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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

  • Local

    Unmanned aircraft meeting held in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 16, 21:49

    Alaska is one of six states in the country that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead to test and gather data on what are commonly called drones. Most of the research is being done around Fairbanks, but Anchorage is where the annual meeting of the Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group is being […]

  • Local

    Unions launch new “Vote No on 1″ campaign

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 12, 20:06

    As the November election approaches, Anchorage residents may begin to notice new political signs with a familiar slogan. But this latest “Vote No on 1” campaign has nothing to do with oil taxes, as it did in the primary election. The Proposition 1 that Anchorage voters will see on the ballot in November refers to Mayor […]

  • Local

    In Anchorage, it’s now easier to find lost pets

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 11, 22:20

    The Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center is making it easier than ever to locate lost pets and adopt new ones on the computer. The center recently added a number of new features to its website that will allow people to post descriptions and pictures of their missing pets. Animal Control spokesperson Brooke Taylor says the center has […]

  • US/World

    Smoke alarms recalled over malfunction issue

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 11, 18:45

    A popular brand of smoke alarms is being voluntarily recalled. The recall is for three specific types of Kidde brand smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The manufacturing corporation says it’s recalling them because they could malfunction after a power outage. The affected models are the hard-wired variety that were manufactured after December of last year. The […]

  • Local

    Volunteers roll up sleeves for Day of Caring

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 10, 20:44

    More than 500 people rolled up their sleeves and got to work on Tuesday, but they weren’t exactly doing their regular jobs. They were volunteering their time for United Way’s Day of Caring. The annual corporate volunteer day is in its 21st year in Anchorage. According to United Way, the number of nonprofits that benefit continues […]

  • Local

    Assembly considers Chugach State Park access plan

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 09, 22:07

    The Anchorage Assembly is considering a plan that would allow more access to Chugach State Park in the future. The access plan maps out all the places that people enter the park now – some legal, some not. The plan is an attempt to make sure public access is preserved as more development takes place around […]

  • Local

    Beached whale dies near Beluga Point

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 08, 13:12

    An adult male beluga whale has died after it became stranded on the rocks near Mile 104 of the Seward Highway. Barbara Mahoney with the National Marine Fisheries Service says it appears the whale got stuck on the rocky shoreline as the fast-moving tide went out around 9 a.m. Monday. The whale was still alive when Indian […]

  • Local

    Local, fresh produce shows up in Anchorage food banks

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 05, 19:15

    September is “Hunger Action Month,” a time when members of the community can pitch in to help those who are hungry. The Food Bank of Alaska says as many as one in seven Alaska residents struggle with food “insecurity” and access to regular meals. September will feature food drives for non-perishable items, but there’s a […]

  • Local

    Body of Alaska serial killer’s victim exhumed

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 04, 18:38

    She was the victim of one of Alaska’s most famous serial killers, but authorities never knew her name. For 30 years, they’ve been calling her “Jane Doe 3.” That could soon change. On Wednesday, authorities exhumed the remains of a woman murdered by serial killer Robert Hansen. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the […]

  • Local

    Middle or elementary school: ASD asks which is best for 6th graders

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 03, 21:04

    Do sixth graders do best in middle school or elementary school? That’s a question the Anchorage School District is trying to answer as it considers putting more sixth graders in middle school. Right now, most sixth graders in Anchorage go to elementary school. In the district, there are three middle schools that have sixth graders […]

  • Local

    September highlights Alaskans who struggle with hunger

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 02, 21:04

    September is Hunger Action Month, a time for Alaskans to think about friends and neighbors who may be going hungry. You may not think you know anyone who struggles with food, but the numbers suggest otherwise. The Food Bank of Alaska says one in seven Alaskans is either chronically hungry or struggles with food. The nonprofit, Feeding […]

  • Local

    Fishing line trash a danger to birds

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 01, 7:00

    Anchorage lakes and streams seem to have an abundance of fish this year. Fisherman are reporting more salmon returning to places like Campbell Creek than they’ve seen in years. All those fish are attracting more fishermen to local banks, but it’s also causing some problems. A lot more trash is being left behind on the ground. […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    State fair hosts duct tape competition

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 31, 19:24

    The Alaska State Fair offers fun in many flavors, including all kinds of contests and competitions. One of the wackier ones on Sunday was the Great Alaska Duct Tape Competition. Contestants of all ages had just 15 minutes to come up with an original creation from duct tape. Winner Marisa Garagues said she didn’t know what […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hubacek wins cabbage weigh-off

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 29, 21:43

    Alaska has a new cabbage king. Veteran grower Steve Hubacek has won the weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair with a cabbage he nicknamed Marmaduke. Hubacek’s big cabbage tipped the scales at 117.95 pounds, more than four pounds heavier than closest competitor Scott Robb. Robb’s cabbage looked larger but weighed less at 113.7 pounds. The […]

  • Local

    Aces fan loses house to fire

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 28, 19:39

    Hockey fans across the state are reaching out to help a fellow fan. They’re raising funds for a father and son who survived a devastating house fire in Eagle River this month. Bob and Bobby Hill are both huge fans of the Alaska Aces, but Bobby, in particular, has made a name for himself. Fans […]

  • Local

    Neighbors want street improvements promised 30 years ago

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 27, 19:49

    People who live in an Anchorage neighborhood are asking the state Legislature to fund street repairs they say were promised 30 years ago. The street is Sylvan Drive, a residential road off the Old Seward Highway just south of Dowling Road. Cindi Squire lives in the neighborhood and is leading the fight to have the […]

  • National

    Alaskans urge ban on Russian seafood

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 18:57

    Alaska’s congressional delegation is urging President Obama to get tough over a Russian ban on Alaska seafood. Earlier this month, Russia banned the import of foods from the West in response to economic sanctions placed on Russia over it’s role in the Ukraine uprising. But while Russia isn’t buying, it’s still selling its own seafood in […]

  • State

    Alaskan women lacking in equal pay

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 25, 21:30

    Tuesday is Women’s Equality Day, a day that originally celebrated giving women the right to vote. But today the issues that divide men and women are mostly economic. Surveys show the pay gap between men and women has barely budged in the last two decades and Alaska’s gap is one of the widest. According to […]

  • Crime

    Woman charged in 4-year-old’s bike death pleads not guilty

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 22, 18:32

    An Anchorage woman who police said was talking on her cellphone when she hit and killed a little girl on her bike pleaded not guilty Friday. Her Yang Thao, 47, was surrounded by family in the Anchorage courtroom as a Hmong interpreter read the charges against her. Police say Thao was behind the wheel May […]

  • Local

    Some Anchorage schools offer free meals to all students

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 21, 19:44

    Hunger is a big problem in Anchorage and it often shows up in the form of hungry students at school. That’s why the district is taking the unusual approach of offering free meals to all students at 30 different schools. The free meals are paid for by a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]