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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

    Lone entry in Alaska State Fair pumpkin weigh-off destroyed in mishap

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 01, 16:38

    Alaska is home to some freakishly huge vegetables, and farmers have tended to them for months in hopes of winning big at this year’s Alaska State Fair. Dale Marshall’s goal was to grow the state’s largest pumpkin. At last year’s weigh-off he was just four pounds short of the 1,287-pound record. “The pumpkin has to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Disability awareness at the Alaska State Fair

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 31, 20:26

      PALMER — Whether you go for the food, rides or exhibits, most everyone at the fair wants to have a good time. But simply getting around can be a challenge for some. This year, Access Alaska is hosting an awareness event at the fair to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Eating Alaskan at the Alaska State Fair

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 28, 22:06

    It’s not hard to find people who like to eat their way through the Alaska State Fair. Beth Foglesong is one of them. Every year she stops at the Pristine Products booth to slurp some fresh oysters from Prince William Sound. “The people that like them come every year,” said oyster farmer Dave Sczawiaski. Sczawiaski’s oysters […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    79th Alaska State Fair kicks off

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 28, 7:47

    The Alaska State Fair is a favorite pastime for many people and almost everyone has something they are looking forward to. “I want to get cotton candy,” said 3-year-old Taylyn Sisti Thursday afternoon. As the crowds made their way through the rows of vendors and exhibits, there were a few things they had never seen […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Changes made in muni marijuana rules

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 26, 21:49

    The Anchorage Municipal Code went through important changes Tuesday night. Anchorage Assembly members said yes to several ordinances that clarify what you can and can’t do with marijuana. Two of the ordinances were taken straight out of the state initiative that legalized the drug. The rules had to be written into muni law in order to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer, Houston to vote on marijuana ban

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 25, 23:05

    In a few months, Houston and Palmer residents will cast another marijuana-related ballot. Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss says what happens next will have a huge impact. “The 54 percent that voted against it last fall, I don’t think should be ignored,” DeVilbiss said. When Ballot Measure 2 passed and legalized marijuana, it gave local […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Remodeled shooting range opening in Butte

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 20, 22:15

    A new sign went up on Thursday at the beginning of a dirt road in the small community of Butte. For Kenny Barber, who lives nearby, it marks more than simply the way to get to the Maud Road Shooting Range. To him, it represents a community’s reached goal. “People just came out and shot […]

  • Alaska

    Former addict shares story after string of spice hospitalizations

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 19, 21:01

    When asked if a bad batch of spice could be the cause of an increase overdose problem, one former addict responded, “it’s all bad.” Sterling resident Jessica Burch, 36, isn’t ashamed or afraid to talk about her spice addiction, in the hope that it might turn someone else’s life around. There are so many things […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Valley farmers battle dry summer

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 15, 9:35

    Nick Treinen, an employee at Arctic Organics Farm in Palmer, says he can’t remember a summer so bright and warm — but also so devastatingly dry. “It’s hard to keep everything watered enough,” Treinen said. Arctic Organics usually gets irrigation water from snow runoff, but this year staff says there’s hardly any. The farm has resorted […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ATV rollover victim uses her story to warn others

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 13, 20:43

    GIRDWOOD — Life is full of “what ifs,” many of which could have easily been reality had just a few things been different. 22-year-old Teagen Tanner is putting her life on a new path to keep others from making the same mistake she did. This summer she graduated college and started a new job at Alyeska, […]

  • Alaska

    Backers of PFD voter registration initiative optimistic

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 12, 22:14

    Activists who want Alaskans to automatically be registered to vote when they apply for their PFD are one step closer to their goal. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott recently certified their petition and gave the go-ahead to start gathering signatures in an attempt to win a place on the 2016 ballot. Sponsors of the initiative say […]

  • Alaska

    For some, Alaska’s proposed marijuana regulations are controversial

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 12, 8:43

    For the past two days the Marijuana Control Board has met at the Atwood Building in Downtown Anchorage to hash out regulations for a new cannabis industry. Some consider Alaska’s proposed marijuana regulations controversial. There was a rule that said all family members, including children, of people applying for licenses would have to be finger […]

  • Alaska

    Public comment sought in shaping Alaska’s marijuana regulations

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 10, 22:49

    Outside of Monday’s Marijuana Control Board meeting in Anchorage, people held signs that said things like: “respect the vote,” “cannabis is not spice,” and “support small growers.” They don’t want to be overlooked as rulemakers write the laws for Alaska’s new commercial cannabis industry. “We’re not bad people and we do get politically involved and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2011 school and road bonds help facilitate growth in Mat-Su population

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 07, 21:38

    If you can’t match growth you’ve a got problem, according to Mat-Su Borough Assemblyman Vern Halter. “We’re the only place in the state of Alaska where population has been steadily increasing, always increasing,” Halter said. On Friday, the borough celebrated phase one completion of the Seldon Road Expansion Project. The new east-west corridor connects Church Road […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Police search for spice suppliers in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 06, 21:55

    The Anchorage Police Department is working to find suppliers of spice following a recent spike in medical emergencies for users of the drug. Since Sunday, more than 30 people have been treated at Anchorage hospitals for spice-related health issues. The Downtown Anchorage Transit Center is a busy hub of people coming and going, including drug […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police use National Night Out to cultivate trust

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 04, 23:10

    The Anchorage Police Department says times have changed and they are no longer the people many in the community turn to in a crisis, especially teenagers. Police are trying to bolster those relationships. On Tuesday, the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club was host to several Anchorage police officers as part of National Night Out. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Berkowitz seeks Anchorage town square changes

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 30, 19:27

    Anchorage parks were designed for people to enjoy, but Town Square Park in the heart of downtown is not quite meeting its potential. Every city has its problems and in Anchorage many of them surface there. “We drove meth dealers out of here, crack dealers out of here because we don’t want it down here,” […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Matanuska River continues to overtake homes

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 28, 10:12

    When Aaron Provo bought this property 20 years ago, he had no idea it was in the middle of a flood plane. “My view has increased dramatically, but that isn’t really what I wanted,” Provo said. Provo’s nine acres near the Glenn Highway is now just two. Each year the mighty Matanuska River swallows up […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly takes first look at zoning guidelines for pot businesses

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 23, 23:33

    Alaska’s new cannabis industry is one step closer to real storefronts, cultivation centers and labs in Anchorage. On Thursday night, Anchorage Assembly members took a first look at proposed zoning guidelines for the budding businesses. Right now the Municipality of Anchorage’s land code — called Title 21 — doesn’t have any rules for marijuana establishments and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chilkoot Charlie’s property to be sold to Bear Tooth owners

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 22, 23:23

    The folks who brought Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Moose’s Tooth to Anchorage are expanding their brand in midtown. They’re hoping to be the new property owners of the self-proclaimed world famous Chilkoot Charlie’s, also known as Koot’s. Current Koot’s owner Mike Gordon says his establishment has been losing money for years and he’s been trying to […]