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
Anchorage City Hall.

Two top Anchorage officials leaving jobs at city hall

The mayor's chief of staff the the municipal attorney both announced they will be leaving the administration early in 2020.

Iditarod 2020 roster stocked with past champions, but Dallas Seavey is absent

Fifty-eight mushers are signed up for the upcoming Iditarod race, including six previous champions and many more top teams.

Anchorage schools pioneered a new learning model focused on how kids feel and interact. Is it working?

For decades, ASD has implemented a set of standards designed to foster social and emotional learning in the classroom. As similar frameworks have caught on, academics are looking to Anchorage as a model.

Debt, anxiety, confusion: a year later, some earthquake victims still recovering

For many of the residents whose property saw the most severe damage, the earthquake has gone from a natural disaster to a financial one.
Shakemap of Nov. 30, 2018 quake

Alaska Native non-profit sues Texas insurance company over earthquake damage

Cook Inlet Tribal Council says its insurer has acted in bad faith assessing earthquake damage and paying money for repairs.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly approves $530M operating budget

This year’s budget process was without major controversies, introduced by the Berkowitz Administration as essentially a continuation of its policies prioritizing public safety.

There’s a wild wolverine in Anchorage. What do city dwellers need to know?

In recent weeks, a wild wolverine has made forays into Anchorage. Here's what pet-owners, parents, and wildlife enthusiasts should know.

Saddled with problems, new F-35 fighter jets can’t get enough spare parts

A new government report is flagging more problems with the new generation of fighter jets scheduled to come to Alaska in the next few years.

Amid a midtown Anchorage mall’s rebirth, is downtown retail in decline?

After surviving a tumultuous few years, the commercial complex formerly (and sometime still) called the Sear's Mall is at the heart of a business boom in the city's midtown district.

Alaska’s rate of sexual assault is four times national average, according to latest FBI numbers

Though reports of crime nationally are generally on the decline, by most measures Alaska is bucking that trend.

US Dept. of Transportation awards $25M for Port of Alaska upgrades

The money will help pay for upgrades to the petroleum and cement terminal in the first phase of the project.

Dunleavy administration disputes public defender caseloads, but recommends reforms

A new entity called the Oversight and Review Unit under the Department of Administration analyzed the caseloads of public defenders in Alaska.

‘They carve to have a place to sleep.’ He’s made a place for struggling ivory carvers in Anchorage

A former inmate is transforming a downtown gallery and workshop into a nonprofit geared toward giving opportunities to artists with few options.

Nestled in massive utility sale, $15M for substance abuse treatment

After hearing feedback and concerns from regulators, a refined version of the ML&P sale came before the Assembly for approval.

Premera promises $5.7M to rural Alaska health care programs

The health insurance company wants to invest in upgrades to rural health care and wellness, and plans on expanding training programs for nursing, along with other initiatives.

Pushed by young people, AFN declares a climate emergency

The convention's final day saw a lot of attention on climate change, as well as shortcomings in public safety, and remarks by both U.S. senators.

Recall moves to the fore the second day of the AFN convention in Fairbanks

Groups that do not usually wade into contentious state political battles are taking a stance on recall effort.

Protest, policy critiques mark first day of Fairbanks AFN

As the year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention began Thursday in Fairbanks, this year’s theme — “Good Government, Alaskan Driven” — loomed large.

LISTEN: How dangerous are PFAS chemicals and what’s being done to clean them up?

Found in everything from firefighting foam to household cleaning products and even food containers, PFAS are persistent and bio accumulate over time. How dangerous are they to human health and what’s being done to clean them up?

APD officer charged with assault after video recorded incident

The confrontation was uploaded to YouTube by the victim, an online activist with a record of strong anti-police sentiment. It led to an internal investigation, and the officer is on administrative leave.