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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fresh out of certification testing, climbers called to rescue 3 from Matanuska Peak

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 29, 19:31

    It was two full days of testing and evaluation for nine climbers with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, as they completed their reaccreditation. The testing, which included avalanche response, high-scale rescue and wilderness search, wrapped up Saturday evening. But that’s when the real training began, says 16-year AMRG volunteer Dean Knapp. AMRG’s Eric Huffman says he was “just […]

  • Crime

    Sudan refugee concerned for his safety after vandalism outside his Spenard home

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 29, 15:34

    Last Updated March 30, 6 p.m. Mohammed Abdallai, who moved to Alaska almost five years ago as a refugee, says he is concerned for his safety after the vehicles outside of his home were vandalized. Words like “Get out,” “Go home” and “Leave Alaska,” among others, had been written on his green SUV and another […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Government Hill resident reads found letter from 1964 Alaska earthquake

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 28, 13:36

    Friday, March 27, marked the 51st anniversary of the devastating Good Friday earthquake. On that day, just after 5:30 p.m., violent shaking erupted without warning across Southcentral Alaska. It has become known as the most powerful earthquake ever in North America, taking the lives of more than 100 people. This week, Alaska lawmakers passed legislation to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Queens for a day: 2nd annual Alaska Miss Amazing pageant is Saturday

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 19, 17:46

    Lexie Wooster and her mother, Linda, have been practicing for the 2015 Alaska Miss Amazing pageant for weeks now. At the pageant, put on for girls and young women with disabilities and special needs, each contestant will be required to give an introduction on stage. Lexie’s goes something like this: ”Hi, my name is Lexie Wooster. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Starbucks baristas in Anchorage, Mat-Su may talk race relations with customers

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 18, 17:20

    Alaskans’ morning brew could soon come with a double shot of race relations, courtesy of a new initiative Starbucks is rolling out. Starbucks baristas around the nation have been voluntarily writing two words on the cups they hand out to customers: Race Together. It’s not a fitness challenge, rather — it’s an invitation to talk […]

  • Alaska

    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese recalled due to ‘possible metal pieces’

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 17, 17:20

    Kraft Food says it’s recalling more than 240,000 cases of the original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, “due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.” The 7.25 ounce boxes have the “Best When Used By” dates of Sept. 18, 2015 through Oct. 11, 2015 with the code “C2″ below […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Zumiez adds Alaskan clothing brand to its inventory

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 15, 17:45

    A little more than one year ago, John Idano started The 49th Supply Co. as a line of headgear, one beanie and one hat. Flash forward to today, and the brand has more merchandise and a larger audience — made even larger thanks to a national retailer. The 49th Supply Co. started with an online shop and spread […]

  • Alaska

    Bristol Palin announces engagement on blog

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 14, 16:36

    Bristol Palin has announced her engagement to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. In a patheos.com post on Saturday, Palin spends a few paragraphs letting readers into the backstory between her and Meyer, a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011. Palin says Meyer came to Alaska last year to film the […]

  • Iditarod

    Anchorage photographers capture marriage proposal at Iditarod ceremonial start

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 14, 0:39

      She said yes! As a veteran Iditarod photographer, Kristie Lent showed up to Saturday’s ceremonial start expecting the usual — sled dogs, mushers, a snow-covered Fourth Avenue. But there was one thing that caught Lent by surprise from her place in the press area. “The last thing I was expecting to see at the […]

  • US/World

    Alaska Airlines announces nonstop flights from Seattle to NYC

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 10, 15:44

    Travelers in Alaska now have a chance to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Alaska Airlines will launch new nonstop flights between Seattle and New York City. Announced Tuesday, the airline will roll out its daily nonstop service between its hub at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport starting Sept. […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage designer to launch collection on global fashion platform

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 07, 18:00

    When you come from a city dubbed as “America’s Worst Dressed,” it seems a little impractical to dream of breaking into the fashion industry. But one local designer says that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. “We have a worldwide market now,” said Jamie Johnson, owner of MAJ Designs. “You’re not stuck in the town that you […]

  • Iditarod

    Iditarod sled dog fatally struck by vehicle; musher’s wife thanks Anchorage community

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 07, 14:44

    Update, 8:35 p.m. A sled dog from Colorado musher Lachlan Clarke’s team was fatally struck by a vehicle in midtown Anchorage, after members of the community spent the day searching for the lost dog. Stuart, a 3-year-old black husky mix, got away from the team and handlers at around 11 a.m. “We were at Campbell airstrip and had […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    High fashion meets Fur Rondy at Anchorage bar

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 01, 23:26

    There may be no sled dog races at this year’s Fur Rendezvous, but festival-goers can still see a few huskies at the Killjoy Tasting Room. Located in downtown Anchorage, near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Street, the fondue and wine bar is celebrating its first anniversary in the muni. And in that time, […]

  • Alaska

    Diomede running out of resources after 1 month without flights

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 25, 17:50

    The last regular flight to the remote community of Little Diomede in the Bering Straight was Jan. 22. That same day, the community gathered for a funeral service to remember one of its beloved members. Over a month later, out-of-town attendees have yet to make it off the island. And island residents are running out […]

  • Alaska

    Jewell recaps Alaska visit, encourages new working relationship between state and feds

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 17, 17:08

    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream   Anchorage was U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s last stop on her visit to Alaska. This is Jewell’s second visit to the state since becoming Interior Secretary, and before she left, she held a press conference to recap her trip. Sporting polar bear earrings and a feather pendant, […]

  • DayBreak

    Model from Anchorage agency poses for Seventeen magazine

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 06, 7:14

    A former Service High School student is now among the hundreds of models bustling through the city streets of Milan, Italy — running to go-sees, taxiing to photo shoots and sashaying down runways. Her name is Magdalena Martynowicz, and, so far, Milan is the 19-year-old’s second stomping ground, as far as fashion capitals go. Martynowicz […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly hears proposal to prohibit hash oil production

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 03, 22:49

    Last Updated Wednesday, Feb. 4 On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly heard a proposal from Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration to prohibit the production of hash oil, unless the manufacturer is licensed. Other states that have legalized marijuana “have seen an increase in residential fires and explosions, resulting in injury and property damage,” when trying to cook and/or […]

  • Crime

    Husband and wife in Palmer face child porn, sexual abuse of a minor charges

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 02, 16:28

    The wife of a Palmer man facing multiple child pornography charges was arrested today on sexual abuse of a minor and child pornography charges. A tip from Microsoft Corporation led the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Technical Crimes Unit to arrest 34-year-old Brandon Muston on Jan. 21. “During laboratory forensic examinations of the electronics that were seized […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: 2 pilots ID’d in mid-air plane collision in the Valley

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 15:36

    Last Updated Sunday, 3:45 p.m. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is in the process of clearing wreckage after a plane crash in the Mat-Su Valley that occurred Saturday afternoon. Just after 1 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that two aircrafts collided mid-air in the Valley, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Authorities responded to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    McDonald’s around Anchorage to let customers ‘pay with lovin’

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 13:57

      Imagine this. A customer walks into his local McDonald’s restaurant to order from the breakfast menu. “Two hash browns and a small coffee,” he tells the cashier, Matt. Instead of giving the customer his total to pay, the cashier says, “You know what? For your payment today, do you have your cell phone with […]