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

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.

Senators hear concerns with federal contracting in Alaska

As Alaska companies try to navigate the 8(a) contracting process, delegation looks for regulatory changes from the Small Business Administration.

Hawkins drops out of Republican primary for governor

The departure leaves two major GOP candidates vying for the party's nomination in August.

Assembly rejects pot tax hike, tightens unlawful camp rules

In a surprising move, the Anchorage Assembly voted down a proposal to raise taxes on cannabis businesses. Listen now

Amid criticism of homeless camps, Anchorage officials weigh aggressive policy change

Increasingly organized and vocal community groups are demanding that more aggressive steps be taken to deal with encampments along the city's green-belt. Listen now

Special election set for vacant West Anchorage assembly seat

Ahead of an August election, the Assembly members will pick an interim representative from a pool of applicants. Listen now

Anchorage moves forward on LIO purchase

Officials in Anchorage are one step closer to purchasing the embattled Legislative Information Office and using it to house the city’s police department. Listen now

Essential oils company drops support for Seavey

Though an animal rights' group says the change is the result of a campaign against musher, the company says it made the decision prior to being contacted. Listen now

State experiencing outbreak of Gonorrhea

Alaska is seeing an outbreak in a dangerous sexually transmitted disease. In a notice today, public health officials say an outbreak of Gonorrhea first reported last fall led researchers to find Alaska's rate of infection is more than double the national average. Listen now

Wildwood Correction Center inmate dies

An inmate at a Department of Corrections facility died yesterday morning. Listen now