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Alexis Fernandez

I was born and raised in Fairbanks. I'm very happy to be back in Alaska!

Stories by Alexis Fernandez

  • State

    Alaska lawmakers consider fully funding state budget using Permanent Fund

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 19, 23:18

    House Speaker Mike Chenault says Alaska lawmakers are considering all options to fully fund the state budget, including shifting money around the Permanent Fund. This maneuver allows the legislative majority to pull money from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve — which is where PFD checks come from — and put it into the Permanent Fund […]

  • Alaska

    Dan Cuddy, Alaska business leader and pioneer, dies at 94

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 13, 23:49

    Tough. Opinionated. Had a big heart. — That’s how some people in the Anchorage community are remembering pioneer and business leader Dan Cuddy, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 94. He was part of Anchorage’s history, and was recently interviewed as part of a documentary on the city’s first 100 years, filmed in 2014. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Biking community seeks ‘justice for Jeff,’ cyclist killed by teen driver

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 12, 23:11

    The biking community is seeking justice for its beloved local cyclist Jeff Dusenbury, who was killed nearly one year ago at Spruce Park in South Anchorage. “This crime tore a hole in that family,” said Peter Van Tuyn, a spokesperson for the Dusenbury family. ”And that family will never have that hole filled.” Van Tuyn says the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage elementary schools brace for potential education cuts

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 30, 7:03

    Although the state budget is still in limbo in Juneau, elementary schools across Anchorage are bracing for possible education cuts. Liz Babylon’s preschool class at Mountain View Elementary is one of the classrooms in jeopardy. With 15 students made up of mostly 4 year olds, things can get hectic fast. It may seem like just […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Great Alaska Schools holds rally in Anchorage protesting education cuts

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 28, 23:37

    Nearly 100 parents and teachers took to the streets of downtown Anchorage to protest the recent education cuts passed by the Alaska Legislature. Tasha Hotch and her son, Patrick, joined the rally to spread awareness. “Certainly, at the top of everyone’s agenda should be schools and education,” said Hotch. “Because we’re not going to live […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaskans with family in Nepal try to stay connected

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 28, 6:44

    For the past few days, Lisa Tamang has been calling her parents to make sure they’re safe. They were on their way to visit relatives in Nepal when the earthquake struck. “The calls are limited,” Tamang said. “It cuts off after like five minutes.” Her parents were on their way to Kathmandu when they ”had to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s first co-housing community breaks ground

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 22, 6:59

    Some Anchorage families are turning to a new, but old-fashioned type of living. It’s called co-housing, a community-style neighborhood made popular in Europe. Three years in the making, the dream of Anchorage’s first co-housing community is becoming a reality for 23 families. Ravens’ Roost Cohousing broke ground Tuesday at the site of its future neighborhood […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School Board mulls possible legislative cuts

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 06, 23:18

    The Anchorage School Board is looking at wide-ranging budget cuts to close a potential $30 million deficit next year. The district’s $784 million budget was approved last month but may need to be adjusted if proposed cuts from the state Legislature go through. At a Monday work session, ASD Superintendent Ed Graff presented a list […]

  • Local

    Anchorage mayoral candidates address youth at South High debate

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 24, 20:13

    Candidates vying to become the next mayor of Anchorage took their message to the muni’s youth at South High School’s first mayoral debate. Seven candidates answered questions from students on a variety of topics — the regulation of marijuana, figuring out solutions for Anchorage’s homeless population and how they plan to keep young people from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage community raises $25K for coach battling cancer

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 23, 18:32

    Thousands of people turned out this weekend to support a local football coach who is battling cancer. About 3,000 people took part in a luau fundraiser on Saturday at Service High School for Coach Will “Yogi” Foma’i. Foma’i was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in November. According to the family, nearly $25,000 was raised at […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Board of Game takes no action on Kincaid Park moose hunt plan

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 16, 19:42

    The Alaska Board of Game took no action at Monday’s meeting on a proposal that would have allowed hunters with physical disabilities to hunt antlerless moose in Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. The Board says the proposal did not have majority support from the three advisory committees that oversee the area. The plan allowed an annual drawing […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    This week at the Anchorage School Board, March 2

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 02, 21:31

    At the March 2 Anchorage School Board meeting, the Anchorage School District updated the board on Visit Our Schools month, which was held in February. Nearly 2,200 families visited 33 schools across the district. That number is up from 1,607 visitors in 2014, when the event was first held. The event featured weekly tours for parents throughout […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Community leaders discuss lack of detox facilities in Anchorage

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 23, 21:59

    Does Anchorage have enough substance abuse detox facilities? — It’s a question community and church leaders discussed at a town hall meeting Monday night. More than 200 people showed up to First Covenant Church in downtown Anchorage to address the lack of detox facilities in Anchorage. “Alaskans are dying, we must address this epidemic,” said […]

  • Alaska

    Juneau locals adjust to disappearing Mendenhall Glacier

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 11, 22:53

    Glaciers are one of Alaska’s biggest attractions, but glaciologists say they’re slowly disappearing across the state, and the impacts are being felt in the Southeast. Juneau local Don Habeger knows what it’s like to live near a glacier. “It’s gorgeous,” Habeger said of the view in his backyard. “Look at the mountains, look at the […]

  • Alaska

    The impacts of Alaska’s disappearing glaciers

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 11, 7:21

    They are among the most breathtaking and mysterious sights in the world, and they’re one of Alaska’s main attractions. Glaciers cover about 33,000 square miles (about 5 percent) of the state of Alaska, equivalent to the size of Maine. But they may be disappearing faster than we expected. To get a glimpse of climate change, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Proposed Anchorage School District budget includes no teacher layoffs

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jan 26, 23:31

    Teachers across the Anchorage School District can breathe a sigh of relief tonight – Superintendent Ed Graff says their jobs are safe next school year. Graff presented his proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year to the school board Monday night, and it includes no direct cuts to the classroom. He says he will use $17 […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska team returns from marijuana conference in Colorado

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jan 20, 22:13

    A group of Alaskans tasked with helping write marijuana regulations has returned from a week-long conference on marijuana legalization. More than 20 law enforcement representatives and public officials from Alaska were in Colorado last week to learn about how other states are coping with marijuana legalization. The group visited marijuana businesses, grow sites and facilities making […]

  • Alaska

    How selfies could save your life

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jan 06, 19:53

    Some of us take selfies to show what’s going on in our everyday lives — but Alaska State Troopers are hoping to use those photos to potentially save a life. “People need to remember that help is not just around the corner when you step off the pavement here in Alaska; you need to be […]

  • News

    Cybercriminals on the prowl this holiday season

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 24, 8:39

    It’s likely that a new electronic gadget could be among the gifts many Anchorage residents will open on Christmas Day. But before they go surfing and clicking away, there are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid becoming victim to cybercrime. On the Tuesday before Christmas, it was crunch time for last-minute shoppers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    A friend remembers Irma Williams

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 18, 8:28

    Earlier this week, authorities charged Irma Williams’ ex-boyfriend Michael Memeo with murder and tampering with evidence in connection with her death. For Edna Iyatunguk, memories of the 54-year-old mother are still clear. “She was awesome, she was always laughing. We talked about a lot, just together, you know — friends, like we were sisters or […]