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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

  • State

    Murkowski expresses concern about North Korean cyber hack

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 19, 22:31

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday she is very concerned now that the U.S. has established a link between the North Korean government and a recent hacking attack against Sony. The senator said the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, considers the cyber attack a  national threat. “This hacking is directly linked to North Korea, there’s […]

  • Crime

    Noble Drilling reps plead guilty to 8 felony counts

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 19, 10:08

    Representatives from Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, which operated a drill ship in the Arctic, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts in Anchorage federal court Friday morning. As part of a plea agreement with the federal government, the company admitted breaking both environmental and maritime laws when it worked as a contractor for Shell while drilling for oil […]

  • Local

    Camp grows on sidewalk by Anchorage shelter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 18, 20:23

    The death of an Anchorage woman in a tent across the street from the Brother Francis Shelter is shedding light on a growing problem — the number of people who camp on the sidewalk directly across the street. Dorothy Kinzie, 47, was found unresponsive in her tent last Saturday. The tent was pitched on the […]

  • Local

    2 Alaskan women receive Congressional Gold Medal for WWII service

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 17, 19:26

    Two Alaskan women share a special honor. Jean White and Jane Soeten were recently awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. for their volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. White is 93 years old and has lived in Anchorage for over 50 years. Soeten, 87, moved to Wasilla two years ago. […]

  • Local

    Mayor Sullivan wants to sell downtown Anchorage properties

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 16, 22:07

    Those in the market for downtown property might want to check with the Municipality of Anchorage. The muni has owned the properties for years, but a federal provision kept the city from being allowed to sell them. Now that the provision has been lifted, Mayor Dan Sullivan is anxious to get some of the properties […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Big-budget Hollywood film to be shot primarily in Whittier

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 12, 13:42

    The little town of Whittier, Alaska will soon be home to a big-budget Hollywood film. Producers of the movie “Hunter Killer” won’t say the exact size of their budget, but are promising it will exceed any movies previously shot in Alaska. According to the movie website IMDB, the movie will be directed by Martin Campbell, […]

  • State

    University of Alaska campuses to go smoke-free

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 11, 18:57

    The University of Alaska is going smoke-free. On Thursday, the Board of Regents voted to ban tobacco use on all campuses statewide. The debate has been ongoing for months. Earlier this year, UAA students approved a ban for their campus but the results were advisory. On Thursday, the Regents made it official and extended the ban […]

  • State

    Does Alaska’s foster care system need reform?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 10, 22:04

    Is Alaska’s foster care system broken? It’s easy to think so when you hear the latest numbers. In Alaska, nearly one child out of every 100 is in foster care, which is twice the national average. A recent report, put out by University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, shows those numbers aren’t going […]

  • Local

    A taste of Paris: Anchorage family business makes sweet macarons

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 09, 19:23

    Starting a family business often involves venturing into the unknown. But one Anchorage family is finding the experience to be pretty sweet. Sweet Caribou is the name of the baking business that includes James Strong, his two sisters and Strong’s wife, Miranda. What they bake is unusual — delicate French cookies called macarons. “When we […]

  • News

    Willow musher enjoys first day back at home

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 05, 22:47

    Willow musher Karin Hendrickson spent her first full day back at home on Friday, getting reacquainted with her dogs. After spending more than a week in a hospital bed, Hendrickson said it felt good to be able to heal at home. “I flew a long ways so every muscle in my body is sore,” she […]

  • News

    Education board mulls new graduation requirements

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 04, 22:14

    Alaskan students may not be as prepared for college as they should be. The State Board of Education is trying to fix that concern by adding more math classes to high school graduation requirements. The Board plans to vote on the extra year of math on Friday, the second day of its meeting in Anchorage. […]

  • Local

    Who will run for Mayor of Anchorage?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 03, 19:19

    Just when residents thought the election season was over, another one is on the horizon. On April 7, Anchorage voters will elect a new mayor. Who’s in the running is still a bit of a mystery. Candidates can’t officially file to run for the position until Jan. 30, but a couple of people have made […]

  • US/World

    Bodies recovered near sunken South Korean ship

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 02, 18:26

    Update: Wednesday, Dec. 3 Eleven more bodies have been recovered from the Bering Sea near where the ship sank, the Associated Press reports. Original story No further signs of survivors were discovered, as of Tuesday afternoon, after a South Korean fishing boat sank in the Bering Sea Sunday night. Searchers say they have spotted some […]

  • Local

    2 Anchorage students spread awareness on World AIDS Day

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 22:40

    On World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the disease, two students at Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage are taking their message to the classroom. Katlin Bower, in twelfth grade, and Julia Gebert, in eighth grade, distributed red ribbons to their classmates and talked about the disease that still kills millions. “I don’t think […]

  • Health

    Alaska sees spike in number of HIV cases

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 19:39

    Today is World AIDS Day, an awareness day the World Health Organization established in 1988. Health officials are concerned that the number of people testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in Alaska is increasing. Seventy-one cases of HIV infection have been reported so far this year, compared to 59 cases last year. Susan […]

  • Local

    Farmer’s market in Anchorage offers Thanksgiving alternatives to turkey

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 26, 19:29

    Alaskans who want to eat local this holiday season will find plenty to fill their holiday tables. That’s especially true if they are open to some alternatives for the main course. At the Center Market, a year-round farmer’s market inside the Sears Mall, shoppers could be found on the day before Thanksgiving picking up produce […]

  • Local

    East Anchorage neighbors worry about injured moose

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 25, 18:45

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is urging people who live in an East Anchorage neighborhood to leave an injured moose alone. But that’s particularly hard for Dan Main. The large bull is lying down in Main’s yard and has barely moved since Monday. “Our concern is the animal,” said Main. “We aren’t worried […]

  • Local

    Thanksgiving Blessing helps to feed thousands in Southcentral Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 24, 19:52

    The Thanksgiving Blessing project is a charitable event that takes almost a year to organize. But it means that thousands of Anchorage families will now have their own Thanksgiving meal to sit down to. The project was hosted at six sites on Monday, which included four churches, the Spenard Recreational Center and the Mountain View […]

  • State

    Program works to reduce Alaska’s high recidivism rate

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 21, 19:43

    About half the people who get out of prison in Alaska will be back within six months: It’s a costly problem some say will require a new prison by 2016 if something doesn’t change. A new state-funded program is hoping to make a difference. It’s called the Partners Reentry Center, and it’s where George Goenett […]

  • State

    Walker vows to push pipeline project forward

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 20, 20:22

    Gov.-elect Bill Walker made one of his first public appearances Thursday morning since winning the election, speaking at an annual conference put on by the Alaska Resource Development Council. Walker may not have won many votes from the crowd during the gubernatorial race because of his opposition to SB21, a bill that lowered oil taxes, […]