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

Will a new policing strategy make a dent in Anchorage’s crime?

After years of expanding its ranks, the city's police department is implementing a patrol strategy based on putting officers in the same neighborhoods every day. Is it working?

EPA grants $600,000 to Anchorage for contaminated sites

Anchorage will receive $600,000 dollars from the federal government to study pollution at almost a dozen sites around the city.

33-month sentence in theft of ancient mammoth tusk

Prosecutors believe it's only the second time a case has been charged under a little-known law meant to curb illegal traffic in natural artifacts and historical relics.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage adopts Climate Action Plan

With more than 100 pages, the document sets ambitious goals, like reducing the city's carbon emissions by 80 percent within about 30 years.

Environmental worries persist as Northern Edge grows

With increasing military interest in the Arctic, many coastal communities worry about the effects of large training exercises in Alaska waters.

Alaska-based fighters intercept 6 Russian aircraft flying near Alaska

According to NORAD, there were two separate incidents in the international airspace near Alaska, neither of which violated U.S. air sovereignty.

What the healthcare overhaul at VA means for Alaska vets

The MISSION Act goes into effect on June 6th, and is intended to modernize veteran healthcare as a wave of younger vets are beginning to access services.

Bail denied in federal case on illegal weapons and threatening posts

An FBI investigation into social media posts threatening to kill racial and religious minorities turned up what prosecutors say was an unlawful machine gun and silencers, as well as almost a dozen other firearms taken from an East Anchorage apartment.

Military begins Northern Edge exercises in Alaska

Around 10,000 service members participate in Northern Edge, with exercises primarily above the Alaska Range and Gulf of Alaska.
Port of Alaska

The future of the Port of Alaska

Two billion dollars. That's the cost estimate to repair the port of Alaska. Why the big price tag and how will it be paid for?

Trappers and dog-owners at odds over new restrictions in Anchorage

After recent reports of dogs dying from getting caught in traps, the goal of the new ordinance is to further restrict the practice within the municipality.

New Anchorage climate plan calls for 80 percent cut to emissions by 2050

On Tuesday, the city’s Assembly is receiving the 106-page document, which outlines everything from transportation recommendations to emission reduction targets.

In Anchorage, land acknowledgments are gaining ground

In Alaska, the conversation around Land Acknowledgment is relatively new. But it's picking up. And in Anchorage, that means putting the region's Indigenous heritage front and center.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Amid Anchorage budget adjustment, state actions loom large

In discussions over first-quarter budget revisions, a lot Anchorage's financial future depends on decisions from legislators in Juneau.

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.