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Productive pests clean taxidermy at the Alaska Beetle Farm

Productive pests clean taxidermy at the Alaska Beetle Farm

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Two freezers that were severed in half and sealed together operate as the makeshift beetle tank for Max Walton’s Alaska Beetle Farm. Walton’s roughly 100,000 dermestiadae beetles live in the freezer-turned-tank in his garage, which doubles as his workspace. Chunks of styrofoam lie in the tank for the beetles to burrow into and pupate. Skulls…

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Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

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You may have never noticed Fish Creek before, but the watershed winds its way all through the Spenard neighborhood. A major salmon fishery for the Denaina natives who originally inhabited Anchorage, Fish Creek was known as Liq’aka Betnu, or ‘King Salmon Creek’ in their indigenous language. Jay Stange, vice president of the Spenard Community Council…

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Nationally recognized Bambinos Baby Food opens storefront in Spenard 

Nationally recognized Bambinos Baby Food opens storefront in Spenard 

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Zoi Maroudas, founder and CEO of Bambinos Baby Food, opened the doors to her new storefront on Sept. 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place the day before, in which Gov. Bill Walker was in attendance. “This all started with the idea of helping parents find real, traditional food that is dedicated to infant quality…

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Southern comfort at The Magpie

Southern comfort at The Magpie

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Amanda Cash’s food truck, The Magpie, can be seen from a mile away. To Cash, the bright yellow truck is similar to the feeling of Spenard. “It’s eclectic, bright and colorful,” Cash said. Cash is the sole owner of The Magpie, but she has several investors. She has lived in Spenard for seven years with…

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New donut shop focuses on homemade, locally sourced pastries

New donut shop focuses on homemade, locally sourced pastries

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It’s the best dessert, Chris Thomas, a detective for Anchorage Police Department says he has ever had. “There was a bacon maple fritter that I would gladly cut someone for. It was next level,” Thomas said. “I feel like this would be a perfect meeting food. Eating this would easily be the most productive thing…

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