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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 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 […]

  • Education

    ASD considers closure, consolidation for three schools

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 16, 20:11

    The Anchorage School District is facing an $11 million budget shortfall next year and is looking for ways to save money, which includes closing or consolidating three schools. Michelle Coombs lives next to Inlet View Elementary School, one of the schools being looked at for closure. “We love this school, it’s a true neighborhood school,” […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska could see fewer renewable energy projects due to budget cuts

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 10, 19:46

    A fund created by the state to help renewable energy projects across Alaska become a reality will likely get a lot less money next year. The Alaska Renewable Energy Fund, which was created by the legislature in 2008 to fund energy projects is expected to get $5 million in state funds next year thanks to […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Native Heritage Center feeling pinch of tough economy

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 08, 19:24

      ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s tough economy is taking a toll on some nonprofits, including one that focuses on Alaska Native history and culture. The Alaska Native Heritage Center said it is preparing to see fewer large private donations than before, partly because of the tough economy. It’s not alone — just last week the Alaska […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    First Alaskans Institute hosts summit on racial equity

    by Alexis Fernandez on Feb 02, 16:22

    The Alaska Native community is starting a conversation about race relations in Alaska. On Monday, First Alaskans Institute’s Alaska Native Policy Center kicked off its two-day summit on racial equity at the Egan Center. The summit is an effort to have a dialogue around healing racism. Some Alaska Native people, like Panganga Pungowiyi, said change needs to […]