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  • Obama in Alaska

    GLACIER Conference in Anchorage: All eyes on Alaska & the Arctic

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 31, 7:29

    5 p.m.: President Obama gives closing remarks at GLACIER Conference   President Barack Obama’s closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference were marked by two phrases: “We can’t do this alone” and “We’re not moving fast enough.” The president called on the foreign ministers and delegations sitting in the room at the conference to play their […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    Alaskans ‘Rising Together,’ rolling out red carpet for President Obama

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 31, 6:27

    Before the 2008 presidential election, Rev. Dr. William Greene says he was asked a mouthful of a question: What would he do if Barack Obama was voted into office? “I told them, ‘Dance in the street,’” the 81-year-old laughed. “Because I thought it would be amazing and outstanding to have an African-American president for the […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    President Obama to announce renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 30, 13:01

    During his trip to Alaska, President Barack Obama will announce that the federal government has officially restored the name of Denali to the mountain previously known as Mount McKinley. “Today, finalizing a process initiated by the State of Alaska in 1975, President Obama is announcing that the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell used her […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Thieves target 2 Anchorage elementary schools

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 24, 15:54

    Originally posted Saturday, Aug. 22 Last Updated Monday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The Anchorage School District is reporting two incidents of theft from two of its facilities over the weekend. On Friday, just after 8:30 a.m., staff at Rabbit Creek Elementary School called the Anchorage Police Department to report a break-in at one of the school’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Trending in Anchorage: Crowdfunding to pay for education

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 24, 15:36

    For 15-year-old Jeriah Coleman, it was just another summer day at the Spenard Recreation Center – until it wasn’t. He and some friends were playing a pick-up game of basketball when they were approached by Kimani Shotwell, the athletic director at Eagle River Christian School. “I asked them, ‘Hey, you guys want to work on your […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police: 12-year-old hospitalized after showing symptoms of spice overdose

    by Sierra Starks on Aug 17, 18:50

    Updated Monday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Anchorage police say a 12-year-old was hospitalized Saturday after showing symptoms of a spice overdose. Just after 4 p.m., authorities responded to the area of East 4th Avenue and Patsy Street in Northeast Anchorage after receiving a call that a juvenile boy “had possibly taken spice and had overdosed,” […]

  • 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 […]