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

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.

Crowd packs Eagle River school for quake recovery update

Local, state, and federal officials were on hand in Eagle River to give information on how property owners should be filing damage claims, and what comes next.

Anchorage biz supplies military women with practical fashion

Gaps in the clothes and accessories available to service-members led an Anchorage entrepreneur to try meeting a market demand that's particularly acute for women in the military.

Rare military ceremony at JBER for Service Cross recipient

The recognition comes from Sgt. Justin Gallegos’s role in the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, when a small group of Army soldiers held off an ambush by around 300 Taliban fighters.

Damage tally to Anchorage utilities, facilities stands at $30M

The early assessment estimates it will take millions to repair water and waste infrastructure, as well as roads and municipal facilities.

‘We’re still not safe’: Nome reckons with sex assaults

For months, the town has been grappling with calls for reform in a system that many claim ignores assault reports from Alaska Native women.

Handful of new jet-fighters could come to JBER after Florida storm

The move is part of a broader effort to consolidate the Air Force's stock of F-22 Raptors as it makes way for new F-35s.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly to appoint interim member

Two-term Assembly member Amy Demboski of the Eagle River-Chugiak district resigned from her seat Monday to serve as a deputy chief of staff in the Dunleavy administration. Her seat will be filled with an interim appointment made by sitting Assembly members, then go up for a regular vote in April's municipal elections.

Got quake damage? Officials outline next steps for claims

As residents in southcentral Alaska clean up damage from last week's earthquake, government officials have one major request: take notes.

Iditarod clears Dallas Seavey in 2017 doping controversy

The Iditarod Trail Committee released a statement Tuesday clearing four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrong-doing in a doping incident

Earthquake updates: roads under repair, utilities back, brace for weather

Officials in Anchorage say the response to Friday’s earthquake is shifting from an assessment phase to repairing damage. That task is about to get more complicated, with winter weather headed towards the area.

Jury finds napkin contract binding; former ADN owner obliged to pay over $850K to Dispatch founder

In a case that hinged over whether a promise scratched out on a cocktail napkin counts as a binding contract, the jury said yes, siding with Dispatch founder Tony Hopfinger.

What’s behind a wave of threats in Anchorage schools?

For weeks, Anchorage schools have been grappling with a wave of violent threats made by individuals with no apparent coordination. Why?

State asks for new housing units to help Alaskans in recovery

$2 million in federal funds could spread up to 10 new recovery residences around the state to assist Alaskans re-entering community.

Dunleavy asks for resignations from broadened group of state workers

In a press release Friday afternoon, the Dunleavy transition team wrote that the governor-elect wants to broaden the scope of which employees will be asked to offer leaving their jobs.