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

Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFN

This year’s theme is Innovation in the past, present and future. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference. Listen now

Apology from Gov. Walker over historical trauma highlights day one of annual AFN convention

The first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage saw protests and a high-level apology. Listen now

35th Elders and Youth conference wraps up

The conference passed eight resolutions that will be presented to AFN in the coming days. Listen now

Keynote tells Elders and Youth to move traditional knowledge forward

20-year-old Tristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros focused on his traditional upbringing in Kaltag, telling the crowd that indigenous practices need to be at the center of young people's formal education in Alaska.

‘Our ancestors are our fire’: Elders and Youth conference kicks off in Anchorage

The annual conference precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives convention each fall, designed to strengthen inter-generational connections and share indigenous knowledge around the state. Listen now

Amid a shortage of hospital beds, psychiatric patients put in jails

A small number of Alaskans experiencing psychiatric crises are being diverted from healthcare facilities to custody within the Department of Corrections. Listen now
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Elders and Youth, AFN kick off in Anchorage next week

The 35th annual Elders and Youth conference begins Monday at the Denai'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, followed by the Alaska Federation of Natives later in the week. Listen now

How much can a city like Anchorage cut down on carbon?

The municipality is moving forward on a new climate action plan at a time when cities and states across the country are clashing with federal environmental policies. Will it make a difference? Listen now
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$5M in federal money coming to combat Alaska drug trafficking

The money is attached to Alaska's recent designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Listen now

Federal kidnapping, drug charges announced in 2017 Anchorage case

U.S. Attorney's Office uses high-profile case to emphasize growing cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Alaska.

State charges 41-year-old in death of Kotzebue girl

Prosecutors allege that Peter Wilson abducted and killed 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr in a case that has gripped attention for weeks. Listen now

CBD is getting more popular in Alaska. But is it legal?

In Alaska, CBD is already showing up in drinks at cafes and in stores. But there are simmering disagreements about its legality. Listen now

Charges filed against 41-year-old in Kotzebue investigation

On Monday afternoon, federal officials announced charges against a Kotzebue man in the case of a missing girl who was found dead last Friday. Listen now

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.