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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

    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 […]

  • Money

    Is a recession inevitable for Alaska?

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 11, 6:57

    With low oil prices top of mind in Alaska, some economists are tossing around the word “recession.” Is it inevitable? Neil Fried, economist with Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development says — maybe. “It all depends on how long and low oil prices go, and I’m not about to try to answer that question,” […]

  • Lifestyle

    Tourist tradeoff: Alaska, Iceland see boost in winter vacationers

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 10, 7:37

    Iceland is probably not at the top of the list for Alaskans looking to escape the winter weather. But it’s slowly becoming a popular destination. Canadian tourist Lisa Glover is one of tens of thousands of North Americans taking advantage of direct flights to Iceland. “It was great,” said Glover, who took advantage of horseback […]

  • Alaska

    Oil projects in Alaska still on track despite declining prices

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 09, 6:43

    Although most drivers welcome relief at the pump, they may want to hold off on the celebration. Roger Marks, a longtime petroleum economist, says this is not a good sign for Alaska’s bottom line. “If these kind of prices at $60 or so were to last for six months or longer, I could easily see a […]

  • Alaska

    Report on marijuana legalization in Alaska addresses challenges ahead

    by Alexis Fernandez on Dec 04, 1:08

    After the passing of Ballot Measure 2, the green rush is on. But before marijuana businesses put down roots in Alaska, there are a lot of questions state lawmakers are trying to get answered. Sen. Lesil McGuire released a report put together by legislative researchers. It contains some answers, like how much Alaska could generate […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage students learn about the godmother of Thanksgiving

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 26, 19:23

    Food and family are two of the symbols most associated with Thanksgiving. On the eve of the national holiday, one group of local sixth-graders decided to dig a little deeper. Word-by-word, sixth-grade students at College Gate Elementary School relived history and learned about the past. They put together a presentation about well-known author Sarah Hale, known as […]

  • Alaska

    Geothermal energy: What Alaska can learn from Iceland

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 26, 7:05

    Tucked away in the mountains of Iceland are people enjoying nature in its purest form. The country shares many similarities with Alaska, including its cold surface. But underneath Iceland, the earth is bursting with heat. It sits in the border of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Every year, the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate move 2 […]

  • Alaska

    In Alaska, tapping into geothermal energy presents challenges

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 25, 7:03

    It’s no surprise that Alaskans pay twice as much for electricity compared to the rest of the country. In rural areas, it can cost three times as much. The state is looking to stabilize some of those costs with the help of renewable energy, such as geothermal energy. But, it’s proving to be a lot […]