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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

  • 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 […]

  • Alaska

    Geothermal energy at Pilgrim Hot Springs could help Nome’s costly power problem

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 24, 7:33

    Alaska’s oil boom days may be more numbered than we realize. Because of this, a popular hot springs near Nome is hoping to tap into an underground heat source to help solve its rising electricity costs. The site is located on the outskirts of Nome, about 60 miles away in a valley surrounded by mountains. “It’s […]

  • Alaska

    With days left in office, Parnell reflects on his term

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 19, 18:18

    Days after conceding from the gubernatorial race against Bill Walker, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is looking back at his term and legacy and looking ahead to future plans. At his downtown Anchorage office, in one of his last interviews as governor, Parnell said again how grateful he is to have had the opportunity to serve […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After 2-week ban, ASD allows military recruiters back on campuses

    by Alexis Fernandez on Nov 05, 19:07

    Military recruiters will soon be returning to school campuses in Anchorage. Two weeks ago, the Anchorage School District banned all military recruiters after an Alaska National Guard investigation alleged misconduct by recruiters toward students at Dimond High School several years ago. But now, the district feels confident its students are safe. “At this point we […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ASD: military recruiters won’t return to schools anytime soon

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 27, 21:28

    The Anchorage School District says military recruiters won’t be returning to Anchorage schools anytime soon. Last week, ASD announced that military recruiters were banned from its campuses — after the report from an Alaska National Guard investigation alleged recruiters made inappropriate advances towards high school students several years ago. Superintendent Ed Graff says he has […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    40 years later, King Career Center continues to inspire students

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 14, 21:10

    For 40 years, King Career Center has been helping students across Anchorage find their passion after high school. Catie Quinn, 17, says she’s one of those students who doesn’t expect to have her life figured out, but she’s on the right path thanks to KCC. “I’ve never been happier to come to school,” said Quinn. […]

  • Health

    Alaska Regional Hospital prepares for possible Ebola outbreak

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 13, 21:36

    Health officials are calling on hospitals across the country to ramp up efforts in protecting staff against a possible Ebola outbreak. Although the risk of the Ebola virus arriving in Alaska is low, staff at Alaska Regional Hospital aren’t taking any chances. “Alaska Regional Hospital is prepared,” said Tina Miller, a registered nurse with Alaska […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Ice Bucket Challenge brings hope to Alaska woman living with ALS

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 08, 22:33

    Sharon Poston says she once had the whole world in front of her. Now, that seems like a lifetime ago. Two years ago, she was a single mother, raising her teenage son, when things took a turn for the worse. “I knew something was wrong,” said Poston, who has to use a computer to communicate […]

  • Health

    Alaska health officials prepared to respond to Ebola threat

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 01, 23:01

    The threat of Ebola in the United States has officials with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services gearing up should a case appear in the state. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus Tuesday. But Dr. Michael Cooper with the state’s Division of Public Health says the risk […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    South High School renews effort to get football stadium

    by Alexis Fernandez on Sep 30, 18:01

    Tensions are flaring in South Anchorage as a high school tries again to get a football stadium. While student-athletes at South High School are focused on their game on the field, another battle is brewing off the field. For years, South High School has tried to get a stadium. In 2012, Legislature approved a $2.1 […]