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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

    Anchorage couple cooks up marijuana business

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 23:08

    It’s hard to go wrong with a brownie recipe. When there’s chocolate, sugar, and butter, you almost just can’t fail. Chelsea Deming says she grew up in the kitchen. When she got together with her boyfriend Derek Herre, her recipes added one more special ingredient — marijuana. “He realized that would be a good way from him […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Southeast Anchorage voters question mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 6:55

    Who will replace outgoing Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan? The people who want his job talked directly to voters Wednesday night. More than 100 people attended the first candidate forum held in Southeast Anchorage and all but one of the 11 mayoral candidates showed up to participate. They were split into two groups to answer residents’ questions. […]

  • Alaska

    Funding cuts threaten Alaskan nonprofits

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 03, 22:48

    Alaska’s safety-net agencies are there to help residents during the hardest of times, but now they face a crisis of their own. Every year, the Department of Health and Social Services awards community matching grants to Alaskan nonprofits. Those funds are set to be downsized dramatically by the House Finance committee on Thursday. If they are, […]

  • Alaska

    Federal agency seeks comment on offshore Arctic drilling risks, rewards

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 22:28

    The federal government said no to energy development on millions of acres in Alaska. But the fate of the outer continental shelf – the submerged lands lying seaward of state waters — has been, for the most part, unexplored for oil. Consumer Energy Alliance Alaska is one of several energy advocate groups that wants to change […]

  • Alaska

    Firefighters step up for 11-year-old Anchor Point amputee

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 7:20

    In the cold, rainy and unpredictable weather of the Kenai Peninsula, residents say they’re quick to learn quite a bit about dedication and dependability. The same can be said of the volunteer firefighters from Homer, Ninilchik and Anchor Point. They say they are unpaid, short on resources and work with crews as small as the towns […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students recreate tent city in school gym

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 27, 20:43

    From a tent city to modern metropolis, Anchorage has come a long way in its 100 years. Some local students have brought to life a piece of the town’s history in a very real way. Polaris K-12 School students Breelyn Mangold and Canzada Maruski were curious about what was life like back in 1915. The girls […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students link up for Anchorage children’s hospital

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 27, 20:31

    Students around Anchorage found out that a little effort can reap big results. Together they raised more than $4,000 for the Children’s Hospital at Providence. All it took was a few weeks of selling small paper links for the Chains of Caring project for 25 cents, which added up. Highland Tech High School alone raised nearly $300. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Willow firefighters say station in need of upgrades, up-to-date equipment

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 25, 20:30

    In a letter to local and state leaders, Willow Fire and Rescue members detailed their frustrations, citing that they’ve been feeling the pressure of their growing community and outdated resources. Fire station 12-1 has been around for a long time. On-call firefighter Kel Jacobs says not much has changed, but everything has aged. “As you can see […]

  • Alaska

    Legalized in Alaska: What an ounce of marijuana looks like

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 24, 19:20

    A voter initiative legalized marijuana Tuesday, Feb. 24, meaning residents can possess up to an ounce of pot. So what exactly does an ounce look like? Marijuana doesn’t weight much —  a full ounce is a little over 28 grams and generally fills up a full-size sandwich bag. The Anchorage Police Department says, typically, marijuana in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Transitional housing for homeless adults comes to the Valley

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 19, 20:14

    About a mile and a half from downtown Wasilla on Wasilla Fishhook Road is a place most people drive past without noticing. But not Andrea Moore. It’s the location of what has been her and her husband’s dream home for the past year. Not for themselves, but for those who have nowhere else to go. Knik […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bake sale benefits homeless in Mat-Su Valley

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 13, 20:41

    A group of community activists are doing what they can to end homelessness in the Mat-Su Valley. The Wasilla Homeless Committee formed just a few months ago, but since then, it’s been able to find homes for six different families and raise thousands of dollars to keep others warm. On Friday the group held a bake […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage shops gear up for big Valentine’s Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 12, 22:33

    It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, according to some local businesses that are gearing up for the holiday weekend. Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge on Benson Boulevard expects to sell a week’s worth of chocolate in a single day. “We have a full line of truffles and we have a couple new […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough School District prepares for funding cuts

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 10, 18:47

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is preparing for funding cuts. On Tuesday evening, the district scheduled the first of four budget open houses aimed at answering residents’ questions. Cuts would be imminent if Gov. Bill Walker’s budget is approved and oil prices remain low, as 75 percent of the district’s money comes from the state. The governor is […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough’s ‘new look’ good for business

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 09, 20:08

    Jake Libbey is a small business owner in the Mat-Su Borough. He says, at first glance, one may not see the successes that the Mat-Su Borough has had. But there is land, infrastructure, tax advantages and a strong workforce, he says, and that’s good news that needs to spread. Libbey is one of several residents who got […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The Homelessness Solution: Part 2

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 06, 23:26

    The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, and it feels that way to Leona Haakanson-Crow. Fixing a meal is a task she can do to focus on something other than drinking. “I’ve been in skid row, you know, just waiting for that alcohol, that store to open,” she said. Haakanson-Crow was homeless […]

  • Alaska

    Governor announces Medicaid expansion and reform plan

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 06, 23:19

    Gov. Bill Walker announced his plan for Medicaid expansion and reform Friday, putting 41,000 Alaskans one step closer to health insurance. Walker says his administration has come up with a way to insure more Alaskans at no cost to the state and that his plan could actually save money. A new report by Evergreen Economics projects […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Neighbors want change after man dies on Knik-Goose Bay Road

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 05, 23:11

    Some neighbors who live near one of Alaska’s deadliest roads say they’ve seen too many people seriously injured — or worse — in car crashes that happen too close to home. Knik-Goose Bay Road in Wasilla has a bad reputation, winding and curving its way through the Valley. “I’ve had nights where there are four […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The Homelessness Solution: Part 1

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 05, 23:09

    On a winter night in Anchorage, crews at Fire Station 1 are constantly reminded that doing what you love can take a lot out of you. When a call comes in, they get up and are out the door within 90 seconds. It only takes a little longer than that to get where they are perhaps […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Event for Anchorage’s homeless connects hundreds to resources

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 28, 22:32

    A major humanitarian event called Project Homeless Connect worked to help nearly 800 people take steps towards permanent housing in Anchorage today. James Guisgetti was one of those people. He says he has been in and out of homes for 10 years. “I lost my job and therefore I couldn’t pay my rent,” said Guisgetti. “I […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The Disneyland measles outbreak may have reached Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 23, 17:48

    An Anchorage infant has tested positive for measles, health officials say, a potential first case in Alaska caused by the Disneyland outbreak affecting dozens. Friday, 1-year-old Rivki Webb tested positive for measles. Her parents say they hadn’t been to Disneyland but recently returned from a family trip to San Diego. When they got home Rivki’s […]