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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

    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, […]

  • Local

    In Eagle River, no taxi service fuels residents’ desire for Uber

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 19, 19:11

    The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday night that could pave the way for ride-sharing service Uber to operate permanently in Anchorage. It’s the suburbs, however, that say they need the taxi app most. Communities like Girdwood and Eagle River have been without a local taxi service for years. “We’ve worked since the 1990s to […]

  • Local

    University Mall businesses reopen after flood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 17, 22:33

    The University Mall is getting back to business after a water main break on Halloween morning caused thousands of dollars in damage. Only two businesses remained closed on Monday morning, including Habitat Housewares. Owner Lori Atrops says she has plenty of merchandise that was saved from the flood but still lost more than $120,000 in […]

  • Local

    Mountain View Elementary students get brand new hoodies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 14, 22:05

    An entire elementary school is looking pretty sharp now that everyone who studies there, works there or volunteers there is sporting a brand new hooded sweatshirt. The hoodies were a gift to Mountain View Elementary School. Every child in the school — as well as teachers and staff — received one from Carlile Transportation, one […]

  • State

    Murkowski wants answers on differing National Guard reports

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 14, 18:34

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski is weighing in on the Alaska National Guard controversy, asking why two separate investigations of alleged misconduct in the Guard came to opposite conclusions. The first investigation, conducted by the Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General, concluded that allegations of sexual assault and misconduct were unsubstantiated. The second investigation, conducted […]

  • State

    Fairbanks police investigate morning shooting

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 11, 19:04

    Police in Fairbanks are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting that happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday. The shooting, that occurred inside an apartment building near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Cowles Street, left an unidentified victim with non-life threatening injuries. A section of the neighborhood was also shut down for a brief period […]

  • Local

    ASD teaches lessons on preventing sexual abuse

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 10, 19:20

    It’s a subject that’s not easy to talk about. But the recent arrest of a retired Anchorage schoolteacher for child sexual abuse may have parents wondering what their children are learning in school that could help keep them safe. From kindergarten through eighth grade, the Anchorage School District has a health curriculum that includes the […]

  • News

    Oyster farmers grow their own spat

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 07, 22:40

    Alaska has a growing oyster farming industry but ironically, oysters don’t grow naturally in Alaskan waters. Chilly temperatures make it almost impossible for oysters to reproduce on their own here. For many years, Alaskan oyster farmers ordered their baby oysters — called “spat” — from other states like Oregon and Washington. The spat is submerged in […]

  • Local

    Anchorage opts out of one-time registration program

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 07, 15:35

    Anchorage will not be participating in a program that would have allowed people to pay a one-time registration fee for older vehicles. Under a bill passed by the Alaska Legislature earlier this year, people could pay a one-time permanent registration fee for vehicles eight years or older starting Jan. 1. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Election officials estimate up to 50,000 ballots still to count

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 05, 18:32

    Election night has come and gone, but some of Alaska’s biggest races have yet to be decided. In the governor’s race, Bill Walker leads Gov. Sean Parnell by only about 3,000 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, the division is wider. Dan Sullivan has an 8,000-vote lead over Sen. Mark Begich. But Begich has yet […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Mitt Romney lends support to Dan Sullivan in Alaska

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 03, 18:05

    There was lots of energy in the crowd that assembled today to hear former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak at the PenAir hangar in Anchorage. Romney told the crowd that Republicans across the country were counting on them to elect Dan Sullivan to the U.S. Senate. “This state matters,” said Romney. “It makes it […]

  • Local

    State cuts ribbon on new Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 29, 16:26

    It’s been years in the making, but Alaska will soon have a new place to store its rocks — and not just any rocks. The state’s new Geologic Materials Center will house cuttings and core samples from nearly every oil and gas or mining project in the state. The facility will be open to both […]

  • Local

    Ebola rumors fly after Mat-Su teacher returns from Africa

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 27, 20:45

    Rumors that Ebola had reached Alaska spread through the Mat-Su Valley Monday morning after a Houston Middle School teacher returned from a trip to Africa. But Kelly Dau, who teaches sixth grade math, didn’t go to West Africa, where cases of the virus have been confirmed. She went to South Africa, where there have been no cases […]

  • Local

    Anchorage mom loses boxing match, still wins big

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 24, 19:18

    Maria Edwards had never boxed before she got in the ring Thursday night at the Egan Center. But she had a good reason for taking part in Anchorage’s Thursday Night Fights: She was trying to earn enough cash to afford gymnastic lessons for her 3-year-old son. Edwards had her eye on the prize money, $50 […]

  • Local

    Native art fair draws crowds to Dena’ina Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 22:27

    The Alaska Federation of Natives convention brings Alaska Native leaders from around the state, but it also brings crafters and artisans. For many people, the Alaska Native Customary Art Fair is one of their favorite parts of the AFN convention. This year, the selection is better than ever. Hundreds of booths line the first floor […]

  • State

    Governor signs bill to recognize Native languages

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 15:39

    The number of official languages in the State of Alaska has gone from one to 21 with a single stroke of a pen. Gov. Sean Parnell signed HB216 in front of a cheering crowd at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Thursday morning. The bill recognizes 20 Native languages, and adds them to English as […]

  • Local

    9-year-old Anchorage boy’s project sends postcards to child refugees

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 22, 21:52

    A nine-year-old Anchorage boy is hoping to brighten the lives of child refugees. William Scannell is a fifth-grade student at Pacific Northern Academy. His project is called Any Refugee. William and his classmates are making postcards to send to children in refugee camps around the world. William says sending a postcard to anyone is a […]

  • Local

    Anchorage man runs nonprofit for free school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 21, 20:39

    Some people would call him the Santa Claus of school supplies, but it’s not a title Walter Ward wants. As far as he’s concerned, he’s only doing his job. Ward runs a nonprofit that provides free school supplies for low-income schools in Anchorage. He calls it the “Anchorage Teacher’s Store,” but it’s not a store […]

  • Local

    First snow greets Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 20, 18:42

    Anchorage’s first measurable snowfall of the season took some people by surprise, while others accepted it in stride. Darnell Little says he knew on Sunday that Monday’s snowfall would take place — not because he heard the weather forecast, but because he looked up at the mountains. “I told my wife, ‘I can’t see the […]