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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

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Change of command for the Army’s 4/25

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 24, 20:55

    A change of command ceremony on JBER Friday morning welcomed a new leader to the nation’s only Arctic airborne combat brigade. Col. Paul Larson assumed command of the Army’s 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team. It’s the first assignment in Alaska for Larson, who spent the last six months in Afghanistan. When asked about the challenges […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Good Samaritan cleans graffiti from park strip train

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 24, 17:55

    ANCHORAGE — A good Samaritan has helped to remove the graffiti from the train that sits on the Delaney Park Strip, and it wasn’t the person who first volunteered to do the job in the first place. The graffiti was discovered Wednesday morning. Anchorage park planner Maeve Lavtar said she had instructed city maintenance crews […]

  • Health

    Volunteers at Covenant House help assemble Narcan kits

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 24, 8:15

    Narcan has been called a life-saving drug that can stop a heroin overdose in its tracks. That’s one reason why the federal government is paying millions of dollars to help states get more of it into the hands of citizens. A $4.2 million grant is helping the Alaska Department of Heath and Social Services (DHSS) pay for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly proposal would ban RVs from camping in store parking lots

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 21, 20:01

    The Anchorage Assembly is taking a look at a proposal to ban RVs from spending the night in store parking lots. Assemblyman Eric Croft planned to introduce the ordinance to ban overnight camping in commercial lots at Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting. It’s not the first time the issue has come up. Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Park crew finds historic Anchorage landmark covered in graffiti

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 21, 18:56

    Police are investigating graffiti discovered on the train located on the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage. Known by the municipality as the Delaney Park 556 Engine, it was given to the city by the U.S. Army in 1959 and has been a mainstay in the park since. On Tuesday morning, a park maintenance crew discovered that someone […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    School board considers plan to expand private health clinics in Anchorage schools

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 20, 19:05

    The Anchorage School Board is considering a proposal to expand private health clinics in public schools. Right now, the only schools in the district that house the clinics are Begich Middle School and Clark Middle School. Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said she supports the idea of expanding the services to more schools. The clinics are […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Next phase of Seward Highway improvements to last 2 years

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 17, 19:01

    Drivers along the Seward Highway may see big changes soon. Starting at the end of March, Homer Drive and Brayton Drive, the highway frontage roads between Dimond and Dowling, will be closed to regular traffic. Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said it’s part of the latest phase of highway improvements that’s expected to […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaskans ask Murkowski to save Affordable Care Act

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 16, 18:51

    A group of a dozen Alaskans held signs and chanted in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday. They braved the cold in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s downtown Anchorage office. Jodi Bruner said they were looking to send a message to the public, and also to the senator. “’Take care of the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Workers at Bean’s Cafe say spice never went away

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 15, 19:14

    Two years ago, the drug Anchorage residents heard the most about was spice; now it’s heroin. But it turns out spice never went away. Bean’s Cafe assistant director Kim Kovol said they’ve seen a recent rise in its use. “It’s rampant and we don’t see it going away any time soon,” Kovol said. In the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Woman makes blankets of love for youngest Royal Suite Lodge fire victims

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 14, 19:51

    A blanket may not seem like a big deal, but one Anchorage woman says it can be a good thing to hold on to when someone experiences a trauma. Denise Skonieczki is making several dozen personalized fleece blankets for the children who were left homeless by last month’s Royal Suite Lodge apartment fire. “It’s to give […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska Airlines co-workers recover after kidney transplant

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 14, 19:43

    An Alaska Airlines pilot who donated her kidney to a co-worker was resting peacefully Tuesday in a Seattle hospital a day after successful transplant surgery. Jodi Harskamp is the pilot who volunteered to give a kidney to Jenny Stansel, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant who has end-stage kidney disease. In a telephone interview from Swedish Medical […]

  • Crime

    Man arrested after attempting to steal ATM with front-end loader

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 10, 21:24

    A man is facing federal charges after he attempted to steal an ATM from an Anchorage bank Monday. Adrian Turnbow is also being investigated in connection with at least three other heists. According to charging documents filed in federal court, Turnbow bragged to friends that he had stolen several ATMs from local banks, starting in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    First wave of federally funded opioid overdose kits distributed in the Valley

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 09, 20:09

    They’re lifesaving kits that can stop a heroin overdose in it’s tracks. The federal government is paying for thousands of them to come to Alaska and some of the first have been distributed in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. A $4.2 million grant is helping the Alaska Department of Heath and Social Services (DHSS) pay for a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2 former APD officers win discrimination lawsuit, awarded nearly $1 million each

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 08, 20:56

    Two former Anchorage police officers have won a long-running lawsuit against the city. A jury awarded Alvin Kennedy and Eliezer Feliciano nearly a million dollars apiece after they argued they were victims of racial discrimination by the department. Kennedy, who is black, and Feliciano, who is Hispanic, worked as undercover detectives. Both were employed by APD for 20 years. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police investigate early morning bagel shop burglary

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 07, 19:46

    An Anchorage bagel restaurant was burglarized early Monday morning. Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said officers responded to The Bagel Factory restaurant, located on West 34th Avenue, shortly after 5 a.m. after receiving reports that the front glass door of the restaurant had been smashed in. An employee confirmed that a suspect was able to steal […]

  • Alaska News

    Juneau police chief says they will not monitor immigration status

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 07, 19:34

    The Juneau Police Department has no plans to begin checking people’s immigration status. That announcement came from police Chief Bryce Johnson, who released a statement on Tuesday in response to questions from the public. Johnson said the department doesn’t have federal authority to enforce immigration laws. He added that public safety is their top priority, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown DMV to close: Director cites new efficiencies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 06, 18:51

    The downtown Anchorage office of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be closing its doors for good at the end of March. DMV director Marla Thompson said it’s not a matter of budget cuts as much as cost efficiencies. She said the office wasn’t serving enough customers to justify keeping it open. “They take […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer residents excited about new, larger Fred Meyer store

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 03, 20:11

    A new Fred Meyer store that opened Friday in Palmer drew big crowds. People waited in line hours before the store opened for a chance to get a $500 gift card. By 12 p.m., there wasn’t an empty parking space in sight. The new store is 137,000 square feet, almost twice as big as the […]

  • Alaska News

    More budget cuts could be on the way for University of Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 02, 18:39

    More budget cuts may be on the way for the University of Alaska system. On Thursday, members of the Board of Regents met in Anchorage to discuss proposed budget cuts by state legislators. Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a budget for the university with the same amount of funding as last year — $325 million. That’s […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Economist: Proposed state income tax will raise millions, but take away jobs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 17, 20:08

    Alaskans got a chance to weigh in on a statewide income tax proposal Friday. Members of the House Finance Committee held a public hearing in Juneau on House Bill 115. Alaskans The bill would do several things, including restructuring the Permanent Fund in an effort to balance the state budget. But most of the talk […]