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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

  • Crime

    Anchorage physician sentenced to 3.5 years for Medicaid fraud

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 29, 13:04

    An Anchorage physician accused of Medicaid fraud was sentenced in Superior Court Wednesday. Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh was sentenced to a total of seven years, with three and a half of those years suspended. He was also sentenced to 10 years probation. Ghosh, of Ghosh Psychiatric Services, specialized in treating children and adolescents with autism and mental health […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Apartment owner says plugged storm drain makes city responsible for damages

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 27, 21:42

    The owner of an Anchorage apartment building that was flooded by torrential rains says she thinks the city should pay for the damages. Beverly Newby says the city failed to maintain a storm drain that could have helped divert the water that rushed down Cordova Street Saturday night and damaged each of the bottom units […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    JBER commander speaks out about Army cuts

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 27, 20:35

    On Monday, the commander of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spoke out for the first time about the coming cuts and what they could mean for the base. Col. Brian Bruckbauer says he is meeting weekly with U.S. Army officials to get a better idea of what their mission will look like in Alaska after the downsizing. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After emergency order, herbicide sprayed at Lake Hood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 24, 20:06

    It took an emergency order to put it on the fast track, but state workers began spraying Lake Hood Friday morning with a powerful herbicide. It’s an effort to rid the lake of an invasive weed called elodea. The fast-growing weed has tangled the rudders of floatplanes and caused pilots to lose control during takeoffs […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    50 women graduate at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 23, 19:59

    More than 50 inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center participated in a graduation ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony was held in the prison gym with music provided by the prison orchestra. The women received their high school diplomas, G.E.D.s and certificates for vocational programs and apprenticeships. Education Coordinator Karen Jenkins says about 35 percent of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Firefighters search for arson suspect who could face attempted murder charges

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 22, 20:25

    Anchorage firefighters are looking for the individual responsible for a trailer fire that happened early Monday morning that fire officials say was deliberately set. Firefighters were called to the Glencaren Trailer Court at 2221 Muldoon Road at 3:30 Monday morning. They found a trailer in flames. Fire investigator Brian Balega says the nine people who […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla teen Sam Allred released from hospital

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 22, 19:51

    A Wasilla teen that was seriously injured in a four-wheeler collision over the Fourth of July weekend is back home and starting to recover. Sam Allred broke his pelvis and several vertebrae in his neck and also received extensive internal injuries when the ATV flipped and rolled over him on a family camping trip in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Covenant House outreach program reaches homeless youth

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 20, 18:32

    Covenant House Alaska has always tried to connect with youth in crisis, but the nonprofit has begun taking a slightly different approach to its outreach mission. The shelter for homeless youth is actively seeing relationships with youth who are not in the shelter but could still use its services. Outreach coordinator Josh Louweres heads a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage animal shelter sees more abandoned pets

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 17, 17:54

    Anchorage Animal Care and Control says it’s getting several reports every month of abandoned pets that people leave behind when they move from homes or apartments. Spokeswoman Laura Atwood says cats are found most often, as well as smaller animals. On Friday, the shelter had a pair of guinea pigs that were discovered by a cleaning […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UPDATE: Missing construction worker found in Eagle River

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 15, 12:05

    Originally posted July 13, 2015 Updated Wednesday, July 15 at 12:05 p.m. The construction worker who went missing from an Eagle River job site Saturday has been found, police say. Wednesday morning, 38-year-old Vasily Basargin was located on Birch Hills Drive, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. A resident reported seeing Basargin […]

  • Alaska

    Hundreds turn out for dipnetting season start at Kenai’s North Beach

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 10, 17:12

    Plenty of people head to the Kenai Peninsula on summer weekends, but starting July 10, there may be even more traffic than usual. The personal-use dipnet fishery for sockeye salmon begins on that day, an event that typically draws thousands of people to Kenai beaches. At the popular North Beach in Kenai, hundreds turned out […]

  • Alaska

    Hiland Mountain Correctional Center battles overcrowding

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 09, 20:38

    The number of female prisoners in Alaska is at an all time high but the state says it’s working on turning the numbers around. Alaska’s first lady Donna Walker got a chance to see the problem first hand on Thursday when she took a tour of the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. Hiland […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Moose Mamas: Alaska nonprofit rescues orphaned calves

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 08, 18:39

    A new nonprofit is giving orphaned moose calves a second chance. Moose Mamas is the name of the program that takes in motherless moose calves and raises them until they are big enough to be released. The group’s director Dana DeBernardi says the goal is to release the calves in an area where the moose […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Report finds serious fault with VA health care in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 07, 18:29

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a new report is confirming her worst suspicions about the quality of veteran’s health care in Alaska. The review of the Mat-Su VA clinic in Wasilla was conducted by the U.S. Inspector General’s Office at Murkowski’s request. Murkowski says she asked for the review after years of hearing from vets about problems […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage park strip events planned for Fourth of July

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 03, 20:30

    Organizers are promising an exciting Fourth of July Celebration on the Anchorage Park Strip this year. The day kicks off with a $5 pancake breakfast that starts at 8:30 a.m., and benefits the Anchorage Polynesian Association. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. This year the route will skip midtown and instead wind it’s way around […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Downtown Dog Ambassador’ brings smiles to visitors

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 02, 20:24

    Peter Ferrara is used to turning heads when he walks in downtown Anchorage. After all, it’s not every day you see a man walking up to a dozen dogs at once, and greeting strangers as he goes. Ferrara wears a shirt that says “Downtown Dog Ambassador.” It’s a title he got a few years back from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Connors Lake loons have livestreamed birth

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 02, 17:50

    A livestreaming loon cam on an Anchorage lake is showing two proud parents — a Pacific Loon chick hatched Monday on Connors Lake, where the loon cam is trained, according to Jean Tam. Tam has operated the loon cam since 2003. She says this year’s birth is especially exciting since last year the same loon […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police to crack down on fireworks with special patrols

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jul 01, 20:03

    The Anchorage Police Department is getting serious when it comes to enforcing the fireworks ban this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Police chief Mark Mew said the risk of a wildfire is just too great. For the first time ever, APD officers will be assigned to look specifically for residents using fireworks. Mew said residents […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Valley company offers free towing for Sockeye Fire victims

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 30, 21:39

    A towing company in the Mat-Su Valley is helping Willow residents affected by the Sockeye Fire start the long road to recovery by offering their services for free. Metal in Motion Towing is offering to pick up metal that is leftover from the fire. “If they lost anything in the fire that’s metal of any […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Busy construction season at Anchorage schools this summer

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 29, 16:18

    The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade, according to Edie Knapp, construction manager for the district. Knapp said $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer. They range from things like parking lot improvements to major renovations. At $28 million, Airport Heights Elementary […]