By Victoria Petersen With about $150 to her name, 21-year-old Stephanie Johnson flew to Alaska from Denver on a one way ticket. It was the summer of 2001. "I did the classic 21-year-old thing where I moved here with no money and no plan," Johnson said. Arriving in July of that year, Stephanie began working [...]

Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

By Victoria Petersen Whether you've seen her working at Anchorage Cycle or walking around the neighborhood taking photos of abandoned roadside fridges, you've probably seen Darcy Stein around Spenard. Stein, originally from New York, has called Alaska home for over five years. It was moving to Alaska and enrolling in a photography class at UAA [...]


By Victoria Petersen You may recognize Duke Russell's paintings if you've ever eaten at Spenard Roadhouse or perused Dos Manos. His work reflects the neighborhood of Spenard and beyond. "Even though we get the reputation of having prostitutes and nightclubs, Spenard divorce and all that, I want to correct that attitude and find beauty in [...]