Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. Tastee Freez turns 60 this year, and the only franchise in Alaska is celebrating by offering ice cream cones at their original 1958 price: 15 cents. Customers are allowed as many vanilla or chocolate cones as they’d like on May 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The celebration will … Continue reading Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

Bill passed by house to seal records of marijuana arrests in Senate Finance Committee

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. The House of Representatives approved HB 316 by a 30-10 vote on April 15. On April 25, HB 316 reached the Senate Finance Committee. The bill helps seal public documents relating to marijuana possession convictions prior to Feb. 24, 2015, when marijuana was legalized in Alaska. This bill has … Continue reading Bill passed by house to seal records of marijuana arrests in Senate Finance Committee

Piñatas help Vidal stay close to her Mexican roots

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. Since living in Alaska, Carolina Vidal has spent the last year making and selling homemade piñatas through social media. It started a year ago when Vidal’s daughter was about to turn seven. She requested a Troll-themed pinata, and Vidal knew she wouldn’t be able to find it in Anchorage. … Continue reading Piñatas help Vidal stay close to her Mexican roots

College Cookbook: Sweet, sweet graduation

Originally published in The Northern Light. Celebrate your favorite graduate by making something sweet. This fun, sprinkle-smothered cake is rich chocolate with a cream cheese frosting. You’ll need two cake pans that are the same size. You can use either a box cake or a homemade cake recipe. For simplicity’s sake I used a box. … Continue reading College Cookbook: Sweet, sweet graduation

TNL: Bill providing funding for UAA study stalled

Originally published in The Northern Light. A bill funding a UAA research program looking to study long-acting, reversible contraception and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for $500,000 is currently stuck in the House Health and Social Sciences Committee. Senate Bill 198 would authorize UAA to enter into a research program that will study the effects of … Continue reading TNL: Bill providing funding for UAA study stalled

College Cookbook: Hot and sour soup

Originally published in The Northern Light.  It’s starting to feel like summer, but it’s still a little chilly outside. Warm yourself up with this quick and easy-to-make soup. It’s the perfect meal if you’re feeling under the weather, orif you’re just in the mood for a soup that isn’t everyday chicken noodle. I’ve made this … Continue reading College Cookbook: Hot and sour soup

College Cookbook: Easter bread

Originally published in The Northern Light. Some people have just recently celebrated Easter, but for many Alaskans who are Russian Orthodox, Easter comes on April 8. Since the 1700s, Russians have been intertwined with Alaskan culture. Since Russian America was established, missionaries made impressions on native people from all over the state. Many Russians immigrated … Continue reading College Cookbook: Easter bread