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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

    Local Muslim community reacts to Paris attacks, Syrian refugee crisis

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 18, 20:05

    The Muslim community in Anchorage says it believes the religion of Islam is being misrepresented by the terror group Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS. About 3,000 Muslims call Anchorage home, including people from Europe, Africa and even Alaskans. They want the state and the world to know what’s happening in Syria is against everything […]

  • US/World

    Alaska will likely not receive Syrian refugees

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 17, 21:54

    The list of states that will not accept Syrian refugees after Friday’s deadly terror attacks in Paris is growing. So far, 27 states are on the list excluding Alaska. Gov. Bill Walker says we have no say in the decision. Tuesday, he joined other governors in a teleconference with the White House on the matter. Meanwhile, […]

  • Alaska News

    Family of Devon Mosley hopes DOC review brings justice

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 16, 19:20

    One of the families who lost a loved one while in the custody of the Alaska Department of Corrections says they hope a state administrative review will finally bring justice. There isn’t a day that goes by that Devon Mosley’s fiancée isn’t reminded about the void in her life. She still struggles to explain to her three […]

  • Sci/Tech

    New app helps Alaskans keep tabs on changing environment

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 12, 22:13

    As scientists work to understand the impacts of a changing climate in Alaska, locals in one Kenai Peninsula town are stepping in with their smartphones to keep tabs on their environment. Lifelong resident Marcia Patrick calls the tiny town of Seldovia home. She spends her free time at the beach. It’s been pretty quiet over […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly changes texting-while-driving penalty, increases cost of traffic tickets

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 11, 21:57

    Drivers in Anchorage caught texting while driving will no longer face jail time. On Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance making the punishment a $500 fine. The offense was previously classified as a misdemeanor, carrying up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine. City officials said the charge was often dropped in […]

  • Alaska News

    Results from new assessment highlight change in education standards

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 09, 19:00

    Parents and school officials are trying to decode statewide test results released Monday. The results are from a new test designed to integrate federal standards in the classroom and provide “a more accurate understanding of whether students are on track to graduate with the academic skills they need,” according to a release from the Alaska […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    NOAA biologists investigate dead fin whale found in Knik Arm

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 21, 20:11

    Marine biologists are trying to figure out if a dead fin whale spotted in Knik Arm is connected to a larger die-off that happened this summer near Kodiak. Biologist Barbara Mahoney, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the 60-foot-long whale was first reported stranded about three weeks ago near the Port of Anchorage. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage shelter expands housing limit for homeless women

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 07, 19:32

    With the weather getting colder, many people in the homeless community are heading to shelters. But for some homeless women, it’s not that easy finding a safe place to sleep for more than 30 days. The Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission is hoping to fill that void. For the past five months, the mission has been […]

  • Alaska News

    Municipality of Anchorage looking to buy more assets in Cook Inlet

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 06, 20:04

    The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to buy more assets in Cook Inlet. On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution allowing the Berkowitz Administration to move forward with a bid to purchase assets in Cook Inlet. ConocoPhillips is offering to sell its one-third interest in the Beluga River Unit, its 100 percent interest in the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Group fights to keep Mexican Consulate open in Alaska

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 22, 19:12

    Mexicans living in Alaska will soon have to travel out of state to receive services from the Consulate of Mexico. Maribel Reyna is one of those people.  She says her family has used services at the consulate in Anchorage for different things, including support during a death in the family. Her sister, Noehmi Reyna, died […]

  • Alaska News

    ASD prepares for new teacher evaluation test

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 16, 19:43

    Starting next school year, students across the state will be taking additional tests to see how they’re performing in class. It’s a part of the new state guidelines — known as Student Growth Objectives — that are tied to teacher evaluations. The state already has an evaluation system in place known as the Danielson Framework. […]

  • US/World

    Alaska refugee program prepares for possible Syrian intake

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 14, 18:48

    Over the next year, the United States is expected to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence and nearly five years of civil war. Since January, nearly 1,400 migrants have resettled in more than half of the states across the country, according to the U.S. Department of State. Most Syrian families are going to states like […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska business prepares for impact of halted debt reimbursement program

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 09, 19:44

    Starting next year, local businesses could begin to feel the effects of the state’s budget crisis. This comes after lawmakers put a temporary halt to the debt reimbursement program during the last legislative session earlier this year. The program helped pay for bonds to renovate Anchorage schools. In downtown Anchorage, Mike Carlson, principal architect with McCool […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage leaders bury centennial time capsule

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 27, 7:57

    Anchorage is celebrating its centennial birthday with the help of a time capsule. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz hosted a ceremony at Delaney Park Strip Wednesday to make sure future generations get a glimpse of what life is like today. The Anchorage Park Foundation collected items like posters, statements and artwork from the community that celebrate achievements […]

  • Obama in Alaska

    Gov. Walker prepares for presidential visit to Alaska

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 25, 20:43

    Alaska’s governor is hoping President Barack Obama will address more than just the issue of climate change during his trip to the state next week. On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker held a media availability where he talked about the president’s upcoming trip. The governor says he plans to talk to Obama about the status of […]

  • Alaska News

    Consulate of Mexico in Anchorage to close in November

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 24, 11:26

    The Consulate of Mexico in Anchorage will be closing in November, according to Pablo Mendicuti, a spokesperson with the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle. Mendicuti says a representative will be traveling to Anchorage in September to help with the transition. The consulate blames lack of participation and economic reasons for the closure. Alaskans who use the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students in Girdwood start 1st day at renovated school

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 19, 21:31

    It’s back to school for most students across the Anchorage School District, which means summer break is over for the Hegna family in Girdwood. Kai, in sixth grade, and Paxson, in third grade, went back to school on Monday. “I was so excited that I packed my brother’s backpack,” said Paxson. Their school also looks […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Construction, lease delays first day of school at Anchorage’s Rilke Schule

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 19, 18:18

    Students at the Rilke Schule German School of Arts and Sciences will have to wait a little longer for school to start. The first day of school has been delayed to Sept. 1 because of the lease agreement on the new $12-million building and final construction. “That doesn’t affect anything else throughout the school year, […]

  • Health

    Southcentral Foundation kicks off Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 05, 18:48

    Southcentral Foundation is joining a nationwide movement to encourage more mothers to breastfeed. On Wednesday, it kicked off National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with an educational fair at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Organizers say they’re encouraging mothers to feed their newborns breast milk because it provides the most nutrients, compared to baby formula. In 2014, […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Public comment coming to a close on first set of pot regulations

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 04, 22:44

    The board in charge of writing marijuana regulations for Alaska is making progress. For the past month, the Marijuana Control Board has been taking feedback from the public on its first two sets of regulations, which address things like licensing, operating parameters, reporting and taxing. The last day to submit public comment for the first […]