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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

  • Local

    State cuts ribbon on new Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 29, 16:26

    It’s been years in the making, but Alaska will soon have a new place to store its rocks — and not just any rocks. The state’s new Geologic Materials Center will house cuttings and core samples from nearly every oil and gas or mining project in the state. The facility will be open to both […]

  • Local

    Ebola rumors fly after Mat-Su teacher returns from Africa

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 27, 20:45

    Rumors that Ebola had reached Alaska spread through the Mat-Su Valley Monday morning after a Houston Middle School teacher returned from a trip to Africa. But Kelly Dau, who teaches sixth grade math, didn’t go to West Africa, where cases of the virus have been confirmed. She went to South Africa, where there have been no cases […]

  • Local

    Anchorage mom loses boxing match, still wins big

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 24, 19:18

    Maria Edwards had never boxed before she got in the ring Thursday night at the Egan Center. But she had a good reason for taking part in Anchorage’s Thursday Night Fights: She was trying to earn enough cash to afford gymnastic lessons for her 3-year-old son. Edwards had her eye on the prize money, $50 […]

  • Local

    Native art fair draws crowds to Dena’ina Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 22:27

    The Alaska Federation of Natives convention brings Alaska Native leaders from around the state, but it also brings crafters and artisans. For many people, the Alaska Native Customary Art Fair is one of their favorite parts of the AFN convention. This year, the selection is better than ever. Hundreds of booths line the first floor […]

  • State

    Governor signs bill to recognize Native languages

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 15:39

    The number of official languages in the State of Alaska has gone from one to 21 with a single stroke of a pen. Gov. Sean Parnell signed HB216 in front of a cheering crowd at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Thursday morning. The bill recognizes 20 Native languages, and adds them to English as […]

  • Local

    9-year-old Anchorage boy’s project sends postcards to child refugees

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 22, 21:52

    A nine-year-old Anchorage boy is hoping to brighten the lives of child refugees. William Scannell is a fifth-grade student at Pacific Northern Academy. His project is called Any Refugee. William and his classmates are making postcards to send to children in refugee camps around the world. William says sending a postcard to anyone is a […]

  • Local

    Anchorage man runs nonprofit for free school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 21, 20:39

    Some people would call him the Santa Claus of school supplies, but it’s not a title Walter Ward wants. As far as he’s concerned, he’s only doing his job. Ward runs a nonprofit that provides free school supplies for low-income schools in Anchorage. He calls it the “Anchorage Teacher’s Store,” but it’s not a store […]

  • Local

    First snow greets Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 20, 18:42

    Anchorage’s first measurable snowfall of the season took some people by surprise, while others accepted it in stride. Darnell Little says he knew on Sunday that Monday’s snowfall would take place — not because he heard the weather forecast, but because he looked up at the mountains. “I told my wife, ‘I can’t see the […]

  • Local

    Thanksgiving Blessing in Mountain View needs contributions now

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 19, 10:46

    Those who organize one of Anchorage’s biggest food drives for the holidays are gearing up to feed more needy families than ever. At the Thanksgiving Blessing project on Nov. 24, families can pick out food at six different sites to make their own meals on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers are asking for the public’s help to […]

  • Local

    Police seek answers in missing Anchorage woman’s death

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 17, 19:42

    Police are looking for information from the public as they investigate the death of an Anchorage woman whose body was discovered near a Mountain View park. They want to speak with anyone who had contact with Mountain View resident Irma Williams within the last month. The 54-year-old mother was reported missing by her family on […]

  • State

    Fish lab biologists study king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 16, 22:38

    As winter approaches, most of us aren’t thinking about fishing, but that’s not the case for some biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Winter is the time that researchers in Anchorage’s fish lab get down to work. The state is spending millions of dollars on a project called the Chinook Salmon Research […]

  • Local

    Are Anchorage drivers ready for the tow plow?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 16, 21:26

    Anchorage drivers should prepare to see something a little different on the roads this winter: a new type of snow plow called a tow plow. Randy Vanderwood, with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said drivers who see the tow plow for the first time may be alarmed at the way the plow […]

  • State

    Alaska Fish and Game research looks to solve mystery of king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 23:22

    The state of Alaska is spending millions of dollars working on what could be called a mystery — why king salmon runs continue to decline. The Chinook Salmon Research Initiative has many parts with the same goal, to better understand what is happening to king salmon so the resource can be better managed through both […]

  • Local

    Friends, family continue search for missing Anchorage mother

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 19:08

    A 20 year-old woman remains missing tonight, and friends and family are worried for her safety. Jael Hamblen was last seen in her Trailside Loop apartment in South Anchorage Saturday night. Kendra Vincent is Hamblen’s roommate. On Tuesday, Vincent spent the day handing out fliers in their apartment complex, asking if anyone had seen her […]

  • State

    Fish and Game hopes research initiative will help to better manage king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 6:38

    The state of Alaska is spending millions of dollars to try and solve the mystery of what’s happening to the king salmon population. For the past decade, the fish have been returning to Alaskan rivers and streams in ever dwindling numbers. Lower runs of chinook salmon affect the entire state and many different user groups. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Candidates for Alaska lieutenant governor square off at industry forum

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 13, 17:46

    Mayor Dan Sullivan and Byron Mallott — candidates for Alaska lieutenant governor — squared off on Monday at a forum sponsored by industry groups like the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the Alaska Miners Association. The event was presented as a forum to hear the candidates’ views on resource development. Sullivan, vying for the lieutenant […]

  • Local

    Muldoon Road to get raised medians

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 10, 18:28

    Muldoon Road is one of the busiest in Anchorage and, when it comes to the sheer number of crashes, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Carla Smith, a project manager with the Alaska Department of Transportation, said parts of the road have a crash rate that is three to four times higher than the […]

  • Local

    Marvell Johnson: remembering a veteran voice of Alaska radio

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 08, 19:32

    Marvell Johnson’s murder has touched many people, most of whom he has never met. The 64-year-old hosted a popular show on public radio station KSKA that ran for more than 30 years. The show, “Soul to Soul,” featured the music Johnson loved and grew up with — Motown and R&B-soul classics, as well as modern […]

  • Local

    Website, phone app help Anchorage neighborhoods stay connected

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 07, 20:22

    One Anchorage man is using an app that’s meant to keep neighbors connected for an unusual purpose. Albert Whitehead says he wants to stay updated on any bears in his South Addition neighborhood. He’s particularly worried about his pet reindeer, named Star. Whitehead says he’s never encountered a bear on their walks, but he says […]

  • Local

    Anchorage teacher gets surprise delivery of school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 02, 22:16

    A special delivery caught a classroom of second graders and their teacher by surprise Thursday afternoon at College Gate Elementary School. Local Chevron gas station owner Jeff Mulholland delivered a box of math supplies, including: games, books, counting tools, even several iPads. Teacher Tamara Ramsey said the supplies were particularly welcome because she often spends […]