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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 conducts second homeless count of the year

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 18:37

    Anchorage’s homeless coordinator said she is optimistic there are fewer homeless people living in the woods and on the streets of Anchorage then there were just a few months ago. Nancy Burke helped coordinate Anchorage’s second homeless count of the year, which took place Wednesday morning. She said the first count, conducted in late January, […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage man sets Alaska State Fair record with 1,469-pound pumpkin

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 30, 15:54

    An  Anchorage man has taken top prize for his record-setting pumpkin at the State Fair in Palmer. Dale Marshall’s pumpkin tipped the scales at 1,469 pounds, beating the old state record by more than 180 pounds. Marshall said he’s been pursuing the record for the last five years and had a good feeling about today’s winning […]

  • Education

    Bartlett High celebrates math culture with perfect scores

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 29, 18:38

    You could call it a school where math is cool. The school in question is Bartlett High School, where principal Sean Prince said they have turned some math scores around. Prince said four years ago, the school had a reputation for having poor student math scores, and it was obvious change was needed. They decided […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Whale carcass continues to degrade near Kincaid Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 20:29

    A humpback whale that washed ashore in Kincaid Park is still there. High tides that lapped at the shoreline below the bluffs, near the motor cross track, have failed to move the giant carcass. But in the nearly seven weeks since the whale washed up it has deteriorated considerably. Bones are showing and the body appears […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska State Fair begins, celebrates 80 years of festivities

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 25, 20:50

    It’s a day that many people look forward to all year. Thursday, the Alaska State Fair opened it’s doors for it’s annual run at the fairgrounds in Palmer. Marketing manager Dean Phipps said the fair is celebrating it’s 80th anniversary this year. Phipps said there is something new to look forward to every year, but […]

  • Education

    District hopes new approach to active shooter will save young lives

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 24, 21:28

    The Anchorage School District is changing the way it would respond if an active shooter entered a school, according to Superintendent Deena Paramo. Paramo is hoping the new advice for students and staff will help save lives in an emergency situation. Paramo said up until this point, the district has always used a lockdown approach. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State considers whether to privatize Alaska Psychiatric Institute

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 23, 20:52

    It’s no secret that the State of Alaska is looking to save money any way it can. One question legislators are asking is whether it would be cheaper for a private company to run the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API), the state’s only public psychiatric hospital. Randall Burns, the director of behavioral health for the Alaska Department […]

  • Education

    New Anchorage superintendent greets students on first day of class

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 22, 19:37

    It was the first day back at school for Anchorage students and some of them got a special greeting. Superintendent Deena Paramo made her rounds to half a dozen schools on Monday, saying hi to students and staff. “For the first two weeks of school we want to be sure that principals and teachers, kids […]

  • Education

    Anchorage School District adds new buses, reminds drivers to be safe

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 19, 18:16

    Monday is the beginning of a new year for Anchorage School District (ASD) students and ASD wants to remind drivers they will be sharing the road with school buses, many of which are brand new. Anchorage has 181 new school buses, all of them have added safety features, according to Pupil Transportation head Chuck Moore. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage ‘Pumpkin Man’ aims for a win at State Fair despite last year’s crash

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 20:15

    Dale Marshall’s license plate says it all: GROBIG. For years Marshall has been growing giant vegetables to enter in the Alaska State Fair, particularly enormous pumpkins. He began entering pumpkins in the fair in 2008. Marshall lost the first year, then won all the rest — except for two years when he was disqualified. In […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Spruce bark beetles return to Southcentral Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 17, 16:12

    In the 1990s, spruce bark beetles were considered an epidemic, responsible for destroying millions of acres of trees on the Kenai Peninsula. Jessie Moan, a pest management specialist, says that on a much smaller scale, the beetles are back. “We are seeing more spruce beetle activity than we have in the past few years, and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Some Anchorage students will start school in a construction zone

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 16, 19:09

    School starts on Monday in Anchorage, but some returning students may find their school looks nothing like it did when they left it at the start of summer. That’s the case for Gladys Wood Elementary School. The West Anchorage school is undergoing a major remodel and most of the classrooms have been turned into a […]

  • Alaska News

    State closes Anchorage AVTEC campus because of budget cuts

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 15, 18:53

    A program that trained Alaskans for careers in the medical field shut its doors on Monday and state budget cuts are being blamed. The Anchorage campus of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC), located in the Muldoon Mall near the intersection of Muldoon Road and Debarr Road, is no longer open. The program was run by the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Free school supply event Tuesday at East Anchorage High School

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 15, 18:50

    Volunteers were busy on Monday getting ready for the annual Help Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS) event that takes place Tuesday at East Anchorage High School. HUGSS, now in its 17th year, provides free school supplies to Anchorage students in need. Organizer Anne Gauthier said last year they served about 4,700 children and this year, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Erosion on the banks of the Matanuska River threatens Butte residents

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 12, 18:31

    The Matanuska River continued to erode it’s banks on Friday. Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Jim Sykes said an area off of Maud Road, in the Butte, had lost 20 feet of shoreline in the last few days, and more than 60 feet of shoreline since July 24. Sykes said he was worried about what could happen […]

  • News

    Homeless camp clean up continues in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 11, 19:42

    The city hasn’t slowed down when it comes to cleaning up homeless camps. In fact, Anchorage Parks superintendent Josh Durand said they set a record this year — 70 tons of garbage has been removed from camps in the woods. Last year, 50 tons of trash was collected. Homeless campers have had to move, as […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Popular Alaska Gallery to close for a year to remodel

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 10, 19:39

    One of the most popular exhibits at the Anchorage Museum is shutting down for a major remodel. Visitors won’t be able to see the Alaska Gallery till it reopens next year following a $13 million facelift. Collections director Monica Shah said the exhibit first opened in 1986, but some of the historical items in the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Man who pleaded guilty to killing teens appeals his sentence

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 09, 20:14

    Tuesday marked the three-year anniversary since two Anchorage teenagers were struck and killed by a drunk driver. Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr, both 15, were walking home from a back-to-school shopping trip when they were struck on the sidewalk near 88th Avenue and Abbott Road. On Tuesday evening, friends marched to a memorial that sits at […]

  • Outdoors

    Experts offer safety tips for navigating local rivers swollen with rain

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 08, 20:07

    Recent rains have caused many rivers in Southcentral Alaska to swell, including Eagle River, the scene of a rafting fatality on Sunday evening. Kelli Toth, with the state Office of Boating Safety, said when the water is high it can be challenging to see roots and logs that can snag boats and cause them to […]

  • Health

    Surgeon General addresses Alaska opioid addiction crisis

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 04, 20:05

    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is in Alaska to learn more about what’s been called a growing health epidemic — high rates of addiction to heroin and other opioids. On Thursday, Murthy was a speaker at a Wellness Summit on opioid abuse convened by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan. He told the crowd that a […]