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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

  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Residents say they didn’t feel safe at Royal Suites Lodge

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 16, 21:32

    The Royal Suites Lodge was not a safe place to live, even before Wednesday’s deadly fire, according to some residents. Anchorage police Cpt. Bill Miller said patrol officers were well acquainted with the location. Data from the LexisNexis Community Crime Map, show there have been at least seven police reports from in and around the Royal Suites […]

  • Alaska News

    Taxi driver kicks out fare who has Medicaid voucher

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 15, 19:51

    He said he was kicked out of a cab because he didn’t have cash, but what Cory Martin did have should have gotten him a free ride. Martin lives in the tiny town of Chistochina on the Tok Cutoff Highway. He broke his back a little more than a year ago. “A Ford Explorer fell […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assemblyman introduces privacy from drones ordinance

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 14, 18:57

    An ordinance designed to protect the public from the spying eyes of drones will be introduced at the Anchorage Assembly Monday night. Sponsor Patrick Flynn said the ordinance is meant to discourage some very specific behavior. “This is the neighbor bugging you while you are trying to enjoy the privacy of your back yard or […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crews begin demolition work at Northern Lights Hotel

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 13, 19:27

    The first phase of bringing down an old hotel has begun. Crews have removed a section of the entranceway into the Northern Lights Hotel. Fire inspector James Gray said work will begin shortly inside the building as crews take out asbestos and other dangerous materials. Gray said the operation could take several months before it’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Officials investigate ducks killed at Cuddy Family Midtown Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 13, 19:01

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into a report that a man deliberately ran over ducks at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage Monday, leaving two of them dead. Elizabeth Chang said she was enjoying the ducks gathered in the parking lot a little after 1 p.m. when she noticed a couple arguing. […]

  • Money

    Alaska expected to see increase in cruise ship passengers this year

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 09, 19:57

    At 1 million passengers, 2016 was considered a great year for the cruise ship industry in Alaska. But, 2017 could be even better. Sarah Leonard, president of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, says demand is up for Alaska cruises with some lines adding more ships and sailings. Holland America has plans to bring back the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School District investigates Confederate flag photo

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 08, 20:48

    The Anchorage School District is investigating a photo shared on social media that some people may find offensive. The photo, which is believed to have been taken inside Chugiak High School on Friday, shows several students posing with a modified Confederate flag that includes the silhouette of a woman in flames at the bottom. The text […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Planning for the future of Town Square Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 07, 20:26

    If you have an interest in the future of Town Square Park, the city would like to hear from you. The Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation is starting work on its 20-year master plan for the park. Park planner Steve Rafuse said he sees a lot of potential in the downtown park. He envisions a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assemblyman’s ordinance aimed at bringing Uber back

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 06, 19:35

    An Anchorage Assemblyman is pushing to allow ride-sharing companies to operate in Anchorage. Assemblyman Bill Evans has filed an ordinance that would spell out the rules for companies like Uber and LYFT.  He says Anchorage residents have made it clear they want the service. “I think there are a lot of people in Anchorage who […]

  • Health

    Turning to hip hop dance to raise cancer awareness

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 03, 20:27

    A group that wants to bring attention to women’s gynecologic cancer is taking an unusual approach. They’ve formed a group of hip-hop dancers whose lives have been touched by cancer, calling themselves Team Thrive. Team Thrive is a collaboration between the nonprofit, Let Every Woman Know, and Anchorage’s Underground Dance Company. On Saturday night they’ll […]

  • Crime

    Two vehicles burned on the same Anchorage street overnight

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 03, 16:15

    The Anchorage Fire Department is investigating two vehicle fires that happened early Friday morning on the same South Anchorage street. Fire Investigator Brian Dean said firefighters were called to a report of a chevy pick-up on fire in the 8500 block of Blackberry St., just west of Dimond High School at around 3:45 a.m. A short […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    King Career Center students launch doggie day care

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 01, 19:33

    If you are in the market for a haircut or a nail trim, students at a local Anchorage high school can help, provided, of course, that you’re a dog. The King Career Center (KCC) has offered a course in veterinary science for a while, but very recently students there have branched out. The school has […]

  • Alaska News

    Wood bison shot illegally in western Alaska considered setback for project

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 31, 11:22

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is calling the death of a wood bison in western Alaska a setback for a wildlife restoration project. Fish and Game was notified last week that the bison — a five-year-old cow known by her number, 124 — had been shot and killed illegally near the village of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Some Anchorage residents say they support Trump’s refugee ban

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 30, 19:07

    Anchorage residents took to the streets Sunday night to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. About 200 people marched downtown, including Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. On Monday morning, a smaller crowd took to the capitol building’s steps in Juneau to voice opposition to the plan to temporarily ban refugees and immigrants from coming […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Airlines pilot donates kidney to co-worker

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 20:11

    How far would you go to help a friend? Two Alaska Airlines co-workers will be putting that question to the test when one donates a kidney to the other in March. Jenny Stansel is a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. The lifelong Alaskan suffers from chronic kidney disease. Stansel said she managed the disease for years, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After inspection, The Dome is deemed repairable

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 26, 20:36

    An inspection of The Dome, in Anchorage, makes workers more hopeful than ever that the structure can be repaired. Engineers and a representative of the company that made The Dome toured the facility on Thursday. It collapsed last weekend under the weight of heavy snow. Dome board member Mike Martin said no exact cause has […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City says some homeowners will see drop in property value

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 24, 18:48

    It’s a familiar sight for Anchorage property owners — those little green assessment cards have started appearing in mailboxes. But this year some homeowners may get a surprise. For the first time in recent memory, some property values have declined. Municipal assessor Bryant Robbins said it’s happening mostly on the Anchorage Hillside, where homes lost […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Heavy snow not a big concern for Anchorage roofs yet, company says

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 23, 19:47

    A local roofing company said most Anchorage residents don’t need to start shoveling their roofs yet, or worry too much about the snow load. Jason Dial, with Rain Proof Roofing, said in most circumstances, the company recommends shoveling when snow reaches a height of about 32 inches. He said most people in Anchorage still have […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Nearly 20 Alaska communities plan to hold women’s marches Saturday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 20, 19:24

    Organizers of Anchorage’s version of the Women’s March on Washington say more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event on Saturday at the Delaney Park Strip downtown. Alaska’s largest city is one of at least 18 communities around the state holding its own version of the national march, according to local organizer Celeste Godfrey. One of […]