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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage woman struggles to navigate snow-covered sidewalks with her walker

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 24, 20:04

    At 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, Lisa Harris-Chiklak is on her way to her local food pantry. Harris-Chiklak says she’s out of groceries; she’s hoping to get some help from New Hope on the Last Frontier, located on E Street in South Addition. The walk to New Hope is a little more than a half-mile […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Shop Small’ movement gains momentum in Anchorage

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 24, 8:50

    Small business owners across Anchorage are gearing up for Small Business Saturday, evident by the blue “Shop Small” stickers posted on storefronts. John Clark with Skinny Raven Sports says it’s usually the big businesses that get all the love on Black Friday. “We’re not a big place like Best Buy,” said Clark, whose official title […]

  • Alaska News

    Amidst budget woes, should Alaskans sell their homes and head for the hills?

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 18, 10:41

    It was budget woes for breakfast at a recent Commonwealth North program, as Alaskans listened to industry experts’ take on the state’s economic forecast. Alaska’s economy driver is in a price slump. Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, says it’s no secret. “You know, times are tough in the oil […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    3-year-old starts project to help Anchorage’s homeless population

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 17, 8:36

    Indicative of the season, a Christmas tree proudly sits in the living room at the McClung residence. Bundles of socks, a pile of coats and blankets, hats and other gifts sit under the tree. Patrick, the oldest of Destinee McClung’s two young sons, proudly claims none of these gifts as his own; they’re presents for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA Recycling Crew offers campus recycling bins to rest of Anchorage

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 11, 9:24

    Tucked away in the basement of the University of Alaska Anchorage bookstore is a small space the UAA Recycling Crew uses to sort through plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, paper and other recyclables. UAA senior Daniel Harder says yes, the work area is small, but the work is a big deal. “We pick up recyclables […]

  • Alaska News

    BreakinTheCycle: Message of suicide prevention making its way across Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 10, 10:07

    This story originally ran in the Nov. 8 episode of KTVA Frontiers, “Messages of Hope.” ANCHORAGE — In an unsuspecting space above Northway Mall in Airport Heights, there’s a sort of transformation taking place. What used to be empty and unused rooms have been turned into a safe zone for a group called AK P.R.I.D.E […]

  • Alaska News

    On the road to vanity: Personalized plates popular in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 10, 9:22

    Rick Turnbaugh has a hobby of the vanity variety. Turnbaugh collects license plates. He’s accumulated thousands over the years, from all 50 states — a venture into the garage of his Anchorage home is proof. “It was at a yard sale,” recalled Turnbaugh of how he stumbled into the hobby. “It was about 300 pounds […]

  • DayBreak

    North Face store opens in downtown Anchorage with plans to hire for the holidays

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 06, 8:03

    As promised by the “Opening Fall 2015″ sign posted in July, a new North Face flagship store has come to Anchorage. North Face’s 64th store in North America sits downtown at the corner of Fifth Avenue and C Street. Store manager EJ Reiser says he moved to Alaska just to open the new location. When asked […]

  • DayBreak

    Providence Alaska’s OR apprentices help save lives in surgery

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 05, 9:55

    Before surgery even begins inside any one of Providence Alaska Medical Center’s operating rooms, Rhonda Corson and her fellow scrub tech apprentice Shawna Borgen are helping to set up. Corson says preparing for surgery is like making a meal. “It’s like a recipe,” said Corson, who is just six weeks into her apprenticeship at Providence. […]

  • DayBreak

    Apprentices say reward outweighs risk in Alaska’s iron industry

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 04, 9:01

    The fruits of the Alaska Ironworkers’ labor can be seen all over Alaska, with one of their most recent projects being the new Glenn Highway bridge over Eagle River. Anthony Ladd says that’s one of the perks of the industry. “The reward of the job, there’s nothing like it,” said Ladd, who’s been an ironworker […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Holiday hiring: Some Anchorage employees hope to make seasonal jobs permanent

