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. zhughes [at] alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.550.8424 | @ZachHughesAK About Zachariah

In a three year period the state lost 22 prosecutors, prompting offices to close and attorneys to shoulder up to 900 cases a year. The situation is especially difficult in two parts of the state that have seen disproportionate increases in violent crime. Listen now

In pet stores across the country, a new fad has caught on. Pieces of antlers and horns are flying off of shelves, sold as a healthy, all-natural chew snack for dogs. But some hunters say the new market is having unintended consequences, as antlers are stolen to meet demand. Listen now

Stakeholders in Alaska are trying to figure out what comes next after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will rescind an Obama-era decision that helped open the door to commercial cannabis industries. Listen now

Officials say 4,363 pills worth about $150,000 were confiscated as part of a multi-agency investigation. Listen now

The Alaska Zoo announced today that one of its main attractions has died. Listen now

Skateboarders in Anchorage are taking over parking garages with impromptu sessions and home-made ramps. Listen now

In a move several decades in the making, two of the main energy providers in south central Alaska could soon become one. Listen now

Earlier this month, the Anchorage Assembly voted on a measure designed to curb illegal camping in the city's parks and wooded areas. The move reduces the number of days people have to vacate a camp from 15 to ten. Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska says it will not take the city to court over the move. At least not yet. Listen now

Bird TLC is a non-profit that's somewhere in between a veterinary clinic, animal shelter, and zoo. Now, it's on the cusp of moving to a dramatically different new home. Listen now

Alaskans: have you been scammed? That's the question federal regulators are trying to answer as they look to return money residents might have lost to dirty tricks. Listen now

The Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to drop the number of days from when police serve notice that a homeless camp is illegal to when city employees are allowed to dismantle the camp.

The Iditarod Trail Committee's Board of Directors wants to set up a kennel management program, a move aiming to set up new guidelines and counteract negative press directed at mushing's most high-profile event. Listen now

How strong is the legal pot Alaskans buy over the counter? That's a question that's been raised in a dispute about potency levels among various cannabis businesses. Listen now

The measure is an ambition of the long-serving chairman of the Anchorage Assembly. But it faces an uphill battle, with criticism coming from multiple sides. Listen now

The new budget is about $12 million dollars over last year’s, and taxes to the maximum allowable limit under the city’s charter. Listen now

Starting with its Sunday print edition the paper's original name will be officially restored. Listen now

Three schools in Anchorage went into "stay-put" mode today after a threat was received by the FBI. Officials are saying there's no evidence any of the schools are in danger, but took steps out of an abundance of caution.

Anchorage police officers killed a man late Wednesday night after he pointed a handgun at them. Listen now

In a presentation to the Anchorage Assembly, APD laid out policy proposals for a narrow set of functions they think unmanned aircraft can improve and expedite. Listen now

In many parts of the country, the symbolic black flag for prisoners of war and those missing in action is ubiquitous, even though the last decades of American conflicts have seen practically no POWs. Listen now