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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Alaska News

    What’s at stake for Alaska if Trump repeals ACA Medicaid expansion?

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 20, 19:50

    One of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office was an executive order regarding health care reform, the first step in seeking to promptly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order “allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing any piece of the law that might impose a ‘fiscal […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Beet hummus

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 17, 11:26

    Over the years, hummus has become a mainstay on American appetizer menus. As the Mediterranean spread’s trend factor has increased, so have its variety of flavors, from roasted red pepper to sun-dried tomato and basil. In this week’s Recipe Box, we’re taking it one step further, and we’re breaking out the beets. Amanda Cash, Anchorage […]

  • Crime

    Teen charged in Grunwald murder listed as ‘suspect’ in separate death investigation

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 13, 20:19

    “New information” has prompted Alaska State Troopers to reopen the case of the death of 16-year-old Frank Woodford. The teen was found shot in the chest over the summer at a home in Wasilla, according to an AST incident report. The two people in the room with him at the time of the shooting were Austin […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Crock-Pot cheesy tater tots with chicken and bacon

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 10, 10:00

    In this week’s Recipe Box, we’re breaking out the Crock-Pot and embracing the ease of a slow-cooked meal. It’s a tool Kristen Williams suggests busy parents keep in their arsenal. Williams, a YouTube vlogger based in Eagle River, is a new mom. Her infant daughter, Chell, is by her side nearly 24 hours a day, […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Even in darkest months, solar power proves to be viable option for Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 09, 10:24

    Anchorage is in its darkest days of the year, but the solar panels at the Ridgeline Terrace housing development in Mountain View are still taking in rays. That sunlight is converted into electricity to power the development’s dozens of apartments and condominiums. However, some people still aren’t sold on the process of harnessing heat from […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Snow Ice Cream

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 03, 10:43

    Fresh snow on the ground is always cause for celebration. The fluffy stuff gives winter enthusiasts a reason to head outside with their sleds, skis and snowman assembly kits. But Cory Williams says he often brings the fresh snow inside to make dessert — ice cream. “It’s perfect because this time of year we’ve got lots of […]

  • Alaska News

    In letter to state, Alaskans say they want more of a say on future fracking

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 27, 20:25

    Cook Inletkeeper executive director Bob Shavelson and hundreds of Alaskans are asking for more of a voice when it comes to fracking operations in the state. Tuesday, Shavelson sent a letter to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC), accompanied by the supporting names of 448 Alaskans, who live anywhere from Southeast Alaska to the […]

  • Crime

    WATCH: APD K-9 nabs suspected car thief at East Anchorage intersection

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 27, 16:35

    Last updated at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 A number of drivers witnessed a biting arrest made by an Anchorage police dog at a stoplight in East Anchorage Monday night. Just before 8 p.m., the Anchorage Police Department, with the help of OnStar, located a stolen vehicle at the Wal-Mart on Debarr Road. As the stolen […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Eggnog Monte Cristos

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 20, 11:10

    Don’t let those holiday leftovers go to waste! We’re putting them to good use in this week’s Recipe Box. Amanda Cash, Anchorage mom and owner of The Magpie food truck, shows us how to make Eggnog Monte Cristos. It’s a triple-decker sandwich that you can fill with those holiday meats sitting in the fridge. “A […]

  • Health

    Anchorage man with bladder cancer sees long-term remission after experimental treatment

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 19, 9:50

    David Wight spends most weekends coaching his daughter’s soccer team at The Dome, Anchorage’s indoor recreation center. At 75 years old, he doesn’t miss a beat, calling the shots and keeping up with 11-year-old Isabella and her teammates. Isabella’s goals, tricks and major game plays — they’re milestones Wight doesn’t have to miss, something once threatened by […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Potica, a Slovenian nut bread

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 13, 11:17

    The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a bit of sweet indulgence. From Christmas cookies to fruitcake, almost every family has a dessert that’s become a holiday staple. At the Zaletel household, Zach and his daughter, Zelda, make potica around this time every year. It’s a Slovenian nut bread, traditionally baked for celebratory occasions, Zaletel says. “Just […]

  • DayBreak

    Holiday photo fashion: Send those seasons greetings in style

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 11, 10:41

    Make room on the fridge! The holiday cards are sure to start rolling in this month, if they haven’t already. Whether you’re posing with Santa this season or using the snow-covered Alaska mountains as your backdrop, equally important is the holiday garb your family will be decked out in. Kari Skinner with Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Christmas tree veggie appetizer

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 06, 11:30

    Holiday party season is in full swing, and whether you’re the one entertaining or accepting the invitation, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is adding a dish to our Recipe Box that’s sure to make you the star of the circuit. This week, Anchorage mom and blogger Michelle Baxter whips up a vegetarian appetizer. The dish is a […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage sisters spreading holiday cheer with elf-grams

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 02, 12:47

    Two Anchorage sisters have dubbed themselves Santa’s little helpers this season. Morgan and Mia Grace Stratton have been delivering joy to the masses through elf-grams — song-and-dance routines — the two are serving up as a fundraiser. The idea was the brainchild of their mother, Jennifer Stratton, inspired by the movie “Elf” with Will Ferrell. […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Chicken and Waffles

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 29, 10:11

    Chicken and waffles is a soul food staple known for its combination of contrasting flavors: sweet waffle batter and sticky maple syrup combined with salty breaded chicken, fried (or baked) to perfection. But Derrick Green, co-owner of Waffles and Whatnot food truck, has reimagined the recipe by adding a double dose of savor. The waffle takes the flavor of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Black Friday shoppers brave cold, early morning snowfall for doorbuster deals

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 25, 14:43

    Before the snow fell Friday morning, Alaskans bundled up and braved the cold to be one of the first in line at Cabela’s, one of Anchorage’s Black Friday hotspots. Luke Walker was the first shopper through the doors when they opened at 5 a.m. The 19-year-old flew down from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to defend […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: When does the Christmas tree go up in your home?

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 23, 11:13

    It could be called the great holiday debate: When does the tree go up? At many spots around town, including Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, the holiday decorations have been up for weeks, with trees stretching to the ceiling in some cases. KTVA 11’s Sierra Starks stopped by the mall to ask Alaskans exactly when they plan […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Perfect mashed potatoes and gravy

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 22, 10:00

    Accepting an invitation to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving is a way to keep things stress-free this week. That is, until you have to figure out what dish to bring, since proper etiquette calls for guests to never show up empty-handed. That’s where Daybreak’s Recipe Box comes in! Amanda Cash, mom and owner of The Magpie food truck, […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage mom advocates for car seat safety after spotting unbuckled kids

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 16, 10:29

    What started out as a normal day of running errands for Dr. Jessica Dachowski took a turn when she stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Dimond Boulevard in South Anchorage. In the car next to her were two small children, both appearing to be unbuckled with one holding onto […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Harira Soup

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 15, 11:06

    Alaska chef Kirsten Dixon says when she and her daughter, Mandy, went to Morocco, they came back inspired to make a plethora of dishes. One of them was harira, a savory soup typically eaten to break the Ramadan fast. It’s made using lentils, chickpeas and diced meat, complete with herbs and spices. Dixon says she was […]