Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau
agutierrez (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.209.1799 | About Alexandra

In Fight Over Marijuana, Alcohol Becomes Taboo

While alcohol is usually a fixture of most political fundraisers, there will be no wine or cocktails at events focused on the marijuana initiative. Download Audio

At Democratic Lieutenant Governor Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance

The only area where Hollis French and Bob Williams really seemed to disagree was on who would make a better running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott. Download Audio

Legislators Authorize $500,000 For Anchorage LIO Furniture

A subcommittee concluded that the Anchorage LIO should be outfitted with surplus furniture from state agencies, with a cap of $100,000 for new furniture, but that recommendation was rejected. Download Audio

FAA Hazardous Material Fine Prompts Legislators To Redo Relocation Policy

Next session, state lawmakers will have to be a little more careful about what they ship down to Juneau. The Legislative Council has changed their moving reimbursement policy in response to the Federal Aviation Administration discovering hazardous materials in a representative's air freight.

For Seattle Cops, Marijuana Biz Is Business As Usual

Since Washington State legalized marijuana, Seattle's crime rate has staying mostly flat. Download Audio
Holly Brooks hugs fellow competitor Charlotte Edmondson before the 2014 Mount Marathon race. (Photo by Alexandra Guitierrez, APRN - Seward)

Holly Brooks Reclaims Mt. Marathon Title

Tens of thousands of spectators were on hand in Seward for the start of the 2014 Mount Marathon race Friday. Download Audio

White House Makes Economic Case For Expanding Medicaid In Alaska

The White House has issued a report laying out the costs of not expanding Medicaid. Alaska is one of 24 states that rejected federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid, preferring instead to study how those who would have qualified are currently receiving care. Download Audio

Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A Two-Way Race

Independent candidate Bill Walker has released a poll suggesting he would be competitive against Gov. Sean Parnell, if Democrat Byron Mallott were no longer running. Download Audio

High Court Throws Out Petition Case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to Alaska's signature-gathering laws because of lack of standing. Download Audio

Alaska Supreme Court Clears Bristol Bay Initiative For Ballot

An initiative that would add another roadblock to the Pebble Mine project will appear on the ballot this fall, now that a legal challenge against it has failed.

Native Voting Rights Case Kicks Off

A federal trial is underway to determine whether the State of Alaska does enough to serve voters who speak Native languages.

New State Law To Bring Back Universal Vaccine Access

Universal access to vaccines may be coming back to Alaska. The governor signed a law this week that allows the state to serve as a broker between insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies to get immunizations at bulk rates. Listen now:

Oil Tax Advocates Spell Out Their Case Against Referendum

A handful of leading advocates for the new oil tax regime made the case for keeping the law to a friendly audience on Wednesday.

One Year After Galena Flood, Rebuilding Effort Underway

The 470-person village is still recovering from a catastrophic flood last year, when the break-up of an ice jam caused the Yukon River to overflow. Download Audio

State Supreme Court Hears Case To Remove Pebble Initiative From Ballot

The health of the Bristol Bay watershed and its salmon fishery is an issue of statewide importance: That's the position the State of Alaska took when defending its decision to certify a citizen's initiative that would add another obstacle to the development of Pebble Mine. Download Audio

Gubernatorial Challengers Criticize Parnell For Missing Debates

Since April, gubernatorial challengers Byron Mallott and Bill Walker have gone after incumbent Sean Parnell for skipping debates. They hit that point again on Monday, at a candidate forum hosted by the National Congress of American Indians. Download Audio

As Oil Tax Referendum Nears, Dems Try Making Bet With Governor

A pair of Anchorage Democrats are calling on Gov. Sean Parnell to pass legislation serving as a guarantee that the new oil tax system will lead to more production on the North Slope.

As Festival Season Kicks Off, So Does Campaign Season

For the next few months, politicians are going to be swarming fairs and festivals in an effort to win voters. The Colony Days parade held in Palmer this weekend was the first stop on the circuit. Download Audio

Union Leader Files Complaint Against Anchorage Mayor Sullivan

The head of the state’s biggest labor union has filed a complaint against Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who is running for lieutenant governor. Download Audio

With Senate Change, State House Feels Ripple Effects

When the Bipartisan Coalition lost control of the State Senate in 2012, it was a given that its Democratic members would see a big drop in the number of bills they got through. But that loss of clout also affected Democrats in the House. Download Audio