Why don’t more residents know about Anchorage’s flag?

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. It’s bright yellow and only flown in only a couple spots around the city. Few people have probably seen Anchorage’s municipal flag, but it plays an important role in the city’s symbolism. Victoria Petersen has the story. At Anchorage’s public library, the geese are returning from winter, and people … Continue reading Why don’t more residents know about Anchorage’s flag?

Reception mixed on ASD proposal to switch school start times around

Originally published on Alaska Public Media. The Anchorage School District is considering a huge change. The district is looking at implementing new school start times, with elementary schools starting earlier and high schools later. The district held a series of open houses recently to educate the community and hear feedback. At the first open house … Continue reading Reception mixed on ASD proposal to switch school start times around

College Cookbook: New Orleans’ most famous cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras

Originally published in The Northern Light  Although Carnival season is in full swing, Mardi Gras hasn’t even begun yet. Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or the day before Ash Wednesday, is the beginning of Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday marks the last day of debauchery and rich, fatty foods before practicing Catholics recognize ritual fasting for the … Continue reading College Cookbook: New Orleans’ most famous cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras

College Cookbook: Café Du Monde beignets at home

Originally published in The Northern Light Over break, I toured America’s southeast, from Washington D.C. to the Big Easy, New Orleans. I waited in a long line for the famous French doughnut offered at Café Du Monde. Their beignets are known worldwide and New Orleans has been serving them in the French Quarter since 1862. To … Continue reading College Cookbook: Café Du Monde beignets at home

Back to the roots: A short history of Mountain View

Originally published in Mt. View Michael Dougherty and his family first moved to Mountain View in 1950, when he was only three years old and the city of Anchorage had only two paved streets, one stoplight on Fourth Avenue and a brand new high school: Anchorage High School. “We lived in a small mobile home … Continue reading Back to the roots: A short history of Mountain View

Meet the teens running a Midtown Anchorage bakery

Originally published in Anchorage Daily News When 18-year-old Alisa Louangaphay took ownership of the Midtown Anchorage bakery A Pie Stop in March, she wanted to surround herself with people who were as passionate about baking as she was. So she hired three other teenagers. "It does sound a bit scary. (But) we aren't a bunch … Continue reading Meet the teens running a Midtown Anchorage bakery

For TNL: Tai Yen Jimmy Kim and the American dream

Originally published in The Northern Light When Tai Yen Jimmy Kim isn’t at UAA studying for his justice and theater classes, one can find him performing in plays across Anchorage, working at Rustic Goat or at a local open mic rapping about institutionalized racism. Photo courtesy of Tai Yen Jimmy Kim for The Northern Light … Continue reading For TNL: Tai Yen Jimmy Kim and the American dream

College Cookbook: Sasha’s super simple savory salmon

Originally published in The Northern Light Close to the heart, and most importantly the mouth, of all Alaskans is the salmon. A keystone species in our state the salmon can be baked, grilled, smoked and canned in all sorts of ways. For a simple and delicious preparation, my friend, and geology student, Sasha Peterson bakes the … Continue reading College Cookbook: Sasha’s super simple savory salmon

For ADN: WindSync wants to change the way you think about wind quintets

Originally published in Alaska Dispatch News Radiohead and Billy Joel might not come to mind when you think of a wind quintet performance, but WindSync is on a mission to expand and modernize the repertoire with new arrangements that span genres. Each musician, from the flutist to the bassoon player, helps modify the source music … Continue reading For ADN: WindSync wants to change the way you think about wind quintets

For ADN: Cherish the Ladies brings a traditional Irish Christmas to Anchorage, Fairbanks

Originally published in Alaska Dispatch News Growing up in the Bronx, Joanie Madden would listen to her father, an Irish immigrant, play his old accordion. She learned under her father and began playing traditional songs on tin whistle and flute. But it was still a shock to her parents when she decided she was going … Continue reading For ADN: Cherish the Ladies brings a traditional Irish Christmas to Anchorage, Fairbanks

For ADN: The Mowgli’s bring California vibes for Anchorage show

Originally published in Alaska Dispatch News Most of the members of The Mowgli's met while growing up together in the Los Angeles area, but it wasn't until college that the group coalesced around the upbeat sound that would become the six-piece band's trademark. "California kind of has a style and a vibe and our music … Continue reading For ADN: The Mowgli’s bring California vibes for Anchorage show

For TNL: Haunted tales of the Wendy Williamson

Originally published in The Northern Light Mysterious doors that lead to a wall, showers and sinks running on their own, pianos playing by themselves, an elevator shaft that leads nowhere and lights that will never reach the stage are just a handful of the spooky scenarios that have occurred in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. With … Continue reading For TNL: Haunted tales of the Wendy Williamson

For Show Me Alaska: Conquering the Denali Park Road

Originally published in Show Me Alaska One moment we were enjoying the ride through Polychrome Pass. The next, we were nearly teetering on the edge of a cliff with the wind rocking the car and a sandstorm brewing right outside our windows. In September 2012, my parents won their first ticket in the Denali National … Continue reading For Show Me Alaska: Conquering the Denali Park Road

For TNL: UAA Professor Offers Solutions to Alaska’s Roadway Problem

Originally published in The Northern Light Learning to dodge potholes and control your car in ruts is just part of learning to drive in Alaska. Professor Osama Abaza is hoping to change this. In the civil engineering department, Abaza and his team are researching and working alongside the department of transportation to tackle the issues … Continue reading For TNL: UAA Professor Offers Solutions to Alaska’s Roadway Problem

For TNL: UAA Alumni takes the road less traveled

Originally published in The Northern Light Born and bred Alaskans Dillon Vought and Tessa Ely started driving their restored VW bus in February of 2015. It took the Anchorage couple a year to to buy and restore the rusty, broken down VW bus. They learned to weld, paint and become mechanics in preparation for any … Continue reading For TNL: UAA Alumni takes the road less traveled

For TNL: Local designer highlights everyday Alaska

Originally published in The Northern Light Hulin Alaskan Designs, located in Spenard, finds inspiration in Alaska's less exciting landscape. Bret Connor always had an eye for design. Starting at Service high school, Connor and his friend Garrett started their own clothing business. Selling mostly to classmates, the two friends created clothes and self taught themselves … Continue reading For TNL: Local designer highlights everyday Alaska

For TNL: Sonia Sotomayor visits Anchorage

Originally published in The Northern Light Over 1,200 people gathered in the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage on August 17 for a last minute presentation by Justice of the United States Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor was the first Puerto Rican judge to serve in any state, the first Latina to serve on the Supreme … Continue reading For TNL: Sonia Sotomayor visits Anchorage

For TNL: Phase I of Strategic Pathways underway

Originally published in The Northern Light In an effort to tighten the university budget Strategic Pathways is UA President Jim Johnsen’s solution for necessary cuts and changes to UA. Separated into phases, Strategic Pathways will focus on select programs in each phase, allowing for public testimony and careful thought regarding each and every program up … Continue reading For TNL: Phase I of Strategic Pathways underway