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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

  • News

    Nonprofit says Mat-Su youth need shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 27, 20:34

    The Mat-Su School District estimates there are close to 500 homeless teens and young adults in the Mat-Su Valley. But despite the numbers, the Valley has no shelter for homeless teens. Many at-risk youth end up at Covenant House in Anchorage, some 50 miles away. Many receive no services at all. Now, a Valley nonprofit would […]

  • Local

    August Foundation finds homes for Alaskan racing dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 26, 19:47

    In some circles they are known as “living legends” — retired Iditarod sled dogs that have moved on to a new phase in life. The older dogs may no longer be in their athletic prime, but they have plenty of golden years left. A new organization is working to make sure these dogs find homes where […]

  • Local

    Surge of veterans seeking jobs in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 25, 19:22

    Anchorage has a low unemployment rate, but new competition for jobs is about to come on the market. Hundreds of local service members who are being downsized from the military are expected to be out of a job within the next six months. Some of them have already begun the hunt for new employment. A […]

  • State

    Alaskan homes showing their age

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 24, 20:28

    When it comes to housing, Alaska stacks up a little differently than the Lower 48. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation recently released a report that looks at existing housing across the state and compares it to the rest of the country. According to the report, homes in Alaska use nearly twice as much energy per year […]

  • State

    Final report released on FEMA response to Galena flooding

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 24, 18:56

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has come out with its final report on how well the Federal Emergency Management Agency responded to the flooding disaster in Galena last year. The agency said FEMA acted appropriately to try and bring aid to villagers, but it could have done a better job. FEMA was criticized for […]

  • Local

    ‘Employment first’ stresses jobs for people who experience disabilities

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 23, 19:16

    Most of us would say it’s important to have a job, but what if you couldn’t get one just because you experienced a disability? A new law may make it easier for people with disabilities to find jobs and keep them. Gov. Sean Parnell recently declared Alaska an “employment first” state. It means that state […]

  • Local

    Bird Creek Campground opens after 3-year closure

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 20, 19:45

    A popular Anchorage campground has reopened after a three-year closure. The Bird Creek Campground is just a short drive from Anchorage heading south on the Seward Highway. It has 24 spaces for tents and RVs, the same amount as before, but rangers have removed dozens of old dead spruce trees that were causing a safety risk. […]

  • Local

    Chester Creek Trail set for repave

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 19, 18:52

    First it was the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that got a major facelift, and now, another popular trail is about to get its turn. The Chester Creek Trail will be completely repaved by the end of next summer. Phase one of the project will start in early July and run from Westchester Lagoon to Valley […]

  • Local

    Could tax breaks bring new development to Fairview?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 18, 19:01

    Could a break on property taxes be enough to turn a blighted neighborhood around? Some people who live and work in Fairview are hoping so. Anchorage Assembly members will soon consider a proposal that would declare Fairview a “tax abatement district.” The distinction would allow developers who build multi-family housing in the zone to write […]

  • Local

    AWWU asks customers not to flush wet wipes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 17, 18:46

    Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is asking its customers to please not flush wet wipes down the toilet. AWWU estimates it is spending an extra $5,000 to $10,000 a week to remove clogged wipes from the system. The utility company recently spent about $4,500 to mail postcards to its customers. On one side the postcard […]

  • Local

    Anchorage NeighborWorks hopes to house homeless vets

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 16, 19:30

    Finding affordable housing in Anchorage is a challenge for many people and that includes veterans. A local nonprofit is hoping to help veterans who are struggling with housing, especially those who are homeless. Anchorage NeighborWorks is the nonprofit that recently purchased several lots in a Muldoon neighborhood. One of the properties has a five-plex. On […]

  • Local

    Judge recommends removal of legal guardian for Bret Bohn

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 13, 13:36

    An Anchorage judge is recommending the state terminate its legal guardianship over Bret Bohn, the 27-year-old Wasilla man who has been at the center of a medical custody battle between the state and his family. Bohn, who is currently living in Idaho, spoke by telephone at his hearing today in an Anchorage courtroom. The media […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Middle schoolers get hands-on look at forensic science

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 12, 20:14

    Investigating crime scenes may sound like an exciting job, at least on television, but how close are shows like NCSI and CSI to real life? Some local middle schoolers are getting a chance to find out this week at the Alaska Forensic Science Camp. On Thursday, campers toured the Alaska crime lab. They got a […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Black bears spotted near UAA campus

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 11, 20:04

    Students on the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University campuses are being asked to keep a close eye out for a mother black bear with two cubs. The bears have been making the rounds between the two schools for the past several days. The bears have been most commonly spotted on the trails near […]

  • State

    Violence against Native women gets national attention

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 10, 21:04

    Alaska Native women have the highest rate of rape in the country according to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. It’s an ugly statistic that many say must change, including officials in Washington D.C. Kevin Washburn is one of the featured speakers at the National Congress of American Indians taking place at the Den’ina Center […]

  • State

    National Congress of American Indians meets in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 09, 20:51

    Hundreds of Native American leaders from around the country are in Anchorage for a three-day meeting of the National Congress of American Indians. NCAI Executive Director Jackie Pata said the mid-year meeting rotates to different areas of the country every year, but the purpose is the same – share concerns and set policy to be […]

  • State

    Late Norma Goodman receives broadcast honor

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 06, 19:58

    The name Norma Goodman is well known to many people who grew up in Anchorage. She was dubbed Alaska’s “First Lady of Television” and her daily talk show ran for more than 50 years on KTVA Channel 11. Goodman died in 2007, but on Friday her family accepted what may be the highest honor a […]

  • Local

    Protestors disrupt Town Square Park tree trimming

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 05, 19:48

    A plan to trim trees in Anchorage’s Town Square Park drew a small crowd of protesters early Thursday morning. Municipal Parks Superintendent Holly Spoth-Torres said the effort was part of a plan to make the downtown park safer by increasing visibility under several of the large spruce trees that line the park. Maintenance crews planned […]

  • Money

    Bass Pro Shop readies for opening day

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 04, 19:39

    One of Alaska’s newest retail giants is getting set to open its doors in the Mountain View neighborhood. Opening day was pushed back more than once for the Bass Pro Shop, but the store is finally set to open on July 9. The 80,000-square-foot store has a boating department as well as an emphasis on […]

  • Local

    Anchorage has jobs, but where are the employees?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 03, 19:59

    The Anchorage job market is a tight one and economists say it’s likely to get even tighter. As more jobs become available there may not be enough people to fill them. One reason, according to state labor economist Neal Fried, is that fewer people are moving to Alaska to find work. “For example, in 2010 […]