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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 Library Advisory Board takes new look at internet policies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 28, 20:14

    Most people who come to the Loussac Library don’t do it to watch pornography, but there are always a few who look at things other people might not want to see. The Anchorage Library Advisory Board is considering tightening up internet policies around what can be seen on public computers, and who can watch it. Library […]

  • Marijuana News

    US Postal Service blocks Juneau pot farm from shipping tax money to Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 9:19

      James Barret owns Rainforest Farms, Juneau’s first legal marijuana retailer. Because he grows marijuana he has to pay monthly taxes to the state. The trouble is, the only place he can pay them is in Anchorage. Recently, the Alaska State Department of Revenue set up a post office box so Barrett could mail his […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bear-resistant trash cans now available in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 26, 18:27

    The Government Hill neighborhood that’s had a long history with problem bears is finally getting something residents say they’ve wanted: bear-resistant trash cans. The trash cans weren’t available two summers ago when a black bear with three cubs made regular visits to the neighborhood, attracting huge crowds in the process. The bears were eventually put […]

  • Crime

    DOC officer smuggled drugs into Goose Creek

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 25, 18:16

    A former Department of Corrections officer was sentenced to eight months in a federal prison on Tuesday after admitting he smuggled drugs into the Goose Creek Correctional Center. Jason Spindler, 33, accepted a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of drug conspiracy and one count of possession of a controlled substance with […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crowd packs 4th Avenue Theater meeting

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 24, 17:49

    Meetings of the State’s Historic Preservation Commission don’t always draw big crowds, but on Monday morning, the room was packed. People came to testify before the Commission as to why they believed Anchorage’s 4th Avenue Theater should be designated a historic monument by the state. Judy Bittner, chair of the commission, said the hearing was […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA opens on-campus center to address sexual violence

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 21, 18:51

    One in ten, that’s the number of University of Alaska Anchorage students who responded that they had recently experienced sexual misconduct or assault on a campus climate survey last year. The incidents didn’t necessarily happen on campus, but a new resource located on university grounds could help. Friday, officials cut the ribbon on the Center […]

  • Health

    City looks to build ‘recovery campus’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 20, 20:43

    It’s located at the end of the road, but if a city plan goes through, it could become a one-stop shop for people going through drug and alcohol treatment in Anchorage. Anchorage Homeless Coordinator Nancy Burke said the City would like to tear down the old Clitheroe Center located near Point Woronzof and build a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Animal shelter sees uptick in loose pets

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 19, 18:12

    People enjoy getting out in the spring, but apparently, animals do, too. Laura Atwood, Information Officer for Anchorage Animal Care and Control said the shelter took in 84 stray dogs in March and even more cats, a figure that is likely to go higher throughout the summer. Laura Atwood, information officer for Anchorage Animal Care and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Foamy airport runoff subject of DEC investigation

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 18, 18:01

    The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is looking into the make-up of a foamy substance that is being discharged from a pipe that runs into Cook Inlet at Airport Park along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The water is runoff from Ted Stevens International Airport, according to airport Environmental Manager Scott Lytle. He said it’s a mixture […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Device to help with heroin withdrawal undergoes trial

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 17, 21:58

    A group in the Mat-Su is trying a new approach to helping people get off drugs like heroin and other opioids. The device is called the Bridge, and it’s designed to help curb the pain that addicts feel when they are going through withdrawal. The Mat-Su Health Foundation is funding a study to see how […]

  • Crime

    Man who killed caretaker in 2015 sentenced to 60 years in prison

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 14, 19:35

    A man who called police to say he’d killed his caretaker at an Anchorage assisted living home in November of 2015 was sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday. Gilbert Nashookpuk, 26, admitted to strangling and beating 57-year-old Glenna Wyllie after she made him angry, he told police. Nashookpuk pleaded guilty to first degree murder as […]

  • Alaska News

    Nominee chosen to lead Human Rights Commission perplexed by questioning from Republicans

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 13, 21:05

    A man who Governor Walker appointed to the state’s Human Rights Commission said he is being treated differently than other appointees because of his gender identity. Drew Phoenix is a transgender man who recently moved from Anchorage to Fairbanks. He’s an ordained Methodist minister and the former executive director of Identity, which advocates for LGBT […]

  • Alaska News

    Spring is wake-up call for bears in Anchorage area

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 12, 20:27

    Call it a sure sign of spring: bears are starting to wake up in the Anchorage area. Ken Marsh, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the agency has received reports of bears in Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak and along Turnagain Arm. “So far it’s just black bears, but there’s no […]

  • Education

    New lab lets students try STEM-style learning

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 10, 19:04

    If playing with robots or donning virtual reality glasses in class sounds like a fun way to learn math and science, it is, according to students at Ravenwood Elementary School in Eagle River. Ravenwood may be the only school in the state to open a STEM lab. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless shelter opens medical respite wing

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 07, 19:18

    Imagine being discharged from the hospital with nowhere to go. It’s been a reality for some homeless people in Anchorage that could soon be changing. On Friday, the Brother Francis Shelter held a dedication ceremony for their new medical respite wing. Shelter manager Lisa Caldeira said five rooms, each with two beds, have been set […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Biggest spenders in Tuesday’s election didn’t see wins

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 05, 20:14

    Money plays a roll in most elections, and Anchorage’s municipal election is no exception. But as it turns out, those who spent the most, didn’t necessarily win, especially when it came to two ballot propositions. The Anchorage Taxi Permit Holders Association and their supporters were the biggest spenders in Tuesday’s election, with their “Say YES […]

  • Crime

    AFD investigates weekend vehicle arson

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 03, 23:13

    The Anchorage Fire Department is looking for the people who set fire to a truck in a church parking lot over the weekend. A witnesses captured video of the burning truck in the parking lot of St. Patrick’s Parish Catholic church on Muldoon Road. He told police he watched two vehicles, including a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Breakup evidenced on Anchorage roads

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 03, 20:17

    Anchorage drivers can confirm that breakup is here in Alaska. Standing water and potholes are considered a sure sign of spring. City Maintenance and Operations director Alan Czajkowski said the city has received more than 200 calls about drainage issues since Friday. He said crews were working as fast as they can to thaw frozen […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Plant Materials Center provides seeds to grow local agriculture

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 03, 10:30

    Many Alaskans are interested in eating local, but eating local isn’t just about the food we put on the table. It’s also the seed that food is grown from. In Alaska, there is just one certified seed laboratory in the state — the Plant Materials Center in Palmer run by the Division of Agriculture. The center […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    EasyPark pilot program would charge for Saturday parking downtown

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 31, 17:59

    Anchorage residents have gotten used to free parking downtown on Saturdays, but a new pilot program could change that. EasyPark spokeswoman Melinda Gant said the agency is in favor of implementing a pilot program this summer that would require people to pay for meters on Saturdays. It’s not a new idea. Last summer, Anchorage Mayor Ethan […]