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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

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: The growing need for young farmers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 18, 6:29

    The manager of a Palmer Farm says Alaska needs to attract a younger generation to farming, a field that is rapidly aging, especially as the demand for local food continues to grow. Megan Talley says the typical Alaskan farmer is someone in their late 50s. “I think it’s 58, 59? That’s the average age,” said […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Bird TLC welcomes five baby owls

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 15, 20:23

    The Bird Treatment and Learning Center has become a temporary home for five northern hawk-owls. Avian rehabilitation coordinator Amy Kilshaw said the birds arrived six weeks ago after they were found abandoned outside the village of Ruby. Kilshaw said it’s the first time the nonprofit has ever had baby owls. They were just two weeks […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Making the switch: Anchorage changes to LED lights

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 14, 20:36

    In a move to make the city brighter while saving money at the same time, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is vowing to replace conventional street lights with new LED bulbs. The effort was started by the Begich administration, but today there are still thousands of lights that need to make the change. On Thursday, Mayor Berkowitz […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Berkowitz plans to get tough on owners of abandoned properties

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 12, 21:20

      No one likes to see abandoned buildings in their neighborhood. A proposal before the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday from the Berkowitz administration would get tough on owners who let their vacant properties become eyesores. Municipal Attorney Bill Folsey said the proposal would require owners to register their property with the municipality within 30 days of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Earth-pounding crane levels Merrill Field

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 11, 19:43

    A $9.6 million project is reshaping Merrill Field. A giant crane is pounding the ground in an effort to level out the aging airfield. Airport Manager Paul Bowers said the airport was built over what was then the city landfill after it closed in 1987. He said over the years, the garbage beneath the ground […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Photos: Anchorage’s Black Lives Matter rally as it happened

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 08, 15:06

    An Anchorage Black Lives Matter rally focused on everyone in the community and worked to bring people together through prayer, according to event organizer Annalisha Jacobs. The rally took place for two hours on Friday in the Sears Mall parking lot. Jacobs said the event was hastily planned Wednesday evening after two black men were shot […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Increase in 911 calls leaves AFD in need of more dispatchers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 07, 19:38

    A big jump in 911 calls has the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) asking for help. Assistant fire chief Erich Scheunemann said the department will ask the city to fund four new dispatcher positions in its 2017 budget. Scheunemann said the fire department is taking thousands of additional calls every year for a variety of reasons, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Museum expansion project underway

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 06, 20:05

    A major expansion project is taking shape at the Anchorage Museum. Workers put the last steel beam in place on the project Wednesday morning. When it’s completed in September of 2017, the expanded east wing will give the museum an additional 25,000-square feet of space. Museum Director Julie Decker said the extra room will be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD to patrol part of the Seward Highway for the holiday weekend

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 30, 19:09

    Alaska State Troopers are getting some extra help patrolling the Seward Highway over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A federal grant will pay for two to four Anchorage police officers to patrol the section of highway that runs between Potter Marsh and Girdwood. Anchorage Police Department chief Chris Tolley said the goal is to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fireworks shows get OK from Anchorage fire chief

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 29, 19:47

    The Anchorage Fire Department has given the green light for two fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. One will be held at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, the other at Eagle River Lions Club Community Park in Eagle River. Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said residents need to remember that fireworks are still illegal in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Potential record-setting year for Anchorage road construction projects

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 27, 19:17

    The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) says this year could set a new record for road construction projects in Southcentral Alaska. DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said 2015 set a record, with more than $300 million spent on projects. This year, she said, spending could be even higher. McCarthy said the biggest ongoing project […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Brown bear spotted near South Anchorage Neighborhood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 24, 19:36

    Some people who live in a South Anchorage neighborhood are worried about a brown bear that’s been spotted near by. Deborah Baines owns The Learning Farm on Gander Drive, not far from Lake Otis and Huffman. She runs a day camp at the farm, and said on any given day, it’s filled with animals and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska SPCA offers free health care for pets in some Anchorage neighborhoods

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 23, 20:37

    ANCHORAGE –It isn’t often that you get something for free, but that’s the case with a program called Pets for Life that’s run by the Alaska SPCA. Pets for Life offers free health care for pets including spaying, neutering and vaccinations in some under served neighborhoods. If pet owners don’t have transportation to the clinic, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sea gull chicks hold up construction of new roof at West High School

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 22, 20:55

    At West High School, the noise from summer construction fills the air. But in a nearby courtyard of the school, there’s a different sound. It comes from dozens of sea gulls that have decided to use the courtyard as their home while they rear their young. Anchorage School District project manager Nick Bell said replacing […]

  • Alaska News

    Governor declares Invasive Species Awareness Week for Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 21, 19:24

    Many people would agree that Alaska has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. But some experts say that landscape could be threatened over time by invasive species. Gov. Bill Walker has declared June 20 through June 26 Invasive Species Awareness Week — a time, according to the governor’s office, when Alaskans should […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska ‘cat man’ cruises to Anchorage with his 22 cats

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 17, 20:11

    Jim Hershberger doesn’t get into town very often but Friday you could find him at Ship Creek standing next to his truck tending to his 22 cats. Hershberger normally lives on a remote homestead about 50 miles outside of Tok. Every few years he brings the cats into Anchorage to update their rabies shots and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Corrections department cuts 100 beds at Anchorage halfway house

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 16, 18:23

    The Alaska Department of Corrections has a plan to save millions of dollars by cutting beds at Anchorage’s largest halfway house. DOC spokesman Corey Allen-Young said the state will stop funding 100 of the 238 beds at the Cordova Center downtown. Allen-Young said the beds were routinely going unfilled but the state was still paying […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless now have a place to store their belongings at Bean’s Cafe

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 15, 21:00

    Imagine having to watch over everything you own or risk having it stolen. That’s a reality for many homeless people and why Bean’s Cafe has begun allowing clients to store their belongings there. Bean’s Cafe staff have turned an old shed behind their building into a storage area where people can keep their possessions. Director […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage airport welcomes bomb-sniffing dog

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 14, 20:36

    Jjackman is a 5-year-old yellow lab who has undergone specialized training to help sniff out explosives. Transportation Security Administration director for Alaska Brian Cahill said Jjackman’s job is to check out passengers with his nose as they enter the security line. Once they are cleared, he said, they can go through an expedited check-in process […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Business as usual for Alaska PrideFest security despite Orlando shootings

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 13, 21:43

    Sunday’s shooting at an Orlando nightclub came just a week before Anchorage begins a week of Alaska PrideFest celebrations. But organizers say they have no plans to beef up security here. Longtime Pride co-chair J.J. Harrier said Anchorage is a safe community and the shooting in Orlando hasn’t changed that. Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell […]