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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD asks community where officers should spend their time

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 02, 19:02

    Anchorage will soon have new police officers on the streets and for some people, they couldn’t come soon enough. Back-to-back academies, including a graduation on Thursday, are pushing the numbers up. APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said there are 40 more officers on the street then there were in January of 2015. She said by next […]

  • News

    State sponsors de-escalation training for officers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 21:14

    Being able to keep people calm is an important skill, especially if you work in a prison. It’s one reason why the Alaska Department of Corrections is sponsoring a four-day training in Palmer, where corrections officials and other law enforcement officers are learning to use their words instead of their weapons. The state is paying a Milwaukee […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City offers plan to bring more homeless in from the cold

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 30, 20:23

    City homeless coordinator Nancy Burke is calling it an emergency — every night as many as 70 people are turned away from Anchorage homeless shelters and are sleeping in the cold. The reason? All the shelters are full. Burke said the Brother Francis Shelter, which has a capacity of 240 people, has been full every […]

  • Health

    Strep bacterial strain new to Alaska causes 4 deaths

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 29, 13:24

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping a close eye on a new bacterial strain in Alaska that has already killed four people. According to state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin, most of the patients have been homeless and most experienced chronic alcohol abuse. McLaughlin said the strain is a form of Group A […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska retailers benefit from Cyber Monday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 28, 19:26

    If you indulged in a little online shopping on Monday, you weren’t alone. Millions of Americans were expected to take advantage of online deals on the day dubbed Cyber Monday. Alaska businesses are also cashing in on the online trend, and many offered special deals for the day. At Alaska Wild Berry Products, shipping manager […]

  • Alaska News

    DOT: Traffic fatalities up across the state

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 22, 19:20

    ANCHORAGE — According to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT), the number of traffic fatalities in the state has risen dramatically since last year. DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said traffic deaths are rising nationally — about 10 percent over last year. But in Alaska, the figure is about 34 percent. “That’s unacceptable,” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Blood Bank of Alaska says complaint to FDA has no merit

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 18, 19:00

    It’s been three months since a former employee of the Blood Bank of Alaska filed a complaint against the nonprofit with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The former development director at the Blood Bank filed the complaint at the end of August. On Friday, the Blood Bank and its board of directors issued a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Residents react to news homicides could be tied

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 17, 20:07

    The investigation continues into a man who shot an Anchorage police officer. Police have linked James Ritchie to one homicide, but said he could be responsible for five, including two that happened in August at Valley of the Moon Park. The two victims in that case were Brie De Husson and Kevin Turner. Anchorage police […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Former homeless move into new supportive housing complex

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 16, 20:23

    Some of Anchorage’s most vulnerable homeless people have a place to sleep now that the city’s newest supportive housing facility has opened at Third and Cordova Streets. The complex, located in a renovated building that used to hold a variety of nonprofits, features 20 efficiency apartments. It’s managed by Rural Alaska Community Action Programs (RurAL […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Day of Action’ against Dakota Access Pipeline includes Anchorage protests

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 15, 20:46

    People against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline called for a day of action and they got it. Around the country Tuesday, hundreds of protests took place against the giant oil pipeline being built in North Dakota. In Anchorage, protestors assembled in Town Square at noon. Close to 50 people marched from the square […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    APD to begin foot patrols in downtown Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 14, 18:29

    The Anchorage Police Departments (APD) plans to begin foot patrols in the downtown area at the end of November. APD Capt. Ken McCoy said the patrols aren’t connected to the weekend shooting of an Anchorage officer. He said staffing levels are slowly rising in the department, and the move is seen as a step toward […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police officer shot multiple times continues to recover

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 14, 18:25

    An Anchorage police officer continues his recovery at a local hospital while support for him continues to grow. The as yet unnamed officer has undergone two surgeries since a suspect shot him multiple times in downtown Anchorage early Saturday morning. Officer Angelina Fraize, with the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association, said a fund to support his […]

  • Health

    Flu season in Alaska has arrived, free flu shots offered Saturday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 11, 20:57

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says thousands of Americans die every year from flu complications, but according to doctors, it’s an illness that is almost completely preventable. According to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, the state has begun to see flu cases. Between the first week of October and the first week of November, […]

  • Education

    UA Regents approve tuition increase, budget request from the state

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 10, 13:03

    Updated at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 The University of Alaska (UA) Board of Regents on Thursday passed a tuition increase of 5 percent for the 2017-2018 academic year. Regents at the meeting in Fairbanks listened as UA President Jim Johnsen outlined a budget scenario for the coming fiscal year that includes asking the […]

  • Alaska News

    Some Alaskans say Trump presidency will be good for the state

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 09, 18:51

    Donald Trump hasn’t spoken publicly about Alaska, yet some here say they are optimistic that his presidency will be good for the state, especially when it comes to developing natural resources. “What we heard from candidate Trump that was encouraging to us was that he wanted to develop America’s resources domestically so that America could truly […]

  • Alaska News

    New Anchorage archbishop will be installed Wednesday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 08, 18:15

    Wednesday is a big day for nearly 30,000 Catholics in Alaska — a new archbishop will be installed to head the Archdiocese of Anchorage. According to Catholic Anchor editor Joel Davidson, 57-year-old Archbishop Paul Etienne will be the fourth person to hold the position since the archdiocese was established 50 years ago. He will succeed Archbishop […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Invasive plant elodea discovered in Potter Marsh

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 08, 16:41

    The invasive weed called elodea has now been spotted in Potter Marsh. Elodea is a common aquarium plant that’s illegal to buy or sell in Alaska because it can choke out native plants and alter fish habitat. According to Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink, a U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife employee discovered […]

  • Outdoors

    Ice on Anchorage lakes still too thin for municipality to maintain

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 07, 18:45

    A warning to be very careful before you venture out on Anchorage lakes — some of them may look frozen, but still may not be safe. On Sunday, a man fell through the ice on Big Lake while ice skating. He is expected to survive, and one of the people who tried to rescue him said […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘100Stone’ project finds new home at APU

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 04, 21:47

    A well-known Anchorage art project has been installed in a new location, but the message is the same — to recognize people are suffering and not to isolate them in their pain. Thousands of people went to see the statues created by artist Sarah Davies for her, “100Stone” project when they were at Point Woronzof […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage library looks to public to finish major project

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 03, 19:41

    The Loussac Library could use some help finishing up a major remodeling project. Work is on-going to build a new facade and entrance for the Anchorage library. Library director Mary Jo Torgeson said at $16,000,000 phase one of the project is fully funded. But what’s not in the budget are things the library director calls […]