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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

  • Campaign 2014

    No victory speech from Dan Sullivan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 20, 18:30

    In the U.S. Senate Republican primary, former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan got the most votes Tuesday night, meaning he will square off against Sen. Mark Begich in November. Sullivan led the polls from the beginning and kept that lead, garnering about 40 percent of the vote before the night was through. More […]

  • Local

    Catholic priest performs blessing of the planes

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 19, 20:00

    Some Anchorage pilots may feel safer in the skies now that a Catholic priest has blessed their planes. Rev. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church performed a blessing ceremony Tuesday evening at Lake Hood Seaplane Base. The Catholic priest sprinkled holy water and prayed over about a dozen planes while their owners looked on. […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage man arrested in death of missing California woman

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 18, 17:28

    A case that made national headlines may be coming to a close with the arrest of an Anchorage man for the murder of a California Marine’s wife who’s been missing for more than a month. Authorities believe 24-year-old Christopher Lee of Anchorage may have murdered his mistress, 19-year-old Erin Corwin, then hid her body in […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Joe Miller’s agreement to endorse could be factor in U.S. Senate race

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 15, 20:47

    The National Republican Party may have gotten some good news Thursday night when Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller agreed to endorse whichever Republican won the Senate primary. Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell had already agreed to endorse the winner, but Miller had been vague on the matter for months. University of Alaska Anchorage political science […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Photo project documents hunger

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 20:43

    Going hungry is an everyday occurrence for some people in Anchorage, but you might not always know that by their faces. Now, several nonprofits hope to put a face on hunger in our community by hosting an unusual project. They’re distributing cameras to some of their clients and asking them to document what hunger means […]

  • State

    Army inactivates two JBER engineering companies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 14, 19:18

    A ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Thursday gave Alaskans a taste of how the Army is downsizing. More than 136 soldiers participated in the inactivation ceremony that included two engineering companies and one detachment. It’s part of a nationwide plan to reorganize and reduce the nation’s fighting forces. Capt. Zachary Dyer is the commander of […]

  • Local

    HUGSS program serves up thousands of school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 13, 21:36

    Thousands of Anchorage children are better prepared to start the school year thanks to an annual event called Helping Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS). Organizers said they served about 150 families an hour at the Sullivan arena on Wednesday, but lines moved well and things were orderly. Moms, dads and their children left with new […]

  • Local

    Dog parks may stray from one-size-fits-all rules

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 13, 19:16

    Whether certain types of dogs should have their own hours at the city’s fenced dog parks is an issue owners will be asked to address at a public hearing on Thursday evening. But the issue is bigger than small dogs versus large dogs, says Kayla Epstein from the Anchorage Animal Control Advisory Board. She says […]

  • Local

    Alaska Teen Media students take to the stage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 12, 20:57

    A group of young journalists were hoping to reach a wider audience when they performed at the Wilda Marston Theater Tuesday night. The teenagers are members of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, whose mission is to “provide teens with the training and tools they need to tell their own stories in their own voices.” For […]

  • US/World

    FDA gives new rules for gluten-free products

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 08, 20:30

    A new labeling requirement from the Food and Drug Administration should give consumers more confidence that a product labeled “gluten-free” is accurate. The new rules, which took effect this week, specify that products need to have less than 20 parts per million of gluten to be considered gluten-free. It’s the first time the agency has […]

  • Local

    New senior apartments in Eagle River nearly full

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 07, 18:24

    A new senior housing complex is about to open its doors in Eagle River. But despite the fact that residents have yet to move in, the building is nearly full. Carol Gore, CEO of Cook Inlet Housing, said the agency received more than 80 applications from people who want to live in the new Coronado […]

  • Local

    Midtown park has dirty water

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 05, 17:36

    A favorite midtown park where office workers like to take their lunch breaks and families come to feed the ducks may have some of the dirtiest water around. That’s what the Anchorage Waterways Council says about the duck ponds at the Cuddy Family Park behind the Loussac Library. Council researcher Thom Eley tests the waters […]

  • Local

    Moroccan long-distance swimmer hopes to set record in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 04, 18:59

    A young man from Morocco has arrived in Alaska with an ambitious goal. Twenty-seven-year-old Hassan Baraka wants to be the first Moroccan to swim between every continent on the globe. Baraka is an ambassador for his country, particularly Moroccan Princess Lalla Hasna. Hasna was appointed by the United Nations to bring awareness to coastal issues. […]

  • Local

    AHFC opens voucher waiting list

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 01, 18:31

    Anchorage’s lack of affordable housing is a well-known problem, but it’s particularly tough on low-income earners. Rental assistance has been scarce in recent years. But now, for the first time in a long time, there may be some assistance for people who qualify. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is opening up its waiting list for […]

  • Local

    Bear-viewing boardwalk offers unique view

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 31, 18:34

    There are plenty of Alaskans who have never seen a bear up close. The same can be said for many of our visitors as well. Turns out, you don’t have to drive far from Anchorage to have that experience. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage recently completed a bear-viewing boardwalk. The structure was finished […]

  • Local

    AEDC releases Anchorage economic forecast

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 30, 18:54

    Slow and steady growth is how the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation is describing the Anchorage economy over the next few years. The group put out it’s three-year economic forecast on Wednesday to a packed crowd of local business people at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. AEDC President Bill Popp said the private sector is […]

  • News

    Nonprofit says Mat-Su youth need shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 27, 20:34

    The Mat-Su School District estimates there are close to 500 homeless teens and young adults in the Mat-Su Valley. But despite the numbers, the Valley has no shelter for homeless teens. Many at-risk youth end up at Covenant House in Anchorage, some 50 miles away. Many receive no services at all. Now, a Valley nonprofit would […]

  • Local

    August Foundation finds homes for Alaskan racing dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 26, 19:47

    In some circles they are known as “living legends” — retired Iditarod sled dogs that have moved on to a new phase in life. The older dogs may no longer be in their athletic prime, but they have plenty of golden years left. A new organization is working to make sure these dogs find homes where […]

  • Local

    Surge of veterans seeking jobs in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 25, 19:22

    Anchorage has a low unemployment rate, but new competition for jobs is about to come on the market. Hundreds of local service members who are being downsized from the military are expected to be out of a job within the next six months. Some of them have already begun the hunt for new employment. A […]

  • State

    Alaskan homes showing their age

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 24, 20:28

    When it comes to housing, Alaska stacks up a little differently than the Lower 48. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation recently released a report that looks at existing housing across the state and compares it to the rest of the country. According to the report, homes in Alaska use nearly twice as much energy per year […]