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Lauren Maxwell

People sometimes seem surprised when I tell them I have worked for KTVA for 27 years, but only for a minute. Usually they pause and say “That’s great, I knew I’d been watching you for a long time!” Sharing stories about the people who live in our community and the place they call home is a privilege.

Stories by Lauren Maxwell

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage gets first canine wildlife inspector

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 25, 18:53

    He may seem like an unlikely hero, but U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are hoping Dock, an 18-month-old Labrador retriever who started life as a shelter dog, can help them solve a serious problem. Anchorage is one of the busiest cargo hubs in the world, but not everything that comes through the state […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Annual plant sale underway at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 24, 17:48

    It’s a plant sale some people wait all year for: the annual Hiland Mountain Correctional Center plant sale started Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. but prison officials say cars were lining up much earlier than that. The sale is a chance for female inmates to show off what they’ve been growing all year in the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Providence hospital to expand emergency department for children

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 23, 20:00

    Providence Alaska Medical Center has received permission from the state to add 13 new treatment rooms to its emergency department, raising the number of rooms from 37 to 50, including two trauma rooms. Providence CEO Dr. Richard Mandsager said 10 of the 13 rooms will be devoted to a new pediatric area that will focus on children […]

  • Health

    Anchorage toddler hears her parents for the first time

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 20, 22:48

    Friday was the day one Anchorage family has been waiting for. May and Philip Bennett’s 2-year-old daughter, Addy, doesn’t know it but her life is about to change. Her parents can’t wait. “I would really love to be able to have her turn to my voice,” said Philip. “I know if that happens on Friday […]

  • Health

    Anchorage toddler gets hearing implants, doctor hopes for the best

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 19, 22:27

    Addy Bennett is an adorable 2-year-old Anchorage girl whose parents, May and Philip Bennett, love her very much. May said when Addy was born she had no idea her daughter would face the challenges she’s experiencing now. “I envisioned the normal,” said May. “By 8 months she’s going to be doing this and I’m going […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Yarducopia program connects gardeners and those with space

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 17, 19:36

    A lot of Alaskans love to garden, but they may not have the space. Likewise, some have yards, but may not have the experience or time to maintain a garden. An Alaska Community Action on Toxics program known as Yarducopia is pairing people who want to plant with people who have the space to do […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD: Some Anchorage residents should be prepared to evacuate during a wildfire

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 16, 20:23

    The Anchorage Fire Department says some neighborhoods need to be thinking about what they would do in the event of a wildfire and start to prepare for it now. AFD spokesman John See said some neighborhoods are particularly vulnerable, including much of the Anchorage Hillside. He said the department has also had several meetings with […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Democratic Convention gets underway in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 13, 21:25

    At the State Democratic Convention in Anchorage, one of the big jobs party leaders have is to elect delegates to attend the national convention in July, when the presidential nominee will be decided. Back in March, candidate Bernie Sanders won the state’s Democratic caucus in a big way. All 16 of the state’s regular delegates […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage adopts new program to put homeless to work

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 12, 20:55

    The Municipality of Anchorage says it has a plan to deal with the homeless and panhandlers this summer — put them to work. Homeless coordinator Nancy Burke said she wants to start a van service that would pick up homeless individuals and take them to work. She said Anchorage will adopt a plan that has […]

  • Alaska News

    Local farmers concerned with the unknown fate of state slaughterhouse

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 12, 8:18

    The State of Alaska has a slaughterhouse to sell. The director of the State Division of Agriculture, Arthur Keyes, said a few people are interested. According to Keyes, at least two groups have expressed interest in the Mount Mckinley Meat and Sausage Plant. The state is offering a minimum 5-year lease, with an option to […]

  • Health

    Cuts to state agency could increase risk of foodborne illness

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 10, 20:40

    When we go out to eat, most of us hope the food will be good, but how often do we wonder if the food we’re served is safe to eat? The manager of the state’s Food Safety and Sanitation program said that should be a consideration if budget cuts impact their program any further. Manager […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State looks for Palmer slaughterhouse buyer, offers cheap lease

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 09, 21:18

    The State of Alaska wants out of the meat processing business. Monday, the Division of Agriculture put out a request for proposals for a private operator to take over the Mount Mckinley Meat and Sausage Plant in Palmer. Legislators have tentatively agreed to fund the state-run slaughterhouse for another year. The $2,047,500 doesn’t come from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sutton’s Brown Thumb Greenhouse up for sale

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 06, 20:11

    One of Anchorage’s oldest greenhouses is up for sale. The owners of Sutton’s Brown Thumb Greenhouse, on Tudor Road, say they’re ready for a break after spending the majority of their lives working in the family business which dates back to 1963. Anna and Patty Sutton bought the greenhouse from their parents in 1991 and […]

  • News

    Anchorage police see a spike in suicide related calls

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 05, 21:20

    Anchorage police say they are seeing an increase in calls for suicide and it’s possible the change in seasons is to blame. Victor Spence with Anchorage Community Mental Health said more sunlight and warmer weather can bring on a good mood, but for people considering suicide it could be the boost they need to go […]

  • Health

    Lose weight without diet or exercise? Try freezing fat cells away

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 04, 21:05

    Most of us have a part of our bodies we don’t love — maybe a pudgy place that diet and exercise can’t seem to ever reach. One Anchorage salon says they have the answer for that. It’s a procedure called CoolSculpting. Eileen Johnson, the practice manager at Solara Skin and Laser Center, said they’ve offered […]

  • Health

    Fairbanks sets world pollen record, Anchorage levels also high

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:56

    It’s a world record allergy sufferers may not be happy to hear about — Fairbanks set it on Monday for the highest levels of birch pollen in a single 24 hour period. Allergy doctor Jeff Demain said Monday’s count shattered the old world record that was set in Sweden several years ago. “A level of […]

  • Health

    New procedure glues varicose veins to get rid of them

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:42

    When you hear the term “varicose veins,” you may think of people who hesitate to show off their legs in shorts. But Anchorage doctor Donald Ives said varicose veins can be much more serious than a simple cosmetic issue. Ives said varicose veins don’t deliver blood from the feet to the heart effectively. Pooling blood […]

  • Health

    Lasers replace traditional drills at local Anchorage dentist office

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 02, 20:05

    For some people, a trip to the dentist can be trauma inducing. Finding out you need a root canal or even a cavity filled isn’t fun, but what if you could have those procedures done without using needles or drills? One local dentist says it’s possible with lasers. Dr. Kirk Johnson has used lasers in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Muldoon family loses trailer home to fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 02, 17:32

    A Muldoon family lost their trailer home to a fire Monday morning. The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at the Glencaren Trailer Court. A woman noticed smoke coming from her front porch and woke her son, who called 911. Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ryan Staten said the son tried to use a fire extinguisher to […]

  • Health

    AK Mission of Mercy offers free dental care to those in need

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 29, 20:47

    Not everyone likes to go to the dentist, but hundreds of people were feeling grateful after they got the chance to go Friday. That’s because their dental care was free at an event called AK Mission of Mercy. More than 500 people showed up at the Dena’ina Center to get everything from teeth cleanings to […]