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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

  • 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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown Anchorage: New plan proposed to keep you safe

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 07, 18:14

    Better, worse, or exactly the same? People in downtown Anchorage say it doesn’t matter, now is the time to address crime and rowdy bar crowds. Thursday night we showed our viewers surveillance video of people peeing on the sidewalk, fighting and carrying open containers of alcohol near Brown Bag Sandwich company. Nearby neighbors and businesses said they […]

  • News

    Fuel Your School: How filling up your tank is helping Anchorage classrooms

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 07, 11:01

    Students at Muldoon Elementary School have lots of new tools for learning. A surprise delivery of math supplies — including white boards, Legos and books — arrived in their classroom on Thursday. Their teacher, Tiffany Wilson, says for the first time there’s enough materials to go around. The gift came after she applied for the Fuel Your […]

  • News

    Red Cross of Alaska prepares to respond to Hurricane Matthew

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 06, 19:45

    As the southeast coast of the U.S. continues to watch and wait to see what impact Hurricane Matthew may have, voulenteers with the American Red Cross of Alaska are preparing to respond to the storm. “We will be sending some folks down. We are still in a wait-and-see mode to see what’s needed, but there […]

  • Marijuana News

    Up and rolling: How elections changed Alaska’s pot landscape

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 05, 16:13

    Updated at 9:32 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 Marijuana advocates in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough spent Tuesday night watching the polls. To their delight, Valley voters overwhelmingly supported the commercial cannabis industry. Entrepreneurs like Caleb Saunders are celebrating. He dreams of transforming his smoke and glass shop, Green Jar LLC, into a dispensary. “For us, it was a big […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Pot proposition draws Mat-Su voters to the polls

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 04, 16:56

    Those manning the polls on election day in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough said precincts were busier than expected and the reason was marijuana. [RELATED: Unofficial Matanuska-Susitna Borough election results] “I believe that if the proposition, the pot one, if it was not on the ballot, we would have very low turnout,” election worker Sandi Wollsey said. Proposition […]

  • News

    Pools, rinks and trails: Mat-Su residents vote on $22M recreation bond

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 29, 19:15

    On Tuesday, Mat-Su Borough voters will decide if they are willing to up their taxes in order to help pay for renovations to two area swimming pools, hockey rink improvements, trail systems and more. The smell of chlorine is a public pool staple, but in Wasilla the chemical has been slowly corroding already out of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Elementary school students harvest Alaska potatoes for the homeless

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 23, 19:48

    It’s potato harvesting season in Alaska and some teachers are using this time of year to plant a seed in the minds of their students. Sixth graders at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School spent Friday digging for spuds. Big or small, each one was donated to feed the hungry and homeless at Bean’s Cafe. The students […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Berkowitz says state cutbacks are costing Anchorage millions

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 23, 18:30

    Anchorage mayor Ethan Berkowitz says spending cuts at the state level are getting very expensive for people within the municipality. During a meeting with assembly members on Friday he announced a $24 million budget hole that elected officials must now figure out how to fill. “The people of Anchorage are fair and they understand that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Transit, trails and rails: 64 projects underway in Mat-Su

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 23, 6:00

    At the 9th annual Mat-Su Transportation Fair, Palmer resident Kate Graber was full of questions. “Total curiosity because I heard they were doing improvements on the Glenn Highway going through Palmer and I wanted to see what it would consist of,” Graber said. The event was held to provide answers and bring folks up to […]

  • Health

    Former heroin addict shares her story to help fight an epidemic

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 21, 19:30

    This week, President Barack Obama is asking everyone to take action against a nationwide epidemic — heroin and opioid addiction. Alaska is no stranger to the problem. So far this year, the state says there have been 48 heroin or opioid related deaths. After hearing about an increase in crime in Southcentral Alaska and seeing it […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage homeless population at 602, according to recent count

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 20, 20:20

    Those who assist the homeless in Anchorage say they’re getting a much clearer picture of the situation now that numbers from a recent homeless count have been released Social service workers spent the summer trying to get homeless people out of the woods and off the streets. In an official count taken three weeks ago, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer museum asks for help solving historic mysteries

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 16, 19:45

    A photograph can tell a story never put into words. At the Palmer Museum of History and Art, collection manager Richard Estelle is in charge of moments captured in time. “These were people who shaped the old colony days,” Estelle said. Thousands of old pictures have been donated to the museum, but Estelle’s work is […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Valley quilters stitch unique way to say thank you to veterans

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 15, 21:21

    It’s a love of country and a passion for quilting that brought a group of women together at the Wasilla Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post this week. With each stitch, Carol Saunders unravels the reason why she came. “My husband is retired military, I have a son-in-law who just retired from the Army, I […]

  • News

    Farmers race against Mother Nature’s clock to harvest first legal marijuana crop

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 14, 21:10

    On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, farmer Leif Abel is hurrying to harvest what will become his most lucrative crop. “It’s getting cold out,” Leif Abel said. “This is outdoor agriculture, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re growing cannabis or lettuce — Mother Nature calls all the shots.” Greatland Ganja is a family business located on a […]

  • Harvesting Alaska

    Harvesting Alaska: Apple farmer goes out on a limb to give to others

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 12, 12:35

    There’s just something about a crisp autumn morning. In his Wasilla backyard, Dan Elliott can taste the changing season in any of the 120 types of apples harvested on his property. Some might call him an expert. “It’s hard when you ask for a favorite to come up with less than 10,” Elliott said. Elliott started […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska schools leading the way for FASD awareness in the classroom

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 09, 22:05

    Sept. 9 is day set aside around the world to remind women about a problem that is 100 percent preventable and affects thousands of children a year — Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. Alaska has the highest rate of FASD in the nation, according a 2010 state health report. It’s estimated that about 5 percent of […]