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Shannon Ballard

I’ve always daydreamed about living here, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the new KTVA. Change is exciting and I feel so lucky to get to learn all about this community. Alaska is sure to be an adventure.

Stories by Shannon Ballard

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Gov. Walker steps in to save Govt. Hill bears; Fish & Game will relocate them

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 18, 0:03

    Updated Saturday, 2:50 p.m. Gov. Bill Walker has stepped in to save the black bear family roaming Government Hill, recommending that the bears be pardoned from being euthanized. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the mother and four cubs have a history in Government Hill dating back to last summer when the department […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: 2 candidates, 2 strategies

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 15, 22:53

    With just three weeks left until voters decide the next Mayor of Anchorage, many residents and community groups were hoping for a dialogue between the two candidates. But Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz may not have a single debate. Both candidates are vying for residents’ votes, but some say that’s hard to do when you can’t […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Bike safety debate one distinction between Anchorage mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 22:44

    Now that a runoff is in order for the Anchorage mayoral race, even the small differences between candidates can influence voters casting their ballots. One week ago, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski participated in KTVA 11 News’ debate with the top candidates for mayor. They’re the only ones left in the race now, but residents are […]

  • Alaska

    Free all-terrain track chair given to Alaska veteran

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 08, 23:06

    Sometimes day-to-day challenges interfere with even the most basic activities. Life has not always been a walk in the park for veteran Nansen Olson, an Alaskan man who enjoys the outdoors but can’t hunt and fish like he used to. Olson has Parkinson’s disease. “It makes it much more difficult to enjoy things,” he said. Olson served […]

  • Alaska

    Eagle River parents mobilize for school funding support

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 06, 22:46

    A group of concerned parents are mobilizing in response to what they call potentially catastrophic education cuts. Volunteers with Great Alaska Schools want to make sure people know what’s happening in Juneau. Last week the Senate and the House passed House Bill 72, which would take millions away from school districts. It’s part of a plan to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Volunteers continue search for missing Iditarod Dog

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 03, 19:10

    It’s been nearly two weeks since Laura Allaway‘s 3-year-old Iditarod dog went missing. Three-year-old Sarabi was dropped at the Nulato checkpoint after she developed a sore shoulder. A handler in Anchorage was caring for the dog when she ran away. A group of volunteers have formed a search party and they aren’t giving up hope. They’ve spent hours […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA athlete aims for Paralympic podium

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 01, 21:50

    Step by step — that’s the way we approach life’s greatest challenges. That statement is especially true for double-leg amputee Marko Cheseto. Cheseto’s speed took him from Kenya to Alaska to sprint for the University of Alaska Anchorage. It gave him a shot at a better life, but after the death of a friend he hit a low […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer monofill appeal denied

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 31, 21:32

    An Anchorage company had hopes of building a new landfill in Palmer, but it turns out, the third try is not always the charm. After denying the Anchorage company twice, the Mat-Su Borough denied Central Monofill Services (CMS) again at an appeal hearing on Tuesday. Whether the landfill happened or not had a lot of […]

  • Alaska

    Couple in Homer proposes yurts for Alaska’s homeless

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 30, 21:20

    Housing first — the idea is to offer permanent, affordable housing for the homeless to stop them from ending up back on the streets. It sounds simple enough and appears to be working to end chronic homelessness in other parts of the country. Now, a Homer couple is putting their own twist on the concept. When […]

  • Alaska

    Young geography whizzes compete for state title

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 27, 21:11

    Young geography whizzes in Alaska and across the county competed on Friday for a spot in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. Fourth through eighth graders spent months studying, preparing to get the questions right and proved themselves as the top student in their school. The winner, seventh grader Ben Ng from Juneau’s Floyd Dryden […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Yup’ik spelling bee preserves language

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 27, 17:23

    Anchorage students competed in a district-wide Yup’ik spelling bee at Clark Middle School on Friday, a unique spelling contest that’s helping preserve an Alaska Native language. Yup’ik is becoming increasingly uncommon in urban areas, but some of the participants still speak it in their homes. The fourth annual event is designed to keep the language alive. Teachers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality bans pot at events in convention centers, Sullivan Arena

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 26, 18:20

    The AK 420 Fest and Marijuana Industry Summit is canceled. Organizers said on Facebook that it’s because of a memo sent out last week from Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office. It was written by Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler, who says questions popped up regarding the use, possession, or display of marijuana in municipality facilities, including the convention centers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hilltop Ski Area closing for the season

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 17, 20:48

      It was a late start to the season at Hilltop Ski Area — and now an early end. On Tuesday, a few days before the official start of the spring season, crews groomed the slopes at Anchorage’s Hilltop Ski Area in hopes of luring in those who haven’t given up on winter. This weekend, however, […]

  • Crime

    Violent crime task force is working, Anchorage police say

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 16, 19:47

    Anchorage police say there has, without a doubt, been an increase in violent crime at the beginning of 2015. There were four homicides in January, two in February and two more, so far, in March. Plus, there have been dozens of reported shootings. The Anchorage Police Department’s new violent crime task force has been busy tracking trends […]

  • Alaska

    Thousands descend on Anchorage for state basketball tournament

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 13, 22:55

    Basketball mania is about to explode in Anchorage. From Metlakatla in the south and all the way north to Barrow, teams from all over the state are pouring into Anchorage for the ASAA state basketball tournament. Between March 14 and 21, 80 teams will take to the court. These are the teams from Alaska’s smallest villages, the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mayoral candidates grilled on Anchorage violence

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 12, 23:04

    So far in 2015, there have been six homicides in Anchorage — all but one involved guns. Police say at least four were drug related and some appear to involve gangs. Other shootings have also occurred, wounding innocent bystanders. So what is the next mayor of Anchorage going to do about these problems? “We Are […]

  • Local

    UAA hopes to draw record crowds for NCAA basketball tourney

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 09, 22:52

    The Lady Seawolves dominate the court. The University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team only lost one game all season, so it’s no surprise to most that the NCAA picked the Seawolves to host the Division II West Region Championships. On the first day of UAA’s spring break, coach Ryan McCarthy gave the women’s basketball […]

  • Iditarod

    ‘Mushing Mortician’ makes last-minute Iditarod preps

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 06, 22:07

    A lot goes into the Iditarod — hard training, raw talent and the ability to perform under pressure. One musher preparing for the big race said he felt the pressure as he readied his team for the trail. On the night before the 2015 Iditarod ceremonial start, musher Scott Janssen — known as the “mushing […]

  • Health

    Anchorage couple cooks up marijuana business

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 23:08

    It’s hard to go wrong with a simple brownie recipe. Chelsea Deming says she grew up in the kitchen. When she got together with her boyfriend, Derek Herre, she began adding one more special ingredient to her recipes — marijuana. “He realized that would be a good way for him to medicate without having to smoke,” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Southeast Anchorage voters question mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 6:55

    Who will replace outgoing Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan? The people who want his job talked directly to voters Wednesday night. More than 100 people attended the first candidate forum held in Southeast Anchorage and all but one of the 11 mayoral candidates showed up to participate. They were split into two groups to answer residents’ questions. […]