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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

    Alaska Picker works to salvage historic Palmer building

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 16, 17:49

    In the heart of downtown Palmer, some people saw an old abandoned building; but, two local antique enthusiasts saw a chance to salvage history. Alaska Picker co-owners Kelly Turney and Becky Green travels all over the state searching for items to repurpose and resell. They have uncovered some pretty cool stuff, but the new building their […]

  • News

    Murkowski, Young among lawmakers to introduce CARERS Act

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 15, 17:55

    Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young joined a group of lawmakers to introduce legislation requiring the federal government to respect state marijuana laws. It’s called the CARERS Act, which stands for Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States. Senator Murkowski says the Act would allow Americans to gain access to the care they need […]

  • Outdoors

    Muni gardeners plant L-Street mystery garden

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 14, 18:52

    City gardeners spent Wednesday morning planting an Anchorage landmark. The L-Street mystery garden features a new design every year and the subject is top secret until the blooms reveal the new image. This summer, the floral mural is made of nearly 900 bright orange marigolds and 3,500 purple alyssums. Even when they’re done with their […]

  • Alaska News

    Ride-hailing companies to return to Alaska roads Thursday

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 14, 18:48

    You may soon see Uber and Lyft on roads across Alaska. Governor Bill Walker is expected to sign a bill on Thursday afternoon that opens the door for ride-hailing companies to operate within the state. Once signed, the new law will take effect immediately. Lyft representatives say they have drivers in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Development deal could bring big changes to Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 13, 19:00

    A huge development deal is in the works that could mean big changes for two popular Anchorage corridors. The Anchorage Municipality’s Department of Economic and Community Development wants to flatten the city’s aging Health and Human Services building on l Street and replace it with senior housing. Chris Schutte, director of Economic and Community Development […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla Police seek help to replace K-9 unit lost to cancer

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 09, 16:26

    It’s been a difficult year for K-9 officers in the Mat-Su Valley. Two Alaska State Trooper dogs were shot and killed in the line of duty and in April, and Wasilla Police suddenly lost its sole working dog to aggressive cancer. The department says they don’t have the money to replace him, but, they also […]

  • Alaska News

    New Study: Alaska polar bears working hard to keep up with drifting sea ice

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 06, 20:19

    A polar bear study, unlike any before, is offering new insight into the challenges the animals face in Alaska. The study was led by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wyoming. Research Zoologist George Durner says they collected 27 years of data to determine what factors are affecting local polar bear populations. They […]

  • Military

    Fisher House Foundation breaks ground on second JBER facility

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 06, 20:16

    Military and veteran family members will soon have a new and free place to stay on JBER while their loved ones undergo medical treatment. On Tuesday, the Fisher House Foundation broke ground on a two-story, 16-bed facility. The idea is to create a lifeline for families, as nearby long-term lodging can be an expensive obstacle […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska teens solve crimes at CSI camp

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 05, 21:08

    It’s a summer camp unlike any other. All week, a group of Alaska teens are finding out what it takes to investigate a crime scene at CSI Forensic Science Camp. Beyond collecting finger prints, campers will see how law enforcement officers handle real would situations, practice firearm safety and learn about courtroom procedures. CSI Camp […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage volunteers ‘Paint the Town’ for neighbors in need

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 03, 17:45

    What does it mean to be a good neighbor? A group of Alaskans spent Saturday brushing up on the concept. “We’ve got about 20 people out here that are donating their Saturday to paint this house,” volunteer Bruce Erickson said. Paint the Town is an annual event run by the group Neighborworks Alaska. Toni Castillo’s […]

  • News

    Palmer High School sprinkler system triggered by warm weather

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 02, 21:01

    Warm weather on Thursday may have had people out enjoying the sun, but, at Palmer High School it caused a downpour. Principal Paul Reid says around 3:45 p.m., the heat triggered one of the sprinkler heads in the school’s third-floor behavioral support classroom, causing some serious flooding. He says the classroom is much like an […]

  • Health

    Botched measles vaccination campaign kills 15 kids

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 02, 17:51

    Fifteen South Sudanese children died in what’s being called a “botched measles vaccination campaign” in one of the country’s remote villages. The United Nations said the children, all under the age of 5, died of “severe sepsis and toxicity” from contaminated vaccine. The same syringe was used on multiple people for four days straight and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Former Service High football coach helps player, family from rival team

    by Shannon Ballard on May 31, 14:14

    It could be said that the best coaches have the ability to shape their players both on and off the field, but most don’t have that same effect on members of a rival team. Former Service High School coach Kevin Kern was the exception. Towards the end of his 14 years with the Service High […]

  • Crime

    DA: Anchorage man may have sex trafficked dozens

    by Shannon Ballard on May 26, 17:27

    An Anchorage man charged with multiple sex trafficking crimes appeared before a judge on Friday. So far, three women have spoken out against 31-year-old Deon Daniels. He now faces six felony charges for the alleged sex trafficking crimes. Daniels sat quietly during his first court appearance and entered a not guilty plea on all charges– five […]

  • Alaska News

    Mothers of four young men killed by gun violence make plea in viral video

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 19:50

    The faces of four Alaska mothers are spreading rapidly across social media. The women all have different stories to share, but they’ve come together because of what they have in common: each has recently lost a son to gun violence. Aleaka Tate says a video posted to her Facebook page was created to encourage a […]

  • Education

    Bittersweet last day as ASD hands out 220 pink slips

    by Shannon Ballard on May 24, 17:31

    It was a bittersweet last day of school for the Anchorage School District; Wednesday morning, 220 educators received pink slips. The principal at Bayshore Elementary hand delivered four layoff notices to two first-year teachers and two second-year teachers, including Jennifer Derks. Derks broke the news to her fourth-grade class in tears. They spent the afternoon […]

  • Marijuana News

    Legal weed: Alaska’s newest tourist attraction

    by Shannon Ballard on May 23, 19:19

    Alaska’s newest tourist attraction is a sight many visitors don’t see back home. We’re talking about legal marijuana. There has never been a tourism season in Alaska quite like this one. This is the first summer that pot shops are up and running around the state. The summer tourist season is bringing a boom in business […]

  • Education

    ASD to hand out 220 pink slips on Wednesday

    by Shannon Ballard on May 22, 16:35

    It’s the final countdown for Anchorage students, as there are just two days left until summer break. But, this year, it’s not just graduates who won’t be returning to their old classrooms this fall. More than 200 pink slips are all set to go out on Wednesday. This comes after five were already given to five […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska becomes latest REAL ID compliant state

    by Shannon Ballard on May 19, 19:39

    The REAL ID Act is giving people real anxiety, but most people in Alaska don’t need to worry just yet. Gov. Walker signed House Bill 16 on Friday, allowing the state to begin the process of issuing REAL ID compliant forms of identification. “Alaskans no longer have to wonder if their travel plans or ability to work […]

  • Alaska News

    Season’s first Copper River salmon arrives in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on May 18, 22:27

    The Copper River is officially open to commercial fishing, and with it the start of Alaska’s summer salmon season. Usually, it’s Alaska Airlines that boasts about flying the season’s first salmon to Anchorage before sending it down to Seattle. But this year the folks at ACE Air Cargo said they wanted to make sure Alaskans […]