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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

  • Crime

    Sockeye fire trial begins in Palmer

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 20, 13:10

    The trial for the couple accused of starting the Sockeye fire began Thursday morning inside of a Palmer courtroom. Greg Imig and Amy Dewitt sat quietly during opening statements and as the prosecution’s first witness took the stand. Dewitt and Imig face 12 charges each for burning without a permit, property damage crimes and reckless […]

  • News

    What the wet winter could mean for summer mosquitoes

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 18, 20:42

    Chances are if you haven’t seen a mosquito buzzing around yet, it won’t be long until you do. Entomologists say this is the time of year we start seeing what they call “snowmelt” mosquitoes. Those are the ones that survive in winter as adults and are much slower and larger than their pesky relatives that […]

  • Health

    Spring allergies make a come back in Southcentral

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 18, 20:39

    If Alaska’s weather didn’t have you sniffling and sneezing this winter, spring allergies could soon be making you miserable. Doctors at the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska say sensitive groups of people are already experiencing increased symptoms. Mold spores tend to spike in early spring and will likely stick around for the next three […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Study: 1 in 4 homeless youth in Anchorage victims of human trafficking

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 17, 20:30

    A new study released on Monday sheds light on how many homeless youth in Anchorage are targeted by human traffickers. One in four teens at Covenant House Alaska (CHA) told researchers it’s happened to them. The staff at CHA say they weren’t shocked to learn that 28 percent of the 65 teens interviewed at their […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘Macaron mobile’ recovered after sweet reward offered

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 14, 16:21

    The Sweet Caribou bakery in Anchorage, who offered a tasty reward for the return of their stolen delivery car, says their Macaron Mobile has been recovered. The shop’s owner James Strong says one of their “Macaron Mobiles” disappeared from their parking lot near 36th Ave and Arctic Blvd sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. […]

  • Aviation

    Anchorage air traffic controller awarded for helping save fighter jet pilot

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 18:05

    An Anchorage air traffic controller is being recognized nationally for her part in helping the pilot of a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet land his plane safely on the ground after one of his engines failed over the Bering Sea. In an audio recording from July 25, 2016, you can hear Capt. Jesse Simmermon tell controller […]

  • Energy

    AEDC encourages Chugach Electric, ML&P to discuss possible merger

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 15:52

    Nobody likes receiving a pricey electric bill. The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) says some power rates around the city have gotten so high, they’ve actually started to hurt businesses. “I know for a number of commercial properties in Anchorage, they have seen their electric bills go up tens of thousands of dollars on a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    North Anchorage parents push for stricter curfew enforcement

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 10, 18:25

    A group of Anchorage parents says too many young people are dying in the streets. On Monday, they asked the Mountain View Community Council to help them do something about it, starting with better enforcement of the municipality’s curfew for minors. There’s nothing new about the Anchorage law. It’s been in place since 1996, but the problem, […]

  • Education

    Mat-Su school board hires new superintendent

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 06, 19:50

    The Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) has a new superintendent. The switch up in administration comes in wake of Gene Stone’s sudden resignation at an emergency school board meeting last week. After Stone’s resignation, the school board unanimously approved Dr. Monica Goyette to be the interim superintendent. When they met again Wednesday night, Goyeete says […]

  • Health

    DHSS confirms 38 newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2016

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 05, 20:41

    While the number of HIV cases are going down nationally, in Alaska, state health officials say that’s not the case. Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) released its latest numbers. In 2016, 38 newly diagnosed cases of HIV were confirmed. “We’re not seeing a reduction in the number of cases. Each […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Next year’s municipal election to see mail-in ballots only

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 04, 18:43

    On Election Day, there are few things 90-year-old Barbara Bowerman enjoys more than seeing her neighbors get out to vote.  She’s been an election worker for the Municipality of Anchorage for nearly 35 years, swapping stories, sharing laughs and following procedure.  “The first time I did this, we were counting paper ballots,” Bowerman said. “It […]

  • Health

    UAA unveils Alaska’s first lactation pod for nursing mothers

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 24, 20:37

    Nursing mothers at the University of Alaska Anchorage now have a dedicated, private space to feed their babies or pump breast milk. A new lactation pod is located on the first floor of the student union, and is the first of its kind in the entire state. It features seating, shelves, electrical outlets and USB […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaskans march against domestic violence and sexual assault

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 23, 19:54

    Communities across Alaska are taking steps forward, marching in solidarity against what they call an epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. On Thursday, the Zonta Club of Anchorage organized a march from the Delaney Park Strip to Town Square Park. Roughly 100 people attended. Demonstrations such as this are at the center of the state’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Japanese company withdraws plans for $1 billion LNG plant at Port MacKenzie

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 21, 20:36

    After four years of working with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Japanese-based firm Resources Energy Inc (REI), is withdrawing its plans to build a nearly $1 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Port MacKenzie. Borough manager John Moosey delivered the bad news to the port commission on Monday. “It’s something that we worked real hard hoping […]

  • News

    Josephine’s Dream: Mom forms scholarship in daughter’s memory

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 17, 18:50

    An Anchorage mother is working to make her daughter’s dream come true, but for someone else. On June 19, 22-year-old Josephine Goodman was killed after falling from the top of a seven-story parking garage Downtown. The medical examiner ruled Josephine’s death a suicide, but her mother isn’t so certain. “I don’t believe it,” Josephine’s mother […]

  • Business/Economy

    Bad for business: How education cuts could hurt the Anchorage economy

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 16, 23:17

    Looming cuts to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) budget are bad for business, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). AEDC calls UAA an “economic driver,” but looming budget cuts threaten that status. The corporation says a possible 5-percent cut in funding would affect more than just faculty and staff jobs at the university. […]

  • News

    A citywide vote could force Alaska’s first pot shop to close

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 15, 18:53

    Alaska’s first pot shop could soon be forced to close its doors. Herbal Outfitters in Valdez opened back in October. Manager Derek Morris says since day one, business has been strong, but the store’s future all comes down to a vote. A group of concerned Valdez citizens submitted enough signatures to city hall to get an […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD to give away 500 donated carbon monoxide detectors

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 13, 18:40

    Every year, Anchorage firefighters respond to nearly 500 carbon monoxide calls, according to Anchorage Fire Department Battalion Chief James Dennis. He says it’s a common problem in Alaska. Just a week ago, nine people in Houston were hospitalized from the gas, and the month before that, Hillside teen Trevor Noble lost his life from exposure […]

  • Crime

    Toddler recovering in hospital after alleged assault by babysitter

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 10, 19:57

    An Anchorage babysitter is facing second-degree assault for allegedly throwing a 13-month-old child several feet into a wooden piano bench. While Angelina Toilolo-Kapeli waits for her trial, little Chase Edwards is struggling to heal from multiple skull fractures. Chase’s father, Kevin Edwards, says Toilolo-Kapeli was his roommate and that he had no reason not to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police expanding foot patrols to Mountain View, Fairview, Spenard

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 09, 18:14

    Homicides, property crime and car thefts — Anchorage is breaking records police aren’t proud of. They’ve been looking into the problem and say much of the crime around town appears to be fueled by an increase in drug abuse. It’s something several Mountain View residents told KTVA they see all the time, and part of […]