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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

    Mountain View gas station serves free meals for holiday

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 26, 16:00

    You don’t usually find a full kitchen at a gas station, but a former take-out counter in Mountain View serves a different purpose once a year. On Thanksgiving, it serves the community. In Sook Baik owns the neighbor Shell station. Like many who have found their way to Alaska, she’s an immigrant. She moved from Korea with close […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska inmates create princess wigs for girls battling cancer

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 25, 20:38

    Palmer mother of three Holly Christensen doesn’t typically spend her days at Alaska women’s prisons. But she says the Magic Yarn Project isn’t just for little girls, it extends to everyone involved. “We’re just bombarded with emails from all over the world. These little girls that need wigs and we don’t have enough,” Christensen said. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Muni unveils safety improvements for downtown transit center

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 24, 22:34

    Tuesday at the downtown transit center looked just like any other day — around noon, a man was passed out inside bus 14 heading to Government Hill. The route was delayed. Just this year, People Mover security has removed nearly 5,000 transients from the downtown stop for violations such as prostitution, drinking or selling drugs. Many […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thousands turn out for Thanksgiving Blessing

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 23, 19:00

    Thanksgiving is just days away, and while family time may be priceless, putting food on the table is not. The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner is about $50, according to the American Farm Bureau. That’s part of the reason thousands of Anchorage families are seeking help. This year, the annual Thanksgiving Blessing will provide the groceries to […]

  • Alaska News

    Marijuana board drops ban on pot clubs, moves to allow consumption at retail stores

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 20, 12:40

    Alaska may become the first state where you can walk into a retail store, buy marijuana and use it right then and there. It’s the state Marijuana Control Board’s answer to a demand for public consumption. Where marijuana can and can’t be used has been a topic of controversy in Alaska. Many have argued people need a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage store upcycles for charity

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 19, 22:05

    You’ve heard the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” An Anchorage woman is putting her own twist on the idea. Founder Patti Buist says donated “junk” is just what some need to help them through tough times. She says the idea is to take something old and make it new again, or in other words […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    East High students create ‘peace campaign’ following Paris attacks

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 16, 20:02

    Monday was the first day back in school for Anchorage students following the 6 shootings and bombings in Paris last week. But how can the motives and aftermath of the attacks be explained to a room full of teenagers? “The main thing I want you to think about is the idea that terrorism knows no boundaries. It […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    10-year-old Eagle River girl battling rare ovarian cancer

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 13, 20:19

    Maddy Brandl, 10, has one of those personalities perfect for her own imaginary TV show. “Don’t try this at home kids,” she said while making crafts out of colorful duct tape. It’s clear Maddy loves to laugh and it’s hard not to laugh along with her. If fact, there was not a minute of our time […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Turnagain students celebrate Alaska Native Indian Heritage Month

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 12, 20:48

    Turnagain Elementary School is celebrating Alaska Native Indian Heritage Month by giving students a hands-on lesson in Inuit culture. It may look like the students are just playing with a bunch of rocks. They’re actually creating their own mini inuksuk. Historically, the stone figures were used like a map, marking good hunting or fishing spots. Today […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    2 Anchorage high schools could win $100K for promoting safe driving

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 10, 20:32

    Two Anchorage high schools could win $100,000 for promoting safe driving. Grace Christian School and East High School were both selected as finalists in State Farm’s “Celebrate My Driving” contest. The theme is “2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.” All the schools had to do was create a short 25 second video, […]

  • Alaska News

    Alyeska Resort predicts lots of snow for opening day

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 09, 20:26

    The early morning snow brought fresh powder to southcentral Alaska mountains, and while it delayed traffic, it’s also making some people very happy. “We’ve got white stuff on the ground and that’s awesome,” said Alyeska Resort snow maker Amber Brubaker. If you think back to last year, you’ll remember we had a very dismal snow […]

  • Alaska News

    Anchor Point amputee shows what it means to be ‘Angelica Strong’

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 09, 8:42

    You may remember the name Angelica Haakenson. She’s the young girl who lost both of her legs in a Christmas Day crash last year. KTVA has been following Angelica’s progress for nearly a year. When she first woke up in the hospital and learned her legs were amputated, her main concern was not for herself but for […]

  • US/World

    Valley wig-making project growing faster than Rapunzel’s hair

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 05, 19:49

    Beyond the science and statistics about childhood cancer are the remarkable stories of love. Holly Christensen of Palmer is working to provide a magical escape from a child’s post-chemo world. She never expected her small project to grow into a nationwide effort. Christensen is a former cancer nurse. “Last fall one of my friends from nursing […]

  • Alaska News

    Bethel picks up the pieces after school destroyed in fire

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 04, 17:10

    The cost of the Bethel school fire is so severe, the city plans to declare a state of emergency. The Kilbuck campus, which housed two schools and a dorm, is damaged beyond repair. Looking at the rubble, many people wonder, how do you start cleaning up a mess like this? The Lower Kuskokwim School District says […]

  • Lifestyle

    Downtown Anchorage celebrates Halloween while boosting businesses

    by Shannon Ballard on Nov 01, 10:35

    All sorts of superheroes, pirates and princesses visited downtown Anchorage in search of candy on Halloween. Trick or Treat Street is a free and fun event for families. On Saturday, children in costume went business-to-business collecting goodies. “It just gets the kids out, it’s safe and all the businesses come together,” Cyrus with Anchorage Trolley Tours […]

  • Alaska News

    Slower snow plow response expected this winter

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 30, 19:37

    Department of Transportation officials say Friday’s wet weather and slick roads serve as a wake up call for what to expect this winter. DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy says it’s going to take longer than in years past to clear snow from state-maintained roads. After $34 million worth of state budget cuts, DOT officials were forced to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Rustic Goat food truck transformed into cooking classroom

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 29, 16:49

    Lunch hour is among the busiest times of day in the restaurant business. Thursday, the Rustic Goat restaurant parked a food truck at West High School and students got a break from the typical cafeteria food. “The food is really, really good. I’m impressed,” said senior Kimberly Hartman. She’s impressed because the chefs who cooked […]

  • US/World

    Capitol Christmas Tree preps for 4,000-mile journey

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 28, 22:36

    A piece of Alaska will soon be on its way to Washington, D.C., but there’s much to be done before the 2015 Capitol Christmas tree hits the road. “We have a small army of people that are helping get it together,” said U.S. Forest Service worker Lou Prill. Prill is one of dozens tasked with securing […]

  • Alaska News

    Capitol Christmas Tree heading to D.C.

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 27, 19:37

    This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive in Washington, D.C., all the way from Chugach National Forest. It’s the first time ever the national symbol will come from Alaska. “I did find a couple others that were nice but this one far surpassed all the other trees,” said National Resource Specialist Mandy Villwock. Villwock spent three […]

  • Alaska News

    Marijuana entrepreneurs speak up about proposed regulations

    by Shannon Ballard on Oct 15, 20:55

    There was some passionate testimony on Thursday as people got their first chance to speak directly to the state Marijuana Control Board about all the state’s proposed pot regulations. The board must hear from the public before the rules can become law, but many people aren’t happy with what’s written in the draft. People testifying […]