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

3,000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight State’s Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife

The unprecedented tonnage of caribou antlers were the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.

Crowded Anchorage Mayoral Race Heats Up

Today we’re discussing the race for mayor in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s city politics have ripples across the state, whether in terms of funding coming from the Legislature, or launching political careers into higher office. The election is on April 7th, but recently we’ve seen the race start to take off. It’s a crowded field, with 11 candidates, hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring in from donations, and expectations of an eventual run off. KSKA: Friday, 2/27 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/27 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/28 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Head of Continental Defense Lays Out Threats Facing U.S. Amid Rising Importance of Arctic

Head of NORAD and NORTHCOM discusses the significant increase of Russian long-range aviation, Arctic advocacy in the Defense Department, and position of Alaska in global and Pacific operations.

State Lags Behind Municipalities Adapting to New Marijuana Law

New marijuana rule change is a long way from the full legal market that voters passed. And as state entities work to develop comprehensive new laws municipalities are rushing to find shorter-term public safety solutions.

With Troop Cuts Looming, Anchorage Officials Turn Out Crowd

Several hundred people turned out to show support for the military in Alaska and speak against potential troop reductions at an event Monday night. Download Audio

Anchorage Rallies Against Potential Troop Cuts As Walker Meets with Head of Army

City and business leaders prepare tour for visiting officials ahead of a rally and public listening sessions in the hopes of insulating Alaska from an overall force reduction of 120,000 troops by 2018.

Marijuana Legalization In Alaska; And Sally Jewell’s Arctic Visit

First, we're discussing what the legalization of marijuana  coming up next Tuesday means for state residents in real terms. And also a rare visit from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to Kotzebue in the Northwest Arctic Borough and the large group of lawmakers who were also in the Arctic. Download Audio

International Experts on Arctic Warfare Gather For First Time At Remote Alaska Training Site

As the Defense Department puts its focus on the Arctic and Pacific, the U.S. Army in Alaska held its first ever international summit on cold weather combat, bringing elite specialists to the Northern Warfare Training Center near Fairbank. Download Audio

Anchorage Assembly Approves New Start for Former Platinum Jaxx Building Downtown

A controversial effort in the Anchorage Assembly to block a liquor license transfer failed during Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

“Stagnant” Anchorage Software Project To Move Forward After Two Separate Audit Reports

Internal and external audits of the SAP software implementation find poor management, lack of accountability, and problems with scheduling, but conclude it's too late to start over.

How Could Potential Military Drawdowns Impact Alaska’s Economy?

Today we’re discussing possible troop drawdowns in Alaska, part of the military’s broader reduction in overall size. Later this month, officials from the Defense Department and U.S. Army are visiting Anchorage and Fairbanks for listening sessions, to get a sense of what Forts Richardson and Wainwright mean to nearby communities. As well as how they fit into the broader mission of the American Armed Forces. KSKA: Friday, 2/13 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/13 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/14 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage

The Anchorage housing market is one of the most expensive in the country. A recent grant application by AEDC is trying to bring data on homelessness and affordability to the forefront of the conversation on the city's economic future. Download Audio

Combating Anchorage’s Violent Crime Spike

A recent uptick in deadly shooting incidents and assaults in Anchorage have police and public safety advocates sprinting to organize a response to curb the violent trend. The Anchorage Police Department is organizing a task-force to tackle the problem, but what can communities do to help remedy the problem? KSKA: Friday, 2/6 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 6:00pm KAKM: Friday, 2/6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 4:30pm Download Audio

Tax On Alcohol to Treat Anchorage’s Worsening Substance Abuse Issues Fails

The Assembly ordinance would have put a 5.5% tax on sales in package stores, setting the money aside for housing units, beds in detox centers, and other treatment options. The plan was the latest proposed solution to the city's costly issues managing chronic inebriates. Download Audio

Col. Laurie Hummel Named New Adjutant General for the Alaska National Guard

Retired Colonel Laurie Hummel is the first woman to lead the Guard and serve as Commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Bob Doehl will join as her deputy .

Police To Assemble Task Force In Wake of Week’s Fourth Murder

Crime analysts report the number of confirmed shootings more than doubled compared to last year, with much of the violence attributed to the illegal drug trade at a press conference held by the department.

Legislators Agree to Overhaul Marijuana Bill With Controversial “Defense” Provision

The provision offered a legal defense for anyone brought to court for possessing an ounce after decriminalization, which critics testified was confusing, cumbersome, and went against the will of voters.

Anchorage Assembly Bans Marijuana From Public Use

The new rules treat marijuana almost identically to alcohol, replacing arrest and criminal charges for public consumption with a civil citation. Download Audio

Anchorage Organizing to Stave Off Army Cuts

The draw-down is part of a national reduction in the size of the armed forces, eliminating 120,000 positions from active duty. A maximum of 11,100 troops could be removed from Alaska.

Double Homicide in East Anchorage Latest in String of Gun Incidents

The incident comes within a day of police taking a 14-year-old into custody in connection with the shooting death at a Midtown parking-lot.