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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

  • Local

    Wasilla house serves as training ground for firefighters

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 28, 10:28

    Firefighters are known as everyday heroes, and in the Mat-Su borough, they are almost entirely on-call volunteers. It’s a lot of hard work for very little compensation. But once in a while, they get a gift that makes a big difference. Three months ago, a Wasilla man donated his house to the Central Mat-Su Fire […]

  • Local

    Help fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 26, 21:56

    A Joint Base Elmenforf-Richardson soldier named Jennifer was recently diagnosed with serious, inoperable stomach cancer. The Army has moved her out of state to be close to family during her final hours. Now, Anchorage’s House of Harley-Davidson is helping fulfill one of her last wishes. On Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. House of Harley-Davidson […]

  • State

    Thursday’s earthquake rattled nearby Willow, Talkeetna

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 25, 22:22

    The towns of Willow and Talkeetna were two of the closest to the epicenter of Thursday’s earthquake. No significant damage or injuries were reported in either area. The thing about earthquakes, according to Willow resident Jim Huston, is you never expect it’s going to happen so close to you. Huston was pouring oil into his tractor […]

  • Local

    Stolen therapy puppy returned to owner in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 24, 19:43

    A puppy believed to be stolen from a local nonprofit Tuesday afternoon is home safe. A 4-and-a half-month-old Bernese mountain dog was taken from the parking lot of the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) headquarters. STAR says the puppy, named Rory, was stolen from a locked car. The group spent Wednesday posting flyers around town […]

  • Local

    Anchorage elementary school adds greenhouse

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 23, 18:58

    Hard work is paying off at Airport Heights Elementary School thanks to the school’s garden club. Volunteers, parents, teachers and students took part in constructing a geodesic dome greenhouse that is 20 feet in diameter. The garden club, which has been around for five years, sells produce to raise money for field trips and donates fruit […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Alaskans hit the streets for National Voter Registration Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 23, 18:22

    Today is National Voter Registration Day, a campaign to prepare citizens to get out and vote. But residents can’t vote for candidates or propositions if they aren’t registered to vote. In 2008, 6 million Americans failed to vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register, according to the National Voter […]

  • Local

    Mountain View gets boost from new restaurant

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 20, 19:07

    The secret to a great hamburger has been pondered for generations. But Andy Kriner says the answer is simple — use the family recipe. Kriner’s family is in the food business. Saturday was the grand opening of Kriner’s Burgers and Pies, the restaurant he started with his son. “I’ve always wanted a hamburger restaurant since I […]

  • State

    New law banning synthetic drugs goes into effect in Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 19, 20:38

    The effects of synthetic drugs have proven so dangerous that lawmakers decided a statewide ban was needed. This week, Alaska’s new spice law took effect. It authorizes law enforcement to fine anyone who sells or possesses illicit synthetic drugs. The new state law was modeled after ordinances Anchorage and Wasilla passed earlier this year. The idea […]

  • Local

    Volunteers make quilts for Alaska veterans

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 18, 22:22

    Women gather, stitching piece by piece, binding and fastening seams until they are strong. They’re spending three days making quilts. And as Patty Livingston would tell you, a quilt has the power to mend. “It’s something that they can kind of cling to,” Livingston said. “I’m from a military family, my husband is a Vietnam veteran, my […]

  • Local

    Japanese exchange students visit Palmer

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 17, 19:29

    Standing out in high school simply comes easier for some students. Today, 16-year-old Shion Kamada is getting a lot of attention. He’s one of seven exchange students visiting Palmer from Saroma, a town in Japan. This is his first trip to the U.S. “Everything is bigger than in Japan,” said Shion. “The buildings, animals, everything.” The sister […]

  • Local

    Family, friends gather to remember Eagle River murder victim

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 16, 19:39

    The family and friends of an Eagle River teen who was murdered last week gathered Tuesday for her funeral. Police say 19-year-old Linda Anne Martz Bower was allegedly killed at the hands of her boyfriend. Bower’s mother, Sherry Martz, wrote that words can’t come close to describe the loss, pain and shock of losing her daughter. Family […]

  • Local

    Assembly approves new burglar alarm policy

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 13, 18:12

    The Anchorage Assembly is laying down new rules when it comes to burglar alarms. A new policy will save home and business owners some money, but it will actually cost the police. Before now, if you had a burglar alarm, you had to register it every year with the Anchorage Police Department. You received a fine […]

  • Local

    4-year-old Wasilla girl to receive heart transplant

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 10, 18:33

    Everyone who remembers what it was like to be a child knows that children like to play. Kennedy Miller-Robinson is no exception. The 4-year-old plays like any normal kid but, for Kennedy, it’s not as easy. “I need a break, sorry,” said Kennedy after jumping just three times on a trampoline. Her physical therapist Hilary Scheib says […]

  • State

    Prize-winning veggies donated to wild animals

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 06, 18:00

    Alaska is known for its record-breaking giant vegetables. Growers won bragging rights last week at the Alaska State Fair. But as the thrills of the fair become distant memories, what happens to all that produce? The answer is that it’s being eaten, but not by people. The Alaska State Fair has partnered up with the Alaska […]

  • State

    Grassroots movement grows free produce for the public

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 04, 18:38

    The growing season in Palmer is slowing down. As Jan Newman sifts through the garden beside the downtown Salvation Army, she sees a lot of crops that still need picking. “Lots of kale and collard greens, some cabbages,” said Newman, founder of Grow Palmer, a grassroots movement all about growing free food for everyone. A […]

  • Stories

    El Niño forecast cools off

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 02, 18:01

    It’s a phenomenon that takes place thousands of miles away but has the potential to bring more snow to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. El Niño is the warming of equatorial water off South America that directly impacts the jet stream and Alaska’s weather. Earlier this year, scientists predicted El Niño to bring record-breaking warm weather […]

  • State

    Gathering Place brings native cultures, traditions to Alaska State Fair

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 24, 9:53

    This year, the Alaska State Fair has a new attraction — one dedicated to sharing, experiencing and celebrating Alaska’s rich native cultures. It’s called The Gathering Place. It features Alaska Native vendors like Elim artist Lenwood Saccheus and Bee Curtis, who said The Gathering Place is an opportunity to show fairgoers a rich slice of Alaska […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Need a ride to the fair?

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 22, 18:57

    Riding the train is a travel option you might not have thought of, and it’s just one of many that will get you to the Alaska State Fair this year. It takes a little longer to chug from Anchorage to Palmer, but riding the rails has its advantages. “We thought it would be fun for […]

  • State

    Alaska State Fair begins

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 21, 21:07

    Opening day is here and nothing says state fair like deep-fried food, carnival rides and vendors. Whether you like livestock, concerts, or food on a stick, the 2014 Alaska State Fair has something for you. Thousands lined up before the gates even opened Thursday to be among the first to check out the rides, exhibits, […]

  • Campaign 2014

    It’s go time for November ballot measure campaigns

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 20, 19:31

    The polls have closed but results from the primary election are still coming in from across the state. “It’s definitely not a record,” said Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai. “There still will be potential of several thousands of ballots to be counted over the next 10 days.” Voter turnout for Alaska’s primary election was […]