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Sierra Starks

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  • Alaska

    Alaska lawmakers wait for marijuana bill rewrite that ‘reflects the will of the voters’

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 28, 18:03

    Alaska lawmakers have tabled a bill on how to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, saying they’re waiting for a bill rewrite that more accurately reflects what Alaskans asked for when they voted in November. After voters approved the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Alaska, the goal is now to pass a bill by Feb. […]

  • DayBreak

    What brides-to-be can expect from the Anchorage Wedding Fair

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 16, 8:20

    Alaskan brides-to-be have reason to breathe easy this season as the Anchorage Wedding Fair is back for its 11th run. The many things that go into making a wedding special — from DJ to florist to caterer — will be in one place Sunday at the Dena’ina Center, each vying for the chance to be […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photography project highlights 2 Alaskan centenarians

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 08, 7:05

    Living to see 100 years old is not for the faint of heart. Capturing the essence of what it’s like to be a member of the coveted centenarian club is even harder — unless you’re photographer Danny Goldfield. “To Live 10,000 Years” is Goldfield’s photo project. The 47-year-old, who lives in Massachusetts, aims to photograph […]

  • Crime

    White Mountain man charged with murder in connection with girlfriend’s death

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 03, 17:58

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend in White Mountain appeared in Nome District Court Saturday. Gilbert Olanna, Jr., 31, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 40-year-old Esther Lincoln. At about 9:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Olanna went to a neighbor to get help for Lincoln, according to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bear Tooth Theatrepub says hundreds of tickets sold for ‘The Interview’

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 30, 16:21

    Tickets for Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” went on sale today at Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatrepub. The independent theater didn’t start officially selling tickets until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, but many residents were outside the theater as early as 8 a.m. to reserve seats for the showing of their choice. “We had a solid line out the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Recovery underway for 11-year-old girl who lost legs in Christmas Day crash

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 27, 14:01

    An 11-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a car crash on Christmas Day near Mile 145.5 of the Sterling Highway is recovering after she was pinned between two cars. Angelica Haakenson, who family members describe as a “spunky, strong, fearless girl,” was severely injured in Thursday’s three-vehicle crash. She suffered multiple broken vertebrae and […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage residents make fashionable New Year’s resolutions

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 26, 22:35

    Christmas Day has come and gone, which means people only have a few days to make those New Year’s resolutions. Among the usual resolutions are eating better, dropping bad habits, honoring new gym commitments and renewing old ones. But all of those carry some sort of negative connotation — and a lofty resolution list often […]

  • Crime

    Man wanted in connection with infant daughter’s death in Spenard Motel

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 26, 12:19

    A warrant was issued Dec. 19 for the arrest of a man in connection with his infant daughter’s death that occurred in June, according to court documents. On the night of June 24, police received a call regarding the death of an infant at the Spenard Motel, according to court documents. When authorities responded, they […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatrepub plans to show ‘The Interview’

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 23, 19:50

    A local theatre in Anchorage plans to show “The Interview” following Sony Pictures’ decision Tuesday to release the film on Christmas day. The Bear Tooth Theatrepub, located at 1230 W. 27th Ave., announced on its Facebook page Tuesday evening that it would join a number of independent movie theaters around the nation and show the previously […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage answers the national ‘Black Lives Matter’ call

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 07, 0:49

    The names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have circulated across the Lower 48 over the past two weeks, sparking a national movement often plagued with highly publicized violent and disruptive protests. On Saturday afternoon, it was clear that the “Black Lives Matter” movement had reached the 49th state as well. The NAACP Anchorage Branch’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Same-sex couple in Anchorage finds obscene sign on vehicle outside their home

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 06, 13:14

    A same-sex couple in Anchorage says their home was tagged with various acts of vandalism, including an obscene sign left on their vehicle. “The biggest thing was that poster that my husband found on his windshield,” said Adam Jacobson. “His car was facing the garage, so they came all the way up the driveway to put that […]

  • Crime

    2 members of Anchorage medical community plead guilty in Medicaid fraud cases totaling $2M

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 01, 21:03

    Two members of the Anchorage medical community — a physician and a personal care agency owner — both pleaded guilty to two separate cases of Medicaid fraud, totaling to about $2.4 million in fraudulent claims. The State of Alaska Department of Law confirms that both cases were investigated after the state was tipped off by […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Patient treated at Anchorage hospital tests negative for Ebola

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 15, 13:03

    Health officials and caregivers at Providence Alaska Medical Center have confirmed that a patient being treated at the hospital has tested negative for Ebola. The patient, whose identifying information was not released, was admitted to the hospital at 8:30 p.m. Friday showing symptoms of the virus, including a high fever. Further investigation revealed that the patient […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    A cut above: Anchorage barbers battle it out

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 10, 22:03

    On a recent Saturday afternoon in Anchorage, every chair in Hair Science, a barbershop located on 15th Avenue near C Street, is full. In a state like Alaska, where barbershops can’t be found on every corner, the culture of an urban barbershop is far from apparent in Anchorage. But Hair Science is one of those […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Proof of election fatigue found in Anchorage post offices

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 01, 18:59

    With just a few days before the Nov. 4 election, campaign material continues to flood inboxes around Anchorage. Most of those campaign dollars are immediately finding themselves in the trash or recycle bin; some of them have just been tossed aside. A signal of that can be seen at the U.S. Post Office on Muldoon […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Female inmates learn to go from living behind bars to beyond them

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 26, 16:28

    For many who have been subjected to the prison system, the road to incarceration often becomes more like a revolving door. It’s a scene Chief Justice Dana Fabe has witnessed in Alaska’s courtrooms. “As judges, we impose sentences on offenders and don’t see them until they come back to the courthouse if they’ve re-offended,” said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fraternal organization covers the doctor’s bill for children in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 19, 12:00

    Free, state-of-the-art healthcare can be hard to come by for any family. But a local fraternal organization has made it a mission that Alaskan children get the treatment they need, no matter the cost. This weekend, dozens of children were flown into Anchorage from all over the state. Some of the families came from places […]

  • Health

    5 ways Alaska’s public health system is unique from Lower 48

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 15, 17:54

    Every state will claim to be unique in some way or another, but Alaska is proving it when it comes to public health. This month, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium released a statewide public heath system assessment. The 47-page report is the result of the two organizations […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage flights grounded after phone threat

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 12, 12:36

    Flights at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport were grounded Saturday night following a phone threat. “Last night, APD received a 911 call from a man threatening that the next airplane to take off would blow up,” APD spokeswoman Dani Myren said in an email. Airport general manager John Parrott says both Merrill Field and Anchorage’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Anchorage, August employment sees near-record numbers

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 01, 16:34

    Anchorage’s unemployment rate showed slight improvement in August, according to the latest report released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Wednesday. At 5.3 percent, the municipality’s unemployment rate went up slightly from July’s revised rate of 5.1 percent. Anchorage remains below the national and statewide unemployment rate, both at 6.3 percent. The rate is also 0.1 percent higher the 2013 […]