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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Playground fire at Alpenglow Elementary considered suspicious

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 01, 11:33

    Two months after a playground fire at a South Anchorage elementary school, the Anchorage School District is reporting another playground destroyed by flames. Crews responded to the fire on the Alpenglow Elementary School grounds just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Anchorage Fire Department dispatch. Photos released by the Anchorage School District show charring […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    25 years of ADA, Part 2: Alaskans weigh in on how far we’ve come

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 28, 20:16

    Part 2 of KTVA’s ADA series is a look at how far our state has come in 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act — and a look at what lies ahead as Alaskans head into the next 25 years. A major milestone in civil rights At an event the muni hosted Monday to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    25 years of ADA, Part 1: Living in Anchorage with a disability

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 26, 23:39

    In many cases, the Americans with Disabilities Act affects every resident around the nation — from public restrooms to parking lots, walkways to seating arrangements. Twenty-five years ago, ADA was signed into law. For those who experience a disability firsthand, July 26, 1990 has meant an enforcement of civil rights that they can’t imagine living […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage boutique owner branches out from fashion to IKEA furniture

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 19, 15:06

    On a recent Saturday afternoon at Anchorage boutique Lulu E. Bebe, there were fewer customers than usual — noticeably so. The shop’s owner, Lulu Avellaneda, says it’s been this way since H&M’s first Alaska location opened at the Dimond Center in South Anchorage. It’s only been a few days — H&M opened to the public […]

  • Crime

    Victim ID’d in shooting at Spenard’s Alano Club

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 18, 10:22

    One person is dead after an early morning shooting at the Alano Club in Spenard. “We received a call about shots being fired inside and outside the Alano Club,” said Lt. Jason Schmidt with the Anchorage Police Department. The call came in around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, according to an APD release. When police arrived at […]

  • Alaska

    Anchorage teen is Alaska’s 1st Distinguished Young Woman of America

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 11, 22:41

    Maire Nakada is back home in Anchorage — still in shock from her historic win in Alabama. “It’s just above my head,” said Maire, who was named the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of America in June. “I wake up sometimes and I’m like, aahh, you represent America now.” A sort of media tour followed her […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Support pours in for Mat-Su teen critically injured in 4-wheeler crash

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 04, 22:29

    A Mat-Su teen, known by many for his kindness and compassion, now needs that same kindness from others after a four-wheeler accident has left him seriously injured. Sam Allred has seen Internet fame and some time on the big screen — his YouTube video “Cuppy Cake Sam” went viral when he was a child and […]

  • 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 […]