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

Meet the married retirees pushing Anchorage to change homeless policy

An increasingly organized group of residents say the current approach is too, and has allowed lawless camps to persist along popular trails. Listen now

Investigation confirms unsafe conditions at psychiatric hospital

A report commissioned by the state found barriers to a safe workplace at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, but no evidence of retaliation against employees. Listen now

New Trooper report shows Alaska drug problem worsening

AST points to collaboration with partners as its principal means for combating a growing demand with diminished resources for policing. Listen now

Anchorage bans plastic bags, starting in 2019

The measure is a tougher version of similar ordinances that have passed in communities across Alaska. Listen now 

Anchorage rolls out new plan, council for homeless strategy

At a press conference at city hall Thursday, the mayor’s administration unveiled a new two-part plan they hope will improve coordination and accountability. Listen now

ASD suspends Dimond football program amid hazing allegations

The alleged misconduct happened over the weekend at a game in Fairbanks and is being investigated by the school district. Listen now

In contentious Eagle River Republican Senate primary, Reinbold triumphs over Saddler

In a competitive Republican primary for a senate seat representing north Anchorage communities, the insurgent candidate won a decisive victory over the party insider.

Zack Fields wins competitive, left-leaning downtown Anchorage primary

A heavily Democratic district in downtown Anchorage has opted for the most left-leaning progressive candidate in a competitive field.

New symposium brings military’s attention to the Arctic

Three-day conference brings together experts to assess new military approaches to the Arctic in coming years. Listen now

Ahead of Tuesday primary, Republicans jockey for ‘true conservative’ clout

A fierce primary battle is playing out in one of the most conservative parts of the state. Listen now

What’s going on with Alaska’s 17 wildfires?

Though there are blazes across the state, their location and size make for a relatively low threat. Listen now

Top military officials visit Alaska bases

Though national defense spending is up, the Army and Air Force are facing major recruitment challenges. Listen now

Anchorage candidates vie for progressive bona fides ahead of primary

As Alaska's primary elections get closer, there are a handful of contests that will likely be decided in August, far ahead of the November general election. Listen now

New report shows fatal opioid overdoses still on the rise in Alaska

A new report from the state's Division of Public Health offers a bleak outlook of Alaska's continued struggle with opioid addiction. Listen now

Likely winner emerges in rare Anchorage Assembly race

Though several hundred ballots remain to be counted, candidate Austin Quinn-Davidson had a double-digit lead in preliminary results. Listen now

Three main candidates vie for open West Anchorage seat

While the election is certainly a local political affair, the Anchorage Assembly has a disproportionate influence on state politics. Listen now

Anchorage struggles to balance homeless camping problems

Officials in Anchorage are changing protocols for abating unlawful homeless camps, but critics question whether the premise itself is flawed. Listen now

Iditarod adds four new board members amid criticism

The move comes as a response to growing criticism of the race's leadership team. Listen now

An uncertain future for immigrants pushed out of military

Service members who joined under a program designed to recruit more medical and language professionals from immigrant backgrounds are now being kicked out, according to the program's architect. Listen now

Suspect in $100,000 school vandalism case caught

APD charge male juvenile for weekend incident at an Eagle River elementary school.