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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AEDC releases 3-year outlook on Anchorage economy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 29, 19:47

    The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation released its three-year economic outlook Wednesday to give residents a better idea of what’s ahead, especially as lower oil prices are at the forefront of many minds in Alaska. “We got a solid situation to build upon,” said Bill Popp, executive director of AEDC. Popp says most industries are healthy […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital opens in Anchorage

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 28, 20:40

    Active duty military service members and veterans in Alaska have a new hospital to turn to for help. On Tuesday, Universal Health Services — the second largest U.S. hospital chain — cut the ribbon to its new Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital at 1650 Bragaw Street in Anchorage. The 36-bed hospital will primarily focus on mental health services like […]

  • Alaska

    Mother of Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe dies after battle with cancer

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 22, 21:10

    Veteran Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe lost her mother Wednesday after a five-year battle with breast cancer. Throughout her life, Jonrowe has relied on family for strength — especially from her mother, Peggy Stout, who was 86 years old. After Jonrowe lost everything in the Willow fire in June, her mother was by her side as she […]

  • Alaska

    Economists consider how Iran deal will impact oil prices in Alaska

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 15, 22:09

    After long negotiations, Iran, the United States and five other world powers reached a historic agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Some economists in Alaska are worried about the impact this will have on the already saturated global oil markets. When economic sanctions are lifted, Iran could flood the global oil market with up to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA Planetarium celebrates arrival to Pluto

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 14, 19:27

    Space fans in Anchorage celebrated the arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft to dwarf planet Pluto. “We’re one of the only places to go to learn astronomy, one of the resources in Alaska,” said Omega Smith, director for the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium. ”And, of course, we have to do something for the public — […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scientists await Pluto snapshot

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 13, 21:48

    Many space fans are anxiously waiting a historic mission to Pluto. In less than 24 hours, planet Earth will get the first ever close-up look at the dwarf planet Pluto. “The images really are what this mission is all about, this is what captures everybody’s imagination,” said Peter Delamere, a space physicist with the University of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Construction to improve safety begins on Seward Highway

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 07, 20:58

    It’s been called one of the most dangerous maintained roads in Alaska. Since the late 1970s, nearly 100 people have lost their lives on the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The DOT reports on average there are three deadly crashes every year on the highway. […]

  • State

    Governor urges lawmakers to revisit oil tax credits

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 01, 21:07

    Alaska’s governor says the state has a fiscal problem, and it’s partly because of oil tax credits. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits on Monday from the state budget. The credits will be applied, but delayed by a couple of months. “We need a solution to the situation we’re in. Business […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan reflects on his legacy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 29, 20:08

    A cleaner, safer and stronger city — that’s the legacy Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he hopes to leave behind as he prepares to hand over the keys to the next mayor this week. Sullivan updated the public on the state of the city at the Make it Monday forum. He told the crowd he’s most […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage fire crews ready for potential wildfire

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 17, 18:40

    As the hot and dry weather sticks around, the potential for a wildfire near Anchorage grows. “We’re nervous, we’re vigilant, more vigilant than we normally are,” said Jim Vignola, deputy fire chief with the Anchorage Fire Department. Vignola says crews are ready to respond if a wildfire breaks out in hot spots across the city. […]

  • Alaska

    Gov.’s Fairbanks conference continues dialogue about Alaska’s fiscal future

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 07, 11:43

    A group of leaders from across the state are meeting in Fairbanks to continue the conversation about Alaska’s fiscal future. Nearly 200 Alaskan leaders are taking part in Gov. Bill Walker’s “Building a Sustainable Future” conference this weekend at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. On Saturday, participants were split into groups to conduct exercises and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ASD turns to RV travelers to help prevent vandalism at schools

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 02, 22:24

    The Anchorage School District is turning to RV travelers to help prevent vandalism on school property. For the past several years, ASD has facilitated a camper host program. The program allows RV travelers to park for free at 43 schools in exchange for providing a presence during the summer months. Sharon Nicolaus is one of those […]

  • 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 […]