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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

    Project SEARCH helps students transition from high school to workplace

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 16, 21:57

    A program in the Mat-Su Valley is being recognized nationally for its success in helping young adults with disabilities get the job skills they need to become productively employed. Project SEARCH is a national program that helps young adults with disabilities as they transition from high school to the work world. Project SEARCH has a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    5 black bears still roaming Government Hill; bear-proof trash cans a possibility

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 15, 23:06

    A family of black bears doesn’t look to be leaving the Government Hill neighborhood anytime soon. A mama bear and four cubs have been spotted nearly every day since they made a first appearance on Friday. Wednesday morning, all five bears were up in a tall spruce tree with plenty of people looking on. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State Legislature considers buying Anchorage’s LIO building

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 14, 19:27

    The Alaska Legislature has agreed to extend the lease on Anchorage’s new Legislative Information Offices building for another year — with an eye on eventually purchasing the building. Sen. Gary Stevens, of Kodiak, is head of the Legislative Council that took a recent vote on the issue. Stevens favors trying to buy the building and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Black bear, cubs return to Government Hill

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 13, 19:11

    For the second year in a row, a black bear with four cubs has returned to the Government Hill neighborhood. The bears were first spotted on Friday and have returned every day since. Neighbors say the Bears got into trash over the weekend. One woman reported the mother bear had taken a swipe at her dog. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Veterinarians say ‘kennel cough’ on the rise in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 10, 19:37

    Some Anchorage veterinary clinics have seen a recent spike in the number of dogs suffering from a respiratory illness commonly known as “kennel cough.” Dr. Jon Basler with College Village Animal Clinic said his practice has seen more cases each day recently than they typically see in a month. “We are averaging two to five […]

  • Alaska

    Dalton Highway still closed for standing water and ice

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 09, 19:32

    The Dalton Highway remained closed for a fifth day on Thursday, but the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is getting some help. DOT&PF spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said an disaster declaration by Gov. Bill Walker this week has freed up funding to hire a dozen more contractors to help reopen the road. Bailey said […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thin ice in the Valley proves dangerous

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 06, 21:35

    Rescue workers in the Mat-Su Valley are warning people to stay off the ice because it isn’t safe. Dave Reilly with the Mat-Su Water Rescue Team said without a layer of insulating snow local lakes and rivers are melting at a rate that is about a month ahead of schedule. Reilly said they’ve had three […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaskans excited by early spring prepare for outdoor fun

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 03, 20:53

    Alaskans are taking advantage of what appears to be an early spring. Many were out and about on Friday enjoying the warm weather on bike trails and at local parks. The sunshine was also good for local businesses that cater to those who like to be outside. At Paramount Cycles, they were backed up trying to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    East High School lunch lady celebrates 88th birthday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 02, 20:48

    An Anchorage School District employee celebrated something special on Thursday: Liz Fine turned 88 years old and still has a job she loves. Fine has worked in the East High School cafeteria for more than a dozen years and says even at her advanced age, she has no desire to retire. “They asked me when […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Expansion project will give Anchorage drivers new east-west route

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 01, 22:16

    A project that will give Anchorage drivers a new way to get around town is taking shape. Construction crews have begun putting in place the huge steel girders that will support an overpass on Arctic Boulevard. The West Dowling Extension Project will connect the east side of town with the west side. Phase two, the […]

  • State

    Community speaks out about proposed public broadcasting cuts in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 31, 19:33

    A proposal to eliminate state funding for Alaska’s public broadcasting system got some reaction Tuesday from people testifying in a statewide public hearing. Emily Cross is a board member for public radio station KNBA. Cross told members of the Senate Finance committee that she understood the state was in a difficult budget position but that cutting […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bean’s Cafe clients pitch in for cleanup

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 27, 17:43

    The area around Bean’s Café and the Brother Francis Shelter is looking a lot brighter after clients picked up 420 pounds of garbage Friday morning. The clean-up included removing a few items left on Karluk Street where people have been camping on the sidewalk for months. Police said most of the campers had moved on […]

  • Alaska

    70 wood bison, so far, have arrived to Shageluk’s 65-resident community

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 23, 22:53

    An operation to return 100 wood bison back into the wilds of Western Alaska is going smoothly. By day’s end Monday, more than 70 animals had arrived by cargo plane to their new home in Shageluk. The bison are being released into a large pen that is several acres in size. The plan is to […]

  • Alaska

    Wood bison on the move: From Wildlife Center to the wilds of Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 22, 18:41

    Moving is never an easy job, but what if your move involved flying 100 bison to a new home in Western Alaska? The big move started Sunday morning at the Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Over the next few days, the wood bison will be boxed up in specially made crates at the center, then […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    World Down Syndrome Day: Chugiak family shares its story

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 21, 18:38

    Saturday is World Down Syndrome day, a day when people unite across the globe to raise awareness about the genetic disorder. It’s also a day for people to celebrate the voices of people who have Down syndrome, as well as those they live and work with. The day is special for one Chugiak family. Angie […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man wins new car in United Way sweepstakes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 20, 18:17

    A local contest saw one of five finalists drive home with a new car Friday. Each contestant got a key to a brand new car but only one of those keys would turn the engine,  and only one person would walk away a winner. That was the scene Friday afternoon at Alaska Sales and Service […]

  • Alaska

    Unusual weather patterns may be to blame for lack of Arctic ice

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 19, 23:12

    Satellites that take pictures of ice in the Arctic are showing the lowest amount of sea ice ever recorded, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. Mary-Beth Schreck with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in Anchorage said unusual weather patterns may be to blame, including jet streams […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage man who proposed Kincaid moose hunt says he’ll keep trying

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 18, 19:15

    An Anchorage man says he’s not going to give up on the idea of a moose hunt in Kincaid Park, even though the State Board of Game tabled the proposal earlier this week. Ira Edwards is a former State Park ranger and an avid athlete who has used the trails in Kincaid Park for many […]

  • Iditarod

    Female inmates continue tradition of caring for dropped Iditarod dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 17, 19:23

    Iditarod dogs are heading to Nome, but not all of them will make it that far down the trail. Race officials say it’s not uncommon for mushers to drop hundreds of dogs along the way. Most dropped dogs are flown into Anchorage where handlers pick them up, but dogs that need to spend the night […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2 charities benefit from Subaru’s ‘Share the Love’ event

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 16, 20:27

    Two local charities got two big checks on Monday, an unexpected surprise thanks to Continental Subaru and its customers. Continental Subaru’s “Share The Love” event donated a portion of each Subaru sold in part of November and all of December to several charities. Customers got to choose where their money went. The Eva Foundation plans […]