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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 News

    Newlywed couple seeks help in search for missing wedding day photos

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 29, 18:51

    A newly married couple says they are heartbroken after losing hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime photos of their wedding day. Shanda Ring and Greg Zhuk tied the knot at the Alyeska Resort over the weekend. Afterwards they went up to Matanuska Glacier to take pictures and accidentally left their Nikon D3200 camera on a log behind the information stand. “This […]

  • Education

    President Obama honors 4 Alaska teachers

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 24, 20:30

    The White House is honoring more than 200 math and science teachers, including four from Alaska: · Catherine Walker - Romig Middle School, Science · Joey Jigliotti - Rogers Park Elementary School, Science · MaryLee Tung - Sand Lake Elementary School, Mathematics · Christopher Benshoof - Lathrop High School, Mathematics The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Disaster mitigation begins along Matanuska River

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 23, 19:54

    Last updated at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 Disaster mitigation work began on Tuesday for a stretch of the Matanuska River facing a severe, ongoing erosion problem. Truckloads of rock came between the rushing river’s eroding bank and the busy Old Glenn Highway. When Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration on Monday night, the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Berkowitz uses state of the city address to talk about public safety, homelessness and development

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 22, 17:55

    Mayor Ethan Berkowitz used his annual state of the city address to talk about public safety, homelessness and the positive changes he says are happening under his watch. The theme of his address was, “Anchorage: A City on the Move.” While the mayor listed many accomplishments, he also talked about areas he said need attention. First […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Anchorage mom gives back with photos of ‘Warrior Kids of Alaska’

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 17, 19:34

    Children with complicated medical conditions often face unimaginable challenges. One Anchorage photographer wants to make sure people recognize them not for being different, but as triumphant warriors. Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Willow Stennett, a baby with two holes in her heart that had to travel out of state for surgery. Now Willow […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Floatplane pilot recounts Monday’s rescue near Point Woronzof

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 16, 19:10

    A floatplane pilot’s quick action helped save the life of a woman stranded in Cook Inlet, according to the Anchorage Fire Department Emergency responders were headed to Point Woronzoff Monday evening after receiving a call of a person in the water, but pilot Adam Redman was able to respond sooner. “I was out on a […]

  • Education

    New schools in Wasilla address growing community, aging facilities

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 11, 19:15

    The start of school is just a weekend away in the Mat-Su Borough and some students will be heading off to classrooms that have never been used before. The Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) is opening not one, but two brand new elementary schools this year in Wasilla. In just over a year since breaking […]

  • Alaska News

    Alyeska Resort pleads with Girdwood residents not to hire Whittier police

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 10, 21:22

    The Alyeska Resort is pleading with Girdwood residents not to hire the Whittier Police Department (WPD) once Alaska State Troopers (AST) abandon their Girdwood post on Oct. 1 due to state budget cuts. The resort published an open letter to the community listing ten reasons why it believes paying to keep troopers around is a better […]

  • Health

    New FDA vaping regulations: What they mean for Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 08, 19:50

    There’s been a shake-up in the nation’s tobacco laws. Thanks to new federal regulations put out by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, buying electronic smoking devices — like vape pens and e-cigarettes — will no longer be any different than buying traditional cigarettes. The FDA calls the news rules “a milestone” for consumer safety. Until […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sarah’s House: Palmer nonprofit moves to help women find hope and direction

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 04, 20:40

    Outside of Anchorage there are limited options for people looking for a place to overcome addiction and homelessness. In Palmer, one nonprofit hopes to make a difference and change the lives of those who stay at “Sarah’s House.” Connect Palmer is a faith based nonprofit with a successful back-to-work program that helps people find their […]

  • Marijuana News

    Anchorage nonprofit hopes to open marijuana business, donate proceeds to charity

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 03, 19:56

    The big yellow sign outside 6th Avenue Outfitters boasts a $2 million liquidation sale at The Outlet Upstairs, a new business that started in July. However, the reason everything must go isn’t what you’d expect. When Kate Giard, a former Anchorage chief fiscal officer, first explored the second floor of the former Downtown Anchorage Library, […]

  • Alaska News

    Former chairman abruptly dismissed from Marijuana Control Board

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 02, 11:31

    Big changes are happening to the state’s Marijuana Control Board. On Friday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker abruptly removed longtime member and former chairman Bruce Schulte. The known marijuana advocate was one of two industry representatives serving on the five-member board. “I had to assume the governor’s office had some reason for it. I have no idea […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Youth volunteers paint mural on Wasilla tunnel to cover graffiti

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 29, 19:24

    For years the Newcomb Park tunnel, just south of the Parks Highway in Wasilla, has been the target of vandals. The city has tried to clean up the graffiti plagued walls numerous times, but nothing seems to keep people from leaving their mark. Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle says he’s taking a new, more colorful approach. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Farm Tours teach lessons in Alaska agriculture

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 28, 21:48

    When it comes to tours of Alaska the options are abundant, but the focus of a new tourism business isn’t glaciers or reindeer, but agriculture. “It’s about general education to the public and getting to teach people from both in the state and Outside all about the diversity of agriculture here in Alaska,” Margaret Adsit, […]

  • 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 […]