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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

  • 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 […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Election workers help make your vote count

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 19, 18:04

    In the chaos of Election Day, hundreds of workers strive to make it easy to get out and cast your ballot. Cindy Medbery is passionate, to say the least, about her right to vote. That is why she spends every Election Day helping others practice theirs. “Your vote could be the deciding factor,” Medbery said. […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Ballot Measure 1 heats up last weekend before election

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 16, 18:10

    It’s the final weekend of campaigning before Alaska’s primary election and perhaps the most important for the campaigns for and against Ballot Measure 1. “We’re almost to the last 72 hours before the election,” said Willis Lyford, manager for the Vote No campaign. “Everybody is really feeling charged up.” There’s a lot of activity on the […]

  • State

    Willow, Caswell hire first fire chief

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 15, 18:24

    This week the Department of Emergency Services in the Mat-Su Borough took a huge step in its effort to keep you safe by hiring Mahlon Greene. Greene just signed on as the new fire chief for Willow and Caswell. He has no footsteps to follow. He is the first and only full-time fireman hired by […]

  • Local

    $22.5 million school opens doors to students

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 14, 18:07

    It may be a bittersweet day, but it’s one Esther Erickson has been working hard to achieve. “I seriously can’t wait, I’ve been looking forward to it,” Erickson said. Thursday is the final first day of school for the senior at Valley Pathways School in Palmer. After a summer away from the classroom she’s ready […]

  • Local

    Alaska-grown potato sales decline

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 13, 18:40

    On the last day of summer break in the Mat-Su Valley, some students are found in a field. It’s peak harvest season at VanderWeele Farm in Palmer. Mixed vegetables like broccoli and lettuce are in demand and sales have been good, but greens are just a third of what this farm produces. The real moneymaker […]

  • Local

    Palestine supporters protest in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 09, 18:11

    Alaskans frustrated with the violence between Israel and Gaza took to the streets. They gathered in downtown Anchorage to call for the conflict to end. It was just one of many anti-Israeli rallies held recently around the world. It may be smaller than most, but the group, named Alaskans for Palestine, is just as serious about […]

  • News

    Fire ruins wedding day, destroys home

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 08, 21:41

    In the small community of Copper Center, the members of one family can be found clearing the rubble and rebuilding their lives. With only a couple hundred people in the community, residents get used to self-sufficiency. For John Devens, working a farm and subsistence living was all part of Copper Center’s appeal. “I’ve never been […]

  • State

    FTA demands Mat-Su Borough repay grants

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 07, 18:52

    The Mat-Su Borough has a big debt to pay and only 30 days to do it. The federal government says the borough failed to keep a promise and now owes millions of dollars. Ten years ago the Federal Transit Administration gave the Mat-Su Borough grants to get a ferry running between the borough and Anchorage. […]

  • Local

    Neighbors come together to fix up parks

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 02, 19:19

    Nine-year-old Danielle Potton loves to paint. While gray isn’t her favorite color, she’s happy to get a little messy because Ocean View Park needs it. “It used to be really ugly and kids would just draw on it and stuff,” said Potton. “I’m painting the table for the park so it looks more appealing.” Danielle […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    New Palmer exhibit sparks ‘selfie’ conversation

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 01, 18:14

    There’s an art to capturing the perfect selfie, but is the selfie itself art? With that question in mind, the Palmer Museum put out a call to action: take a selfie, send it in and be a part of the conversation. “We got this really interesting combination of the Facebook moment snapshots versus the ‘I’m […]

  • Local

    Petition fights Wasilla ATV ban

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 30, 20:22

    Thomas Hannam has been riding ATVs all his life. Now, he and his friends are being told their fun may soon end. Hannam is the owner of Alaska Toy Rentals and fears his business could be in trouble. The Wasilla City Council is considering a ban on ATVs within city limits to reduce damage to […]

  • Local

    Mat-Su considering permanent car registration for older vehicles

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 29, 20:09

    Folks in the Mat-Su Valley are thinking about giving their borough a new title — old car capital of Alaska. There are nearly 84,000 cars in the Valley built before 2006, according to DMV records. Mat-Su resident Curt Christiansen owns three of them and says his 14-year-old mini van does the job. “Gets me to work […]

  • Local

    USAF Thunderbird comes home to Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 26, 22:56

    Nearly a quarter million people are expected to pass through Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for the Arctic Thunder air show this weekend. It’s a chance see close up what planes can do. “We always attend the air show, but this one is a little more special because he is here,” said Anchorage resident Eb Pope. Pope […]

  • Local

    Veterans give lunches to homeless

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 25, 21:21

    Homeless veterans in Anchorage may be a little more comfortable Friday after getting some help from those who were once in their shoes. KMH veterans is a local nonprofit that believes no one who has served our country should ever go without a meal, yet too many do. The group has a simple goal: Provide […]

  • Local

    Cancer survivor completes epic journey

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 25, 13:49

    Sam Dresel looks at his life in moments, and pulling up to the “Welcome to Anchorage” sign Tuesday was a big one. He just completed the motorcycle ride of a lifetime, logging more than 2,300 miles from the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean and documenting the entire 10-day trip. “It’s been a big dream of […]

  • Local

    Cemetery pushes for interactive, digital memorials

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 22, 16:59

    The Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery may soon turn headstones and name plaques into interactive memorials. While a name and life span etched in stone can only tell you so much about a person, a little square called a QR code can tell you so much more. With a barcode-scanning app, one needs only to hold […]

  • Local

    Paratroopers jump into training mode

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 21, 19:58

    More than 400 paratroopers filled the skies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday. It was part of a joint training event with members of the U.S Air Force from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Two C-17s were sent up to Alaska to train with the 4-25 airborne combat […]

  • Local

    Cancer survivors spread awareness at Alaska Men’s Run

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 19, 17:50

    A race, like the Alaska Men’s Run, is perhaps the perfect symbol to show that life’s greatest challenges can be conquered one step at a time. “I had cancer, colon cancer, about three years ago,” said cancer survivor Mark Johnston. “I had finished my chemo and set a goal to start running.” On Saturday, Johnston […]

  • Local

    Goose Lake bear cubs heading to Texas

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 18, 19:29

    Just as the Alaska Zoo lost the Funny River Five it gained the Goose Lake duo. Two black bear cubs are adjusting to life without their mom after she was put down Thursday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It’s clearly been a stressful couple of days for the bear cubs, who are currently at […]