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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

  • Health

    Lose weight without diet or exercise? Try freezing fat cells away

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 04, 21:05

    Most of us have a part of our bodies we don’t love — maybe a pudgy place that diet and exercise can’t seem to ever reach. One Anchorage salon says they have the answer for that. It’s a procedure called CoolSculpting. Eileen Johnson, the practice manager at Solara Skin and Laser Center, said they’ve offered […]

  • Health

    Fairbanks sets world pollen record, Anchorage levels also high

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:56

    It’s a world record allergy sufferers may not be happy to hear about — Fairbanks set it on Monday for the highest levels of birch pollen in a single 24 hour period. Allergy doctor Jeff Demain said Monday’s count shattered the old world record that was set in Sweden several years ago. “A level of […]

  • Health

    New procedure glues varicose veins to get rid of them

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:42

    When you hear the term “varicose veins,” you may think of people who hesitate to show off their legs in shorts. But Anchorage doctor Donald Ives said varicose veins can be much more serious than a simple cosmetic issue. Ives said varicose veins don’t deliver blood from the feet to the heart effectively. Pooling blood […]

  • Health

    Lasers replace traditional drills at local Anchorage dentist office

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 02, 20:05

    For some people, a trip to the dentist can be trauma inducing. Finding out you need a root canal or even a cavity filled isn’t fun, but what if you could have those procedures done without using needles or drills? One local dentist says it’s possible with lasers. Dr. Kirk Johnson has used lasers in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Muldoon family loses trailer home to fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 02, 17:32

    A Muldoon family lost their trailer home to a fire Monday morning. The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at the Glencaren Trailer Court. A woman noticed smoke coming from her front porch and woke her son, who called 911. Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ryan Staten said the son tried to use a fire extinguisher to […]

  • Health

    AK Mission of Mercy offers free dental care to those in need

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 29, 20:47

    Not everyone likes to go to the dentist, but hundreds of people were feeling grateful after they got the chance to go Friday. That’s because their dental care was free at an event called AK Mission of Mercy. More than 500 people showed up at the Dena’ina Center to get everything from teeth cleanings to […]

  • Education

    ASD superintendent finalists have plans to move district forward

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 23:30

    The candidates for Anchorage School superintendent have been narrowed down to two. Steve Atwater is the interim dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education. Deena Paramo is the current superintendent of the Matanuska-Susitna School District. Paramo said she’s ready to take on the challenges of the district’s top job at a time […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska mother comes to terms with son’s unexpected death through organ donation

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 22, 21:28

    It may be hard to think of any good coming out of a tragedy like a sudden death, but one Eagle River mom has found a way to help her come to terms with the sudden death of her 32-year-old son. Cindy Johnson said donating his organs has helped her to feel that her son, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Numbers put Anchorage economic confidence level at new low

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 20, 19:07

    The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has released new numbers about consumer confidence in the Anchorage economy. AEDC CEO Bill Popp says the numbers are the lowest they’ve seen since they started taking the surveys in 2010. Popp said 350 Anchorage households were contacted by phone and asked how optimistic they felt about the Anchorage […]

  • Outdoors

    Survival school offers tips for bear safety

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 18, 18:46

    Biologists say bears are waking up in the Anchorage area. Dave Battle, with the Department of Fish and Game, said at least one brown bear has been reported, as have numerous black bears. He said people who enjoy the trails or the woods need to be aware of bears and take precautions. Learn To Return is […]

  • Lifestyle

    Tips for home improvement from the Anchorage Home Show

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 15, 19:49

    Spring is the season many people think about sprucing up their homes. Whether you are considering putting your house on the market or remodeling to stay put, the Anchorage Home Show has plenty of ideas. Anchorage Home Builders Association President Scott Allen said it’s possible to make an impact with even small changes to your […]

  • News

    Dust season is in full swing in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 15, 1:00

    It may seem odd that on a beautiful day in Anchorage the air quality could only be considered “moderate,” but Municipal Health Department deputy director Steve Morris said it’s because of particulates in the air, better known as road dust. Morrison said the dust season got an early start this year and is in its […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor Berkowitz lays out how to spend $14 million surplus

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 13, 23:45

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Anchorage has some extra cash — a $14 million budget surplus. According to the mayor, the money came from a variety of sources, including lawsuit settlements and cost-saving measures in individual departments. He said a large chunk of cash came from the fact that gas prices were low and Anchorage had little […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man accused of shooting dog in Anchorage neighborhood says he was protecting his son

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 12, 18:10

    A 7-year-old chocolate lab, which lived in Anchorage’s Campbell Lake neighborhood, was shot to death last week after it aggressively approached a man and his child, the Anchorage Police Department said Tuesday. The man who shot the dog told KTVA he was acting in defense, afraid the dog was about to attack his 3-year-old son. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD concerned about fires in homeless camps

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 11, 19:14

    Dry conditions in the Anchorage Bowl have led to a burn ban, but firefighters say some people don’t appear to be getting the message. The department has already received calls about campfires in homeless camps. “There are homeless people in most, if not all, of our greenbelts around town,” said Fire Capt. Paul Badalich. “And […]

  • Outdoors

    Anchorage black bears are waking up early this year

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 07, 20:37

    Black bears are waking up early in the Anchorage area. Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle said they’ve received reports of black bears in Kincaid Park, Stuckagain Heights and the Rabbit Creek area. Battle said one thing he hasn’t heard yet, is reports of bears getting into garbage but, he added, that it’s only a matter of time. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School District ‘disappointed’ with election results

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 06, 23:10

    Anchorage voters were generous with their money in Tuesday’s election except when it came to the Anchorage School District. The district’s bond package was the only one that didn’t pass. Superintendent Ed Graff said he was disappointed with the results and is eager to find out why. “Perhaps it was because our bond package was […]

  • Health

    Alaska needle exchange programs now open for federal funding

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 06, 7:26

    As part of the movement to try and stop the growing problem of heroin addiction in the U.S., the federal government has lifted a ban on using federal money to help pay for needle exchange programs. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler said the goal is to get people to stop using injection drugs. […]

  • News

    Food Bank working to cut back on wasted food in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 01, 20:39

    The Food Bank of Alaska is dedicated to cutting down on food waste. Every year, Americans waste an estimated 70 billion tons of food, according to the Food Bank’s Jason Lassard. Lassard said that includes food from people’s kitchens, restaurant food and outdated food from grocery stores. The Food Bank regularly collects produce and expired […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeward Bound closes its doors after nearly 20 years

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 31, 17:59

    A program that helped get homeless people off the streets and find sobriety for nearly 20 years closed its doors on Thursday. Homeward Bound, located in Mountain View, offered transitional housing and support services for people battling addiction and homelessness. Residents could live there for up to two years. Kenny Scollan, with the Rural Alaska […]