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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Arts & Entertainment

    High fashion meets Fur Rondy at Anchorage bar

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 01, 23:26

    There may be no sled dog races at this year’s Fur Rendezvous, but festival-goers can still see a few huskies at the Killjoy Tasting Room. Located in downtown Anchorage, near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and D Street, the fondue and wine bar is celebrating its first anniversary in the muni. And in that time, […]

  • Alaska

    Diomede running out of resources after 1 month without flights

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 25, 17:50

    The last regular flight to the remote community of Little Diomede in the Bering Straight was Jan. 22. That same day, the community gathered for a funeral service to remember one of its beloved members. Over a month later, out-of-town attendees have yet to make it off the island. And island residents are running out […]

  • Alaska

    Jewell recaps Alaska visit, encourages new working relationship between state and feds

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 17, 17:08

    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream   Anchorage was U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s last stop on her visit to Alaska. This is Jewell’s second visit to the state since becoming Interior Secretary, and before she left, she held a press conference to recap her trip. Sporting polar bear earrings and a feather pendant, […]

  • DayBreak

    Model from Anchorage agency poses for Seventeen magazine

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 06, 7:14

    A former Service High School student is now among the hundreds of models bustling through the city streets of Milan, Italy — running to go-sees, taxiing to photo shoots and sashaying down runways. Her name is Magdalena Martynowicz, and, so far, Milan is the 19-year-old’s second stomping ground, as far as fashion capitals go. Martynowicz […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly hears proposal to prohibit hash oil production

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 03, 22:49

    Last Updated Wednesday, Feb. 4 On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly heard a proposal from Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration to prohibit the production of hash oil, unless the manufacturer is licensed. Other states that have legalized marijuana “have seen an increase in residential fires and explosions, resulting in injury and property damage,” when trying to cook and/or […]

  • Crime

    Husband and wife in Palmer face child porn, sexual abuse of a minor charges

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 02, 16:28

    The wife of a Palmer man facing multiple child pornography charges was arrested today on sexual abuse of a minor and child pornography charges. A tip from Microsoft Corporation led the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Technical Crimes Unit to arrest 34-year-old Brandon Muston on Jan. 21. “During laboratory forensic examinations of the electronics that were seized […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: 2 pilots ID’d in mid-air plane collision in the Valley

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 15:36

    Last Updated Sunday, 3:45 p.m. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is in the process of clearing wreckage after a plane crash in the Mat-Su Valley that occurred Saturday afternoon. Just after 1 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that two aircrafts collided mid-air in the Valley, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Authorities responded to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    McDonald’s around Anchorage to let customers ‘pay with lovin’

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 13:57

      Imagine this. A customer walks into his local McDonald’s restaurant to order from the breakfast menu. “Two hash browns and a small coffee,” he tells the cashier, Matt. Instead of giving the customer his total to pay, the cashier says, “You know what? For your payment today, do you have your cell phone with […]

  • Alaska

    UPDATE: Begich will not run for Anchorage mayor, will head company instead

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 13:04

    Former Sen. Mark Begich’s next move is no longer a secret — he will not be running for the Mayor of Anchorage in this year’s election. The former senator has announced that he is instead creating his own company, Northern Compass Group. Begich says the company will focus on developing businesses and working on public […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska lawmakers wait for marijuana bill rewrite that ‘reflects the will of the voters’

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 28, 18:03

    Alaska lawmakers have tabled a bill on how to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, saying they’re waiting for a bill rewrite that more accurately reflects what Alaskans asked for when they voted in November. After voters approved the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Alaska, the goal is now to pass a bill by Feb. […]

  • DayBreak

    What brides-to-be can expect from the Anchorage Wedding Fair

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 16, 8:20

    Alaskan brides-to-be have reason to breathe easy this season as the Anchorage Wedding Fair is back for its 11th run. The many things that go into making a wedding special — from DJ to florist to caterer — will be in one place Sunday at the Dena’ina Center, each vying for the chance to be […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photography project highlights 2 Alaskan centenarians

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 08, 7:05

    Living to see 100 years old is not for the faint of heart. Capturing the essence of what it’s like to be a member of the coveted centenarian club is even harder — unless you’re photographer Danny Goldfield. “To Live 10,000 Years” is Goldfield’s photo project. The 47-year-old, who lives in Massachusetts, aims to photograph […]

  • Crime

    White Mountain man charged with murder in connection with girlfriend’s death

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 03, 17:58

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend in White Mountain appeared in Nome District Court Saturday. Gilbert Olanna, Jr., 31, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 40-year-old Esther Lincoln. At about 9:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Olanna went to a neighbor to get help for Lincoln, according to […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bear Tooth Theatrepub says hundreds of tickets sold for ‘The Interview’

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 30, 16:21

    Tickets for Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” went on sale today at Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatrepub. The independent theater didn’t start officially selling tickets until 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, but many residents were outside the theater as early as 8 a.m. to reserve seats for the showing of their choice. “We had a solid line out the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Recovery underway for 11-year-old girl who lost legs in Christmas Day crash

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 27, 14:01

    An 11-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a car crash on Christmas Day near Mile 145.5 of the Sterling Highway is recovering after she was pinned between two cars. Angelica Haakenson, who family members describe as a “spunky, strong, fearless girl,” was severely injured in Thursday’s three-vehicle crash. She suffered multiple broken vertebrae and […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage residents make fashionable New Year’s resolutions

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 26, 22:35

    Christmas Day has come and gone, which means people only have a few days to make those New Year’s resolutions. Among the usual resolutions are eating better, dropping bad habits, honoring new gym commitments and renewing old ones. But all of those carry some sort of negative connotation — and a lofty resolution list often […]

  • Crime

    Man wanted in connection with infant daughter’s death in Spenard Motel

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 26, 12:19

    A warrant was issued Dec. 19 for the arrest of a man in connection with his infant daughter’s death that occurred in June, according to court documents. On the night of June 24, police received a call regarding the death of an infant at the Spenard Motel, according to court documents. When authorities responded, they […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s Bear Tooth Theatrepub plans to show ‘The Interview’

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 23, 19:50

    A local theatre in Anchorage plans to show “The Interview” following Sony Pictures’ decision Tuesday to release the film on Christmas day. The Bear Tooth Theatrepub, located at 1230 W. 27th Ave., announced on its Facebook page Tuesday evening that it would join a number of independent movie theaters around the nation and show the previously […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage answers the national ‘Black Lives Matter’ call

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 07, 0:49

    The names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have circulated across the Lower 48 over the past two weeks, sparking a national movement often plagued with highly publicized violent and disruptive protests. On Saturday afternoon, it was clear that the “Black Lives Matter” movement had reached the 49th state as well. The NAACP Anchorage Branch’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Same-sex couple in Anchorage finds obscene sign on vehicle outside their home

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 06, 13:14

    A same-sex couple in Anchorage says their home was tagged with various acts of vandalism, including an obscene sign left on their vehicle. “The biggest thing was that poster that my husband found on his windshield,” said Adam Jacobson. “His car was facing the garage, so they came all the way up the driveway to put that […]