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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • DayBreak

    Alaska’s 1st H&M store to add 60 jobs, promote garment recycling

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 03, 7:53

    The massive Save-the-Date sign is hard to miss for those driving down the Old Seward Highway in South Anchorage. H&M’s first Alaska location opens its doors on July 16 at the Dimond Center. Located in the southeast tower of the mall, this location joins more than 3,600 worldwide. Posters of well-dressed models and “Straight from […]

  • Crime

    Defense for Fairbanks man charged in wife’s death seeks to get indictment thrown out

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 30, 17:41

    A Fairbanks man, indicted on murder charges in his wife’s death in 2014, appeared in court again Monday. At the hearing, the defense attorney for 40-year-old John McDonald, asked the court to throw out the indictment. McDonald was charged in the death of Crystal S. McDonald, his wife, after police say he shot and killed her […]

  • Iditarod

    “This is what I want to do”: DeeDee Jonrowe will run Iditarod 2016

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 27, 14:01

      DeeDee Jonrowe, who lost her Willow home and kennel to the Sockeye Fire earlier this month, has signed up for the 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. “This is what I want to do; I’m doing what I want to do,” said Jonrowe. “I didn’t want to lose all my stuff. I didn’t want to go […]

  • Lifestyle

    Pregnancy post: Bristol Palin announces another baby on the way

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 25, 15:21

    Updated June 29, 2:30 p.m. One month after Bristol Palin opened up about the “wedding that didn’t happen,” the former bride-to-be has announced that she’s now a mom-to-be, with her second child. It was news the 24-year-old wanted to wait to share, she said on her blog. “I’m announcing this news a lot sooner than […]

  • Crime

    3 suspects sought in 3rd break-in at South Anchorage smoke shop

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 22, 16:28

    Three break-ins in three months — that’s the reality that 907 Vapes E-Cigs’ shop owner Jesse James is dealing with. The most recent burglary happened early Saturday morning. On Monday, the South Anchorage smoke shop stood with another window boarded up, but the doors are still open for business. James is all smiles to the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska fathers fight to be more than just weekend dads

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 21, 10:50

    Steven Johnson has heard dramatic tales from fathers in the Lower 48 who, like him, have gone through custody battles for their children. “Frivolous claims of abuse and stuff like that, a lot of people run straight for a restraining order,” said Johnson, a father of three. “From what I’ve seen, men aren’t able to […]

  • Alaska

    What’s in your wallet?: Alaskan start-up upcycles salmon skin as aquatic leather

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 07, 12:56

    “Going Green” yields itself to more than just trees and trash. The buzzword-turned-lifestyle is, essentially, the development of sustainable practices. Fishermen in Alaska have done more than just catch onto the lifestyle; the state prides itself on the implementation of those practices. Support for the fishermen who practice that sustainability comes in many fashionable forms […]

  • DayBreak

    Lingerie, lace & lure: Boudoir photography highlights Alaska women’s beauty

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 05, 11:48

    Tucked away in the corner of Elisa Ivers’photography studio is a bed. On it are white sheets, a white comforter and an array of decorative pillows. Tucked away in the corner, light from the summer sun shines directly onto the ceiling-high wooden headboard. But the bed’s not for sleeping. It’s for boudoir, the genre of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Packed Anchorage House of Harley event shows motorcycles aren’t just for men

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 01, 0:30

    Chloe Titone says a woman riding her motorcycle around town is a sight to see – possibly because it’s something she doesn’t see often. “I don’t know anyone that really rides motorcycles,” said Titone. “It’s pretty rare you see a woman.” Sunday, Titone was surrounded by at least 30 other female bike enthusiasts at “Beauty and the […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Study finds frog decline could be related to water warming, copper pollution

    by Sierra Starks on May 31, 11:55

    New evidence supports theories that water pollution from road runoff may increase mortality and abnormalities in frogs. Scientists at Alaska Pacific University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of California, Davis, found that wood frog tadpoles were attacked by dragonfly larvae sooner and more often in warmer water with increased copper pollution — […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak fishermen, tribal leaders join protests against military plans in Gulf of Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on May 30, 19:23

