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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

    Memorial Day ceremony draws hundreds to downtown Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 25, 18:17

    Several hundred people turned out for a Memorial Day service held at the Veteran’s Memorial on the Anchorage Delaney Park Strip Monday morning. Speakers included Sen. Dan Sullivan, himself a veteran, who asked service members from almost every era to stand and be recognized. Several World War II veterans were in attendance, including 96-year-old Norman Elliot. […]

  • Alaska

    Alaskans testify on proposed budget

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 22, 17:48

    Alaskans got a chance to sound off on the state budget Friday, and many say they hoped state legislators were listening. The House Finance Committee held a public hearing on the latest budget proposal, House Bill 2001. Restoring funding cuts to public education was one theme heard repeatedly. Majority Republicans and Minority Democrats in the House […]

  • State

    Legislature votes to start new special session in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 21, 12:26

    Updated Thursday, May 21 at 10 p.m. Alaska legislators have given themselves an extra 30 days to get their business done. With just a week left to go, members of the House and Senate voted to stop the clock on Gov. Bill Walker’s special session and start a new special session in Anchorage, effective immediately. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Popular plant sale kicks off at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 19, 20:12

    A popular plant sale where the flowers are grown by female prisoners kicked off Tuesday morning in Eagle River. The annual sale is held in the parking lot of the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Inmates at Hiland spend long hours in the greenhouse growing plants from seed. But not all the women earn the privilege […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chugach State Park campgrounds open for season

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 15, 20:05

    All campgrounds in Chugach State Park will be open this weekend, including the Eklutna, Eagle River and Bird Creek campgrounds. Park rangers say campfires are permitted but only in the designated fire pits, and people will not be permitted to burn pallets. The cost to camp has also gone up an additional $5 this year. It […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Houston’s Mid-Valley Senior Center closes suddenly

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 13, 20:38

    A Mat-Su Valley senior center has been forced to close its doors because of financial problems. The Mid-Valley Senior Center served seniors in the Houston area. Patsy Tampke, president of Mat-Su Seniors Inc.’s board of directors, said the center’s financial problems go back at least 10 years. Tampke said at its most basic level, the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage ML&P plant to come online in June 2016

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 13, 19:39

    A multi-million-dollar power plant is taking shape just off the Glenn Highway. Municipal Light & Power CEO Jim Trent said when the new plant opens its doors in June of next year, it will be on schedule and under budget. When completed, the plant will use natural gas to generate electricity for ML&P’s 30,000 customers, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor Sullivan considers selling Anchorage garbage collection service

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 12, 21:20

    UPDATE: The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday evening outlining a structure for the sale of Solid Waste Services. Original story Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said he is looking into selling Solid Waste Services, the city-owned garbage utility. Sullivan said no decision has been made to put the utility out for bid but that he […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless couple opts to camp out in Mountain View

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 11, 20:16

    There’s a patch of woods off the Glenn Highway that Keith Layland calls home. His tent is pitched there along with about four others. He says he’s only been at the Mountain View camp for a week, but he likes it so far. “It’s actually kind of nice,” said Layland. “You have all the freedom you want, […]

  • State

    Legislators don’t plan to do their work in Juneau

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 08, 19:59

    The twists, turns, and drama of the 2015 session continued Friday as legislators told the governor they’re not going back to Juneau to finish the special session. Instead, they’ll meet in Anchorage until they can agree on a budget and how to fund it. They will hold what is called a “technical session” in the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hiland inmates help build Habitat for Humanity Homes

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 07, 20:18

    If you saw Nichole Gillen volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity home in East Anchorage it would be obvious that she knows a thing or two about construction. “I’ve taken everything from construction level one to plumbing to advanced electrical,” Gillen said. “You name it in the trades field and I learned it out there.” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Moms get in free at Palmer Musk Ox Farm Sunday

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 06, 20:17

    Mother’s Day isn’t until Sunday, but one Mat-Su Valley farm is celebrating early with some special births. Three calves were born last week at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. The farm’s executive director Mark Austin said the calves are sticking close to their mother for now, but they are also getting used to human […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    DOT: New bike lanes on Arctic Boulevard offer safer choices to navigate Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 05, 23:38

    In a sure sign of spring, Anchorage road crews have begun repainting the stripes on local streets. The work includes putting in a new designated bike lane on Arctic Boulevard that runs from Fireweed Lane to 10th Avenue. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said the lane will give bikers more […]

  • Alaska

    Unusual Alaska houses, Part 3: ‘Dr. Seuss House’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 30, 21:32

    If you’ve heard of Alaska’s “Dr. Seuss House,” it’s probably because you’ve seen the pictures on the Internet taken from the air. They show what looks like a crazy-looking stack of houses  at least 10-stories tall. The actual house is located north of Willow, but the man who built and still owns it says that’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Unusual Alaska houses, Part 2: Off-the-grid home one of 1st in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 29, 22:57

    When you hear the term “off-the-grid,” you probably picture someone living in a remote area without modern conveniences like electricity. That’s why Dan and Fulvia Lowe’s house might surprise you. The Lowes live in Anchorage, high above Potter Valley. The home they built three years ago was the first house in Anchorage to meet all municipal […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Unusual Alaska houses, Part 1: ‘Underground house’ in Turnagain attracts attention

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 28, 23:46

    When it comes to unusual architecture, Alaska has plenty to choose from. And Marnie Isaacs’ home in Turnagain certainly qualifies. For more than 30 years, Isaacs and her husband have lived in a house on Forest Park Drive that many people know as the “underground house.” The property earned the nickname because there is no […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Transgender man shares his story

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 27, 7:15

    Imagine never feeling comfortable in your own skin or, even worse, feeling like you were born into the wrong body. Danny Earll knows that feeling well. Twenty-six years ago, Earll was born on the Kenai Peninsula as a little girl whose parents named Ashley. But, Earll says, from a very young age he was never comfortable with his […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Project SEARCH helps students transition from high school to workplace

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 16, 21:57

    A program in the Mat-Su Valley is being recognized nationally for its success in helping young adults with disabilities get the job skills they need to become productively employed. Project SEARCH is a national program that helps young adults with disabilities as they transition from high school to the work world. Project SEARCH has a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    5 black bears still roaming Government Hill; bear-proof trash cans a possibility

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 15, 23:06

    A family of black bears doesn’t look to be leaving the Government Hill neighborhood anytime soon. A mama bear and four cubs have been spotted nearly every day since they made a first appearance on Friday. Wednesday morning, all five bears were up in a tall spruce tree with plenty of people looking on. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State Legislature considers buying Anchorage’s LIO building

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 14, 19:27

    The Alaska Legislature has agreed to extend the lease on Anchorage’s new Legislative Information Offices building for another year — with an eye on eventually purchasing the building. Sen. Gary Stevens, of Kodiak, is head of the Legislative Council that took a recent vote on the issue. Stevens favors trying to buy the building and […]