Katarina Hockema

Katarina Hockema

Bio: Katarina Hockema, originally from Homer, Alaska, is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho where she studied journalism with a minor in marketing. Katarina has dedicated the last several years to sharpening her writing skills for lifestyle, interests, features, and entertainment topics. She also has a passion for marketing, working to combine the creative and logical skills needed to tell a great story. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, exploring new films and television shows, and playing the piano.
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Food

Food delivery service pricing and quality standards are unacceptable (Op-Ed)

There’s no doubt that we live in a world of convenience, surrounded by technology and services that allow us to get practically anything we’d like at the touch of a few buttons through a screen.  Food delivery is no exception to this. With a variety of companies hosting our favorite …

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Sports

Aaron Rodgers should carefully consider returning to the New York Jets (Op-Ed)

Only four snaps into his regular-season career, Aaron Rodgers ruptured his achilles as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets in the 2023-2024 NFL season.  Anyone who was viewing the game against the Buffalo Bills last Sept. remembers the moment, and how one misstep altered the entire season of …

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Latest News

Arizona reinstates 1864 abortion ban

In a groundbreaking decision on Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding a 160-year-old near-total abortion ban, reigniting debates over reproductive rights in the state.  The ruling, which adds Arizona to the list of states with effectively banned abortion care, comes amidst a wave of similar legal …

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Fashion

“Eclipse fashion” is a fun but unnecessary addition to the celestial event (Op-Ed)

In the age of social media influencers and celebrity culture, even celestial events like solar eclipses aren’t immune to the superficiality of fashion trends.  As we move on from the latest solar eclipse activity seen throughout the U.S., it’s hard to ignore the barrage of themed costumes, accessories, and gimmicky …

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Politics

Presidential candidates should not include personal opinion in abortion policy decisions (Op-Ed)

Abortion has been one of the most hot-button, controversial, and important policy discussions in recent years for a variety of reasons, ranging from concerns over body autonomy, health concerns, moral and ethical dilemmas, religious opposition, and defining personhood in our society.  Of course, it makes perfect sense that this issue …

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Latest News

 France prepares for cyberattacks during 2024 Olympics

As the world eagerly anticipates the Summer Olympics scheduled to kick off in Paris from July 26 to Aug. 11, concerns regarding cybersecurity threats loom large, particularly against the backdrop of escalating tensions over the war in Ukraine.  Vincent Strubel, the head of France’s cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, emphasized the potential …

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Books

Have online recipes made cookbooks obsolete? (Op-Ed)

There is a wealth of information online pertaining to every topic imaginable, especially when it comes to recipes, cooking tips and tricks, and the best advice for hosting a home-cooked meal.  For generations, word-of-mouth, dog-eared physical cookbooks and hand-me-down written recipes were the cornerstones of learning how to cook properly …

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Health and Wellness

Easy tips to manage unhealthy social media habits (Op-Ed)

With social media permeating so many aspects of our everyday lives, it can be difficult to find a healthy balance between keeping up with trends, friends, and current events while also maintaining adequate boundaries and constructive habits for the sake of our mental health.  It’s no secret that social media …

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Music

Reviewing Hozier’s “Too Sweet” (Op-Ed)

Hozier has long been renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, especially when it comes to music focusing on romance, desire, caring and loyalty, and deep passion between those in a relationship.  His latest release, “Too Sweet”, is no exception to this, although the track takes an …

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Books

The “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” series is an absolute must-read (Op-Ed)

Although the crime, thriller, and mystery genres are not for all readers, there are a few titles that are undeniable works of art in literature.  “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” (2019), written by Holly Jackson, is a breakout debut that touches every base of what a quality mystery should …

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Sports

What trading Stefon Diggs means for the Bills and Texans in 2025 (Op-Ed)

In a headline-grabbing move, the Buffalo Bills have traded star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans.  The deal, which also includes draft picks, has sent shockwaves through the NFL community, sparking debates and discussions about its implications for both teams as the 2024-25 season draws near. Diggs, well-known …

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Latest News

Severe weather patterns affect South and Midwest

A significant severe weather outbreak has gripped a vast stretch of the eastern United States, spanning from Ohio to Alabama, overnight on Tuesday.  This widespread and dangerous weather event is marked by high winds, hail, and tornado threats, posing serious risks to affected regions. Reports indicate widespread storm damage across …

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