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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

  • Health

    New treatments available in Alaska for Hepatitis C

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 20:55

    Hepatitis C is a disease that health officials say kills more Alaskans than HIV and AIDS, but according to state health officials, most of the people who have the virus don’t know it. State Hepatitis prevention coordinator Ginger Provo says more than 16,000 Alaskans have been infected with the Hepatitis C virus since the state […]

  • Alaska

    Pick.Click.Give. hits $1 million mark

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 8:11

    Alaskans are proving generous with their Permanent Fund Dividend checks. The people who run the Pick.Click.Give. program say they hit the $1 million mark over the weekend. Program Manager Heather Beaty said the money was raised in a record amount of time. The average donation is right around the $100 level, but even people who […]

  • Health

    Measles in Alaska? State health department waits for results

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 1:32

    Health officials in Alaska say it could be several more days until they learn whether the state is experiencing its first measles case in more than 15 years. A 1-year-old girl tested positive for the virus on Friday. The child had been traveling in California with her family, a state that is experiencing a measles outbreak. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New app lets Anchorage residents order snowplowing service

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 23, 17:25

    Anchorage residents can now take advantage of a new app that allows them to get their driveways plowed simply by using their smartphones. Consumers can download the app, Plowz and Mowz, onto their smartphones, and order a plowing of their driveway by local plowmen. Just like the ride-sharing service Uber, they are required to register […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New year starts with multiple shootings in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 22, 19:00

    Some would call it a rough start to the new year — Anchorage has seen at least six shootings in the month of January. The latest happened early Thursday morning when the Anchorage Police Department says three men wearing ski masks kicked in the door of an apartment on the 200 block of Zappa Place near […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly considers rate for proposed alcohol tax

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 21, 20:49

    Members of the Anchorage Assembly’s Finance and Budget Committee got a first look on Wednesday at how much money a proposed tax on alcohol sales might bring in. Municipal treasurer Daniel Moore says he ran the numbers based on similar taxes that are already in place in Fairbanks and Juneau. Moore says Juneau has an […]

  • Crime

    8-month investigation in Anchorage results in drug trafficking arrests

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 20, 21:33

    Three arrests were made in connection with a drug trafficking ring operating out of an East Anchorage nail parlor, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police say 44-year-old Toa Ly, a part-time resident of both Seattle and Anchorage, was running a drug trafficking operation from Fashion Nails, a salon he owned in a strip mall […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Special Olympic athlete headed for X Games

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 19, 19:14

    Special Olympic athlete Shannon Sullivan is flying out to Aspen, Colorado to compete in the Winter X Games. The Anchorage snowboarder is one of 10 Special Olympic athletes in the country who’ve been chosen to compete in a snowboard slalom event that pairs an athlete with intellectual disabilities with an X Game athlete on the […]

  • Health

    CDC: This year’s flu vaccine only 23% effective

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:31

    This year’s flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective against fighting the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on estimates from 10 years of vaccine studies. The CDC says the vaccine is a particularly poor match for the H3N2 strain of flu that is making most people sick. In previous […]

  • State

    Homer lawmaker wants to delay regulating marijuana edibles

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:03

    A Republican lawmaker wants the state to have more time to regulate concentrated marijuana products like edibles and hash oil. Representative Paul Seaton of Homer filed a bill that would delay regulating concentrates until November of 2016, a full year later than the deadline to regulate commercial sales of marijuana. Seaton said pushing the date […]

  • Alaska

    2 legislators pre-file bills aimed at improving Alaska National Guard

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 15, 13:52

    Two Alaskan legislators are calling for big changes within the Alaska National Guard, which they say will better protect victims of sexual assault and encourage reporting of crimes. Rep. Chris Tuck and Sen. Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, have pre-filed bills for the upcoming legislative session that would “clarify the protocol for reporting sexual assaults […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Safety Patrol gets body cams for drunk interactions

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 14, 20:07

    There’s been a debate nationwide over body cameras and whether it’s a good idea for police officers to be wearing them. In Anchorage, one group is already equipped with body cams, and it isn’t the Anchorage Police Department. For the last three weeks, workers with the Anchorage Safety Patrol have been wearing body cameras that record […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Pedestrian safety a concern following Muldoon Road fatal crash

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 12, 18:39

    A recent traffic-related death on Muldoon Road has prompted a warning for pedestrians to play it safe and not cross in the middle of the road. On Friday evening, 60-year-old Peter Albert was struck by an oncoming SUV and killed as he crossed Muldoon near Debarr Road. State traffic engineer Scott Thomas said Muldoon Road is one […]

  • Alaska

    Oil industry urges governor not to change tax structure

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 09, 19:31

    Low oil prices will cause big budget cuts for the state this year, but members of the oil industry are urging Gov. Bill Walker not to make changes to the tax structure. That message was heard several times during Friday’s annual meeting of the Support Industry Alliance. The meeting’s keynote speaker John Minge is head […]

  • Alaska

    AGDC board director asks for legal opinion on confidentiality pledges

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 08, 17:10

    The chairman of the board for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is asking for a legal opinion on Gov. Bill Walker’s directive not to sign confidentiality agreements when discussing the state’s two proposed gas pipeline projects. John Burns said he will ask the state attorney general as well as legal counsel for the AGDC to […]

  • Health

    Common cold hits more often in winter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 07, 21:05

    A team of scientists at Yale University have found one answer to the question of why colds seem more prevalent in wintertime. Their recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed evidence that suggested when temperatures dropped, the body’s immune system had a harder time fighting off the virus that […]

  • Alaska

    Is Alaska the most violent state?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 05, 18:50

    A new report says Alaskans live in the most dangerous state in the country. The website 24-7 Wall Street added up violent crime figures from the FBI for the year 2013 and found Alaska came out on top. The state had the highest totals of murders, rapes, robberies and assaults reported per 100,000 people. But […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sculptures at Elderberry Park light up Anchorage’s darkest days

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 23, 22:42

    Lighted sculptures and some large-scale sound are bringing people to Anchorage’s Elderberry Park. It’s not a typical holiday display, but artist Scott Pugh said it isn’t meant to be. Pugh is part of a group of artists called The Light Brigade. He says the sculptures are meant to provide residents with two things we lack in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown shooting raises questions of bar-break safety

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 22, 21:17

    A weekend shooting in downtown Anchorage is part of a growing list of incidents that happen when the bars let out and thousands of people pour out onto the streets at once. Sunday’s shooting happened near Fourth Avenue and D Street at a little after 2 am, about 45 minutes before the last of the bars […]

  • Alaska

    Murkowski expresses concern about North Korean cyber hack

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 19, 22:31

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she is very concerned now that the U.S. has established a link between the North Korean government and a recent hacking attack against Sony. The senator said the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, considers the cyber attack a  national threat. “This hacking is directly linked to North Korea, there’s […]