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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

  • Sci/Tech

    Providence hospital first in Alaska to install NICU webcams

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 18, 19:40

    Parents who’ve had a baby spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital often say how difficult it is to be separated from their child, even for a short period of time. That’s one of the reasons Providence Alaska Medical Center has become the first hospital in the state to install live-streaming […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City says public can help snow-plowing operation go more smoothly

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 18:58

    City crews will be working around the clock to get the latest snow plowed. Anchorage street maintenance director Alan Czajkowski said the plan is to continue to work to clear main roads and then get into local neighborhoods, possibly as early as Monday evening. Czajkowski said there are several things Anchorage residents can do to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City inspectors show what’s inside of the ‘vacant’ Northern Lights Hotel

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 13, 20:47

    A midtown Anchorage hotel that’s sat vacant for more than 12 years hasn’t been vacant at all, according to the Anchorage Fire Department. Fire inspector James Gray said he inspected the Northern Lights Hotel in late-September and found signs that people had been living there recently. This week the municipality released video from the inspection that […]

  • Crime

    Is it illegal not to report a crime?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 11, 20:19

    Last updated at 7:24 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 ANCHORAGE — A recent case in the Valley where Alaska State Troopers said a sexual assault was captured on a cell phone is raising the question of whether it’s legal to watch a crime and not report it. John Skidmore, the director of the Criminal Division […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Anchorage garbage collection goes high-tech

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 10, 20:26

    The city’s Solid Waste Services is going high-tech when it comes to collecting trash. The utility recently installed computers on their garbage trucks. SWS director Mark Spafford said the paperless system is providing more information than ever before, which should be a benefit for customer service. The computers, along with GPS tracking, show where a […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage serial rapist sentenced to 70 years in prison

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 09, 12:44

    An Anchorage man who plead guilty to raping eight women over a 13-year period was sentenced to serve 70 years in prison on Monday. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Paul Olson said Clifford Lee was a serious offender with little prospect for rehabilitation. Lee agreed to a plea deal with the state after his arrest in […]

  • Crime

    Sentencing hearing begins for Anchorage serial rapist

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 06, 18:26

    The state is calling Clifford Lee one of the worst serial rapists in recent memory. Sentencing began Friday for Lee, an Anchorage resident who admitted to raping eight women over 13 years. Lee was arrested in 2014, the year police say he raped six women. He accepted a plea deal from the state, agreeing to plead […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bond proposal would pay for improvements at U-Med park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 05, 21:06

    People who live near a neighborhood park in the U-Med district are hoping the city can help make it a safer place. Folker Park, on East 42nd Street, was created in the mid-1990s, but resident Barbara Garner, who was instrumental in getting the park started, said things have changed a lot since then. “We didn’t […]

  • Alaska News

    New plan details recovery for Cook Inlet belugas

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 04, 22:09

    On Wednesday, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released what they are calling a “final recovery plan” for Cook Inlet’s declining beluga whale population. The plan also details what it will take for the whales to be removed from the endangered species list. Cook Inlet belugas were listed as endangered in 2008. Mandy Migura, a […]

  • Alaska News

    New Year’s resolution: Some tips on living with less plastic

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 03, 20:17

    It’s the time of year when many people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. One to consider: Living with less plastic. Locally, grocery store managers said they are seeing more Alaskans bringing their own reusable bags instead of using plastic. That’s one of the main recommendations of a British Website, lessplastic.co.uk The website offers tips for […]

  • Lifestyle

    Ravens’ Roost co-housing community growing in South Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 02, 18:43

    Considered the first in the state, a new co-housing project in South Anchorage called Ravens’ Roost is slowly growing into a community, now that most of the residents have moved in. Bruce Roberts was one of the early supporters of the project, which he said has been in the planning and building stages for about […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage retailers: More shoppers are buying local

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 23, 19:06

    It’s the homestretch for holiday shoppers and some local retailers say things are going well. Jill Dean, owner of GrassRoots Fair Trade store in Midtown said sales this year are as strong as last year. She thinks the store may be benefiting from a move to buy local. “We’ve had a lot of people saying […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Taxi permit owners ready to go to court over new ordinance

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 22, 19:07

    Members of the Anchorage Taxi Permit Association said they plan to sue to try and overturn a recently passed assembly ordinance.  Association president Ben Lena said the ordinance degrades the value of current permits, including his, which he paid $120,000 for 19 years ago. The new ordinance would add 20 new permits every year for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City says new partnership can help the homeless

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 20, 18:54

    City officials say a new partnership will help connect homeless people in Anchorage to the services they need. According to a press release from Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s office, the partnership is between the Anchorage Police Department, the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services and the nonprofit Anchorage Community Mental Health Services to provide a liaison […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Special Santa program in need of last-minute donations

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 19, 17:58

    Time is running out for a charity in the Mat-Su which donates to families in need during the holiday season. The Mat-Su Special Santa program has been around for 20 years, according to founder Mari Jo Parks. In 2015, they served more than 3,200 children. This year, she said, the number is expected to be higher. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School District looks to fill budget gap

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 16, 18:32

    The Anchorage School District is looking at a budget deficit next year. Superintendent Deena Paramo said it’s likely to be about $15,000,000 — and that’s if the legislature doesn’t make more cuts to education. Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget, which came out earlier this week, calls for keeping the student funding formula, known as the […]

  • Alaska News

    CDC: Deadly strep infection showing signs of decline

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 15, 20:52

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says an outbreak of an invasive bacteria, that’s caused four deaths in Alaska, seems to be slowing down. CDC epidemiologist Emily Mosites, with the Arctic Investigations Program based in Anchorage, said the number of weekly cases they’re seeing in Anchorage is declining. In Fairbanks, Mosites said, they haven’t […]

  • Health

    Alaska Regional opens community health clinic in Mountain View

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 15, 20:36

    A health care clinic that opened last week in Mountain View is expected to fill a big need in the community. Alaska Community Health Clinic is operated by Alaska Regional Hospital. CEO Julie Taylor said the community has been lacking basic medical care for a long time. As a result, she said, many people in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    FBI notes increase in gang violence in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 14, 18:23

    The FBI said it’s seeing an uptick in gang activity in Anchorage and a lot of it seems to center around drugs. Special Agent Mike Watson — a member of the Safe Streets Task Force, an interagency group that works to stop gang violence — said gangs have been active in Anchorage for years, but authorities […]

  • Crime

    Burglaries plague midtown Anchorage business

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 12, 20:17

    The Anchorage Police Department says it’s seeing an uptick in burglaries in midtown Anchorage. Spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said the break-ins have mostly occurred at businesses, but also some residences. She said the area that is being hit extends about a mile outward from the intersection of Northern Lights Boulevard and Arctic Boulevard. One midtown salon […]