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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

  • 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 Alaskan 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Alaska

    Funding cuts threaten Alaskan nonprofits

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 03, 22:48

    Alaska’s safety-net agencies are there to help residents during the hardest of times, but now they face a crisis of their own. Every year, the Department of Health and Social Services awards community matching grants to Alaskan nonprofits. Those funds are set to be downsized dramatically by the House Finance committee on Thursday. If they are, […]

  • Alaska

    Federal agency seeks comment on offshore Arctic drilling risks, rewards

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 22:28

    The federal government said no to energy development on millions of acres in Alaska. But the fate of the outer continental shelf – the submerged lands lying seaward of state waters — has been, for the most part, unexplored for oil. Consumer Energy Alliance Alaska is one of several energy advocate groups that wants to change […]

  • Alaska

    Firefighters step up for 11-year-old Anchor Point amputee

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 7:20

    In the cold, rainy and unpredictable weather of the Kenai Peninsula, residents say they’re quick to learn quite a bit about dedication and dependability. The same can be said of the volunteer firefighters from Homer, Ninilchik and Anchor Point. They say they are unpaid, short on resources and work with crews as small as the towns […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students recreate tent city in school gym

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 27, 20:43

    From a tent city to modern metropolis, Anchorage has come a long way in its 100 years. Some local students have brought to life a piece of the town’s history in a very real way. Polaris K-12 School students Breelyn Mangold and Canzada Maruski were curious about what was life like back in 1915. The girls […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students link up for Anchorage children’s hospital

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 27, 20:31

    Students around Anchorage found out that a little effort can reap big results. Together they raised more than $4,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Providence. All it took was a few weeks of selling small paper links for the Chains of Caring project for 25 cents, which added up. Highland Tech High School alone raised nearly $300. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Willow firefighters say station in need of upgrades, up-to-date equipment

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 25, 20:30

    In a letter to local and state leaders, Willow Fire and Rescue members detailed their frustrations, citing that they’ve been feeling the pressure of their growing community and outdated resources. Fire station 12-1 has been around for a long time. On-call firefighter Kel Jacobs says not much has changed, but everything has aged. “As you can see […]

  • Alaska

    Legalized in Alaska: What an ounce of marijuana looks like

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 24, 19:20

    A voter initiative legalized marijuana Tuesday, Feb. 24, meaning residents can possess up to an ounce of pot. So what exactly does an ounce look like? Marijuana doesn’t weight much —  a full ounce is a little over 28 grams and generally fills up a full-size sandwich bag. The Anchorage Police Department says, typically, marijuana in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Transitional housing for homeless adults comes to the Valley

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 19, 20:14

    About a mile and a half from downtown Wasilla on Wasilla Fishhook Road is a place most people drive past without noticing. But not Andrea Moore. It’s the location of what has been her and her husband’s dream home for the past year. Not for themselves, but for those who have nowhere else to go. Knik […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bake sale benefits homeless in Mat-Su Valley

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 13, 20:41

    A group of community activists are doing what they can to end homelessness in the Mat-Su Valley. The Wasilla Homeless Committee formed just a few months ago, but since then, it’s been able to find homes for six different families and raise thousands of dollars to keep others warm. On Friday the group held a bake […]