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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

  • Local

    Last call to get Christmas gifts in the mail

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 20, 17:07

    The Saturday before Christmas is one of the busiest mailing days of the year — and for good reason. If gifters want to make sure their cards, presents and parcels arrive by Dec. 25, the deadline to send mail first-class or priority is today. “With our transportation network that we have, a lot of our priority […]

  • Local

    Neglected sled dogs find new homes

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 19, 20:24

    A few weeks ago, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center seized 12 hungry dogs from musher Dario Martinez’s kennel: Martinez had disappeared and was later found dead of an apparent suicide, police said. On Friday, some of his dogs were healthy enough to find a new home. The line formed outside AACCC well before […]

  • State

    New fire station fills gaps in Mat-Su coverage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 18, 21:21

    There’s a brand new public safety building in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Central Mat-Su firefighters and EMS are packing up and moving in. Station 51 is the borough’s largest: It cost $8 million and has a lot of unique features, including a drive-in apparatus bay for ambulances and fire trucks, a central warehouse for stocking medical supplies and […]

  • Local

    200 baby turtles rescued at Anchorage airport

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 17, 18:24

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized more than 200 live, baby turtles that were being smuggled to China for the food and pet trade in September. As the turtles made their way through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in September, officials discovered them packed inside boots, according to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. As […]

  • Local

    Operation Tipsy Tow offering free rides in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 16, 17:39

    Anchorage police will be enforcing DUI laws rigorously during the next few weeks, but police say there’s an easy way to avoid being arrested. Operation Tipsy Tow is a nationwide program that provides a free ride home and vehicle tow to those who’ve celebrated a little too much. The free service gives intoxicated drivers a chance […]

  • Local

    Anchorage takes part in Wreaths Across America

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 13, 18:20

    A simple stroll can become a history lesson. “Jacob? Who is buried here?” Daniel Williams asked his son on a walk through Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Williams is command chief at Alaska’s Navy Operational Support Center. He is teaching his children about what it means to be a veteran. “Who are all these people here?” he […]

  • State

    Applicants needed for free all-terrain track chair

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 12, 22:42

    When someone does a nice thing for you it can start a chain reaction. For Andrew Liebig, that moment happened in July when he was given a gift that gave him back his life. “When you don’t really have a whole lot to do besides sit there and be disabled life gets kind of boring,” […]

  • News

    Drivers, businesses save at the pump

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 11, 22:39

    When will it stop? Gas prices have continued to plummet. While state revenue forecasts are looking grim, the cost of filling your tank isn’t so scary. “I can almost afford to drive my truck now,” said driver Jayden Brooks. Consumers are left with more disposable income this season. The Great Alaska Pizza Company watches the price […]

  • Local

    Salvation Army Alaska: Bell ringers needed

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 10, 18:36

    From toys and meals to funding homeless shelters, from after-school programs to caring for shut-ins, the Salvation Army does so much good for the community. But the charity says its in need of volunteers this season. The ringing of the Salvation Army bells is as much a part of holidays as presents under the tree, time […]

  • Local

    In Eagle River, deployed mom gives family a Christmas surprise

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 09, 22:53

    For military families, Christmas can be a bittersweet holiday if their loved ones are away from home. Tuesday, one Eagle River family received a special gift, as Santa Claus and local firefighters visited Fire Lake Elementary School. In Santa’s big bag of toys was U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Hubbard. Her children, ages 3, 7 […]

  • Local

    Alaska Railroad’s holiday train helps residents get into the Christmas spirit

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 07, 12:43

    This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Alaska Railroad’s Holiday Train, a roundtrip ride from Anchorage Depot to Indian. As people board the train this year, it’s not about where they are going. It’s about the journey itself and the people they share it with. “Their dad is military. Every year, he’s been gone during […]

  • Local

    Drones for Christmas: What are the rules?

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 05, 20:04

    Drones are flying off the shelves. Brookstone in Anchorage’s 5th Avenue Mall is just one retailer trying to keep up with the demand. “We literally will get in about eight or 10 of these and by the end of the day they’re gone,” said Daniel Sissel, the store’s manager. Initially developed for military use, Sissel […]

  • Local

    Winter driving tips

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 04, 19:12

    The roads are slick and Alaskans who are accustomed to winter weather still go sliding all over the roads. Do people forget how to drive? We road along with BESmarT Driving Academy for a refresher course. “I know how slippery it is; what spots to look out for,” said instructor Ron Hines. “I’d rather have […]

  • Local

    Ski area in Mat-Su to receive upgrades

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 04, 1:45

    There’s something about a freshly groomed trail that makes Daryl Farrens extra eager to get outdoors. He lives just a 10-minute drive from Government Peak Recreation Area, and because he’s retired, he spends nearly every winter day cross-country skiing on the trails. Farrens is also part of the Mat-Su Ski Club. He is an instructor, […]

  • Local

    Let it snow: winter whites make a comeback in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 29, 17:49

    Saturday’s snowfall is something many Alaskans have eagerly been waiting for. “Maybe we’ll get some real snow out of this one,” said one resident, Wes Cornelison. Cornelison and his sons aren’t complaining though. Instead, they decided to play at Westchester Lagoon. “It feels like Christmas to me. That’s the number one thing I thought of,” […]

  • State

    Generations of veterans gather for Thanksgiving

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 28, 7:45

    On a holiday that revolves around food, it’s only natural that the kitchen is kept busy. Cooking for a houseful of people is a tough enough. Still, Kim Lisius had a bigger idea. “They’ve done so much for us and our country. Anything we can do is huge,” Lisius said. She is part of Alaska’s […]

  • Local

    Injured musher, dogs recovering after being struck by car in Willow

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 26, 19:14

    Willow, Alaska, is musher country, a place where residents joke that there are more dogs than people. Sled dog trails weave through the trees right up against the Parks Highway. Four-time Iditarod finisher Karin Hendrickson is familiar with the curve near mile marker 91. It’s where she and her sled dog team were struck by […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Artists in Alaska plan to add a little color to Black Friday

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 25, 20:10

    Life needs color, says Lori Teich. That explains why nearly everything she owns is splattered with paint. Teich says she started experimenting with acrylic after serving five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. “I’ve kind of always had that urge to do it,” she said. It’s the one thing that helps her relax. Painting even transferred color […]

  • State

    Diversity a theme at Walker transition conference in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 22, 18:42

    It would be easy to have a closed-door discussion about the critical issues that face Alaska, but Gov.-elect Bill Walker says the conversation should belong to all Alaskans. “We get the best input the more people we have involved in the process,” said Walker. There is some risk associated with doing that. The bigger risk […]

  • State

    Alaskan advocates optimistic about Obama immigration plan

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 21, 20:52

    Alaskans are reacting to President Obama’s controversial plans to take executive action on immigration. Obama’s plan offers temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, including thousands in the 49th state. It also protects undocumented parents of children born in the states. Republicans are questioning the president’s right to bypass Congress and act on his own. […]