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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

  • Alaska News

    Holiday drive seeks laptops for foster youth

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 24, 20:25

    An annual drive to help foster youth by providing them with laptops is underway. Rep. Les Gara is once again coordinating with the nonprofit Facing Foster Care in Alaska to try and get laptops into the hands of foster youth. Gara said Alaska is facing a record number of children in foster care this year […]

  • Health

    Anchorage School District grapples with more students who have food allergies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 24, 19:49

    Food allergies in children are becoming more common, and you don’t have to look further than the Anchorage School District to see that. Approximately eight percent of children have food allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. At ASD, that translates to at least 4,000 students. “Even just about 10 years ago […]

  • Health

    Anchorage family copes with son’s multiple food allergies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 23, 19:10

    In the past decade, the number of people with food allergies has skyrocketed and many of the people who suffer are children. LaDonna Dean knows that well — her 7-year-old son Nicolas has several life-threatening allergies. Nicolas was diagnosed with food allergies when he was just 2 months old. Right away, Dean — a nutritionist […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Preparations for Thanksgiving Blessing underway

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 20, 19:24

    Imagine shopping for a dinner party with the guest list numbering in the thousands. That’s a little what it’s like if you are organizing one of the city’s biggest Thanksgiving meals. Thanksgiving Blessing is an event that takes place in the Mat-Su Valley this Saturday and in Anchorage on Monday. There are half a dozen […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Lucky Wishbone to celebrate 60 years in business

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 19, 21:22

    An Anchorage restaurant is getting set to celebrate a big anniversary. On Nov. 30, the Lucky Wishbone will be 60 years old. Owner George Brown is 93 now. He remembers the day he and his wife, Peggy, opened the doors in 1955, and the journey that led them to Anchorage. Brown is originally from Wisconsin. He […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage assistance agencies ask for help with Thanksgiving needs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 18, 20:12

    Some of the agencies that make sure no one goes hungry on Thanksgiving say they could use some help. Bean’s Café Director Lisa Sauder said they don’t have nearly as much food as they had hoped for this close to the holiday. She said they plan serve 1,200 meals on Thanksgiving day, but that could be in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayor reveals plan to help Anchorage homeless

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 17, 20:39

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz revealed his plan to end homelessness in Anchorage on Tuesday. The mayor set a goal to find 300 new housing units over the next three years to house adults who are chronically homeless. The mayor wants to partner with nonprofits and other agencies. He said the city will actually save money by […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AHFC housing may be most affected by proposed smoking ban

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 13, 18:23

    A proposal by the Department of Urban Housing and Development would ban smoking in public housing projects nationwide. Most affected in Alaska would be units owned by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Catherine Stone, director of Public Housing for AHFC said the agency has about 1,600 units statewide. About 750 of those, including apartments, duplexes […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage looks to shelter homeless veterans by January of 2016

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 11, 22:05

    Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the city is getting closer to meeting its goal of finding shelter for all homeless veterans by January of 2016. A count by the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services this summer found 23 vets living on Anchorage streets. Berkowitz said all of them have since found shelter. Thirteen […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly passes ordinance to criminalize spice

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 10, 17:43

    Updated on Nov. 10 at 8:45 p.m. ANCHORAGE – Anchorage Assembly members unanimously passed an ordinance to criminalize the drug spice during their Tuesday meeting. The ordinance was drafted by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s administration, with the support of the Anchorage Police Department. Previously, using or possessing spice was considered a civil offense. People caught using […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    First phase of Loussac construction close to completion

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 06, 20:03

    Workers are getting close to wrapping up the first phase of construction at the Loussac library. When it’s finished in January of 2017, the $13 million project will include a new entranceway on the first floor as well as an expanded façade. “We will be demolishing the main entrance and building a new four story […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    State-owned slaughterhouse may still be on the chopping block

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 03, 20:11

    It’s looking more like a state-owned slaughterhouse in the Mat-Su Valley will close its doors if legislators decide not to fund it for another year. And that has some farmers worried. Mount McKinley Meat and Sausage isn’t usually a money-maker. According to the Alaska Department of Agriculture, it loses about $100,000 in most years. The […]

  • Alaska News

    Enrollment period begins for Affordable Care insurance

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 02, 20:05

    Alaskans who wish to purchase health insurance through the federal government’s marketplace can now sign up. Set up through the Affordable Care Act, the enrollment period runs from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016. People with existing plans who wish to make changes need to do that by Dec. 15, according to Jessie Menkens […]

  • Alaska News

    AST K-9 retires from career sniffing out crime

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 30, 17:08

    He had a distinguished career with the Alaska State Troopers, but now Kilo the drug dog is getting set to retire. The 12-year-old German Shepard started his career with troopers a decade ago working out of Bethel. He later moved to Anchorage but traveled all over the state sniffing out kilos of marijuana, heroin, cocaine […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Early Anchorage fire chief gets a headstone after more than 70 years

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 29, 20:29

    It’s an honor that some say is long overdue, but one of Anchorage’s earliest fire chiefs finally has a headstone to mark his grave. For more than 70 years, Fire Chief Tom Bevers rested in an unmarked grave in the downtown Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. On Thursday, members of the Anchorage Fire Department unveiled the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla woman celebrates her 100th birthday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 28, 21:51

    To her friends, she’s known as “Tiny,” but there’s nothing small about a Wasilla woman’s long life. Tiny Buzby celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday. Buzby had a big party over the weekend, with some friends and family making the long trip to Alaska for the event. Buzby’s great grandson, Tyler Park, may have made […]

  • Alaska News

    REI to forego Black Friday sales, giving employees paid time off

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 26, 21:30

    The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but outdoor store REI is opting out. All 143 stores nationwide will close their doors on Black Friday, a first in the company’s history. Anchorage store manager Mike Herzog said the cooperative is usually busy on the day but the decision […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Spice calls continue to keep first responders busy

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 22, 20:41

    Spice calls are taking their toll on Anchorage resources as well as the people who respond to them on a regular basis. Erich Scheunemann, Assistant Chief of EMS Operations said since mid July, paramedics have taken 665 people to the hospital, all suspected of being high on spice. Scheunemann said that amounts to about 12 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Teal pumpkins help kids with food allergies trick-or-treat

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 21, 19:45

    For many children, Halloween is a favorite holiday — dressing in costume, trick-or-treating for candy, what’s not to like? But for some families Halloween is a potential nightmare. That may sound dramatic, but for children who have life-threatening food allergies, trick-or-treating can be really risky. Chris Demain’s 5-year-old son, Izzy, is allergic to a long […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaskans ponder winter tire purchases

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 19, 18:30

    It’s an annual fall ritual for many Alaskans — time to switch out your summer tires for your winter tires. Alaskans have strong opinions about what type of tires ride out winter the best. Many opt for traditional studs, but a growing number of people are buying new non-studded winter tires. A University of Washington […]