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
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.

A changing military brings fewer Alaska Natives into the force

Changes in military structure, in particular the National Guard, have diminished the rate of service among Alaska Natives below past highs.

Bloomberg philanthropy gives $1M to Anchorage for new project

The money is set for a design lab run in partnership with the Anchorage Museum that will focus on art, civic engagement, and solutions to climate change. Listen now

As Alaska’s elections come down to wire, ads test limits of campaign finance laws

In the last few days before an election, it’s pretty common for political groups to start playing fast and loose with Alaska’s campaign finance laws — and the state’s cash-strapped campaign finance regulators say they’d need a larger staff to monitor all the ads in the last-minute barrage. Listen now

Despite progress, Alaska lacks resources to handle rape kit backlog

An audit and change in collection practices identified 2,568 kits from police departments all around the state that had not been submitted previously and remain untested for DNA matches.

Hillary Clinton urges support for Begich in Alaska gubernatorial race

Former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is wading into Alaska’s governor’s race.

Anchorage Assembly approves police move into former LIO building

The Anchorage Police Department is moving headquarters, taking over an embattled downtown building that has been vacant since it was abandoned by state lawmakers. Listen now

Alaska senators address AFN on convention’s final day

The 52nd annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention concluded Oct. 20 in Anchorage with high-level addresses from Alaska’s senators, and AFN delegates still reeling from the news that Gov. Bill Walker is suspending his re-election campaign. Listen now

Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFN

This year’s theme is Innovation in the past, present and future. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference. Listen now

Apology from Gov. Walker over historical trauma highlights day one of annual AFN convention

The first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage saw protests and a high-level apology. Listen now

35th Elders and Youth conference wraps up

The conference passed eight resolutions that will be presented to AFN in the coming days. Listen now

Keynote tells Elders and Youth to move traditional knowledge forward

20-year-old Tristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros focused on his traditional upbringing in Kaltag, telling the crowd that indigenous practices need to be at the center of young people's formal education in Alaska.

‘Our ancestors are our fire’: Elders and Youth conference kicks off in Anchorage

The annual conference precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives convention each fall, designed to strengthen inter-generational connections and share indigenous knowledge around the state. Listen now