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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • DayBreak

    Outdoor fashion finds to weather long summer days in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 24, 10:51

    Summer in Alaska means it’s time to get outdoors — and look good doing it. With 19 hours of daylight, packing in as many activities as possible is high on Alaskans’ list this season, says Kari Skinner with Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall. Fashion finds for this time of year include outfits that can be worn all […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: What do Alaskans Google more than folks in the Lower 48?

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 20, 9:33

    For most, the Google search bar has become the go-to place for questions that need immediate answers. A recent Estately blog post laid out the most common questions Americans type into the Google search bar. Estately then ran those searches through Google Trends to break the queries down state-by-state. So, which search sets Alaska apart? What […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    From renters to squatters: Anchorage landlord battles unlawful tenants

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 17, 9:07

    A pile of full trash bags, a discarded vacuum and a baby high chair — all an eyesore on the porch of Kendra Kloster’s East Anchorage condominium. They’re remnants of the renters she says turned into squatters. Kloster has been leasing her old condo out for years after she purchased another home nearby. “I decided […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska (Men’s Edition): What’s in your closet?

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 08, 7:30

    Near the corner of Fourth Avenue and D Street, the former Killjoy Tasting Room has been transformed. In its place is Anchorage’s newest menswear shop, The Mercantile. Branding itself as a quality menswear and handmade goods store, The Mercantile has a pretty big vision — to take the staples and standards of Alaska’s menswear trends and update […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Why potentially life-saving heart surgeries for babies aren’t an option in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 03, 10:30

    As a mother of four children, Laura Stennett says seeing her kids hit their milestones is thrilling, to say the least. But for her baby Willow, those achievements are harder to come by. The 3-month-old’s most recent milestone is hitting 8 pounds. “She’s not even on the weight scale,” said Stennett. “She weighs about as much […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Literacy & Longboarding: Anchorage teen starts project to bring awareness to dyslexia

    by Sierra Starks on May 31, 15:20

    From the top of the long, winding road of Potter Heights Drive, the view of Anchorage below is breathtaking. To get to the bottom of the hill, and onto the Seward Highway, some take their bikes; others drive their vehicles. But Casey Conner prefers to tackle the downhill on his longboard. Casey got hooked on […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: How does fish-flavored baby food taste?

    by Sierra Starks on May 27, 8:18

    Fish-flavored baby food — one Anchorage mom says she has the formula. Bambino’s Baby Food, brainchild of Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas, boasts locally sourced ingredients and comes in several flavors but two stand out — Hali Halibut and Salmon Basket. Maroudas-Tziolas’ flavors are taste-test approved by her own daughter, Athina. Both salmon and halibut are favorites among Alaskans, but […]

  • Alaska News

    Combating heroin on the Kenai: The Soldotna survivor

    by Sierra Starks on May 24, 23:50

    Tammi Charlesworth passes by the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on her drive to work six days a week. The 35-year-old spent about two years there, serving time on a forgery charge. “I stole from my dad,” said Charlesworth. “And he turned me in, hoping to save my life.” Prior to her time at Hiland, she […]

  • Alaska News

    Combating heroin on the Kenai: Meet the faces on the front line

    by Sierra Starks on May 23, 22:45

    In an undeveloped cul-de-sac, located just off the main highway between Sterling and Soldotna, lies evidence of a drive-up heroin party. Broken syringes, used baggies and burned aluminum foil line the asphalt and nearby grass. The users are long gone from the area, but Dennis and Anita Merkes say the presence of avid heroin use […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: See a penny, pick it up?

    by Sierra Starks on May 23, 11:17

    “See a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck,” Pink Lady Jan says before the famous Thunder Road race scene in the 1978 movie “Grease.” This right before Kenickie gets hit in the head by the car door and has to sit out of the race. National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on […]

  • DayBreak

    For the love of lingerie: Victoria’s Secret coming to Anchorage

    by Sierra Starks on May 06, 6:49

    Be it a matching bra and panty set or whatever’s sitting at the top of the delicate drawer — lingerie is something most women don’t leave home without. But where do women in Anchorage go when it’s time to restock? Most name Nordstrom as their go-to for undergarments, while some soon-to-be moms say Motherhood Maternity is […]

  • DayBreak

    Goats, sheep, pigs, oh my!: Getting the hang of hobby farming in Anchorage

    by Sierra Starks on May 02, 7:57

    Hobby farming for Delinda Witman began “on a whim.” “I started with seven chickens,” Witman recalled. “It was in Wasilla, and someone was selling them. And I picked them up … and that’s it. No coop, no nothing.” Her small band of birds then expanded to ducks, geese and quail, all nestled in their own […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: What does FOMO mean?

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 26, 8:10

    Merriam-Webster has announced the latest additions to the company’s unabridged dictionary. New words like “athleisure” (a fashion trend where clothing is designed for both exercising and casual use) and “nomophobia” (fear of being without access to a working cell phone) made the list. But among the 2,000 new additions, some of the slang terms — like the acronyms […]

  • DayBreak

    After losing infant daughter, Anchorage woman on a mission to prevent SIDS

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 22, 5:00

    A photo hanging in Leah Gallahorn’s bedroom is a painful reminder of the past. But the act to finally place the canvas photo print on the wall was a milestone in the 29-year-old’s healing process. “I actually have a photo of her for every single day that I had her,” said Gallahorn of her infant […]

  • DayBreak

    11-year-old Anchorage dancer to perform in international scholarship competition

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 19, 20:24

    Mikayla Gyfteas’ transformation from an 11-year-old to the charming gypsy Esmeralda begins with a gold headpiece and a touch of red lipstick. Next is the donning of a fire-red tutu and a tambourine to match. “Esmeralda is supposed to have an attitude,” Mikayla explained. “Like, she thinks she’s the best.” The young dancer is quiet and reserved before […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska Airlines pilots share their hopes for next generation of aviators

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 12, 6:15

    From her co-pilot seat in the cockpit, it’s safe to say Holly Beaty flies a little above first class. “Start to finish to get to this company, probably about 15 years,” she said of the long road to land her coveted seat aboard a Boeing 737. “And I started right after high school; I was pretty […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown Anchorage’s new rooftop recreation spot set to open June 1

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 11, 18:24

    This summer, downtown dwellers and those just passing through can enjoy more than just the good views from atop the Fifth Avenue parking garage. Anchorage is getting ready to roll out its first rooftop recreation spot, complete with a basketball court, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and B Street, on the deck of the EasyPark […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Troopers giving out more fines at Maud Road shooting range near Palmer

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 25, 8:54

    Clear skies, sunshine and calm wind — since spring began in Alaska, the Valley has seen perfect weather conditions for shooters to practice their aim at the Maud Road shooting range. But on a recent Wednesday, the one day a week the range is closed, Alaska State Troopers gave out four citations to residents who […]

  • Alaska News

    At Anchorage pharmacy, price for drug to treat heroin overdoses is $300

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 23, 8:51

    An opioid overdose treatment drug, with life-saving potential, could cost Alaskans hundreds of dollars. When Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 23 into law this month, he commended lawmakers for recognizing Alaska’s heroin epidemic and for pushing the piece of legislation through. The bill allows trained Alaskans to give Naloxone to someone who is […]

  • DayBreak

    Peony farmers try to produce successful crops one weird Alaska winter at a time

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 18, 13:03

    The farmland in front of Rachel Christy’s Palmer home is brown and barren, with little patches of leftover snowfall claiming a corner spot by the treebank. But underneath the ground are thousands of peony roots, waiting to spring up. Come May, Alaska Blooms Peony Farm will see a little color above ground, “little red spears coming […]