• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation

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

    Wasilla man rescues drowning moose calf

    by Shannon Ballard on May 22, 21:52

    Logan Snyder’s latest selfies are getting a lot of attention — they show him saving a baby moose. This is not something you see every day, even in Alaska. “It’s a pretty cool story,” Snyder explained. Snyder was out for a boat ride near his home in Wasilla. He thought he saw a beaver in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hundreds of cyclists participate in Anchorage’s 2015 Bike to Work Day

    by Shannon Ballard on May 21, 7:14

    There’s more than one way to get from point A to point B. On Wednesday, hundreds of Anchorage cyclists took a two-wheel approach as part of the 11th annual Bike to Work Day. Bike commuting has become a popular option for Alaskans, especially when there’s bacon involved. Spenard Roadhouse set up one of the almost 30 rest […]

  • Alaska

    Risk and riches of marijuana biz, Part 2: Startups and shutdowns

    by Shannon Ballard on May 19, 23:06

    Theresa Collins says there is a difference between a job that pays the bills and a career that fulfills a dream. “I quit my job of 10 years, cashed in my 401k and my savings,” Collins said. “But I believed in it.” Collins recently went from sales manager to party planner, a switch she made […]

  • Alaska

    Risk and riches of marijuana biz, Part 1: Alaska’s green rush

    by Shannon Ballard on May 18, 22:49

    Every entrepreneur has a different reason for starting a business. Most, like Josephine Dyer, will say it’s about the passion. Dyer is a local Alaskan branching off her family’s kitchenware business to manufacture cannabis containers and accessories under the name JKD Brands. She showed off her products at Alaska’s first major marijuana convention. “We’re here to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska’s first major pot convention kicks off this weekend

    by Shannon Ballard on May 15, 22:25

    Alaska’s first large-scale marijuana convention is this weekend. Back in March, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan put out a memo saying marijuana products would not be allowed in public buildings such as the Dena’ina Center. But a few days ago, the Anchorage Assembly unanimously voted to allow pot products at this weekend’s Northwest Cannabis Classic. Marijuana cannot be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Community gathers to remember young girl lost to fire

    by Shannon Ballard on May 07, 23:31

    A large group turned out Thursday night to support a family that lost a little girl to a fire. Eleven-year-old Dominique Hanson died in her second-story bedroom when the fire rushed through her family’s home Wednesday. At a vigil on Fred Circle, one thing repeatedly expressed about Dominique was how big her heart was and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Teachers face insecurity in wake of Anchorage School Board budget cuts

    by Shannon Ballard on May 05, 20:43

    Today, several Anchorage teachers are asking, “Will I have a job?” Bryan Bearss is a literacy coach. For the past year, he’s helped third graders at Abbott Loop Elementary get a better grip on reading and writing. But now, he’s learning that loving your job doesn’t mean that job is always going to be there. “Just the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage School Board approves teacher and staff cuts

    by Shannon Ballard on May 04, 22:59

    Ten teachers will be saved from pink slips as the Anchorage School Board was forced to make some tough decisions Monday evening. Lawmakers in Juneau are far from finalizing the state budget, but the Anchorage School District hit its deadline. The board unanimously voted yes to budget reductions that will cost jobs. Members were able to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Gov. Walker steps in to save Govt. Hill bears; Fish & Game will relocate them

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 18, 0:03

    Updated Saturday, 2:50 p.m. Gov. Bill Walker has stepped in to save the black bear family roaming Government Hill, recommending that the bears be pardoned from being euthanized. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the mother and four cubs have a history in Government Hill dating back to last summer when the department […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: 2 candidates, 2 strategies

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 15, 22:53

    With just three weeks left until voters decide the next Mayor of Anchorage, many residents and community groups were hoping for a dialogue between the two candidates. But Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz may not have a single debate. Both candidates are vying for residents’ votes, but some say that’s hard to do when you can’t […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Bike safety debate one distinction between Anchorage mayoral candidates

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 22:44

    Now that a runoff is in order for the Anchorage mayoral race, even the small differences between candidates can influence voters casting their ballots. One week ago, Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski participated in KTVA 11 News’ debate with the top candidates for mayor. They’re the only ones left in the race now, but residents are […]

  • Alaska

    Free all-terrain track chair given to Alaska veteran

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 08, 23:06

    Sometimes day-to-day challenges interfere with even the most basic activities. Life has not always been a walk in the park for veteran Nansen Olson, an Alaskan man who enjoys the outdoors but can’t hunt and fish like he used to. Olson has Parkinson’s disease. “It makes it much more difficult to enjoy things,” he said. Olson served […]

  • Alaska

    Eagle River parents mobilize for school funding support

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 06, 22:46

    A group of concerned parents are mobilizing in response to what they call potentially catastrophic education cuts. Volunteers with Great Alaska Schools want to make sure people know what’s happening in Juneau. Last week the Senate and the House passed House Bill 72, which would take millions away from school districts. It’s part of a plan to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Volunteers continue search for missing Iditarod Dog

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 03, 19:10

    It’s been nearly two weeks since Laura Allaway‘s 3-year-old Iditarod dog went missing. Three-year-old Sarabi was dropped at the Nulato checkpoint after she developed a sore shoulder. A handler in Anchorage was caring for the dog when she ran away. A group of volunteers have formed a search party and they aren’t giving up hope. They’ve spent hours […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    UAA athlete aims for Paralympic podium

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 01, 21:50

    Step by step — that’s the way we approach life’s greatest challenges. That statement is especially true for double-leg amputee Marko Cheseto. Cheseto’s speed took him from Kenya to Alaska to sprint for the University of Alaska Anchorage. It gave him a shot at a better life, but after the death of a friend he hit a low […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer monofill appeal denied

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 31, 21:32

    An Anchorage company had hopes of building a new landfill in Palmer, but it turns out, the third try is not always the charm. After denying the Anchorage company twice, the Mat-Su Borough denied Central Monofill Services (CMS) again at an appeal hearing on Tuesday. Whether the landfill happened or not had a lot of […]

  • Alaska

    Couple in Homer proposes yurts for Alaska’s homeless

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 30, 21:20

    Housing first — the idea is to offer permanent, affordable housing for the homeless to stop them from ending up back on the streets. It sounds simple enough and appears to be working to end chronic homelessness in other parts of the country. Now, a Homer couple is putting their own twist on the concept. When […]

  • Alaska

    Young geography whizzes compete for state title

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 27, 21:11

    Young geography whizzes in Alaska and across the county competed on Friday for a spot in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee. Fourth through eighth graders spent months studying, preparing to get the questions right and proved themselves as the top student in their school. The winner, seventh grader Ben Ng from Juneau’s Floyd Dryden […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Yup’ik spelling bee preserves language

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 27, 17:23

    Anchorage students competed in a district-wide Yup’ik spelling bee at Clark Middle School on Friday, a unique spelling contest that’s helping preserve an Alaska Native language. Yup’ik is becoming increasingly uncommon in urban areas, but some of the participants still speak it in their homes. The fourth annual event is designed to keep the language alive. Teachers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality bans pot at events in convention centers, Sullivan Arena

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 26, 18:20

    The AK 420 Fest and Marijuana Industry Summit is canceled. Organizers said on Facebook that it’s because of a memo sent out last week from Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office. It was written by Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler, who says questions popped up regarding the use, possession, or display of marijuana in municipality facilities, including the convention centers […]