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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 News

    New robot camera can ‘see’ under water

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 12, 20:00

    Alaska State Troopers are excited about a new tool that can help them with rescue and recovery underwater. Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers are training with a submersible robotic camera that uses sonar to find objects or bodies underwater. Troopers said it would come in handy in places where divers aren’t available to search […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City considers new housing options for homeless

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 12, 19:37

    Anchorage is hosting the annual conference of the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness this week. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz spoke Monday morning, telling the crowd that ending homelessness in Anchorage is a top priority for his administration. Nancy Burke, Anchorage’s Homelessness Coordinator, said the city favors a “housing first” model, which she said could take […]

  • Alaska News

    State says Alaskans should test for radon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 09, 19:20

    The Alaska Department of Health is recommending that every Alaskan test their home for the presence of radon. According to the latest Bulletin from the Department of Epidemiology, the colorless, odorless gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the U.S. The Department calls radon “an under-recognized health risk that warrants widespread […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Cuddy Park ducks cause big problems, hunt for solutions begins

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 07, 21:58

    For years, Cherie Northon with the Anchorage Waterways Council has been asking people not to feed the ducks at Cuddy Park in midtown Anchorage. Constant feeding, she said, is keeping too many of them around. But Northon said the message is more important now than ever since some of the highest levels of fecal coliform […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    City considers portable restrooms for downtown

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 06, 18:51

    It’s a delicate issue that’s becoming a big problem. A lack of restrooms in downtown Anchorage means some homeless people are going outdoors. Many business owners say they’re tired of cleaning it up. Nina Bonito put a sign on her Kobuk Coffee Company door. It read, “the restrooms are for customers only”. She also built […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Repairs shut down part of Coastal Trail for next two weeks

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 05, 20:02

    Work has begun to repair a section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail that’s been hit hard by erosion. The repairs are being done along a one-mile stretch that runs from just west of Lyn Ary Park to Westchester Lagoon. That section of the trail will be closed to the public during the day for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wet weather driving Anchorage potholes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 05, 19:12

    Our recent wet weather is keeping Anchorage street maintenance crews busy filling potholes. Spring and fall are traditionally the time that potholes appear, according to Street Maintenance Supervisor Eric Hodgson. But Hodgson said this year they seem to be worse than usual. More than 250 potholes have been reported in just the last few weeks. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage equal rights ordinance signed into law

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 02, 12:31

    Anchorage’s newly amended equal rights ordinance is now law. Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini and Vice Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson signed ordinance AO 2015-96(S-1) into law Friday morning at city hall. The ordinance, which passed 9-2 late Tuesday evening, takes effect immediately, making it illegal to discriminate over sexual orientation or gender identity in areas such as housing, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage paramedics say spice numbers up again

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 01, 20:45

    It’s a national trend that Anchorage is seeing as well. More people are going to the hospital because of the drug spice. Throughout the summer spice calls were high, according to Erich Scheunemann, assistant chief of the Anchorage Fire Department. At the end of August and beginning of September they dipped a bit, said Scheunemann, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage company grows produce year-round in shipping containers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 30, 19:48

    Imagine being able to grow fresh produce in a place like Barrow in the winter time. No sun and freezing temperatures may make that sound impossible, but an Anchorage-based business would disagree. The company, called Vertical Harvest, has designed a way to grow leafy greens year-round, anywhere in Alaska. Company founder Dan Perpich said he […]

  • Weather News

    Heavy rain leaves crews running around Anchorage for cleanup

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 29, 19:35

    Heavy rain put Anchorage under a flood advisory for much of the day. No major flooding was reported, but the steady rain had city and state road crews running around town trying to keep small problems from becoming big ones. Most of the work was unplugging leaves from storm drains, says Anchorage street maintenance manager […]

  • Alaska News

    What economic impact will Shell’s decision to halt offshore drilling have on Alaska?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 28, 19:09

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s announcement that the company is pulling out of Alaska will have an economic impact on the state, but economists say it’s difficult to quantify exactly what that will be. Shell had a workforce of about 400 people in its Anchorage office, and up to 3,000 contract employees in the field, although […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Knik House to open new shelter in Wasilla that’s already full

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 25, 18:25

    There aren’t a lot of programs in the Mat-Su Valley for people in need of shelter or transitional living, but Knik House is one of them. The non-profit that operates the faith-based program for adult men and women opened two side-by-side shelters in March, but six months later, both have full waiting lists. Director Andrea […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bears still active in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 24, 22:39

    Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to be outdoors but it’s not a time to let your guard down about bears. Biologists say anywhere there are fish, there are likely to be bears, and there are plenty of streams in the Anchorage area that have both. A late run of silver […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Erosion exposes cars at Kincaid Park bluffs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 23, 18:39

     Erosion is taking its toll on a part of Kincaid Park. It’s happening on the bluffs below the Kincaid Motocross Track. Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Joe Meehan said the area is actually an old city dump, where the borough of Anchorage tossed thousands of cars that were damaged in the 1964 earthquake. “They […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Future of state-owned slaughterhouse in question

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 21, 19:35

    It has funding to operate for another year, but the future of a state-owned slaughterhouse in Palmer is in question. McKinley Meat and Sausage is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture certified slaughterhouse in Southcentral Alaska. Farmers who want to sell their meat to a store, restaurant or farmer’s market need to take their animals […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New viewing tower dedicated at Reflections Lake

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 18, 20:08

    The Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge is just north of Anchorage, but for many people the only view they get of it is from the car window. One of the best places to see the refuge is from Reflections Lake, and now there is a new reason to stop there. The non-profit, Alaskans for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Government Hill becoming more bear-proof but residents still want animal-resistant cans

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 17, 20:50

    People who live in Government Hill say they are seeing far fewer bears around the neighborhood. Community council president Melinda Gant says that may be because the neighborhood is doing a better job of securing its garbage. Gant says the changes have mostly come about after a sow and three of her four cubs were […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage sponsors naturalization ceremony

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 16, 19:31

    The city of Anchorage welcomed new citizens on Wednesday. Nine people from eight different countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens in the Assembly Chambers of the Loussac Library. It was the first time Anchorage has sponsored a naturalization ceremony. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz choked up as he tried to welcome the newest citizens, remembering how […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Marijuana Control Board works on commercial regulations

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 14, 19:47

    The state’s Marijuana Control Board is getting closer to hammering out the final regulations that will govern commercial sales of marijuana. Board members met in Kotzebue on Monday and will be back in Anchorage for a series of meetings over the next two weeks. Board President Bruce Schulte says they are going through thousands of […]