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 to decide again on an alcohol tax

Anchorage Assembly members at a public forum (Photo - Zachariah Hughes) Anchorage voters will get another chance to vote on an alcohol tax this April.

Passengers from China will land in Anchorage Tuesday night, undergo coronavirus screen in closed north terminal, state says

Around 200 passengers are scheduled to briefly land at Ted Stevens International in Anchorage to refuel, clear customs, and undergo health screenings.

Coronavirus evacuees to make virus screening, refuel stop at Anchorage airport

As the novel coronavirus spreads globally, hundreds of Americans are returning from China through Alaska's Ted Stevens Airport on the way home.

State introduces reforms to involuntary commitment policies

New policy measures could reduce the number of Alaskans kept in jails and emergency departments while awaiting psychiatric care.

Highlights from Kuskokwim 300: Kaiser wins fifth title, and a surprise musher engagement

There’s been some new writing recently about old happenings in Alaska’s largest city. It’s in a column called Histories of Anchorage that has appeared in the Anchorage Daily News a couple times so far since the new year.

Every dog awaiting the K300 race in Bethel gets a check-up. The vets come from all over.

Ahead of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race in Bethel this weekend is a bit of house-keeping. Or rather, dog-keeping. Each competing canine needs to be checked out by veterinarians to make sure that there are no health issues that could cause problems.

After flooding, snow and ice jams, Deneki road traffic restored

Maintenance crews working with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have managed to restore vehicle traffic for residents who live across the Deneki Meadows Bridge, although there may be delays as trucks haul chunks of ice off the roadway.

Charges filed against crossbow-wielding man police shot in Anchorage

Dustin Folse was arraigned on felony assault charges after a Sunday confrontation with police led officers to shoot him at a traffic exchange in south Anchorage over the weekend.

Judge rejects state’s effort to block Alaska Gov. Dunleavy recall campaign

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth ruled from the bench that the campaign can move forward, but his decision is certain to be appealed by Dunleavy's administration to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Alaska election reform initiative smashes signature requirements on way to November ballot

The ballot initiative would increase reporting requirements for political groups spending money to influence elections, open up primary elections and move Alaska to a ranked choice voting system.

Anchorage legislative priorities include Port of Alaska funding, new dividend program, mayor says

Alaska's largest city presented its state officials with three primary requests for the upcoming session.

Anchorage Assembly weighs new taxes ahead of town halls

Officials want to hear from residents at listening sessions ahead of votes about which measures to place on the April ballot to try and raise more money.

As US-Iran tensions escalate, no changes so far for Alaska-based Army units

Army officials say no additional troops from Alaska are set to be sent abroad at this point in time⁠ — but the potential for Alaska brigades to become involved in the standoff remains.

New Anchorage facility designed to support new, collaborative methods for responding to sexual violence

For years now, law enforcement and non-profits in Anchorage have been collaborating increasingly closely on measures that put the needs of victims and survivors at the center of how the state responds to sexual assaults.

What to do when 911 calls can’t get through

Anchorage's 911 system went down for many cellphone users because of damage to an out-of-state piece of equipment. So what should you do if you can't get through in an emergency?

Worsening ice jam in Willow Creek leaves floodwater nowhere to go

A rare winter flood is hampering access to residents of a neighborhood in Willow, and emergency managers are still searching for solutions.

LISTEN: Making the most of Anchorage’s unusual winter with ice skates on hidden ponds

An intrepid group of local radio reporters ventured to a pond behind their office to see first-hand just how good ice-skating conditions are in Anchorage.

Beloved Iditarod figure William ‘Middy’ Johnson dies in Unalakleet

William "Middy" Johnson, 53, was a life-long musher who ran the Last Great Race before taking over his town's checkpoint.

Contractor charged in Anchorage VA fraud case

Prosecutors say a business eligible for preferential awards mishandled a contract, involving kickbacks for passing work along to another company.
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage.

Anchorage Assembly to formalize government-to-government relations with Eklutna tribe

The Municipality of Anchorage voted unanimously Tuesday night to formalize government-to-government relations with the Native Village of Eklutna.