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Paving the path: A look at homesteaders of early Anchorage

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This article was originally published in Alaska Magazine.   Many homesteaders that journeyed to Alaska were brought to the last frontier via the military and the Homestead Act. The act made 160 acres of land available for people to live on for 5 years. In that time, homesteaders were required to develop the land for farming and build a house. If they met those requirements, they would receive full ownership of their land. After World […]

17-year-old entrepreneur opens street-wear brand in Dimond Center

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   While most recent high school graduates are enjoying some time off before going to college, Deven Jackson has other plans. The 17-year-old graduate of West High School may be the youngest mall tenant that the Dimond Center has ever had. Jackson opened League, a “street-wear and urban” brand featuring high-end vintage clothing and designer shoes, on July 13. Jackson tweeted about his success being the […]

Anchorage couple starts nonprofit to help the incarcerated

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Darcy Stein and David Westlake, a married couple in Anchorage, have started Turiya of Alaska, a nonprofit organization bringing the practice of yoga into correctional facilities, mental health institutions and rehabilitation centers. Westlake has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and Stein for seven. Westlake is also a 500 E-RYT and YACEP certified yoga instructor who teaches full time at Anchorage Yoga. “It was […]

This Alaskan’s recreation of Beyoncé’s dance moves went viral – and landed her on ‘Ellen’

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News. Last week, Brianna Bundick-Kelly, a college student who’s originally from Anchorage, posted a video on Twitter of herself dancing in sync next to a video of Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. “If you thought I was about to sit here, learn choreo & dance like I’m one of Beyoncé’s backup dancer…YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!” the post read. She never expected it to go viral. But as of Thursday, […]

49 Voices: Nile Morris of Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   This week we’re hearing from Nile Morris of Anchorage. Morris is a UAA student and is involved in Black Student Union, Planned Parenthood and the Title IX board. MORRIS: I was a residential adviser at an assisted living facility for people with mental illnesses. I was searching for tools that would empower both myself and the residents. I had read somewhere that yoga was really good, […]

49 Voices: Joey Shugarts of Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   This week we’re hearing from Joey Shugarts in Anchorage. Shugarts moved to Anchorage three years ago from Michigan. SHUGARTS: Moving to Alaska has been a dream since a kid, and I know it may sound funny but when I saw Balto as a kid, it kind of piqued my interest and the Northern Lights and everything. And then I really love to hunt and fish and […]

Tracy Kennedy-Jodwalis on being a counselor at America’s most culturally diverse high school

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This story was originally written for Crude Magazine.   Tracy Kennedy-Jodwalis’ office is a mix of comfort and clutter. Graduation announcements of past students cover the border of her window and tassels of East graduation caps line her wall like an art piece. Tracy’s desire to help others stems from a job in retail so many years ago. When the Jay Jacobs in the Fifth Avenue mall opened, she was a manager working on her […]

49 Voices: Jay Stange of Anchorage

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.    This week we’re hearing from Jay Stange of Anchorage. Stange is a math teacher at Dimond High School. STANGE: I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and I was adopted by a family that brought me to Alaska. I grew up in Juneau and then came to Spenard in 1975 when I was nine and went to Woodland Park Elementary, which is a close school […]

Faces of Spenard: Michelle Wilber

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.   Michelle Wilber has been a member of the Spenard community since 2008. “I really found that the downtown/midtown/Spenard area was sort of the center of the universe for me,” Wilber said. Wilber grew up in Anchorage and left for college, but moved back to the state after getting her degree in physics from Caltech Institute of Technology in Pasadena. She is currently a masters student at […]