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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

    Can I recycle that? Demystifying the rules for recycling in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 05, 20:41

      Anchorage recycling programs aren’t making a profit these days. That’s because the prices paid for recyclable materials have reached their lowest numbers in a decade. “There’s been a drop of about 46 percent in the price of metals,” explains Mary Fisher, Director of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR). ”For the price of paper […]

  • News

    Judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion case, says no decision until March

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 04, 14:57

      ANCHORAGE — A lawsuit that pits Gov. Bill Walker against the Legislature over medicaid expansion got a hearing in court Thursday morning. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the State of Alaska as well as the Legislative Council, the Republican-dominated group representing the legislature suing the Governor. Both sides […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Preps underway for 20th annual Ski For Women

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 03, 21:13

    Some call it “the other” event that happens on Super Bowl Sunday in Anchorage. It’s the 20th year for the annual Ski For Women. Race Director Tamra Cornfield said the 4K loop at Kincaid Park is looking good. “I highly recommend going out and testing out the course,” Cornfield said. “Everything has been churned up […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crews begin demolition of Loussac Library steps

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 03, 21:02

    The steps at the Loussac Library are coming down. On Wednesday morning, crews began demolishing the concrete steps at the library as well as the steel and Plexiglass canopy that covered the staircase. Library Director Mary Jo Torgeson said the demolition was welcome and a sign that the library’s grand remodel is progressing in a […]

  • Alaska News

    Up to 3,000 Anchorage residents could lose food stamps

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 02, 20:03

    Thousands of Anchorage residents could lose their food stamps if they don’t meet new work requirements. The acronym ABAWD explains who is affected — it stands for “able-bodied adults without dependents.” With some exceptions, that means people between the ages of 18 and 49 who don’t have children living with them must meet the new […]

  • Alaska News

    State surveys Alaskans about marijuana use

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 01, 20:53

    The state of Alaska wants to know who’s smoking marijuana and how often? The results of a state-wide survey were released on Monday. State epidemiologist Yuri Springer said the survey had 750 respondents. They were mostly white (83 percent), mostly women (54 percent) and over 50 years of age (65 percent). Springer said 22 percent […]

  • Alaska News

    Construction spending in Alaska predicted to go down in 2016

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 01, 18:53

    A new report from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) is predicting a big drop in construction spending this year. ISER economist Scott Goldsmith said spending will be down 18 percent, with construction in the oil and gas sector down almost 25 percent. Goldsmith said oil-related projects will be […]

  • Health

    CDC issues travel warning to pregnant women over mosquito spread illness

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 29, 18:03

    The Centers for Disease Control is warning pregnant women not to travel to countries where the Zika virus has been spreading. That’s a geographic area that includes most of South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. The warning comes after an estimated 4000 babies in Brazil have been born with a serious birth […]

  • Alaska News

    Residents return to Kenai neighborhood partially destroyed by explosions, fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 25, 19:22

    Most of the residents of a Kenai neighborhood that was rocked by a natural gas explosion are back home. But the sight they returned to wasn’t pretty. The earthquake severed natural gas lines on Lilac Lane. Two homes blew up and the fire that followed destroyed two more. Scott Anderson owns a fourplex on Lilac […]

  • Alaska News

    Fires destroy 4 Kenai homes after Sunday’s earthquake

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 25, 7:22

    “Just a big old orange flame and kaboom!” — that’s how Neil Robinson describes what happened to his neighbor’s house after Sunday’s 7.1-magintude earthquake in Alaska. The blast was so strong it blew out a window in his own home half a block a way and left him shaken. “It was scary, I’ve never seen […]

  • Money

    Coins make wishes come true at Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 21, 22:28

    A money laundering operation is underway in Anchorage, but there’s nothing illegal going on. Thousands of dollars worth of coins are getting washed so they can be donated to a local charity. Wish Upon a North Star is the group that provides wishes for terminally ill children. Board Member Rich Owens explains that a chunk […]

  • Alaska News

    Broken cargo ship holds up grocery shipment to Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 19, 20:11

    A cargo ship that experienced mechanical troubles is responsible for some empty store shelves in Anchorage. Tote Maritime’s Grace Greene said the ship that was supposed to arrive in Anchorage on Sunday never made it further than the port in Tacoma, Wash. “Fortunately this doesn’t happen very often and so when it does we dedicate […]

  • Alaska News

    Our Alaska starts Kickstarter to educate Alaskans about state fiscal situation

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 18, 18:35

    A new group is hoping to educate the public about the state’s fiscal situation. The group called “Our Alaska” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can produce videos and other material about the state’s fiscal crisis. Our Alaska member Ian Laing said the group’s first video, which includes both dancing and […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “Unseen-Seen” art project unveiled at Bean’s Cafe

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 15, 20:39

    A unique art exhibit is now on display inside Bean’s Cafe. “Unseen-Seen” features a combination of large and small, hand-painted portraits of homeless men and women who frequent Bean’s. Artist James Temte said he wanted to put faces to the people who’s lives are rarely celebrated and mount the exhibit for them to see. “Art […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Supporters submit signatures to link PFD and voter registration

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 14, 19:30

    An initiative that would sign up eligible Alaska residents to vote when they apply for a Permanent Fund Dividend check is moving closer towards the ballot. Thursday, supporters of the initiative delivered the signatures of more than 42,000 registered voters from across the state to the Division of Elections Office in Anchorage. That number is […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: APD reactivates public police scanner broadcast

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 13, 17:53

    Update: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 The Anchorage Police Department announced Thursday that it had reactivated its public scanner broadcast. The public feed was taken offline Jan. 12 as police investigated a series of armed robberies, according to APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro. [Broadcastify Stream Link] Original Story: Anchorage Police have turned off the feed that provides […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage family says car seat saved their child’s life during collision

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 12, 17:23

    Her family says a little girl who survived a multi-vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway Monday afternoon is alive for one reason — she was properly buckled into her car seat. The impact of the crash severed the seat belt that was holding the car seat in place and ripped off most of the vehicle’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Ronald McDonald House to open in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 11, 19:03

    The Alaska Native Medical Center will be the site of the first Ronald McDonald House in Alaska. The charity that helps families deal with medically fragile children is sponsoring a floor in a new patient housing project that is going up on the ANMC campus. LeeAnn Garrick with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium said […]

  • Alaska News

    University of Alaska looks to future in tough funding times

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 11, 18:16

    Students at the University of Alaska are back in class, but with the new semester comes new questions about the university’s future and its funding. The UA Board of Regents is asking the Legislature for more money this year, but that doesn’t look likely considering the state’s budget woes. In Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New affordable housing complex opens in Mountain View

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 08, 17:00

    Finding affordable housing is a huge challenge in Anchorage, but a new apartment complex in Mountain View may ease the crunch a little. Ridgeline Terrace is one of the largest projects the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has built in years. There are 70 units, 50 reserved for families and 20 just for seniors. AHFC CEO […]