All posts tagged: Anchorage

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter back in Alaska

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Arts and culture

This article was originally written for the Anchorage Daily News.   With another tour under his belt and a new album on the way, Josh Ritter isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This weekend, the singer-songwriter will be returning to the state for the final two shows on his acoustic tour highlighting small towns in the Northeast. “I love playing music and along with that is the chance to go to some amazing places,” said Ritter. […]

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 […]

‘Starting small and thinking big’ at Mo’s Deli

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   A Jewish deli has opened in Anchorage, stocked full of matzah ball soup, potato latkes and pickled tongue. Husband and wife duo Jason Ellis and Betty Sheldon, sole owners of Mo’s Deli, opened the doors on June 11, 2018. Since the grand opening, people have been “coming out of the woodwork,” Ellis said, from old high school friends to members of the Jewish community. One […]

Chicken Shack channels southern cooking with chic style

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This article was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Chicken Shack, a new eatery on the west side, opened its doors on May 2. It’s modern and chic. The design is similar to restaurants in Seattle and Portland, and that isn’t a bad thing. A Facebook review says that Chicken Shack is “New. Different. Needed in Anchorage.” Opening day went better than initially expected. “We had blown through almost 500 pieces of chicken breast, […]

‘Used things are better anyways:’ Triangle Shirts re-brands thrift shop items

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This story was originally written for Last Frontier Magazine.   The first thing you’ll see walking into Gemma Amorelli’s shirt-mobile is a mannequin with googly eyes glued all over its face, sporting one of her thrifted tank tops. To the right, there’s a wall of earrings made from thrift shop finds. Barbie arms, miniature shark figures and Hot Wheels are just some of what she’s used to make into thrift shop art. “Made in small […]

Peggy’s: A slice of Mountain View history

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This story was originally written for Mountain View Post.   Lying on the western edge of Mountain View, Peggy’s Restaurant might just be the oldest restaurant in Anchorage. Established in 1944 and formerly known as Peggy’s Airport Cafe, the original one-story building was a common stop for bush pilots flying into Anchorage’s Merrill Field, conveniently located just across the street. Nancy Burley has owned Peggy’s Restaurant since 1988. Her daughter, Crystal, helps run day-to-day business […]

T-rexes, minions and more at the ninth annual Polar Plunge

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This story was originally written for Alaska Public Media.   Would you jump into an ice-cold lake for a good cause? Last Saturday, over 1,000 people plunged into Goose Lake in Anchorage for Special Olympics Alaska. The event raised around $300,000 to support the team that will be going to the USA Games in Seattle next July. Hundreds of people gathered around Goose Lake to watch participants plunge into the freezing waters. Some plungers cried, […]

Woohoo for ice cream

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press. Newlyweds Peter and Taian Trujillo-Woo have opened their own ice cream shop off of Arctic Boulevard, WooHoo Ice Cream. The husband and wife duo have been married for four months and are diving headfirst into their first entrepreneurial endeavor. “I think everybody has always wanted to run an ice cream shop at some point and time in their life,” Peter said. There was a period of […]

Paper Peony: A blooming business

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This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.   Now that the trees have shed their leaves and winter is upon us, people might need a pop of color in their life. Natasha Price’s love of flowers bloomed at her first job at Carrs on Huffman Road in the floral department when she was 14 years old. Today, Price runs Paper Peony, a flower design business in Anchorage. Price might be more well known […]

RED ZONE: Faculty, students react to mandatory training

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This story was originally written for The Northern Light. The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. In February of this year, President Jim Johnsen received a letter from the OCR advising the university of the resolution of the compliance review system. This agreement results from OCR’s review of the university’s handling of sexual assault and sexual harassment incidents. According to UAA’s November […]