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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

    Anchorage park strip events planned for Fourth of July

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 03, 20:30

    Organizers are promising an exciting Fourth of July Celebration on the Anchorage Park Strip this year. The day kicks off with a $5 pancake breakfast that starts at 8:30 a.m., and benefits the Anchorage Polynesian Association. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. This year the route will skip midtown and instead wind it’s way around […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Downtown Dog Ambassador’ brings smiles to visitors

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 02, 20:24

    Peter Ferrara is used to turning heads when he walks in downtown Anchorage. After all, it’s not every day you see a man walking up to a dozen dogs at once, and greeting strangers as he goes. Ferrara wears a shirt that says “Downtown Dog Ambassador.” It’s a title he got a few years back from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Connors Lake loons have livestreamed birth

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 02, 17:50

    A livestreaming loon cam on an Anchorage lake is showing two proud parents — a Pacific Loon chick hatched Monday on Connors Lake, where the loon cam is trained, according to Jean Tam. Tam has operated the loon cam since 2003. She says this year’s birth is especially exciting since last year the same loon […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police to crack down on fireworks with special patrols

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 01, 20:03

    The Anchorage Police Department is getting serious when it comes to enforcing the fireworks ban this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Police chief Mark Mew said the risk of a wildfire is just too great. For the first time ever, APD officers will be assigned to look specifically for residents using fireworks. Mew said residents […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Valley company offers free towing for Sockeye Fire victims

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 30, 21:39

    A towing company in the Mat-Su Valley is helping Willow residents affected by the Sockeye Fire start the long road to recovery by offering their services for free. Metal in Motion Towing is offering to pick up metal that is leftover from the fire. “If they lost anything in the fire that’s metal of any […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Busy construction season at Anchorage schools this summer

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 29, 16:18

    The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade, according to Edie Knapp, construction manager for the district. Knapp said $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer. They range from things like parking lot improvements to major renovations. At $28 million, Airport Heights Elementary […]

  • Alaska

    Light rain, but fire danger is still high

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 26, 22:30

    Fire officials say a small amount of rain in the Anchorage area is not enough to lift the burn ban that is in effect across the majority of the state. Anchorage Fire Department Forester John See says soil levels remain at extremely dry levels. See says the ban includes all open burns including campfires. For the […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska pilot program to test for paralytic shellfish poisoning ends

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 25, 18:40

    A state-funded program that tested for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) on Alaskan beaches will end on June 30. The small pilot program ran for three years but officials say it was never intended to certify any beaches as safe for collecting shellfish, and the state recommends against that. State epidemiologist Michael Cooper says people who […]

  • Alaska

    Last of wood bison arrive at new home in western Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 25, 18:35

    The last of the wood bison have arrived at their new home just outside of Shageluk in western Alaska. Unlike the cows that were shipped earlier this spring, the 18 bulls arrived on a barge that traveled the Tanana, Yukon and Innoko Rivers to reach their destination. The bulls were the last of 130 animals […]

  • Alaska

    New taxes likely to be part of governor’s budget plan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 22, 21:10

    Gov. Bill Walker is working on a plan to balance the state’s budget for the long haul. State Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck says that plan is likely to include spending earnings from the Permanent Fund as well as new taxes. “I think that is probably a realistic scenario,” Hoffbeck said. “Of course that requires the […]

  • Alaska

    Live Alaska loon cam up and running at Connor’s Lake

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 11, 17:53

    A live streaming webcam is offering an intimate look at Mother Nature. The camera is trained on a pair of nesting loons at Connor’s Lake in West Anchorage. Jean Tam has operated the loon cam for many years. She says the camera gives people from around the world a view they probably wouldn’t get on […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City says longtime police officer fired for hindering National Guard investigation

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 11, 16:33

    Two very different pictures are emerging about the circumstances surrounding the firing of a longtime lieutenant with the Anchorage Police Department. Lt. Anthony Henry was dismissed in April after serving more than 20 years on the force. Henry has sued both the Municipality of Anchorage and APD for wrongful termination. In the complaint, Henry contends […]

  • Alaska

    Alaskan oyster farmers may feel effects of budget impasse

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 10, 20:30

    Fans of Alaskan oysters may want to order them soon. Unless legislators pass a budget in the very near future, they won’t be on the menu much longer. Without funding, the state lab that tests oysters for paralytic shellfish poison will shut down, starting next week. And under law, if shellfish aren’t tested, they can’t […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska VA Office will lay off workers if budget isn’t passed

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 10, 11:37

    The Alaska Legislature’s failure to pass a budget could impact thousands of veterans around the state. The Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs plans to lay off all of its workers on July 2 if funding isn’t approved, including 17 service officers. Service officers are funded through a state grant administered by the VA Office. Their primary […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage volunteers work to ‘Paint The Town’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 08, 20:11

    An Anchorage nonprofit is helping to spruce up the town one house at a time. NeighborWorks Alaska is hosting its annual “Paint the Town” event that provides free house painting for people in need. The nonprofit recruits volunteers and sponsors to paint homes for single parents, seniors, veterans, military personnel, people who experience disabilities and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Military homes considered Anchorage’s first subdivision

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 05, 19:22

    It’s billed as Anchorage’s oldest subdivision but the name is not familiar to many people. “Block 13” is a collection of homes near downtown Anchorage that housed some of the city’s first military families. Block 13 is really a two-block area that runs from A Street to Barrow Street and Barrow Street to Cordova Street. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    CSI campers hit the rifle range

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 04, 19:03

    About two dozen Alaskan kids gathered at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range Thursday to pick up some sharpshooting skills. The kids are enrolled in CSI Camp, which stands for “crime scene investigation.” The camp, run by the Fraternal Order of State Troopers, was formed six years ago to introduce teens to careers in law enforcement. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage nursing home given new deadline for improvements

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 04, 18:43

    An Anchorage nursing home is facing a new deadline to improve “many operational problems” discovered in a May inspection. The federal government has given Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center in East Anchorage 60 days to correct all of the violations found in the inspection, or the facility will be forced to shut its doors. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crews remove Anchorage’s Westchester Lagoon viewing platform

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 03, 20:28

    For years, the Westchester Lagoon Overlook offered a panoramic view of downtown Anchorage, but on Wednesday crews demolished the viewing platform. A structural engineer determined the platform was unsafe and too expensive to repair. The wooden viewing platform sat across from West Anchorage High School for 30 years. Originally, it was a gift to the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Willow couple struggles with loss of dogs in house fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 02, 19:54

    A Willow couple who lost more than a dozen dogs in a house fire Monday afternoon are grieving the loss of the animals they considered part of their family. Dianne Maythorne and her husband, Nick Kimlinger, are recreational mushers. The couple has a dog lot on their property with a dozen sled dogs. Those animals […]