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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    What’s On the Menu?: Alaska entrepreneur delivers good eats straight to your door

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 02, 8:36

    On any given afternoon, Skyler Lovelace’s compact car is overrun with the smell of food, hot out the oven. “That’s the hardest part of this whole job — is not eating the food that we’re delivering,” said Lovelace. “Especially when it’s Fat Ptarmigan.” Lovelace’s start-up, On the Menu, is a food delivery service, similar to […]

  • News

    Warrior Lincoln: 6-month-old Anchorage boy needs a new heart

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 26, 10:00

    A day in the life of 6-month-old Lincoln Seay is far from that of a typical infant. Lincoln’s mornings begin with a bedside report at Seattle Children’s Hospital and morning medication, followed by a number of breathing treatments and more medication throughout the day. Lincoln’s parents, Rob and Mindy Seay, admit they are days filled […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ASD aims to diversify workforce to mirror Anchorage students

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 19, 20:27

    Among the sea of students roaming the hallways of West High School are teenagers from various cultures and backgrounds. West, along with East High School and Bartlett High School, lead the nation as most diverse. A look at the demographics shows that minority students make up more than 50 percent of the Anchorage School District’s 48,000 students. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    “The perfect Christmas gift” Anchorage student achieves perfect score on SAT

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 15, 14:51

    While most graduating high school seniors are gearing up to take (or retake) the SAT, Foster Birnbaum can breathe easy. Birnbaum, a junior at West Anchorage High School, achieved a perfect 2400 on the SAT. He says seeing the score over winter break was “the perfect Christmas gift.” A few years ago, Birnbaum says his […]

  • Alaska News

    Nenana man dies in crash on Parks Highway

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 12, 11:33

    Updated at 1:40 p.m. on Jan. 12 One person is dead after a crash on the Parks Highway Monday, Alaska State Troopers say. Just after 6 p.m., AST received a report that two vehicles collided at Mile 314 of the highway, located about 10 miles north of Nenana, according to an online dispatch posted Tuesday. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Playtime for pups: Anchorage gets an indoor dog park

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 08, 19:25

    Sabrina Cantu doesn’t have to go far to take her seven mini dachshunds out for playtime. In fact, she doesn’t even have to go outside. The bottom floor of Cantu’s home is an indoor dog park, Fido’s Playground, which she says is Alaska’s first. “You know you have the outdoor park, but I would have […]

  • Health

    Vaping enthusiasts say proposed e-cig regulations from FDA will ‘decimate’ Alaska industry

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 07, 19:41

    The Food and Drug Administration plans to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Alaska’s vaping industry says those proposed regulations will potentially drive them out of business. Ross Norman at Alaska Vapor Supply said the Boniface Parkway shop has 300 customers they call regulars. “Vaping is pretty big here in Anchorage,” Norman said. “There are maybe […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Daycare providers give insight into Anchorage’s childcare shortage

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 06, 21:32

    Imagination Station Daycare and Preschool doesn’t advertise, but Shauna Donnelly says she gets calls every day from parents looking for childcare options. “Right now, we don’t have any openings at either of our facilities,” said Donnelly, who serves as director of Imagination Station. “I turned down probably five people yesterday.” The center, which can house […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Report: Paying for child care in Alaska costs more than college tuition

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 05, 20:59

    When Summer Capet had her first child a year and a half ago, she and her fiancé thought her staying home full-time with Kaius would be a temporary arrangement. But when Capet started to look up childcare costs for her newborn, she had a change of heart. “Between $800 and $1,200 a month is what […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage father with autistic son calls for police training to approach special needs individuals

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 04, 19:07

    Bill Blanas says he’s still in shock after seeing the video that shows Kodiak police restraining and pepper spraying a 29-year-old man with autism. “That poor boy was traumatized, traumatized,” said Blanas of Nick Pletnikoff, the man in the video. “I mean, he kept saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ — he didn’t know what he’d […]

