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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

    Fireworks shows get OK from Anchorage fire chief

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 29, 19:47

    The Anchorage Fire Department has given the green light for two fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. One will be held at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, the other at Eagle River Lions Club Community Park in Eagle River. Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said residents need to remember that fireworks are still illegal in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Potential record-setting year for Anchorage road construction projects

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 27, 19:17

    The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) says this year could set a new record for road construction projects in Southcentral Alaska. DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said 2015 set a record, with more than $300 million spent on projects. This year, she said, spending could be even higher. McCarthy said the biggest ongoing project […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Brown bear spotted near South Anchorage Neighborhood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 24, 19:36

    Some people who live in a South Anchorage neighborhood are worried about a brown bear that’s been spotted near by. Deborah Baines owns The Learning Farm on Gander Drive, not far from Lake Otis and Huffman. She runs a day camp at the farm, and said on any given day, it’s filled with animals and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska SPCA offers free health care for pets in some Anchorage neighborhoods

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 23, 20:37

    ANCHORAGE –It isn’t often that you get something for free, but that’s the case with a program called Pets for Life that’s run by the Alaska SPCA. Pets for Life offers free health care for pets including spaying, neutering and vaccinations in some under served neighborhoods. If pet owners don’t have transportation to the clinic, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sea gull chicks hold up construction of new roof at West High School

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 22, 20:55

    At West High School, the noise from summer construction fills the air. But in a nearby courtyard of the school, there’s a different sound. It comes from dozens of sea gulls that have decided to use the courtyard as their home while they rear their young. Anchorage School District project manager Nick Bell said replacing […]

  • Alaska News

    Governor declares Invasive Species Awareness Week for Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 21, 19:24

    Many people would agree that Alaska has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. But some experts say that landscape could be threatened over time by invasive species. Gov. Bill Walker has declared June 20 through June 26 Invasive Species Awareness Week — a time, according to the governor’s office, when Alaskans should […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska ‘cat man’ cruises to Anchorage with his 22 cats

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 17, 20:11

    Jim Hershberger doesn’t get into town very often but Friday you could find him at Ship Creek standing next to his truck tending to his 22 cats. Hershberger normally lives on a remote homestead about 50 miles outside of Tok. Every few years he brings the cats into Anchorage to update their rabies shots and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Corrections department cuts 100 beds at Anchorage halfway house

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 16, 18:23

    The Alaska Department of Corrections has a plan to save millions of dollars by cutting beds at Anchorage’s largest halfway house. DOC spokesman Corey Allen-Young said the state will stop funding 100 of the 238 beds at the Cordova Center downtown. Allen-Young said the beds were routinely going unfilled but the state was still paying […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless now have a place to store their belongings at Bean’s Cafe

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 15, 21:00

    Imagine having to watch over everything you own or risk having it stolen. That’s a reality for many homeless people and why Bean’s Cafe has begun allowing clients to store their belongings there. Bean’s Cafe staff have turned an old shed behind their building into a storage area where people can keep their possessions. Director […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage airport welcomes bomb-sniffing dog

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 14, 20:36

    Jjackman is a 5-year-old yellow lab who has undergone specialized training to help sniff out explosives. Transportation Security Administration director for Alaska Brian Cahill said Jjackman’s job is to check out passengers with his nose as they enter the security line. Once they are cleared, he said, they can go through an expedited check-in process […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Business as usual for Alaska PrideFest security despite Orlando shootings

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 13, 21:43

    Sunday’s shooting at an Orlando nightclub came just a week before Anchorage begins a week of Alaska PrideFest celebrations. But organizers say they have no plans to beef up security here. Longtime Pride co-chair J.J. Harrier said Anchorage is a safe community and the shooting in Orlando hasn’t changed that. Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska Blood Bank not accepting blood donations from gay men

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 13, 19:11

    Sunday’s shootings at a Florida gay nightclub drew a big response from people in the Orlando area. Many rushed to donate blood to the victims, but there was one group that was excluded from giving blood — sexually active gay or bisexual men. The same is true in Alaska. Blood Bank of Alaska CEO Robert Scanlon […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Water pipe replaced on Northern Lights, road reopened

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 09, 6:30

    A water main break that flooded a section of Northern Lights Boulevard is being blamed on old age. Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) engineer Steve Nuss said the cast iron pipe was more than 50 years old and had succumbed to years of surging water pressure that weakened it over time. The pipe cracked […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Woman attacked by moose finds lost dog

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 02, 20:39

    It was a harrowing ordeal, but it had a happy ending.  Thursday morning, a woman who was attacked by a moose near Kincaid Park, last week, was reunited with her dog. Catherine Dwinnell said she ordered her dog Molni to run when the moose began to attack her and a companion Friday. Dwinnell had been […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality of Anchorage: No tax break for owners of 4th Avenue Theatre

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 02, 20:22

    Anchorage’s chief financial officer, Robert Harris, has turned down a request for a multi-million dollar tax break from the owners of the 4th Avenue Theatre. Peach Investments has plans to build a tower, parking garage and possibly a hotel, or condos, on the site of the aging building. The company has argued it needs a […]

  • Outdoors

    Swimming moose in Turnagain Arm draws onlookers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 01, 19:40

    A moose swimming in Turnagain Arm, near Beluga Point, drew a small crowd of spectators Wednesday morning. But Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s spokesperson Ken Marsh said it’s not unheard of for animals to swim in the inlet. He said both moose and bears have been known to swim to Fire Island and back. […]

  • Health

    New push to stop feeding the birds at Cuddy Family Midtown Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 31, 18:40

    A polluted pond is sparking a new educational campaign and the message is pretty simple: Don’t feed the birds. Jeanne Swartz, an environmental program specialist with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), said addressing the problem at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in midtown is an agency priority when it comes to water quality issues […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds attend Memorial Day services at national cemetery on JBER

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 30, 19:33

    Beautiful weather drew big crowds to a Memorial Day service at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Monday. Each of the more than 5,000 graves had a small American flag put there by volunteers. Some of the graves also had flowers, including one belonging to William Davis. Davis’ daughter Tiffany Call laid flowers at his grave. […]

  • Military

    From WWII to Vietnam: Wasilla veteran remembers 28 years of service

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 27, 21:36

    There may not be many people who can claim they fought in World War II, became a German prisoner of war then stayed in the military to complete two tours of duty in Vietnam, but Wasilla resident Walter Ferguson is one of them. Walt and his wife Lila are both 91 years old. They met […]

  • News

    Closing Cooperative Extension could impact refugee garden program

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 27, 9:14

    Monday’s announcement that the University of Alaska plans to close the Anchorage and Sitka offices of the Cooperative Extension Service may have some fallout for popular programs. Longtime Cooperative Extension horticulturist Julie Riley said she’s concerned about a host of programs and classes offered by the Anchorage office; including the master gardener program and the […]