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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

    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 […]

  • Local

    Thanksgiving Blessing in Mountain View needs contributions now

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 19, 10:46

    Those who organize one of Anchorage’s biggest food drives for the holidays are gearing up to feed more needy families than ever. At the Thanksgiving Blessing project on Nov. 24, families can pick out food at six different sites to make their own meals on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers are asking for the public’s help to […]

  • Local

    Police seek answers in missing Anchorage woman’s death

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 17, 19:42

    Police are looking for information from the public as they investigate the death of an Anchorage woman whose body was discovered near a Mountain View park. They want to speak with anyone who had contact with Mountain View resident Irma Williams within the last month. The 54-year-old mother was reported missing by her family on […]

  • State

    Fish lab biologists study king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 16, 22:38

    As winter approaches, most of us aren’t thinking about fishing, but that’s not the case for some biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Winter is the time that researchers in Anchorage’s fish lab get down to work. The state is spending millions of dollars on a project called the Chinook Salmon Research […]

  • Local

    Are Anchorage drivers ready for the tow plow?

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 16, 21:26

    Anchorage drivers should prepare to see something a little different on the roads this winter: a new type of snow plow called a tow plow. Randy Vanderwood, with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said drivers who see the tow plow for the first time may be alarmed at the way the plow […]

  • State

    Alaska Fish and Game research looks to solve mystery of king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 23:22

    The state of Alaska is spending millions of dollars working on what could be called a mystery — why king salmon runs continue to decline. The Chinook Salmon Research Initiative has many parts with the same goal, to better understand what is happening to king salmon so the resource can be better managed through both […]

  • Local

    Friends, family continue search for missing Anchorage mother

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 19:08

    A 20 year-old woman remains missing tonight, and friends and family are worried for her safety. Jael Hamblen was last seen in her Trailside Loop apartment in South Anchorage Saturday night. Kendra Vincent is Hamblen’s roommate. On Tuesday, Vincent spent the day handing out fliers in their apartment complex, asking if anyone had seen her […]

  • State

    Fish and Game hopes research initiative will help to better manage king salmon

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 15, 6:38

    The state of Alaska is spending millions of dollars to try and solve the mystery of what’s happening to the king salmon population. For the past decade, the fish have been returning to Alaskan rivers and streams in ever dwindling numbers. Lower runs of chinook salmon affect the entire state and many different user groups. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Candidates for Alaska lieutenant governor square off at industry forum

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 13, 17:46

    Mayor Dan Sullivan and Byron Mallott — candidates for Alaska lieutenant governor — squared off on Monday at a forum sponsored by industry groups like the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the Alaska Miners Association. The event was presented as a forum to hear the candidates’ views on resource development. Sullivan, vying for the lieutenant […]

  • Local

    Muldoon Road to get raised medians

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 10, 18:28

    Muldoon Road is one of the busiest in Anchorage and, when it comes to the sheer number of crashes, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Carla Smith, a project manager with the Alaska Department of Transportation, said parts of the road have a crash rate that is three to four times higher than the […]

  • Local

    Marvell Johnson: remembering a veteran voice of Alaska radio

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 08, 19:32

    Marvell Johnson’s murder has touched many people, most of whom he has never met. The 64-year-old hosted a popular show on public radio station KSKA that ran for more than 30 years. The show, “Soul to Soul,” featured the music Johnson loved and grew up with — Motown and R&B-soul classics, as well as modern […]

  • Local

    Website, phone app help Anchorage neighborhoods stay connected

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 07, 20:22

    One Anchorage man is using an app that’s meant to keep neighbors connected for an unusual purpose. Albert Whitehead says he wants to stay updated on any bears in his South Addition neighborhood. He’s particularly worried about his pet reindeer, named Star. Whitehead says he’s never encountered a bear on their walks, but he says […]

  • Local

    Anchorage teacher gets surprise delivery of school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 02, 22:16

    A special delivery caught a classroom of second graders and their teacher by surprise Thursday afternoon at College Gate Elementary School. Local Chevron gas station owner Jeff Mulholland delivered a box of math supplies, including: games, books, counting tools, even several iPads. Teacher Tamara Ramsey said the supplies were particularly welcome because she often spends […]

  • Local

    Safe Harbor Inn gets new management and new look

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 02, 19:25

    An Anchorage hotel that serves homeless and low-income families is getting a new look inside and out. All 50 units of the Safe Harbor Inn in Muldoon are being renovated from floor to ceiling. The work is being overseen by the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, also known as RurAL Cap. The nonprofit will be […]

  • Local

    Alaska’s rock collection on the move

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 01, 18:25

    One of Alaska’s most important rock collections will soon be on the move. The state plans to move tons of rocks from a facility in Eagle River to a new home in East Anchorage. But these aren’t just any rocks. The Alaska Geologic Materials Center (GMC), currently located on Fish Hatchery Road in Eagle River, houses core […]

  • Local

    APD spends millions on new patrol cars

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 29, 18:53

    Dozens of Anchorage Police Department officers are sporting new rides now that the city has invested nearly $3 million in replacing APD’s patrol vehicles. The new vehicles are Ford Interceptors, sedans and SUVs that are built specifically for law enforcement and cost about $41,000 each by the time they are fully customized. The new cruisers […]

  • State

    Judge says Walker-Mallot ticket can stand

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 12:51

    A ruling by Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock will let the Walker-Mallott ticket stand. The judge ruled that Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai were correct when they issued an emergency regulation approving the ticket. The decision came after oral arguments with attorneys representing the Bill Walker Campaign, the […]

  • Local

    Morning earthquake leaves mess behind

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 6:56

    There were no reports of major damage or injury from Thursday’s quake, but many Anchorage residents felt it strongly. Others had a mess to clean up from what the quake left behind, including Romig Middle School. Principal Sven Gustafson said there was damage to several ceiling tiles in the gym and a large crack in […]

  • Local

    Anchorage Animal Control opens after-hour drop-off for strays

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 24, 18:44

    For the first time in four years, Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center is offering a place where people can drop off strays when the shelter is closed. The after-hours drop-off area is located to the rear of the shelter building. There are seven separate holding areas for large and small animals. Deeann Fetko with the […]