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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

  • 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 […]

  • Marijuana News

    First marijuana manufacturing, retail licenses go to Fairbanks business

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 08, 13:49

    The Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) members approved the first licenses for marijuana manufacturing facilities and retail stores at their Sept. 8 meeting. Destiny Neade, owner of Frozen Budz in Fairbanks, got one of each. The approval of her licenses was met with applause by dozens of other industry hopefuls in attendance. “Everything seems really […]

  • Marijuana News

    Alaska marijuana: Officials talk licenses, cannabis clubs, and delays

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 07, 18:36

    The state Marijuana Control Board (MCB) is meeting on the University of Alaska Anchorage’s campus this week to review and approve marijuana licenses for about 40 different cultivators, manufacturers and retail stores. On Wednesday, a handful of cannabis entrepreneurs were given the green light, but going forward some industry hopefuls should expect delays. Examiners at the […]

  • Marijuana News

    State prepares to approve first manufacturing, retail licenses for pot businesses

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 06, 19:09

    It’s a question that gets asked a lot: When will people be able to buy marijuana from a store in Alaska? The state Marijuana Control Board (MCB) started approving licenses for cultivation and testing facilities back in June. Over the next two days, the board will meet again to continue that process and for the first […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    As Alaska State Fair comes to an end, clean up continues

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 05, 19:38

    Alaska’s greatest 10-day get-together has come to an end. While the numbers are still being compiled for this year, it’s estimated around 300,000 people attended the Alaska State fair to enjoy food, fun and entertainment. But there is one area most people didn’t see. Tucked in a back parking lot stands a small recycling center, where […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Clear Creek Cat Rescue needs your help

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 02, 20:35

    Clear Creek Cat Rescue (CCCR) is urgently looking for foster homes for cats and kittens. Volunteers with the nonprofit say they’ve received an influx of stray felines due to successful live trapping operations around Southcentral Alaska. Right now the rescue has more than 100 cats and kittens staying with foster families until the CCCR can […]

  • Health

    Alaska doctor warns against online shopping for EpiPens

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 02, 17:33

    The price of an EpiPen has skyrocketed nationwide. In an effort to save money on the expensive prescription, the Better Business Bureau says some people have turned to the “grey market” option, such as Craigslist, eBay and other websites. But an Anchorage doctor says buying the drug online or across the boarder poses health risks. […]

  • Lifestyle

    Alaska State Fair: 4-H Club youth raise animals, grow skills and tradition

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 01, 19:16

    While many people head to the Alaska State Fair for the food and fun, the big green barn is largely devoted to Alaska’s 4-H Club students. The state fair is like the Super Bowl for these young agriculture experts. It’s their chance to showcase animals that they’ve raised since birth and a big grand champion […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality to make big parking changes along Delaney Park Strip

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 30, 19:05

    The Municipality of Anchorage is creating its first “bicycle boulevard” on a stretch of 10th Avenue along the Delaney Park Strip. Bicycle boulevards are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speeds, designed to make bicycle travel a priority, according to the municipality’s non-motorized transportation coordinator Lori Schanche. “Tenth Avenue will be the street that […]

  • Alaska News

    UPDATE: Happy ending for newlyweds who lost camera, wedding photos

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 29, 18:51

    Last updated 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 Shanda Ring called KTVA Wednesday to announce her happy news: her and her new husband’s missing camera had been returned to them, along with their wedding day photos. Ring said a man returned the camera to the couple Wednesday, saying he’d found it near the Matanuska Glacier. […]

  • 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 […]