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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

  • Health

    Preventable deaths: What you can do if someone is overdosing on drugs

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 27, 21:53

    As the Anchorage Police Department tries to figure out what led up to the death of 45-year-old Darlene Kunayak, they want to encourage the public to call 911 if they see someone in a possible overdose situation. APD believes Kunayak died of a heroin overdose on May 7. Autopsy results showed no signs of foul […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Overtime costs for Alaska Legislature adding up

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 20, 20:11

    The Alaska Legislature is heading back to Juneau for the third time this year to try to come up with a long-term budget fix. They were supposed to be done five weeks ago, but because they weren’t able to reach a compromise, they reached the 90-day limit, set by voters in a 2006 initiative. The cost […]

  • Alaska News

    FBI turns to public to help prevent lone wolf terrorist attacks

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 13, 19:05

    The FBI has warned for years about so-called lone wolf terrorist attacks, in part because terrorist groups are radicalizing people online through social media. With the country seeing more of these attacks by individuals, the FBI is warning the public to be prepared and more vigilant. After the massacre in Orlando, Florida, many are asking if […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality of Anchorage looks to hire those with service backgrounds

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 31, 19:47

    The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to hire new employees with a service background. Tuesday, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the municipality has signed on to become an Employer of National Service. That means it will be giving hiring preference to applicants with a community service background, like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni. It’s part of a […]

  • Alaska News

    How to identify an unmarked law enforcement vehicle

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 24, 19:07

    A driver the Anchorage Police Department initially thought was pretending to be a police officer turned out to be a federal law enforcement agent in an unmarked SUV. It took APD three days to figure out the SUV belongs to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) because it didn’t pop up in […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska villages compete for energy project funding

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 23, 19:26

    Rural Alaska villages are competing for funding to pay for projects that will bring down energy costs in their communities. The competition launched in January, and is part of a $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Deptartment of Energy (DOE) to rural Alaska for energy projects. A total of 67 communities applied for the […]

  • US/World

    Former Alaskan describes escaping wildfire in Alberta, Canada

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 10, 19:05

    The catastrophic Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada continues, and fire crews warn it could burn for months. There is some hopeful news, however, as 90 percent of the city’s buildings were saved. The disaster hit close to home for one former Alaskan. “Being from Fairbanks, I’m very used to forest fires, but I don’t […]

  • Alaska News

    Peace Corps recruiting new volunteers in Alaska

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 09, 20:42

    If you’ve ever want to volunteer abroad for two years, now is your chance. Congress recently approved increased funding for the Peace Corps. Kaysie Ellingson, 28, told KTVA she knew she wanted to do something meaningful after graduating college. “I’ve always had the passion to help people as much as I can, and so Peace […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska Republican Party reacts to Trump’s presumed nomination

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 04, 20:50

    With Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz out of the presidential race, the path to the Republican presidential nomination is clear for Donald Trump. But in Alaska, Republican voters are still divided on who should be the nominee. This past weekend, the Alaska Republican Party met in Fairbanks to address the candidates. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage students raise money for victims of Ecuador earthquake

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 02, 20:33

    A group of Anchorage middle school students is raising money for the people most affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 65o people in Ecuador’s northwest coast two weeks ago. Elizabeth Renteria’s Spanish class at Central Middle School is selling homemade bracelets for $1 as part of an ongoing […]

  • Alaska News

    Anchorage detox center temporarily suspends opiate addiction treatment

    by Alexis Fernandez on May 02, 19:22

    Alaskans addicted to opiates will have to wait a few days to detox in an inpatient environment. Alaska’s two opiate detox centers are suspended from accepting new patients after they learned through an audit that they haven’t been following a new federal regulation. Both the Gateway to Recovery Detox Center in Fairbanks and the Ernie Turner […]

  • Iditarod

    Domestic violence cases involving mushers could mean changes to Iditarod

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 27, 19:09

    The Iditarod Trail Committee is reevaluating race policy and who should be allowed to participate after two domestic violence cases against one musher came to light. Musher Travis Beals, who came in 18th place in the 2016 Iditarod race, was in Palmer court Tuesday applying for a mental health treatment program. The hearing was part […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska State Parks could soon sell merchandise online for profit

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 25, 15:52

    People from around world could soon be able to buy merchandise that shows off our great state online or at a retail store. The Alaska Legislature recently passed a bill that allows Alaska State Parks to sell merchandise and print materials for profit. Some of Anchorage’s most popular mountains, like Flattop Mountain, could soon be on a […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska group urges lawmakers to take action on fiscal situation

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 19, 19:59

    A group of young Alaskans wants lawmakers to stop putting off action to fix the state’s fiscal situation. For the past three months, members of the group called Our Alaska have been traveling around the state to educate Alaskans about the issue. “This is the most boring topic you could ever try to educate an audience […]

  • US/World

    Anchorage family from Ecuador reacts to devastating earthquake

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 18, 21:35

    This weekend’s powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador is hitting close to home for one Anchorage family from Ecuador. Erika Espinosa, and her daughter, Pricila, say the images coming out of Ecuador are hard to look at. “It’s my country, it’s a beautiful country, it really touched our heart,” Espinosa said. “We’re very tight here. […]

  • Alaska News

    Oil field support company announces North Slope layoffs

    by Alexis Fernandez on Apr 05, 20:09

    More bad news for people working on Alaska’s North Slope. A Texas-based contractor has announced a massive layoff in Alaska. Parker Drilling announced in a letter to the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development that it’s laying off 55 employees because of a recent decision by BP to idle three of its five rigs at […]

  • Aviation

    Anchorage airport increasing security in response to Brussels terror attacks

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 23, 6:18

    Airports across the country are increasing security after the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, including the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Bryan Pentecostes and his family are among thousands of travelers that can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence at the airport over the next few days. “I’m not too nervous about it because […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Leaders, scientists attend Arctic summit in Fairbanks

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 14, 18:35

    It’s being called the biggest Arctic event in Alaska this year. All eyes will be on Fairbanks this week as hundreds of researchers talk climate change in the Arctic at the Arctic Science Summit. There are more than 50 events scheduled during the weeklong event in Fairbanks that will focus on bridging Arctic science and policy. […]

  • Education

    ASD opening second Montessori program this August

    by Alexis Fernandez on Mar 09, 18:46

    There will soon be more choice when it comes to where parents can send their kids to school in Anchorage. The Anchorage School District is opening up a second Montessori program this August. The Anchorage School Board approved the program for Tudor Elementary School. It will begin with kindergarten and first grade classrooms, and enroll about 44 students […]

  • Alaska News

    Trans-Alaska pipeline production continues to decline

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 17, 18:42

    The company that operates Alaska’s economic lifeline continues to face challenges amid declining production. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), owned in part by ExxonMobil, BP, and ConocoPhillips, transports about five percent of the nation’s crude production, but every year the amount of oil flowing through the lines goes down by up to five percent. During the […]