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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

    Crews from Lower 48 arrive to battle McHugh Creek Fire

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 20, 20:36

    The reinforcements are here — an additional 100 firefighters in five crews from the Lower 48 arrived in Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon to battle the McHugh Creek Fire. Officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry said this is the first time this year they’ve had to call for out-of-state help. The new crews are from Chico […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2 neighborhoods near McHugh Creek Fire prepare for possible evacuation

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 19, 21:41

    Follow our updates on the McHugh Creek Fire ANCHORAGE — The McHugh Creek Fire is burning in steep rocky terrain that’s only about a mile from nearby neighborhoods. Above Potter Marsh, residents of the Southpointe Ridge Drive subdivision are waiting to hear whether they’ll have to evacuate their homes. Firefighters estimate the flames are about a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New affordable housing project aims to spark positive change in Spenard

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 18, 22:47

    A low-income housing organization is buying up a run-down stretch of Spenard Road, and when it is done with construction, the area could look a whole lot different. Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is building its latest affordable housing project where the old PJ’s Strip Club used to sit at the intersection of 36th Avenue […]

  • Outdoors

    Campbell Creek loved too much? 3-year restoration project begins

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 15, 20:10

    A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says people love and enjoy Campbell Creek so much that the stream is polluted and eroding. The creek flows from the Chugach Mountains to Cook Inlet. It’s home to five different salmon species and used heavily by people all year round. “We’re really fortunate in Anchorage […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Annual Cardboard City fundraiser could make or break Wasilla homeless shelter

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 14, 19:20

    A Wasilla homeless shelter is getting ready for its annual Cardboard City fundraiser on Friday, where participants sleep overnight in boxes to raise money and bring awareness to homelessness. In the past, all the donations collected were enough to keep the nonprofit Family Promise Mat-Su running smoothing. But this year executive director Lauri Kari say […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s first cohousing neighborhood prepares for move-in day

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 13, 20:20

    A group of longtime Anchorage residents is working together to build a custom neighborhood unlike any other in Anchorage. Ravens’ Roost Cohousing is located near Abbott Road and Lake Otis Parkway. Jeff Heuseveldt gave KTVA a tour of his future condo and said cohousing is essentially a neighborhood built in a way that encourages residents to get […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Old school supplies find new homes at Mat-Su school district surplus sale

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 13, 8:16

    As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. The inside of the old Iditarod Elementary School may not be a shipwreck, but in a sea of unwanted school supplies cast aside by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD), home-school parent Marvilie Shaver says she’s found gold. “This could be more than a whole […]

  • Military

    JBER welcomes new commander

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 11, 19:37

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) has a new commander. On Monday, Col. George Dietrich replaced Col. Brian Bruckbauer as the so-called “Mayor of JBER.” “This is unlike any community I have ever seen before and I am so thankful and impressed with your support of the men and women who serve our nation and work on this […]

  • Health

    Municipality of Anchorage launches community compost pilot project

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 11, 19:30

    The Municipality of Anchorage hopes to improve food security through a new community composting program. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the idea came after he met with group of master gardeners. “At one point in our state’s history, we grew 50 percent of the food that we consumed. Now we grow 5 percent,” Berkowitz said. “We’ve […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Humpback whale carcass discovered at Kincaid Park

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 08, 19:18

    A humpback whale carcass has washed up on an Anchorage beach. It was discovered at Kincaid Park, on Thursday, near the motocross area. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries spokesperson Maggie Mooney-Sues says it’s the same 42-foot whale that was discovered near Hope on June 28. Scientists have already performed a necropsy, according to Mooney-Sues. […]

  • Health

    How a cardboard box could help keep Alaska infants alive

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 08, 19:12

    Being a parent is wonderful, according to new mother Amy Weaver, but at times difficult and stressful, too. “There’s so much parenting books and information that gets thrown at you,” Amy Weaver said. She and her husband Eric are about to bring home their baby Brian Michael Weaver for the first time. “He was born […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New Anchorage bakery providing hope, jobs skills to homeless women

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 06, 19:56

    When it comes to recipes, each ingredient matters. So does every person, despite how they came to live at a homeless shelter. Mari Burt, like all the women who volunteer at Feed Me Hope Bakery, has nowhere else to go. “I’m on the waiting list for affordable housing with Alaska Housing Authority and it’s a […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Live reindeer in high demand from Lower 48 buyers

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 05, 19:36

    In Alaska, it’s unusual but not unheard of for someone to have a reindeer for a pet. But what you might not realize is that there’s a two-year wait list for reindeer calves in the Lower 48, according to Denise Hardy at Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Hardy said every year they sell 20 of their […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fourth of July fireworks: A family affair for Alaska Pyrotechnics

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 04, 19:44

    Tradition and patriotism take center stage on the Fourth of July, but behind the scenes of the Anchorage firework show is an Alaska family with a passion for blowing stuff up. Kylie and Meghan Clark are third-generation pyrotechnicians. “It’s pretty common actually for a pyrotechnic business to be multi-generational thing, so we are in good […]

  • Lifestyle

    Daughter of Anchorage survival instructor battling rare cancer

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 01, 20:52

    For the past 37 years Brian Horner has made his living teaching survival training courses. He’s the founder of Learn to Return Training Systems, Inc., and considers himself an expert in making it out of horrible situations. “I’ve been to Antarctica twice with Norman Vaughn. I’ve climbed with Rob Hall before his Everest tragedy. I’ve looked for […]

  • Lifestyle

    Peony passion: Alaska expected to ship out a record number of luxury flowers

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 30, 19:34

    Whether they’re miles apart or side-by-side, sisters Rachel Christy and Becca Bryan are connected by peonies. Bryan lives in Texas, but for the past five summers she’s come to Alaska to help Christy harvest Alaska Blooms Peony Farm in Wasilla. “My favorite thing to do is, when we first arrive for our summer, Rachel and […]

  • Education

    Young gardeners grow food for children in need

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 28, 20:12

    Some Anchorage kids are exploring nature, playing in the dirt and growing a passion for helping those less fortunate than themselves. Education specialist Patrick Ryan said most children would love gardening if simply given the chance. He teaches the Junior Master Gardener day camp each summer at the Alaska Botanical Garden. “I just want them to […]

  • Only in Alaska

    ‘Parade of Bears’: Bright, colorful bears to find permanent homes in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 27, 21:59

    Fifteen full-size bears arrived in Anchorage over the weekend. They’re not grizzlies or black bears—they’re made of fiberglass and are part of a public art exhibit, much like other animal statues that have been featured in major cities around the world. Local businesses paid about $1,750 to sponsor one of the bear sculptures and chose artists […]

  • Alaska News

    Veteran advocate takes last ride, laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 24, 20:12

    An iconic figure in Alaska’s military and motorcycle communities was remembered for his life of service. Fred “Bulldog” Becker IV dedicated much of his life to advocating for veterans on behalf of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association and other groups. Becker passed away on June 11. He was 73 years old. Friends and family say […]

  • News

    Mobile clinic providing free STD testing at Alaska PrideFest

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 23, 19:25

    Each year Alaska continually ranks high, if not the worst, when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. New numbers out by the state on Thursday are moving in the right direction. They show the chlamydia infection rate in Alaska has decreased by 2.7 percent since 2013. Gonorrhea cases are also down slightly. But according to […]