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 02, 8:18

    Emily Consalvi has only been working at the Pandora store in Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall for a few weeks, but she says she’s getting the hang of it. “A lot of learning, a lot of just getting used to the products, working with the customers,” the 23-year-old explained. “Figuring out exactly where all the beads […]

  • DayBreak

    Trending in Anchorage: Rent is on the rise

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 28, 12:23

    The newest apartment building to go up in Anchorage has all the fixings — brand new appliances, nine-foot ceilings and a heated underground garage for tenants. A two-bedroom apartment at the luxury complex, Residences at Northwood, comes with a price tag of about $1,900. Shaun Debenham with Debenham Properties says these apartments are Anchorage’s first […]

  • Alaska News

    Bumps and bruises: Alaskans see woes, triumphs in search for fresh produce

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 27, 13:05

    Kelly Kilheffer says it’s happened to her too many times to count — a trip to the grocery store for fresh produce ending in almost immediate tragedy for the goods brought home. “If you want it to last about seven days, you gotta find stuff that’s not bruised,” she said of the produce-shopping process. “And any […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Healing from within: Anchorage parents approve of child chiropractic care

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 26, 12:11

        As a parent, Mindy Seay says her keeping her kids healthy is one of her biggest priorities. About two years ago, Seay’s oldest son, Israel, began having recurring issues with allergies and asthma. “We were trying all kinds of different things,” the mother of three said. “And just not seeing very good results.” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fairview resident on Gambell Street: ‘This road is dangerous’

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 21, 10:18

    Christopher Constant, Fairview Community Council president, says “safety first” is a somewhat foreign concept when it comes to the stretch of Gambell Street in his neighborhood. The Oct. 2 death of a pedestrian in Fairview sparked the continuation of a years-long conversation among neighbors. One resident plainly stated on social media — “Something has to happen […]

  • DayBreak

    Women in oil & gas industry proud to play important role in Alaska’s economy

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 20, 12:50

    Fourteen years ago, Julia Redington joined Alaska’s oil and gas industry as a construction supervisor for Alyeska Pipeline Services Co. Redington, wife of Iditarod musher Ray Redington Jr., is an Alaskan through and through — and knew early on she wanted to pursue a career in oil and gas. Now a director of projects at […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska-born actress, Scandal star talks Kodiak on Jimmy Kimmel

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 17, 14:16

    ANCHORAGE — Darby Stanchfield, star of ABC’s “Scandal,” stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about her hometown — Kodiak, Alaska. Stanchfield says a trip this summer to Alaska with Peter Greenberg marked a 30-year reunion with the town. She was born in Kodiak and says she moved to Dutch Harbor when she was about 7 years […]

  • Lifestyle

    Pregnancy post: Bristol Palin announces she’s having a girl

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 14, 11:21

      Updated Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. At more than seven months pregnant, Bristol Palin — daughter of former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin — has announced the sex of her baby. “I’ve got a baby girl on board!” Palin announced on her blog and on Instagram. The 24-year-old announced her pregnancy in June, about a month after […]

  • Alaska News

    Repsol’s restructuring of North Slope assets could mean layoffs in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 13, 13:07

    Repsol’s decision to restructure North Slope assets could mean layoffs for dozens of employees and contractors in Alaska. Following the Spanish energy company’s acquisition of Talisman Energy in May, Repsol made the decision to focus more of its capital investments into producing assets and less on exploration growth, according to an email from Jan Sieving, Repsol’s North America […]

  • Alaska News

    New Kuparuk drill site produces first oil; ‘shot in the arm’ for trans-Alaska pipeline

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 12, 13:30

    ConocoPhillips Alaska has announced what it’s calling significant news in relation to the trans-Alaska pipeline. One of its Kuparuk drill sites, 2S, began producing oil “under budget and ahead of schedule,” according to a release from the company. “First oil from a new project is really critical and important to the economic health of the […]