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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

    APD spends millions on new patrol cars

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 29, 18:53

    Dozens of Anchorage Police Department officers are sporting new rides now that the city has invested nearly $3 million in replacing APD’s patrol vehicles. The new vehicles are Ford Interceptors, sedans and SUVs that are built specifically for law enforcement and cost about $41,000 each by the time they are fully customized. The new cruisers […]

  • State

    Judge says Walker-Mallot ticket can stand

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 12:51

    A ruling by Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock will let the Walker-Mallott ticket stand. The judge ruled that Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai were correct when they issued an emergency regulation approving the ticket. The decision came after oral arguments with attorneys representing the Bill Walker Campaign, the […]

  • Local

    Morning earthquake leaves mess behind

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 6:56

    There were no reports of major damage or injury from Thursday’s quake, but many Anchorage residents felt it strongly. Others had a mess to clean up from what the quake left behind, including Romig Middle School. Principal Sven Gustafson said there was damage to several ceiling tiles in the gym and a large crack in […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Animal Control opens after-hour drop-off for strays

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 24, 18:44

    For the first time in four years, Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center is offering a place where people can drop off strays when the shelter is closed. The after-hours drop-off area is located to the rear of the shelter building. There are seven separate holding areas for large and small animals. Deeann Fetko with the […]

  • Local

    Ticket writing, police revenue down in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 24, 18:18

    The Anchorage Police Department is looking at a budget shortfall of about $500,000. Officers aren’t writing as many tickets as they used to, which is one of the department’s only sources of revenue. Police Chief Mark Mew says it boils down to the fact that he has fewer officers to do the job. It’s part […]

  • State

    Supporters push for Ballot Proposition 3 at Anchorage hearing

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 23, 21:11

    There were passionate testimonies presented at a special hearing that took place Tuesday over whether Alaska should raise its minimum wage. Supporters of Ballot Proposition 3 far outweighed opponents in the audience at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage as they testified about how a boost in the minimum wage amount could help the […]

  • Money

    Palmer farm growing a new generation of farmers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 19, 19:47

    At Spring Creek Farm in Palmer they’re growing more than just beautiful vegetables. The farm – owned by Alaska Pacific University – is trying to grow a new generation of farmers. Getting more people interested in understanding how to grow their own food is particularly important for Alaskans, according to Farm Educator Joshua Faller. “I […]

  • Local

    New requirements coming for public housing recipients

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 18, 23:27

    The clock is ticking for some people who live in public housing or get vouchers to help pay for their rent. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is now requiring clients who can work to pay a higher percentage of their rent every year. “Each year the percentage of rent that they pay will step up […]

  • Local

    New contractor chosen to run Anchorage Safety Patrol

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 18, 18:47

    Beginning Oct. 1, Anchorage will have a new contractor running the Anchorage Safety Patrol program, the service that picks up public inebriates off the streets and takes them to the sleep-off center downtown. Goldbelt Inc., a Native corporation based in Juneau, is taking over for NANA Management services, which held the contract for the last […]

  • Local

    Anchorage to wrap up road projects soon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 17, 18:10

    The Alaska Department of Transportation has good news for many local drivers. A lot of the road construction projects in Anchorage should be wrapping up soon, says the department’s spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy. State-funded projects include about $68,000,000 worth of road construction in Anchorage. McCarthy says most should be finished for the season by the end of September. She says […]

  • Local

    Unmanned aircraft meeting held in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 16, 21:49

    Alaska is one of six states in the country that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead to test and gather data on what are commonly called drones. Most of the research is being done around Fairbanks, but Anchorage is where the annual meeting of the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group is being […]

  • Local

    Unions launch new “Vote No on 1″ campaign

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 12, 20:06

    As the November election approaches, Anchorage residents may begin to notice new political signs with a familiar slogan. But this latest “Vote No on 1” campaign has nothing to do with oil taxes, as it did in the primary election. The Proposition 1 that Anchorage voters will see on the ballot in November refers to Mayor […]

  • Local

    In Anchorage, it’s now easier to find lost pets

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 11, 22:20

    The Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center is making it easier than ever to locate lost pets and adopt new ones on the computer. The center recently added a number of new features to its website that will allow people to post descriptions and pictures of their missing pets. Animal Control spokesperson Brooke Taylor says the center has […]

  • US/World

    Smoke alarms recalled over malfunction issue

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 11, 18:45

    A popular brand of smoke alarms is being voluntarily recalled. The recall is for three specific types of Kidde brand smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The manufacturing corporation says it’s recalling them because they could malfunction after a power outage. The affected models are the hard-wired variety that were manufactured after December of last year. The […]

  • Local

    Volunteers roll up sleeves for Day of Caring

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 10, 20:44

    More than 500 people rolled up their sleeves and got to work on Tuesday, but they weren’t exactly doing their regular jobs. They were volunteering their time for United Way’s Day of Caring. The annual corporate volunteer day is in its 21st year in Anchorage. According to United Way, the number of nonprofits that benefit continues […]

  • Local

    Assembly considers Chugach State Park access plan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 09, 22:07

    The Anchorage Assembly is considering a plan that would allow more access to Chugach State Park in the future. The access plan maps out all the places that people enter the park now – some legal, some not. The plan is an attempt to make sure public access is preserved as more development takes place around […]

  • Local

    Beached whale dies near Beluga Point

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 08, 13:12

    An adult male beluga whale has died after it became stranded on the rocks near Mile 104 of the Seward Highway. Barbara Mahoney with the National Marine Fisheries Service says it appears the whale got stuck on the rocky shoreline as the fast-moving tide went out around 9 a.m. Monday. The whale was still alive when Indian […]

  • Local

    Local, fresh produce shows up in Anchorage food banks

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 05, 19:15

    September is “Hunger Action Month,” a time when members of the community can pitch in to help those who are hungry. The Food Bank of Alaska says as many as one in seven Alaska residents struggle with food “insecurity” and access to regular meals. September will feature food drives for non-perishable items, but there’s a […]

  • Local

    Body of Alaska serial killer’s victim exhumed

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 04, 18:38

    She was the victim of one of Alaska’s most famous serial killers, but authorities never knew her name. For 30 years, they’ve been calling her “Jane Doe 3.” That could soon change. On Wednesday, authorities exhumed the remains of a woman murdered by serial killer Robert Hansen. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the […]

  • Local

    Middle or elementary school: ASD asks which is best for 6th graders

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 03, 21:04

    Do sixth graders do best in middle school or elementary school? That’s a question the Anchorage School District is trying to answer as it considers putting more sixth graders in middle school. Right now, most sixth graders in Anchorage go to elementary school. In the district, there are three middle schools that have sixth graders […]