  • Money

    Investing in Alaska: The Good, Bad & Ugly

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 30, 16:26

    Kevin Anselm says there’s a rush to give money away before the new year begins  – Christmas presents, charitable donations, expenses on leisure activities. After the new year is when people begin to think about themselves and where to put their money, says Anselm, who serves as the director of Division of Banking and Securities […]

  • Alaska News

    A ‘Thank You’ card a day: Fairbanks project promotes an attitude of gratitude

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 30, 11:55

    Geoff Welch and his team have dubbed the lobby of Date-Line Digital Printing the “fortress of gratitude.” For a number of years, the Fairbanks printing company has been posting #THXFBX (Thanks Fairbanks) cards on the lobby walls — all with the same phrase lining the top: “I’m Thankful For…” They let others fill in the […]

  • DayBreak

    ‘I want them to have a merry Christmas’: Anchorage toddler wraps up homelessness project

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 24, 9:54

    These past few weeks, 3-year-old Patrick McClung has been busy. In-between his usual toddler activities, he’s been sorting through donations for “the people who don’t have homes.” Learning about homelessness for the first time nearly broke Patrick’s heart, evident in a video his mother, Destinee McClung, shared on social media. “I don’t want them to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Going up: Anchorage’s ‘hotel row’ in midtown sees continued growth

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 23, 12:58

    The midtown corridor along C Street between Tudor Road and International Airport Road is home to more than a handful of hotels. With Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Crowne-Plaza and others, the area is becoming Anchorage’s new “hotel row,” says Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. “Probably about 15 years [ago] […]

  • Travel Tuesday

    Alaska Airlines: 5 gifts that just won’t fly this holiday season

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 22, 10:25

    This time of year, the Ted Stevens International Airport is buzzing with holiday travelers and their luggage in abundance. ‘Tis the season for giving — and gifting. Wherever travelers are headed for the holidays, not everything they can pack will actually make it under the destination’s Christmas tree, says Tim Thompson with Alaska Airlines. Here’s […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage police call 1st Project Angel Tree a success

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 22, 7:24

    A few weeks ago, the Anchorage Police Department asked the community to participate in bringing Christmas cheer to children in need.   It was APD’s first time hosting Project Angel Tree. The Christmas tree at APD headquarters was adorned with dozens of special ornaments — angels with the names, ages and wish lists of a […]

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Second person arrested in connection with Monday’s double homicide

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 21, 2:13

    Last Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. The Anchorage Police Department announced Wednesday that a second person involved in Monday’s double homicide and drug deal gone bad has been arrested. “Linda Chattell, 26, was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. last night at a residence located at the 1600 [block] of W. 32nd […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Co-working in Anchorage: Ensuring Alaska will be home base for business owners

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 19, 12:31

    Cubicles are forbidden at The Boardroom. “The majority of our members pull up a laptop, hook up to the wi-fi, run their businesses — sitting at a desk working with other people,” said Boardroom co-founder Katherine Jernstrom. “It provides a good opportunity for them to collaborate with other people from other companies.” About two years ago, […]

  • DayBreak

    #StickFigureAK coffee table book: Art & inclusivity go hand-in-hand

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 15, 10:22

    Danny Parish’s art of choice is stained glass. “When I do stained glass, I’m an artist,” Parish said. “I have a piece of stained glass in every window of my house.” Parish usually keeps his artwork confined to the walls of his home. But soon, one of Parish’s newest creations — a stick figure made […]

  • DayBreak

    Shane and Shelby (& Sitka): A Soldotna love story goes viral

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 09, 10:59

    It’s safe to say Shane Moffis is the man of the hour. When his girlfriend Shelby Turner told him she wanted a puppy for her 22nd birthday, he delivered — and then some. Moffis tried to capture the surprise delivery of Sitka, Turner’s new chocolate labrador retriever, on a GoPro in his vehicle. But about […]