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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

  • Only in Alaska

    Cold snap could zap your car battery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 17, 18:16

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out into a cold parking lot to start your car and when you turn the key—nothing. Many Alaskans could face vehicle problems during the coming cold snap. AAA reports that when temperatures near zero, your car battery loses about 60 percent of its strength. That means a strong battery becomes […]

  • Alaska News

    Red Cross volunteers install free smoke detectors for MLK Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 16, 19:09

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day not only honors the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader, it also offers opportunities to translate his words into action. On Monday, that sense of volunteerism and community was felt in the South Park Estates trailer park off Arctic Boulevard. A group of about a dozen people with […]

  • Education

    Diverse Mountain View school celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 13, 17:39

    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 88th birthday Sunday. While the rest of the nation will honor his life and legacy Monday, students at William Tyson Elementary School got a head start during a school assembly Friday. Students at the Mountain View school performed songs, poems, and dances to honor King. According […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer police push for more neighborhood watch programs

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 12, 19:41

    In wake of several high profile crimes and drug related thefts in the Mat-Su Borough, Palmer police are pushing people to get involved in neighborhood watch programs. They say right now the Cedar Hills subdivision is the only neighborhood in Palmer that’s actively participating. “I think its something every neighborhood should have because a lot of […]

  • Crime

    Fort Lauderdale shooting raises questions about guns laws, mental illness

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 10, 18:17

    In wake of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, many people are questioning why someone who showed signs of psychiatric issues was allowed to have a gun. In November, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago Ruiz walked into the Anchorage FBI office to report that the CIA was controlling his mind. The FBI contacted the Anchorage Police Department, and […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska to test Amber Alert system Wednesday

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 09, 19:36

    Pay close attention to any Amber Alerts you might see on Wednesday — the state is testing its emergency system from 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to make sure everything goes smoothly should a real-life Amber Alert need to be sent out in the future. The state relies […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crafting friends start project for hospitalized children

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 06, 20:37

    An unlikely friendship sparked at American Legion Post 35 in Wasilla. Jennifer Hudson, 25, works there as a bar tender and when she met 71-year-old Pat Buchanan they hit it off. “We found out we feel pretty much the same thing about everything. She’s kind of like a little clone, a little mini-me clone,” Buchanan […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla remembers 100 years, works to preserve history

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 06, 12:00

    Wasilla turns 100 years old this year. The Southcentral community of more than 8,000 people has come a long way from its days of dirt roads and a single general store. Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle has deep roots in the city, which sits in the middle of the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys. “That’s where we used […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Put it to a vote? Group seeks changes to Anchorage anti-discrimination law.

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 04, 20:57

    A group of Anchorage residents wants to charge parts of the municipality’s anti-discrimination law. They’ve filed a petition with City Hall and say people could be asked to vote on the issue in just a matter of months. The petition’s sponsors call their effort the Protect Our Privacy Initiative. It’s aimed at adding religious and other exemptions […]

  • Marijuana News

    Alaska made $81k in marijuana taxes from first full month of sales

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 30, 19:42

    Taxes from Alaska’s first full month of marijuana sales are in, and the tax director for the Alaska Department of Revenue, Ken Alper, says the state collected just over $81,000 in November. The state saw only $10,400 in pot taxes in October. At the moment, marijuana in Alaska is only taxed at the cultivation level. Buds […]

  • Alaska News

    Fireworks in Alaska: Know the rules before New Year’s Eve

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 30, 18:00

    Alaskans are getting ready to ring in the New Year, and the Valley is one of the few places in the state where people can set off their own fireworks without breaking the law. A steady stream of customers stopped by the Houston firework stands on Friday. Gorilla Fireworks manager Sam Parsons says this is […]

  • Weather News

    Hatcher Pass avalanche danger expected to skyrocket with arrival of winter storm

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 28, 18:27

    Forecasters say a winter storm is about to dump a lot of snow on Hatcher Pass, and avalanche specialists worry that once the snow stops falling, people will be left with a false sense of security. Before the bulk of the storm hits, Jed Workman and Allie Barker with the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Information Center […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    2 Colony High musicians to perform in Rose Parade

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 27, 20:32

    Two members of the Colony High School marching band are heading south to perform in the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Tuba and sousaphone player Catrina Carte says she been practicing songs the parade for nearly a year. She’s one of nearly 300 students from around the country selected to play with the […]

  • Crime

    Grunwald parents watch as teen murder suspects appear in court on new charges

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 27, 17:56

    Four of the five teenagers charged in connection to the death of 16-year-old David Grunwald in November were arraigned in Palmer court Tuesday on additional charges. Three of the four teens — Erick Almandinger, Dominic Johnson and Bradley Renfro — entered not guilty pleas on new charges of arson, vehicle theft and assault. Austin Barrett entered […]

  • Problem Solvers

    12 siblings ask for help to surprise parents with home repairs for Christmas

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 23, 19:44

    Despite being surrounded by family, Anu Pole’o says it’s hard being home from school this Christmas. He and his brother, Alvin Pole’o, both play college football. When they arrived in Anchorage for the holidays, they found their family’s home in need of some serious improvements. Their parents, Maili and Falua Pole’o, have a dozen children […]

  • Education

    Student’s acceptance to MIT highlights Mat-Su tech programs

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 22, 19:59

    Keeping up with technology, scientific discoveries and new inventions can be daunting. Teachers in the Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) are making changes in their classroom to make sure students don’t fall behind. When you think of a passion for learning, you might conjure up an image similar to 17-year-old Lucas Arthur. By his senior […]

  • Alaska News

    Salvation Army’s red kettle donations down across Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 21, 19:09

    At grocery stores and malls across the state, you’ll find Salvation Army bell ringers. The Red Kettle Campaign is the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser in the year. All the money collected in the 49th state goes to help Alaskans in need. Volunteer bell ringer Jessica Stow spent Wednesday afternoon jingling away. She’s provided the soundtrack for holiday […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police deliver holiday gifts to children in need

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 20, 19:11

    They may not look like elves, but Anchorage police are most certainly Santa’s helpers. On Tuesday, they loaded their patrol cars with hundreds of gifts for children in need. The presents were donated through the department’s Angel Tree Project, a partnership with the Anchorage School District to help homeless students in their Children in Transition program. Officers […]

  • Money

    Anchorage post offices prepare for deluge of last-minute holiday packages

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 19, 21:04

    Time is running out to get your gifts and holiday cards delivered to love ones by Christmas. The U.S. Postal Service says Monday Dec. 19 is the busiest shipping day of the year. The rush is on to get holiday gifts delivered across the country. “It’s a lot of extended work hours and they work really […]

  • Only in Alaska

    Renegade reindeer rescued from Matanuska River

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 16, 20:28

    A dramatic rescue played out on the partially frozen Matanuska River Friday. Emergency crews, quite literally, held on for deer life. Eight-month-old Arthur got himself stranded on the icy waterway on Tuesday, after escaping from his pen. “Unfortunately, he’s loose right now and it’s a little bit of a situation,” Arthur’s owner Brian Schmidt said. […]