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Marc Lester

Isidra Castro has always immersed herself in her creative endeavors. She grew up in a family of artists in Peters Creek. Her teenage interest in cosmetology launched an 11-year career in hair and makeup. Later, she was absorbed in culinary studies.

“I’m a classically trained French chef,” she says. She worked in an Alaska lodge and as an executive chef in Seward and ran a private catering business.

Now, at 41, it seems she hardly gets a chance to talk about her other interests. People can’t see past what’s on her surface: She’s nearly covered in tattoos...

Marc Lester

Isidra Castro has always immersed herself in her creative endeavors. She grew up in a family of artists in Peters Creek. Her teenage interest in cosmetology launched an 11-year career in hair and makeup. Later, she was absorbed in culinary studies...

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Alaskans watched results come in regarding Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize the possession and sale of recreational marijuana, on Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014. Opposing campaigns gathered at separate events in Downtown Anchorage....

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KENAI -- Every weekend, Dennis Gifford heads out into the boggy forests northeast of Kenai....

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A new restaurant has opened its doors in South Anchorage. Andt the newest location in the national Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery chain is also opening eyes....

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Sue Hogan looked out over her audience, a sea of women dressed in yellow jumpsuits with the word “prisoner” on the back...

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Among political groups peddling their agendas and Alaska Native artists selling authentic goods at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Friday was a booth scattered with a series of folders containing more than 500 photographs from Alaska Native communities...

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It some ways, the Bear Tooth Theaterpub was the most likely of venues for a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The popular concert venue is no stranger to marijuana use. Depending on the performer, fans can be seen lighting up and the distinctive, pungent smoke floats through the air...

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UAA students and staff gathered in front of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science building to view a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The viewing opportunities were hosted by the UAA Planetarium, which provided telescope views and protective glasses for safe sun-gazing....

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