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

Berkowitz issues an emergency ‘hunker down’ order for Anchorage residents, effective Sunday

Standing next to leaders from the state’s largest hospitals, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued the city’s most sweeping emergency order yet Friday evening, asking residents to minimize social contact and limit movement in the city to essential errands.

This Yukon River village is on lockdown and has already approved its own small coronavirus stimulus

Tribes are scrambling to order supplies and step up local measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

With unfamiliar checkpoints and wet weather, mushers swap advice about the trail ahead

This weekend, as race officials changed checkpoints over coronavirus concerns, there was a lot of advice being swapped between mushers, including Jessica Klejka and Linwood Fiedler, a musher in the middle of her second Iditarod and another who had just ended his 26th race early.

LISTEN: Iditarod front-runner Jessie Royer tells the story of how her sled caught fire

Jessie Royer has been running at the front of the pack in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, even with a sled fire.

‘Well that’s a little different’: Iditarod mushers learn about moved checkpoints, closed schools as coronavirus concerns grow

Schools, towns and checkpoints along the final third of the trail, including in Shaktoolik and Nulato, are limiting their involvement with the event.

For those mushing the Iditarod trail, the ultimate form of social distancing, coronavirus news begins to trickle in

As news of emergency measures and coronavirus closures spreads, there’s at least one group of people that is almost totally in the dark: Iditarod mushers.

Iditarod mushers say the trail to Nikolai was so smooth that it even put some of them to sleep

The roughly 80-mile stretch from Rohn to Nikolai usually has has some of the worst trail conditions anywhere along the 1,000-mile route. But not this year.

‘The best trail I’ve ever seen’: Iditarod teams rest in the sun at Rainy Pass as they settle into the competition

Although they battled storms and deep snow the first dozen miles, many mushers said the trail ascending the Alaska Range to the Rainy Pass checkpoint was as good as they ever remember it.

Musher Jeff King pulls out of Iditarod because of health emergency, rookie handler will run his team

Hours after a live event in Anchorage, the veteran musher was in the ER for what looked like a hernia, but turned out to be much more serious.

Illegal for decades, many Anchorage homes still have covenants that prohibit sale to blacks and Alaska Natives

A nascent effort by local officials is grappling with thousands of discriminatory contracts still written into deeds all over town, part of Anchorage's legacy on race as it grew.

Feds nab 82 illegal guns after months of investigating traffickers

Federal officials say an investigation into drug and weapons traffickers has led to charges against more than a dozen individuals in the Anchorage area.

The ACLU is suing Nome, alleging a pattern of civil rights violations against Native women

The lawsuit alleges violation of state and federal civil rights protections stemming from mishandled police investigations of sexual assaults.

Did Anthony Pisano kill three men or did an armed altercation turn deadly? An Anchorage jury will decide.

Prosecutors allege a triple murder during a botched robbery, but defense attorneys paint a completely different picture.

Another bump in federal cash coming to Alaska’s corroding port

Combined with an earlier grant from the U.S. Deptartment of Transportation, $45 million in federal grants will offset tariffs to pay for upgrades officials say are desperately needed.

Berkowitz endorses Bloomberg, whose foundation gave more than $1M to Anchorage

The former New York City mayor has racked up endorsements from other local executives around the country, many of whom have benefited from his philanthropic support of civic projects.

Here’s what experts in Alaska want you to know about the new coronavirus

Speaking on Talk of Alaska this week, officials with the CDC and state weighed in on how Alaskans can be prepared for the novel coronavirus.

Two gun incidents reported in a week at Anchorage schools

One case involved a replica at an elementary school, another led to the discovery of two handguns and ammunition on a school campus.

There will be more flights from Wuhan, but Alaska has no plans to receive more virus evacuees, officials say

Citizens who stopped briefly in Anchorage are now in a two-week quarantine at a military base in California.

Cargo flights into Anchorage from Wuhan suspended, no additional Chinese medical flights planned, officials say

Officials in Alaska say everything went as planned with a flight stopping briefly in Anchorage overnight returning 201 Americans from Wuhan, China, amid the spread of the coronavirus. At this point, there are no similar efforts planned for the Ted Stevens International Airport, although cargo flights from Wuhan have been suspended.