Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

A series of reports that seek to define the potential changes to public health in rural Alaska communities based on the impacts of Alaska's rapidly changing climate. But, why are the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the North Slope Borough looking at the issue through the lens of climate change? KSKA: Friday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. KAKM: Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m. Download Audio

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance. Download Audio

Legos—the small, colorful plastic blocks—have grown into the most common place toy in the world, with more than 5.2 million manufactured every hour. And they are not purely for toy-stores and playroom carpets anymore. A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum focuses on Lego fine arts, and how the building blocks fit in with Alaska's own artistic traditions. Download Audio:

Kotzebue is in the midst of one of its best commercial chum seasons ever. That's due to an exceptionally strong run size. Dockside economics are playing a role, as well. Download Audio:

During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency made plans to detonate nuclear bombs a few dozen miles from Point Hope. The idea–part of Operation Ploughshares–was to make an Arctic deep draft port by harnessing war-time technology for civil engineering projects with strategic value. Strong opposition from Point Hope halted those plans, but not before secretive experiments were conducted. Listen now:

Alaska State Troopers say human remains found in western Alaska are believed to be those of a missing 21-year-old Brevig Mission man. Download Audio

A vocal show of frustration from Nome’s mining community took center stage at this week’s City Council meeting. The miners were angry about a letter the city sent to the State Department of Natural Resources complaining about impacts from the recent gold mining boom. Download Audio

A report released today by the World Wildlife Fund in Canada finds the capacity for oil spill response in the Beaufort Sea is woefully inadequate, even as Canadian regulators consider relaxing safety standards for offshore exploration. Download Audio