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

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.

Elite medics mix combat and wilderness training in Alaska Search and Rescue

Alaska hosts some of the most elite, specialized rescue operators and equipment in the world. The state is a training ground for highly trained para-rescue medics.

Dunleavy requests federal disaster money for earthquake recovery

The step could unlock tens of millions of dollars in disaster relief funds for entities damage during the November 30th quake and continuing aftershocks. 

Public health data shows 13 percent rise in Alaska suicides

New report comes beside a study documenting the presence of drugs and alcohol in incidents of self-harm.

DOT proposes fee for Uber and Lyft to operate at Alaska international airports

If you're using ride-hailing services to get to certain Alaska airports, it could soon be a little more costly.

33 Jesuit priests named in report on abuse claims in Alaska

More than a hundred priests who worked in western states are named in a document from Jesuit West Province, along with details of abuse claims made against them.

Price tag for 7.0 earthquake: $76M. So far.

The figure represents just a partial accounting, with more information still being collected ahead of a formal request by the state for federal relief money.