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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Crime

    Body cam shows use of deadly force by Fairbanks officer, no criminal charges filed

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 24, 18:40

    In an unprecedented move, the Fairbanks Police Department have released body camera footage of an August 2016 incident during which a sergeant shot and killed an armed man. James Robert Richards, 28, was shot twice in the head after assaulting two people at the Alaska Motel and leading police on a chase through downtown Fairbanks, according to the […]

  • Alaska News

    After open-heart surgery, Alaska babies try to lead ‘normal’ lives

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 22, 22:21

    Hearing their 3-year-old son splashing in the pool is a harmonious sound to Adriana Fischer and Damon Hampel. “The pool was really a lifesaver for him,” says Fischer. Malachi Hampel was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which simply means he’s missing the left side of his heart. “The left ventricle is the workhorse of […]

  • Crime

    Frank Woodford’s mom faces son’s suspected killer in court for the first time

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 21, 19:37

    Michelle Woodford admits she didn’t get much sleep Monday night as she prepared to come face to face with the man accused of killing her son. “It got harder knowing that this court date was today,” she said. “I mean, I knew it was coming, but it just got harder.” Damien Peterson was arraigned in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Fire Department says help from feds was ‘much needed’ in Royal Suite Lodge investigation

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 20, 18:27

    Still visible on the fence surrounding the building scorched by last week’s fire at the Royal Suite Lodge apartments is a memorial for Teu Nua, who was killed in the blaze. Visible beyond the fence Monday afternoon was a team of federal agents investigating the fire that ultimately took her life and the life of […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Seared black cod with sweet ginger soy sauce

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 14, 12:05

    If you want to impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the recipe for love in this week’s Recipe Box. Dave Thorne, aka Delicious Dave, shares his recipe for seared Alaska black cod with a sweet ginger soy sauce. Also on the menu are rice noodles and roasted vegetables. Sounds a little extravagant, right? […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Pasta Aglio e Olio

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 09, 8:57

    No groceries in the fridge? No problem! We’re keeping things simple in this week’s Recipe Box and packing the flavor into a quick and easy comfort food. Anchorage writer Julia O’Malley shares her recipe for Pasta Aglio e Olio. It’s a traditional Italian dish that takes a minimal amount of time and effort to make. “Start […]

  • Alaska News

    In Soldotna, women recovering from addiction will soon have new home

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 01, 19:09

    There’s a two-story building on Shady Lane that, on any given day, is filled with the sounds of construction — drills boring holes, hands hauling sheetrock, saws slicing plywood. It’s been like that for a little over a month now, as volunteers have been revamping the inside of the former day care center in Soldotna. Left […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Saltine Salmon

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 31, 13:11

    Some Alaskans aren’t even halfway through their fish supply from this summer’s catch. That surplus of salmon can make it hard to come up with new meal ideas, says Anchorage writer Julia O’Malley. This week, O’Malley adds a dose of inspiration to our Recipe Box, courtesy of her cousin, Tanya. “She fishes the Copper River and she […]

  • DayBreak

    New parking app launches at UAA

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 26, 8:25

    Rolling out just in time for spring semester, there’s a new way to pay for parking at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The app is called Passport Parking. Similar to the app available for Anchorage’s EasyPark, it allows users to pay for their spots from the comfort of their cars or wherever they may be on campus. Falon […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Lasagna with low-fat cottage cheese

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 24, 15:11

    In this week’s Recipe Box, we’re cozying up to some comfort food to get us through the winter months. YouTube vlogger Kristen Williams whips up a dish loaded with the best kinds of calories — homemade lasagna. Williams says this is her go-to lasagna recipe from The Pioneer Woman, where it’s dubbed “The Best Lasagna Ever.” It has […]

  • 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 […]