    Tribal leaders and fishermen in Kodiak have joined in the protests against the military exercises planned for the Gulf of Alaska. Earlier this month, on Cordova’s Orca Inlet, more than 100 boats linked together in a massive flotilla. Today, members from Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak (STK), commercial fishermen and local residents simulated that protest at […]

  • US/World

    Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, dies after battle with brain cancer

    by Sierra Starks on May 30, 18:05

    Vice President Joe Biden has announced that his son, Beau, has died after a battle with brain cancer. A statement from the vice president reads: It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Seeking the Source: Artists map one of Anchorage’s most beloved trails

    by Sierra Starks on May 24, 14:46

    Be it human feet, moose hooves, bike tires or dog paws, Anchorage’s Chester Creek Trail has seen its fair share of visitors. The trail’s special guests this week were artists, from Alaska and the Lower 48. Adorned in bright green vests and sashes with yellow badges, the eight artists set out to map the Chester […]

  • Lifestyle

    UPDATE: Bristol Palin opens up about ‘wedding that didn’t happen’

    by Sierra Starks on May 18, 15:55

    Updated Wednesday, May 27, 11:35 a.m. Originally slated for a weekend wedding, the Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone in Kentucky — and Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer did not tie the knot. On May 18, Bristol’s mother — former Alaska governor Sarah Palin — posted on Facebook about the wedding cancelation with a message […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    In Anchorage, a celebration of the Navy Reserve’s centennial

    by Sierra Starks on May 17, 18:37

    U.S. Navy reservists and their families gathered at Kincaid Park Sunday afternoon for the centennial celebration of the Naval Reserve. Congress passed legislation on March 3, 1915 to establish the Naval Reserve — which became the Navy Reserve in 2006. Thousands of Navy Reservists have provided service to several wars, including WWI, WWII the Vietnam […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Man charged in Maryland double homicide makes court appearance in Juneau

    by Sierra Starks on May 17, 10:45

    A man charged in connection with the double homicide of his Maryland neighbors was taken into custody Saturday by the Juneau Police Department. Scott Michael Tomaszewski is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Richard and Julianne Vilardo, found dead in their Rockville, Maryland home on Sunday, May 10. Tomaszewski is also […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown Anchorage boutique a mother-daughter affair

    by Sierra Starks on May 09, 17:48

    It’s been about two years since Juanetta Pulliam moved her boutique from its small space on E. 15th Avenue to the Fifth Avenue strip downtown. “We first started the business with 500, 600 square feet,” Pulliam said of Flawless Gemstone Apparel’s former space. “So, we started off really small.” With the expansion and extended hours, […]

  • US/World

    As Anchorage vigil mourns Nepal victims, JBER joins earthquake relief efforts

    by Sierra Starks on May 03, 21:18

    A team from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has touched down in Nepal to join the relief efforts. In support of the government of Nepal, airmen from Anchorage will join more than 16,000 U.S. military members and civil servants offering aid to the Himalayan country. The JBER team flew out in a C-17 Thursday morning, making a stop […]

  • DayBreak

    Kick, push: Alaskan streetwear brand exposes Anchorage’s skateboard culture

    by Sierra Starks on May 03, 2:23

    Kicking, pushing and coasting on a skateboard is all 22-year-old Taylor Goldade thinks about. So much so, that he spends his hard-earned paychecks on two things — bills and skate gear. Goldade, who’s lived in Alaska for most of his life, happened upon skateboarding after school sports didn’t work out. There was just one problem trading […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ABC Board votes to not renew Spirits of Alaska’s liquor license

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 29, 18:45

    Neon signs are now posted on the doors of the Spirits of Alaska liquor store in Fairview. “We are closed until further notice,” the green sign reads. There is also an orange sign, which says that the liquor store is no longer selling alcohol, by order of Alaska’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board, which voted not […]