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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

    Alaskan senators react to health care bill

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 23, 6:28

    Alaska’s senators have yet to take a stand on the health care bill saying they need more time to read through it. Senator Lisa Murkowski released a statement saying, “I remain committed to ensuring that all Alaskans have access to affordable, quality health care and will vet this bill through that lens.” One thing Murkowski […]

  • Alaska News

    Hilcorp only bidder in Cook Inlet lease sales

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 21, 18:37

    An oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet on Wednesday had just one winning bidder: Hilcorp Alaska. The sale was the last to be held under the federal government’s five-year management plan for offshore oil and gas leases that started in 2012. Dr. James, Kendall, regional director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bird Ridge Race organizers to discuss fatal bear mauling

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 20, 18:41

    Alaska’s mountain running community is still reeling from the death of a 16-year-old boy who was killed by a black bear following the Bird Ridge Race on Sunday. The death is also raising questions about the type of safety precautions that might be necessary going forward. The death is also raising questions about the type […]

  • News

    No sightings of bear that killed teen runner

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 19, 17:41

    Searchers failed to locate a black bear on Monday that killed a 16-year old Anchorage boy on Sunday. Patrick Cooper was a runner in the juniors division of the Bird Ridge Race. He was coming down the mountain when he left the trail, got lost and encountered the bear in thick brush. A Chugach State […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    16-year-old dead from bear mauling in Bird Creek ID’d

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 18, 17:29

    A 16-year-old male runner is dead after being mauled by a black bear during a race in Bird Creek Sunday. The teen, identified Monday as 16-year-old Patrick Cooper, was running the Bird Ridge Junior Divison race when he got lost and veered off the trail, according to Park Ranger Tom Crockett with Chugach State Park. Shortly […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    F&G calls off hunt for bear that mauled three

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 15, 17:50

    Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh says they are no longer looking for a bear with two cubs that mauled three young people Wednesday on a trail near the Eagle River Campground. The trail was closed after the incident and remained so Thursday evening. Marsh said biologists spent several hours looking for the bear Wednesday […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police work to clean up sidewalk campers not using the shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 14, 18:56

    Anchorage Police are still looking for a stabbing suspect who murdered a man on the sidewalk near the Brother Francis Shelter last Thursday. But, in the days since it happened, officers have made a big difference in cleaning up sidewalks in the area. Officer Gordon Korell of the Community Action Policing Team (CAP) said the […]

  • Health

    Free car checks can keep seniors safer in a crash

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 13, 19:32

    Seniors are the fastest growing population in Alaska and plenty of them are still driving. Alaska Injury Prevention Specialist Beth Schuerman said seniors are considered some of the safest drivers, but, if they get in a crash, they are much more likely to be seriously injured. “Their bodies have become more frail,” said Schuerman. ” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    EasyPark scraps plan to pay for Saturday parking

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 12, 18:56

    A plan to charge people for metered parking on Saturday in downtown Anchorage is no longer on the table, according to EasyPark Director Brian Borguno. But, Borguno said people who stay too long at a free meter could risk a $20 ticket. Starting July 1, EasyPark will begin enforcing two-hour limits on downtown meters on […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Black bear responsible for power outage, Ml & P says

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 09, 16:16

    Crews called to attend to a power outage in Mountain View Thursday evening got a bit of a shock when they arrived on scene and saw the source of the problem. Turns out a black bear was responsible for the blackout. Mark Johnston, general manager of Municipal Light and Power, said workers got a report […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Spenard Road reconstruction project to start on Monday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 08, 20:32

    The Anchorage construction season is about to go into high gear as city planners say there are more than 200 projects on the books for Anchorage this summer — including a long-awaited one in Spenard. The Spenard Road reconstruction project is set to begin on June 12. It will run from Hillcrest Drive to just […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hope for salmon at Eklutna Lake after dam removal

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 07, 18:11

    Work has begun to remove an old dam on the Eklutna River so that water can flow and fish can once again swim upstream. Brad Meikeljohn is with the nonprofit Conservation Foundation, the group that is funding the dam removal, which he called, one of the most ambitious restoration projects in the state. Meikeljohn said […]

  • Health

    Clinical trials may improve cancer treatment in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 06, 17:58

    Breast cancer is a scary diagnosis for anyone, but the last few years have brought a number of advancements when it comes to treatment. Doctors say a lot of those treatments wouldn’t be available without clinical trials. Dr. Latha Subramanian, an oncologist with Providence Hospital’s cancer center said breast cancer, in particular, has benefited from […]

  • Alaska News

    Community celebrates black soldier who helped build the Alaska Highway

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 05, 20:38

    It’s a part of Alaska history that some people don’t know about — how the Alaska Highway was built with the help of black soldiers at the start of World War II. One of those soldiers — who is visiting Alaska — is being recognized for the work he and others did 75 years ago. […]

  • Health

    Alaska VA leader wants more transparency

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 02, 21:05

    It’s being called the next generation of the Veteran’s Administration. Leaders say they will push to make the agency that serves the nation’s veterans more transparent in both its shortcomings and what is being done to fix them. Dr. Timothy Ballard is Director of VA HealthCare Systems in Alaska. Ballard has been on the job […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Panhandlers increasing? Anchorage count could provide clues

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 01, 21:21

    It’s a problem some say is getting worse — the number of panhandlers on Anchorage streets. At some times of day, it can seem like there’s someone with a sign at every corner, but, it’s difficult to know exactly how many panhandlers are regulars in Anchorage because, up till now, there’s never been a count. […]

  • Education

    ASD superintendent checks-in after first year on the job

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 31, 17:45

    Anchorage School Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop is celebrating her first year on the job– and it’s been a busy one, both personally and professionally. Over the course of the last year, Dr. Bishop has moved from the Mat-Su to Anchorage, bought and sold a home, sent a daughter to college and still found time to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ADF&G sees uptick in people injured by moose

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 30, 17:44

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning people to be very careful around moose, especially those with calves. Biologist Dave Battle said the Department has seen a higher-than-usual number of people hurt by moose this spring– at least eight so far. “We always have a lot of close encounters, and occasionally somebody will […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    First cruise ship of the summer docks at Port of Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 29, 16:42

    The first cruise ship to dock at the Port of Anchorage this summer pulled into town early Monday morning. Nearly 1,400 passengers disembarked from Holland America’s ‘Amsterdam’ to check out the sights before an 11 p.m. call to be back on the ship. Julie Saupe, president of Visit Anchorage, said the cruise industry in the […]

  • Alaska News

    President Trump includes opening ANWR in budget proposal

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 24, 20:35

    While lawmakers are debating the best way to balance the state budget, President Trump says Alaska could play a big role in helping to fill the federal deficit; the president wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said […]