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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

    Event for Anchorage’s homeless connects hundreds to resources

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 28, 22:32

    A major humanitarian event called Project Homeless Connect worked to help nearly 800 people take steps towards permanent housing in Anchorage today. James Guisgetti was one of those people. He says he has been in and out of homes for 10 years. “I lost my job and therefore I couldn’t pay my rent,” said Guisgetti. “I […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The Disneyland measles outbreak may have reached Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 23, 17:48

    An Anchorage infant has tested positive for measles, health officials say, a potential first case in Alaska caused by the Disneyland outbreak affecting dozens. Friday, 1-year-old Rivki Webb tested positive for measles. Her parents say they hadn’t been to Disneyland but recently returned from a family trip to San Diego. When they got home Rivki’s […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Young girl looks to future after losing legs in Christmas crash

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 22, 19:57

    On Thursday afternoon, 11-year-old Angelica Haakenson worked to finish a mosaic she started while at Providence Alaska Medical Center. The art project is a very small challenge for her compared to the trial she is currently facing. “I can’t walk, or wear shoes, or socks,” Angelica says. Angelica admits it is difficult to talk about the […]

  • Alaska

    Kenai Peninsula Borough considers pot ban

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 22, 13:35

    It may be trickier than expected to start up a marijuana business within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Assemblyman Kelly Wolf introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that would ban commercial grow operations. Marijuana advocates filled the room to object to the ordinance that, if passed, would ban the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities outside of cities […]

  • Alaska

    Young Alaska robotics teams compete in state competition

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 17, 20:54

    Roaring crowds and fierce competition. No, it’s not a football game. More than 500 young students were in Anchorage on Saturday for Alaska’s First Lego League tournament. Teams came all the way from Juneau and Barrow as well as Tuntutuliak and Anaktuvik Pass. Participants honed their programming, engineering and math skills by designing robots. The students took turns […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Pillow Patrol sews for Anchorage’s foster children

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 17, 19:06

    At any given time in Anchorage, there are about 900 children in foster care. Once a year, Pillow Patrol — a group made up of 4-H members — and other volunteers, sew pillowcases out of donated fabric. Each pillowcase will be given to a child in foster care. The goal on Saturday was to make 200 finished products, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Panel discusses future of marijuana for Alaskans

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 15, 21:55

    The Alaska Native Professional Association is trying to help people find out what happens now that marijuana has been made legal for recreational use. Thursday, it held a panel discussion at Bear Tooth Theatre Pub. Folks from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and The Growth Company joined marijuana advocate Bruce Schulte and Anchorage Assembly member Ernie […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    An Alaskan Mystery: Pictures discovered in donated box hold history

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 14, 21:44

    At the Colony House Museum in Palmer, history is abundant. And as treasurer of the local historical society, 80-year-old Jerry Keeling really knows her stuff. She can tell you just about everything there is to learn about the city where she was born and raised. But now she’s stumped by two small black-and-white photos dated from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless family moves into new apartment with help of community

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 13, 22:26

    There’s no day quite like moving day, especially for Dana Degraw and her three children. “Honestly, I figured we’d end up spending the rest of the winter in the tent,” said Degraw. Tuesday night will be the first night in six months that she and her family won’t be camping outside in a tent. They say […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage caucus questions ASD about budget surplus

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 10, 18:21

      Alaska’s legislative session begins Jan. 20. And before the Anchorage caucus heads to the Capitol, members want to know what issues matter to Anchorage. One matter they say is impossible to ignore is the Anchorage School District’s $22 million budget surplus. “So am I correct that it ended up as almost a $40 million […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage high school sends support to Paris

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 08, 23:00

    A South Anchorage High School teacher is using the recent terrorist attack in Paris that killed 12 people at a media company as a life lesson in freedom and international support. Anne Adasiak-Andrew, who teaches French at the school, believes in teaching life as its unfolding. “It was the first attack in France, terrorist attack […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeless family of four living in tent vows to repay kindness

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 07, 20:24

    Chopping wood keeps you warm. You cut it, stack it and burn it. That’s survival for 15-year-old Kyle DeGraw, 23-year-old Joshua DeGraw-Lord, their mother and 17-year-old sister. Their lives rely on teamwork. “When I bought this tent I planned on hopefully going hunting with the kids and enjoying a subsistence lifestyle. I had no idea we […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police honor 2nd slain NYPD officer

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 04, 10:41

    Anchorage officers may not have been able to attend the funeral in Brooklyn for slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, but they are still doing their part to help the families who lost their loved ones. Law enforcement members from around the country gathered in New York City last week to attend the funeral of NYPD Officer Rafael […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Eagle River ice rink reopens after renovations

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 03, 19:05

    The Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River is open for business again. The MAC has been open since late December, but a grand reopening celebration took place Saturday and included free skating and rentals. The 30-year-old center closed down in April for energy-saving renovations. The Municipality of Anchorage installed 13.5 miles of new piping, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Snowmachiners rescue moose caught in Hatcher Pass avalanche

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 02, 18:55

    A snowmachining trip to Hatcher Pass became an impromptu rescue mission for three local men recently. Hatcher Pass is one of snowmachiners Rob Uphus and Marty Mobly’s favorite places in Alaska. On Dec. 28 they went out riding, along with Avery Vucinich, but decided avalanches were too risky that day. “We thought about it a little […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Where’s Jael? Anchorage mother still missing, not forgotten

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 01, 21:36

    Most of us can identify with a grandma who simply adores her grandbaby’s cheeks, but for Colleen Vague it’s more than that. “The cheeks are hers. Those are her cheeks exactly,” Vague said. Ten-month-old Joel Hamblen’s cheeks are a constant reminder of his mother, Jael Hamblen. No one has heard from her since Oct. 11. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Tis the season to continue giving in 2015

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 31, 19:16

    Charities around Anchorage say people have been very generous this year. But going into New Year’s Day, hundreds are still requesting assistance. “With the economy the way that it is, this is a tremendous help to me,” said Paula Toliver, who says she has turned to Catholic Social Services in hard times. “It saves me a […]

  • Alaska

    Community asked to keep fecal bacteria out of creek

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 26, 19:17

    When you drive on the Parks Highway in Wasilla you cross over Cottonwood Creek. “It has coho salmon, rainbow trout and sockeye salmon. It’s just a really nice resource, I think, to have here,” said Laura Eldred, an environmental program specialist with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. While it might look beautiful, what’s under […]

  • Alaska

    Christmas in Ice lights up North Pole

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 22, 21:46

    Your first winter in Alaska is one you remember. “I can’t feel my lips,” said 13-year-old McKenzie Legleiter, whose family recently moved from Georgia to Fairbanks. McKenzie says she has never experienced ice quite like this. “It’s paradise with slides and ice,” she said. Christmas in Ice is a six-week winter ice park. Executive director Keith Frye says […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    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 […]