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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

  • Local

    Fishing line trash a danger to birds

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 01, 7:00

    Anchorage lakes and streams seem to have an abundance of fish this year. Fisherman are reporting more salmon returning to places like Campbell Creek than they’ve seen in years. All those fish are attracting more fishermen to local banks, but it’s also causing some problems. A lot more trash is being left behind on the ground. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    State fair hosts duct tape competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 19:24

    The Alaska State Fair offers fun in many flavors, including all kinds of contests and competitions. One of the wackier ones on Sunday was the Great Alaska Duct Tape Competition. Contestants of all ages had just 15 minutes to come up with an original creation from duct tape. Winner Marisa Garagues said she didn’t know what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hubacek wins cabbage weigh-off

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 29, 21:43

    Alaska has a new cabbage king. Veteran grower Steve Hubacek has won the weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair with a cabbage he nicknamed Marmaduke. Hubacek’s big cabbage tipped the scales at 117.95 pounds, more than four pounds heavier than closest competitor Scott Robb. Robb’s cabbage looked larger but weighed less at 113.7 pounds. The […]

  • Local

    Aces fan loses house to fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 28, 19:39

    Hockey fans across the state are reaching out to help a fellow fan. They’re raising funds for a father and son who survived a devastating house fire in Eagle River this month. Bob and Bobby Hill are both huge fans of the Alaska Aces, but Bobby, in particular, has made a name for himself. Fans […]

  • Local

    Neighbors want street improvements promised 30 years ago

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 27, 19:49

    People who live in an Anchorage neighborhood are asking the state Legislature to fund street repairs they say were promised 30 years ago. The street is Sylvan Drive, a residential road off the Old Seward Highway just south of Dowling Road. Cindi Squire lives in the neighborhood and is leading the fight to have the […]

  • National

    Alaskans urge ban on Russian seafood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 18:57

    Alaska’s congressional delegation is urging President Obama to get tough over a Russian ban on Alaska seafood. Earlier this month, Russia banned the import of foods from the West in response to economic sanctions placed on Russia over it’s role in the Ukraine uprising. But while Russia isn’t buying, it’s still selling its own seafood in […]

  • State

    Alaskan women lacking in equal pay

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 25, 21:30

    Tuesday is Women’s Equality Day, a day that originally celebrated giving women the right to vote. But today the issues that divide men and women are mostly economic. Surveys show the pay gap between men and women has barely budged in the last two decades and Alaska’s gap is one of the widest. According to […]

  • Crime

    Woman charged in 4-year-old’s bike death pleads not guilty

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 22, 18:32

    An Anchorage woman who police said was talking on her cellphone when she hit and killed a little girl on her bike pleaded not guilty Friday. Her Yang Thao, 47, was surrounded by family in the Anchorage courtroom as a Hmong interpreter read the charges against her. Police say Thao was behind the wheel May […]

  • Local

    Some Anchorage schools offer free meals to all students

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 21, 19:44

    Hunger is a big problem in Anchorage and it often shows up in the form of hungry students at school. That’s why the district is taking the unusual approach of offering free meals to all students at 30 different schools. The free meals are paid for by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    No victory speech from Dan Sullivan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 20, 18:30

    In the U.S. Senate Republican primary, former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan got the most votes Tuesday night, meaning he will square off against Sen. Mark Begich in November. Sullivan led the polls from the beginning and kept that lead, garnering about 40 percent of the vote before the night was through. More […]

  • Local

    Catholic priest performs blessing of the planes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 19, 20:00

    Some Anchorage pilots may feel safer in the skies now that a Catholic priest has blessed their planes. Rev. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church performed a blessing ceremony Tuesday evening at Lake Hood Seaplane Base. The Catholic priest sprinkled holy water and prayed over about a dozen planes while their owners looked on. […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage man arrested in death of missing California woman

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 17:28

    A case that made national headlines may be coming to a close with the arrest of an Anchorage man for the murder of a California Marine’s wife who’s been missing for more than a month. Authorities believe 24-year-old Christopher Lee of Anchorage may have murdered his mistress, 19-year-old Erin Corwin, then hid her body in […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Joe Miller’s agreement to endorse could be factor in U.S. Senate race

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 15, 20:47

    The National Republican Party may have gotten some good news Thursday night when Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller agreed to endorse whichever Republican won the Senate primary. Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell had already agreed to endorse the winner, but Miller had been vague on the matter for months. University of Alaska Anchorage political science […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photo project documents hunger

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 20:43

    Going hungry is an everyday occurrence for some people in Anchorage, but you might not always know that by their faces. Now, several nonprofits hope to put a face on hunger in our community by hosting an unusual project. They’re distributing cameras to some of their clients and asking them to document what hunger means […]

  • State

    Army inactivates two JBER engineering companies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 19:18

    A ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thursday gave Alaskans a taste of how the Army is downsizing. More than 136 soldiers participated in the inactivation ceremony that included two engineering companies and one detachment. It’s part of a nationwide plan to reorganize and reduce the nation’s fighting forces. Capt. Zachary Dyer is the commander of […]

  • Local

    HUGSS program serves up thousands of school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 13, 21:36

    Thousands of Anchorage children are better prepared to start the school year thanks to an annual event called Helping Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS). Organizers said they served about 150 families an hour at the Sullivan arena on Wednesday, but lines moved well and things were orderly. Moms, dads and their children left with new […]

  • Local

    Dog parks may stray from one-size-fits-all rules

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 13, 19:16

    Whether certain types of dogs should have their own hours at the city’s fenced dog parks is an issue owners will be asked to address at a public hearing on Thursday evening. But the issue is bigger than small dogs versus large dogs, says Kayla Epstein from the Anchorage Animal Control Advisory Board. She says […]

  • Local

    Alaska Teen Media students take to the stage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 12, 20:57

    A group of young journalists were hoping to reach a wider audience when they performed at the Wilda Marston Theater Tuesday night. The teenagers are members of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, whose mission is to “provide teens with the training and tools they need to tell their own stories in their own voices.” For […]

  • US/World

    FDA gives new rules for gluten-free products

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 08, 20:30

    A new labeling requirement from the Food and Drug Administration should give consumers more confidence that a product labeled “gluten-free” is accurate. The new rules, which took effect this week, specify that products need to have less than 20 parts per million of gluten to be considered gluten-free. It’s the first time the agency has […]

  • Local

    New senior apartments in Eagle River nearly full

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 07, 18:24

    A new senior housing complex is about to open its doors in Eagle River. But despite the fact that residents have yet to move in, the building is nearly full. Carol Gore, CEO of Cook Inlet Housing, said the agency received more than 80 applications from people who want to live in the new Coronado […]