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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

  • Obama in Alaska

    Police: No violence on first day of president’s visit

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 18:51

    Anchorage police say there was no violence or unrest associated with day one of President Barack Obama’s visit to Anchorage, despite a rally on the park strip by a coalition of environmental groups who oppose his views on arctic drilling. Rebecca Noblin, with the Center for Biodiversity, says she welcomes the president’s visit to Alaska […]

  • Alaska

    Judge denies temporary restraining order to halt Medicaid expansion

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 28, 13:04

    An Alaska Superior Court judge has denied a temporary restraining order to stop Medicaid expansion. Judge Frank Pfiffner said he was asked to decide if Gov. Bill Walker could legally accept funding for Medicaid expansion for a new group of individuals without legislative approval. He said he wasn’t ruling on whether Medicaid expansion was a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chemical spraying takes out invasive weed at Lake Hood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 19:54

    A program to eradicate an invasive weed that was endangering float plane pilots at Lake Hood appears to be working. Last month, workers with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources sprayed a powerful chemical in the lake to try and knock back an invasive weed called elodea. Longtime pilot Jim Jensen said, in that short […]

  • National

    Sen. Rand Paul campaigns in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 25, 14:24

    An enthusiastic crowd greeted Republican presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul in his first-ever visit to Anchorage Tuesday. More than 200 people turned out at the Sheraton Anchorage ballroom Tuesday morning to hear Paul deliver his conservative views. Paul got applause for his pro-life, less-government approach as well as a plan to lower taxes to a […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska State Fair honors Farm Family of the Year

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 25, 7:34

    The Alaska State Fair kicks off in Palmer this coming Thursday and when it does, one Alaskan family will receive a special award. The Pettit family of Palmer has been selected as the Alaskan Farm Family of the year. Todd Pettit runs the Little Pitchfork Ranch on Lazy Mountain that his grandparents started in 1950. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New Glenn Highway bridge set to open Sunday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 21, 23:12

    Some big changes are in store for drivers on the Glenn Highway this weekend. Starting early Sunday morning, Department of Transportation workers will reroute traffic on to a brand new bridge near Eagle River that’s been under construction for the last year. The $42.5 million project includes three miles of new highway. The new stretch, […]

  • Alaska

    NOAA to look into unusual whale deaths

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 20, 19:46

    Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say there’s nothing normal about the number of dead whales that have turned up in Alaskan waters this summer. NOAA scientist Teri Rowles said the dead whales are from several different species. “There have been 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales and one gray whale,” Rowles said. […]

  • State

    Alaska lawmakers vote to sue over Gov. Walker’s Medicaid expansion plan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 13:51

    Updated Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 8:40 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Republican leaders in the Alaska Legislature have voted to go to court to try and stop Gov. Bill Walker from accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid in Alaska. Walker planned to begin implementing the expanded program on Sept. 1, but lawmakers will ask a judge to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor opens new recycling drop-off center for Anchorage residents

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 06, 22:33

    Anchorage residents will soon have a new place to drop off their recyclables. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz cut the ribbon Thursday morning on the Recycling Drop-Off Center located at the Central Transfer Station on East 56th Avenue. The midtown Transfer Station already accepts trash as well as household hazardous waste. The mayor said adding recycling bins […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Teens in APD’s Youth Academy investigate ‘crime scene’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 06, 19:40

    Some Anchorage high school students got to play detective on Thursday. The students were wrapping up a week at the Anchorage Police Department’s Youth Academy, where they learned about different aspects of law enforcement. Thursday’s lesson was all about crime scene investigation, taught by former APD homicide detective Glen Klinkhart. The students were confronted with […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Zoo cubs enjoy frozen treats

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 05, 19:28

    Three brown bear cubs at the Alaska Zoo got a special treat on Wednesday. Keepers gave the three orphans frozen popsicles filled with fruit, and the youngsters chowed down with enthusiasm. Jill Myer, the zoo’s development director, says the popsicles aren’t just a way to beat the heat — they’re considered a form of “enrichment.” […]

  • Weather News

    Anchorage needs 1 more 80-degree day to break record

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 04, 18:42

    If this summer feels like it could be one for the record books, there’s a good chance it will be. Anchorage has tied an all-time record for most days in a calendar year to reach 80 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the number to beat is four, the same number of 80-degree days […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New ice cream company features Alaskan ingredients

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 03, 20:25

    When Elissa Brown sees a beet, she doesn’t think savory, she thinks sweet. Alaskan beets are a prime ingredient in her newest ice cream flavor, featuring Alaskan beets and orange. Brown and her partner Chris Pike started their business, Wild Scoops, at the beginning of the summer. The couple has been making small batches of […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage physician sentenced to 3.5 years for Medicaid fraud

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 29, 13:04

    An Anchorage physician accused of Medicaid fraud was sentenced in Superior Court Wednesday. Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh was sentenced to a total of seven years, with three and a half of those years suspended. He was also sentenced to 10 years probation. Ghosh, of Ghosh Psychiatric Services, specialized in treating children and adolescents with autism and mental health […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Apartment owner says plugged storm drain makes city responsible for damages

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 27, 21:42

    The owner of an Anchorage apartment building that was flooded by torrential rains says she thinks the city should pay for the damages. Beverly Newby says the city failed to maintain a storm drain that could have helped divert the water that rushed down Cordova Street Saturday night and damaged each of the bottom units […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    JBER commander speaks out about Army cuts

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 27, 20:35

    On Monday, the commander of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spoke out for the first time about the coming cuts and what they could mean for the base. Col. Brian Bruckbauer says he is meeting weekly with U.S. Army officials to get a better idea of what their mission will look like in Alaska after the downsizing. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After emergency order, herbicide sprayed at Lake Hood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 24, 20:06

    It took an emergency order to put it on the fast track, but state workers began spraying Lake Hood Friday morning with a powerful herbicide. It’s an effort to rid the lake of an invasive weed called elodea. The fast-growing weed has tangled the rudders of floatplanes and caused pilots to lose control during takeoffs […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    50 women graduate at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 23, 19:59

    More than 50 inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center participated in a graduation ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony was held in the prison gym with music provided by the prison orchestra. The women received their high school diplomas, G.E.D.s and certificates for vocational programs and apprenticeships. Education Coordinator Karen Jenkins says about 35 percent of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Firefighters search for arson suspect who could face attempted murder charges

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 22, 20:25

    Anchorage firefighters are looking for the individual responsible for a trailer fire that happened early Monday morning that fire officials say was deliberately set. Firefighters were called to the Glencaren Trailer Court at 2221 Muldoon Road at 3:30 Monday morning. They found a trailer in flames. Fire investigator Brian Balega says the nine people who […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla teen Sam Allred released from hospital

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 22, 19:51

    A Wasilla teen that was seriously injured in a four-wheeler collision over the Fourth of July weekend is back home and starting to recover. Sam Allred broke his pelvis and several vertebrae in his neck and also received extensive internal injuries when the ATV flipped and rolled over him on a family camping trip in […]