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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

    Mayor Sullivan: More funds needed to push SAP project forward

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 28, 11:31

    Anchorage’s troubled computer software system, known as SAP, needs more cash to get it going. Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration asked the Anchorage Assembly Friday to spend $8.3 million to hire consultants who can help to push the project forward. Sullivan said the money will pay for contracts that would run through Sept. 30 and carry over […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fur Rondy Hide and Horn auction set for Sunday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 26, 19:39

    Workers are preparing for an annual auction that benefits the Department of Fish and Game. The Hide and Horn Auction is a Fur Rendezvous tradition that features items confiscated by Alaska Wildlife Troopers and offers them to the public. This year there are dozens of animal hides of nearly every kind, including a 9-foot brown […]

  • Alaska

    Free pregnancy tests available in bars around Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 25, 22:09

    A state-funded study is underway to see if Alaskan women will stop drinking if they find out they are pregnant. The study is targeting Alaska’s high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, with a goal of bringing awareness about the problem. The Alaska Legislature approved the two-year, $400,000 study to place free pregnancy tests in 20 […]

  • Health

    Alaska health officials warn against marijuana use during pregnancy

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 25, 21:15

    State health officials are warning women they should consider staying away from marijuana if they are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant. Kathy Perham-Hester with the state Department of Health and Social Services says more studies are needed to determine the long-term health risks to developing fetuses. Perham-Hester, who works in the Maternal Child Health Epidemiology unit, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage residents offered low-cost spay/neuter surgery

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 24, 18:59

    For a limited time, Anchorage residents can take advantage of a chance to have their pets spayed or neutered for little or no cost. Several groups have teamed up to offer the services, including the Municipality of Anchorage, Friends of Pets and Alaska SPCA. Now through Sunday, March 1, residents can stop by Anchorage Animal […]

  • Alaska

    Mat-Su high schoolers to compete in National Science Bowl

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 24, 8:32

    Some Mat-Su Valley students will soon be on their way to compete in a national science competition. A team from the Mat-Su Career and Technical High School won the regional competition for the National Science Bowl over the weekend. Students in the competition answered technical questions in several different science disciplines including math and physics. As […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    87-year-old Wasilla woman prepares for Senior Games

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 23, 19:34

    Jane Soeten is an athlete in training. At 87 years old, the Wasilla resident is running daily on the treadmill and lifting weights, waiting for the weather to get warmer so she can train outside. Soeten is a Senior Olympic champion. In the 27 years that she has tried out for the games, she has […]

  • Alaska

    New rules proposed for offshore Arctic drilling

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 20, 17:44

    Companies hoping to drill for oil and gas in Arctic waters may soon face stricter rules. On Friday, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposed new standards for exploratory drilling specifically tailored for the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas planning areas. “The Arctic has substantial oil and gas […]

  • US/World

    Obama administration proposes stricter rules for off-shore Arctic drilling

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 20, 12:56

    Companies hoping to drill for oil and gas in Arctic waters may soon face stricter rules. On Friday, the administration under Pres. Barack Obama proposed new standards for exploratory drilling specifically tailored for the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Companies would be required to submit oil spill prevention plans specific to the area and conditions where […]

  • Alaska

    APU offers free tuition for some low-income students

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 19, 15:07

      Paying for college usually isn’t easy, but a new grant program at Alaska Pacific University can help some students pay nothing at all. APU’s Promise Tuition Grant Program can provide free or greatly reduced undergraduate education for students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is available for low-income college students. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Former foster child competing for Mrs. Alaska crown

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 18, 18:35

    An Anchorage woman is shooting for a new title. Annabelle Hernandez would like to become the next Mrs. Alaska United States. On March 14, Hernandez will be competing with 19 other women from around the state for the crown. Hernandez, who is running as Mrs. Hillside, chose “bringing awareness to foster children” as her platform, because […]

  • Weather

    Is Anchorage in for an early spring?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 17, 19:12

    Anchorage saw spring-like temperatures on Tuesday. Today’s high of 44 degrees beat a record set back in 1984. The National Weather Service says temperatures are about 17 degrees above average for a normal winter. That has some people wondering whether we are in for an early spring. Evelyn Wince has lived in her Turnagain home […]

  • Alaska

    The ‘Huslia Hustler’: Remembering George Attla, Jr.

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 16, 21:35

    George Attla, Jr. overcame many obstacles on his way to becoming a sprint mushing legend. When he was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was sent from his native village of Huslia to Sitka where he would spend most of the next nine years in a hospital trying to recover. When Attla […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police cruisers go on the auction block Saturday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 13, 20:59

    If you’ve ever wanted to own an old police car, Saturday is a good day to go shopping. The Anchorage Police Department is putting two dozen of their older patrol cars up for auction. The former cruisers include Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias that range from 2005 to 2010 models. Grubstake Auction owner Ron […]

  • Health

    New report raises concerns about smoking

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 13, 10:14

    Most Alaskans know smoking is bad for your health, but a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General says smoking may be far worse than most realize. Smoking has previously been blamed for a half-million deaths in the U.S. every year, but a new study that followed a million smokers over a 10-year period found […]

  • Alaska

    Open health care enrollment deadline is Sunday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 12, 21:14

    Time is running out for Alaskans who don’t have health care coverage. The deadline for open enrollment is Sunday Feb. 15 at 11 p.m. Alaskans who don’t have health insurance by then risk a penalty that will be taken out of their federal income taxes when they are filed. The penalty would be either two percent […]

  • Alaska

    Push for new Alaska license plate to ‘Share the Road’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 10, 21:15

    An Anchorage woman is hoping a new state license plate will make Alaska a little safer for residents who ride their bikes on the road. Julie Saddoris is asking the Alaska Legislature to approve a new vanity plate that reads “Share the Road.” The plate pictures cyclists against an Alaskan landscape. Saddoris says similar plates […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage man says suspect in police chase tried to break down his door

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 09, 20:43

    Anchorage police have yet to release the identity of a man who died in a shooting that followed a police chase on Sunday morning. Police say multiple shots were fired by the suspect and at least two police officers responded with gunfire. The suspect died in a hail of bullets, but no one else was injured. […]

  • Alaska

    Anchorage woman finds frustration with definition of service dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 09, 7:11

    As more people bring dogs into businesses, like stores and restaurants, and claim them as service dogs, there is growing confusion about what that really means. It is one of the most confusing issues covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — or at least the one that gets questioned most often. ADA laws define […]

  • Crime

    Driver who killed 2 teen girls sentenced to 32 years in prison

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 06, 21:33

    The drunk driver who struck and killed two 15-year-old girls on an Anchorage sidewalk was sentenced to 32 years in prison Friday. Stacey Graham, 33, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Jordyn Durr and Brooke McPheters. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby handed down a sentence of 20 […]