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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

  • Outdoors

    Hatchery busy producing new generation of salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 28, 19:13

    If you’ve caught a king or silver salmon in the Anchorage area, it’s very likely it started its life at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Ship Creek. Every year, workers there harvest hundreds of thousands of eggs from returning salmon they fertilize by hand. On Wednesday afternoon, workers at the hatchery were collecting […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Cuddy Family Park pond shows comeback as fewer people feed the birds

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 27, 22:44

    A year ago it was one of the dirtiest waterways in Anchorage, but now the pond at Cuddy Family Park in midtown Anchorage may be as clean as it’s ever been. Thom Northon with the Anchorage Waterways Council has been measuring fecal coliform rates for two years at the park. Last August, a sample taken […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers say K-9 death leaves agency with just 6 trained dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 20:46

    Alaska State Troopers said a K-9 that was shot and killed following a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Palmer is the first dog to die in the line of duty in the state. On Monday, troopers wore a black band over their badges in honor of the death. Troopers haven’t identified the dog or […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Herd-shares help people get their goat milk

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 14:04

    The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t recommend drinking raw milk, nor does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But others say raw milk has health benefits that pasteurized milk doesn’t have — and it’s popularity seems to be growing. In Alaska, it’s illegal to sell raw milk, but there is a legal way that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Renewed interest in Anchorage Trail Watch program following recent homicides

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 22, 21:56

    An uptick in crime may be encouraging more people to get involved with the Anchorage Trail Watch program. More than 50 people turned out for a training and informational meeting at the chalet in Russian Jack Park on Thursday afternoon. Anchorage’s Department of Parks and Recreation runs the program, which encourages people to get out […]

  • Alaska News

    Troopers get new sonar device to locate drowning victims

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 22, 16:56

    When it comes to drowning deaths, Alaska has 10 times the national average, according to the State Office of Boating Safety. But despite the high numbers, the bodies of most victims are never recovered. Alaska State Troopers are hopeful a new tool will change that. On Thursday, troopers and search and rescue volunteers were training […]

  • Health

    Providence to offer free prostate cancer screenings in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 20, 16:58

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and one of the most deadly. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, Providence Alaska Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings for men at their Anchorage cancer center. Anchorage resident Tom Knox […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    EasyPark offers customers free battery jumps and personal escort service

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 19, 19:15

    Representatives of EasyPark, formerly known as the Anchorage Parking Authority, say they are taking customer service to a whole new level. Spokeswoman Melinda Gant said they are offering a parking “amenities program,” available to anyone who parks in an EasyPark lot or garage. Gant said customers can call or text the dispatch center at 907-297-4471 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Turnagain neighborhood fights back against petty crime

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 15, 21:19

    A Turnagain neighborhood that’s been plagued by petty crime is fighting back. Longtime resident Peter Ferrara says stolen bikes, car break-ins, vandalism and drug deals have become far too common in the Woodland Park subdivision. “And it isn’t just this neighborhood, it’s all over Anchorage,” Ferrara said. “It’s in Mountain View, Fairview, South Anchorage. There’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City van picks up Anchorage homeless people for work

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 14, 20:33

    A city-funded program that aims to get homeless people off the streets and out into the Anchorage community is underway. The pilot program features a van that picks up people from local shelters who want to work. Nancy Burke, the city’s homeless coordinator, said the program pays people $10 dollars an hour to clean up […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crews start work on firebreak in Stuckagain Heights neighborhood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 12, 19:13

    People who live in the Stuckagain Heights neighborhood may soon feel a little safer when it comes to being prepared for a wildfire. Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) crews are clearing out a firebreak that’s 100 feet wide and more than a mile long on the north side of the neighborhood. DOF spokesman Josh Leutzinger […]

  • News

    Whale bones salvaged from humpback that washed up near Kincaid Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 09, 20:35

    Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks were working in Anchorage on Friday, recovering the bones of a humpback whale that washed ashore below Kincaid Park in early-July.   The plan is to take the bones to Fairbanks and add them to the collection at the University’s Museum of the North. Museum Mammal collections curator […]

  • Outdoors

    City proposes 10-year management plan for University Lake Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 08, 19:49

    University Lake Park is one of the most popular places where dogs can romp around off-leash in Anchorage, according to city park planner Steve Rafuse. For the last year, Rafuse has been getting input from user groups on what the future of the park should look like, as he puts together a master plan for […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Colored pavement puzzles drivers, DOT calls it a matter of safety

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 07, 19:27

    It’s a question some Anchorage drivers have been asking, “What’s up with the different colored pavement on some local roads?” Patches of light tan pavement have popped up on lots of roads this summer, not just in Anchorage but in Kenai and the Valley as well. Turns out it’s a coating over the asphalt that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage students receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 06, 19:02

    It was a big honor for some local high school students who received a letter from President Obama, thanking them for their volunteer work. The President’s Volunteer Service Awards went to 21 Anchorage high school students and one middle school student Tuesday in a ceremony held at Bartlett High School. Bartlett High School’s Multi-Cultural Club […]

  • Health

    Fairgoers get lifesaving lesson

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 02, 18:35

    It goes without saying that the Alaska State Fair, in Palmer, has plenty of fun things to do and good things to eat, but it’s also a place where you can learn a thing or two, including a lifesaving lesson. Mat-Su Regional Hospital and Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services are sponsoring a booth to train fairgoers […]

  • Education

    ASD makes big changes to school lunch menu

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 01, 19:53

    The Anchorage School District (ASD) is changing things up when it comes to the school lunch menu. District nutritionist Laura Phillips said they’ve changed about 75 percent of the items on the menu from last year. Phillips said the new items represent about a year of research district wide. “We did a campaign all last […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage conducts second homeless count of the year

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 18:37

    Anchorage’s homeless coordinator said she is optimistic there are fewer homeless people living in the woods and on the streets of Anchorage then there were just a few months ago. Nancy Burke helped coordinate Anchorage’s second homeless count of the year, which took place Wednesday morning. She said the first count, conducted in late January, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage man sets Alaska State Fair record with 1,469-pound pumpkin

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 30, 15:54

    An  Anchorage man has taken top prize for his record-setting pumpkin at the State Fair in Palmer. Dale Marshall’s pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,469 pounds, beating the old state record by more than 180 pounds. Marshall said he’s been pursuing the record for the last five years and had a good feeling about today’s winning […]

  • Education

    Bartlett High celebrates math culture with perfect scores

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 29, 18:38

    You could call it a school where math is cool. The school in question is Bartlett High School, where principal Sean Prince said they have turned some math scores around. Prince said four years ago, the school had a reputation for having poor student math scores, and it was obvious change was needed. They decided […]