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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

  • News

    Guns and marijuana: Murkowski says feds are going too far

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 02, 19:21

    Alaskans using marijuana may be forfeiting their right to bear arms. According to federal law, marijuana users can’t legally buy guns in the United States. At Granny’s Guns and Loan in Midtown, owner Barry Barr knows his firearms and the rules required to sell them. Each buyer must fill out federal Form 4473. “They have to […]

  • Education

    Demolition begins on old Iditarod Elementary

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 01, 19:36

    It’s the end of an era for some in the Mat-Su Borough School District. The old Iditarod Elementary School is being torn down. For years, there has been talk about what to do with the building, once students moved into a brand new building down the road. For a while, the Wasilla Police Department was […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fire leaves Houston family of 5 without their home for the holidays

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 29, 19:19

    A Houston family lost their home to a fire just before Thanksgiving. The parents said if they could go back in time, they would do a few things different. “It’s a very sad day watching your house burn and you can’t do anything about it,” Matt Smith said. Smith said he came from work on Nov. […]

  • Money

    Anchorage shops partner with food bank for Giving Tuesday

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 28, 19:28

    After a weekend of holiday shopping, some businesses around Anchorage say it’s time for consumers to get charitable. About a dozen local stores are teaming up with the Food Bank of Alaska this year to help make the holidays great for those in need on what is known as Giving Tuesday. They’re all doing something different […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage shops prepare for Small Business Saturday

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 25, 18:42

    Already over Black Friday? Get ready for Small Business Saturday. Black Friday may be known for its door-buster deals and Cyber Monday for online price cuts, but sandwiched in between is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday with the emphasis on community. Brick-and-mortar shops all over Anchorage have spent weeks prepping their shelves for the […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Alaska Picker owners salvage antiques from abandoned Adak naval station

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 23, 19:34

    A Valley couple is on the hunt for Alaska’s most valuable antiques. Together Kelly Turney and Becky Green own the Alaska Picker store in Wasilla and travel the state searching for items to repurpose and sell. They’ve uncovered some pretty cool stuff but say nothing compares to what they found in Adak this summer. “People come into […]

  • Outdoors

    Alyeska Resort to open Thanksgiving Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 21, 18:32

    While Anchorage doesn’t have much snow, the staff of Alyeska Resort in Girdwood say the ski area will have plenty in time for its traditional Thanksgiving Day opening. Skiers, however, won’t have many options when it comes to where they will be allowed to ride. Alyeska Resort plans to only have two runs operating on opening day. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mother of 10-year-old killed by SUV recalls last moments with her daughter

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 14, 18:43

    On Monday morning, passersby may have noticed a small ballon on a light pole at the intersection of 88th Avenue and Jewel Lake Road. It was tied there by a young girl in tears at the loss of her one of her best friends. The night before, family members said 10-year-old Kaliyah Douglas and her older sister […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Pollster: Election predictions couldn’t account for avid support

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 09, 16:17

    Most polls heading into the Nov. 8 presidential election predicted Hillary Clinton would come out on top over opponent Donald Trump. But the day after, many people are asking, “How did pollsters get the Trump-Clinton election so wrong?” Like many, Alaska political analyst Ivan Moore says he was surprised by the election results and that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Cat Adoption Team awarded national grant

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 07, 19:08

    Self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” Linda von Bose said it normal to find 30 or more cats temporarily living in her Peters Creek home. She’s the president of the Alaska Cat Adoption Team, known as ACAT. “We’re those people when a cat runs across the road or you see it on the side in a ditch, we’re […]

  • Marijuana News

    Municipality of Anchorage works to clarify marijuana zoning rules

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 04, 20:19

    The Anchorage Assembly is considering changing the way it measures the distance between marijuana businesses and protected land uses, such as schools, playgrounds and churches. At the corner of Spenard Road and 34th Avenue, Babette Miller wants to turn her current business into a pot shop called Doobie Depot. “We went through the whole process […]

  • Alaska News

    Eagle River girl who lost battle with cancer continues to give to others

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 01, 19:20

    An Eagle River girl left a lasting mark on her community as a shining example of love and courage. Even in her own struggles Maddy Brandl had a wish to help other kids in need. We first introduced you to the selfless, fun loving 10-year-old around November last year during her brave battle with a rare ovarian […]

  • Marijuana News

    Celebrating cannabis: Alaskans line up to take part in historic pot shop opening

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 29, 16:34

    VALDEZ — Reisdents of Valdez are calling their community the “highest little town at sea level.” Saturday, the first pot shop in all of Alaska opened in the center of town. People from all over Southcentral Alaska lined up hours before Herbal Outfitters’ official opening to be a part of history. “It lets people know if […]

  • Marijuana News

    Alaska’s first marijuana shop opens Saturday, more to follow

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 28, 18:57

    It’s a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis, and if all goes as planned, Saturday is the day Alaskans will be able to buy marijuana from a store. Herbal Outfitters, in Valdez, says it will open at “high noon.” General manager Derek Morris says the store’s owners didn’t realize until just a few days ago […]

  • Marijuana News

    Marijuana Control Board meeting in Nome canceled, rescheduled for Friday at UAA

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 26, 16:16

    Thursday’s Marijuana Control Board meeting in Nome has been canceled because of bad weather. Members will instead meet Friday at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the board announced Wednesday. Two hot-topic issues expected to be discussed are on-site consumption and requirements for so-called “bud tenders,” those who will handle marijuana in retail stores. Some argue the […]

  • Marijuana News

    With testing underway, marijuana shops prepare to open in Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 24, 16:23

    It’s been almost two years since Alaskans voted to legalize marijuana, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that the industry took a crucial step forward. The first cannabis testing facility is now up and running. CannTest, LLC is nestled in Ship Creek. For its three-man staff, breaking in their instruments feels like a milestone. By 10:30 a.m., […]

  • Outdoors

    Anchorage students enjoy a day off with fresh powder

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 21, 19:09

    What’s better than the first significant snowfall? When it happens on a day that students in the Anchorage School District already have off. Friday was an in-service day, so instead of racing to class, best friends Oceana Gamel Howes, Ava Evans, and Emily Robinson spent the morning speeding down the popular sledding hill at Service […]

  • News

    Anchorage police want to teach you how to track local crime online

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 20, 19:56

    The scanners may be turned off but the Anchorage Police Department (APD) says there is another way to figure out when crime is happening in your neighborhood. For the first time, the Anchorage Police Department is hosting a series of Community Crime Map training events. The technology has been around for years and officers say […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    4th Avenue Theatre will stay standing, at least for now

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 19, 19:09

    Once considered among the most luxurious theatres west of the Mississippi River, the Fourth Avenue Theatre now sits empty and boarded up. It’s been this way since the late 2000s. People often question what will become of the downtown landmark. At the Anchorage Assembly meeting on Tuesday night, Municipal Attorney Bill Falsey gave an update. “There […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Campbell Elementary apologizes for pushing anti-marijuana agenda

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 18, 16:09

    Campbell Elementary School is in trouble for sending an automated phone message that Anchorage School District officials say should have never been released. ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said the message went out Monday evening to the parents of every child at the school. In the message, a woman’s voice urges parents to attend the Tuesday night […]