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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

    Family of Barrow man killed by police officer considers legal help

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 12, 21:21

    Family members are remembering volunteer fire chief Vincent Nageak III, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning. As they wait for further details about what lead to his death, they plan on hiring legal help to get the story straight. Nageak’s family spent Friday making funeral arrangements, sharing memories and collecting pictures. His […]

  • Education

    MSBSD aggressively recruiting new teachers and staff

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 08, 19:50

      ANCHORAGE — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is aggressively recruiting new teachers and staff. District-wide enrollment went up by nearly 800 new students just this year. That means more education jobs. The problem is finding qualified applicants to fill them, according to district officials. About 160 people were hired this school year. The district needs to fill […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Friends remember mother, son killed in Wasilla

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 03, 23:00

    Friends are crushed, and some can’t stop thinking about the sudden death of Wasilla mother Renee Millard and her 10-year-old son, Dean. Those who knew Renee and Dean best said they hope the pair will be remembered not for how they died, but how they lived. “There wasn’t a bad thing about her,” said Amber […]

  • News

    Anchorage brainstorms idea to stop spice use

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 29, 22:23

    Anchorage Police say spice isn’t going anywhere. In five month span last year police responded to nearly a thousand reports of spice use. While the numbers have gone down recently, a work session was held this week to come up with ideas to make sure spice calls doesn’t spike again. “There are some innovative ideas […]

  • Alaska News

    State forces Moda Health to leave Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 28, 22:24

    The state is banning Moda Health from Alaska, a company that insures nearly 10,000 people across the last frontier. The announcement was made Thursday by the Alaska Division of Insurance and is meant to protect residents from a failing provider. Director Lori Wing-Heir says the Portland-based provider wasn’t making enough money to continue to operate […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Not just fireworks in Houston: Mayor preps for pot

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 28, 13:32

    First Palmer said no, then Wasilla said no. Now there is just one Valley city saying yes to pot shops and commercial marijuana grows. When the state voted to legalize marijuana, Houston residents were in favor by 14 percent. So while other communities have opted out of commercialized industry, Mayor Virgie Thompson is prepared to welcome […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Whittier PD could expand to Girdwood pending vote

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 26, 22:00

    Alaska State Troopers will vacate their Girdwood post this summer because of state budget cuts. The ski town will be left without police protection unless a plan is approved by residents this spring. On Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously to put a proposal on the April 5 ballot. If approved, the Whittier Police Department […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Wasilla City Council unanimously approves commercial pot ban

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 25, 23:22

    The growing number of Alaska cities opting out of the commercial marijuana now includes Wasilla. On Monday the city council voted unanimously to ban retail stores and cultivation facilities. Members said although legalization passed statewide, 52 percent of Wasilla residents voted against the ballot measure. “The election was clear. The residents of Wasilla said ‘not […]

  • News

    Alaska tries to work around federal laws to collect pot taxes

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 21, 22:04

    This is the year Alaska’s legal marijuana industry will finally be up and running. Once it is, all commercial growers will have to pay taxes to the State of Alaska. The proposal on the table is $50 an once for buds and flowers, and $15 an ounce for the rest of the plant. The state’s tax […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Principal makes hats and scarves for each of her students

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 19, 18:24

    An Anchorage principal and her family have taken it upon themselves to make sure nearly 400 elementary students have warm winter gear. Northwood ABC Elementary is a title one school, meaning many students come from low-income families and don’t always have warm gear to wear on cold days. To remedy this, for the last several months […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hatcher Pass deaths trigger warning from avalanche forecasters

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 18, 20:28

    Intense rain, strong winds and long dry spells are all things avalanche experts say have resulted in tragedy this winter. A young snowboarder buried alive over the weekend raised the Hatcher Pass death toll to three. Volunteers with the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center said they’ve seen a big uptick in the number of human triggered […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Developer wants to move Wasilla veterans’ honor wall… but not far

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 18, 17:34

    There’s a new plan in the works that would move the Veterans’ Wall of Honor in Wasilla — just not very far. A developer bought the land it currently sits on and in order to build a new 60-bed senior care facility, the wall would have to move. In November, the wall’s future was still uncertain. Many people were […]

  • Money

    What do low oil prices mean for Alaska’s financial future?

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 14, 22:03

    This week, the price of a barrel of oil dropped below $30 for the first time since 2003. If Alaska’s financial crisis was bad before, now it’s even worse. Additionally, the two first weeks of 2016 have been the worst start to a new year in the history of Wall Street. So what does this all […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Two new drug treatment facilities coming to Wasilla

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 13, 20:19

    The Valley’s only methadone clinic for recovering heroin addicts closed months ago. Now, two new businesses are moving in to address what they call a “dire need.” Some refer to Alaska heroin use as an “epidemic”. Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle said it can be found in his city. Alaska State Trooper’s latest drug report put Wasilla near the […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Anchorage Assembly set to debate proposed marijuana tax

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 12, 14:05

    Anchorage Assembly members have a busy night ahead of them as members prepare to debate the ballot measures and bonds that will go before voters this April. One hot issue is a five percent sales tax on all retail marijuana products sold within the municipality. If approved, it would also allow the Assembly to increase […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rasmuson Foundation, family to donate $24 million for museum expansion

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 11, 19:51

    On Monday, the Rasmuson Foundation announced its biggest grant ever– $12 million to the Anchorage Museum. That donation is being matched by the Rasmuson family. In total, it’s a $24 million dollar gift. Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan said funding the project honors a family legacy. Much of what you see at the museum today is […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds of Anchorage students wear “Blue for Chloe”

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 08, 21:37

    Hundreds of students across Anchorage dressed in Blue on Friday to mourn a South Anchorage High School senior. Eighteen-year-old Chloe Duke and her mother Shannon Duke were shot to death earlier this week inside their home. Their deaths have weighed heavily on Chloe’s classmates. “I just want to thank you all for honoring Chloe today and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mother of autistic Kenai woman wins battle to keep emotional support horse

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 07, 20:20

    You know you’ve reached a special level of friendship when words aren’t necessary, you simply feel the support. Such is the case between 26-year-old Cristal Barton and 35-year-old horse Major. Their connection was instant. “Surviving, learning, living and loving unconditionally. He saved me and I saved him,” said Barton, who is autistic, but highly functioning. Major is […]

  • US/World

    Alaska lawmakers react to President’s gun order

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 05, 19:42

    President Barack Obama outlined his new plan for tighter gun control on Tuesday. The 10-point plan includes requiring dealers who sell guns on the Internet and at gun shows to be licensed and conduct background checks. The president also wants to change federal privacy rules to help keep people with mental health restrictions from possessing guns, […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Gun sales up as Obama works to implement gun control measures

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 04, 18:36

    President Barack Obama says he will implement new gun control measures in the near future. In anticipation of the changes, gun sales are up across much of the country. Chimo Guns is one of the oldest gun shops in the Mat-Su Valley. For 40 years, folks like manager Craig Pell have sold fire arms and […]