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Sierra Starks

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  • Lifestyle

    Bristol Palin clears up rumors on why wedding was called off

    by Sierra Starks on May 18, 15:55

    Bristol Palin and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer will not be tying the knot this weekend, as originally planned. But her Memorial Day weekend will still be spent with her fiancé. Now, Palin — who announced her engagement on her blog in March — is clearing up tabloid rumors that Meyer had a secret […]

  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Stand with Nepal: How Alaskans can help the earthquake victims

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 26, 14:03

      Calling Nepal AT&T has announced free long distance calls and texts from the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to Nepal through May 16, 2015. Verizon has also waived fees for long distance phone calls and texts to Nepal through May 31. Stand with Nepal Following Saturday’s devastating Himalayan earthquake, support and relief […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Nepali community in Anchorage hit hard by news of earthquake

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 25, 23:09

    After hearing about the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal near the country’s capital, Jeet Tamang was relieved to finally be able to talk to his family Saturday. “The whole world is trying to call over there,” said Tamang. “And it’s really hard to get through.” The death toll from the devastating Nepal quake now stands […]

  • Crime

    Double stabbing suspect’s arraignment marked with profane outbursts

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 19, 16:40

    The man charged in connection with the Friday morning stabbing of his mother and father appeared in court today for his arraignment. “The thing of it is, you’re gonna let me f*cking go home today” — those were some of the first words out of 40-year-old Martin Victor IV’s mouth to the judge — followed by, ”Jesus […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska women upcycle furniture to make it re-fashionable, re-functional

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 16, 22:10

    A sort of transformation takes place when you put sandpaper in Faith Bates’ hands. She’s a stay-at-home mom, but armed with a pair of scissors, a burlap sack and a stable gun, the Wasilla woman is an artisan in her own right. On a recent weekday morning, she worked to remodel a tossed-aside, vintage Victorian-style […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Weavers & Spinners Guild to present fashion show-and-tell of Alaskan stories

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 16, 21:49

    When Laurene Stout found out her daughter was pregnant with what was to be her first grandchild, she was inspired by the good news to make something. Stout, a longtime knitter, says her first thought wasn’t to start by just picking yarn from what she calls her ”stash.” “Something special needed to be made,” she noted — […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: More than 50 cars damaged around Anchorage in ‘massive vandalism’

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 11, 10:40

    Anchorage police are investigating a case of early-morning vandalism in Anchorage that has left more than 50 vehicles with their tires slashed around town. There have been reports of slashed tires in in East Anchorage, off of Boundary Avenue, and in South Anchorage, where Katie Schrooten lives. Just after 4 a.m. Saturday, Schrooten — who lives […]

  • DayBreak

    Scholarship competition helps Anchorage high school students reach design dreams

    by Sierra Starks on Apr 03, 8:28

    Steller Secondary School student Annie Thorndike has turned her parent’s office in their Hillside home into her design studio. Snatches of carpet peek out from a sea of magazine clippings and other recycled paper on the floor. Annie’s iPhone sits on the desk, plugged into her parents’ iMac, blasting mood music. Next to the keyboard […]

  • Alaska

    JBER lieutenant becomes Alaska’s 1st nationally ranked female boxer

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 31, 18:44

    Alaska is a state that breeds winter athletes – world-famous mushers, Olympic snowboarders and all different types of skaters and skiers. But the 49th state is not a prime place for those who want to make money fastening on a pair of gloves and throwing blows in a boxing ring. Especially if you’re a lady, like […]

  • 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 […]