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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

  • Alaska

    1st day of Alaska’s new fiscal year means budget cuts take effect

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 01, 21:01

    Wednesday, July 1, marks the first day of Alaska’s new fiscal year. All the new budget cuts are now in effect – Gov. Bill Walker says no sector of government is untouched. Millions of dollars were cut from the state budget, and Alaskans are going to start noticing. One noticeable change: There are less Alaska State Troopers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough slashes M/V Susitna price tag

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 30, 21:49

    The M/V Susitna has been on the market for years with no buyer, so Mat-Su Borough officials are trying a new strategy. They hope knocking a couple million dollars off the price tag will be the answer. Borough manager John Moosey says the Borough is doing whatever it can to sell the M/V Susitna, which they […]

  • News

    Teens clean up Campbell Creek for baby salmon

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 26, 19:51

    With rain coming down, most teenagers might be concerned about spending all morning outside, but not 13-year-old Mia Elias and her friends at Trailside Discovery Camp — they had work to do. “We’re picking up trash and making sure the birds and the fish don’t eat it,” Elias said. Their work is part of a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Invasive, quick-spreading weed found in Lake Hood

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 25, 21:47

    Elodea is the only known invasive aquatic plant in Alaska. It’s aggressive and on Wednesday researcher Heather Stewart pulled the first samples out of Lake Hood. “Every dot is where we found Elodea,” Stewart said pointing to a map of the lake. “Half these airplanes are a 10-minute flight out of there to Finger Lake, Big Lake, […]

  • Alaska

    Lawmakers, vets push back against new Veteran Choice Program

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 24, 21:13

    Alaska used to have one of the best Department of Veteran Affairs health care systems in the country. Different agencies like Indian Health Services, the Department of Defense, and community health centers all worked together to provide quality treatment for veterans. The system was so good at helping veterans that it became the model for a […]

  • Alaska

    Fire officials investigate human-start of Sockeye Fire

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 22, 21:08

    After more than a week, the Sockeye Fire is now 80 percent contained and fire investigators closer to closure. From day one, fire investigators have been in Willow searching for clues leading to the start of the blaze. Fire officials knew early on that the more than 7,000-acre Sockeye Fire was caused by humans. There are […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Homeowners sift through Sockeye Fire ruins

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 19, 20:16

    Jason Jacobs is experiencing a lot of firsts. Sunday was his first up close encounter with wildfire. The blaze burned several out buildings on his property. Friday was his first time sifting through the damage down the road at his father’s house, which was much worse. “It feels like an oven,” Jacobs said, feeling a steel […]

  • Alaska

    Behind the scenes of the Sockeye Fire incident command

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 18, 23:19

    It takes a lot to run a kitchen, especially one you’ve never worked in before. Thursday night, caterer Debbie Curtis and her crew of 23 fed 700 firefighters. “I got here Tuesday morning and since then I’ve gotten two hours of sleep. The rest of the time I’ve been working,” Curtis said. Curtis is head of […]

  • Alaska

    As Sockeye Fire threatens Willow homes, so do thieves

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 16, 21:41

    Cars along the parks highway are backed up — they’re waiting for troopers to bring them through the evacuations zone. Some of these people are Willow residents whose homes may be at risk for more than just fire. James Rodgers is trying to stay positive and enjoy the sun. He says he hopes he can […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sockeye Fire evacuees wait for answers in Willow

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 15, 20:42

    Word travels fast in Willow and for some the local Tesoro Gas Station is where they turn for news. Dick Dehlin and others are on standby waiting to hear where the Sockeye Fire has spread and whose homes burned with it. “We just packed a few things. We didn’t have blankets or anything,” Dehlin said. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Plane recovery mission on glacier brings hope to families

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 11, 21:21

    Some people look at archived newspaper clippings and think nothing of them. But when Tonja Anderson reads about Nov. 22, 1952, she thinks of her grandfather. “It was my grandfather, my father’s father. He was on the plane at the time of the crash,” Anderson explained. Airman Isaac Anderson Jr. was one of 52 servicemen killed […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Airport, muni consider swapping parkland for runway

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 09, 23:07

    One of the biggest and most complicated land trades ever proposed in Anchorage took a step forward at the Anchorage Assembly meeting Tuesday night with the introduction of a new ordinance by Mayor Dan Sullivan. If the ordinance is approved, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport would gain another runway, but some say what the Municipality […]

  • State

    State leaders discuss new revenue options for Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 08, 22:22

    How will Alaska pay for its future? All weekend leaders from across the state got together to try to answer that very question. The governor put out a list of 50 ideas. They ranged from a Powerball lottery and casinos to fishing and fuel taxes. But the options with the most traction were the ones that will bring […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla works to shut down all homeless camps within city

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 02, 20:28

    Homeless encampments have long been tolerated in Wasilla but last summer things got out of control. Homeless outreach volunteers say girls and boys as young as 12 and 13 were living in tents with adults, some who were previously convicted of crimes against children. Now law enforcement, local leaders and homeless advocates are teaming up to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Assembly reconsidering permanent car registration

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 01, 21:23

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is the self-proclaimed “old car capital of Alaska.” It was the first in the state to offer permanent registration for cars 8 years old or older. But now lawmakers are looking at taking back the tax break. People in the Mat-Su Borough will tell you it’s not too uncommon to own a bunch […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Lifeguards ask for parents’ help to keep watch over their children in Alaska’s waters

    by Shannon Ballard on May 29, 19:23

    On days as nice as Friday, Anchorage resident Maggie Eisert says taking her kids to Jewel Lake is the routine. “We have to take advantage of the nice, warm — well, what we would consider hot — weather,” Eisert said. Jewel Lake is one of only two manned beaches in Anchorage. Lifeguard Morgan Brown says the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Assembly discusses marijuana local options with ABC Board

    by Shannon Ballard on May 28, 23:19

    As Alaska gets closer to passing its first draft of marijuana regulations, the Anchorage Assembly is asking, “What can the city control?” Local leaders, rule makers, and entrepreneurs got together Thursday to lay it all out. The state’s proposed marijuana regulations will come out in three sets. Recently, the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board released the […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska National Guard welcomes new commander

    by Shannon Ballard on May 27, 10:00

    The new leader of the Alaska National Guard is starting her job with healing. Scandal rocked the Guard after a scathing report found serious problems in the ranks, including favoritism, lack of trust and allegations of sexual assault. Adjutant Gen. Laurie Hummel says her first priority is regaining that trust. Steps have to be taken […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Veteran’s Highway wreaths pay tribute to fallen soldier, stepson

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 22:32

    You can tell just by looking at Tony Shelton and his wife Angela that they love their country. On Memorial Day, they made sure to wear red, white and blue. For five years now, the couple has spent Memorial Day weekend making patriotic wreaths and hanging them along the Mat-Su Veteran’s Highway. Shelton is a U.S. Air […]

  • 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 […]