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 Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state's population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead. Download Audio

AK: Amazon in the Arctic

Black Friday kicks off the rush of holiday shopping, and its also given rise to a fraternal twin of sorts, Cyber Monday. But there’s one place you might not expect online retail to be turning into a fact of life: Bush Alaska.

Tennis Courts Re-Appear As the Assembly Approves a $472 Million Budget for Anchorage

With very few amendments or changes made, many members said it was one of the smoothest budget cycles they have been a part of in their time on the Assembly.

Walker Transition Team Brings 250 Delegates to Shape Policy

Small working groups made up of stakeholders from across the state met in classrooms all over the UAA campus to discuss a wide array of topics as the transition team announced two new department heads.

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

The mayor's office announced it has selected a design for the Anchorage Port's overhaul, setting a blue-print for how the half-billion dollar project will take shape in the years ahead.

Anchorage Will Talk With Uber on Ride-Share Regulations

The ride-share service won an important battle in the Anchorage Assembly, and will be allowed to keep operating in the city as they work out a memorandum of understanding with the municipality.

Charlo Greene Facing Subpoena Over Campaign Finance Questions

The case has less to do with marijuana debate than it does with campaign finance rules, and how the state enforces transparency in elections.

Anchorage Museum Stays Up Late to Reach New Members

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership. Download Audio

Anchorage Museum Trying New Ways To Recruit New Museum Buffs

As cultural institutions across the country struggle to stay relevant in a changing financial landscape, many are testing new ways to raise funds and expand membership. The Anchorage museum is trying to recruit the next wave of museum buffs in some unconventional ways. Download Audio

East Anchorage Drug Bust Part of State-Wide Rise in Heroin, Cocaine, Meth

Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro said a tip allowed officers to obtain search warrants, which led them the cache of drugs--estimated to be worth $111,000 at the street level.

Rare Conference Brings Russian, American Officials To Table on Arctic Oil

A conference underway this week is trying to work around sanctions and rhetoric in order to focus on mutual interests in the Bering Sea. The Russian delegation is in Alaska to prepare for oil spills and increased marine traffic in the region.

Job Fair Highlights Challenges to Veteran Unemployment in Alaska

As military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. The state is spending resources to match vets with employers in the public and private sectors to combat the nation-wide problem of veteran unemployment.

‘All Alaska Juried Exhibition’ Showcases New, Evolving Art

The Anchorage Museum is set to open the All Alaska Juried Exhibition tomorrow--a show bringing together works of contemporary art from across the state. In its 48 years the semi-annual exhibition has served as a showcase for new and evolving art in a state with a rich creative tradition. Download Audio

Assembly Approves $750,000 for Another SAP Audit

Assembly members say too much money has already been spent on implementing the new automation software to skimp on what are, hopefully, some of the last steps in the process.

USCG Responds To Grounded Barge Near Kodiak Over The Weekend

Over the weekend the Coast Guard responded to a grounded fuel barge near Kodiak. Coast Guard personal at Sector Anchorage sent a C-130 Hercules Airplane and the cutter Spar to respond to the incident early Saturday morning. Download Audio

Economists Say It’s Too Early To Determine Effects Of Current Low Oil Prices

Crude oil prices are hovering in the $80 range, and in Alaska that brings with it worries over the budget. But economists from either side of the political spectrum have roughly the same take on what’s playing out: it’s too early to tell. Download Audio

“CEO of the City” Campaigns to Bring Anchorage Business Acumen to Governor’s Cabinet

Sullivan aims to bring his focus on fiscal issues to the governor's cabinet. Money has been the major theme of his time as mayor, and that’s how he’s framing his so-far low-key candidacy.

Fish & Game Revising Wildlife Habitat Management Plans

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is revising management plans for some of the most exceptional areas of wildlife habitat in the state. But critics say that even after an outcry about what's been called a massive erosion in environmental protection by both the public and the Legislature, little to nothing has been fixed.

A Year In, Battle for Dude Creek Still Being Quietly Waged

After vigorous debate in the Legislature and public,, little to nothing has changed—even as the next step in the process is just weeks away.

Teacher’s Pet: A Four-Legged Educator Retires

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and most unusual educators. What’s more, the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled. download audio