pack mushers come off of Takotna 24s

A little before 8 p.m. last night, Iditarod mushers started to come off their 24-hour mandatory rests.

Zirkle takes Iditarod lead out of Ophir as top teams coordinate rests

A trio of Iditarod teams declared their 24-hour rests immediately on pulling into Tokotna Tuesday night.

Mushers rest up at Rainy Pass, a prequel to the technical trails ahead

As Iditarod mushers make their way over the Alaska Range, the last checkpoint for supplies and a rest is the Rainy Pass Lodge on Puntilla Lake. It’s a pause before heading toward the most technical sections of the trail.

In speech to JBER troops, Trump praises Alaska, military and Dunleavy

Returning to Washington D.C. from peace talks in Vietnam, the president gave a 20-minute speech, his first in-person address in Alaska.

Why a wilderness lodge in the middle of nowhere became a magnet for mushers

Along one of the most remote stretches of the state's road system is a wilderness lodge that's become thoroughly popular with elite dog-mushers.

49 Voices: Claude Bondy of Cantwell

This week we're hearing from Claude Bondy in Cantwell. Bondy owns and operate the Alpine Creek Lodge with his family.

After a peak, APD says car thefts in Anchorage are declining

Officials say the steep increase in the number of cars stolen is largely attributable to drugs, and that the decrease is being driven by an expanded police force and collaboration among law enforcement agencies.

Trump Administration approves money for earthquake recovery

The move will potentially unlock funds to reimburse for repairs to damaged public infrastructure, schools, as well as individual homeowners.

Valhalla strip mall closed for biz, even two months after quake

City inspectors have examined damage at roughly 1,800 properties, but have around 1,200 left -- and are still finding damage.

Defense Dept. says climate change is a threat to bases around the country

The report looks at 79 major military installations around the country, assessing both the current and future risks of flooding, drought, wildfires, desertification, and thawing permafrost.

Port project cost estimate doubles to nearly $2B

According to the latest estimate, overdue repairs will be twice as expensive as originally forecasted, leaving city officials are dismayed.

Jason Pavila wins Bogus Creek 150 in rookie race

Fifteen-year-old Jason Pavila of Kwethluk and his nine dogs won the Bogus Creek 150 on his first attempt.

Volunteer veterinarians at the Kuskokwim 300

Many of the veterinarians who check sled dogs before the annual Kuskokwim 300 volunteer for the race each year. Some come from distant places in the Lower 48; for others, it’s a family affair.

Military’s remote Cold War radars face a new threat: climate change

Even with decades of technological advances, 15 remote radars across Alaska are still the military's primary way to monitor airspace over huge swaths of the continent. But now their core mission is threatened by climate change.