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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Family Pizza Night

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 19, 13:23

    Pizza night is sometimes a go-to for busy parents, and for good reason! It’s quick, easy and there’s really no clean-up involved. But if it’s becoming more of a daily routine, it could be argued that quality is being compromised for convenience. In this week’s Recipe Box, Amanda Cash, Anchorage mom and owner of The […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage students show us Google Classroom in action

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 17, 15:40

    Brittany Nerland’s second-grade students at Aquarian Charter School are in a class of their own. A recent weekday began like any other, with announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, things got interesting as they pulled out their Google Chromebooks and plugged into Google Classroom, a web-based, virtual learning platform. The assignment of the day was […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Egg-in-the-Hole

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 11, 10:51

    If breakfast really sets the tone for the rest of the day, why stick to the mundane? This week, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is packing protein into a fun meal for the kiddos, with the help of Anchorage mom Lesleigh Frank. Egg-in-the-Hole is one of Frank’s favorite meals from her childhood. But this version has an […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Bacon, potato and kale soup

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 04, 10:40

    Colder weather calls for a cup of soup to warm the soul. In this week’s Recipe Box, Anchorage mom Michelle Baxter shares a recipe the kiddos will be lapping up by the ladle. “One of my favorite go-to fall soups is my bacon, kale, potato soup,” said Baxter. “And we love it because it uses […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD: Driver who killed deaf boy’s service dog will not face charges

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 30, 20:20

    Last updated at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 Police have identified the man responsible for hitting and killing J.J. Anderson’s service dog, Scooby. “Daniel Calderon was driving northbound on Boniface on September 29, 2016, when he struck a dog that ran out into his lane of travel,” Anchorage police spokesperson Renee Oistad wrote in […]

  • Crime

    Family of home invasion murder victim speaks out, 4 suspects arrested

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 29, 11:12

    Last updated at 7:39 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 A woman who was shot after answering the door of her northeast Anchorage home last Thursday has died, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Paula Zorawski, 40, was shot in the head on Sept. 22 during an apparent home invasion on Alora Loop. Her family in New York made […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Neighbors in Anchorage react to Assemblyman Flynn kneeling during Pledge of Allegiance

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 28, 19:50

    Tuesday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting wasn’t a packed one in terms of attendance, but it was a meeting that left an impact on the people there. Assemblyman Patrick Flynn took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, something he wrote about on his blog a few days before in a post titled, “To kneel or not […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Pumpkin muffins

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 28, 11:03

    To celebrate the fall season, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is adding a new flavor to its Recipe Box, inspired by the Pumpkin Spice Latte, one of autumn’s signature beverages. Anchorage mom and blogger Lesleigh Frank shares her version of pumpkin muffins and gives tips on how to get the kiddos involved in the kitchen. She says […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Barley pancakes and poached eggs

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 20, 11:12

    September is National Better Breakfast Month, so why not mix up your meal plans tonight and have breakfast for dinner? In this week’s Recipe Box, Amanda Cash whips up barley pancakes topped with poached eggs. Cash is an Anchorage mom who does double duty as head chef of The Magpie food truck. In true Magpie fashion, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage invited to weigh in on how to memorialize John S. Parks

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 19, 11:30

    There’s a home in Fairview that Cal Williams holds in high regard. It’s a charming house on Latouche Street crafted by the hands of his late mentor, John S. Parks. A carpenter by trade, Parks was a public servant by nature, says Williams. “I remember one time the city honored him with a plaque of some […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After heart transplant, Anchorage’s ‘Warrior Lincoln’ returns home

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 17, 23:28

    It was a homecoming fit for a warrior Saturday evening as 14-month-old Lincoln Seay and his family pulled into their driveway in Rabbit Creek. “It feels like a dream because we sat and just imagined this day for months, 465 days,” said Lincoln’s dad, Rob Seay. “It’s a dream come true. It’s a miracle that […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage man’s cow call ignites bull moose brawl at Powerline Pass

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 15, 14:17

    The call of the wild is what keeps Brian Watkins coming back to Powerline Pass, year after year, especially during rut season. “I usually come out two to three nights a week,” says Watkins. “Come out, call all of them in, try to get as close as you can to them.” Watkins, a pro at […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Grilled cheese and roasted tomato soup

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 15, 10:55

    They say the heart of the home is the kitchen. But sometimes, daily home-cooked meals can be a strain on working parents. So KTVA 11’s Daybreak is rolling out a new segment to help moms and dads cook up quick and healthy meals. In this week’s Recipe Box, Amanda Cash grills up a grilled cheese […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After nearby shooting closes schools, Kaladi Brothers welcomes students back with free hot chocolate

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 14, 11:17

    Students at Chugach Optional Elementary School were welcomed back to classes with messages of encouragement and free hot chocolate. Neighbors spent Tuesday evening chalking the sidewalks along both schools with encouraging messages after Chugach Optional and Central Middle School were both were closed for the day, following a deadly shooting nearby. Luree Audrey Crumley, a fourth-grader […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage firefighters climb to honor first responders killed on 9/11

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 11, 20:51

    Sunday, 14 firefighters tested their endurance to honor the lives lost 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. In its sixth year, the Step Mill Challenge brings together local firefighters to climb as many stairs as they can in 11 minutes. The stair masters at the Alaska Club West were closed to gym-goers for a […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: Which unique eats would you try at the Alaska State Fair?

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 31, 10:39

    This year at the Alaska State Fair, there are more reasons than ever for fairgoers to bring their appetite. From the donut burger to chocolate-dipped bacon, vendors at the fair are serving up some pretty unique eats. [Related: The Hungry Chum: An eater’s guide to the Alaska State Fair] One of those is The Boardwalk, co-owned […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaskans line up by the dozens for first taste of Krispy Kreme

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 30, 13:31

    Alaskans lined up by the dozens for their first taste of Krispy Kreme Tuesday. Doors opened at 5 a.m., but eager customers camped out overnight in anticipation of the “Hot Now” light to be turned on. “There were so many people here,” said Krispy Kreme Alaska franchise owner Jack Lewis of the crowd that gathered […]

  • DayBreak

    Lost Lake Run more than just a foot race to Gov. Walker’s family

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 29, 6:00

    The finish line at Saturday’s Lost Lake Run in Seward was marked with a number of touching moments — couples crossing hand-in-hand, children holding handmade signs in support of their parents, hugs and kisses shared to celebrate the completion of the 16-mile race. Sabrina Walker was greeted by her 1-year-old son Leo, whom she calls […]

  • DayBreak

    Young Alaskan blazing the trail for diversity in the great outdoors

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 25, 14:02

    A short climb from Rendezvous Peak, where the trail plateaus into ridgeline, 21-year-old Reth Duir’s reaction to Arctic Valley’s mountainous views is one of awe. “I feel like I’m on top of the world,” Duir says, gazing at the town of Eagle River below. It’s his first hike up the Rendezvous Peak Trail, which is […]

  • Alaska News

    #FirstSevenJobs hashtag began as Alaska musician’s cure to writer’s block

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 12, 9:21

    Be it baby-sitting or launching a lemonade stand on the corner, landing a first job is perhaps something all humans have in common. Or at least that’s what Marian Call was hoping when she tweeted the question, “What were your first 7 jobs?” What were your first 7 jobs? Babysitting, janitorial, slinging coffee, yard work, […]