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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

  • Crime

    Family friend of victim murdered in recent shootings speaks out

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 03, 21:31

    The mother of 21-year-old Treyveon Thompson is mourning the loss of her son, a family friend told KTVA. Thompson was the first of three young men who died in a recent string of deadly shootings in Anchorage. His body was found early Friday morning in the street near Duben Avenue and Bolin Street. He died as a result […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mother remembers teen murdered in weekend shooting

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 02, 20:16

    The community is learning more about one of the three young men murdered in Anchorage recently. Police are continuing to interview witnesses and look at surveillance video, trying to find his killer and those of the other men who died. On Sunday morning, the body of 17-year-old Xeryus Tate was found in the street near Fourth […]

  • Crime

    AMYA director: Victim in string of murders had bright future ahead of him

    by Alexis Fernandez on Aug 01, 20:51

    Elijah Zeller, 18, was among the three young men who died in a string of murders in the past week in Anchorage. Anchorage police say someone dropped Zeller off at a hospital early Saturday morning, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He died there hours later. Zeller attended the Alaska Military Youth Academy (AMYA) and graduated in […]

  • Alaska News

    DOC commissioner stands by decision to close Palmer prison after backlash from union

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 27, 20:40

    The Alaska Department of Corrections commissioner issued a statement Wednesday standing by his decision to close the Palmer Correctional Center, despite backlash from the union representing correctional officers. On Tuesday, the DOC announced plans to close the prison by the end of the year due to state budget cuts. The 500 minimum to medium security […]

  • US/World

    UAA professor: What Alaskans can learn from racial tensions across the country

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 18, 18:21

    Over the past few years, the country has seen an increase in social movements. One of the most prominent groups is Black Lives Matter, which calls for fairness in the criminal justice system. It’s an issue that’s not new, said Brad Myrstol, a University of Alaska Anchorage professor with the school’s Justice Center. “The events […]

  • Alaska News

    International students help fill seasonal jobs in Alaska

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 06, 20:19

    Some local businesses are turning to international students to help fill seasonal jobs during the summer months when the tourist season picks up across Alaska. Sudarat Sermchaiyaphat and Chanya Lertphanyaphonchi have been in Alaska for about a month. It’s their first time in the United States. “Very different than my country, very cold for me,” Sermchaiyaphat said. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    People Mover teams up with Google to show Anchorage bus routes, arrival times

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 05, 20:03

    The Municipality of Anchorage is rolling out a new tool to help bus riders plan their trips better. The municipality has teamed up with Google and Code for Anchorage to improve rider experience. Starting Tuesday, Google Maps now shows real-time People Mover trip information. Riders can enter an origin and destination, and will be provided with […]

  • Alaska News

    AGDC president on AKLNG project: ‘Project is not moving forward’

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 29, 21:53

    The state of Alaska may soon be making some serious changes to the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas pipeline plan, known as AKLNG. On Wednesday, Keith Meyer, the new head of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), gave an update to a House and Senate resources panel on the latest progress. Meyer told lawmakers the […]

  • 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 […]