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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Local

    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 […]

  • Local

    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 […]

  • Local

    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 […]

  • Local

    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 […]

  • Local

    NAACP Anchorage presses toward midterm election mark

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 29, 7:29

    The NAACP held its 63rd annual C.T. Lewis Freedom Fund Celebration Saturday night. The fundraiser and dinner, held at the Hotel Captain Cook, mixed business, pleasure and politics. Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson provided the laughs while the keynote speaker, Hilary O. Shelton, brought the NAACP’s voice and agenda from Washington, D.C. to Anchorage. Keeping minority […]

  • Local

    NAACP hosts youth summit in Anchorage

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 27, 19:05

    More than 50 students, along with parents and other volunteers, came together Saturday afternoon for a youth summit put on by the NAACP Anchorage branch. Teens and young adults from the Anchorage area gathered at Clark Middle School and got a chance to learn their basic rights as youth in the state of Alaska. “We […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Assembly says no to legalizing recreational marijuana

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 24, 17:58

    The Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 against the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Alaska at an assembly meeting Tuesday evening. Most members were hesitant to take a position on a referendum they say will ultimately be in the hands of individuals participating in the general election. “Ultimately, this issue is going to be left to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spenard Tattoo cultivates safe space for Anchorage’s diverse art scene

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 22, 18:24

    On a Thursday night at Spenard Tattoo, instead of closing up shop at 7 p.m., owner Kevin Harden keeps the doors open. He brings out pizza and adult beverages and uses the shop’s iMac to play some music. What appears to be the obvious makings of a party soon reveals itself as much more than […]

  • Crime

    1 injured in Abbott Loop house party shooting

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 21, 11:25

    A 17-year-old girl was transported to the hospital after a shooting at a house party early Sunday morning in the Abbott Loop neighborhood of Anchorage. At approximately 12:18 a.m., the Anchorage Police Department responded to multiple calls of domestic disturbance. Callers reported hearing gunshots outside a residence near the 6800 block of O’Brien Street. Police’s […]

  • Campaign 2014

    More Alaskan voters identify as independents

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 16, 7:29

    A growing number of Alaskans identify as politically independent, according to a recent Gallup poll. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed consider themselves independents, up 12 percent from 47 in 2013. Alaska has traditionally been among the states with the highest percentages of residents who identify as independents, Gallup says. The current Alaskan independent percentage […]

  • Crime

    6 injured in downtown shooting outside Kodiak bar

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 14, 12:00

    Two suspects remain at large after a shooting outside of a downtown bar left six people injured. The shooting occurred early Sunday morning outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill, located at 225 E. Fifth Avenue, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police blocked Fifth Avenue between Cordova Street and Barrow Street for hours as they […]

  • State

    Fallen trooper among 11 Alaskans honored by attorney general

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 10, 22:59

    Hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Alaska prosecutors and law enforcement at the 30th Annual Director’s Awards Ceremony. Holder addressed the Department of Justice members with prepared remarks, saying that the selected group represents the best the department has to offer. “Your work embodies our ongoing commitment,” said Holder. “Not merely to win […]

  • Crime

    Police arrest Florida man accused of stalking Bristol Palin

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 09, 15:06

    A Florida man has been accused of stalking Bristol Palin after officers arrested him outside of Palin’s Wasilla residence on Sunday. According to a complaint filed by Wasilla Police Department officer Brandon Gray, WPD responded to a call from Palin at about 6:15 p.m. Palin told WPD there was a male at her residence. She […]

  • State

    Parnell presses federal government to explore ANWR

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 08, 16:25

    Gov. Sean Parnell’s office is putting pressure on the federal government to consider an exploration plan in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). According to a release from the governor’s office, the state filed a motion to order the federal government to authorize the gathering of information about the oil and gas resource potential of […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage Ballet seeks funds for expansion project

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 06, 16:24

    The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy is embarking on a public fundraising campaign to fund an expansion project to add studio space to its current midtown location. The Anchorage Ballet is about halfway through its Kickstarter campaign, but construction is already underway to expand the facility. The nonprofit organization has already received over 20 backers and […]

  • Money

    In Anchorage, July employment numbers lowest in years

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 26, 15:33

    Anchorage’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent, according to the latest report released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Tuesday. With unemployment down half a percent from June’s revised rate, Anchorage remains well below the national rate of 6.5 percent and the statewide rate of 6.1 percent. “Anchorage unemployment last month was at the lowest […]

  • State

    Richard Dauenhauer, linguist and historian, dies at 72

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 20, 17:53

    Richard Dauenhauer, a linguist and historian honored for his work in preserving Alaska Native languages – Tlingit in particular – died Tuesday morning in Juneau. He was 72. The University of Alaska Southeast, where Dauenhauer was a former professor of Alaska Native languages and culture, has confirmed his death. “The University of Alaska Southeast mourns […]

  • US/World

    USS Anchorage holds change of command ceremony

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 16, 15:13

    The USS Anchorage held a change of command ceremony on Friday in San Diego, California. Cmdr. Joel Stewart relinquished command to Capt. Michael McKenna, according to a release. USS Anchorage is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. The U.S. Navy warship is named for the city of Anchorage. “It’s a great honor to have […]

  • State

    Body found after fatal Tana River rafting accident

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 11, 17:26

    The body of a Mat-Su man, declared missing after a rafting accident, was found in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Authorities have identified the rafter as Rob Kehrer. Kehrer was last seen Saturday at 1 p.m. when he was thrown out of his packraft — a small, portable backpacking boat — on the Tana […]