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Sierra Starks

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  • 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

    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

    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 […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: Is traveling solo the new trend?

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 15, 12:44

    There’s a new trend when it comes to getting away, according to the travel magazine Afar. It’s packing a suitcase for one and braving the world solo. “It’s wildly popular,” said Afar’s deputy editor Jennifer Flowers, adding that from the year 2013 to 2015, there was a 15 percent increase in solo travel overall. “So […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Victim of Eagle River homicide ID’d

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 11, 17:44

    Last updated at 3 p.m. Monday, March 14 Early Friday morning, Anchorage police discovered a man dead outside an Eagle River home, apparently shot multiple times. They are now treating the case as a homicide investigation, according Friday release. The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old Marchas Dushun Cosby Jr. Police said he died from […]

  • DayBreak

    Cut & Caliber: 2 Alaska men work to perfect formula for men’s grooming

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 09, 11:37

    The taming of the beard begins in Steven Cornfield’s Turnagain apartment. His business partner, Kyle Reading, spends most days mixing oils in the kitchen — a base of castor, grape seed and jojoba — and bottling the mixture on a table in the dining nook. The two aren’t exactly Mr. Fur Face contenders. In fact, […]

  • DayBreak

    FisheWear: Now, female anglers can take on Alaska waters in style

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 04, 11:42

    There’s a framed photo at FisheWear headquarters that reminds Linda Leary of her start as an angler. It’s a photo of her father, Lindy. “I was going to call the company ‘Lindy Line’ after my dad,” said Leary, who founded the FisheWear brand. “He’s the one who really started me fishing. When we were kids, […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame 2016: Meet inductee who made her mark on the arts

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 02, 23:33

    There’s “not a bad seat in the house,” says Sandy Harper of Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse, but there is a seat the 75-year-old calls her favorite. “Bravos, always, dearest Jerry,” she recited the nameplate on one of the front row chairs from memory. “Love, Sandy.” It’s dedicated to her late husband, Jerry. The two founded Cyrano’s […]

  • Alaska News

    As budget cuts loom, Alaska business owners diversify to Lower 48

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 25, 9:00

    As the President and CEO of Thompson & Co., an Alaska PR firm, it’s Jennifer Thompson’s business to be prepared. “I have, you know, 18 people who depend on me for their livelihood and for their health insurance, and they have children and they have pets,” said Thompson. Thompson, a lifelong Alaskan, has seen the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Iron Dog veteran, ‘Cuppy Cake’ Sam bond after surviving separate crashes

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 19, 14:39

      On the surface, Brad George and Sam Allred don’t seem to have much in common. George is an Iron Dog Race veteran, whose been snowmachining for as long as he can remember. The other has seen Internet fame and has spent some time on the big screen. Ask George what they have in common […]

  • News

    UPDATE: Warrior Lincoln gets a new heart

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 19, 8:00

      UPDATED Friday, Feb. 22, 8:30 a.m. After months of waiting and mounds of support, baby Lincoln’s new heart arrived to Seattle Children’s Hospital Thursday. “It’s crazy, such a great step, huge step,” wrote Lincoln’s father, Rob Seay, in a message Thursday night. “We are still in shock!” Word of Lincoln being offered a new […]

  • Lifestyle

    Match Made in Alaska, Part 3: Watch the first date unfold

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 18, 21:08

    Kennis Brady’s first rule of dating is “must love dogs,” as she and her pup, Goose, are almost inseparable. When it comes to finding love in Alaska, Brady has had the most luck swiping through Tinder. “If you’re looking to date in Alaska, you probably have a Tinder profile,” she said. “This is kind of […]