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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

    ‘She was always smiling’: Coworkers remember mother of 2 killed in apartment fire

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 16, 20:32

    Last updated at 11:06 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 The day after the fatal Royal Suite Fire, many people who call the apartments home stopped by to look at the damage left behind. Resident Joe Mireles said it’s difficult to know that he won’t see the familiar faces again. “You’d see their faces every time you […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Victims of fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire thought it was ‘another’ false alarm

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 15, 19:05

    The American Red Cross of Alaska says it’s helping 50 people displaced by the fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire. Many of the victims will stay the night at the Spenard Community Recreation Center, where the nonprofit has set up a temporary shelter. Volunteers with the Red Cross have been working since around 3 a.m. to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla husky competes in prestigious national dog show

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 14, 19:57

    Riot, a Siberian husky from Wasilla, went nose-to-nose with some tough competition in the Big Apple. The 3-year-old spent months preparing for his big debut at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. He took the floor on Tuesday. Riot’s owner, Stevie Collins, snapped a couple photos before the event. She says Riot […]

  • Alaska News

    New volcano monitoring bill aims to keep communities safe

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 14, 19:43

    There are nearly 170 active volcanoes in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and 52 of those are in Alaska. That’s one reason Sen. Lisa Murkowski is among the sponsors of a bill that would allow scientists to keep a closer eye on them. Just last month, geophysicists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory […]

  • News

    Wayfinding project: Palmer works to point visitors in the right direction

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 14, 13:09

    Palmer may be small, but city officials say it has a lot to offer. The problem is most people don’t know where to look, according to Palmer community development director Sandra Garley. “We have people who have been in the community for years who don’t know that we have an arboretum and don’t know where […]

  • Marijuana News

    Decision to seize CBD products began with call from postal workers, AMCO says

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 10, 20:17

    Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) says there’s more to the story about why it seized several thousand-dollars’ worth of inventory from pot shops around the state. Acting director Sara Chambers said it all started with a call from the U.S. Postal Service. AMCO investigators were asked to come take a closer look at […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla husky prepares to compete at Westminster Kennel Club dog show

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 09, 20:13

    Every February, nearly 3,000 canines and their owners pack Madison Square Garden for two days of ferocious competition. This year, the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature a face familiar to Alaska. Riot is a 3-year-old Siberian husky from Wasilla who is ready to perform, unfazed, under the critical eye of the world’s […]

  • Education

    Wasilla students heading to Washington DC for National Science Bowl

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 08, 19:41

    For the fourth year running, students from Mat-Su Career and Technical High School won the regional U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl competition and will be heading to the nation’s capital for the finals. Captain Lucas Arthur says his five-person team gets together to practice at least once a week. While what’s in their heads […]

  • Outdoors

    Fish on! Department of Fish and Game teaches kids about ethical angling.

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 07, 20:16

    ANCHORAGE — “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.” It’s a well-known proverb, and you could say it’s also the motto behind what’s happening this week on Jewel Lake. Over the next few days, the Alaska Department of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Despite protest, Sen. Sullivan to vote ‘yes’ for DeVos

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 06, 19:43

    U.S. Senate Democrats are holding the floor, trying to block the confirmation of education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Senators are hoping to sway more Republicans to vote no on DeVos on Tuesday. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, of Maine, have already said they oppose DeVos. Senate Democrats need just one more Republican to flip their […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough emergency director looks to the future on his last day

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 03, 19:19

    After two years as the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s top emergency official, Bill Gamble says he’s ready to spend more time with family and let somebody else take on the responsibilities of the job. His recent surprise resignation came after nearly three decades with the borough. Friday was his last day at the office. “I fell in love […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Passersby save man pinned under pickup truck at busy Anchorage intersection

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 02, 19:58

    Some quick-thinking motorists are being praised by police for rescuing a man trapped beneath a pickup truck on the Seward highway Saturday night. Those who stopped to help said they didn’t think twice about their actions. What they did took less than two minutes and may have saved a man’s life. With his adrenaline pumping, […]

  • Alaska News

    Bogoslof volcano erupts 28 times within 6 weeks

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 31, 19:46

    The Bogoslof Island volcano in the Aleutians sat quietly for nearly 25 years — at least until about six weeks ago. Monday night, it erupted for the 28th time since mid-December, according to researchers at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). Geophysicist Matthew Haney said he is running on coffee and adrenaline. “It started at about 8:20 […]

  • Money

    Major southcentral Alaska utility companies sign power pooling agreement

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 30, 19:26

    Three of southcentral Alaska’s major electric companies announced on Monday that they’ve signed a power pooling agreement, which will impact tens of thousands of customers. The agreement is between Chugach Electric Association, Municipal Light and Power and Matanuska Electric Association. It allows the different utilities to buy and sell power to each other when it’s […]

  • Money

    Palmer’s abandoned Matanuska Maid building to become large-scale brewery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 20, 21:33

    Right in the heart of Downtown Palmer, the former Matanuska Maid blow mold building has sat empty for the last decade. Where some see the abandoned remnants of a once thriving diary operation, Matthew Tomter sees opportunity. “I remember drinking Mat Maid milk,” Tomter said. “I remember this place being functional back in the 90s.” Tomter […]

  • Marijuana News

    Where’s the weed? Anchorage pot shops cope with cannabis shortage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 19, 19:30

    If you’re hoping to pick up some legal marijuana in Anchorage, you may be out of luck. Currently, there are three stores open locally. Budtenders at Alaska Fireweed say they still have some flower on their shelves, but Dankorage and Artic Herbery say they’re sold out. It didn’t take long for Anchorage’s first pot shop to […]

  • Crime

    Grunwald case suspect now faces federal child porn charges

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 18, 17:00

    Devin Peterson’s long list of child pornography-related charges has grown to include two federal charges. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the 18-year-old is one of the five Valley teens arrested in connection with David Grunwald’s murder. Alaska State Troopers seized Peterson’s phone during that investigation and found a disturbing video that could send […]

  • 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 […]