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Sierra Starks

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  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    For CITC, prepping Alaska Native youth for success means merging culture & technology

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 12, 7:08

    Several posters of Alaska Native artisans line one of the walls of Mr. Luke Segarra’s classroom at Central Middle School of Science. In many ways, the laminate prints depict the first scientists and engineers of Alaska, says Lael Bach, youth advocate for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC). “There’s always been technology and culture since the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    U of Memphis student bikes to Alaska to celebrate great-grandma’s 100th birthday

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 06, 16:35

    It will be a celebration to remember for 22-year-old Tyler Park and his great-grandmother when she turns 100 years old this month. Approximately 4,000 miles separate Park, in his fifth year at the University of Memphis, and Mildred Buzby, who has called Alaska home since the 1930s. Park says he and Buzby, who goes by Tiny, haven’t […]

  • DayBreak

    The kuspuk: A garment that never goes out of style in Alaska

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 04, 14:31

    As Bridget Kline gears up for this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the steady hum of her sewing machine can be heard throughout her Eagle River home. Kline, a local kuspuk maker, calls this her busy season. The plan is for her and her sister to both make 30 kuspuks, also known as atikluks, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    VIDEO: Rutting moose duke it out in Anchorage subdivision

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 03, 13:51

    The rut has begun. On Friday, Bill Tyra and his son, Josh, captured two moose duking it out in the Goldenview Park subdivision in South Anchorage. “My son and I had front row seats,” says Tyra, who first captured the video above from behind a vehicle then moved to a nearby ledge. The rut, the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Parks for All: A push to make Anchorage parks, playgrounds inclusive

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 19, 13:04

    For 8-year-old Anna Boltz, play dates at Cuddy Family Midtown Park often begin with a tour of the playground. As Anna pushes herself up the ramps in her wheelchair, she’s followed closely by Julia, also in a wheelchair, and her twin sister, Gabrielle. The playground at Cuddy Park, Anchorage’s first inclusive one, was built specifically with […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage NAACP plans to host more father-daughter events to strengthen families

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 12, 0:21

    Marcus Parker says even after having four children, he’s still getting used to the joys of fatherhood. “It’s constantly changing,” said Parker. “Your greatest joys seem to be trumped almost every day.” The 44-year-old has one son and three daughters — 13-year-old Seanjanue (SJ), 7-year-old Seaniya and 4-year-old Marliyah. “I think that, traditionally, the relationship […]

  • DayBreak

    Bridal boutique makes path in Anchorage as go-to for Quinceañera gowns

    by Sierra Starks on Sep 05, 12:29

    It’s a very “Say Yes to the Dress” moment as Razelle Argueta walks out of the fitting room at Orainda’s Bridal Boutique. Wearing a blue Cinderella gown — the bodice embellished with jewels and layers of tulle filling out the skirt — the Anchorage teen looks very much like a princess. Luckily, that’s the look […]

  • 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 News

    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 […]